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
For children are innocent and love justice, while most of us are wicked and naturally prefer mercy.
G. K. CHESTERTON, The Coloured Lands
Law is not law, if it violates the principles of eternal justice.
LYDIA MARIA CHILD, speech, 1861
A society regulated by a public sense of justice is inherently stable.
JOHN RAWLS, A Theory of Justice
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
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, The Price of the Ticket
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, Justice
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
Justice is that which is practiced by God himself, and to be practiced in its perfection by none but him. Omniscience and omnipotence are requisite for the full exertion of it.
JOSEPH ADDISON, The Guardian, Jul. 4, 1713
Justice is the virtue that innocence rejoiceth in.
BEN JONSON, Timber