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Decisions Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old decisions quotes, decisions sayings, and decisions proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Sometimes it's the smallest decisions that can change your life forever.

Keri Russell

If you make decisions based upon people's reactions or judgments then you make really boring choices.

Heath Ledger

The hardest decisions in life are not between good and bad or right and wrong, but between two goods or two rights.

Joe Andrew

Decision is the spark that ignites action. Until a decision is made, nothing happens.... Decision is the courageous facing of issues, knowing that if they are not faced, problems will remain forever unanswered.     

Wilfred A. Peterson

Shelving hard decisions is the least ethical course.

Adrian Cadbury

Decision is a risk rooted in the courage of being free.

Paul Tillich

You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away, know when to run.

Kenny Rogers

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's not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.     

Roy Disney

Make decisions from the heart and use your head to make it work out.     

Sir Girad

When possible make the decisions now, even if action is in the future. A reviewed decision usually is better than one reached at the last moment.

William B. Given

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

William James

Some persons are very decisive when it comes to avoiding decisions.     

Brendan Francis

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

David Russell

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"What's called a difficult decision is a difficult decision because either way you go there are penalties." - Elia Kazan (1909 - 2003), Turkish-born American Film and Theatre Director

"Take ambiguity away from leadership, and you take away tough decisions and responsibility. What you're left with is overpaid administration." - Jason Seiden, American Author

"Life is the sum of all your choices." - Albert Camus (1913 - 1960), French Author

"Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide." - Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 - 1821), Military and Political Leader of France

"The ultimate purpose of collecting the data is to provide a basis for action or a recommendation." - Dr. W. Edwards Deming (1900 - 1993), American Statistician, Professor and Author

"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 (1886 - 1951), Austrian Writer

"Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives, the cumulative experience of many masters of craftsmanship. Quality also marks the search for an ideal after necessity has been satisfied and mere usefulness achieved." - John Ruskin (1819 - 1900), English Author, Poet and Artist

"Choices are the hinges of destiny." - Pythagoras (570 BC - 495 BC), Greek philosopher

"Time plays a role in almost every decision. And some decisions define your attitude about time. " - John Cale (1942 - ), Welsh Musician, Composer, and Singer-songwriter

"Man is man because he is free to operate within the framework of his destiny. He is free to deliberate, to make decisions, and to choose between alternatives." - Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 - 1968), American Clergyman and Activist

"In the final analysis there is no other solution to man's progress but the day's honest work, the day's honest decision, the day's generous utterances, and the day's good deed. " - Clare Boothe Luce (1903 - 1987), American Playwright and former U.S. Congresswoman, Representing the State of Connecticut

"When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that is in itself a choice." - William James (1842 - 1910), American Psychologist and Philosopher

" The offhand decision of some commonplace mind high in office at a critical moment influences the course of events for a hundred years." - Thomas Hardy (1840 - 1928), English Novelist and Poet

"When you see how the President makes political or policy decisions, you see who he is. The essence of the Presidency is decision-making." - Bob U. Woodward (1943 - ), American Investigative Reporter and Author

"Presidents quickly realize that while a single act might destroy the world they live in, no one single decision can make life suddenly better or can turn history around for the good. " - Lyndon B. Johnson (1908 - 1973), 36th President of the United States

"And they discovered something very interesting: when it comes to walking, most of the ant's thinking and decision-making is not in its brain at all. It's distributed. It's in its legs." - Kevin Kelly (1967 - ), American Professional Boxer

"A peacefulness follows any decision, even the wrong one." - Rita Mae Brown (1944 - ), American Writer

"In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing." - Theodore Roosevelt (1854 - 1919), 26th President of the United States

"Nothing pains some people more than having to think." - Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 - 1968), American Clergyman and Activist

"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 (1960 - ), American Self-Help Writer and Speaker

"In a minute there is time for decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse." - T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965), American-born English poet, Playwright, and Literary Critic

"Everything is something you decide to do, and there is nothing you have to do." - Denis Waitley (1933 - ), American Author

"You must be single minded. Drive for the one thing on which you have decided." - George S. Patton, Jr. (1885 - 1945), Four Star Army General

"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 (1705 - 1793), 1st Earl of Mansfield, British Barrister, Politician and Judge

