„I would rather be a poor man in a garret with plenty of books than a king who did not love reading.“
— Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay British historian and Whig politician 1800 - 1859
Letter to his Niece (15 September 1842)
„Since I would rather make of him an able man than a learned man, I would also urge that care be taken to choose a guide with a well-made rather than a well-filled head.“
— Michel De Montaigne (1533-1592) French-Occitan author, humanistic philosopher, statesman 1533 - 1592
Book I, Ch. 26
„A rationalist, as I use the word, is a man who attempts to reach decisions by argument and perhaps, in certain cases, by compromise, rather than by violence. He is a man who would rather be unsuccessful in convincing another man by argument than successful in crushing him by force, by intimidation and threats, or even by persuasive propaganda.“
— Karl Popper Austrian-British philosopher of science 1902 - 1994
— Aristides de Sousa Mendes Portuguese diplomat 1885 - 1954
Quoted in Bard The Complete History of the Holocaust (2001), p. 327; see also "Aristides de Sousa Mendes" at Jewish Virtual Library http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/biography/Mendes.html.
„He preferred an honest man that wooed his daughter, before a rich man. "I would rather," said Themistocles, "have a man that wants money than money that wants a man."“
— Plutarch ancient Greek historian and philosopher 46 - 127
„I choose the likely man in preference to the rich man; I want a man without money rather than money without a man.“
— Themistocles Athenian statesman -524 - -459 a.C.
As quoted in The Quotable Intellectual (2010) edited by P. Archer, p. 152 http://books.google.com/books?id=QnDvIsNKNIwC
— Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862 American poet, essayist, naturalist, and abolitionist 1817 - 1862
„If an employer had to pay a man one dollar for the same work a woman could do for 59 cents, why would anyone hire a man?“
— Warren Farrell author, spokesperson, expert witness, political candidate 1943
— Julius Caesar Roman politician and general -100 - -44 a.C.
On passing through a village in the Alps, as attributed in Parallel Lives , by Plutarch, as translated by John Langhorne and William Langhorne (1836), p. 499<!-- ; also quoted in p. 372 Handy-Book of Literary Curiosities (1892) by William Shepard Walsh http://books.google.com/books?id=hrJkAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA372 Variant: First in a village rather than second in Rome.
„I believe in a political revolution, without the aid of the military. I would rather win a man’s mind than compel his obedience.“
— George Alec Effinger Novelist, short story writer 1947 - 2002
Chapter 3 (p. 59).
„"Yeah, right. I know what's really going on: Heather's hired you to kill me, hasn't she?"
"Why else would you catapult me through the air and feed me to a man-eating cot?"“
— Wendelin Van Draanen American writer 1965
Sammy Keyes to Marissa Mackenzie, Sammy Keyes and the Curse of Mustache Mary (2000)