Quotations About / On: JUSTICE

  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    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.)
  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    Justice turns the scale, bringing to some learning through suffering.
    (Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Agamemnon, l. 250.)
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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    More law, less justice.
    (Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. De Officiis, I, 33.)
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  • 38.
    Justice consists in doing no injury to men; decency in giving them no offence.
    (Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher. De Officiis, bk. 1, ch. 28, sct. 99 (44 B.C.).)
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  • 39.
    We ask not pardon for ourselves but justice for all American women.
    (Alison Low Turnbull Hopkins (1880-1951), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in Past and Promise, part 3, by Janet Gibbs-Albanesius (1990). Arrested for pro-suffrage picketing on July 14, 1917 (Bastille Day) at the White House, Hopkins was sentenced to sixty days in prison but pardoned by President Woodrow Wilson at the behest of her husband. Hopkins, however, claimed that Wilson had acted only to save himself political embarrassment and stood alone at the White House gates with a sign bearing this statement. Women were granted the right to vote in 1919, with passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution.)
  • 40.
    Absolute justice is achieved by the suppression of all contradiction: therefore it destroys freedom.
    (Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "Historic Murder," pt. 5, The Rebel (1951, trans. 1953).)
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