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In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery? Saint Augustine
Clever tyrants are never punished. Voltaire
Swift justice demands more than just swiftness. Potter Stewart
Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. Frederick Douglass
Justice is truth in action. Benjamin Disraeli
Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door. Charles Dickens
Justice is my being allowed to do whatever I like. Injustice is whatever prevents my doing so. Samuel Butler
That which is not just is not law. William Lloyd Garrison
Justice is the first virtue of those who command, and stops the complaints of those who obey. Denis Diderot
The sad duty of politics is to establish justice in a sinful world. Reinhold Niebuhr
Justice should remove the bandage from her eyes long enough to distinguish between the vicious and the unfortunate. Robert G. Ingersoll
Justice is an unassailable fortress, built on the brow of a mountain which cannot be overthrown by the violence of torrents, nor demolished by the force of armies. Joseph Addison
Justice must not only be seen to be done but has to be seen to be believed. J. B. Morton
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
Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both. Eleanor Roosevelt
Military justice is to justice what military music is to music. Groucho Marx
Justice is such a fine thing that we cannot pay too dearly for it. Alain Rene Le Sage
A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer. Robert Frost
In a free society the state does not administer the affairs of men. It administers justice among men who conduct their own affairs. Walter Lippmann
Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe. Frederick Douglass
Justice, sir, is the great interest of man on earth. It is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together. Daniel Webster
Think no more of it John; you are only a child who had evil counselors. Richard I (Richard Lion-Heart)
We have made finality more important than fairness. We shield even clear violations of people's rights if objections aren't raised at the right time in the right way. Bryan Stevenson
Justice often means taking power from some who have it and giving it to some who do not. Julian Bond
Going to prison, for me, was like seeing my death before it happened. Josiah Sutton
And therefore, every subject of this realme, for injury done to … by any other subject, be he ecclesiasticall, or temporall, free, or bond, man, or woman, old, or young, or be he outlawed, excommunicated, or any other without exception, may take his remedy by the course of the law, and have justice, and right for the injury done to him, freely without sale, fully without any deniall, and speedily without delay. Edward Coke
The judge’s authority depends upon the assumption that he speaks with the mouth of others. Learned Hand
Justice is not a prize tendered to the good-natured, nor is it to be withheld from the ill-bred. Charles L. Aarons
The injustice to an individual is sometimes of service to the public. Facts are apt to alarm us more than the most dangerous principles. Junius; Philip Francis
Institutions can eventually overcome all the legal barriers erected to shield perpetrators of crimes against humanity Justice was finally done where it needed to be done – in Argentina itself. Jose Miguel Vivanco
In all actions at law it shall be the libertie of the plantife and defendant by mutual consent to choose whether they will be tryed by the Bensh or by a Jurie, unlesse it be where the law upon just reason hath otherwise determined. The like libertie shall be granted to all persons in Criminall cases. Massachusetts Bay Colony
Let not the hatred of others make you avoid justice. Muhammad
It is unwise to think that, in the end, the most just ideal shall triumph over the other ideals. When considering their transient nature, they are all just, for “Every man has his place, and every thing has its time”, as our ancient sages have said. Yehuda Ashlag
Justice for all is not to be secured in a day. John Bingham
Justice is the tolerable accommodation of the conflicting interests of society, and I don't believe there is any royal road to attain such accommodation concretely Learned Hand
Corn can't expect justice from a court composed of chickens. African Proverb
What we need in the United States is not division. What we need in the United States is not hatred. What we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness, but love and wisdom and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country whether they be white or they be black. Robert Kennedy
After the war the Japanese leadership with the cooperation of the American authorities produced a whitewash of the role of the Emperor in the atrocities and war crimes. Carol Gluck
Wholehearted devotion to liberty is unassailable and half-hearted devotion to justice is indefensible. Barry Goldwater
He that buys the office of magistrate must of necessity sell justice. Italian Proverb
The rain ...falls upon the just and the unjust alike; a thing which would not happen if I were superintending the rain's affairs. Mark Twain
There is one, and only one, thing in modern society more hideous than crime - namely, repressive justice. Simone Weil
The International Criminal Court at present has no jurisdiction over the crime of aggression and could therefore not entertain a case concerning the lawfulness of any military action. Peter Henry Goldsmith
No one is ever convicted or cleared just on a polygraph test Allen Welsh Dulles
There has been much said about danger to the national security. Democracy itself is a dangerous form of government and in its very danger lies its strength. The protection of individual rights by the requirement of due process of law, which has long endured in this nation of ours, is a radical and dangerous idea in most of the world today. Thomas P. Gill
We believe that we should spread wide the mantle of justice and benevolence and embrace the different religious communities with mercy and compassion. Measures to improve conditions should include Muslims and non-Muslims alike, who should be provided everything they might hope for in the way of peace and security. Hafiz
Justice is the means by which established injustices are sanctioned. Anatole France
It has always been a most arduous task to govern distant provinces, with even a tolerable appearance of justice. Jonathan Shipley
America has to learn -- if you remain on the side of injustice, the wrath of God will come! Muzammil Siddiqui
