Phrases with "benefit"

Henry James Miss Birdseye came down for the benefit of the country air, and I came down to see if I could help her to get some good from it. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Into whatever houses I enter I will go into them for the benefit of the sick, keeping myself aloof from every voluntary act of injustice and corruption and lust. Fathers of Biology by Charles McRae [1890]

Every improvement, every advancement in civilisation, injures some, to benefit others, and either cherishes the want of today, or prepares the revolution of tomorrow. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

H. G. Wells Unhappily, at that time it did not seem probable that that would be of any material benefit to me, and I fear I did not give it the attention I should have done — in view of this state of affairs. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Guy de Maupassant It is for their benefit that I transcribe them without altering a letter. My Twenty-Five Days (Mes Vingt-cinq Jours) by Guy de Maupassant [1885]

Robert Green Ingersoll Religion is simply the duty a man owes to man; and when you fall upon your knees and pray for something you know not of, you neither benefit the one you pray for nor yourself. On Skulls by Robert Green Ingersoll

Charles Dickens Two of the last things he said were of a human sort, and your remembrance will give him the full benefit of them. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

George Gissing It wouldn’t benefit the children. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Jeremy Bentham No law should be changed, no usage at present prevailing should be abolished, without special reason; unless some specific assignable benefit can be shown as likely to be the result of such a change. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

You are right in thinking that this testimony of yours might be of benefit to Arthur, and that you ought to give it in case of extremity. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Tobias Smolle Doctor Fathom was immediately known to be the author of this entertainment; and thus retrieved the benefit of that admiration which he had forfeited by appearing in the shape of a physician. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

Virginia Woolf The task which lay before her was to organize a series of entertainments, the profits of which were to benefit the society, which drooped for want of funds. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Wilkie Collins Will you give him the benefit of that doubt?” “Willingly!” Emily replied. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Anthony Trollope There could be no doubt that nothing but benefit was intended for him,—as though he were himself the heir. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Jules Verne Nevertheless, this noble misanthrope longed to benefit his proteges still further. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Sinclair Lewis He had wished, for the benefit of his unconscious protegee Jinny, to exhibit what he conceived to be a real European conversazione, complete with Rhine wine and seltzer. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Now — is the future benefit you hint at worth all this?” Hoar twitched a thorny spray off the hedge behind the pales, and twirled it about between his teeth. Our Strike by Ellen Wood [1871]

Ralph Waldo Emerson This, of course, is a benefit which is temporary and mediate, not ultimate, like its service to the soul. Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1836]

Henry James His final companion recognised, as it were, his powers; and it may be imagined whether when he absolutely himself proposed to benefit the gentlewomen she passed him, or not, the blessed pen. A small boy and others by Henry James [1913]

Victor Hugo A benefit is a sticky and repugnant adherence which deprives you of free movement. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Sinclair Lewis The use of this book enabled village-born philanthropists to benefit their native states and get proper credit for generosity (and perhaps show up their old boyhood friends who had stayed home). Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

George Meredith And benefit for himself, even a small privilege, even the pressure of her hand, he not only shrank from the thought of winning,-he loathed the thought. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Meantime you’re doomed to become Mrs. William Crimsworth, I suppose; poor young lady? but you have a spark of spirit; cherish it, and give the Professor the full benefit thereof. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

William Black Besides the gratification, moreover, of his choice of materials being approved by the public, there was the material benefit accruing to him from the three “author’s nights. Goldsmith by William Black [1878]

Washington Irving The sum which accrued to Goldsmith from his benefit nights afforded but a slight palliation of his pecuniary difficulties. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

He found the benefit of this conduct in a trying hour like the present. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Catherine Helen Spence Only if he was out of work, and as they called it, bad in the books— in arrears with his weekly shilling or sixpence, he lost all benefit from his past payments. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

F. Scott Fitzgerald The matter could very easily develop into a rather dangerous little mess, with no benefit either to Josephine or to himself. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

But this much seems certain, the aim of the Grail Quest is two-fold; it is to benefit (a) the King, (b) the land. From Ritual to Romance by Jessie L. Weston [1920]

Thomas Hardy A scheme to benefit you and me. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Henry James She had described it as if to be irreproachably fair, give her adversary the benefit of every doubt, and then dismiss the question forever. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Should it not suffice to have given them monopoly and choice? Many others, and some of far nobler proportions, have been exterminated for their special benefit and advantage. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

The moon had reached the open space above the court, and he was getting the full benefit of it. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

