Quotes for
the Journey:

Choice



Happiness and love are
just a choice away.

Leo Buscaglia

   

You are the person who has to decide.
Whether you'll do it or toss it aside, 
You are the person who makes up your mind.
Whether you'll lead or will linger behind,
Whether you'll try for the goal that's afar.
Or just be contented to stay where you are.

Edgar Guest

   

Know how to choose well.  Most of life depends thereon.  It needs good taste and correct judgment, for which neither intellect nor study suffices.       -Baltazar Gracian

   
The greatest power God gave us is the power to choose.  We have the opportunity to choose whether we’re going to act or procrastinate, believe or doubt, pray or curse, help or heal.  We also choose whether we’re going to be happy or whether we’re going to be sad.       -Lou Holtz
   
What lies in our power to do, lies in our power not to do.      -Aristotle
   
We can choose to gather to our hearts the thorns of disappointment, failure, loneliness, and dismay in our present situation.  Or we can gather the flowers of God's grace, boundless love, abiding presence, and unmatched joy.  I choose to gather the flowers.      -Barbara Johnson
    
What is right is often forgotten by what is convenient.    -Bodie Thoene

The need to make wise choices encompasses every area of our lives.  Since we have time for only a limited amount of stuff, we need to choose wisely what stuff we're going to allow to take up that time. Since we have only a limited amount of time to spend with friends or to engage in leisure activities, we need to choose our friends and our activities wisely.       -Elaine St. James

   

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

    
Not all of your decisions will be correct.  None of us is perfect.  But if you get into the habit of making decisions, experience will develop your judgment to a point where more and more of your decisions will be right.  After all, it is better to be right 51 percent of the time and get something done, than it is to get nothing done because you fear to reach a decision.       -H.W. Andrews
   
Don't let yesterday's choices hurt your today and your tomorrow.  Don't let your fear of choices prevent you from making effective ones.  Accept that you will make mistakes, and make sure you're ready to deal with any consequences of your choices or actions.  We all face choices every day, and billions of people make billions of decisions every day, but billions of people also deal with consequences--and there are many wonderful consequences to choices--every moment.       -tom walsh
   

You may find merry-go-rounds tame.  Perhaps your life is more like a roller coaster ride.  That's okay, as long as it is the ride you want to be on.  Maybe you enjoy the highs and lows of the roller coaster.  I have fun on the merry-go-round, where I can meet people of all ages and we can talk while we ride.  The kind of conversations and interactions I like are impossible when we are alternately shrieking or tense with anticipation.  But if that kind of life is truly your choice and makes you happy, then go ahead and ride the roller coaster.
  Whatever ride you choose in the carnival of life, just remember to stop, now and then, for a rest and refreshments.  And those of us who are carousel riders should definitely take a break whenever the merry drops out of the merry-go-round.       -Bernie Siegel

   

Over the years I have come to believe that life is full of unchosen circumstances, that being human has to do with the evolution of our individual consciousness and with it, responsibilities for choice.  Pain and joy both come with life.  I believe that how we respond to what happens to us and around us shapes who we become and has to do with the psyche or the soul’s growth.       -Jean Shinoda Bolen

   
Choose always the way that seems the best, however rough it may be; custom will soon render it easy and agreeable.       -Pythagoras
   
In order to feed our internal flames, we must wake up and make each of our choices conscious.  A conscious choice reflects our highest commitments and is in direct alignment with our vision for our lives.  When we make the conscious choices, we take into consideration the effect that our actions will have on our lives as a whole.  We take the time to reflect on where our choices will lead us and the impact they will have on our future.        -Debbie Ford
   
The more alternatives, the more difficult the choice.        -Abbe d'Allainval
   
The difficulty in life is the choice.        -George Moore
   
You have choice.  You can select joy over despair.  You can select happiness over tears.  You can select action over apathy.  You can select growth over stagnation.  You can select you.  And you can select life.  And it's time that people tell you you're not at the mercy of forces greater than yourself.  You, indeed, are the greatest force for you.  Now, you can't do it for me, but you can do it for you.       -Leo Buscaglia
   

   
The problem, simply put, is that we cannot choose everything simultaneously.  So we live in danger of becoming paralyzed by indecision, terrified that every choice might be the wrong choice.    -Elizabeth Gilbert, Committed
  
Excellence is never an accident.  It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives--choice, not chance, determines your destiny.   -Aristotle
  
Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.    -William Jennings Bryan
  
When confronted with two courses of action I jot down on a piece of paper all the arguments in favor of each one, then on the opposite side I write the arguments against each one.  Then by weighing the arguments pro and con and canceling them out, one against the other, I take the course indicated by what remains.    -Benjamin Franklin
  
Many of life's circumstances are created by three basic choices:  the disciplines you choose to keep, the people you choose to be with, and the laws you choose to obey.    -Charles Millhuff
  
Choice of attention is to the inner life what choice of action is to the outer.  In both cases, a person is responsible for his or her choice and must accept the consequences, whatever they may be.     -Wystan Hugh Auden
   
  
If you take a single word. . . and make it your own on a day-to-day basis, I hope it's choose.  Being able to choose to act differently, even while feeling the old way, may be the most liberating growth you can accomplish.    -Sue Patton Thoele, The Courage to Be Yourself
  
We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread.  They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a person but one thing:  the last of the human freedoms--to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
   And there were always choices to make.  Every day, every hour, offered the opportunity to make a decision, a decision which determined whether you would or would not submit to those powers which threatened to rob you of your very self, your inner freedom; which determined whether or not you would become the plaything of circumstance, renouncing freedom and dignity to become molded into the form of the typical inmate.
   Fundamentally, therefore, any person can, even under such circumstances, decide what shall become of him or her--mentally and spiritually.  We may retain our human dignity even in a concentration camp.  Dostoevski said once, "There is only one thing that I dread:  not to be worthy of my sufferings."  These words frequently came to my mind after I became acquainted with those martyrs whose behavior in camp, whose suffering and death bore witness to the fact that the last inner freedom cannot be lost.    -Viktor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning
  
Every choice that you make forms a building block of your life.  Every act, every word, every decision becomes a part of you.  The way that you see and respond to the world in which you live results from the choices you have made.  So, in a sense, not only do your choices make you who you are, they, in effect, make your world because the world that you "see" is the world in which you live.  We are given the opportunity to shape and mold our world through the use of our consciousness.  We have the power of free will to determine what we want in life, and we have the authority to call forth our good through the powers of decree, imagination, enthusiasm, joy, and faith.    -John Marks Templeton, Worldwide Laws of Life
  
Choices can change our lives profoundly.  The choice to mend a broken relationship, to say "yes" to a difficult assignment, to lay aside some important work to play with a child, to visit some forgotten person--these small choices may affect many lives eternally.     -Gloria Gaither
  
Your choices have psychological consequences.  The way you choose to deal with reality, truth, facts--your choice to honor or dishonor your own perceptions--registers in your mind, for good or for bad, and either confirms and strengthens your self-esteem or undermines and weakens it.     -Nathaniel Branden, Self-Esteem Every Day
  

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