434 Total Quotes

Constitution Quotes

I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground that 'all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states or to the people.' To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power, not longer susceptible of any definition.
Thomas Jefferson
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The construction applied ... to those parts of the Constitution of the United States which delegate Congress a power ... ought not to be construed as themselves to give unlimited powers, nor a part to be so taken as to destroy the whole residue of that instrument.
Thomas Jefferson
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The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.
Patrick Henry
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John Adams
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
John Adams
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James Madison
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
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This is an illegitimate constitution presented to the people by an untrustworthy government, ... Our only hope is that we are able to defeat the constitution and start again with a government that truly represents the Iraqi people.
Abu Ahmed
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Jalal Talabani
we hope the people will accept this constitution, but we don't deny there are some disputes.
Jalal Talabani
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Jalal Talabani
The constitution is left to our people to approve or reject it, ... I hope that our people will accept it despite some flaws.
Jalal Talabani
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I think the document has to be read from a commonsense perspective. The constitution is not a suicide pact. In a sense, that has to be the answer.
A.E. Howard
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Zalmay Khalilzad
I assured them that the United States believes strongly that the Iraqi constitution should provide equal rights before the law for all Iraqis regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion or sect, ... There can be no compromise.
Zalmay Khalilzad
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The function of the prosecutor under the federal Constitution is not to tack as many skins of victims as possible against the wall. His function is to vindicate the rights of the people as expressed in the laws and give those accused of crime a fair trial.
William Douglas
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If giving points to some students to achieve greater diversity is a quota system in violation of the Constitution, how can the awarding of points to the children of a less diverse alumni be upheld?
Adam Schiff
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It is our religious duty to say 'yes' to the constitution and to go to the ballot boxes.
Abdul Hakim
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Mrs. Sonia Gandhi's party and her government was caught red-handed trying to subvert the constitution and parliament. She became a victim of her own conspiracy.
Arun Jaitley
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I'll say yes, yes to the constitution with all 10 of my fingers, ... My daughters were so excited, and I wanted the new generation to see democracy.
Abdul Karim
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With sincerity, I swear to the people of this country that I will follow the constitution to increase the people's welfare and safeguard the country,
Chen Shui-bian
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I think if this constitution passes as it is, it will worsen everything in the country.
Saleh al-Mutlaq
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This constitution is full of land mines that would explode on Iraqis. This constitution will divide the country.
Saleh al-Mutlaq
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More than 90 percent of Iraq's Shiites support the constitution, but not me.
Abdul Sattar
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I am happy about this decision because I want this to be done democratically, even though we support the constitution.
Mahmoud Othman
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I welcome their demonstration. I support the First Amendment to the constitution. Everyone in this country has the right to assembly and freedom of speech.
Alejandro Aviles
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We urge all parties there to work together to maintain peace, support the constitution and promote national reconciliation.
Philip Reeker
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Today's lawsuit simply requests the court to uphold the Constitution. The entire law is invalid because the law the House passed is different from the law the Senate passed and the president signed.
Adina Rosenbaum
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Niccolo Machiavelli
The chief foundations of all states... are good laws and good arms. And as there cannot be good laws where there are not good arms... where there are good arms there must be good laws...
Niccolo Machiavelli
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Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it
Learned Hand
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The modifications do not really add anything to the constitution. We therefore renew our call to the entire Iraqi people to vote massively and to reject the text.
Adnan Dulaimi
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The Constitution does not guarantee the right to acquire information at a public library without any risk of embarrassment.
William Rehnquist
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We do not support a coup. We have always operated within the means of the Constitution.
Abhisit Vejjajiva
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The best solution for the current political crisis is to amend the constitution to pave the way for political reform.
Abhisit Vejjajiva
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We support political reform by amending the constitution in order to make it truly a people's constitution.
Sudarat Keyuraphan
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