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A steady patriot of the world alone,
The friend of every country but his own.
George Canning, on the Jacobin


It was well said of them they were Jacobites when drunk and Tories when sober.
Winston Churchill


Old thieves make good jailers.
German Proverb

James Boswell

I have heard you [James Boswell] mentioned as a man whom everybody likes. I think life has little more to give.
Samuel Johnson


Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.
H. G. Wells

O, beware, my lord, of jealousy!
It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.
William Shakespeare

[Jealousy] arouses a husband's fury, and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.
Proverbs 6:34

The venom clamors of a jealous woman
Poison more deadly than a mad dog’s tooth.

Jealousy and anger shorten life, and anxiety brings on premature old age.

Though jealousy be produced by love, as ashes. are by fire, yet jealousy extinguishes love as ashes smother the flame.
Margaret of Navarre

Trifles light as air
Are to the jealous confirmations strong
As proofs of holy writ.

Jealousy lives upon doubt, and comes to an end or becomes a fury as soon as it passes from doubt to certainty.
La Rochefoucauld

No man is greatly jealous who is not in some measure guilty.
Benjamin Whichcote

The woman's natural jealousy is not at a man's loving another, but at his forsaking her.
James Hinton


Nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb.
Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution


Jerome should not be numbered among the teachers of the church, for he was a heretic; yet I believe that he is saved through faith in Christ.
Martin Luther


A jest’s prosperity lies in the ear
Of him that hears it, never in the tongue
Of him that makes it.

Of all the griefs that harass the distrest,
Sure the most bitter is a scornful jest.
Samuel Johnson

Many a true word is spoken in jest.
English Proverb

Too late the forward youth shall find
That jokes are sometimes paid in kind;
Or if they canker in the breast,
He makes a foe who makes a jest.
John Gay

If you give a jest you must take a jest.
Jonathan Swift

Never jest with God, death, or the Devil.
Arab Proverb

Many a friend has been lost by a jest, but none has ever been got by one.
Czech Proverb


Leave jesting while it pleaseth, lest it turne to earnest.
George Herbert


I do not like the reappearance of the Jesuits. If ever there was a body of men who merited damnation on earth and in Hell it is this society of Loyola's. Nevertheless, we are compelled by our system of religious toleration to offer them an asylum.
John Adams


In America, they [American Jews] may feel they are Jews. But in Israel, they feel they are Americans.
Ernest van den Haag

To the Greeks, the beautiful was holy, and to the Jews the holy was beautiful.
Author unidentified

I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? … If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?

They are an ancient people [the Jews], a famous people, an enduring people, and a people who in the end have generally attained their objects. hope Parliament may endure for ever, and sometimes I think it will; but I cannot help remembering that the Jews have outlived Assyrian kings, Egyptian Pharaohs, Roman Caesars, and Arabian Caliphs.
Benjamin Disraeli

It is to the Jewish nation that humanity owes the deepest debt of gratitude, and it is on that nation that humanity has inflicted the deepest wrongs.
F. W. Farrar

These three are the marks of a Jew.—a tender. heart, self-respect, and charity.
Hebrew Proverb

A nation that persecutes Jews cannot last long.
Yiddish Proverb

No more vicious anti-Semite than a Jewish anti-Semite.
Yiddish Proverb

John Keats

Such writing is a sort of mental masturbation—he is always f—gg—g his imagination.—I don't mean that he is indecent but viciously soliciting his own ideas into a state which is neither poetry nor any thing else but a Bedlam vision produced by raw pork and opium.
Lord Byron, of Keats

This grave contains all that was mortal of a young English poet, who, on his deathbed, in the bitterness of his heart at the malicious power of his enemies, desired these words to be graven on his tombstone, "Here lies one whose name was writ in water."
Epitaph of Keats on his tombstone at Rome

John Marshall

His twistifications in the case of Marbury, in that of Burr, and the Yazoo case show how dexterously he can reconcile law to his personal biases.
Thomas Jefferson

