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Everyone hopes for an immediate solution, but the only solutions to social problems come through time. We ... believe we have only to pass a law and everything will be changed... People only obey a law the majority have already decided to obey...
1978 - from
If men are to survive upon the earth there must be law, and there must be justice, and all men must stand together against those who would strike at the roots of what men have so carefully built.
1983 - from
The Lonesome Gods
It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is today, can guess what it will be tomorrow. Law is defined to be a rule of action; but how can that be a rule, which is little known, and less fixed?
Justice is the end of government. It is the end of society.
Feb. 12, 1788 - from
, quoted in
by Daniel Baker
Attempts to enforce by legal sanctions, acts obnoxious to so great a proportion of Citizens, tend to enervate the laws in general, and to slacken the bands of Society.
1785 - from "Memorial and Remonstrance against Religious Assessments"
Equal laws protecting equal rights, are ... the best guarantee of loyalty, and love of country; as well as best calculated to cherish that mutual respect and good will among citizens of every religious denomination which are necessary to social harmony and most favorable to the advancement of truth.
Aug. 1820 - from a letter
[Social activist Supreme Court Justice Claire L'Heureux-Dube] Some people in the legal community think that she is not tremendously faithful to the law, that she stretches the law. Some people think that she is too reckless in imposing her views, which are iconoclastic.
Apr. 09, 1999 - quoted in
The National Post
Formal equality is based on the notion that equality will be achieved as long as all people are treated the same under the law. Substantive equality is based on the notion that equality will be achieved by ensuring the impact of laws is fair.
from a column in the
Children and women are treated as truth tellers for the purposes of their claims... A trial is not a determination of what happened anymore. The presumption of innocence has taken a major hit over the last 15 years under the guise of offering protection to vulnerable witnesses.
Apr. 18, 1998 - from "Lawyer says top court deserves tough criticism", published in the
Globe and Mail
A fundamentally wrong assumption now governs our society: No one should have to endure difficult circumstances. Every aspect of our human situation has become the responsibility of society at large, and when one has a difficult life, one is instantly transformed into a victim of evil societal forces. Where there is difficulty, there is a victim; where there are victims, there must be compensation. ... Sadly, if we continue to rely on a monetary balm to heal every injustice, healing will eventually cease as we run out of the balm that heals.
Feb. 18, 1999 - from "Cashing In on Victimhood", published in
Magazine, originally published in the
McGuigan, Mark R.
In spite of the judge's role as legislator, justice must be administered according to law, not according to the judge's individual sense of justice. The judge's legislative competence is narrower than that of the legislator. His/her role is to legislate between the gaps, to fill the open spaces in the law. Thus the rule of law is maintained.
1987 - from "Sources of Judicial Decision-Making and Judicial Activism" in S. Martin and K. Mahoney, eds.,
Equality and Judicial Neutrality
Mencken, Henry Louis
Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.
The idea that the sole aim of punishment is to prevent crime is obviously grounded upon the theory that crime can be prevented, which is almost as dubious as the notion that poverty can be prevented.
National Post, The
Moral scapegoating has become disturbingly familiar within the legal system. It is now legally acceptable to sue tobacco firms for the health choices of private citizens, or to fault a tavern owner for his patron's drunkenness. The technical term for such laws is injustice. Public health advocates should not turn tort law into a random regime of accident compensation...
Mar. 09, 1999 - from its editorial
Statistics Canada announced this week that crime rates have fallen to their lowest level in 20 years. So why do so many Canadians feel like crime has never been worse? For one thing, the overall decline of crime masks a sharp increase in violent crime, and a staggering rise in youth crime. So, while less serious crimes have petered off, violent crime is actually up by 57% over the last 20 years. Violent crimes by youths have increased even more steeply. The number of minors charged with violent crimes is up 77% over the past ten years - a damning indictment of the Young Offenders Act if there ever was one. And violence by young girls has increased 127% since 1988, with the most dramatic growth coming from categories such as murder and hostage-taking. No wonder nearly a million Canadians have signed a petition demanding Anne McLellan, the Justice Minister, overhaul the Young Offenders Act.
Jul. 20, 2000 - from its editorial "Inside the crime stats"
Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible; but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.
Any American who wants to exercise real power over how people live would be far better advised to apply for a Supreme Court clerkship than to run for Congress. If he eventually becomes a Justice, he will have more power; he will not required to account for his handling of it by anyone; and he won't have to spend months on the road or on the telephone raising funds for his campaign.
Feb. 16, 1999 - from his lecture to the Centre for Policy Studies in London, England
Impartiality, though it be the last, is not the least part of the character of a good magistrate. ... Justice is justly represented blind, because she sees no difference in the parties concerned. ... The impartial judge in judgment, knows nothing but the law. ... Impartiality is the life of justice, as that is of government.
1693 - from
Some Fruits of Solitude
... it is a debt of justice to pay superior honours to men who have devoted their lives in fighting for their country ...
