On Choice

Excerpts from Wifred A. Peterson Essay “The Art of Decision”

Without the power to decide, a man’s thoughts and dreams are like vapor blown in the wind.  He goes nowhere until he decides where to go.

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.

Decision is often the difference between greatness and mediocrity.  In every man’s life there comes a time when he must search for a cause, a work, an ideal to which he can give himself.  Whether he says ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to the challenge will determine his future.

Decision is the freeing of one’s self from the morass of fear, doubt, anxiety and uncertainty.  It is the courage to risk a wrong decision rather than to make no decision at all.

Decision awakens the spirit of man.  It gives him a goal, a purpose, a reason for being alive.  Once a major decision is made, carrying it out becomes a matter of will and courage and dedication.  The great decision comes first, the great work follows.



  1. George Eliot

    The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.
  2. Kalil Gibran

    We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.
  3. Jean- Paul Sartre

    We are our choices.
  4. Oscar Wilde

    I won't tell you that the world matters nothing, or the world's voice, or the voice of society. They matter a good deal. They matter far too much. But there are moments when one has to choose between living one's own life, fully, entirely, completely—or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands. You have that moment now. Choose!
  5. Lewis Carol, Alice in Wonderland

    Alice came to a fork in the road. 'Which road do I take?' she asked.
    'Where do you want to go?' responded the Cheshire Cat.
    'I don't know,' Alice answered.
    'Then,' said the Cat, 'it doesn't matter.
  6. Kami Garcia, Beautiful Darkness

    We don't get to chose what is true. We only get to choose what we do about it.
  7. Susan Del Gatto

    If you choose to not deal with an issue,
    then you give up your right of control over the issue
    and it will select the path of least resistance.
  8. Cassandra Claire

    Everyone has choices to make; no one has the right to take those choices away from us. Not even out of love.
  9. Victor Frankl

    The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances
  10. Megzi Meng-tse

    Only when someone refuses to do certain things will he be capable of doing great things.



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