In France, the word nation is used instead of the people; but in both cases, a constitution is a thing antecedent to the government, and always distinct there from.
A constitution is not the act of a government, but of a people constituting a government; and government without a constitution, is power without a right.
Constitution is now the cant word of Parliament, tuning itself to the ear of the Nation.
A constitution is the property of a nation, and not of those who exercise the government.
This constitution was chiefly the joint production of a worthy philosopher, Sieys, who was one of the three consuls, and Bonaparte.
The constitution of such countries is an organisation of the experience and practical ability of the nation, into a disciplined body for the purpose of governing the rest; and the more perfect that organisation is in itself, the more successful in drawing to itself and educating for itself the persons of greatest capacity from all ranks of the community, the more complete is the bondage of all, the members of the bureaucracy included.
A constitution of iron and the vitality of the Wild were White Fang's inheritance, and he clung to life, the whole of him and every part of him, in spirit and in flesh, with the tenacity that of old belonged to all creatures.
The "Constitution" is a weapon grand.
But in this case the State has provided no way: its very Constitution is the evil.