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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Quotes about Injustice


Justice n 1a the quality of being just, impartial or fair. B just dealing in the right action. 2 the administration of law in accordance with the law with established principles.

The Penguin English Dictionary

The law doth punish man or woman

That steals the goose from off the common,

But lets the greater felon loose,

That steals the common from the goose.


What are laws but the expression of some class which has power over the rest of the community?

Thomas Babington Macauly, Baron Macaulay, 1830

The love of justice in most men is nothing more than the fear of suffering injustice.

Francois, Due de La Rochefoucauld, Maxims, (1665 )

Justice is like a train that's nearly always late.

Yevgeny Yevtushenko, A Precious Autobiography (1963)

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.

Sydney Smith, quoted in Roads to Ruin, by E.S.Turner, (1950)

In any civilised society, a police force is a necessary evil, but some members of it are more evil than necessary.

Ken Buckley, President, Council of Civil Liberties, Sydney Morning Herald, 8 March 1969.

I would like to know what business an honest man would have in the Police as it is an old saying it takes a rogue to catch a rogue...

Ned Kelly, 'Jerilderie Letter', 1879, in Overland, No 84, 1981

The law, in all its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges.

Anatole France, The Red Lily, (1894)

I have never seen a situation so dismal that a policeman couldn’t make it worse.

Brendan Behan

To the right wing “law and order” is often just a code phrase, meaning “get the niggers”.
To the left wing it often means political oppression.

Gore Vidal (1975)

The law isn’t justice. It’s a very imperfect mechanism. If you press exactly the right buttons and are also lucky, justice may also turn up in the answer.

Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye, (1953)

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