Lose a leg rather than life. [ Proverb ]
He'll turn rather than burn. [ Proverb ]
Honourable rather than showy. [ Motto ]
She had rather kiss than spin. [ Proverb ]
I'd rather be rich than stupid. [ Jack Handey, Deep Thoughts ]
Vexation is rather taken than given. [ Proverb ]
Lose thy fun rather than thy friend. [ Proverb ]
Death upon his face
Is rather shine than shade,
A tender shine by looks beloved made. [ Mrs. Browning ]
Sacrifice money rather than principle. [ Rothschild ]
You had rather go to mill than to mass. [ Proverb ]
I would rather obey than work miracles. [ Luther ]
Sit still rather than rise and fall down. [ Proverb ]
Play at small games rather than stand out. [ Proverb ]
Love is wont rather to ascend than descend. [ Proverb ]
Cowards fear to die; but courage stout,
Rather than live in snuff, will be put out. [ Sir Walter Raleigh ]
Begin by reading thyself rather than books. [ Rumi ]
Vices are often habits rather than passions. [ Rivarol ]
Friendships are discovered rather than made. [ Mrs. Stowe ]
O, he's as tedious
As is a tired horse, a railing wife;
Worse than a smoky house; I had rather live
With cheese and garlic in a windmill, far,
Than feed on cates, and have him talk to me,
In any summer-house in Christendom. [ William Shakespeare ]
I would rather make my name than inherit it. [ Thackeray ]
Riches rather enlarge than satisfy appetites. [ Proverb ]
Rather spoil your joke than tine your friend. [ Proverb ]
Let me play the fool
With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come;
And let my liver rather heat with wine,
Than my heart cool with mortifying groans. [ William Shakespeare ]
If she do frown, it is not in hate of you,
But rather to beget more love in you:
If she do chide, it is not to have you gone;
For why, the fools are mad if left alone.
Take no repulse, whatever she doth say;
For - get you gone - she doth not mean - away. [ William Shakespeare ]
Shall he who soars, inspired by loftier views.
Life's little cares and little pains refuse?
Shall he not rather feel a double share
Of mortal woe, when doubly armed to bear? [ Crabbe ]
Great God, I had rather be
A Pagan suckled in some creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn. [ Wordsworth ]
Choose a wife rather by your ear than your eye. [ Proverb ]
Some men are born to feast, and not to fight;
Whose sluggish minds, e'en in fair honor's field.
Still on their dinner turn -
Let such pot-boiling varlets stay at home,
And wield a flesh-hook rather than a sword. [ Joanna Baillie ]
I had rather my cake burn than you should turn it. [ Proverb ]
Some had rather lose their friend than their jest. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]
Pride had rather go out of the way than go behind. [ Proverb ]
To be vain is rather a mark of humility than pride. [ Swift ]
A drop of good fortune rather than a cask of wisdom. [ Proverb ]
Give me the ready hand rather than the ready tongue. [ Garibaldi ]
A gallant man rather despises death than hates life. [ Proverb ]
You will rather be begged, than hanged for your wit. [ Proverb ]
A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches. [ Bible ]
The Alphabet Of Success
Attend carefully to details.
Be prompt in all things.
Consider well, then decide positively.
Dare to do right, fear to do wrong.
Endure trials patiently.
Fight life's battles bravely.
Go not into the society of the vicious.
Hold your integrity sacred.
Injure not another's reputation.
Join hands only with the virtuous.
Keep your mind free from evil thoughts.
Lie not for any consideration.
Make few special acquaintances.
Never try to appear what you are not.
Observe good manners.
Pay your debts promptly.
Question not the verity of a friend.
Respect the desires of your parents.
Sacrifice money rather than principle.
Touch not, taste not, handle not intoxicating drinks.
Use your leisure for improvement.
Venture not upon the threshold of wrong.
Watch carefully over your passions.
Xtend to everyone a kindly greeting.
Yield not to discouragement.
