Quotation Explorer - 'Prefer'

We always prefer war on our terms to peace on someone else's.
The right of dissent, or, if you prefer, the right to be wrong, is surely fundamental to the existence of a democratic society. That’s the right that went first in every nation that stumbled down the trail toward totalitarianism. - Edward R. Murrow
Knowledge may be terrible, but we can only prefer it to ignorance. Light may be terrible, but we can only prefer it to the dark. - Welcome to Nightvale
You can always choose how you prefer to respond to any external circumstances. Do not define your happiness by what is happening around you. Be happy only because this is what you enjoy doing. - Raphael Zernoff
I prefer to make up my own quotes and attribute them to very smart people, so that I can use them to win arguments - Albert Einstein
I don't think most people take honest well. They prefer the games. They want to believe the pretty lies. - Richelle Mead
Never tell a man you can read him through and through; most people prefer to be thought enigmas. - Marchioness Townsend
I prefer to love the one my heart has chosen for me, and I won’t regret it - M.F. Moonzajer
Don't write in to ask whether I would prefer Gingrich to Clinton. Ask, rather, whether Clinton prefers Gingrich to you. Go triangulate yourself. - Christopher Hitchens
I must write now and quickly, before I begin to prefer the perfect version that lives in my head. - Lettie Prell
As I get older, I just prefer to knit. - Tracey Ullman
Reading is a lot like fine dining... Some readers prefer just the meat and potatoes; I enjoy a seven-course meal. - Carmen DeSousa
I hadn’t understood at the time. If sinners were so unhappy,why would they prefer their suffering? But now I knew why.Without my wounds, who was I? My scars were my face, my pastwas my life. - Janet Fitch
My weakness has always been to prefer the large intention of an unskilful artist to the trivial intention of an accomplished one: in other words, I am more interested in the high ideas of a feeble executant than in the high execution of a feeble thinker. - Thomas Hardy
‎"Based on a true story"? No, thanks. I prefer "based on a true imagination". - Enkelejd Lamaj
It is partly to avoid consciousness of greed that we prefer to associate with those who are at least as greedy as we ourselves. Those who consume much less are a reproach.
They take their drama firsthand, in the real world, while I prefer the drama of fictional characters–in worlds where things happen for a reason, where questions are answered, where conflicts are always resolved. - Kat O'Keeffe
I prefer that these reserves be spent in arguing whether Mary conceived without sin, whether Christ was God or man, rather than discussing whether my power is of divine origin and if, in short, I am deserving of it. Heresy, then, is tolerable as long as it is not employed directly against power. - Carlos Fuentes
For my part, I prefer the ontological argument, the cosmological argument and the rest of the old stock-in-trade, to the sentimental illogicality that has sprung from Rousseau. - Bertrand Russell
Interestingly, bonobo percussionists prefer a tempo of 280 beats per minute, the syllabic rate at which most humans speak. - Dr Susan Block
I prefer friends who walks with me in the shade - because friends, who constantly splendor in the glow of the flash of photographers, and sometimes accompany me - at every turn in times of success, this species of friends are suspect to me. - Kristian Goldmund Aumann
Cannibals prefer those who have no spines. - Stanislaw Lem
Efficiency was just a measurement of how fast money moved from the poor to the rich. We prefer the opposite of efficiency, which is to say, justice. - Kim Stanley Robinson
For me, the most interesting people seem to have the bumpiest pasts. I prefer to connect with someone who has experienced the struggles, battles, and casualties of life’s journey. There is beauty, wisdom, and truth to be found in the scars. - Steve Maraboli
For me, religion is like a rhinoceros: I don't have one, and I'd really prefer not to be trampled by yours. - Silas Sparkhammer
I do not know about you. But, I prefer a life spent making mistakes than a life making none. - Ana Ortega
Generally, men prefer dating women they love over women who love them; women prefer the opposite. - Mokokoma Mokhonoana
When it comes to taking chances, some people like to play poker or shoot dice; other people prefer to parachute jump, go rhino hunting, or climb ice floes, while still others engage in crime or marriage. But I like to get drunk and drive like a fool. - P. J. O'Rourke
Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty. - Thomas Jefferson
People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading. - Logan Pearsall Smith
I prefer you to make mistakes in kindness than work miracles in unkindness. - Mother Teresa
I am also atheist or agnostic (I don't even know the difference). I've never been to church and prefer to think for myself. - Steve Wozniak
Forgiveness is too easy. I can forget by indifference, but not forgive. I prefer revenge. - Karl Lagerfeld
I prefer liberty to chains of diamonds. - Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
In general, Americans would walk a mile uphill in the rain to avoid pain, unless the walk could be shorter and level and the day sunny, which they’d prefer. - Geoffrey Wood
I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses. - Johannes Kepler
I prefer to rule and work in Nigeria in a free and independent way. I was born free, and I want to die free in the name of my country. - Saminu Kanti
They prefer a God of an altogether softer flavor. Nothing too extreme. Complaisance, not magnanimity. They do not think upon the God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God. They prefer to think in terms of God liking them. That’s the God they’ve conjured for themselves. - Geoffrey Wood
Liberals, it has been said, are generous with other peoples' money, except when it comes to questions of national survival when they prefer to be generous with other people's freedom and security.
