In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Her heart and her time were already quite full; she had neither leisure nor affection to bestow on Fanny.
Austen, Jane -- Mansfield Park
Here, I thought, is one of those whose joy-imparting smiles are bestowed on all but me.
Mary Shelley -- Frankenstein
Silence bestows that virtue on it, madam.
William Shakespeare -- The Merchant of Venice
Then, at Aslan’s command, Peter bestowed the Knighthood of the Order of the Lion on Caspian,
C.S. Lewis -- Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
If God has bestowed beauty upon her, it will prove her greatest curse.
Harriet Jacobs -- Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
I saw your niece do more favours to the count’s servingman than ever she bestowed upon me;
William Shakespeare -- Twelfth Night
Because it is a blessing that he bestows on beasts:
William Shakespeare -- The Comedy of Errors
"Congratulations, Aspirant Veturius," a mustached man who might be a cousin says as he shakes my hand in both of his, using the title the Augurs bestowed on me during graduation.
Sabaa Tahir -- An Ember in the Ashes
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Upstairs, five bedrooms, the second largest of which he bestows on me.
Gillian Flynn -- Gone Girl
Even though she’d attended every party, formal, and mandatory meeting, she couldn’t buy into the whole "sisterhood will change your life" ethos, nor did she believe that "being a Chi Omega will bestow lifelong benefits."
Nicholas Sparks -- The Longest Ride
Wolves are also strict monogamists, and although I do not necessarily consider this an admirable trait, it does make the reputation for unbridled promiscuity which we have bestowed on the wolf somewhat hypocritical.
Farley Mowat -- Never Cry Wolf
My initial impulse is to tell Veronica how she’s absolutely right, how in this world (or the one we’ve made) beauty is the scantest blessing, and how, despite the appearance of ever-bestowed glory and celebration, it is mostly malice and misery that are returned to the bearer.
Chang-rae Lee -- A Gesture Life
She claimed it went against her people’s morals, and the laws of nature, to bestow fake emotions and thoughts on man-made machines.
Marissa Meyer -- Cinder
But the greatest part of his condescension he had bestowed on Kit, once he had understood that her grandfather had been Sir Francis Tyler.
Elizabeth George Speare -- The Witch of Blackbird Pond
"Yes, well, I’d wager that you’re rather unpleasant to talk to even when you’re bestowing kindness upon others."
Sarah J. Maas -- Throne of Glass
His last name was Rugen, but no one needed to use it—he was the only Count in the country, the title having been bestowed by the Prince as a birthday present some years before, the happening taking place, naturally, at one of the Countess’s parties.
William Goldman -- The Princess Bride
She meant to bestow a gift.
Gail Carson Levine -- Ella Enchanted
Please be grateful for the favors bestowed upon us.
Pam Munoz Ryan -- Esperanza Rising
She now bestowed one of her rare smiles on the dressmaker.
Ellen Raskin -- The Westing Game
I took the pills and shoved them into the standard-issue sports bra the camp controllers had bestowed on us when they realized fifteen hundred teenage girls weren’t going to stay twelve and flat forever.
Alexandra Bracken -- The Darkest Minds
"Salut, Stingo!" said Sophie, tipping in return the glass of beer which Nathan had pressed on her, and the grave and delectable smile she bestowed on me, bright teeth shining amid a scrubbed happy face still bruised with the shadows of deprivation, touched me so deeply that I made an involuntary, choking sound of contentment.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
"You should use the brains God gave you," my father is in the habit of saying, though we both know he thinks this gift was really bestowed by him.
Margaret Atwood -- Cat’s Eye
We will fight the giants together, and I will bestow victory upon you.
Rick Riordan -- The Blood of Olympus
I opened a small cupboard behind the desk and discovered the Captain’s spare wig, neatly bestowed on one of a pair of wrought-iron stands, with a matched silverbacked set of looking glass, military brushes, and tortoiseshell comb laid out in orderly ranks before it.
Diana Gabaldon -- Outlander
Boys and girls, I hope you understand the privilege that has been bestowed upon you.
John Corey Whaley -- Nogin
Now or never he must use the strong, if not melodious voice which nature had bestowed upon him.
Jules Verne -- Around the World in 80 Days
"I bestow it with pleasure," said Napoleon.
Leo Tolstoy -- War and Peace
Of all the many titles bestowed upon him, he preferred one: Ellsworth Toohey, the Humanitarian.
Ayn Rand -- The Fountainhead
This bread I used to bestow upon the hungry little urchins, who, in return, would give me that more valuable bread of knowledge.
Frederick Douglass -- The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
It is much to do, and, oh, but there are rewards in that we can bestow such happiness.
Bram Stoker -- Dracula
In this box there is earth from my orchard, and such blessing as Galadriel has still to bestow is upon it.
J.R.R. Tolkien -- The Fellowship of the Ring
I have been meditating on the very great pleasure which a pair of fine eyes in the face of a pretty woman can bestow.
Jane Austen -- Pride and Prejudice
No, I’m running on too fast: I bestow my own attributes over-liberally on him.
Emily Bronte -- Wuthering Heights
Rest content with my friendship, for I say once more that is all I can promise, and I will promise no more than I can bestow.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Count of Monte Cristo
There were songs, speeches, and more firing of the gun, and a special gift of an apple was bestowed on every animal, with two ounces of corn for each bird and three biscuits for each dog.
George Orwell -- Animal Farm
In the meantime, Harry Potters well-wishers must hope that, next time, he bestows his heart on a worthier candidate.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
That line of lonely hard hats was a stark reminder not only of what this place could do to a man but also of the special private glory it could bestow on those who would not give in.
Marcus Luttrell -- Lone Survivor
Nor can it be bestowed, like a favor, to those most deserving of it.
Cassandra Clare -- City of Ashes
Sir, can you tell Where he bestows himself?
William Shakespeare -- Macbeth
In my hunger for information, I made proposals to Mr. Wopsle to bestow some intellectual crumbs upon me, with which he kindly complied.
Charles Dickens -- Great Expectations
Sir, would she give you so much of her lips As of her tongue she oft bestows on me, You’d have enough.
William Shakespeare -- Othello, the Moor of Venice
Now they had bestowed on him the ultimate honor.
Dan Brown -- Angels & Demons
The entire Athena cabin lifted me and Annabeth and Tyson onto their shoulders and carried us toward the winner’s platform, where Chiron was waiting to bestow the laurel wreaths.
Rick Riordan -- The Sea of Monsters
Her reward was to see Galt smile; the smile was like a military decoration bestowed upon her.
Ayn Rand -- Atlas Shrugged
I am a messenger of God’s great good news for all mankind, and He has bestowed upon me a greater strength than the brute ox or the most stalwart among the heathen.
Barbara Kingsolver -- The Poisonwood Bible
And when he’d skin a knee or bump his head, if I was around he would not stop crying until I bestowed a magic kiss on the injury, after which he’d miraculously recover.
Gayle Forman -- If I Stay
— Good my lord, will you see the players well bestowed?
William Shakespeare -- Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
The gods have not bestowed this gift on a mortal hero in many centuries, but, Perseus Jackson—if you wish it—you shall be made a god.