Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


Ye gods! what justice rules the ball;
Freedom and Arts together fall!
Pope.—Choruses to Brutus.

Thus, if eternal justice rules the ball;
Thus shall your wives, and thus your children fall.
Pope.—Elegy to the Memory of a Lady.

And then, the justice;
In fair round belly, with good capon lined,
With eyes severe, and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances,
And so he plays his part.
Shakespeare.—As You Like It, Act II. Scene 7. (Jaques on the Seven Ages of Man.)

Though justice be thy plea, consider this—
That in the course of justice none of us
Should see salvation.
Shakespeare.—Merchant of Venice, Act IV. Scene 1. (Portia to Shylock.)

Yet I shall temper so
Justice with mercy, as may illustrate most
Them fully satisfy’d, and thee appeased.
Milton.—Paradise Lost, Book X. Line 77.

The dew of justice, which did seldom fall,
And when it dropt, the drops were very small.
Beaumont.—The Hermaphrodite, a Poem.

1.Do you not know me, Mr. Justice?
2.Justice is blind, he knows nobody.
Dryden.—The Wild Gallant, Act V. Scene 1.

Justice is lame as well as blind, amongst us.
Otway.—Venice Preserved, Act I. Scene 1.

So justice, while she winks at crimes,
Stumbles on innocence sometimes.
Butler.—Hudibras, Part I. Canto II. Line 1177.

A fine and slender net the spider weaves,
Which little and light animals receives;
And if she catch a common bee or fly,
They with a piteous groan and murmur die;
But if a wasp or hornet she entrap,
They tear her cords like Sampson and escape;
So, like a fly, the poor offender dies,
But, like the wasp, the rich escapes and flies.
Denham.—Of Justice, near the end, and La Fontaine. Fable 3.