I would prefer to die than to be depressed for depression can hurt you everyday and it'll last for a lifetime while on dying, you can only feel pain the moment you'll die. - Cedric Go
It’s not that she is a bad driver, just a bit...Umm…well, quick to arrive at her destination should we say, whereas I would prefer to take my time and get there in one piece without getting beeped at. - Stephanie Hudson
Isn't it nice that people who prefer Los Angles to San Francisco live there? - Herb Caen
I'm NOT short. I prefer to think there is simply more space above my head for word balloons full of devastatingly pithy witticisms. - R. Stevens
I always prefer a room with full of darkness.because lights irritates me. - Sher-E-Yazdan
The rich and powerful always seem to prefer the tops of buildings. Hasn't anyone ever explained to them that higher just means you have farther to fall? -- Anita Blake - Laurell K. Hamilton
If I were given a choice, I would stand by Eve and eat that forbidden apple once again. Why? I know there is beauty and meaning and significance in the complexity of our lives on earth. Otherwise, we are just animals. I prefer us to be human. - J.D. Radke
For children are innocent and love justice, while most of us are wicked and naturally prefer mercy. - G.K. Chesterton
There are people who prefer to say 'yes' and there are people who prefer to say 'no'. Those who say 'yes' are rewarded by the adventures they have. Those who say 'no' are rewarded by the safety they attain. - Keith Johnstone
The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache. - Marjorie Pay Hinckley
What they prefer to that is to find someone to have power over; someone to own and to bully, to smash and to waste. She wondered if she would ever be in love. - Gwendoline Riley
I shall not pretend that I do not prefer to have people adore me rather than revile me, but I have always found that it was far easier for me to suffer the disapprobation of others than to amend my behaviour in order to find favour with them. - Kathryn L. Nelson
I prefer dead writers because you don't run into them at parties. - Fran Lebowitz
Some of us don’t trust others unless there’s a reason to trust them.I prefer to trust others until they give me a reason not to. - Steven Aitchison
Freedom is the natural state, acceptance of bonds is a choice we make. We prefer to accept loss of freedom to losing something much less valuable but which we are not willing to sacrifice. - R.N. Prasher
I’ve always been a sort of self-imposed outsider, not a geeky outsider or a snobby outsider but, I just have a natural desire to live on the fringe. I’m not like a weirdo with a trench-coat but I just prefer to be alone or minimally surrounded by people. - Sara Quin
Knowing that one thing you want is a great step. Sure, whether you prefer or not, you'll get offers, and many will seem that one thing you want. - Ufuoma Apoki
If people did not prefer reaping to sowing, there would not be a hungry person in the land.
