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.
The wheels of justice turn slowly, but grind exceedingly fine.
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
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.
Man is unjust, but God is just; and finally justice Triumphs.Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.
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
Justice in the extreme is often unjust.
A republic cannot succeed, till it contains a certain body of men imbued with the principles of justice and honour.charles darwin
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood... 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.Martin Luther King Jr.
Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe.
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
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?
God's justice, tardy though it prove perchance, Rests never on the track until it reach Delinquency.Robert Browning
Thrice is he armed that hath his quarrel just; And four times he who gets his fist in fust.
It is the right of her Majesty's subjects to make claims and to have them tried in the constitutional way.
You condemn on hearsay evidence alone, your sins increase.
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.