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Law and Justice Quotes


Top 20 Law and Justice Quotes


No 1 (Best quote!)Law and Justice Quotes

In civilized life, law floats in a sea of ethics.

- Earl Warren (1891–1974), American judge, pictured right.



No 2Law and Justice Quotes

An unjust law is no law at all.

- St. Augustine (354-430), Algerian philosopher, pictured right.


Law and Justice Quotes

The American anti-slavery campaigner, William Lloyd Garrison (1805-79), pictured right, agrees:

That which is not just is not law



No 3Law and Justice Quotes

The one place a man ought to get a square deal is in a courtroom, be he any colour of the rainbow.

(Atticus Finch in the 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird).

- Harper Lee (1926- ), American writer, pictured right.


Atticus said something similar in the 1962 film version:

In our courts all men are created equal



No 4Law and Justice Quotes

Justice should not only be done, but should manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done.

- Gordon Hewart (1870–1943), British lawyer and politician, pictured right.



No 5Law and Justice Quotes

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,

- Martin Luther King (1929–68), American civil rights leader, pictured right



No 6Law and Justice Quotes

There is nothing so finely perceived, and so finely felt, as injustice,

(Pip in Great Expectations)

- Charles Dickens (1812-70), pictured right, English writer.


Dickens also wrote in Bleak House:

Injustice breeds injustice.



No 7Law and Justice Quotes

The good of the people is the chief law.

- Cicero (106–43 BC), Roman politician and philosopher, pictured right.


Cicero also says:

Let the punishment match the offence



No 8Law and Justice Quotes

Let justice be done, though the heavens may fall,

- family motto of James Horton (1878-1973), judge in the Scottsboro Boys rape case, pictured right.



No 9Law and Justice Quotes

Prejudice always obscures the truth.,

- Juror 8 (Henry Fonda) in the 1957 film Twelve Angry Men, pictured right.



No 10Law and Justice Quotes

Justice is truth in action.

- Benjamin Disraeli (1804–81), British prime minister, pictured right.



No 11Law and Justice Quotes

Justice delayed is justice denied.

- William Gladstone (1809-1898) British prime minister, pictured right.



No 12Law and Justice Quotes

Punishment is not for revenge, but to lessen crime and reform the criminal.

- Elizabeth Fry (1780–1845), English prison reformer, pictured right.



No 13Law and Justice Quotes

 Laws grind the poor, and rich men rule the law.

(from the 1764 poem The Traveller)

- Oliver Goldsmith (1730-74), pictured right, Irish writer.



No 14Law and Justice Quotes

Liberties…depend on the silence of the law.

(from the 1651 book Leviathan)

- Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), pictured right,  English philosopher.



No 15Law and Justice Quotes

Everywhere there is the one principle of justice which is the interest of the stronger.

- Plato (427-347 BC), Greek philosopher, pictured right.


Law and Justice Quotes

So Joseph Heller (1923-99), the American writer, pictured right, says in the 1961 novel  Catch-22:

Justice is a knee in the gut



No 16Law and Justice Quotes

If the law supposes that ... the law is an ass - an idiot.

(Mr. Bumble in Oliver Twist)

- Charles Dickens (1812-70), pictured right, English writer  



No 17Law and Justice Quotes

Laws are only observed with the consent of the individuals and a moral change still depends on the individual.

- Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), American human rights campaigner, pictured right.



No 18Law and Justice Quotes

Law and morality are the totality of ties which bind each of us to society.

- Émile Durkheim (1858-1917), French sociologist, pictured right.



No 19Law and Justice Quotes

The one great principle of the English law is, to make business for itself.

(from Bleak House)

- Charles Dickens (1812-70), pictured right, English writer  



No 20Law and Justice Quotes

In England, justice is open to all - like the Ritz Hotel,

- James Mathew (1830–1908), Irish judge, pictured right.


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