Quotations About / On: JUSTICE

  • 41.
    Justice prevails over transgression when she comes to the end of the race.
    (Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 217.)
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  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    Reinhold Niebuhr observes that the sad duty of politics is to establish justice in a sinful world.
    (Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter, Jr.) (b. 1924), U.S. president. Why Not the Best? P. 93, Nashville, TN: Broadman Press (1975). He is describing the compatibility of religion and politics.)
  • 44.
    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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  • 45.
    Justice and truth are too such subtle points that our tools are too blunt to touch them accurately.
    (Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 82 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).)
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  • 46.
    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.)
  • 47.
    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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  • 48.
    So the people will pay the penalty for their kings' presumption, who, by devising evil, turn justice from her path with tortuous speech.
    (Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 260.)
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  • 49.
    Justice turns the scale, bringing to some learning through suffering.
    (Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Agamemnon, l. 250.)
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  • 50.
    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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