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Drafting a constitution is only the first step.
by Emma Bonino

Drafting a constitution is only the first step.
The constitution has to be granted legitimacy by open discussion and a fair,
representative referendum.
- Emma Bonino

A woman must combine the role of mother,
wife and politician.
- Emma Bonino

My mother was a regular church-goer and was very tolerant.
- Emma Bonino

We are aware of the strategic location of Kuwait,
besides the stable region.
- Emma Bonino

 

Women are clear-headed, they are more creative and for this reason,
sometimes, also more fragile.
- Emma Bonino

I was very restless, but finally I found my way.
- Emma Bonino

The EU should have consolidated its different presences
and purposes in Kosovo earlier.
- Emma Bonino

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I mean to defend the rights of individuals in a liberal prospect.
- Emma Bonino

I met the Radicals and we liked each other reciprocally.
- Emma Bonino

My family had liberal positions.
- Emma Bonino

The individual couldn't find any attention in Italy.
- Emma Bonino

I felt that what is personal is political.
- Emma Bonino

The two great cultural and political currents of Italy
have always only been concerned with the masses.
- Emma Bonino

The speed of movement towards independence will depend
on Kosovo demonstrating that it is capable of treating minorities well.
We have not always seen that.
- Emma Bonino

I am positive that flexibility is a feminine characteristic.
- Emma Bonino

Albania has to demonstrate that it is willing to be
a reliable partner in the international community.
- Emma Bonino

The fact remains; chauvinism is prevailing.
- Emma Bonino

I support the recommendations made by the International Crisis Group.
The primary responsibility is for Kosovo Albanians
to demonstrate that their treatment of minorities is adequate.
- Emma Bonino

I am now concerned with women's issues in a different way:
women from Afghanistan,
from Cambodia.
- Emma Bonino

The knowledge of languages was very useful.
I have a university degree in foreign languages and literature.
- Emma Bonino

I think nowadays economic liberties are an explosive issue.
- Emma Bonino

I was on leave from local and regional politics,
as long as I was a Minister.
- Emma Bonino

My mother's studies stopped with the third year of primary school,
my father with the first.
They taught me a deep sense of duty.
But nobody was involved in politics in my family.
- Emma Bonino

I was thrown into the Parliament right away.
From 1976 to 1978 I was concerned with the abortion issue,
later on with that of divorce.
- Emma Bonino

Macedonia's handling of ethnic relations and other issues is encouraging.
- Emma Bonino

Men don't have as many difficulties and are more supported
to combine the different aspects of their life.
- Emma Bonino

Women movements would form among the factory workers,
a great mobilisation that destroyed the old models.
- Emma Bonino

I thought there had to be something I could do because it seemed crazy that,
in addition to the psychological tragedy each woman has to face,
came also all the rest.
- Emma Bonino

I should have worried about taking responsibilities
for which I was not ready.
- Emma Bonino

Kosovo's destiny is clearly to join the European Union at some point.
- Emma Bonino

An architect's most useful tools are
an eraser at the drafting board,
and a wrecking bar at the site.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Group discussion is very valuable; group drafting is less productive.
- Jon Postel

The weeping voices rise straight up and strike the clouds.
A passer-by at the roadside asks a conscript why,
The conscript answers only that drafting happens often.
- Du Fu

As New Zealanders, we've been in on the United Nations from the very beginning,
played a role in the drafting of the charter -
it means a lot to us that those processes are followed.
- Helen Clark

While not widely reported, our victories in Iraq are plentiful.
National elections, a democratic parliament and the
drafting of a constitution are just some of the victories
throughout this embattled country.
- Paul Gillmor

At the time it seriously troubled me,
but in drafting me as Marshall Plan Administrator,
President Truman did as great a favor for me as one man can do for another.
It opened my eyes to many things of which I was totally
unaware and it was the beginning of my real education.
- Paul Hoffman

