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A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.

Chinese proverb

In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) 26th president of the U.S.

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

Napoleon I (1769-1821) Napoleon Bonaparte. French general.

It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide what to do.

Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) American editor, publisher, and author of the mora

That should be considered long which can be decided but once.

Publilius Syrus (1st Centry BC-?) Roman writer and poet.


Somewhere along the line of development we discover what we really are, and then we make our real decision for which we are responsible. Make that decision primarily for yourself because you can never really live anyone else's life, not even your own child's.

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) American columnist, lecturer and humanitarian.

Be slow to resolve, but quick in performance.

John Dryden (1631-1700) British poet, dramatist and critic.

How could a man be satisfied with a decision between such alternatives and under such circumstances? No more than he can be satisfied with his hat, which he's chosen from among such shapes as the resources of the age offer him, wearing it at best with a resignation which is chiefly supported by comparison.

George Eliot (1819-1880) British writer.

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

The person who in shaky times also wavers only increases the evil, but the person of firm decision fashions the universe.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832) German poet, novelist and dramatist.