Best Choices Quotes I Wish I Had Read

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After a battle is over people talk a lot about how decisions were methodically reached, but actually there’s always a hell of a lot of groping around.’

– Admiral Frank Jack Fletcher


‘No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently.’

– Agnes de Mille


‘Life is the sum of all your choices.’ 

Albert Camus


‘Both choices are painful, but only one is therapeutic.’ 

– Albert M. Wells


‘Man is a reasoning, rather than a reasonable, animal.’ 

Alexander Hamilton


‘The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one’s own appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship.’

Amelia Earhart


‘The mania of thinking renders one unfit for every activity.’ 

– Anatole France


‘Full maturity … is achieved by realizing that you have choices to make.’ 

– Angela Barron McBride


‘Each person has a literature inside them. But when people lose language, when they have to experiment with putting their thoughts together on the spot-that’s what I love most. That’s where character lives.’

– Anna Deavere Smith


‘Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, fitter to bruise than to polish.’

– Anne Bradstreet


‘It is better to arm and strengthen your hero, than to disarm and enfeeble your foe.’

– Anne Bronte


‘The percentage of mistakes in quick decisions is no greater than in long-drawn- out vacillations, and the effect of decisiveness itself “makes things go” and creates confidence.’

– Anne O’Hare McCormick


‘She knew in her heart that to be without optimism, that core of reasonless hope in the spirit, rather than the brain, was a fatal flaw, the seed of death.’

– Anne Perry


‘A door must either be shut or open.’ 

– Anonymous


‘You cannot have it both ways.’ 

– Anonymous


‘Where bad’s the best, bad must be the choice.’ 

– Anonymous


‘When one bases his life on principle, 99 percent of his decisions are already made.’

– Anonymous


‘You cannot sell the cow and sup the milk.’

 – Anonymous


‘You cannot have your cake and eat it.’ 

– Anonymous


‘Of two evils, choose the less.’ 

– Anonymous


‘One’s mind has a way of making itself up in the background, and it suddenly becomes clear what one means to do.’

– Arthur Christopher Benson


‘A decision is an Taking Action you must take when you have information so incomplete that the answer does not suggest itself.’

– Arthur Radford


‘Life is just an endless chain of judgements. . . . The more imperfect our judgement, the less perfect our success.’

– B. C. Forbes


‘If you wait for inspiration you’ll be standing on the corner after the parade is a mile down the street.’ 

– Ben Nicholas


‘Nothing is so exhausting as indecision, and nothing is so futile.’ 

Bertrand Russell


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‘You cannot serve God and Mammon.’ 

– Bible


‘We lose the fear of making decisions, great and small, as we realize that should our choice prove wrong we can, if we will, learn from the experience.’

– Bill W.


‘In each Taking Action we must look beyond the Taking Action at our past, present and future state, and at others whom it affects, and see the relation of all those things. And then we shall be very cautious.’

– Blaise Pascal


‘Say you were standing with one foot in the oven and one foot in an ice bucket. According to the percentage people, you would be perfectly comfortable.’

– Bobby Bragan


‘You decide you’ll wait for your pitch. Then as the ball starts toward the plate, you think about your stance. And then you think about your swing. And then you realize that the ball that went past you for a strike was your pitch.’

– Bobby Murcer


‘Some persons are very decisive when it comes to avoiding decisions.’ 

– Brendan Francis


‘The last, if not the greatest, of the human freedoms: to choose their own attitude in any given circumstance.’

– Bruno Bettelheim


‘Decision and determination are the engineer and fireman of our train to opportunity and success.’

– Burt Lawlor


‘Of two evils, choose the prettier.’ 

– Carolyn Wells


‘Human foresight often leaves its proudest possessor only a choice of evils.’ 

– Charles Caleb Colton


‘Form the habit of making decisions when your spirit is fresh … to let dark moods lead is like choosing cowards to command armies.’

– Charles Horton Cooley


‘Many of life’s circumstances are created by three basic choices: the disciplines you choose to keep, the people you chose to be with, and the laws you choose to obey.’

– Charles Millhuff


‘Better to be without logic than without feeling.’ 

Charlotte Bronte


‘There is a point at which everything becomes simple and there is no longer any question of choice, because all you have staked will be lost if you look back. Life’s point of no return.’

– Dag Hammarskjold


‘We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny. But what we put into it is ours.’

– Dag Hammarskjold


‘Optimism is an intellectual choice.’ 

