There is no means of proving it is preferable to be than not to be.
War is the greatest plague that can afflict humanity, it destroys religion, it destroys states, it destroys families. Any scourge is preferable to it.
New poems no longer come to me with their prodigies of metaphor and assonance. Prose endures. I feel the circles grow smaller, and old age is a ceremony of losses, which is, on the whole, preferable to dying at forty-seven or fifty-two.
I have always reckoned the dignity of the republic of first importance and preferable to life.
Nothing is more dangerous than a friend without discretion; even a prudent enemy is preferable.