Phrases with "benevolence"

Elizabeth Von Arnim On warm days my bump of benevolence melts away entirely, and grows bigger in proportion as the thermometer descends. The Solitary Summer by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1899]

Jeremy Bentham The pains of benevolence are the pains resulting from the view of any pains supposed to be endured by other beings. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

In truth, the longer the institution was connected with him, the stronger was his feeling that the founder’s scheme of benevolence was sadly impaired by providing any inmates at all. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Edmund Burke At length the mask is thrown off, and they are now trying means (with little success) of exacting their benevolence by force. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

George Meredith It had not hurt him to sketch the project of the conjunction; benevolence assisted him; but he winced and smarted on seeing it take shape. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

William Makepeace Thackeray Of course it was sheer benevolence for poor Shah Allum that prompted our governors to take these kindly measures in his favor. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

Oliver Goldsmith My honest next neighbour, and his children, were not the least assiduous in providing us with every thing necessary, and offering what ever consolation untutored benevolence could suggest. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Oliver Goldsmith And now, my son, I see it was more than human benevolence that first taught us to bless our enemies! Blest be his holy name for all the good he hath given, and for all that he hath taken away. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

The modesty and benevolence of his countenance are extremely prepossessing. Green Tea by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

By this mark of distinction they were incited to a proper behaviour, and appeared more anxious for this benevolence on account of the honour that arose from it than for the pecuniary advantage. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

He had succeeded so well that she never knew that this thoughtful kindness which wrapt her round as with a balmy atmosphere, this boundless benevolence which shone upon her like the sun, was not love. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Henry James That truth already sat full-blown on his companion’s lips; benevolence breathed from them as with the warmth of active exercise, and also a little as with the bustle of haste. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Arthur Conan Doyle There was something of Mr. Pickwick’s benevolence in his appearance, marred only by the insincerity of the fixed smile and by the hard glitter of those restless and penetrating eyes. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Jeremy Bentham When the motives which have led to the commission of an offence have been comparatively light and frivolous, the sentiments of honour and benevolence must have had but little force. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

It isn’t benevolence on Doctor Thorndyke’s part; it’s professional enthusiasm. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Henry James Baths of benevolence were very well, but, at least, unless one were a patient of some sort, a nervous eccentric or a lost child, one was usually not so immersed save by one’s request. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

D. H. Lawrence Said Richard to himself: “I wouldn’t like to fall into your clutches, my friend, altogether: or to give your benevolence a chance to condemn me. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins He presented himself as the representative of friends, bent on helping her, whose modest benevolence had positively forbidden him to mention their names. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

The man of benevolence acts, and thus there is the need for benevolence. Tao Te Ching by Lao tzu

Maria Edgeworth Adieu, till to-morrow morning! What a delightful sound!” With all the alacrity of benevolence he returned to his work, and his mother returned to Mrs. Harcourt’s. The Good French Governess by Maria Edgeworth

Washington Irving His benevolence was unquestionable, and his countenance bore every trace of it: no one that knew him intimately could avoid admiring and loving his good qualities. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Walter Scott John, Duke of Argyle and Greenwich, died in the year 1743, universally lamented, but by none more than by the Butlers, to whom his benevolence had been so distinguished. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

A certain rude benevolence of public intention is equally characteristic of the liquor trade. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

His face began to beam with benevolence and innocent self-satisfaction. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

He would have attempted it in a spirit of benevolence towards his fellow men and of compassion for that life of the earth which is but a vain and transitory illusion. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Having by violence and crime thrust one evil out of life, they are now by patience and benevolence to endeavor to exorcise others. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Maria Edgeworth There was an air of benevolence and perfect sincerity in the politeness with which Lady Anne Percival received Belinda, that was peculiarly agreeable to her agitated and harassed mind. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Thomas Carlyle Close your pedler’s pack, my friend; swift, away with it! Pernicious, fraught with mere woe and sugary poison is that kind of benevolence and beneficence. Latter-Day Pamphlets by Thomas Carlyle

Arnold Bennett Nor had Constance; but her benevolence ever bubbling up to the calm surface of her personality made self-consciousness impossible for her. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

George Meredith Moreover, he enjoyed his one or two permissible glasses: he doubted that the Chiefs of the Army had common benevolence for the inoffensive pipe. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Her benevolence had so far been of a light, airy kind, which did not heavily tax her bodily or mental powers, or even the ample resources of her purse. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Olaf Stapledon For the great communal being of the forest, reclining so grandly on its many hills, he had a feeling compounded of benevolence and awe. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle What more could you desire? If you really wished to extend your benevolence further, there are organised charities everywhere which would be very glad of your help. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Susanna Rowson He was beloved for his humanity and benevolence by all who knew him, but he was easy and unsuspicious himself, and became a dupe to the artifice of others. Charlotte Temple by Susanna Rowson [1791]

