Top 100 Injustice Quotes To Inspire You To Keep Fighting

Moumita Dutta
Dec 12, 2023 By Moumita Dutta
Originally Published on Feb 09, 2021
Edited by Jacob Fitzbright
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Injustice is derived from the Latin word “jus”, meaning right or law.

Justice throughout the inception of mankind has been used interchangeably with the concept of 'fairness'. It has been defined as the proper ordering of people and things by sociologists and philosophers.

The definition of justice differs from races and religions with their codes of law and conduct.

The feeling of injustice is wondering why you struggle, even after doing everything to be a kind and decent person, whereas, on the other side, people with ulterior motives thrive in society. The feeling that everyone regardless of their skin color, beliefs, and financial status should be treated equally is our definition of fair and appropriate.

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Justice And Injustice Quotes

Some of the best experiencing and facing injustice quotes.

1. “Yes the truth is that men's ambition and their desire to make money are among the most frequent causes of deliberate acts of injustice.”

― Aristotle, ‘Politics’.

2. “Justice is the foremost virtue of the civilizing races.”

Jose Rizal.

3. “Prejudice is a form of untruthfulness, and untruthfulness is an insidious form of injustice.”

― Miroslav Volf.

4. “I am not the least bit surprised that injustice persists. I'm also not surprised that resistance to injustice persists.”

― Tom Morello.

5. “As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest.”

— Nelson Mandela.

6. “The moment that justice must be paid for by the victim of injustice it becomes itself injustice.”  

― Benjamin Tucker.

7. “The truth about injustice always sounds outrageous.”  

― James H. Cone.

8. “Justice consists not in being neutral between right and wrong, but in finding out the right and upholding it, wherever found, against the wrong.”

― Theodore Roosevelt.

9. “If you are neutral in situations of injustice you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”

― Desmond Tutu.

10. “True peace is not merely the absence of war but the presence of justice.”

Jane Addams.

11. “Injustice and lawlessness is the greatest terror a government can ever enforce on its own people!”

― Mehmet Murat Ildan.

12. “Soothe your throats. Injustice has not followed you here.”

― Patrick Ness.

13. “Everything human beings can imagine has been thrown at injustice, and injustice just absorbs it, and enlarges.”

― Greg Baxter.

14. “My conscience rebels against the injustice, the cruelty, the inequality that surrounds me on every side.”

― Annie Besant.

15. “If we expect others to rely on our fairness and justice we must show that we rely on their fairness and justice.”

― Calvin Coolidge.

16. “Justice and injustice indeed begins and ends with the self.”

― Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas.

17. “Some people seemed to get all sunshine, and some all shadow…”

— Louisa May Alcott.

18. “The love of justice is simply in the majority of men the fear of suffering injustice.”

— La Rochefoucauld.

19. “Peace without justice is tyranny.”

― William Allen White, ‘Forty Years On Main Street’.

20. “Of all injustice that is the greatest which goes under the name of law.”

― Heath L'Estrange.

21. “It is not possible to found a lasting power upon injustice, perjury, and treachery.”

― Demosthenes.

22. “The tyranny imposed on the soul by anger, or fear, or lust, or pain, or envy, or desire, I generally call ‘injustice’.”

― Plato.

23. “Those who commit injustice bear the greatest burden.”

― Hosea Ballou.

Fight Against Injustice Quotes

Best fighting injustice quotes to get you to take a stand against the injustices in the world.

24. “It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped.”

― Robert F. Kennedy.

25. “If we won't fight injustice wherever we see it, then we are not safe from suffering injustice ourselves.”

― Peter Hitchens.

26. “As long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever-renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need is, to do battle for the one against the other.”

― John Stuart Mill, ‘Principles Of Political Economy’.

27. “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”

― Elie Wiesel, 'Kingdom Of Memory'.

28. “There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.”

― Charles-Louis de Secondat, ‘The Spirit Of The Laws’.

