How quickly a truly benevolent act is repaid by the consciousness of having done it.
HOSEA BALLOU, Edge-Tools of Speech
Benevolence is a world of itself -- a world which mankind, as yet, have hardly begun to explore. We have, as it were, only skirted along its coasts for a few leagues, without penetrating the recesses, or gathering the riches of its vast interior.
Everyone feels benevolent if nothing happens to be annoying him at the moment.
C. S. LEWIS, The Problem of Pain
The unaffected language of real feeling and benevolence is easily understood, and is never ridiculous.
MARIA EDGEWORTH, Angelina