Doing Justice

Sunday, July 12, 2015 – Doing Justice

Justice can sleep for years and awaken when it is least expected. A miracle is nothing more than dormant justice from another time arriving to compensate those it has cruelly abandoned. Whoever knows this is willing to suffer, for he knows that nothing is in vain. ~ Mark Helprin

In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same. ~ Albert Einstein

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

Justice that love gives is a surrender, justice that law gives is a punishment. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever. ~ Thomas Jefferson

Truth is always in harmony with herself, and is not concerned chiefly to reveal the justice that may consist with wrong-doing. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Justice is sweet and musical; but injustice is harsh and discordant. ~ Henry David Thoreau

In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery? ~ Saint Augustine

Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door. ~ Charles Dickens

Peace is more important than all justice, and peace was not made for the sake of justice, but justice for the sake of peace. ~ Martin Luther

Parents are not interested in justice; they’re interested in peace and quiet. ~ Bill Cosby

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

Let judges secretly despair of justice: their verdicts will be more acute. Let generals secretly despair of triumph; killing will be defamed. Let priests secretly despair of faith: their compassion will be true. ~ Leonard Cohen

Justice should remove the bandage from her eyes long enough to distinguish between the vicious and the unfortunate. ~ Robert Green Ingersoll

Nobody gets justice. People only get good luck or bad luck. ~ Orson Welles

Justice is my being allowed to do whatever I like. Injustice is whatever prevents my doing so. ~ Samuel Butler

Reason and justice tell me there’s more love for humanity in electricity and steam than in chastity and vegetarianism. ~ Anton Chekhov

The only justice is to follow the sincere intuition of the soul, angry or gentle. Anger is just, and pity is just, but judgement is never just. ~ David Herbert Lawrence

Justice is the first virtue of those who command, and stops the complaints of those who obey. ~ Denis Diderot

Terror is only justice: prompt, severe and inflexible; it is then an emanation of virtue; it is less a distinct principle than a natural consequence of the general principle of democracy, applied to the most pressing wants of the country. ~ Maximillian Robespierre

Never pray for justice, because you might get some. ~ Margaret Atwood

Think carefully before asking for justice. Mercy might be safer. ~ Mason Cooley

The price of justice is eternal publicity. ~ Arnold Bennett

Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it. ~ Malcolm X

When love is gone, there’s always justice. And when justice is gone, there’s always force. And when force is gone, there’s always Mom. Hi, Mom! ~ Laurie Anderson

Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do. ~ Wendell Berry

Justice is like a train that is nearly always late. ~ Yevgeny Yevtushenko

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

Men are mad most of their lives; few live sane, fewer die so. The acts of people are baffling unless we realize that their wits are disordered. Man is driven to justice by his lunacy. ~ Edward Dahlberg

Justice? You get justice in the next world. In this world you have the law. ~ William Gaddis

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

Justice is better than chivalry if we cannot have both. ~ Alice Stone Blackwell

Justice is the infrastructure of proprietorship. ~ Kemal Ataturk

Justice in the hands of the powerful is merely a governing system like any other. Why call it justice? Let us rather call it injustice, but of a sly effective order, based entirely on cruel knowledge of the resistance of the weak, their capacity for pain, humiliation and misery. Injustice sustained at the exact degree of necessary tension to turn the cogs of the huge machine-for-the-making-of-rich-men, without bursting the boiler. ~ Georges Bernanos, The Diary of a Country Priest

And if you ask again whether there is any justice in the world, you’ll have to be satisfied with the reply: Not for the time being; at any rate, not up to this Friday. ~ Alfred Doblin

Justice is the means by which established injustices are sanctioned. ~ Anatole France

You know, the courts may not be working any more, but as long as everyone is videotaping everyone else, justice will be done. ~ Marge Simpson

The most reasonable man always manages, when he pulls the trigger, to become a dispenser of justice. ~ Jean Genet, The Balcony

This thing that men call justice, this blind snake that strikes men down in the dark, mindless with fury, keep your hand back from it, pass by in silence. ~ Maxwell Anderson, Winterset

Absolute justice is achieved by the suppression of all contradictions; therefore it destroys freedom. ~ Albert Camus, The Rebel

So keep fightin’ for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don’t you forget to have fun doin’ it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. ~ Molly Ivins

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

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

Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary. ~ Reinhold Niebuhr

Granny always said finding justice was as tough as putting socks on a rooster. ~ Jessica Maria Tuccelli, Glow


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