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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Mercy
 
A merciful man is merciful to his beast.  1
It is safer to err on the side of mercy.  Coke.  2
Mercy and truth preserve the king and his throne is upheld by mercy.  Bible.  3
Mercy but murders, pardoning those who kill.  Shakespeare.  4
Mercy often inflicts death.  Seneca.  5
Mercy sways the brave.  Homer.  6
Mercy to him that shows it, is the rule.  Cowper.  7
Mercy to the criminal may be cruelty to the people.  Arabian Nights.  8
Misplaced lenity is an offence against society.  Seneca.  9
Nothing emboldens sin so much as mercy.  Shakespeare.  10
Sweet mercy is nobility’s true badge.  Shakespeare.  11
The quality of mercy is not strain’d:
*  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown.  Shakespeare.
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