Quotations: Decisions

The perfect bureaucrat everywhere is the man who manages to make no decisions and escape all responsibility.
Brooks Atkinson

I see little hope for a peaceful world until men are excluded from the realm of foreign policy altogether and all decisions concerning international relations are reserved for women, preferably married ones.
W H Auden

The great questions of the day will not be settled by means of speeches and majority decisions. . . but by iron and blood.
Otto von Bismarck

Good plans shape good decisions. That's why good planning helps to make elusive dreams come true.
Lester R Bittel

You have no idea how promising the world begins to look once you have decided to have it all for yourself. And how much healthier your decisions are once they become entirely selfish.
Anita Brookner

Some people, however long their experience or strong their intellect, are temperamentally incapable of reaching firm decisions.
James Callaghan

All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.
Noam Chomsky

No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently.
Agnes G DeMille

The association promotes a way of life, not causes; a harmony in living, not political faiths; a bilateral loyalty, not commercial or social projects. Yet it is an association for as noble a purpose as any involved in any prior decisions.
William Douglas

Long-range planning does not deal with future decisions, but with the future of present decisions.
Peter Drucker

Nobody in the world is as good at making decisions as the Japanese.
Peter Drucker

In a minute there is time for decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.
T S Eliot

Today the biggest decisions I make aren't related to the heavyweight title. They are whether I visit McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy's, or Jack-in-the-Box.
George Foreman

Projections are bullshit. They're just guesses. Wait until the real thing happens and then when it happens, then you can make the decision. Make decisions when you have a lot of information to make the decision. Not when you have to guess about what the decision is going to be or use data that doesn't exist yet.
Jason Fried

Management manages by making decisions and by seeing that those decisions are implemented.
Harold S Geneen

If we are to learn to improve the quality of the decisions we make, we need to accept the mysterious nature of our snap judgments.
Malcolm Gladwell

It's easy to make good decisions when there are no bad options.
Robert Half

Freedom is the opportunity to make decisions. . .
Kenneth Hildebrand

Give people enough guidance to make the decisions you want them to make. Don't tell them what to do, but encourage them to do what is best.
Jimmy Johnson

It is a poor wit who lives by borrowing the words, decisions, inventions and actions of others.
Johann Kasper Lavater

He who molds the public sentiment . . . makes statues and decisions possible or impossible to make.
Abraham Lincoln

Trust: Just as you would not want to do business with someone you can't trust, this law simply stated is: When you can completely trust the process of the universe and life, you will be supplied abundantly and you will be able to make your life work just the way you want it. And the trust you give and have must be 100% or it is zero. It cannot be given under one condition and not under another. There are many things we trust with our lives and have no concern about. Such as: the sun will come up every day; the law of gravity works all the time; the pilot who pilots the plane we fly on, is competent; our garbage is picked up on certain days. If we could not trust the things we take for granted will occur without any effort on our part, the fear for our well being would be so great we would not be able to enjoy our lives. Can you imagine what the world would be like, if we could not trust the food we buy, the water we drink or that the people we depend on would not manipulate or harm us? But the only way we can expect others to trust us is, we need to be trustworthy ourselves, and especially to ourselves. Unfortunately, many people don't trust themselves and the judgments and decisions they make. Therefore, they experience disharmony with their lives and their world.
Sidney Madwed

You can't build a strong corporation with a lot of committees and a board that has to be consulted every turn. You have to be able to make decisions on your own.
Rupert Murdoch

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

Truly, that reason upon which we plume ourselves, though it may answer for little things, yet for great decisions is hardly surer than a toss-up.
Charles Sanders Peirce

Be willing to make decisions. That's the most important quality in a good leader. Don't fall victim to what I call the ready-aim-aim-aim syndrome. You must be willing to fire.
T Boone Pickens

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

It doesn't matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions.
Jim Rohn

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

Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.
Robert Schuller

Democracy is a political method, that is to say, a certain type of institutional arrangement for arriving at political -- legislative and administrative -- decisions and hence incapable of being an end in itself.
Joseph Schumpeter

No great marketing decisions have ever been made on quantitative data.
John Sculley

The prime minister found something hopeful in the man's eyes and manner. The 30 or so people who run this world analyze one another that way and then make decisions of life and death for us. Scary, but true.
Hugh Sidey

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

Decisions of our will are often directly opposed to the decisions of our emotions. If we are in the habit of considering our emotions as the test, we are apt to feel like hypocrites in declaring those things to be real which our will alone has decided.
Hannah Whitall Smith

It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.
Thomas Sowell

Never put yourself in a position that will put yourself at risk if you make the wrong decision. We spent cash on everything. It's fashionable to make 'bet the company' decisions, but don't do it.
Joel Spolsky

I make decisions for my life, not the other way around. Besides, when you have a kid, you must weigh everything against time with your child.
Debra Winger

My parents must have had tough decisions to make, but I was never called on to bear witness to their anxiety. To some people that might sound like repression, but I think repression can be a positive value.
Tom Wolfe

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