Lazy is such an ugly word.I prefer the term: selective participation. - AMD.SG
Seriously, what would you prefer? To stand out from everyone else, or disappear in the crowd? Because I call the latter 'sheep. - G.P. Burdon
I would prefer an intelligent hell to a stupid paradise. - Blaise Pascal
Only a few prefer liberty- the majority seek nothing more than fair masters. - Sallust
Who would not prefer animals to these people who prefer animals to people? - Wendy Doniger
My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people's. - Oscar Wilde
To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive. - Robert Louis Stevenson
Where choice is set between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence ... I prefer to use arms in defense of honor rather than remain the vile witness of dishonor... - Mahatma Gandhi
I have a really vivid imagination and I find it difficult to read scenes of complete graphic violence. That's not to say that graphic violence does not exist. It's just that I find it quite harrowing and I much prefer if it isn't completely outlined for me because my imagination can do that. - Sara Sheridan
I prefer the lightness of laughter to the heaviness of thought. - Marty Rubin
Many people find bald, unvarnished truths so disturbing, they prefer to ram their heads in the sand and start dreaming at the first sign of scientific reality. - Charlie Brooker
I prefer to rely on my memory. I have lived with that memory a long time, I am used to it, and if I have rearranged or distorted anything, surely that was done for my own benefit. - Leon Festinger
Some people behind leave a legacy, some leave behind children. Which would you prefer? - Mary Sage Nguyen
I am not particularly interested insaving time; I prefer to enjoy it. - Eduardo Galeano
Listen to life story of few people, made me think 'human being are prefer to leave than to be replaced..it take years to recover the pain..once recovered and they accept you, appreciate it...its hard to trust other people twice (Ejump,2016) - Ejump Schiffler
Could it be that different political views, different religions and even scientific theories had been looking at our reality from different angles? If so, we should not accept or prefer one over the other, but instead we must aim to draw the best out of each view. - Ardiana Bani Cohn
I prefer Nature's indifference to God's love. - Marty Rubin
I prefer to be the first to be wrong than to be the last to be right - Pat Boens
I prefer the saddle to the streetcar and star-sprinkled sky to a roof, the obscure and difficult trail leading into the unknown to any paved highway, and the deep peace of the wild to the discontent bread by cities... it is enough that I am surrounded by beauty. - Everett Ruess
I don't enjoy talking about what I am going to do. I prefer just letting folks just find out what I've done. - -Nanci McGraw
The best books like the best music or television or movies or comics or video games can challenge us and force us to think or perceive aspects of life that we may prefer to avoid. In a sense, they threaten us. - Geoffrey Reiter
I prefer neurotic people. I like to hear rumblings beneath the surface. - Stephen Sondheim
We often prefer love for humans to love for God. - Sunday Adelaja
The words, I love you, are empty without clarification. Women prefer to be told what they can expect. It is measurable like a Weight Watcher’s diet, with extra points at the end of the week if you don’t cheat. - Shannon L. Alder
We would prefer all gain and no loss in life, yet that would gain us nothing more than great loss. - Craig D. Lounsbrough
Beware of leaders who prefer controlling 100 % of nothing over sharing a fortune. - Julion Okram
Being happy is harder than being discontent. For happiness we have to roll up our sleeves and knock down houses of cards. Because of this exertion, many prefer to abide by ‘fake’ happiness.( " Happiness blowing in the wind. " ) - Erik Pevernagie
Those that would attain wisdom, prefer the empty stadium.Those who wish to appear wise,prefer it full. - Tom Althouse
EXPOSTULATION, n. One of the many methods by which fools prefer to lose their friends. - Ambrose Bierce
I guess I just prefer to see the dark side of things. The glass is always half empty. And cracked. And I just cut my lip on it. And chipped a tooth. - Janeane Garofalo
We're all put to the test... but it never comes in the form or at the point we would prefer, does it? - David Mamet
I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence. - Frederick Douglass
Fools say that they learn by experience. I prefer to profit by others experience. - Otto von Bismarck
People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar. - Thich Nhat Hanh
A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one. - Alexander Hamilton
Don't get me wrong: I love nuclear energy! It's just that I prefer fusion to fission. And it just so happens that there's an enormous fusion reactor safely banked a few million miles from us. It delivers more than we could ever use in just about 8 minutes. And it's wireless! - William McDonough
Majority of people prefer a good name to a bad name, but to me, anyone can call me anything, as long as it is not written on my face. - Michael Bassey Johnson
Straightforwardness intimidates people. They prefer the veneer, despite what they claim. - Donna Lynn Hope
I would prefer to try and fail than to not try at all. - Grant McLachlan
Prefer loss to the wealth of dishonest gain; the former vexes you for a time; the latter will bring you lasting remorse. - Chilo
