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189 Quotes About Justice and Injustice

Welcome to our collection of quotes about justice and it's opposite, injustice. We all want justice served, but served fairly and quickly. Making sure that happens can be an ethical minefield... does following the letter of the law always serve just causes? Do people really get the karma they deserve, whether it be good or bad?

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Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.

--Augustine of Hippo

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

--Abraham Lincoln

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Peace is more important than all justice; and peace was not made for the sake of justice, but justice for the sake of peace.

--Martin Luther

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We win justice quickest by rendering justice to the other party.

--Mahatma Gandhi

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Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.

--Charles Dickens

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Truth never damages a cause that is just.

--Mahatma Gandhi

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Fidelity is the sister of justice.


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There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supercedes all other courts.

--Mahatma Gandhi

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Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.

--Martin Luther King Jr.

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The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.

--Martin Luther King Jr.


The whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that, when nations are strong, they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are no longer strong.

--Winston Churchill

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Being good is easy, what is difficult is being just.

--Victor Hugo

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It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice tell me I ought to do.

--Edmund Burke

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The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.

--Lyndon B. Johnson

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Maturity: Be able to stick with a job until it is finished. Be able to bear an injustice without having to get even. Be able to carry money without spending it. Do your duty without being supervised.

--Ask Ann Landers

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Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.

--Martin Luther King Jr.

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For every man who lives without freedom, the rest of us must face the guilt.

--Lillian Hellman

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The problem of racism, the problem of economic exploitation, and the problem of war are all tied together. These are the triple evils that are interrelated.

--Martin Luther King Jr.

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Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world.

--Jane Addams

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Live out your life in truth and justice, tolerant of those who are neither true nor just.

--Marcus Aurelius

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What I seek to accomplish is simply to serve with my feeble capacity truth and justice, at the risk of pleasing no one.

--Albert Einstein

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The dead cannot cry out for justice. It is a duty of the living to do so for them.

--Lois McMaster Bujold

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I guess the only time most people think about injustice is when it happens to them.

--Charles Bukowski

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Justice and judgment lie often a world apart.

--Emmeline Pankhurst

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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

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Rosa Parks was the queen mother of a movement whose single act of heroism sparked the movement for freedom, justice and equality. Her greatest contribution is that she told us a regular person can make a difference.

--Marc Morial

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In order to prevent chronic discomfort, Whites may learn not to notice.

--Beverly Daniel Tatum

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Mankind will endure when the world appreciates the logic of diversity.

--Indira Gandhi

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Well you know, all law is about injustice.

--Alan Dershowitz

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Where is the justice of political power if it executes the murderer and jails the plunderer, and then itself marches upon neighboring lands, killing thousands and pillaging the very hills?

--Kahlil Gibran

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Each day we should wake up foaming at the mouth because of the injustice of things.

--Hugo Claus

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The Pledge of Allegiance says, 'liberty and justice for all'.

--Patricia Schroeder

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I pray as follows: May justice reign, may the laws not be broken, may the wise men be poor, and the poor men rich, without sin.

--Apollonius of Tyana

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Many white Americans of good will have never connected bigotry with economic exploitation. They have deplored prejudice but tolerated or ignored economic injustice.

--Martin Luther King Jr.

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We lay our case before you
Let your hammer fall
Tip the scales of justice
Liberty for all.

--Petery Rooney Byford

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Justice discriminates according to merit, according to the relevant excellence.

--Michael J. Sandel

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The justice system is now just a system.

--Bob Enyart

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Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world.

--Blaise Pascal

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Nothing is worse than active ignorance.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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There will be no justice as long as man will stand with a knife or with a gun and destroy those who are weaker than he is.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

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Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don't know because we don't want to know.

--Aldous Huxley

Longer Version:

Most ignorances are vincible, and in the greater number of cases stupidity is what the Buddha pronounced it to be, a sin. For, consciously, or subconsciously, it is with deliberation that we do not know or fail to understand-because incomprehension allows us, with a good conscience, to evade unpleasant obligations and responsibilities, because ignorance is the best excuse for going on doing what one likes, but ought not, to do.

