Justice quotes and sayings

Social justice cannot be attained by violence. Violence kills what it intends to create.
Pope John Paul II

Justice will not come to Athens until those who are not injured are as indignant as those who are injured.
Thucydides

My cause was justice, not vengeance. My work is for a better tomorrow and a more secure future for our children and grandchildren.
Simon Wiesenthal

The Society is based on that great bottom law of human right, that nothing but crime can forfeit liberty. That no condition of birth, no shade of color, no mere misfortune of circumstances, can annul that birthright charter, which God has bequeathed to every being upon whom he has stamped his own image, by making him a free moral agent, and that he who robs his fellow man of this tramples upon right, subverts justice, outrages humanity, unsettles the foundation of human safety, and sacrilegiously assumes the prerogative of God.
Theodore Weld

In England, Justice is open to all, like the Ritz hotel.
James Mathew

For there is no defense for a man who, in the excess of his wealth, has kicked the great altar of Justice out of sight.
Aeschylus

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
Martin Luther King

Better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.
Chinese Proverb

Even strong as they are today, rich countries should have no illusion: nobody is safe in aworld of injustices.War will never bring security.War can only generate monsters: bitterness, intolerance, fundamentalism, and the damaging denial of current hegemonies.The poor must be given reasons to live, not to kill or die.
Lula

Parents are not interested in justice, they’re interested in peace and quiet.
Bill Cosby

The Pledge of Allegiance says “…with liberty and justice for all.” What part of “all” don’t you understand?
Patricia Schroeder

There is no virtue so truly great and godlike as Justice. Most of the other virtues are the virtues of created Beings, or accommodated to our nature as we are men. Justice is that which is practised by God himself, and to be practised in its perfection by none but him. Omniscience and Omnipotence are requisite for the full exertion of it. The one, to discover every degree of uprightness or iniquity in thoughts, words and actions. The other, to measure out and impart suitable rewards and punishments. As to be perfectly just is an attribute in the divine nature, to be so to the utmost of our abilities is the glory of a man. Such an one who has the publick administration in his hands, acts like the representative of his Maker, in recompencing the virtuous, and punishing the offender.
Joseph Addison

As long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need is, to do battle for the one against the other.
John Stuart Mill

Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
Bible

All who affirm the use of violence admit it is only a means to achieve justice and peace. But peace and justice are nonviolence…the final end of history. Those who abandon nonviolence have no sense of history. Rather they are bypassing history, freezing history, betraying history.
Andre Trocme

You don’t have many suspects who are innocent of a crime. That’s contradictory. If a person is innocent of a crime, then he is not a suspect.
Edwin Meese

Judging from the main portions of the history of the world, so far, justice is always in jeopardy.
Walt Whitman

Equal and exact justice to all men†freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of the person under the protection of the habeas corpus; and trial by juries impartially selected on these principles form the bright constellation that has gone before us.
Thomas Jefferson

We must face the fact that the preservation of individual freedom is incompatible with a full satisfaction of our views of distributive justice.
Friedrich August von Hayek

I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against.
Malcolm X

The more corrupt the republic, the more numerous the laws.
Tacitus

Justice is revenge.
Saad Hariri

The conquest of war and the pursuit of social justice… must become our grand preoccupation and magnificent obsession.
Norman Cousins

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is impossible to tell where the law stops and justice begins.
Bugs Baer

Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.
Wendell Berry

Foolish men imagine that because judgment for an evil thing is delayed, there is no justice; but only accident here below. Judgment for an evil thing is many times delayed some day or two, some century or two, but it is sure as life, it is sure as death.
Thomas Carlyle

It is better to lose everything you have to keep the balance of justice level, than to live a life of petty privilege devoid of true freedom.
Bryant H. McGill

Every crime is born of necessity. If you want less crime, you must change the conditions. Poverty makes crime. Want, rags, crusts, misfortune – all these awake the wild beast in man, and finally he takes, and takes contrary to law, and becomes a criminal. And what do you do with him? You punish him. Why not punish a man for having consumption? The time will come when you will see that that is just as logical. What do you do with the criminal? You send him to the penitentiary. Is he made better? Worse. The first thing you do is to try to trample out his manhood, by putting an indignity upon him. You mark him. You put him in stripes. At night you put him in darkness. His feeling for revenge grows. You make a wild beast of him, and he comes out of that place branded in body and soul, and then you won’t let him reform if he wants to.
Robert Ingersoll

