„The layman's Constitutional view is that what he likes is Constitutional and that which he doesn't like is un-Constitutional. That about measures up the Constitutional acumen of the average person.“

—  Hugo Black, News conference, Washington, D.C., reported in The New York Times (February 25, 1971), p. 38.
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—  Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961
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—  William H. Rehnquist Chief Justice of the United States 1924 - 2005
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—  Alfred de Zayas American United Nations official 1947
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