The strength of the Constitution lies entirely in the determination of each citizen to defend it. Only if every single citizen feels duty bound to do his share in this defense are the constitutional rights secure.
– Albert Einstein, 1879 – 1955
Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.
– Daniel Webster, 1782 – 1852
The peculiar circumstances of the moment may render a measure more or less wise, but cannot render it more or less constitutional.
– John Marshall
The Constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of people.
– William O. Douglas, 1898 – 1980
History teaches that grave threats to liberty often come in times of urgency, when constitutional rights seem too extravagant to endure.
– Thurgood Marshall, 1908 – 1993