Justice quotes and sayings

I am confident that, in the end, common sense and justice will prevail. I’m an optimist, brought up on the belief that if you wait to the end of the story, you get to see the good people live happily ever after.
Cat Stevens

The dead cannot cry out for justice; it is a duty of the living to do so for them.
Lois McMaster Bujold

We win justice quickest by rendering justice to the other party.
Mohandas Gandhi

The more laws, the less justice.
Charles Churchill

All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honor; duty; mercy; hope.
Winston Churchill

Law is not justice and a trial is not a scientific inquiry into truth. A trial is the resolution of a dispute.
Edison Haines

The law is not the private property of lawyers, nor is justice the exclusive province of judges and juries. In the final analysis, true justice is not a matter of courts and law books, but of a commitment in each of us to liberty and mutual respect.
Jimmy Carter

Justice, not expedience, must be the guiding light. The orator must fix his eye on the polestar of justice, and plough straight thither. The moment he glances toward expediency, he falls from his high estate.
John Peter Altgeld

The law isn’t justice. It’s a very imperfect mechanism. If you press exactly the right buttons and are also lucky, justice may show up in the answer. A mechanism is all the law was ever intended to be.
Raymond Chandler

This is a court of law, young man, not a court of justice.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The trouble with the laws these days is that criminals know their rights better than their wrongs.
Anonymous

The first requisite of civilization is that of justice.
Sigmund Freud

The challenge of social justice is to evoke a sense of community that we need to make our nation a better place, just as we make it a safer place.
Marian Wright Edelman

Justice is a concept. Muscle is the reality.
Linda Blandford

When a man wants to murder a tiger, he calls it sport; when the tiger wants to murder him, he calls it ferocity. The distinction between crime and justice is no greater.
George Bernard Shaw

So justice while she winks at crimes, Stumbles on innocence sometimes.
Samuel Butler

If it were not for injustice, men would not know justice.
Heraclitus

Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
Benedict Spinoza

The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Justice that love gives is a surrender, justice that law gives is a punishment.
Mahatma Gandhi

An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Charity should be abolished; and be replaced by justice.
Norman Bethune

Any definition of a culture of peace must address the problem of achieving justice for communities and individuals who do not have the means to compete or cope without structured assistance and compassionate help.
Mahnaz Afkhami

All human laws are, properly speaking, only declaratory; they have no power over the substance of original justice.
Edmund Burke

Reconciliation should be accompanied by justice, otherwise it will not last. While we all hope for peace it shouldn’t be peace at any cost but peace based on principle, on justice.
Corazon C. Aquino

The administration of justice is the firmest pillar of government.
George Washington

Justice… is a kind of compact not to harm or be harmed.
Epicurus

In matters of government, justice means force as well as virtue.
Napoleon Bonaparte

There will be no justice as long as man will stand with a knife or with a gun and destroy those who are weaker than he is.
Isaac Bashevis Singer

Justice is a certain rectitude of mind whereby a man does what he ought to do in the circumstances confronting him.
St. Thomas Aquinas

It is in justice that the ordering of society is centered.
Aristotle

Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it.
Malcolm X

Justice consists of doing no one injury, decency in giving no one offense.
Marcus T. Cicero

The essence of justice is mercy.
Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Injustice is relatively easy to bear; it is justice that hurts.
H.L. Mencken

The court is most merciful when the accused is most rich.
Hebrew Proverb

Justice is the set and constant purpose which gives every man his due.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Equal Justice Under The Law.” That is a great goal. But that goal has not been realized.
Justice Arthur Joseph Goldberg

The sword of justice has no scabbard.
Antione De Riveral

Without justice and love, peace will always be the great illusion.
Archbishop Hélder Pessoa Câmara

Justice consists in doing no injury to men; decency in giving them no offense.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens.
Plato

The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

An act of justice closes the book on a misdeed; an act of vengeance writes one of its own
Marilyn Vos Savant

Justice is always violent to the party offending, for every man is innocent in his own eyes.
Daniel Defoe

The true path to peace is shared development. If we do not want war to go global, justice must go global.
Lula

Rats and roaches live by competition under the laws of supply and demand; it is the privilege of human beings to live under the laws of justice and mercy.
Wendell Berry

Justice is sweet and musical; but injustice is harsh and discordant.
Henry David Thoreau

Justice may be blind, but she has very sophisticated listening devices.
Edgar Argo

The sentiment of justice is so natural, and so universally acquired by all mankind, that it seems to be independent of all law, all party, all religion.
Voltaire

Justice should remove the bandage from her eyes long enough to distinguish between the vicious and the unfortunate.
Robert Green Ingersoll

The doctrine that might makes right has covered the earth with misery. While it crushes the weak, it also destroys the strong. Every deceit, every cruelty, every wrong, reaches back sooner or later and crushes its author. Justice is moral health, bringing happiness, wrong is moral disease, bringing mortal death.
John Peter Altgeld

It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.
James Arthur Baldwin

Though force can protect in emergency, only justice, fairness, consideration and cooperation can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace.
Dwight David Eisenhower

Justice turns the scale, bringing to some learning through suffering.
Aeschylus

He reminds me of the man who murdered both his parents, and then when sentence was about to be pronounced pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was an orphan.
Abraham Lincoln

The voice of the majority is no proof of justice.
Friedrich von Schiller

It is easier to commit murder than to justify it.
Aemilius Papinianus

No man suffers injustice without learning, vaguely but surely, what justice is.
Isaac Rosenfeld

Justice must always question itself, just as society can exist only by means of the work it does on itself and on its institutions.
Michel Foucault

Law and justice are not always the same. When they aren’t, destroying the law may be the first step toward changing it.
Gloria Steinem