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.


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

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

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

Pope John Paul II

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

If one really wishes to know how justice is administered in a country, one does not question the policemen, the lawyers, the judges, or the protected members of the middle class. One goes to the unprotected--those, precisely, who need the law's protection most!--and listens to their testimony.     

James Baldwin

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 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

Laws catch flies but let hornets go free.     

Scottish (on justice)

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

Domitus Ulpian

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

Little thieves are hanged but great ones escape.      

14th Century French Proverb

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

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

The just man is not the product of a day, but of a long brooding and a painful birth. To become a power for peace, a man must first pass through experiences which lead him to see things in their different aspects: it is necessary that he have a wide horizon, and breathe various atmospheres--in a word, from crossing, one after another, paths and points of view the most diverse, and sometimes the most contradictory, he must acquire the faculty of putting himself in the place of others and appreciating them.     

Charles Wagner

The need for justice grows out of the conflict of human interests. That is to say, if there were no conflict of interests among mankind we should never have invented the word justice, nor conceived the idea for which it stands.

Thomas Nixon Carver

Justice is always violent to the party offending, for every man is innocent in his own eyes.     

Daniel Defoe

Justice is the tolerable accommodation of the conflicting interests of society, and I don't believe there is any royal road to attain such accommodation concretely.     

Judge Learned Hand

The whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that, when nations are strong, they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are no longer strong.      

Winston Churchill

Injustice is relatively easy to bear; it is justice that hurts.      

H.L. Mencken