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Quotations: Justice

Liberty, equality - bad principles! The only true principle for humanity is justice; and justice to the feeble is protection and kindness.
Henri-Frédéric Amiel

Justice without wisdom is impossible.
James Anthony Froude

Man perfected by society is the best of all animals; he is the most terrible of all when he lives without law, and without justice.
Aristotle

Justice is the bread of the nation; it is always hungry for it.
Francois August Rene de Chateaubriand

You (God) have not only commanded continence, that is, from what things we are to restrain our love, but also justice, that is, on what we are to bestow our love.
Saint Augustine

Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more man's nature runs to the more ought law to weed it out.
Sir Francis Bacon

If we do not maintain Justice, Justice will not maintain us.
Sir Francis Bacon

In the halls of justice, the only justice is in the halls.
Lenny Bruce

The dead cannot cry out for justice; it is a duty of the living to do so for them.
Lois McMaster Bujold

Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe.
Edmund Burke

Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society; and any eminent departure from it, under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all.
Edmund Burke

So justice while she winks at crimes, Stumbles on innocence sometimes.
Samuel Butler

He who is only just is cruel.
Lord Byron

The law isn't justice. It's a very imperfect mechanism. If you press exactly the right buttons and are also lucky, justice may show up in the answer. A mechanism is all the law was ever intended to be.
Raymond Chandler

Amongst the sons of men how few are known Who dare be just to merit not their own.
Charles Churchill

The more laws, the less justice.
Cicero

Justice consists in doing no injury to men; decency in giving them no offense.
Cicero

There is no such thing as justice--in or out of court.
Clarence Darrow

Justice is incidental to law and order.
J. Edgar Hoover

Everything secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity.
Lord John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton

Let justice be done, though the world perish.
Ferdinand I

Justice is as strictly due between neighbor nations as between between neighbor citizens. A highwayman is as much a robber when he plunders in a gang, as when single; and a nation that makes an unjust war is only a great gang.
Benjamin Franklin

Pity and forbearance should characterize all acts of justice.
Benjamin Franklin

That which is unjust can really profit no one; that which is just can really harm no one.
Henry George

Justice delayed is justice denied.
William Gladstone

Justice is but the distributing to everything according to the requirements of its nature.
Joseph Glanvill

I have loved justice and hated inequity; and therefore I die in exile.
Pope Gregory VII

Justice does not come from the outside. It comes from inner peace.
Barbara Hall

Segregation is the adultery of an illicit intercourse between injustice and immorality.
Martin Luther King Jr.

In no sense do I advocate evading or defying the law ... That would lead to anarchy. An individual who breaks a law that his conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhwre. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.
Martin Luther King Jr.

When the conduct of men is designed to be influenced, persuasion, kind unassuming persuasion, should ever be adopted. It is an old and true maxim that 'a drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall.' So with men. If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend. Therein is a drop of honey that catches his heart, which, say what he will, is the great highroad to his reason, and which, once gained, you will find but little trouble in convincing him of the justice of your cause, if indeed that cause is really a good one.
Abraham Lincoln

I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.
Abraham Lincoln

Justice is the end of government. It is the end of civil society. It ever has been, and ever will be pursued, until it be obtained, or until liberty be lost in the pursuit.
James Madison

A good man would prefer to be defeated than to defeat injustice by evil means.
Sallust

One man's word is no man's word; we should quietly hear both sides.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It's about time law enforcement got as organized as organized crime.
Rudolph W. Giuliani

The weakest arm is strong enough, that strikes With the sword of justice.
John Webster

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