the milk of human kindness


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milk of human kindness

Fig. natural kindness and sympathy shown to others. (From Shakespeare's play Macbeth, I. v.) Mary is completely hard and selfish—she doesn't have the milk of human kindness in her. Roger is too full of the milk of human kindness and people take advantage of him.
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the milk of human kindness

care and compassion for others.
This phrase comes from Macbeth. In Lady Macbeth's soliloquy on the subject of her husband's character, she remarks: ‘Yet I do fear thy nature; It is too full o' the milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way’.
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the milk of human ˈkindness

kind feelings: There’s not much of the milk of human kindness in him. I’ve never known such a hard man.This expression comes from Shakespeare’s play Macbeth.
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milk of human kindness

Compassion or benevolence. Shakespeare again, but this time Macbeth. Lady Macbeth regrets that her husband doesn't have the overwhelming ambition that she has by saying, “Yet do I fear thy nature, It is too full o' th' milk of human kindness. To catch the nearest way.” Macbeth heeds his wife, schemes and murders his way to the throne, and is then deposed and killed. The milk must have curdled. A compliment to a sweetheart of a person is to say that he or she is “full of the milk of human kindness.”
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References in classic literature ?
But in Jane the milk of human kindness had not been curdled by years of matrimonial bickerings.
It is a fact that even the poor gardener's wife, who had nursed madame's child, was never paid after the first six months for that supply of the milk of human kindness with which she had furnished the lusty and healthy little Rawdon.
Besides, a man with the milk of human kindness in him can scarcely abstain from doing a good-natured action, and one cannot be good-natured all round.
We see the milk of human kindness soured by religious prejudice.
However, there are a few where the milk of human kindness has run dry.
Housing, cars, personal loans, educational loans, loans on earlier loans all offered by your friendly, next door banker who gets up in the morning and has his corn flakes sloshed over with the milk of human kindness, his whole life a dedication to your comfort.
I have seen and heard evidence of the milk of human kindness during TV interviews with people in the resort, but among others it seems to be in very short supply.
FP: Well, the milk of human kindness certainly didn't stop on your doorstep did it?
If the milk of human kindness flows by the quart in your veins, so you should also want to raise the minimum street charity: Take moral grandstanding oblivious of consequences to a new level by requiring anyone who gives money to panhandlers to give a minimum of $10.
Blackadder's Christmas Carol was broadcast just before Christmas in 1988 and turned the Charles Dickens classic on its head with Ebenezer Blackadder filled with the milk of human kindness.
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Clearly the milk of human kindness and compassion is still readily available even in these hard times.
Expect Phil to be surprisingly full of the milk of human kindness (well, he's off the booze for a while) as he proposes to Sharon - for real this time.
The milk of human kindness will now be available in a variety of poverty-sized containers, a creative response to the ongoing crisis and just what mother nature needed--more plastic-coated cardboard to digest.
But I wonder why the same Israeli hearts run dry of the milk of human kindness when it comes C to Palestinians.