(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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As for our customers, knowing fraud harms a cause they believe in, rather than an insurance company they don't, brings out their better nature too.
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.
There, is however nothing that can be done by traffic wardens concerning people who fraudulently use the blue badges, and we, the disabled, can only appeal to their better nature and ask them, to please stop and think as to why these parking spaces that are intended for the disabled!
"However, I would appeal to their better nature and ask how they would feel if they were the victim?
If you want to make someone change their habits - don't appeal to their better nature, hit them in the wallet.
Appeals to their better nature have been made before.
If appealing to their better nature falls on deaf ears then clearly enforcement of traffic regulations is proved to be necessary.
Let's hope he has appealed to their better nature and we don't see rip-off Ireland rearing its ugly head again.
"We want to appeal to their better nature. We hope they think would twice before they acted in this way again.
"I don't know who did it but I'm not sure it's even worth appealing to their better nature to return the things they stole - from what they have done it doesn't seem like they have a good side."
This leaves PE in somewhat of a quandary, as it is against their better nature to opt for a hostile approach and deny themselves the opportunity to study the books from the inside.
It's no good appealing to their better nature - they don't have one.
I got on to Barclaycard to appeal to their better nature. And in a complete turnaround they wrote off the pounds 500.
It knows it can't lure potential nurses into the NHS with money or incentives packages, so it has fallen back on the old stunt of appealing to their better nature.
The obvious answer is to pay them two days' wages, but that was not an option for political activist Noreena Hertz, who decided to put her faith in their better nature in a bid to raise pounds 1.5million for a nurses' hardship fund.