Truth, Reason, Justice & Lawfulness

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

And I wish no one to believe anything I have written, unless he is personally persuaded by the evidence of reason.
– Descartes

Persecution does not make the just man to suffer, nor does oppression destroy him if he is on the right side of Truth. Socrates smiled as he took poison, and Stephen smiled as he was stoned. What truly hurts is our conscience that aches when we oppose it, and dies when we betray it.
– Kahlil Gibran
mystic, poet and artist
(1883-1931)

All truth goes through three stages. First it is ridiculed. Then it is violently opposed. Finally, it is accepted as self-evident.
– Schoepenhouer

Dissent has always been the principal catalyst in the alchemy of truth.
– Ramsey Clark

I am firmly convinced that the passionate will for justice and truth has done more to improve {the human condition} than calculating political shrewdness which in the long run only breeds general mistrust.
– Albert Einstein

Such is the irresistible nature of truth that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.
– Thomas Paine

Truth is the only safe ground to stand upon.
– Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts.
– E. B. White

"Blue collar" crimes generate harsh sentences while "white collar" crime – almost always for vastly greater amounts of money – gets kid gloves treatment by comparison. In 2000, for example, a Texas man received sixteen years in prison for stealing a Snickers candy bar, while, at the same time, four executives at Hoffman-LaRoche Ltd. were found guilty of conspiring to suppress and eliminate competition in the vitamin industry, in what the Justice Department called perhaps the largest criminal antitrust conspiracy in history. The cost to consumers and public health is nearly immeasurable. The four executives were fined anywhere from $75,000 to $350,000 and they received prison terms ranging from three months all the way up to … four months.
– Robert McChesney
Rich Media, Poor Democracy
1999

The first step is to penetrate the clouds of deceit and distortion and learn the truth about the world,
then to organize and act to change it. That's never been impossible and never been easy.
– Noam Chomsky

I didn't say it would be easy. I just said it would be the truth.
– Morpheus

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.
– Niels Bohr

It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer.
– William Blackstone
Commentaries on the Laws of England

There are only two ways of telling the complete truth–anonymously and posthumously.
– Thomas Sowell

Truth has a way of asserting itself despite all attempts to obscure it. Distortion only serves to derail it for a time. No matter to what lengths we humans may go to obfuscate facts or delude our fellows, truth has a way of squeezing out through the cracks, eventually.
– Senator Robert Byrd
speech on the Senate floor, May 21, 2003
about Bush Administration's war on Iraq

The truth does not cease to exist because it is ignored.
– Aldous Huxley

It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.
– Arthur Conan Doyle
physician and writer
(1859-1930)

As scarce as truth is, the supply is always greater than the demand.
– Josh Billings,
nom de plume of Henry Wheeler Shaw, American author
(1818-1885)

Everyone wishes to have truth on his side, but not everyone wishes to be on the side of truth.
– Richard Whately
philosopher, reformer, theologian and economist
(1787-1863)

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
– George Orwell
writer
(1903-1950)

Difficult and painful as it is, we must walk on in the days ahead with an audacious faith in the future. When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe, working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows. Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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