L. and the Writer spent many an hour practising Arabic in the Khan Khaleel, without, it is to be feared, a corresponding degree of benefit to the merchants. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Oscar Wilde It takes a thoroughly grasping age, such as that in which we live, to set above the fine intellectual virtues, those shallow and emotional virtues that are an immediate practical benefit to itself. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

William Makepeace Thackeray The sessions-clerk is a gentleman “having,” as the phrase is here, both the English and Irish languages, and interpreting for the benefit of the worshipful bench. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

This is the last word and the only seriously meant word of bourgeois Socialism. It is summed up in the phrase: the bourgeois is a bourgeois -- for the benefit of the working class. The Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

Jeremy Bentham It is obvious enough, that the services of one man may be a benefit to another: the condition of a master may therefore be a beneficial one. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Anthony Trollope A lengthened period of quiet and therefore good government with a minimum of new laws would be the greatest benefit the country could receive. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope He had been made quite sure that it was not for the benefit of either of them that they should attempt to live together. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

A loaded gun, standing against a wall in a small room, was not a safe weapon, and he called upon the jury not rashly to convict in the uncertainty, but to give the prisoner the benefit of the doubt. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Anthony Trollope This ready compliance with his wishes was a benefit far too precious to be lost. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins He is fat, yellow, and gloomy, and has evidently been ordered horse-exercise for the benefit of his health. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Edith Wharton Then the evil mist cleared away, and through it she saw the baffled pitiful figure of the mother who was not a mother, and who, for every benefit accepted, felt herself robbed of a privilege. The Old Maid by Edith Wharton

It’s true he had his first wife’s daughter, but she lived in France with her mother’s sister, so he did not get much benefit from her. Caramel Cottage by Ellen Wood [1885]

Henry James Yes, only sixpence, in a raffle in a bazaar at Hackney, for the benefit of the Wesleyan Chapel, three years ago. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

George Gissing They’ve got the names of several lords! And it isn’t a mere commercial undertaking: the first object is to benefit the Irish; so that there can be nothing against my principles in it. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Rudyard Kipling These included a ravishing little dell, planted with azaleas, and screened from the tarred road by a belt of evergreens — a windless hollow, where gas could lie undisturbedly to benefit vegetation. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Benjamin Disraeli Take the advice of one who has committed as many, ay more, follies than yourself; but who would bless the hour that he had been a fool if his experience might be of benefit to his beloved son. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

It is well known now that the Signor desires nothing more than to benefit his fellow-creatures; and I’ve no doubt he’ll be glad to receive us. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Walter Scott Dick gave me a patronising and approving nod, and observed that, finding me so docile, he would communicate, for the benefit of my muse, a subject which he had studied with a view to his own art. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

Anthony Trollope If I had a daughter of my own I should, of course, expect that she would reap the benefit of this on her marriage, and my niece is the same to me as a daughter. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

I thought no benefit could arise from my combating these innocent prejudices, so I let them alone. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

Virginia Woolf The college was founded for the benefit of men only; men only were entitled by law to benefit from its endowments. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Venturing, however, too far into the country, they became suddenly aware of certain sentinels, posted expressly for the benefit of chance English visitors. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Thomas Hobbes For seeing every man by nature seeketh his own benefit and promotion, to put an infant into the power of those that can promote themselves by his destruction or damage is not tuition, but treachery. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Elizabeth Gaskell Add to which, there was the prospect of benefit from the more bracing air of the north. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

I was there [at Bath] for near eleven weeks for a colic that I have been troubled with of late; but have not found all the benefit I expected . The Life and Letters of John Gay by Lewis Melville

Jane Austen A ready-furnished house in a favourite spot was engaged, and much benefit expected from the change. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Jeremy Bentham From a person’s not having it, who ought: whether it be a benefit or burthen to the possessor is a circumstance that to this purpose makes no difference. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Theodore Dreiser She was delaying him deliberately in order to have a word with him and this bold acting was for the benefit of the others. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

The missionaries are our white “labourers;” but two of them, the Revs. Jacob Best and A. Bushnell, are absent in the United States for the benefit of their health. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

But he would never touch his own pocket for the benefit of the parish if he could help it: and it was thought that his antagonism to the parson was the deterring motive. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

