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Injustice

  • ... injustice is a sixth sense, and rouses all the others.

  • ... tyranny and injustice always produce cunning and falsehood.

  • An unrectified case of injustice has a terrible way of lingering, restlessly, in the social atmosphere like an unfinished equation.

  • ... all History is current; all injustice continues on some level, somewhere in the world.

    • Alice Walker,
    • 1978, in Gloria T. Hull, Patricia Bell Scott, and Barbara Smith, eds., All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave ()
  • You can't remain inactive in the face of injustice without, to some extent, being guilty of it.

  • If they come for me in the morning, they will come for you at night.

  • Injustice experienced in the flesh, in deeply wounded flesh, is the stuff out of which change explodes.

  • There must always be a remedy for wrong and injustice if we only know how to find it.

    • Ida B. Wells,
    • 1900, in Alfreda M. Duster, ed., Crusade for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells ()
  • ... one had better die fighting against injustice than to die like a dog or a rat in a trap.

    • Ida B. Wells,
    • 1892, in Alfreda M. Duster, ed., Crusade for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells ()
  • ... I think if I was dying and I heard of an act of injustice, it would start me up to a moment's life again.

    • Olive Schreiner,
    • 1912, in S.C. Cronwright-Schreiner, ed., The Letters of Olive Schreiner 1876-1920 ()
  • When one has been threatened with a great injustice, one accepts a smaller as a favor.

    • Jane Welsh Carlyle,
    • journal (1855), in James Anthony Froude, ed., Letters and Memorials of Jane Welsh Carlyle, vol. 2 ()
  • A man may be outlawed for the sake of a fish net he has never seen.

  • When once a social order is well established, no matter what injustice it involves, those who occupy a position of advantage are not long in coming to believe that it is the only possible and reasonable order ...

  • I was just as anxious to prevent injustice as to cause justice.

  • Many men ridicule the idea that it can be scientifically handled. They tell us the unemployed have always been with us, and always must be. It is the oldest reason in the world for tolerating injustice and misery.

  • It would have cost me more trouble to escape from injustice, than it does to submit to it.

    • Marie-Jeanne Roland,
    • 1793, in Lydia Maria Child, Memoirs of Madame de Staël and of Madame Roland ()
  • Those who have to face persistent political persecution become highly politicized. Our lives take on a rhythm different from those who, on waking up in the morning, do not need to wonder who might have been arrested during the night and what further acts of blatant injustice might be committed against our people later during the day. Our antennae become highly sensitive to vibrations barely noticed by those whose everyday existence is removed from political struggle.

  • We may right a wrong, but we cannot restore our victim to his primeval state of happiness. Something is lost that can never be regained.

  • ... those who are unjust in one Thing, will be so in others ...

    • Eliza Haywood,
    • "Love-Letters on All Occasions" (1730), in Alexander Pettit et al., eds, Fantomina and Other Works ()
  • Wall, childern, whar dar is so much racket dar must be somethin' out o' kilter.

  • At times I feel it almost impossible not to despond entirely of there ever being a better, brighter day for us. None but those who experience it can know what it is — this constant, galling sense of cruel injustice and wrong. I cannot help feeling it very often, — it intrudes upon my happiest moments, and spreads a dark, deep gloom over everything.

    • Charlotte Forten,
    • 1854, in Ray Allen Billington, ed., The Journal of Charlotte Forten ()
  • I have come to believe that the one thing people cannot bear is a sense of injustice. Poverty, cold, even hunger, are more bearable than injustice.

  • It is now 21 years since people found out that I was crazy and all because I could not fall in with every vulgar belief that was fashionable. I could never be led by everything and everybody.

    • Phoebe B. Davis,
    • 1856, in Louise Bernikow, The American Women's Almanac ()
  • I don't have general views about anything, except social injustice.

  • ... the poor have been sent to the front lines of a federal budget deficit reduction war that few other groups were drafted to fight ...

  • My every breath is a compromise with injustice.

  • ... calls for equal treatment are often seen as calls for 'special treatment' in situations where discrimination has become the norm.

  • [On the special requirements for blacks registering to vote:] That literacy test was rough. The registrar, Mr. Campbell, brought this big black book over there, and pointed out something for me to read. It was the 16th section of the Constitution of Mississippi ... dealing with de facto laws. I know as much about a de facto law as a horse knows about Christmas Day. And he told me to read it and copy. Then after I had copied it, give a reasonable interpretation. So you know about what happened to me. Well, I flunked the test, you know, 'cause I didn't know what in the world was a de facto law. Still don't really know what it is.

  • If you got the sayso you want to keep it, whether you are right or wrong. That's why they have to keep changing the laws — so they don't unbenefit any of these big white men.

    • Ruth Shays,
    • in John Langston Gwaltney, Drylongso ()
  • [On President Nixon:] If I did half of the things this sorry President did, they would put me under the jail and send every key to the moon. They have the little punishments for the big men and the heavy chastisement for the poor.

    • Ruth Shays,
    • in John Langston Gwaltney, Drylongso ()
  • To accuse is so easy that it is infamous to do so where proof is impossible!