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Couldn't help but make me feel ashamed to live in a land where justice is a game.

--Bob Dylan

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Far too often, to be charged with a crime is to become something less than human.

--Jerome F. Buting

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

--H. L. Mencken

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Without justice you won't have stability.

--Saad Hariri

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Black lives matter, as a subset of all lives matter. So any injustices to a particular group must be addressed specific to that group but under the banner that all life is created in the image of God.

--Tony Evans

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Democracy is an objective. Democratization is a process. Democratization serves the cause of peace because it offers the possibility of justice and of progressive change without force.

--Boutros Boutros-Ghali

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Justice is not to be taken by storm. She is to be wooed by slow advances.

--Benjamin Cardozo

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Every time a person sacrifices himself for a larger injustice, it aids in the cycle of change.

--Amy Carter

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The enforcement of the law cannot depend on the justice of a cause or one man's conscience.

--Harold H. Greene

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Honest people, mistakenly believing in the justice of their cause, are led to support injustice.

--Elihu Root

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Now people all across America are starting to believe in America again. We are coming back, back to the heights of greatness, back to America's proud role as a temple of justice and a champion of peace.

--Theodore C. Sorensen

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To do injustice is more disgraceful than to suffer it.


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Race determines everything in the criminal justice system.

--Mark Geragos

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Freedom for the wolves has often meant death to the sheep.

--Isaiah Berlin

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Justice and goodwill will outlast passion.

--James A. Garfield

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A basic principle of American justice holds that a bad man has the same rights as a good man.

--Massad Ayoob

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I've always privately suspected that Jesus is in favor of revolutionaries, seeing as how he was a bit of one himself.

--G.N. Chevalier

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Spare me through your mercy, do not punish me through your justice.

--Anselm of Canterbury

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I think the Justice Department needs to be the final protector of the people of the United States of America.

--Sheila Jackson Lee

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When you say I want to talk about racial justice, that's not the same as saying I want to do something about racial justice.

--Marco Rubio

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I think there needs to be a range of justices, of all types. You can't just pick one type.

--Moshe Kahlon

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Justice is social happiness. It is happiness guaranteed by a social order.

--Hans Kelsen

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A kingdom founded on injustice never lasts.

--Seneca the Younger

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There had always been black people in and out of our house, and from the outset I had been taught that for them life was defined by struggle and filled with injustice.

--Carl Bernstein

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My father thought, and now I think too, that the system of democracy is entirely based upon the system of justice. If we do not have a system of justice that people believe in, the system of democracy will fail.

--Henning Mankell

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Justice is the means by which established injustices are sanctioned.

--Anatole France

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A unjust law, is no law at all.

--Martin Luther

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Justice is happiness according to virtue.

--John Rawls

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What humans want is not just happiness. They want justice; they want meaning.

--Martin Seligman

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Judging from the main portions of the history of the world, so far, justice is always in jeopardy.

--Walt Whitman

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Rats and roaches live by competition under the law of supply and demand; it is the privilege of human beings to live under the laws of justice and mercy.

--Wendell Berry

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Since its inception, our Nation has stood on the foundations of compassion and justice.

--Mike DeWine

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But by this time I was acutely conscious of the gap between law and justice. I knew that the letter of the law was not as important as who held the power in any real-life situation.

--Howard Zinn

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Freedom is incomplete without social justice.

--Atal Bihari Vajpayee

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There can be racism in a system even if a particular episode of injustice is not a manifestation of that racism. Every single thing in the criminal justice system is not a manifestation of racism, but many things are.

--James Forman, Jr.

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The American people do not want people thumbing their nose at the law. It undercuts the very fabric of our society and the system of civil justice and of criminal justice as well.

--Ernest Istook

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Society needs both justice and compassion, a head and a heart, if it is to be civilised.

--Julian Baggini

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If we won't fight injustice wherever we see it, then we are not safe from suffering injustice ourselves.

--Peter Hitchens

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Justice is the constant and perpetual will to allot to every man his due.

