Preferring Quotes

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theres-difference-between-preferring-books-to-parties-preferring-sixteen-cats-to-seeing-light-day-lauren-morrill
i-dont-think-im-unusual-in-preferring-my-laptop-to-be-thin-light-linus-torvalds
be-kindly-affectioned-one-to-another-with-brotherly-love-in-honour-preferring-one-another
mindfulness-meditation-is-embrace-any-all-mind-states-in-awareness-without-preferring-one-to-another-jon-kabatzinn
preferring-to-store-her-money-in-the-stomachs-of-the-needy-rather-than-hide-it-in-a-purse
the-truth-is-messy-its-raw-uncomfortable-you-cant-blame-people-for-preferring-lies-holly-black
architects-themselves-tend-to-shy-away-from-word-preferring-instead-to-talk-about-manipulation-space-alain-de-botton
preferring-healthful-foods-is-skill-skills-take-practice-perseverance-to-develop
even-if-there-were-no-actual-evidence-in-favor-darwinian-theory-we-should-still-be-justified-in-preferring-it-over-all-rival-theories-richard-dawkins
the-gods-preferring-their-libations-diluted-with-rainwater-mixed-with-freshly-cut-grass-thomm-quackenbush
the-mass-of-mankind-are-evidently-slavish-in-their-tastes-preferring-a-life-suitable-to-beasts
trying-to-run-away-is-never-answer-to-being-fully-human-running-away-from-immediacy-our-experience-is-like-preferring-death-to-life-pema-chodron
liberty-is-not-idea-belonging-to-volition-preferring-but-to-person-having-power-doing-forbearing-to-do-according-as-mind-shall-chuse-direct-john-locke
your-fear-remains-strong-you-are-not-ready-to-face-your-story-preferring-instead-to-surround-yourself-with-knots-someday-they-will-strangle-you-maria-v-snyder
it-appears-kochs-are-among-most-defensive-billionaires-preferring-comfy-confines-their-callous-intellectually-dishonest-world-view
try-to-occupy-all-hours-not-asleep-lying-preferring-to-leave-just-few-seconds-satisfying-weeks-she-sucks-all-thats-right-out-me-i-look-into-your-isole
the-choices-writer-makes-within-tradition-preferring-milton-to-moliere-caring-for-barth-over-barthelme-constitute-some-most-personal-information-zadie-smith
these-elites-preferring-to-work-in-private-are-rarely-found-posed-for-photographers-their-influence-upon-events-has-therefore-to-be-deduced-from-what-harold-wallace-rosenthal
the-past-always-seems-somehow-more-golden-more-serious-than-present-we-tend-to-forget-partisanship-yesteryear-preferring-to-reimagine-our-history-jon-meacham
one-common-cause-this-mistake-preferring-to-imagine-admire-great-ideal-instead-beginning-to-do-little-deeds-is-our-impatience-with-little-baby-steps-our-lack-humility-peter-kreef
but-he-would-give-spainish-no-satisfaction-when-they-offered-him-drink-he-smashed-glass-ate-shards-preferring-his-own-english-blood-to-their-sweet-wine-he-died-soon-after-marc-ar
despite-my-love-affair-with-skyscraper-heels-luckily-for-my-feet-i-rarely-wear-them-preferring-instead-comfort-child-handling-practicalities-pair-trainers
willing-or-preferring-is-the-same-with-respect-to-good-and-evil-that-judging-is-with-respect-to-truth-or-falsehood
if-no-set-moral-ideas-were-truer-better-than-any-other-there-would-be-no-sense-in-preferring-civilised-morality-to-savage-morality-cs-lewis
america-has-never-been-empire-we-may-be-only-great-power-in-history-that-had-chance-refused-preferring-greatness-to-power-justice-to-glory-george-w-bush
my-old-black-cat-he-passed-away-this-morning-he-never-knew-what-heartache-was-woke-up-late-he-danced-till-noon-if-questioned-why-answered-just-because-he-never-spoke-much-preferr
of-how-much-real-happiness-we-cheat-our-souls-by-preferring-trifle-to-god-we-have-general-intention-living-religion-but-we-intend-to-begin-tomorrow-next-year-the-present-moment-w
He shut the door, and stood looking across the room at her. 'Cressy, what did you mean when you told that harridan that your affections were engaged?' The colour deepened a little in her cheeks, but she replied lightly: 'Well, she talked so much like someone in a bad play that I became carried away myself! Besides, I had to say something to convince her! I could see she didn't quite believe me when I said I wasn't going to marry your brother.' He let his breath go in a long sigh, and walked forward, setting his hands on her shoulders, and saying: 'You don't know how much I have wanted to tell you the truth! Cressy, my dear one, forgive me! I've treated you abominably, and I love you so much!' Miss Stavely, who had developed an interest in the top button of his coat, looked shyly up at this. 'Do you, Kit?' she asked. 'Truly?' Mr Fancot, preferring actions to words, said nothing whatsoever in answer to this, but took her in his arms and kissed her. Miss Stavely, who had previously thought him unfailingly gentle and courteous, perceived, in the light of this novel experience, that she had been mistaken: there was nothing gentle about Mr Fancot's crushing embrace; and his behaviour in paying no heed at all to her faint protest could only be described as extremely uncivil. She was wholly unused to such treatment, and she had a strong suspicion that her grandmother would condemn her conduct in submitting to it, but as Mr Fancot seemed to be dead to all sense and propriety it was clearly useless to argue with him.

