Sunday, March 09, 2008

Whatever it is that hits the fan, it will not be evenly distributed. -- The third law of reality

I will deal with them according to their conduct, and by their own standards I will judge them. -- Ezek. 7:27

Capital Punishment, a penalty regarding the justice and expediency of which many worthy persons -- including all the assassins -- entertain grave misgivings. -- Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), "The Devil's Dictionary", 1911

He who is only just is cruel.
Who on earth could live were all judged justly?
Byron (1788-1824)

There is no calamity which a great nation can invite which equals that which follows a supine submission to wrong and injustice. Grover Cleveland

You know, I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, wouldn't it be much worse if life were fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them? So, now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe. --Ranger Marcus Cole, Babylon 5

My definition of social justice: those who refuse to work deserve to go hungry. --Clayton Cramer

When a student asked of Confucius:"What do you say concerning the principle that injury should be recompensed by kindness?" The Master replied:"With what, then, will you recompense kindness? Recompense injury with justice and recompense kindness with kindness"

Social justice is a semantic fraud from the same stable as People's Democracy. C. Curran

Since all people have sinned in Adam and have come under the sentence and the curse of eternal death, God would have done no injustice if it had been His will to leave the entire human race in sin and under the curse, and to condemn them on account of their sin. THE CANONS OF DORT

It is no solid objection against God aiming at an infinitely perfect union of the creature with himself, that the particular time will never come when it can be said, the union is now infinitely perfect. God aims at satisfying justice in the eternal damnation of sinners; which will be satisfied by their damnation, considered no otherwise than with regard to its eternal duration. But yet there never will come that particular moment, when it can be said, that now justice is satisfied. But if this does not satisfy our modern free-thinkers who do not like to talk about satisfying justice with an infinite punishment; I suppose it will not be denied by any, that God, in glorifying the saints in heaven with eternal felicity, aims to satisfy his infinite grace or benevolence, by the bestowment of a good infinitely valuable, because eternal: and yet there never will come that moment, when it can be said, that now this infinitely valuable good has been actually bestowed.-- JONATHAN EDWARDS

The necessity of Christ's satisfaction to divine justice is, as it were, the center and hinge of all doctrines of pure revelation. Other doctrines are of little importance comparatively except as they have respect to this. JONATHAN EDWARDS

Justice delayed is justice denied. --William Ewart Gladstone

Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.- Thomas Jefferson. 1743-1826. Notes on Virginia. Query xviii. Manners.

My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust.But how had I got tis idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a linecrooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. Thus in the very act of trying of trying to prove that God did not exist - in other words - the world of reality was senseless - I found I was forced to assume that the one part of reality - namely my idea of justice - was full of sense. -- C.S. LEWIS

Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice. --H. L. Mencken

Just are the ways of God,
And justifiable to men;
Unless there be who think not God at all.
John Milton. Paradise Regained. Book ii. Line 293.

A rattlesnake loose in the living room tends to end all discussion of animal rights,- Lance Morrow ,after the Sept. 11 attacks

Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.~ Reinhold Niebuhr, Children of Light and Children of Darkness (1944)

The purpose of the law is not to prevent a future offense, but to punish the one actually committed. --Ayn Rand, letter to John Hospers (April 29, 1961)

God always has another custard pie up his sleeve.~Lynn Redgrave in "Georgy Girl"

...if fairness is important, what is really fair? We may say something like, "People have a right to food, a right to housing, and a right to a good job for decent pay." But from an economist's perspective, all those rights involve making finite goods meet infinite wants. Unless the fair society generates tremendous economic growth--which societies that put fairness first have trouble doing--the goods will come from redistribution. Try rephrasing the rights statement thus: "People have a right to my food, a right to my housing, and a right to my good job for my decent pay. --P. J. O'Rourke

It is right that what is just should be obeyed; it is necessary that what is strongest should be obeyed. Justice without mightis helpless; might without justice is tyrannical.-Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Pensees (1660)

Who is more evil than one who is reminded of these revelations of his Lord, then insists upon disregarding them? We will certainly punish the guilty. -- The Koran, 32:22

Use every man after his desert, and who should 'scape whipping?
Hamlet Act ii. Sc. 2.

Life is not fair; get used to it. Charles Sykes DUMBING DOWN OUR KIDS.

The vague and tenuous hope that God is too kind to punish the ungodly has become a deadly opiate for the consciences of millions.--Aiden Wilson Tozer (1897-1963)

I know the world isn't fair, but why isn't it ever unfair in my favor?~Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes)

Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little like expecting the bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian.
Dennis Wholey

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