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Michel Foucault Quotes and Sayings

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Justice must always question itself,
just as society can exist only by means of the work
it does on itself and on its institutions.
- Michel Foucault

What strikes me is the fact that in our society,
art has become something which is only related to objects,
and not to individuals, or to life.
- Michel Foucault

Freedom of conscience entails more dangers than authority and despotism.
- Michel Foucault

In its function, the power to punish is not essentially
different from that of curing or educating.
- Michel Foucault

 

As the archaeology of our thought easily shows,
man is an invention of recent date.
And one perhaps nearing its end.
- Michel Foucault

As the archeology of our thought easily shows,
man is an invention of recent date.
And one perhaps nearing its end.
- Michel Foucault

Prison continues, on those who are entrusted to it,
a work begun elsewhere, which the whole of society
pursues on each individual through innumerable mechanisms of discipline.
- Michel Foucault

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Madness is the absolute break with the work of art;
it forms the constitutive moment of abolition,
which dissolves in time the truth of the work of art.
- Michel Foucault

Power is not an institution, and not a structure;
neither is it a certain strength we are endowed with;
it is the name that one attributes to a complex strategical
situation in a particular society.
- Michel Foucault

The strategic adversary is fascism...
the fascism in us all, in our heads and in our everyday behavior,
the fascism that causes us to love power,
to desire the very thing that dominates and exploits us.
- Michel Foucault

If repression has indeed been the fundamental link between power,
knowledge, and sexuality since the classical age,
it stands to reason that we will not be able to free
ourselves from it except at a considerable cost.
- Michel Foucault

Love is stronger than justice.
- Sting

We win justice quickest by rendering
justice to the other party.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The hope of a secure and livable world
lies with disciplined nonconformists
who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

Justice that love gives is a surrender,
justice that law gives is a punishment.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

In matters of truth and justice,
there is no difference between large and small problems,
for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.
- Albert Einstein

There is a higher court than courts of justice
and that is the court of conscience.
It supersedes all other courts.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I have always found that mercy bears
richer fruits than strict justice.
- Abraham Lincoln

Every kind of peaceful cooperation among men
is primarily based on mutual trust
and only secondarily on institutions
such as courts of justice and police.
- Albert Einstein

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable...
Every step toward the goal of justice
requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle;
the tireless exertions and
passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Parents are not interested in justice,
they're interested in peace and quiet.
- Bill Cosby

The moral arc of the universe
bends at the elbow of justice.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible
only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens.
- Plato

Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The more laws, the less justice.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Justice is sweet and musical; but injustice is harsh and discordant.
- Henry David Thoreau

In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?
- Saint Augustine

Justice delayed is justice denied.
- William E. Gladstone

Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty,
justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world.
- Blaise Pascal

Observe good faith and justice toward all nations.
Cultivate peace and harmony with all.
- George Washington

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

I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice!
And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
- Barry Goldwater

The law has no compassion.
And justice is administered without compassion.
- Christopher Darden

Truth is always in harmony with herself,
and is not concerned chiefly to reveal the justice
that may consist with wrong-doing.
- Henry David Thoreau

The dead cannot cry out for justice.
It is a duty of the living to do so for them.
- Lois McMaster Bujold

I tremble for my country when I reflect that God
is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.
- Thomas Jefferson

It is impossible to tell where the law stops and justice begins.
- Bugs Baer

Judges are the weakest link in our system of justice,
and they are also the most protected.
- Alan Dershowitz

An unjust law is itself a species of violence.
Arrest for its breach is more so.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Justice and power must be brought together,
so that whatever is just may be powerful,
and whatever is powerful may be just.
- Blaise Pascal

Another day, another dollar, another war, another tower
Went up where the homeless had their home.
- Jewel

My mother was the influence in my life.
She was strong; she had great faith in the ultimate
triumph of justice and hard work.
She believed passionately in education.
- John H. Johnson

Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue,
a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence,
confidence, justice.
- Baruch Spinoza

Fairness is what justice really is.
- Potter Stewart

I've been waiting 13 years for justice.
- Curtis Sliwa

Justice is like a train that is nearly always late.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

There is a time when even justice brings harm.
- Sophocles

I want justice to be so pervasive that it will be taken for granted,
just as injustice is taken for granted today.
- Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

Justice is rather the activity of truth,
than a virtue in itself.
Truth tells us what is due to others,
and justice renders that due.
Injustice is acting a lie.
- Horace Walpole

For us, universal values such as justice,
morality and peace cannot be disputed and it is for
this reason that we pursue the restoration of historical truth.
- Robert Kocharian

I find the public passion for justice quite boring and artificial.
- Patricia Highsmith

The stories from 1975 on are not finished and there is no resolve.
I could spend 50 hours on the last 25 years of jazz
and still not do it justice.
- Ken Burns

Justice is always violent to the party offending,
for every man is innocent in his own eyes.
- Daniel Defoe

Justice is a whore that won't let herself be stiffed,
and collects the wages of shame even from the poor.
- Karl Kraus

When I say I do, the justice of the peace replies,
'I know, I know...'
- Mickey Rooney

Justice is the set and constant purpose which gives every man his due.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

You have to stand guard over the development and maintenance of Islamic democracy,
Islamic social justice and the equality of manhood in your own native soil.
- Muhammad Ali Jinnah

There is no such thing as justice in the abstract;
it is merely a compact between men.
- Epicurus

You shouldn't have to sue somebody to get justice.
It ought to come through administrative process.
- Birch Bayh

I think computing power is ready to do 3D justice.
It was great for shooters and racing games in the past,
but I didn't think it was right for strategy games.
- Sid Meier

Education for all seems to be the product of a type
of distributive justice that is in no way related to the individual.
- Abdoulaye Wade

All stories interest me, and some haunt me until I end up writing them.
Certain themes keep coming up: justice,
loyalty, violence, death, political and social issues,
freedom.
- Isabel Allende

Justice turns the scale, bringing to some learning through suffering.
- Aeschylus

The big tyrants never face justice.
- George Galloway

Clouds and darkness surround us, yet Heaven is just,
and the day of triumph will surely come,
when justice and truth will be vindicated.
- Mary Todd Lincoln

Justice is such a fine thing that we cannot pay too dearly for it.
- Alain Rene Le Sage

Yet, when child sex offenders are brought to justice
and serve time for their offenses,
they are often released into unsuspecting communities
and left free to resume their sexual attacks.
- Bob Ney

Without food, man can live at most but a few weeks;
without it,
all other components of social justice are meaningless.
- Norman Borlaug

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


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