429 BC - from a eulogy for soldiers who died in the Peloponnesian War, as quoted by Thucydides
Unjust laws have to be fought ideologically; they cannot be fought or corrected by means of mere disobedience and futile martyrdom.
Today, when a concerted effort is made to obliterate this point, it cannot be repeated too often that the Constitution is a limitation on the government, not on private individuals - that it does not prescribe the conduct of private individuals, only the conduct of the government - that it is not a charter
government power, but a charter of the citizen's protection
Reagan, Ronald Wilson
We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.
Rehnquist, William Hubbs
Government actions that unconstitutionally burden [the First Amendment right to associate for expression] may take many forms, one of which is intrusion into a groupís internal affairs by forcing it to accept a member it does not desire... The forced inclusion of an unwanted person in a group infringes the group's freedom of expressive association if the presence of that person affects in a significant way the group's ability to advocate public or private viewpoints.
Jun. 28, 2000 - from
Boy Scouts of America v. Dale
, 99-699, which affirmed the Boy Scouts' right to not hire persons incompatible with its "morally straight" credo
[Federal government observance of the law in the Access to Information Act] No minister of justice has shown leadership in transforming the culture of secrecy which pervades the public service. No minister of justice has issued a reminder to officials that the response times are mandatory and that consistent failure to comply constitutes lawbreaking which will not be tolerated. Rather, [the Ministry of] Justice has fought efforts by the [freedom of information] commissioner to enforce response times and [the Ministry of] Justice has argued before the courts that there should be no legal consequences for government institutions when response deadlines are ignored.
Jul. 21, 1999 - from his annual report to Parliament
... order means more than just keeping the peace; it also means providing continuity. In order to plan for the future -- or even to enjoy freedom in the present -- people must know that the government will not make arbitrary decisions that will radically alter the rules for participating in civil and social affairs. Stability, however, must be balanced by justice. Stability should not be used as an excuse for upholding a status quo that is itself inherently unstable because it suppresses social forces that cannot ultimately be contained. Thus, government, while limited, must have sufficient power to promote changes which will increase the freedom and justice afforded the people.
Dec. 22, 1997 - from his winning essay "A Guiding Light", excerpted in
What secret knowledge, one must wonder, is breathed into lawyers when they become justices of this [U.S. Supreme] Court. Day by day, case by case, [the Court] is busy designing a constitution for a country I do not recognise.
... this [Supreme] Court has [assumed] the power, not merely to apply the Constitution but to expand it, imposing what it regards as useful "prophylactic" restrictions upon Congress and the States. That is an immense and frightening antidemocratic power, and it does not exist.
Jun. 26, 2000 - from his dissenting opinion in Dickerson v. United States
Schumacher, Ernst F.
Justice is a denial of mercy, and mercy a denial of justice. Only a higher force can reconcile these opposites: wisdom. The problem cannot be solved, but wisdom can transcend it.
1978 - from
A Guide for the Perplexed
, Harper and Row
Little else is requisite to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice: all the rest being brought about by the natural course of things.
1755 - from a lecture, quoted by Dugald Stewart
Justice is conscience, not a personal conscience but the conscience of the whole of humanity. Those who clearly recognize the voice of their own conscience usually recognize also the voice of justice.
Oct. 01, 1967 - from a letter to three students (published in
Solzhenitsyn: A Documentary Record
ed. by Leopold Labedz)
Try getting people to focus on precisely what they mean by overpopulation, urban sprawl or social justice and you are only likely to see the blur become blurrier. Even terms that were once sharply focused, like racism, discrimination or a level playing field are getting fuzzier and fuzzier.
May 31, 1999 - from "Lies, damned lies and blurs", published in
We need to understand the distinction between establishing prospective rules for the behavior of flesh-and-blood human beings toward one another and trying ad hoc to retrospectively adjust the cosmos to our tastes.
1999 - from
The Quest for Cosmic Justice
There seems to be no getting people to accept the truth, which is yet conspicuous enough, that the welfare of a society and the justice of its arrangements are at bottom dependent upon the character of its members; and that improvement in neither can take place without improvement in character.
... justice is an immutable, natural principle; and not anything that can be made, unmade, or altered by human power. ... It does not derive its authority from the commands, will, pleasure, or discretion of any possible combination of men, whether calling themselves a government, or by any other name.
from a letter to U.S. president Grover Cleveland
All restraints upon man's natural liberty, not necessary for the simple maintenance of justice, are of the nature of slavery, and differ from each other only in degree.
1852 - from
An Essay On Trial By Jury
For more than six hundred years -- that is, since Magna Carta, in 1215 -- there has been no clearer principle of English or American constitutional law, than that: in criminal cases, it is not only the right and duty of juries to judge what are the facts, what is the law, and what was the moral intent of the accused; but that it is also their right, and their primary and paramount duty, to judge the justice of the law, and to hold all laws invalid that are, in their opinion, unjust or oppressive, and all persons guiltless in violating, or resisting the execution of such laws.
