Bill of Rights Quotes

Nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb. (Amend. V)

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial. (Amend. VI)

Painful as it may be to hear it, there’s nothing special about the people of this country that sets them apart from the other people of the world. It is the Bill of Rights, and only the Bill of Rights, that keeps us from becoming the world’s biggest banana republic. The moment we forget that, […]

The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts. One’s right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press, […]

It seems as if the Department (of Justice) sees the value of the Bill of Rights as no more than obstacles to be overcome.

Let no man think that we can deny civil liberty to others and retain it for ourselves. When zealous agents of the government arrest suspected ‘radicals’ without warrant, hold them without prompt trial, deny them access to counsel and admission of bail… we have shorn the Bill of Rights of its sanctity as a shield […]

It has been objected also against a bill of rights, that, by enumerating particular exceptions to the grant of power, it would disparage those rights which were not placed in that enumeration, and it might follow by implication, that those rights which were not singled out, were intended to be assigned into the hands of […]

The only good bureaucrat is one with a pistol at his head. Put it in his hand and it’s good-by to the Bill of Rights.

To Jefferson goes the credit of writing our Declaration of Independence. To Lincoln goes the credit of writing our Declaration of Dependence. Jefferson declared we were independent from tyrants; Lincoln added, we are dependent on God. The ethical complement to our Bill of Rights, he told us, is our Bill of Duties.

Once you put ifs and buts in the Bill of Rights, nobody’s civil liberties will be secure.