No Man ought to be looked upon as guilty, before he has received his judicial Sentence; nor can the Laws deprive him of their Protection, before it is proved that he has forfeited all Right to it. Catherine II
Much law, but little justice. Portuguese Proverb
A fault confessed is half forgiven. Portuguese Proverb
Isn’t he who chooses the judge the master of justice? Octave Borelli
Justice is the constant and perpetual wish to render to every one his due. Justinian I
What sort of country hides the identity of people who have killed American military personnel stationed in that country defending it and its royal family? Al Gore
Determination by the legislature of what constitutes proper exercise of police power is not final or conclusive. It is subject to supervision by the courts. David Souter
In a country with glaring evidence of persuasive corruption and impunity at all tiers of government, it is morally unjustifiable to amputate the hands of these impoverished people for petty theft, in the name of Puritanism. Malam Shehu Sanni
Do not allow your hatred for others to make you swerve to wrongdoing and turn you away from justice. Muhammad
If you want peace, work for justice Paul VI; Giovanni Battista Montini
A Brahmana who knows the law need not bring any offence to the notice of the king; by his own power alone be can punish those men who injure him. Manu
Those who do not give assistance according to their ability when a village is being plundered, a dyke is being destroyed, or a highway robbery committed, shall be banished with their goods and chattels. Manu
A Brahmana shall be compelled to pay a fine of one thousand panas if he has intercourse with … females of those two lower castes; for offending with a … Sudra female a fine of one thousand. Manu
Men who commit adultery with the wives of others, the king shall cause to be marked by punishments which cause terror, and afterwards banish. Manu
One may slay without hesitation an assassin who approaches with murderous intent…. By killing an assassin the slayer incurs no guilt, whether he does it publicly or secretly; in that case fury recoils upon fury Manu
Where another common man would be fined one karshapana, the king shall be fined one thousand; that is the settled rule. Manu
A once-born man (a Sudra), who insults a twice-born man with gross invective, shall have his tongue cut out; for he is of low origin. If he arrogantly teaches Brahmanas their duty, the king shall cause hot oil to be poured into his mouth and into his ears Manu
Consider what you think justice requires, and decide accordingly. But never give your reasons; for your judgment will probably be right, but your reasons will certainly be wrong. William Murray
Jurors should acquit, even against the judge's instruction . . . if exercising their judgment with discretion and honesty they have a clear conviction the charge of the court is wrong. Alexander Hamilton
If a juror accepts as the law that which the judge states, then the juror has accepted the exercise of absolute authority of a government employee and has surrendered a power and right that once was the citizen's safeguard of liberty. Theophilus Parsons
Every man loves justice at another man's house; nobody cares for it at his own. Anonymous
Let justice be done, though the heavens fall. Fiat justitia, ruat coelum. Anonymous
The fruits of the toil of millions are boldly stolen to build up colossal fortunes for a few; and the possessors of these, in turn, despise the Republic and endanger liberty. From the same prolific womb of governmental injustice we breed the two great classes—tramps and millionaires. Anonymous
Much law, but no justice. Anonymous
Peace can be established only if it is based on social justice Anonymous
Punishments do not reach up to the Lords. Anonymous
The United States wins its case whenever justice is done one of its citizens in the courts. Anonymous
The United States wins its point where its citizens get justice in its courts. Anonymous
There will be no justice until the uninjured parties are as indignant as the injured. Anonymous
Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens. Anonymous
I'm a perpetually mad person. I hate injustice. As far as I'm concerned, I'm living to fight injustice. I'm living to fight the goddamned thing. I'm too mad to sleep. Sammie Abbott
You should instruct men to hold fast the cause of justice, and should punish the howling of those who rage against that cause. Agapetus
Effective action is always unjust. Jean Anouilh
No pain equals that of an injury inflicted under the pretense of just punishment. Lupercio Leonardo de Argensola
Comedy is allied to justice. Aristophanes
We must keep in mind the vast power entrusted to Federal judges. They never stand for election. Once appointed, they serve for life. The havoc that a Federal District Court Judge can wreak is substantial. John Ashcroft
I well understand that the role of Attorney General is to enforce the law as it is, not as I would have it. John Ashcroft
Justice is that virtue that gives every man his due. Saint Augustine
What are kingdoms without justice but large bands of robbers? Saint Augustine
Social injustice is such a familiar phenomenon ... that it is readily regarded as something natural, even by its victims. Marcel Aymé
The job of a justice is justice. Bruce Babbitt
Our criminal justice system was designed to be fair and is the fairest system known to man. William P. Barr
Such a trial is not only unlawful but is a gross blunder in policy. It denies the great, fundamental principle, that ours is a government of Law, and that the law is strong enough to rule the people wisely and well. Edward Bates
You are the majority in number and intelligence; therefore you are the force—which is justice. Charles Baudelaire
When it comes to the cause of justice, I take no prisoners and I don't believe in compromising. Mary Frances Berry
In matters of government, justice means force as well as virtue. Napoleon Bonaparte
Truth commissions also allow perpetrators to be reintegrated into society and not go back into the bush to pick up their guns again. Alex Boraine
The rain, it raineth on the just And also on the unjust fella: But chiefly on the just, because The unjust steals the just’s umbrella. Charles Bowen
America's insistent demand in the twentieth century is for social justice. Louis D. Brandeis
We do not yet have justice, equal and practical, for the poor, for the members of minority groups, for the criminally accused, for the displaced persons of the technological revolution, for alienated youth, for the urban masses, for the unrepresented consumer – for all … who do not partake of the abundance of American life. William J. Brennan, Jr.
