The whole point about historians is that we are really communing with the dead. It’s very restful – because you read. There’s some sociopathic problem that makes me prefer it to human interaction.
We must prefer real hell to an imaginary paradise.
France is not poetic; she even feels, in fact, a congenital horror of poetry. Among the writers who use verse, those whom she will always prefer are the most prosaic.
I think that most of us would prefer to be popular than unpopular.
Be content to be what you are, and prefer nothing to it, and do not fear or wish for your last day.
In marriage do thou be wise: prefer the person before money, virtue before beauty, the mind before the body; then thou hast a wife, a friend, a companion, a second self.
I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating.
I tour more than I need to, more than is good for you. But it’s my favorite part of music. I much prefer it to studio work.
In politics it is necessary either to betray one’s country or the electorate. I prefer to betray the electorate.
I think he is an entertainer. I would prefer if he were a performer.