Our constitution works.
Our great republic is a government of laws,
not of men.
- Gerald R. Ford

I cannot believe that the American people and the people
they elected would use the Constitution to stifle any group's rights.
- Jean O'Leary

The miners lost because they had only the constitution.
The other side had bayonets.
In the end, bayonets always win.
- Mother Jones

Our nation is being led astray by ungodly judges,
mayors and governors, who are given to change,
defying the Constitution and substituting their own wicked agendas.
- David Wilkerson

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.
It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
- John Adams

One of the things I learned in law school is that there's
nothing wrong or undesirable or dishonorable or destructive
about amending the Constitution.
- Adrian Cronauer

Howard Phillips of the Constitution Party asked me
to consider seriously running for president in 2008 and I am doing so.
- Jerome Corsi

The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.
- George Washington

After the end of the Second World War it was a categorical
imperative for us to declare that we renounced war
forever in a central article of the new Constitution.
- Kenzaburo Oe

The fact that the church is convinced of not having
the right to confer priestly ordination on women is
now considered by some as irreconcilable with the European Constitution.
- Pope Benedict XVI

The Constitution and the laws are supreme and the Union indissoluble.
- Andrew Jackson

Obviously, I'll keep fighting to uphold the Constitution.
- Michael Newdow

The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution,
are worth defending against all hazards:
And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks.
- Samuel Adams

I don't believe there is a separation of church and state.
I think the Constitution is very clear.
The only separation is that there will not be a government church.
- Tom DeLay

The basic guarantees of our Constitution are warrants for the here and now,
and unless there is an overwhelmingly compelling reason,
they are to be promptly fulfilled.
- Arthur J. Goldberg

No person who denies the existence of a supreme being
shall hold any office under this Constitution.
- Michael Newdow

I believe I am strengthening the Constitution with my case.
- Michael Newdow

A good constitution is infinitely better than the best despot.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

Courage that grows from constitution often forsakes
a man when he has occasion for it;
courage which arises from a sense of duty acts;
in a uniform manner.
- Joseph Addison

The framers of the Constitution were so clear in the
federalist papers and elsewhere that they felt an independent
judiciary was critical to the success of the nation.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

To live under the American Constitution is the greatest
political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race.
- Calvin Coolidge

That the king can do no wrong is a necessary and fundamental
principle of the English constitution.
- William Blackstone

Government is necessary for our survival.
We need government in order to survive.
The Founding Fathers created a special place for government.
It is called the Constitution.
- Michael Badnarik

The current Michigan Constitution was written in 1961 and '62.
- John Engler

This is a time for a national conversation.
A conversation about the document that binds us as a nation and a people.
That document, of course, is the Constitution.
- Mike DeWine

We current justices read the Constitution in the only way that we can:
as 20th-century Americans.
- William J. Brennan, Jr.

Like the British Constitution, she owes her success
in practice to her inconsistencies in principle.
- Thomas Hardy

The United States Constitution has proved itself the
most marvelously elastic compilation of rules of government ever written.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

I always made my food congenial to my constitution,
and my health was always excellent.
- Giacomo Casanova

First of all, there's no mention of political parties in the Constitution,
so you begin American history with not only no political
conventions but also no parties.
- Michael Beschloss

The repeal of racist language in the Constitution of
Alabama was and still is a necessary step in the state's ability to progress.
- Artur Davis

Segregation was a burden for many blacks,
because the end of the civil war and the amendments
added to the constitution elevated expectations beyond
reality in some respects.
- Ed Smith

Even though Article IV of the Constitution says that
treaties are the 'supreme law of the land,'
in most instances they're not even law.
- Sonia Sotomayor

Our constitution is color-blind, and neither knows
nor tolerates classes among citizens.
- John Marshall Harlan

The Constitution guarantees us our rights to life,
liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
That's all.
It doesn't guarantee our rights to charity.
- Jesse Ventura


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