Best Quotes About Justified

If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind. -John Stuart Mill

Advertising as the printed form of selling would seem… ultimately to be justified in so far as it serves as a means of increasing legitimate human wants, as an agency of fair and economic competition in the distribution of goods, and as a stimulant to social progress. -Daniel Starch

Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime. -Ernest Hemingway

Working for a federal agency was like trying to dislodge a prune skin from the roof of the mouth. More enterprise went into the job than could be justified by the results. -Caskie Stinnett

As a member of this court I am not justified in writing my private notions of policy into the Constitution, no matter how deeply I may cherish them or how mischievous I may deem their disregard. -Felix Frankfurter

When man learns to understand and control his own behavior as well as he is learning to understand and control the behavior of crop plants and domestic animals, he may be justified in believing that he has become civilized. -Ayn Rand

While there is a chance of the world getting through its troubles, I hold that a reasonable man has to behave as though he were sure of it. If at the end your cheerfulness in not justified, at any rate you will have been cheerful. -H. G. Wells

The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead. -Albert Einstein

For years Don Imus was just – boy, he was merciless in his criticism of me. Maybe it was justified, but that didn't mean it didn't hurt. -Dan Rather

From pacifist to terrorist, each person condemns violence – and then adds one cherished case in which it may be justified. -Gloria Steinem

No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expedience. -Theodore Roosevelt

If we have reason to believe someone is preparing an attack against the U.S., has developed that capability, harbours those aspirations, then I think the U.S. is justified in dealing with that, if necessary, by military force. -Dick Cheney

Successful crimes alone are justified. -John Dryden

We are justified in enforcing good morals, for they belong to all mankind; but we are not justified in enforcing good manners, for good manners always mean our own manners. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

I hold any writer sufficiently justified who is himself in love with his theme. -Henry James

We are a nation that is unenlightened because of religion. I do believe that. I think religion stops people from thinking. I think it justified crazies. -Bill Maher

Well, I think the president is going to do well in terms of his influence for positive change here in the Congress, making sure that we don't overspend, making sure that we spend for only those programs that are justified. -Thad Cochran

It seems to me we have been in a rhetorical arms race in this country, with each side unwilling to lay down its weapons for fear – usually justified – the other side would beat them to a pulp. -Pat Sajak

We don't deliberately set out to offend. Unless we feel it's justified. -Graham Chapman

Those who wish well to the State ought to choose to places of trust men of inward principle, justified by exemplary conversation. -John Witherspoon

Did perpetual happiness in the Garden of Eden maybe get so boring that eating the apple was justified? -Chuck Palahniuk

By any reasonable measure of achievement, the faith of the Enlightenment thinkers in science was justified. -E. O. Wilson

A state that suppresses all freedom of speech, and which by imposing the most terrible punishments, treats each and every attempt at criticism, however morally justified, and every suggestion for improvement as plotting to high treason, is a state that breaks an unwritten law. -Kurt Huber

I am committed to the principle that violence is never justified as a means of ameliorating a grievance. -Justin Sane

As a medical doctor, it is my duty to evaluate the situation with as much data as I can gather and as much expertise as I have and as much experience as I have to determine whether or not the wish of the patient is medically justified. -Jack Kevorkian

Men like Hitler and Stalin and their immediate lieutenants cannot plead in defence of their actions that these were justified by the accepted values of that time. -Douglas Hurd

Krishna children were taught that in the spiritual world there were no parents, only souls and hence this justified their being kept out of view from others, cloistered in separate buildings and sheltered from the evil material world. -Mary Garden

As a consequence, the Court ruled that the limits on campaign spending violated the First Amendment, but it accepted the $1,000 limit on individual contributions on the ground that the need to avoid the appearance of corruption justified this limited constraint on speech. -James L. Buckley

I think that's unjustified criticism. We have had a number of measures in place in this country for several years to mitigate the possibility of mad cow spreading in this country. We have found a single case. -Ann Veneman

