Sunday, October 17, 2010 – Choices

Given a choice between two theories, take the one which is funnier. ~ Blore’s Razor

A peacefulness follows any decision, even the wrong one. ~ Rita Mae Brown

Consider what you think justice requires, and decide accordingly. But never give your reasons; for your judgment will probably be right, but your reasons will certainly be wrong. ~ Lord Mansfield

The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn. ~ David Russell

Although every man believes that his decisions and resolutions involve the most multifarious factors, in reality they are mere oscillation between flight and longing. ~ Herman Broch

To decide is to walk facing forward with nary a crick in your neck from looking back at the crossroads. ~ Betsy Cañas Garmon

Everything is something you decide to do, and there is nothing you have to do. ~ Denis Waitley

Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

All my life, whenever it comes time to make a decision, I make it and forget about it. ~ Harry S Truman

My choice early in life was either to be a piano-player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference. ~ Harry S. Truman

Democracy is supposed to give you the feeling of choice, like Painkiller X and Painkiller Y. But they’re both just aspirin. ~ Gore Vidal

We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them. ~ Kahlil Gibran

One must chose in life between boredom and suffering ~ Madame de Stael

Choice has always been a privilege of those who could afford to pay for it. ~ Ellen Frankfort

Activities that seem to represent choices are often inert reproductions of accepted practice. ~ Shoshana Zuboff

As a child my family’s menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it. ~ Buddy Hackett

Far too often the choices reality proposes are such as to take away one’s taste for choosing. ~ Jean Rostand

Most consequential choices involve shades of gray, and some fog is often useful in getting things done. ~ Timothy Geithner

In prehistoric times, mankind often had only two choices in crisis situations: fight or flee. In modern times, humor offers us a third alternative; fight, flee – or laugh. ~ Robert Orben

Was there ever in anyone’s lifespan a point free in time, devoid of memory, a night when choice was any more than the sum of all the choices gone before? ~ Joan Didion

Women now have choices. They can be married, not married, have a job, not have a job, be married with children, unmarried with children. Men have the same choice we’ve always had: work, or prison. ~ Tim Allen

I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies. ~ Oscar Wilde

I think being funny is not anyone’s first choice. ~ Woody Allen

As soon as questions of will or decision or reason or choice of action arise, human science is at a loss. ~ Noam Chomsky

God isn’t compatible with machinery and scientific medicine and universal happiness. You must make your choice. Our civilization has chosen machinery and medicine and happiness. ~ Aldous Huxley

We are all ready to be savage in some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of the cause. ~ William James

Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof. ~ John Kenneth Galbraith

Ninety-nine percent of the world’s lovers are not with their first choice. That’s what makes the jukebox play. ~ Willie Nelson

If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world, but I am sure we would be getting reports from Hell before breakfast. ~ William Tecumseh Sherman

Fervor is the weapon of choice of the impotent. ~ Frantz Fanon

The priests say that God created our souls, and that just puts us under the control of another puppeteer. If God created our will, then he’s responsible for every choice we make. ~ Orson Scott Card

It seems to me that everything that happens to us is a disconcerting mix of choice and contingency. ~ Penelope Lively

It is only in our decisions that we are important. ~ Jean-Paul Sartre

All our final decisions are made in a state of mind that is not going to last. ~ Marcel Proust

I did not direct my life. I didn’t design it. I never made decisions. Things always came up and made them for me. That’s what life is. ~ B. F. Skinner

I never make conscious decisions. ~ Anthony Hopkins

The man who is denied the opportunity of taking decisions of importance begins to regard as important the decisions he is allowed to take. ~ C. Northcote Parkinson

In Iroquois society, leaders are encouraged to remember seven generations in the past and consider seven generations in the future when making decisions that affect the people. ~ Wilma Mankiller

Where choice begins, Paradise ends, innocence ends, for what is Paradise but the absence of any need to choose this action? ` Arthur Miller

My doctor gave me two weeks to live. I hope they’re in August. ~ Ronnie Shakes