29. “As long as I continue to breathe, as long as there's injustice in this world, I will use the voice that God has given me to speak against it.”

― James MacArthur.

30. “I hate injustice, I despise inequity, I condemn hypocrisy, I abhor the lack of reason.”

― Alexander Theroux.

31. “The answer to injustice is not to silence the critic but to end the injustice.”

Paul Robeson.

32. “If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.”

― Henry David Thoreau, ‘Civil Disobedience’.

33. “The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.”

― Lyndon B. Johnson.

34. “Hopelessness is the catalyst that inspires men to action and demand justice.”

― Fred Munoz.

35. “When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.”

― Thomas Jefferson.

36. “Each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.”

― Robert F. Kennedy, ‘Make Gentle The Life Of The World: The Vision Of Robert F. Kennedy’.

37. “One of the best ways to achieve justice is to expose injustice.”

― Julian Assange.

38. “You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.”

Rosa Parks.

39. “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable.”

― John F. Kennedy.

40. “Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot.”

― D. H. Lawrence.

Famous Injustice Quotes

Some of the best well-known quotes around the world about injustice from famous people like Howard Zinn and Charles Bukowski.

41. “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”

― Voltaire.

42. “I guess the only time most people think about injustice is when it happens to them.”

― Charles Bukowski, ‘Ham On Rye’.

43. “Lands of great discoveries are also lands of great injustices.”

― Ivo Andric.

44. “Justice is my being allowed to do whatever I like. Injustice is whatever prevents my doing so.”

― Samuel Johnson.

45. “Injustice, in the end, produces independence.”

― Voltaire.

46. “You can’t be neutral on a moving train.”

— Howard Zinn.

47. “The strictest law sometimes becomes the severest injustice.”

― Benjamin Franklin.

48. “Justice is sweet and musical; but injustice is harsh and discordant.”

― Henry David Thoreau.

49. “To do injustice is more disgraceful than to suffer it.”  

― Plato.

50. “Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.”

― Voltaire, ‘Questions Sur Les Miracles’.

51. “I think there are worse things than war. For example, injustice.”

― George Friedman.

52. “No one will dare maintain that it is better to do injustice than to bear it.”

― Aristotle.

53. “All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.”

― Winston Churchill.

54. “Acts of injustice done

Between the setting and the rising sun

In history lie like bones, each one.”

― W. H. Auden, ‘The Ascent Of F-6’.

55. “If thou suffer injustice, console thyself; the true unhappiness is in doing it.”

― Democritus.

56. “Nothing can make injustice just but mercy.”  

― Robert Frost.

Turning A Blind Eye To Injustice Quotes


Silence in the face of injustice quotes that will make you take a stand and speak up!

57. “Nothing is too extravagant to expect from men who conceive they are ungratefully and unjustly dealt by.”

― George Washington.

58. “The worst people on earth are not only those who commit evil, but those who stand by and turn a blind eye.”

― Emmanuel Jal.

59. “The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.”

― Robertson Davies, ‘Tempest-Tost’.

60. “Never forget that turning a blind eye to oppression and watching from the sidelines is itself oppression.”

― Harun Yahya.

61. “Any fool can turn a blind eye but who knows what the ostrich sees in the sand.”

― Samuel Beckett, ‘Murphy’.

62. “In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.”

― Desiderius Erasmus.

63. “If you can live amid injustice without anger, you are immoral as well as unjust.”

― Thomas Aquinas.

64. “Every word has consequences. Every silence, too.”

― Jean-Paul Sartre.

65. “Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right.”

― Theodore Roosevelt.

66. “To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.”

― Ella Wheeler Wilcox.

67. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Edmund Burke.

68. “Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.”  

― Paulo Freire.

Racial Injustice Quotes

Quotes about racism and inequality which has been a shameful part in the history of mankind.

69. “Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future, and renders the present inaccessible.”

― Maya Angelou.

70. “As long as there is racial privilege, racism will never end.”