No trait is more justified than revenge in the right time and place. -Meir Kahane

You know as a scientist that both were developed completely independently of each other in the laboratories. And only afterward were the political situations contrived out of which they could be justified. -E. P. Thompson

At the present day the crude theory of the sexual impulse held on one side, and the ignorant rejection of theory altogether on the other side, are beginning to be seen as both alike unjustified. -Havelock Ellis

Because interrogations are intended to coerce confessions, interrogators feel themselves justified in using their coercive means. Consistency regarding the technique is not important; inducing anxiety and fear is the point. -Aldrich Ames

I have also seen it stated that Capital punishment is murder in its worst form. I should like to know upon what principle of human society these assertions are based and justified. -Benjamin Tucker

Therefore coercion of the non-invasive, when justifiable at all, is to be justified on the ground that it secures, not a minimum of ' invasion, but a minimum of pain. -Benjamin Tucker

Certainly the interest in asserting copyright is a justified one. -Johannes Rau

What remains constant for me, during the last 15 years, has been the conviction that the cold war was a calamity for the entire world, and that it can be justified by no consideration of theory, nor by any supposed national interest. -Earl Browder

But if, on the other hand, we should be justified in rejecting it, if there testified on oath, then, supposing our rules of evidence to be sound, we may be excused if we hesitate elsewhere to give it credence. -Simon Greenleaf

I thought depression was the part of my character that made me worthwhile. I thought so little of myself, felt that I had such scant offerings to give to the world, that the one thing that justified my existence at all was my agony. -Elizabeth Wurtzel

I was plunged into what was known as the debutante social whirl. This was one of the ways fathers justified their own hard work and sacrifices. -Gene Tierney

Unfortunately, I was not wise enough to listen to her advice, and hastily married. In a few weeks, I had occasion to repent of the step I had taken, as the report proved true – a report which I thought justified, and indeed required, our separation. -Maria Monk

One thing, however, I know with certainty: violence, or the direct threat of violence, of the kind we have seen in the past few days, is totally unjustified as a response to any published word or image. -Timothy Garton Ash

Among the reasons for this was the fact that the U.S.A. is one mass market. It is only when you have a mass market that large-scale manufacturing which involves very substantial expenditures can be justified. -Paul Hoffman

If I can just see the European war out I think I might feel justified in quitting the war. -Ernie Pyle

I justified it in so many ways. I had a very, very long and difficult struggle with my sexuality. -Portia de Rossi

The Russians obtained a number of plants under Lend-Lease, which had been authorized by Washington, that I thought were not justified for their war effort. They wanted them for postwar use. -W. Averell Harriman

A successful artist of any kind has to work so hard that she is justified in refusing to lay down her sceptre until she is placed on the bier. -Edith Evans

In my case, self-absorption is completely justified. I have never discovered any other subject quite so worthy of my attention. -Jay Dratler

I know there is moral outage in regard to Mr. Milosevic, and that is certainly justified. But what about our response? -Pat Roberts

I was raised in California, so this whole New York winter thing is completely new for me. I've already justified buying seven coats! -Blake Lively

In the middle of a recession no tax increase is justified because it kills jobs, and any tax increase is a job-killing measure and should be defeated. -Newt Gingrich

The Bible is a radically pro-slavery document. Slave owners waved Bibles over their heads in the Civil War and justified it. -Dan Savage

The infinite faith I have in people's ability to understand anything that makes sense has always been justified, finally, by their behavior. -Alice Walker

You learn more about a person from the people around that person than you do from the person themselves. We all have our own ideas of who we are that may or may not be justified, and you can really find out a heck of a lot more accurately from the people around an individual. -Greg Kinnear

Politicians also have a love affair with the 'small business exemption.' Too much paperwork? Too heavy a burden? Not enough time? Just exempt small businesses from the rule. It sounds so pro-growth. Instead it's an admission that the costs of a regulation just can't be justified. -John Sununu

