Quotations About / On: JUSTICE

  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    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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  • 44.
    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).)
  • 45.
    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.)
  • 46.
    There is a time when even justice brings harm.
    (Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Electra, l. 1042.)
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  • 47.
    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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  • 48.
    A soul that is kind and intends justice discovers more than any sophist.
    (Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 88 (Aletes).)
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  • 49.
    The severest justice may not always be the best policy.
    (Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Address to the Senate and House of Representatives, July 17, 1862. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 5, p. 330, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).)
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  • 50.
    We do not live by justice, but by grace.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Thomas Carlyle and His Works" (1847), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 353, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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