Posts Tagged ‘justice’

Quote of the day, April 3

April 3, 2017

Horace Walpole, on justice and truth

“Justice is rather the activity of truth, than a virtue in itself. Truth tells us what is due to others, and justice renders that due. Injustice is acting a lie.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 26

October 26, 2016

Blaise Pascal, on justice (from the Pensées)

“Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical.”

Quote of the day, June 14

June 14, 2016

Abraham Lincoln, from First Inaugural Address (1861)

“Why should there not be a patient confidence in the ultimate justice of the people? Is there any better or equal hope in the world?”

Quote of the day, Dec. 26

December 27, 2015

Gavin Francis, on compassion (in the New York Times)

“Our idea of compassion has largely come down to us from the medieval Christian tradition, where the ‘virtue’ of compassion was often opposed to the ‘vice’ of envy. The ancient Greeks focused on justice, courage and temperance, and the Ten Commandments of the Hebrew scriptures elevated instead piety, fidelity and keeping the peace. By contrast, Buddhists have always valued compassion highly: Three out of four ‘divine states’ of mind refer to aspects of fellow-feeling. Hinduism proposes two types of compassion: that which you feel toward someone who has brought suffering on themselves, and a more intense sympathy felt for the blameless.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 11

December 11, 2015

Eleanor Roosevelt, on human rights

“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home—so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 1

September 1, 2013

Frederick Douglass, on slavery (1860)

“It will be a great work accomplished when this Government is divorced from the active support of the inhuman slave system. To pluck executive patronage out of the hands of the pliant tools of the whip and the chain; to turn the tide of the National Administration against the man-stealers of this country and in favor of even a partial application of the principles of justice, is a glorious achievement, and we hope for its success.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 26

February 26, 2011

Pete Seeger, “If I Had a Hammer” (1949)

If I’ve got a hammer
And I’ve got a bell
And I’ve got a song to sing … all over this land, (more…)

Quote of the day, Jan. 18

January 17, 2011

President Barack Obama, on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Dr. King obviously had a dream of justice and equality in our society, but he also had a dream of service, that you could be a drum major for service, that you could lead by giving back to our communities.”