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Action must be taken to redress the wrongs of the past.
  fix a problem; or make amends for a wrong
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  • Action must be taken to redress the wrongs of the past.
  • A fault confessed is half redressed.
    Polish Proverb
  • If their rights are invaded by either, they can make use of the other as the instrument of redress.
    Hamilton, Alexander  --  Federalist Papers Authored by Alexander Hamilton
  • Let me not be understood as saying that there are no bad laws, nor that grievances may not arise for the redress of which no legal provisions have been made. I mean to say no such thing. But I do mean to say that although bad laws, if they exist, should be repealed as soon as possible, still, while they continue in force, for the sake of example they should be religiously observed.
    Abraham Lincoln

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  • Then music with her silver sound With speedy help doth lend redress.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms:
    Thomas Jefferson et al.  --  The Declaration of Independence
  • What is now amiss
    That Caesar and his Senate must redress?
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • There is no need of any such redress;
    Or if there were, it not belongs to you.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 2
  • A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Cask of Amontillado
  • Westley asked question after question while the albino tended and redressed his wound, then fed him food that was warm and surprisingly good and plentiful.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride

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  • He says, waving his fork, that if we continue to overbreed as a species, a new epidemic will arise to redress the balance.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • She redresses us so regular clothes hide our uniforms before we even don our coats and cloaks.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Master Hugh, finding he could get no redress, refused to let me go back again to Mr. Gardner.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Why did you not seek legal redress?
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • His hand placed upon his heart was unable to redress its throbbings, while, with the other he wiped the perspiration from his temples.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • ’Did you redress yourself to me, my man?’
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • It is for others’ good that I ask, to redress great wrong, and to lift much and terrible troubles, that may be more great than you can know.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • I can’t turn knight-errant, and undertake to redress every individual case of wrong in such a city as this.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • This woman was, of course, only human, and sometimes made mistakes; when this happened, there was no redress—if on Saturday you got less money than you had earned, you had to make the best of it.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Whatever evil thoughts we have, proceed from him; so that God in this our distress, expects we should apply ourselves to him by fervent prayer for speedy redress.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • But on you only had I any claim for pity and redress, and from you I determined to seek that justice which I vainly attempted to gain from any other being that wore the human form.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • What I believe, I’ll wail; What know, believe; and what I can redress, As I shall find the time to friend, I will.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • All of a sudden, I’m overwhelmed by the thought that Peeta may be already lost, bled white, collected, and in the process of being transported back to the Capitol to be cleaned up, redressed, and shipped in a simple wooden box back to District 12.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • He met everywhere, with eyes riveted on his own, heads erect and nostrils expanded, as if each individual present felt himself able and willing, singly, to redress the wrongs of his race.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • We may grieve, but there is no redress.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • He reluctantly departs, but his wrongs weigh upon his spirit, and by-and-by when an opportunity comes to redress them, he outwits Mamma by a shrewd bargain.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • It was Carl’s heart that was now in question, whether he wanted to redress a wrong his own mother had perpetrated.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Abide, said Sir Tristram, and I shall redress it.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • Only the negroes had rights or redress these days.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • To care for, to clothe, to deck, to dress, to undress, to redress, to teach, scold a little, to rock, to dandle, to lull to sleep, to imagine that something is some one,—therein lies the whole woman’s future.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • For the common good I am willing to redress the past, and to receive you.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • My leisure then, and my old age, would have been devoted, in company with the Empress and during the royal apprenticeship of my son, to leisurely visiting, with our own horses and like a true country couple, every corner of the Empire, receiving complaints, redressing wrongs, and scattering public buildings and benefactions on all sides and everywhere.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Abide, said Sir Tristram, and I shall redress it.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • But not every grievance was redressed.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • A redress God grant.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • "But the question may be asked, "If this boy thought that he was somehow wronged, why did he not go into a court of law and seek a redress of his grievances?
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • "And has left me," answered the nephew, "bound to a system that is frightful to me, responsible for it, but powerless in it; seeking to execute the last request of my dear mother’s lips, and obey the last look of my dear mother’s eyes, which implored me to have mercy and to redress; and tortured by seeking assistance and power in vain."
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Earlier, Mortenson had smoothed antibiotic cream into the hands of a twelve-year-old boy whose stepfather had pressed them to a stove, then redressed his bandages.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Wrongs have to be redressed by reason, not by force.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Could anything be done to redress these inequities?
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • All I say is, that if my master would take my advice, we would be now afield, redressing outrages and righting wrongs, as is the use and custom of good knights-errant.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • What hope of answer or redress?
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • The Hirabayashis, like other Japanese Americans, were imprisoned in internment camps during the war, and it was Gordon Hirabayashi, Mrs. Hirabayashi’s son, who with others worked tirelessly to secure redress for the crime from the U.S. Congress.
    Leslie Marmon Silko  --  Ceremony
  • Let them know that it is their right to petition for a redress of their grievances.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • You remind me of a story Harry told me about a certain philanthropist who spent twenty years of his life in trying to get some grievance redressed, or some unjust law altered—I forget exactly what it was.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • And why should we proclaim it in an hour before his entering that, if any crave redress of injustice, they should exhibit their petitions in the street?
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • This it happens in affairs of state, for when the evils that arise have been foreseen (which it is only given to a wise man to see), they can be quickly redressed, but when, through not having been foreseen, they have been permitted to grow in a way that every one can see them, there is no longer a remedy.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • It made out four thousand pay-rolls a year, registered all freedmen, inquired into grievances and redressed them, laid and collected taxes, and established a system of public schools.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • —why, maiden, she is the nurse of pure and high affection—the stay of the oppressed, the redresser of grievances, the curb of the power of the tyrant—Nobility were but an empty name without her, and liberty finds the best protection in her lance and her sword.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • But the interruption, and the disorder she was thrown into by the struggle outside, put an end to all softer ideas for the present, and kept my aunt indignantly declaiming to Mr. Dick about her determination to appeal for redress to the laws of her country, and to bring actions for trespass against the whole donkey proprietorship of Dover, until tea-time.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
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