“Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hatred. It is a power that breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness.”
-- Mrs. Corrie Ten Boom, The Netherlands
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
-- Mahatma Gandhi
The quality of mercy is not strained.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
175Upon the place beneath. It is twice blessed:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
'Tis mightiest in the mightiest. It becomes
The thronèd monarch better than his crown.
His scepter shows the force of temporal power,
180The attribute to awe and majesty
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings,
But mercy is above this sceptered sway.
It is enthronèd in the hearts of kings.
It is an attribute to God himself.
-- Portia, Act 4 Scene 1, The Merchant of Venice,