Quotations About / On: JUSTICE

  • 31.
    We do justice coldly, injustice hotly.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).)
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  • 32.
    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.)
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  • 33.
    Justice is simply the advantage of the stronger.
    (Thrasymachus 5th century B.C., Greek philosopher. The Presocratics, p. 259, ed. Philip Wheelwright, The Bobbs-Merrill Co., Inc. (1960).)
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  • 34.
    Spare me through your mercy, do not punish me through your justice.
    (Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109), British philosopher, theologian. Proslogion, ch. 7 (c. 1077-1078). Anselm begs God for mercy.)
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  • 35.
    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.)
  • 36.
    With us justice is the true measure of religion.
    (Marcus Minucius Felix (2nd or 3rd cen. A.D.), Roman Christian apologist. Octavius, 32. 3, trans. by G.H. Rendell.)
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  • 37.
    Justice turns the scale, bringing to some learning through suffering.
    (Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Agamemnon, l. 250.)
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  • 38.
    Justice will overtake fabricators of lies and false witnesses.
    (Heraclitus (c. 535-475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. The Presocratics, p. 74, ed. Philip Wheelwright, The Bobbs-Merrill Co., Inc. (1960).)
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  • 39.
    Justice ... limps along, but it gets there all the same.
    (Gabriel García Márquez (b. 1928), Colombian author. Guardiola, in In Evil Hour (1968, trans. 1979). To Judge Arcadio.)
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  • 40.
    More law, less justice.
    (Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. De Officiis, I, 33.)
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