Great constitutional provisions must be administered with caution. Some play must be allowed for the joints of the machine, and it must be remembered that legislatures are ultimate guardians of the liberties and welfare of the people in quite as great a degree as the courts.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway Company v. May, 194 U.S. 270 (1904).
The way to secure liberty is to place it in the people's hands, that is, to give them the power at all times to defend it in the legislature and in the courts of justice .
In effect, to follow, not to force the public inclination; to give a direction, a form, a technical dress, and a specific sanction, to the general sense of the community , is the true end of legislature.
Parliament will train you to talk; and above all things to hear, with patience, unlimited quantities of foolish talk.thomas carlyle
That a Parliament, especially a Parliament with Newspaper Reporters firmly established in it, is an entity which by its very nature cannot do work, but can do talk only.thomas carlyle
When a legislature undertakes to proscribe the exercise of a citizen 's constitutional rights it acts lawlessly and the citizen can take matters into his own hands and proceed on the basis that such a law is no law at all.
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 .
Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature.
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.
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.
We're in the hands of the state legislature and God, but at the moment, the state legislature has more to say than God.
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.
No man's life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session.
Public opinion is stronger than the legislature, and nearly as strong as the ten commandments.