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John Marshall Quote: “To listen well is as powerful a means of communication and influence as to talk well.”

To listen well is as powerful a means of communication and influence as to talk well.

— John Marshall



John Marshall Quote: “The power to tax is the power to destroy.”

The power to tax is the power to destroy.

— John Marshall


John Marshall Quote: “What are the maxims of Democracy? A strict observance of justice and public faith, and a steady adherence to virtue.”

What are the maxims of Democracy? A strict observance of justice and public faith, and a steady adherence to virtue.

— John Marshall


John Marshall Quote: “Our Constitution is color-blind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens. In respect of civil rights, all citizens are equal before the law. The humblest is the peer of the most powerful.”

Our Constitution is color-blind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens. In respect of civil rights, all citizens are equal before the law. The humblest is the peer of the most powerful.

— John Marshall


John Marshall Quote: “The Constitution is colorblind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens.”

The Constitution is colorblind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens.

— John Marshall


John Marshall Quote: “The people made the Constitution, and the people can unmake it. It is the creature of their own will, and lives only by their will.”

The people made the Constitution, and the people can unmake it. It is the creature of their own will, and lives only by their will.

— John Marshall


John Marshall Quote: “It is emphatically the province and duty of the Judicial Department to say what the law is.”

It is emphatically the province and duty of the Judicial Department to say what the law is.

— John Marshall


John Marshall Quote: “The peculiar circumstances of the moment may render a measure more or less wise, but cannot render it more or less constitutional.”

The peculiar circumstances of the moment may render a measure more or less wise, but cannot render it more or less constitutional.

— John Marshall


John Marshall Quote: “Let the end be legitimate, let it be within the scope of the constitution, and all means which are appropriate, which are plainly adapted to that end, which are not prohibited, but consist with the letter and spirit of the constitution, are constitutional.”

Let the end be legitimate, let it be within the scope of the constitution, and all means which are appropriate, which are plainly adapted to that end, which are not prohibited, but consist with the letter and spirit of the constitution, are constitutional.

— John Marshall


John Marshall Quote: “Certainly all those who have framed written constitutions contemplate them as forming the fundamental and paramount law of the nation, and consequently the theory of every such government must be, that an act of the legislature, repugnant to the constitution, is void.”

Certainly all those who have framed written constitutions contemplate them as forming the fundamental and paramount law of the nation, and consequently the theory of every such government must be, that an act of the legislature, repugnant to the constitution, is void.

— John Marshall



John Marshall Quote: “A constitution is framed for ages to come, and is designed to approach immortality as nearly as human institutions can approach it.”

A constitution is framed for ages to come, and is designed to approach immortality as nearly as human institutions can approach it.

— John Marshall


John Marshall Quote: “The acme of judicial distinction means the ability to look a lawyer straight in the eyes for two hours and not hear a damned word he says.”

The acme of judicial distinction means the ability to look a lawyer straight in the eyes for two hours and not hear a damned word he says.

— John Marshall


John Marshall Quote: “Between a balanced republic and a democracy, the difference is like that between order and chaos.”

Between a balanced republic and a democracy, the difference is like that between order and chaos.

— John Marshall


John Marshall Quote: “The institution of Masonry ought to be abandoned as one capable of much evil, and incapable of producing any good which might not be affected by safe and open means.”

The institution of Masonry ought to be abandoned as one capable of much evil, and incapable of producing any good which might not be affected by safe and open means.

— John Marshall


John Marshall Quote: “A corporation is an artificial being, invisible, intangible, and existing only in contemplation of law.”

A corporation is an artificial being, invisible, intangible, and existing only in contemplation of law.

— John Marshall


John Marshall Quote: “The most lively fancy aided by the strongest description cannot equal the reality of the opera.”

The most lively fancy aided by the strongest description cannot equal the reality of the opera.

— John Marshall


John Marshall Quote: “This government is acknowledged by all, to be one of enumerated powers.”

This government is acknowledged by all, to be one of enumerated powers.

— John Marshall


John Marshall Quote: “What is it that makes us trust our judges? Their independence in office and manner of appointment.”

What is it that makes us trust our judges? Their independence in office and manner of appointment.

— John Marshall


John Marshall Quote: “In a free government almost all other rights would become worthless if the government possessed power over the private fortune of every citizen.”

In a free government almost all other rights would become worthless if the government possessed power over the private fortune of every citizen.

— John Marshall


John Marshall Quote: “No political dreamer was ever wild enough to think of breaking down the lines which separate the States and compounding the American people into one common mass.”

No political dreamer was ever wild enough to think of breaking down the lines which separate the States and compounding the American people into one common mass.

— John Marshall


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