Decisions Quotes

In promotional mode, every day is a series of decisions. You can easily fill up your day with checklist stuff.

— Adam Schlesinger

I need to be allowed to make my own decisions and mistakes, take leaps – and fall – without receiving too much help, because it’s what I’ll be doing for the rest of my life.

— Adora Svitak

In many countries, schools are preparing students to participate in a democratic environment yet schools themselves tend to be extremely autocratic, with all high-level decisions being made by adults.

— Adora Svitak

No disrespect, but I don’t make decisions based on opinions.

— Andre Ward

In ‘Tintin,’ it’s like a live-action role. You’re living and breathing and making decisions for that character from page 1 to page 120, the whole emotional arc. In an animated movie, it’s a committee decision. There are 50 people creating that character. You’re responsible for a small part.

— Andy Serkis

Once you make decisions, you can’t go back, but in photography, that process can continue. With film, you have to eliminate all the possibilities and make the one possibility work the best for you, so you have to become very creative with the direction you’ve chosen.

— Anton Corbijn

As seemingly impossible as it may seem of having zero regrets, when I look at my life now and all the mistakes I’ve made, all the bad decisions I’ve made, all the things I could have done differently or done more in, I don’t think I would have changed anything.

— Apolo Ohno

On the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton emphasized her experience. Yes, experience matters, but judgment matters more. Despite her experience, Hillary Clinton’s poor decisions have produced bad results. Just think about it.

— Asa Hutchinson

I’m not spending every second thinking about the World Cup, but it’s always in my mind when I make choices and decisions.

— Abby Wambach

I can’t speak for other people, but for me, I feel like gone are the days that you need to come out of a closet. I never felt like I was in a closet. I never did. I always felt comfortable with who I am and the decisions I made.

— Abby Wambach

The people themselves, and not their servants, can safely reverse their own deliberate decisions.

— Abraham Lincoln

We think the Dred Scott decision is erroneous. We know the court that made it has often overruled its own decisions, and we shall do what we can to have it overrule this.

— Abraham Lincoln

The dominance of short-term perspectives has led to routine decisions in the markets that sacrifice the long-term buildup of genuine value in pursuit of artificial, short-term gains.

— Al Gore

My main regret about my years in football was keeping my mouth shut like a little mouse, not daring to speak out because I was told you left the managers to get on with the job and that the chairman must never interfere with the manager’s decisions or the performance of his team.

— Alan Sugar

I have a notebook, and I know what decisions will be made in pre-production. Everything is pre-determined in the pre-production period. I visually design the whole thing, and I know when things will happen.

— Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

To shoot a conventional film means that you are always covering yourself. You are putting nets and, in a way, letting bad decisions take over.

— Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

There was so much fear after 9/11, and that fear caused people to make the wrong decisions.

— Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

We make decisions every day about what we’re going to eat. And some people want to buy Nike shoes – two pairs, and other people want to eat Bronx grapes and nourish themselves. I pay a little extra, but this is what I want to do.

— Alice Waters

There will be very few occasions when you are absolutely certain about anything. You will consistently be called upon to make decisions with limited information. That being the case, your goal should not be to eliminate uncertainty. Instead, you must develop the art of being clear in the face of uncertainty.

— Andy Stanley

We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.

— Arianna Huffington

I don’t believe war is a way to solve problems. I think it’s wrong. I don’t have respect for the people that made the decisions to go on with war. I don’t have that much respect for Bush. He’s about war, I’m not about war – a lot of people aren’t about war.

— Avril Lavigne

As a little girl, I didn’t like stories about little girls. I liked stories about dragons and beasts and princes and princesses and fear and terror and the Four Musketeers and almost anything other than nice little girls making moral decisions about whether to tell the teacher about what the other little girl did or did not do.

— A. S. Byatt

Focus on the long term, and always do what’s right to grow the company and not make short-term decisions. And outlast everyone one.

— Adam D’Angelo

In this job, you’re going to make decisions. You’ll say things that some people are going to love them, some people are going to hate them. It’s just part of the job.

— Alberto Gonzales

You have to be in movies that make money to be offered work. Basically that’s the equation. There’s no real way around that. That said, you don’t ever make decisions solely for that reason.

— Alessandro Nivola

But I think the credit has to go to Geddy… he spent a lot of time in the studio with Paul, I think he needed that kind of focus to be in there to be a part of the whole thing, and for the most part he made all the major decisions.

— Alex Lifeson

Cities are responsible for the vast majority of the creation of the economy. They’re also places into which we pour the vast majority of resources, the vast majority of energy and the places where a huge percentage of the decisions about how systems are built and how products designed, etc., happen.

— Alex Steffen

Makeup is something that a female has to reckon with every single day. Whether you wear it or don’t, you’re always making decisions about wearing it or not, or how you’re wearing it, and what that means.

— Alexandra Kleeman

When the new ownership came in, they made some decisions I wasn’t pleased with. And when they changed the whole aspect of it, I just totally lost interest.

— Alonzo Mourning

I’ve got to make some decisions just like any other player that has ever played this game, that eventually the clock stops, their basketball clock stops.

— Alonzo Mourning

Since I don’t come from a privileged background, I couldn’t afford to be irresponsible with career decisions. I wrote two books alongside my job and resigned only when I realised I can make a living.

— Amish Tripathi

Films are all about decisions, and that’s what I love.

— Andrea Arnold

You’ve got to do what’s right, or what you think is right. And you’ve got to make tough decisions. And you’ve got to be willing to take on your friends when you disagree with them.

— Antonio Villaraigosa

We have the wrong impression of life. We think the very big incidents of our lives are consequences of huge dilemmas or major decisions. If we paid attention, we’d realize that the determining incidents in our lives are ordinary things.

— Asghar Farhadi

As a producer, I think one of the most important decisions you make is not necessarily the material you are working on but the production apparatus that you choose to develop the project with, and that determines what funding you go to, it determines many factors.

— Atom Egoyan

The best decisions are taken quickly and well. You can prepare yourself, have all aspects of the game thought through, but the one who shines on the pitch is the one with intuition.

— Adolfo Cambiaso

To be stuck with that Kardashian label, that was so hurtful to me and to my career. I probably realized that too late – not that it would’ve affected my decisions in terms of who I dated, but it would’ve affected my decision to appear on the show.

— Adrienne Bailon

So I think that is from the European perspective, for the European future, this engagement can be one of the most important and effective decisions in the last 50 years maybe.

— Aleksander Kwasniewski

Try to remember that decisions are made by individual, fallible personalities, not gods. It’s hard. I know.

— Andrea Seigel

There are so many cruel decisions parents have to make when their child dies. The funeral director requested a sheet for the coffin, and I sent the cozy flannel one, pale blue with happy snowmen, that had just been put away with the winter linens.

— Ann Hood

A belief in God helps provide a foundation to arbitrate our decisions. Without this foundation, we are condemned to live essentially formless lives.

— Armstrong Williams

Private is our DNA, in my DNA. It enables us to make decisions for the long term.

— Anthony Pratt

Referring the matter to a committee’ can be a device for diluting authority, diffusing responsibility and delaying decisions.

— Antony Jay

I have been offered roles in other things, so it’s just about making sure I make my decisions wisely because I don’t really want to be typecast.

— Ashley Thomas

The decisions I’ve made have not always been the most popular, but when I look back, I want to know I’ve played for good football teams.

— Alan Smith

Thanks to health reform, women across the country with private insurance can get birth control without paying out of pocket. This lets women make the health care decisions that are right for them and puts every one of us in charge of our own reproductive health.

— Ann McLane Kuster

We’re strongly in favor of the U.N. plan for a solution to the Cyprus conflict. Hopefully a solution can be found before the end of this summit, but we cannot and will not let it block our decisions on enlargement.

— Anders Fogh Rasmussen

One of the best decisions we made on the ‘Arrow’ pilot was to have the Deathstroke mask. Within 30 seconds, you knew you were watching a DC comics show.

— Andrew Kreisberg

The busier you are, the less time you have to make decisions.

— Armando Iannucci

The one thing about program television that’s absolutely incompatible with any concept of art is that all decisions have to be made by program directors, whereas art is autonomous. It may be dependent, but it knows no superiors.

— Alexander Kluge

In any country, governance issues are there. Challenges are there, pressures are there. When multi-party coalitions take decisions, sometimes delays will be there. But that is what democracy is: it is beauty or it’s challenge.

— Anand Sharma

We know that the decisions we reach will have a profound impact on the communities hosting our military installations, and more importantly, on the people who bring those communities to life.

— Anthony Principi

The work that I feel is most authentically mine is the one that is my first reaction, the first thing that feels like the truth. In aggregate, those choices, those series of decisions, create your point of view, your visual language.

— Andrew Zuckerman

If the critics are right that I’ve made all my decisions based on polls, then I must not be very good at reading them.

— Barack Obama

To minimize market uncertainty and achieve the maximum effect of its policies, the Federal Reserve is committed to providing the public as much information as possible about the uses of its balance sheet, plans regarding future uses of its balance sheet, and the criteria on which the relevant decisions are based.

— Ben Bernanke

In life, everybody faces choices between doing what’s popular, easy, and wrong vs. doing what’s lonely, difficult, and right. These decisions intensify when you run a company, because the consequences get magnified 1,000 fold. As in life, the excuses for CEOs making the wrong choice are always plentiful.

— Ben Horowitz

Every employee in a company depends on the C.E.O. to make fast, high-quality decisions.

— Ben Horowitz

In a company, hundreds of decisions get made, but objectives and goals are thin.

— Ben Horowitz

We’re willing to make difficult and hard decisions and compromises to live in peace with our neighbours, but we’re entitled to our own country where Jews from around the world can come here, just as Palestinians from around the world can come to the Palestinian state.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

The Obama administration is fighting to block access to names of visitors to the White House, taking up the Bush administration argument that a president doesn’t have to reveal who comes calling to influence policy decisions.

— Bill Dedman

I bought a laptop in 1999, and it was quite liberating, because I could make a lot of my own decisions.

— Bjork

Despite two decisions, in 2008 and 2010, by the U.S. Supreme Court unequivocally affirming that the Second Amendment to the Constitution guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms against infringement by the government, state legislatures continue to do just that – enact laws that significantly infringe this fundamental human right.

— Bob Barr

Obviously, if the commander makes certain decisions that the reporter thinks is inhibiting his right to report a legitimate story, he has to appeal to the commander’s boss to get that changed.

— Bob Schieffer

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 Woodward

We are the greatest computers in this world, but now we’ve created the smart phone which is smarter than us now, but we’re still making dumb decisions. We have given our creations more power than we have, and that to me is dumb.

— Bootsy Collins

Romania will not be able to evolve if it continues to take cruel decisions against sensitive creatures, which are under the protection of European law.

— Brigitte Bardot

Medical professionals, not insurance company bureaucrats, should be making health care decisions.

— Barbara Boxer

Increasing inequality in income distribution in this country has broader policy implications, and there is also the growing problem of perverse incentives that result from executives receiving grossly disproportionate compensation based on decisions they themselves take.

— Barney Frank

But when others suggested that the poor should not simply be the objects of these programs but also the subjects – that they should be actively involved in shaping the programs, making decisions about how to spend the money etc. – some of the previous supporters reconsidered.

— Barney Frank

In this view, the role of the great majority of Americans is simply to buy the products produced, work happily for their wages, and leave all of the significant economic decisions to the capitalists.

— Barney Frank

Investing is about making probabilistic decisions with limited information about an unknowable future. The variables are well known, as are the possible outcomes.

— Barry Ritholtz

Maybe I’m naive, but I subscribe to the idea that nobody is actually making strategic decisions about their career. Trying to do that would be like playing three-card monte on Canal Street.

— Benjamin Walker

In order to win in this league, you have to have a quarterback who can make all the throws, who makes great decisions, somebody who can get you out of bad situations, that just gives you a chance.

— Benjamin Watson

Decisions! And a general, a commander in chief who has not got the quality of decision, then he is no good.

— Bernard Law Montgomery

Medical care is one of the only sectors in which Americans are asked to make significant, long-term decisions without knowing the exact price of those decisions up front. Americans deserve to make informed decisions about their medical options.

— Bill Flores

After a breakup, it takes a couple weeks for the fog to settle, but it’s always a period of self-priority and growth. Life presents you with so many decisions. A lot of times, they’re right in front of your face and they’re really difficult, but we must make them.

— Brittany Murphy

I’ve never formally trained in acting, so I’m very instinctual and visceral with decisions.

— Brittany Murphy

Life presents you with so many decisions. A lot of times, they’re right in front of your face and they’re really difficult, but we must make them.

— Brittany Murphy

Decisions need to be made in milliseconds out on the field, and you need to almost know what the other guy is thinking and exactly what he’s going to do.

— Brock Osweiler

Sometimes you’ve got to make a hard decision, and there’s a real reluctance to make hard decisions in Washington.

— Blake Farenthold

Census data influences decisions made from Main Street to Wall Street, in Congress and with the Federal Reserve. Not to mention, the American people who look to, and trust, the data the government releases on our nation’s unemployment, state of our economy, and health insurance coverage.

— Blake Farenthold

I have a song called ‘Decisions’ that features Jamie Foxx, Mary J. Blige, John Legend and Common. It’s about people who have made a decision to really stand by you as friends.

— Busta Rhymes

And yes, there’s a simplicity to writing books because you’re not a member of a team, so you make all the decisions yourself instead of deferring to a committee.

— Bernard Cornwell

I think that it’s important if you run for President that you have to make those important decisions. And your father, if he can help, probably, he helps just by being your father without getting intimately involved.