--Domitus Ulpian

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There may be more poetry than justice in poetic justice.

--George Will

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I think that the day a justice forgets that each decision comes at a cost to someone, then I think you start losing your humanity.

--Sonia Sotomayor

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Better still -- your history has shown how powerful a moral catharsis expressed through popular resistance to injustice can sometimes be; I have in mind the grassroots opposition to the Vietnam War.

--Breyten Breytenbach

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No democracy can exist unless each of its citizens is as capable of outrage at injustice to another as he is of outrage at unjustice to himself.


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It takes courage to speak up against complacency and injustice while others remain silent. But that's what leadership is.

--Rosabeth Moss Kanter

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If you give yourself totally to the nonviolence struggle for peace and justice you also find that people give you their hearts and you will never go hungry and never be alone.

--Cesar Chavez

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The injustice done to an individual is sometimes of service to the public.


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We know that social exclusion is closely tied to the new economic world order, globalized, with free and open markets, which isn't bringing prosperity or social justice to all.

--Claudio Hummes

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It takes great courage to open one's heart and mind to the tremendous injustice and suffering in our world.

--Vincent A. Gallagher

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Justice like the sunflower hangs its head on the sunny side.

--Abraham Miller

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Mass incarceration is the most pressing racial justice issue of our time.

--Michelle Alexander

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Men are always invoking justice; and it is justice which should make them tremble.

--Madame Swetchine

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A human society obeys the dictates of reason and is guided and governed by a respect for justice.

--Ferdinand Buisson

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Earth's dispossessed are vulnerable targets for extremists: those who teach that global justice is meaningless; that satisfaction can come only in violence, division, and intellectual isolation.

--Abdullah II of Jordan

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A society regulated by a public sense of justice is inherently stable.

--John Rawls

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If justice is supposed to be fair, than any justice system you would hope is based on fairness.

--Peter Jackson

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Justice is sweet and musical; but injustice is harsh and discordant.

--Henry David Thoreau

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There really can be no peace without justice. There can be no justice without truth. And there can be no truth, unless someone rises up to tell you the truth.

--Louis Farrakhan

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Freedom and Justice are twin sisters.

--Friedrich Ebert

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Yes the truth is that men's ambition and their desire to make money are among the most frequent causes of deliberate acts of injustice.


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Justice will not come to Athens until those who are not injured are as indignant as those who are injured.


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For there is no defense for a man who, in the excess of his wealth, has kicked the great altar of Justice out of sight.


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Justice is to be found only in imagination.

--Alfred Nobel

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Tyranny and injustice always produce cunning and falsehood.

--Maria Edgeworth

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In a world of global dependencies with no corresponding global polity and few tools of global justice, the rich of the world are free to pursue their own interests while paying no attention to the rest.

--Zygmunt Bauman

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What I see everywhere in the world are ordinary people willing to confront despair, power, and incalculable odds in order to restore some semblance of grace, justice, and beauty to this world.

--Paul Hawken

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When innocence trembles, it condemns the judge.

--Publilius Syrus

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To put up a show is to face life's injustices with one of the few weapons available to a desperate and brave people, their imagination.

--Luigi Barzini

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Law and justice are not always the same.

--Gloria Steinem

Longer Version:

Law and justice are not always the same. When they aren't, destroying the law may be the first step toward changing it.

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National injustice is the surest road to national downfall.

--William E. Gladstone

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The worst form of injustice is pretended justice.


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The law is not an ass but a chameleon in ass skin: it turns deathly black when around blacks and pristine white when around whites.

--Agona Apell

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Justice is truth in action.

--Benjamin Disraeli


Another essential to a universal and durable peace is social justice.

--Arthur Henderson

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Justice... is a kind of compact not to harm or be harmed.


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Individuals can resist injustice, but only a community can do justice.

--James J. Corbett

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The greatest movement for social justice our country has ever known is the civil rights movement and it was totally rooted in a love ethic.

--Bell hooks

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Embracing our brokenness creates a need and a desire for mercy and perhaps a corresponding need to show mercy.

