Justice is a central concept in politics and morality that has inspired many thinkers, leaders and citizens throughout history. Quotes about justice can give us insight into the different perspectives on this complex and important topic. In this article, we will explore some of the most famous quotes about justice and reflect on their meaning and relevance to our understanding of justice.
Justice is generally defined as the fair application of laws and rules in a society, or fairness and equality in social relations and institutions. Justice is therefore often linked to ideals of rights and responsibilities, freedom and protection of individuals, and social peace.
You will find first the quotations of the ancient time on Justice, then of the modern time, and finally of the contemporary time.
“Justice inspired by pity harms the victims.” – The Talmud
“Justice elevates nations, and sin makes people miserable.” – The Bible
“The war that is necessary is just, and blessed be the weapons where there is no recourse but by them.” Titus Livy
“I have said before that to commit injustice is a greater evil than to suffer it” Plato
“Justice exists only when men are also bound by the law” Aristotle
“Justice is about the middle ground, while injustice is about the extremes.” Aristotle
“Righteousness exalts the nations, and sin makes the people miserable.” – The Bible
“The war that is necessary is just, and blessed be the weapons where there is no recourse but by them.” Titus Livy.
“I have said before that to commit injustice is a greater evil than to suffer it” Plato,
“Justice exists only when men are also bound by the law” Aristotle,
“Justice is about the middle ground, while injustice is about the extremes.” Aristotle,
“Laws stand in credit not because they are just, but because they are laws. This is the mystical foundation of their authority.” Michel de Montaigne
“For force is just when it is necessary.” Nicolas Machiavelli
“There are good laws where there are good weapons. Nicolas Machiavelli
“Justice without force is powerless, force without justice is tyrannical. – Blaise Pascal
“Pleasant justice that a river limits! Truth beyond the Pyrenees, error beyond. Blaise Pascal,
“The love of justice is, in most men, only the fear of suffering injustice” – La Rochefoucauld
“A judgment that is too swift is often without justice.” – Voltaire
“Natural law is the instinct that makes us feel justice.” – Voltaire
“Any action whose maxim allows the freedom of each person to be in harmony with that of all is just. – Immanuel Kant
“All justice comes from God, he alone is its source; but if we knew how to receive it from so high a source, we would need neither government nor laws.” Rousseau
“The people do not judge like the courts of justice: they do not pass sentences, they throw lightning. They do not condemn kings, they plunge them back into nothingness; and this justice is worth that of the courts.” Robespierre.
“It will be a long time before the justice of men will have made its junction with justice.” Victor Hugo, (1869)
“The vision of justice is the pleasure of God alone.” Arthur Rimbaud (1873)
“The just man produces justice out of himself because he carries justice in himself.” – Alain
“An injustice committed somewhere is a threat to justice in the whole world.” – Martin Luther King
“Right is what is good for the German people.” Hitler
“Revenge disguised as justice is our most dreadful face…” François Mauriac (1957)
“What is most horrible in the world is justice separated from charity. – François Mauriac
“Justice is free. Fortunately, it is not compulsory.” Jules Renard
“Justice is like the Holy Virgin, if you don’t see her from time to time, doubt sets in.” Michel Audiard