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"For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings."    - Hosea ; Hosea 6.6

"To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”    - Gospel of Mark ; Mark 12:33

"If, for example, every time we were tempted to say something hostile about a colleague, a sibling, or an enemy country, we considered how we would feel if such a remark were made about us—and refrained—we would, in that moment, have gone beyond ourselves. It would be a moment of transcendence."    - Armstrong, Karen ; The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions

"If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’  you would not have condemned the innocent."    - Matthew ; Matthew 12.7

"But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’  For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”    - Matthew ; Matthew 9.13

"Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets."    - Jesus ; Matthew 7.9-12

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