— Birch Bayh

All governments in all wars have used all the means at their disposal to put their own motives, decisions and actions, and the actions of their military forces, in the best possible light.

— Bruce Jackson

When it comes to making decisions, I will come down on the side of Nebraska every time. If I have to choose between the White House and the farmhouse, I choose the farmhouse.

— Ben Nelson

I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that.

— Bev Perdue

In any case, decisions on troop levels in the American system of government are not made by any general or set of generals but by the civilian leadership of the war effort.

— Bill Kristol

Socialism is when government’s taking care of you, you send all your money to the government, the government decides how to spend it instead of letting the people spend it and make all those decisions.

— Bob Latta

There are lots of people shaping decisions, and so if we want to predict correctly, we have to pay attention to everybody who is trying to shape the outcome, not just the people at the pinnacle of the decision-making pyramid.

— Bruce Bueno de Mesquita

Game management, game decisions, adjustments, seeing things during games – it’s all important.

— Bill Belichick

I missed a lot of decisions. At the time of making such a decision, there was no doubt in my mind as to its correctness. However, a second or two later I felt that I erred and wished I could change my original ruling.

— Billy Evans

Amazon is famously run by studying and responding to its own data yet when it comes to promotions, decisions are often subjective and guided by human emotions and petty political dynamics.

— Brad Stone

When you’re 20, we all make stupid and impulsive decisions.

— Brian Bosworth

Washington politicians think that government can make better decisions than you and me. But we know better. We know it’s smaller, less intrusive government that will lead to real economic prosperity. We know it’s business-friendly policies, not more red tape, that will create real growth.

— Brad Wenstrup

Do not be afraid to make decisions, do not be afraid to make mistakes.

— Carly Fiorina

If a decision-making process is flawed and dysfunctional, decisions will go awry.

— Carly Fiorina

I felt disconnected from the decisions made in Washington and, to be honest, really didn’t think my vote mattered because I didn’t have a direct line of sight from my vote to a result.

— Carly Fiorina

Good political leadership for me involves getting the big decisions right – however difficult, however controversial, however potentially divisive – and then being able to take people with you.

— Charles Kennedy

Once you’ve achieved success, and you’re making decisions that are working, I don’t understand why anyone would be second-guessing themselves.

— Chelsea Handler

If we make the tough decisions now, we will be one year ahead of 80 percent of the states in the race to economic growth. If we fail to act, we will fall even further behind… by going first, we can become first.

— Chris Christie

The point of having a director is that they make the final decision it’s their point of view, they set the rhythm and they make the final decisions.

— Christian Bale

Foreign policy is all about a universe of bad decisions, imperfect decisions every situation is different. The dynamics, the atmospherics, the people, the pressures, the geopolitical realities shift.

— Chuck Hagel

Freedom of expression – in particular, freedom of the press – guarantees popular participation in the decisions and actions of government, and popular participation is the essence of our democracy.

— Corazon Aquino

As a guy that had been told to drop out many times as I was coming up, I don’t think you should tell any candidate about what they should do and what decisions they should make.

— Cory Booker

The whole enterprise of teaching managers is steeped in the ethic of data-driven analytical support. The problem is, the data is only available about the past. So the way we’ve taught managers to make decisions and consultants to analyze problems condemns them to taking action when it’s too late.

— Clayton M. Christensen

One of the challenges with a government health system, like in the UK, with all of this data, is that you have a government making decisions on which treatments they’ll pay for and which ones they won’t. That’s a dangerous, dangerous, place to get into society.

— Craig Venter

Going around not fully believing that you’re going to die is really problematic because it affects how you think about the future of the planet, about the future of your own life, about the decisions you’re making.

— Caitlin Doughty

All my other relationships with men, there was so much maneuvering and strategic decisions and stuff.

— Carol Leifer

The bedrock of our democracy is the rule of law and that means we have to have an independent judiciary, judges who can make decisions independent of the political winds that are blowing.

— Caroline Kennedy

The American people, in their own families, they understand that you have to do that. You have to make the tough decisions. You have to get your budget. You have got to put it in order. And they expect their elected officials and their leaders to do likewise.

— Cathy McMorris Rodgers

If I want to make political decisions, I should stand for election. If I want to do something in the legal field, that’s different that is my – they are my qualifications, but you know, the politicians are the ones who stand up there and are answerable to the people.

— Cherie Blair

I make decisions based on my work, not based on meetings with my business managers, who I don’t like to meet.

— Chris Robinson

At some point, you realize your parents are human. They make the best decisions they can with the options available to them.

— Cory Monteith

We’ve established a Washington State Academy of Sciences that will enable us to make decisions based on science about what is right for our state, meaning the quality of our lives will get better.

— Christine Gregoire

I look under the skin of countries’ economies, and I help them make better decisions and be stronger, to prosper and create employment.

— Christine Lagarde

I always save a few special outfits for the final rounds of a tournament, because they put me in a more positive mindset and I then make better decisions.

— Camilo Villegas

I’m strongly for a patient Bill of Rights. Decisions ought to be made by doctors, not accountants.

— Chuck Schumer

I’d like to see the health care professionals making decisions, not some bureaucrat in Indianapolis working for an insurance company.

— Chuck Schumer

Mitt Romney would move the Court even further right, putting landmark decisions like Roe v. Wade at risk. Some say Romney would repeat the past. I disagree – he’d be worse.

— Chuck Schumer

I’m a big baseball fan, and I feel proprietary about the Dodgers. I’m not the owner. I’m not the manager. But I feel passionate about the decisions that they make, and I take it personally when they make decisions I don’t like.

— Carlton Cuse

When you’re on the Olympic team at 15, you don’t do anything else. There’s no normal social development, and your decisions are made for you.

— Cathy Rigby

We must have systems of checks and balances to make sure that those people who are making critical decisions for our country are held accountable, and nowhere is that more important than in the area of national security.

— Chris Van Hollen

I don’t make decisions for money or popularity. I do things because they’re right for me, and they’re interesting and challenging.

— Clare Balding

When you have all these traces of trash moving around, you can ask yourself how can we make the system more efficient. Then we can make better decisions. And perhaps we will not throw away the plastic bottles that go every day to the dump.

— Carlo Ratti

Have a picture in mind of the kind of career you want, the kind of writer you want to be. This will help you make tough decisions when you reach crossroads – choosing an agent, deciding to accept deals.

— Carrie Vaughn

To be a good producer, one needs to be able to eat lunch, and make ill-informed decisions.

— Cindy Morgan

I’m not a businessperson. I have no sense of money. My mom does everything for me. She makes all my decisions for me, and even buys my clothes. She’s very protective.

— Coco Lee

When you are alone, you need to take many decisions, and you can make mistakes.

— Christian Cota

In our education system, we are taught to munch figures and remember them for lifetime. But does it help? We are not taught how to make decisions.

— Chetan Bhagat

Kenya, being a third world country, from a young age your eyes are open to the real world. I’d like to think growing up there taught me to stand on my own two feet, make my own decisions about what I wanted to be.

— Chris Froome

Today’s energy mix is the result of yesterday’s consumer habits, considerable investment, and various political decisions. The potential of renewable energies, now a well-established fact, is undeniable if given the time to arrive at the technical and economic maturity that will free them from subsidization policies.

— Christophe de Margerie

The part of capitalism that doesn’t work for me is when capitalists make decisions in the way that Adam Smith suggested, which is that as long as you do everything in the interest of the investor, you’re going to actually make the best decisions for all other stakeholders. I don’t happen to agree with that.

— Danny Meyer

When I was younger, I made some decisions that I shouldn’t have. And, in hindsight, I’ve almost always been wrong when I haven’t listened to myself.

— Daniel Day-Lewis

Policy makers, like most people, normally feel that they already know all the psychology and all the sociology they are likely to need for their decisions. I don’t think they are right, but that’s the way it is.

— Daniel Kahneman

We think, each of us, that we’re much more rational than we are. And we think that we make our decisions because we have good reasons to make them. Even when it’s the other way around. We believe in the reasons, because we’ve already made the decision.

— Daniel Kahneman

Optimistic people play a disproportionate role in shaping our lives. Their decisions make a difference they are inventors, entrepreneurs, political and military leaders – not average people. They got to where they are by seeking challenges and taking risks.

— Daniel Kahneman

Friends are sometimes a big help when they share your feelings. In the context of decisions, the friends who will serve you best are those who understand your feelings but are not overly impressed by them.

— Daniel Kahneman

Life tends to be an accumulation of a lot of mundane decisions, which often gets ignored.

— David Byrne

At a time when we’re having to take such difficult decisions about how to cut back without damaging the things that matter the most, we should strain every sinew to cut error, waste and fraud.

— David Cameron

The decisions of law courts should never be printed: in the long run, they form a counter authority to the law.

— Denis Diderot

I actually don’t hope for a legacy. I think that it impedes your ability to make the hard decisions if you sit around saying, ‘How will this affect my legacy?’

— David Stern

When you’re 40, you can’t ride the fence anymore. You gotta make definite decisions about your life.

— Dolly Parton

If the staff lacks policy guidance against which to test decisions, their decisions will be random.

— Donald Rumsfeld

In the execution of Presidential decisions work to be true to his views, in fact and tone.

— Donald Rumsfeld

See that the President, the Cabinet and staff are informed. If cut out of the information flow, their decisions may be poor, not made, or not confidently or persuasively implemented.

— Donald Rumsfeld

I have made the tough decisions, always with an eye toward the bottom line. Perhaps it’s time America was run like a business.

— Donald Trump

No one remembers how the American people responded day-to-day, week-to-week, or month-to-month about the decisions that Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower made during the most dangerous decades in American and world history. But we know now that they did what was right, and we honor them for it.

— Donna Brazile

Napster is a consumer revolt. Napster is about my right to have this music and to share if I’ve paid for it. You know, so we start to see our decisions, our opportunities, our every choice is a consumer choice.

— Douglas Rushkoff

The cloud is still really just a bunch of servers, owned by someone or something, whose decisions and competence must be trusted. This applies to everything from Google Docs to Gmail: Putting our data out there really means putting it ‘out there.’

— Douglas Rushkoff

While eschewing emotion – and its companion, vulnerability – Obama should be careful not to sacrifice empathy, the ‘I feel your pain’ connection that sustained Clinton. This connection is the shorthand people use to measure their leaders’ intentions. If people believe you’re on their side, they will trust your decisions.

— Dee Dee Myers

If people believe you’re on their side, they will trust your decisions.

— Dee Dee Myers

One thing I think is least realistic is that there were five people that made decisions in the fictional ‘West Wing.’ In real life, there are about five million people that weigh in.

— Dee Dee Myers

If you take your kid in for the sniffles, you pay $20, but the full cost is $200. And so we need to get back to the price system where you see the full cost of health care, and then people will make smarter decisions. That will reduce health care costs, and it’s a huge part of our economy.

— Dave Brat

Girls think that being glamorous means making mistakes and being irresponsible. And that’s just not true. The smarter you are, the better prepared you are to make decisions in your life, the more likely you are to lead a satisfying life and be glamorous and fun and anything you want to be.

— Danica McKellar

In the end, human history is made up of all our decisions.

— David Miliband

From making documentaries all these years, it doesn’t feel right to lead someone. In narratives, I’m always trying to shoot as though it’s really happening, and I trust my actors are going to make decisions that I’m going to be following. I want to follow them.

— Derek Cianfrance

We, as conservative intellectuals, should not be in the business of making excuses for bad parliamentary decisions by Republican leaders in Congress.

— David Frum

We should teach the students, as well as executives, how to conduct experiments, how to examine data, and how to use these tools to make better decisions.

— Dan Ariely

As a CEO, you get sucked into dealing with all the tasks of being a CEO. There’s a big meeting, a big discussion, and you get into all the big issues, which is your job. But what CEOs often lose sight of is that it’s all about the people who work for you. For every 1,000 decisions, 999 were being made when I was not in the room.

— Douglas Conant

When business executives are making the artistic decisions and don’t understand animation, things can go awry.

— Don Bluth

That’s the thing about Lionsgate. They are fearless. No other studio would have made ‘Hunger Games’ the way they did. They’re being fearless in the way they make decisions, and it’s paying off for them.

— Drew Goddard

In a lot of ways, it was a huge relief, not being a member of a troupe, being able to make your own decisions and kind of live your own life.

— Dave Foley

I really like the mission at SurveyMonkey, which is, we help people make better decisions. It’s just a great thing.

— Dave Goldberg

Invite characters of surprising and moral character, or at least those who grapple with what is right or those who make decisions that shock.

— David Bergen

I believe that those closest to the children should be making the decisions about how funds should be spent, what the curriculum should look like, and what’s the best way to help our students.

— David Ige

Our nation must manage significant national security challenges over the next several years. We are already facing a potential conflict with Iraq, new challenges on the Korean peninsula, and key decisions in the president’s plans to transform the military.

— Duncan Hunter

Please, let patients help improve healthcare. Let patients help steer our decisions, strategic and practical. Let patients help define what value in medicine is.

— Dave deBronkart

I think that we must find some way to get more common sense, more rationality, in our decisions and less emotion.

— David Packard

It’s interesting that there are only two groups of people in our country who are not held accountable for their behavior or decisions. One is exempted by the constitution, and that is foreign diplomats. The other, through a loophole, is HMOs.

— Debbie Stabenow

What I thought we ought to try to do in a book like this is to focus closely on Lincoln, himself, to see what he knew, how he knew it, how he came to make the decisions that he did, and how he implemented them.

— David Herbert Donald

While Washington pays lip service to the challenges facing small businesses, it repeatedly chooses its own expansion over results. In effect, government has become a huge silent partner in all businesses, often taking a majority of the profits and forcing many unprofitable business decisions without the risk that it will be fired.

