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Definition of Benevolence

Benevolence

  1. The disposition to do good; good will; charitableness; love of mankind, accompanied with a desire to promote their happiness.
  2. An act of kindness; good done; charity given.
  3. A species of compulsory contribution or tax, which has sometimes been illegally exacted by arbitrary kings of England, and falsely represented as a gratuity.

Benevolence Quotations

It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.
Adam Smith

Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
Baruch Spinoza

When virtue is lost, benevolence appears, when benevolence is lost right conduct appears, when right conduct is lost, expedience appears. Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth; it is the beginning of disorder.
Lao Tzu

Liberated from the error of pagan tradition through the benevolence and loving kindness of the good God with the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by the operation of the Holy Spirit, I was reared from the very beginning by Christian parents. From them I learned even in babyhood the Holy Scriptures which led me to a knowledge of the truth.
Saint Basil

Government is either organized benevolence or organized madness; its peculiar magnitude permits no shading.
John Updike
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Benevolence Translations

benevolence in German is Wohlwollen
benevolence in Latin is benevolentia
benevolence in Norwegian is velvilje
benevolence in Spanish is benevolencia
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