Indigent defense ... has no constituency. The only reason to give adequate funding ... is because it's the right thing to do. In this political climate, that means nothing. Stephen B. Bright
The dead cannot cry out for justice; it is a duty of the living to do so for them. Lois McMaster Bujold
It’s not what I as a judge believe is right. It is what I believe the normal man of reasonable ability and integrity believes is right. Benjamin N. Cardozo
Justice is not to be taken by storm. She is to be wooed by slow advance. Benjamin N. Cardozo
…aspiration for justice often finds itself the captive of ideologies which hide or pervert its meaning … Catholic Church
Justice consists in doing no injury to men; decency in giving them no offence. Marcus Tulliuis Cicero
Was it ever known that general words were a sufficient satisfaction for particular grievances …. When grievances are complained of, the parliament is to redress them. Edward Coke
Our criminal justice system affirmatively depends on inequality. David D. Cole
Recompense injury with justice. Confucius; Kung Fu-tse
Justice is not synonymous with speed. Alfredo Cristiani
The scales of American justice are out of balance. Angela Davis
It is the government that should ask me for a pardon. Eugene V. Debs
In the administration of justice all proceedings shall be public and oral to the widest possible extent. Denmark
It is such an important thing to shake the public's faith in justice so that we take greater concern with justice. Without skepticism, we tend to believe that justice is always done and that you can trust the legal system. Alan Dershowitz
You shall not be partial in judgment: hear out low and high alike. Book of Deuteronomy
Justice, justice shall you pursue. Book of Deuteronomy
What then to the American black Slave is your Fourth of July? I answer, a day that reveals to him ... constant injustice. Frederick Douglass
In the struggle for justice the only reward is the opportunity to be in the struggle. Frederick Douglass
We're going to have a Justice Department that understands what the word justice means. Michael Dukakis
Somewhere, sometime, somehow, some way these people will have to answer for their acts. Lawrence Eagleburger
Government, in which the majority rules in all things, cannot be based on justice. Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is not possible to live pleasantly unless one lives prudently and justly. Epicurus
It is mad and preposterous to bring to the standard of justice and humanity the exercise of a dominion founded upon violence and terror. Thomas Erskine
… blind apostles not of mere justice but of all human decency, blind apostles not of equity but of all human outrage and vengeance. William Faulkner
Let justice be done though the world perish. Ferdinand I
The State may, indeed, make the drinking of one drop of liquor an offense to be punished by imprisonment, but it would be an unheard-of cruelty if it should count the drops in a single glass and make thereby a thousand offenses, and thus extend the punishment for drinking the single glass of liquor to any imprisonment of almost indefinite duration. Stephen J. Field
There is no zeal blinder than that which is impaired with the love of justice against offenders. Henry Fielding
We live in a democracy which can be destroyed if judges function as Platonic guardians. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
National injustice is the surest road to national downfall. William E. Gladstone
There is one voice which is not heard in the crackling of the fire or in the roaring of the whirlwind or the storm, but which will and must be heard when they have passed away—the still small voice of justice. William E. Gladstone
to a rational being there is but one rule of conduct, justice William Godwin
A great deal may be done by severity, more by love, but most by clear discernment and impartial justice. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Justice is the sanction used to support established injustice. Anatole France; Jacques Anatole Francois Thibault
The power of the people ... to make and alter their laws at pleasure is the greatest security for liberty and justice. Felix Frankfurter
No government under heaven affords such encouragement as that of America to genius and enterprise, or promises such rich rewards to talent and industry. Here, if a man rise to eminence, he rises by merit and not by birth, nor yet by mammon. This is as it ought to be—this is perfect justice. Zelotes Fuller
After genocide, justice is impossible …. You cannot put all these people who committed these atrocities to death or in prison. Gerhard Gahima
An eye for any eye makes the whole world blind. Mohandas K. Gandhi
An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for a breach is more so. Mohandas K. Gandhi
Every injustice that has ever been fastened upon women in a Christian country has been “authorized by the Bible” and riveted and perpetuated by the pulpit. Helen H. Gardener; Alice Chenoweth Day
Justice and good will outlast passion. James A. Garfield
I want no mercy. I want justice, justice, justice. Marcus Garvey
For every social wrong there must be a remedy. Henry George
Justice should not only be done, but should manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done. Gordon Hewart
I am willing to give my life as a martyr in order to get a fair trial … Joseph Hillstrom; Joe Hill
If we can't have justice, then nobody will have justice. Benjamin L. Hooks
The just man and firm of purpose—not the heat of fellow citizens clamoring for what is wrong, not presence of threatening tyrant can shake—in his rocklike soul. Horace; Quintus Horatius Flaccus
The source of justice was the fear of injustice. Horace; Quintus Horatius Flaccus
The injustices of the past are past. There’s no way to make them up. David Horowitz
A just society is one in which liberty for one person is constrained only by the demands created by equal liberty for another. Ivan Illich
Rape has been used as a tool of war. Similarly here, rape has been used as the ultimate humiliation. Attiya Inayatullah
A man must be willing to die for justice Jesse Jackson
White folks don't want peace; they want quiet. The price you pay for peace is justice. Jesse Jackson
Justice in this country is an insurance policy. It’s not something that we’re supposed to get sometimes. Jessie Jackson Jr.