John Milton

Milton! thou shouldst be living at this hour:
England hath need of thee: she is a fen
Of stagnant waters.
William Wordsworth


A joke never gains over an enemy, but often loses a friend.
Thomas Fuller

A joke's a very serious thing.
Charles Churchill

Someone is generally sure to be the sufferer by a joke. What is sport to one is death to another.
William Hazlitt


Jonah went too far; he presumed to command God Almighty, and became a great man-slayer and a murderer, for he desired that a great city and many people should be utterly destroyed, though God chose to spare them. This was a strange saint.
Martin Luther


I think this journal will be disadvantageous for me, for I spend the time now like a spider spinning my own entrails.
Mary Chesnut


Rock journalism is people who can't write interviewing people who can't talk for people who can't read.
Frank Zappa

Journalism largely consists of saying 'Lord Jones is Dead' to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.
G. K. Chesterton

Exaggeration of every kind is as essential to journalism as it is to the dramatic art, for the object of journalism is to make events go as far as possible.
Arthur Schopenhauer

The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable, and literature is not read.
Oscar Wilde

Journalism possesses in itself the potentiality of becoming one of the most frightful monstrosities and delusions that have ever cursed mankind. This horrible transformation will occur at the exact instant at which journalists realise that they can become an aristocracy.
G. K. Chesterton

Great is journalism. Is not every able editor a ruler of the world, being the persuader of it?
Thomas Carlyle

In our country I am inclined to think that almost, if not quite, the most important profession is that of the newspaper man, including the man of the magazines, especially the cheap magazines, and the weeklies.
Theodore Roosevelt

Sailer’s Law of Female Journalism: The most heartfelt articles by female journalists tend to be demands that social values be overturned in order that, Come the Revolution, the journalist herself will be considered hotter-looking.
Steve Sailer


There is no such thing as an independent press. You know it, and I know it. I [as a journalist] am paid $150 a week for keeping honest opinions out of the paper. We are intellectual prostitutes, and our time and our talents are the property of other men.
An unidentified New York editor, 1917

Journalists assume that freedom of the press is a popular cause. They are mistaken.
Paul Johnson

Journalists say a thing that they know isn't true, in the hope that if they keep on saying it long enough it will be true.
Arnold Bennett

How does so much [false news] get into the American newspapers, even the good ones? Is it because journalists, as a class, are habitual liars, and prefer what is not true to what is true? I don't think it is. Rather, it is because journalists are, in the main, extremely stupid, sentimental and credulous fellows—because nothing is easier than to fool them—because the majority of them lack the sharp intelligence that the proper discharge of their duties demands.
H. L. Mencken

I would say that the war correspondent gets more drinks, more girls, better pay and greater freedom than the soldier, but that at this stage of the game having the freedom to choose his spot and being allowed to be a coward and not be executed for it, is his torture. The war correspondent has his stake—his life—in his hands, and he can put it on this horse or that horse, or he can put it back in his pocket at the very last minute.
Robert Capa

A newswriter is a man without virtue, who writes lies at home for his own profit. To these compositions is required neither genius nor knowledge, neither industry nor sprightliness; but contempt of shame and indifference to truth are absolutely necessary.
Samuel Johnson

They [journalists] are a sort of assassins who sit with loaded blunderbusses at the corner of streets and fire them off for hire or for sport at any passenger they select.
John Quincy Adams

The Journalist, indeed, however honest, will frequently deceive, because he will frequently be deceived himself.
Samuel Johnson

How readily they [journalists] receive any report that will disgrace our enemies, and how eagerly they accumulate praises upon a name, which caprice or accident has made a Favourite.
Samuel Johnson

Of all the people insistently expressing their mental vacuity, none has a better excuse for an empty head than the newspaperman: If he pauses to restock his brain, he invites onrushing headlines to trample him flat.
Russell Baker


A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.


Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.
Mark Twain

The man from whom the joys of life have departed is living no more, but should be counted with the dead.