I consider it useless and tedious to represent what exists, because nothing that exists satisfies me. Nature is ugly, and I prefer the monsters of my fancy to what is positively trivial. - Charles Baudelaire
Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward. - Kurt Vonnegut
If you truly love film, I think the healthiest thing to do is not read books on the subject. I prefer the glossy film magazines with their big color photos and gossip columns, or the National Enquirer. Such vulgarity is healthy and safe. - Werner Herzog
Sometimes, I feel able to write lines about my life and about how I do feel everyday in such a huge book, but sometimes I either prefer to write one word that describe it or just to say nothing at all. - Sarah Keddar
Think it the greatest impiety to prefer life to disgrace, and for the sake of life to lose the reason for living. - Juvenal
Focus on what you like and forget about what you don't like, before it drains all your energy.Full equipment on the hands of an empty mind is useless, I prefer a full mind with empty hands. - Cyc Jouzy
I know a little of living and a little of dying. I know how to survive, i have mastered it as a soldier gains mastery of his weapons. Yet i prefer dying, for in dying i learn to live. - Paul Bamikole
I much prefer not to fall, unless of course I am falling into the hands of God. - Craig D. Lounsbrough
The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear. - Herbert Agar
Ordinary folk prefer familiar tastes - they'd sooner eat the same things all the time - but a gourmet would sample a fried park bench just to know how it tastes. - Walter Moers
Perhaps a better explanation for why it's so difficult to feel our feelings is that ALL emotion, positive or negative, opens the door to the nature of reality. All of us prefer to avoid pain -- but even more, we want to escape reality. - Dan B. Allender
Men are apt to prefer a prosperous error before an afflicted truth - Jeremy Taylor
I may not know what is in store for me. However, I always know how I prefer to respond to my circumstances whatever they may be. - Raphael Zernoff
They have exiled me now from their society and I am pleased, because humanity does not exile except the one whose noble spirit rebels against despotism and oppression. He who does not prefer exile to slavery is not free by any measure of freedom, truth and duty.
I don't like principles. I prefer prejudices. - Oscar Wilde
And when all's said and done, the final comment will be (from me at least) so what? I'll live with my neuroses. I'll try to develop patience, with my handicapped personality. But I prefer to live with my neuroses and try to make the best of them. - Patricia Highsmith
I prefer to suffer than repent because I stand by my decision and capable enough top pay for it Or reap the beauty later. - Ravindra Shukla
I don't think there is such a thing as a bad book for children . . . do not discourage children from reading because you feel they are reading the wrong thing. Fiction you do not like is the gateway drug to other books you may prefer. - Neil Gaiman
Children love and want to be loved and they very much prefer the joy of accomplishment to the triumph of hateful failure. Do not mistake a child for his symptom. - Erik Erikson
Some feel lucky, if they haven't got to be happy, as they don’t like their frame of mind to be unravelled and prefer to be left well enough alone. ( "C’est quand le bonheur ?" ) - Erik Pevernagie
We must remember that the mortals prefer plant-life for food, for next time.The other statue nodded in agreement and replied. Yes. Every day we learn new things Donkor. These mortals have some funny ways don’t they? - Quest Two: The Cursed Nile - S.W. Lothian
I would prefer to live with bleeding heart where desire see darkness of uncertainty because I need to know the existence of love - Seema Gupta
Wise people do not claim to know it all, they always prefer to learn from others. - Gugu Mona
A good man would prefer to be defeated than to defeat injustice by evil means. - Sallust
I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly. - Michel de Montaigne
Punishment is now unfashionable... because it creates moral distinctions among men, which, to the democratic mind, are odious. We prefer a meaningless collective guilt to a meaningful individual responsibility. - Thomas Szasz
A universal truth that most mature women have learned, often the hard way.... When choosing a mate, keep in mind, only nature has the ability to turn sand into pearls. If the relationship isn't happy, healthy, or working, move on... unless of course you prefer sand. - K.E. Garvey
Appearances, beauty, value and life have their unique mysteries and essence. I prefer that essence to be breathing with humility, honesty, compassion, respect and a timeless love. - Angelica Hopes
I prefer liberty with danger than peace with slavery. - Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them.…'Tis not contrary to reason to prefer the destruction of the whole world to the scratching of my finger. - David Hume
I would prefer to have one comfortable room well stocked with books to all you could give me in the way of decoration which the highest art could supply. - John Bright
The supreme end of education is expert discernment in all things--the power to tell the good from the bad, the genuine from the counterfeit, and to prefer the good and the genuine to the bad and the counterfeit.