— David Malpass

I love it and it is a blessing to be able to have seventy-five to eighty episodes to develop a character and find your voice. You have a similar through voice, and yet you are making different decisions, and so you act differently and you make different choices, as that is what your character would do.

— David Zayas

There’s so much that can influence kids and young adults now, you just have to raise them the best you can and hope they make the right decisions.

— Dell Curry

I don’t think I have ever taken any ‘offbeat’ advice. Actually, I don’t know I take any advice very often. I trust my own instincts and seek out information so I can make fully informed decisions. That’s what’s worked for me.

— Diane Hendricks

It’s great to go on your own and discover new things just for yourself, to meet new people and all that. If you’re all on your own, then there is nobody there to guide you and you have to make all the decisions for yourself. It’s quite liberating in a way.

— Dido Armstrong

I spent a lot of my childhood in my own head, making up stories. I didn’t have a lot of outside influences, so I was able to make my own decisions about what I wanted to do.

— Dido Armstrong

Win or lose, I’ve been fortunate to be able to pitch deep enough into games to get decisions.

— Dontrelle Willis

I have consistently supported laws ensuring women are able to make their own health care decisions, and I will continue to protect women’s access to contraceptives and reproductive health care.

— Dan Maffei

I think the biggest difference is in live action, you show up, and there’s a set there and a ground to stand on, at least, and in animation, there’s kinda nothing. You are making decisions on everything.

— Dan Scanlon

You make decisions, take actions, affect the world, receive feedback from the world, incorporate it into yourself, then the updated ‘you’ makes more decisions, and so forth, ’round and ’round.

— Douglas Hofstadter

When the Americans are behind you, they’re behind you 100%, and this gives you real confidence as an architect. They expect you to lead a building project – to make the kind of big and costly decisions that, in Britain, have been handed over to project managers and cost-cutters.

— David Chipperfield

If you want to be a modern citizen of the world, you have to be minimally capable in technology. It’s a new literacy test. Technology rules your outcome in life. And software is making a lot of decisions in our lives.

— Daniel Suarez

When I get into a bad mood, I do sports and then everything’s OK. And then I go and make decisions, however painful they may be.

— Dmitry Medvedev

Unlike tennis matches, Supreme Court decisions are tiebreaker-free, meaning the lower-court ruling stands without any high-court guidance.

— Don Willett

Israel must take decisions that are good to Israel. We must not try to satisfy anyone else, including our closest ally, the United States of America.

— Danny Danon

I’m not in the business of changing policies. I hope to inform, not form, decisions.

— Dalia Mogahed

I like to think I would not have approved those methods in the past, but I do not fault those who made the decisions at that time, and I will absolutely defend those who carried out the interrogations within the orders they were given.

— Dennis C. Blair

It is imperative that we make consumers more aware of the long-term effects of their financial decisions, particularly in managing their credit card debt, so that they can avoid financial pitfalls that may lead to bankruptcy.

— Daniel Akaka

I do not believe, given her past decisions and comments on the reasons to go to war in Iraq, that Dr. Rice will be able to represent the United States without a predetermined bias from the war.

— Daniel Akaka

I think when it comes to decisions, I try not to be emotional. To drown out the noise and look at the important facts.

— David Tepper

At least I make decisions based on what I think is right, not who my friends might be.

— Dick Murphy

In my position as prime minister, I bear the highest responsibility for decisions.

— Ehud Olmert

Too often the great decisions are originated and given form in bodies made up wholly of men, or so completely dominated by them that whatever of special value women have to offer is shunted aside without expression.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

I have an amazing team I have amazing producers I have amazing writers, but at the end of it, it’s me making the decisions on the writing, the tone, the editing.

— Ellen DeGeneres

Everybody makes personal decisions that are right for them and if you’re in political life, you’re used to having those analyzed.

— Elizabeth Edwards

I know how important it is to have your quarterback standing upright. Matter of fact, I know how important it is not to allow someone hit on him period because I want him to think that this pocket is completely safe, no one is going to get to me and I got all the time in the world to make whatever decisions I need to make.

— Emmitt Smith

You’re not going to be able to deliver jobs locally unless you sort out the nation’s problems, and that’s why the big and difficult decisions about Ireland’s economy have been so crucial and so difficult for people to have to accept and have to deal with, but the reality is the people gave this government an unprecedented mandate.

— Enda Kenny

HubSpot has used the lean startup method to build a spectacularly successful company. What I particularly love about HubSpot is that they are so geeked out on data analysis and making evidence-based decisions, which are at the heart of the Lean Startup process.

— Eric Ries

We had a big controversy in the United States when there was a limited number of dialysis machines. In Seattle, they appointed what they called a ‘God committee’ to choose who should get it, and that committee was eventually abandoned. Society ended up paying the whole bill for dialysis instead of having people make those decisions.

— Ezekiel Emanuel

In making policy designed with copyright in mind, you end up making decisions about whether other important technologies, such as privacy-enhancing or file-search technologies, should be encouraged or discouraged. A collision is happening between creativity and protecting IP.

— Edward Felten

With the globalization, it’s difficult for governments to impose decisions on private companies.

— Ehud Barak

If you establish a right unity government, you create an effective platform to make… decisions because you have wider support of your own party.

— Ehud Barak

If I am confirmed, I will commit to show Heller and the principles articulated in it the full measure of respect that is due to all constitution decisions of the court.

— Elena Kagan

To be an effective leader and make sound decisions, you must be able to gather data by seeking out diverse perspectives and be willing to consider points of view other than your own.

— Elizabeth Thornton

But particularly when the media profess to strive toward objectivity, gatekeepers play a crucial role in helping people navigate the news to make educated political decisions.

— Eric Alterman

In my career, which has been fairly two-dimensional, people make decisions based on your persona.

— Erin O’Connor

I think there’s a tendency, and it’s an understandable tendency, to imagine that China makes decisions out of a grand strategy. The reality is that I think China today is operating, most of all, based on its domestic needs.

— Evan Osnos

The country needs someone with experience and determination to make tough decisions. All the money aside, it is important that Greece restore its reputation.

— Evangelos Venizelos

While hereditary chiefs inhabit the apex of our traditional social systems, it would be a mistake to think they hold all the power. They aren’t kings. They aren’t dictators. They’re answerable to their clans and their matriarchs. All decisions that affect our communities require lengthy, deliberate discussions and careful negotiation.

— Eden Robinson

My parents are always supportive of anything their kids do. They point out the pros and cons, but they let you make your own decisions, and when it’s bad they stick by you.

— Eleanor Mondale

It feels great to have your own views reflected back to you, and you feel so right, but actually it’s very dangerous. Because to make good decisions, you need to have a clear view of what all the options are.

— Eli Pariser

As a former mayor, I know that local governments must have control over land use decisions.

— Elton Gallegly

The last eight years have created a lot of deep-seated hostility. People take political decisions very personally, and today there is a constant, ongoing attack, with one side or the other being maligned.

— Fred F. Fielding

My predecessor, P. W. Botha, had an inner circle, and I did not like it. I preferred decisions to evolve out of cabinet discussions. That way, we achieved real co-ownership of our policies.

— F. W. de Klerk

You teach your kids about your beliefs and tell them what you think is right and the conclusions that you’ve come to from living in the world, and then they can make their own decisions.

— Flea

As a scientist, you’re not supposed to make decisions without the data.

— Francis Collins

But obviously, we can’t afford to make some bad long-term decisions with regard to basic commitments our country has – trade those away for some short-term assistance that may or may not be there a month from now.

— Fred Thompson

We just ask the agency to make reasonable and honest decisions, and the public deserves no less.

— Fred Thompson

If the discussion centres on the essential principle of the E.U., the free movement of people and the ability to make decisions together, in that case, we don’t want treaty change.

— Francois Hollande

It is one of my pet hates when I see players who have agents who do everything for them. They don’t know how to set up their own bank accounts, they don’t know what they are spending their money on and they can’t make their own decisions.

— Gary Neville

I don’t have to ask anyone’s permission to do anything. It’s nice not have to get decisions out of three, sometimes four people, which can be like pulling teeth. So the amount of control that I have over what I’m doing is better for me as a solo artist.

— Graham Nash

I admire David Lynch so much, and I think he made some bad decisions with Lost Highway.

— Greg Egan

The real damper on employee engagement is the soggy, cold blanket of centralized authority. In most companies, power cascades downwards from the CEO. Not only are employees disenfranchised from most policy decisions, they lack even the power to rebel against egocentric and tyrannical supervisors.

— Gary Hamel

We’re on the verge of a financial collapse unless we balance the budget, and that means some really, really tough decisions.

— Gary Johnson

Never negotiate with kids. They don’t have life experience, and they don’t have repercussions for bad decisions they still get fed and housed.

— Gene Simmons

A director makes 100 decisions an hour. Students ask me how you know how to make the right decision, and I say to them, ‘If you don’t know how to make the right decision, you’re not a director.’

— George Lucas

As a first-time director, you act a lot like a teenager. I made decisions because I was hotheaded. My skin broke out. I was trying to understand who I am.

— Gia Coppola

I feel that if I am freed of the burden of politics, then I can do more and I can take more unpopular decisions. I can have as my guidance for decision whatever is right, not whatever is popular.

— Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

I feel that if I am freed of the burden of politics, then I can do more, and I can take more unpopular decisions.

— Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

The action we take and the decisions we make in this decade will have consequences far into this century. If America shows weakness and uncertainty, the world will drift toward tragedy. That will not happen on my watch.

— George W. Bush

There’s no difference between one’s killing and making decisions that will send others to kill. It’s exactly the same thing, or even worse.

— Golda Meir

When you manage your company for long-term shareholders, and you manage the company for clients, two of the biggest stakeholders, you will make the right decisions.

— Ginni Rometty

The bigger a company gets, the more people are involved in decisions, the slower decisions get made. Look, the whole theory of startups is that three motivated people can go and do something that every company can’t.

— Garrett Camp

Despite my involvement in difficult and sometimes controversial questions I have received consistent support from the people of Ashfield. They have recognised that it is necessary to take difficult decisions, that newspapers do not always report fairly or accurately.

— Geoff Hoon

The only realistic view is that a human life arises gradually, which is not much help in making personal decisions or devising public policy.

— George C. Williams

In this digital age, there is no place to hide behind public relations people. This digital age requires leaders to be visible and authentic and to be able to communicate the decisions they’ve made and why they’ve made them, to be able to acknowledge when they’ve made a mistake and to move forward, to engage in the debate.

— Gail Kelly

However, the economics of our business continued to deteriorate. We barely escaped bankruptcy a year ago, and in the aftermath of that escape we had to make some even tougher decisions.

— Gerard Arpey

Proponents of efficiency standards argue that they save consumers and businesses money, reduce energy use, and reduce emissions. But families and businesses already understand how energy costs impact their lives and make decisions accordingly.

— Gina McCarthy

Society is becoming less and less transparent. People no longer know where decisions that substantially affect their lives are taken, nor by whom, nor how.

— Georg Henrik von Wright

I never participated in far-reaching political decisions, since I never belonged to the circle of the closest associates of Adolf Hitler, neither was I consulted by Adolf Hitler on general political questions, nor did I ever take part in conferences about such problems.

— Hans Frank

For its health, cricket needs to look outward to the sharpest minds, to people who sustain and nurture brands and often take hard but necessary decisions. Cricket cannot be bound by cricketing minds alone.

— Harsha Bhogle

I want to say that maybe I’ve made some wrong decisions, but I’m still an honorable person, and I intend to take care of all of my obligations.

— Harmon Killebrew

Ethical decisions ensure that everyone’s best interests are protected. When in doubt, don’t.

— Harvey Mackay

I was for civil unions and believed strongly that the flow of benefits and protections that would be provided in a civil union for same-sex couples, the decisions that have to be made, when health hardships are faced, when economic hardships are faced, I wanted all of those protections. I never strayed from them.

— Harold Ford, Jr.

Communities don’t think, don’t believe, don’t want, don’t have needs, don’t have interests and don’t make decisions. Only individuals have minds that generate desires and needs – and only individuals can make choices and decisions.

— Harry Browne

Along with our many human propensities, we evolved a huge cerebral cortex with which we make decisions.

— Helen Fisher

High office teaches decision making, not substance. It consumes intellectual capital it does not create it. Most high officials leave office with the perceptions and insights with which they entered they learn how to make decisions but not what decisions to make.

— Henry Kissinger

It has been hard to get my head around how Justice Antonin Scalia rationalizes his decisions. His body blow to the Voting Rights Act was a head scratcher, but at least he was calm when he attempted to justify his odd logic.

— Henry Rollins

I got a chance to work with Miles Davis, and that changed everything for me, ’cause Miles really encouraged all his musicians to reach beyond what they know, go into unknown territory and explore. It’s made a difference to me and the decisions that I’ve made over the years about how to approach a project in this music.

— Herbie Hancock

Now, look, I – I like to look at evidence. I plead to that. I think evidence is important when you’re making decisions that affect other people’s lives.

— Hillary Clinton

When does life start? When does it end? Who makes these decisions?… Every day, in hospitals and homes and hospices… people are struggling with those profound issues.

— Hillary Clinton

And a tiny number of people in a few states make these decisions, and we’re left with these options that are increasingly not attractive to the American people.

— Hamilton Jordan

When you’re down on yourself, and when you are hunkering down and pulling back, you’re not going to make any better decisions than when you were aggressively, belligerently putting yourself forward.

— Hillary Clinton

The days, months, and years eventually reveal, like a Polaroid, a clear picture of how significant events and decisions ultimately shape our lives.

