Quotes of the Day for 17 September 2002 – The Constitution
The United States Constitution was drafted and signed by the key members of the Constitutional Convention on this day in 1787. It wasn't until March of '89 that it went into effect, but the words were grand, the principles firm.
The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.
- Patrick Henry, 1736 - 1799
There is nothing in the Constitution that authorizes or makes it the official duty of a president to have anything to do with criminal activities.
- Samuel James Ervin, Jr, 1896 - 1985
In questions of power, then, let no more be said of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.
- Thomas Jefferson, 1743 - 1826
The Constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of people.
- William O. Douglas
The Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.
- Benjamin Franklin, 1706 - 1790
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