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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.

Anne Boleyn

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

Thomas Paine

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.

Philip Rivers

Only by God's mercy and grace. We aren't worthy, we're all sinners, but we are because of Jesus dying for us.

Linda Cardellini

One thing I like about trying to write is that I can possibly write myself a role. Otherwise, you're at the mercy of whatever roles are out there that people are willing to give to you.

William Blake

Where mercy, love, and pity dwell, there God is dwelling too.

Pope Francis

A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just.

Joseph Campbell

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

Agatha Christie

Too much mercy... often resulted in further crimes which were fatal to innocent victims who need not have been victims if justice had been put first and mercy second.

Malala Yousafzai

I believe in peace. I believe in mercy.

Dorothy Day

Together with the Works of Mercy, feeding, clothing and sheltering our brothers, we must indoctrinate.

Jesus Christ

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.


There is no austerity equal to a balanced mind, and there is no happiness equal to contentment; there is no disease like covetousness, and no virtue like mercy.

'Mercy,' I love conceptually because I feel like you can either think about it as if it were a girl - which it sounds like it could be about a girl - but I like to picture it as 'pleading for mercy for my career' type of thing.

Benedict Cumberbatch

Pull the hair on my head the wrong way, and I would be on my knees begging for mercy. I have very sensitive follicles.

Abraham Lincoln

I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.

Charlie Hunnam

Being at the mercy of the acting profession, in the early days of one's career, is really brutal and feels like you have no control over your life, at all.

Gary Oldman

People have an idea that one is in control of a career, a lot more than you really are. You can engineer things to an extent. But you are at the mercy of what comes in across the desk.

William Shakespeare

Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.

Robert Frost

Nothing can make injustice just but mercy.

Billy Graham

The wonderful news is that our Lord is a God of mercy, and He responds to repentance.

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George Eliot

We hand folks over to God's mercy, and show none ourselves.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The greatest firmness is the greatest mercy.

Pope Francis

Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?... It is necessary to accompany them with mercy.

Pope Francis

The confessional is not a torture chamber, but the place in which the Lord's mercy motivates us to do better.

Barack Obama

I will never turn Medicare into a voucher. No American should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies. They should retire with the care and dignity they have earned.