Evidently he did nothing of the kind, and this fact strongly suggested some kind of collusion on his part with Hurst, who stood to benefit by the miscarriage of the will. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Jeremy Bentham Where the mischief was outweighed: although a mischief was produced by that act, yet the same act was necessary to the production of a benefit which was of greater value† than the mischief. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Henry Handel Richardson Never a plan did she lay for his benefit but he somehow crossed and frustrated it. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Caroline Lamb The distance from thence to the Castle was short; and Calantha had already sent her children thither for the benefit of sea-bathing. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

H. G. Wells I tried to get her to read books and particularly the books of Mr. John Ruskin, but like so many people who have had the benefit of a simple English education she was book-shy. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Fanny Fern If I cannot give you more, I will not trouble you further on that subject; as I seek your benefit more than my own. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

And when he remembered what benefit he had received from the sight of Gillonne, he had no doubt that her mistress would have a still more efficacious influence upon him. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Mrs. Lennard expressed herself in the most rapturous manner about Eleanor, paid some small fee for the benefit of the institution, and departed, carrying her parcels and taking Eleanor with her. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Isabella Bird He fails, perhaps, to understand all the scriptural issues between us, but he has a sincere desire to walk uprightly and to benefit his people. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Anthony Trollope I suppose Lord George has left England for the benefit of his health. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne He was besides subjected to a severe diet, and consequently his weakness was and would be extreme; but there was no want of refreshing drinks, and absolute rest was of the greatest benefit to him. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Wilkie Collins I will give you the benefit of your five years’ good conduct in my service. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Charles Stur Upon this I sent Morgan with the cart to fetch in the quarters of the animal, and desired the natives to go with him to benefit by what might be left behind, and to feast on the kangaroo. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

George Gissing Even his body seemed to benefit by the change, for a long night of profound sleep left him altogether free from fever and with a more temperate pulse than he had known for many days. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

George Gissing But nothing in this world is more useful than the beautiful, nothing works so powerfully for the ultimate benefit of mankind. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Tobias Smolle Indeed, whatever efforts a few individuals may make for the benefit of their own estates, husbandry in France will never be generally improved, until the farmer is free and independent. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Anthony Trollope They were to be held as thrones are held, for the benefit of the many. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Thomas Hobbes When by contract, it is called salary and wages; which is benefit due for service performed or promised. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Edgar Allan Poe But having at length accomplished it, I soon began to reap the benefit of my invention. The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall by Edgar Allan Poe [1835]

Anthony Trollope Their object had been to wash in Jordan — to do that once in their lives; — and they had washed in Jordan. The benefit expected was not to be immediately spiritual. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

John Galsworthy So! They had given him the benefit of the doubt — those disused men! And with a sudden, almost personal, warmth she tilted her head up and smiled at them. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Wilkie Collins Ten o’clock came; the moon rose and shone superbly; the nightly grog made its appearance on the quarter-deck; the captain gave the passengers the benefit of his company; and still nothing happened. The Fatal Cradle by Wilkie Collins [1861]

Rudyard Kipling This certificate the foreman signs, and it is framed near the engine for the benefit of the three Europeans and the eight or nine natives who have to mend No. 607. Among the Railway Folk by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Wilkie Collins I’ll act the generous rival with you, brother Mat! You shall have all the benefit of my advice gratis; and shall lay siege to our little beauty in regular form. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

A numerous race are these red-faced men; there is not a parlour, or club-room, or benefit society, or humble party of any kind, without its red-faced man. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

In vain I pleaded I could not stand the suffocation of so many men, especially of Waganda, who eat raw plantains; and unless they turned out, I should do so, to benefit by the pure air. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Uncle was giving her a sea-trip for the benefit of her health. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Ralph Waldo Emerson They know the use of a tutor, as they know the use of a horse; and they draw the greatest amount of benefit out of both. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Thomas Paine The plan here proposed will benefit all, without injuring any. Agrarian Justice by Thomas Paine

Anthony Trollope She was neither so well read, nor so thoughtful on what she did read, as her friend; but she could turn what she learned to more account, for the benefit of others. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

He had not the faintest hope of saving the patient, but he gave her the full benefit of his science. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Ford Madox Ford He only left it to the physical laboratory at Waterbury for the benefit of science, since he considered it to be quite an extraordinary kind of heart. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Anthony Trollope I cannot explain it all now; but the benefit which you have done us is immense. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Jane Austen She is going to London to see her particular friend, Mrs. Johnson. It was at first her intention that Frederica should accompany her, for the benefit of masters, but we overruled her there. Lady Susan by Jane Austen [1794]

