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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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Thomas Jefferson and the Rhetoric of Virtue

James L. Golden, Professor Emeritus James L Golden, Alan L. Golden - 2002 - 522 Seiten
...improvement of our society. He voiced this sentiment in a letter to Samuel Kercheval on July 12, 1816: 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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The Revolution of 1800: Democracy, Race, and the New Republic

James J. Horn, Jan Ellen Lewis, Peter S. Onuf - 2002 - 456 Seiten
...shrine, Jefferson ridiculed those who looked on constitutions with "sanctimonious reverence and deemed them like the Ark of the Covenant too sacred to be touched." He touted his party as following "the guidance of . . . theory."2o In countries "left free," the forms...
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Ending Poverty As We Know It: Guaranteeing A Right To A Job

William Quigley - 2008 - 240 Seiten
...much, much better. VA CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO A JOB AT A LIVING WAGE 10 A Constitutional Amendment Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious...preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose that what they did to be beyond amendment. ... I am certainly not an advocate for frequent and untried...
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The Portable Hannah Arendt

Hannah Arendt, Peter R. Baehr - 2003 - 575 Seiten
...occasional, and sometimes violent, antagonism against the Constitution and particularly against those who 'look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence,...them like the ark of the covenant, too sacred to be touched'2 was motivated by a feeling of outrage about the injustice that only his generation should...
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Thomas Jefferson: The Revolution of Ideas

Richard B. Bernstein - 2004 - 251 Seiten
...that his fellow citizens felt for the early leaders of the Revolution and their political handiwork: 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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To Bear Witness: A Journey of Healing and Solidarity

Kevin Cahill - 2009 - 272 Seiten
...Jefferson believed that "Nothing is unchangeable but the inherent and inalienable rights of man." He noted, "Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious...Covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment....
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Congreso Internacional Reforma de la constitución y control de ...

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogota). Congreso Internacional - 2005 - 599 Seiten
...una generación no es tan capaz como la otra de velar por sí misma y ordenar sus propios asuntos". "Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the ark ofthe covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men ofthe preceding age a wisdom more...
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Radicals in Robes: Why Extreme Right-wing Courts are Wrong for America

Cass R. Sunstein - 2005 - 281 Seiten
...for a constitutional amendment before those particular values can be cast aside. — Antonin Scalia' 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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The Constitutional Convention of 1787: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia ..., Band 1

John R. Vile - 2005 - 1009 Seiten
...(continued) on the national level, his words would have application to both kinds of constitutions: Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the arc [sic] of the covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a...
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The Essential Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson, Jean M. Yarbrough - 1963 - 328 Seiten
...this world, have mistaken it for the natural, instead of the abusive state of man. And the fore horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows...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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