These injustice quotes shed light on this problem and will inspire you to stand for what is right.
It is usually easier to spot an injustice when it is happening to us or to someone that we care about. However, the truth is that injustice is all around daily.
We commonly describe it as the absence of fairness or justice. It is that feeling of wondering why good things seem to happen to horrible people, while you struggle, knowing that you do everything you can to be a kind and decent person. It just doesn’t seem right.
These quotes will help shed light on what injustice looks like. They also illustrate why it is important to stand up for others. Many of these quotes offer a thoughtful perspective on the concept of injustice.
Over course, there is plenty to be said about injustice from the government, and how people’s greed and ambition contribute to others being treated unfairly. Each of these quotes is a powerful reminder that injustice is a real problem we face.
Don’t forget to also check out these equality quotes about the importance of how we treat each other.
Injustice quotes on what it means to be unfair
1. “People don’t always get what they deserve in this world.” ― Lemony Snicket
2. “The caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity.” ― George Carlin
3. “Some things you must always be unable to bear. Some things you must never stop refusing to bear. Injustice and outrage and dishonor and shame. No matter how young you are or how old you have got. Not for kudos and not for cash: your picture in the paper nor money in the bank either. Just refuse to bear them.” ― William Faulkner
4. “Justice is my being allowed to do whatever I like. Injustice is whatever prevents my doing so.” ― Samuel Johnson
5. “And yet the feeling of injustice itself turned out to be strangely physical. Even realer, in a way, than her hurting, smelling, sweating body. Injustice had a shape, a weight, and a temperature, and a texture, and a very bad taste.” ― Jonathan Franzen
6. “Justice doesn’t mean the absence of injustice, it means the presence of the determination to stand up to injustice.” ― Abhijit Naskar
7. “Pain and tragedy and injustice happen – they happen to us all. I’d like to believe it’s what you choose to do after such an experience that matters the most – that truly changes your life forever.” ― Anthony Ray Hinton
8. “I welcome injustice because injustice gives me something to strive for. We need the darkness, for it allows the light to shine. God’s greatest gift to mankind is Satan because evil gives us something to strive against.” ― Jan Golembiewski
Injustice quotes that will inspire you to fight
9. “I am a person who is unhappy with things as they stand. We cannot accept the world as it is. Each day we should wake up foaming at the mouth because of the injustice of things.” ― Hugo Claus
10. “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, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” ― Robert F. Kennedy
11. “Do not make the mistake of thinking that you have to agree with people and their beliefs to defend them from injustice.” ― Bryant McGill
12. “It’s not unpatriotic to denounce an injustice committed on our behalf, perhaps it’s the most patriotic thing we can do.” ― E.A. Bucchianeri
13. “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
14. “It takes great courage to open one’s heart and mind to the tremendous injustice and suffering in our world.” ― Vincent A. Gallagher
15. “The only way I can pay back for what fate and society have handed me is to try, in minor totally useless ways, to make an angry sound against injustice.” ― Martha Gellhorn
16. “Everything human beings can imagine has been thrown at injustice, and injustice just absorbs it and enlarges.” ― Greg Baxter
17. “Stand up to injustice, even if you stand alone.” ― Suzy Kassem
18. “Change can only be brought about when we have the courage to speak about the injustices we see.” ― Erin Thorp
19. “The human voice is still the most paramount vessel or weapon to use, to uphold justice and to protest against injustice.” ― Sunday Adelaja
Meaningful injustice quotes
20. “Man cannot be freed by the same injustice that enslaved it.” ― Pierce Brown
21. “I guess the only time most people think about injustice is when it happens to them.” ― Charles Bukowski
22. “Talking about justice, doing injustice is indeed unfair conduct and hypocrisy.” ― Ehsan Sehgal
23. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
24. “If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine.” ― Ernesto Che Guevara
25. “Men use thought only as authority for their injustice and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts.” ― Voltaire
26. “Injustice on one life is injustice on all lives.” ― Abhijit Naskar
27. “Injustice, in the end, produces independence.” ― Voltaire
28. “If thou sustain injustice, console thyself; the true unhappiness is in doing it.” ― Democritus
29. “There is no justice to be had in wanton blind destruction, just more injustice.” ― C.A.A. Savastano
30. “When your bones ignite and your blood boils at the sight of misery, injustice, and hate, that’s when you are truly born as a human.” ― Abhijit Naskar
31. “… I never yield to injustice if I can help it…” ― Louisa May Alcott
32. “You cannot right injustice by injustice.” ― Geraldine Brooks
33. “There were countless injustices and difficulties in this world, but small points of light too, where the darkness was held back.” ― Alexander McCall Smith
Government and legal injustice quotes
34. “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
35. “Rather than justice for all, we are evolving into a system of justice for those who can afford it. We have banks that are not only too big to fail but too big to be held accountable.” ― Joseph E. Stiglitz
36. “When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.” ― Thomas Jefferson
