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An ostentatious man will rather relate a blunder or an absurdity he has committed, than be debarred from talking of his own dear person.

Tags: Committed, Talking  ✍ Author: Joseph Addison

A true critic ought to dwell upon excellencies rather than imperfections, to discover the concealed beauties of a writer, and communicate to the world such things as are worth their observation.

Tags: True, Worth  ✍ Author: Joseph Addison

In five years' time I'd like to be a mum. I want to settle down and have a family, definitely sooner rather than later. I'd like to have finished my second album too, maybe even my third. I'd like a sound that sticks around that other people are inspired by and that people know is me.

Tags: Family, Time  ✍ Author: Adele

The ethical manifold, conceived of as unified, furnishes, or rather is, the ideal of the whole.

Tags: Ideal, Whole  ✍ Author: Felix Adler

I find the selectivity of erotic love - the choice of this man or this woman - much more intelligible if liking the person is the origin of sexual interest, rather than the other way.

Tags: Love, Woman  ✍ Author: Mortimer Adler

I'm not shy or reclusive. I just spend my time with people rather than journalists.

Tags: Spend, Time  ✍ Author: Sade Adu

I would rather be ignorant than knowledgeable of evils.

Tags: Evils, Ignorant  ✍ Author: Sade Adu

Mourn for me rather as living than as dead.

Tags: Dead, Living  ✍ Author: Sade Adu

The only way I know how to deliver is to focus; some people can turn it on or off - I'd rather stay in character.

Tags: Character, Focus  ✍ Author: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

We see today that there is a growing understanding in the international community that the extremist regime in Tehran is not just Israel's problem, but rather an issue that the entire international community must grapple with.

Tags: Problem, Today  ✍ Author: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

When I'm ready to make a photograph, I think I quite obviously see in my minds eye something that is not literally there in the true meaning of the word. I'm interested in something which is built up from within, rather than just extracted from without.

Tags: Minds, True  ✍ Author: Ansel Adams

It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.

Tags: Freedom, Men  ✍ Author: Samuel Adams

It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.

Tags: Majority, Minds  ✍ Author: Samuel Adams

Comedy just pokes at problems, rarely confronts them squarely. Drama is like a plate of meat and potatoes, comedy is rather the dessert, a bit like meringue.

Tags: Comedy, Problems  ✍ Author: Woody Allen

Reason in man is rather like God in the world.

Tags: God, Reason  ✍ Author: Maya Angelou

The principal act of courage is to endure and withstand dangers doggedly rather than to attack them.

Tags: Act, Courage  ✍ Author: Maya Angelou

Most people would rather give than get affection.

Tags: Affection, Give  ✍ Author: Maya Angelou

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

Tags: Art, Training  ✍ Author: Maya Angelou

The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.

Tags: Life, Power  ✍ Author: Maya Angelou

The important achievement of Apollo was demonstrating that humanity is not forever chained to this planet and our visions go rather further than that and our opportunities are unlimited.

Tags: Forever, Humanity  ✍ Author: Neil Armstrong

The true delight is in the finding out rather than in the knowing.

Tags: Knowing, True  ✍ Author: Isaac Asimov

It is rather for us here dedicated to the great task remaining before us, that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion.

Tags: Great, Here  ✍ Author: Abraham Lincoln

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.

Tags: Success, Value  ✍ Author: Albert Einstein

The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule.

Tags: Destiny, High  ✍ Author: Albert Einstein

Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.

Tags: Devil, Education  ✍ Author: C. S. Lewis
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I have spent many years of my life in opposition, and I rather like the role.

Tags: Life, Role  ✍ Author: Eleanor Roosevelt

When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?

Tags: Act, Human  ✍ Author: Eleanor Roosevelt

Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.

Tags: Others, Tolerance  ✍ Author: John F. Kennedy

Say not, 'I have found the truth,' but rather, 'I have found a truth.'

Tags: Found, Truth  ✍ Author: Khalil Gibran

The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not.

Tags: Health, Keep  ✍ Author: Mark Twain

The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.

Tags: Feeling, Today  ✍ Author: Mother Teresa

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.

Tags: Liberty, Small  ✍ Author: Thomas Jefferson

Reverie is not a mind vacuum. It is rather the gift of an hour which knows the plenitude of the soul.

Tags: Mind, Soul  ✍ Author: Gaston Bachelard

I had rather believe all the Fables in the Legend, and the Talmud, and the Alcoran, than that this universal frame is without a Mind.

Tags: Mind, Universal  ✍ Author: Francis Bacon

That made me think I could contribute more to society by looking at people on the autopsy table and feeding back the findings so that lots of people could benefit, rather than just treating patients one at a time.

Tags: Society, Time  ✍ Author: Louis Bacon

Rather than knowing more, I think I've got more open-minded.

Tags: Knowing  ✍ Author: David Bailey

Blanche is written with a terrible authority, the authority that comes from artistic necessity when the writer is compelled to write by his demon, rather than by his agent or promoter.

