(one's) better nature

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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.
See also: better, nature

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.
See also: better, nature
References in classic literature ?
Something jarred on her finer sense, something offended her better nature, as she put the case into the pocket of her dress.
Through all the misery that followed this union; through all the cold neglect and undeserved reproach; through all the poverty he brought upon her; through all the struggles of their daily life, too mean and pitiful to tell, but dreadful to endure; she toiled on, in the deep devotion of her spirit, and in her better nature, as only women can.
In short, I had the happiness of calling her better nature into play; for though, at first, I had not deemed her so, she was, in reality, a kind-hearted woman after her own fashion.
He's trying to appeal to her better nature but I don't think she has one.
As the loving husband and best friend, respectively, who can sometimes bring out her better nature, James Purefoy and Romola Garai are suitably supportive.
This slight on her better nature as a feminine lady has been noted and filed away.
She's being unreasonable but all you can really do is keep appealing to her better nature.
AS Ronnie discovers Jack and Tanya are moving to France, he appeals to her better nature to keep it a secret from Max.