— Hoda Kotb

A two-speed Europe will not be a strong Europe. The idea of making decisions and policies in a narrow circle, disregarding smaller EU members, will make it hard to engage them to commit to a common policy, which will weaken the union.

— Georgi Parvanov

A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.

— Grantland Rice

Mindfulness means being aware of how you’re deploying your attention and making decisions about it, and not letting the tweet or the buzzing of your BlackBerry call your attention.

— Howard Rheingold

I think we are living in a time where the consumer has lots of choices, whether it’s coffee, newspapers or whatever it is. And there is parity in the market place, and as a result of that, the consumer is beginning to make decisions, not just on what things cost and the convenience of it.

— Howard Schultz

People have come to me over the years and said to me: ‘I admire the culture of Starbucks. Can you come give a speech and help us turn our culture around?’ I wish it were that easy. Turning a culture around is very difficult to do because it’s based on a series of many, many decisions, and the organization is framed by those decisions.

— Howard Schultz

Turning a culture around is very difficult to do because it’s based on a series of many, many decisions, and the organization is framed by those decisions.

— Howard Schultz

Now, I – for several years while I was researching this book, I felt quite obsessed by thoughts about sentencing, punishment, how judges arrive at their decisions.

— Helen Garner

When better business decisions are made, economists won’t make them.

— Herbert V. Prochnow

In a mass television democracy – which all of us nowadays have – it is impossible to take basic political decisions with long-term consequences without the public knowing it, without the public understanding at least some of it, without the public forming its judgment, heterogeneous as it may be.

— Helmut Schmidt

One of the big failures for the big auto companies is that even the CEO and the top management often don’t understand design and manufacturing. As a CEO, you have to make decisions you need to have knowledge.

— Henrik Fisker

Tonight, I concurred with President Bush when he stated that the decisions on future involvement of U.S. troops in Iraq should be left to the Pentagon and not politicians in Washington.

— Howard Coble

The angle from which the line and ball are seen makes a tremendous difference in the call, and the player who is inclined to fret inwardly about decisions should realize this.

— Helen Wills Moody

I’m really anti-option, so computers have been my nightmare with recording. I don’t want endless tracks I want less tracks. I want decisions to be made.

— Ian MacKaye

My job is to tell a story, and the decisions about the casting have to be honest.

— Imtiaz Ali

The Palestinian people do not beg the world for a state, and the state can’t be created through decisions and initiatives. States liberate their land first and then the political body can be established.

— Ismail Haniyeh

When decisions on nuclear power stations and runways are delayed and the government dilly-dallies, people think they aren’t important.

— James Dyson

Most decisions are not binary, and there are usually better answers waiting to be found if you do the analysis and involve the right people.

— Jamie Dimon

What I learned from my work as a physician is that even with the most complicated patients, the most complicated problems, you’ve got to look hard to find every piece of data and evidence that you can to improve your decision-making. Medicine has taught me to be very much evidence-based and data-driven in making decisions.

— Jim Yong Kim

It is difficult for the common good to prevail against the intense concentration of those who have a special interest, especially if the decisions are made behind locked doors.

— Jimmy Carter

The thing is, and Americans are starting to realize this now, that while street gangs are violent, the Democrats and Republicans are worse. They are worse because their decisions affect your life.

— Jesse Ventura

I think a person who is disabled should be disabled by no act of their own. If you become disabled because of alcoholism, drugs, or things of that nature, I do not think those conditions qualify someone to be called disabled. I think those conditions result from personal decisions.

— Jesse Ventura

Whether you’re a second lieutenant working with a captain and a lieutenant colonel, or a four-star general working with the Office Secretary of Defense and the White House, the decision makers have got to have ground truth. Otherwise, the decisions they make could be flawed – and that can be dangerous.

— John F. Kelly

The tax on capital gains directly affects investment decisions, the mobility and flow of risk capital… the ease or difficulty experienced by new ventures in obtaining capital, and thereby the strength and potential for growth in the economy.

— John F. Kennedy

Exceptionally hard decisions can deplete your energy to the point at which you finally cave in. If you mentally crumble and degenerate into negative thinking, you’ll magnify the problem to the point where it can haunt you.

— John C. Maxwell

I eat well. I don’t really, I guess, like, steam my own food and cook my own food in advance. I enjoy food, but I just don’t make bad decisions.

— John Cena

I made a series of wrong decisions about moderately recent books, and I’ve sold the rights to studios for ridiculous amounts of money and the films have never been made. That’s the saddest thing of all, because they’re locked up and no one else can make them.

— John le Carre

We worry about appearing awkward in a presentation. But up to a point, most people seem to feel more comfortable with less-than-perfect speaking abilities. It makes the speaker more human – and more vulnerable, meaning he is less likely to attack our decisions or beliefs.

— John P. Kotter

Lily’s really together – she’s a sharp kid and one of the smartest human beings I have ever met. Whatever she is doing, if she needs any advice, I’m there for her. Kids are going to make their own decisions, but I guess that the only thing you can do as a parent is to offer support. And I do.

— Johnny Depp

It is a maxim among these lawyers, that whatever hath been done before, may legally be done again: and therefore they take special care to record all the decisions formerly made against common justice and the general reason of mankind.

— Jonathan Swift

If you want to have sustained joy, you have to not only make sure that you think right, but you also have to make decisions now that are going to guarantee some joy in the future.

— Joyce Meyer

I wonder how many decisions we make every day. I believe it’s probably hundreds. We decide whether or not to get out of bed, what we’ll eat, what we’ll do, what we’ll think about, what we’ll say… and on and on.

— Joyce Meyer

If those of us who care about making our own decisions about what to read and what to think don’t take a stand, others will decide for us.

— Judy Blume

We have to understand that we should, at all times, have the right and the power to make decisions about our bodies. And that is an idea that must be taught at a young age. You can’t wait until a person is 18 years old and say, ‘Now you have the right’. You have to start that from the gate.

— Jada Pinkett Smith

I think everyone who makes movies should be forced to do television. Because you have to finish. You have to get it done, and there are a lot of decisions made just for the sake of making decisions. You do something because it’s efficient and because it gets the story told and it connects to the audience.

— Joss Whedon

Young people in the business have grown up and made the wrong decisions, or bad decisions, and haven’t been good role models. To be someone that people look up to is important to me.

— Justin Bieber

I think growing an economy is a good way to help with a deficit, but ultimately, it’s about fiscal discipline and responsible spending – and smart decisions.

— Justin Trudeau

Prosecutors necessarily weigh a number of factors before bringing charges. There are obvious considerations, like the strength of the evidence, especially regarding intent. Responsible decisions also consider the context of a person’s actions and how similar situations have been handled in the past.

— James Comey

The more I ponder some of the boneheaded decisions GOP candidates have made of late, I can’t bring myself to believe that they are serious about capturing more than about 8 percent of the black vote.

— J. C. Watts

If someone you know makes a bad decision or uses bad judgment, it doesn’t mean you have to allow that to alter your attitude. Why should you allow anyone else’s bad decisions to send you into a tailspin of misery?

— Joyce Meyer

We’re not like robots. God promises to guide us through the Holy Spirit, but He gives us the freedom to make our own decisions.

— Joyce Meyer

If someone really wants my company’s business, why shouldn’t he be able to do everything he can – including paying me off – to get that business? Because bribery encourages people to make decisions based on the wrong criteria, which means in the business world that it distorts the efficient allocation of resources.

— James Surowiecki

All things being equal, letting people make decisions for themselves will produce smarter outcomes, collectively, than relying on government planners.

— James Surowiecki

When it comes to making decisions, I’m not what you’d call a numbers guy.

— Jason Fried

So many of the major decisions that affect the entire future of your enterprise happen during its first year in business. In fact, most don’t make it because they don’t know how to get the resources they need to survive.

— Jay Samit

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

Developing games for the PC and consoles is all about everything and the kitchen sink. In many ways, you don’t have design decisions to make. You do it all. So I enjoy going back to making decisions about what’s important as I’m working on a game.

— John Carmack

I would have happily done ‘Bourne Legacy,’ but a lot of decisions are made for you.

— Joel Edgerton

Broken families not only affect the people involved, but they have an impact on public policy decisions in Washington, D.C., and state capitols around the nation.

— James Lankford

Something like 80 per cent of business decisions have a location element. In fact, it’s probably higher than that.

— Jack Dangermond

Executives are waking up to realize that they can do a lot better, save money, make better decisions if they optimize and start thinking geographically and have a location strategy.

— Jack Dangermond

I want to have all that scientific information that we’re building be used in designing the future so that people who make geographic decisions – and here it’s not just land-use planners, but it’s everyone: foresters, transportation engineers, people who buy a house – can analyze all of these information layers and design a future.

— Jack Dangermond

Life teaches you that you need to make decisions in the right time – not too early, not too late.

— Jeb Bush

I never felt comfortable with making political decisions based on whether, you know, it was the right thing to do in terms of a poll.

— Jeb Bush

Plutona’ is the story of five kids who find the body of the world’s greatest superhero in the woods after school one day. It’s about how this discovery, and the decisions they make, affect them as a group and individually.

— Jeff Lemire

Storytelling enables us to play out decisions before we make them, to plan routes before we take them, to work out the campaign before we start the war, to rehearse the phrases we’re going to use to please or placate our wives and husbands.

— Jim Crace

There are a lot of global decisions that you can make as a co-publisher, and only publishers can make those kind of decisions. At the same time, there are some things you can do only as a penciler or creator. I want to keep my hands in both pots, so to speak.

— Jim Lee

The Constitution is clear, Article I, Section 8, power vetted in Congress to declare war. If you go back to the founding documents of this nation, the decision of going to war was to be made by people closest to the ground – the elected officials – to make those decisions.

— John Barrasso

The states ought to be the ones making the decisions about the individual mandate, the employer mandate, all of the different requirements of what kind of insurance people have to have.

— John Barrasso

Washington faces many challenges these days, and today’s United States Senate needs more trusted conservatives going there to make decisions and choices that put the people first and not the business-as-usual crowd.

— John Fleming

When people are afraid, they make emotional decisions.

— John Mellencamp

I’m a big, big reader of pretty much everything that Chuck Colson has written. And I consulted with him when I was making some decisions about running for the Senate in the first place.

— John Thune

The decisions you make affect a lot of people. You have investors, employees, and customers who all rely on you. Being a leader is a 24-hour-a-day job.

— Jon Oringer

We need policy change, and the most important thing people can do is to contribute and participate in the political process. We have to vote climate change deniers and people who will create subsidies for the fossil fuel industry out of office. We have to protest when bad decisions are being made about fracking or tar sands.

— Josh Fox

I did ‘Degrassi’ for five years in Toronto, and I made the decision to quit the show to go to theatre school, which a lot of people thought I was really crazy to do, but it was one of those major decisions in my life that I haven’t regretted – hopefully I won’t! I really wanted to go to school.

— Jake Epstein

Hurry, conscious younger people! Get to power quickly so political decisions can be based on the greater good for all rather than the greater gain for few. Hurry, before it is too late!

— Jane Siberry

One of the litmus tests for judicial conservatism is the idea of judicial restraint – that courts should give substantial deference to the decisions of the political process. When Congress and the president enact a law, conservatives generally say, judges should avoid ‘legislating from the bench.’

— Jeff Greenfield

Starting a company, your success is going to be very dependent on how you adapt. You’re going to make decisions, you’re going to make bets most of them are going to turn out to be wrong.

— Jeremy Stoppelman

General McChrystal had to go. Whatever his virtues as a strategist and commander, the ‘Rolling Stone’ interview fatally compromised his ability to represent the United States in dealing with allies and to act within the circle of people who must make decisions in Afghanistan.

— Jim Talent

You know, great powers don’t get angry, great powers don’t make decisions hastily in a crisis.

— John R. Allen

Sproxil will help combat the multi-billion dollar counterfeit drug market, empower customers, and give them the resources to make informed pharmaceutical purchasing decisions.

— Jacqueline Novogratz

I don’t want Washington – let me be perfectly clear – I do not want Washington involved in local education decisions any more than I want them involved in common core. You know, common core was a state-created and state-implemented voluntary set of standards in Math and English that are comparable across state lines.

— Jan Brewer

I think I throw the ball down the field pretty well, but I think I’m really accurate and make good decisions.

— Jared Goff

Democracy can tie your hands in a rock ‘n’ roll band, you know? It can be a great thing, but if you’ve got a certain amount of vision and you write a lot of songs, it’s sometimes better to have your own band and make your own decisions.

— Jason Isbell

And as a director, you make 1,000 decisions a day, mostly binary decisions: yes or no, this one or that one, the red one or the blue one, faster or slower. And it’s the culmination of those decisions that define the tone of the film and whether or not it moves people.

— Jason Reitman

Increasingly, the central question is becoming who will have access to the information these machines must have in storage to guarantee that the right decisions are made.

— Jean-Francois Lyotard

Simply looking at the status quo and suggesting that the tax code is sacrosanct and can never change, and that decisions made in the ’80s and ’90s can never change, is absurd.

— Jeff Fortenberry

I know how to make decisions, and I know how to lead.

— Jim Webb

We cannot put off the difficult decisions for another day, another generation.

— Jodi Rell

I believe that whenever an overall view or theme is applied to an entire industry, bad decisions will be made.

— John Zimmer

Sometimes hard decisions have to be made, and sometimes wonderful decisions have to be made. You’ve got to be willing to make them all.

— Josh Homme

I may never know what type of effect I have on my sons, just like Granny never knew the effect she had on me. So I just try and make the best decisions that I can, be the best father that I can.

