Justice quotes and sayings

If you want peace work for justice.
Pope Paul VI

Ethics and equity and the principles of justice do not change with the calendar.
David Herbert Lawrence

There really can be no peace without justice. There can be no justice without truth. And there can be no truth, unless someone rises up to tell you the truth.
Louis Farrakhan

There is no such thing as justice in the abstract; it is merely a compact between men.

When love is gone, there’s always justice. And when justice is gone, there’s always force. And when force is gone, there’s always Mom. Hi, Mom!
Laurie Anderson

Let us not accept violence as the way of peace. Let us instead begin by respecting true freedom: the resulting peace will be able to satisfy the world’s expectations, for it will be a peace built on justice, a peace founded on the incomparable dignity of the free human being.
Pope John Paul II

Justice requires that everyone should have enough to eat. But it also requires that everyone should contribute to the production of food.
Elias Canetti

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Martin Luther King Jr.

The whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that, when nations are strong, they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are no longer strong.
Winston Churchill

The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.

It is not from reason that justice springs, but goodness is born of wisdom.
Maurice Maeterlinck

We must not allow ourselves to become like the system we oppose.
Bishop Desmond Tutu

The place of justice is a hallowed place.
Francis Bacon

Justice is open to everyone in the same way as the Ritz Hotel.
Judge Sturgess

Rather let the crime of the guilty go unpunished than condemn the innocent.
Justinian I

In the matter of justice, all should be equal in your eyes.
Abu Bakr

No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Charity isn’t a good substitute for justice
Jonathan Kozol

Justice is the infrastructure of proprietorship.
Kemal Ataturk

If laws are unjust, they must be continually broken until they are altered.
Josephine Ruffin

Family life is too intimate to be preserved by the spirit of justice. It can be sustained by a spirit of love which goes beyond justice.
Reinhold Niebuhr

Many laws as certainly make bad men, as bad men make many laws.
Walter Savage Landor

And this is the time. It is the time for this land to become again a witness to the world for what is noble and just in human affairs. It is the time to live more with faith and less with fear- with an abiding confidence that can sweep away the strongest barriers between us and teach us that we truly are brothers and sisters.
George McGovern

Guilt or innocence becomes irrelevant in the criminal trial as we flounder in a morass of artificial rules poorly conceived and often impossible of application.
Warren Earl Burger

Communism is the corruption of a dream of justice.
Adlai E. Stevenson

My passionate sense of social justice and social responsibility has always contrasted oddly with my pronounced lack of need for direct contact with other human beings and human communities.
Albert Einstein

In a world riven by inequity, medicine could be viewed as social justice work.
Paul Farmer

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

Justice prevails over transgression when she comes to the end of the race.

I distrust the incommunicable; it is the source of all violence.
Jean-Paul Sartre

Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom.

The people become more observant of justice, and do not refuse to submit to the laws when they see them obeyed by their enactor.

The judge weighs the arguments and puts a brave face on the matter, and since there must be a decision, decides as he can, and hopes he has done justice and given satisfaction to the community.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Laws: We know what they are, and what they are worth! They are spider webs for the rich and mighty, steel chains for the poor and weak, fishing nets in the hands of the government.
Pierre Joseph Proudhon

Justice has taken its course and the authority and legitimacy of the legal process must be respected.
Kofi Annan

The way to secure liberty is to place it in the people’s hands, that is, to give them the power at all times to defend it in the legislature and in the courts of justice.
John Adams

When a society is organized around that which is fitting in each realm, then peace, the fruit of justice, can flourish.
Leonardo Boff

To disarm the strong and arm the weak would be to change the social order which it’s my job to preserve. Justice is the means by which established injustices are sanctioned.

War makes thieves and peace hangs them.
George Herbert

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

Four things support the world: the learning of the wise, the justice of the great, the prayers of the good, and the valor of the brave.

There can be no peace without justice and respect for human rights.
Irene Khan

Justice from Love, and Love from Justice.
Bishop Carlos Belo

Let no guilty man escape, if it can be avoided…No personal considerations should stand in the way of performing a public duty.
Ulysses Simpson Grant

Let justice be done, though the heavens may fall.
William Watson

I think the first duty of society is justice.
Alexander Hamilton

To sin is a human business, to justify sins is a devilish business.
Leo Nikolaevich Tolsto

He who is only just is cruel.

Imagination gallops; judgment merely walks.

Envy among other ingredients has a mixture of the love of justice in it. We are more angry at undeserved than at deserved good-fortune.
William Hazlitt

That alone is wise which is just; that alone is enduring which is right.
Henry George

People who love sausage and people who believe in justice should never watch either of them being made.
Otto Bismark

When I see the Ten Most Wanted Lists… I always have this thought: If we’d made them feel wanted earlier, they wouldn’t be wanted now.
Edie Cantor

Peace cannot exist without justice, justice cannot exist without fairness, fairness cannot exist without development, development cannot exist without democracy, democracy cannot exist without respect for the identity and worth of cultures and peoples.
Rigoberta Menchu

The supernatural virtue of justice consists of behaving exactly as though there were equality when one is the stronger in an unequal relationship.
Simone Weil

Only a kind person is able to judge another justly and to make allowances for his weaknesses. A kind eye, while recognizing defects, sees beyond them.
Lawrence G. Lovasik

The arm of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.
Martin Luther King

Whether it makes one cry or sing, justice must be carried out.

One had better die fighting against injustice than die like a dog or a rat in a trap.
Ida B. Wells

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