Quotes of the Day for 19 January 2003 – Pardon
It was on this day in 1977 that US President Gerald Ford granted a pardon to Iva Toguri D'Aquino. Iva Ikuko Toguri was an American college student stranded in Japan when Pearl Harbor was attacked. She was arrested and forced to broadcast in English to American troops using the name Orphan Ann. Following the war, she was convicted of treason despite assertions that she, and other POWs in the role, had purposely made themselves ridiculous on the air and had never been disloyal. She was stripped of her citizenship, sentenced to ten years in prison, and fined $10,000. In the '70s the truth came out that witnesses against her had been coached, and that her defense had been truthful. A public clamor arose and the woman the world ridiculed as "Tokyo Rose" regained her status. Here, then are some quotes on Pardon.
Certainly, in taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior; for it is a prince's part to pardon.
- Francis Bacon, Of Revenge
Love truth but pardon error.
- Voltaire, 1694 - 1778
Dieu me pardonnera; c'est son metier. (God will pardon me, that's his job.)
- Heinrich Heine, 1797 - 1856
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
- Saint Francis of Assisi, 1182 - 1226
Almost all our faults are more pardonable than the methods we resort to to hide them.
- Francois, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, 1613 - 1680
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