37. “You just need to be a flea against injustice. Enough committed fleas biting strategically can make even the biggest dog uncomfortable and transform even the biggest nation.” ― Marian Wright Edelman
38. “If the system turns away from the abuses inflicted on the guilty, then who can be next but the innocents?” ― Michael Connelly
39. “The trouble was, no one thought about the victims anymore. It was all about human rights for the criminal. Injustice was the name of the game now.” ― Sibel Hodge
40. “So many wars have been fought and so much injustice has been perpetrated because we’ve banished others from our group and therefore our circle of concern.” ― Dalai Lama XIV
41. “When you see injustice among the nations, you will find out that the root cause is covetousness.” ― Sunday Adelaja
42. “… a broken nation, under siege, divisible, without liberty and injustice for a lot…” ― Jeffrey G. Duarte
Injustice quotes about ambition and money
43. “Money can buy the necessary police order. Justice is sold to the highest bidder.” ― Rohinton Mistry
44. “Lands of great discoveries are also lands of great injustices.” ― Ivo Andric
45. “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
46. “My own attitude to the innumerable injustices of life has always been a philosophical one, especially when they have tended to operate in my favor.” ― Auberon Waugh
47. “One should never underestimate how callous or indifferent people can be when it’s in their interest to be so.” ― Marty Rubin
48. “Excessive, unmatched greed is the oxygen of every abusive, manipulative, destructive, narcissistic Machiavellian power players of today’s kakistocracy, kleptocracy, injustice, corruption, and impunity.” ― Angelica Hopes
If you’re enjoying these quotes, make sure to read our collection of greed quotes to curb any selfish tendencies.
49. “… the richest tenth of the worlds’ adults owned 85 percent of global assets in the year 2000. The poorest half, in contrast, owned barely 1 percent. … Pause for a moment, to resist letting those numbers drift by unconsidered.” ― Cynthia Moe-Lobeda
50. “At the root of every form of ungodliness, injustice, nepotism, selfishness, every rivalry, and competitive jealousy, is the monster called greed.” ― Sunday Adelaja
51. “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” – Voltaire
52. “Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.” – Honore de Balzac
More injustice quotes and sayings
53. “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” – Charles Darwin
54. “Rage — whether in reaction to social injustice, or to our leaders’ insanity, or to those who threaten or harm us — is a powerful energy that, with diligent practice, can be transformed into fierce compassion.” – Bonnie Myotai Treace
55. “We first crush people to the earth, and then claim the right of trampling on them forever, because they are prostrate.” – Lydia Maria Child
56. “If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever.” – George Orwell
57. “No amount of me trying to explain myself was doing any good. I didn’t even know what was going on inside of me, so how could I have explained it to them?” – Sierra D. Waters
58. “Always seek justice, but love only mercy. To love justice and hate mercy is but a doorway to more injustice.” – Criss Jami
59. “Love and freedom are such hideous words. So many cruelties have been done in their name.” – Joseph O’Connor
60. “The world was fucked up. It was hard to say how exactly, but we could feel it. There was injustice, lots of it, we saw it as a dull shape coming into focus.” – Michelle Tea
Thought-provoking injustice quotes
61. “A rule without exceptions is an instrument capable of doing mischief to the innocent and bringing grief — as well as injustice — to those who should gain exemptions from the rule’s functioning.” ― Derrick Bell
62. “If people in the position of power are not made to be accountable, then, ungodliness, injustice and oppression will continue to be the order of the day in the society.” ― Sunday Adelaja
63. “How difficult is it for one body to feel the injustice wheeled at another? Are the tensions, the recognitions, the disappointments, and the failures that exploded in the riots too foreign?” ― Claudia Rankine
64. “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” ― Desmond Tutu
65. “As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest.” ― Nelson Mandela
66. “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
67. “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
68. “One who is injured ought not to return the injury, for on no account can it be right to do an injustice; and it is not right to return an injury, or to do evil to any man, however much we have suffered from him.” ― Socrates
70. “Delay in justice is injustice.” ― Walter Savage Landor
What did you learn from these injustice quotes?
Personal injustice is not the only thing to watch out for. Other times it is a more blatant and overwhelming societal injustice that needs to be corrected. In those moments, when we decide to stand up for the rights of others, we can discover who we are.
Will you be the person who makes an impact with your actions? Even things that seem small or inconsequential can have a lasting impact on the lives of others.
My 16-year-old daughter went to protest for George Floyd with a friend of hers. There were many young people there, and I admired their courage to stand up for the right thing. After all, evil triumphs when good men (and women) do nothing (Edmund Burke).
I do not want to sit idly by and let evil win. If you see something that is unjust, be brave enough to take a stand. The actions you choose today will affect the future.
What’s your biggest takeaway from these injustice quotes and sayings? Do you have any other favorite quotes to add? Leave it in the comment section below!
April 18, 2022 5:00 AM EST