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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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Divine Intervention: Jesus Or Jefferson?

Stanley Kimmel Kesselman - 2006 - 209 Seiten
...housecleaning every twenty years because "institutions must advance and keep pace with the times." 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 . . . But I know also that... as new discoveries are made,...
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The Yale Book of Quotations

Fred R. Shapiro, Associate Librarian and Lecturer in Legal Research Fred R Shapiro - 2006 - 1067 Seiten
...have cost us the evils which have never happened! Letter to John Adams, 8 Apr. 1816 See Twain 148 43 . . . Laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. . . . We might...
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Machine That Would Go of Itself: The Constitution in American Culture

Michael G. Kammen - 1986 - 530 Seiten
...Thomas Jefferson, still the symbolic leader of the Democratic Republicans, remarked disparagingly that "some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious...the ark of the covenant, too sacred to be touched." 12 In 1823-24, when pro-slavery advocates in South Carolina felt that an opinion rendered by the US...
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Law and the Sacred

Austin Sarat, Lawrence Douglas - 2007 - 192 Seiten
...serious to require radical amendment. 3 "Some men look at constitutions," wrote Thomas Jefferson in 1816, "with sanctimonious reverence and deem them, like...the ark of the covenant, too sacred to be touched." 4 I believe that Madison's hope (or Jefferson's implicit fear) is being ever more realized, for Americans...
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Our Undemocratic Constitution: Where the Constitution Goes Wrong (And How We ...

Sanford Levinson - 2006 - 272 Seiten
...ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 223 INDEX 227 This page intentionally left blank PRELUDE THE WISDOM OF THOMAS JEFFERSON 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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Radicals in Robes

Cass R. Sunstein, R Sunstein - 2009 - 304 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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Dominion of Memories: Jefferson, Madison, and the Decline of Virginia

Susan Dunn - 2007 - 320 Seiten
...takeovers and boisterous rallies. He believed in calm, reflective, and periodic constitutional change. "Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious...the ark of the covenant, too sacred to be touched," Jefferson wrote to his friend Samuel Kercheval in 1816. "They ascribe to the men of the preceding age...
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