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CLEMENCY
[ Also see Compassion Cruelty Forbearance Forgiveness Gentleness Magnanimity Mercy Pardon Pity ]

To be good to the vile is to throw water into the sea.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

Clemency alone makes us equal to the gods.
      - Claudian (Claudianus)

Forgiveness, that noblest of all self-denial, is a virtue which he alone who can practise in himself can willingly believe in another.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Clemency, which we make a virtue of, proceeds sometimes from vanity, sometimes from indolence, often from fear, and almost always from a mixture of all three.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

The little I have seen of the world teaches me to look upon the errors of others in sorrow, not in anger. When I take the history of one poor heart that has sinned and suffered, and represent to myself the struggles and temptations it has passed through, the brief pulsations of joy, the feverish inquietude of hope and fear, the pressure of want, the desertion of friends, I would fain leave the erring soul of my fellow-man with Him from whose hand it came.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In general, indulgence for those we know is rarer than pity for those we know not.
      - Antoine de Rivarol, Comte de Rivarol


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