Arthur Morrison But we don’t make a song of it, I assure you, unless it is for the benefit of clients. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

John Stuart Mill To give any meaning to Kant's principle, the sense put upon it must be, that we ought to shape our conduct by a rule which all rational beings might adopt with benefit to their collective interest. Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

Thomas Hobbes By simply renouncing, when he cares not to whom the benefit thereof redoundeth. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

It must be something very extraordinary, and well worth investigating — of course, for the benefit of the family — which could have evoked the apparition which had just crossed his window. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

But the service he had exacted from his friend threatened to deprive Hawthorne of the very benefit which Pierce had been most anxious he should receive. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Niccolo Machiavelli Therefore we say only this to you, that you cannot do a greater or more thankful benefit to us than to furnish us this discussion. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

Anthony Trollope If I write politics for my own sake, I must put in love and intrigue, social incidents, with perhaps a dash of sport, for the benefit of my readers. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

We hold no official positions, and if we come out into the open it will not benefit anybody and only ruin all chance of getting at the heads of the gang. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Henry James Every now and then he looked over at Catherine herself and smiled, as if to show that what he said was for her benefit too. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

George Meredith America reaps the benefit of our folly . Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Benjamin Disraeli I have received from the countenance of the Dacres all the benefit which a marked connection with so respectable and so moral a family confers, and I am tired to death. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Henry Kingsley The Dean was excessively glad to hear it, and hoped that he would stay at home and give his family the benefit of his high spirits. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

There is an immense show of grief, with keening and crocodiles’ tears, perhaps to benefit the living by averting a charge of witchcraft, which would inevitably lead to “Sassy” or poison-water. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Now, monsieur le cardinal, did he not bring me up, did he not support me?—elevating himself and supporting himself at the same time, I admit; but the benefit was discharged. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

A hobby, too, that is not without its pecuniary benefit to me, for thereby I am successful enough to keep myself in newspapers and tobacco all the year round. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Frederick Marryat Everything that he thought could be useful, or of value, he gathered together for the benefit of the poor orphan boy. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

Robert Louis Stevenson But this is of course unavoidable in life; it did no harm to Jenkin; and whether he got harm or benefit from a so early acquaintance with violent and hateful scenes, is more than I can guess. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

Protective duties: for the benefit of the working class. The Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

Thomas Paine We shall not have a ship the less; the use of them, and the benefit from them, will be greatly increased, and their expense saved. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Robert Green Ingersoll The time will come when no matter how much money a man has, he will not be respected unless he is using it for the benefit of his fellow-men. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Olaf Stapledon They agreed, of course, that the system ought to be used strictly for the benefit of the human race as a whole. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Charles Dickens He was supposed to have bought a farm in New Jersey. Under proper management, that estate could be seized and sold, for the benefit of the parties he had defrauded. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

Thomas Love Peacock In the poetry of our enlightened times, the characteristics of all seasons, soils, and climates may be blended together with much benefit to the author’s fame as an original genius. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

Edith Wharton As an old friend I want the benefit of your fresher eye. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Niccolo Machiavelli But today, no benefit is gotten from these sounds in great part, other than to make noise. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

Jules Verne The curé of the ancient church of Dunkirk rose at five o’clock on the 12th of May, 18 — to perform, according to his custom, low mass for the benefit of a few pious sinners. A Winter Amid the Ice by Jules Verne [1874]

George Gissing You won’t benefit anybody, you know, by making yourself ill. A Poor Gentleman by George Gissing

John Hill Burton Another of the proposals in this singular measure was, to provide cows to respectable paupers, likely to convert the benefit into a means of eking out a livelihood. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

Anthony Trollope The jury would give the prisoner the benefit of all that — if there was benefit to be derived from it. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Richard Hakluy This benefit endureth in those parts not six weeks, whilst the sun is near the tropic of Cancer, but where the pole is raised to 70 or 80 degrees it continueth the longer. Voyages in Search of The North-West Passage by Richard Hakluy

John Donne Dost thou not mean this when thou sayest, we shall understand the fear of the Lord?81 Have it, and have benefit by it; have it, and stand under it; be directed by it, and not be dejected with it. Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and severall steps in my Sicknes by John Donne

John Hill Burton So much for the case of the individuals; but the benefit of succession operates also on the public at large. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

There was the life of high thinking, of disinterested aims, of genuine enthusiasm, of genuine desire to delight and benefit mankind, by opening new paths to wonder and knowledge and power. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

