Justice quotes and sayings

Think carefully before asking for justice. Mercy might be safer.
Mason Cooley

Nobody is poor unless he stand in need of justice.
Lactantius

Let justice be done, though the world perish.
Ferdinand

Democracy is an objective. Democratization is a process. Democratization serves the cause of peace because it offers the possibility of justice and of progressive change without force.
Boutros Boutros-Ghali

It is not a Justice System. It is just a system.
Bob Enyart

There may be more poetry than justice in poetic justice.
George Will

A lawyer has no business with the justice or injustice of the cause which he undertakes, unless his client asks his opinion, and then he is bound to give it honestly. The justice or injustice of the cause is to be decided by the judge.
Samuel Johnson

War crushes with bloody heel all justice, all happiness, all that is Godlike in man. In our age there can be no peace that is not honorable; there can be no war that is not dishonorable.
Charles Sumner

In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?
Saint Augustine

Having your fate rest in the hands of a jury is the same as entrusting yourself to surgery with a mentally retarded doctor.
Bill Messing

The greatest crimes are caused by surfeit, not by want.
Aristotle

On trade, our hypocrisy is at its most appalling. Trade reform isn’t about charity, it’s about justice, and this campaign, Trade Justice is an unstoppable idea.
Bono

Again, it may be said, that to love justice and equality the people need no great effort of virtue; it is sufficient that they love themselves.
Maximilien Robespierre

Capital punishment is as fundamentally wrong as a cure for crime as charity is wrong as a cure for poverty.
Henry Ford

Civilization can only revive when there shall come into being in a number of individuals a new tone of mind, independent of the prevalent one among the crowds, and in opposition to it — a tone of mind which will gradually win influence over the collective one, and in the end determine its character. Only an ethical movement can rescue us from barbarism, and the ethical comes into existence only in individuals.
Albert Schweitzer

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

Immanuel Kant would’ve made a lousy lawyer, but a great judge!
Stephen Gillers

If people have moral courage to stand up to the smallest injustice – their own and other’s – it’s kind of like practice for when the big ones come around.
Colleen Kelly

Clouds and darkness surround us, yet Heaven is just, and the day of triumph will surely come, when justice and truth will be vindicated. Our wrongs will be made right, and we will once more, taste the blessings of freedom.
Mary Ann Todd Lincoln

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.
Elie Wiesel

Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character.
Margaret Chase Smith

Many folks have asked me, ‘How do you do it and why have you sacrificed so much to do this work? The answer comes easy. I look at my daughter and find hope in that she is living in a world of struggle, of social and political movement. She and the other five-year-olds will grow up in a more just, more equitable world. She motivates me.
Lateefah Simon

We have the wolf by the ears, and we can neither hold him, nor safely let him go. Justice is in one scale, and self-preservation in the other.
Thomas Jefferson

Words like ‘freedom’, ‘justice’ and ‘democracy’ are not common concepts; on the contrary, they are rare. People are not born knowing what these are. It takes enormous, and above all, individual effort to arrive at the respect for other people that these words imply.
James Baldwin

Sentences are like sharp nails, which force truth upon our memories.
Denis Diderot

In a just cause the weak o’ercome the strong.
Sophocles

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

Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world.
Blaise Pascal

We cannot close ourselves off to information and ignore the fact that millions of people are out there suffering. I honestly want to help. I don’t believe I feel differently from other people. I think we all want justice and equality, a chance for a life with meaning. All of us would like to believe that if we were in a bad situation someone would help us.
Angelina Jolie

Terror is only justice: prompt, severe and inflexible; it is then an emanation of virtue; it is less a distinct principle than a natural consequence of the general principle of democracy, applied to the most pressing wants of the country.
Maximilien Robespierre

Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
Karl Kraus

The only genuine elite is the elite of those men and women who gave their lives to justice and charity.
Sargent Shriver

I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.
Thomas Jefferson

The houses of lawyers are roofed with the skins of litigants.
Welsh Proverb

A man must be willing to die for justice. Death is an inescapable reality and men die daily, but good deeds live forever.
Jesse Jackson

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

It is a maxim among these lawyers, that whatever hath been done before, may legally be done again: and therefore they take special care to record all the decisions formerly made against common justice and the general reason of mankind.
Jonathan Swift

The poverty and long suffering of farmers and indigenous peoples that I have seen has planted in me the principle that justice must be fought for them.
Dewi Rana Amir

The earth is ready, the time is ripe, for the authoritative expression of the feminine as well as the masculine interpretation of that common social consensus which is slowly writing justice in the State and fraternity in the social order.
Anna Garlin Spencer

Lawsuit: A machine which you go into as a pig and come out of as a sausage.
Ambrose Bierce

When one has been threatened with a great injustice, one accepts a smaller as a favour.
Emma Goldman

Love is stronger than justice.
Sting

I have faith in the justice system, and what will happen will happen. I’m just trying to do the right thing.
Tracey Gold

Amongst the sons of men how few are known Who dare be just to merit not their own.
Charles Churchill

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

Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of man will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint.
Alexander Hamilton

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

Every offense is avenged on earth.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

The American Judicial System is the best appearance of justice that money can buy!
Don Mashak

Why keep on enacting laws when we already have more than we can break.
Anonymous

There is no justice among men.
Nicholas II

If the jury have no right to judge of the justice of a law of the government, they plainly can do nothing to protect the people against the oppressions of the government; for there are no oppressions which the government may not authorize by law.
Lysander Spooner

The end of the Cold War removed the immediate causes of whole destruction — but not the threat contained in our knowledge. We must tame this knowledge with the ideals of justice, caring, and compassion summoned from our common human spiritual and moral heritage, if we are to live in peace and serenity in the twenty-first century.
Mahnaz Afkhami

I want justice to be so pervasive that it will be taken for granted, just as injustice is taken for granted today.
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

There is no limit to the ingenuity of man if it is properly and vigorously applied under conditions of peace and justice.
Winston Churchill

Resentment seems to have been given us by nature for a defense, and for a defense only! It is the safeguard of justice and the security of innocence.

Adam Smith

But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
Bible

Without food, man can live at most but a few weeks; without it, all other components of social justice are meaningless.
Norman Borlaug

If the ecological crisis, for example, is to be solved and if we are to promote genuine justice and thus bring real peace to the planet—and with it the possibility of improving lives on every level, not just economically, socially, and politically, but spiritually, psychologically, and intellectually—then, just on a practical level, we need to have all of the religions working together.
Brother Wayne Teasdale