Justice quotes and sayings

I would like to appeal to all those in whose hands the future of mankind lies, to use their power not to destroy or kill, nor to create suffering in a grasping search for selfish objectives, but to help alleviate the plight of the needy; to aim at justice and freedom for the individual.
Poul Hartling

We are way more powerful when we turn to each other and not on each other, when we celebrate our diversity, focus on our commonality, and together tear down the mighty walls of injustice.
Cynthia McKinney

The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
Abraham Lincoln

It is often easier to become outraged by injustice half a world away than by oppression and discrimination half a block from home.
Carl T. Rowan

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.
Author: H. L. Mencken

A judge who cannot punish, in the end associates themselves with the criminal.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

A judge is not supposed to know anything about the facts of life until they have been presented in evidence and explained to him at least three times.
Hubert Lister Parker

Justice is horrible.
Friedrich Durrenmatt

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

We desire peace – and that is why we have never resorted to physical force. We crave for justice – and that is why we are so persistent in the struggle for our rights. We seek freedom of convictions – and that is why we have never attempted to enslave man’s conscience, nor shall we ever attempt to do so. We are fighting for the right of the working people to association and for the dignity of human labor. We respect the dignity and the rights of every man and every nation. The path to a brighter future of the world leads through honest reconciliation of the conflicting interests and not through hatred and bloodshed. To follow that path means to enhance the moral power of the all-embracing idea of human solidarity.
Lech Walesa

May be is very well, but Must is the master. It is my duty to show justice without recompense.
Seneca

It was once said that the moral test of Government is how that Government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.
Hubert H. Humphrey

The most absurd apology for authority and law is that they serve to diminish crime. Aside from the fact that the State is itself the greatest criminal, breaking every written and natural law, stealing in the form of taxes, killing in the form of war and capital punishment, it has come to an absolute standstill in coping with crime. It has failed utterly to destroy or even minimize the horrible scourge of its own creation.
Emma Goldman, Anarchism

It’s too easy only to blame the militarists, racists, sexists and other pushers of violence for the mess we’re in. What is harder is self-examination, moving beyond caring by looking inward to ask the personal question: What more should I be doing everyday to bring about a peace and justice based world, whether across the ocean or across the living room?
Colman McCarthy

You just need to be a flea against injustice. Enough committed fleas biting strategically can make even the biggest dog uncomfortable and transform even the biggest nation.
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

Men are too unstable to be just; they are crabbed because they have not passed water at the usual time, or testy because they have not been stroked or praised.
Edward Dahlberg

When a man is just and firm in his purpose, The citizens burning to approve a wrong Or the frowning looks of a tyrant Do not shake his fixed mind, nor the Southwind. Wild lord of the uneasy Adriatic, Nor the thunder in the mighty hand of Jove: Should the heavens crack and tumble down, As the ruins crushed him he would not fear.
Horace

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

How unfair the fate which ordains that those who have the least should be always adding to the treasury of the wealthy.
Terence

Thinking about how the world might be and envisioning a society characterized by justice are the essence of conceptualizing the conditions that comprise positive peace. If we are to educate for peace, both teachers and students need to have some notion of the transformed world we are educating for.
Betty Reardon

Unfortunately, the American justice system is just riddled with lies and inconsistencies.
Tommy Chong

I am firmly convinced that in the world of today all nations will be forced to the conclusion that cooperation for law, justice, and peace is the only alternative to a constant race in armaments–including atomic armaments–and to other disruptive practices that will bring the nations participating in them on either side to a common ruin, the equivalent of universal suicide.
Cordell Hull

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.

I am convinced that the truest act of courage, the strongest act of manliness, is to sacrifice ourselves for others in a totally nonviolent struggle for justice. To be a man is to suffer for others. God help us to be men!
Cesar Chavez

There are genuinely sufficient resources in the world to ensure that no one, nowhere, at no time, should go hungry.
Ed Asner

Compassion is a foundation for sharing our aliveness and building a more humane world.
Martin Lowenthal

I am unjust, but I can strive for justice. My life’s unkind, but I can vote for kindness. I, the unloving, say life should be lovely. I, that am blind, cry out against my blindness.
Vachel Lindsay

I’m arm’d with more than complete steel – The justice of my quarrel.
Christopher Marlowe

I am a warrior in the time of women warriors; the longing for justice is the sword I carry, the love of womankind my shield.
Sonia Johnson

Peace without justice is tyranny.
William Allen White

A just person is one who is conformed and transformed into justice.
Meister Eckhart

The injustice done to an individual is sometimes of service to the public.
Junius

Conscience is the chamber of justice.
Origen

Justice in the extreme is often unjust.
Jean Racine

Justice does not descend from its pinnacle.
Dante Alighieri

Justice is better than chivalry if we cannot have both.
Alice Stone Blackwell

You cannot be friends upon any other terms than upon the terms of equality.
Woodrow Wilson

Time is the justice that examines all offenders.
William Shakespeare

Justice is a whore that won’t let herself be stiffed, and collects the wages of shame even from the poor.
Karl Kraus

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

A society that has more justice is a society that needs less charity.
Ralph Nader

An earthquake achieves what the law promises but does not in practice maintain – the equality of all men.
Ignazio Silone

Compassion is no substitute for justice.
Rush Limbaugh

No man’s ambitions have a right to stand in the way of performing a simple act of justice.
John Peter Altgeld

Justice is my being allowed to do whatever I like. Injustice is whatever prevents my doing so.
Samuel Butler

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.

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

Every story has three sides. Yours, mine and the facts.
Foster M. Russell

Whether we bring our enemies to justice, or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done.
George W Bush

Only the man who has enough good in him to feel the justice of the penalty can be punished.
William Ernest Hocking

Never pray for justice, because you might get some.
Margaret Atwood

The vices of the rich and great are mistaken for error; and those of the poor and lowly, for crimes.
Lady Marguerite Blessington

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Where there are too many policemen, there is no liberty. Where there are too many soldiers, there is no peace. Where there are too many lawyers, there is no justice.
Lyn Yutang

Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.
Reinhold Niebuhr

Let us remember that justice must be observed even to the lowest.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

All are presumed good till they are found at fault.
George Herbert

Man is unjust, but God is just; and finally justice triumphs.
Henry Wordsworth Longfellow

Justice is what is established; and thus all our established laws will necessarily be regarded as just without examination, since they are established.
Blaise Pascal