Quotations About / On: JUSTICE

  • 31.
    Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.
    (Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971), U.S. theologian, historian. The Children of Light and the Children of Darkness, foreword (1944).)
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  • 32.
    Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
    (Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian satirist. "The Riehl Case," Morality and Criminal Justice (1908).)
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  • 33.
    Good deal: justice for you, mercy for me.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).)
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  • 34.
    Justice means minding one's own business and not meddling with other men's concerns.
    (Plato (427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Republic 4.433a, trans. by Cornford. It is not agreed among scholars whether this is the view of Socrates, of Plato, or just of the character in the dialogue.)
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  • 35.
    The first requisite of civilization ... is that of justice.
    (Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. repr. in Complete Works, eds. James Strachey and Anna Freud, vol. 21 (1961). Civilization and Its Discontents, ch. 3 (1930).)
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  • 36.
    When strength is yoked with justice, where is a mightier pair than they?
    (Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 298.)
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  • 37.
    Most people regard getting their way as a matter of simple justice.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).)
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  • 38.
    Not to help justice in her need would be an impiety.
    (Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Republic, 427 E....)
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  • 39.
    Justice should not only be done, but should manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done.
    (Gordon, 1st Baron Of Bury Hewart (1870-1943), British judge. Quoted in King's Bench Reports, vol. 1 (1924). ruling on the quashing of a conviction on technical grounds, Nov. 9, 1923, in Rex v. Sussex Justices.)
  • 40.
    I proclaim that might is right, justice, the interest of the stronger.
    (Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Republic, 388 C....)
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