Mercy Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old mercy quotes, mercy sayings, and mercy proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Mercy, detached from Justice, grows unmerciful.     

C.S. Lewis

Mercy and forgiveness must be free and unmerited to the wrongdoer. If the wrongdoer has to do something to merit it, then it isn't mercy.     

Timothy Keller

It is mercy, not justice or courage or even heroism, that alone can defeat evil.     

Peter Kreeft

Mercy did not exist in the primordial life. It was misunderstood for fear, and such misunderstandings made for death.     

Jack London

The most merciful thing in the world, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.     

H. P. Lovecraft

The more merciful acts thou dost, the more mercy thou wilt receive.     

William Penn

Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill.     

Willliam Shakespeare

Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.     

William Shakespeare

Consequently, most of us really exist at the mercy of other people's formulations of what's important.     

June Jordan

Sometimes due to God's mercy, the time in God's plan can be stretched or extended     

Sunday Adelaja

I never ask for mercy and seek no one's sympathy.     

Conrad Black

Justice is for those who deserve it, mercy is for those who don't.     

Woodrow Kroll

I want to put myself absolutely at your mercy for good or evil without any condition, without any limit to your power.     

Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch

Who will not mercy unto others show. How can he mercy ever hope to have?     

Edmund Spenser

Mercy should make us ashamed, wrath afraid to sin.     

William Gurnall

Mercy, that is the gospel. The whole of it in one word.     

E. H. Chapin

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

Meir Kahan

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.     

William Blake

Mercy allows you to continue on in sin, grace empowers you to overcome it.     

Jacquelyn K. Heasley

Where mercy is shown, mercy is given.     

Duane "Dog" Chapman

Mercy will get you killed, but sometimes it's all that makes us human.     

Laurell K. Hamilton

Unless you learn to lead, you will always be at the mercy of someone else to guide you.     

Jeffrey Fry

Whoever feels mercy for the cruel is bound to eventually be cruel to the merciful.     

Moshe Kahlon

The unmerciful man is most certainly an unblessed man. His sympathies are all dried up, he is afflicted with a chronic jaundice, and lives timidly and darkly in a little, narrow rat-hole of distrust.     

E. H. Chapin

Mercy is the stuff you give to people that don't deserve it.     

Joyce Meyer

We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it.     

Winston Churchill

Spare me through your mercy, do not punish me through your justice.     

Anselm of Canterbury

Mercy is what moves us toward God, while justice makes us tremble in his sight.     

Pope Benedict XVI

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

Pope Francis

Children are innocent and love justice, while most adults are wicked and prefer mercy.     

G. K. Chesterton