May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I sure as hell won't.
We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it.
Speech in the House of Commons (1940-07-14).
That which looks for mercy from an opponent is not non-violence.
I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.
The stronger becomes master of the weaker, in so far as the latter cannot assert its degree of independence — here there is no mercy, no forbearance, even less a respect for "laws."
Der Wille zur Macht
We show no more mercy to the affection that reveals its utmost extent than we do to another kind of prodigal who has not a penny left.
Honore de Balzac
Old Goriot or Father Goriot
Pity would be no more
If we did not make somebody Poor;
And Mercy no more could be
If all were as happy as we.
Songs of Experience
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.
I should be blind if I did not perceive that some power as strong as the universe is parting us. What this power is, what it is called, I do not know. I know only that if I knelt down, beat my head on the floor, prayed, and cried out for mercy, I might move a mountain sooner than move that power.
John F. Kennedy
The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
Pale Blue Dot
The Picture of Dorian Gray
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