Quotes and Sayings about Mercy



"When a man assumes leadership, he forfeits the right to mercy."
- Gennaro Angiulo
(Related: Leadership, Man, Mercy, Right)

"Gun bans disarm victims, putting them at the mercy of murderers or terrorists who think nothing of breaking the gun laws."
- Michael Badnarik
(Related: Laws, Mercy, Nothing, Victims)

"Mercy to animals means mercy to mankind."
- Henry Bergh
(Related: Animals, Mankind, Mercy)

"Where mercy, love, and pity dwell, there God is dwelling too."
- William Blake
(Related: God, Love, Mercy, Pity)

"O Lord have mercy on me, to God I commend my soul."
- Anne Boleyn
(Related: God, Soul, Mercy)

"Being 'at the mercy of legislative majorities' is merely another way of describing the basic American plan: representative democracy."
- Robert Bork
(Related: American, Being, Democracy, Mercy)

"I fear God never showed mercy to one so vile as I."
- David Brainerd
(Related: God, Fear, Mercy)

"I am an old sinner; and if God had designed mercy for me, he would have called me home to himself before now."
- David Brainerd
(Related: Home, God, Mercy, Now, Old)

"I was surrounded at the time by about a dozen of the enemy, whose clubs rattled upon me without mercy, and the strokes of my sabre were rendered uncertain by the energetic pushes of an attendant who thus hoped to save me."
- Richard Francis Burton
(Related: Time, Enemy, Mercy)

"Let us eat and drink neither forgetting death unduly nor remembering it. The Lord hath mercy on whom he will have mercy, etc., and the less we think about it the better."
- Samuel Butler
(Related: Death, Mercy, Will)

"Where I am now, you're very much at everybody else's mercy. You have no control over your career in a lot of ways. It's just important to know what your own goals are, because that's empowering."
- Rose Byrne
(Related: Control, Goals, Career, Mercy, Now)

"God preordained, for his own glory and the display of His attributes of mercy and justice, a part of the human race, without any merit of their own, to eternal salvation, and another part, in just punishment of their sin, to eternal damnation."
- John Calvin
(Related: God, Glory, Justice, Mercy, Merit, Punishment, Race, Salvation, Sin)

"God tolerates even our stammering, and pardons our ignorance whenever something inadvertently escapes us - as, indeed, without this mercy there would be no freedom to pray."
- John Calvin
(Related: God, Freedom, Ignorance, Mercy)

"Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy."
- Joseph Campbell
(Related: Computers, Gods, Mercy, Old, Rules)

"Spare me through your mercy, do not punish me through your justice."
- Anselm of Canterbury
(Related: Justice, Mercy)

"And for yourself, whatever there has been either of sin or duty, remember the one and forget the other, and betake yourself wholly to the mercy of God and the merit of Christ."
- Donald Cargill
(Related: God, Christ, Duty, Forget, Mercy, Merit, Sin)

"It is long since I could have adventured on eternity, through God's mercy and Christ's merits; but death remained somewhat terrible, and that now is taken away; and now death is no more to me, but to cast myself into my husband's arms, and to lie down with Him."
- Donald Cargill
(Related: Death, Lie, God, HusbChrist, Eternity, Mercy, Now)

"I have often met with happiness after some imprudent step which ought to have brought ruin upon me, and although passing a vote of censure upon myself I would thank God for his mercy."
- Giacomo Casanova
(Related: Happiness, God, Censure, Mercy, Ruin, Vote)

"At issue was the question whether this man's faith could prevail against a man whose equal faith it was that this society is sick beyond saving, and that mercy itself pleads for its swift extinction and replacement by another."
- Whittaker Chambers
(Related: Faith, Society, Man, Mercy, Question)

"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."
- Chanakya
(Related: Happiness, Virtue, Contentment, Covetousness, Disease, Mercy, Mind)

"The essence of justice is mercy."
- Edwin Hubbel Chapin
(Related: Justice, Mercy)

"Let us rise in the moral power of womanhood; and give utterance to the voice of outraged mercy, and insulted justice, and eternal truth, and mighty love and holy freedom."
- Maria W. Chapman
(Related: Love, Power, Truth, Freedom, Justice, Mercy, Voice)

