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150 Decision Quotes to Help You Make Good Choices

Last Updated: June 4, 2022 by Team

Decisions come to us in all shapes and sizes, from simple questions to those shaping our lives. Whether you make simple decisions like choosing an outfit or much harder decisions like a career, where to live, or what car to buy, you may make hundreds of decisions every day.

Decisions shape our destiny. The wrong decisions can lead you down the wrong path, whereas the right decisions can lead you down the right path. Learn from your bad decisions and improve upon them, as your daily decisions determine the life that you will live. Approach the decision-making process with thoughtfulness so you can walk confidently forward after you make your final decision.

To help provide insight, wisdom, and a little fun, we found some of the best quotations about decision-making for you to read. May these quotes inspire you to make the right decisions in life to live a life of greatness.

Also, read these intuition quotes to help you trust your instincts.

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150 Inspirational Quotes On Decisions

Top 10 Decision Quotes

“Your biography is “Your legacy is being written by yourself. Make the right decisions.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

“You shape your future every day through the choices you make. That’s sort of a hard one to swallow, isn’t it? It would be much easier to say you are a victim of circumstances. Then you don’t have to act. Your choices create your reality.” – Jason Harvey

“You must be single minded. Drive for the one thing on which you have decided.” – George S. Patton Jr.

“You might want to decide fast. We live in a dangerous world. If you see a chance to be happy, you have to fight for it, so later you have no regrets.” – Ilona Andrews

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” – Dr. Seuss

“You have a brain and mind of your own. Use it, and reach your own decisions.” – Napoleon Hill

“You cannot make progress without making decisions.” – Jim Rohn

“You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change direction overnight.” – Jim Rohn

“You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.” – Michelle Obama

“You can only be young once, but you can always be immature” – Dave Barry


Wrong Decision Quotes

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“A decision made from fear is always the wrong decision.” – Tony Robbins

“The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision.” – Maimonides

“When a decision has to be made, make it. There is no totally right time for anything.” – George S. Patton Jr.

“Whatever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy.”

“We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves.” – Thomas Merton

“We are free to choose our paths, but we can’t choose the consequences that come with them.” – Sean Covey

“Think a hundred times before you take a decision, but once that decision is taken, stand by it as one man.” – Muhammad Ali Jinnah

“There’s no one path. There’s every path. Every path starts with this one moment. Did you choose yourself for this moment? Can you be bold? Then all paths will lead to the same place. Right now.” – Dick Costolo

“There are in nature neither rewards nor punishments — there are consequences.” – Robert G. Ingersoll

“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.” – M. Scott Peck

“The thing that cowardice fears most is decision.” – Soren Kierkegaard

“The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim.” – Sun Tzu

“The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. Do you understand?” – Jack Sparrow

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act!” – Amelia Earhart

“The man of decision cannot be stopped! The man of indecision cannot be started! Take your own choice.” – Napoleon Hill

“Don’t base your decisions on the advice of those who don’t have to deal with the results.”

“Do not plan for ventures before finishing what’s at hand.” – Euripides

“Did you know that to worry about a situation you are making a conscious choice to do so?” – Mike C. Adams

“Decisions decide destiny, there is no action without decision.” – Tony Robbins

Decision Yes & no are part of life & both are going to play an important decision in life.

Hard Decision Quotes

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“It is not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” – Roy Disney

“Life by the yard is hard; by the inch it’s a cinch. Decisions Determine Destiny.” – Thomas S. Monson

“Big changes don’t have to be hard, but they do have to start with a choice. This is where real change begins; this is where you start taking control of your life and how you choose to live it; this is where it all starts.” – Nathalie Thompson

“Shelving hard decisions is the least ethical course.” – Adrian Cadbury

“We all make mistakes. If you can’t make mistakes, you can’t make decisions. I’ve made a lot bigger mistakes myself.” – Warren Buffett

“We all make choices, but in the end, our choices make us.” – Ken Levine

“Unsuccessful people make decisions based on their current situation; successful people make decisions based on where they want to be.”

