Phrases with "benefit"

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

But from other ladies, who may have the happiness to benefit by my advice, I expect a fee—not so large a one considering the service—a flowering plant, suppose the second best in their collection. The Spanish Nun by Thomas De Quincey [1847]

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]

George Gissing Arthur experienced an overpowering feeling of gratitude as he gazed after her, gratitude to her for having wished to benefit him. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

George Gissing Before long I shall understand so many things, and then you shall have the benefit of my experience. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Elizabeth Gaskell Then the ladies produced their sewing, while Mr Bradshaw stood before the fire, and gave the assembled party the benefit of his opinions on many subjects. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

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]

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]

Leslie Stephen Swift, when asked to explain its persistence, said that when he was in pain and lying on his right side, he naturally turned to his left, though he might have no prospect of benefit from the change. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

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

George Eliot That’s the sort of benefit monopolists do to mankind. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Jacques Futrelle And again, if there were only sixty thousand dollars’ worth of the diamonds you or Miss Kellner would have been the only persons to benefit by this death. The Diamond Master by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

G. K. Chesterton It was a more unquestionable benefit than these: and in that development women played a peculiar part, English women especially, and Victorian women most of all. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

In my volume on “The Gold–Mines of Midian,” the popular Hebrew sources of information — the Old Testament and the Talmud — were ransacked for the benefit of the reader. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Anthony Trollope To oblige a friend by inflicting an injury on his enemy is often more easy than to confer a benefit on the friend himself. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Walter Scott Little benefit could arise from attaining the exact knowledge of the manner in which the apostate Jews practised unlawful charms or auguries. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu It is for the benefit of the clergy’s sons’ school, and it is one that has not been performed in England for I forget how many years. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

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]

Washington Irving With the disappearance of Ibrahim Ebn Abu Ayub ceased the benefit of his talismans. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

This juice, though small in quantity, is greedily sought by insects; but their visits do not in any way benefit the plant. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

He left a widow and two children, for whose benefit Egan published a little work in verse called The Show Folks, with illustrations by Lane, as well as a short memoir of the unfortunate artist. Old Coloured Books by George Paston [1905]

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

Thomas Paine Government, on the old system, is an assumption of power, for the aggrandisement of itself; on the new, a delegation of power for the common benefit of society. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Richard Burton We had passed a pleasant day, drinking sweet water, and eating the dates, grapes, and pomegranates, which the people of the place carry down to the beach for the benefit of hungry pilgrims. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

He left a fortune of a million and a half, which was afterwards confiscated for the benefit of the sufferers by the unhappy delusion he had been so mainly instrumental in raising. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

He had probably written more than one article upon “Medicine for the use of the people”; puffing various mixtures, pills, ointments, and plasters for the benefit of their respective inventors. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

The rates of benefit are: Being at the discretion of the local bodies these rates vary slightly, and a single man may or may not get an extra 2s. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Marian herself entreated that the man might have the benefit of the doubt as to his complicity with her father, and that no effort should be made to bring legal ruin upon him. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Jane Austen Mrs. Dashwood immediately took all that trouble on herself; and Elinor had the benefit of the information without the exertion of seeking it. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

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

Henry James If she felt differently then, I should have the benefit of it, and if I myself felt differently, I should also have the benefit of it. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Wilkie Collins As it was, I gave myself all the benefit of my own experience, and brought the answers back to Nottingham in a day less than the given time. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

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]

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

Sir Walter Scott The earlier literature of the northern nations did not escape the study of one who read rather to awaken the imagination than to benefit the understanding. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Bram Stoker The Armenian was much too handy a man at such a crisis to be found out, so we may give him the benefit of the doubt and at once credit him with invention. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

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

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]

John Galsworthy It had long been her pet plan that her uncles should benefit themselves and Bosinney by building country-houses. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

It would result in no benefit to anyone, simply in misery to himself. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Washington Irving When supper was served, he most condescendingly insisted that the landlord, his wife and daughter should partake, and ordered a bottle of wine to crown the repast and benefit the house. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Anthony Trollope Now when one member of a household is making a struggle for a family, it is painful to see the benefit of that struggle negatived by the folly of another member. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing He had a vague sense that this Mrs. Wade, on whatever grounds, was sympathetically disposed to him; by strengthening the acquaintance, he might somehow benefit himself. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

