Constitution Quotes

In denying the right (the Supreme Court usurps) of exclusively explaining the Constitution, I go further than (others) do, if I understand rightly (this) quotation from the Federalist of an opinion that ‘the judiciary is the last resort in relation to the other departments of the government, but not in relation to the rights of […]

With respect to the words, “general welfare,” I have always regarded them as qualified by the details of power connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators.

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.

It (the Constitution) is a good canvas, on which some strokes only want retouching.

A reservation of a right to withdraw… is a “conditional” ratification; that it does not make N. York a member of the New Union, and consequently she could not be received on that plan. Compacts must be reciprocal;… this principal would not in such a case be observed. The Constitution requires an adoption “in toto” […]

I hope that your committee will not permit doubt as to constitutionality, however reasonable, to block the suggested legislation (the Guffey Coal Control Bill).

No society can make a perpetual constitution, or even a perpetual law. The earth belongs always to the living generation… Every constitution then, and every law, naturally expires at the end of 19 years.

Those who ratified the Constitution conceived that this is not an indefinite government deriving its powers from the general terms prefixed in the specified powers, but a limited government, tied down to the specified powers which explain and define the general terms.

The United States Constitution has proven itself the most marvelously elastic compilation of rules of government ever written.

Some men look at the constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the ark of the covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment… I am certainly not an advocate for frequent and […]