To be perfectly just is an attribute of the divine nature; to be so to the utmost of our abilities, is the glory of man.
Justice discards party, friendship, and kindred, and is therefore represented as blind.
Justice shines in smoky cottages, and honors the pious. Leaving with averted eyes the gorgeous glare obtained by polluted hands, she is wont to draw nigh to holiness, not reverencing wealth when falsely stamped with praise, and assigning to each deed its righteous doom.
Justice is to give to every man his own.
Judges ought to be more learned than witty, more reverent than plausible, and more advised than confident. Above all things, integrity is their portion and proper virtue.
He who goes no further than bare justice, stops at the beginning of virtue.
Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society; and any departure from it, under any circumstance, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all.
Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe.
He who is only just is cruel.—Who on earth could live were all judged justly?
Justice is the bread of the nation; it is always hungry for it.
Justice consists in doing no injury to men; decency in giving them no offense.
Justice advances with such languid steps that crime often escapes from its slowness. Its tardy and doubtful course causes many tears to be shed.
All are not just because they do no wrong; but he who will not wrong me when he may, he is truly just.
Justice, when equal scales she holds, is blind; nor cruelty, nor mercy, change her mind; when some escape for that which others die, mercy to those to these is cruelty.
Justice is the first virtue of those who command, and stops the complaints of those who obey.
Justice is as strictly due between neighbor nations, as between neighbor citizens. A highwayman is as much a robber when he plunders in a gang, as when single; and a nation that makes an unjust war is only a great gang of robbers.
Justice without wisdom is impossible.
Justice delayed, is justice denied.
One man's word is no man's word; we should quietly hear both sides.
To embarrass justice by a multiplicity of laws, or hazard it by a confidence in our judges, are, I grant, the opposite rocks on which legislative wisdom has ever split; in one case the client resembles that emperor who is said to have been suffocated with the bedclothes, which were only designed to keep him warm; in the other, that town which let the enemy take possession of its walls, in order to show the world how little they depended upon aught but courage for safety.
God's mill grinds slow but sure.
We ought always to deal justly, not only with those who are just to us, but likewise to those who endeavor to injure us; and this, for fear lest by rendering them evil for evil, we should fall into the same vice.
Mankind are always found prodigal both of blood and treasure in the maintenance of public justice.
Justice without strength, or strength without justice—fearful misfortunes!
Impartiality is the life of justice, as justice is of all good government.
If judges would make their decisions just, they should behold neither plaintiff, defendant, nor pleader, but only the cause itself.
Man is unjust, but God is just; and finally justice triumphs.
Justice is the idea of God; the ideal of men; the rule of conduct writ in the nature of mankind.
Justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may be powerful, and whatever is powerful may be just.
Justice is the insurance we have on our lives and property, and obedience is the premium we pay for it.
God gives manhood but one clue to success, utter and exact justice; that, he guarantees, shall be always expediency.
When Infinite Wisdom established the rule of right and honesty, He saw to it that justice should be always the highest expediency.
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 in this life we can only speak from the volume that is laid open before us.
If thou desire rest unto thy soul, be just.—He that doth no injury, fears not to suffer injury; the unjust mind is always in labor; it either practises the evil it hath projected, or projects to avoid the evil it hath deserved.
An honest man nearly always thinks justly.
Be just and fear not; let all the ends thou aimest at be thy country's, thy God's, and truth's.
Were he my brother, nay my kingdom's heir, such neighbor nearness to our sacred blood should nothing privilege him, nor partialize the unstooping firmness of my upright soul.
Use every man after his desert, and who should escape whipping?
The just, though they hate evil, yet give men a patient hearing; hoping that they will show proofs that they are not evil.
How can a people be free that has not learned to be just?
Justice is the great and simple principle which is the secret of success in all government, as essential to the training of an infant, as to the control of a mighty nation.
The only way to make the mass of mankind see the beauty of justice, is by showing them, in pretty plain terms, the consequence of injustice.
What is in conformity with justice should also be in conformity to the laws.
Justice, like lightning, ever should appear to few men's ruin, but to all men's fear.
Of mortal justice if thou scorn the rod, believe and tremble, thou art judged of God.
No obligation to justice does force a man to be cruel, or to use the sharpest sentence. A just man does justice to every man and to everything; and then, if he be also wise, he knows there is a debt of mercy and compassion due to the infirmities of man's nature; and that is to be paid; and he that is cruel and ungentle to a sinning person, and does the worst to him, is in his debt and is unjust.
Strike if you will, but hear me.
The sentiment of justice is so natural, and so universally acquired by all mankind, that it seems to be independent of all law, all party, all religion.
Justice is the great interest of man on earth. It is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together. Wherever her temple stands, and so long as it is duly honored, there is a foundation for social security, general happiness, and the improvement and progress of our race. And whoever labors on this edifice with usefulness and distinction, whoever clears its foundations, strengthens its pillars, adorns its entablatures, or contributes to raise its august dome still higher in the skies, connects himself, in name, and fame, and character, with that which is and must be as durable as the frame of human society.