I hope there are some who will brave ridicule for the sake of common justice to half the people in the world.
(Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon (1827-1891), British feminist. As quoted in Barbara Bodichon, Introduction, by Candida Lacey (1987).
Written in 1849, shen she was twenty-two. Bodichon was a radical activist who formulated the unsuccessful Married Women's Property Bill in England in 1857.)
Prudence and justice tell me that in electricity and steam there is more love for man than in chastity and abstinence from meat.
(Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, March 27, 1894, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 5, p. 284, "Nauka" (1977).
Reevaluation of Tolstoyan principles that previously attracted him.)
When justice has spoken, humanity must have its turn.
(Pierre Vergniaud (1753-1793), French revolutionary leader. speech, Jan. 17, 1793, to the National Assembly.
arguing in favor of executing Louis XVI. Four days later the king was guillotined, and in October of the same year, Vergniaud, as leader of the Girondist faction, met the same fate.)
But love must be aggressively translated into simple justice.
(Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter, Jr.) (b. 1924), U.S. president. The Wit and Wisdom of Jimmy Carter, p. 115, edited by Bill Adler; Secaucus, NJ: Citadel Press (1977).
Acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in New York City, July 1976.)