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  • The U.S. Bill of Rights was influenced by the 1776 Virginia Declaration of Rights, the 1689 English Bill of Rights, and other works on natural rights including the Magna Carta (1215).
  • It was a required course—easy even by the desultory standards of our school — but trying to get Boris to understand about the Bill of Rights, and the enumerated versus implied powers of the U.S. Congress, reminded me of the time I’d tried to explain to Mrs. Barbour what an Internet server was.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Ask him to describe a rose, to quote one passage from the Constitution or the Bill of Rights.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  A Lesson Before Dying
  • When her sister called up indignant and spouting about the Bill of Rights, had Diana thought that her nephew was going to grow up to become a psychopath?
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes

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  • The Americans have a Bill of Rights, right?
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • They made him out to be the Royal arms, the Union-Jack, Magna Charta, John Bull, Habeas Corpus, the Bill of Rights, An Englishman’s house is his castle, Church and State, and God save the Queen, all put together.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • I was armed with informationfrom Sarah Byrnes’s report on the Bill of Rights that I would use if necessary.
    Chris Crutcher  --  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
  • The Magna Carta, the Petition of Rights and the Bill of Rights, are documents which are held in veneration by democrats throughout the world.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • The Preamble to The Bill of Rights Congress of the United States begun and held at the City of New-York, on Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.
    United States ’Founding Fathers’  --  The Constitution of the United States
  • You can’t find the answer in the Bible or the Bill of Rights.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld

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  • And by the sacred Bill of Rights, you’ll have the protection from the murderer that any honest law-abiding citizen deserves.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • The Bill of Rights of that State declares that standing armies are dangerous to liberty, and ought not to be kept up in time of peace.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • The Magna Carta, the Petition of Rights, and the Bill of Rights are documents which are held in veneration by democrats throughout the world.
    Nelson Mandela  --  I Am Prepared to Die
  • It’s also an important part of our common citizenship; the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the judicial precedents, all these are in English.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • But spending on government services did not increase at a corresponding rate — because Colorado voters enacted a Taxpayers Bill of Rights in 1992 that placed strict limits on new government spending.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • I am a conservative in that I’m out to conserve the blue of the sky, the freshness of the air of which we have less and less, the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights, and whatever semblance of sanity we may have left.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • But we must never cease to proclaim in fearless tones the great principles of freedom and the rights of man which are the joint inheritance of the English-speaking world and which through Magna Carta, the Bill of Rights, the Habeas Corpus, trial by jury, and the English common law find their most famous expression in the American Declaration of Independence.
    Winston Churchill  --  Churchill’s Iron Curtain Speech
  • But we must never cease to proclaim in fearless tones the great principles of freedom and the rights of man which are the joint inheritance of the English-speaking world and which through Magna Carta, the Bill of Rights, the Habeas Corpus, trial by jury, and the English common law find their most famous expression in the American Declaration of Independence.
    Winston Churchill  --  Churchill’s Sinews of Peace Speech
  • New York has no bill of rights and her constitution says nothing about the matter.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • How about a bill of rights?
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • But of greater concern was the absence of a bill of rights, in the spirit of what he had written for the constitution of Massachusetts.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • ] Bill Of Rights In addition to, and amendment of, the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the Fifth Article of the original Constitution Article I Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government…
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • The other States have no bill of rights and their constitutions are silent.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Its Bill of Rights says that standing armies are dangerous to liberty and should not be kept up in peacetime.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • The Bill of Rights limited his authority.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • For a starter let’s adopt the Virginia Bill of Rights as article one.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • A third does not object to the government over individuals, or to the extent proposed, but to the want of a bill of rights.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • At the revolution, to abolish the exercise of so dangerous an authority, it became an article of the Bill of Rights then framed, that "the raising or keeping a standing army within the kingdom in time of peace, UNLESS WITH THE CONSENT OF PARLIAMENT, was against law."
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • A third doesn’t object to the government over individuals but wants a bill of rights.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • A fourth says a bill of rights is necessary but it should not declare the personal rights of individuals, but the rights reserved to the States.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • A fifth believe that a bill of rights would be superfluous, but the Constitution has the fatal power of regulating the times and places of election.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Is a bill of rights essential to liberty?
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • The Articles has no bill of rights.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Is a bill of rights essential to liberty?
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • The Confederation has no bill of rights.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • He wasn’t the kind of dad who showed her how to ride a bike or to skip stones-instead, he taught her the Latin words for things like faucet and octopus and porcupine; he explained to her the Bill of Rights.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Writing from Paris a few days later, before receiving Adams’s letter, Jefferson said nothing about a bill of rights, only that there were "things" in the Constitution that "stagger all my dispositions to subscribe" to it.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • A fifth is of opinion that a bill of rights of any sort would be superfluous and misplaced, and that the plan would be unexceptionable but for the fatal power of regulating the times and places of election.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • A fourth concurs in the absolute necessity of a bill of rights, but contends that it ought to be declaratory, not of the personal rights of individuals, but of the rights reserved to the States in their political capacity.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Number 84: Bill of Rights; Capital; Debts due Union; Expenses
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • 2 The most important of the remaining objections is that the new Constitution contains no bill of rights.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Some of the State constitutions also have no bill of rights.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • New York has no bill of rights.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Parliament then made it the "Bill of Rights."
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Therefore, a bill of rights doesn’t belong in the Constitution.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • 10 A bill of rights is not only unnecessary in the proposed Constitution, but would be dangerous.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Constitution as Bill of Rights
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • 12 The Constitution is, in every rational sense and to every useful purpose, A BILL OF RIGHTS.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Conversely, the constitution of each State is its bill of rights.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • And the proposed Constitution, if adopted, will be the bill of rights of the Union.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
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