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One great object of the Constitution was to restrain majorities from oppressing minorities or encroaching upon their just rights.

James K. Polk, president

For good nurture and education implant good constitutions.

Plato, philosopher

No person who denies the existence of a supreme being shall hold any office under this Constitution.

Michael Newdow, lawyer

The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.

Henry Kissinger,

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.

Alexander Hamilton, politician

Our ideals of freedom, set forth and realized in our Constitution, are our greatest export to the world.

Robert Byrd, politician

Our constitution works. Our great republic is a government of laws, not of men.

Gerald R. Ford, president

Hitler's dictatorship rested on the constitutional foundation of a single law, the Enabling Law.

Alan Bullock, historian

Minorities have a right to appeal to the Constitution as a shield against such oppression.

James K. Polk, president

Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.

Abraham Lincoln, president

This is a time for a national conversation. A conversation about the document that binds us as a nation and a people. That document, of course, is the Constitution.

Mike DeWine, politician

It was settled by the Constitution, the laws, and the whole practice of the government that the entire executive power is vested in the President of the United States.

Andrew Jackson, president

It is a measure of the framers' fear that a passing majority might find it expedient to compromise 4th Amendment values that these values were embodied in the Constitution itself.

Sandra Day O'Connor, judge

The Constitution wanted artists to have control over their works because they knew it would create incentive to create more works. That is clearly still the goal.

Hilary Rosen, businesswoman

A good constitution is infinitely better than the best despot.

Thomas Babington Macaulay, poet

A federal judge did as he was supposed to do and upheld the Constitution. We should be thankful that we have judiciary that will do that.

Michael Newdow, lawyer

Our plan is to struggle against terrorism and have security for the country and help draft a democratic constitution as soon as possible.

Jalal Talabani, politician

The Constitution of the United States was made not merely for the generation that then existed, but for posterity- unlimited, undefined, endless, perpetual posterity.

Henry Clay, statesman

The proposed Constitution is, in strictness, neither a national nor a federal constitution; but a composition of both.

James Madison, president

Our plans protect freedom and opportunity, and our blueprint is the Constitution of the United States.

Mitt Romney, politician

Just talk to me as a father - not what the Constitution says. What do you feel?

Joe Biden, vice president

The critical point is that the Constitution places the right of silence beyond the reach of government.

William O. Douglas, judge

A constitution that is made for all nations is made for none.

Joseph De Maistre, diplomat

Your Constitution is all sail and no anchor.

Thomas Babington Macaulay, poet

I believe in the Constitution. The Constitution says that government isn't supposed to be infusing religion into our society, and so I asked to have that upheld.

Michael Newdow, lawyer

The Constitution does not just protect those whose views we share; it also protects those with whose views we disagree.

Edward Kennedy, politician

All the rights secured to the citizens under the Constitution are worth nothing, and a mere bubble, except guaranteed to them by an independent and virtuous Judiciary.

Andrew Jackson, president

I didn't say 'former president,' I said 'president,' and I have the constitutional rights according to the constitution, including immunity from prosecution.

Saddam Hussein, president

It lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it. While it lies there, it needs no constitution, no law, no court to save it.

Learned Hand, judge

I will always vote what I have promised, and always vote the Constitution, as well as I will not vote for one single penny that isn't paid for, because debt is the monster, debt is what's going to eat us up and that is why our economy is on the brink.

Ron Paul, politician

At the constitutional level where we work, 90 percent of any decision is emotional. The rational part of us supplies the reasons for supporting our predilections.

William O. Douglas, judge

Working Americans who believe in our country and who believe in our Constitution are saying, 'Enough is enough!'

John Boehner, politician

The very purpose of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution is to protect minority rights against majority voters. Every court decision that strikes down discriminatory legislation, including past Supreme Court decisions, affirming the fundamental rights to marry the person you love, overrules a majority decision.

David Boies, lawyer

The United States Supreme Court has repeatedly held that marriage is one of the most fundamental rights that we have as Americans under our Constitution.

Ted Olson, politician

We are under a Constitution, but the Constitution is what the judges say it is, and the judiciary is the safeguard of our property and our liberty and our property under the Constitution.

Charles Evans Hughes, judge

This has been a learning experience for me. I also thought that privacy was something we were granted in the Constitution. I have learned from this when in fact the word privacy does not appear in the Constitution.

Bill Maher, comedian

"Empathy" is the latest code word for liberal activism, for treating the Constitution as malleable clay to be kneaded and molded in whatever form justices want. It represents an expansive view of the judiciary in which courts create policy that couldn't pass the legislative branch or, if it did, would generate voter backlash.

