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QUOTES ON MERCY


There are souls that in their narrowness blame the whole world. But overwhelm such a soul with mercy, give it love, and it will curse what it has done, for there are so many germs of good in it. The soul will expand and behold how merciful God is, and how beautiful and just people are. He will be horrified, he will be overwhelmed with repentance and the countless debt he must henceforth repay.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, The Brothers Karamazov

Mercy is not itself that oft looks so;
Pardon is still the nurse of second woe.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Measure for Measure

No ceremony that to great ones 'longs,
Not the king's crown, nor the deputed sword,
The marshal's truncheon, nor the judge's robe,
Become them with one half so good a grace
As mercy does.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Measure for Measure

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