First signs of mercy were seen in ancient Egyptian literature! For more interesting mercy quotes and famous compassion quotations and sayings, read ahead!

Mercy Quotes

In the acclaimed literary work 'Merchant of Venice', there's a quote: 'The quality of mercy is not strained'. It means that mercy is a feeling that shouldn't be extracted or forced out of a person, but has to be voluntary. The word mercy reminds many of pardoning prisoners and a feeling of sympathy towards the needy, but the word means much more than that. Compassion is another term for mercy and includes both empathy (putting you in someone else’s shoes) and sympathy (pitying someone else). According to a saying by religious leader Pope Francis, “A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just”. The topic of mercy has been highlighted in almost all the religions and they all refer to god as being merciful. They also explain the fact that a person who is merciful always attains mercy. The power to forgive which results in peace of mind is probably the best way to define mercy. It is one of the biggest virtues to have within you! For some touching mercy and compassion quotes, browse further.

I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy.

- Thomas Paine

May we not succumb to thoughts of violence and revenge today, but rather to thoughts of mercy and compassion. We are to love our enemies that they might be returned to their right minds.

- Marianne Williamson

Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy.

- The Power of Myth , Joseph Campbell

The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.

- Margaret Sanger

I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day.

- Frank Sinatra

I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet.

- Denis Waitley

The most merciful thing in the world... is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.

- H. P. Lovecraft

O Lord have mercy on me, to God I commend my soul.

- Anne Boleyn

At the end of the day, you either want or you don't want to know about it. It's a mercy thing - you have to give back. However you do it, you have to give something back. You have to.

- Thierry Henry

Forgiveness is God's command.

- Martin Luther

An institute run with such knavish imbecility that if it were not the work of God it would not last a fortnight.

- Hillaire Belloc

For years Don Imus was just - boy, he was merciless in his criticism of me. Maybe it was justified, but that didn't mean it didn't hurt.

- Dan Rather

I have been a man of great sins, but He has been a God of great mercies; and now, through His mercies, I have a conscience as sound and quiet as if I had never sinned.

- Donald Cargill

Forgiveness of enemies can only come upon their repentance.

- William Blake

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.

- Calvin Coolidge

Let the whole world join the happy lay, Let the hills and vales break forth in singing, Christ, the Lord of Life, is ris'n today.

- Lizzie Akers

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