“True grit is making a decision and standing by it, doing what must be done.” – John Wayne

“To get anywhere, or even to live a long time, a man has to guess, and guess right, over and over again, without enough data for a logical answer.” – Robert Heinlein

“To change a habit, make a conscious decision, then act out the new behavior.” – Maxwell Maltz

“People will always have opinions about your decision because they’re not courageous enough to take action on their opinion.” – Steve Maraboli

“Our lives will depend upon the decisions which we make, for decisions determine destiny.” – Thomas S. Monson

“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Once the decision is made, do not look back, do not second guess your decisions.” – Muhammad Ali

“Addicts cannot change the abuse suffered in childhood. They cannot undo the choices they have made or the hurt they have caused. But they can change the future – through the power they have in the present moment.” – Ryan Holiday

“A word uttered from the deepest conviction is better than merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.” – Gandhi

“A wise man makes his own decisions. An ignorant man follows public opinion.” – Chinese Proverb

“A problem clearly stated is a problem half solved.” – Dorothea Brande

“Decision is the ultimate power. Decisions shape destiny.” – Tony Robbins

“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

“Decision is a risk rooted in the courage of being free.” – Paul Tillich

“Changing our decision sets up a bad habit. It reinforces decision-making as an expression of bewilderment and ignorance, instead of wisdom and freedom.” – Sakyong Mipham

“And we have complete control over our own attitude. We are the ones we decide how we feel, how we look at things, how we react.” – Catherine Pulsifer

fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision.

Good Decision Quotes

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“Good decisions come from experience, and experience comes from bad decisions.”

“Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why the little decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance.” – C.S. Lewis

“Every decision brings with it some good, some bad, some lessons, and some luck. The only thing that’s for sure is that indecision steals many years from many people who wind up wishing they’d just had the courage to leap.” – Doe Zantamata

“Don’t mourn over your bad decisions. Just start overcoming them with good ones.” – Joyce Meyer

“Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.” – Colin Powell

“Choices made, whether bad or good, follow you forever and affect everyone in their path one way or another.” – J.E.B. Spredemann

“Unnecessary fear of a bad decision is a major stumbling block to good decisions.” – Jun Camp

“Small good decisions will lead you to the glorious path of success.” – Zain Hashmi

“If, before every action, we were to begin by weighing up the consequences, thinking about them in earnest, first the immediate consequences, then the probable, then the possible, then the imaginable ones, we should never move beyond the point where our first thought brought us to a halt.” – Jose Saramago

“If your belief system is not founded in an objective reality, you should not be making decisions that affect other people.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

“If you don’t have the information you need to make wise choices, find someone who does.” – Lori Hil

Once the decision has been made, all the consequences should be faced courageously.

Decision Making Quotes

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“No decision is, in itself, a decision.” – William James

“Never make a permanent decision based on a temporary storm.. No matter how raging the billows are today, remind yourself: “This too shall pass!”” – T.D. Jakes

“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 H. Schuller

“Make decisions with the long term in mind. If you were truly the owner of your company and the success or failure of your business hinged on the performance of your team, you would dedicate yourself to constant improvement.” – David Miller

“It is very important to know who you are. To make decisions. To show who you are.” – Malala Yousafzai

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

“It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” – Tony Robbins

“Indecision is a decision.”

“In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take and the decisions we waited to make.”

