„I would rather hire a man with enthusiasm, than a man who knows everything.“

—  John Davison Rockefeller, As quoted in Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life (2010) by Bryan Curtis, p. 75

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„I would stand with God against man, rather than with man against God.“

—  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.

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„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

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„I assure you I had rather be the first man here than the second man in Rome.“

—  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.