“The quality of mercy is not strain’d,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath.

It is twice blest;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:
‘Tis mightiest in the mightiest: it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown;

His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptred sway;

It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,
It is an attribute to God himself;”

spoken by Portia, from The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare
Posted by Kurma on 24/6/08; 10:33:44 AM

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