Quotes to Ponder on Dispute Resolution and Justice


Justice, justice shall you pursue. – Deuteronomy 16:20

Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbor to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough. – President Abraham Lincoln

The notion that most people want black-robed judges, well-dressed lawyers, and fine paneled courtrooms as the setting to resolve their dispute is not correct. People with problems, like people with pains, want relief, and they want it as quickly and inexpensively as possible. – Chief Justice Warren E. Burger

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. – Mahatma Gandhi

We should stop looking to law to provide the final answer… Law cannot save us from ourselves… We have to go out and try to accomplish our goals and resolve disagreements by doing what we think is right. That energy and resourcefulness, not millions of legal cubicles, is what was great about America. Let judgment and personal conviction be important again. – Philip K. Howard

The business of the law is to make sense of the confusion of what we call human life to reduce it to order but at the same time to give it possibility, scope, even dignity. – Archibald MacLeish

It is, indeed, hard for the strong to be just to the weak. – Eamon de Valera

Although the legal and ethical definitions of right are the antithesis of each other, most writers use them as synonyms. They confuse power with goodness, and mistake law for justice. – Charles T. Sprading

No man suffers injustice without learning, vaguely but surely, what justice is. – Isaac Rosenfeld

Every man loves justice at another man’s expense. – Anonymous

The law isn’t justice. It’s a very imperfect mechanism. If you press exactly the right buttons and are also lucky, justice may show up in the answer. A mechanism is all the law was ever intended to be. – Raymond Chandler

The due process of law as we use it, I believe, rests squarely on the liberal idea of conflict and resolution. – June L. Trapp

Lawsuit: A machine which you go into as a pig and come out of as a sausage. – Ambrose Bierce

Litigant: A person about to give up his skin for the hope of retaining his bones. – Ambrose Bierce

No civilization . . . would ever have been possible without a framework of stability, to provide the wherein for the flux of change. Foremost among the stabilizing factors, more enduring than customs, manners and traditions, are the legal systems that regulate our life in the world and our daily affairs with each other. – Hannah Arendt