Justification Quotes

These are some of our favorite justification quotes and sayings about justifying.

We often try to justify our acts or deeds with some righteous reasoning and arguments, but sometimes it is good to understand that whose who matter don’t need a justification, and those who don’t matter will not believe you anyway.

An explanation of cause is not a justification by reason.
~C. S. Lewis

Truth never needs to justify itself.
~Glenn Curtis Maddox

“Survival justifies any means.”
~ Toba Beta

The only justification in the use of force is to reduce the amount of force necessary to be used.
- Alfred North Whitehead

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.
~ John Kenneth Galbraith

There is no justification for present existence other than its expansion into an indefinitely open future.
~ Simone de Beauvoir

Any work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line.
~Joseph Conrad

There is only one justification for having sinned, and that is to be glad of it
~ Henry Louis Mencken

Desperate? That can be a justification for all kinds of behavior.
~Jessica Walter

RECONSIDER, v. To seek a justification for a decision already made.
~ Ambrose Bierce

God’s designs may be frequent justification for our actions, but it is we, the self-made men, who take the credit.
~Arthur Erickson

Without faith, hope and trust, there is no promise for the future, and without a promising future, life has no direction, no meaning and no justification.
~ Adlin Sinclair

Let me say this as clearly as I can: No matter how sharp a grievance or how deep a hurt, there is no justification for killing innocents.
~Bill Clinton

Government, which does not and did not grant us our rights, must not now seek to deny them by using fear as its justification
~ Malcolm Wallop

There is only one justification for having sinned, and that is to be glad of it
~Henry Louis Mencken

There is something more horrible than hoodlums, churls and vipers, and that is knaves with moral justification for their cause.
~ Thomas Moore

There is only one justification for universities, as distinguished from trade schools. They must be centers of criticism.
~Robert M. Hutchins

A work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line.
~Joseph Conrad

And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offenses unto justification.
~Bible quotes

There is another side to chivalry. If it dispenses leniency, it may with equal justification invoke control.
~Freda Adler

You can down-zone if you’ve got a justification for doing it.
~ Royce Hanson

Power is when you have every justification to kill someone, and then you don’t
~Oskar Shindler

So far as the mere imparting of information is concerned, no university has had any justification for existence since the popularization of printing in the 15th century.
~ Alfred North Whitehead

Government, which does not and did not grant us our rights, must not now seek to deny them by using fear as its justification
~Malcolm Wallop

If I have any justification for having lived it’s simply, I’m nothing but faults, failures and so on, but I have tried to make a good pair of shoes. There’s some value in that.
~ Arthur Miller

There is no justification without sanctification, no forgiveness without renewal of life, no real faith from which the fruits of new obedience do not grow.
~ Martin Luther

On the other hand, the concept owes its meaning and its justification exclusively to the totality of the sense impressions which we associate with it.
~ Albert Einstein

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.
~John Kenneth Galbraith

Woman: the peg on which the wit hangs his jest, the preacher his text, the cynic his grouch and the sinner his justification
~ Helen Rowland

If I have any justification for having lived it’s simply, I’m nothing but faults, failures and so on, but I have tried to make a good pair of shoes. There’s some value in that.
~ Arthur Miller

Moral justification is a powerful disengagement mechanism. Destructive conduct is made personally and socially acceptable by portraying it in the service of moral ends.
~ Albert Bandura

I made one great mistake in my life-when I signed the letter to President Roosevelt recommending that atom bombs be made but there was some justification-the danger that the Germans would make them.
~Albert Einstein

Eroticism has its own moral justification because it says that pleasure is enough for me; it is a statement of the individual’s sovereignty.
~ Mario Vargas Llosa

Moral justification is a powerful disengagement mechanism. Destructive conduct is made personally and socially acceptable by portraying it in the service of moral ends.
~ Albert Bandura

This emotional justification allows her to mentally feel better about doing something she knows does not jibe with what she wants long term.
~ Phil Cook

We all felt on top of the world. It was a justification for the sacrifices which had been made by our people since the arrival of whites in this country in 1652.
~ Nelson Mandela

Dealing with complexity is an inefficient and unnecessary waste of time, attention and mental energy. There is never any justification for things being complex when they could be simple.
~Edward de Bono

There is more fundamental justification for platinum. We believe that even at these high prices, the platinum market is in deficit at the moment.
~ John Reade

If we wish to preserve a free society, it is essential that we recognize that the desirability of a particular object is not sufficient justification for the use of coercion
~ Friedrich August Hayek

There is absolutely no justification for the disgraceful scenes which occurred in the city center this afternoon.
~ Seán Crowe
“Eroticism has its own moral justification because it says that pleasure is enough for me; it is a statement of the individual’s sovereignty.
~ Mario Vargas Llosa

It could never be a correct justification that, because the whites oppressed us yesterday when they had power, that the blacks must oppress them today because they have power
~ Robert Mugabe

Of course the justification would be to protect the land. They’re stewards of the land.
~ Chris Simcox

Woman: the peg on which the wit hangs his jest, the preacher his text, the cynic his grouch and the sinner his justification”
~Helen Rowland

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