Selected Quotes about Justice

Everything secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity. -- Lord (John Emerich Edward Dalberg) Acton

The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life. -- Jane Addams

Liberty, equality - bad principles! The only true principle for humanity is justice; and justice to the feeble is protection and kindness. -- Henri-Frdric Amiel

Liberty, equality - bad principles! The only true principle for humanity is justice; and justice to the feeble is protection and kindness. -- Henri-Frédéric Amiel

Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts. -- Aristotle

It is in justice that the ordering of society is centered. -- Aristotle

Justice is the infrastructure of proprietorship. -- Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

If we do not maintain Justice, Justice will not maintain us. -- Francis Bacon

We all say no to war, we are all for justice and peace. But sometimes in order to maintain peace, armed action is necessary. -- Silvio Berlusconi

It is better that ten guilty escape than one innocent suffer. -- William Blackstone

In the Halls of Justice, the only justice is in the halls. -- Lenny Bruce

To eat bread without hope is still slowly to starve to death. -- Pearl S. Buck

The dead cannot cry out for justice; it is a duty of the living to do so for them. -- Lois McMaster Bujold

It looks to me to be narrow and pedantic to apply the ordinary ideas of criminal justice to this great public contest. I do not know the method of drawing up an indictment against a whole people. -- Edmund Burke

Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society; and any eminent departure from it, under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all. -- Edmund Burke

Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe. -- Edmund Burke

When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist. -- Dom Helder Camara

The sad duty of politics is to establish justice in a sinful world. -- Jimmy Carter

The law isn't justice. It's a very imperfect mechanism. If you press exactly the right buttons and are also lucky, justice may show up in the answer. A mechanism is all the law was ever intended to be. -- Raymond Chandler

The most effective way to restrict democracy is to transfer decision-making from the public arena to unaccountable institutions: kings and princes, priestly castes, military juntas, party dictatorships, or modern corporations. -- Noam Chomsky

When you go into court you are putting your fate into the hands of twelve people who weren't smart enough to get out of jury duty. -- Norm Crosby

You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. You can only be free if I am free. -- Clarence Darrow

There is no such thing as justice--in or out of court. -- Clarence Darrow

Thou shalt not be a victim. Thou shalt not be a perpetrator. Above all, thou shalt not be a bystander. -- Holocaust Museum, Washington, DC

Charity begins at home and justice begins next door. -- Charles Dickens

Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe. -- Frederick Douglass

If we don't stand up for children, then we don't stand for much. -- Marian Wright Edelman

It's time for greatness -- not for greed. It's a time for idealism -- not ideology. It is a time not just for compassionate words, but compassionate action. -- Marian Wright Edelman

The challenge of social justice is to evoke a sense of community that we need to make our nation a better place, just as we make it a safer place. -- Marian Wright Edelman

We do not have a money problem in America. We have a values and priorities problem. -- Marian Wright Edelman

When Jesus Christ asked little children to come to him, he didn't say only rich children, or White children, or children with two-parent families, or children who didn't have a mental or physical handicap. He said, "Let all children come unto me." -- Marian Wright Edelman

Do not believe that possibly you can escape the reward of your action. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Justice is a contract of expediency, entered upon to prevent men harming or being harmed. -- Epicurus

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. -- Anatole France

A court is a place where what was confused before becomes more unsettled than ever. -- Henry Waldorf Francis

Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. -- Paulo Freire

Justice delayed, is justice denied. -- William Gladstone

Justice delayed is justice denied. -- William Ewart Gladstone

I am somehow less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein's brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops. -- Stephen Jay Gould

Justice does not come from the outside. It comes from inner peace. -- Barbara Hall

That the poor are invisible is one of the most important things about them. They are not simply neglected and forgotten as in the old rhetoric of reform; what is much worse, they are not seen. -- Michael Harrington

If it were not for injustice, men would not know justice. -- Heraclitus

We ought always to deal justly, not only with those who are just to us, but likewise to those who endeavor to injure us; and this, for fear lest by rendering them evil for evil, we should fall into the same vice. -- Hierocles

Justice is incidental to law and order. -- J. Edgar Hoover

Fiat justitia et pereat mundus.Let justice be done, though the world perish. -- Ferdinand I

It is better to die on your feet than live on your knees. -- Dolores Ibarruri

Social justice cannot be attained by violence. Violence kills what it intends to create. -- Pope John Paul II

Radical changes in world politics leave America with a heightened responsibility to be, for the world, an example of a genuinely free, democratic, just and humane society. -- Pope John Paul II

The goods of this world are originally meant for all. The right to private property is valid and necessary, but it does not nullify the value of this principle. Private property, in fact, is under a social mortgage. -- Pope John Paul II

The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government. -- Thomas Jefferson

The mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few to ride them. -- Thomas Jefferson

We cannot seek or attain health, wealth, learning, justice or kindness in general. Action is always specific, concrete, individualized, unique. -- Benjamin Jowett

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. -- Martin Luther King Jr.

