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Quotations about Decisions



A peacefulness follows any decision, even the wrong one. ~Rita Mae Brown, Sudden Death, 1983


Choice is the hinge of destiny. ~Edwin Markham


He that has a choice has trouble. ~Dutch proverb


There are people who can come to no decision on any matter without first having slept over it. This is all very well; but cases may occur where on this plan you risk being captured, bed and all. ~Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742–1799), translated by Norman Alliston, 1908


Sometimes you can head off a decision you'll regret by looking into your heart and finding regret already there. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


My trouble was I had a mind.
But I couldn't make it up...
Do you ever sit and fidget
when you don't know what to do…?
Everybody gets the fidgets.
Even me and even you...
~Dr. Seuss, Hunches in Bunches, 1982
[modified, with a switcheroo of a line or two –tg]


To decide is to make peace within and let the chips fall where they may. ~Lisa Tabak, @rszmommy, June 2010 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter, @quotegarden


When you base your life on principle, 99% of your decisions are already made. ~John Mason


I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week sometimes to make it up. ~Mark Twain


To decide is to walk facing forward with nary a crick in your neck from looking back at the crossroads. ~Betsy Cañas Garmon, @wildthyme, June 2010 winner of The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter, @quotegarden


In a minute there is time
For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.
~T. S. Eliot, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," 1915


To decide, we use the brain. But to choose, it's the heart which does the work. ~Setu Shah, @setu4993, June 2010 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter, @quotegarden


I'm always afflicted with indecision. Just as soon as I decide to do something I feel in my bones that another course would be the correct one. It's a dreadful misfortune, but I was born that way... ~L. M. Montgomery, Anne of the Island, 1915


Using the power of decision gives you the capacity to get past any excuse to change any and every part of your life in an instant. ~Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within, 1991


Good decisions come from experience, and experience comes from bad decisions. ~Author unknown


To decide whether to let go or hang in there is often the hardest thing to do. ~Kenrick Kilet, @Kenrickles, June 2010 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter, @quotegarden


Indecision becomes decision with time. ~Author unknown


Do not plant your dreams in the field of indecision, where nothing ever grows but the weeds of "what-if." ~Dodinsky


"That mind of yours," I heard him say,
"is frightfully ga-fluppted.
Your mind is murky-mooshy!
Will you make it up? Or won't you?
If you won't, you are a wonter!
Do you understand? Or don't you?
If you don't, you are a donter.
You're a canter if you can't..."
~Dr. Seuss, Hunches in Bunches, 1982


Now if you want to stick to those fellows, go ahead and do it. I'm not stopping you. This story has two endings and you can choose whichever one you please. ~Percy Keese Fitzhugh, Roy Blakeley: Lost, Strayed or Stolen, 1921


      I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story.
      From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was a brilliant professor, and another fig was Ee Gee, the amazing editor, and another fig was Europe and Africa and South America, and another fig was Constantin and Socrates and Attila and a pack of other lovers with queer names and offbeat professions, and another fig was an Olympic lady crew champion, and beyond and above these figs were many more figs I couldn't quite make out.
      I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn't make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet. ~Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar, 1963


To decide is redundant, your choice has already been made. ~Emily Steele, @emsteele, June 2010 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter, @quotegarden


RECONSIDER, v.  To seek a justification for a decision already made. ~Ambrose Bierce


Often a mountain decision
Is a molehill in retrospect—
And sometimes vice versa
Later on when we reflect.
~Terri Guillemets


To decide the future, live the present and learn from the past. ~Catherine Langenkamp, @cutieboo_2013, June 2010 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter, @quotegarden


...all our actions are fathered by a decision: the power of decision is the power of change. ~Tony Robbins, "The Unstoppable You: Decision Maker," Notes from a Friend: A Quick and Simple Guide to Taking Charge of Your Life, 1991


It was that moment all men anticipate, some with eagerness and some with dread, when you finally confront your dream and you must decide, once and for all, if you want it. To the young and still dreaming, it seems an obvious choice. But to the middle-aged and responsible, it marks life's turning point. ~Joseph Kita, "Regrets," Wisdom of Our Fathers, 1999


The inability to make a decision has often been passed off as patience. ~Author unknown


To decide the lives we live we have to choose the doors we open and close each day. ~Fabricyo Scolari, @yoyoscolari, June 2010 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter, @quotegarden


Life's real name is Choices. ~Terri Guillemets


To decide what you are going to do is a bigger task than actually doing it. ~Valerie, @ehehval, June 2010 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter, @quotegarden  [and often the other way around —tg]





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