"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."
- Agatha Christie
(Related: First, Justice, Mercy, Victims)

"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."
- Winston Churchill
(Related: Hope, Duty, Freedom, Honor, Justice, Mercy)

"We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it."
- Winston Churchill
(Related: Mercy)

"Human judges can show mercy. But against the laws of nature, there is no appeal."
- Arthur C. Clarke
(Related: Nature, Judges, Laws, Mercy)

"I know there is a Supreme Being who rules the affairs of men and whose goodness and mercy have always followed the American people, and I know He will not turn from us now if we humbly and reverently seek His powerful aid."
- Grover Cleveland
(Related: Men, People, American, Being, Goodness, Mercy, Now, Rules, Will)

"I have lost my seven best friends, which is to say God has had mercy on me seven times without realizing it. He lent a friendship, took it from me, sent me another."
- Jean Cocteau
(Related: God, Friendship, Lent, Mercy)

"I am a most noteworthy sinner, but I have cried out to the Lord for grace and mercy, and they have covered me completely. I have found the sweetest consolation since I made it my whole purpose to enjoy His marvellous Presence."
- Christopher Columbus
(Related: Purpose, Grace, Mercy)

"Think carefully before asking for justice. Mercy might be safer."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: Justice, Mercy)

"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
(Related: Peace, Time, Christmas, Goodwill, Mercy, Mind, Spirit, State)

"Too often, Indian tribes are at the mercy of the shifting political winds of State government."
- Jim Costa
(Related: Government, Mercy, State)

"The angel of mercy, the child of love, together had flown to the realms above."
- Fanny Crosby
(Related: Love, Mercy)

"Together with the Works of Mercy, feeding, clothing and sheltering our brothers, we must indoctrinate."
- Dorothy Day
(Related: Brothers, Mercy)

"I'm at the mercy of whatever character comes into my head."
- Kate DiCamillo
(Related: Character, Mercy)

"We hand folks over to God's mercy, and show none ourselves."
- George Eliot
(Related: God, Mercy)

"The sanitary and mechanical age we are now entering makes up for the mercy it grants to our sense of smell by the ferocity with which it assails our sense of hearing."
- Havelock Ellis
(Related: Age, Hearing, Mercy, Now, Sense)

"Churchill knew the importance of peace, and he also knew the price of it. Churchill finally got his voice, of course. He stressed strategy, but it was his voice that armed England at last with the old-fashioned moral concepts of honor and duty, justice and mercy."
- Suzanne Fields
(Related: Peace, Strategy, Duty, England, Honor, Importance, Justice, Mercy, Old, Voice)

"A Protestant has seldom any mercy shown him, and a Jew, who turns Christian, is far from being secure."
- John Foxe
(Related: Christian, Being, Mercy)

"Nothing can make injustice just but mercy."
- Robert Frost
(Related: Injustice, Mercy, Nothing)

"Since when has the world of computer software design been about what people want? This is a simple question of evolution. The day is quickly coming when every knee will bow down to a silicon fist, and you will all beg your binary gods for mercy."
- Bill Gates
(Related: Design, People, Gods, Computer, Day, Evolution, Mercy, Question, Software, Want, Will, World)

"The brave love mercy, and delight to save."
- John Gay
(Related: Love, Delight, Mercy)

"Cowards are cruel, but the brave love mercy and delight to save."
- John Gay
(Related: Love, Cowards, Delight, Mercy)

"Silver and gold the Gods have denied them, whether in mercy or in wrath, I am unable to determine."
- Germanicus
(Related: Gods, Gold, Mercy, Wrath)

"Pray God in the bowels of his mercy to send you his Holy Spirit; for he hath given you his great gift of utterance, if it pleased him also to open the eyes of your heart."
- Jane Grey
(Related: God, Heart, Eyes, Mercy, Open, Spirit)

"Mercy should make us ashamed, wrath afraid to sin."
- William Gurnall
(Related: Mercy, Sin, Wrath)

"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
(Related: Gods, Beginning, End, Man, Mercy, Problems, Tragedy, Will)

"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
(Related: Day, End, Mercy, Want)

