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



Truth never damages a cause that is just.



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



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



Law and justice are not always the same.

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.



Justice is truth in action.



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



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



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



Justice without wisdom is impossible.



Thou shalt not ration justice.



He who spares the bad injures the good.



Peace without justice is tyranny.



Extreme justice is often injustice.



Justice in the extreme is often unjust.



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



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



Justice is never given; it is exacted.



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



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



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



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



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



The administration of justice is the firmest pillar of government.



Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most, that has made it possible for evil to triumph.



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



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



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.



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



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



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.



Justice is happiness according to virtue.



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



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



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





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



Justice is the means by which established injustices are sanctioned.





To do injustice is more disgraceful than to suffer it.



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





Tyranny and injustice always produce cunning and falsehood.



When innocence trembles, it condemns the judge.



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



Whether we are religious or nonreligious, today we can go online to meet the needs once served in religious spaces: to connect, but also to confess our secrets, seek out information, process tragedies, and pursue a more just world.



National injustice is the surest road to national downfall.



Justice requires that to lawfully constituted Authority there be given that respect and obedience which is its due; that the laws which are made shall be in wise conformity with the common good; and that, as a matter of conscience all men shall render obedience to these laws.



Early on he had been told the famous maxim of American justice, that it was better that a hundred men go free than that one innocent man be punished. Struck almost dumb by the beauty of the concept, he became an ardent patriot. America was his country. He would never leave America.



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



To have the power of forgetting, for the time, self, friends, interests, relationship; and to think of doing right toward another, a stranger, an enemy, perhaps, is to have that which men can share only with the angels, and with Him who is above men and angels.



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







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



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.



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





The justice system is now just a system.



Race determines everything in the criminal justice system.





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



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.



Why are people that poor? Why are people that broke? Why are people that food insecure, that clothing insecure, that they feel like their only shot, that they are shooting their shot by walking through a broken glass window to get what they need?



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



There are two sets of principles. They are the principles of power and privilege and the principles of truth and justice. If you pursue truth and justice it will always mean a diminution of power and privilege. If you pursue power and privilege, it will always be at the expense of truth and justice.



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.



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



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.



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



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.



Judicial excellence means that a Supreme Court justice must have a sense of the values from which our core of our political- economic system goes. In other words, we should not approve any nominee whose extreme judicial philosophy would undermine rights and liberties relied upon by all Americans.



Freedom is incomplete without social justice.



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



A society can be Pareto optimal and still perfectly disgusting.





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



A unjust law, is no law at all.



A time will come when a politician who has wilfully made war and promoted international dissension will be as sure of the dock and much surer of the noose than a private homicide. It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men's lives should not stake their own.



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



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



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





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.



Let justice be done, though the heavens fall.



Conscience is the chamber of justice.



I want to live in a world where people become famous because of their work for peace and justice and care. I want the famous to be inspiring; their lives an example of what every human being has it in them to do -- act from love!



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



If you want peace, work for justice.



I think the first duty of society is justice.



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



Nothing is worse than active ignorance.



The worst form of injustice is pretended justice.



More law, less justice.



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



Most people will not stand up to injustice unless their comfort of living is severely threatened. This is because today's man does not care for the outside world so long as he has a roof over his head and four walls to contain his own.



It would be easy to become a victim of our circumstances and continue feeling sad, scared or angry; or instead, we could choose to deal with injustice humanely and break the chains of negative thoughts and energies, and not let ourselves sink into it.



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.



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.



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.



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



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



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



Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.



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



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.



When the Negro cries with pain from his deep hurt and lays his petition for elemental justice before the nation, he is calling upon the American people to kindle about that crucible of race relationships the fires of American faith.



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



Freedom and Justice are twin sisters.



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.



Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.



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.



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



Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.



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



Progress is always relative: to the oppressed, it can only be viewed as an all or nothing deal -- if oppression continues, even in a modified form, then the system must still be attacked until that injustice is eradicated.



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.



In that first blow to the deaf walls of those who have everything, the blood of our people, our blood, ran generously to wash away injustice. To live, we die. Our dead once again walked the way of truth. Our hope was fertilized with mud and blood.



Without justice you won't have stability.



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


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