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Quotes About Injustice

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Martin Luther King Jr.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

Lemony Snicket
“People don't always get what they deserve in this world.”
Lemony Snicket, The Blank Book

George Carlin
“The caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity.”
George Carlin

“Rage — whether in reaction to social injustice, or to our leaders’ insanity, or to those who threaten or harm us — is a powerful energy that, with diligent practice, can be transformed into fierce compassion.”
Bonnie Myotai Treace

Honoré de Balzac
“Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.”
Honoré de Balzac

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

Charles Darwin
“If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.”
Charles Darwin, Voyage of the Beagle

Hugo Claus
“I am a person who is unhappy with things as they stand. We cannot accept the world as it is. Each day we should wake up foaming at the mouth because of the injustice of things.”
Hugo Claus

Charles Dickens
“In the little world in which children have their existence, whosoever brings them up, there is nothing so finely perceived and so finely felt as injustice.”
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Paulo Coelho
“In the beginning there was only a small amount of injustice abroad in the world, but everyone who came afterwards added their portion, always thinking it was very small and unimportant, and look where we have ended up today.”
Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym

Christine de Pizan
“Those who plead their cause in the absence of an opponent can invent to their heart's content, can pontificate without taking into account the opposite point of view and keep the best arguments for themselves, for aggressors are always quick to attack those who have no means of defence.”
Christine de Pizan, Der Sendbrief vom Liebesgott / The Letter of the God of Love

Voltaire
“Injustice in the end produces independence.”
Voltaire

Eric Bogosian
“It's my duty as a human being to be pissed off”
Eric Bogosian, subUrbia

Charles Bukowski
“I guess the only time most people think about injustice is when it happens to them.”
Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye

William Faulkner
“Some things you must always be unable to bear. Some things you must never stop refusing to bear. Injustice and outrage and dishonor and shame. No matter how young you are or how old you have got. Not for kudos and not for cash: your picture in the paper nor money in the back either. Just refuse to bear them.”
William Faulkner, Intruder in the Dust

John Stuart Mill
“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth a war, is much worse. When a people are used as mere human instruments for firing cannon or thrusting bayonets, in the service and for the selfish purposes of a master, such war degrades a people. A war to protect other human beings against tyrannical injustice; a war to give victory to their own ideas of right and good, and which is their own war, carried on for an honest purpose by their free choice, — is often the means of their regeneration. A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for, nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. 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, Principles of Political Economy

W.S. Gilbert
“I'm really very sorry for you all, but it's an unjust world, and virtue is triumphant only in theatrical performances.”
W.S. Gilbert, The Mikado

“We first crush people to the earth, and then claim the right of trampling on them forever, because they are prostrate.

Lydia Maria Francis Child

Voltaire
“Men use thought only as authority for their injustice, and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts.”
Voltaire

“It takes great courage to open one's heart and mind to the tremendous injustice and suffering in our world.”
Vincent A. Gallagher, The True Cost of Low Prices: The Violence of Globalization

Ivo Andrić
“Lands of great discoveries are also lands of great injustices.”
Ivo Andrić

Joseph O'Connor
“Love and freedom are such hideous words. So many cruelties have been done in their name.”
Joseph O'Connor, Star of the Sea

Michelle Tea
“The world was fucked up. It was hard to say how exactly, but we could feel it. There was injustice, lots of it, we saw it as a dull shape coming into focus.”
Michelle Tea

Samuel Johnson
“Justice is my being allowed to do whatever I like. Injustice is whatever prevents my doing so.”
Samuel Johnson

“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.”
Erin Gruwell, The Freedom Writers Diary

Thomas Keneally
“But then what is the alternative to trying to tell the truth about the Holocaust, the Famine, the Armenian genocide, the injustice of dispossession in the Americas and Australia? That everyone should be reduced to silence? To pretend that the Holocaust was the work merely of a well-armed minority who didn’t do as much harm as is claimed-and likewise, to argue that the Irish Famine was either an inevitability or the fault of the Irish-is to say that both were mere unreliable rumors, and not the great motors of history they so obviously proved to be. It suited me to think so at the time, but still I believe it to be true, that if there are going to be areas of history which are off-bounds, then in principle we are reduced to fudging, to cosmetic narrative. ”
Thomas Keneally, Searching for Schindler: A Memoir

Jack Gilbert
“We must risk delight. We can do without pleasure,
but not delight. Not enjoyment. We must have
the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless
furnace of this world. To make injustice the only
measure of our attention is to praise the Devil.”
Jack Gilbert, Refusing Heaven

“If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face--forever.”
George Orwellll, 1984

Omar Khayyam
“It is a shame for anyone
to be well-known for righteousness.
It is a great disgrace to feel
distress at the injustice of
the turning of the wheels of fate.”
Omar Khayyam, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

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