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A just man is not one who does no ill,
  But he, who with the power, has not the will.
      - Philemon, Sententioe (II)

God gives manhood but one clew to success,--utter and exact justice; that he guarantees shall be always expediency.
      - Wendell Phillips

Peace, if possible, but justice at any rate.
      - Wendell Phillips,
        sometimes "the truth" instead of "justice"

And heaven that every virtue bears in mind,
  E'en to the ashes of the just, is kind.
      - Alexander Pope

At present we can only reason of the divine justice from what we know of justice in man. When we are in other scenes, we may have truer and nobler ideas of it; but while we are in this life, we can only speak from the volume that is laid open before us.
      - Alexander Pope

It is impossible to be just if one is not generous.
      - Joseph Roux

We love justice greatly, and just men but little.
      - Joseph Roux

He who decides a case without hearing the other side, though he decide justly, cannot be considered just.
  [Lat., Qui statuit aliquid, parte inaudita altera,
    Aequum licet statuerit, haud aequus fuerit.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Medea

Be just and fear not:
  Let all the ends thou aim'st at be thy country's,
    Thy God's, and truth's.
      - William Shakespeare

I beseech you,
  Wrest once the law to your authority:
    To do a great right, do a little wrong.
      - William Shakespeare

Justice always whirls in equal measure.
      - William Shakespeare

Let us be sacrificers, but no butchers.
      - William Shakespeare

Poise the cause in justice's equal scales,
  Whose beam stands sure, whose rightful cause prevails.
      - William Shakespeare

Though justice be thy plea, consider this, that in the course of justice none of us should see salvation. We do pray for mercy; and that same prayer doth teach us all to render the deeds of mercy.
      - William Shakespeare

There is more owing her than is paid, and more shall be paid her than she'll demand.
      - William Shakespeare,
        All's Well That Ends Well
         (Countess of Rossillion at I, iii)

Use every man after his desert, and who shall scape whipping?
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at II, ii)

Thrice is he armed that hath his quarrel just,
  And he but naked, though locked up in steel,
    Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part II
         (King Henry at III, ii)

This shows you are above,
  You justicers, that these our nether crimes
    So speedily can avenge.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (Albany at IV, ii)

This even-handed justice
  Commends th' ingredience of our poisoned chalice
    To our own lips.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Macbeth at I, vii)

I show it most of all when I show justice,
  For then I pity those I do not know,
    Which a dismissed offense would after gall,
      And do him right that, answering one foul wrong,
        Lives not to act another.
      - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
         (Angelo at II, ii)

I have done the state some service, and they know't.
  No more of that. I pray you, in your letters,
    When you shall these unlucky deeds relate,
      Speak of me as I am. Nothing extenuate,
        Nor set down aught in malice.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Othello at V, ii)

O, I were damn'd beneath all depth in hell
  But that I did proceed upon just grounds
    To this extremity.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Othello at V, ii)

He shall have merely justice and his bond.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice (Portia at IV, i)

Thyself shalt see the act;
  For, as thou urgest justice, be assured
    Thou shalt have justice more than thou desir'st.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice (Portia at IV, i)

Why, this bond is forfeit;
  And lawfully by this the Jew may claim
    A pound of flesh, to be by him cut off
      Nearest the merchant's heart.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice (Portia at IV, i)

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