John Marshall Quotes



"The power to tax involves the power to destroy."

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

"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 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 law does not expect a man to be prepared to defend every act of his life which may be suddenly and without notice alleged against him."

"This provision is made in a constitution, intended to endure for ages to come, and consequently, to be adapted to the various crises of human affairs."

"It is emphatically the province and duty of the judicial department to say what the law is...If two laws conflict with each other, the courts must decide on the operation of each...This is of the very essence of judicial duty."

Compiled by Thomas George
editor@Wisdom-of-the-Wise.com