„If I had to choose, I would rather have birds than airplanes.“

"Is Civilization Progress?" in Reader's Digest (July 1964)

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Charles Lindbergh
US-amerikanischer Pilot 1902 - 1974

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„You would rather face a life without me than to have me choose a life I would not choose for myself.“

—  John Scalzi American science fiction writer 1969

Quelle: The Sagan Diary

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Anatole France Foto

„If it were absolutely necessary to choose, I would rather be guilty of an immoral act than of a cruel one.“

—  Anatole France French writer 1844 - 1924

S’il fallait absolument choisir, j’aimerais mieux faire une chose immorale qu’une chose cruelle.
Le Lys Rouge http://fr.wikisource.org/wiki/Le_Lys_rouge/I [The Red Lily] (1894), ch. 1

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„I would rather learn from one bird how to sing than to teach 10,000 stars how not to dance.“

—  E.E. Cummings American poet 1894 - 1962

Collected Poems (1938) New Poems 22
Variante: I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing
than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance.

Emily Dickinson Foto

„Then I choose to drown. In hope. Rather than float into nothing.“

—  Melina Marchetta, Finnikin of the Rock

Quelle: Finnikin of the Rock

Condoleezza Rice Foto

„I don't think that anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center, take another one and slam it into the Pentagon, that they would try to use an airplane as a missile“

—  Condoleezza Rice American Republican politician; U.S. Secretary of State; political scientist 1954

Press conference http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2004-03-30-questions-usat_x.htm, May 16, 2002.

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Albert Einstein Foto

„If I would be a young man again and had to decide how to make my living, I would not try to become a scientist or scholar or teacher. I would rather choose to be a plumber or a peddler in the hope to find that modest degree of independence still available under present circumstances.“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

Letter to the editor of The Reporter about the situation of scientists in America (13 October 1954)

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„I wonder if she wouldn't choose his miserable common sense rather than her wealth?“

—  Sören Kierkegaard Danish philosopher and theologian, founder of Existentialism 1813 - 1855

1840s, The Journals of Søren Kierkegaard, 1840s
Kontext: If I were to imagine a girl deeply in love and some man who wanted to use all his reasoning powers and knowledge to ridicule her passion, well, there's surely no question of the enamoured girl having to choose between keeping her wealth and being ridiculed. No, but if some extremely cool and calculating man calmly told the young girl, "I will explain to you what love is," and the girl admitted that everything he told her was quite correct, I wonder if she wouldn't choose his miserable common sense rather than her wealth?

„I pray to the birds because they remind me of what I love rather than what I fear. And at the end of my prayers, they teach me how to listen.“

—  Terry Tempest Williams, buch Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place

Quelle: Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place

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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 v.Chr

As quoted in The Quotable Intellectual (2010) edited by P. Archer, p. 152 http://books.google.com/books?id=QnDvIsNKNIwC

Edward Grey, 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon Foto

„Though I know something about British birds I should have been lost and confused among American birds, of which unhappily I know little or nothing. Colonel Roosevelt not only knew more about American birds than I did about British birds, but he knew about British birds also. What he had lacked was an opportunity of hearing their songs, and you cannot get a knowledge of the songs of birds in any other way than by listening to them.
We began our walk, and when a song was heard I told him the name of the bird. I noticed that as soon as I mentioned the name it was unnecessary to tell him more. He knew what the bird was like. It was not necessary for him to see it. He knew the kind of bird it was, its habits and appearance. He just wanted to complete his knowledge by hearing the song. He had, too, a very trained ear for bird songs, which cannot be acquired without having spent much time in listening to them. How he had found time in that busy life to acquire this knowledge so thoroughly it is almost impossible to imagine, but there the knowledge and training undoubtedly were. He had one of the most perfectly trained ears for bird songs that I have ever known, so that if three or four birds were singing together he would pick out their songs, distinguish each, and ask to be told each separate name; and when farther on we heard any bird for a second time, he would remember the song from the first telling and be able to name the bird himself.“

—  Edward Grey, 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon British Liberal statesman 1862 - 1933

Recreation (1919)

Lauren Tom Foto

„If I was blond and tall, then I would have had 10 times the competition. I auditioned steadily and performed for everyone who would hire me. Now I am in a position to pick and choose my roles.“

—  Lauren Tom actress, voice actress 1961

Actress Dazzles With One Women Show https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2002/11/18/actress-dazzles-with-one-women-show/ (18 November 2002)

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„I have no religion, but if I were to choose one, it would be that of Shariati's.“

—  Jean Paul Sartre French existentialist philosopher, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, political activist, biographer, and literary cri… 1905 - 1980

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„Choose rather to be strong in soul than in body.“

—  Pythagoras ancient Greek mathematician and philosopher -585 - -495 v.Chr

"Pythagorean Ethical Sentences From Stobæus" (1904)
Choose rather to be strong of soul than strong of body.
As quoted in Florilegium, I.22, as translated in Dictionary of Quotations (1906) by Thomas Benfield Harbottle, p. 396

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