Quotes about justice

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François de La Rochefoucauld photo

„The love of justice is simply in the majority of men the fear of suffering injustice.“

—  François de La Rochefoucauld, book Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims

L'amour de la justice n'est en la plupart des hommes que la crainte de souffrir l'injustice.
Maxim 78.
Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims (1665–1678)

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„We must stop constantly fighting for human rights and equal justice in an unjust system, and start building a society where equal rights are an integral part of the design.“

—  Jacque Fresco American futurist and self-described social engineer 1916 - 2017

Source: The Best That Money Can't Buy: Beyond Politics, Poverty, & War (2002), p. 33.

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„The voice of the majority is no proof of justice.“

—  Friedrich Schiller German poet, philosopher, historian, and playwright 1759 - 1805

As quoted in A Dictionary of Thoughts : Being a Cyclopedia of Laconic Quotations from the Best Authors, Both Ancient and Modern (1891) edited by Tryon Edwards. p. 324

H.L. Mencken photo

„The fact is that the average man's love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth.“

—  H.L. Mencken American journalist and writer 1880 - 1956

Baltimore Evening Sun (12 February 1923)
1920s
Context: The fact is that the average man's love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth. He is not actually happy when free; he is uncomfortable, a bit alarmed, and intolerably lonely. Liberty is not a thing for the great masses of men. It is the exclusive possession of a small and disreputable minority, like knowledge, courage and honor. It takes a special sort of man to understand and enjoy liberty — and he is usually an outlaw in democratic societies.

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Fulton J. Sheen photo

„A man may stand for the justice of God, but a woman stands for His Mercy.“

—  Fulton J. Sheen Catholic bishop and television presenter 1895 - 1979

Source: Life Is Worth Living

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Dilma Rousseff photo

„Reality has changed, and we changed with it. However, I never changed sides. I have always been on the side of justice, democracy and social equality.“

—  Dilma Rousseff 36th President of Brazil 1947

Interview http://veja.abril.com.br/240210/candidata-conquista-ninho-p-050.shtml to Veja magazine, February 24.
2010

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„One hundred years ago, the slave was freed. One hundred years later, the Negro remains in bondage to the color of his skin. The Negro today asks justice. We do not answer him“

—  Lyndon B. Johnson American politician, 36th president of the United States (in office from 1963 to 1969) 1908 - 1973

we do not answer those who lie beneath this soil — when we reply to the Negro by asking, "Patience."
1960s, Memorial Day speech (1963)

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Bernie Sanders photo

„The political revolution is not about one election or one candidate. It is about transforming America and continuing the fight for economic, social, racial and environmental justice. We have to continue to work together to advance the progressive future we all support.“

—  Bernie Sanders American politician, senator for Vermont 1941

In a email message to his delegates — Sanders's full message: Movement damaged by 'booing, walking out' https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics-live/liveblog/democratic-national-convention-updates/?tid=ss_tw#8cab91a2-7c6f-4a9f-97ff-d42dffa875e4, The Washington Post (25 July 2016)
2010s, 2016

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„I have tried to set forth a theory that enables us to understand and to assess these feelings about the primacy of justice.“

—  John Rawls, book A Theory of Justice

Source: A Theory of Justice (1971; 1975; 1999), Chapter IX, Section 87, p. 586
Context: I have tried to set forth a theory that enables us to understand and to assess these feelings about the primacy of justice. Justice as fairness is the outcome: it articulates these opinions and supports their general tendency.

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