Since those who believe they need a hero/celebrity outnumber the actual heroes/celebrities, people feel safe and comfortably justified in numbers, committing egregious crimes in the name of the greater social ego. Ironically diminishing their own true hero-celebrity nature in the process. -Lauryn Hill

We all have our own ideas of who we are that may or may not be justified, and you can really find out a heck of a lot more accurately from the people around an individual. -Greg Kinnear

Dignity does not come from avenging insults, especially from violence that can never be justified. It comes from taking responsibility and advancing our common humanity. -Hillary Clinton

I was fortunate enough to have my kids early, so being a mom always ended up being a better gig than these other parts that came along. So I always justified not really working a lot because I had a family. -Heather Langenkamp

I think violence can never be justified. -Abbas Kiarostami

The memoir industry is, what's the word? Under regulated. I think it needs to be pruned. If there are too many books right now and the market for readers is shrinking, I think we can get rid of many of the memoirs. Another memoir should be awfully well justified before it gets published. -Arthur Phillips

Never angrily rant into your web cam. While smashing a keyboard in half over a game of 'World of Warcraft' may seem totally justified in your head, to the rest of the known universe you look like a raging psychopath. -Ray William Johnson

We all have roles in life. I'm a dad, a husband, this and that, but basically I only feel justified in being alive when I'm on the stage. -Jack Bruce

What is and isn't justified by military necessity is, naturally, open to interpretation. One of the key concepts, though, is the law of proportionality. A military attack that results in civilian casualties – 'collateral damage' – is acceptable as long as the military benefits outweigh the price that is paid by humanity. -Sebastian Junger

The Icesave matter is complex and it is understandable that the issue has been oversimplified by many. Unfortunately some of the basic facts of the matter have been unilaterally interpreted, and sometimes distorted, giving rise to unjustified criticism of the conduct of the Icelandic authorities. -Johanna Siguroardottir

In 1980, I published my first novel, in the usual swirl of unjustified hope and justified anxiety. -Julian Barnes

I stay true to my lyrics. If I go back and look at them in hindsight, the emotions I had when I wrote them have passed. It feels unjustified to change them. -Paloma Faith

If you're writing a scene for a character with whom you disagree in every way, you still need to show how that character is absolutely justified in his or her own mind, or the scene will come across as being about the author's views rather than about the character's. -Tana French

I have had it up to here with the prosecutions, the government's attitude, the judiciary, the media's stance and the majority of Turks who view the Kurdish people's justified cause through a nationalist lens. -Osman Baydemir

I don't agree with capital punishment as it is now, because too often mistakes are made. But I think that if you eliminate the mistakes, then there are times when it is justified. -Jeff Lindsay

Camus believed in dialogue and diplomacy, and enlisted his work as a philosopher to the need to find nonviolent solutions, whereas Sartre called for violent conflicts and justified terror. -Michel Onfray

Certainly, historically, there has been more attention given in the international media to Indian English-language writers than to Pakistani English-language writers. But that, in my opinion, was justified by the sheer number of excellent writers coming from India and the Indian diaspora. -Mohsin Hamid

Moses became America's true founding father because he evangelized action; he justified risk. He gave ordinary people the courage to live with uncertainty. -Bruce Feiler

You cannot properly bring up children when you are 69 or 70 and they are 12 and at the height of their madness. You can physically do it, but I don't think it's morally justified. -Felix Dennis

We need to rediscover the essence of the meaning of 'the use.' Architecture is, above all, here for a better living. Every gesture, every shape must be justified by various reasons that would reinforce their reason to be, their use, and will give more sense to their beauty. -Christian de Portzamparc

Tilapia have often been represented as the aquatic chicken, and it's perfectly justified. -Daniel Pauly

The worst resentment that anybody can have is one you feel justified to keep. -Louis Gossett, Jr.

