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(one's) better nature

The best aspects of one's character, especially one's generosity, magnanimity, mercy, or empathy. I wouldn't bother trying to appeal to his better nature—the boss doesn't look on requests for charity lightly. With this fundraiser, we're hoping people's better nature shines through to help the millions in need following the natural disaster.
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your better nature

the good side of your character; your capacity for tolerance, generosity, or sympathy.
1995 Daily Mail Pollard is thrown out of the Woolpack and tries to weasel his way back in by appealing to Caroline's better nature.
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Secondly, Filipinos must appeal to their better nature and recognize that some rules are rules, which have to be followed no matter what and even if others do not do so.
The enduring anti-slavery image that was depicted everywhere including on pottery, is of a chained individual with his hands clasped in a pleading gesture asking, "Am I not a man, am I not a brother?" From there it is not too hard to see that the anti-slavery campaigners' whole appeal was based on begging for the better nature of the slavers to assert itself.
The Gregorys, from Cheshire, appealed against the fine and appealed to the better nature of VCS, the company who manage the area on behalf of the airport, but were told their appeal had been declined.
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For more call 09050 700 443 Sagittarius Nov 23 - Dec 21 WHAT isn't going to work in your favour is emotional shenanigans or appealing to someone's better nature, if indeed they have one.
"We are appealing to the better nature of this man or anyone who knows who he might be to come forward to speak to us so that we can progress this matter and come to a suitable resolution for all parties involved."
Seeing her boys so downcast, Anna decides to appeal to the better nature of Phelan's wife Valerie (right), but sadly she hasn't got one.
Only occasionally rising to the bait of the constant teasing and harassment directed at her, primarily from popular classmate Gretchen, Olive stands her ground, exhorting Reyna to "follow your better nature." As they work on school projects together, Reyna comes to know Olive better, from her alcoholic mother to her runaway friend Grace hiding out in the Barton's tool shed, but when Olive shares more information than Reyna is comfortable with, Reyna abruptly ends their friendship.
"However, I would appeal to their better nature and ask how they would feel if they were the victim?
Jeremy's better nature decides to rescue the jackalope--and has to call on Agatha the Mouth, his scientific genius of a neighbour, whose work (stolen by Twitchett) the jackalope actually is.
Elsewhere, Carl makes it clear he won't be fobbed off as he informs Chas he'll still want the money when she gets back from her break with Dan, and then ignores Cameron's attempts to appeal to his better nature. Although to be fair, if Cameron was really that worried about protecting Debbie, he probably wouldn't have had an affair with her auntie.
You could appeal to the firm's better nature but they do not have to do any thing by law, however harsh that may seem.
If you want to make someone change their habits - don't appeal to their better nature, hit them in the wallet.
"I hope to achieve this by appealing to the better nature of pedosexuals, with hope that their doing so will results in less hatred and perhaps liter [sic] sentences should they ever be caught."
OUR BETTER NATURE: ENVIRONMENT AND THE MAKING OF SAN FRANCISCO