Sunday, November 30, 2008 – Fairness


If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead. ~ Johnny Carson


If life were fair, Dan Quayle would be making a living asking “Do you want fries with that?” ~ John Cleese


Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not. ~ Oscar Wilde


Life isn’t fair. It’s just fairer than death, that’s all. ~ William Goldman


I know the world isn’t fair, but why isn’t it ever unfair in my favor? ~ Bill Watterson


The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents, and the second half by our children. ~ Clarence Darrow


What can you do against the lunatic who is more intelligent than yourself, who gives your arguments a fair hearing and then simply persists in his lunacy? ~ George Orwell


This is a court of law, young man, not a court of justice. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes


Punishment is now unfashionable… because it creates moral distinctions among men, which, to the democratic mind, are odious. We prefer a meaningless collective guilt to a meaningful individual responsibility. ~ Thomas Szasz


Religion is fundamentally opposed to everything I hold in veneration – courage, clear thinking, honesty, fairness, and above all, love of the truth. ~ Henry Louis Mencken


The general feeling is, if you don’t treat everyone the same you’re showing partiality. To me, that’s when you show the most partiality, when you treat everyone the same. You must give each individual the treatment that you feel he earns and deserves, recognizing at all times that you’re imperfect and you’re going to be incorrect oftentimes in your judgment. ~ John Wooden


When I was a young coach I used to say, “Treat everybody alike.” That’s bull. Treat everybody fairly. ~ Bear Bryant


That all men are equal is a proposition which, at ordinary time, no sane individual has ever given assent. ~ Aldous Huxley


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


Now my friends, I am opposed to the system of society in which we live today, not because I lack the natural equipment to do for myself but because I am not satisfied to make myself comfortable knowing that there are thousands of my fellow men who suffer for the barest necessities of life. We were taught under the old ethic that man’s business on this earth was to look out for himself. That was the ethic of the jungle; the ethic of the wild beast. Take care of yourself, no matter what may become of your fellow man. Thousands of years ago the question was asked; ”Am I my brother’s keeper?” That question has never yet been answered in a way that is satisfactory to civilized society. / Yes, I am my brother’s keeper. I am under a moral obligation to him that is inspired, not by any maudlin sentimentality but by the higher duty I owe myself. What would you think me if I were capable of seating myself at a table and gorging myself with food and saw about me the children of my fellow beings starving to death. ~ Eugene V. Debs


When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist. ~ Dom Helder Camara


Anger is a very appropriate and necessary response to an injustice. But stand back now; the truth, clearly spoken, is always your best weapon. Calmly spoken, it can burn a hole through the hardest heart. ~ Bill Chickering


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


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


If I lived back in the Wild West days, instead of carrying a six-gun in my holster, I’d carry a soldering iron. That way, if some smart-aleck cowboy said something like, “Hey look. He’s carrying a soldering iron!” and started laughing, and everybody else started laughing, I could just say, “That’s right, it’s a soldering iron. The soldering iron of justice.” Then everybody would get real quiet and ashamed, because they made fun of the soldering iron of justice, and I could probably hit them up for a free drink. ~ Jack Handy, Deep Thoughts