He defies himself of his dear friend, this poor Bourdon, and he will not even tell him who would have benefit by that genuine will. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

George Gissing Thank your stars you have the power to confer a benefit on someone. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Thomas Hardy I don’t speak of your lover — I will give you the benefit of the doubt in that matter, for it only affects me personally. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Besides, a quarrel between Russia and Great Britain would only benefit a third party, ready enough to avail himself of it. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Henry James The performance was to be for the benefit of Paul, whose midsummer return was at hand and in whom the imagination oi alternatives was to be discouraged from the first. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

William Dampier I speak it experimentally for I was brought very low with that distemper at Achin; but by washing constantly mornings and evenings I found great benefit and was quickly cured by it. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Anthony Trollope Lady Scatcherd treated her as a farmer’s wife might have treated a convalescent young lady who had been sent to her charge for a few weeks, in order that she might benefit by the country air. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

John Stuart Mill Nobody denies that people should be so taught and trained in youth, as to know and benefit by the ascertained results of human experience. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

George Gissing This time we shall go more on the lines of the ordinary benefit society. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

And reasoning, which rids us of the greatest of evils, error and vanity of mind, is none of the least benefit to us; “For God has not granted this to the Esculapians.” (Theognis, vs. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Example is the means given universally to all whereby to benefit society. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

He wished to equal him in glory and to surpass him in the achievements that he should leave behind him for the benefit of future generations. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

R. D. Blackmore She donned a very graceful hat, adorned with sweet ribbon right skillfully smuggled; and she made up her mind to have the benefit of the air. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

To many, too, he appeared over-cautious in his mentioning so many times that in any uncertainty the accused must be given the benefit of the doubt. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Nellie Bly I had a foolish idea at first that it was the private property of some club, run for the special benefit of its members, and I felt some hesitancy about traveling on a train devoted to the use of men. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Watkin Tench Such was the weakly state of the new corners, that for several weeks little real benefit to the colony was derived from so great a nominal addition to our number. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

But it was a benefit he would have been glad to dispense with. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

It can’t benefit you in any way. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

William Makepeace Thackeray It is, indeed, for the benefit of dukes and such great people (who, I make no doubt, have long since ordered copies of these Sketches), that poor little Beatrice’s story has been indited. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

He had not seen Olivia, but he had heard of her through his valet, Mr. Morrison, who insisted on repeating the gossip of Kemberling for the benefit of his listless and indifferent master. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

And the Ministry had not only to supply the multifarious needs of the party, but also to repeat the whole operation at a lower level for the benefit of the proletariat. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

A snake, a mile long, having drawn himself over a roc’s egg, complained that in its present form he could get no benefit from it, and modestly desired the roc to aid him in some way. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

H. G. Wells If I was to go on to our mutual benefit devouring and regurgitating scientific fact, the matter had to be put right forthwith. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

True, he knew that he was in for a swindle, but then he was behind the scenes, and would benefit by the knowledge he had gained. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

Robert Green Ingersoll You can have a reading-room — you can take the best papers and magazines — you can have plenty of books, and each one can have the benefit of them all. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Henry James So there you are,” Strether proceeded as if not for little Bilham’s benefit alone. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Don’t you think that David ought to have realised the immense benefit he would derive from the recognition of such a man?” “Ah, well, yes. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

How it came about, I hardly know: but something was brought up about King’s store of ballads, and he was asked to give us his favourite one, “Lord Bateman,” for the benefit of the company. A Day of Pleasure by Ellen Wood [1872]

For most people, the sole benefit is in the price. The English Mail-coach by Thomas De Quincey [1849]

A great change, to be sure, took place in their character, as soon as they had reaped the benefit of a college education. Three Hundred Years Hence by Mary Griffith

Jane Austen Ah! Mr. Knightley, I wish you had the benefit of this; I think this would convince you. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

John Stuart Mill But neither one person, nor any number of persons, is warranted in saying to another human creature of ripe years, that he shall not do with his life for his own benefit what he chooses to do with it. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

Wilkie Collins Excuse me for giving you the benefit of my trumpery experience. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Now let us see how this principle of benefit being derived from divergence of character, combined with the principles of natural selection and of extinction, tends to act. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

H. G. Wells The talk was in fact more for the benefit of the former. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Madam, have you any further ideas? If so, I should be glad to have the benefit of them. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

Thomas Hobbes For that which men reap benefit by to themselves they are thought to do for their own sakes, and not for love of others. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Henry Handel Richardson As long as definite knowledge failed him, he could give her the benefit of the doubt. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