An individual thinking himself injured, makes more noise than a State. Thomas Jefferson
The most sacred of the duties of a government [is] to do equal and impartial justice to all its citizens. Thomas Jefferson
There are some acts of justice which corrupt those who perform them. Joseph Joubert
No specific and tangible evidence has been uncovered with regard to exact activities which may connect him in varying degree with the political decisions of the Japanese Empire during the last decade. I have gained the definite impression from as complete a research as was possible to me that his connection with the affairs of state up to the time of the end of the war was largely ministerial and automatically responsive to the advice of his counselors….His indictment will unquestionably cause a tremendous convulsion among the Japanese people, the repercussions of which cannot be overestimated. He is a symbol which unites all Japanese. Destroy him and the nation will disintegrate…It is quite possible that a million troops would be required which would have to be maintained for an indefinite number of years. Douglas MacArthur
No free man shall be taken, imprisoned, disseised, (killed) outlawed, banished, or in any way destroyed, nor will We proceed against or prosecute him except by the lawful judgment of his peers and by the law of the land. Magna Carta (John Lackland)
To no one will we sell, to no one will we refuse or delay, right or justice. Magna Carta (John Lackland)
What does it matter if an individual is shattered - if only justice is resurrected? Emile Zola
Justice cannot take root amid rage. Thurgood Marshall
The fundamental democratic principles on which American Society is organized, are those principles of justice and mercy by which the guilty, the ignorant, the needy, and the infirm, are saved and blessed. Harriet Martineau
Shall any man be above justice? Above all shall that man be above it, who can commit the most extensive injustice? George Mason
In England, justice is open to all, like the Ritz hotel. James Mathew
Any delay in action protecting constitutional rights is justice denied. Howard M. Metzenbaum
If you want the world to exist, you cannot insist upon complete justice. Midrash
As long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever-renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need is, to do battle for the one against the other. John Stuart Mill
The practice introduced by some of the new or revised State Constitutions in America, of submitting judicial officers to periodical popular re-election, will be found, I apprehend, to be one of the most dangerous errors ever yet committed by democracy… John Stuart Mill
We cannot isolate a human being from the circumstances of his condition John Stuart Mill
Those who protest at injustice are people of true merit. Ho Chi Minh; Nguyen Ai Quoc
Justice to others is charity for ourselves. Charles de Montesquieu
There's no question but that the justice system sucks. Patricia Moore
If the parties will at my hands call for justice, then, all ... stood on the one side, and the Devil on the other, his cause being good, the Devil should have the right. Thomas More
The constitution [of England] does not allow reasons of State to influence our judgment: God forbid it should! We must not regard political consequences; how formidable soever they might be; if rebellion was the certain consequence, we are bound to say, Fiat justitia, ruat coelum William Murray
A judge's duty is to grant justice, but his practice is to delay it: even those judges who know their duty adhere to the general practice. Jean de la Bruyere
Get out of the way of Justice. She is blind. Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
The severest justice may not always be the best policy. Abraham Lincoln
I wish to do justice to all. Abraham Lincoln
Why should there not be a patient confidence in the ultimate justice of the people? Is there any better or equal hope in the world? Abraham Lincoln
To the average white man, a courthouse even in Mississippi is a place where justice is dispensed. To me, the black man, it is a place where justice is dispensed with. John Oliver Killens
A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice. 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.
The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends towards justice. Martin Luther King Jr.
We are out to defeat injustice and not white persons who may be unjust. Martin Luther King Jr.
He made you king to do justice and righteousness. Book of Kings
Unprincipled men inflict injuries on others, because the laws are practically not valid against all classes. A transgressor who belongs to the wealthy classes is not punished for his injustice, while a poor man, who does not understand business, undergoes the legal penalty, that is if he does not depart this life before the trial, so long is the course of lawsuits protracted, and so much money is expended on them. The climax of the misery is to have to pay in order to obtain justice. For no one will give a court to the injured man unless he pay a sum of money to the judge and the judge's clerks Attila
By justice I understand nothing more than that bond which is necessary to keep the interest of individuals united, without which men would return to their original state of barbarity. All punishments which exceed the necessity of preserving this bond are in their nature unjust. Cesare Beccaria
[The defendant] has an absolute, unqualified right to compel the State to investigate its own case, find its own witnesses, prove its own facts, and convince the jury through its own resources. Throughout the process, the defendant has a fundamental right to remain silent, in effect challenging the State at every point to “Prove it!” Hugo Black
Mexicans!... It would appear that justice had fled from this world, leaving you to the caprice of your oppressors, who have become each day more furious toward you.... My part is taken, the voice of revelation whispers ... that the Lord will enable me, with powerful arm, to fight against our enemies. Juan Nepomuceno Cortina
When the State of Texas became ... part of the Union, flocks of vampires, in the guise of men, came ... with ... corrupt hearts and the most perverse intentions ... Because ... your industry excited ... their vile avarice ... many of you Mexicans have been robbed of your property, incarcerated ... murdered and hunted like wild beasts. Mexicans! Is there no remedy for you? Juan Nepomuceno Cortina
The Mexicans who inhabit this wide region, some because they were born therein, others because since the treaty Guadalupe Hidalgo, they have been attracted to its soil by the soft influence of wise laws and the advantages of a free government, paying little attention to the reasoning of politics, are honorably and exclusively dedicated to the exercise of industry, guided by that instinct which leads the good man to comprehend, as uncontradictory truth, that only in the reign of peace can he enjoy, without inquietude, the fruit of his labor. Juan Nepomuceno Cortina
