Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Justice

"Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue." - Barry Goldwater

"Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue." - Barry Goldwater

"Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other's welfare, social justice can never be attained." - Helen Keller. aka Helen Adams Keller

"The arm of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The philosophy of restorative justice is not a new concept, but one we've forgotten. As a kid, when I broke a window next door, my grandmother took me over there to apologize. I had to find a way to pay for the window - collect bottles or mow the grass. Restorative justice is a return to the values of our grandmothers." - Dale R. Landry

"The Ethics and equity and the principles of justice do not change with the calendar." -

"If children live with honesty and fairness, they learn what truth and justice are." -

"Conscience is the chamber of justice." - Origen, fully Origenes Adamantius NULL

"The problem with capitalism is that it best rewards the worst part of us: the ruthless, competitive, cunning, opportunistic, acquisitive drives, giving little reward and often much punishment – or at least much handicap – to honesty, compassion, fair play, many forms of hard work, love of justice, and a concern for those in need." - Michael Parenti

"I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it's for or against." -

"Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it." -

"Justice is the first of virtues." - Agesilaus the Great NULL

"Justice is the first of virtues." -

"One man’s theft is another man’s justice." - Alan Alda, born Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo

"One man’s theft is another man’s justice." -

"One man’s theft is another man’s justice." -

"Trust frees you to see the wisdom of the moment. The goodness of life is invincible, and in Justice is your assurance of success. The laws of consciousness work consistently for your highest good. They offer you consolation and guidance. You now embody the choice to earn your goal, which is at hand." - Alan Cohen

"Trust frees you to see the wisdom of the moment. The goodness of life is invincible, and in Justice is your assurance of success. The laws of consciousness work consistently for your highest good. They offer you consolation and guidance. You now embody the choice to earn your goal, which is at hand." -

"Trust frees you to see the wisdom of the moment. The goodness of life is invincible, and in Justice is your assurance of success. The laws of consciousness work consistently for your highest good. They offer you consolation and guidance. You now embody the choice to earn your goal, which is at hand." -

"Absolute freedom mocks justice; absolute justice denies freedom." - Albert Camus

"We know that we live in contradiction, but that we must refuse this contradiction and do what is needed to reduce it. Our task as men is to find those few first principles that will calm the infinite anguish of free souls. We must stitch up what has been torn apart, render justice in the world which is so obviously unjust, and make happiness meaningful for nations poisoned by the misery of this century." - Albert Camus

"Absolute freedom mocks at justice. Absolute justice denies freedom." -

"Absolute freedom mocks justice; absolute justice denies freedom." -

"We know that we live in contradiction, but that we must refuse this contradiction and do what is needed to reduce it. Our task as men is to find those few first principles that will calm the infinite anguish of free souls. We must stitch up what has been torn apart, render justice in the world which is so obviously unjust, and make happiness meaningful for nations poisoned by the misery of this century." -

"Justice is conscience, not a personal conscience but the conscience of the whole of humanity. Those who clearly recognize the voice of their own conscience usually recognize also the voice of justice." - Alexander Solzhenitsyn, fully Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn

"Justice is conscience, not a personal conscience but the conscience of the whole of humanity. Those who clearly recognize the voice of their own conscience usually recognize also the voice of justice." -

"Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint." - Alexander Hamilton

"[Paraphrase] List of virtues: courage, temperance, liberality, magnificence, pride, good temper, friendliness, truthfulness, wittiness, shame, justice." - Aristotle NULL

"Equality does not seem to take the same form in acts of justice and in friendship; for in acts of justice what is equal in the primary sense is that which is in proportion to merit, while quantitative equality is secondary, but in friendship quantitative equality is primary and proportion to merit secondary." - Aristotle NULL

"The weaker are always anxious for justice and equality. The strong pay no heed of either." - Aristotle NULL

"Between friends there is no need of justice." - Aristotle NULL

"Man perfected by society is the best of all animals; he is the most terrible of all when he lives without law and without justice. If he finds himself an individual who cannot live in society, or who pretends he has need of only his own resources, do not consider him as a member of humanity; he is a savage beast or a god." - Aristotle NULL

