Justice Quotes

By | 08.06.2022
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If you tremble with indignation at every injustice then you are a comrade of mine. Ernesto Che Guevara

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

Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers. Bible

There is no «them and us.» There is only us. Greg Boyle SJ

Justice is the constant and perpetual will to allot to every man his due. Ulpian

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Martin Luther King, Jr. Justice Quotes

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. Elie Wiesel

Law without justice is a wound without a cure. William Scott Downey

I want to be prophetic and take stands and stand with those on the margins, and I want to laugh as much as I can. Greg Boyle SJ

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

I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice. Abraham Lincoln

The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword. If you would take a man’s life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die. George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice. Martin Luther King Jr

By acting compassionately, by helping to restore justice and to encourage peace, we acknowledging that we are all part of one another. Rahm Dass

At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst. Aristotle

Justice delayed is justice denied. William E. Gladstone


I want to commit the murder I was imprisoned for. J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Short justice quote: Justice is truth in action. Benjamin Disraeli

As you press on for justice, be sure to move with dignity and discipline, using only the weapon of love.  Let no one pull you so low as to hate. Always avoid violence.  If you succumb to the temptation of using violence in your struggle, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and desolate night of bitterness, and your chief legacy to the future will be an endless reign of meaningless chaos. Martin Luther King

Whoever undertakes to set himself up as judge in the field of truth and knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the Gods. Albert Einstein

If you spend your time hoping someone will suffer the consequences for what they did to your heart, then you’re allowing them to hurt you a second time in your mind. Shannon L. Alder

For children are innocent and love justice, while most of us are wicked and naturally prefer mercy. G. K. Chesterton

Justice, then, is not dependent upon the law. That a society does not outlaw an activity does not mean that the activity is just…The more we act for the common good, by being inclusive and letting others speak for themselves, the more we can learn about the people whom we ought to become. James Keenan SJ

I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever. Thomas Jefferson

Ladies who play with fire must remember that smoke gets in their eyes. Mae West

Concern for our neighbor transcends the confines of national communities and has increasingly broadened its horizon to the whole world. Benedict XVI

Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public. Cornel West

More law, less justice. Marcus Tullius Cicero

Truth never damages a cause that is just. Mahatma Gandhi

You know, the courts may not be working any more, but as long as everyone is videotaping everyone else, justice will be done. Marge Simpson

The cry of the poor is not always just, but if you don’t listen to it, you will never know what justice is. Howard Zinn

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

Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are. Benjamin Franklin

For all the cruelty and hardship of our world, we are not mere prisoners of fate. Our actions matter, and can bend history in the direction of justice. Barack Obama

Courage is of no value unless accompanied by justice; yet if everyone became just, there would be no need for courage. Agesilaus the Second

For there is but one essential justice which cements society, and one law which establishes this justice. This law is right reason, which is the true rule of all commandments and prohibitions. Whoever neglects this law, whether written or unwritten, is necessarily unjust and wicked. Marcus Tullius Cicero, On the Laws

Punishment is justice for the unjust. Saint Augustine

As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation — either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course. Martin Luther King Jr.


This thing that men call justice, this blind snake that strikes men down in the dark, mindless with fury, keep your hand back from it, pass by in silence. Maxwell Anderson

The sword of justice has no scabbard. Antione De Riveral

Justice Quotes: Ethics and equity and the principles of justice do not change with the calendar. D. H. Lawrence

The true measure of the justice of a system is the amount of protection it guarantees to the weakest. Aung San Kyi

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

Honest people, mistakenly believing in the justice of their cause, are led to support injustice. Elihu Root

Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe. Frederick Douglass

Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. Robert F. Kennedy

If one really wishes to know how justice is administered in a country, one does not question the policemen, the lawyers, the judges, or the protected members of the middle class. One goes to the unprotected–those, precisely, who need the law’s protection most!–and listens to their testimony. James Baldwin

Justice does not come from the outside. It comes from inner peace. Barbara Hall

If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us. Francis Bacon

It is better to risk saving a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one. Voltaire, Zadig et autres contes

Delay of justice is injustice. Walter Savage Landor

Only the man who has enough good in him to feel the justice of the penalty can be punished; the others can only be hurt. William Ernest Hocking

Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. Barry Goldwater

There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love. Martin Luther King Jr.