It would have been useless, for while these mysteries continue, my opinion is unchanged, and there was no benefit in renewing vain disputes. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

H. G. Wells It is not merely for the benefit of some possible reader, but to satisfy my own curiosity about life and the world, that I am digging down into these obscurities of forty years ago. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Wilkie Collins Mind one thing! I have been at Joyce’s Scientific Dialogues all the morning; and I am quite serious in meaning to give Mrs. Lecount the full benefit of my studies. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Mark Twain He may THINK he is doing it solely for the other person’s sake, but it is not so; he is contenting his own spirit first — the other’s person’s benefit has to always take SECOND place. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Walter Scott I therefore wish you to have the benefit of their intelligence and advice, if possible. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Anthony Trollope You mayn’t believe me, but it is a most positive fact, that my only object in making that proposal was, to benefit you. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Tobias Smolle The poor widow was put to bed again; and we did not leave the village without doing something for her benefit — Even Tabitha’s charity was awakened on this occasion. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

Joseph Furphy This rather obscure apostrophe is written expressly for the benefit of such imaginative litterateurs and conversational liars as it may concern. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

George Gissing Of the dealings between Nancy and her legal guardians Tarrant learned nothing, save the bare fact that her marriage was avowed, and all benefit under her father’s will renounced. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

The fact was that Balzac ill supported remonstrances from his own family, and especially from his mother, and, when irritated by them, forgot every benefit he had received from her. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Will they raise or lower it in the scale of estimation at the Court of St. James’s? Will they be of benefit to these grand and extensive colonies? Colonies enjoying perpetual summer. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

John Lewis Burckhard On the whole of this route between Mekka and Medina, there is not a public khan, nor has any thing been done for the benefit of travellers, beyond keeping the wells in repair. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Arthur Conan Doyle Is that not a benefit to mankind?” “Oh, it works out all right sometimes. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Helen Zimmern She talked to her, drew her out, plied her with anecdotes of her own experiences in life, and gave her the benefit of her riper wisdom. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

She was a paragon of goodness, an uncanonised saint, for ever sacrificing herself for the benefit of others. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Jacques Futrelle Hatch had forgotten that he ever knew Dick Herbert. To him the young man was now merely a thing from which he might wring certain information for the benefit of the palpitating public. The Chase of the Golden Plate by Jacques Futrelle [1906]

Anthony Trollope But he was sure that it would be for the benefit of Ireland, that Irish knives should be made of Irish steel. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Henry James The benefit that her father desired for her was now assured; she expanded, developed, on the most liberal scale. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Wilkie Collins Let me, however, give the managers the benefit of the exception. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Anthony Trollope But the immediate effect on the flustered and despoiled unfortunate one had been great enough to justify Lopez in taking strong steps if strong steps could in any way benefit himself. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Jeremy Bentham In almost every case in which the law does any thing for a man’s benefit or advantage, men are apt to speak of it, on some occasion or other, as conferring on him a sort of property. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Robert Green Ingersoll He perceived that they were not caused for his benefit or injury. The Gods by Robert Green Ingersoll

Henry Handel Richardson For he now saw, that his ultimate desire had been neither to help her nor to restore her to life—that was a comedy he had acted for the benefit of the traditions in his blood. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

H. G. Wells It was as if they spoke for the benefit of unseen listeners. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

But now that they have published it — her own people, I mean — the same benefit should come to us. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Well, we paid the money, and handed the worthy magistrate twenty francs besides, for the benefit of the poor, by way of acknowledgment for the imperial hospitality we had enjoyed. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

But — as an obligation to me — can you find no way in which a rouleau of gold would benefit your men?” “No way that I can take it for them. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

George Borrow Caldas seemed by no means undeserving of its name: it stands on a confluence of springs, and the place when we arrived was crowded with people who had come to enjoy the benefit of the waters. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Arthur Conan Doyle Marot’s end was to baffle his pursuers and to benefit the exiles. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Nathaniel Hawthorne At all events, as a mere matter of taste, I wish he would let the bad people alone, and try to benefit those who are not already past his help. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Anthony Trollope The first who appeared on this the second morning of the trial was Corney Dolan, who unfortunately came prepared to swear anything which he thought might benefit the prisoner. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

But Alonso de Alvarado assured him that “now was the time, for the spirits of his men were hot for fight, and it was better to take the benefit of it than to damp their ardor by delay. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco