- Jedem das Seine.
To each his own.
often quoted as ‘Everyone gets what he deserves’
Bold: inscription on the gate of Buchenwald concentration camp, 1937; see
- Publicity is the very soul of justice. It is the keenest spur to exertion, and the surest of all guards against improbity.
Publicity in the Courts of Justice (1843) 1748–1832 English philosopher:
- Life for life,
Eye for eye, tooth for tooth.
: Exodus ch. 21, v. 23
- It is better that ten guilty persons escape than one innocent suffer.
Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765) bk. 4, ch. 27 1723–80 English jurist:
- When I hear of an ‘equity’ in a case like this, I am reminded of a blind man in a dark room—looking for a black hat—which isn't there.
Pie-Powder (1911) 1835–94 English judge: John Alderson Foote
- Justice is truth in action. 1804–81 British Tory statesman and novelist; Prime Minister 1868, 1874–80: speech, House of Commons, 11 February 1851
- Fiat justitia et pereat mundus.
Let justice be done, though the world perish.
Locorum Communium Collectanea (1563); see Watson 1503–64 Holy Roman Emperor from 1558: motto; Johannes Manlius
- Justice delayed is justice denied.
Magna Carta 1809–98 British Liberal statesman, Prime Minister 1868–74, 1880–5, 1886, 1892–4: speech on the state of Ireland, House of Commons, 16 March 1868; see
- But then, once in a lifetime
The longed-for tidal wave
Of justice can rise up
And hope and history rhyme.
The Cure at Troy (version of Sophocles' Philoctetes, 1990) 1939–2013 Irish poet:
- A long line of cases shows that it is not merely of some importance, but is of fundamental importance that justice should not only be done, but should manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done. 1870–1943 British lawyer and politician: Rex v Sussex Justices, 9 November 1923
- Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. 1929–68 American civil rights leader: letter from Birmingham Jail, Alabama, 16 April 1963
- I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.
Herald and Torch Light [Hagerstown, MD] 15 March 1876 1809–65 American statesman, 16th President 1861–5: remark to Joseph Gillespie, in letter from Gillespie to
- To no man will we sell, or deny, or delay, right or justice. political charter signed by King John at Runnymede, 1215: Clause 40
- In England, justice is open to all—like the Ritz Hotel.
Miscellany-at-Law (1955) 1830–1908 Irish judge: R. E. Megarry
- Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.
Prejudices 3rd series (1922) 1880–1956 American journalist and literary critic:
- If the parties will at my hands call for justice, then, all were it my father stood on the one side, and the Devil on the other, his cause being good, the Devil should have right.
Life of Sir Thomas More 1478–1535 English scholar and saint: William Roper
- The arc of history is long but it bends towards justice.
Guardian 10 February 2007; see King, Parker 1961– American Democratic statesman, 44th President from 2009: speech, George Mason University, 2 February 2007, in
- What I say is that ‘just’ or ‘right’ means nothing but what is in the interest of the stronger party.
spoken by Thrasymachus
bc Greek philosopher: The Republic bk. 1, 338c (tr. F. M. Cornford) 429–347
- A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards. 1858–1919 American Republican statesman, 26th President 1901–9: speech at the Lincoln Monument, Springfield, Illinois, 4 June 1903
title of an open letter to the President of the French Republic, in connection with the Dreyfus affair
L'Aurore 13 January 1898 1840–1902 French novelist: in