Justice Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old justice quotes, justice sayings, and justice proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

A rule isn't unfair if it applies to everyone.      


Give good and get good.      

Estonian (on generosity)

Laws catch flies but let hornets go free.     

Scottish (on justice)

Little thieves are hanged but great ones escape.      

14th Century French Proverb

Quarrels never could last long, if on one side only lay the wrong.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

The deceitful have no friends.

Hindi (Asian Indian) (on justice)

The end doesn't justify the means.      

Ovid (c.43 BC-AD 18)

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.     

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.     

Frederick Douglass

In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.     

Albert Einstein

The dead cannot cry out for justice. It is a duty of the living to do so for them.

Lois McMaster Bujold

Social justice cannot be attained by violence. Violence kills what it intends to create.

Pope John Paul II

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.      

Elie Weasel

Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.      

Benjamin Franklin

We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.      

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Men often mistake killing and revenge for justice. They seldom have the stomach for justice.      

Robert Jordan

Justice? -- You get justice in the next world. In this one you have the law.      

William Gaddis

Courage is of no value unless accompanied by justice; yet if all men became just, there would be no need for courage.      

Agesilaus the Second

Justice is the constant and perpetual will to allot to every man his due.      

Domitus Ulpian

Justice is a contract of expediency, entered upon to prevent men harming or being harmed.      


Justice requires that to lawfully constituted Authority there be given that respect and obedience which is its due; that the laws which are made shall be in wise conformity with the common good; and that, as a matter of conscience all men shall render obedience to these laws.      

Pope Pius XI

Justice consists not in being neutral between right and wrong, but in finding out the right and upholding it, wherever found, against the wrong.      

Theodore Roosevelt

Justice is conscience, not a personal conscience but the conscience of the whole of humanity.      

Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Equal justice under law is not merely a caption on the facade of the Supreme Court building, it is perhaps the most inspiring ideal of our society. It is one of the ends for which our entire legal system exists...it is fundamental that justice should be the same, in substance and availability, without regard to economic status.      

Lewis Powell, Jr.

If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us.      

Francis Bacon

The failure to invest in civil justice is directly related to the increase in criminal disorder. The more people feel there is injustice the more it becomes part of their psyche.      

Wilhelm Joseph

Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most, that has made it possible for evil to triumph.

Haile Selassie

Justice is the means by which established injustices are sanctioned.     

Anatole France

You know, the courts may not be working any more, but as long as everyone is videotaping everyone else, justice will be done.     

Marge Simpson

This thing that men call justice, this blind snake that strikes men down in the dark, mindless with fury, keep your hand back from it, pass by in silence.

Maxwell Anderson