Karl Rove, politician

Even though Article IV of the Constitution says that treaties are the 'supreme law of the land,' in most instances they're not even law.

Sonia Sotomayor, judge

One of the things I learned in law school is that there's nothing wrong or undesirable or dishonorable or destructive about amending the Constitution.

Adrian Cronauer, entertainer

Until the people, by amendment, change the constitution, I urge that the counties cooperate with one another, that future road work be more uniform, and done in such a way that it will result in connected and continuous highways.

Arthur Capper, politician

A corollary is that, when laws are out of touch with the people, those laws can and should be changed - from the most simple local regulations to the highest law of the land, our federal Constitution.

Adrian Cronauer, entertainer

I am not a federal employee. I am a constitutional officer. My job is the Constitution of the United States, I am not a government employee. I am in the Constitution.

Tom DeLay, politician

What I am for is justice for everyone, just like it says in the Constitution.

Richard Pryor, actor

Our society cannot progress while our constitution stands still.

Charles Edison, businessman

We believe in individual initiative, personal responsibility, opportunity, freedom, small government, the Constitution. These principles, these American principles are key to getting our economy back to being successful and leading the world.

Mitt Romney, politician

And we can celebrate when we have a government that has earned back the trust of the people it serves... when we have a government that honors our Constitution and stands up for the values that have made America, America: economic freedom, individual liberty, and personal responsibility.

John Boehner, politician

I would have to have people totally committed to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of this United States. And many of the Muslims, they are not totally dedicated to this country. They are not dedicated to our Constitution. Many of them are trying to force Sharia law on the people of this country.

Herman Cain, businessman

I have quite a decent constitution in spite of all my abuse of it and my advanced years. I'm still quite robust.

Christopher Hitchens, author

Under our Constitution, military leaders have no choice but to endorse the president's decision after giving him their best advice.

Robert Kagan, writer

I have a constitutional weakness in which I am very easily distracted by flashing lights. If there is a TV on in the room, I can't have a conversation with you. I won't eat, I won't sleep, I'll just meld with my couch.

Rachel Maddow, journalist

The Second Amendment is a constitutional right. I didn't make it up, the Republican Party didn't make it up. It's in the Constitution. I think it's just as important as any of the other rights in our constitution.

Marco Rubio, politician

Conservatives need to know how important it is to fill out the census. It is one of the only things our Constitution specifically asks of U.S. citizens and boycotting will just help liberals expand government even further.

Patrick McHenry, politician

We shouldn't have to be burdened with all the technicalities that come up from time to time with shrewd, smart lawyers interpreting what the laws or what the Constitution may or may not say.

Dan Quayle, vice president

We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.

Abraham Lincoln, president

It's not written in the Constitution or anything else.... Congress, just out of the clear blue sky, said the airwaves belong to the people, which means, in essence, that it belongs to Congress.

Adrian Cronauer, entertainer

The layman's constitutional view is that what he likes is constitutional and that which he doesn't like is unconstitutional.

Hugo Black, judge

Our Constitution was not written in the sands to be washed away by each wave of new judges blown in by each successive political wind.

Hugo Black, judge

The right of an individual to conduct intimate relationships in the intimacy of his or her own home seems to me to be the heart of the Constitution's protection of privacy.

Harry A. Blackmun, judge

And I think we as a people need to stop being disingenuous about what the Constitution provides for. It does not provide for this all-encompassing power that we've seen exercised over the last several decades. It's what's gotten us into this bankrupt position.

Joe Miller, politician

And truly, when you look at the Constitution and our founding fathers and their writings, the things that made this country great, you might draw those conclusions: That they were conservative. They were fiscally conservative and socially conservative.

Sharron Angle, politician

The Court is most vulnerable and comes nearest to illegitimacy when it deals with judge-made constitutional law having little or no cognizable roots in the language or design of the Constitution.

Byron White, judge

There is nothing new in the realization that the Constitution sometimes insulates the criminality of a few in order to protect the privacy of us all.

Antonin Scalia, judge

Indians today are governed by two different ideologies. Their political ideal set in the preamble of the Constitution affirms a life of liberty, equality and fraternity. Their social ideal embodied in their religion denies them.

B. R. Ambedkar, politician

When cerebral processes enter into sports, you start screwing up. It's like the Constitution, which says separate church and state. You have to separate mind and body.

Bill Lee, athlete

We came to say, the Quran is our constitution, we are committed to God and his holy book. God willing, should they try to carry out their crime against the Quran, God will tear their state apart and they will become God's lesson to anyone who tries to desecrate the holy book.