"No government can stand which is not founded upon justice." - Aristotle NULL

"Boundless compassion for all living beings is the surest and most certain guarantee of pure moral conduct, and needs no casuistry. Whoever is filled with it will assuredly injure no one, do harm to no one, encroach on man’s rights; he will rather have regard for everyone, forgive everyone, help everyone as far as he can, and all his actions will bear the stamp of justice and loving-kindness." - Arthur Schopenhauer

"The fool mistakes power for virtue, acclaim for merit, nonconformity for dangerousness, conviction for truth, revenge for justice, license for liberty, and kindness for weakness." - Author Unknown NULL

"If it is true that what I mean by “selfishness” is not what is meant conventionally, then this is one of the worst indictments of altruism: it means that altruism permits no concept of a self-respecting, self-supporting man - a man who supports his life by his own effort and neither sacrifices himself nor others. It means that altruism permits no view of men except as sacrificial animals and profiteers-on-sacrifice, as victims and parasites - that it permits no concept of a benevolent coexistence among men - that it permits no concept of justice." - Ayn Rand, born Alisa Zinovyevna Rosenbaum

"A bad manner spoils everything, even reason and justice; a good one supplies everything, gilds a No, sweetens truth, and adds a touch of beauty to old age itself." - Baltasar Gracián

"Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice." -

"To the universal religion belong only such dogmas as are absolutely required in order to attain obedience to God, and without which such obedience would be impossible. As for the rest, each man – seeing that he is the best judge of his own character – should adopt whatever he thinks best adapted to strengthen his love of justice." -

"We cannot seek or attain health, wealth, learning, justice or kindness in general. Action is always specific, concrete, individualized, unique." - Benjamin Jowett

"Custom should be followed only because it is custom, and not because it is reasonable or just. But people follow it for this sole reason, that they think it just. Otherwise they would follow it no longer, although it were the custom; for they will only submit to reason or justice. Custom without this would pass for tyranny; but the sovereignty of reason and justice is no more tyrannical than that of desire. They are principles natural to man." - Blaise Pascal

"Force without justice is tyrannical; justice without force is impotent." - Blaise Pascal

"Human life is thus only a perpetual illusion; men deceive and flatter each other. No one speaks of us in our presence as he does of us in our absence. Human society is founded on mutual deceit; few friendships would endure if each knew what his friend said of him in his absence, although he then spoke in sincerity and without passion. Man is, then, only disguise, falsehood, and hypocrisy, both in himself and in regard to others. He does not wish any one to tell him the truth; he avoids telling it to others, and all these dispositions, so removed from justice and reason, have a natural root in his heart. I set it down as a fact that if all men know what each said to the other, there would not be four friends in the world." - Blaise Pascal

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

"Justice without might is helpless; might without justice is tyrannical." - Blaise Pascal

"There is no cruelty so inexorable and unrelenting as that which proceeds from a bigoted and presumptuous supposition of doing service to God. The victim of the fanatical persecutor will find that the stronger the motives he can urge for mercy are, the weaker will be his chance for obtaining it, for the merit of his destruction will be supposed to rise in value in proportion as it is effected at the expense of every feeling both of justice and of humanity." - Charles Caleb Colton

"It [the soul] is truly an image of the infinity of God, and no words can do justice to its grandeur." - Chuang Tzu, also spelled Chuang-tsze, Chuang Chou, Zhuangzi, Zhuang Tze, Zhuang Zhou, Chuang Tsu, Chouang-Dsi, Chuang Tse, or Chuangtze

"How anyone can believe in eternal punishment... or in any soul which God has made being "lost," and also believe in the love, nay, even in the justice, of God, is a mystery indeed." - Claude Montefiore, fully Claude Joseph Goldsmid "C.G." Montefiore

"How anyone can believe in eternal punishment... or in any soul which God has made being “lost,” and also believe in the love, nay, even in the justice, of God, is a mystery indeed." - Claude Montefiore, fully Claude Joseph Goldsmid "C.G." Montefiore