Zealously labor for the right, and success is certain. [ Ladies Home Journal ]
The rather since every man is the son of his own works. [ Cervantes ]
Atheism is rather in the life than in the heart of man. [ Bacon ]
Love is rather the god of sensation than of sensibility. [ Ninon de Lenclos ]
It is not want, but rather abundance, that makes avarice. [ Proverb ]
In courtesy, rather pay a penny too much than too little. [ Proverb ]
Death rather frees us from ills than robs us of our goods. [ Proverb ]
Music, rather than poetry, should be called
the happy art. [ Richter ]
I had rather be fed with jack-boots than with such stories. [ Proverb ]
Ladies will rather pardon want of sense than want of manners. [ Proverb ]
The brother had rather see his sister rich, than make her so. [ Proverb ]
Some will rather lose their best friend than their worst joke. [ Proverb ]
Pride will practice anything rather than let her port decline. [ Proverb ]
Memory is a Muse in herself; or rather the mother of the Muses. [ ? ]
He'll rather die with thirst than take the pains to draw water. [ Proverb ]
Some had rather guess at much, than take pains to hear a little. [ Proverb ]
Yield not to misfortunes, but rather go more boldly to meet them. [ Virgil ]
Argument does not soften, but rather hardens, the obdurate heart. [ Dewey ]
Charity will rather wipe out the score than inflame the reckoning. [ Proverb ]
Many come to bring their clothes to church rather than themselves. [ Proverb ]
One should choose a wife with the ears, rather than with the eyes. [ Proverb ]
Rather to excite your judgment briefly than to inform it tediously. [ Bacon ]
Choose rather to punish your appetites than to be punished by them. [ Tyrius Maximus ]
Look not to a woman's head for her brains, but rather to her heart. [ Haliburton ]
Life often presents us with a choice of evils, rather than of goods. [ C. C. Colton ]
He doeth well that serveth the common good rather than his own will. [ Thomas à Kempis ]
Rich men are indeed rather possessed by their money than possessors. [ Burton ]
Seek rather to make a man blush for his guilt than to shed his blood. [ Ter ]
I am satisfied to trifle away my time, rather than let it stick by me. [ Pope ]
Words are rather the drowsy part of poetry; imagination the life of it. [ Owen Feltham ]
The praise that comes of love does not make us vain, but humble rather. [ J. M. Barrie ]
The variation of excellence among men is rather in degree than in kind. [ Bancroft ]
I had rather ride on an ass that carries me than a horse that throws me. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]
I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad. [ William Shakespeare ]
I had rather ask of my fire brown bread than borrow of my neighbour white. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]
In plain truth, it is not want, but rather abundance, that creates avarice. [ Montaigne ]
Style, after all, rather than thought, is the immortal thing in literature. [ Alexander Smith ]
We would rather speak ill of ourselves than not to talk of ourselves at all. [ Rochefoucauld ]
I had rather stand the shock of a basilisk than the fury of a merciless pen. [ Sir T. Browne ]
It is want of diligence rather than want of means that causes most failures. [ Alfred Mercier ]
Care is no cure, but rather corrosive for things that are not to be remedied. [ William Shakespeare ]
Knowledge which is divorced from justice may be called cunning rather than wisdom. [ Cicero ]
Let the misanthrope shun men and abjure; the most are rather lovable than hateful. [ Tupper ]
That which is given with pride and ostentation is rather an ambition than a bounty. [ Seneca ]
The aim of education should be rather to teach us how to think, than what to think. [ James Beattie ]
Uncommon expressions are a disfigurement rather than an embellishment of discourse. [ Hume ]
Observation more than books, experience rather than persons, are the prime educators. [ A. Bronson Alcott ]
Women prefer us to say a little evil of them, rather than say nothing of them at all. [ A. Ricard ]
He that has sense knows that learning is not knowledge, but rather the art of using it. [ Richard Steele ]
Look not to what is wanting in any one; consider that rather which still remains to him. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]
This is an art which does mend nature, - change it rather; but the art itself is nature. [ William Shakespeare ]
For my own part, I had rather be old only a short time than be old before I really am so. [ Cicero ]
Every man should bear his own grievances rather than detract from the comforts of another. [ Cicero ]
For my own private satisfaction, I had rather be master of my own time than wear a diadem. [ Bishop Berkeley ]
For these attacks do not contribute to make us frail but rather show us to be what we are. [ Thomas a Kempis ]
Do what good thou canst unknown; and be not vain of what ought rather to be felt than seen. [ William Penn ]
Before giving advice we must have secured its acceptance, or, rather, have made it desired. [ Amiel ]
The immortality of the soul is assented to rather than believed, believed rather than lived. [ O. A. Brownson ]
Exquisite beauty resides rather in the female form than face, where it is also more lasting. [ Lamartine ]
Romances, in general, are calculated rather to fire the imagination than to inform the judgment. [ Richardson ]
I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than to be crowded on a velvet cushion. [ Henry D. Thoreau ]
Rest not upon scattered counsels, for they will rather distract and mislead than settle and direct. [ Bacon ]