--Bryan Stevenson

Longer Version:

My God, what do we want? What does any human being want? Take away an accident of pigmentation of a thin layer of our outer skin and there is no difference between me and anyone else. All we want is for that trivial difference to make no difference. What can I say to a man who asks that? All I can do is try to explain to him why he asks the question. You have looked at us for years as different from you that you may never see us really. You don’t understand because you think of us as second-class humans. We have been passive and accommodating through so many years of your insults and delays that you think the way things used to be is normal. When the good-natured, spiritual-singing boys and girls rise up against the white man and demand to be treated like he is, you are bewildered. All we want is what you want, no less and no more. (Chapter 13).

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A society can be Pareto optimal and still perfectly disgusting.

--Amartya Sen

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Do not make the mistake of thinking that you have to agree with people and their beliefs to defend them from injustice.

--Bryant McGill

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In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?

--Augustine of Hippo

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There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.

--Charles de Secondat

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The administration of justice is the firmest pillar of government.

--George Washington

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Swift justice demands more than just swiftness.

--Potter Stewart

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We must always refill and ensure there is a critical mass of leaders and activists committed to nonviolence and racial and economic justice who will keep seeding and building transforming movements.

--Marian Wright Edelman

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Whenever society begins to create policies and laws rooted in fear and anger, there will be abuse and injustice.

--Bryan Stevenson

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Beauty is but the sensible image of the Infinite. Like truth and justice it lives within us; like virtue and the moral law it is a companion of the soul.

--George Bancroft

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I stand for simple justice, equal opportunity and human rights. The indispensable elements in a democratic society -- and well worth fighting for.

--Helen Suzman

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When justice on offenders is not done, Law, government, and commerce, are o'erthrown.

--John Denham

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Finally, let us understand that when we stand together, we will always win. When men and women stand together for justice, we win. When black, white and Hispanic people stand together for justice, we win.

--Bernie Sanders

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We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters.

--Martin Luther King Jr.

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One of the best ways to achieve justice is to expose injustice.

--Julian Assange

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Justice is the most political and/or institutional of the virtues. The legitimacy of a state rests upon its claim to do justice.

--Alan Ryan

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Truth Justice loves, and truth injustice fears,
Truth above all things a just man reveres.

--John Denham

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Let justice be done, though the heavens fall.

--William Murray

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Conscience is the chamber of justice.


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Every social injustice is not only cruel, but it is economic waste.

--William Feather

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Mercy without justice is the mother of dissolution; justice without mercy is cruelty.

--Thomas Aquinas

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Injustice and corruption will never be transformed by keeping them hidden, but only by bringing them out into the light and confronting them with the power of love.

--Martin Luther King Jr.

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

--John Galsworthy

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This hour we are stretching forth our hands with the desire to teach the world the true principles of mercy and justice.

--Marcus Garvey

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If you want peace, work for justice.

--Pope Paul VI

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A private soldier has as much right to justice as a major-general.

--Abraham Lincoln

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True freedom requires the rule of law and justice, and a judicial system in which the rights of some are not secured by the denial of rights to others.

--Jonathan Sacks

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Who thinks the law has anything to do with justice? It's what we have because we can't have justice.

--William McIlvanney

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Nothing can make injustice just but mercy.

--Robert Frost

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Justice and truth are too such subtle points that our tools are too blunt to touch them accurately.

--Blaise Pascal

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To be wealthy and honored in an unjust society is a disgrace.


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Above all, try always to be able to feel deeply any injustice committed against any person in any part of the world. It is the most beautiful quality of a revolutionary.

--Ernesto Che Guevara

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In a system that disproportionately harms poor people and people of color, too many Americans have lost faith in the essential American principle of equal justice under law.

--Eric Schneiderman

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More law, less justice.


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Justice is never given; it is exacted.

--A. Philip Randolph

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Justice is such a fine thing that we cannot pay too dearly for it.

--Alain Rene Le Sage

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In order to establish peace, you must have fair justice for everyone.

--Al Sharpton

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