Justice Quotes

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Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.

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If we are the only animal with a sense of justice, it would clearly be because we also are about the only animal with a sense of cruelty.

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Justice is truth in action.

truth

Justice is always in jeopardy.
Thou shalt not ration justice.
Delay in justice is injustice.
Delay of justice is injustice.
Justice is mercy's highest self.
Justice delayed is democracy denied.
The place of justice is a hallowed place.
One man's justice is another's injustice.

injustice

Justice has nothing to do with expediency.
Justice is what love looks like in public.
The greatest enemy of justice is privilege.
Justice is a train that always comes too late.
Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.

charity

Justice, like vengeance, is not good eaten cold.

proverbs

Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin.

peace

The worst form of injustice is pretended justice.

injustice

Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
Our Law says well, "To delay justice, is injustice."

delay

Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.
The first requisite of civilization is that of justice.
Justice is better than chivalry if we cannot have both.
Justice ... limps along, but it gets there all the same.
He who turns the other cheek too far gets it in the neck.

revenge

There is no virtue so truly great and godlike as justice.
The first requisite of civilization ... is that of justice.
Justice is love correcting that which revolts against love.

civil rights movement

Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.
The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice.
Military justice is to justice as military music is to music.

military

Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.

injustice

That old law about "an eye for an eye" leaves everybody blind.

revenge

We win justice quickest by rendering justice to the other party.
Justice begins with the recognition of the necessity of sharing.
The principles of justice are chosen behind a veil of ignorance.
The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.
The most odious of all oppressions are those which mask as justice.
It is not enough to avoid injustice if you're not promoting justice.

injustice

In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?
The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.
I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.

mercy

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

funny

Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical.

power

For Justice, though she's painted blind,
Is to the weaker side inclin'd.
It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one.
Justice is not to be taken by storm.  She is to be wooed by slow advances.
Moral science is better occupied when treating of friendship than of justice.

morals

Justice consists in doing no injury to men; decency in giving them no offense.
Justice that love gives is a surrender, justice that law gives is a punishment.
Justice which does not bear a sword beside its scales soon falls into ridicule.
Standing beside love is always justice, and we are only using the tools of justice.

civil rights movement

Justice means minding one's own business and not meddling with other men's concerns.
The love of justice is, in most men, nothing more than the fear of suffering injustice.

injustice

The just is close to the people's heart, but the merciful is close to the heart of God.

mercy

Social justice cannot be attained by violence. Violence kills what it intends to create.

violence

Justice should not only be done, but should manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done.
Justice is the insurance we have on our lives, and obedience is the premium we pay for it.

law

Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.
Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe.

freedom

Justice is always violent to the party offending, for every man is innocent in his own eyes.
Justice is conscience, not a personal conscience but the conscience of the whole of humanity.
Judging from the main portions of the history of the world, so far, justice is always in jeopardy.
You can't run a society or cope with its problems if people are not held accountable for what they do.

accountability

Justice is like the Kingdom of God—it is not without us as a fact, it is within us as a great yearning.
It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice tell me I ought to do.

law

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

ignorance

Justice is a temporary thing that must at last come to an end; but the conscience is eternal and will never die.

conscience

Justice is a certain rectitude of mind whereby a man does what he ought to do in the circumstances confronting him.
All human laws are, properly speaking, only declaratory; they have no power over the substance of original justice.

law

Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens.
Justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may be powerful, and whatever is powerful may be just.

power

Peace is more important than all justice; and peace was not made for the sake of justice, but justice for the sake of peace.

peace

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

truth

I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis upon the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.

law

Justice must always question itself, just as society can exist only by means of the work it does on itself and on its institutions.
Justice, sir, is the great interest of man on earth. It is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together.
No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.
We have accumulated a wealth of historical experience which confirms our belief that the scales of American justice are out of balance.
Even in envy may be discerned something of an instinct of justice, something of a wish to see universal fair-play, and things on a level.

envy

Justice is what is established; and thus all our established laws will necessarily be regarded as just without examination, since they are established.
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.
I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.  And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.

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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.
Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.

law

Until justice is blind to colour, until education is unaware of race, until opportunity is unconcerned with the colour of men's skins, emancipation will be a proclamation but not a fact.

race

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

war

A great many people in this country are worried about law-and-order. And a great many people are worried about justice. But one thing is certain: you cannot have either until you have both.

law

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

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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.

injustice

Little else is requisite to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice: all the rest being brought about by the natural course of things.

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