I don't know if winning at any cost is wrong or not. There are times I've thought that the end justified the means. -George Clooney

A war is justified if you're willing to send your son. If you're not willing to send your son, then how do you send someone else's? -Jesse Ventura

Churches that should be talking about the work of Christ on the cross and the grace of God for sinners are stuck on recycled pop psychology, moral exhortation, or entertainment. But these fail to speak to the eternal question that haunts all of us: 'How do I know that I'm OK?' We all want to know we are justified. -Kevin DeYoung

Rebellion cannot exist without the feeling that somewhere, in some way, you are justified. -Albert Camus

All men ought to think of Christ because of the office Christ fills between God and man. He is the eternal Son of God through whom alone the Father can be known, approached, and served. He is the appointed Mediator between God and man through whom alone we can be reconciled with God, pardoned, justified, and saved. -J. C. Ryle

Rage only works if it is justified. That's the trick with rage. You gotta have a reason to be mad. -Sam Kinison

The unjustified swelling of the budgetary deficit and the accumulation of public debts are just as destructive as adventurous stock-jobbing. -Vladimir Putin

Feminism justified female 'victim power' by convincing the world that we lived in a sexist, male-dominated, and patriarchal world. -Warren Farrell

People are affected by what they see, hear. This is what matters to me the most because then our job as actors is justified. -Clotilde Hesme

Who cares if virtually the entire world views Obama's drone attacks as unjustified and wrong? Who cares if the Muslim world continues to seethe with anti-American animus as a result of this aggression? Empires do what they want. -Glenn Greenwald

There's been resistance to every new technology that's ever been introduced. When books came out hundreds of years ago, there were complaints that it would destroy the oral tradition. Some of those fears were justified, but it didn't stop the rise of the written word. And books have proven to be incredibly useful. -Jeremy Stoppelman

People go down bad paths and they make bad decisions, but it's always justified in their head. -Maisie Williams

Trust wholly in Christ; rely altogether on His sufferings; beware of seeking to be justified in any other way than by His righteousness. Faith in our Lord Jesus Christ is sufficient for salvation. There must be atonement made for sin according to the righteousness of God. The person to make this atonement must be God and man. -John Wycliffe

A 'treat' is different from a 'reward,' which must be justified or earned. A treat is a small pleasure or indulgence that we give to ourselves just because we want it. Treats give us greater vitality, which boosts self-control, which helps us maintain our healthy habits. -Gretchen Rubin

When we don't get any treats, we feel depleted, resentful, and angry, and we feel justified in self-indulgence. We start to crave comfort – and grab that comfort wherever we can, even if it means breaking good habits. -Gretchen Rubin

Some of the world's most appalling abuses have been justified by religion because it is possible for people to find vindication in their scriptures for any of their prejudices. -Zac Goldsmith

Wonder was the grace of the country. Any action could be justified by that: the wonder it was rooted in. Period followed period, and finally the wonder was that things could be built so big. Bridges, skyscrapers, fortunes, all having a life first in the marketplace, still drew on the force of wonder. -George W. S. Trow

I constantly think I'm a fraud – that this success is not warranted or justified. -David Chang

There are good intentions behind many people's conversion to veganism, including an admirable devotion to the well-being of animals and a justified skepticism about the crap the USDA allows manufacturers to put in our food. But it's hard to ignore the often sanctimonious nature of what some nutritionists view as an 'extremist' way of eating. -Julie Klausner

Washington still refuses to provide evidence to support the claims in 1990 that a huge Iraqi military build-up on the Saudi border justified war. -Noam Chomsky

There is still much debate about whether torture has been effective in eliciting information – the assumption being, apparently, that if it is effective, then it may be justified. -Noam Chomsky

I believe that even the worst people on the planet believe that they are somehow justified in their neurosis. -John Schneider

The legitimacy of coercive acts in a democracy arises from the process by which they are justified and by the degree to which we regard decisions as rational. If the justifications proceed properly, through recognized public institutions, and if they make sense to us, they are legitimate. -Michael Ignatieff

Democratic constitutions do allow some suspension of rights in states of emergency. Thus rights are not always trumps. But neither is necessity. Even in times of real danger, political authorities have to prove the case that abridgments of rights are justified. -Michael Ignatieff