— Josh Turner

On the other track I got to talk with Jon Poll, my editor, and we go into more detail about the decisions we made in both the production and the post-production. So I hope the combination becomes something worth collecting.

— Jay Roach

Pacing is not the sort of thing you can plan out beforehand, but you’re always aware of it as you write, because you need to make constant decisions.

— Jean Hanff Korelitz

If crimes are committed, they are committed by people they are not committed by some free-floating entity. These companies and other entities don’t operate on automatic pilot. There are individuals that make decisions – and some make the right decisions, and some make the wrong decisions.

— Jed S. Rakoff

When Enron collapsed, through court processes, thousands and thousands of emails came out that were internal, and it provided a window into how the whole company was managed. It was all the little decisions that supported the flagrant violations.

— Julian Assange

But it’s true, it’s nothing new that decisions about what movies are to be made, and how they’re to be made, and who’s to be hired to do what, and whether you hire somebody to do their job, or whether you hire somebody to fill a position and you tell them what to do.

— Jeffrey Jones

As an actor, you want to be able to move your character forward into new ground, but also it’s really interesting to go backwards and unpeel those layers and the interesting elements of what your character is and what informs the decisions that you make so that you can have as much meat to work with.

— Jesse Williams

If the courts are making the decisions, it matters who the judge is and, of course, people are concerned with what is the bottom line.

— John Harrison

I am very proud to come back, to speak on the disinterested effort we have made and I believe that, with all due respect, that the decisions we made, when we turned our final report over to President Johnson, will stand in history.

— John Sherman Cooper

We must rid this nation of the United Nations, which provides the communist conspiracy with a headquarters here on our own shores, and which actually makes it impossible for the United States to form its own decisions about its conduct and policies in Europe and Asia.

— John T. Flynn

Telecom is a dramatic success in India and our view is, respecting the political process, and respecting the fact that these are sovereign decisions, is that, approaching India as a friend.

— John W. Snow

You can demonize Goldman Sachs all you want, and I’m sure there are reasons to do it. But the real pressure is all of us pressuring the companies for stock returns, and that leads to all kinds of decisions.

— John Wells

You win by working hard, making tough decisions and building coalitions.

— John Engler

I was making a lot of momentous personal decisions. I was still very very young: when the prize was awarded, I was 33 the work I had done when I was 21.

— Joshua Lederberg

In 16, 17 years as a pro I was used to the head coach doing it alone. He might have asked his people for advice, but he made the decisions on his own. In order to learn quickly I couldn’t do that.

— Jurgen Klinsmann

If the national coach lets decisions be made from outside, he’s lost the team.

— Jurgen Klinsmann

And as a Member of this body, I believe firmly that States do have rights, and I believe that local communities have rights, and they have made decisions to allow these businesses to prosper as they are a big part of their economy.

— Jon Porter

As a policymaker, as a public servant, I come to Washington, D.C., and I make difficult decisions and I make difficult decisions every day. And sometimes those decisions upset people.

— Jon Tester

Every day, every week without taking decisions is a problem for us, is a very wrong message for the markets and increases the lack of credibility of our economies.

— Jose Maria Aznar

In general, I found that the more that debates can be about facts and data, the more likely government is to make sound decisions that benefit innovators and the American people.

— Julius Genachowski

A film is a chain of very difficult decisions, and I think one of them is to choose an accurate cast.

— Javier Camara

You’ve got Washington picking winners and losers. And so, all of a sudden, decisions are being made on what helps politicians, not what helps the economy. Some will call it socialism. Some will call it a command and control economy. Whatever it is, it’s antithetical to the American experience.

— Jeb Hensarling

The activists will not stop in trying to impose their extreme views on the rest of us, and they have now plotted out a state-by-state strategy to increase the number of judicial decisions redefining marriage without the voice of the people being heard.

— Jim Bunning

My family has loved Minnesota and that was one of the big reasons we decided to come back. For me, family decisions were a big part to coming back to the Twins.

— Jim Thome

As a catcher, you can’t be afraid. You gotta make fast decisions.

— Joe Garagiola

With ‘Toy Story,’ which is a fantastic film but is essentially animation, you get to make all your decisions beforehand. ‘Jumanji’ is shot much like any other action film.

— Joe Johnston

I’m pathologically incapable of making decisions. Just ask my wife how long it took me to propose – on second thought, best not to bring it up.

— John Grogan

The Workforce Investment Improvement Act of 2012 would consolidate and eliminate dozens of ineffective or duplicative programs, enhance the role of job creators in workforce development decisions, and improve accountability over the use of taxpayer dollars.

— John Kline

Give your decisions, never your reasons your decisions may be right, your reasons are sure to be wrong.

— James Mansfield

Remember that your reputation is everything. You build your personal brand through everything you do, whether big actions or small decisions, and that brand will stay with you throughout your career.

— Jan Fields

I spent a lot of time on farms when I was growing up, and I’ve been obsessed with the practical logic of farmyards – the turning radius of tractors, where the chickens and ducks might go. It’s not a place where stand-alone aesthetic decisions make a lot of sense.

— Jaquelin T. Robertson

When you’re talking about capital and financial things, which I certainly pay a lot of attention to, I base those decisions on one question that I typically ask myself, which is ‘Does it help us to build a better company?’

— Jim Bankoff

Guild Wars 2′ is a wider world in that we have a lot of different mechanics available for storytelling. We have our personal story, the story of you, which is tailored for your character. You answer some basic questions you make some decisions early on, and that follows through.

— Jeff Grubb

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

— Joe Andrew

I have always worked hard, and seeing so many Icelanders make tremendous efforts to cope with difficult tasks and decisions inspires me.

— Johanna Siguroardottir

There are many ways of encouraging people to make life better other than joining a political party. Politics with a small ‘p’ isn’t just about darkened committee rooms, endless meetings – it is about giving people the right to make decisions about our lives.

— John Reid

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 A. Schumpeter

Well, we’ve faced very difficult decisions and challenges in our country, every one of us have, as we – since September 11th, as we fought the war on terror, all of those decisions that the President had to make to put young men and women in harm’s way.

— Laura Bush

I always say, decisions I make, I live with them. There’s always ways you can correct them or ways you can do them better. At the end of the day, I live with them.

— LeBron James

I made the right decisions, I set everything on the right course, the reforms are going in the right direction.

— Lech Walesa

The most conventional romantic trope of all is that you put lovers under extreme pressure, where they have to make decisions that illuminate aspects of that bond.

— Lenny Abrahamson

I have to say that whatever decisions I make, I really do think that movie making is a director’s medium. They are the people that ultimately shape the film, and a director can take great material and turn it into garbage if they are not capable of making a good movie.

— Leonardo DiCaprio

For me, it’s more about being there, bearing witness to history, bearing witness to what’s happening, what our country, the position our country is taking overseas. I want policy-makers to see the fruits of their decisions, basically, and to try and influence foreign policy.

— Lynsey Addario

I love Washington, D.C. I love this country, but I think over the last hundred years we’ve built up would I call an arrogant empire: people who think the rest of us are too stupid to make our own decisions.

— Lamar Alexander

Another thing: despite my youthful appearance, I am quite capable of making decisions.

— Lara St. John

Your fans, they count on you to make wise decisions and wise choices. That’s why they’re your fan base. If you continually let them down, they’re going to go find someone else to be fans of.

— Ludacris

I actually had someone say to me, ‘Lynn, you’re going to have very good days, and you’re going to have very bad days. But It’s rare that things are as good as they look, and it’s rare that things are as bad as they seem.’ So having perspective, and challenging perspective, is important to making good decisions.

— Lynn Good

I was in television drama, which is a first cousin to the movies, and I trust myself to make the right decisions.

— Lee Child

I know that young people sometimes, caught up in the moment, make some very foolish decisions.

— Leon Panetta

The 9/11 Commission strongly recommends that the National Intelligence Director be fully in control of the budget, from developing it to implementing it, to ensuring that the National Intelligence Director has the clout to make decisions.

— Leonard Boswell

Of course our feelings matter. But emotional decisions are usually not the best ones. On the other hand, your emotions can affect your decisions whether you like it or not because the effects can occur on the unconscious level.

— Leonard Mlodinow

Anger does not solve problems – anger only makes things worse. I go by the old saying, ‘Don’t make important decisions when you’re angry.’

— Lionel Sosa

In these difficult times, when tough decisions are required, the differences between Labour and the Tories are becoming much clearer. One party believes in intervention to reduce social and economic costs and the other believes in market forces and letting things take their course.

— Lucy Powell

I believe together, with the OAS, everybody condemned the coup d’etat, and everybody is demanding that President Zelaya should go back to the presidency, and they should call for general elections and realize an election. That’s what we want. And I believe that President Obama made the right decisions condemning the coup d’etat.

— Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Early in my career, I sometimes found it difficult to make the tough people decisions – I had to learn that. In business, you want to listen. You want to learn. You want to make sure you’re not proceeding without information. But if you wait too long, you can actually hurt an organization even more.

— Laura Lang

When I write a novel, every word is mine. I welcome suggestions from my editor, but in the end, I make all the final decisions.

— Louis Sachar

We need to make people understand that there is a definite connection between what happens in their everyday lives and the decisions we make in Washington, D.C.

— Lucille Roybal-Allard

I’m not an education expert, and frankly I don’t want to make education decisions for our state. But I am experienced at successfully managing organizations, and putting people on a path where they can succeed.

— Linda Lingle

Throughout my political career, I’ve believed in the concept of home rule. Some call it local control. Whichever phrase you use, the concept is the same – the best decisions are those made closest to those who will be impacted by the decisions.

— Linda Lingle

I can make dopey decisions for which I have to pay. If I take some little old lady’s superannuation money, I would be mortified if things didn’t go to plan.

— Len Buckeridge

In life, I take my decisions and stand by them. Some decisions may have proven to be not the best, but I have learnt from them, and I’ve never repeated a mistake again. If someone tells me to turn left, I will go right! I could not have been taught a lesson in any other way rather than by going through it.

— Kajol

Of what does politics consist except the making of imperfect decisions, many of them unjust and quite a few of them deadly?

— Lewis H. Lapham

I’m a career prosecutor. I have been trained, and my experience over decades, is to make decisions after a review of the evidence and the facts. And not to jump up with grand gestures before I’ve done that. Some might interpret that as being cautious. I would tell you that’s just responsible.

— Kamala Harris

I know the consequences of my decisions. I’ve said no to the biggest of brands. So when I say no to something, I know how much business I will lose out on.

— Kangana Ranaut

I’m not sure there are a lot of things I’d want a manager for. I suppose I feel that at least the decisions I make are coming from me, and I’m not put into a situation that I wouldn’t want to be in.

— Kate Bush

The difficulty for Mr. Obama will be when the public sees where his decisions lead – higher inflation, higher interest rates, higher taxes, sluggish growth, and a jobless recovery.

— Karl Rove

In the end, abortion is an issue of fundamental human rights. To force women to undergo pregnancy and childbirth against their will is to deprive them of the right to make basic decisions about their lives and well-being, and to give that power to the state.

— Katha Pollitt

I had the sense when I looked back over my life I would actually see a mess of decisions, a few of which I had thought about, some of which I had sort of stumbled on and many that I had no control over whatsoever.

— Kazuo Ishiguro

When I got to 40 or so… I had the sense when I looked back over my life I would actually see a mess of decisions, a few of which I had thought about, some of which I had sort of stumbled on, and many that I had no control over whatsoever.

— Kazuo Ishiguro

I haven’t lived a perfect life. I have regrets. But that’s from a lifetime of taking chances, making decisions, and trying not to be frozen. The only thing that I can do with my regrets is understand them.

— Kevin Costner

In America, politicians do whatever to get re-elected, and a lot of decisions that were being made at that time by Kennedy were certain not to get him re-elected.

— Kevin Costner

I made stupid decisions as a kid, or as a young adult, but I’m trying to be now, I’m trying to take this lemon and make lemonade.

— Kevin Mitnick

I pulled back on the divorce because there is no rush for it. For medical decisions and a ton of other things, it’s just smarter that it’s put on hold.

— Khloe Kardashian

America is the only high income nation without a paid family leave program. This means that if you or a family member gets sick, there is no guarantee that you can take the time you need to take care of yourself or your loved one, leaving already vulnerable families in the position of making hard decisions in cases of illness.

— Kirsten Gillibrand

I don’t really have a more intellectualized approach. After the fact, I can sure talk about stuff a lot – but when I make decisions, I really just follow what sounds good to me.

— Kurt Elling

In the beginning, when I first found out I had a disease that was incurable, emotionally I had to get used to the idea of being sick before I could think about making any other major decisions in my life.

— Karen Duffy

To be able to make decisions and see them come to fruition and feel the excitement around them, what it generates within the company, how the artists get motivated – that’s the most rewarding part feeling I can be a catalyst for an artistic experience for our artists and for the public.

— Karen Kain

Launching a start-up, you need to get a lot done quickly. Every day is different. Everyone pitches in with everything. It’s easy for the founding team to say, ‘We’re flexible. We all help out with everything!’ But when it comes to making decisions – that flexibility can spell inefficiency and disaster.

— Kathryn Minshew

That economic decisions are made without certain knowledge of the consequences is pretty self-evident. But, although many economists were aware of this elementary fact, there was no systematic analysis of economic uncertainty until about 1950.

— Kenneth Arrow

The problem is, in software design, often the consequences of your decisions don’t become apparent for years.

— Kent Beck

I think the most important thing my wife Cynthia and I can do for Kristen is to teach her how to grow up to be a woman and make her own decisions. Meanwhile, we sometimes have to guide her.

