To repay evil with goodness is easier, wiser and more natural than to repay evil with evil.
Repay evil with goodness.
— The Talmud
And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.
— Luke 23:33-34
Conquer rage with humility, conquer evil with goodness, conquer greed with generosity, and conquer lies with truth.
— Dhammapada, a book of Buddhist Wisdom
When we treat our neighbors as they deserve to be treated, we make them even worse; when we treat them as if they were who we wish they were, we improve them.
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Those who take joy in repaying an evil with goodness will always try to experience this joy again.