Tags: Write, Writer  ✍ Author: Paul Bailey

I would rather propose a bureau somewhat similar to that which we have in the Universal Postal Union.

Tags: Union, Universal  ✍ Author: Fredrik Bajer

The aspect of congresses and such meetings generally to which I attach the greatest importance is the discussion. That is why people assemble: to hear different opinions, rather than to pass resolutions.

Tags: Greatest, Why  ✍ Author: Fredrik Bajer

There are those who believe we have need of more literature, of a large international publishing house, of a great peace newspaper, or the like. I am rather skeptical about this idea.

Tags: Great, Peace  ✍ Author: Fredrik Bajer

In retrospect I realize that the threat was about ego rather than the validity of the music.

Tags: Ego, Music  ✍ Author: Colin Baker

I'd rather play jazz, I hate rock and roll.

Tags: Hate, Rock  ✍ Author: Ginger Baker

It is almost always the cover-up rather than the event that causes trouble.

Tags: Almost, Trouble  ✍ Author: Howard Baker

Most drama in our lives is really rather squalid.

Tags: Drama, Lives  ✍ Author: Stephen Baker

There are people who would rather choke than go see my movies. They write me letters all the time.

Tags: Movies, Time  ✍ Author: Alec Baldwin

Doing these parts is not fun. It's challenging, but no fun. It's creepy. I would rather play the guy that throws the touchdown pass and gets carried off the field.

Tags: Fun, Off  ✍ Author: Alec Baldwin

I am one of those who would rather sink with faith than swim without it.

Tags: Faith, Swim  ✍ Author: Stanley Baldwin

I love to utilize my celebrity status in a responsible and constructive and substantive manner. I like to get my hands dirty rather than a photo op.

Tags: Dirty, Love  ✍ Author: William Baldwin

I've always felt that I would rather see an actor, writer, or musician's work, rather than actually know the person. If you know too much about an artist, it somehow lessens their ability to do their work as well.

Tags: Artist, Work  ✍ Author: Christian Bale

The work with which we embark on this first volume of a series of theological studies is a work with which the philosophical person does not begin, but rather concludes.

Tags: Begin, Work  ✍ Author: Hans Urs von Balthasar

It would be curious to know what leads a man to become a stationer rather than a baker, when he is no longer compelled, as among the Egyptians, to succeed to his father's craft.

Tags: Become, Father  ✍ Author: Honore de Balzac

I'd rather be strongly wrong than weakly right.

Tags: Strongly, Wrong  ✍ Author: Tallulah Bankhead

Look at market fluctuations as your friend rather than your enemy; profit from folly rather than participate in it.

Tags: Enemy, Friend  ✍ Author: Warren Buffett

Half the vices which the world condemns most loudly have seeds of good in them and require moderate use rather than total abstinence.

Tags: Good, Half  ✍ Author: Samuel Butler

I would rather have a nod from an American, than a snuff-box from an emperor.

Tags: American, Emperor  ✍ Author: Lord Byron

I should be very willing to redress men wrongs, and rather check than punish crimes, had not Cervantes, in that all too true tale of Quixote, shown how all such efforts fail.

Tags: Men, True  ✍ Author: Lord Byron

I had rather be first in a village than second at Rome.

Tags: Rome, Second  ✍ Author: Irving Caesar

In my life outdoors, I've observed that animals of almost any variety will stand in a windy place rather than in a protected, windless area infested with biting insects. They would rather be annoyed by the wind than bitten.

Tags: Life, Place  ✍ Author: James Cagney

I am rather in favour of dealing with teenage hooliganism.

Tags: Dealing, Teenage  ✍ Author: James Callaghan

Guys want a 500 horsepower car. I'd rather have one horsepower - in a horse. That's macho. You go to pick up your date and you show up on a horse.

Tags: Car, Show  ✍ Author: Bryan Callen

Biographical data, even those recorded in the public registers, are the most private things one has, and to declare them openly is rather like facing a psychoanalyst.

Tags: Private, Public  ✍ Author: Italo Calvino

Our focus is on outputs rather than inputs.

Tags: Focus  ✍ Author: Christian Camargo

Where we have the choice between putting a dollar against those that are going to advance horizontal integration and those that are going to sustain current capability, we'd rather put them against the horizontal integration activity.

Tags: Between, Put  ✍ Author: Christian Camargo

Cap the well, yes. Clear up the mess, yes. Make compensation - yes, absolutely. But would it be right to have legislation that independently targets BP rather than other companies? I don't think that - would be right.

Tags: Clear, Yes  ✍ Author: David Cameron

As a consequence, progress has come to mean simply more power, more profit, more productivity, more paper prosperity, all of which are convertible into standards concerned only with size or magnitude rather than quality or excellence.

Tags: Mean, Power  ✍ Author: Alex Campbell

I don't want to write, I'd rather draw.

Tags: Draw, Write  ✍ Author: Eddie Campbell

I would rather do really good French films than 'American Pie.'

