A socialist once came to see Andrew Carnegie and soon was railing against the injustice
of Carnegie having so much money. In his view, wealth was meant to be divided equally.
Carnegie asked his secretary for an assessment of everything he owned and at the same time
looked up the figures on world population. He did a little arithmetic on a pad and then
said to his secretary. "Give this gentleman l6 cents. That's his share of my
Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.
H.L. Mencken, Prejudices.
Supreme Court Justice Horace Gray once informed a man who had appeared before him in a
lower court and had escaped conviction on a technicality, "I know that you are guilty
and you know it, and I wish you to remember that one day you will stand before a better
and wiser Judge, and that there you will be dealt with according to justice and not
according to law." Surprised while burgling a house in Antwerp, Belgium, the thief
fled out the back door, clambered over a nine-foot wall, dropped down the other side, and
found himself in the city prison.
Oops: The Book of Blunders, 1980.