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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.

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.

William Blake

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

Joseph Campbell

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

Abraham Lincoln

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

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.

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.