"We have only one task, to stand firm and carry on the racial struggle without mercy."
- Heinrich Himmler
(Related: Mercy, Struggle)

"Our prayer and God's mercy are like two buckets in a well; while the one ascends the other descends."
- Mark Hopkins
(Related: God, Mercy, Prayer)

"When having my portrait painted I don't want justice, I want mercy."
- Billy Hughes
(Related: Justice, Mercy, Want)

"Amnesty is as good for those who give it as for those who receive it. It has the admirable quality of bestowing mercy on both sides."
- Victor Hugo
(Related: Quality, Mercy)

"We need to break our dependency on foreign sources of oil, which leaves us at the mercy of foreign powers. To do that, we should increase domestic energy production."
- Bobby Jindal
(Related: Energy, Mercy, Oil, Production)

"Consequently, most of us really exist at the mercy of other people's formulations of what's important."
- June Jordan
(Related: People, Mercy)

"Love has its place, as does hate. Peace has its place, as does war. Mercy has its place, as do cruelty and revenge."
- Meir Kahane
(Related: Love, Peace, War, Cruelty, Hate, Mercy, Revenge)

"The truth doesn't have to do with cruelty, the truth has to do with mercy."
- Ken Kesey
(Related: Truth, Cruelty, Mercy)

"I suspect that even today, with all the progress we have made in liberal thought, the quality of true tolerance is as rare as the quality of mercy."
- Frank Knox
(Related: Quality, Thought, Progress, Liberal, Mercy, Today, Tolerance)

"The Lord receive my soul, and have mercy on me, and bless this kingdom with peace and charity, that there may not be this effusion of Christian blood amongst them."
- William Laud
(Related: Peace, Soul, Christian, Blood, Charity, May, Mercy)

"You're at the mercy of the editors' hands."
- Kelly LeBrock
(Related: Editors, Mercy)

"I'm afraid we live at the mercy of a power, maybe a God, without mercy. And yet we find it, as I have, from others."
- Philip Levine
(Related: God, Power, Mercy)

"I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice."
- Abraham Lincoln
(Related: Justice, Mercy)

"The greatest firmness is the greatest mercy."
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
(Related: Firmness, Mercy)

"I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply ALL my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy."
- Og Mandino
(Related: Purpose, Mercy, Potential, Will)

"This is the spirit of the Order, indeed the true spirit of Mercy flowing on us."
- Catherine McAuley
(Related: Mercy, Order, Spirit)

"Most people call me Mercy. I like it."
- Mercedes McCambridge
(Related: People, Mercy)

"I did about a 100 concerts this year. All over the United States. We're cutting back next year to about 40. We generate money for an organization called Mercy Corps."
- Barry McGuire
(Related: Money, Mercy, states, United)

"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
(Related: Heaven, Mercy)

"The very contradictions in my life are in some ways signs of God's mercy to me."
- Thomas Merton
(Related: Life, God, Mercy)

"I see that the path of progress has never taken a straight line, but has always been a zigzag course amid the conflicting forces of right and wrong, truth and error, justice and injustice, cruelty and mercy."
- Kelly Miller
(Related: Truth, Progress, Cruelty, Error, Injustice, Mercy, Right, Wrong)

"The life and liberty and property and happiness of the common man throughout the world are at the absolute mercy of a few persons whom he has never seen, involved in complicated quarrels that he has never heard of."
- Gilbert Murray
(Related: Happiness, Life, Liberty, Man, Mercy, Property, Quarrels, World)

"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."
- Gary Oldman
(Related: People, Idea, Control, Career, Mercy)

"Pretty woman, I don't believe you, you're not the truth. No one could look as good as you, mercy."
- Roy Orbison
(Related: Truth, Mercy, Pretty, Woman)

"Politics are for foreigners with their endless wrongs and paltry rights. Politics are a lousy way to get things done. Politics are, like God's infinite mercy, a last resort."
- P. J. O'Rourke
(Related: Politics, God, Foreigners, Rights, Infinite, Mercy, Wrongs)

"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
(Related: Equality, Justice, Man, Mercy, Religious)

"Kings in this world should imitate God, their mercy should be above their works."
- William Penn
(Related: God, Kings, Mercy, World)

