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The 411: Youth

Celebrate the Constitution Sept. 17-23!

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Famous Quotes About The Constitution

“I confess that there are several parts of this Constitution which I do not at present approve, but I am not sure I shall never approve them. For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged by better information, or fuller consideration, to change opinions even on important subjects, which I once thought right, but found to be otherwise.”

-- Benjamin Franklin, 1787

“My political curiosity, exclusive of my anxious solicitude for the public welfare, leads me to ask who authorized them (the framers of the Constitution) to speak the language of ‘We, the People,’ instead of ‘We, the States’?”

-- Patrick Henry, 1788 (Orations of American Orators)

“As the British Constitution is the most subtle organism which has proceeded from the womb and long gestation of progressive history, so the American Constitution is, so far as I can see, the most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man.”

-- W. E. Gladstone

“The Constitution, on this hypothesis, is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the Judiciary, which they may twist and shape into any form they please.”

-- Thomas Jefferson

“I am exceedingly distressed at the proceedings of the Convention--being ... almost sure, they will ... lay the foundation of a Civil War.”

-- Elbridge Gerry (Massachusetts Delegate), 1787

“I consider the difference between a system founded on

the legislatures only, and one founded on the people, to be the true difference between a league or treaty and a constitution.”

-- James Madison, at the Constitutional Convention, 1787

“Let our government be like that of the solar system. Let the general government be like the sun and the states the planets, repelled yet attracted, and the whole moving regularly and harmoniously in several orbits.”

-- John Dickinson (Delaware Delegate), 1787

Your Opinions and Comments

Elaine K.  
September 17, 2013 3:50pm
As we celebrate the Constitution, look at what is happening to it:

Sara Canady  
Floresville, TX  
September 17, 2013 3:23pm
What a great reminder! Thank you WCN for featuring the US Constitution in the 411 this week. So refreshing and encouraging. Actually, every day is "Constitution Day" for American citizens. Because I have lived ... More ›

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