“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

What is Justice?

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4 th Ed. Definition Taken from Dictionary.com

The quality of being just: fairness; The upholding of what is just, especially fair treatment and due reward in accordance with honor, standards, or law.
- Easton’s 1897 Bible Dictionary. Taken from Dictionary.com

Justice is rendering to every one that which is his due. It has been distinguished from equity in this respect, that while justice means merely the doing what positive law demands, equity means the doing of what is fair and right in every separate case.

Quotes about Justice:

~You must work; we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children. Pablo Casals, Spanish Cellist

~Better to light one small candle, than to curse the darkness. Chinese Proverb

~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. Alexander Solzhenitsyn

~Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts. Aristotle

~Charity begins at home and justice begins next door. Charles Dickens

~An eye for an eye would blind the world. Ghandi

~There are two ways to spread the light: to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it. Edith Wharton

~Do not throw the arrow which will return against you. Kurdish Proverb

Reflective questions on justice:

  • How do you define justice?
  • Think of a time when you were treated unjustly. How did you handle the situation?
  • When was the last time you behaved in a just manner? What feelings did you have?
  • How would you show justice to someone who has a different belief/moral values than you?