"A great many people mistake opinions for thoughts." - Herbert Prochnow (1897 - 1998), American Banking Executive and Author

"As soon as you step back and focus on the big picture, you easily make new choices, discover the peace that comes with greater patience, and formulate creative, effective strategies to move in the right direction." - Brian Biro, Motivational Speaker and Author

"The intellectual equipment needed for the job of the future is an ability to define problems, quickly assimilate relevant data, conceptualize and reorganize the information, make deductive and inductive leaps with it, ask hard questions about it, discuss findings with colleagues, work collaboratively to find solutions and then convince others." - Robert B. Reich (1946 - ), American Politician and Writer

"Deliberate with caution, but act with decision; and yield with graciousness or oppose with firmness." - Charles Caleb Colton (1780 - 1832), English Writer

"When it is not necessary to make a decision, it is necessary not to make a decision." - Lord Falkland

"Good decisions come from experience. Experience comes from making bad decisions." - Mark Twain (1835 - 1910), American Novelist and Journalist

"Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise." - Proverbs 19:20 (~950 BC)

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

"You've got a lot of choices. If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you're not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice." -Steven D. Woodhull

"Decisions become easier when your will to please God outweighs your will to please the world." - Anso Coetzer

"When one bases his life on principle, 99 percent of his decisions are already made. " -Author Unknown

"Indecision becomes decision with time." - Author Unknown

"The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live." - Flora Whittemore

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101 Decision Quotes

We all make decisions, consider these decision quotes when thinking about relationships to making life choices. Decisions are made after you have considered the choices you have. Does a decision have to be final, what are the good things about yours, and what about the consequences of them.

  1. Other people look at failure as an opportunity to revisit past decisions and to devise new strategies. Catherine Pulsifer
    Opportunity   |  

  2. When one can accept that all their circumstances and life events are a result of their decision making, that individual immediately gains back their power to create. Michael Austin Jacobs, Change Your Perspective, Change Your Life
    Motivational   |

  3. When making a decision of minor importance, I have always found it advantageous to consider all the pros and cons. Sigmund Freud
    Quote of The Day   |  

  4. You never know when your life is about to change. You never know when one decision will dramatically impact your life and change the course of your destiny. Dani Johnson, Spirit-Driven Success
    Destiny   |  

  5. You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter
    Inspirational Quotes  |  

  6. There are times when delaying a decision has benefit. Often, allowing a set period of time to mull something over so your brain can work it through generates a thoughtful and effective decision. Nancy Morris, Procrastinate Now
    Encouraging  |  

  7. We may think that our decisions are guided purely by logic and rationality, but our emotions always play a role in our good decision making process. Salma Stockdale, Communication Skills
    Good   |  

  8. YOU decide what your limits are, and YOU decide your level of success. You are responsible for the time that you spend on this planet. Les Brown, Laws Of Success
    Famous   |  

  9. There are no guarantees or crystal balls for the future, and there's no absolute way to know if you are or aren't making the right decision. Give tomorrow the best possible chance that you can. Kennedth Dino, The 12 Commandments
    Future   |  

  10. If you have a decision to make, list down the pain points of doing it and the pleasures of doing it. Romuald Andrade, Procrastination
    Wise   |

  11. Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision. Peter F Drucker
    Success   |  

  12. The most important thing is to make decisions. Whether the decision is right or wrong is secondary. You will soon receive feedback that will help you to progress. Marc Reklau, 30 Days - Change your habits, Change your life
    Procrastination   |  

  13. Your life changes the moment you make a new, congruent, and committed decision. Anthony Robbins
    Quotes about Life   |  

  14. It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires a great deal of strength to decide what to do.
    Elbert Hubbard
    Quotes about Being Strong   |  

  15. What's more, beyond our personal world most of the great problems of our day can be solved only by each of us deciding to take action in our sphere of power. John B. Izzo, Stepping Up
    Problem   |  

  16. A decision isn't a life long thing. Sometimes we make the wrong decision, but we can always change it if we realize we've made the wrong choice. Simon Smith, One Hour To Action
    Quotes about Change   |  