"Lord, Bless our enemies; have mercy upon them, may they turn their course and let us alone, and let us live in peace at our homes in our own native land."
- William Pennington
(Related: Peace, Enemies, Land, May, Mercy)

"A good education is that which prepares us for our future sphere of action and makes us contented with that situation in life in which God, in his infinite mercy, has seen fit to place us, to be perfectly resigned to our lot in life, whatever it may be."
- Ann Plato
(Related: Education, Life, God, Action, Future, Infinite, May, Mercy)

"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
(Related: Fault, Mercy)

"There are three things in the world that deserve no mercy, hypocrisy, fraud, and tyranny."
- Frederick William Robertson
(Related: Fraud, Hypocrisy, Mercy, Tyranny, World)

"Human beings do not live in the objective world alone, nor alone in the world of social activity as ordinarily understood, but are very much at the mercy of the particular language which has become the medium of expression for their society."
- Edward Sapir
(Related: Society, Expression, Language, Mercy, World)

"As freely as the firmament embraces the world, or the sun pours forth impartially his beams, so mercy must encircle both friend and foe."
- Friedrich Schiller
(Related: Friend, Mercy, Sun, World)

"May God in his mercy enable us without obstinacy to perceive our errors."
- Michael Servetus
(Related: God, Errors, May, Mercy, Obstinacy)

"Jesus, Son of the Eternal God, have mercy on me."
- Michael Servetus
(Related: God, Son, Mercy)

"Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge."
- William Shakespeare
(Related: Mercy, Nobility)

"Until the men of action clear out the talkers we who have social consciences are at the mercy of those who have none."
- George Bernard Shaw
(Related: Men, Action, Mercy)

"I would make this war as severe as possible, and show no symptoms of tiring till the South begs for mercy."
- William Tecumseh Sherman
(Related: War, Mercy)

"Writing checks for charities is necessary and important. But it can't compare with corporal works of mercy, which are infinitely greater."
- William E. Simon
(Related: Mercy, Writing)

"A man gazing on the stars is proverbially at the mercy of the puddles in the road."
- Alexander Smith
(Related: Man, Mercy, Road, Stars)

"Truth and mercy require the exertion - never the suppression, of man's noble rights and powers."
- Gerrit Smith
(Related: Truth, Rights, Man, Mercy)

"Songs suffer at the mercy of the performer."
- Jo Stafford
(Related: Mercy, Songs)

"In a condition of society and under an industrial organization which places labor completely at the mercy of capital, the accumulations of capital will necessarily be rapid, and an unequal distribution of wealth is at once to be observed."
- Leland Stanford
(Related: Society, Wealth, Labor, Mercy, Will)

"You desire that which exceeds my humble powers, but I trust in the compassion and mercy of the All-powerful God."
- Saint Stephen
(Related: Trust, God, Compassion, Desire, Mercy)

"There are two things that Jack Bauer never does. Show mercy, and go to the bathroom."
- Kiefer Sutherland
(Related: Mercy)

"The United States form a young republic, a confederacy which ought ever to be cemented by a union of interests and affection, under the influence of those principles which obtained their independence."
- Mercy Otis Warren
(Related: Affection, Independence, Influence, Principles, states, United)

"The bulk of mankind have indeed, in all countries in their turn, been made the prey of ambition."
- Mercy Otis Warren
(Related: Ambition, Countries, Mankind)

"The defeat of the Americans in Canada and the advantages gained by the British arms in the Jerseys, and indeed for some months in every other quarter, gave to the royal cause an air of triumph."
- Mercy Otis Warren
(Related: Americans, Canada, Cause, Defeat, Months)

"The extraordinary exertions of the colonies, in cooperation with British measures, against the French, in the late war, were acknowledged by the British parliament to be more than adequate to their ability."
- Mercy Otis Warren
(Related: War, Ability, Cooperation, Parliament)

"The honorable William Penn, late governor of Pennsylvania, was chosen agent to the Court of Britain, and directed to deliver the petition to the King himself and to endeavor by his personal influence to procure a favorable reception to this last address."
- Mercy Otis Warren
(Related: Court, Influence)

