Talk:United States Bill of Rights

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I'm changing the title from the generic "Bill of Rights" to the more specific "United States Bill of Rights". All of the quotes are referring to the U.S. Bill of Rights, not just any Bill of Rights for any country (such as the English Bill of Rights). Now we will also be able to put a wikiquote link on the wikipedia article U.S. Bill of Rights. Petrichor 21:36, 25 December 2005 (UTC)[reply]


  • The very first item in our Bill of Rights is freedom of the press, freedom of speech.
  • Without adherence to the original understanding, even the actual Bill of Rights could be pared or eliminated. It is asserted nonetheless, and sometimes on high authority, that the judicial philosophy of original understanding is fatally defective in any number of respects.
  • The Framers of the Bill of Rights did not purport to "create" rights. Rather, they designed the Bill of Rights to prohibit our Government from infringing rights and liberties presumed to be preexisting.
  • The Bill of Rights is a born rebel. It reeks with sedition. In every clause it shakes its fist in the face of constituted authority... it is the one guarantee of human freedom to the American people.
  • The whole of the Bill [of Rights] is a declaration of the right of the people at large or considered as individuals... It establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a right to deprive them of.
  • You must remember that, to defeat them, you have to beat them with the principles that this nation was founded upon, man's inalienable right to his own life, Andrew.
  • The Declaration of rights is like all other human blessings alloyed with some inconveniences, and not accomplishing fully its object. But the good in this instance vastly overweighs the evil.
  • A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inferences.
  • We have the Bill of Rights. What we need is a Bill of Responsibilities.
  • Like the government, corporations must be bound with the chains of the Constitution, and especially of the Bill of Rights.