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Quotations about Decisions

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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.  —ღ Terri, March 2021

He that has a choice has trouble. ~Dutch proverb

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

When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that is in itself a choice. ~William James

It's not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are. ~Roy Disney

Choices are the hinges of destiny. ~Edwin Markham

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,

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 to a line or two. –tg]

Consider what you think justice requires, and decide accordingly. But never give your reasons; for your judgment will probably be right, but your reasons will certainly be wrong. ~Lord Mansfield

Some persons are very decisive when it comes to avoiding decisions. ~Brendan Francis

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

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 one bases his life on principle, 99 percent of his decisions are already made. ~Author Unknown

Life is the sum of all your choices. ~Albert Camus

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

The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn. ~David Russell

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

Although every man believes that his decisions and resolutions involve the most multifarious factors, in reality they are mere oscillation between flight and longing. ~Herman Broch

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

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

The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live. ~Flora Whittemore

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

Decisions become easier when your will to please God outweighs your will to please the world. ~Anso Coetzer

In a minute there is time for decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse. ~T.S. Eliot

"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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Everything is something you decide to do, and there is nothing you have to do. ~Denis Waitley

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