Justice Sayings and Quotes
A rule isn’t unfair if it applies to everyone.
Give good and get good.
Estonian (on generosity)
Laws catch flies but let hornets go free.
Scottish (on justice)
Little thieves are hanged but great ones escape.
14th Century French Proverb
Quarrels never could last long, if on one side only lay the wrong.
Ben Franklin (1706-1790)
The deceitful have no friends.
Hindi (Asian Indian) (on justice)
The end doesn’t justify the means.
Ovid (c.43 BC-AD 18)
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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.
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.
The dead cannot cry out for justice. It is a duty of the living to do so for them.
Lois McMaster Bujold
Social justice cannot be attained by violence. Violence kills what it intends to create.
Pope John Paul II
There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.
Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.
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.
Men often mistake killing and revenge for justice. They seldom have the stomach for justice.
You get justice in the next world. In this one you have the law.
Courage is of no value unless accompanied by justice; yet if all men became just, there would be no need for courage.
Agesilaus the Second
Justice is the constant and perpetual will to allot to every man his due.
Justice is a contract of expediency, entered upon to prevent men harming or being harmed.
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
Justice consists not in being neutral between right and wrong, but in finding out the right and upholding it, wherever found, against the wrong.
Justice is conscience, not a personal conscience but the conscience of the whole of humanity.
Equal justice under law is not merely a caption on the facade of the Supreme Court building, it is perhaps the most inspiring ideal of our society. It is one of the ends for which our entire legal system exists…it is fundamental that justice should be the same, in substance and availability, without regard to economic status.
Lewis Powell, Jr.
If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us.
The failure to invest in civil justice is directly related to the increase in criminal disorder. The more people feel there is injustice the more it becomes part of their psyche.
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.
Justice is the means by which established injustices are sanctioned.
You know, the courts may not be working any more, but as long as everyone is videotaping everyone else, justice will be done.
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.
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.
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.
The love of justice is, in most men, nothing more than the fear of suffering injustice
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
The need for justice grows out of the conflict of human interests. That is to say, if there were no conflict of interests among mankind we should never have invented the word justice, nor conceived the idea for which it stands.
Thomas Nixon Carver
Justice is always violent to the party offending, for every man is innocent in his own eyes.
Justice is the tolerable accommodation of the conflicting interests of society, and I don’t believe there is any royal road to attain such accommodation concretely.
Judge Learned Hand
Justice is incidental to law and order.
John Edgar Hoover
Injustice is relatively easy to bear; it is justice that hurts.
Extreme justice is often injustice.
The foundation of justice is good faith.
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.
In the halls of justice, the only justice is in the halls.
Justice should remove the bandage from her eyes long enough to distinguish between the vicious and the unfortunate.
Robert G. Ingersoll
Peace is not the absence of war but the presence of justice.
Justice has nothing to do with what goes on in a courtroom; Justice is what comes out of a courtroom
Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens
Where there are too many policemen, there is no liberty. Where there are too many soldiers, there is no peace. Where there are too many lawyers, there is no justice.
The administration of justice is the firmest pillar of government
Law in origin was merely a codification of the power of dominant groups, and did not aim at anything that to a modern man would appear to be justice
The best safeguard against fascism is to establish social justice to the maximum extent possible.
A sense of justice is a noble fancy.