Throughout history, writers, educators, politicians, and activists have urged the public to remain committed to the idea of a just society. YourDictionary's justice quotes reveal some of the many different ways in which our concept of fairness has evolved over time, while serving as motivation to remain active in efforts to promote justice in your own community.
I have a dream. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
Washington civil rights rally, 15 June 1963.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.Martin Luther King Jr.
He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.Martin Luther King Jr.
True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.Martin Luther King Jr.
Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.Martin Luther King Jr.
O, I were damn'd beneath all depth in hell, But that I did proceed upon just grounds To this extremity.william shakespeare
A republic cannot succeed, till it contains a certain body of men imbued with the principles of justice and honour.charles darwin
I've been struck by the upside-down priorities of the juvenile justice system. We are willing to spend the least amount of money to keep a kid at home, more to put him in a foster home and the most to institutionalize him.marian wright edelman
One man's justice is another's injustice. One man's beauty another's ugliness. One man's wisdom another's folly.ralph waldo emerson
Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.
Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe.
The wheels of justice turn slowly, but grind exceedingly fine.
Man is unjust, but God is just; and finally justice Triumphs.Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.
Justice in the extreme is often unjust.
Liberty, equality bad principles! The only true principle for humanity is justice; and justice to the feeble becomes necessarily protection or kindness.
The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
He shook his head. "There's no justice." Death sighed. No, he said, there's just me.
We have made you ruler in the land; so judge between men with justice and do not follow desire.
Justice of the world is in its creativity, in solving problems, in our activity and struggle. While I am alive there is the possibility to act, to strive for happiness, this is justice.simon soloveychik
Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
Justice discards party, friendship, kindred, and is therefore always represented as blind.joseph addison
There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.Henry David Thoreau
For society to be fair for all, acts of injustice can't be tolerated. We must come together in support of efforts to ensure that every man, woman, and child has equal opportunity under the law. "Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and under the rule of a just God, cannot long retain it," Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, said.
Voting for policies that promote justice is a simple step to take towards a better world, but standing up against everyday acts requires more initiative. When we see injustice in our community, our first response may be to wonder if it's appropriate to intervene. We may wonder if we have the power to speak up or if we should stay quiet to avoid causing trouble. However, in the words of legendary civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
The fight against injustice can sometimes feel like a losing battle, especially when those in power use their positions to hurt others. But, as poet and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson explained, giving up simply isn't an option. Have faith that in the end, justice will prevail. "Whoever fights, whoever falls, Justice conquers evermore," he said.
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