Truth is always in harmony with herself, and is not concerned chiefly to reveal the justice that may consist with wrong-doing.
When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport: when the tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity. The distinction between Crime and Justice is no greater.
This is to assuage our conscience… But it doesn’t help the poor. They don’t need charity; they need justice.
The universal law of justice is: act externally in such a way that the free use of your will is compatible with the freedom of everyone according to a universal law.[Das allgemeine Rechtsgesetz: handle äußerlich so, daß der freie Gebrauch deiner Willkür mit der Freiheit von jedermann nach einem allgemeinen Gesetze zusammen bestehen könne.]
The slave begins by demanding justice and ends by wanting to wear a crown.[L’esclave commence par réclamer justice et finit par vouloir la royauté.]
Some say the reason so many criminals go free is that the legal system is a net with a large mesh. But that gives a completely false picture. It’s a thin, fine-meshed net that catches the small fry but tears when the big fish crash into it.