Power is detested, and miserable is the life of him who wishes rather to be feared than to be loved. [ Nepos ]
A valiant and brave soldier seeks rather to preserve one citizen than to destroy a thousand enemies. [ Scipio ]
Praise from the common people is generally false, and rather follows vain persons than virtuous ones. [ Bacon ]
Hateful is the power and pitiable is the life of those who wish to be feared rather than to be loved. [ Nepos ]
Light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the light, because their deeds were evil. [ St. John ]
If you have conquered your inclination, rather than your inclination you, you have something to rejoice at. [ Plaut ]
It is commonly the imagination which is wounded first, rather than the heart; it is so much more sensitive. [ Thoreau ]
Wisdom is not found with those who dwell at their ease; rather nature, when she adds brain, adds difficulty. [ Emerson ]
I would rather sleep in the southern corner of a little country churchyard than in the tomb of the Capulets. [ Burke ]
Contemporaries appreciate the man rather than the merit; posterity will regard the merit rather than the man. [ Charles Buxton ]
Friendship closes its eye rather than see the moon eclipsed; while malice denies that it is ever at the full. [ J. C. Hare ]
Great minds had rather deserve contemporaneous applause without obtaining it, than obtain without deserving it. [ Colton ]
The Romans assisted their allies and friends, and acquired friendships by giving rather than receiving kindness. [ Sallust ]
We see how much a man has, and therefore we envy him; did we see how little he enjoys, we should rather pity him. [ Seed ]
We are now in want of an art to teach how books are to be read rather than to read them. Such an art is practicable. [ Disraeli ]
If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship, we must love our friends for their sakes rather than for our own. [ Charlotte Bronte ]
I have always tried to write Saxon rather than Latin, in short words rather than long, and specially in short sentences. [ Edward Everett Hale, The Art Of Authorship, 1891 ]
Life is rather a state of embryo, - a preparation for life. A man is not completely born until he has passed through death. [ Franklin ]
Love silence rather than speech in these tragic days, when for very speaking the voice of man has fallen inarticulate to man. [ Carlyle ]
Few things are impracticable in themselves: and it is for want of application, rather than of means, that men fail of success. [ Rochefoucauld ]
He that defers his charity until he is dead is, if a man weighs it rightly, rather liberal of another man's goods than his own. [ Bacon ]
Mythology is not religion. It may rather be regarded as the ancient substitute, the poetical counterpart, for dogmatic theology. [ Hare ]
A rich dress adds but little to the beauty of a person. It may possibly create a deference, but that is rather an enemy to love. [ Shenstone ]
We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example, we will shine for everyone to follow. [ President Donald J. Trump, Presidential Inaugeration Speech, Jan 20, 2017 ]
I had rather believe all the fables in the Legends and the Talmud and the Alcoran, than that this universal frame is without a mind. [ Bacon ]
Dead is she? No; rather let us call ourselves dead, who tire so soon in the service of the Master whom she has gone to serve forever. [ W. S. Smart ]
The lust of avarice has so totally seized upon mankind that their wealth seems rather to possess them than they possess their wealth. [ Pliny ]
Never respect men merely for their riches, but rather for their philanthropy; we do not value the sun for its height, but for its use. [ Bailey ]
An ostentatious man will rather relate a blunder or an absurdity he has committed, than be debarred from talking of his own dear person. [ Addison ]
Such a one seems to applaud, while he is really ridiculing you; attach yourself to those who advise you rather than to those who praise. [ Boileau ]
A good heart is the sun and moon, or, rather, the sun. and not the moon; for it shines bright and never changes, but keeps its course truly. [ William Shakespeare ]
I think I am rather fond of silent people myself. I cannot bear to live with a person who feels compelled to talk because he is my companion. [ Disraeli ]
They who are most weary of life, and yet are most unwilling to die, are such who have lived to no purpose, - who have rather breathed than lived. [ Lord Clarendon ]
Nature has directly formed woman to be a mother, only indirectly to be a wife; man, on the contrary, is rather made to be a husband than a father. [ Jean Paul ]
Great joy, especially after a sudden change and revolution of circumstances, is apt to be silent, and dwells rather in the heart than on the tongue. [ Fielding ]
So far from genius discarding law, rather is it the supreme joy of genius to reenact the eternal and unwritten law in the chamber of its own intellect. [ Charles H. Parkhurst ]
Study rather to fill your mind than your coffers; knowing that gold and silver were originally mingled with dirt, until avarice or ambition parted them. [ Seneca ]
Man is saved by love and duty, and by the hope that springs from duty, or rather from the moral facts of consciousness, as a flower springs from the soil. [ Amiel ]
A large library is apt to distract rather than to instruct the learner: it is much better to be confined to a few authors than to wander at random over many. [ Seneca ]
