Sometimes around Jaradoa we enjoy a good inspirational quote. So this week’s blog is the first of a series called Nuggets of Wisdom, chock full of nougaty insight. Because “mercy, beauty and truth” is sort of our mantra, we thought we’d start with quotes about mercy. Take any you like, or share your own favorite!
“All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.”
— Winston Churchill
“Nothing can make injustice just but mercy.”
— Robert Frost
“Heaven have mercy on us all—Presbyterians and Pagans alike—for we are all somehow dreadfully cracked about the head, and sadly need mending.”
— Herman Melville
“If you believe, as the Greeks did, that man is at the mercy of the gods, then you write tragedy. The end is inevitable from the beginning. But if you believe that man can solve his own problems and is at nobody’s mercy, then you will probably write melodrama.”
— Lillian Hellman
“The essence of justice is mercy.”
— Edwin Hubbel Chapin
“Think carefully before asking for justice. Mercy might be safer.”
— Mason Cooley
“When having my portrait painted I don’t want justice, I want mercy.”
— Billy Hughes
“I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.”
— Abraham Lincoln
“Much that we call evil is really good in disguises; and we should not quarrel rashly with adversities not yet understood, nor overlook the mercies often bound up in them.”
— Horace Mann
“Computers are like Old Testament gods: lots of rules and no mercy.”
— Joseph Campbell
“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
“Pretty woman, I don’t believe you, you’re not the truth.
No one could look as good as you–mercy!”
— Roy Orbison
“Teach me to feel another’s woe, to hide the fault I see,
That mercy I to others show, that mercy show to me.”
— Alexander Pope
“There are two things that Jack Bauer never does. Show mercy, and go to the bathroom.”
— Kiefer Sutherland
“The quality of mercy is not strained.
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 scepter 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 sceptered sway;
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings;
It is an attribute of God himself;
And earthly power doth then show like God’s
When mercy seasons justice.”
— William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice: IV, i