Quotations on Justification

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But in the first Gulf war the United Kingdom was not under any threat from Iraq, and is still less so in the second one. Then there is no justification for obstructing freedom of information, particularly as nations have a right to know what their soldiers are being used for.
- Kate Adie
(Keywords: War, Being, First, Freedom, Information, Iraq, Justification, Nations, Right, Soldiers, United)

There is another side to chivalry. If it dispenses leniency, it may with equal justification invoke control.
- Freda Adler
(Keywords: Control, Chivalry, Justification, May)

Moral justification is a powerful disengagement mechanism. Destructive conduct is made personally and socially acceptable by portraying it in the service of moral ends. This is why most appeals against violent means usually fall on deaf ears.
- Albert Bandura
(Keywords: Justification, Service)

Since we have placed justification in the revelation of Jesus Christ formed and brought forth in the heart, there working his works of righteousness and bringing forth the fruits of the Spirit.
- Robert Barclay
(Keywords: Heart, Christ, Justification, Righteousness, Spirit)

What our leaders and pundits never let slip is that the terrorists - whatever else they might be - might also be rational human beings; which is to say that in their own minds they have a rational justification for their actions.
- William Blum
(Keywords: Actions, Justification, Leaders)

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
(Keywords: Time, Attention, Being, Complexity, Energy, Justification, Waste)

If you want to study one of these strange organisms, you had better have a good justification. It's not good to study gene organisation in some obscure insect that no one's ever heard about.
- Thomas R. Cech
(Keywords: Justification, Study, Want)

These irresponsible acts, which cannot have any justification whatsoever, are to be fully condemned. In these appalling circumstances, I want to offer you the most sincere condolences, both in my name and in that of the French people.
- Jacques Chirac
(Keywords: People, Circumstances, Justification, Name, Want)

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.
- William J. Clinton
(Keywords: Deep, Hurt, Justification, Killing)

A lot of people in spiritual life use the awareness of difference, and the spiritual glorification of difference, as a justification to indulge in that which is ultimately unreal.
- Andrew Cohen
(Keywords: Life, People, Awareness, Difference, Justification, Spiritual)

God's designs may be frequent justification for our actions, but it is we, the self-made men, who take the credit.
- Arthur Erickson
(Keywords: God, Men, Actions, Credit, Justification, May, Self)

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
(Keywords: Conservative, Justification, Man, Philosophy, Selfishness)

There is only one justification for universities, as distinguished from trade schools. They must be centers of criticism.
- Robert M. Hutchins
(Keywords: Criticism, Justification, Schools, Trade)

The man of science has learned to believe in justification, not by faith, but by verification.
- Thomas Huxley
(Keywords: Science, Faith, Justification, Man)

All too often, academic departments defend their territory with the passion of cornered animals, though with far less justification.
- Bruce Jackson
(Keywords: Animals, Justification, Passion)

An explanation of cause is not a justification by reason.
- C. S. Lewis
(Keywords: Cause, Justification, Reason)

This is true only because the purposes and objectives of the Committee for Industrial Organization find economic, social, political and moral justification in the hearts of the millions who are its members and the millions more who support it.
- John L. Lewis
(Keywords: Committee, Justification, Objectives, Support)

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
(Keywords: Justification, Pleasure)

We have a responsibility as a state to protect our most vulnerable citizens: our children, seniors, people with disabilities. That is our moral obligation. But there is an economic justification too - we all pay when the basic needs of our citizens are unmet.
- John Lynch
(Keywords: People, Children, Justification, Needs, Obligation, Responsibility, State)

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
(Keywords: Faults, Justification, Nothing, Value)

Simply because my people are hungry, that is no justification to give them poison, to give them genetically modified food that is intrinsically dangerous to their health.
- Levy Mwanawsa
(Keywords: Food, Health, People, Justification, Poison)

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
(Keywords: Cynic, Jest, Justification, Wit)

Every philosophical problem, when it is subjected to the necessary analysis and justification, is found either to be not really philosophical at all, or else to be, in the sense in which we are using the word, logical.
- Bertrand Russell
(Keywords: Justification, Sense, Word)

Lutherans, whose arguments and mistakes will not be difficult to contest or discover, do not want to attribute any value to works, and they do not understand enough the scope of the justification.
- Michael Servetus
(Keywords: Arguments, Justification, Mistakes, Value, Want, Will)

People often say that humans have always eaten animals, as if this is a justification for continuing the practice. According to this logic, we should not try to prevent people from murdering other people, since this has also been done since the earliest of times.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer
(Keywords: People, Animals, Justification, Logic, Practice)

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
(Keywords: Government, Fear, Rights, Justification, Now)

I don't see any justification for the federal government owning land, other than the Statue of Liberty and maybe a few parks, maybe a few refuges. But to just own land to do nothing with it I think is a disservice to the Constitution.
- Don Young
(Keywords: Government, Constitution, Justification, Land, Liberty, Nothing)

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