Quotations About / On: JUSTICE

  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    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.)
  • 43.
    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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  • 44.
    Justice is horrible.
    (Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Romulus the Great, act III (1956).)
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  • 45.
    I have loved justice and hated iniquity: therefore I die in exile.
    (Pope Gregory VII (c. 1020-1085), Italian cleric, pope. quoted in The Life and Pontificate of Gregory VII, vol. 2, bk. 3, ch. 20, J.W. Bowden (1840). Attributed last words in Salerno, Italy, where he had taken refuge after being ousted from Rome by the Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV.)
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  • 46.
    Objectivity and justice have nothing to do with one another.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 1, p. 290, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980); On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life, p. 35, trans. by Peter Preuss, Indianapolis, Hackett Publishing Company (1980). On the Uses and Disadvantages of History for Life, section 6 (1874). Published as the second essay in Nietzsche's Untimely Meditations (1873-1876).)
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  • 47.
    The love of justice in most people is only the fear of suffering injustice.
    (François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 79 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
  • 48.
    The history of the world is the world's court of justice.
    (Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805), German dramatist, poet, historian. Inaugural lecture, May 26, 1789, as Professor of History at the University of Jena, Weimar, Germany. See also Hegel's comment under "history," rendering a similar idea.)
  • 49.
    There is a time when even justice brings harm.
    (Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Electra, l. 1042.)
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  • 50.
    Justice is sweet and musical; but injustice is harsh and discordant.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Slavery in Massachusetts" (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 404, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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