We have erased segregation in those areas of national life to which Federal authority clearly extends. So doing in this, my friends, we have neither sought nor claimed partisan credit, and all such actions are nothing more -- nothing less than the rendering of justice. And we have always been aware of this great truth: the final battle against intolerance is to be fought -- not in the chambers of any legislature -- but in the hearts of men.
The Constitution... meant that its coordinate branches should be checks on each other. But the opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves in their own sphere of action but for the legislature and Executive also in their spheres, would make the Judiciary a despotic branch.thomas jefferson
The legislature have anxiously provided for those most useful and deserving body of men, the seamen and marines of this country.Lord Kenyon, C.J., Turtle v. Hartwell (1795), 6 T. R. 429.
During my tenure of power, myearnest wish has beento impress the people of this country with a belief that the legislature was animated bya sincere desire to frame its legislation upon the principles of equity and justice? Deprive me of power tomorrow, but you can never deprive me of the consciousness that I have exercised the powers committed to me from no corrupt or interested motives, from no desire to gratifyambition, or to attain any personal object.1846 On the repeal of the Corn Laws, House of Commons, 15 May.
No man's life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session.Final accounting in the Estate of A.B. (1866) 
Wow, are you confused. The man who was voted Video Game Co-Person of the Year, along with Paul Eibeler, for 2005 is testifying before a state legislature on behalf of a constitutional video game bill, and that is not news at a site supposedly dedicated to covering governmental efforts against the video game industry? What illegal substance are you on, bucko?jack thompson
The Pennsylvania legislature, who, on a proposition to make the belief in God a necessary qualification for office, rejected it by a great majority, although assuredly there was not a single atheist in their body. And you remember to have heard, that when the act for religious freedom was before the Virginia Assembly, a motion to insert the name of Jesus Christ before the phrase, "the author of our holy religion," which stood in the bill, was rejected, although that was the creed of a great majority of them.Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Albert Gallatin (June 16, 1817). Published in The Works of Thomas Jefferson in Twelve Volumes, Federal Edition, Paul Leicester Ford, ed., New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1904, Vol. 12, p. 73.
If the function of this Court is to be essentially no different from that of a legislature, if the considerations governing constitutional construction are to be substantially those that underlie legislation, then indeed judges should not have life .Felix Frankfurter, in Religious Liberty and the American Supreme Court: The Essential Cases and ..., p.58
Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature.Kin Hubbard, in Marching To Zion, p.52
I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibit the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation.Thomas Jefferson, in Religious Education in Public Schools: Study of Comparative Law, p.213
We're in the hands of the state legislature and God, but at the moment, the state legislature has more to say than God.Edward Koch, in 449 Stupid Things Democrats Have Said, p.127
I don't think you can make a lawyer honest by an act of legislature. You've got to work on his conscience. And his lack of conscience is what makes him a lawyer.Will Rogers, in Law and the Web of Society, p.39
There are two ways of construing an Act of Parliament one to extend it to every case reasonably within its operation, and the other to lay hold of every expression to limit and curtail the intention of the legislature.Sir John Stuart, V.-C, In re Warner and Powell's Arbitration (1866), L. R. 3 Eq. Ca. 266.
We must give effect to the plain language of the legislature, according to the fair interpretation of the words of the Act.Abbott, C.J., Baildon v. Pitter (1819), 1 Chit. Rep. 639.
We must decide according to the intention of the legislature, which is to be collected from the general object of the Act and from the particular words used in it.Grose, J., Farmer v. Legg (1797), 7 T. R. 192.
Our limited function is not to say what the legislature meant, but to ascertain what the legislature has said that it meant.Mathen, J., Rothschild & Sons v. Commissioners of Inland Revenue (1894), L. R. 2 Q. B. D. , p. 145.
Courts are the mere instruments of the law, and can will nothing. When they are said to exercise a discretion, it is a mere legal discretion, a discretion to be exercised in discerning the course prescribed by law; and, when that is discerned, it is the duty of the Court to follow it. Judicial power is never exericised for the purpose of giving effect to the will of the Judge; always for the purpose of giving effect to the will of the legislature; or, in other words, to the will of the law.john marshall
It appears to me to be the duty of every Court, whether a Court of equity or a Court of law, to give effect to the plain meaning of the legislature, whatever may be the views entertained of its policy or applicability in particular cases.Sir W. M. James, V.-C, Daun v. City of London Brewery Co. (1869), L. R. 8 Eq. Ca. 161.
I like the power given the legislature to levy taxes, and for that reason solely approve of the greater house being chosen by the people directly.Thomas Jefferson, in Origins of Legislative Sovereignty and the Legislative State, Volume 1; Volume 6, p.316
No man's life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session.Saying quoted by Gideon J. Tucker, Surrogate, in 1866 report of the final accounting in the estate of A. B. New York Surrogate Reports, 1 Tucker (N. Y. Surr.) 249 (1866).
I disclaim the power of legislation which is asserted to exist in this Court, and I say that, if such a right is to be created, it must be created by the legislature properly so called.Jessel, M.R., Day v. Brownrigg (1878), L. R. 10 C. D. 302.
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