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Fiat justitia, ruat caelum. — Let justice be done, though the heavens may fall. ~ William Murray, Somersett's Case, 1772

Justice is a concept involving the fair, moral, and impartial treatment of all persons. In its most general sense, it means according individuals what they actually deserve or merit, or are in some sense entitled to. Justice is a particularly foundational concept within most systems of "law". From the perspective of pragmatism, it is the name for a fair result.

Quotes[edit]

Alphabetized by author or source
Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe. ~ Edmund Burke
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
Fiat iustitia et pereat mundus. — Let justice be done, though the world perish. ~ Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor
Fiat iustitia, ne pereat mundus. — Let justice be done, lest the world perish. ~ Ludwig von Mises
Justice is love correcting that which revolts against love. ~ Martin Luther King
True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice. ~ Martin Luther King
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. ~ Martin Luther King
I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice. ~ Abraham Lincoln
Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice. ~ Baruch Spinoza
It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive. ~ Earl Warren
  • You condemn on hearsay evidence alone, your sins increase.
    • Anonymous African proverb, quoted in Apropos of Africa : Sentiments of Negro American Leaders on Africa from the 1800s to the 1950s (1969) edited by Adelaide Cromwell Hill and Martin Kilson
  • Justice is not a prize tendered to the good-natured, nor is it to be withheld from the ill-bred.
    • Charles L. Aarons, Hatch v. Lewinsky et al. (19 April 1945), p. 9
  • The blessings we associate with a life of refinement and culture can be made universal. The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.
  • Justice turns the scale, bringing to some learning through suffering.
    • Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Agamemnon, ln. 250
  • Liberty, equality — bad principles! The only true principle for humanity is justice; and justice to the feeble becomes necessarily protection or kindness.
    • Henri-Frédéric Amiel, undated entry of December 1863 or early 1864, in Amiel's Journal : The Journal Intime of Henri-Frédéric Amiel as translated by Humphry Ward (1893), p. 215
  • 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.
    • Aristotle in Nichomachean Ethics (ca. 325 BC) Book II
  • Justice and equity are neither absolutely identical nor generically different. ... If they are different, either the just or the equitabe is not good; if both are good, they are the same thing. ... For equity, while superior to one sort of justice, is itself just ... Justice and equity are therefore the same thing, and both are good, though equity is the better.
    The source of the difficulty is that equity, though just, is not legal justice, but a rectification of legal justice. The reason for this is that law is always a general statement, yet there are cases which it is not possible to cover in a general statement.
    • Aristotle in Nichomachean Ethics (ca. 325 BC) Book V
  • The aim of justice is, as the Romans used to say, to give each his due, and in order for each to be given what is his, it is necessary that it already belong to him; to "give", in this sense, means to protect the right of possession. Each man gets "what belongs to him" in the course of voluntary exchanges that constitute the economic process, and, by virtue of the operation of the market, each receives for his contribution, precisely the amount that will impel him to increase the supply of the most urgently demanded commodities… Only when each man thereby gets what belongs to him, and someone wants to take it away from him, does a question of justice arise.
    • Faustino Ballve in "What Economics is Not About" in Essentials of Economics : A Brief Survey of Principles and Policies (1963), as translated by Arthur Goddard
  • That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee
  • Shalt thou reign, because thou closest thyself in cedar? Did not thy father eat and drink, and do judgment and justice, and then it was well with him?
  • Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe.
    • Edmund Burke, in a letter to M. de Menonville (October 1789)
  • So justice while she winks at crimes,
    Stumbles on innocence sometimes.
  • Amongst the sons of men how few are known
    Who dare be just to merit not their own.
  • Justitia suum cuique distribuit.
    • Justice renders to every one his due.
    • Cicero, De Legibus (c. 43 BC), I, 15
  • Justitia nihil exprimit præmii, nihil pretii: per se igitur expetitur.
    • Justice extorts no reward, no kind of price: she is sought, therefore, for her own sake.
    • Cicero, De Legibus (c. 43 BC), I, 18
  • Meminerimus etiam adversus infimos justitiam esse servandam.