— Kent McCord

Business wise, I have always learned valuable lessons so I don’t regret any decisions I have made.

— Kiana Tom

I never make films thinking ‘This is my film. This right here is undoubtedly Kim Jee-Woon style.’ I am not even sure what ‘Kim Jee-Woon style’ is. When I make films, I never allow myself to make hard-set decisions ahead of time.

— Kim Jee-woon

I’ve seen Coach Saban over the years have to make a lot of tough decisions, and there’s not one decision he doesn’t make that he doesn’t bounce ideas off the staff. To me, that’s invaluable.

— Kirby Smart

The amount of pressure that I’ve put on myself as a defensive coordinator for the last 10, 11 years, I really believe there’s a lot more decisions that go into that position than the head coach.

— Kirby Smart

I felt there needed to be a show for teenagers that didn’t make them feel judged. ‘Skins’ never tried to preach. It allowed young people to make their own decisions about what to do and whether it was right or wrong. Young people really respond to that, and that’s what sets ‘Skins’ apart.

— Kaya Scodelario

Among the enduring truths I keep bumping into when there is the luxury of time to get to know people or institutions, is that their decisions are often made for what are not, strictly speaking, reasons of logic.

— Ken Auletta

What I learned is that in business you must make decisions based on facts, not react with your heart.

— Mario Andretti

I think, you know, a fellow CEO said to me that the interesting thing about being CEO that’s really striking is that you have very few decisions that you need to make, and you need to make them absolutely perfectly.

— Marissa Mayer

Founding a company is hard. Most of it isn’t smooth. You’ll have to make very hard decisions. You have to fire a few people. Therefore, if you don’t believe in your mission, giving up is easy. The majority of founders give up. But the best founders don’t give up.

— Mark Zuckerberg

The real question for me is, do people have the tools that they need in order to make those decisions well? And I think that it’s actually really important that Facebook continually makes it easier and easier to make those decisions… If people feel like they don’t have control over how they’re sharing things, then we’re failing them.

— Mark Zuckerberg

We are Jesus Christ’s we belong to him. But even more, we are increasingly him. He moves in and commandeers our hands and feet, requisitions our minds and tongues. We sense his rearranging: debris into the divine, pig’s ear into silk purse. He repurposes bad decisions and squalid choices. Little by little, a new image emerges.

— Max Lucado

I think Hillary and Bill are really liberals at heart. I think that, in addition to being liberals, they are very practical. They have made some decisions about what it takes to win.

— Maxine Waters

You don’t make spending decisions, investment decisions, hiring decisions, or whether-you’re-going-to-look-for-a-job decisions when you don’t know what’s going to happen.

— Michael Bloomberg

My greatest sense of accomplishment has come from having two amazing sons, but it’s also a paradox in that the times when I felt like the biggest failure have been times when I felt like, as a parent, I wasn’t making the right decisions or succeeding in the way that I should.

— Michael Franti

No decisions should ever be made without asking the question, is this for the common good?

— Michael Moore

I believe that the decisions which govern all our lives, the laws we must all obey, and the taxes we must all pay should be decided by people we choose and who we can throw out if we want change.

— Michael Gove

We live inside a democracy, and you know, public will matters in a democracy. I just hope it’s informed public will, and frankly, when the decisions are made, you understand the costs.

— Michael Hayden

The legitimacy of coercive acts in a democracy arises from the process by which they are justified and by the degree to which we regard decisions as rational. If the justifications proceed properly, through recognized public institutions, and if they make sense to us, they are legitimate.

— Michael Ignatieff

We need an adult in the White House. When making life-or-death, war-or-peace decisions, a president can’t just pop off or lash out irrationally.

— Michelle Obama

The issues a president faces are not black and white, and cannot be boiled down into 140 characters. Because when you have the nuclear codes at your fingertips and the military at your command, you can’t make snap decisions. You can’t have a thin skin or the tendency to lash out.

— Michelle Obama

It’s sometimes too easy to point fingers when circumstances dramatically go awry, but as an addict, I’m ultimately responsible for my own decisions, no matter how benign or tragic the consequences.

— Moby

In order to understand why George W. Bush doesn’t get it, you have to take several strands of common Texas attitude, then add an impressive degree of class-based obliviousness. What you end up with is a guy who sees himself as a perfectly nice fellow – and who is genuinely disconnected from the impact of his decisions on people.

— Molly Ivins

Our life is the sum total of all the decisions we make every day, and those decisions are determined by our priorities.

— Myles Munroe

We have to make our own happiness, and we have to make our own decisions and play the hand that is dealt to us.

— Maeve Binchy

People go down bad paths and they make bad decisions, but it’s always justified in their head.

— Maisie Williams

I never thought of punk rock as the absolute act of rebellion for the sake of rebellion. There’s a lot of that in there, but for me I think punk rock was always about questioning things and making decisions for yourself, which is a great message to pass on to your kids.

— Mark Hoppus

The press doesn’t just cover presidential campaigns, they influence them by making arbitrary decisions about who is ‘top tier’ and merits coverage.

— Mark McKinnon

CEOs make hard decisions sometimes, the least worst is the right one.

— Mark McKinnon

Certainly, it’s very easy to fall in love with cash. If you’re going to make all your decisions based on cash, you’re going to have a pretty naffy career.

— Mark Ruffalo

If the court is a political institution making important political decisions, then the public should debate the politics of Supreme Court decisions.

— Marvin Ammori

I’ve never been one to carefully calculate my career decisions, to sit on the outside looking in. I go with my passion and what moves me.

— Michael Douglas

An enormous piece of the cost in our health care system today is driven by lifestyle decisions, and so we all have an effort to do better.

— Mike Pompeo

Flesh will not stand in front of God, so all the decisions you make from your flesh will be paid for with your soul. Your flesh rejects the truth because it desires to do what it wants to do.

— Monica Johnson

If governments let themselves be fully bound by the decisions of their parliaments without protecting their own freedom to act, a breakup of Europe would be a more probable outcome than deeper integration.

— Mario Monti

After years of making wrong decisions in my life, in 1977 I found out that it was all right to be square, simple, and sober.

— Martha Reeves

Any set of decisions about design is inevitably influenced by cultural prejudice, no matter how intent an architect might be to avoid it.

— Martin Filler

In times of crisis, you just have to bear down and lean on your own instincts and your own beliefs and make decisions.

— Mark V. Hurd

As coaches, we learn to accept criticism for our decisions. If a writer says you shouldn’t have gone for it on fourth-and-one, we understand that’s part of the job. We expect it.

— Marv Levy

I’m not a policy and a strategy guy. I’m – you know, the military basically supports what the president wants, the decisions that he makes.

— Michael Mullen

I look at decisions like – it’s like an Indiana Jones movie. The guy comes to a rope ladder, and he’s being chased. There’s uncertainty on the other side, but he knows when he gets to the other side, he’s going to take his machete and cut the rope ladder behind him. He has no retreat.

— Mark Burnett

The politics of the Cape Town Metro, which allows an executive Mayoral committee to make secret decisions which affect you, behind closed doors, is wrong!

— Mangosuthu Buthelezi

I have voted to make tough decisions in budgetary times, I’ve served on two recessionary budgets, my opponent has never served on any a budget committee where there was less money to spend than the year before.

— Matt Gonzalez

I didn’t vote for President Obama, but I think he is our president, and I like and dislike decisions of any president in office.

— Matt Mead

I’ve got an extreme bias toward governors… they know what it’s like to make hard decisions. They know what it’s like to actually balance a budget – have a budget, first of all, and have a balanced budget.

— Matt Mead

In beef trade issues, we base our decisions upon science.

— Mike Johanns

There is a tremendous amount of support for the approach we have taken, which again is to base our decisions on risk analysis and thoughtful scientific process.

— Mike Johanns

Throughout the universe of public and private funds, managers are measured quarterly against one index or another, defined by statistics, and corralled into this category or that category so that fund of funds, pensions, and other institutions can make comforting – if not necessarily prudent – asset allocation decisions.

— Michael Burry

The reason to split a court is for administrative purposes, and in the past there has been much debate about the liberal decisions of the Ninth Circuit and so forth and people have wanted to get out of the Ninth Circuit for that reason.

— Michael K. Simpson

I’ve always made my decisions based on two factors: intellectual analysis and my gut. And when they meet, that’s a go from me. That’s when I see the goal.

— Michael Ovitz

As an economics undergraduate, I also worked on a part-time basis in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for a company that was advising customers about portfolio decisions, writing reports.

— Merton Miller

I am much more involved in the filmmaking experience on Mag Seven. I’m much more involved in story elements, casting decisions, the writing of the show, the blocking of the scenes.

— Michael Biehn

There is a certain logic to events that pushes you along a certain path. You go along the path that feels the most true, and most according to the principles that are guiding you, and that’s the way the decisions are made.

— Michael Nesmith

My style is where you see the individual and where a personality is communicated through actions, decisions, single objects and facts, where the whole draws together to form a history.

— Martin Kippenberger

I’ve been around racing a fairly long time, but when it comes to the important issues, I’m happy to let others make the big decisions.

— Mats Sundin

Education can help all Americans live longer, healthier lives. Teaching students to make healthy decisions can improve habits now and instill healthy eating habits for a lifetime.

— Matt Cartwright

What they’re doing is, they’re making the decisions for us. That’s what this country is coming down to. They’re going to make the decisions for us.

— Michael Schiavo

National identity is something that’s directly connected to our personal experiences and the decisions we make, the roads we decide to take at certain points in our life.

— Miguel Zenon

While Safeco’s turnaround is one of the greatest things I have ever participated in, the heart-wrenching decisions to let people go will stay with me forever.

— Mike McGavick

I’m a baseball fan, but I’m not qualified to make baseball decisions, and I don’t want to pretend to be.

— Mark Walter

Our fish, our recreation, our irrigation and all our uses of the Missouri River are threatened if the drought continues and the Corps of Engineers decisions aren’t changed.

— Mike Rounds

Decisions should be based on facts, objectively considered.

— Marvin Bower

Teens are passionate, questioning, curious, have a bit of the idealism I still cling to, and they’re making decisions for the first time that can alter the course of their lives – and sometimes, the course of the world.

— Mary E. Pearson

The most spiritual place you can be in your life is when you’re being very real, when you’re not allowing everybody and everything to influence your decisions and your moods, and what’s morally right or ethically right.

— Meredith Brooks

I’ve never been good at making smart career decisions or doing the right strategic thing, and yet somehow it’s all led me to exactly the kind of career that I would have dreamed of having – if only I’d been smart enough to dream something like that.

— Michael Cerveris

During the Fifties, political and military activities in Vietnam were heavily influenced by the French, who as recent colonial masters, made all-important decisions.

— Nguyen Cao Ky

I would have to say the most challenging thing about directing is the sheer stamina because… as a director, you’re always doing something. Someone always needs to talk to you. There are always decisions to be made and every day for as long as the movie goes on. So it’s a marathon… You don’t have to look nice, but it’s all day every day.

— Michael Urie

I go to all of the trade shows, know a lot of the people making marketing decisions, and I want to keep my finger on the pulse of snowboarding.

— Nate Holland

I know what’s best for me, and I want to do things my way. So, now I listen to my inner voice and my heart – and that’s how I make my decisions.

— Nina Hagen

I think that’s important for all ages, to not be afraid of being an individual. I grew up on my own, as an only child, so early on I think I was quite capable of making decisions by myself and being an individual.

— Noel Clarke

The government would be making decisions about what type of care is given, what procedures can be performed, and the kind of medications prescribed. It would be a very profound change from the ideal to which we aspire.

— Nan Hayworth

International summits and organisations like WTO take decisions, which will bind us, and if we are not present in such summits, we may be hurt by the decisions taken.

— Narendra Modi

You can’t have people making decisions about the future of the world who are scientifically illiterate. That’s a recipe for disaster. And I don’t mean just whether a politician is scientifically literate, but people who vote politicians into office.

— Neil deGrasse Tyson

Far from definitively resolving the assisted suicide issue, the court’s decisions seem to assure that the debate over assisted suicide and euthanasia is not yet over – and may have only begun.

— Neil Gorsuch

I like to make decisions based on things I’m interested in doing, not what seems like the next move in my quote-unquote career.

— Neil Patrick Harris

The United States has made serious mistakes in the conduct of its foreign affairs, which have had unfortunate repercussions long after the decisions were taken.

— Nelson Mandela

Technology companies must constantly weigh ethical decisions: Where should Facebook set its privacy defaults, and should it tolerate glimpses of nudity? Should Twitter close accounts that seem sympathetic to terrorists? How should Google handle sex and violence, or defamatory articles?

— Nicholas Kristof

An independent Scotland – like all countries – will face challenges, and we will have our ups and downs. But the decisions about how we use our wealth will be ours.

— Nicola Sturgeon

I’ve not hidden and I’ll never hide the fact that I want Scotland to be an independent country. But as long as we’re part of the Westminster system, it’s really important to people in Scotland that we get good decisions coming out of Westminster. So we’ve got a vested interest in being a constructive participant.

— Nicola Sturgeon

As First Minister, I will always act in the best interests of the country. As party leader, I will always act in the best interests of the party, and if that sometimes means taking difficult, unpalatable decisions, I will never shy away from that.

— Nicola Sturgeon

Our MPs will take decisions on how they’re voting on a day-to-day basis. But I’m the leader of the party, and in terms of our overall strategy and how we vote on key issues, then ultimately, those decisions will be mine.

— Nicola Sturgeon

At the heart of both democracy and capitalism is a simple assumption that, across the board, people make free and relatively rational decisions: that we are, to borrow a medical term, Gillick Competent.

