Quotes About Decisions

Books and various other media contain no shortage of quotes about decisions. It is easy to find them online now as many websites only post quotes of all kinds and most self-help authors tend to use quite a few of their own quotes, as well as those of famous people in their books.

Inspirational Quotes

Making even simple daily choices can sometimes be stressful or difficult. At times like these, having some inspirational quotes around is helpful. Popular quotes that can help in decision-making or make you feel better about a choice you made include:


  • A peacefulness follows any decision, even the wrong one. - Writer, Rita Mae Brown
  • Each indecision brings its own delays and days are lost lamenting over lost days... What you can do or think you can do, begin it. For boldness has magic, power, and genius in it. - Writer/Artist, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • 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. - Author Josephine Angelini in her book, "Starcrossed".
  • Your life changes the moment you make a new, congruent, and committed decision. - Self-help writer/speaker, Anthony Robbins
  • Sometimes you make the right decision, sometimes you make the decision right. - Television Personality/Psychologist, Dr. Phil McGraw

When Humor is Necessary

Sometimes humor is the only way to see the light at the end of the tunnel or to lighten your mood. Luckily, many humorous quotes about decisions and other topics are available. Some popular sayings about decision-making are from famous folks, while quite a few are from regular men and women.

Some witty ones deal with stupid decisions and are worth remembering such as:


  • It's the most important decision I've had to make since 1978 when I decided to get a bikini wax. - Former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over. - Welsh Politician, Aneurin Bevan
  • If there is a way to delay in important decision, the good bureaucracy, public or private, will find it. - Professional Tennis Player, Chris Evert
  • If someone tells you he is going to make a 'realistic decision', you immediately understand that he has resolved to do something bad. - Author/Political Activist, Mary T McCarthy

Adding to quotes about decisions, L.G. Elliott offered this gem, “Vacillating people seldom succeed. Successful men and women are very careful in reaching their decisions, and very persistent and determined in action thereafter.”

Quotes like these help people face their fear of making decisions and give them the courage for making difficult decisions.

Call to Action

Another call to action comes from an unknown source, “The inability to make a decision has often been passed off as patience.” Some people avoid making various types of decisions by delaying while telling themselves that they are being careful. Other quotes about decisions that encourage taking action includes:

  • The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision. - Jewish Philosopher, Maimonides
  • 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 percentage of mistakes in quick decisions is no greater than in long-drawn-out vacillations, and the effect of decisiveness itself makes things go and creates confidence. - Foreign news correspondent, Anne O’Hare McCormick
  • Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision. - Writer/Management Consultant, Peter Drucker

Many people place favorite quotes about decisions above their desk at work to provide the drive they need to do something, especially for those times when they face tough choices. Some decisions will prove to have been wrong but at the time, they may have seemed to be best option.

A quote by Queen Latifah (Dana Owens) sums it all up nicely, “I made decisions that I regret, and I took them as learning experiences... I'm human, not perfect, like anybody else.” That is all you can do when the decision made was not the better choice after all, but you learn from it and move forward. Placing inspirational quotes about decisions in easy to see places can provide motivation for making difficult decisions whenever it is necessary.

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