    • Let us remember that justice must be observed even to the lowest.
    • Cicero, De Natura Deorum (45 BC), III. 15
  • Summum jus, summa injuria.
    • Extreme justice is extreme injustice.
    • Cicero, De Officiis (44 BC), I. 10. Also in De Republica. V, Chapter III. Same idea in Aristotle—Ethics. V. 14. Terence—Heauton timorumenos, Act IV, scene 5. 48. Columella—De Re Rustica, Book I, Chapter VII. (Ed. Bipont, 1787.) Racine—La Thébaide, Act IV, scene 3. Les Frères Ennemis, IV. 3
  • Fundamenta justitiæ sunt, ut ne cui noceatur, deinde ut communi utilitati serviatur.
    • The foundations of justice are that no one shall suffer wrong; then, that the public good be promoted.
    • Cicero, De Officiis (44 BC), I. 10
  • Cima di giudizio non s'avvalla.
    • Justice does not descend from its pinnacle.
    • Dante Alighieri, Purgatorio (1321), VI. 37
  • Now my friends, I am opposed to the system of society in which we live today, not because I lack the natural equipment to do for myself, but because I am not satisfied to make myself comfortable knowing that there are thousands of my fellow men who suffer for the barest necessities of life. We were taught under the old ethic that man's business on this earth was to look out for himself. That was the ethic of the jungle; the ethic of the wild beast. Take care of yourself, no matter what may become of your fellow man. Thousands of years ago the question was asked: "Am I my brother's keeper?" That question has never yet been answered in a way that is satisfactory to civilized society.
    Yes, I am my brother's keeper. I am under a moral obligation to him that is inspired, not by any maudlin sentimentality, but by the higher duty I owe to myself. What would you think of me if I were capable of seating myself at a table and gorging myself with food and saw about me the children of my fellow beings starving to death?
  • 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 Speech on the twenty-fourth anniversary of Emancipation in the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C. (April 1886)
  • Social equality and economic protection of the individual appeared to me always as the important communal aims of the state. Although I am a typical loner in daily life, my consciousness of belonging to the invisible community of those who strive for truth, beauty, and justice has preserved me from feeling isolated.
    • Albert Einstein, in "My Credo", a speech to the German League of Human Rights, Berlin (Autumn 1932), as published in Einstein: A Life in Science (1994) by Michael White and John Gribbin, p. 262
  • A just city should favour justice and the just, hate tyranny and injustice, and give them both their just desserts.
    • al-Farabi, quoted and translated by Gibb, H. et al. (eds.) (1991) 'Mazalim' in The Dictionary of Islam vol. IV Leiden: Brill
  • The wheels of justice turn slowly, but grind exceedingly fine.
    • Variation on a traditional proverb, appeared in various forms over the millenia. Traditionally refers to gods or (later) Christian God rather than justice. Early recorded form of sentiment by Euripides circa 405 BCE The Bacchae, line 882, translated as:
      • Slow but sure moves the might of the gods
    • Earliest printed version is Sextus Empiricus Against Professors (perhaps specifically Against the Grammarians) I.xiii.287,[1][2] who quotes it as an existing Greek adage and gives a Latin form:
      • ὀψε θɛῷν ἀλέουσίμύλοί, ἀλέουσί δε λɛρṯά,
        Est mola tarda dei, verum molit illa minutim
        The mills of the gods are late to grind, but they grind small.
    • Other versions given in Plutarch (Moralia)
    • Earliest English version is recorded by George Herbert, (died 1633, published 1640):
      • Gods Mill grinds slow, but sure.
        1640 George Herbert Outlandish Proverbs no. 747[3]
    • Most quoted English version is due to Longfellow, 1845, who wrote (first line is most quoted, and appears to be origin of “exceedingly”):
      • Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small; / Though with patience he stands waiting, with exactness grinds he all.
