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Ernest HemingwaySometimes following your heart means losing your mind.

—  Ernest Hemingway, 1899-1961, American writer, Nobel 1954

Sylvia PlathWhy can’t I try on different lives, like dresses, to see which one fits me and is most becoming?

—  Sylvia Plath, 1932-1963, American poet & writer

Jean Jacques RousseauFreedom is the power to choose our own chains.

—  Jean Jacques Rousseau, 1712-1778, Swiss-French philosopher

Oscar WildeI choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellect.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Alan GreenspanThere are no easy choices. Easy choices are long gone.

—  Alan Greenspan, 1926-, American economist

Zig ZiglarEvery choice you make has an end result.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Henry FordAny customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black.

—  Henry Ford, 1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of FORD

NapoleonThe reason most people fail instead of succeed is they trade what they want most for what they want at the moment.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Wolfgang GoetheThings which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.

—  Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet & philosopher

Abraham LincolnAll through life, be sure and put your feet in the right place, and then stand firm.

—  Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865, American President

Somerset MaughamFollow your inclinations with due regard to the policeman round the corner.

—  Somerset Maugham, 1874-1965, British writer

Somerset MaughamIt's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.

—  Somerset Maugham, 1874-1965, British writer

Ayn RandEvery man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

Charles Caleb ColtonIf you would be known, and not know, vegetate in a village; If you would know, and not be known, live in a city.

—  Charles Caleb Colton, 1780-1832, English cleric & writer

Charles de GaulleAlways choose the hardest way, on it you will not find opponents.

—  Charles de Gaulle, 1890-1970, French President

Charles de GaulleTo govern is always to choose among disadvantages.

—  Charles de Gaulle, 1890-1970, French President

VauvenarguesNecessity relieves us from the embarrassment of choice.

—  Vauvenargues, 1715-1747, French author of maxims

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.As you climb the ladder of success, be sure it's leaning against the right building.

—  H. Jackson Brown, Jr., 1940-, American self-help writer

Khalil GibranWe choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.

—  Khalil Gibran, 1883-1931, Lebanese-American poet & philosopher

Jean CocteauIf it has to choose who is to be crucified, the crowd will always save Barabbas.

—  Jean Cocteau, 1889-1963, French artist

Karl JungI am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.

—  Karl Jung, 1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist

Jim RohnLearn how to separate the majors and the minors. A lot of people don’t do well simply because they major in minor things.

—  Jim Rohn, 1930-2009, American self-help speker

William JamesThe greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.

—  William James, 1842-1910, American philosopher

William JamesWhen you have to make a choice and don't make it, that is in itself a choice.

—  William James, 1842-1910, American philosopher

Dwight EisenhowerA people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.

—  Dwight Eisenhower, 1890-1969, American general & President

Zsa Zsa GaborMy husband said it was him or the cat. I miss him sometimes.

—  Zsa Zsa Gabor, 1917-2016, Hungarian-American actress

Zsa Zsa GaborAs a woman, you have to choose between your fanny or your face. I chose my face.

—  Zsa Zsa Gabor, 1917-2016, Hungarian-American actress

Anton ChekhovWhen a person is born, he can embark on only one of three roads of life: if you go right, the wolves will eat you; if you go left, you’ll eat the wolves; if you go straight, you’ll eat yourself.

—  Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, Russian writer

Bible Quotes

Epistles of PaulBut test them all; hold on to what is good.

—  Epistles of Paul ‐ 1 Thessalonians 5:21

Quotes in Verse

T. S. EliotNeither way is better.
Both ways are necessary. It is also necessary
To make a choice between them.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

Special Quotes

Better to be hated by the Turks than being loved by the Germans.

—  Croatian proverb


Movie Quotes

Klondike Annie (1936)Between two evils, I generally like to pick the one I never tried before.

—  from the film Klondike Annie (1936)



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