As an actor, I endeavor to find the reason in the unreasonable. Because no one thinks they are being unreasonable or unrealistic or demanding or behaving madly. We all see ourselves as being justified. -Cate Blanchett

Most investors give too much credence to the theory that prices are rational; they presume that a market collapse must have been justified by serious economic trouble. -Kenneth Fisher

If one limits to developing only the kitchen and bathroom as standardized rooms because of their installation, and then also decides to arrange the remaining living area with movable walls, I believe that any justified living requirements can be met. -Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

As long as anger, paranoia and misinformation drive our political debate, there are unhinged souls among us who will feel justified in turning to violent remedies for imagined threats. -David Horsey

I'm a bit of an expert on anger, having suffered from it all through my youth, when I was both brunt and font. It's certainly the most miserable state to be in but it's also tremendously gratifying, really – rage feels justified. -Deborah Eisenberg

When Steve Jobs died last week, there was a huge outcry, and that was very moving and justified. -Rob Pike

When you're not sure your anger is justified, the thing to do is ask yourself exactly where it's coming from. -Lynn Coady

Richard Nixon as a 12-year-old was given a portrait of Lincoln that he hung over his bed. Nixon also justified what would later be seen as abuses of power by comparing America in the Vietnam era to the country during the Civil War. -Richard Norton Smith

In the calculus of western interests, there is no suffering, whatever its scale, which cannot be justified. Chechens, Palestinians, Iraqis, Afghans, Pakistanis are of little importance. -Tariq Ali

A robber who justified his theft by saying that he really helped his victims, by his spending giving a boost to retail trade, would find few converts; but when this theory is clothed in Keynesian equations and impressive references to the 'multiplier effect,' it unfortunately carries more conviction. -Murray Rothbard

For ninety per cent of those who view him from outside, the Christian God looks like a great landowner administering his estates, the world. Now this conventional picture, which is too well justified by appearances, corresponds in no way to the dogmatic basis or point of view of the Gospels. -Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

The judgements about the severity of the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of a mass destruction – WMD – were presented with a certainty that was not justified. -John Chilcot

I think the kind of films and roles I do takes a whole year… I think it is justified. At some point, we have to come to that place where we are equally paid. It is a small step… we are headed to that direction. -Kangana Ranaut

The human mind has infinite capacity to rationalize, and evil characters just push that boundary a bit. Whatever they're doing, they think it makes sense to do it, and they think they have a good reason to do it. In short, they feel justified. -Paul S. Kemp

I have a Tinder account. Now I've done Bumble, and I've tried this other one, and the way I justified it is that… because I'm on TV, I shouldn't be eliminated from participating in what's going on in the world. But people are always like, 'I can't believe you're on a dating app!' -Eric Stonestreet

My general philosophy of playing bad guys, which I've sort of done, you know, half the time is, you know, very few people who we view as bad guys get out of bed and think, 'What evil, terrible thing am I going to do today?' Most people see their motivations as justified – as, you know, justifying whatever they do. -J. K. Simmons

No officer wants to be involved in a justified use of force proven unnecessary after the fact, any more than soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan wanted to make what proved to be the wrong decision in a shoot-don't-shoot situation. Those decisions, even if justified, live with you forever, believe me. -Tom Cotton

The facts of the fossil record never justified denying poor people a healthy diet. The facts of the weather record do not justify denying poor people affordable energy. And no set of facts, whatever they may be, can justify denying scientists – or anyone else, for that matter – the right to free speech. -Robert Zubrin

If someone said, 'Jon, we need $250 million a year from now and we can make a dramatic breakthrough for ovarian cancer,' I'd have $250 million in two months. You just work day and night if the cause in your heart is justified. -Jon Huntsman, Sr.