        1845, “Retribution,” in The Belfry of Bruges and Other Poems, collected in 1870 Longfellow Poems (1960 edition) 331
      • This is a literal translation of a German version by Friedrich von Logau in 1654 Deutscher Sinngedichte drei Tausend (klein is “small”)
        • Gottes Mühlen mahlen langsam, mahlen aber trefflich klein / Ob aus Langmut er sich säumet, bringt mit Schärf' er alles ein
    • Generally used with “fine” rather than “small”, this form appears in 1875 in a speech to the US House of Representatives by Rep. Richard H. Cain:[4]
      • The mills of the gods grind slowly, but surely and exceeding fine.
    • In contemporary usage, more often “wheels of justice” than “mills of justice”, with both “turn slowly” and “grind slowly” being common. It is often stated in abbreviated form as “the wheels of justice turn slowly”
  • Fiat iustitia et pereat mundus.
  • 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.
    • Variant: How noble the law, in its majestic equality, that both the rich and poor are equally prohibited from peeing in the streets, sleeping under bridges, and stealing bread!
    • Anatole France Le Lys Rouge (The Red Lily), ch. 7 (1894)
  • Justice remains the tool of a few powerful interests; legal interpretations will continue to be made to suit the convenience of the oppressor powers.
    • Che Guevara, in "On Development" a speech delivered at the plenary session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in Geneva, Switzerland (25 March 1964)
  • Only the man who has enough good in him to feel the justice of the penalty can be punished; the others can only be hurt.
  • We ought always to deal justly, not only with those who are just to us, but likewise to those who endeavor to injure us; and this, for fear lest by rendering them evil for evil, we should fall into the same vice.
    • Hierocles, as quoted in Ladies Companion Vol. XIII (May - October 1840) edited by William W. Snowden
  • Love, like truth and beauty, is concrete. Love is not fundamentally a sweet feeling; not, at heart, a matter of sentiment, attachment, or being "drawn toward". Love is active, effective, a matter of making reciprocal and mutually beneficial relation with one's friends and enemies. Love creates righteousness, or justice, here on earth. To make love is to make justice. As advocates and activists for justice know, loving involves struggle, resistance, risk. People working today on behalf of women, blacks, lesbians and gay men, the aging, the poor in this country and elsewhere know that making justice is not a warm, fuzzy experience. I think also that sexual lovers and good friends know that the most compelling relationships demand hard work, patience, and a willingness to endure tensions and anxiety in creating mutually empowering bonds.
    For this reason loving involves commitment. We are not automatic lovers of self, others, world, or God. Love does not just happen. We are not love machines, puppets on the strings of a deity called "love". Love is a choice — not simply, or necessarily, a rational choice, but rather a willingness to be present to others without pretense or guile. Love is a conversion to humanity — a willingness to participate with others in the healing of a broken world and broken lives. Love is the choice to experience life as a member of the human family, a partner in the dance of life, rather than as an alien in the world or as a deity above the world, aloof and apart from human flesh.
    • Carter Heyward, in Our Passion for Justice : Images of Power, Sexuality, and Liberation (1984)
  • Justice is a constant and perpetual will to render to everyone that which is his own.
    • Justinian, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 361
  • All of our punishment institutions, including jails, laws, church confessionals, and so forth, are systems of illusion. The order of the universe, the infinite justice of yin and yang, naturally takes care of all motion and compensation. We don't need to invent arbitrary ways to make balance with punishments.
  • The legal system doesn't work. Or more accurately, it doesn't work for anyone except those with the most resources. Not because the system is corrupt. I don't think our legal system (at the federal level, at least) is at all corrupt. I mean simply because the costs of our legal system are so astonishingly high that justice can practically never be done.
  • Human justice is very prolix, and yet at times quite mediocre; divine justice is more concise and needs no information from the prosecution, no legal papers, no interrogation of witnesses, but makes the guilty one his own informer and helps him with eternity’s memory.
  • True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.
    • Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1955 responding to an accusation that he was "disturbing the peace" by his activism during the Montgomery Bus Boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, as quoted in Let the Trumpet Sound : A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr (1982) by Stephen B. Oates
  • Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
  • I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.