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

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

Edith Wharton The book would benefit for a while by its predecessor’s popularity; but when that flagged — what? She paid for the magazine she had asked for, and went out. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

George Gissing But then comes a question which it is left for man to decide: ‘How shall this social order be best arranged for the benefit of all men?’ And here we are, friends, at the centre of the problem. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

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]

D. H. Lawrence I’ve no doubt it’s something for my benefit —” But the affronted woman rushed out of the room, and burst into tears on the landing. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

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]

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

John Galsworthy I return it, but should you think fit to invest it for the benefit of the little chap (we call him Jolly), who bears our Christian and, by courtesy, our surname, I shall be very glad. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Victor Hugo Thus it was that while a Catholic amongst her intimate friends and the refined of both sexes, she was outwardly a Protestant for the benefit of the riffraff. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

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

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]

George Gissing I have known Mr. Redgrave—you’ve heard it’s Mr. Redgrave?—I’ve known him for several years now, and, between ourselves, I never expected to benefit by the acquaintance. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Herman Melville Ere long, with a joyless mien, looking up towards the poop, the host invited his guest to accompany him there, for the benefit of what little breath of wind might be stirring. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

Arthur Conan Doyle Have you any witnesses for the defence, Mr. Jones?” “There are a number of people in court, your worship, who have received great benefit from the mediumship of the prisoner. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Elizabeth Gaskell I think my own health has derived benefit from change and exercise. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

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

Mr Milburn wouldn’t say that this preference trade idea, if practicable, might not work out for the benefit of the Empire as a whole. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

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

However, let him have the benefit of the doubt. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Anthony Trollope And why should not his death be contemplated, especially as it would confer so great a benefit on the world at large? Her sister’s letter persuaded her of nothing. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Wilkie Collins When everything I possessed had been sold for the benefit of my creditors, I was reprimanded and let out. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

George Gissing Certainly he was not deficient in sympathy with the poor and with those who endeavour to benefit them. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

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

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

George Eliot Why do you crave vengeance in this way? No amount of torture that you could inflict on him could benefit her. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

George Gissing She gets the benefit of last year’s Married Woman’s Property Act. The will was executed in January this year, and I dare say the old curmudgeon destroyed a former one. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Ralph Waldo Emerson We have never come at the true and best benefit of any genius so long as we believe him an original force. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Mark Twain O.M. What is self-sacrifice? Y.M. The doing good to another person where no shadow nor suggestion of benefit to one’s self can result from it. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

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]

Frederick Marryat I did as I considered right for the benefit of the boy, and in accordance with the solemn promise which I made to his father. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

Robert Green Ingersoll There is nothing nobler than to benefit our benefactors. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

George Gissing Make clear to me that you are to benefit by this money, and you shall have the cheque as soon as you please. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

Poor Barbara did not benefit much by the services that day. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Arthur Conan Doyle What was the benefit of a law written fair upon parchment, he wondered, if there were no officers to enforce it. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Anthony Trollope This son received no benefit from his father’s death. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Edith Wharton Perhaps the chief benefit of this demand was his incidentally learning from it how few opinions he really had: the only one that remained with him was a rooted horror of all forms of correspondence. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

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

E. Phillips Oppenheim The latter removed his hat, dragged his chair out to where he could set the full benefit of the sunlight and the breeze, and smiled on every one beatifically. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

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

Victor Hugo A benefit implies an understood inferiority accepted by you. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

His great wealth had been spent lavishly for the benefit of others. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

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]

Thomas Hardy It never would have allowed Yeobright to do such a ridiculous thing as throw up his business to benefit his fellow-creatures. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Only those who still have hope can benefit from tears. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Anthony Trollope She had accepted him at last, because she had been made to believe that by doing so she would benefit him, and because she had taught herself to think that it was her duty to disregard herself. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

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

There is no need to tire the general reader with its intricacies, nor is there space to reproduce it for the benefit of the instructed reader. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

