„The true measure of the justice of a system is the amount of protection it guarantees to the weakest.“
— Aung San Suu Kyi State Counsellor of Myanmar and Leader of the National League for Democracy 1945
In Quest of Democracy (1991)
„Chief Justice does not directly assert, but plainly assumes, as a fact, that the public estimate of the black man is more favorable now than it was in the days of the Revolution. This assumption is a mistake.“
— Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865
1850s, Speech on the Dred Scott Decision (1857), In some trifling particulars, the condition of that race has been ameliorated; but, as a whole, in this country, the change between then and now is decidedly the other way; and their ultimate destiny has never appeared so hopeless as in the last three or four years. In two of the five states — New Jersey and North Carolina — that then gave the free negro the right of voting, the right has since been taken away; and in a third — New York — it has been greatly abridged; while it has not been extended, so far as I know, to a single additional state, though the number of the States has more than doubled.
„We cannot seek or attain health, wealth, learning, justice or kindness in general. Action is always specific, concrete, individualized, unique.“
— Benjamin Jowett Theologian, classical scholar, and academic administrator 1817 - 1893
Misattributed, Actually from one of John Dewey's lectures, reprinted in his Reconstruction in Philosophy (2004), p. 96.
„Only he who has measured the dominion of force, and knows how not to respect it, is capable of love and justice.“
— Simone Weil French philosopher, Christian mystic, and social activist 1909 - 1943
The Iliad or The Poem of Force (1940-1941), Il n'est possible d'aimer et d'être juste que si l'on connaît l'empire de la force et si l'on sait ne pas le respecter. p. 192
„He will better comprehend the foundations and measures of decency and justice, and have livelier, and more lasting impressions“
— John Locke, Some Thoughts Concerning Education
Some Thoughts Concerning Education (1693), Context: He will better comprehend the foundations and measures of decency and justice, and have livelier, and more lasting impressions of what he ought to do, by giving his opinion on cases propos'd, and reasoning with his tutor on fit instances, than by giving a silent, negligent, sleepy audience to his tutor's lectures; and much more than by captious logical disputes, or set declamations of his own, upon any question. The one sets the thoughts upon wit and false colours, and not upon truth; the other teaches fallacy, wrangling, and opiniatry; and they are both of them things that spoil the judgment, and put a man out of the way of right and fair reasoning; and therefore carefully to be avoided by one who would improve himself, and be acceptable to others. Sec. 98
„Much has been said in the present debate about conciliation and the value of conciliatory measures to Ireland…Conciliatory legislation is infinitely superior; but it depends for its efficacy on the circumstances under which it is used, and on the manner in which it is applied. Deterrent legislation, if vigorous and strong, at least deters, whatever the value of that process may be. But conciliatory legislation only conciliates where there is a full belief on the part of those with whom you are dealing that you are acting on a principle of justice, and not that you are acting on motives of fear. Where there is a suspicion or a strong belief that your conciliatory measures have been extorted from you by the violence which they are meant to put a stop to, all the value of that conciliation is taken away.“
— Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury British politician 1830 - 1903
1880s, Speech https://api.parliament.uk/historic-hansard/lords/1882/jun/05/motion-for-papers in the House of Lords (5 June 1882)
— Clarence Darrow American lawyer and leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union 1857 - 1938
Interview in Chicago (April 1936)
„But the current convulsions arising out of the Arab Spring remind us that a just and lasting peace cannot be measured only by agreements between nations. It must also be measured by our ability to resolve conflict and promote justice within nations.“
— Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961
2013, Remarks by President Obama in Address to the United Nations General Assembly (24 September 2013) http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/09/24/remarks-president-obama-address-united-nations-general-assembly
„Words that help describe the values for our whole democracy: justice, wisdom, integrity and compassion.“
— Alex Salmond Scottish National Party politician and former First Minister of Scotland 1954
Cardinal Winning Lecture (February 2, 2008), Context: When we consider the ideals - the values - that we should foster in Scotland's young people, we can think of the words inscribed on the mace of the Scottish Parliament. Words that help describe the values for our whole democracy: justice, wisdom, integrity and compassion. Values that are - and have always been - at the heart of Catholic education in Scotland.
„A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies.“
— Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968
1960s, Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence (1967), Context: A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. On the one hand, we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life's roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life's highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.
„Of course it is true that the public benefit, along with justice, is an objective of the law. And of course laws have value in and of themselves, even bad laws: the value, namely, of securing the law against uncertainty.“
— Gustav Radbruch German politician 1878 - 1949
"Five Minutes of Legal Philosophy" (1945)
„My measures will not be crippled by any bureaucracy. Here I don't have to worry about Justice; my mission is only to destroy and to exterminate; nothing more.“
— Hermann Göring German politician and military leader 1893 - 1946
Speech in Frankfurt (3 March 1933), as quoted in Gestapo : Instrument of Tyranny (1956) by Edward Crankshaw, p. 48
— Banksy pseudonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist, and painter 1974
„There is no justice. There are occasional acts of vengeance, or regret, but there’s no real justice. In the natural scheme of things, it is not possible.“
— Jack McDevitt American novelist, Short story writer 1935
Academy Series - Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins, Odyssey (2006), Epilogue (p. 421)
„The exchange of one fear or pleasure or pain for another fear or pleasure or pain, which are measured like coins, the greater with the less, is not the exchange of virtue. O, my dear Simmias, is there not one true coin, for which all things ought to exchange?—and that is wisdom; and only in exchange for this, and in company with this, is anything truly bought or sold, whether courage or temperance or justice. …in the true exchange, there is a purging away of all these things, and temperance, and justice, and courage, and wisdom herself are a purgation of them.“
— Socrates classical Greek Athenian philosopher -469 - -399 до н.э.