JUSTICE QUOTES IV

quotations about justice

It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer.

WILLIAM BLACKSTONE, Commentaries on the Laws of England

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Justice is a machine that, when someone has once given it the starting push, rolls on of itself.

JOHN GALSWORTHY, Justice: A Tragedy in Four Acts

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Justice is that system of adjusting conflicting interests which makes the group strong and progressive rather than weak and retrogressive whereas injustice is a system of adjusting conflicting interests which makes a nation weak and retrogressive rather than strong and progressive.

THOMAS NIXON CARVER, Essays in Social Justice

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For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; upright men will see his face.

BIBLE, Psalms 11:7

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

ALBERT CAMUS, The Rebel

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The universal law of justice is: act externally in such a way that the free use of your will is compatible with the freedom of everyone according to a universal law.

IMMANUEL KANT, The Metaphysical Elements of Justice

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God's justice, tardy though it prove perchance,
Rests never on the track until it reach
Delinquincy.

ROBERT BROWNING, Cenciaja

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Justice ... limps along, but it gets there all the same.

GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ, In Evil Hour

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If we do not maintain Justice, Justice will not maintain us.

FRANCIS BACON, speech in Overbury murder case, Nov. 1615

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The strength of the claims of formal justice, of obedience to system, clearly depend upon the substantive justice of institutions and the possibilities of their reform.

JOHN RAWLS, A Theory of Justice

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Justice is immortal, eternal, and immutable, like God himself; and the development of law is only then a progress when it is directed towards those principles which, like him, are eternal; and whenever prejudice or error succeeds in establishing in customary law any doctrine contrary to eternal justice.

LOUIS KOSSUTH, Select Speeches

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When justice has spoken, humanity must have its turn.

PIERRE VERGNIAUD, speech, Jan. 17, 1793

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When there exists anywhere a state of suffering, a wrong, a condition of affairs that men of feeling deplore and that troubles the conscience of the upright, to become resigned to it is wicked. Although the evil flaunts itself before our eyes, and no remedy is in sight, we must go and seek a remedy. In the creation of the God of Justice, evil can be but a transitory state.

CHARLES WAGNER, Justice

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While craving justice for ourselves, it is never wise to be unjust to others.

LEW WALLACE, Ben Hur

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Justice is in subjects as well as in rulers.

THOMAS AQUINAS, Justice

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Every improvement in our conceptions of justice, as well as in the machinery for the administration of justice, whereby a closer approximation to exact justice may be secured, will make for social peace, though the mere adjudication of conflicting interests will not remove the conflicts themselves nor their cause. That lies deeper than legislatures or courts can probe.

THOMAS NIXON CARVER, Essays in Social Justice

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Justice in the hands of the powerful is merely a governing system like any other. Why call it justice? Let us rather call it injustice, but of a sly effective order, based entirely on cruel knowledge of the resistance of the weak, their capacity for pain, humiliation and misery. Injustice sustained at the exact degree of necessary tension to turn the cogs of the huge machine-for-the-making-of-rich-men, without bursting the boiler.

GEORGES BERNANOS, The Diary of a Country Priest

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Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.

H. L. MENCKEN, Prejudices

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The first request of civilization ... is that of justice.

SIGMUND FREUD, Civilization and Its Discontents

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Those are ever the most ready to do justice to others, who feel that the world has done them justice.

WILLIAM HAZLITT, Characteristics

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