There is no such thing as justice—in or out of court. Clarence Darrow
Justice is incidental to law and order J. Edgar Hoover
King of England, render account to the King of Heaven of your royal blood. Return the keys of all the good cities which you have seized, to the Maid. She is sent by God to reclaim the royal blood, and is fully prepared to make peace, if you will give her satisfaction; that is, you must render justice, and pay back all that you have taken….King of England, if you do not do these things, I am the commander of the military; and in whatever place I shall find your men in France, I will make them flee the country, whether they wish to or not; and if they will not obey, the Maid will have them all killed Joan of Arc
Mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice. Abraham Lincoln
Plea Bargaining rests on the constitutional fiction that our government does not retaliate against individuals who wish to exercise their right to trial by jury. Timothy Lynch
A fair judicial system takes time to work. Richard Myers
As to the long time spent on lawsuits, that is due to concern for justice, that judges may not fail in passing correct judgments, by having to give sentence offhand; it is better that they should reflect, and conclude the case more tardily, than that by judging in a hurry they should both injure man and transgress against the Deity, the institutor of justice.... Pricus of Panium
Property, once recognized, gave rise to the first rules of justice; for, to secure each man his own, it had to be possible for each to have something. Besides, as men began to look forward to the future, and all had something to lose, every one had reason to apprehend that reprisals would follow any injury he might do to another. Jean Jacques Rousseau
You have seen for a long time the great disorder in the world caused by these crimes. It is so bad in some of your provinces, I am told, and you are so weak in the administration of justice, that one can hardly go along the road by day or night without being attacked by robbers; and whether at home or abroad one is in danger of being despoiled either by force or fraud. Urban II; Odo of Chatillon-Sur-Marne
Evidence of sentencing disparity visited on those who exercise their Sixth Amendment right to trial by jury is today stark, brutal, and incontrovertible. William G. Young
If there is to be justice in the world, American must create it. David Gelernter
In the beginning of Time, the great Creator Reason, made the Earth to be a Common Treasury, to preserve Beasts, Birds, Fishes, and Man, the lord that was to govern this Creation; for Man had Domination given to him, over the Beasts, Birds, and Fishes; but not one word was spoken in the beginning, that one branch of mankind should rule over another. Levellers
Because of a few, disasters come upon a whole people, and because of the evil deeds of one, many have to taste their fruits. Basil I
What's got badly, goes badly. Irish Proverb
Everyone loves justice in the affairs of another. Italian Proverb
Justice is what love looks like in public Cornel West
The drive to create just societies has been among the fundamental forces in history -- and without doubt no lasting world civilization can be founded unless it is firmly grounded in the principle of justice. Bahai Universal House of Justice
Be reconciled among yourselves, that ye may need armaments no more save in a measure to safeguard your territories and dominions…. Should any one among you take up arms against another, rise ye all against him, for this is naught but manifest justice. Bahaullah; Husayn Ali Nuri
The king is from God, the law from the king. James I
The experience of being a prosecutor gives us a sort of proctologists view of our society. Scott Turow
Each person is his own judge. Shawnee Indian Tribe
The reach of judicial power extends only so far as the executive is willing to enforce it. Joseph F. Kobylka
Justice belongs to the people! Richard V. Cruz
Those who exercise power always arrange matters so as to give their tyranny the appearance of justice. Jean de La Fontaine
… toleration is the best and only policy; … it is best to suffer colonies or inferior nations to retain their own particular creeds and rites and ceremonies in religion, and their own particular modes of administering justice in civil or criminal matters; that improvements may be proposed to them, but not enforced; that till they can be properly enlightened, they must be left to indulge their own particular notions. William Smyth
Since all people do not do their duty and some, on the contrary, commit injustices, for the sake of keeping order in society, injustices and all enterprises against this order must be repressed: which was possible only through authority given to some over others, and which made government necessary. Jean Domat
From vengeance, none are exempt. Arab Proverb
Getting justice is for reputation, not for filling the belly. Arab Proverb
He who befriends a slayer is a slayer too. Arab Proverb
He who takes revenge erases shame. Arab Proverb
I’ll have revenge, but not shame; death, but not disdain. Arab Proverb
Incitement is worse than murder. Arab Proverb
Injustice begets injustice. Arab Proverb
Justice can send water back uphill. Arab Proverb
Manage what belongs to you, but not what belongs to others. Arab Proverb
Nothing absolves murder but murder. Arab Proverb
One’s right cancels out another’s right. Arab Proverb
Only betrayal can counter betrayal. Arab Proverb
The weight of the first blood is heavier than that which follows. Arab Proverb
There is no injustice without justice coming after, just as there is no night not followed by day. Arab Proverb
Justice and fairness and history are not necessarily decisive in what happens. Stephen Earlanger
One hour of justice is worth more than sixty years of ritual. Islamic Saying
At the beginning of my rule I announced to you, my people, that my religion is justice. That announcement has guided all my public acts and policies and I shall always adhere to it. I have not made, and will not permit, any discrimination against any class of my people on the grounds of religion. Hari Singhji
Pity is treason Maximilien Robespierre
Legislation to apply the principle of equal pay for equal work without discrimination because of sex is a matter of simple justice. Dwight D. Eisenhower
I care nothing for all the political parties in the world except as they stand for justice. Anna Howard Shaw
Justice has sufficient authority without wisdom, but wisdom without justice does not have the force to instill faith. For the craftier and shrewder someone is, the more envied and mistrusted he becomes when his reputation for honesty has been lost. For this reason, justice accompanied by understanding will have as much strength as it wishes to instill confidence. Justice without wisdom is capable of much, but wisdom without justice can accomplish nothing Marcus Tulliuis Cicero
The firm basis of government is justice, not pity. Woodrow Wilson
Everyone loves justice in the affairs of another. Italian Proverb
