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Knowing our constitution is the first step in preserving it.
Our constitution is the supreme law of our land, and it outlines our most basic rights and freedoms, the need for domestic tranquility and a better future for the country.
The constitution was designed to protect us from tyrannical government and to ensure that all citizens in the nation are treated equally. By reading inspiring quotes about the constitution, we can learn from the wisdom of some great scholars and be motivated to do better.
When you read Famous Constitution Quotes, you can better understand the intent of the Founding Fathers when they wrote the Constitution.
“Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.”
― Abraham Lincoln
“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
“I have a problem with people who take the Constitution loosely and the Bible literally.”
The quotes also provide valuable insight into how the Constitution has been interpreted over the years.
“The President is a servant of the Constitution and not its master. There is nothing explicit or implicit in that instrument which exempts him from a duty the law imposes on all competent human beings in our land.”
—U.S. Senator Sam Ervin (1896 – 1985) during the Watergate Hearings (D-NC).
“The Constitution has sheltered us from those who would destroy freedom, but the fortress is incredibly fragile because it is only as strong as our devotion and allegiance.”
—Janice Rogers Brown.
“In questions of power, let no more be said of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”
“The problem is whether the American people have loyalty enough, honor enough, patriotism enough, to live up to their own Constitution.”
“A society in which men and women are morally adrift, ignorant of norms, and intent chiefly upon gratification of appetites, will be a bad society—no matter how many people vote and no matter how liberal its formal constitution may be.”
“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined.”
"Constitution is not a mere lawyers document, it is a vehicle of Life, and its spirit is always the spirit of Age."
- 'Writings And Speeches: A Ready Reference Manual', Dr. B.R. Ambedkar.
Founders' Quotes About The Constitution can help you appreciate the fundamental principles of American government and the rights guaranteed to citizens by the constitution.
“Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.”
– John Adams, 1765.
“The propriety of a law, in a constitutional light, must always be determined by the nature of the powers upon which it is founded.”
– Federalist 33, Alexander Hamilton, 1788.
“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.”
– James Madison, Federalist 45, 1788.
“Without liberty, law loses its nature and its name, and becomes oppression. Without law, liberty also loses its nature and its name, and becomes licentiousness.”
– 'Of the Study of the Law in the United States', James Wilson, 1790.
“I own I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.”
– Letter to James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, 1787.
“One thing is clear: The Founding Fathers never intended a nation where citizens would pay nearly half of everything they earn to the government.”
― Ron Paul.
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
– Tenth Amendment, 1791.
“The principle of the Constitution is that of a separation of Legislative, Executive and Judiciary functions, except in cases specified. If this principle be not expressed in direct terms, it is clearly the spirit of the Constitution …”
– Thomas Jefferson, Letter to James Madison, 1797.
“When vacancies happen in the Representation from any State, the Executive Authority thereof shall issue Writs of Election to fill such Vacancies.”
― Founding Fathers, The United States Constitution.
"All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives."
-Founding Fathers, The United States Constitution.
(Quotes about the constitution can provide valuable insights.)
Reading inspiring quotes about the constitution and also from the constitution can help remind us of the foundation on which our world was built.
“The strength of the Constitution lies entirely in the determination of each citizen to defend it. Only if every single citizen feels duty bound to do his share in this defense are the constitutional rights secure.”
― Albert Einstein.
“If I find the constitution being misused, I shall be the first to burn it.”
― 'Writings And Speeches: A Ready Reference Manual', Dr. B. R. Ambedkar.
“The answer to 1984 is 1776.”
― Alex E. Jones.
“Why did the Articles [of Confederation] fail so completely? Most historians believe the founding fathers spent a great deal of their first constitutional convention drafting the delaration of independence and only realized on July 3rd the Articles were also due.”
― 'America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction', Jon Stewart.
"To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race."
― Calvin Coolidge.
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
― Sec. 1. The Preamble. [Constitution, Jefferson's Manual, and the Rules of the House of Representatives, 111th Congress], [The United States Constitution].
"The Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, the constitutions of the several states, and the organic laws of the territories all alike propose to protect the people in the exercise of their God-given rights. Not one of them pretends to bestow rights."
- Susan B. Anthony.
“The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence.”
– 'A Defence of the Constitutions of the Government of the United States of America', John Adams, 1787.
“The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States.”
– Art I.S8.C1.1.1 Taxing Power, US Constitution.
“It is not enough to be electors only.
It is necessary to be law-makers;
otherwise those who can be law-makers will be the masters of those who can only be electors.”
– 'Writings And Speeches: A Ready Reference Manual', Dr. B.R. Ambedkar.
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