The just man is not the product of a day, but of a long brooding and a painful birth. To become a power for peace, a man must first pass through experiences which lead him to see things in their different aspects: it is necessary that he have a wide horizon, and breathe various atmospheres–in a word, from crossing, one after another, paths and points of view the most diverse, and sometimes the most contradictory, he must acquire the faculty of putting himself in the place of others and appreciating them. Charles Wagner


It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive. Earl Warren

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

The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice. Theodore Parker

But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! Bible

Justice is a contract of expediency, entered upon to prevent people from harming or being harmed. Epicurus

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

Oh, come on!’ Percy complained. ‘I get a little nosebleed and I wake up the entire earth? That’s not fair! Rick Riordan, The Blood of Olympus

Justice is the virtue that innocence rejoiceth in. Ben Jonson

The only true principle for humanity is justice; and justice to the feeble is protection and kindness. Henri-Frédéric Amiel

Justice? You get justice in the next world, in this world you have the law. William Gaddis

Law is not law, if it violates the principles of eternal justice. Lydia Maria Child

Justice is the means by which established injustices are sanctioned. Anatole France

If you want peace work for justice. Pope Paul VI

To sin by silence, when they should protest, makes cowards of men. Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern. Bible

Justice consists not in being neutral between right and wrong, but in finding out the right and upholding it, wherever found, against the wrong. Theodore Roosevelt

Justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may be powerful, and whatever is powerful may be just. Blaise Pascal

Revenge is an act of passion; vengeance of justice. Injuries are revenged; crimes are avenged. Samuel Johnson

A society regulated by a public sense of justice is inherently stable. John Rawls

Justice delayed, is justice denied. William Gladstone

We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

The Lord is known by his justice; the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands. Bible

The order of society is based on two virtues: justice and charity. Charity is the Samaritan who pours oil on the wounds of the traveler who has been attacked. It is justice’s role to prevent the attack. Frédéric Ozanam

Homer, that’s your solution to everything… You know, the courts might not work any more, but as long as everybody is videotaping everyone else, justice will be done. Marge Simpson

Sustainable development is the pathway to the future we want for all. It offers a framework to generate economic growth, achieve social justice, exercise environmental stewardship and strengthen governance. Ban Ki-moon

A good act does not wash out the bad, nor a bad act the good. Each should have its own reward. George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings

Justice is justly represented blind, because she sees no difference in the parties concerned. She has but one scale and weight, for rich and poor, great and small. William Penn

Christian love of neighbor and justice cannot be separated. For love implies an absolute demand for justice, namely a recognition of the dignity and rights of one’s neighbor. The 1971 Synod of Catholic Bishops

Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done. Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption


Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph. Haile Selassie

In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations. Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956

The place of justice is an hallowed place; and therefore not only the bench, but the foot-place; and precincts and purprise thereof, ought to be preserved without scandal and corruption. For certainly grapes (as the Scripture saith) will not be gathered of thorns or thistles; neither can justice yield her fruit with sweetness, amongst the briars and brambles of catching and polling clerks, and ministers. The attendance of courts, is subject to four bad instruments. First, certain persons that are sowers of suits; which make the court swell, and the country pine. The second sort is of those, that engage courts in quarrels of jurisdiction, and are not truly amici curiae, but parasiti curiae, in puffing a court up beyond her bounds, for their own scraps and advantage. The third sort, is of those that may be accounted the left hands of courts; persons that are full of nimble and sinister tricks and shifts, whereby they pervert the plain and direct courses of courts, and bring justice into oblique lines and labyrinths. And the fourth, is the poller and exacter of fees; which justifies the common resemblance of the courts of justice, to the bush whereunto, while the sheep flies for defence in weather, he is sure to lose part of his fleece. On the other side, an ancient clerk, skilful in precedents, wary in proceeding, and understanding in the business of the court, is an excellent finger of a court; and doth many times point the way to the judge himself. Francis Bacon

Only by being a man or woman for others, does one become fully human. Pedro Arrupe SJ

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

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

Justice commands us to have mercy upon all men, to consult the interests of the whole human race, to give to every one his due. Cicero

To be just, it is not enough to refrain from injustice. One must go further, and refuse to play it’s game: substituting love for self-interest as the driving force of society. Pedro Arrupe SJ

There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice. Montesquieu

If you read someone else’s diary, you get what you deserve. David Sedaris

Oh, I am arm’d with more than complete steel, The justice of my quarrel. Aphra Behn

Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act. Dietrich Bonhoeffer

If you are pained by external things, it is not they that disturb you, but your own judgement of them. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgement now. Marcus Aurelius

The equal right of all citizens to health, education, work, food, security, culture, science, and wellbeing – that is, the same rights we proclaimed when we began our struggle, in addition to those which emerge from our dreams of justice and equality for all inhabitants of our world – is what I wish for all. Fidel Castro

We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself. Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Absolute justice is achieved by the suppression of all contradictions; therefore it destroys freedom. Albert Camus

It’s a drop of water in the sea. But after this drop, the sea will never be the same. Mother Teresa

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