Great joys, like griefs, are silent.
Shakerley Marmion

Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow.

They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Isaiah 35:10 (KJV)

The latter end of joy is woe. (For evere the latter ende of joye is wo—)

All seek joy, but it is not found on earth.
St. John Chrysostom

A joy that's shared is a joy made double.
John Ray

O God, may I live to have one day of unsullied joy!
Ludwig van Beethoven

I have drunken deep of joy,
And I will taste no other wine tonight.
P. B. Shelley

Joy and Sorrow

God send you joy, for sorrow will come fast enough.
John Clarke

They that sow in tears Shall reap in joy.
Psalm 126:5 KJV

Pure and complete sorrow is as impossible as pure and complete joy.
Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy


All the great conceptual discoveries of the human intellect seem obvious and inescapable once they had been revealed, but it requires a special genius to formulate them for the first time. The Jews had this gift. To them we owe the idea of equality before the law, both Divine and human; of the sanctity of life and the dignity of human person; of the individual conscience and so a personal redemption; of collective conscience and so of social responsibility; of peace as an abstract ideal and love as the foundation of justice, and many other items that constitute the basic moral furniture of the human mind. Without Jews, it [the world] might have been a much emptier place.
Paul Johnson


There must always be a goodly number of judges, for few will always do the will of the few.
Niccolò Machiavelli

Judges ought to remember that their office is jus dicere, and not jus dare—to interpret law, and not to make law, or give law.
Francis Bacon

The judge is condemned when the guilty is acquitted.
Publilius Syrus

The law is relaxed when the judge shows pity.
Publilius Syrus

A good and faithful judge prefers what is right to what is expedient.

No one is ever innocent when his opponent is the judge.

When a judge departs from the letter of the law he becomes a lawbreaker.
Francis Bacon

As anger does not become a judge, so neither doth pity; for one is the mark of a foolish woman, as the other is of a passionate man.
Mr. Justice Scroggs

Fill the seats of justice
With good men, not so absolute in goodness
As to forget what human frailty is.
T. N. Talfourd

We must remember that we have to make judges out of men, and that by being made judges their prejudices are not diminished and their intelligence is not increased.
R. G. Ingersoll

The best law leaves the least discretion to the judge.
Latin Proverb

It is for a judge to declare, not to make the law. (Judicis est jus dicere non dare.)
Legal Maxim

The thing to fear is not the law but the judge.
Legal Maxim


We are all inclined to judge ourselves by our ideals; others by their acts.
Harold Nicholson

State a moral case to a plowman and a professor. The former will decide it as well, and often better than the latter, because he has not been led astray by artificial rules.
Thomas Jefferson

Many complain of their Memory, few of their Judgment.
Author unidentified

Horse sense is the good judgement which keeps people from betting on horses.
W. C. Fields

Everyone complains of his memory, and no one complains of his judgment.
La Rochefoucauld

The number of those who undergo the fatigue of judging for themselves is very small indeed.
Richard Sheridan

To youth, therefore, it should be carefully inculcated, that, to enter the road of life without caution or reserve, in expectation of general fidelity and justice, is to launch on the wide ocean without the instruments of steerage, and to hope that every wind will be prosperous, and that every coast will afford a harbour.
Samuel Johnson

Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.
Daniel 5:27 KJV

All men judge the acts of others by what they would have done themselves.
Dionysius of Halicarnassus

O mortal men, be wary how ye judge.

Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice;
Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment.

