20 Captivating Quotes on Decisions and Decision Making

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I recently accumulated 65 of the best quotes I could find on indecision, decision making, and the power of decisions.

See all 65 Quotes here

Here are 20 good ones, some that aren't so common (if you have any good ones, please add! Thank you)

“Where there is no decision there is no life.”- JJ Dewey

“Choices are the hinges of destiny.” – Pythagoras

“The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision.” – Maimonides

“To get anywhere, or even to live a long time, a man has to guess, and guess right, over and over again, without enough data for a logical answer.” – Robert Heinlein

“Sir, What is the secret of your success?” a reporter asked a bank president.
“Two words.”
“And, sir, what are they?”
“Good decisions.”
“And how do you make good decisions?”
“One word.”
“And sir, what is that?”
“Experience.”
“And how do you get Experience?”
“Two words.”
“And, sir, what are they?”
“Bad decisions.”
- Unknown author

“Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline.” – Jim Collins

“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

“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

“The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim.” – Sun Tzu

“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

How To Decide:

“Why do we have to listen to our hearts?” “Because, wherever your heart is, that is where you’ll find your treasure.”” – Paulo Coelho

“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.” – Paulo Coelho

“If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.”- Unknown author

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn

“When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take – choose the bolder.” – William Joseph Slim

“A problem clearly stated is a problem half solved.”- Dorothea Brande

“We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves.”- Thomas Merton

“A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.” – Ghandi

“Changing our decision sets up a bad habit. It reinforces decision-making as an expression of bewilderment and ignorance, instead of wisdom and freedom.” – Sakyong Mipham

“The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.” – Buddha


See all 65 Quotes here


Please add your own!

To your success,

Bill.
#personal development #captivating #decision #decision quotes #decisions #indecision #making #quotes
  • Profile picture of the author Gary Pettit
    "Dieu et mon droit."

    That's my answer to life's "bad days."
  • Profile picture of the author PeterDunin
    some great quotes,I like
    “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
  • Profile picture of the author mikey22
    some great quotes there, always love reading inspirational quotes when down, they can instantly give some perspective
  • Profile picture of the author RealSocialSignals
    Thanks for sharing them mate! Great quotes especially:

    “If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.”- Unknown author

    That's always true! Finish one goal then move on to the next!
    • Profile picture of the author naruq
      Making an incorrect decision is better than making no decision at all.
  • Profile picture of the author jesus72knight
    Thanks for sharing. Made a PDF and read them every time i wake up.
  • Profile picture of the author ronaldperks
    Pretty good list of quotes, thanks for the share.
  • Profile picture of the author samiii
    Thank you for sharing them! Awesome quotes
  • Profile picture of the author LastingLifeSuccess
    Bill, . . .thanks for the compilation of very interesting and inspiring quotations.

    I always enjoy reading the high thoughts of such a diverse group of famous folks.

    LLS
  • Profile picture of the author DustBall
    I liked the two rabbits one too! And it reminded me of something I once read about forcing yourself to focus on one thing at a time:

    Be like a postage stamp and stick to it until you reach your destination!
  • Profile picture of the author mfuji55
    I like to make my own quotes,

    "if you wanna be poor, be like everybody else...in complete misery. You wanna be filthy rich, you gotta be the one who stands up and changes things. The one who always gets laughed at and dissed, in the end i'll have the last laugh!"

    or my personal favorite

    "get out the way, I GOT THIS!"
  • Profile picture of the author reboot38
    “Sir, What is the secret of your success?” a reporter asked a bank president.
    “Two words.”
    “And, sir, what are they?”
    “Good decisions.”
    “And how do you make good decisions?”
    “One word.”
    “And sir, what is that?”
    “Experience.”
    “And how do you get Experience?”
    “Two words.”
    “And, sir, what are they?”
    “Bad decisions.”
    - Unknown author
    Awesome! Great post and quotes
  • Profile picture of the author KnightOnboard
    Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    You got to start somewhere....make a decision and execute it.
  • Profile picture of the author Dot7
    “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn

    Definitely true and inspiring. Thanks for sharing.
  • Profile picture of the author Anthony Shama
    i love this one the most

    “Changing our decision sets up a bad habit. It reinforces decision-making as an expression of bewilderment and ignorance, instead of wisdom and freedom.” – Sakyong Mipham

    this one reinforce the important of persist and the benefit of consistency.
    Napoleon Hill wrote in think and grow rich that the successful person come to their decision quickly and change it slowly, while the loser come to their decision slowly and change quickly. reading this quote of yours really remind me of this sentence. thank you

    And this one feel so deep in meaning. i always love buddha quote and teaching, not only because i am Buddhist, but also because i find his teaching to have deep meaning beyond the surface that it appear to most people.
    “The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.” – Buddha
  • Profile picture of the author kimanierick
    “If you obsess over whether you are making the right decision, you are basically assuming that the universe will reward you for one thing and punish you for another.

    The universe has no fixed agenda. Once you make any decision, it works around that decision. There is no right or wrong, only a series of possibilities that shift with each thought, feeling, and action that you experience.

    If this sounds too mystical, refer again to the body. Every significant vital sign- body temperature, heart rate, oxygen consumption, hormone level, brain activity, and so on- alters the moment you decide to do anything… decisions are signals telling your body, mind, and environment to move in a certain direction.”
    ― Deepak Chopra, The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life

    “On an important decision one rarely has 100% of the information needed for a good decision no matter how much one spends or how long one waits. And, if one waits too long, he has a different problem and has to start all over. This is the terrible dilemma of the hesitant decision maker.”
    ― Robert K. Greenleaf, Servant As Leader

    “To be careless in making decisions is to naively believe that a single decision impacts nothing more than that single decision, for a single decision can spawn a thousand others that were entirely unnecessary or it can bring peace to a thousand places we never knew existed.”
    ― Craig D. Lounsbrough, Flecks of Gold on a Path of Stone: Simple Truths for Life's Complex Journey

    “Majority decisions tend to be made without engaging the systematic thought and critical thinking skills of the individuals in the group. Given the force of the group's normative power to shape the opinions of the followers who conform without thinking things through, they are often taken at face value. The persistent minority forces the others to process the relevant information more mindfully. Research shows that the deciscions of a group as a whole are more thoughtful and creative when there is minority dissent than when it is absent.”

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