“In my house, I’m the boss, my wife is just the decision-maker.” – Woody Allen

“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“In a world where death is the hunter, my friend, there is no time for regrets or doubts. There is only time for decisions.” – Carlos Castaneda

“Listen to the desires of your children. Encourage them and then give them the autonomy to make their own decision.” – Denis Waitley

“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” – Nelson Mandela

“In this new era, you have two choices: become a temp staffer (not a horrible choice) or become an artist-entrepreneur. Choose to commoditize your labor or choose yourself to be a creator, an innovator, an artist, an investor, a marketer, and an entrepreneur.” – James Altucher

“When we find inspiration, we need to take action for ourselves and for our communities. Even if it means making a hard choice, or cutting out something and leaving it in your past.” – Aron Ralston

“When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision.” – Paulo Coelho

“When faced with a decision, many people say they are waiting for God. But I understand, in most cases, God is waiting for me.” – Andy Andrews

“When faced with a decision, choose the path that feeds your soul.” – Dorothy Mendoza Row

“Whenever you’re making an important decision, first ask if it gets you closer to your goals or farther away. If the answer is closer, pull the trigger. If it’s farther away, make a different choice. Conscious choice making is a critical step in making your dreams a reality.” – Jillian Michaels

“When you face a problem, solve it then and there if you have the facts necessary to make a decision. Don’t keep putting off decisions.” – Dale Carnegie

“When you choose an action, you choose the consequences of that action. When you desire a consequence you had damned well better take the action that would create it.” – Lois McMaster Bujold

“When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take, choose the bolder.” – William Joseph Slim

“You came empty on earth, why overloaded now, were all your choices absolutely correct, it is never too late to reconsider them?” – William Ngwako Maphoto

“You are not the victim of the world, but rather the master of your own destiny. It is your choices and decisions that determine your destiny.” – Roy T. Bennett

“You and I need to be the decision makers in our own lives and careers. It is also our responsibility to allow and encourage others to do the same.” – Jay Rifenbary

“You always do what you want to do. This is true with every act. You may say that you had to do something, or that you were forced to, but actually, whatever you do, you do by choice. Only you have the power to choose for yourself.” – W. Clement Stone

“Write your own book instead of reading someone else’s book about success.” – Herb Brooks

“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” – Gloria Steinem

“Why do we have to listen to our hearts? Because, wherever your heart is, that is where you all find your treasure.” – Paulo Coelho

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

Just because a decision hurts, doesn't mean that it was the wrong decision.

Decision Quotes About Life

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“Make and be confident in your own decisions. Stop looking for people’s approval for everything. Live your life and do what you want.”

“Make a living by doing what you enjoy, and you never have to work a day in your life.” – Mark Twain

“Life presents many choices, the choices we make determine our future.” – Catherine Pulsifer

“Life is filled with difficult decisions, and winners are those who make them.” – Dan Brown

“It takes a level of self-love, of dedication and determination to live your greatest life. So, look within. Look at every area of your life and ask yourself these questions: Am I on course? Am I growing mentally, emotionally and spiritually? Anything that is blocking that, anything that is preventing you from living your greatest life, make the tough decision to let it go.”

“In my experience working with a variety of people over several decades, far too many individuals choose to be anonymous members of the pack, therefore suffering from the inner remorse that makes them feel like failures, filled with conflict and resentment and wondering what the meaning of life is.” – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

“In every single thing you do, you are choosing a direction. Your life is a product of choices.” – Dr. Kathleen Hall

“Expanding our capacity to talk, particularly when we face critical choices, is a life-enhancing skill. I believe that there is no faster way for us to evolve than through the process of interacting with one another.” – Sarah Rozenthuler

“Every positive change in your life begins with a clear, unequivocal decision that you are going to either do something or stop doing something.”

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn

“Don’t get stuck where you are, keep growing. It’s a decision you have to make because it is easy to get stuck. Make a decision to develop better habits, to have better relationships and just to keep the enthusiasm for life.” – Joel Osteen

“Contentment with life is not a feeling, but it is a decision we must make.” – Joyce Meyer

“And in life, it is all about choices we make. And how the direction of our lives comes down to the choices we choose.” – Catherine Pulsifer

“Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that’s the one that is going to help you grow.” – Caroline Myss

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

“A major life decision is never a choice but rather a realization that the decision has already been made.” – Doug Cooper

“Concision in style, precision in thought, decision in life.” – Victor Hugo

“If only I had more money is the easiest way to postpone the intense self-examination and decision-making necessary to create a life of enjoyment – now and not later.” – Tim Ferriss

“You don’t have to defend or explain your decisions to anyone. It’s your life. Live it without apologies.”

