quotations about justice
I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN, speech in Washington, D.C., 1865
The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., A Testament of Hope
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, Winterset
Delay of justice is injustice.
WALTER SAVAGE LANDOR, Imaginary Conversations
Law without justice is a wound without a cure.
WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs
The golden eye of justice sees, and requites the unjust man.
SOPHOCLES, fragment, Ajax the Locrian
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 Simpsons
Many remark justice is blind; pity those in her sway, shocked to discover she is also deaf.
DAVID MAMET, Faustus
It’s every man’s business to see justice done.
SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Law is not law, if it violates the principles of eternal justice.
LYDIA MARIA CHILD, speech, 1861
The love of justice is, in most men, nothing more than the fear of suffering injustice.
FRANCOIS, DUC DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, Sentences et Maximes Morales
Justice, sir, is the great interest of man on earth. It is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together. Wherever her temple stands, and so long as it is duly honored, there is a foundation for general security, general happiness, and the improvement and progress of our race.
DANIEL WEBSTER, speech, Sep. 12, 1845
There's no surer justice in the world than that which makes the rich thief hang the poor one.
PEIRE CARDENAL, Songs of the Troubadours
The Lord is known by his justice; the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.
BIBLE, Psalms 9:16
A society regulated by a public sense of justice is inherently stable.
JOHN RAWLS, A Theory of Justice
But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!
BIBLE, Amos 5:24
When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.
BIBLE, Proverbs 21:15
For children are innocent and love justice, while most of us are wicked and naturally prefer mercy.
G. K. CHESTERTON, The Coloured Lands
Justice was revenge wrapping itself in a cloak of high principle.
IVAN KLIMA, Waiting for the Dark
The universe did not invent justice. Man did. Unfortunately, man must reside in the universe.
ROGER ZELAZNY, He Who Shapes