    • Abraham Lincoln, as quoted in Lincoln Memorial (1882), edited by Osborn Oldroyd
  • Man is unjust, but God is just; and finally justice
    Triumphs.
  • Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.
    • H. L. Mencken (1880–1956), U.S. author. Prejudices, Ch. 3, Third Series (1922)
  • Yet I shall temper so
    Justice with mercy, as may illustrate most
    Them fully satisfied, and thee appease.
  • Anyone who recognizes the eudemonistic character of all ethical valuation is exempt from further discussion of ethical Socialism. For such a one the Moral does not stand outside the scale of values which comprises all values of life. For him no moral ethic is valid per se. He must first be allowed to inquire why it is so rated. He can never reject that which has been recognized as beneficial and reasonable simply because a norm, based on some mysterious intuition, declares it to be immoral—a norm the sense and purpose of which he is not entitled even to investigate. His principle is not fiat iustitia, pereat mundus, (let justice be done, though the world perish), but fiat iustitia, ne pereat mundus (let justice be done, lest the world perish).
  • Normal concepts of fairness and justice can be relevant only if susceptible to being assigned economic value.
    • John Murphy, in the introduction to the 12th edition of Street on Torts (2007) concerning certain lawyers' approach to Tort law.
  • Whatever arises from a just situation by just steps is itself just.
  • Conscience is the chamber of justice.
    • Origen, quoted in Dictionary of Quotations from Ancient and Modern English and Foreign Sources (1899) by James Wood, p. 46
  • 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 in the extreme is often unjust.
    • Jean Racine (1639–1699), French playwright. Jocasta, in La Thébaïde (The Thebans), Act 4, sc. 3 (1664)
  • When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?
The higher judge is the universal and absolute Spirit alone — the World-Spirit ... The relation of one particular State to another presents, on the largest possible scale, the most shifting play of individual passions, interests, aims, talents, virtues, power, injustice, vice, and mere external chance. ... Out of this dialectic rises the universal Spirit, the unlimited World-Spirit, pronouncing its judgement — and its judgement is the highest — upon the Nations of the World's History; for the History of the World is the World's court of justice.
  • Use every man after his desert, and who should
    'Scape whipping!
  • Thrice is he arm'd that hath his quarrel just,
    And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel,
    Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted.
  • This shows you are above
    Your justicers; that these our nether crimes
    So speedily can venge!
  • This even-handed justice
    Commends the ingredients of our poison'd chalice
    To our own lips.
  • I show it most of all when I show justice;
    For then I pity those I do not know,
    Which a dismiss'd offence would after gall;
    And do him right that, answering one foul wrong,
    Lives not to act another.
  • O, I were damn'd beneath all depth in hell,
    But that I did proceed upon just grounds
    To this extremity.
  • I have done the state some service, and they know't;
    No more of that, I pray you, in your letters,
    When you shall these unlucky deeds relate,
    Speak of me as I am; nothing extenuate,
    Nor set down aught in malice.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Alexander Solzhenitsyn, in a letter to three students (October 1967), published in "The Struggle Intensifies" in Solzhenitsyn : A Documentary Record (1970) edited by Leopold Labedz
  • Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
  • Nature offers nothing that can be called this man's rather than another's; but under nature everything belongs to all — that is, they have authority to claim it for themselves. But under dominion, where it is by common law determined what belongs to this man, and what to that, he is called just who has a constant will to render to every man his own, but he unjust who strives, on the contrary, to make his own that which belongs to another.
  • 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, in Open Secrets : Ninety-four Women in Touch with Our Time (1972) by Barbaralee Diamonstein
  • A sense of justice is a noble fancy.
  • At some time, here or hereafter, every account must be settled, and every debt paid in full.
    • John Heyl Vincent, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 361
  • It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive.
    • Earl Warren, in "The Law and the Future" in Fortune magazine (November 1955)
  • Justice, under capitalism, works not from a notion of obedience to moral law, or to conscience, or to compassion, but from the assumption of a duty to preserve a social order and the legal “rights” that constitute that order, especially the right to property. ... It comes to this: that decision will seem most just which preserves the system of justice even if the system is itself routinely unjust.
