William Shakespeare quote about mercy from Romeo and Juliet - Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill.
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Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill.
 William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet (1597). copy citation

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Author William Shakespeare
Source Romeo and Juliet
Topic mercy killing justice
Date 1597
Language English
Reference
Note Written between 1591 and 1595
Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/1112/pg1112.html

Context

“I will be deaf to pleading and excuses; Nor tears nor prayers shall purchase out abuses. Therefore use none. Let Romeo hence in haste,
Else, when he is found, that hour is his last. Bear hence this body, and attend our will. Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill. Exeunt. SCENE II. Capulet's orchard.
Enter Juliet alone. Jul. Gallop apace, you fiery-footed steeds,
Towards Phoebus' lodging! Such a wagoner” source

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