Justice quotes and sayings

Justice is superior to injustice.
Plato

True liberty can exist only when justice is equally administered to all.
Lord Mansfield

A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.
Robert Frost

Justice and goodwill will outlast passion.
James A. Garfield

Think how different human societies would be if they were based on love rather than justice. But no such societies have ever existed on earth.
Mortimer Adler

Justice is a terrible but necessary thing.
Jessamyn West

Justice is an unassailable fortress, built on the brow of a mountain which cannot be overthrown by the violence of torrents, nor demolished by the force of armies.
Joseph Addison

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

Where is the justice of political power if it executes the murderer and jails the plunderer, and then itself marches upon neighboring lands, killing thousands and pillaging the very hills?
Kahlil Gibran

Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little like expecting a bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian.
Dennis Wholey

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

If we want to reap the harvest of peace and justice in the future, we will have to sow seeds of nonviolence, here and now, in the present.
Mairead Corrigan Maguire

Justice is rather the activity of truth, than a virtue in itself. Truth tells us what is due to others, and justice renders that due. Injustice is acting a lie.
Horace Walpole

Justice extorts no reward, no kind of price; she is sought, therefore, for her own sake.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

I regard class differences as contrary to justice and, in the last resort, based on force.
Albert Einstein

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

Justice and truth are too such subtle points that our tools are too blunt to touch them accurately.
Blaise Pascal

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

Freedom is never granted; it is won. Justice is never given; it is exacted.
A. Philip Randolph

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

When we ask for love, we don’t ask others to be fair to us-but rather to care for us, to be considerate of us. There is a world of difference here between demanding justice… and begging or pleading for love.
Mortimer Adler

Punishment – The justice that the guilty deal out to those that are caught.
Elbert Hubbard

Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe.
Robert Browning

Charity is commendable; everyone should be charitable. But justice aims to create a social order in which, if individuals choose not to be charitable, people still don’t go hungry, unschooled or sick without care. Charity depends on the vicissitudes of whim and personal wealth; justice depends on commitment instead of circumstance.
Bill Moyers

Next to religion, let your care be to promote justice.
Francis Bacon

Justice will overtake fabricators of lies and false witnesses.
Heraclitus

If it doen’t make sense, you should find for the defense.
Johnnie Cochran

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

Forgiveness is primarily for our own sake, so that we no longer carry the burden of resentment. But to forgive does not mean we will allow injustice again.
Jack Kornfield

This is not about charity, it’s about justice… The war against terror is bound up in the war against poverty – I didn’t say that, Colin Powell said that . . . In these disturbing and distressing times, surely it’s cheaper, and smarter, to make friends out of potential enemies than it is to defend yourself against them..Justice is the surest way to get peace.
Bono

Justice is the first virtue of those who command, and stops the complaints of those who obey.
Denis Diderot

Truth is the summit of being; justice is the application of it to affairs.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
Bible

In the rush for justice it is important not to lose sight of principles the country holds dear.
Kofi Annan

In justice is all virtues found in sum.
Aristotle

Punishment is justice for the unjust.
Saint Augustine

Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.
Henry David Thoreau

In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.
Albert Einstein

An injustice committed against anyone is a threat to everyone.
Montesquieu

There is one, and only one, thing in modern society more hideous than crime namely, repressive justice.
Simone Weil

In many parts of the world the people are searching for a solution which would link the two basic values: peace and justice. The two are like bread and salt for mankind.
Lech Walesa

It would be naïve to think that peace and justice can be achieved easily. No set of rules or study of history will automatically resolve the problems … However, with faith and perseverance, … complex problems in the past have been resolved in our search for justice and peace.
Jimmy Carter

It is justice, not charity, that is wanting in the world.
Mary Wollstonecraft

Nobody gets justice. People only get good luck or bad luck.
Orson Welles

Too much mercy… often resulted in further crimes which were fatal to innocent victims who need not have been victims if justice had been put first and mercy second.
Agatha Christie

I cannot accept that to be realistic means to tolerate misery, violence and hate. I do not believe that the hungry man should be treated as subversive for expressing his suffering. I shall never accept that the law can be used to justify tragedy, to keep things as they are, to make us abandon our ideas of a different world. Law is the path of liberty, and must as such open the way to progress for everyone.
Oscar Arias Sanchez

There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supercedes all other courts.
Mahatma Gandhi

There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.
Charles de Montesquieu

We shall never achieve harmony with land, any more than we shall achieve absolute justice or liberty for people. In these higher aspirations, the important thing is not to achieve but to strive.
Aldo Leopold

When our days become dreary with low hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe, working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows. Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.
Jonathan Swift

Knowledge which is divorced from justice, may be called cunning rather than wisdom.
Cicero

We leave unmolested those who set the fire to the house, and prosecute those who sound the alarm.
Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort

Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.
Honoré de Balzac

God’s justice, tardy though it prove perchance, Rests never on the track until it reach Delinquency.
Robert Browning

Two evils, greed and faction are the destruction of all justice.
Sir Thomas More

A man’s vanity tells him what is honor, a man’s conscience what is justice.
Walter Savage Landor

Then not only custom, but also nature affirms that to do is more disgraceful than to suffer injustice, and that justice is equality.
Plato

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

There is but one law for all, namely that law which governs all law, the law of our Creator, the law of humanity, justice, equity – the law of nature and of nations.
Edmund Burke