― Wayne Gerard Trotman.

71. “Defeating racism, tribalism, intolerance and all forms of discrimination will liberate us all, victim and perpetrator alike.”

― Ban Ki-Moon.

72. “To bring about change, you must not be afraid to take the first step. We will fail when we fail to try.”

― Rosa Parks.

73. “Racism is man’s gravest threat to man – the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason.”

― Abraham Joshua Heschel.

74. “Action is the only remedy to indifference: the most insidious danger of all.”

― Elie Wiesel.

75. “It's up to all of us — Black, white, everyone — no matter how well-meaning we think we might be, to do the honest, uncomfortable work of rooting racism out.”

― Michelle Obama.

76. “Racism and injustice and violence sweep our world, bringing a tragic harvest of heartache and death.”

― Billy Graham.

Quotes About Social Injustice

Sayings and quotes about injustice and other issues man has had to bear even today.

77. “People don't always get what they deserve in this world.”

― Lemony Snicket, ‘The Blank Book’.

78. “Let us give practical recognition to the injustices of the past, by building a future based on equality and social justice.”

― Nelson Mandela.

79. “Every social injustice is not only cruel, but it is economic waste.”    

― William Feather.

80. “Above all, always be capable of feeling deeply any injustice committed against anyone, anywhere in the world.”

― Che Guevara.

81. “Whosoever does wrong, wrongs himself; whosoever does injustice, does it to himself, making himself evil.”

Marcus Aurelius, ‘Meditations’.

82. “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.”

― Charles Darwin.

Injustice Quotes From Martin Luther King Jr.

Take action against injustice quotes from the legendary Martin Luther King Jr.

83. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

84. “We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor, it must be demanded by the oppressed.”

—Martin Luther King Jr.

85. “True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.”

—Martin Luther King Jr., ‘Stride Toward Freedom’.

86. “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

— Martin Luther King Jr.

87. “I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.”

― Martin Luther King Jr., 'I Have a Dream'.

88. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. ”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

89. “Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

Social Injustice Quotes In 'Les Miserables'

Quotes on the topic of injustice from the well-renowned novel 'Les Miserables'.

90. “After having judged society, which had caused his unhappiness, he judged Providence, which had made society, and he condemned it also.”

― Victor Hugo, 'Les Miserables'.

91. “If you wish to understand what Revolution is, call it Progress; and if you wish to understand what Progress is, call it Tomorrow.”

― Victor Hugo, 'Les Miserables'.

92. “Now, if I were not severe towards myself, all the justice that I have done would become injustice.”

― Victor Hugo, 'Les Miserables'.

93.  “Not being heard is no reason for silence.”

― Victor Hugo, 'Les Miserables'.

94. “The almost violent serenity of the funereal moment had disappeared; the phantom of social justice tormented him.”

― Victor Hugo, 'Les Miserables'.

95. “The guilty one is not the person who has committed the sin, but the person who has created the shadow.”

― Victor Hugo, 'Les Miserables'.

Injustice Quotes In 'To Kill A Mockingbird'

Great quotes about the issues of racism and social injustice from Harper Lee’s globally acclaimed novel. So read on to find out these 'To Kill A Mockingbird' injustice quotes.

96. “The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”

― Harper Lee, 'To Kill A Mockingbird'.

97. “People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.”

― Harper Lee, 'To Kill A Mockingbird'.

98. “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

― Harper Lee, 'To Kill A Mockingbird'.

99. “Things are never as bad as they seem.”

― Harper Lee, 'To Kill A Mockingbird'.

100. “It’s never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. It just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn’t hurt you.”

― Harper Lee, 'To Kill A Mockingbird'.

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Written by Moumita Dutta

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

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Moumita DuttaBachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

A content writer and editor with a passion for sports, Moumita has honed her skills in producing compelling match reports and stories about sporting heroes. She holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Calcutta University, alongside a postgraduate diploma in Sports Management.

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