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JUSTICE
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[ Also see Crime Disinterestedness Equality Equity Fairness Injury Injustice Judges Judgment Law Lawyers Mercy Minority Prejudice Prison Punishment Retribution Reward Right Rights Thieving Truth ]

Justice is justice though it's always delayed and finally done only by mistake.
      - George Bernard Shaw

The books are balanced in heaven, not here.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

Justice is passionless and therefore sure;
  Guilt for a while may flourish; virtue sink
    'Neath the shade of calumny and ill; justice
      At last, like the bright sun, shall break majestic forth,
        The shield of innocence, the guard of truth.
      - J.F. Smith

Truth is its [Justice's] handmaid, freedom is its child, peace is its companion, safety walks in its steps, victory follows in its train; it is the brightest emanation from the gospel; it is the attribute of God.
      - Sydney Smith, Lady Holland's Memoir
         (vol. I, p. 29)

There is a point at which even justice does injury.
      - Sophocles, Electra

Men are always invoking justice; yet it is justice which should make them tremble.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

The injustice of men subserves the justice of God, and often His mercy.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

The sweet remembrance of the just
  Shall flourish when he sleeps in dust.
      - Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady,
        A New Version of the Psalms of David
         (psalm 112, st. 6),
        (a paraphrase of Psalm 112)

No obligation to justice does force a man to be cruel, or to use the sharpest sentence.
      - Jeremy Taylor

A sense of justice is a noble fancy.
      - Esaias Tegner, Fridthjof's Saga
         (canto VIII)

With his own sword do I stab this man.
  [Lat., Suo sibi gladio hunc jugulo.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Adelphi
         (V, 8, 35)

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

We both alike know that into the discussion of human affairs the question of justice only enters where the pressure of necessity is equal; that the powerful exact what they can, and the weak grant what they must.
      - Thucydides

Justice offers nothing but what may be accepted with honor; and lays claim to nothing in return but what we ought not even to wish to withhold.
      - Unknown

One can not be just if one is not humane.
  [Lat., On ne peut etre juste si on n'est pas humain.]
      - Luc de Clapier de Vauvanargues, Reflexions
         (XXVIII)

Being admonished, learn justice and despise not the gods.
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (VI, 620)

Justice is the fundamental and almost only virtue of social life, as it embraces all those actions which are useful to society.
      - Constantin Francois de Chassebeouf de Volney

The sentiment of justice is so natural, so universally acquired by all mankind, that it seems to me independent of all law, all party, all religion.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

He who is not just is severe, he who is not wise is sad.
  [Fr., Qui n'est que juste est dur, qui n'est que sage est triste.]
    [More accurately: He who is but just is severe, he who is but wise is sad. Or, more idiomatically: He who is only just is severe, he who is only wise is sad.]
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire),
        Epitre au Roi de Prusse

It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive.
      - Earl Warren

Let justice be done, though the heavens fall.
  [Lat., Fiat justitia, ruat coelum.]
      - William Watson (1),
        Decacordon of Ten Quodlibeticall Questions Concerning Religion and State

In matters of equity between man and man, our Saviour has taught us to put my neighbor in place of myself, and myself in place of my neighbor.
      - Isaac Watts

Justice is the great interest of man on earth. It is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together.
      - Daniel Webster

Justice, sir, is the great interest of man on earth.
      - Daniel Webster, On Mr. Justice Story

Justice is a terrible but necessary thing.
      - Jessamyn West


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