(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.
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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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Just as her husband encourages her to behave well in face of a lost competition--"One should always live with someone who will fill in for one's better nature when one's better nature goes on holiday"--by example Nancy Mairs' scrupulously honest self-examination can do the same for us.