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  • He likes to make a dollar same as anyone but he also has guilt, same ideas of public good, cultural patrimony, blah blah blah.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • He never talked about the public good.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
    Thomas Jefferson et al.  --  The Declaration of Independence
  • On reaching the entrance, the younger men in advance made way for their seniors; and the whole proceeded along the low, dark gallery, with the firmness of warriors ready to devote themselves to the public good, though, at the same time, secretly doubting the nature of the power with which they were about to contend.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans

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  • Konstantin Levin felt that there was no course open to him but to submit, or to confess to a lack of zeal for the public good.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • It is true that Robert d’Estouteville was a good soldier, that he had loyally raised his pennon against "the league of public good," and that he had presented to the queen a very marvellous stag in confectionery on the day of her entrance to Paris in 14….
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • I would not, however, insinuate that my ambition was not flatter’d by all these promotions; it certainly was; for, considering my low beginning, they were great things to me; and they were still more pleasing, as being so many spontaneous testimonies of the public good opinion, and by me entirely unsolicited.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • And he desired to know, "Whether such zealous gentlemen could have any views of refunding themselves for the charges and trouble they were at by sacrificing the public good to the designs of a weak and vicious prince, in conjunction with a corrupted ministry?"
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • If they pay the tax from a mistaken interest in the individual taxed, to save his property, or prevent his going to jail, it is because they have not considered wisely how far they let their private feelings interfere with the public good.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Resistance to Civil Government
  • There are times when it may be needful for certain private rights to give way to the requirements of a larger public good.
    Dalton Trumbo  --  Johnny Got His Gun

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  • "This measure will cost you and me our seats," young Adams remarked to a colleague, as the select committee completed its work and its members made their way to the Senate floor, "but private interest must not be put in opposition to public good."
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • He added, "The town has done well in the way of cleansing, and finding appliances; and I think that if the cholera should come, even our enemies will admit that the arrangements in the Hospital are a public good."
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Yet the crowd was denser now than during the morning hours, the frivolous contingent of visitors, including journeymen out for a holiday, a stray soldier or two come on furlough, village shopkeepers, and the like, having latterly flocked in; persons whose activities found a congenial field among the peep-shows, toy-stands, waxworks, inspired monsters, disinterested medical men who travelled for the public good, thimble-riggers, nick-nack vendors, and readers of Fate.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • This would serve two ends, both of them acceptable to many; for as those whose avarice led them to transgress would be severely fined, so the selling licences dear would look as if a prince were tender of his people, and would not easily, or at low rates, dispense with anything that might be against the public good.
    Thomas More  --  Utopia
  • But the thought that he was making a sacrifice to the public good filled him with satisfaction.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Mr. A, to a sound understanding, has always appeared to me to add an ardent love for the public good.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • We aim at a petty end quite aside from the public good, but our act arranges itself by irresistible magnetism in a line with the poles of the world.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • But one need not oppose abortion on moral or religious grounds to feel shaken by the notion of a private sadness being converted into a public good.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • It would be wonderful if we based our decision only on the best interests of our society, unbiased by less noble interests not connected with the public good.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Happy will it be if our choice should be directed by a judicious estimate of our true interests, unperplexed and unbiased by considerations not connected with the public good.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • The President is chosen for four years, and he may be reelected; so that the chances of a prolonged administration may inspire him with hopeful undertakings for the public good, and with the means of carrying them into execution.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens (who devote themselves to the favorite nation), facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country, without odium, sometimes even with popularity; gilding, with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the base or foolish compliances of ambition, corruption, or infatuation.
    George Washington  --  Washington’s Farewell Address
  • Many other victims have perished and are perishing for the public good"—and he began thinking of his social duties to his family and to the city entrusted to him, and of himself—not himself as Theodore Vasilyevich Rostopchin (he fancied that Theodore Vasilyevich Rostopchin was sacrificing himself for the public good) but himself as governor, the representative of authority and of the Tsar.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • It was Arthur’s accepted role to lie squelching in the mud making occasional demands to see his lawyer, his mother or a good book; it was Mr. Prosser’s accepted role to tackle Arthur with the occasional new ploy such as the For the Public Good talk, or the March of Progress talk, the They Knocked My House Down Once You Know, Never Looked Back talk and various other cajoleries and threats; and it was the bulldozer drivers’ accepted role to sit around drinking coffee and experimenting…
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • I have always placed the public good above any personal consideration.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • They say rival parties disregard the public good.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Neither would probably use justice and the public good as their only guide.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • It was their daily duty to serve as audience for some public— figure who made utterances about the public good, in phrases carefully chosen to convey no meaning.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • It is in vain to say that enlightened statesmen will be able to adjust these clashing interests, and render them all subservient to the public good.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Hence, tedious delays; continual negotiation and intrigue; contemptible compromises of the public good.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • How can it undertake or execute any liberal or enlarged plans of public good?
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • When a faction is a majority, it can sacrifice public good and the rights of other citizens to their passions and interests.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • We want to secure the public good and private rights against the danger of a majority faction.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Representatives of the people may do a better job of looking out for the public good than if all the people gathered and spoke for themselves.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Will small or large republics elect better guardians of the public good?
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Delays, negotiations, and intrigue would hurt the public good.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • The only control should be regard for the public good and the will of the people.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Konstantin Levin regarded his brother as a man of immense intellect and culture, as generous in the highest sense of the word, and possessed of a special faculty for working for the public good.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • When a majority is included in a faction, the form of popular government, on the other hand, enables it to sacrifice to its ruling passion or interest both the public good and the rights of other citizens.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • But even if the adversaries of the proposed Constitution presume that the national rulers will ignore the motives of public good or the obligations of duty, I still ask: How would it aid ambition or encroachment?
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • An over-scrupulous jealousy of danger to the rights of the people, which is more commonly the fault of the head than of the heart, will be represented as mere pretense and artifice, the stale bait for popularity at the expense of the public good.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • To secure the public good and private rights against the danger of such a faction, and at the same time to preserve the spirit and the form of popular government, is then the great object to which our inquiries are directed.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Under such a regulation, it may well happen that the public voice, pronounced by the representatives of the people, will be more consonant to the public good than if pronounced by the people themselves, convened for the purpose.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • It is a just observation, that the people commonly intend the public good.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Mr. Rearden, the law which you are denouncing is based on the highest principle-the principle of the public good.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Now he’ll convince the whole country that all businessmen are enemies of the public good!
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Personally, I’m proud to believe that I am working for the public good, not just for my own profit.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The ones which are for the public good.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The "turbulent maneuvers" of factions, he now wrote privately, could "tie the hands and destroy the influence" of every honest man with a desire to serve the public good.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • The public good fully coincides in both cases with the claims of individuals.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
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