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z
11-29-2003, 02:13 PM
What is the origin of the saying "justice is blind"?
I imagine it goes back to Roman times, yes?

John C. Shepard
11-29-2003, 10:15 PM
Probably before Roman times. Themis, a Greek mythological goddess of
justice, is often depicted as the "Lady of Justice" with a sword in one hand
and scales of justice in the other, wearing a long flowing robe, and a
blindfold over her eyes. The origin of the exact phrase "justice is blind"
is probably lost to time.

Regards, John C. Shepard
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What is the origin of the saying "justice is blind"? I imagine it goes back to Roman times, yes?

Ed C
11-30-2003, 06:06 AM
"z" <z@y.x.invalid> wrote in message
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What is the origin of the saying "justice is blind"? I imagine it goes back to Roman times, yes? The earliest recorded quote is by John Dryden in _The Wild Gallant_, act
v, sc. 1 (1663): Justice is blind, he knows nobody.

Samuel Butler in _Hudibras_, pt iii, canto iii (1678): For Justice, though
she's painted blind,/Is to the weaker side inclined.

Ed

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11-30-2003, 01:57 PM
For justice, though she's painted blind, Is to the weaker side inclined.
Samuel Butler

Justice must be blind to the hardness or softness of a man's hands, as
well as to the leanness or fatness of his pocketbook. Bertie Charles Forbes

Justice is lame as well as blind, amongst us. Thomas Otway

It is just as well that justice is blind; she might not like some of the
things done in her name if she could see them. Anonymous


John C. Shepard wrote:

Probably before Roman times. Themis, a Greek mythological goddess of justice, is often depicted as the "Lady of Justice" with a sword in one hand and scales of justice in the other, wearing a long flowing robe, and a blindfold over her eyes. The origin of the exact phrase "justice is blind" is probably lost to time. Regards, John C. Shepard GIGA Quotes http://www.giga-usa.com http://www.gigaquotes.com ObQ: Justice discards party, friendship, kindred, and is therefore always represented as blind. - Joseph Addison, in the "Guardian", no. 99 "z" <z@y.x.invalid> wrote in message news:b_7yb.61834$eP7.19305@newssvr25.news.prodigy. com...
What is the origin of the saying "justice is blind"?I imagine it goes back to Roman times, yes?

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