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" 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. "
Memoir, Correspondence, and Miscellanies, from the Papers of Thomas Jefferson - Seite 290
von Thomas Jefferson - 1830
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Collected Writings on Education and Drama

Dorothy Heathcote - 1991 - 218 Seiten
...itself. Like the generation of the revolutionary dead we have a destiny to create. Thomas Jefferson said: Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious...too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of a preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what 198 they did to be beyond amendment ......
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The Hamilton-Madison-Jefferson Triangle

Morton J. Frisch - 1992 - 39 Seiten
...most precise formulation on the imperfection of constitutions as constitutions was his statement that "some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious...human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment . . . But I know . . . that laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human...
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The Broken Covenant: American Civil Religion in Time of Trial

Robert N. Bellah - 1992 - 198 Seiten
...felt it would be a good thing to have a revolution every 20 years. 45 He was contemptuous of those who "look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence,...the ark of the covenant, too sacred to be touched." 46 The evangelicals, in the revival of 1800 that was intimately connected with the electoral victory...
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The Broken Covenant: American Civil Religion in Time of Trial

Robert N. Bellah - 1992 - 198 Seiten
...felt it would be a good thing to have a revolution every 20 years.45 He was contemptuous of those who "look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence,...them like the ark of the covenant, too sacred to be touched."46 The evangelicals, in the revival of 1800 that was intimately connected with the electoral...
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The Georgia State Constitution: A Reference Guide, Band 55

Melvin B. Hill - 1994 - 294 Seiten
...be complete without a discussion of constitutional amendments. Thomas Jefferson once observed that "some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious...than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment."76 When Jefferson wrote these words, he did not have Georgia on his mind. In fact, the most...
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Jefferson and Madison: Three Conversations from the Founding

Lance Banning - 1995 - 241 Seiten
...the natural, instead of the abusive state of man. And the fore horse of this frightful team is pubic debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness...with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the arc of the covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom...
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Passions and Constraint: On the Theory of Liberal Democracy

Stephen Holmes - 1997 - 337 Seiten
...concrete aims than if hotly contested amendment campaigns were waged and even won. According to Jefferson, "some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious...them like the ark of the covenant, too sacred to be touched."82 Madison was not one of these men. He did not wish to insulate the ground rules from all...
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Judicial Dictatorship

William Quirk, R. Randall Bridwell - 1995 - 143 Seiten
...Constitution was not an object of worship, "like the arc of the covenant, too sacred to be touched": Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the arc of the covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom...
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Democracy and Difference: Contesting the Boundaries of the Political

Seyla Benhabib, Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy Seyla Benhabib - 1996 - 373 Seiten
...revolutionary ardor. He warned against looking "at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem[ing] them like the ark of the covenant, too sacred to be touched,"" and he is known famously for his insistence that "the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to...
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Reauthorization of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of ...

United States. Congress. House. Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Subcommittee on Surface Transportation - 1997
...pretty much as it is and extend it for several more years? Mr. Chairman, Thomas Jefferson once wrote, "Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious...and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment." I think those are fitting words as we begin the consideration of the post-ISTEA era. I, for one, do not...
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