It is equally dangerous to believe and to disbelieve; therefore search diligently into the truth rather than suffer an erroneous impression to pervert your judgment. [ Phaedr ]
If all men would bring their misfortunes together in one place, most would be glad to take his own home again, rather than to take a proportion out of the common stock. [ Solon ]
When I behold the passion for ornamentation, and the corresponding power, I feel as if women had so far shown what they are bad for, rather than what they are good for. [ Julia Ward Howe ]
Persons are oftentimes misled in regard to their choice of dress by attending to the beauty of colors, rather than selecting such colors as may increase their own beauty. [ Shenstone ]
The heart never grows better by age, I fear rather worse; always harder. A young liar will be an old one; and a young knave will only be a greater knave as he grows older. [ Chesterfield ]
To be a husbandman is but a retreat from the city; to be a philosopher, from the world; or rather a retreat from the world, as it is man's, into the world, as it is God's. [ Cowley ]
The effusions of genius are entitled to admiration rather than applause, as they are chiefly the effect of natural endowment, and sometimes appear to be almost involuntary. [ W. B. Clulow ]
A grave aspect to a grave character is of much more consequence than the world is generally aware of; a barber may make you laugh, but a surgeon ought rather to make you cry. [ Fielding ]
I have never believed that friendship supposed the obligation of hating those whom your friends did not love, and I believe rather it obliges me to love those whom they love. [ Morellet ]
We value the devotedness of friendship rather as an oblation to vanity, than as a free interchange of hearts; an endearing contract of sympathy, mutual forbearance, and respect. [ Jane Porter ]
Oratory may be symbolized by a warrior's eye, flashing from under a philosopher's brow. But why a warrior's eye rather than a poet's? Because in oratory the will must predominate. [ J. C. and A. W. Hare ]
Men of great learning or genius are too full to be exact, and therefore choose to throw down their pearls in heaps before the reader, rather than be at the pains of stringing them. [ Spectator ]
Plutarch would rather we should applaud his judgment than commend his knowledge, and would rather leave us with an appetite to read more than glutted with that we have already read. [ Montaigne ]
The effusions of genius, or rather the manifestations of what is called talent, are often the effects of distempered nerves and complexional spleen, as pearls are morbid secretions. [ Robert Walsh ]
Examples teach us that in military affairs, and all others of a like nature, study is apt to enervate and relax the courage of man, rather than to give strength and energy to the mind. [ Montaigne ]
Nobility of birth does not always ensure a corresponding nobility of mind; if it did, it would always act as a stimulus to noble actions; but it sometimes acts as a clog, rather than a spur. [ Colton ]
I would rather dwell in the dim fog of superstition than in air rarefied to nothing by the air-pump of unbelief; in which the panting breast expires, vainly and convulsively gasping for breath. [ Richter ]
A copious manner of expression gives strength and weight to our ideas, which frequently make impression upon the mind, as iron does upon solid bodies, rather by repeated strokes than a single blow. [ Melmoth ]
Literature, when noble, is not easy; only when ignoble. It too is a quarrel and internecine duel with the whole world of darkness that lies without one and within one; - rather a hard fight at times. [ Carlyle ]
It is the violence of their ideas and the blind haste of their passion that make men awkward when with women. A man who has blunted a little his sensations, at first studies to please rather than to be loved. [ George Sand ]
When God will educate a man, he compels him to learn bitter lessons; He sends him to school to the necessities rather than to the graces, that by knowing all suffering he may know also the eternal consolations. [ Celia Burleigh ]
If a young lady has that discretion and modesty without which all knowledge is little worth, she will never make an ostentatious parade of it, because she will rather be intent on acquiring more than on displaying what she has. [ Hannah More ]
I would rather be the author of one original thought than conqueror of a hundred battles. Yet moral excellence is so much superior to intellectual, that I ought to esteem one virtue more valuable than a hundred original thoughts. [ W. B. Clulow ]
Some new books it is necessary to read, - part for the information they contain, and others in order to acquaint one's self with the state of literature in the age in which one lives: but I would rather read too few than too many. [ Lord Dudley ]
To one given to day-dreaming, and fond of losing himself in reveries, a sea-voyage is full of subjects for meditation; but then they are the wonders of the deep and of the air, and rather tend to abstract the mind from worldly themes. [ W. Irving ]
Two things, well considered, would prevent many quarrels: first, to have it well ascertained whether we are not disputing about terms rather than things; and, secondly, to examine whether that on which we differ is worth contending about. [ Colton ]
To die, and thus avoid poverty or love, or anything painful, is not the part of a brave man, but rather of a coward; for it is cowardice to avoid trouble, and the suicide does not undergo death because it is honorable, but in order to avoid evil. [ Aristotle ]
