Sunday, August 10, 2014


"Fairness" can be an abstract concept.  Let's review what some well-known historical figures had to say about being fair

Nothing is fair in this world. You might as well get that straight right now. - Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

Being good is easy, what is difficult is being just. - Victor Hugo

Fairness is man’s ability to rise above his prejudices. - Wes Fessler

Win or lose, do it fairly. - Knute Rockne

Be fair. Treat the other man as you would be treated. - Everett W. Lord

Justice is a certain rectitude of mind whereby a man does what he ought to do in circumstances confronting him. - Saint Thomas Aquinas

Let us keep our mouths shut and our pens dry until we know the facts. - A. J. Carlson

Nothing can be truly great which is not right. - Samuel Johnson

It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself. - Eleanor Roosevelt

The aim of justice is to give everyone his due. - Cicero

Fairness is what justice really is. - Potter Stewart

These men ask for just the same thing, fairness, and fairness only. This, so far as in my power, they, and all others, shall have. - Abraham Lincoln

Though force can protect in emergency, only justice, fairness, consideration and cooperation can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace. - President Dwight Eisenhower

Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little like expecting the bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian. - Dennis Wholey

In our hearts and in our laws, we must treat all our people with fairness and dignity, regardless of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. - President Bill Clinton

Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not. - Oscar Wilde

Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you. - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Fair is foul, and foul is fair: Hover through the fog and filthy air. - William Shakespeare

Life is not fair; get used to it. - Bill Gates

I know the world isn’t fair, but why isn’t it ever unfair in my favor? - Bill Watterson

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