Justice is determined by the personality of the judges. Benjamin N. Cardozo
Of the parties organized in the States to cross the plains there was hardly one that did not break into fragments and the division of property caused a great deal of difficulty. Many of these litigants applied to the courts of Deseret for redress of grievances, and there was every appearance of impartiality and strict justice done to all parties John W. Gunnison
My people have learned that it is a condescension far beneath them, and that it opens a wide door, when indulged in, for the admission of every unclean thing. Brigham Young
To talk about justice in the justice system is an oxymoron. Brian P. Bilbray
It is right that what is just should be obeyed; it is necessary that what is strongest should be obeyed. Justice without might is helpless; might without justice is tyrannical. Blaise Pascal
The innocent are frequently punished instead of the guilty DeWitt Clinton
From today onwards, all tyranny, injustice, atrocities, deportations and massacres are banished from this country. Damad Ferid Pasha
History has shown that when justice is not served in a legal capacity, some people will take matters into their own hands. Peter Balakian
The official Turkish documents … prove beyond question that Talaat Pasha and other officials have ordered the wholesale extermination of the Armenians. New York Times
One hundred years ago the slave was freed. One hundred years later, the negro remains in bondage to the color of his skin…. The negro today asks for justice. We do not answer him—we do not answer those who lie beneath this soil—when we answer “Patience.” Lyndon B. Johnson
If justice is to lead to bloodshed, what is the use of justice Walid Jumblatt
To live with integrity in an unjust society we must work for justice. To walk with integrity through a landscape strewn with beer cans, we must stop and pick them up Miriam Simos; Starhawk
Justice has to be done, justice must be seen to be done Jakaya Kikwete
Justice is charity in accordance with wisdom. Gottfried Leibniz
It would not be safe to set him at liberty, neither have we sufficient ground for us to put him to death. John Winthrop
It is easier to learn to fly by flapping one's arms than it is to get a district attorney to admit having sent an innocent person to prison. Bob Herbert
Why do we love this trial by jury? Because it prevents the hand of oppression from cutting you off. Patrick Henry
The most fluent talkers or most plausible reasoners are not only the justest thinkers. William Hazlitt
It is of great importance in a republic not only to guard the society against the oppression of its rulers, but to guard one part of the society against the injustice of the other part. Alexander Hamilton
Let me remember, when I find myself inclined to pity a criminal, that there is likewise a pity due to the country. Matthew Hale
Always be capable of feeling … any injustice committed against anyone anywhere in the world. Che Guevara
It is not honorable to take a mere legal advantage, when it happens to be contrary to justice Thomas Jefferson
The law supports the indigenous disciplines operating in our society, through the authority of the elders …. It must be recognized that crime is a biological fact of society, whether ancient or modern, It grows out of social condition and is not to been contained without the most careful examination of its etiology… In that process, it would be well not to reject, out of hand as being out-dated, the principles and techniques laid down and applied by the ancients, for dealing with the problem in their times. They may have their uses, and certainly in eastern countries, they still possess validity. Alvin Robert Cornelius
When Muslims wage war for the dissemination of Islam, it is a just war when non-Muslims attack Muslims, it is an unjust war. Bassam Tibi
Justice is an important obligation to Allah and to man. You have been charged with this responsibility. Discharge this responsibility so that you may win the approbation of Allah and the good will of the people. Treat the people equally in your presence, and in your decisions, so that the weak despair not of justice, and the high-placed harbor no hope of favoritism. Umar I; Umar Ibn Al-Khattab
Justice may be slow, but it does grind inexorably. Madeleine Albright
In primitive Buddhism, in primitive Christianity, in the writings of some of the Moslem teachers, in the early movements of the Reform, and especially in the ethical and philosophical movements of the last century and of our own times, the total abandonment of the idea of revenge, or of "due reward" — of good for good and evil for evil — is affirmed more and more vigorously. The higher conception of "no revenge for wrongs," and of freely giving more than one expects to receive from his neighbors, is proclaimed as being the real principle of morality — a principle superior to mere equivalence, equity, or justice, and more conducive to happiness … In its wide extension, even at the present time, we also see the best guarantee of a still loftier evolution of our race. Peter Kropotkin
They regard as just whatever they believe to be advantageous. Comte de Vergennes; Charles Gravier
Injustice which lasts for three long centuries and which exists among millions of people over thousands of square miles of territory, is injustice no longer; it is an accomplished fact of life. Men adjust themselves to their land; they create their own laws of being; their notions of right and wrong. Richard Wright
Justice is what love looks like in public. Kenneth Samuel
Slow justice is not justice. Federico Hernandez Denton
The wheels of justice sometimes turn slowly, but happily they turn. Lisa Madigan
I have never understood the liberal assumption that if there were justice in the world, there would be fewer rather than more prisoners. Theodore Dalrymple; Anthony Daniels
The historical mistakes made in leading the country should not be forgotten. Yet, the sufferings from the very painful deaths of our siblings, children, relatives and friends will never die out easily …. in order for our nation to free itself of all the problems and live in harmony together as one, what should we do? …. Given the situation in our country where firm stability has yet to be found, with some Super Power countries that never take responsibility for what happened pressuring us to follow them in order to serve their strategy and ideology; and given the political atmosphere infested with internal irrational ire in our nation, can justice be possibly found? …. Given the fragile situation and the current political atmosphere in our country, the Democratic National United Movement (DNUM) sees that a trial of this person or that person is not the solution to the problem. It is only by making judgments and learning lessons from our history in a scientific and objective way that our later generations of children would be able to learn and understand so that the recurrence of the historical mistakes are prevented. Leng Sary