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

The security of which we speak is to be attained by the development of international law through an international organization based on the principles of law and justice.
Ludwig Quidde

We’ve got to take back the ideal of justice, we’ve got to take back this principle of human dignity. We’ve got to take it back from vengeance, from hatred, we’ve got to say: look, we’re all in this together. We are human beings.
David Kaczynski

The absolute pacifist is a bad citizen; times come when force must be used to uphold right, justice and ideals.
Alfred North Whitehead

Everything secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity.
John Emerich Edward Dalberg

They do injury to the good who spares the bad.
Publilius Syrus

The values by which we are to survive are not rules for just and unjust conduct, but are those deeper illuminations in whose light justice and injustice, good and evil, means and ends are seen in fearful sharpness of outline.
Jacob Bronowski

Conscience is a coward, and those faults it has not strength enough to prevent it seldom has justice enough to accuse.
Oliver Goldsmith

If hard work were such a wonderful thing, surely the rich would have kept it all to themselves.
Lane Kirkland

Our ultimate objective in learning about anything is to try to create and develop a more just society.
Yuri Kochiyama

Judge: a law student who marks his own papers.
H.L. Mencken

Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. I don’t believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others.
Coretta Scott King

The first sign of corruption in a society that is still alive is that the end justifies the means.
Georges Bernanos

Until justice is blind to color, until education is unaware of race, until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men’s skins, emancipation will be a proclamation but not a fact.
Lyndon B. Johnson

It’s time for greatness — not for greed. It’s a time for idealism — not ideology. It is a time not just for compassionate words, but compassionate action.
Marian Wright Edelman

You ask whether a woman should be paid the same wages as man when she does the same work? To this, there can be but one answer. If she does the same quantity and quality of work under the same conditions as a man, simple justice requires that she should be paid the same. wages. To deny her this is to deny her justice.
John Peter Altgeld

We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all the civil and political rights that belong to citizens of the United States, be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever.
Declaration of Rights for Women

An enormous discrepancy exists between the way we talk about equality in the abstract and the value as translated into laws and justice.
Roy Wilkins

But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.
Frederic Bastiat

When strength is yoked with justice, where is a mightier pair than they?
Aeschylus

It is well-nigh obvious that those who are in favor of the death penalty have more affinities with murderers than those who oppose it.
Remy de Gourmont

We have fought for social justice. We have fought for economic justice. We have fought for environmental justice. We have fought for criminal justice. Now we must add a new fight – the fight for electoral justice.
Barbara Boxer

Frequently you have a clash between the more sterile letter of the law and the justice that underlies it, and I think one of the things I’ve been trying more or less, where it was possible, is to go with the justice rather than the letter of the law.
Harold H. Greene

For all my years in public life, I have believed that America must sail toward the shores of liberty and justice for all. There is no end to that journey, only the next great voyage. We know the future will outlast all of us, but I believe that all of us will live on in the future we make.
Edward Kennedy

Delay in justice is injustice.
Walter Savage Landor

We have come this far always believing that justice would somehow prevail. This is the burden, this is the promise, and THIS is why we will not fail.
Peter Yarrow

The mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few to ride them.
Thomas Jefferson

A federation of all humanity, together with a sufficient measure of social justice, to ensure health, education, and a rough equality of opportunity to most of the children born into the world, would mean such a release and increase of human energy as to open a new phase in human history.”
H. G. Wells

Truth is always in harmony with herself, and is not concerned chiefly to reveal the justice that may consist with wrong-doing.
Henry David Thoreau

Most people regard getting their way as a matter of simple justice.
Mason Cooley

One thing, however, is sure, – that in all cases the effort should be to impose all the cost of repairing the wrong upon the doer of the wrong. This alone is real justice, and of course such justice is necessarily free.
Benjamin Tucker