Tis with our judgments as our watches: none
Go just alike, yet each believes his own.
Alexander Pope

Judgment should follow the laws, not the precedents. (Judicandum est legibus non exemplis.)
Legal Maxim

And differing judgements serve but to declare
That truth lies somewhere, if we knew but where
William Cowper

It is a capital mistake to theorize before you have all the evidence. It biases the judgement.
Arthur Conan Doyle

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


There is no liberty if the power of judging be not separated from the legislative and executive powers.
C. L. de Montesquieu

This member of the government was at first considered as the most harmless and helpless of all its organs. But it has proved that the power of declaring what the law is, ad libitum, by sapping and mining, slyly, and without alarm, the foundations of the Constitution, can do what open force would not dare to attempt.
Thomas Jefferson

There is virtually no political question in the United States that does not sooner or later resolve itself into a judicial question.
Alexis de Tocqueville

Julius Caesar

Caesar was a failure. Otherwise he would not have been assassinated.
Napoleon I


The jury system puts a ban upon intelligence and honesty, and a premium upon ignorance, stupidity and perjury.
Mark Twain


What is against truth cannot be just.
St. Augustine

The sweet remembrance of the just
Shall flourish when he sleeps in dust.
Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady


Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.
H. L. Mencken

Whether we bring our enemies to justice, or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done.
George W. Bush

I like my wine French, my beer German, my vodka Russian, and my judicial system American.
Chief Justice John Roberts

Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd, and do not show favoritism to a poor person in a lawsuit.
Exodus 23:2-3

Pardoning the Bad, is injuring the Good.
Author unidentified

Use every man after his desert, and who should ’scape whipping?

Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society; and any eminent departure from it, under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all.
Edmund Burke

The scales of justice are vain without her sword.
Winston Churchill

The sword of justice has no scabbard.
Joseph de Maistre

Justice is the end of government. It is the end of civil society. It ever has been, and ever will be pursued, until it be obtained, or until liberty be lost in the pursuit.
Alexander Hamilton

For Justice, though she's painted blind,
Is to the weaker side inclined.
Samuel Butler

There is a point beyond which even justice becomes unjust.

In a really just cause the weak conquer the strong.

Though justice moves slowly, it seldom fails to overtake the wicked.

I have loved justice and hated iniquity; therefore I die an exile.
Pope Gregory VII

Let justice be done, though the world perish. (Fiat justitia, et pereat mundus.)
Motto of Ferdinand I

Love of justice in the generality of men is only, the fear of suffering from injustice.
La Rochefoucauld

To withdraw ourselves from the law of the strong, we have found ourselves obliged to submit to justice. Justice or might, we must choose between these two masters: so little are we made to be free.
Luc de Vauvenargues

There are men whom a happy disposition, a strong desire of glory and esteem, inspire with the same love for justice and virtue which men in general have for riches and honors. … But the number of these men is so small that I only mention them in honor of humanity.
C. A. Helvétius

The sword of the law should never fall but on those whose guilt is so apparent as to be pronounced by their friends as well as foes.
Thomas Jefferson

I believe that justice is instinct and innate, that the moral sense is as much a part of our constitution as that of feeling, seeing, or hearing.
Thomas Jefferson

One man's justice is another's injustice.
R. W. Emerson

Justice is the great interest of man on earth. It is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together.
Daniel Webster

Truth is justice's handmaid, freedom is its child, peace is its companion, safety walks in its steps, victory follows in its train.
Ascribed to Sydney Smith

Justice is a faculty that may be developed. This development is what constitutes the education of the human race.
P. J. Proudhon

To heal the breach between the rich and the poor, it is necessary to distinguish between justice and charity. There can be no claim for redress except where justice is violated.
Pope Pius X

There is no such thing as justice—in or out of court.
Clarence Darrow

But, surely, the quiver of Omnipotence is stored with arrows, against which the shield of human virtue, however adamantine it has been boasted, is held up in vain: we do not always suffer by our crimes; we are not always protected by our innocence.
Samuel Johnson

What I ask for the negro is not benevolence, not pity, not sympathy, but simply justice.
Frederick Douglass

A long line of cases shows that it is not merely of some importance, but is of fundamental importance that justice should not only be done, but should manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done.
Gordon Hewart

Justice and Mercy

He injures the good who spares the bad.
Publilius Syrus

Sparing justice feeds iniquity.

He that's merciful unto the bad is cruel to the good.
Thomas Randolph

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