The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief... that the forces which move the stars and atoms are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart.
The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what's true.
We do not belong to those who only get their thought from books, or at the prompting of books, -- it is our custom to think in the open air, walking, leaping, climbing, or dancing on lonesome mountains by preference, or close to the sea, where even the paths become thoughtful.
When the pressure comes, preferences give way while convictions hold firm.
I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.
Esteem must be founded on preference: to hold everyone in high esteem is to esteem nothing.
Moral choices do not depend on personal preference and private decision but on right reason and, I would add, divine order.
The classic literature is always modern.
Rather than disliking theatre, I've expressed a preference for television because it tends to deal in its small way much more with issues and is able to reach a broader church of people than theatre.
I will, proudly and by preference, do at least one picture a year for King Brothers, and I will try to make it the best picture that I have it in me to do
Of two pleasures, if there be one which all or almost all who have experience of both give a decided preference, irrespective of any feeling of moral obligation to prefer it, that is the more desirable pleasure.
And if I had a preference, it would be to be able to not be in the studio until 4 in the morning.
I never say I have a preference for one medium as opposed to another.
I'm an American before any party preference.
That a majority of the Abolitionists in this place would patronize a free labor store, in preference to others, I do not doubt; but we do not muster money in Cincinnati.
I would certainly never suggest that any lesbian should be ashamed of her sexual preference.
I choose the likely man in preference to the rich man; I want a man without money rather than money without a man.
In my address last year, I spoke on the issue of gaming. My preference then is my preference now: to keep gaming within its existing contours, but to explore a better deal for all Minnesotans.
We may think there is willpower involved, but more likely... change is due to want power. Wanting the new addiction more than the old one. Wanting the new me in preference to the person I am now.
I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized, than lord among those without dreams and desires.
Every library is a library of preferences, and every chosen category implies an exclusion.
If modernist naturalism were true, there would be no objective truth outside of science. In that case right and wrong would be a matter of cultural preference, or political power, and the power already available to modernists ideologies would be overwhelming.
I don't drink, and I don't smoke. It's a personal preference. My mom has never drunk or smoked. I look up to my mom.
I think it would be bizarre to pick somebody to speak at the convention based on their sexual preference, because once you go down that road, why don't you pick a transvestite?
My reasons for declaring a sexual preference had to do less with the pursuit of personal freedom than with the lust for pure shock value.
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