34 Quotes About Choices: Time Stands Still Only Until You Make Them

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We may think that constantly making choices is exhausting, but I’m a firm believer that it’s actually indecision that’s more draining. Not being able to make a choice and move either forward or in any other direction we see fit is crippling.

That’s precisely why I hate the standstill of indecision — it’s debilitating. So when faced with any situation, I’m quick to weigh my options, make a choice, and move on with my life.

But I know that not everyone is as good at jumping the gun as I am. What’s more, sometimes, I can’t do it either! That’s why I gathered the best quotes about choices to help you bite the bullet and make them but also make the best ones for you.

34 Inspiring and Thought-Provoking Quotes About Choices

Our Choices Define Us and Our Future Path

#1. “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” ― J.K. Rowling

#2. “We are our choices.” ― Jean-Paul Sartre

#3. “It is not for me to judge another man’s life. I must judge, I must choose, I must spurn, purely for myself. For myself alone.” ― Herman Hesse

#4. “There comes a time in your life when you have to choose to turn the page, write another book, or simply close it.” ― Shannon L. Alder

#5. “Choose your love. Love your choice.” ― Thomas S. Monson

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

#7. “Heroes are made by the paths they choose, not the powers they are graced with.” ― Brodi Ashton

#8. “We don’t get to choose what is true. We only get to choose what we do about it.” ― Kami Garcia

#9. “In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

#10. “You are doomed to make choices. This is life’s greatest paradox.” ― Wayne Dyer

#11. “I think life is a matter of choices and that wherever we are, good or bad, is because of the choices we make.” ― Lou Holtz

#12. “Make bold choices and make mistakes. It’s all those things that add up to the person you become.” ― Angelina Jolie

#13. “Life is a matter of choices, and every choice you make makes you.” ― John C. Maxwell

Quotes About Choices That Will Inspire You to Make the Right Ones

#14. “It always comes down to just two choices. Get busy living or get busy dying.” ― Stephen King

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

#16. “Some choices we live not only once but a thousand times over, remembering them for the rest of our lives.” ― Richard Bach

#17. “There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist or accept the responsibility for changing them.” ― Denis Waitley

#18. “I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime.” ― Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

#19. “The choices you make now, the people you surround yourself with, they all have the potential to affect your life, even who you are, forever.” ― Sarah Dessen

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

#21. “Desires dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, and choices determine our actions.” ― Dallin H. Oaks

#22. “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” ― Nelson Mandela

#23. “You are free to make whatever choice you want, but you are not free from the consequences of the choice.” ― Anonymous

Quotes About Choices That Will Make You Believe That Each One Matters

#24. “It is difficult to make the right choice if you fear choosing wrongly.” ― Roy T. Bennett

#25. “It’s our choices that matter in the end. Not wishes, not words, not promises.” ― Alexandra Bracken

#26. “We can’t undo a single thing we have ever done, but we can make decisions today that propel us to the life we want and towards the healing we need.” ― Steve Maraboli

#27. “Once you make a choice, you have no choice.” ― Anna Chin-Williams

#28. “Before you make a choice, ask yourself this question: will you regret the results or rejoice in them?” ― Rob Liano

#29. “The right choice is hardly ever the easy choice.” ― Rick Riordan

#30. “We are all dealt a hand at birth. A good hand can ultimately lose — just as a poor hand can win — but we must all play the cards the fate deals. The choices we face may not be the choices we want, but they are choices nonetheless.” ― Brigid Kemmerer

#31. “In every single thing you do, you are choosing a direction. Thus, your life is a product of choices.” ― Dr. Kathleen Hall

#32. “It’s not about making the right choice. It’s about making a choice and making it right.” ― J.R. Rim

#33. “We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.” ― Kahlil Gibran

#34. “You are here to make a difference, to either improve the world or worsen it. And whether or not you consciously choose to, you will accomplish one or the other.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich

To Conclude

No matter which path in life you choose and no matter where you end up, take a moment to congratulate yourself on actually making a choice. It’s easy to stand on the sidelines of life and not take responsibility for what’s happening to you by not making a choice.

Bravery is actively making choices and handling the fallout of those with your head held high. So I hope these quotes about choices inspire you to do precisely that.