What does this Abraham Lincoln quote mean?

Question by Claudia Sikorski: What does this Abraham Lincoln quote mean?
I was wondering the meaning of this quote by Abraham Lincoln “I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.”

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Answer by chilipepper
Mercy (Middle English, from Anglo-French merci, from Medieval Latin merced-, merces, from Latin, “price paid, wages”, from merc-, merxi “merchandise”) can refer both to compassionate behaviour on the part of those in power (e.g. mercy shown by a judge toward a convict) so
What he said in my own words ” I have lways found that to be compassionate will give more results than be so strict and rigid with justice, means give a chance to humans to correct

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