(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
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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.
See also: better, nature
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Since the meeting was thus inevitable, she resolved to see her husband and appeal to his better nature. It was for this interview that she had prepared herself on the night the keeper was killed.
It was his better nature to be true to her, if it were his worse nature to be wholly selfish.
It seemed as if his avarice were struggling with his better nature, and compelling him to pouch zecchin after zecchin while his generosity urged him to restore some part at least to his benefactor, or as a donation to his agent.
Ben Ostell as Fogg, taking on her case against his better nature, exudes a kind of shabby charm.
Mam had appealed to his better nature. He pressed on with his letter.
I have gone through all the legal and administrative processes (along with seeking the assistance of a Liverpool MP) and direct emails to the head of parking services appealing to his better nature however my attempts to get the fine refunded have been futile.
I would now appeal to his better nature to come and assist us and the family of the deceased who want to know what went on.
Asked politely by awardwinning daguerreotype maestro Edward Barford for a portrait, the well-upholstered, unshaven Moyles paused between gasps to mutter "Nah" and refused further appeals to his better nature. He then lumbered off into the hotel with his "security", who returned with a mobile telephone which was thrust into the face of scribe Adrian Butler.
Only a moving last-minute plea from his mother, wife and son - during which you could hear a pin drop - appeals to his better nature. Rome is saved and peace restored but an angry Afidius kills him as a traitor and it seems only in death will Coriolanus be remembered for his noble deeds and bravery and his ambitions realised.
A spokesman said: 'We have been in contact with him and appealed to his better nature to turn the tap off.
I casually appealed to his better nature and asked him to call at the shop and buy me a lollipop on his return.
Try to appeal to his better nature by suggesting you do something together you both enjoy - watch a movie, play a video game - just try not to get into a head to head over your turkey sandwiches.
He became more amenable when his better nature saw that he had gone too far.
She said: "I tried appealing to his better nature but he clearly didn't have one.
Looks through Frank's bad habits and sees his better nature. Will not get the excitement she craves from life with Frank - and knows it.