quotations about injustice
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, From the Kingdom of Memory
When men are about to commit, or sanction the commission of some injustice, it is not uncommon for them to express pity for the object either of that or some parallel proceeding, and to feel themselves, at the time, quite virtuous and moral, and immensely superior to those who express no pity at all. This is a kind of upholding of faith above works, and is very comfortable.
CHARLES DICKENS, Nicholas Nickleby
Justice is the means by which established injustices are sanctioned.
ANATOLE FRANCE, Crainquebille
While craving justice for ourselves, it is never wise to be unjust to others.
LEW WALLACE, Ben Hur
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., Address at the Golden Anniversary Conference of the National Urban League, September 6, 1960
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, speech in Capetown, South Africa, June 6, 1966
If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine.
CHE GUEVARA, attributed, The Quotable Rebel: Political Quotations for Dangerous Times
I guess the only time most people think about injustice is when it happens to them.
CHARLES BUKOWSKI, Ham on Rye
It is not possible to found a lasting power upon injustice.
DEMOSTHENES, attributed, Day's Collacon
When one has been threatened with a great injustice, one accepts a smaller as a favour.
JANE WELSH CARLYLE, Letters and memorials of Jane Welsh Carlyle?
Some things you must always be unable to bear. Some things you must never stop refusing to bear. Injustice and outrage and dishonor and shame. No matter how young you are or how old you have got. Not for kudos and not for cash: your picture in the paper nor money in the bank either. Just refuse to bear them.
WILLIAM FAULKNER, Intruder in the Dust
I'm really very sorry for you all, but it's an unjust world, and virtue is triumphant only in theatrical performances.
W. S. GILBERT, The Mikado
One man receives crucifixion as the reward of injustice, another a regal crown.
JUVENAL, attributed, Day's Collacon
Everything human beings can imagine has been thrown at injustice, and injustice just absorbs it, and enlarges.
GREG BAXTER, The Apartment
The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.
LYNDON B. JOHNSON, remarks in the Capitol Rotunda at the signing of the Voting Rights Act, August 6, 1965
Nothing is too extravagant to expect from men who conceive they are ungratefully and unjustly dealt by.
GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to Joseph Jones, Mar. 18, 1783
Injustice alone can shake down the pillars of the skies, and restore the reign of Chaos and Night.
HORACE MANN, A Few Thoughts for a Young Man
Law is an imperfect profession in which success can rarely be achieved without some sacrifice of principle. Thus all practicing lawyers -- and most others in the profession -- will necessarily be imperfect, especially in the eyes of young idealists. There is no perfect justice, just as there is no absolute in ethics. But there is perfect injustice, and we know it when we see it.
ALAN DERSHOWITZ, Letters to a Young Lawyer
Delay of justice is injustice.
WALTER SAVAGE LANDOR, Imaginary Conversations
Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.
H. L. MENCKEN, Prejudices