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  • the most beneficent regime in history
  • But in that same year in which the Tisroc (may he live for ever) began his august and beneficent reign, on a night when the moon was at her full, it pleased the gods to deprive me of my sleep.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • They laugh to one another and seem touched underneath their helmets with a beneficent gold.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • I put my face down slowly and gently on the mahogany surface of the bar with its damp patina of cigarette ash and water rings, wanting desperately to be overtaken by coma or some other form of beneficent unconsciousness.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • Though Hobie himself, in his foggy beneficence, didn’t appear to mind me at his house, Mr. Bracegirdle clearly viewed it as a temporary arrangement and both he and my counselor at school had taken great pains to explain that though the dormitories at my college were reserved for older students, something could be worked out in my case.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • "In the name of Allah most beneficent, most merciful," the old fortune-teller whispers.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • I could see his beneficent purpose, by the side glances which he threw from time to time at Harker.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Faria, the beneficent and cheerful companion, with whom he was accustomed to live so intimately, no longer breathed.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • But not to speak of her alone, that early and terrible death has had the most beneficent influence on me and on my brother in spite of all our grief.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • However, the last seven years have been years of droughtless beneficence.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood

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  • ’Ah, certainly — I see now: you are the favoured possessor of the beneficent fairy,’ I remarked, turning to my neighbour.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • It was said that Ellsworth Toohey had exercised a beneficent influence upon them—for they never forgot him: they came to consult him on many things, years later, they wrote him, they clung to him.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Quiteria belonged to Basilio and Basilio to Quiteria by the just and beneficent disposal of heaven.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • With this exception, he was in all things just, true, equitable, intelligent, humble and dignified, beneficent and kindly, which is only another sort of benevolence.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Hester had often fancied that Providence had a design of justice and retribution, in endowing the child with this marked propensity; but never, until now, had she bethought herself to ask, whether, linked with that design, there might not likewise be a purpose of mercy and beneficence.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Yet he might not have been so perfectly humane, so thoughtful in his generosity, so full of kindness and tenderness amidst his passion for adventurous exploit, had she not unfolded to him the real loveliness of beneficence and made the doing good the end and aim of his soaring ambition.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • How beneficent these Fremen to bring her into the fold of such companionship.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Jane! you think me, I daresay, an irreligious dog: but my heart swells with gratitude to the beneficent God of this earth just now.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • When the time of daisies and buttercups came Miss Sullivan took me by the hand across the fields, where men were preparing the earth for the seed, to the banks of the Tennessee River, and there, sitting on the warm grass, I had my first lessons in the beneficence of nature.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • On either side the fields were beneficently tranquil; the space through which the cavalcade moved was high and limitless.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • She was not much given to reclining in the hammock, and when she did so it was with no cat-like suggestion of voluptuous ease, but with a beneficent repose which seemed to invade her whole body.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • He handled the tools as if he liked the feel of them; and when he planed, his hands went back and forth over the boards in an eager, beneficent way as if he were blessing them.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • Men who never had to shout at an Epsilon to get an order obeyed; men who took their position for granted; men who moved through the caste system as a fish through water–so utterly at home as to be unaware either of themselves or of the beneficent and comfortable element in which they had their being.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • By the way, do you remember, Rodion Romanovitch, how a few years ago, in those days of beneficent publicity, a nobleman, I’ve forgotten his name, was put to shame everywhere, in all the papers, for having thrashed a German woman in the railway train.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • The housesteward of the amalgamated cats’ and dogs’ home was in attendance to convey these vessels when replenished to that beneficent institution.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Thriftless gives, not from a beneficent pleasure in giving, but from a lazy delight in spending.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • There was no more heavy beneficence, no more attempts to dignify the situation with poetry or the Scriptures.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • Nor can I truly say that I wearied of this beneficent and innocent life; I think instead that I daily enjoyed it more completely; but I was still cursed with my duality of purpose; and as the first edge of my penitence wore off, the lower side of me, so long indulged, so recently chained down, began to growl for licence.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Phoebe, it is probable, had but a very imperfect comprehension of the character over which she had thrown so beneficent a spell.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Where did he find the strength, and how had he won the beneficence of strangers?
