Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Quotes: Joy. Judgment. Judgment Day. Jury. Justice. Judaism.

A collection of quotes on various topics. The sentence in bold face is a plain statement of the quote that follows.

The circumstance does not give joy; we give joy to the circumstance.
Joy 1116 Our first mistake is the belief that the circumstance gives the joy which we give to the circumstance. Emerson, The Conduct of Life: Illusions.

People relaxed their formality and enjoyed themselves except for an American who sneered.
Joy 925 Here, as it seemed, had the Golden Age come back again, within the precincts of this sunny glade; thawing mankind out of their cold formalities; releasing them from irksome restraint; mingling them together in such childlike gaiety...the sole exception to the geniality of the moment...a countryman of our own [American], who sneered at the spectacle, and declined to compromise his dignity by making part of it. Hawthorne, The Marble Faun.

Upbraiding people who take life and the world as an opportunity for enjoyment.
Joy 1049 The very children would upbraid the wretched individual who should endeavor to take life and the world as…a place and opportunity for enjoyment. Hawthorne, The Marble Faun.

Cheerfulness is catching.
Joy 1114 Then, no doubt, the bright day, the gay spectacle of the market-place, and the sympathetic exhilaration of so many people’s cheerfulness, had each their suitable effect on a temper naturally prone to be glad. Hawthorne, The Marble Faun.

Herodotus never judged or condemned.
Judgment 149 He [Herodotus] never judged or condemned. E. Hamilton. The Greek Way.

If you think me a fool, perhaps the one who is passing that judgment is a fool.
Judgment 180 Antigone: And if/ You think I am a fool, perhaps it is/ Because a fool is judge. Sophocles. Antigone.

No one should judge a criminal without realizing that he has the capability to be a criminal.
Judgment 291 For no one can judge a criminal, until he recognizes that he is just such a criminal as the man standing before him…. Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov.

Judgment Day
Judgment Day will be the moment of eternal harmony.
Judgment Day 213 …in the world’s finale, at the moment of eternal harmony, something so precious will come to pass that it will suffice for all hearts, for the comforting of all resentments, for the atonement of all the crimes of humanity, of all the blood they’ve shed; that it will make it not only possible to forgive but to justify all that has happened with men. Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov.

On Judgment Day the reasons for evil and disasters in the world will become clear.
Judgment Day 221 When the mother embraces the fiend who threw her child to the dogs, and all three cry aloud with tears, ‘Thou art just, o Lord!’ then, of course, the crown of knowledge will be reached and all will be made clear. Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov.

Discontented and hungry jurors always find for the plaintiff.
Jury 464 Perker: “Discontented or hungry jurymen, my dear sir, always find for the plaintiff.” Dickens, Pickwick.

You, not I, are the murderer though I did kill him.
Justice 567 And so I want to prove to your face this evening that you are the only real murderer in the whole affair, and I am not the real murderer, though I did kill him. Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov.

He killed because he did not have the power to control the morbid impulse that possessed him.
Justice 608 The Moscow doctor, being questioned in his turn, definitely and emphatically repeated that he considered the prisoner’s mental condition abnormal in the highest degree…talked at length and with erudition of ‘aberration’ and ‘mania,’ and argued that, from all the facts collected, the prisoner had undoubtedly been in a condition of aberration for several days before his arrest, and, if the crime had been committed by him, it must, even if he were conscious of it, have been almost involuntary, as he had not the power to control the morbid impulse that possessed him. Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov.

Overwhelming evidence is against him, but not one piece, if separated from the rest, could withstand criticism.
Justice 656 …there is an overwhelming chain of evidence against the prisoner, and at the same time not one fact that will stand criticism, if it is examined separately. Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov.

Russian courts are not only for punishment, but also for saving the criminal.
Justice 676 …the Russian court does not exist for the punishment only, but also for the salvation of the criminal. Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov.

People are free to do as they wish, provided they do not infringe on the freedom of others.
Justice 388 Spencer: the formula of justice should be: Every man is free to do that which he wills, provided he infringes not the equal freedom of any other man. Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, Herbert Spencer.

If you are determined to execute the man, there is no reason for a trial.
Justice 14 If you are determined to execute a man in any case, there is no occasion for a trial.

Not the state or the corporation can commit crimes, which are always committed by people.
Justice 106 Jackson: the idea that a state, any more than a corporation, commits crimes, is a fiction[;] crimes always are committed by persons. Conot, Justice at Nuremberg.

People are convicted even if they have been acquitted.
Justice 712 Even if a man has been acquitted by a jury, they’ll talk, and nod and wink…. George Eliot, Middlemarch.

The character of individual members of the jury.
Justice 782 From Pilgrim’s Progress: then went the jury out, whose names were Mr. Blindman, Mr. No-good, Mr. Malice, Mr. Love-lust, Mr. Live-loose, Mr. Heady, Mr. Highmind, Mr. Enmity, Mr. Liar, Mr. Cruelty, Mr. Hate-light, Mr. Implacable …. George Eliot, Middlemarch.

When Christians forced Jews to live in ghettos, the Jews developed a close sense of identity that enabled them to survive through the ages.
Judaism 45 …when the Christian church had the power to segregate the Jews in ghettos, it gave their communal compactness an additional reinforcement, and thus, unintentionally, ensured the survival of Judaism intact through the ages. Hoffer, The True Believer

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