I look forward confidently to the day when all who work for a living will be one with no thought to their separateness as Negroes, Jews, Italians or any other distinctions. This will be the day when we bring into full realization the American dream -- a dream yet unfulfilled. A dream of equality of opportunity, of privilege and property widely distributed; a dream of a land where men will not take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few; a dream of a land where men will not argue that the color of a man's skin determines the content of his character; a dream of a nation where all our gifts and resources are held not for ourselves alone, but as instruments of service for the rest of humanity; the dream of a country where every man will respect the dignity and worth of the human personality. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. It is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If hard work were such a wonderful thing, surely the rich would have kept it all to themselves. -- Lane Kirkland

Peace, in the sense of the absence of war, is of little value to someone who is dying of hunger or cold. It will not remove the pain of torture inflicted on a prisoner of conscience. It does not comfort those who have lost their loved ones in floods caused by senseless deforestation in a neighboring country. Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free. -- HH the Dalai Lama

Let the workers organize. Let the toilers assemble. Let their crystallized voice proclaim their injustices and demand their privileges. Let all thoughtful citizens sustain them, for the future of Labor is the future of America. -- John L. Lewis

I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice. -- Abraham Lincoln

I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice. -- Abraham Lincoln

Justice is the end of government. It is the end of civil society. It ever has been, and ever will be pursued, until it be obtained, or until liberty be lost in the pursuit.” -- James Madison

Military justice is to justice what military music is to music. -- Groucho Marx

JUDGE, n: A law student who marks his own papers. -- H. L. Mencken

The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence. -- H. L. Mencken

If we're going to end welfare, the rich should be the first to lose it. -- Mac Morgan

Justice consists in doing no injury to men; decency in giving them no offense. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero De Officiis

The more laws, the less justice. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero De Officiis

Conscience is the chamber of justice. -- Origen

The sword of justice has no scabbard. -- Antione De Riveral

When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it? -- Eleanor Roosevelt

Justice consists not in being neutral between right and wrong, but in finding out the right and upholding it, wherever found, against the wrong. -- Theodore Roosevelt

The history of the world is the world's court of justice. -- Friedrich Von Schiller

Courage is of no value unless accompanied by justice; yet if all men became just, there would be no need for courage. -- Agesilaus the Second

Justice is conscience, not a personal conscience but the conscience of the whole of humanity. Those who clearly recognize the voice of their own conscience usually recognize also the voice of justice. -- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

When we talk about equal pay for equal work, women in the workplace are beginning to catch up. If we keep going at this current rate, we will achieve full equality in about 475 years. I don't know about you, but I can't wait that long. -- Lya Sorano

Peace is not the absence of war; it is a virtue; a state of mind; a disposition for benevolence; confidence; and justice. -- Spinoza

Law and justice are not always the same. When they aren't, destroying the law may be the first step toward changing it. -- Gloria Steinem

What I am proud of, what seems so simply clear, is that feminism is a way to fight for justice, always in short supply. -- Barbara Strickland

Please choose the way of peace.. In the short term there may be winners and losers in this war that we all dread. But that never can, nor never will justify the suffering, pain and loss of life your weapons will cause. -- Mother Teresa

Many that live deserve death. And some die that deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then be not too eager to deal out death in the name of justice, fearing for your own safety. Even the wise cannot see all ends. -- J. R. R. Tolkien

We have a criminal jury system which is superior to any in the world; and its efficiency is only marred by the difficulty of finding twelve men every day who don't know anything and can't read. -- Mark Twain

Justice is the constant and perpetual will to allot to every man his due. -- Domitus Ulpian

It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive. -- Earl Warren

It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive. -- Earl Warren

The weakest arm is strong enough, that strikes With the sword of justice. -- John Webster

Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it. -- Malcolm X

I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it's for or against. I'm a human being first and foremost, and as such I am for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole. -- Malcolm X

Justice requires that to lawfully constituted Authority there be given that respect and obedience which is its due; that the laws which are made shall be in wise conformity with the common good; and that, as a matter of conscience all men shall render obedience to these laws. -- Pope Pius XI

I thank Divine Providence for the breath of a new spirit that this movement brought to the events of contemporary Europe. May God bless all those who are committed to promoting social justice and the good of workers. -- Pope Benedict XVI

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