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


Heaven’s slow but sure redress of human ills.

Owen Meredith.

Justice is truth in action.


Justice is the soul of the universe.

Omar Khayyám.

Justice satisfies everybody, and justice alone.


Justice delayed is justice denied.


Justice without wisdom is impossible.


Delay of justice is injustice.


He who is only just is cruel.


Justice always whirls in equal measure.


Justice is the great end of civil society.

David Dudley Field.

Moderation is the basis of justice.

George MacDonald.

The great soul of this world is just.


Justice is lame as well as blind among us.


The books are balanced in heaven, not here.

H. W. Shaw.

Let us be sacrificers, but no butchers.


Let justice be done, though the heavens should fall.

Motto of Emperor Ferdinand I.

Peace, if possible, but justice at any rate.

Wendell Phillips.

The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.


Justice discards party, friendship, kindred, and is always, therefore, represented as blind.


There is no virtue so truly great and godlike as justice.


It is impossible to be just if one is not generous.

Joseph Roux.

Every place is safe to him who lives with justice.


  • Be just in all thy actions, and if join’d
  • With those that are not, never change thy mind.
  • Denham.

    God’s mill grinds slow, but sure.

    George Herbert.

  • The sweet remembrance of the just
  • Shall flourish when he sleeps in dust.
  • Paraphrase of Psalm cxii. 6.

    Above all other things is justice: success is a good thing; wealth is good also; honor is better; but justice excels them all.

    David Dudley Field.

    Man is unjust, but God is just; and finally justice triumphs.


  • The hope of all who suffer,
  • The dread of all who wrong.
  • Whittier.

  • Poise the cause in justice’s equal scales,
  • Whose beam stands sure, whose rightful cause prevails.
  • Shakespeare.

  • Whoever fights, whoever falls,
  • Justice conquers evermore.
  • Emerson.

    No obligation to justice does force a man to be cruel, or to use the sharpest sentence.

    Jeremy Taylor.

    Justice, being destroyed, will destroy; being preserved, will preserve.


    Justice is but the distributing to everything according to the requirements of its nature.


    Justice is like the north star, which is fixed, and all the rest revolve about it.


    Justice is the bread of the nation; it is always hungry for it.


    Pity and forbearance should characterize all acts of justice.


    Sound policy is never at variance with substantial justice.

    Dr. Parr.

    The injustice of men subserves the justice of God, and often His mercy.

    Madame Swetchine.

    Justice consists in doing no injury to men; decency, in giving them no offence.


    All religion and all ethics are summed up in justice.


    Men are always invoking justice; yet it is justice which should make them tremble.

    Mme. Swetchine.

    Liberty, equality,—bad principles! The only true principle for humanity is justice, and justice towards the feeble becomes necessarily protection or kindness.


  • I beseech you,
  • Wrest once the law to your authority:
  • To do a great right, do a little wrong.
  • Shakespeare.

    Justice is the fundamental and almost only virtue of social life, as it embraces all those actions which are useful to society.


    Justice offers nothing but what may be accepted with honor; and lays claim to nothing in return but what we ought not even to wish to withhold.

    Woman’s Rights and Duties.

    The sentiment of justice is so natural, so universally acquired by all mankind, that it seems to me independent of all law, all party, all religion.


    Justice is the insurance which we have on our lives and property; to which may be added, and obedience is the premium which we pay for it.

    William Penn.

    Truth is its 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.

    Sydney Smith.

    God gives manhood but one clew to success,—utter and exact justice; that he guarantees shall be always expediency.

    Wendell Phillips.

  • God’s justice, tardy though it prove perchance,
  • Rests never on the track until it reach
  • Delinquency.
  • Robert Browning.

  • 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.
  • Shakespeare.

    Justice is the idea of God, the ideal of man, the rule of conduct writ in the nature of mankind.

    Theodore Parker.

  • Be just and fear not:
  • Let all the ends thou aim’st at be thy country’s,
  • Thy God’s, and truth’s.
  • Shakespeare.

    Justice is the great interest of man on earth. It is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together.


    In matters of equity between man and man, our Saviour has taught us to put my neighbor in place of myself, and myself in place of my neighbor.

    Dr. Watts.

    Who shall put his finger on the work of justice, and say, “It is there”? 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.

    At present we can only reason of the divine justice from what we know of justice in man. When we are in other scenes, we may have truer and nobler ideas of it; but while we are in this life, we can only speak from the volume that is laid open before us.


    Though justice be thy plea, consider this, that in the course of justice none of us should see salvation. We do pray for mercy; and that same prayer doth teach us all to render the deeds of mercy.


  • Ay, justice, who evades her?
  • Her scales reach every heart;
  • The action and the motive,
  • She weigheth each apart;
  • And none who swerve from right or truth
  • Can ’scape her penalty.
  • Mrs. Hale.

    Justice is immortal, eternal, and immutable, like God Himself; and the development of law is only then a progress when it is directed towards those principles which like Him, are eternal; and whenever prejudice or error succeeds in establishing in customary law any doctrine contrary to eternal justice.


  • Justice is passionless and therefore sure;
  • Guilt for a while may flourish; virtue sink
  • ’Neath the shade of calumny and ill; justice
  • At last, like the bright sun, shall break majestic forth,
  • The shield of innocence, the guard of truth.
  • J. F. Smith.