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U. S. Constitution

[Let any modification of the constitutional powers be done] by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed.
George Washington

It is surely only a matter of time before some federal judge finds the Constitution unconstitutional.
Mark Steyn

Nothing is more senseless than to base so many expectations on the state, that is, to assume the existence of collective wisdom and foresight after taking for granted the existence of individual imbecility and improvidence.
Frédéric Bastiat

The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government. But the constitution which at any time exists, until changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people, is sacredly obligatory upon all.
George Washington

It is very doubtful whether man is enough of a political animal to produce a good, sensible, serious and efficient constitution. All the evidence is against it.
George Bernard Shaw

Some men look at 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 knew that age well; I belonged to it, and labored with it. It deserved well of its country. It was very like the present, but without the experience of the present; and forty years of experience in government is worth a century of book-reading.
Thomas Jefferson

When the Constitution was first framed I predicted that it would last fifty years. I was mistaken. It will evidently last longer than that. But I was mistaken only in point of time. The crash will come, but not quite so quick as I thought.
Ascribed to Aaron Burr

There is a higher law than the Constitution.
W. H. Seward

I yield slowly and reluctantly to the conviction that our Constitution cannot last. Our opinions are incompatible with a united government, even among ourselves. The Union has been preserved thus far by miracles. I fear they cannot continue.
John Marshall

What's the Constitution among friends?
Ascribed to Congressman Timothy Campbell

We are under a Constitution, but the Constitution is what the judges say it is.
Charles E. Hughes

The United States Constitution has proved itself the most marvelously elastic compilation of rules of government ever written.
F. D. Roosevelt

If the Constitution is to be construed to mean what the majority at any given period in history wish the Constitution to mean, why a written Constitution and deliberate processes of amendment?
Frank J. Hogan

U. S. Grant

I wish some of you would tell me the brand of whiskey that Grant drinks. I would like to send a barrel of it to my other generals.
Ascribed to Abraham Lincoln

He [Grant] is a scientific Goth, resembling Alaric, destroying the country as he goes and delivering the people over to starvation. Nor does he bury his dead, but leaves them to rot on the battlefield.
John Tyler


Such, indeed, is the uncertainty of all human affairs, that security and despair are equal follies; and as it is presumption and arrogance to anticipate triumphs, it is weakness and cowardice to prognosticate miscarriages.
Samuel Johnson


They condemn what they do not understand. (Damnant quod non intelligunt.)

An emendation of the text has been proposed: but surely the learning of the ancients had been long ago obliterated, had every man thought himself at liberty to corrupt the lines which he did not understand.
Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson


The general remedy of those, who are uneasy without knowing the cause, is change of place; they are willing to imagine that their pain is the consequence of some local inconvenience, and endeavour to fly from it, as children from their shadows; always hoping for some more satisfactory delight from every new scene, and always returning home with disappointment and complaints.
Samuel Johnson

Money and time are the heaviest burdens of life, and that the unhappiest of all mortals are those who have more of either than they know how to use.
Samuel Johnson

Unintended Consequence

But we have inherited a vast number of social ills which never came from Nature. They are the complicated products of all the tinkering, muddling, and blundering of social doctors in the past.
William Graham Sumner


Unionism seldom, if ever, uses such power as it has to insure better work; almost always it devotes a large part of that power to safeguarding bad work.
H. L. Mencken

Unions may have existed to serve workers' interests at one time. These days, they exist to serve liberalism.
Stephen Spruiell

When school children start paying union dues, that's when I'll start representing the interests of school children.
Al Shanker, former American Federation of Teachers president

British trade unionism has … become a formula for national misery.
Paul Johnson

[A closed shop union] is evil because it is a form of monopoly achieved by coercion and it has all the anti-social consequences of any other monopoly.
Paul Johnson

[Union leaders are] an ugly factional interest, like any other which has stained the pages of history, operating at the expense of the community, and motivated by an insatiable lust for personal power, and by enormous greed.
Paul Johnson

United Nations

More and more, the UN begins to resemble, and sound like, a thieves' kitchen. … why do the powers still attached to civilised standards continue to give it their countenance?
Paul Johnson


In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.
Douglas Adams

There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.
Douglas Adams

I'm astounded by people who want to "know" the universe when it's hard enough to find your way around Chinatown.
Woody Allen


A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students.
John Ciardi

San Diego State University [is] Harvard, without all the smart people.
Samuel Halpern

It is a myth that universities are nurseries of reason. They are hot-houses for every kind of extremism, irrationality, intolerance and prejudice, where intellectual and social snobbery is almost purposefully instilled and where dons attempt to pass on to their students their own sins of pride.
Paul Johnson

Universities are the most overrated institutions of our age.
Paul Johnson

He that lives in a college, after his mind is sufficiently stocked with learning, is like a man who, having built and rigged and victualled a ship, should lock her up in a dry dock.
Edmund Burke

The delusion that there are thousands of young people about who are capable of benefiting from university training, but have somehow failed to find their way there, is … a necessary component of the expansionist case … More will mean worse.
Kingsley Amis

I feel no pain dear mother now
But oh, I am so dry!
O take me to a brewery
And leave me there to die.
Anonymous, parody of "The Collier's Dying Child"

Universities incline wits to sophistry and affectation.
Francis Bacon


Utopian movements produce dystopias.
Dennis Prager

What begins as a Utopian vision, always — always — ends in bloodshed. Because you have to force a utopia on a free people. Free people want to pursue their own happiness, but a one-size-fits-all approach requires herding the free, against their will, into the state's idea of what's right. Then it's not utopia.
Greg Gutfeld

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