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • ’That would indeed be hard to say, if the deserts were utterly barren and unfruitful,’ returned I, ’but over these sandy wastes a beneficent Providence scatters plants of wild melons, which absorb and retain every drop of moisture, and which quench the thirst as well as satisfy the hunger of the ostriches and other inhabitants of the wilds.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • The honour of great Persons, is to be valued for their beneficence, and the aydes they give to men of inferiour rank, or not at all.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • But the sun itself, however beneficent, generally, was less kind to Coketown than hard frost, and rarely looked intently into any of its closer regions without engendering more death than life.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Those who have never experienced such a beneficent influence will not understand wherefore the tear springs glistening to the eyelids at some strange breath in lovely music.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Lily’s taste of beneficence had wakened in her a momentary appetite for well-doing.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • …however, is now made up on the subject, for having received ordination at Easter, I have been so fortunate as to be distinguished by the patronage of the Right Honourable Lady Catherine de Bourgh, widow of Sir Lewis de Bourgh, whose bounty and beneficence has preferred me to the valuable rectory of this parish, where it shall be my earnest endeavour to demean myself with grateful respect towards her ladyship, and be ever ready to perform those rites and ceremonies which are instituted…
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Russia is your example of a beneficent violence, I suppose?
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • "An’t’ing yehs wants, damn it," repeated he, waving his hands with beneficent recklessness.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • Considering his position he became wonderfully free from the chronic melancholy which is taking hold of the civilized races with the decline of belief in a beneficent Power.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • That swindling Pumblechook, exalted into the beneficent contriver of the whole occasion, actually took the top of the table; and, when he addressed them on the subject of my being bound, and had fiendishly congratulated them on my being liable to imprisonment if I played at cards, drank strong liquors, kept late hours or bad company, or indulged in other vagaries which the form of my indentures appeared to contemplate as next to inevitable, he placed me standing on a chair beside him…
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • In 1751, Dr. Thomas Bond, a particular friend of mine, conceived the idea of establishing a hospital in Philadelphia (a very beneficent design, which has been ascrib’d to me, but was originally his), for the reception and cure of poor sick persons, whether inhabitants of the province or strangers.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • The whole world looks to be dying, still it doesn’t die, so we must assume the existence of a beneficent Providence.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • the crowned and comely maiden, candids of picnicking families ("The Maltons of Protection Point enjoy Saturday’s strawberry festival"), and a beneficent editorial or boilerplate column approving the efforts of local organizers ("… Ed Bailey, Lois Dunkirk, and Carl Heine, Sr., without whom none of this would have been possible …").
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Especially now, in this dark moment, we look to your beacon from our troubled waters and count on your beneficent protection and wise counsel until we should breathe the very last breath of our own existence.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • The idea of so young and beautiful a person engaged in attendance on a sick-bed, or in dressing the wound of one of a different sex, was melted away and lost in that of a beneficent being contributing her effectual aid to relieve pain, and to avert the stroke of death.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • He remembered his medicine, rose, took it, and lay down on his back watching for the beneficent action of the medicine and for it to lessen the pain.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • If the cloud that hangs over the engine were the perspiration of heroic deeds, or as beneficent as that which floats over the farmer’s fields, then the elements and Nature herself would cheerfully accompany men on their errands and be their escort.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • He was one day engaged with Mr Allworthy in a discourse on charity: in which the captain, with great learning, proved to Mr Allworthy, that the word charity in Scripture nowhere means beneficence or generosity.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Excited by everyone’s shouting, hundreds of naked children plunged into the water, jumping out of windows, jumping from the roofs of the houses and from the canoes that they handled with astonishing skill, and diving like shad to recover the bundles of clothing, the bottles of cough syrup, the beneficent food that the beautiful lady with the feathered hat threw to them from the basket of the balloon.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Without quite knowing why, my grandmother found in the steeple of Saint-Hilaire that absence of vulgarity, pretension, and meanness which made her love—and deem rich in beneficent influences—nature itself, when the hand of man had not, as did my great-aunt’s gardener, trimmed it, and the works of genius.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
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