  17. A real decision is measured by the fact that you've taken a new action. If there's no action, you haven't truly decided. Anthony Robbins
    Action   |  

  18. ..the H.A.L.T. method. Never make a decision when you are Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired. David DeNotaris
    Anger   |  

  19. Listen to the desires of your children. Encourage them and then give them the autonomy to make their own decision. Denis Waitley
    Children   |  

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

  21. Starting to live a life that you control begins with making decisions about goals. Yaniv Shlomo, Start Your Journey to Get the Life You Always Wanted
    Poems about Life   |  

  22. Accountability for results requires room for personal judgment and decision-making. Brian Dive, The Accountable Leader
    Accountability   |  

  23. If we don't somehow get rescued from our assumptions about life, they devour us. Rescue involves recognizing that the assumptions we so stubbornly cling to as truths are, in fact, decisions we have made about what "should be true" based on past experiences. Brad Blanton, Radical Honesty
    Experience   |  

  24. Sometimes it's important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow. Douglas Pagels
    Choices   |

  25. How you react to situations is your personal choice. It is your decision, and yours alone, to determine the importance you give to any situation. Catherine Pulsifer
    Great Quotes about Life   |  

  26. It's a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Author Unknown
    Thanksgiving   |  

  27. I believe the single most significant decision I can make on a day-to-day basis is my choice of attitude. Charles Swindoll
    Attitude   |

  28. Making the choice to live a positive life is a daily, sometimes minute by minute decision. Debbie Dickerson, Confidence is Your Game Changer
    Positive   |  

  29. Throughout the course of our lives, events occur that take us in new directions. Sometimes our life changes as the result of deliberate decisions we make. Barbara Bernard, Birthdays of the Soul
    New Beginnings   |  

  30. Simplicity can help you achieve clarity and make wise decisions, eliminating all the excesses - both material and immaterial - that can accumulate in your life. Chelsea Walters, Simplicity: Start Living with Less, Get More Done, and Live a Fulfilled Life Today
    Simplicity   |  

  31. Anxiety about trusting oneself to make the right decision can lead to procrastination of retirement and conversely to an opposite impulsive decision to retire. Sara Yogev, A Couple's Guide to Happy Retirement
    Retirement   |  

  32. Give a solid answer when you accept or decline an offer, making decisions based on your calling, not on what others want of us. Beth Beutler, Time Management, Jesus' Way
    God   |  

  33. Equally, reward good behavior and good choices and decisions. Show your child that good behavior makes you happy and proud. Rhonda Hart, Toddler Discipline
    Happy  |  

  34. If you are not passionate about your work and your life, then change it! Stop complaining and do something. Life is too short to keep doing what is passionless and mundane! But you must make that decision, now. Shawn Doyle, Two Months to Motivation
    Passion   |  

  35. When I made the decision to do something for me, to follow a dream, I gave myself permission. It was a baby step, but it was a step in the right direction. Willow Cross, Getting Over It
    Dream   |  

  36. Financially, family caregivers often help elders with decision making and managing ongoing tasks, like banking and paying bills. Denise Logeland, 10 Things Every Family Should Know
    Family   |  

  37. When we make a decision to turn our attention, thoughts and meditation on the Lord, faith is activated and hope restored. Lisa Cook, 30 Days of Strength for a Woman's Heart
    Faith   |  

  38. If you will decide definitely what you want most during your entire lifetime and write it down on paper so that I can read it, I will give you the key with which you may open the door to the attainment of your desires - whatever they may be. Napoleon Hill, The Road to Riches
    Graduation   |  

  39. 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, No Excuse!
    Words of Encouragement   |  

  40. Remember when your dad said, 'Always sleep on an important decision?' Some ideas need to marinate. You may not believe it but your mind is still tinkering away at your project at all hours of the day. N.C. Harley, Active Patience

  41. Heroes give us inspiration, they fuel us, and we reference them in our minds when thinking of decisions, possibilities, and direction in our lives. Sarah Bowling, How to Keep Your faith in an Upside Down World

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“Big Data is like teenage sex: everyone talks about it, nobody really knows how to do it, everyone thinks everyone else is doing it, so everyone claims they are doing it.”
– Dan Ariely


This quote from renowned author and behavioral economist Dan Ariely may draw a chuckle, but it also may summarize how data is approached within the nonprofit visitor-serving industry.

