Quotations on Justice
Justice is the constant and perpetual wish to render to everyone his due.
Justinian I (483–565), Byzantine emperor.
To whom nothing is given, of him can nothing be required.
Henry Fielding (1707–1754), British novelist and playwright.
Joseph Andrews (1742).
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 (1835–1894), British judge, 19th century.
Quoted in: Sands of Time (Walter Sichel; 1923).
It is better that ten guilty persons escape than one innocent suffer.
William Blackstone (1723–1780), British jurist.
Commentaries on the Laws of
Only Justice Can Stop a Curse
Alice Walker (1944– ),
In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens (1983).
The love of justice in most men is simply the fear of suffering injustice.
François de La Rochefoucauld (1613–1680), French writer.
Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims (1665).
The hungry judges soon the sentence sign,
And wretches hang that jury-men may dine.
Alexander Pope (1688–1744), English poet.
The Rape of the Lock (1712).
For we both alike know that into the discussion of human affairs the question of justice enters only where the pressure of necessity is equal, and that the powerful exact what they can, and the weak grant what they must.
Thucydides [θu'sididi:z] (460? BC–400? BC), Athenian historian and general.
History of the Peloponnesian War (431-400? BC).
If you give me six lines written by the most honest man, I will find something in them to hang him.
Attributed to: Cardinal Richelieu (1585–1642), French churchman and statesman.
Let justice be done, though the world perish.
Ferdinand I (1503–1564), German Roman emperor.
Locorum Communium Collectanea (Johannes Manlius; 1563).
Justice is such a fine thing that we cannot pay too dearly for it.
Alain René Lesage (1668–1747), French writer.
Crispin rival de son maître (1707).
Justice means "just-us-white-folks."
H. Rap Brown (1943– ),
Die Nigger Die! (1969).