So you confine yourself," said he, "to your thanks -- and your experience, much more extensive than my wisdom, my prudence, or my generosity
, does not furnish you with a single piece of friendly advice to guide my future.
Therefore besides personal force and so much perception as constitutes unerring taste, society demands in its patrician class another element already intimated, which it significantly terms good-nature,--expressing all degrees of generosity, from the lowest willingness and faculty to oblige, up to the heights of magnanimity and love.
All generosity is not merely French and sentimental; nor is it to be concealed that living blood and a passion of kindness does at last distinguish God's gentleman from Fashion's.
The wonderful generosity of her sentiments raises her at times into heroical and godlike regions, and verifies the pictures of Minerva, Juno, or Polymnia; and by the firmness with which she treads her upward path, she convinces the coarsest calculators that another road exists than that which their feet know.
In token of generosity
I ask you to give me all your valuables.
Having asserted herself in those noble terms, she spoilt the effect of her own outburst of generosity
by dropping to the sordid view of the subject in her next sentence.
If Anthony's love had been as egoistic as love generally is, it would have been greater than the egoism of his vanity--or of his generosity, if you like--and all this could not have happened.
Humiliation clung to her like a cold shroud--never to be shaken off, unwarmed by this madness of generosity.
Such are the advantages of mere rectitude over the most exalted generosity.
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.
He said, "Considering who the disciples were, it would be absurd to conceive the doctrine of generosity, or giving alms, to have been preached to them.
And now, sir," says I, "I must first acknowledge your generosity
It is only your generosity
that has extorted my secret.
Up to this point she wrote rapidly and naturally, but the appeal to his generosity, a quality she did not recognize in him, and the necessity of winding up the letter with something touching, pulled her up.
No," she said to herself, "there's no need of anything," and tearing up the letter, she wrote it again, leaving out the allusion to generosity, and sealed it up.