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  • Whereas (his voice became confidential and eager), if they could discover a technique for shortening the period of maturation what a triumph, what a benefaction to Society!
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • This magnificent benefaction from the Man of the Waters to the poor Indian from Ceylon was accepted by the latter with trembling hands.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • On my side, I could have cursed the kindness that conferred upon me this benefaction, but I kept my vexation under the surface for policy’s sake, and did what I could to let on to be glad.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • Or a benefactor’s veto might impose such a negation on a man’s life that the consequent blank might be more cruel than the benefaction was generous.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch

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  • To be unfortunate in any respect was sufficient, if there was no demerit to counterpoise it, to turn the scale of that good man’s pity, and to engage his friendship and his benefaction.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • …high mind’s ornament deserving of veneration constantly maintain when by general consent they affirm that other circumstances being equal by no exterior splendour is the prosperity of a nation more efficaciously asserted than by the measure of how far forward may have progressed the tribute of its solicitude for that proliferent continuance which of evils the original if it be absent when fortunately present constitutes the certain sign of omnipotent nature’s incorrupted benefaction.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Why should such a God limit his love and benefaction to one land, and, as it were, to one family?
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
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