quotations about mercy
I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN, speech in Washington, D.C., 1865
The unmerciful man is most certainly an unblessed man. His sympathies are all dried up; he is afflicted with a chronic jaundice, and lives timidly and darkly in a little, narrow rat-hole of distrust.
E. H. CHAPIN, Living Words
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
JESUS, Matthew 5:7
Mercy. That is the gospel. The whole of it in one word.
E. H. CHAPIN, Living Words
A God all mercy is a God unjust.
EDWARD YOUNG, The Complaint, or Night-Thoughts on Life
The quality of mercy is not strain'd,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:
'Tis mightiest in the mightiest: it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown;
His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptred sway;
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,
It is an attribute to God himself;
And earthly power doth then show likest God's
When mercy seasons justice.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, The Merchant of Venice
Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Romeo and Juliet
Who will not mercy unto others show,
How can he mercy ever hope to have?
EDMUND SPENSER, The Faerie Queene
Mercy will get you killed, but sometimes it's all that makes us human.
LAURELL K. HAMILTON, Burnt Offerings
It is mercy, not justice or courage or even heroism, that alone can defeat evil.
PETER KREEFT, The Philosophy of Tolkien
A good man is merciful to his beast, and much more to his brother. Merciful to his beast, did we say? yea, to the beast of his mortal enemy.
WILLIAM MCEWEN, "On the Merciful Man", Select Essays Doctrinal & Practical on a Variety of the Most Important and Interesting Subjects in Divinity
Mercy and forgiveness must be free and unmerited to the wrongdoer. If the wrongdoer has to do something to merit it, then it isn't mercy.
TIMOTHY KELLER, The Prodigal God
MERCY, n. An attribute beloved of detected offenders.
AMBROSE BIERCE, The Devil's Dictionary
The Lord's mercy often rides to the door of our heart upon the black horse of affliction.
CHARLES HADDON SPURGEON, All of Grace
Mercy listens -- really listens, with interest and concern -- then smiles, and reaches out her hand.
J. M. DEMATTEIS, Mercy
We may imitate the Deity in all His attributes, but mercy is the only one in which we can pretend to equal Him. We cannot, indeed, give like God, but we may forgive like Him.
LAURENCE STERNE, The Works of Laurence Sterne, Volume 6
The world will give you that once in awhile, a brief timeout; the boxing bell rings and you go to your corner, where somebody dabs mercy on your beat-up life.
SUE MONK KIDD, The Secret Life of Bees
I will show mercy to whomever I will show mercy, and I will show compassion to whomever I will show compassion.
GOD, Romans 9:15
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
BIBLE, Psalms 23:6
Religion carries two sorts of people in two entirely opposite directions: the mild and gentle people it carries towards mercy and justice; the persecuting people it carries into fiendish sadistic cruelty.
ALFRED NORTH WHITEHEAD, Dialogues of Alfred North Whitehead