Quotes About Decision Making

Quotes tagged as "decision-making" (showing 1-30 of 238)
José N. Harris
“Waiting hurts. Forgetting hurts. But not knowing which decision to take can sometimes be the most painful...”
José N. Harris, MI VIDA: A Story of Faith, Hope and Love

Deepak Chopra
“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

Josephine Angelini
“So, what can't you take? Decide which of the two options is harder, and do the other. That way, no matter how hard your choice turns out to be, at least you can find comfort in knowing you're avoiding something even worse.”
Josephine Angelini, Starcrossed

Michelle Obama
“You can't make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.”
Michelle Obama

David Gemmell
“Trust your instincts, and make judgements on what your heart tells you. The heart will not betray you.”
David Gemmell, Fall of Kings

Jared Diamond
“Perhaps our greatest distinction as a species is our capacity, unique among animals, to make counter-evolutionary choices.”
Jared Diamond, Why Is Sex Fun? The Evolution of Human Sexuality

Peter F. Drucker
“Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.”
Peter F. Drucker

Hark Herald Sarmiento
“Don't entrust your future on others' hands. Rather make decisions by yourself with the help of God's guidance. Hold your beliefs so tight and never let go of them!”
Hark Herald Sarmiento

Victor Hugo
“The straight line, a respectable optical illusion which ruins many a man.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

Richard Adams
“At that moment, in the sunset on Watership Down, there was offered to General Woundwort the opportunity to show whether he was really the leader of vision and genius which he believed himself to be, or whether he was no more than a tyrant with the courage and cunning of a pirate. For one beat of his pulse the lame rabbit's idea shone clearly before him. He grasped it and realized what it meant. The next, he had pushed it away from him.”
Richard Adams, Watership Down

Robert Louis Stevenson
“The less I understood of this farrago, the less I was in a position to judge of its importance.”
Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

“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

John Ajvide Lindqvist
“Who can really say how decisions are made, how emotions change, how ideas arise? We talk about inspiration; about a bolt of lightnng from a clear sky, but perhaps everything is just as simple and just as infinitely complex as the processes that make a particular leaf fall at a particularmoment. That point has been reached, that's all. It has to happen, and it does happen.”
John Ajvide Lindqvist, Harbor

James Rollins
“Are you sure, Gray?'
He lifted his eyes. 'No . . . I'm not. I'm not sure of a damn thing.' He slipped his hands free of the monsignor's and peeled the battery off the phone, cutting the last ring in half. 'But that doesn't mean I won't act.”
James Rollins, The Judas Strain

Colm Tóibín
“She has gone back to Brooklyn,' her mother would say. And, as the train rolled past Macmire Bridge on its way towards Wexford, Eilis imagined the years already when these words would come to mean less and less to the man who heard them and would come to mean more and more to herself. She almost smiled at the thought of it, then closed her eyes and tried to imagine nothing more.”
Colm Tóibín, Brooklyn

Philip G. Zimbardo
“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.”
Philip G. Zimbardo, The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil

Jung Chang
“...go in the direction your head is pointed in.”
Jung Chang, Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

Hal Herzog
“The inconsistencies that haunt our relationships with animals also result from the quirks of human cognition. We like to think of ourselves as the rational species. But research in cognitive psychology and behavioral economics shows that our thinking and behavior are often completely illogical. In one study, for example, groups of people were independently asked how much they would give to prevent waterfowl from being killed in polluted oil ponds. On average, the subjects said they would pay $80 to save 2,000 birds, $78 to save 20,000 birds, and $88 to save 200,000 birds. Sometimes animals act more logically than people do; a recent study found that when picking a new home, the decisions of ant colonies were more rational than those of human house-hunters.
What is it about human psychology that makes it so difficult for us to think consistently about animals? The paradoxes that plague our interactions with other species are due to the fact that much of our thinking is a mire of instinct, learning, language, culture, intuition, and our reliance on mental shortcuts.”
Hal Herzog, Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals

“If you care about what people think about you, you will end up being their slave. Reject and pull your own rope.”
Auliq Ice

Cokie Roberts
“When kids made a decision for themselves they have a vested interest in showing they were right. Lee wanted to prove to me that he had made the right choice so he worked hard and did well. If we'd forced him to go to college somewhere else all the incentives would've been different. Then he would have had a motive to prove that we were wrong.”
Cokie Roberts, From This Day Forward

Jennifer Lynn Barnes
“Your statistical track record for decision-making is somewhat concerning.”
Jennifer Lynn Barnes, All In

Deborah J. Lightfoot
“I am heartened to find so much wit in you, that you'd give thought to consequences and choose your way with reason, not passion only.”
Deborah J. Lightfoot, The Wysard

Ahdaf Soueif
“So. Tell me. What do you think? Which is better? To take action and perhaps make a fatal mistake - or to take no action and die slowly anyway?”
Ahdaf Soueif, The Map of Love

“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

Robert E.  Davis
“Developing and implementing IT governance design effectiveness and efficiency can be a multidirectional, interactive, iterative, and adaptive process.”
Robert E. Davis, IT Auditing: IT Governance

J. Courtney Sullivan
“Bree knew this habit of hers rankled Lara more than any other--her ability to make a decision and announce that there would be no further discussion was, in Lara's opinion, 'Cruel and selfish behavior, the type usually enacted by men with small penises.”
J. Courtney Sullivan, Commencement

“Not making a decision means forgoing an opportunity.”
Auliq Ice

“When considering a candidate for office, almost right up until they enter the polling booth and sometimes even in the booth itself, most voters rely more on what they see and hear themselves in real time than on facts, history, logic, or learned experience.”
Quin Hillyer

“Before you cut down the tree, think of the birds that take refuge on it”
Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

Napoleon Hill
“Definiteness of decision always requires courage, sometimes very great courage. The fifty-six men who signed the Declaration of Independence staked their lives on the decision to affix their signatures to that document.”
Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

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