Henry James Reflective benevolence stood prudently aside, and for the time touched the source of his irritation with no softening side-lights. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Leslie Stephen It is easy to awaken generous sentiments in privacy; to despise death when there is no danger; to glow with benevolence when there is nothing to be given. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Edith Wharton But Pauline had evidently had some special reasonover and above her usual diffused benevolence — for wanting to put Manford in a good humour. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

John Galsworthy What reason is there to suppose that our bumps of benevolence will increase in time to stop our using these great new toys of destruction, Michael!” “‘Where you know little, place terrors. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

G. K. Chesterton If you had been an eighteenth-century sceptic you would have told me that I ignore the kindness and benevolence of nature. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Edith Wharton The Abbot listened with the greatest benevolence to all the details of my adventure. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

He regarded them paternally and with the benevolence that a great teacher might bestow upon his disciples. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

Jane Austen That was the kind action; that was the noble benevolence and generosity; that was the service which made me begin to feel how superior he was to every other being upon earth. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Tobias Smolle He also thanked Madam Clement for her charity and benevolence towards a stranger, and took his leave with many polite professions of gratitude and esteem. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

Elizabeth Gaskell And I have also heard one, who is a saint for goodness, speak of Madame de Circourt’s piety and benevolence and tender kindness, as unequalled among any women she had ever known. French Life by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Jacques Futrelle In his admiration of this quality he quite overlooked the remarkable mask of benevolence behind which he himself hid. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

Wilkie Collins If you will look about you, Benjamin, you will see that benevolence toward everybody is the great virtue of the time we live in. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

George Gissing I must tell you about this lady — Miss Barfoot. She has private means — not large, but sufficient to allow of her combining benevolence with business. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

The notion of benevolence especially was very closely associated with his sense of the power of the men in blue. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Thus the frontiers of the Roman Empire remained ungarrisoned, and the troops had nothing to subsist upon except the benevolence of the charitable. The Secret History of the Court of Justinian by Procopius [1896]

Captain Giles’ benevolence was spoiled by a curious air of complacency which I disliked. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

It may be imagined that things were in a bad state indeed, before this spirit of benevolence could have struck such deep roots. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Thomas Paine To the interposition of Providence, and her blessings on our endeavors, and not to British benevolence are we indebted for the short chain that limits your ravages. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

But you’ll be working for me on Monday, so don’t let your sense of benevolence get out of hand. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

His benevolence was active, his compassion readily afforded. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Caroline Lamb He saw at a glance the faults of others; but his extreme good nature and benevolence prevented his taking umbrage at them. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

H. G. Wells That belief in some underlying benevolence in uncontrolled events was a common error, one might almost say THE common error, of the time. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Arthur Conan Doyle His smile of benevolence was a wonderful thing, when his cheeks would suddenly bunch into two red apples, between his half-closed eyes and his great black beard. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Jane Austen The old lady relieves the high-flown benevolence of her husband with a good deal of spirit. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

If her face had not been held together by a certain shrewd benevolence which was spread all over it, she would have been a singularly forbidding-looking woman. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

George Gissing Another woman would perchance have sought to assure herself that she was right in crediting him with private benevolence to the family he was compelled to visit so severely. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Henry Fielding But where ambition, avarice, pride, or any other passion, governs the man and keeps his benevolence down, the miseries of all other men affect him no more than they would a stock or a stone. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Henry James And he was so accustomed, in any talk, to see his interlocutor suddenly laugh that his look of benevolence covered even her air of being amused by these words. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

George Meredith Essential immediate help was to be given besides the noble benevolence of mind. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Sinclair Lewis Martin was warmed to benevolence toward mankind, including Angus Duer, who was at the end of the room at a table with Dean Silva and his silvery women. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

George Elio He had inflicted a great and unrepented injury on her, and now he assumed an air of benevolence towards her. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

R. D. Blackmore But if free trade can not be shown as yet to have won for our country any other blessing, it has earned the last atom of our patience and fortitude by its indirect benevolence at this great time. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

This utter dependence of the speechless, bleeding youth (as a youth he regarded him) on his benevolence, secured that benevolence most effectually. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Renounce benevolence and discard morality, and the people will become filial and kind. Tao Te Ching by Lao tzu

Henry James The Captain, bending his head, raised her hand to his lips with a benevolence that made her wish her glove had been nicer. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

Jeremy Bentham In such case the motive of benevolence has commonly been acting, though ineffectually, in the character of a restraining motive. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Father Antonio, in the naïve benevolence of his heart, prayed each night for its conversion, as if it were a loved sinner. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