There are different kinds of justice. Retributive justice is largely Western. The African understanding is far more restorative - not so much to punish as to redress or restore a balance that has been knocked askew. Desmond Tutu
If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. Desmond Tutu
Peace lovers today would give up all justice. Richard Paul Salbato
Justice has nothing to do with victor nations and vanquished nations, but must be a moral standard that all the world's peoples can agree to. Hideki Tojo
Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison... Henry David Thoreau
A government in which the majority rule in all cases cannot be based on justice, even as far as men understand it. Henry David Thoreau
That which is not just, is not Law; and that which is not Law, ought not to be obeyed. Algernon Sidney
He who seeks equity must do equity Joseph Story
The chief agent responsible for promoting the passions at the expense of justice turns out to be wealth. Eric Nelson
…in a just society, no one can ever be reduced to poverty or forced to beg. Plato
Trial by jury slows the wheels of justice. Warren E. Burger
Justice cannot wait for democracy. Pat Buchanan
Law and justice are not always the same. When they aren't, destroying the law may be the first step toward changing it. Gloria Steinem
The whole duty of man consists in being reasonable and just... I am reasonable because I know the difference between understanding and not understanding and I am just because I have no opinion about things I don’t understand. Gertrude Stein
God's not unjust, he doesn't actually exist. We've been deceived. If God existed, he'd have made the world more just... Joseph Stalin
The basic notion of justice, is that the rights of everybody are equals, in principle. In the rights of others, we have to respect our own rights. It is only in that condition that we can reasonably require that it be respected by others…. The realization of justice is, in the actual state of things, a matter of life or death for society and for civilization itself. Afrikan Aleksandrovich Spir
It is not on the ruin of liberty that we may build justice. Afrikan Aleksandrovich Spir
Not all violence is equally reprehensible; not all wars are equally unjust. Susan Sontag
Justice is conscience, not a personal conscience but the conscience of the whole of humanity. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Justice is not available to all equally; it is something that many of us must struggle to achieve. Hilda Solis
Unjust rule never lasts continually over time Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Injustice in this world is not something comparative; the wrong is deep, clear, and absolute in each private fate. George Santayana
… vengeance is seldom justice. Robert Taft
Even Adolf Eichmann got a trial. John McCain
If we are to keep our democracy, there must be one commandment. Thou shall not ration justice. Learned Hand
Our struggle is going to succeed but not because of numbers. Our struggle is going to succeed because it is a just struggle. Desmond Tutu
An advocate who has been well paid in advance will find the cause he is pleading all the more just. Blaise Pascal
The people are not satisfied with any form of government, or statute law, until it comes up to their sense of justice; so every progressive State revises its statutes from time to time, and at each revision comes nearer to the absolute right which human nature demands. Theodore Parker
We in North Carolina are people who pay for our mistakes and … we do not tolerate bureaucracies that trample basic human rights. North Carolina
Justice is the great end of civil society. David Dudley Field II
Absolute justice is achieved by the suppression of all contradictions; therefore it destroys freedom. Albert Camus
I know that we will be the sufferers if we let great wrongs occur without exerting ourselves to correct them. Eleanor Roosevelt
… injustice breeds injustice Benjamin Disraeli
Every human institution (justice included) will stretch a little, if you only pull it the right way. Wilkie Collins
… cases of injustice, and oppression, and tyranny, and the most extravagant bigotry, are in constant occurrence among us every day. It is the custom to trumpet forth much wonder and astonishment at the chief actors therein setting at defiance so completely the opinion of the world; but there is no greater fallacy; it is precisely because they do consult the opinion of their own little world that such things take place at all, and strike the great world dumb with amazement. Charles Dickens
There are times … when every one of us must make a stand for human right and justice, or you never feel clean again. Arthur Conan Doyle
If we are to keep our democracy, there must be one commandment: Thou shalt not ration justice. Learned Hand
Right knows no boundaries, and justice no frontiers. Learned Hand
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
There is no perfect justice, just as there is no absolute in ethics. But there is perfect injustice, and we know it when we see it. Alan Dershowitz
The honor of England does not consist in defending every English officer or English subject, right or wrong, but in taking care that she does not infringe the rules of justice, and that they are not infringed against her. John Russell
[The fight against slavery] offers the interesting spectacle of justice in conflict with avarice and oppression Thomas Jefferson
Each person possesses an inviolability founded on justice that even the welfare of society as a whole cannot override. For this reason justice denies that the loss of freedom for some is made right by a greater good shared by others. It does not allow that the sacrifices imposed on a few are outweighed by the larger sum of advantages enjoyed by many. Therefore in a just society the liberties of equal citizenship are taken as settled; the rights secured by justice are not subject to political bargaining or to the calculus of social interests. John Rawls
To each according to his threat advantage does not count as a principle of justice. John Rawls
People who are wealthy tend to be treated much more fairly in our criminal justice system. Angela Davis
Slow justice is not justice Federico Hernandez Denton
The love of justice is simply, in the majority of men, the fear of suffering injustice. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Justice satisfies everybody, and justice alone. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Man is unjust, but God is just; and finally justice triumphs. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Unsupported by justice, valor is good for nothing; and if all men were just, there would be no need of valor. Agesilaus II
It is praiseworthy, it is noble and sublime, to avenge Nature when it has been outraged by tyranny. Nothing can compare with the greatness of such action and, even if desolation and death are the reward of such a glorious endeavor, there is no reason to condemn it, for it is not the easily attainable that should be undertaken, but that which justice demands that we do. Simon Bolivar