"The love of domination and an uncontrolled lust of arbitrary power have prevailed among all nations and perhaps in proportion to the degrees of civilization."
- Mercy Otis Warren
(Related: Love, Power, Civilization, Lust, Nations)

"The study of the human character opens at once a beautiful and a deformed picture of the soul."
- Mercy Otis Warren
(Related: Soul, Character, Study)

"General Washington had rather incautiously encamped the bulk of his army on Long Island - a large and plentiful district about two miles from the city of New York."
- Mercy Otis Warren
(Related: Army, Washington)

"The British were indeed very far superior to the Americans in every respect necessary to military operations, except the revivified courage and resolution, the result of sudden success after despair."
- Mercy Otis Warren
(Related: Success, Courage, Americans, Despair, Military, Resolution, Respect, Result)

"The progress of the American Revolution has been so rapid and such the alteration of manners, the blending of characters, and the new train of ideas that almost universally prevail, that the principles which animated to the noblest exertions have been nearly annihilated."
- Mercy Otis Warren
(Related: Progress, Ideas, American, Revolution, Manners, Principles)

"A declaration of the independence of America, and the sovereignty of the United STates was drawn by the ingenious and philosophic pen of Thomas Jefferson, Esquire, a delegate from the state of Virginia."
- Mercy Otis Warren
(Related: America, Independence, State, states, United)

"It may be a mistake, that man, in a state of nature, is more disposed to cruelty than courtesy."
- Mercy Otis Warren
(Related: Nature, Mistake, Courtesy, Cruelty, Man, May, State)

"Public emergencies may require the hand of severity to fall heavily on those who are not personally guilty, but compassion prompts, and ever urges to milder methods."
- Mercy Otis Warren
(Related: Compassion, May, Public)

"Democratic principles are the result of equality of condition."
- Mercy Otis Warren
(Related: Equality, Principles, Result)

"By the Declaration of Independence, dreaded by the foes an for a time doubtfully viewed by many of the friends of America, everything stood on a new and more respectable footing, both with regard to the operations of war or negotiations with foreign powers."
- Mercy Otis Warren
(Related: Time, War, America, Friends, Independence)

"But truth is most likely to be exhibited by the general sense of contemporaries, when the feelings of the heart can be expressed without suffering itself to be disguised by the prejudices of man."
- Mercy Otis Warren
(Related: Truth, Feelings, Heart, Man, Sense, Suffering)

"Before this address to my countrymen is closed, I beg leave to observe, that as a new century has dawned upon us, the mind is naturally led ot contemplate the great events that have run parallel with and have just closed the last."
- Mercy Otis Warren
(Related: Events, Mind)

"A superfluity of wealth, and a train of domestic slaves, naturally banish a sense of general liberty, and nourish the seeds of that kind of independence that usually terminates in aristocracy."
- Mercy Otis Warren
(Related: Wealth, Aristocracy, Independence, Liberty, Sense)

"On the evening of December 25, General Washington in a most severe season crossed the Delaware with a part of his army, then reduced to less than 2000 men in the whole."
- Mercy Otis Warren
(Related: Men, Army, December, Evening, Washington)

"Quality in a classical Greek sense is how to live with grace and intelligence, with bravery and mercy."
- Theodore White
(Related: Intelligence, Quality, Bravery, Grace, Mercy, Sense)

"And now let me address all of you, high and low, rich and poor, one with another, to accept of mercy and grace while it is offered to you; Now is the accepted time, now is the day of salvation; and will you not accept it, now it is offered unto you?"
- George Whitefield
(Related: Time, Day, Grace, Mercy, Now, Poor, Salvation, Will)

"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
(Related: Love, Thoughts, Compassion, Enemies, May, Mercy, Revenge, Right, Today, Violence)

"I think actors are at the mercy of the opportunities presented to them. So you kind of have to wait for them to choose you. My music is insular - I can choose that."
- Dwight Yoakam
(Related: Music, Actors, Mercy)

"A God all mercy is a God unjust."
- Edward Young
(Related: God, Mercy)

"Today we are afraid of simple words like goodness and mercy and kindness. We don't believe in the good old words because we don't believe in good old values anymore. And that's why the world is sick."
- Lin Yutang
(Related: Values, Goodness, Kindness, Mercy, Old, Today, Words, World)