1852 - from
An Essay On Trial By Jury
Statutes of Nova Scotia
It shall be the duty of every (school) teacher... (5) To inculcate by precept and example a respect for religion and the principles of Christian morality, and the highest regard to truth, justice, love of country, loyalty, humanity, benevolence, sobriety, industry, frugality, chastity, temperance, and all other virtues... (8) To reimburse the trustees for any destruction of school property by the pupils which is clearly chargeable to gross neglect or failure to enforce proper discipline on the part of the teacher...
1884 - from Chapter 29, Section 74,
The Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia
Communism is the corruption of a dream of justice.
1951 - from a speech
Swift justice demands more than just swiftness.
Stockman, David A.
Implicit in the conservatism of the Right is a profound regard for the complexity and fragility of the social and economic order; and a consequent fear that policy interventions may do more harm and injustice than good. By contrast, the activist impulses of the Left derive from the view that a free society is the natural incubator of ills and injustices. The Left assumes that society has an infinite capacity to absorb the changes it imposes on it.
1986 - from
The Triumph of Politics
Szasz, Thomas Stephen
Punishment is now unfashionable... because it creates moral distinctions among men, which, to the democratic mind, are odious. We prefer a meaningless collective guilt to a meaningful individual responsibility.
The legal system we have and the rule of law are far more responsible for our traditional liberties than any system of one man one vote. Any country or Government which wants to proceed towards tyranny starts to undermine legal rights and undermine the law.
1966 - from a speech at a Conservative Party conference, quoted in
As I Said to Denis: The Margaret Thatcher Book of Quotations
, edited by Iain Dale
Since the sixties, college professors have taken up political causes as a profession, using the classroom to denounce falsehood and injustice while teaching that truth and justice are illusions.
from "The Sixties Are Dead: Long Live the Nineties", a presentation at Hillsdale College
Truman, Harry S.
Democracy is based on the conviction that man has the moral and intellectual capacity, as well as the inalienable right, to govern himself with reason and justice.
Veritas est justitiae mater - Truth is the mother of justice
Injustice will not be destroyed until those who are not affected by it are just as outraged as those who are.
In the matter of taxation, every privilege is an injustice.
In civilized life, law floats in a sea of ethics. Each is indispensable to civilization. Without law, we should be at the mercy of the least scrupulous; without ethics, law could not exist.
Nov. 11, 1962 - from a speech at the Jewish Theological Seminary
... without law, civilization could not exist, for there are always people who in the conflict of human interest, ignore their responsibility to their fellow man ...
Nov. 11, 1962 - from a speech at the Jewish Theological Seminary
Society would come to grief without Ethics, which is unenforceable in the courts, and cannot be made a part of the Law. ... Not only does Law in civilized society presuppose ethical commitment; it presupposes the existence of a broad area of human conduct controlled only by ethical norms and not subject to Law at all. There is thus a Law beyond the Law, as binding on those of us who cherish our institutions as the Law itself, although there is no human power to enforce it.
Nov. 11, 1962 - from a speech at the Jewish Theological Seminary
That true justice may not consist of treating absolutely everyone alike used to be widely understood. Now, discrimination is evil, pure and simple, and anyone carrying human DNA must have the same "rights" as anyone else with such DNA.
Feb. 15, 2000 - from "To Spank or Not to Spank", published in
, republished in
No government is respectable which is not just.- Without unspotted purity of public faith, without sacred public principle, fidelity, and honor, no machinery of laws, can give dignity to political society.
There is one, and only one, thing in modern society more hideous than crime - namely, repressive justice.
Dec. 01, 1950 - from her essay "Human Personality", published in La Table Ronde
Wells, Herbert George
The law giver, of all beings, most owes the law allegiance. He of all men should behave as though the law compelled him. But it is the universal weakness of mankind that what we are given to administer we presently imagine we own.
When governments decided to designate legions of well-off women and non-whites as "disadvantaged," their sense of social justice coincided with simple self interest. Preferential programs could have been tied to income. But by making race and sex the criteria, the middle-class bureaucrats and activists who lobbied for employment equity gave themselves preference over thousands of poor white men.
1996 - from his essay "The New Racists" published in
The Next City
People whose person or property is attacked should be able to defend themselves without fear of penalty from the law.
Apr. 24, 2000 - quoted in the London
There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.
1994 - quoted in
Webster's Electronic Quotebase
, edited by Keith Mohler
Wilson, James Q.
Without liberty, law loses its nature and its name, and becomes oppression. Without law, liberty also loses its nature and its name, and becomes licentiousness.
Since the 1982 adoption of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms ... Canada's judges have moved boldly into the public policy arena, shaping laws to fit their own peculiar biases and ideologies. In effect, Canada's top judges have become the supreme rulers of the land, and that has turned the [Supreme Court justice] selection process into a back-room brawl between competing interests.
Jan. 19, 1998 - from "Rumblings of a counter-revolution",