your better nature

(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 ?
he said, "since we first met, I have believed in your better nature, against all outward appearance.
Only occasionally rising to the bait of the constant teasing and harassment directed at her, primarily from popular classmate Gretchen, Olive stands her ground, exhorting Reyna to "follow your better nature.
I would appeal to your better nature to come forward.
But I would like to appeal to your better nature, to unlock the floodgates of your compassion, to melt the steel of your natural reserve and beg you this morning to consider the perilous plight of some much-loved old friends who are currently the subject of vicious and unjustified persecution that is threatening their very existence.
All that matters for the time being is that your better nature has prevailed.
Even more unnerving, you find yourself laughing at his goofy antics despite anything you thought was part of your better nature.