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]

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]

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]

Edmund Burke If the injustice of the course pursued in France be clear, the policy of the measure, that is, the public benefit to be expected from it, ought to be at least as evident, and at least as important. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

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

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

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]

George Gissing Her refusal to benefit by his generosity had aggravated him; actually, no doubt, because she thus deprived him of a defence against his conscience. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

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

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]

Wilkie Collins The guest was an old college acquaintance of the vicars, and he was supposed to be now staying at Long Beckley for the benefit of his health. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Charles Dickens The centaur would make a very handsome preparation in Surgeons’ Hall, and would benefit science extremely. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

H. Rider Haggard I mean, they should be dealt with as an investor deals with his funds, in order to make as much out of them as possible, not to bring real benefit to the country. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

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

Charlotte Perkins Gilman The babies, all the babies, mind you, get the benefit of the best wisdom we have. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

E. F. Benson I timed the miles, but shall not produce their chronology for the benefit of a forsworn constabulary. The Dust-Cloud by E. F. Benson

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]

The first is, “Does the change benefit the negro?” Into this extensive subject I do not propose to enter, contenting myself with recording a negative answer. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Wylder is inciting him, and will reap the benefit of it. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Gissing His heart throbbed with the pleasure of being able to benefit his old friend. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

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

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

The greatest care was taken that every occupant of the land through which these streams passed should enjoy the benefit of them. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

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

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 thus adapts animals and plants for his own benefit or pleasure. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson Judge whether it is not safer to be instructed by some one of those who have power over the benefit which they impart to men, than by me, who benefit or not, just as it may happen. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

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]

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]

A wealthy couple of much kindness, if little culture, adopted her as their child, and gave her every benefit in life save education. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

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]

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

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]

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]

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

Robert Green Ingersoll That you reap what the great and brave have sown, and that you can benefit the world only by leaving it. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

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]

Sinclair Lewis Always she was acting, for the benefit of every one she saw — and for the benefit of the ambushed leering eyes which she did not see. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Sinclair Lewis He also saw that Leora was observing both of them, and he suffered a good deal, and had practically no benefit whatever from Pickerbaugh’s notes on the value of disinfectants. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

It would be idle to pretend that I wasn’t hoping to benefit by my cousin’s position. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

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]

Robert Green Ingersoll I have as much reverence for any man who ever did what he believed was right, and died in order to benefit mankind, as any man in this world. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Robert Louis Stevenson It was “two or three days after” that he extended this passage in the pages of his journal, and the style has thus the benefit of some reflection. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope He gave his enemy the benefit of the doubt and did not rebuke him. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Edgar Allan Poe Nothing could be done for his relief beyond rubbing his wounds with a little of the vinegar from the olives, and from this no benefit seemed to be experienced. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

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]

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

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

Rudyard Kipling He returned to his room, having hurled the kitten down the hillside, and wrote out the incidents of the day for the benefit of his co-religionists. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

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

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 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]

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]

In social animals it will adapt the structure of each individual for the benefit of the whole community, if the community profits by the selected change. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

William Godwin For ten years, from 1782 to 1792, she may be said to have been, in a great degree, the victim of a desire to promote the benefit of others. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

Anthony Trollope By this exchange I may possibly obtain the benefit of having a house to live in for the next twelve months, but no other. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

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]

Arnold Bennett Albert turned to Edwin and winked, not only for Edwin’s benefit but for that of the policeman, who smiled in a manner that infuriated Edwin. “Queer old stick!” Albert murmured. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Who derives the benefit of peculation I am unable to state. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

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

Thomas Paine The Revolution could derive no benefit from confusion, and its opposers might. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

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]

Robert Louis Stevenson To trust a note to him! But I’ll give the benefit of my opinions to Lady Whitecross when we two forgather. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wilkie Collins Mrs. Farnaby’s interference, following on the earlier events of the day, had touched the young lady’s usually placable temper in a tender place — and Amelius reaped the benefit of it. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

