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Top 100 Quotes About The Constitution

#1. Idleness ruins the constitution - Author: Ovid
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#2. The Internet's distinct configuration may have facilitated anonymous threats, copyright infringement, and cyberattacks, but it has also kindled the flame of freedom in ways that the framers of the American constitution would appreciate - the Federalist papers were famously authored pseudonymously. - Author: Jonathan Zittrain
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#3. If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought, not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate. - Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
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#4. turning the traditional hierarchical pyramid upside down to emphasize that everyone is responsible - able to respond - for living the constitution and getting the desired results while modeling the organization's valued behaviors. - Author: S. Chris Edmonds
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#5. Enslave a man and you destroy his ambition, his enterprise, his capacity. In the constitution of human nature, the desire of bettering one's condition is the mainspring of effort. The first touch of slavery snaps this spring. - Author: Horace Mann
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#6. One great object of the Constitution was to restrain majorities from oppressing minorities or encroaching upon their just rights. - Author: James K. Polk
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#7. Allowing Texas to display the Ten Commandments on State property but disallowing Kentucky courthouses from doing the same is a poor and flawed interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. - Author: Ginny Brown-Waite
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#8. It's part of the Constitution. People have the right to bear arms. Then the restrictions of it have to be reasonable and sensible. You can't just remove that right. You've got to regulate, consistent with the Second Amendment. - Author: Rudy Giuliani
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#9. One stands, in fact, in awe of the Constitution of the United States, though it is an idea and not quite a reality. - Author: Nikki Giovanni
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#10. There is no express grant of habeas in the Constitution. There's a prohibition against taking it away. - Author: Alberto Gonzales
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#11. A constitution should be framed so as not to impede the action of government, nor force the government to its violation. - Author: Napoleon Bonaparte
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#12. I feel that the Second Amendment is the right to keep and bear arms for our citizenry. This not for someone who's in the military. This is not for law enforcement. This is for us. And, in fact, when you read that Constitution and the Founding Fathers, they intended this to stop tyranny. - Author: Sharron Angle
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#13. Actually, each mental image of the world system is and remains limited, objectively by the historical situation and subjectively by its author's physical and mental constitution. - Author: Friedrich Engels
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#14. I think there are only three things that America will be known for 2,000 years from now when they study this civilization: the Constitution, jazz music and baseball. They're the three most beautifully designed things this culture has ever produced. - Author: Gerald Early
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#15. To me, to be a conservative means to conserve the good parts of America and to conserve our Constitution. - Author: Ron Paul
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#16. The number of individuals employed under the Constitution of the United States will be much smaller than the number employed under the particular States. - Author: James Madison
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#17. The Bolivian government has promised to guarantee autonomy in the framework of unity, legality, and with the goal of equalizing the different regions of Bolivia. It's right there in the constitution. - Author: Evo Morales
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#18. I do believe that, under the law, under the Constitution of the United States, and under our public policy, that women deserve and should have a right to enjoy equal employment opportunity. - Author: Gloria Allred
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#19. Don't hide behind the Constitution or the Bible. If you're against gay marriage, just be honest, put a scarlet 'H' on your shirt, and say, 'I am a homophobe! - Author: Henry Rollins
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#20. Terrorists can endanger some of us, but the war on terror endangers us all. How much more can the Constitution be diminished before it is completely replaced by arbitrary government power? - Author: Paul Craig Roberts
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#21. What is in the Constitution is the burning desire and aspiration of all the people of Vietnam. So for the moment, we don't think about opposition parties. - Author: Nong Duc Manh
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#22. No branch of the law is of more importance to the counsellor, the statesman, or the citizen, than a thorough acquaintance with the Constitution and laws of the Federal Government, as they are administered and as they affect the rights of the people. - Author: Samuel Freeman Miller
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#23. I don't agree when the USA, that lives by a constitution, says, OK, just because you look this way, we're going to ask you for your documentation, or you gotta go back to your country. - Author: Pitbull
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#24. As god is my witness, it was never my intent to throw out the constitution. I thought it was hanging by a thread, and I could save it ... You don't save it by cutting that thread. - President Nielson - Author: Orson Scott Card
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#25. That's the key: get the constitution in place. Get rule of law in place, capital will come, electricity will follow. - Author: Steve King
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#26. Those Muslims in America's army that stand with the Constitution, I support them, and I think we all have to. - Author: William G. Boykin