Ismail Haniyeh, politician

I have never seen such extreme partisanship, such bitter partisanship, and such forgetfulness of the fate of our fathers and of the Constitution.

Robert Byrd, politician

I think the motive is to establish in federal law the personhood from conception forward and try and alter the Constitution through statute.

Zoe Lofgren, politician

It is the Constitution of the United States that has been undermined, undercut, and is under attack. It is the American people's liberties that is in jeopardy. That is why I wrote 'Losing America.'

Robert Byrd, politician

We can constitutionally extirpate slavery at this time. But if we fail to do this, then unless we intend hereafter to violate the Constitution, we shall have a fugitive slave law in operation whenever the war is over.

Jay Alan Sekulow, lawyer

If I am confirmed, I will commit to show Heller and the principles articulated in it the full measure of respect that is due to all constitution decisions of the court.

Elena Kagan, judge

The miners lost because they had only the constitution. The other side had bayonets. In the end, bayonets always win.

Mother Jones, activist

Your purpose, then, plainly stated, is, that you will destroy the Government, unless you be allowed to construe and enforce the Constitution as you please, on all points in dispute between you and us.

George Haven Putnam, soldier

The U.S. Constitution is the basic framework for the greatest democracy on Earth. Some of my colleagues find it easy to amend it. I don't.

Byron Dorgan, politician

What my political views or my constitutional views are just doesn't matter.

Elena Kagan, judge

To me, that means getting back to the point where our Constitution means that you don't tap people's phones and poke into their e-mail and you don't arrest people and keep them hidden for a year and a half without charging them.

Carol Moseley Braun, politician

Our constitution protects aliens, drunks and U.S. Senators.

Will Rogers, actor

Congress and the White House are working out their scheme for pushing through a healthcare 'reform' bill that has more pages than the U.S. Constitution has words. I guarantee you that not a single member of the House or Senate has a complete understanding of that legislation any more than they understood all the implications of the USA PATRIOT Act back in 2001.

Butch Otter, politician

It has always been a great wrong that these men and their families should be held in bondage. We of the North have hitherto acquiesced in it, lest, in the endeavor to redress it in violation of the Constitution, greater evils might ensue.

Jay Alan Sekulow, lawyer

That's the key: get the constitution in place. Get rule of law in place, capital will come, electricity will follow.

Steve King, politician

The Constitution is a document that should only be amended with great caution.

Carl Levin, politician

Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.

James Madison, president

The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.

James Madison, president

The British Constitution has always been puzzling and always will be.

Elizabeth II, royalty

But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain - that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist.

Lysander Spooner, philosopher

The health care reform legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last night clearly violates the U.S. Constitution and infringes on each state's sovereignty.

Bill McCollum, politician

There is no reason for anyone in this country, anyone except a police officer or a military person, to buy, to own, to have, to use a handgun... and the only way to do that is to change the Constitution.

Michael Gartner, journalist

If the people of Utah shall peacefully form a State Constitution tolerating polygamy, will the Democracy admit them into the Union?

Abraham Lincoln, president

The Constitution and the laws are supreme and the Union indissoluble.

Andrew Jackson, president

A constitution is the arrangement of magistracies in a state.

Aristotle, philosopher

The First Amendment to the Constitution reflects that concept recognized in the Ten Commandments, that the duties we owe to God and the manner of discharging those duties are outside the purview of government.

Roy Moore, judge

I opposed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. It should be repealed and I will vote for its repeal on the Senate floor. I will also oppose any proposal to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban gays and lesbians from marrying.

Barack Obama, president

The framers of our Constitution meant we were to have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.

Billy Graham, evangelist

It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.

Edmund Burke, statesman

The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.

George Washington, president

The Constitution did not mention women when it was first written, and it still doesn't.

Gloria Steinem, activist

We should perceive that man's period of historical existence, a period so short that his physical constitution has not been altered in the slightest degree, is insufficient to allow of any considerable mental change.

H. P. Lovecraft, novelist

If the Constitution was a movie, the Preamble would be the trailer, the First Amendment the establishing shot, the 13th the crowd pleaser and the 14th the ultimate hero scene.

Henry Rollins, musician

If there is one set of laws, one Constitution for every citizen, its protections hopefully applied equally to all, then why do the results seem to differ so radically? What do you call that? Look around - you're living in it.

Henry Rollins, musician

The Constitution shall never be construed... to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.

Samuel Adams, revolutionary

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, judge

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