Quotes from Just Mercy with Page Numbers

We are all broken by something. We have all hurt someone and have been hurt. We all share the condition of brokenness even if our brokenness is not equivalent. – p. 14

We are all implicated when we allow other people to be mistreated. An absence of compassion can corrupt the decency of a community. – p. 15

Mercy is just when it is rooted in hopefulness and freely given. – p. 19

Fear and anger are a threat to justice. They can infect a community, a state, or a nation, and make us blind, irrational, and dangerous. – p. 21

You don’t have to be convicted of a crime to be separated from your child. – p. 46

The true measure of our character is how we treat the poor, the disfavored, the accused, the incarcerated, and the condemned. – p. 51

Proximity has taught me some basic and humbling truths, including this vital lesson: Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done. – p. 54

Capital punishment means ‘them without the capital get the punishment.’ – p. 63


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