C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Forbear to judge, for we are sinners all.


Wise judges are we of each other!


When we love, it is the heart that judges.


Judge thyself with a judgment of sincerity, and thou wilt judge others with a judgment of charity.


The more one judges, the less one loves.


No man should be judge in his own case.

Law Maxim.

Extreme justice is extreme injustice.


He hurts the good who spares the bad.


For every event is a judgment of God.


Judgment is forced upon us by experience.


Make not thyself the judge of any man.


One man’s word is no man’s word; we should quietly hear both sides.


Who upon earth could live were all judged justly?


Every one complains of the badness of his memory, but nobody of his judgment.

La Rochefoucauld.

  • ’Tis with our judgments as our watches; none
  • Go just alike, yet each believes his own.
  • Pope.

    The right of private judgment is absolute in every American citizen.

    James A. Garfield.

    The judgment of a great people is often wiser than the wisest men.


    Judging is balancing an account, and determining on which side the odds lie.


    I will chide no heathen in the world, but myself, against whom I know most faults.


    The world is an excellent judge in general, but a very bad one in particular.

    Lord Greville.

    A judgment is the mental act by which one thing is affirmed or denied of another.

    Sir W. Hamilton.

    And how his audit stands, who knows, save Heaven?


    How would you be if He, which is the top of judgment, should but judge you as you are?


    Men’s judgments sway on that side fortune leans.

    George Chapman.

    Outward judgment often fails, inward justice never.

    Theodore Parker.

    Hear one side, and you will be in the dark; hear both sides, and all will be clear.


    I can promise to be sincere, but I cannot promise to be impartial.


    There are no judgments so harsh as those of the erring, the inexperienced, and the young.

    Miss Mulock.

    I mistrust the judgment of every man in a case in which his own wishes are concerned.


    They, judgment and reason, have been grandjurymen since before Noah was a sailor.


    Next to sound judgment, diamonds and pearls are the rarest things to be met with.

    La Bruyère.

  • O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts,
  • And men have lost their reason!
  • Shakespeare.

    We shall be judged, not by what we might have been, but what we have been.


    Woe to him,***who has court of appeal against the world’s judgment.


    Human, judgment is finite, and it ought always to be charitable.

    William Winter.

  • How little do they see what is, who frame
  • Their hasty judgment upon that which seems.
  • Southey.

    If we will measure other people’s corn in our own bushel, let us first take it to the Divine standard, and have it sealed.

    J. G. Holland.

    Judge thyself with a judgment of sincerity, and thou wilt judge others with a judgment of charity.


    We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.


    The very thing that men think they have got the most of, they have got he least of; and that is judgment.

    H. W. Shaw.

    How are we justly to determine in a world where there are no innocent ones to judge the guilty?

    Madame de Genlis.

    Men are not to be judged by their looks, habits, and appearances: but by the character of their lives and conversations, and by their works.


    The most generous and merciful in judgment upon the faults of others, are always the most free from faults themselves.


  • Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice;
  • Take each man’s censure, but reserve by judgment.
  • Shakespeare.

    We neither know nor judge ourselves; others may judge, but cannot know us. God alone judges and knows us.

    Wilkie Collins.

    In judging of others, a man laboreth in vain,—often erreth and easily sinneth; but in judging and examining himself, he always laboreth fruitfully.

    Thomas à Kempis.

    For we must all appear before the judgment-seat of Christ, that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.


    Rashly, nor ofttimes truly, doth man pass judgment on his brother; for he seeth not the springs of the heart, nor heareth the reasons of the mind.


    Fools measure actions after they are done by the event; wise men beforehand, by the rules of reason and right. The former look to the end to judge of the act. Let me look to the act, and leave the end to God.

    Bishop Hale.

    O, how full of error is the judgment of mankind. They wonder at results when they are ignorant of the reasons. They call it fortune when they know not the cause, and thus worship their own ignorance changed into a deity.


    In forming a judgment, lay your hearts void of fore-taken opinions; else, whatsoever is done or said, will be measured by a wrong rule; like them who have the jaundice, to whom everything appeareth yellow.

    Sir P. Sidney.

    It is very questionable, in my mind, how far we have the right to judge one of another, since there is born within every man the germs of both virtue and vice. The development of one or the other is contingent upon circumstances.


    The judgment may be compared to a clock or watch, where the most ordinary machine is sufficient to tell the hours; but the most elaborate alone can point out the minutes and seconds, and distinguish the smallest differences of time.


    Foolish men imagine that because judgment for an evil thing is delayed, there is no justice, but an accident alone, here below. Judgment for an evil thing is many times delayed some day or two, some century or two; but it is sure as life, it is sure as death!


  • Ev’n not all these, in one rich lot combined,
  • Can make the happy man, without the mind,
  • Where judgment sits clear-sighted, and surveys
  • The chain of reason with unerring gaze.
  • Thomson.

    It behooves us always to bear in mind, that while actions are always to be judged by the immutable standard of right and wrong, the judgments which we pass upon men must be qualified by considerations of age, country, station, and other accidental circumstances; and it will then be found that he who is most charitable in his judgment is generally the least unjust.


    God does not weigh criminality in our scales. We have one absolute, with the seal of authority upon it; and with us an ounce is an ounce, and a pound a pound. God’s measure is the heart of the offender,—a balance which varies with every one of us, a balance so delicate that a tear cast in the other side may make the weight of error kick the beam.


    Would that our harsh judgments could be restrained, our impatience checked, our selfishness broken down, our passions controlled, our waste of time and life in worthless or unworthy objects corrected, by the thought that there is One in whose hands we are, who cares for us with a parent’s love, who will judge us hereafter without the slightest tinge of human infirmity, the All-Merciful and the All-Just.

    Dean Stanley.