Quotes About Justice

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J.R.R. Tolkien
“Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Elie Wiesel
“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

Mahatma Gandhi
“Let the first act of every morning be to make the following resolve for the day:

- I shall not fear anyone on Earth.
- I shall fear only God.
- I shall not bear ill will toward anyone.
- I shall not submit to injustice from anyone.
- I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering.”
Mahatma Gandhi

George R.R. Martin
“The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword. If you would take a man's life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die.”
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Terry Pratchett
“All right," said Susan. "I'm not stupid. You're saying humans need... fantasies to make life bearable."

REALLY? AS IF IT WAS SOME KIND OF PINK PILL? NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.

"Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little—"

YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES.

"So we can believe the big ones?"

YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.

"They're not the same at all!"

YOU THINK SO? THEN TAKE THE UNIVERSE AND GRIND IT DOWN TO THE FINEST POWDER AND SIEVE IT THROUGH THE FINEST SIEVE AND THEN SHOW ME ONE ATOM OF JUSTICE, ONE MOLECULE OF MERCY. AND YET—Death waved a hand. AND YET YOU ACT AS IF THERE IS SOME IDEAL ORDER IN THE WORLD, AS IF THERE IS SOME...SOME RIGHTNESS IN THE UNIVERSE BY WHICH IT MAY BE JUDGED.

"Yes, but people have got to believe that, or what's the point—"

MY POINT EXACTLY.”
Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

Mae West
“Ladies who play with fire must remember that smoke gets in their eyes.”
Mae West

J.K. Rowling
“I want to commit the murder I was imprisoned for.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Mahatma Gandhi
“Truth never damages a cause that is just.”
Mahatma Gandhi

C.S. Lewis
“My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?”
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Shannon L. Alder
“If you spend your time hoping someone will suffer the consequences for what they did to your heart, then you're allowing them to hurt you a second time in your mind.”
Shannon L. Alder

Benjamin Franklin
“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”
Benjamin Franklin

Martin Luther King Jr.
“As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation -- either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

Ernesto Che Guevara
“If you tremble with indignation at every injustice then you are a comrade of mine.”
Ernesto Che Guevara

Martin Luther King Jr.
“There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

Robert F. Kennedy
“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
Robert F. Kennedy

Theodore Parker
“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”
Theodore Parker

Voltaire
“It is better to risk saving a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one.”
Voltaire, Zadig

Marcus Tullius Cicero
“For there is but one essential justice which cements society, and one law which establishes this justice. This law is right reason, which is the true rule of all commandments and prohibitions. Whoever neglects this law, whether written or unwritten, is necessarily unjust and wicked.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero, On the laws

Rick Riordan
“Oh, come on!’ Percy complained. ‘I get a little nosebleed and I wake up the entire earth? That’s not fair!”
Rick Riordan, The Blood of Olympus

Ella Wheeler Wilcox
“To sin by silence, when they should protest, makes cowards of men.”
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

David Sedaris
“If you read someone else's diary, you get what you deserve.”
David Sedaris

Abraham Lincoln
“I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.”
Abraham Lincoln

Cornel West
“Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.”
Cornel West

George R.R. Martin
“A good act does not wash out the bad, nor a bad act the good. Each should have its own reward.”
George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Eugene V. Debs
“I am opposing a social order in which it is possible for one man who does absolutely nothing that is useful to amass a fortune of hundreds of millions of dollars, while millions of men and women who work all the days of their lives secure barely enough for a wretched existence.”
Eugene V. Debs

George R.R. Martin
“...the man who passes the sentence should swing the sword."
"...a ruler who hides behind paid executioners soon forgets what death is.”
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

G.K. Chesterton
“For children are innocent and love justice, while most of us are wicked and naturally prefer mercy.”
G.K. Chesterton

Gary L. Francione
“Being vegan is easy. Are there social pressures that encourage you to continue to eat, wear, and use animal products? Of course there are. But in a patriarchal, racist, homophobic, and ableist society, there are social pressures to participate and engage in sexism, racism, homophobia, and ableism. At some point, you have to decide who you are and what matters morally to you. And once you decide that you regard victimizing vulnerable nonhumans is not morally acceptable, it is easy to go and stay vegan”
Gary L. Francione

Confucius
“To be wealthy and honored in an unjust society is a disgrace.”
Confucius, The Analects

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