– Diana Schneider


‘It is the characteristic excellence of the strong man that he can bring momentous issues to the fore and make a decision about them. The weak are always forced to decide between alternatives they have not chosen themselves.’

– Dietrich Bonhoeffer


‘A problem clearly stated is a problem half solved.’ 

– Dorothea Brande


‘The Pilgrims didn’t have any experience when they landed here. Hell, if experience was that important, we’d never have anybody walking on the moon.’

– Doug Rader


‘No matter how lovesick a woman is, she shouldn’t take the first pill that comes along.’

– Dr. Joyce Brothers


‘If you do everything you should do, and do not do anything you should not do, you will, according to the best available statistics, live exactly eighteen hours longer than you would otherwise.’

– Dr. Logain Clendening


‘He who has a choice has trouble.’ 

– Dutch proverb


‘When faith is supported by facts or by logic it ceases to be faith.’ 

– Edith Hamilton


‘There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.’

– Edith Wharton


‘Choices are the hinges of destiny.’ 

– Edwin Markham


‘Somehow we learn who we really are and then live with that decision.’ 

– Eleanor Roosevelt


‘No question is ever settled until it is settled right.’ 

– Ella Wheeler Wilcox


‘We have resolved to endure the unendurable and suffer what is insufferable.’ 

– Emperor Hirohito


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‘You can only predict things after they’ve happened.’ 

– Eugene Ionesco


‘Imagination took the reins, and Reason, slow-paced, though surefooted, was unequal to a race with so eccentric and flighty a companion.’

– Fanny Burney


‘The lame man who keeps the right road outstrips the runner who takes a wrong one … the more active and swift the latter is, the further he will go astray.’

– Francis Bacon


‘Decisions determine destiny.’ 

– Frederick Speakman


‘Between two stools one sits on the ground.’ 

– French proverb


‘Necessity is not an established fact, but an interpretation.’ 

Friedrich Nietzsche


‘The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.’

– George Eliot


‘Our deeds still travel with us from afar, and what we have been makes us what we are.’

– George Eliot


‘Decide on what you think is right, and stick to it.’ 

– George Eliot


‘The beginning of compunction is the beginning of a new life.’ 

– George Eliot


‘The difficulty of life is in the choice.’ 

– George Moore


‘One must either accept some theory or else believe one’s own instinct or follow the world’s opinion.’

– Gertrude Stein


‘Decision is a sharp knife that cuts clean and straight; indecision, a dull one that hacks and tears and leaves ragged edges behind it.’

– Gordon Graham


‘Time has told me less than I need to know.’ 

– Gwen Harwood


‘The moment a question comes to your mind, see yourself mentally taking hold of it and disposing of it. In that moment… you learn to become the decider and not the vacillator. Thus you build character.’

– H. Van Anderson


‘Not all of your decisions will be correct. None of us is perfect. But if you get into the habit of making decisions, experience will develop your judgment to a point where more and more of your decisions will be right. After all, it is better to be right ‘

– H. W. Andrews


‘Often greater risk is involved in postponement than in making a wrong decision.’

– Harry A. Hopf


‘How far would Moses have gone if he had taken a poll in Egypt?’ 

– Harry S. Truman


‘Once a decision was made, I did not worry about it afterward.’ 

– Harry S. Truman


‘Not to decide is to decide.’ 

– Harvey Cox


‘A man must be able to cut a knot, for everything cannot be untied.’ – Henri Frederic Amiel

‘Statistics are no substitute for judgement.’ 

– Henry Clay


‘The best we can do is size up the chances, calculate the risks involved, estimate our ability to deal with them, and then make our plans with confidence.’

Henry Ford


‘No country can act wisely simultaneously in every part of the globe at every moment of time.’

Henry Kissinger


‘The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.’ 

– Henry Kissinger


‘There is a time when we must firmly choose the course we will follow, or the relentless drift of events will make the decision for us.’

– Herbert B. Prochnow


‘A power greater than any human being helped make this decision.’ 

– Herbert J. Steifel


‘He who postpones the hour of living is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses.’

– Horace


‘False conclusions which have been reasoned out are infinitely worse than blind impulse.’

– Horace Mann


‘In not making the decision, you’ve made one. Not doing something is the same as doing it.’

– Ivan Bloch


‘He who reflects too much will achieve little.’

– J. C. F. von Schiller


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‘You are the one who must choose your place.’ 