— Nick Harkaway

In abandoning the understanding that things – services, goods, wars, and houses – have costs, we risk becoming infantilised, incapable of making decisions about government or finance, and perhaps above all about the environment, the wellbeing of the planet upon which we depend and which our children will inherit from us.

— Nick Harkaway

I think actors are getting so much more power these days, but I’m not. I stay very much away from the decisions, the way in which things are orchestrated, what’s been changed. I just try to stay completely in the role as the actor and as the character.

— Nicole Kidman

I don’t really make decisions, I go with the flow.

— Nicole Kidman

The true test of whether Mr. Obama has improved on the Bush era lies in how his administration justifies its decisions on the 241 remaining Guantanamo detainees, whose cases will now be evaluated internally and reviewed by the courts.

— Noah Feldman

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

From the late 1940s, into and through the ’50s, there developed a complex interaction between federal government, state and local government, real-estate interests, commercial interests and court decisions, which had the effect of undermining the mass transit system across the country.

— Noam Chomsky

I’ve made decisions along the way so I would be there for my kids, and it’s kept me from going places I would have gone.

— Nina Easton

So key for making smart decisions is a mindset that actively monitors and is open to shifting tides and new information, one that is acutely aware that the interplay between our environment and its outcomes is ever in flux.

— Noreena Hertz

As an economist specializing in the global economy, international trade and debt, I have spent most of my career helping others make big decisions – prime ministers, presidents and chief executives – and so I’m all too aware of the risks and dangers of poor choices in the public as well as the private sphere.

— Noreena Hertz

Though blessed with many able administrators, the British found India just too large and diverse to handle. Many of their decisions stoked Hindu-Muslim tensions, imposing sharp new religious-political identities on Indians.

— Pankaj Mishra

Shallowness and ignorance have been our lot in the mass consumer societies we inhabit, where we were too distracted to act politically, apart from periodically deputing political elites to take life-and-death decisions on our behalf.

— Pankaj Mishra

While I sign off on trades or free agents, I’ve rarely overruled my basketball people’s decisions. But I’m not shy about steering the discussion or pushing deeper if something doesn’t make sense to me.

— Paul Allen

If we don’t make tough decisions today our children are going to have to make much, much tougher decisions tomorrow.

— Paul Ryan

What I’m concerned about is endless borrowing, which is going to compromise our economy not only today but in the future. Because we know the decisions we make right now really dramatically impact us in the future, and the debt is literally getting out of our control.

— Paul Ryan

In a democracy, citizens pass judgment on their government, and if they are kept in the dark about what their government is doing, they cannot be in a position to make well-grounded decisions.

— Peter Singer

Most of the time, I see what I see, I search my feelings, and then I make my decisions based on my gut – and I don’t always make the right ones.

— Pharrell Williams

The war on terror, sometimes known as the ‘Global War on Terror’ or by the clunky acronym GWOT, became the lens through which the Bush administration judged almost all of its foreign policy decisions. That proved to be dangerously counterproductive on several levels.

— Peter L. Bergen

If you go back to any period in India’s history, all the hard decisions this country had to take were taken when the Congress was in power.

— P. Chidambaram

Therefore reinforcing a stereotype, therefore thinking that the entire Indian culture is just made of people that are against their children’s decisions.

— Parminder Nagra

It was extremely hard going from being a parent of one to a parent of three, because now all these instant decisions have to be made about how you balance out the time and attention between them.

— Patricia Richardson

I wanted to remain a bachelor from the beginning, but I got married thrice, and I don’t know why I did it. I think it’s not easy to live with me because of my impatience and busy schedules. Sometimes my mother is unhappy about a few decisions I have taken, but it is completely personal, and I don’t want to make it public.

— Pawan Kalyan

It’s amazing that no matter how much money you have, you can make some bad decisions, and in five months you’re on the street, begging.

— Paz de la Huerta

I know as a manager you have to abide by the chairman’s decisions. But his decisions were this team, that team, this player, that player. The chairman is a control freak.

— Paul Gascoigne

For too long, decisions have been taken behind closed doors – tablets of stone have simply been past down to people without bothering to involve people, listen to their views or give them information about what we are doing and why.

— Peter Mandelson

I’m saying this as a Republican: In the White House, the effort that goes in and wherever these decisions are made, as to limit civilian casualties, is more probably than any in the history of the world, especially when you consider the history of warfare.

— Peter T. King

Since I quit banking, all my major life decisions, when they could, have revolved around writing.

— Philipp Meyer

For a while, I stopped enjoying making movies and I stopped enjoying acting, because I made a few decisions that I wish I hadn’t made.

— Paul Bettany

The fact of the matter is right now politicians and insurance companies are making decisions. We’re saying we want doctors to be making decisions. And I think that will lead to a higher-quality, lower-cost system over time.

— Peter Orszag

We have to allow people in the states to make their own decisions, to get government agencies out of the way and let local people make decisions about what’s best for them.

— Pete Sessions

I’m generally slow to anger, quick to forgive, and I take in information before making decisions. So no matter how controversial the decision, my general demeanour is to put on white lab coat and gloves and look at the evidence, weigh the arguments and see what makes sense.

— Peter Blair Henry

I’ve become wary of interviews in which you’re forced to go back over the reasons why you made certain decisions. You tend to rationalize what you’ve done, to intellectually review a process that is often intuitive.

— Peter Weir

The consequences of decisions don’t just affect spreadsheets… They affect, in fundamental ways, the lives of people and they often mean the difference between life and death.

— Phil Bredesen

Like most Americans, I feel disgusted when we see people make decisions based on party politics rather than a solution that is best for the country.

— Paul Sadler

Now, I don’t make decisions as fast as I used to.

— Oksana Baiul

It’s much easier for me to make major life, multi-million dollar decisions, than it is to decide on a carpet for my front porch. That’s the truth.

— Oprah Winfrey

I feel lucky every day. But I can also trace that luck back to decisions I have made. Frequently, those decisions have been to pay my own way to somewhere I want to be and something I want to do.

— Rachel Sklar

You actually can be passionate about things like making rational decisions based on a thorough airing of the facts, a reasonable and informed debate, a respect for the Constitution that includes, um, knowing about it.

— Rachel Sklar

You have to be really strong in the music industry, and I’m naturally very timid. That was really hard for me. You have to be tough. You have to make decisions and be a businesswoman.

— Rebecca Ferguson

I need to kind of get a job that’s going to take me to, like, Hawaii or Rio or something, right? Maybe I need to make better decisions with that.

— Richard Madden

As we all know, the budget decisions which give rise to increased debt are what counts, and the debt is just a by-product of those budget decisions.

— Roger Altman

I have to make a lot of decisions that aren’t in the best interests of individuals, whether they be owners, club executives, players.

— Roger Goodell

In the general economy, you get government involved in making market decisions – first of all, they’re going to get it wrong. For a minimum wage, you will actually reduce the number of jobs available.

— Ron Johnson

During the Cuban Missile Crisis, decisions made by President John F. Kennedy and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev could have plunged both countries into thermonuclear war.

— Ronald Kessler

If you have ‘too big to fail’ for cities or for states, and they believe they’ll be bailed out, they’ll continue to make unwise decisions.

— Rand Paul

Teachers need time to engage with colleagues – whether shadowing, mentoring, co-teaching or conferring. They need a voice in school decisions and to be trusted as professionals.

— Randi Weingarten

God’s given me so much talent, and my height doesn’t define my skill set. I believe that God has given me a right arm, and for some reason, even though I’m 5’11, to be able to make the throws and make great decisions on the field and all that.

— Russell Wilson

We can define the rules of police-citizen engagement, but everyday decisions will always be made by men and women in uniform, on the street, in the community, under extreme pressure, in a dangerous world where guns easily fall into the wrong hands.

— Rahm Emanuel

The god of theater laughs in your face at planning. You can’t plan as an actor there’s no way, because so much of it is dependent on other people’s choices and decisions that you’re at the whim of fate, really.

— Ruth Negga

As an actor and a fledgling director, I’m used to making snap decisions that I’ll have to live with.

— Rob Lowe

This administration in Washington that’s in power now clearly believes that government is not only the answer to every need, but it’s the most qualified to make the most central decisions for every American in every area.

— Rick Perry

Hand in hand with freedom of speech goes the power to be heard, to share in the decisions of government which shape men’s lives.

— Robert Kennedy

When you think about it, three of our biggest financial decisions in life are made at times of peak emotional excitement: deciding to get married, buying a home, and having kids.

— Robert Kiyosaki

When you’re in a crisis of, you know, tremendous proportions, it’s beyond any human capability to control, you just make the best decisions you can, and you just hope that your intuition is correct.

— Rudy Giuliani

After some reflection I have decided that while I am the president of Ecuador, I will not attend any Summit of the Americas until it begins to make the decisions required.

— Rafael Correa

A high percentage of organisations develop a military rationale, whereby only a very small number of people make all of the decisions. There is little wonder, then, that people aren’t keen to get out of bed and come to work on a Monday morning.

— Ricardo Semler

A little light on the RPG elements but heavy on action, ‘Mass Effect 2’ was the game that created a world of characters that I actually cared about. When it came down to making those tough decisions during the final mission, I actually had to put the controller down and think about my choices.

— Rob Manuel

If you’re in Congress, you vote and give speeches. But governors have to make decisions every day, and presidents have to make decisions every day.

— Robert J. Bentley

People feel that decisions about their jobs, the way their children are educated, how their church functions, and products they buy are made by someone and some place so distant that they can’t find anybody to talk to that has any influence over them.

— Robert Teeter

We have the duty of formulating, of summarizing, and of communicating our conclusions, in intelligible form, in recognition of the right of other free minds to utilize them in making their own decisions.

— Ronald Fisher

I wish to clarify that I have absolutely not made a decision regarding my participation in the next Olympics. On a personal level, playing in the Olympics would be a huge honour. However, the Games in Rio are still four years away and I certainly won’t be making any decisions with regards to participating any time soon.

— Rory McIlroy

Really, I’m never much of a goal-setter. Whenever I’ve tried to make big, solid plans, they don’t happen. I’m more into whatever the circumstances are that present themselves, making wise decisions around that.

— Rose McIver

I still have sadness and complicated feelings about my divorce. But how beneficial is it to keep hanging onto those feelings? If someone lives through an accident, his aim is to become better and healthy. My aim is always to progress – to make better decisions and be a better father, a better boyfriend, a better husband if it happens again.

— Ryan Phillippe

The minute those two little particles inside a woman’s womb have joined together, billions of decisions have been made. A thing like that has to come from entropy.

— Rex Stout

Every decision you make in life, not just on the sporting field – a lot of time and energy goes into it. You think things through before you make decisions and you always think the decision you make at the time is going to be the right one.

— Ricky Ponting

I understand that fans think short-term, and there’s nothing wrong with that. You live or you die in the short term. But I believe in our system, and when you do that, you don’t make knee-jerk decisions.

— Rocky Wirtz

All decisions in the criminal justice system must be determined by the physical and scientific evidence, and the credible testimony corroborated by that evidence, not in response to public outcry.

— Robert P. McCulloch

A Mac is a closed box, so Apple can make decisions about things that they don’t include. That makes, it in some ways, simpler for them.

— Robert Wise

Back in 1975, we were making all the decisions about what people were going to watch.

— Randy Falco

Mostly I’m writing about people, so I feel constrained to take with me my view of people, my curiosity about how people choose the things they do and why they come to certain decisions in a certain fashion and all the things that drive most writers.

— Raymond E. Feist

There’s no wobble in Bush. If anything, the opposite. Right after hello, the next words out of his mouth are: I’ve never been more convinced that the decisions I made are the right decisions.

— Rich Lowry

There may be some difficulties during a period of adjustment. Specifically, picking up their life again and making their own truly independent decisions.

— Rick Ross

I wanted to go from seeing the individual patient to seeing the plural – the whole population as a market. You want to see the larger population, yet at the same time you need to understand the impact of decisions on individuals.

— Risa Lavizzo-Mourey

While different people may approach opportunities in different ways, we need to base decisions on a fundamental set of values as we chart our course of action.

— Ron D. Burton

I usually do at least a dozen drafts and progressively make more-conscious decisions. Because I’ve always believed stories are closer to poems than novels, I spend a lot of time on the story’s larger rhythms, such as sentence and paragraph length, placement of flashbacks and dialogue.

— Ron Rash

When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.

— Roy E. Disney

When it comes to losing with United, I feel solely responsible for it. I can’t help it. My brain will work like mad after a defeat. I want to know where I have made the wrong decisions, how I could have changed things for this fantastic club.

— Ruud van Nistelrooy

You know, in life there are only three or four fundamental decisions to make. The rest is just luck.

— Raymond Aubrac

That’s all baseball is, is numbers it’s run by numbers, averages, percentage and odds. Managers make their decisions based on the numbers.

— Rollie Fingers

I’m a judge. It seemed to me that it was critical to try to take action to stem the criticism and help people understand that in the constitutional framework, it’s terribly important not to have a system of retaliation against decisions people don’t like.

— Sandra Day O’Connor

Yes, I will bring the understanding of a woman to the Court, but I doubt that alone will affect my decisions.

— Sandra Day O’Connor

I don’t know how you can understand other people or yourself if you haven’t read a lot of books. I just don’t think you’re equipped to deal with the demands and decisions of life, particularly in your dealings with other people.

— Sebastian Faulks

I think it’s really important that the people who are going to make decisions for other people have fair, truthful and compassionate regard for all people, not just some people.