Tags: American, Good  ✍ Author: Guillaume Canet

Often there are players who have only football as a way of expressing themselves and never develop other interests. And when they no longer play football, they no longer do anything; they no longer exist, or rather they have the sensation of no longer existing.

Tags: Football, Often  ✍ Author: Eric Cantona

I prefer to play and lose rather than win, because I know in advance I'm going to win.

Tags: Lose, Win  ✍ Author: Eric Cantona

It appears that Wall Street is not acting as a force for economic expansion, providing access to capital for companies that make things. Rather, it seems, Wall Street is using government bailouts to lever up.

Tags: Acting, Government  ✍ Author: Maria Cantwell

I'd rather betray the world than let the world betray me.

Tags: Betray  ✍ Author: Maria Cantwell

Relativism is neither a method of fighting, nor a method of creating, for both of these are uncompromising and at times even ruthless; rather, it is a method of cognition.

Tags: Fighting, Times  ✍ Author: Karel Capek

I do get the comics online I guess but it's such a pain. I'd rather just get them in the paper and read them.

Tags: Pain, Read  ✍ Author: Drew Carey

I'd rather be onstage with a pig - a duet with Jennifer Lopez and me just ain't going to happen.

Tags: Happen, Pig  ✍ Author: Joyce Carey

Men seldom, or rather never for a length of time and deliberately, rebel against anything that does not deserve rebelling against.

Tags: Men, Time  ✍ Author: Thomas Carlyle

Good breeding differs, if at all, from high breeding only as it gracefully remembers the rights of others, rather than gracefully insists on its own rights.

Tags: Good, Others  ✍ Author: Thomas Carlyle

'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less.'

Tags: Mean, Said  ✍ Author: Lewis Carroll

What affects men sharply about a foreign nation is not so much finding or not finding familiar things; it is rather not finding them in the familiar place.

Tags: Men, Place  ✍ Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton

And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.

Tags: Rain, Rainbow  ✍ Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton

Rather leave the crime of the guilty unpunished than condemn the innocent.

Tags: Guilty, Leave  ✍ Author: Winston Churchill

I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not.

Tags: Hated, Loved  ✍ Author: Kurt Cobain

Rather be dead than cool.

Tags: Cool, Dead  ✍ Author: Kurt Cobain

I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing than teach 10,000 stars how not to dance.

Tags: Dance, Learn  ✍ Author: e. e. cummings

Reality doesn't bite, rather our perception of reality bites.

Tags: Perception, Reality  ✍ Author: Al D\'Amato

Know people for who they are rather than for what they are.

 ✍ Author: Al D\'Amato

I took a route of acting, rather than starmaking, so it cost me a lot financially.

Tags: Acting, Took  ✍ Author: Vincent D\'Onofrio

You can be intuitive when you've got a more expansive role. You can get into the poetry of telling the story rather than just pushing buttons.

Tags: Poetry, Story  ✍ Author: Willem Dafoe

When I give over to somebody's vision rather than have an idea of what I need to do, it takes me to places I wouldn't have got to by myself. I'm always attracted to a strong director.

Tags: Give, Strong  ✍ Author: Willem Dafoe

I would prefer to be a citizen of an independent country rather than Emperor of an enslaved one.

Tags: Citizen, Country  ✍ Author: Bao Dai

I'd rather get a good clean laugh with good material, than an easy laugh by swearing or shocking. That's not clever or comedic, anybody can get a laugh that way, it's too easy.

Tags: Good, Laugh  ✍ Author: Jim Dale

I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, rather does the person grow to look like his portrait.

Tags: Grow, Subject  ✍ Author: Salvador Dali

I was raised to be in service to something larger than myself. A lot of actors concentrate on what they will get out of the profession, rather than what they can offer it. The way I see it, if you come with something to offer, you can offer it forever.

Tags: Forever, Service  ✍ Author: Tyne Daly

Rather than being a luxury, emotions are a very intelligent way of driving an organism toward certain outcomes.

Tags: Emotions, Toward  ✍ Author: Antonio Damasio

And getting married this autumn was certainly an additional incentive to spend rather more time in England.

Tags: Getting, Time  ✍ Author: Jill Dando

I would rather not work than be a neurotic mess.

Tags: Mess, Work  ✍ Author: Claire Danes

So tonight I propose one more step that I would rather not propose. I ask the most fortunate among us, those citizens earning over $100,000 per year, for one year, to pay an additional one percent on the income they receive.

Tags: Step, Year  ✍ Author: Mitch Daniels

The president's grand experiment in trickle-down government has held back rather than sped economic recovery. He seems to sincerely believe we can build a middle class out of government jobs paid for with borrowed dollars.

Tags: Government, President  ✍ Author: Mitch Daniels

I am a friend of the working man, and I would rather be his friend, than be one.

Tags: Friend, Working  ✍ Author: Clarence Darrow

I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure - that is all that agnosticism means.

Tags: Insult, Men  ✍ Author: Clarence Darrow

I'd rather do my own performance than copy someone else's.

Tags: Else, Someone  ✍ Author: Arthur Darvill
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