quotations about injustice
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, From the Kingdom of Memory
Nothing is too extravagant to expect from men who conceive they are ungratefully and unjustly dealt by.
GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to Joseph Jones, Mar. 18, 1783
Injustice alone can shake down the pillars of the skies, and restore the reign of Chaos and Night.
HORACE MANN, A Few Thoughts for a Young Man
When men are about to commit, or sanction the commission of some injustice, it is not uncommon for them to express pity for the object either of that or some parallel proceeding, and to feel themselves, at the time, quite virtuous and moral, and immensely superior to those who express no pity at all. This is a kind of upholding of faith above works, and is very comfortable.
CHARLES DICKENS, Nicholas Nickleby
Justice is the means by which established injustices are sanctioned.
ANATOLE FRANCE, Crainquebille
Law is an imperfect profession in which success can rarely be achieved without some sacrifice of principle. Thus all practicing lawyers -- and most others in the profession -- will necessarily be imperfect, especially in the eyes of young idealists. There is no perfect justice, just as there is no absolute in ethics. But there is perfect injustice, and we know it when we see it.
ALAN DERSHOWITZ, Letters to a Young Lawyer
Delay of justice is injustice.
WALTER SAVAGE LANDOR, Imaginary Conversations
Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.
H. L. MENCKEN, Prejudices
Injustice allowed at home is not likely to be corrected abroad.
WASHINGTON ALLSTON, Lectures on Art and Poems
Does it seem that everything is extravagance in the world, or rather madness, when you watch the way things go? A crowd of rogues enjoy blessings they have won by sheer injustice, while more honest folks are miserable and die of hunger.
- Acts of injustice done
- Between the setting and the rising sun
- In history lie like bones, each one.
W. H. AUDEN, The Ascent of F-6
While craving justice for ourselves, it is never wise to be unjust to others.