“Everyone talks about it.” Indeed, there seems to be a great deal of discussion among museums, zoos, aquariums, botanic gardens, historic sites, and performing arts organizations acknowledging the importance of data. And data is important! It allows these organizations to focus on the expectations, behaviors, and preferences of the people that they aim to educate and inspire without needing to guess about the best approaches. Try as they might to think like their audiences, cultural organization leaders have skewed perspectives. (Hey, they are only human!) Informed by data, solutions become “I know” answers instead of “I think” guesses. Data-informed cultural organizations make informed decisions based on what’s relevant to their audiences. These organizations are eager to learn about the people who walk through their doors—as well as the people who don’t!

At the same time, though, it seems “nobody really knows how to do it,” when it comes to using data to make data-driven decisions. In my experience, some cultural entities think they are data-driven simply because they collect information or work with a partner who collects it on their behalf, not because they’re actually using it to inform strategic decisions. Simply having data does not make an organization data-informed. Data collection is only one step in becoming a data-informed cultural organization. Data interpretation, acceptance, and integration can be even more important than data collection. Being a data-driven organization means not only collecting – but actually using – data to effectively make key decisions.

To inspire your organization on its journey to effective data use, here are fifteen more of my favorite quotes that relate to data. They are from economists, academics, scientists, writers, and business leaders. These quotes, along with Dan Ariely’s words at the beginning of the article, are compelling to me because they lend wisdom to some of the biggest challenges standing in the way of becoming a data-informed industry.

“To call in the statistician after the experiment is done may be no more than asking him to perform a post-mortem examination: he may be able to say what the experiment died of.”
 -Sir Ronald Aylmer Fisher

Data helps inform strategy so that organizations may better engage audiences. Too often, data is used as a post-mortem assessment of a program with the aim to validate that program’s use of funds. This is a mistake. At best it misses the learning opportunity, and at worst it feeds our cognitive biases, manipulating outcomes to justify past decisions to external stakeholders. This is misuse of data.


Some of the best theorizing comes after collecting data because then you become aware of another reality.”
– Robert J. Shiller

How much should an organization invest in research on the outset to ensure the realistic outcomes of a major, expensive project and make sure that it will reach its goals? A meager 1%. And yet, many entities build new wings or take on multi-million dollar exhibitions without considering if the immediate impacts in attendance are sustainable. Often, they aren’t. The most innovative and successful projects are enabled by market research – and they may not always be what leaders would have theorized as solutions without data.


“In God we trust. All others must bring data.”
– W. Edwards Deming

To be sure, expert opinion can be important and it has its place. But when creating and cultivating a culture of curiosity that aims to make the most informed decisions, data matters.

“I never guess. It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.” 
– Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

As insider professionals, we suffer from cognitive biases such as confirmation bias. This is the tendency to search for and interpret information so that it conforms to our existing beliefs. When we theorize before we have real life information, we risk making our biggest mistakes and missing the benefit of the information in the first place. Theorizing is guessing.


“He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp posts – for support rather than for illumination.”
– Andrew Lang

Good data illuminates opportunities that help organizations reach their goals. Using data primarily to support things that the board or executive leaders have theorized is a manipulation of data in that it can be riddled with ulterior motives and cognitive biases. Market research – in particular – is best used when it informs decisions rather than when it is used to validate them.


“A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding.”
– Marshall McLuhan

As insider experts, cultural leaders are not representative of target audiences… unless theirs is a museum aiming to reach that specific museum’s leadership team. We can make unintentional mistakes when we forget this. It’s a leader’s responsibility to understand that their point of view is of a sample size of one, and that is not statistically significant. When aiming to create programs that educate and inspire people, those people that we aim to educate and inspire matter most.


“Most of the world will make decisions by either guessing or using their gut. They will be either lucky or wrong.”
– Suhail Doshi

When we don’t have reliable data, we’re guessing. When we guess, we move forward without all of the information that we may need to be successful.


One accurate measurement is worth a thousand expert opinions.
– Grace Hopper

Three cheers for the incredible Grace Hopper, an American pioneer of computer programming! Expert opinions are guesses, and they are often inaccurate. “One accurate measurement” can shine a light on the reality of a situation.