Friends are discovered rather than made; there are people who are in their own nature friends, only they do not know each other; but certain things, like poetry, music, and paintings are like the freemasons sign - they reveal the initiated to each other. [ Mrs. Stowe ]
That fine part of our construction, the eye, seems as much the receptacle and seat of our passions as the mind itself; and at least it is the outward portal to introduce them to the house within, or rather the common thoroughfare to let our affections pass in and out. [ Addison ]
Love is not altogether a delirium, yet has it many points in common therewith ... I call it rather a discerning of the Infinite in the Finite, of the Idea made Real; which discerning again may be either true or false, either seraphic or demonic, Inspiration or Insanity. [ Carlyle ]
He that can keep handsomely within rules, and support the carriage of a companion to his mistress, is much more likely to prevail than he who lets her see the whole relish of his life depends upon her. If possible, therefore, divert your mistress rather than sigh for her. [ Steele ]
The contemplation of night should lead to elevating, rather than depressing, ideas. Who can fix his mind on transitory and earthly things, in presence of those glittering myriads of worlds; and who can dread death or solitude in the midst of this brilliant, animated universe? [ Richter ]
In the use of the tongue God hath distinguished us from beasts, and by the well or ill using it we are distinguished from one another; and therefore, though silence be innocent as death, harmless as a rose's breath to a distant passenger, yet it is rather the state of death than life. [ Jeremy Taylor ]
Addison acknowledged that he would rather inform than divert his reader; but he recollected that a man must be familiar with wisdom before he willingly enters on Seneca and Epictetus. Fiction allures him to the severe task by a gayer preface. Embellished truths are the illuminated alphabet of larger children. [ Willmott ]
The contemplation of night should lead to elevating rather than to depressing ideas. Who can fix his mind on transitory and earthly things, in presence of those glittering myriads of worlds; and who can dread death or solitude in the midst of this brilliant, animated universe, composed of countless suns and worlds, all full of light and life and motion? [ Richter ]
The clear conception, outrunning the deductions of logic, the high purpose, the dauntless spirit, speaking on the tongue, beaming from the eye, informing every feature, and urging the whole man onward, right onward, to his object - this is eloquence, or rather it is something greater and higher than all eloquence - it is action, noble, sublime, godlike action. [ Webster ]
There have been many men who left behind them that which hundreds of years have not worn out. The earth has Socrates and Plato to this day. The world is richer yet by Moses and the old prophets than by the wisest statesmen. We are indebted to the past. We stand in the greatness of ages that are gone rather than in that of our own. But of how many of us shall it be said that, being dead, we yet speak? [ Beecher ]
As monarchs have a right to call in the specie of a state, and raise its value, by their own impression; so are there certain prerogative geniuses, who are above plagiaries, who cannot be said to steal, but, from their improvement of a thought, rather to borrow it, and repay the commonwealth of letters with interest again; and may more properly be said to adopt, than to kidnap a sentiment, by leaving it heir to their own fame. [ Sterne ]
I would rather have a young fellow too much than too little dressed; the excess on that side will wear off, with a little age and reflection; but if he is negligent at twenty, he will be a sloven at forty, and stink at fifty years old. Dress yourself fine where others are fine, and plain where others are plain; but take care always that your clothes are well made and fit you, for otherwise they will give you a very awkward air. [ Chesterfield ]
The whole difference between a man of genius and other men, it has been said a thousand times, and most truly, is that the first remains in great part a child, seeing with the large eyes of children, in perpetual wonder, not conscious of much knowledge - conscious, rather, of infinite ignorance, and yet infinite power; a fountain of eternal admiration, delight, and creative force within him meeting the ocean of visible and governable things around him. [ Ruskin ]
Though no participator in the joys of more vehement sport, I have a pleasure that I cannot reconcile to my abstract notions of the tenderness due to dumb creatures, in the tranquil cruelty of angling. I can only palliate the wanton destructiveness of my amusement by trying to assure myself that my pleasure does not spring from the success of the treachery I practice toward a poor little fish, but rather from that innocent revelry in the luxuriance of summer life which only anglers enjoy to the utmost. [ Bulwer-Lytton ]
The province of music is rather to express the passions and feelings of the human heart than the actions of men, or the operations of nature. When employed in the former capacity, it becomes an eloquent language; when in the latter, a mere mimic - an imitator, and a very miserable one - or rather a buffoon, caricaturing what it cannot imitate; the idea of the different stages of a battle, or the progress of a tempest being represented to the eye or the ear, or even the imagination, by the quavering of a fiddler's elbow, or the squeaking of catgut, is preposterous. [ G. P. Morris ]