    • Curtis White, “The spirit of disobedience: An invitation to resistance,” Harper’s, April 2006, p. 32

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 413-15.
  • Justice discards party, friendship, kindred, and is therefore always represented as blind.
  • There is no virtue so truly great and godlike as justice.
  • Justice is that virtue of the soul which is distributive according to desert.
    • Aristotle, Metaphysics, On the Virtues and Vices, Justice
  • God's justice, tardy though it prove perchance,
    Rests never on the track until it reach
    Delinquency.
  • 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.
  • It looks to me to be narrow and pedantic to apply the ordinary ideas of criminal justice to this great public contest. I do not know the method of drawing up an indictment against a whole people.
    • Edmund Burke, Speech on Conciliation with America, Works, Volume II, p. 136
  • Observantior æqui
    Fit populus, nec ferre negat, cum viderit ipsum
    Auctorem parere sibi.
    • The people become more observant of justice, and do not refuse to submit to the laws when they see them obeyed by their enactor.
    • Claudianus, De Quarto Consulatu Honorii Augusti Panegyris, CCXCVII
  • Justice without wisdom is impossible.
  • That which is unjust can really profit no one; that which is just can really harm no one.
  • Dilexi justitiam et odi iniquitatem, propterea morior in exilio.
    • I have loved justice and hated iniquity; and therefore I die in exile.
    • Pope Gregory VII. (Hildebrand.) Bowden's Life of Gregory VII, Volume II, Book III, Chapter XX
  • The spirits of just men made perfect.
    • Hebrews, XII. 23
  • Raro antecedentem scelestum
    Deseruit pede pœna claudo.
    • Justice, though moving with tardy pace, has seldom failed to overtake the wicked in their flight.
    • Horace, Carmina, III. 2. 31
  • L'amour de la justice n'est, en la plupart des hommes, que la crainte de souffrir l'injustice.
  • Arma tenenti
    Omnia dat qui justa negat.
    • He who refuses what is just, gives up everything to him who is armed.
    • Marcus Annaeus Lucanus, Pharsalia, I. 348
  • But the sunshine aye shall light the sky,
    As round and round we run;
    And the Truth shall ever come uppermost,
    And Justice shall be done.
  • I'm armed with more than complete steel,—
    The justice of my quarrel.
  • Prompt sense of equity! to thee belongs
    The swift redress of unexamined wrongs!
    Eager to serve, the cause perhaps untried,
    But always apt to choose the suffering side!
  • A just man is not one who does no ill,
    But he, who with the power, has not the will.
  • The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
    • Proverbs, IV. 18
  • Render therefore to all their dues.
    • Romans, XIII. 7
  • Qui statuit aliquid, parte inaudita altera,
    Aequum licet statuerit, haud æquus fuerit.
    • He who decides a case without hearing the other side, though he decide justly, cannot be considered just.
    • Seneca, Medea, CXCIX
  • Truth is its [justice's] handmaid, freedom is its child, peace is its companion, safety walks in its steps, victory follows in its train; it is the brightest emanation from the gospel; it is the attribute of God.
  • There is a point at which even justice does injury.
  • Suo sibi gladio hunc jugulo.
    • With his own sword do I stab this man
    • Terence, Adelphi, V. 8. 35
  • Discite justitiam moniti et non temnere divos.
    • Being admonished, learn justice and despise not the gods.
    • Virgil, Æneid (29-19 BC), VI. 620
  • Fiat justitia, ruat cœlum.
    • Let justice be done, though the heavens fall.
    • William Watson, Decacordon of Ten Quodlibeticall Questions (1602). Prynne—Fresh Discovery of Prodigious New Wandering-Blazing Stars, Section ed. London, 1646. Ward—Simple Cobbler of Aggawam in America. (1647). Motto of the Emperor Ferdinand. Duke of Richmond—Speech before the House of Lords. Jan. 31, 1642. See Parliamentary History, Volume X, p. 28. Idea in Theognis V. 869. In Anthologia Lyrica. 1868 ed, p. 72. Terence—Heut, IV, III, 41. Marcus Terentius Varro, Ap. Nonn., Chapter IX. 7. Horace—Carmina, III, III, 8. Fiat Justitia et ruat Mundus.—Egerton Papers (1552), p. 25. Camden Society. (1840). Aikin—Court and Times of James I, Volume II, p. 500. (1625)
  • Justice, sir, is the great interest of man on earth.

