These justice quotes will inspire you. Justice is the process or result of using laws to fairly judge and punish crimes and criminals or just behavior or treatment.
A collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging justice quotes, justice sayings, and justice proverbs.
Famous Justice Quotes
- “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
- “Justice consists not in being neutral between right and wrong, but finding out the right and upholding it, wherever found, against the wrong.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
- “True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.” ~ James A. Baldwin
- “There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supercedes all other courts.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
- “Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
- “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
- “Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other’s welfare, social justice can never be attained.” ~ Helen Keller , Social justice quotes
- “Justice is conscience, not a personal conscience but the conscience of the whole of humanity. Those who clearly recognize the voice of their own conscience usually recognize also the voice of justice.” ~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
- “Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” ~ Elie Wiesel
- “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” ~ Desmond Tutu
- “Each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.” ~ Robert Kennedy
- “Law and justice are not always the same. When they aren’t, destroying the law may be the first step toward changing it.” ~ Gloria Steinem
“If you want peace, work for justice.” ~ Pope Paul VI
- “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 F. Powell, Jr.
- “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
- “The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead
- “At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.” ~ Aristotle
- “He who spares the bad injures the good.” ~ Publilius Syrus
- “I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against.” ~ Malcolm X , Social justice quotes and truth
“It is essential that justice be done, and it is equally vital that justice not be confused with revenge, for the two are wholly different.” ~ Oscar Arias
- “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
- “The dead cannot cry out for justice. It is a duty of the living to do so for them.” ~ Lois McMaster Bujold
- “May I stress the need for courageous, intelligent, and dedicated leadership… Leaders of sound integrity. Leaders not in love with publicity, but in love with justice. Leaders not in love with money, but in love with humanity. Leaders who can subject their particular egos to the greatness of the cause.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
“If you tremble with indignation at every injustice then you are a comrade of mine.” ~ Che Guevara
- “Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.” ~ Reinhold Niebuhr
- “Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens.” ~ Plato
- “Rats and roaches live by competition under the laws of supply and demand; it is the privilege of human beings to live under the laws of justice and mercy.” ~ Wendell Berry
“If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us.” ~ Francis Bacon
- “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
- “Justice and peace can only thrive together, never apart.” ~ Oscar Arias
- “The essence of justice is mercy.” ~ Edwin Hubbel Chapin
“Unfortunately justice is the train that’s nearly always late.” ~ Yevgeny Yevtushenko
- “Words like “freedom,” “justice,” “democracy” are not common concepts; on the contrary, they are rare. People are not born knowing what these are. It takes enormous and, above all, individual effort to arrive at the respect for other people that these words imply.” ~ James A. Baldwin
- “Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society; and any eminent departure from it, under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all.” ~ Edmund Burke
- “Justice is like the north star, which is fixed, and all the rest revolve about it.” ~ Confucius
“In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?” ~ Saint Augustine
- “An activist is someone who cannot help but fight for something. That person is not usually motivated by a need for power or money or fame, but in fact is driven slightly mad by some injustice, some cruelty, some unfairness, so much so that he or she is compelled by some internal moral engine to act to make it better.” ~ Eve Ensler
- “Power and those in control concede nothing … without a demand. Hey never have and never will… Each and every one of us must keep demanding, must keep fighting, must keep thundering, must keep plowing, must keep on keeping things struggling, must speak out and speak up until justice is served because where there is no justice there is no peace.” ~ Frederick Douglass
- “Law and justice are not always the same.” ~ Gloria Steinem
“Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice.” ~ Nelson Mandela
- “Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world … Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt , Justice quotes and equality
- “You just need to be a flea against injustice. Enough committed fleas biting strategically can make even the biggest dog uncomfortable and transform even the biggest nation.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
- “Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical.” ~ Blaise Pascal
“I think the first duty of society is justice.” ~ Wendell Phillips
- “Man is unjust, but God is just; and finally justice triumphs.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- “Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.” ~ Charles Dickens
- “Justice is a contract of expediency, entered upon to prevent men harming or being harmed.” ~ Epicurus
“To all people of goodwill who are working for social justice: never tire of working for a more just world, marked by greater solidarity!” ~ Pope Francis
- “Justice has nothing to do with what goes on in a courtroom; Justice is what comes out of a courtroom” ~ Clarence Darrow
- “Judging from the main portions of the history of the world, so far, justice is always in jeopardy.” ~ Walt Whitman
- “An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
“Truth never damages a cause that is just.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
- “Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it.” ~ Malcolm X
- “The due administration of justice is the firmest pillar of good government, I have considered the first arrangement of the judicial department as essential to the happiness of the country, and to the stability of its political system.” ~ George Washington
- “Justice delayed is justice denied.” ~ William E. Gladstone
“Social justice cannot be attained by violence. Violence kills what it intends to create.” ~ Pope John Paul II
- “Justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may be powerful, and whatever is powerful may be just.” ~ Blaise Pascal
- “He, who decides a case without hearing the other side, though he decides justly, cannot be considered just.” ~ Seneca the Younger
“Justice is like the kingdom of God–it is not without us as a fact, it is within us as a great yearning.” ~ George Eliot
- “I cannot accept that to be realistic means to tolerate misery, violence and hate. I do not believe that the hungry man should be treated as subversive for expressing his suffering. I shall never accept that the law can be used to justify tragedy, to keep things as they are, to make us abandon our ideas of a different world. Law is the path of liberty, and must as such open the way to progress for everyone.” ~ Oscar Arias
- “One had better die fighting against injustice than die like a dog or a rat in a trap.” ~ Ida B. Wells