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#27. Every generation gets the Constitution that it deserves. As the central preoccupations of an era make their way into the legal system, the Supreme Court eventually weighs in, and nine lawyers in robes become oracles of our national identity. - Author: Noah Feldman
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#28. It is good to be back in the Peoples House. But this cannot be a real homecoming. Under the Constitution, I now belong to the executive branch. The Supreme Court has even ruled that I am the executive branchhead, heart, and hand. - Author: Gerald R. Ford
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#29. Once the Constitution became a legal rather than a political document, judicial review, although not judicial supremacy, became inevitable. - Author: Gordon S. Wood
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#30. I acknowledge these are very tough jobs a judge has in determining whether or not there is an openness that is required under the Constitution. - Author: Joe Biden
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#31. How do you think the transition from the present situation to community of Property is to be effected? The first, fundamental condition for the introduction of community of property is the political liberation of the proletariat through a democratic constitution. - Author: Friedrich Engels
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#32. I would save the Union. I would save it the shortest way under the Constitution. The sooner the national authority can be restored; the nearer the Union will be 'the Union as it was'. - Author: Abraham Lincoln
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#33. Drafting a constitution is only the first step. The constitution has to be granted legitimacy by open discussion and a fair, representative referendum. - Author: Emma Bonino
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#34. Isn't protecting our legal citizens from an invading army of illegal aliens who are using our services and taking our jobs, isn't that a basic notion of fairness? Isn't that in the Constitution? Where is the fairness to American citizens here? - Author: Rush Limbaugh
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#35. The best laws cannot make a constitution work in spite of morals; morals can turn the worst laws to advantage. That is a commonplace truth, but one to which my studies are always bringing me back. It is the central point in my conception. I see it at the end of all my reflections. - Author: Alexis De Tocqueville
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#36. 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. - Author: Bill Lee
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#37. The US Constitution serves the same function as the British royal family: it offers a comforting symbol of tradition and continuity, thereby masking a radical change in the actual system of power. - Author: Joseph Sobran
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#38. Whereas in Western countries the constitution merely had to guarantee the rights of a per-existing civil society and culture, in Russia it also had to create these. It had to educate society - and the state itself - into the values and ideas of liberal constitutionalism. - Author: Orlando Figes
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#39. Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government; when this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins. Republics ... derive their strength and vigor from a popular examination into the action of the magistrates. - Author: Benjamin Franklin
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#40. I voted for the Defense of Marriage Act but I do not believe we should institutionalize a form of discrimination against any minority by amending the Constitution. - Author: Ben Nighthorse Campbell
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#41. If the president uses executive orders to legislate new laws, that would be an example of him subverting legislative power from Congress, and might be considered a gross perversion of the Constitution. - Author: Gary Hansen
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#42. You give me a credit to which I have no claim in calling me "the writer of the Constitution of the United States." This was not, like the fabled Goddess of Wisdom, the offspring of a single brain. It ought to be regarded as the work of many heads and many hands. - Author: James Madison
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#43. I'm not against the government. I'm against this ever-expanding government that doesn't know its limits. And that's how I see the role of the attorney general, as someone in an office that can protect you and defend the Constitution and defend state sovereignty and our individual liberty. - Author: Alan Wilson
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#44. As the Constitution endures, persons in every generation can invoke its principles in their own search for greater freedom. - Author: Anthony Kennedy
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#45. I've always had questions about what it meant to be a protester, to be in the minority. Are the people who are trying to find peace, who are trying to have the Constitution apply to everybody, are they really the radicals? We're not protesting from the outside. We're inside. - Author: Gil Scott-Heron
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#46. The U.S. Constitution was meant to be universal, not just something that only America would observe. The principle of defending liberty for all people ideally should apply everywhere in the world. - Author: Mark Skousen
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#47. We safeguard the right to attribution very strongly. After all, what we are fighting for is the intent of copyright as it is described in the US constitution: the promotion of culture. Many artists are using recognition as their primary driving force to create culture. - Author: Rick Falkvinge
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#48. Our superhero foreign policy draws rivers of taxpayer dollars toward the center, empowering Washington at the expense of local governments. It also empowers the president at the expense of Congress in ways that upset the balance that the authors of the Constitution took great pains to design. - Author: Ian Bremmer
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#49. People have a fundamental right to organize. It's rooted very much in the Constitution and people's right to free association. - Author: Martin Heinrich