“A person who is gifted sees the essential point and leaves the rest as surplus.”
– Thomas Carlyle

Not everything that can be measured should be measured. Vanity metrics – such as Facebook likes or website page views, for instance – are examples of data for data collection’s sake. They muddy the water for focus on more important metrics, such as an organization’s reputation, ad awareness, visitor satisfaction, and intent to visit. These key performance indicators actually matter. So much of what entities collect and report today does not – and thus dilutes the efficacy of efforts to become a data-driven organization. By focusing on what matters, we can be inspired to make changes that matter.


“The alchemists in their search for gold discovered many other things of greater value.”
– Arthur Schopenhauer

Collecting good data can result in findings that lead to greater insights. This happens regularly in my own work with data. Here’s an example: In aiming to uncover the top reasons why millennials become members to cultural organizations, we found that supporting an organization’s mission matters to this audience. We were intrigued! We added new questions to the National Awareness, Attitudes, and Usage Study and found that mission-motivated members are more satisfied with their memberships and more likely to renew  – regardless of their generational cohort. Now, we have multiple other data points related to this motivation to inform conversations with cultural organizations. In sum, asking one question on behalf of one client organization resulted in our looking into national data and spotting a major trend generally impacting cultural organizations on the whole.

“If statistics are boring, you’ve got the wrong numbers.”
– Edward Tufte

We say at IMPACTS that if data challenges you, then it’s a good sign! It means there’s a possible opportunity to change your organization for the better. If data keeps showing over and over that everything is hunky dory, then you may not be collecting the most helpful information. After all, why collect data that doesn’t help you evolve? If you’re in the “safe zone” with your findings, it may help to look into additional information to find areas for improvement.


“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”
– Aldous Huxley

We can cover our ears and our eyes and pretend certain realities do not exist because they are inconvenient, but that doesn’t make them any less real. Last week, I wrote about some economic realities that cultural organizations willfully ignore. There are many, but that article focused on three: Price-quality heuristics (“people value what they pay for”), the reality of having likely and unlikely audiences, and the cost/benefit of marketing.


“The value of an idea lies in the using of it.”
– Thomas Edison

It’s not enough to collect data or have data. Data must also be interpreted, accepted, and implemented in order for an organization to gain its benefits. These tasks can be just as important as having the data in the first place.


“Things get done only if the data we gather can inform and inspire those in a position to make [a] difference.”
– Mike Schmoker

The data and analysis that an organization or its partners collect (and the large-scale market research that I share here) may only be helpful if its necessity is understood. It may only be helpful if leaders are willing to put healthy organizational evolution ahead of their egos, and it may only be helpful if an organization’s mission (and related financial solvency) is truly central to a team’s motivation. When used successfully, data can inspire us all to grow as effective leaders, challenge our unintentional biases, and lead cultural organizations to success.


“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”
– Albert Einstein

Let’s be clear: Data is helpful insofar as it helps us understand people and behaviors, and how organizations can grow and evolve to best meet the needs of their audiences. My favorite findings are the ones that tie to emotions. There are ways to measure things like awe, relevance, and inspiration – but these are human emotions, and humans are messy. We aren’t always aware of our emotions in the first place! Heretofore – in a world without data that was as accessible – running a cultural organization may have been approximately 90% art and 10% science. I posit that the answer isn’t to become 100% data-driven (including on those fuzzy “matters of the heart”) or be stalled, but to make way for science and consider it a necessity in strategic decision-making. Let’s aim to at least even out art and science in our strategic decision-making. (We are very far from this as a sector, and have a great deal of cultural shift to carry out.)

We’re not short on fuzzy, feelings-based guesses about how to run cultural organizations. In fact, that may be how cultural organizations necessarily had to make decisions in a world wherein audience research was less commonplace and market research was even less accessible. Arguably, leaders had no other choice! Today, it’s our responsibility to our audiences and our missions to make the smartest, most informed choices possible.

Data can be difficult to integrate into decision-making processes, but data can also inspire leaders, and – most importantly – data helps cultural organizations most effectively educate and inspire the world.

Published on: 10/17/18

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