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  • He petitioned the Governor for clemency.
  • Intoxicated with unbroken success we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God who made us.  It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended power to confess our national sins and pray for clemency and forgiveness.
    Abraham Lincoln  --  Thanksgiving Day Proclamation - 1863
  • Do not you recollect, I came about six weeks ago to plead for clemency, as I come to-day to plead for justice.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Clemency is a fine, royal virtue, which turns aside the currents of wrath.
    Hugo, Victor  --  Notre-Dame de Paris

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  • But my clemency is always ready to descend upon the vanquished.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  War and Peace
  • Let us not listen to those who think we ought to be angry with our enemies, and who believe this to be great and manly. Nothing is so praiseworthy, nothing so clearly shows a great and noble soul, as clemency and readiness to forgive.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • We stayed and cooperated with the Clave. Gave them names. Helped them track down the ones who had run away. For that we received clemency.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • There was no recommendation for clemency in the case
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • He commands benevolence, clemency, sympathy, tolerance, but not love; he forbade us to tie our heart in love to earthly things.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • ...he accorded him his pardon with a clemency which will bring him praise in all the journals, and throughout all ages.
    Voltaire  --  Candide

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  • stooping to your clemency, We beg your hearing patiently.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • "Most kind, most sweet, most clement Virgin," he prayed.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Coming now to the other qualities mentioned above, I say that every prince ought to desire to be considered clement and not cruel.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • The request for clemency was denied.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • The other murderer was Ned Clement, who’d gone for three years under the name Scythe, for the weapon he’d used to torture and hack apart temple priestesses.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • The one thing Putnam cannot do at this point is show clemency.
    James Lincoln Collier  --  My Brother Sam is Dead
  • But then he began to change his tune, especially after Clement L. Vallandigham was nominated for governor of Ohio on an antiwar platform, which "fell like a thunderbolt on this regiment," reported Welton.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • I implore you—you who have the power to give clemency and freedom—to reconsider my imprisonment in the light of my past good works, and to return me to my life in Warsaw.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • In their stark, ghostly expressions was the strongest statement I have ever seen that life may not be governed by anything fair or clement.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • But my clemency is always ready to descend upon the vanquished.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Do not you recollect, I came about six weeks ago to plead for clemency, as I come to-day to plead for justice.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Children can be harsh judges when it comes to their parents, disinclined to grant clemency, and this was especially true in Chris’s case.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • But, morning once more brightened my view, and I extended my clemency to Biddy, and we dropped the subject.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Oh, Frankenstein, be not equitable to every other and trample upon me alone, to whom thy justice, and even thy clemency and affection, is most due.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • She had the impartiality of nature, with the same lack of indulgence or clemency.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Your clemency, Monseigneur!
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • They need not have cut off his head, if you please; clemency must be exercised, agreed; but a good banishment for life.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • But they could never gain my consent to put him to death, for the reasons above mentioned, since it was an Englishman (even yourself) who was my deliverer; and as merciful counsels are most prevailing when earnestly pressed, so I got them to be of the same opinion as to clemency.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • She supposed she must say more before she were entitled to his clemency; but it was a hard case to be obliged still to lower herself in his opinion.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Subsequently, a clemency appeal was presented to the newly elected Governor of Kansas, William Avery; but Avery, a rich farmer sensitive to public opinion, refused to intervene-a decision he felt to be in the "best interest of the people of Kansas."
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • I treated the rest in the same manner, taking them one by one out of my pocket; and I observed both the soldiers and people were highly delighted at this mark of my clemency, which was represented very much to my advantage at court.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Let’s pray to God for his enemies to show him clemency.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Lieutenant, were that clearly lawful for us under the circumstances, consider the consequences of such clemency.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • If you sue for his clemency you must first do his bidding.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • But the knowledge would have been useless here; it was not called for; neither clemency nor dignity was put to the trial—Eleanor brought no message.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • He was ready to make any display of clemency, forgiveness or cowardice.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • Eragon overtook him in less than ten feet, and as the man was still crying and asking for clemency, Eragon wrapped his left hand around his neck and squeezed.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • I loved the dim superstition, the propitiatory intent, that had put the grave there; and still more I loved the spirit that could not carry out the sentence—the error from the surveyed lines, the clemency of the soft earth roads along which the home-coming wagons rattled after sunset.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • For them there could be "no allowance, no clemency."
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • The defendants should receive clemency, he said, otherwise the future of South Africa would be bleak.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • He considered that too to be Grace’s fault — in his eyes, she’d cornered the clemency market — and as I read it, he then wanted to be revenged.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Mrs. van der Luyden’s attitude said neither yes nor no, but always appeared to incline to clemency till her thin lips, wavering into the shadow of a smile, made the almost invariable reply: "I shall first have to talk this over with my husband."
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Yet the King, out of his charity, And urged by your friends, offered clemency, Made a pact of peace, and all dispute ended Sent you back to your See as you demanded.
    T.S. Eliot  --  Murder in the Cathedral
  • Willoughby could not hear of her marriage without a pang; and his punishment was soon afterwards complete in the voluntary forgiveness of Mrs. Smith, who, by stating his marriage with a woman of character, as the source of her clemency, gave him reason for believing that had he behaved with honour towards Marianne, he might at once have been happy and rich.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • Also variable public sentiment, whatever its convictions in any given case, was usually on the side of the form or gesture of clemency —without, however, any violence to its convictions.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • It had never occurred to me during the capital murder trial that all this might be whirling around in Shay’s head; that the reason he did not get up and beg for clemency during sentencing was because in order to do that, it felt like he’d also be admitting to the crime.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Both the good women kept strict silence during the whole scene between Mr Allworthy and the girl; but as soon as it was ended, and that gentleman was out of hearing, Mrs Deborah could not help exclaiming against the clemency of her master, and especially against his suffering her to conceal the father of the child, which she swore she would have out of her before the sun set.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • The facts of life do not penetrate to the sphere in which our beliefs are cherished; as it was not they that engendered those beliefs, so they are powerless to destroy them; they can aim at them continual blows of contradiction and disproof without weakening them; and an avalanche of miseries and maladies coming, one after another, without interruption into the bosom of a family, will not make it lose faith in either the clemency of its God or the capacity of its physician.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • It seemed that Caddy’s unfortunate papa had got over his bankruptcy—"gone through the Gazette," was the expression Caddy used, as if it were a tunnel—with the general clemency and commiseration of his creditors, and had got rid of his affairs in some blessed manner without succeeding in understanding them, and had given up everything he possessed (which was not worth much, I should think, to judge from the state of the furniture), and had satisfied every one concerned that he could do…
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
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