"The American constitutions were to liberty,
what a grammar is to language:
they define its parts of speech and
practically construct them into syntax."
Thomas Paine
(1737-1809) US Founding father, pamphleteer, author
The Rights of Man, 1791
Bookmark and Share  
Reader comments about this quote:
This one statement alone would declare our current national legal language to be babble.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Another winner.
     -- Dick, Fort Worth     
    Government has slaughtered the Constitution like a teenager slaughters the English language. "HOT" means high temperatures OR very attractive. "Shall not be infringed" means any weapon OR unless a law says otherwise.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
    If Americans paid more attention to the actual structure of the founding documents, they would understand that they are essentially the declarations of the people themselves, not the government to the people. Of course, no one can speak for another, and therefore it is integral that each American declare the words of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution as their own -- if not, then they have resigned themselves as mere subjects of the 'crown' who must obey the ruling class rather than defend the very rights they absolutely must declare as their own. When 'We the People' truly understand the 'grammar' of the Constitution, they will always remember that they are the masters and the government their servants -- not the other way around.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Rate this quote!
    How many stars?

    What do YOU think?
    Your name:
    Your town:

    More Quotations
    Get a Quote-A-Day! Free!
    Liberty Quotes sent to your mail box.
    RSS Subscribe
    Quotes & Quotations - Send This Quote to a Friend

    © 1998-2023 Liberty-Tree.ca