I prefer to be crazy and happy rather than normal and bitter.
— Paulo Coelho

I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence. Jan Morris prefers this for himself.
Frederick Douglass prefers quote

I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.
— Thomas Jefferson

I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses.
— Johannes Kepler

You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?
— Rumi