The roots of war are in the way we live our daily lives, the way we develop our industries, build up our society, and consume goods. We have to look deeply into the situation, and we will see the roots of war. We cannot just blame one side or the other. We have to transcend the tendency to take sides.
—Thich Nhat Hanh
Mercy is the image of God, and the merciful are, in fact, God dwelling on the earth. As God is merciful to all, without distinction, so the merciful should share benefits equally. . . . The merciful person is another God on the earth.
—Rabban Youssef Bousnaya, 10th-century Syrian monk
Just as God has shown us his mercy and faithfulness—his mercy by forgiving our sins and his faithfulness by keeping his promises—so we too should practice mercy and faithfulness in our own lives. Let us show mercy to the sick and needy, even our enemies, and practice faithfulness by refraining from sin.
—Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430)
The highest wisdom is kindness.