– James Lane Allen


‘Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide … And the choice goes by forever t’wixt that darkness and that light.’

– James Russell Lowell


‘Where an opinion is general, it is usually correct.’ 

Jane Austen


‘Do not wait for ideal circumstances, nor the best opportunities; they will never come.’

– Janet Erskine Stuart


‘Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.’

Jawaharlal Nehru


‘If you think too long, you think wrong.’ 

– Jim Kaat


‘You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you’re going to live. Now.’

Joan Baez


‘A man without decision can never be said to belong to himself; he is as a wave of the sea, or a feather in the air which every breeze blows about.’

– John Foster


‘Faith … acts promptly and boldly on the occasion, on slender evidence.’ 

– John Henry Cardinal Newman


‘Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.’ 

– Jonathan Kozel


‘Living is a constant process of deciding what we are going to do.’ 

– Jose Ortega


‘Logic is the art of going wrong with confidence.’ 

– Joseph Wood Krutch


‘In case of doubt, decide in favor of what is correct.’ 

– Karl Kraus


‘I would sort out all the arguments and see which belonged to fear and which to creativeness. Other things being equal, I would make the decision which had the larger number of creative  reasons on its side.’

– Katharine Butler Hathaway


‘I couldn’t claim that I have never felt the urge to explore evil, but when you descend into hell you have to be very careful.’

– Kathleen Raine


‘If decisions were a choice between alternatives, decisions would come easy. Decision is the selection and formulation of alternatives.’

– Kenneth Burke


‘The difference between weakness and wickedness is much less than people suppose; and the consequences are nearly always the same.’

– Lady Marguerite Blessington


‘Deliberation often loses a good chance.’ 

– Latin proverb


‘There is no data on the future.’ 

– Laurel Cutler


‘Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable.’ 

– Laurence J. Peter


‘So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we just don’t sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we’ve satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.’

Lee Iacocca


‘There comes a time when you’ve got to say, “Let’s get off our asses and go …” I have always found that if I move with 75 percent or more of the facts I usually never regret it. It’s the guys who wait to have everything perfect that drive you crazy.’

– Lee Iacocca


‘We spend our days in deliberating, and we end them without coming to any resolve.’

– L’Estrange


‘Life is the only art that we are required to practice without preparation, and without being allowed the preliminary trials, the failures and botches, that are essential for the training of a mere beginner.’

– Lewis Mumford


‘Decisions, particularly important ones, have always made me sleepy, perhaps because I know that I will have to make them by instinct, and thinking things out is only what other people tell me I should do.’

– Lillian Hellman


‘Logic pervades the world; the limits of the world are also the limits of logic.’ 

Ludwig Wittgenstein


‘Rules of society are nothing; one’s conscience is the umpire.’ 

– Madame Dudevant


‘It is always thus, impaled by a state of mind which is destined not to last, that we make our irrevocable decisions.’

– Marcel Proust


‘You wouldn’t want to be caught wearing cheap perfume, would you? Then why do you want to wear cheap perfume on your conduct?’

– Margaret Culkin Banning


‘I get a little angry about this highhanded scrapping of the look of things. What else have we to go by? How else can the average person form an opinion of a girl’s sense of values or even of her chastity except by the looks of her conduct?’

– Margaret Culkin Banning


‘The will to be totally rational is the will to be made out of glass and steel: and to use others as if they were glass and steel.’

– Marge Piercy


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‘Each man must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, which course is patriotic and which isn’t. You cannot shirk this and be a man. To decide against your conviction is to be an unqualified and inexcusable traitor, both to yourself and ‘

Mark Twain


‘Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.’

Napoleon Bonaparte


‘Wisdom consists in being able to distinguish among dangers and make a choice of the least harmful.’

– Niccolo Machiavelli


‘Decide which is the line of conduct that presents the fewest drawbacks and then follow it out as being the best one, because one never finds anything perfectly pure and unmixed, or exempt from danger.’

– Niccolo Machiavelli


‘There is one quality more important than know-how…. This is know-how by which we determine not only how to accomplish our purposes, but what our purposes are to be.’

– Norbert Weiner


‘Every year, if not every day, we have to wager our salvation upon some prophecy based upon imperfect knowledge.’

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


‘Look for your choices, pick the best one, then go with it.’ 

– Pat Riley


‘What I emphasize is for people to make choices based not on fear, but on what really gives them a sense of fulfillment.’

