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  • They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
  • He thought of himself as a benevolent dictator.
  • a benevolent contributor
  • The Rotary Club is one of the largest benevolent organizations in the world.

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  • He was a benevolent, but misguided dictator.
  • While, in theory, the state could be benevolent and act in the best interest of the workers, in practice, the state acts in the best interests of those in power.
    Raghuram G. Rajan & Luigi Zingales  --  Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists
  • Ordinary life virtues emphasize benevolence and solidarity.
    Faith and Reason - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy  -- 05/20/06)
  • In brief, it seeks to establish that the existence of evil in the world is logically incompatible with the existence of a benevolent God, and that it is more reasonable to conclude that God does not exist than that he does exist but does nothing to stop evil.
    Atheism - Wikipedia  -- 05/20/06)
  • Finally, my benevolent master, to use his own words, "set her adrift to take care of herself."
    Douglass, Frederick  --  Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass An American Slave
  • The conqueror is regarded with awe; the wise man commands our respect; but it is only the benevolent man that wins our affection.
    William Dean Howells

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  • It was right to do it, it was kind to do it, it was benevolent to do it, and he would do it again.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Great Expectations
  • It has been said that a benevolent despotism is the best possible form of government.
    Shaw, George Bernard  --  An Unsocial Socialist
  • While most contemporary Hindus do not actually worship the cow (though many venerate her), it still holds an honored place in Hindu society as the best representative of the benevolence of all animals on man.
    Hinduism - Wikipedia  -- 05/20/06)
  • Because of the vital role of religious and fraternal benevolent societies in fostering charity and patriotism, they should not be subject to taxation.
    2004 Republican Party Platform  -- 06/28/06)
  • But consequences, or rather events, also feed back on ideas, and, after the unpredicted revolutions of 1989-91, the romantic image of the benevolent and capable state must prove increasingly difficult to sustain.
    James M. Buchanan  --  Notes on the Liberal Constitution  -- 06/28/06)
  • ...political idealists for many centuries had implicitly used models of the state that involve presumptive benevolence and omniscience.
    James M. Buchanan  --  Notes on the Liberal Constitution  -- 06/28/06)
  • The benevolent despot who sees himself as a shepherd of the people still demands from others the submissiveness of sheep.
    Eric Hoffer
  • a benevolent human mind there can be no spectacle presented by any nation more pleasing, more noble, majestic, or august, than ... a Government in which the Executive authority, as well as that of all the branches of the Legislature, are exercised by citizens selected at regular periods by their neighbors to make and execute laws for the general good.
    John Adams (2nd President)  --  1797 Inaugural Address
  • She looks with agony in the face of the man who has bought her,—a respectable middle-aged man, of benevolent countenance.
    Stowe, Harriet Beecher  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • She was a benevolent, charitable, good woman
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • ...attempted to cheer myself up, by reflecting that only a benevolent God, who had our good at heart, would have created so much beauty,
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Surely, the generous Americans or the benevolent British will grant me asylum, sir?
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • The sultry weather ... seemed to belong to a more benevolent month.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • ...and became himself a mighty king, benevolent and wise.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • ...asked how he might get North. Free North. Magical North. Welcoming, benevolent North.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • Mommy would disappear in the morning and return later with huge cans of peanut butter which some benevolent agency had distributed
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • He vowed to be more tolerant and benevolent,
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • I left for school under the benevolent gaze not only of Mother but also of bright-eyed otters and...
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • There is a God, there has to be, and now I will pray, ... I pray that He is as merciful, benevolent, and gracious as His book says He is.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • ...the myth of their goodness, and wealth and success and power and benevolence...
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • And the couple is forever indebted to her benevolence.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Miss Maudie’s benevolence extended to Jem and Dill,
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Finally, my benevolent master, to use his own words, "set her adrift to take care of herself."
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • When you have lived as long as I have, the div replied, you find that cruelty and benevolence are but shades of the same color.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • That day, he had believed that what lay around them was the work of infinitely broad, benevolent hands, a gift of compassion.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • This was then the reward of my benevolence!
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • But it was really not true that Okonkwo’s palm-kernels had been cracked for him by a benevolent spirit.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • benevolence toward all
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • his sympathetic smile, and general look of peering and benevolent curiosity
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • I have not finally made up my mind whether it is a benevolent or a malevolent agency which is in touch with us
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • the Headmaster’s Discretionary Benevolent Fund
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • It was right to do it, it was kind to do it, it was benevolent to do it, and he would do it again.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • gifts bestowed upon him towards the execution of this benevolent purpose
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Our Lord is benevolent.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Then it appeared to him that Monte Cristo smiled... with the benevolent kindness of a father for a child.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • ...whenever he knew that money was needed for a noble, useful, or benevolent purpose, he supplied it quietly and sometimes anonymously.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • he really seemed somehow or other to fancy that his wife had piety and benevolence enough for two
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • He was twelve years old and had lately grown rather stout, but he was still a majestic-looking pig, with a wise and benevolent appearance in spite of the fact that his tushes had never been cut.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • Mrs. Hale leaned forward, her pink wrinkles twinkling with benevolence.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • ...don’t imagine that he conceals depths of benevolence and affection beneath a stern exterior!
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
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