There is such a thing as justice which is not necessarily the same thing as law. John McLaughlin
If a law doesn’t produce a just result, then what good is it? …. If you don’t have a just result, then the law doesn’t matter. Lindsey Graham
There is no justice if wrongdoers go unpunished and victims do not feel avenged. Thane Rosenbaum
Justice is inextricably linked to revenge, which is both morally right and a deeply internalized instinct as innate to man as breathing, having sex, falling in love, and making war. Thane Rosenbaum
So long as our relationship is defined by our differences, we will empower those who sow hatred rather than peace, those who promote conflict rather than the cooperation that can help all of our people achieve justice and prosperity Barack Obama
There is only one excuse for packing the [Supreme] Court and that is to change it. Robert Houghwout Jackson
Prosecute? I am not interested in prosecuting. I am interested in building a nation. Nelson Mandela
There is and must be a remedy for all Evils. Abraham Lincoln
The Hebrew word “tzedakah” … is translated as “charity” but … comes from the same root as the word for “justice”. Michael Walzer
Charity and philanthropy are not justice. Tavis Smiley
If all the collaborators were removed from their posts in bureaucracies, industries and utilities, the machinery of society would grind to a halt. Punishment of the guilty had to be balanced by other interests. Too much zeal would have made the rebuilding of societies impossible. Max Hastings
Justice must be seen to be done. Ian Buruma
I wanted to help the world be more just. Jaykumar Menon
Do justice fairly, correctly and equitably to churches, widows, orphans, and all others, without fraud, corruption, obstruction or abusive delay. Charlemagne
Newly emerging states are challenging settled opinion on transnational justice and humanitarian intervention, which they often interpret as victor’s justice and regime change. Stephen Hopgood
There shall be no impediment on anyone who wished to avenge a wound. Muhammad
If any dispute arises among the parties to this document from which any quarrel may be feared, it shall be referred to God and to Muhammad (Peace be upon them), the Messenger of God for the final and absolute decision. Muhammad
The only chance women have for justice in this country is to violate the law Susan B. Anthony
There can be no equality of opportunity, the first essential of justice in the body politic, if men and women and children be not shielded in their lives, their very vitality, from the consequences of great industrial and social processes which they cannot alter, control, or singly cope with. Woodrow Wilson
Since the business of politics is the conciliation of differing interests, justice must not merely be done, but to be seen to be done. Bernard Crick
For Crimes Against Humanity, Never Brought to Justice Anonymous
Our goal is not to win the war, we have already done it. Our goal is to find a just solution, and we are unanimous on the ways to find it. Serzh Sargsyan
The advocacy of truth will always excite hostility, and he who enforces justice will ever have to combat against the powers of this world. James Warren Doyle
For the first time in the history of relations between people, a precedent has been created by which a great State [Germany], as a result of moral pressure alone, takes it upon itself to pay compensation to the victims [the Jews] of the government that preceded it [Nazi Germany]. David Ben-Gurion
Prosecutors are assessed by their win-loss records, not by whether they have furthered the cause of justice. David D. Cole
We do have the best justice system in the world—in theory. The problem is that it is run by human beings. Human beings make mistakes Joe Berlinger
I have ever had the single aim of justice in view. No judge who is influenced by any other consideration is fit for the bench. 'Do equal and exact justice,' is my motto, and I have often said to the grand jury, 'Permit no innocent man to be punished, but let no guilty man escape.' Isaac Charles Parker
… the first duty of society is justice. Wendell Phillips
The people are not satisfied with any form of government, or statute law, until it comes up to their sense of justice; so every progressive State revises its statutes from time to time, and at each revision comes nearer to the absolute right which human nature demands. Theodore Parker
Whenever a Christian has a dispute with a heathen, no matter what the subject in question may be, the quarrel is promptly taken up by the priest, who if he cannot himself intimidate the local officials and compel them to give right to the Christian, represents the case as one of persecution when … it is appealed. Then is redress rigorously extorted, without the least reference to the justice of the demand. Arthur H. Smith
There is no justice in the world unless we make it.. George R. R. Martin
The worst that a man can do to himself is to do injustice to others. Henrik Ibsen
Justice should be cheap but judges expensive. Alan Patrick Herbert
A standard criticism that is always made by the opponents of justice of the proponents of justice is that the proponents are divisive. Julian Bond
I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice can not sleep forever; that considering numbers, nature, and natural means only, a revolution of the wheel of fortune, an exchange of situation, is among possible events; that it may become probable by supernatural interference! The Almighty has no attribute which can take side with us in such a contest Thomas Jefferson
Justice delayed has the same consequences as justice denied. Mishnah
While I bore the titel of "Honorable Judge", I felt less than honorable and moroe like a complicit tool of an unjust system. Shira Scheindlin
Clemency is patricide Maximilien Robespierre
I do not believe as Martin Luther King did, that the arc of history bends towards justice. I see the arc of history bending towards chaos or the unknown. Ta-Nehisi Coates
We need quick justice and we strong justice. Because what we have right now [The U. S. Justice system] is a joke and a laughing stock. Donald Trump
How can you stand for the national anthem of a nation that preaches and propagates, 'freedom and justice for all,' that is so unjust to so many of the people living there? Colin Kaepernick
For the sake of Zion I will not be silent, For the sake of Jerusalem I will not be still, Till her justice emerge resplendent, And her triumph like a flaming torch. Book of Isaiah
The world has changed. People who care nothing about norms can no longer be dismissed as a fringe. For generations, left-wing activists have instructed students and other groups that norms are the building blocks of a rigged system that deprives them of power and denies their “selfless” desires. We don’t want to acknowledge what this has wrought. We have norms because they safeguard foundational principles, such as due process, the presumption of innocence, and freedom from unreasonable and unwarranted police prying. But the Left is no longer attached to those principles. Andrew C. McCarthy