H. G. Wells Since there was a time-limit set to their speeches, they compressed their assertions of general humanitarian benevolence to a phrase or so and then came to business. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Henry Fielding Where benevolence therefore is the uppermost passion, self-love directs you to gratify it by doing good, and by relieving the distresses of others; for they are then in reality your own. Amelia by Henry Fielding

No, Lady Mary, I understand the benevolence of your motive, but I cannot permit you to run such a risk. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Edith Wharton She was conscious that the gaze he still fixed on her had passed from benevolence to wistfulness. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Robert Louis Stevenson If I buy ancestors by the gross from the benevolence of Lyon King of Arms, my grandson (if he is Scottish) will feel a quickening emulation of their deeds. The Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson

Mrs. Gaskell Once or twice she opened her eyes with an effort, and calmly but unconsciously smiled upon us; but by-and-by, even her benevolence was not equal to this exertion, and she was sound asleep. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

H. G. Wells He had no disposition to believe in the natural benevolence of the universe. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Robert looked up the table at her with a more conscious benevolence than usual. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

His a benevolence that not only willed, but endeavoured the best for all. Life of Sir Isaac Newton by N. W. Chittenden [1846]

However long the sickness, however dire the poverty, Vixen’s patience and benevolence lasted to the end. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Maria Edgeworth Matilda’s benevolence was formerly rather passive than active; but from Mad. de Rosier she had learned that sensibility should not be suffered to evaporate in sighs, or in sentimental speeches. The Good French Governess by Maria Edgeworth

Henry James A minute’s sense of her scruple was enough for Mrs. Gracedew: this was proved by the tone of soft remonstrance and high benevolence with which that lady went on. Covering End by Henry James [1898]

Jeremy Bentham It has also been shown, that the least likely of all is that of benevolence or good-will: the most common tendency of which, it has been shown, is to act in the character of a tutelary motive. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

D. H. Lawrence And she could hear the bullying tone in which Henry Wagstaff would dictate the Woodhouse benevolence to her. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle Personally, I was with Challenger, who was in a beatific humor, moving about as one in a silent ecstasy and beaming benevolence from every feature. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Ann Radcliffe The benevolence of her heart taught her, in this instance, to sophisticate. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

She saw suddenly, as in a glass, the nobility, the humility, and the benevolence of the man sitting beside her, and his intense desire to save her from what he believed to be a cruel action. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

But I doubt the benevolence of your God. He is plaguily roundabout in His plans for serving us, nor have I found life so sweet that I am minded to thank Him so heartily for what He has done for me. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

The benevolence of so down-trodden and helpless a creature as the Duke—who was of no importance except in affairs of the realm, where he was a power—his kindness, of course, was of no account. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

Cæteris paribus, the man who eats much is a better Christian than the man who eats little, and he who eats little will pursue a more uninterrupted course of benevolence than he who eats nothing. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Arnold Bennett Constance was foolishly good-natured, a perfect manufactory of excuses for other people; and her benevolence was eternally rising up and overpowering her reason. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

But again, after a brief fluctuation of purpose, he resumed his courage and resolves, sustained by the singleness of his purpose, and the untried spirit of benevolence which animated him. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Anthony Trollope There were much wisdom in what he did, and much benevolence also. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Edmund Burke The species of benevolence which arises from contempt is no true charity. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Mark Twain O.M. Have you committed a benevolence lately? Y.M. Yes. This morning. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Thomas Love Peacock A man in whom the organ of benevolence is not developed, cannot be benevolent: he in whom it is so, cannot be otherwise. Headlong Hall by Thomas Love Peacock

Such folly caught the critic’s eye when the steady benevolence of others, unnoticed, was effecting work which had a good influence equally at home and abroad. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

The abolition of slavery is a question full of benevolence and fine feelings, difficulties and danger: Tantum ne noceas, dum vis prodesse videto. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Edith Wharton It did not often happen; but when it did her benevolence knew no bounds. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

H. G. Wells At the very best it was wasting time, they declared, on the way to that destructive revolution which would release the mechanical benevolence latent in things. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Jeremy Bentham The pleasures and pains of amity and enmity are of the self-regarding cast: those of benevolence and malevolence of the extra-regarding. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Wilkie Collins Female benevolence and female destitution could do nothing without him. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

H. G. Wells Suffice it that they were designed in a spirit of infinite benevolence, the sort of benevolence that used to be called post-prandial. The Man Who Could Work Miracles by H. G. Wells [1898]

George Gissing He made friends on every hand; he welcomed all the world to his bosom; he felt the benevolence of a god. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]