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Harry TrumanWhen the decision is up before you-and on my desk I have a motto which says “The buck stops here” -the decision has to be made.

—  Harry Truman, 1884-1972, American President [1945-1953]

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AnonymousOnce you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.

—  Anonymous

     (attributed to various authors but the origin of this saying is unknown)

Harry TrumanAll my life, whenever it comes time to make a decision, I make it and forget about it.

—  Harry Truman, 1884-1972, American President [1945-1953]

Winston ChurchillFear is a reaction. Courage is a decision.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

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

—  Northcote Parkinson, 1909-1993, British historian

Wolfgang GoetheAt the moment of commitment the entire universe conspires to assist you.

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

Ralph Waldo EmersonThe only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Sigmund FreudIn the small matters trust the mind, in the large ones the heart.

—  Sigmund Freud, 1856-1939, Austrian psychologist, founder of psychoanalysis

Peter DruckerA decision without an alternative is a desperate gambler’s throw.

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

Peter DruckerOnce the facts are clear, the decisions jump out at you.

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

Peter DruckerWhenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

Peter DruckerA management decision is irresponsible if it risks disaster this year for the sake of a grandiose future.

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

Peter DruckerOne has to make a decision when a condition is likely to degenerate if nothing is done.

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

Karl KrausA weak man has doubts before a decision; a strong man has them afterwards.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

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

—  Marcel Proust, 1871-1922, French writer

Arthur ClarkeSometimes a decision has to be made by a single individual, who has the authority to enforce it. That's why you need a captain. You can't run a ship by a committee-at least not all the time.

—  Arthur Clarke, 1917-2008, British Sci-Fi writer


Latin Quotes

Julius CaesarThe die is cast.

Alea jacta est.

—  Julius Caesar, 101-14 BC, Roman general & Consul

     (when crossing Rubicon river to attack Rome)

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