There's obviously a lot of controversy around the issue of hunting as there is around gambling, and I like these stories where there is a moral dimension, stories that force you to think about your prejudices about a subject and explore the extent to which they are justified. -Louis Theroux

Anger can be a useful emotion; it's built into our genetic code to help with self preservation. But it can also be destructive, even when it is justified. -Michael Hayden

As presidents from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama have recognized, the real question is whether regulations, whether new or old, are justified. That requires a careful analysis of their costs and their benefits. -Cass Sunstein

Bottom 10 Percent progressives are not enthusiastic about concentrations of wealth. But that's not what keeps them up at night. Their focus is on deprivation and lack of opportunity. They're motivated by empathy for people who are suffering, rather than outrage over unjustified wealth. -Cass Sunstein

You don't have to believe the electorate secretly hankers for a dose of Marxist-Leninism to accept that there are deep levels of justified bitterness out there waiting to be tapped. -Howard Jacobson

Americans generally regard themselves as belonging to an exceptional nation. And in terms of living in a religiously tolerant and enormously diverse country, Americans can certainly take some justified pride. -Peter Bergen

Despair is a cop-out, the ultimate abdication of all responsibility, in which people feel justified in their feelings of impotence. But if, on the other hand, you feel that your work in the world does make a difference and that you do have the power to change things, the nay-sayers will turn a deaf ear. -Marilyn Ferguson

Foreign policy should not be justified through making oneself feel good, but through results that have tangible consequences. -Zbigniew Brzezinski

The worsening of relations between a declining America and an internally troubled Mexico could even give rise to a particularly ominous phenomenon: the emergence, as a major issue in nationalistically aroused Mexican politics, of territorial claims justified by history and ignited by cross-border incidents. -Zbigniew Brzezinski

No human being is justified before God or has a right standing before God based upon his own virtue and merit. It is only by faith in the virtue and merit of Christ. -Paul Washer

I justified working so hard by knowing that I was helping to maintain the roof over our heads. -Julie Andrews

Voluntaryism is the idea that all human interactions should be free of coercion, based on individual self-ownership. This is in contrast to socialism, which is based on coercion justified by collective ownership. -Roger Ver

Almost anything can be justified as a style of filmmaking if it works. -Doug Liman

I am a big-structured guy, and so I always felt my weight was justified until I chanced upon Cavemen's diet. -Harshvardhan Rane

I am one of those people who are really short-tempered, but I don't lose it unless it is justified. -R. Madhavan

There is a line in which populism can cross over into demagoguery. Demagoguery is the crossover where populism becomes a bad thing, and people make things up, and they assign responsibilities that aren't fair and justified, and scapegoat communities. And then it becomes a very bad thing. -Lloyd Blankfein

As much as I am very critical of Ariel Sharon in the first Lebanon war, I think that he was the right person at the right time in the right place as prime minister. He made a series of very significant decisions, not one of which was popular or seemed justified at the time. -Ronen Bergman

As any daytime judge show can tell you, spending someone's money or taking their stuff because they hurt your feelings is not justified. -Emily V. Gordon

Some forms of veil are justified by the idea that you're not tempting men. Well how about men just behaving and keeping their hands to yourselves? How about, instead of criticizing how I dress, respecting me and my right to the public space? -Mona Eltahawy

Sexuality doesn't need to be defended or justified. -Lee Ryan

Torture remains unacceptable and unjustified at all times, including during states of emergency, political instability, or even in a war. -Antonio Guterres

One of the problems with the Security Council is that there are vetoes, and they do not allow us to do what might be justified from the point of view of sanctions. -Antonio Guterres

There are justifiable case-by-case situations wherein an educator might exhibit targeted sensitivity to a student's unique circumstances. This is humane and laudable. In most instances though, trigger warnings are not a manifestation of justified empathy but are symptomatic of an ailing culture. -Gad Saad

When you work in a creative environment, people get protective about their ideas. Sometimes it's justified; sometimes it's about ego. -Robert Sheehan

I have justified why I wanted to come to Manchester City because I have won trophies and improved. -Kyle Walker

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