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#50. The Hungarian ministry begged the king earnestly to issue orders to all troops and commanders of fortresses in Hungary, enjoining fidelity to the Constitution, and obedience to the ministers of Hungary. - Author: Lajos Kossuth
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#51. While the Constitution is what the judges say it is, a public issue is something that Walter Cronkite or John Chancellor recognizes as such. The media by themselves do not make the decisions, but on behalf of themselves and larger interests they certify what is or is not on the nation's agenda. - Author: Fred W. Friendly
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#52. Not everyone born free and equal, as the constitution says, but everyone made equal. - Author: Ray Bradbury
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#53. The Constitution never even mentions political parties, let alone the Republican and Democratic parties, yet all the election laws help to protect them from competition. - Author: Bob Barr
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#54. 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. - Author: Sharron Angle
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#55. Privacy is not explicitly spelled out in the Constitution as freedom of speech is in the First Amendment. - Author: Larry Flynt
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#56. Of the judicial department of the Government, the Supreme Court is the head and representative, and to it must come for final decision all the great legal questions which may arise under the Constitution, the laws, or the treaties of the United States. - Author: Samuel Freeman Miller
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#57. If the Constitution says that the little guy should win, the little guy is going to win in court before me, ... But if the Constitution says that the big guy should win, well, then the big guy is going to win because my obligation is to the Constitution. - Author: John Roberts
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#58. Yet at least we can admire the wise Prearrangement which has ordained that, as they have no hopes, so they shall have no memory to recall, and no forethought to anticipate, the miseries and humiliations which are at once a necessity of their existence and the basis of the constitution of Flatland. - Author: Edwin A. Abbott
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#59. The fact that we're protected under that Constitution in exercising the right of free speech, it's a wonderful thing. You've got to come from somewhere else to realize how valuable it is. - Author: Pat Oliphant
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#60. It's enshrined in our Constitution that an individual has a right to release information and disseminate information that makes the powers that be uncomfortable. - Author: Moby
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#61. The constitution is for us all to live together, a common life, we need each other. - Author: Pope Theodoros II
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#62. Now whatever you think of the liberal agenda on its merits, until very recently nobody thought the Constitution meant what liberals now say it means. - Author: Joseph Sobran
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#63. Like psychoanalysis, constitutional jurisprudence has become a game without rules. By defying the plain meaning of words, ignoring context and history, and using a little ingenuity, you can make the Constitution mean anything you like. - Author: Joseph Sobran
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#64. Religious liberty is the first freedom in our Constitution. And whether the cause is justice for the persecuted, compassion for the needy and the sick, or mercy for the child waiting to be born, there is no greater force for good in the nation than Christian conscience in action. - Author: Mitt Romney
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#65. If we fulfill our responsibility to the Constitution, the Supreme Court will be filled with superior legal minds who will pursue the one agenda that our founding fathers intended in writing the Constitution: justice, rather than political or personal goals. - Author: Chuck Grassley
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#66. Despite the enormous role that local government plays in our daily lives, the constitution makes not one mention of it. - Author: Anthony Albanese
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#67. An independent judiciary does not mean judges independent of the Constitution from which they derive their power or independent of the laws that they are sworn to uphold. - Author: Thomas Sowell
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#68. In this distribution of powers the wisdom of our constitution is manifested. It is the province and duty of the Executive to preserve to the Nation the blessings of peace. The Legislature alone can interrupt those blessings, by placing the Nation in a state of War. - Author: Alexander Hamilton
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#69. And therefore, for the sake of my mater, without any regard for my own, I hope all those that have a due regard for our constitution and for the rights and prerogatives of the crown, without which our constitution can not be preserved, will be against this motion. - Author: Robert Walpole
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#70. With all the defects in our Constitution, whether general or particular, the comparison of our government with those of Europe, is like a comparison of Heaven with Hell. England, like the earth, may be allowed to take the intermediate station. - Author: Thomas Jefferson
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#71. The Confederate Constitution was almost identical to that of the United States. - Author: Bruce Catton
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#72. I took an oath of office to the Constitution, I didn't take an oath of office to my party or my president. - Author: Chuck Hagel
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#73. The happy Union of these States is a wonder; their Constitution a miracle; their example the hope of Liberty throughout the world. - Author: James Madison
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#74. 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. - Author: Learned Hand
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#75. We have freedom of the press; I think it's guaranteed in the Constitution or something." The - Author: Morgan Llywelyn