– Pauline Rose Chance


‘Once the “what” is decided, the “how” always follows. We must not make the “how” an excuse for not facing and accepting the “what.”‘

– Pearl S. Buck


‘One faces the future with one’s past.’ 

– Pearl S. Buck


‘A true history of human events would show that a far larger proportion of our acts are the result of sudden impulse and accident than of that reason of which we so much boast.’

– Peter Cooper


‘Wherever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.’

– Peter Drucker


‘No one knows what he can to do until he tries.’ 

– Publilius Syrus


‘The opportunity is often lost by deliberating.’ 

– Publilius Syrus


‘Choose always the way that seems the best, however rough it may be; custom will soon render it easy and agreeable.’



‘The most important fact about Spaceship Earth: an instruction book didn’t come with it.’

– R. Buckminster Fuller


‘As a man thinketh, so is he, and as a man chooseth, so is he.’

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


‘God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please-you can never have both.’

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


‘Men and women everywhere must exercise deliberate selection to live wisely.’ 

– Robert Grant


‘It is the mark of a good Taking Action that it appears inevitable, in retrospect.’ 

Robert Louis Stevenson


‘In the three years I played ball, we won six, lost seventeen and tied two. Some statistician … calculated that we won 75 percent of the games we didn’t lose.’

– Roger M. Blough


‘Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.’ 

– Samuel Butler


‘The tendency of modern science is to reduce proof to absurdity by continually reducing absurdity to proof.’

– Samuel Butler


‘Nothing at all will be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.’

– Samuel Johnson


‘Alternatives, and particularly desirable alternatives, grow only on imaginary trees.’

– Saul Bellow


‘No man who has not sat in the assemblies of men can know the light, odd and uncertain ways in which decisions are often arrived at.’

– Sir Arthur Helps


‘Our danger is not too few, but too many options … to be puzzled by innumerable alternatives.’

– Sir Richard Livingstone


‘To know just what has do be done, then to do it, comprises the whole philosophy of practical life.’

– Sir William Osier


‘How dangerous can false reasoning prove!’ 



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‘History is a stern judge.’

– Svetlana Alliluyeva


‘Many persons of high intelligence have notoriously poor judgement.’ 

– Sydney J. Harris


‘There is only one answer to destructiveness and that is creativity.’

– Sylvia Ashton-Warner


‘Here’s a rule I recommend. Never practice two vices at once.’

 – Tallulah Bankhead


‘I learn by going where I have to go.’ 

– Theodore Roethke


‘It is the heart always that sees before the head can see.’ 

– Thomas Carlyle


‘Of all paths a man could strike into, there is, at any given moment, a best path which, here and now, it were of all things wisest for him to do. To find this path, and walk in it, is the one thing needful for him.’

– Thomas Carlyle


‘We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves.’

– Thomas Merton


‘Life is just a series of trying to make up your mind.’ 

– Timothy Fuller


‘You must not change one thing, one pebble, one grain of sand, until you know what good and evil will follow on that act.’

– Ursula K. LeGuin


‘We don’t have enough time to premeditate all our Taking Actions.’

– Vauvenargues


‘Necessity relieves us from the embarrassment of choice.’ 

– Vauvenargues


‘Man does not simply exist, but always decides what his existence will be, what he will become in the next moment.’

– Viktor Frankl


‘The last of the human freedoms: to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.’

– Viktor Frankl


‘Choice of attention … is to the inner life what choice of Taking Action is to the outer. In both cases, a man is responsible for his choice and must accept the consequences, whatever they may be.’

– W. H. Auden


‘When you cannot make up your mind between two evenly balanced courses of Taking Action, choose the bolder.’

– W. J. Slim


‘Common sense does not ask an impossible chessboard, but takes the one before it and plays the game.’

– Wendell Phillips


‘When possible make the decisions now, even if Taking Action is in the future. A revised decision usually is better than one reached at the last moment.’

– William B. Given


‘Conditions are never just right. People who delay Taking Action until all factors are favorable do nothing.’

– William Feather


‘A wiser rule would be to make up your mind soberly what you want, peace or war, and then to get ready for what you want; for what we prepare for is what we shall get.’

– William Graham Sumner


‘The soul of dispatch is decision.’ 

– William Hazlitt


‘Reason, with most people, means their own opinions.’ 

– William Hazlitt


‘There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision.’

– William James


‘When you have to make a choice and don’t make it, that is in itself a choice.’ 

– William James


‘Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.’

– William Jennings Bryan

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