Georgette Heyer
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You desire to LIVE "according to Nature"? Oh, you noble Stoics, what fraud of words! Imagine to yourselves a being like Nature, boundlessly extravagant, boundlessly indifferent, without purpose or consideration, without pity or justice, at once fruitful and barren and uncertain: imagine to yourselves INDIFFERENCE as a power-how COULD you live in accordance with such indifference? To live-is not that just endeavouring to be otherwise than this Nature? Is not living valuing, preferring, being unjust, being limited, endeavouring to be different? And granted that your imperative, "living according to Nature, " means actually the same as "living according to life"-how could you do DIFFERENTLY? Why should you make a principle out of what you yourselves are, and must be? In reality, however, it is quite otherwise with you: while you pretend to read with rapture the canon of your law in Nature, you want something quite the contrary, you extraordinary stage-players and self-deluders! In your pride you wish to dictate your morals and ideals to Nature, to Nature herself, and to incorporate them therein; you insist that it shall be Nature "according to the Stoa, " and would like everything to be made after your own image, as a vast, eternal glorification and generalism of Stoicism! With all your love for truth, you have forced yourselves so long, so persistently, and with such hypnotic rigidity to see Nature FALSELY, that is to say, Stoically, that you are no longer able to see it otherwise-and to crown all, some unfathomable superciliousness gives you the Bedlamite hope that BECAUSE you are able to tyrannize over yourselves-Stoicism is self-tyranny-Nature will also allow herself to be tyrannized over: is not the Stoic a PART of Nature?... But this is an old and everlasting story: what happened in old times with the Stoics still happens today, as soon as ever a philosophy begins to believe in itself. It always creates the world in its own image; it cannot do otherwise; philosophy is this tyrannical impulse itself, the most spiritual Will to Power, the will to "creation of the world, " the will to the causa prima.

Friedrich Nietzsche
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Ingenious philosophers tell you, perhaps, that the great work of the steam-engine is to create leisure for mankind. Do not believe them: it only creates a vacuum for eager thought to rush in. Even idleness is eager now-eager for amusement; prone to excursion-trains, art museums, periodical literature, and exciting novels; prone even to scientific theorizing and cursory peeps through microscopes. Old Leisure was quite a different personage. He only read one newspaper, innocent of leaders, and was free from that periodicity of sensations which we call post-time. He was a contemplative, rather stout gentleman, of excellent digestion; of quiet perceptions, undiseased by hypothesis; happy in his inability to know the causes of things, preferring the things themselves. He lived chiefly in the country, among pleasant seats and homesteads, and was fond of sauntering by the fruit-tree wall and scenting the apricots when they were warmed by the morning sunshine, or of sheltering himself under the orchard boughs at noon, when the summer pears were falling. He knew nothing of weekday services, and thought none the worse of the Sunday sermon if it allowed him to sleep from the text to the blessing; liking the afternoon service best, because the prayers were the shortest, and not ashamed to say so; for he had an easy, jolly conscience, broad-backed like himself, and able to carry a great deal of beer or port-wine, not being made squeamish by doubts and qualms and lofty aspirations.

George Eliot
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Comrade Norman Bethune, a member of the Communist Party of Canada, was around fifty when he was sent by the Communist Parties of Canada and the United States to China; he made light of travelling thousands of miles to help us in our War of Resistance Against Japan. He arrived in Yenan in the spring of last year, went to work in the Wutai Mountains, and to our great sorrow died a martyr at his post. What kind of spirit is this that makes a foreigner selflessly adopt the cause of the Chinese people's liberation as his own? It is the spirit of internationalism, the spirit of communism, from which every Chinese Communist must learn. Leninism teaches that the world revolution can only succeed if the proletariat of the capitalist countries supports the struggle for liberation of the colonial and semi-colonial peoples and if the proletariat of the colonies and semi-colonies supports that of the proletariat of the capitalist countries. Comrade Bethune put this Leninist line into practice. We Chinese Communists must also follow this line in our practice. We must unite with the proletariat of all the capitalist countries, with the proletariat of Japan, Britain, the United States, Germany, Italy and all other capitalist countries, for this is the only way to overthrow imperialism, to liberate our nation and people and to liberate the other nations and peoples of the world. This is our internationalism, the internationalism with which we oppose both narrow nationalism and narrow patriotism. Comrade Bethune's spirit, his utter devotion to others without any thought of self, was shown in his great sense of responsibility in his work and his great warm-heartedness towards all comrades and the people. Every Communist must learn from him. There are not a few people who are irresponsible in their work, preferring the light and shirking the heavy, passing the burdensome tasks on to others and choosing the easy ones for themselves. At every turn they think of themselves before others. When they make some small contribution, they swell with pride and brag about it for fear that others will not know. They feel no warmth towards comrades and the people but are cold, indifferent and apathetic. In truth such people are not Communists, or at least cannot be counted as devoted Communists. No one who returned from the front failed to express admiration for Bethune whenever his name was mentioned, and none remained unmoved by his spirit. In the Shansi-Chahar-Hopei border area, no soldier or civilian was unmoved who had been treated by Dr. Bethune or had seen how he worked. Every Communist must learn this true communist spirit from Comrade Bethune. Comrade Bethune was a doctor, the art of healing was his profession and he was constantly perfecting his skill, which stood very high in the Eighth Route Army's medical service. His example is an excellent lesson for those people who wish to change their work the moment they see something different and for those who despise technical work as of no consequence or as promising no future. Comrade Bethune and I met only once. Afterwards he wrote me many letters. But I was busy, and I wrote him only one letter and do not even know if he ever received it. I am deeply grieved over his death. Now we are all commemorating him, which shows how profoundly his spirit inspires everyone. We must all learn the spirit of absolute selflessness from him. With this spirit everyone can be very useful to the people. A man's ability may be great or small, but if he has this spirit, he is already noble-minded and pure, a man of moral integrity and above vulgar interests, a man who is of value to the people.

Mao Tse-tung
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