“You are the CEO of your own life, start making executive decisions today.” – Stephen Luke

“You are only one decision from a totally different life.”

“You and only you are responsible for your life choices and decisions.” – Robert T. Kiyosaki

“Where there is no decision there is no life.” – JJ Dewey

“Where you are going to spend your time and your energy is one of the most important decisions you get to make in life.” – Jeff Bezos

“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.” – Paulo Coelho

“We are the creative force of our life, and through our own decisions rather than our conditions, if we carefully learn to do things, we can accomplish those goals.” – Stephen Covey

“We all need to decide whether to “play it safe” in life and worry about the downside, or instead take a chance, by being who we really are and living the life our heart desires. Which choice are you making?” – Charlie Badenhop

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

“The choices we make every minute of every day can contribute to making someone’s life a little bit better or worse even without intending to.” – Chikamso Efobi

“The choices that we make in our life, indeed determine the kind of results that we experience and the quality of the life that we live.” – Sumeet Jain

“The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.” – Buddha

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.” – Amelia Earhart

“Sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that can change your life forever.”

“Sometimes in life, you have to make decisions that are best for you, not for everyone else.”

“Nothing happens until you decide. Make a decision and watch your life move forward.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Using the power of decision gives you the capacity to get past any excuse to change any and every part of your life in an instant.” – Anthony Robbins

it's ok to be sad after making the right decision.

Decision Quotes About Love

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“Love is a decision, it is a judgment, it is a promise. If love were only a feeling, there would be no basis for the promise to love each other forever. A feeling comes and it may go. How can I judge that it will stay forever, when my act does not involve judgment and decision?” – Erich Fromm

“Love is a decision – not an emotion!” – Lao Tzu

“Leaving the person I love in danger and continuing to live on is the same as being dead.” – Higuchi Tachibana

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu

“’Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” – Alfred Lord Tennyson

“The key to making healthy decisions is to respect your future self. Honor him or her, treat him or her like you would treat a friend or a loved one. A Stanford study showed that those who saw a photo of their future self made smarter financial decisions.” – A.J. Jacobs

“Every decision you make, makes you. Never let other people choose who you’re going to be.” – Cassandra Clare

“Every decision you make reflects your evaluation of who you are.” – Marianne Williamson

“Even if we all want you here, you don’t belong until you decide you do.” – Stephenie Meyer

“Each person has a choice; the choice to do as one may wish and as one wants remains with the individual. If a person sees no benefit to change, they will not change.” – Byron Pulsifer

“Don’t wavier. Make a decision. Do it now.” – Billy Graham

Don't feel bad for making decisions that upset other people. You're not responsible for their happiness, you're responsible for yours.

Decision Quotes About Work

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“Make decisions from the heart and use your head to make it work out.” – Sir Girad

“Most of the choices we make each day may feel like the products of well-considered decision making, but they’re not. They’re habits. And though each habit means relatively little on its own, over time, the meals we order, what we say to our kids each night, whether we save or spend, how often we exercise, and the way we organize our thoughts and work routines have enormous impacts on our health, productivity, financial security, and happiness.” – Charles Duhigg

“Once a decision is made, you should stop worrying and start working. It’s not always what we know that makes it a good decision. It is what we do to implement and execute it that makes it a good decision.” – John C. Maxwell

“If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.”

“I believe the single most significant decision I can make on a day-to-day basis is my choice of attitude.” – Charles Swindoll

“Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline.” – Jim Collins

“The best decisions aren’t made with your mind, but with your Instinct.” – Lionel Messi

“Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.” – Tony Robbins

“Sometimes, making the wrong choice is better than making no choice. You have the courage to go forward, that is rare. A person who stands at the fork, unable to pick, will never get anywhere.” – Terry Goodkind

“Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same.”

People do not realize how important decisions are until they make the wrong ones. ANONYMOUS

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