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#76. Drunkenness is the vice of a good constitution or of a bad memory of a constitution so treacherously good that it never bends till it breaks; or of a memory that recollects the pleasures of getting intoxicated, but forgets the pains of getting sober. - Author: Charles Caleb Colton
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#77. 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. - Author: Andrew Jackson
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#78. I fight very strongly against libertarian influence within the Republican Party and the conservative movement. I don't think the libertarians have it right when it comes to what the Constitution's all about. I don't think they have it right as to what our history is. - Author: Rick Santorum
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#79. He [Roosevelt] has made some speeches that indicate that he is going quite beyond anything that he advocated when he was in the White House, and has proposed a program which is absolutely impossible to carry out except by a revision of the Constitution. - Author: William Howard Taft
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#80. Scoundrels will be corrupt and unconcerned citizens apathetic under even the best constitution. - Author: William Earl Maxwell
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#81. It is a Constitution that morphs while you look at it like Plasticman ... That is contrary to our whole tradition, to in God we trust on the coins, to Thanksgiving proclamations, to (Congressional) chaplains, to tax exemption for places of worship, which has always existed in America. - Author: Antonin Scalia
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#82. I don't think the Constitution is studied almost anywhere, including law schools. In law schools, what they study is what the court said about the Constitution. They study the opinions. They don't study the Constitution itself. - Author: Robert Bork
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#83. Next to be in one with worshiping God, there is nothing in this world upon which this church should be more united than in upholding and defending the constitution of the United States. - Author: David O. McKay
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#84. The Constitution was never meant to prevent people from praying, it's declared purpose was to protect their freedom to pray - Author: Ronald Reagan
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#85. The least we can do is to respect the Constitution because that's the foundation on which our republic is built. If you give the Constitution the go-by, your republic will be under stress. - Author: Kishore Chandra Deo
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#86. The framers of our constitution had the sagacity to vest in Congress all implied powers: that is, powers necessary and proper to carry into effect all the delegated powers wherever vested. - Author: John C. Calhoun
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#87. The Constitution is a pantheon of values, and a lot of hard cases are hard because the Constitution gives no simple rule of decision for the cases in which one of the values is truly at odds with another. - Author: David Souter
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#88. Deep within the human constitution lie written laws of nature that should guide man in the conduct of his life. - Author: Herbert M. Shelton
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#89. When love enters, the whole spiritual constitution of a man changes, is filled with the Holy Ghost, and almost his form is altered. - Author: D.H. Lawrence
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#90. Religious people, in the name of the Constitution, are increasingly being shoved to the back of the social bus. - Author: Pat Swindall
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#91. Our constitutional ban on religious tests for public office is worth less to the non-religious than the sheepskin parchment it was written on was worth to the sheep. - Author: Unknown
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#92. The government created by this compact was not made the exclusive or final judge of the extent of the powers delegated to itself; since that would have made its discretion, and not the Constitution, the measure of its powers. - Author: Thomas Jefferson
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#93. The beauty of a society is not just in the laws upon which the society revolves, but how the society regards, upholds and obeys the laws which set boundaries for a beautiful and a harmonious society! - Author: Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
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#94. The Constitution separated the ideologies and values of the Church from the State, and leaders of the State were thus educated in matters pertaining to the State. These leaders proved themselves time after time with their pragmatic intellectual capacities. - Author: Mike Medavoy
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#95. You deny them hope. Any man in this world, Atticus, any man who has a head and arms and legs, was born with hope in his heart. You won't find that in the Constitution, I picked that up in church somewhere. They are simple people, most of them, but that doesn't make them subhuman. - Author: Harper Lee
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#96. The vote, cast in a free atmosphere and with all inclinations and parties at present, was after all a vote to the Islamic Republic, to national independence, to the Constitution and to the Islamic causes. - Author: Ali Khamenei
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#97. Our federal Constitution embodies the idea of modern India: it defines not only India but also modernity. - Author: Pranab Mukherjee
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#98. The glory of justice and the majesty of law are created not just by the Constitution - nor by the courts - nor by the officers of the law - nor by the lawyers - but by the men and women who constitute our society - who are the protectors of the law as they are themselves protected by the law. - Author: Robert Kennedy
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#99. It is the right of our people to organize to oppose any law and any part of the Constitution with which they are not in sympathy. - Author: Al Smith
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#100. The Constitution is America's glue, Democracy is the Constitution's glue. - Author: Herbert Hoover
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