In yesterday’s post, I asked a BIG question: What Is Justice? And while we all have our intuition and sense about what it is, and can certainly intuit when it’s missing… how should we define justice and talk about it when we’re talking with others? Especially those who may not agree with us? Is there common ground to be found here?

To get this dialogue rolling, let’s consider some of the notable quotes about justice below.

“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

“Truth never damages a cause that is just.”

 Mahatma Gandhi

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

Benjamin Franklin

“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.

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

Ernesto Che Guevara

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

Voltaire

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

Cornel West

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

Abraham Lincoln

“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

“I should like to be able to love my country and still love justice.”

Albert Camus

“Criminals do not die by the hands of the law. They die by the hands of other men.”

George Bernard Shaw

“No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency.”

Theodore Roosevelt

“Women have discovered that they cannot rely on men’s chivalry to give them justice.”

Helen Keller

Have you discovered any interesting or notable quotes or passages about justice this week? Share them with with us in the comments at the bottom of the page.


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