If a woman's vagina was hell fire, then alot of sex maniacs would prefer to spend their eternity in hell. - Michael Bassey Johnson
TZETZE (or TSETSE) FLY, n. An African insect (_Glossina morsitans_) whose bite is commonly regarded as nature's most efficacious remedy for insomnia, though some patients prefer that of the American novelist (_Mendax interminabilis_). - Ambrose Bierce
In light of all the gun violence in the USA, I'd prefer my democracy unleaded. - Jayseth Guberman
I've never believed in measuring one's worth by the size of his or her bank account. I prefer to look at distance traveled. - Dan Rather
Most of the time, we don’t do therapy with children. We do therapy through children with adults who prefer not to examine themselves. - Taiki Matsuura
I do not wish to live in a society where you are stoned for adultery. I prefer to live in a society where we get stoned first, and then commit adultery. - Ibn Warraq
Women prefer men who have something tender about them -- especially the legal kind.
You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life? - Jalaluddin Rumi
I prefer male enemies to female ones; I can survive a dog’s bite better than a scorpion’s sting. - Matshona Dhliwayo
If my stupidity makes you smile, I rather prefer to act always as stupid. - M.F. Moonzajer
Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning do to do afterward. - Kurt Vonnegut
I don't assign myself to the names of any religious or non religious groups I prefer my actions and beliefs to be manic or marvelous just like me - Stanley Victor Paskavich
Count it the greatest sin to prefer life to honor, and for the sake of living to lose what makes life worth having. - Juvenal
On GOALSETTING: "I don't enjoy talking about what I am GOING to DO. I prefer to let folks find out what I've DONE. - Nanci McGraw
Would you prefer to drag through life for 100 years or live with excitement for 50? - - RVM
I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity. - Cicero
Gentlemen prefer bonds. - Andrew Mellon
Not only did Jesus purposefully enter the wilderness on a regular basis but historically, God seems to prefer meeting with man in these desert regions. - Amy Layne Litzelman
Knowing that one thing you want is a great step. Sure, whether you prefer or not, you'll get offers, and many will seem just like that one thing you want. - Ufuoma Apoki
Women thrive on novelty and are easy meat for the commerce of fashion. Men prefer old pipes and torn jackets. - Anthony Burgess
I prefer complexity to certainty, cheerful mysteries to sullen facts.
Myself, I prefer life without fires, without nocturnal panics. - Juvenal
I always prefer to believe the best of everybody; it saves so much trouble - Rudyard Kipling
They (the French) have taken genius instead of reason for their guide, adopted experiment instead of experience, and wander in the dark because they prefer lightning to light. - Gouverneur Morris
You don't wish me well when you tell me the sky is my limit. You bind me within its realm. I prefer to hear that I am my limit, not the sky, because beyond our sky lays the moon, the sun, the milky way, other universes and the possibilities are limitless. - Sahndra Fon Dufe
Do you prefer to be with people who glow with love and compassion or those who burn with anger fueled by religious doctrine or political ideology? - Jeff Rasley
The satisfactions/of agreement are/immediate as sugar--/a melting of the/granular, a syrup/that lingers, shared/not singular./Many prefer it. - Kay Ryan
I just prefer my fiction with more teeth. - Jessica Halleck
There are two ways to learn life's lessons, the easy way and the hard way. I seem to prefer the hard way. - Patty Houser
If I have to die either for religion or atheism I would prefer atheism, since my conscience will respect my rational decision. - M.F. Moonzajer
After all, no one is stupid enough to prefer war to peace; in peace sons bury their fathers and in war fathers bury their sons. - Herodotus
Despots prefer the friendship of the dog, who, unjustly mistreated and debased, still loves and serves the man who wronged him. - Charles Fourier
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