The Circle of Justice[edit]

There are numerous versions and translations of statements referred to as "The Circle of Justice". Ibn Khaldun in the Muqaddimah states that it originates with Khosrau I based on statements of Aristotle.
  • The world is a garden the fence of which is the dynasty.
    The dynasty is an authority through which life is given proper behavior.
    Proper behavior is a policy directed by the ruler.
    The ruler is an institution supported by the soldiers.
    The soldiers are helpers who are maintained by money.
    Money is sustenance brought together by the subjects.
    The subjects are servants who are protected by justice.
    Justice is something familiar (harmonious) and through it, the world persists.
    The world is a garden... and then it begins again ... they are held together in a circle with no definite beginning or end.
  • No one is fit to govern, save he who is mild without weakness and strong without harshness. They used to say :
    There can be no government without men,
    No men without money,
    No money without prosperity,
    And no prosperity without justice and good administration.
    • The "Circle of Justice" as quoted in Human Rights in Islam (1980) by Parveen Shaukat Ali, p. 72
  • The world is a garden for the state to master.
    The state is power supported by the law.
    The law is policy administered by the king.
    The king is a shepherd supported by the army.
    The army are assistants provided for by taxation.
    Taxation is sustenance gathered by subjects.
    Subjects are slaves provided for by justice.
    Justice is that by which the rectitude of the world subsists.
    • The Counsels of Alexander, presented to the Timurid prince Baysunghur (1495–1497). Translated and quoted in Timur and the Princely Vision : Persian Art and Culture in the Fifteenth Century (1989) by Thomas W. Lentz and Glenn D. Lowry

The Dictionary of Legal Quotations (1904)[edit]

Quotes reported in James William Norton-Kyshe, The Dictionary of Legal Quotations (1904), p. 146.
  • Justice must not give way to policy.
    • Hotham, L.C., Prideaux v. Prideaux (1784), 1 Cox, Eq. Ca. 36
  • Uncertain justice by a verdict is much better than certain injustice.
    • Lord Mansfield, Cases in the King's Bench (1773), Hilary Term, 13 Geo. III, Lofft. 147
  • There is not in this country one rule by which the rich are governed, and another for the poor. No man has justice meted out to liim by a different measure on account of his rank or fortune, from what would be done if he were destitute of both. Every invasion of property is judged of by the same rule; every injury is compensated in the same way; and every crime is restrained by the same punishment, be the condition of the offender what it may. It is in this alone that true equality can exist in society.
    • Buller, J., Trial of O'Coigly and others (1798), 26 How. St. Tr. 1193
  • The law is well known, and is the same for all ranks and degrees.
  • It is the right of her Majesty's subjects to make claims and to have them tried in the constitutional way.
    • Kekewich, J., Birmingham and District Land Co. v. London and North-Western Railway Co. (1888), 57 L. J. Rep. (N. S.) C. D. 123
  • The humanity of the Court has been loudly and repeatedly invoked. Humanity is the second virtue of Courts, but undoubtedly the first is Justice.
  • When the Court see reason to suspect that justice has not been done to any particular defendant, they will in their discretion direct a further enquiry into the merits of the cause.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. The mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small”, Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs
  2. The Dictionary of Cliches James Rogers (Wings Books, Originally New York: Facts on File Publications, 1985), quoted by ESC at The Phrase Finder, Re: The Wheels of Justice..., March 19, 2009
  3. listed as quote 23 in Bartlett’s 10th ed. 1919.
  4. Feb 3, 1875, quoted in Neglected Voices: Speeches of African-American Representatives Addressing the Civil Rights Bill of 1875, NYU (archived version)

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