— Sharon Stone

When I was younger, my coach, Liang Chow, made all the decisions. I would go to the gym for practice, do exactly what Chow told me to do, go home, come back and start all over again. If Chow told me to do 50 squat jumps, I did 50 squat jumps.

— Shawn Johnson

I worked with a group of people who argued day and night – professors, officials, the Minister of Finance – but there were decisions that I had to make.

— Shimon Peres

I have a good brain on me, but I’ve never really used it when it came to making decisions about love, which has been a blessing and a curse.

— Sienna Miller

If you have a family mission statement that clarifies what your purpose is, then you use that as the criterion by which you make the decisions.

— Stephen Covey

Money brings you security and choice. You can make decisions in a different way if you have a lot of money. But when you have nothing, you have a naivety, and a more fearless attitude because you have nothing to lose.

— Simon Cowell

I love producing shows. And so when you’re on a show where other people are making decisions you don’t necessarily agree with it, after a while you start to feel like a passenger.

— Simon Cowell

I strive never to forget the real world consequences of my decisions on individuals, businesses and government.

— Sonia Sotomayor

I can be pretty reactive, and I’ve learned over time to be less reactive: to stop and think before I make decisions.

— Sophia Amoruso

You can work for other people and still be a #GIRLBOSS it’s more about a state of mind and knowing yourself well enough to know when you’re making decisions for yourself or because the world expects them of you. And guess what? It’s okay to do that sometimes, too.

— Sophia Amoruso

Hollywood is run by people who sit up in their executive office, who are not connected to Mississippi, Alabama, Chicago, South Carolina. They know nothing about that, they don’t go to church, and they make their decisions about what they think is right.

— Steve Harvey

When you’re making a film, you have to make most of your decisions on the run, and there is a tendency to always shoot from the hip.

— Stanley Kubrick

When confronting most crises, whether historic or contemporary, aid agencies generally muddle along on a case-by-case basis. They weigh insufficient information, extrapolate somewhat blindly about long-term pros and cons, and reluctantly arrive at decisions meant to do the most good and the least harm.

— Samantha Power

Borders had lousy management and made bad corporate decisions, so its fate is less like a terrible accident than a slow-motion slide into a ditch, but it’s hard to be happy about a bookseller’s demise.

— Susan Orlean

You know what works in venture capital? A group of incredibly smart, connected people who have the financial wherewithal and risk appetite to make multi-million dollar bets on unproven ideas and inexperienced founders. People who can make decisions quickly, and who spend their time trying to help entrepreneurs make the most of that cash.

— Sarah Lacy

I’ve often heard the complaint from both Democrat and Republican voters alike that they hate the fact that politicians get into office and they – and they’re fearful, they’re fearful to make tough decisions because they think more about the next election than they do about the next-generation.

— Scott Walker

For years, we have been asking the E.U. to create something similar to the Russia-NATO council. Not in order to simply exchange opinions and work out recommendations, but to make decisions.

— Sergei Lavrov

Bret and I were friends, but we were young, and we made bad decisions. We couldn’t see outside the wrestling business. It was the end-all, be-all. You were in that box constantly, so that’s all you thought about. It affects your decision-making.

— Shawn Michaels

Life hands us a lot of hard choices, and other people can help us more than we might realize. We often think we should make important decisions using just our own internal resources. What are the pros and cons? What does my gut tell me? But often we have friends and family who know us in ways we don’t know ourselves.

— Sheena Iyengar

We try to make earth-friendly decisions whenever we can, as it’s part of our brand DNA.

— Stella McCartney

I’ve never met him, but I love the simplicity with which Warren Buffett describes good and bad businesses and how he makes his investment decisions.

— Steve Easterbrook

As you get little pockets of success, then suddenly the light bulbs go on in everyone’s head, and more leaders get more confident and make more, bigger decisions, and customers respond well, and it becomes a bit of a flywheel.

— Steve Easterbrook

In a peer network, no one is officially in charge. It doesn’t have a command hierarchy. It doesn’t have a boss. So, all the decisions are somehow made collectively. The control of the system is in the hands of everyone who is a part of it.

— Steven Johnson

If, in our haste to ‘progress,’ the economics of ecology are disregarded by citizens and policy makers alike, the result will be an ugly America. We cannot afford an America where expedience tramples upon esthetics and development decisions are made with an eye only on the present.

— Stewart Udall

My primary lesson, however, was that I’m a solo writer, happiest when I’m making all the executive decisions. I’ve always been willing to rise or fall on my own merits.

— Sue Grafton

The more we educate folks, the more it will help them make informed policy decisions.

— Suzan DelBene

I think Hollywood is so driven by money, the people who are making the decisions are not necessarily reflective of the melting pot, so what stories are you going to want to tell? You’re going to want to tell stories about yourself.

— Sanaa Lathan

That’s why I made decisions they were tough decisions but we shouldn’t feel bad at all – don’t look back with any regrets, that’s how I made decisions as governor.

— Scott McCallum

The thorniest business problems will surface at the board meetings, and the different, sharp opinions help to better explore the poles of the arguments to make better decisions.

— Scott Weiss

Even though I pretty much made my own decisions early on, when I was younger I tended to overbook my life.

— Sheena Easton

This is why fashion is such a magical part of our lives, for it inspires our decisions without dictating them it sets the theme but not the limits of our aesthetic.

— Simon Van Booy

I started making some proper decisions, getting things in order. It’s kind of like cleaning up your house. I was looking for direction for what God wanted me to do – and that’s when I got a call about The Passion.

— Scott Stapp

The value of a decision as a precedent is very much enhanced by the care with which it has been considered, and if the opinion itself shows that other decisions of the same court, or of other courts upon the same point, have been reviewed and examined, it adds to the value of the decision made on each consideration.

— Samuel Freeman Miller

My office has a view of low-cost housing, old East German prefabricated apartment buildings. It isn’t an attractive view, but it’s very helpful, because it reminds me to ask myself, whenever there is a decision to be made, whether the people who live there can afford our decisions.

— Sigmar Gabriel

I regard the ‘Descendants’ as a melodrama, and all scenes have been the trappings to increase the element of romance, I thought. In that sense, I am very satisfied and have great respect for the decisions of the writers.

— Song Joong-ki

You know, I’ve always just made the choices on my characters based on my connection to them, and I’ve made decisions that maybe other people haven’t understood why I passed on something, for instance.

— Summer Glau

All entrepreneurs make decisions. Some will go right, and some will not go that right.

— Sunil Mittal

The same contingencies of time and space that force a statesman or soldier to make decisions, impel the historian, though with less urgency, to make up his mind.

— Samuel E. Morison

As population susceptibilities are better understood, we will be in a better position than we are in today to make informed decisions about risk management.

— Samuel Wilson

I cannot understand for the life of me why DOE is going forward with this licensing procedure when we do not know whether or not the scientific documentation upon which you are basing your decisions is, in fact, flawed.

— Shelley Berkley

If you ever face a significant disaster, do your best to keep up the spirits of those around you, act flexibly and creatively to help, try to sort rumors from truth, and remember that the decisions you make will have repercussions after the disaster has passed.

— Sheri Fink

Thirty to 40 years ago, most financial decisions were fairly simple.

— Scott Cook

I’ve made some stupid decisions, so I have to be careful. I once said ‘no’ to a film that was a number-one hit. And ‘Date Movie’ had the smallest budget of any movie I’d been in, and it went to the top of the box office.

— Sophie Monk

The federal government neither has the power to site transmission lines, nor do we build them. That’s done, as people know, in their own communities. The siting decisions and the permitting is done at the local level, or by state governments if it’s interstate in nature. And federal government – this is one area we have no authority.

— Spencer Abraham

No matter what your decisions are, no matter what your votes are, if you’re not playing by the rules, you’re taking a big risk.

— Shelley Moore Capito

Wikipedia has experienced censorship at the hands of industry groups and governments, and we are – increasingly, I think – seeing important decisions made by unaccountable, non-transparent corporate players, a shift from the open web to mobile walled gardens, and a shift from the production-based Internet to one that’s consumption-based.

— Sue Gardner

Beyonce is my role model. You know how people say, ‘What would Jesus do?’ I always say, ‘What would Beyonce do? In her career, what decisions would she make?’ And I really think it helps me guide my career and be really nice to every fan and every person that I work with.

— Todrick Hall

I have a traditional Catholic personal position, but I am very strongly supportive that women should make these decisions and government shouldn’t intrude. I’m a strong supporter of Roe v. Wade and women being able to make these decisions. In government, we have enough things to worry about.

— Tim Kaine

I deeply believe – and not just as a matter of politics, but even as a matter of morality – that matters about reproduction and intimacy and relationships and contraception are in the personal realm. They’re moral decisions for individuals to make for themselves. And the last thing we need is government intruding into those personal decisions.

— Tim Kaine

When I make decisions, it’s not based on what the Republican Party does. I’m elected by the 9th congressional district.

— Tom Graves

Sometimes, people aren’t as consciously aware of their decisions as they should be.

— Timothy Olyphant

Congressional intervention and the availability of intervention demonstrably offset agency indifference are a guard against arbitrary, improper, and illegal bureaucratic decisions and provide the power of public pressure to require the nonelected official to be responsive.

— Terry Sanford

When you sign your name on the dotted line, it’s more than just playing baseball. You have a responsibility to make good decisions and show people how things are supposed to be done.

— Tony Gwynn

Bangkok, like Las Vegas, sounds like a place where you make bad decisions.

— Todd Phillips

When I make decisions, I’m not thinking about my parents. I’m thinking about my children.

— Tzipi Livni

I base a lot of decisions on my gut, and going with an independent label was a good one.

— Taylor Swift

Sometimes, in order to follow our moral compass and/or our hearts, we have to make unpopular decisions or stand up for what we believe in.

— Tabatha Coffey

When I look at acting careers that I really admire, I see that it’s been a precise decision-making process for these people. They make decisions based on what they love, and they do only the things that they are passionate about. They play only characters that they can’t stop thinking about.

— Taylor Swift

When I’m in management meetings when we’re deciding my future, those decisions are left up to me. I’m the one who has to go out and fulfill all these obligations, so I should be able to choose which ones I do or not. That’s the part of my life where I feel most in control.

— Taylor Swift

You get to a point where it’s like you can’t really do anything right, and people will pick on you for whatever decisions you make, so I just try and take no notice and get on with my music.

— Taylor Swift

Economics is everywhere, and understanding economics can help you make better decisions and lead a happier life.

— Tyler Cowen

Any constitutional amendment that simply gives Congress the option of regulating campaign finance fails to immediately achieve what the American people want, and that is a complete reversal of Citizens United and other Supreme Court decisions that have allowed corporations and the wealthy few to drown out the voices of everyday voters.

— Ted Deutch

If you sit in a position where decisions that you take would have a serious effect on people, you can’t ignore a lot of experience around the world which says this drug has these negative effects.

— Thabo Mbeki

I’ve always championed women in politics. We just get stuck in politics isn’t a game. The decisions we make affect people’s lives, and that is something we must all keep to the forefront of our minds.

— Theresa May

A number of women have reportedly been victims of what appear to be discriminatory decisions taken by Sharia councils, and that is a significant concern.

— Theresa May

I’ve always been more comfortable making my decisions from the subconscious level, or more emotionally, because I find it is more truthful to me Intellectually, I don’t think like that because I get uncomfortable.

— Tim Burton

I’m a private guy, and you don’t want to be out there preaching to people. But faith leads you in the decisions you make. You don’t always pick the right path, but it’s there in your conscience.

— Tim McGraw

Loopy as the Motion Picture Association of America’s ratings system is, it’s better than what you’d probably get by putting such decisions in the federal government hands.

— Timothy Noah

The more decisions that you are forced to make alone, the more you are aware of your freedom to choose.

— Thornton Wilder

If you’re a quarterback, you want everything on your shoulders. You want to be the one to make the decisions.

— Tom Brady

No officer wants to be involved in a justified use of force proven unnecessary after the fact, any more than soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan wanted to make what proved to be the wrong decision in a shoot-don’t-shoot situation. Those decisions, even if justified, live with you forever, believe me.

— Tom Cotton

I disapprove of lots of decisions made by George Bush: the war, the meddling in the affairs of other countries, the conversations with dictators it was a dark time.

— Tommy Hilfiger

Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.

— Tony Robbins

Our days are filled with a constant stream of decisions. Most are mundane, but some are so important that they can haunt you for the rest of your life.

— Travis Bradberry

I don’t think politicians should be allowed into power who are not familiar with their bodies, because that’s where our bottom line is. And I know that they would make totally different decisions if they felt responsible simply for their own bodies.

— Twyla Tharp

What keeps me up at night? Sometimes it’s day-to-day work stuff. And a lot of the times, it’s, ‘Am I making the wrong decisions in terms of reaching young women?’

— Tyra Banks

Residents of my district continue to stress to me that they want health care decisions to be made by patients and doctors, not by the government and insurance companies.

— Tim Walberg

Athletes, coaches and parents today are increasingly aware of the danger of concussion, and this awareness influences decisions about buying new and reconditioned football helmets.

— Tom Udall

In theater, the playwright is the boss, period. The decisions will go through him or her. In movies, the writer is pretty far down on the list.

— Tracy Letts

I’ve had five submissions in the first round. I have 3, 4, 5 knockouts. I’ve had decisions. I’ve had grinding fights.

— Tyron Woodley

Point-of-view is a matter that readers rarely pay attention to, yet it’s one of the most important story decisions an author makes.

— Therese Fowler

The more decisions you make, the better, statistically, your odds of success are. And what I also learned was, it doesn’t matter: anything can be fixed. When you’re directing, you can agonize, but you can’t indulge. Stuff has to happen.

— Tony Goldwyn
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