Friday, January 22, 2010

Quotes on the Constitution

In questions of power let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the constitution.
Thomas Jefferson
The Kentucky Resolution
1798

The people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional character, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived.
James Madison
The Federalist Papers
1788

It is an excellency of this Constitution that it is expressed with brevity, and in the plain common language of mankind.
Oliver Ellsworth
Statement made during the ratification debate
1787-1788


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