WHEREIN THE CAPTIVE RELATES HIS LIFE AND ADVENTURES My family had its origin in a village in the mountains of Leon, and nature had been kinder and more generous to it than fortune; though in the general poverty of those communities my father passed for being even a rich man; and he would have been so in reality had he been as clever in preserving his property as he was in spending it.
As regards giving, generous refers rather to the self-sacrificing heartiness of the giver, liberal to the amount of the gift; a child may show himself generous in the gift of an apple, a millionaire makes a liberal donation; a generous gift, however, is commonly thought of as both ample and hearty.
It is generous of you, and more than I deserve, but I must not hear it now."
One is magnanimous by a greatness of soul (L. magnus, great, and animus, soul) that rises above all that is poor, mean, or weak, especially above every petty or ignoble motive or feeling pertaining to one's self, and thus above resentment of injury or insult; one is generous by a kindness of heart that would rejoice in the welfare rather than in the punishment of the offender.
And very recently a lady came to Dr. Conwell, the wife of an exceptionally prominent man who was earning a large salary, and she told him that her husband was so unselfishly generous with money that often they were almost in straits.
O'Brien was feeling very generous toward her--"would be gladly set aside for your benefit--put in trust, as it were, so that you would have it whenever you needed it.
There was very little that was great and generous about the common Athenian.
One feels so forgiving and generous after a substantial and well-digested meal—so noble-minded, so kindly-hearted.
That is the body of Chrysostom, who was unrivalled in wit, unequalled in courtesy, unapproached in gentle bearing, a phoenix in friendship, generous without limit, grave without arrogance, gay without vulgarity, and, in short, first in all that constitutes goodness and second to none in all that makes up misfortune.
cried the baron; “your prayer is so much the more generous from your being, I swear to you, in the power of a man who will never pardon you!”
It was forbearing and generous on your part, Sir Percival, to send me such a message.
“That’s what I loved you for, that you are generous at heart!”