Justice quotes and sayings

Recompense injury with justice and recompense kindness with kindness.
Confucius

But there will be no justice, there will be no government of the people, by the people, and for the people, as long as the government and its officials permit bribery in any form.
John Jay Hooker

The only justice is to follow the sincere intuition of the soul, angry or gentle. Anger is just, and pity is just, but judgement is never just.
David Herbert Lawrence

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

Fidelity is the sister of justice.
Horace

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

I think God’s justice is making wrongs right.
Joel Osteen

Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.
Edmund Burke

There is a point at which even justice does injury.
Sophocles

Justice in the hands of the powerful is merely a governing system like any other. Why call it justice? Let us rather call it injustice, but of a sly effective order, based entirely on cruel knowledge of the resistance of the weak, their capacity for pain, humiliation and misery.
Georges Bernanos

If you desire peace, cultivate justice, but at the same time cultivate the fields to produce more bread; otherwise there will be no peace.
Norman Borlaug

The finite is annihilated in the presence of the infinite, and becomes a pure nothing. So our spirit before God, so our justice before divine justice.
Blaise Pascal

Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained.
James A. Garfield

It is not, what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice, tells me I ought to do.
Edmund Burke

As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice.
Adolf Hitler

The anvil of justice is planted firm, and fate who makes the sword does the forging in advance.
Aeschylus

One who breaks an unjust 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 law.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Taste cannot be controlled by law.
Thomas Jefferson

The law condemns and punishes only actions within certain definite and narrow limits; it thereby justifies, in a way, all similar actions that lie outside those limits.
Leo Tolstoy

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

Changing the structure and rules of the global economy will require a mass movement based on messages of compassion, justice, and equality, as well as collaborative and democratic processes … If we stay positive, inclusive, and democratic, we have a truly historic opportunity to build a global movement for social justice.
Medea Benjamin

Not to help justice in her need would be an impiety.
Plato

Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more a man’s nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.
Francis Bacon

Revenge is an act of passion; vengeance of justice. Injuries are revenged; crimes are avenged.
Samuel Johnson

Punishment is now unfashionable… because it creates moral distinctions among men, which, to the democratic mind, are odious. We prefer a meaningless collective guilt to a meaningful individual responsibility.
Thomas Szasz

Man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all.
Aristotle

The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end.
Leon Trotsky

Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other’s welfare, social justice can never be attained.
Helen Keller

The first essential component of social justice is adequate food for all mankind. Food is the moral right of all who are born into this world.
Norman Borlaug

Justice has nothing to do with victor nations and vanquished nations, but must be a moral standard that all the world’s peoples can agree to. To seek this and to achieve it – that is true civilization.
Hideki Tojo

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

Militarism is no longer a synonym for patriotism. Our survival as a planet depends on maintaining peace and justice.
Blasé Bonpane

Law in origin was merely a codification of the power of dominant groups, and did not aim at anything that to a modern man would appear to be justice.
Bertrand Russell

The noblest worship is to make yourself as good and as just as you can.
Isocrates

Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life . . .
Nelson Mandela

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

Our judgments judge us, and nothing reveals us, exposes our weaknesses, more ingeniously than the attitude of pronouncing upon our fellows.
Paul Valery

Racial injustice, war, urban blight, and environmental rape have a common denominator in our exploitative economic system.
Channing E. Phillips

The right to justice is something that no one can bestow, nor take away, for it is in one’s heart.
Bryant H. McGill

Justice is doing one’s work and not meddling with what isn’t one’s own.
Plato

There is a time when even justice brings harm.
Sophocles

I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy.
Thomas Paine

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

A rule that cannot be bent will certainly be broken.
Robert Brault

Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
Barry Goldwater

A hungry people listens not to reason, nor cares for justice, nor is bent by any prayers.
Seneca

A soul that is kind and intends justice discovers more than any sophist.
Sophocles

The foundations of justice are that on one shall suffer wrong; then, that the public good be promoted.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

Crime lies not in the deed, but in the doer’s intention: it is not what was done, but the spirit in which it was done that justice should consider.
Anonymous

What do I care about Jupiter? Justice is a human issue, and I do not need a god to teach it to me.
Jean-Paul Sartre

We must apply our humble efforts to the construction of a more just and humane world. And I want to declare emphatically: Such a world is possible. To create this new society, we must present outstretched and friendly hands, without hatred and rancor, even as we show great determination and never waver in the defense of truth and justice. Because we know that we cannot sow seeds with clenched fists. To sow we must open our hands.
Adolfo Perez Esquivel

Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.
George Washington

Failure and success are not accidents, but the strictest justice.
Alexander Smith

Today social justice represents one of the most serious challenges to the conscience of the world. The abyss between those who are within the world ‘order’ and those who are excluded is widening day by day. The use of leading-edge technologies has made it possible to accumulate wealth in a way that is fantastic but perverse because it is unjustly distributed. Twenty-percent of humankind control eighty percent of all means of life. That fact creates a dangerous imbalance in the movement of history.
Leonardo Boff

Any society that needs disclaimers has too many lawyers.
Erik Pepke

You cannot kill the truth. You cannot kill justice. You cannot kill what we are fighting for.
Jean Dominique

Sentence first, verdict afterwards.
Lewis Carroll

I believe in justice, maybe not in this life, but there has to be justice. And if there isn’t a God, I think it would be very depressing. I’d prefer to believe there is.
David Zucker

I want to live in a world where people become famous because of their work for peace and justice and care. I want the famous to be inspiring; their lives an example of what every human being has it in them to do — act from love!
Patch Adams

Let justice be done through the heavens fall.
Roman Maxim