George Gissing Why shouldn’t someone whom I wish well benefit by it?’ Godwin was not so much surprised as disconcerted. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Robert Louis Stevenson I was so wet when I got back to Mitchell’s toward the evening, that I had simply to divest myself of my shoes, socks, and trousers, and leave them behind for the benefit of New York city. The Amateur Emigrant by Robert Louis Stevenson

Let me show you that I can be of benefit to you. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope They may probably receive some benefit themselves, may achieve some diminution of the folly natural to their position, by their advantage in knowing him. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Wilkie Collins From time to time (as his wife had suggested) he looked in at the police office, and had offered the benefit of his experience to his colleagues when they were in need of advice. Love's Random Shot by Wilkie Collins [1884]

William Dampier They enjoy the benefit of the gold-mines and with their gold buy foreign commodities of the Mindanao people. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

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

Charles Dickens At last the head-porter decided, on conference with the steward, to use his master-key and look into the chambers, and give them the benefit of a whiff of air. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

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

R. D. Blackmore They have got three jugs at the old boat-house for the benefit of holloaing in the open air. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Samuel Johnson They are now in the period of education, and feel the uneasiness of discipline, without yet perceiving the benefit of instruction. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Even the common people, whether of capital or province, for whose benefit the Revolution had been made, were silent and afraid. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

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]

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]

Victor Hugo What a man is he who revenges himself for a benefit received! Barkilphedro was a giant among such men. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

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

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]

In 1598, having killed a fellow-actor in a duel, he was tried for murder, but escaped by benefit of clergy. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Rudyard Kipling He’s on duty two days in the week as a rule, and he’s liable to be invited out for garrison duty down the Mediterranean, but his benefit societies will insure him against that. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

He is here upon account of the ill state of health of his wife, who has as yet found very little benefit from the waters. The Life and Letters of John Gay by Lewis Melville

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]

When a rich man or a company of rich men wish to benefit their province, it is quite a common thing for them to let their generosity take the form of the building of a bridge. Chinese Pictures by Isabella L. Bird [1900]

Anthony Trollope And I think I could make myself popular with my party, and do the high-flowing patriotic talk for the benefit of the Provinces. A man at a regular office has to work. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Yet all men esteem, that laying up, keeping, and bestowing are then useful and profitable, when some benefit or profit is recovered by it. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Susanna Rowson But my child,” continued he, addressing his daughter, “let me prevail on you to take this opportunity, while my friends are with me, to enjoy the benefit of air and exercise. Charlotte Temple by Susanna Rowson [1791]

G. K. Chesterton I cannot in the least understand why a good digestion — that is, a good body — should not be held to be as mystic a benefit as a sunset or the first flower of spring. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Thomas Hughes We’re to have all the trouble and risk of getting up the lotteries for the benefit of such fellows as he. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

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]

Benjamin Disraeli Seize an opportunity this evening of expressing to your gaolers that you have already experienced some benefit from my visit, and announce your rising confidence in my skill. The Rise of Iskander by Benjamin Disraeli [1834]

Thomas Hardy It would have made her bearing towards the mistress of the mansion more awkward, and would have been no benefit to either. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

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]

But it wouldn’t work out for his benefit that was a thing he did know. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Anthony Trollope A man, when he wishes to reprimand another, should always have the benefit of his own atmosphere. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

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]

Katherine Mansfield There were fences to cling to, and leading from the railway station to the Gasthaus a little path of cinders had been strewn for the benefit of the wedding guests. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

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

Rafael Sabatini In his nasal, sing-song, cockney tones, he proceeded labouredly to read the advertisement aloud for the benefit of his unlettered associate. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

Rudyard Kipling There had been some talk lately, behind the latter’s back, of increased blood-pressures, which would benefit by country life. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

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]

Edgar Wallace For years I have bought and sold with considerable benefit to myself. Planetoid 127 by Edgar Wallace [1927]

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]

It was a special reading, sixpence admission, got up for the benefit of St. Jude’s vestry fire-stove, which wanted replacing with a new one. The Curate of St. Matthew’s by Ellen Wood [1879]

Olaf Stapledon They had no intention of using it to benefit America exclusively, still less to strengthen their own capitalist class. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

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