30 Favorite Quotes About Justice

1. 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

2. Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are. 
- Benjamin Franklin

3. For there is but one essential justice which cements society, and one law which establishes this justice. This law is right reason, which is the true rule of all commandments and prohibitions. Whoever neglects this law, whether written or unwritten, is necessarily unjust and wicked. 
- Marcus Tullius Cicero, On the laws

4. If you tremble with indignation at every injustice then you are a comrade of mine. 
- Ernesto Che Guevara

5. It is better to risk saving a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one. 
- Voltaire

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

7. The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice. 
- Martin Luther King Jr.

8. I am opposing a social order in which it is possible for one man who does absolutely nothing that is useful to amass a fortune of hundreds of millions of dollars, while millions of men and women who work all the days of their lives secure barely enough for a wretched existence. 
- Eugene V. Debs

9. ...the man who passes the sentence should swing the sword.
...a ruler who hides behind paid executioners soon forgets what death is. 
- George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

10. In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations. 
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956

11. To be wealthy and honored in an unjust society is a disgrace. 
- Confucius, The Analects

12. Criminals do not die by the hands of the law. They die by the hands of other men. 
- George Bernard Shaw

13. But men often mistake killing and revenge for justice. They seldom have the stomach for justice. 
- Robert Jordan

14. Justice? -- You get justice in the next world. In this one you have the law. 
- William Gaddis

15. Death is the fairest thing in the world. No one's ever gotten out of it. The earth takes everyone - the kind, the cruel, the sinners. Aside from that, there's no fairness on earth. 
- Svetlana Alexievich, Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster

16. Dislike in yourself what you dislike in others. 
- Hazrat Ali Ibn Abu-Talib A.S

17. The cry of the poor is is not always just, but if you don't listen to it, you will never know what justice is. 
- Howard Zinn, A People's History of the United States

18. Freedom for the wolves has often meant death to the sheep. 
- Isaiah Berlin

19. A unjust law, is no law at all. 
- Martin Luther

20. I should like to be able to love my country and still love justice. 
- Albert Camus

21. Rather than justice for all, we are evolving into a system of justice for those who can afford it. We have banks that are not only too big to fail, but too big to be held accountable. 
- Joseph E. Stiglitz

22. Being good is easy, what is difficult is being just. 
- Victor Hugo

23. In case of dissension, never dare to judge till you've heard the other side. 
- Euripides

24. Knowledge which is divorced from justice may be called cunning rather than wisdom. 
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

25. Auditur et altera pars. (The other side shall be heard as well.) 
- Seneca, Medea

26. Who judges the judge who judges wrong? 
- Gail Carson Levine

27. Let the first act of every morning be to make the following resolve for the day:

- I shall not fear anyone on Earth. 
- I shall fear only God. 
- I shall not bear ill will toward anyone. 
- I shall not submit to injustice from anyone. 
- I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering. 
- Mahatma Gandhi

28. Ladies who play with fire must remember that smoke gets in their eyes. 
- Mae West

29. Truth never damages a cause that is just. 
- Mahatma Gandhi

30. How good life is when one does something good and just! 
- Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov


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