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QUOTES ON JUSTICE


There is not any armor
In gold against perdition
For him who spurns the high altar
Of Justice down into the darkness.

AESCHYLUS, Agamemnon

The longest day must have its close — the gloomiest night will wear on to a morning. An eternal, inexorable lapse of moments is ever hurrying the day of the evil to an eternal night, and the night of the just to an eternal day.

HARRIET BEECHER STOWE, Uncle Tom's Cabin

Injustice, swift, erect, and unconfin’d,
Sweeps the wide earth, and tramples o’er mankind.

HOMER, The Iliad

A man may see how this world goes with no eyes. Look with thine ears: see how yond justice rails upon yon simple thief. Hark, in thine ear: change places; and, handy-dandy, which is the justice, which is the thief?

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, King Lear

All creatures come into the world bringing with them the memory of justice.

Many have justice at heart, but shoot slowly, through not coming to the bow without deliberation.

DANTE ALIGHIERI, The Divine Comedy

Justice is a knee in the gut from the floor on the chin at night sneaky with a knife brought up down on the magazine of a battleship sandbagged underhanded in the dark without a word of warning. Garroting. That's what justice is.

JOSEPH HELLER, Catch-22

A body ... can entertain notions of justice only as long as it is whole and well ... [it] very soon forgets them when its head its gripped and a pipe is pushed down its gullet and pints of salt water are poured into it till it coughs and retches and flails and voids itself.

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