We have the Bill of Rights. What we need is a Bill of Responsibilities.
— Bill Maher

Can any of you seriously say the Bill of Rights could get through Congress today? It wouldn't even get out of committee.
F. Lee Bailey bill rights quote

A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.
— Thomas Jefferson

Neither James Madison, for whom this lecture is named, nor any of the other Framers of the Constitution, were oblivious, careless, or otherwise unaware of the words they chose for the document and its Bill of Rights.
— Diane Wood

The Framers of the Bill of Rights did not purport to "create" rights. Rather, they designed the Bill of Rights to prohibit our Government from infringing rights and liberties presumed to be preexisting.
— bill rights quotation by William J. Brennan, Jr.