Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd preferred to talk.
— Doug Larson

Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.
Aristotle preferred quote

Nothing is to be preferred before justice.
— Socrates

A judge can't have any preferred outcome in any particular case. The judge's only obligation - and it's a solemn obligation - is to the rule of law.
— Samuel Alito

Often while reading a book one feels that the author would have preferred to paint rather than write; one can sense the pleasure he derives from describing a landscape or a person, as if he were painting what he is saying, because deep in his heart he would have preferred to use brushes and colors.
— Pablo Picasso