the public weal

the public weal

The common good of public society; the welfare of the general public. Having ousted the dictator from power, the new president has pledged to focus all his energy on the public weal.
See also: public, weal
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I don't advocate protection for the sake of private interests, but for the public weal, and for the lower and upper classes equally," he said, looking over his pince-nez at Oblonsky.
This simple proposition will teach us how little reason there is to expect, that the persons intrusted with the administration of the affairs of the particular members of a confederacy will at all times be ready, with perfect good-humor, and an unbiased regard to the public weal, to execute the resolutions or decrees of the general authority.
But they thought the want of moral virtues was so far from being supplied by superior endowments of the mind, that employments could never be put into such dangerous hands as those of persons so qualified; and, at least, that the mistakes committed by ignorance, in a virtuous disposition, would never be of such fatal consequence to the public weal, as the practices of a man, whose inclinations led him to be corrupt, and who had great abilities to manage, to multiply, and defend his corruptions.
Here aforetime sat Neleus, peer of gods in counsel, but he was now dead, and had gone to the house of Hades; so Nestor sat in his seat sceptre in hand, as guardian of the public weal.
Deeply immersed in the intensity of his speculations for the public weal and the destruction of the INDEPENDENT, it was not the habit of that great man to descend from his mental pinnacle to the humble level of ordinary minds.
This was, indeed, an event which, in his ardour for the Saxon cause, he could not have anticipated, and even when the disinclination of both was broadly and plainly manifested, he could scarce bring himself to believe that two Saxons of royal descent should scruple, on personal grounds, at an alliance so necessary for the public weal of the nation.
It was their place not to make debts," he said; and he considered his severity as a duty which he owed to the public weal.
Regulations are supposed to safeguard the public weal, not private gain, at least in theory.
In a democracy, social institutions are supposed to be the pedestals on which the public weal stands mighty supreme.
What gets built is not infrequently a lie--their commitment to the public weal, to urban life, to architecture itself, all a convenient vehicle for their own enrichment.
Instead of his aspired public kudos in bagfuls, he has earned the people's consternation in heaps for the sloppy work done in a hurry to impress the masses with his government's capabilities to deliver and his own earnestness for the public weal and welfare.
Nothing," Franklin subsequently wrote, "is of more importance for the public weal, than to form and train up youth in wisdom and virtue.
Notwithstanding his reputation as a lynchpin of conservative economic thought, Adam Smith quietly warned of the danger of ceding authority over regulation of the public weal to business interests.
Slogans about the welfare of the citizen are trotted out without thought or meaning, while unspoken plots are hatched against the public weal.