17 quotes about Constitutions
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A Constitution should be short and obscure.
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There is a hearty Puritanism in the view of human nature which pervades the instrument of 1787 It is the work of men who believed in original sin, and were resolved to leave open for transgressors no door which they could possibly shut.
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Our constitution works. Our great republic is a government of laws, not of men.
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The words of the Constitution are so unrestricted by their intrinsic meaning or by their history or by tradition or by prior decisions that they leave the individual Justice free, if indeed they do not compel him, to gather meaning not from reading the Constitution but from reading life.
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Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
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Constitutions should consist only of general provisions; the reason is that they must necessarily be permanent, and that they cannot calculate for the possible change of things.
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The Constitution is a figment of your imagination, held up to make people believe they have rights. I don't believe anybody in this country has rights.
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It is the genius of our Constitution that under its shelter of enduring institutions and rooted principles there is ample room for the rich fertility of American political invention.
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The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.
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The first principle of a civilized state is that the power is legitimate only when it is under contract.
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Your Constitution is all sail and no anchor.
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A good constitution is infinitely better than the best despot.
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The proposed Constitution is, in strictness, neither a national nor a federal constitution; but a composition of both.
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A constitution that is made for all nations is made for none.
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The United States Constitution has proved itself the most marvelously elastic compilation of rules of government ever written.
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There is a higher law than the Constitution.
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The American Constitution, one of the few modern political documents drawn up by men who were forced by the sternest circumstances to think out what they really had to face, instead of chopping logic in a university classroom.
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