106+ Best Decision Making Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Decision making is the process of identifying and choosing alternatives based on the values, preferences and beliefs of the decision-maker. Profoundly inspirational decision making quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

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Famous Decision Making Quotes

The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people. — Randy Pausch

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

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

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The new ruler must determine all the injuries that he will need to inflict. He must inflict them once and for all. — Niccolo Machiavelli

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

The only certainty is uncertainty — Pliny the Elder

In the final analysis there is no other solution to man’s progress but the day’s honest work, the day’s honest decision, the day’s generous utterances, and the day’s good deed. — Clare Boothe Luce

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

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

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

You are only one decision from a totally different life. — Anonymous

One of the major biases in risky decision making is optimism. Optimism is a source of high-risk thinking. — Daniel Kahneman

Indecision is a decision. — Anonymous

What you can do, or think you can, begin it. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding. We are swimming in the former. We are desperately lacking in the latter. — Malcolm Gladwell

The speed of decision making is the essence of good governance. — Piyush Goyal

What is necessary is never unwise. — Ben Cross

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

Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

You can’t choose between right and wrong by taking a census. — Elizabeth Taylor

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

Every individual can make a difference … if we continue to leave decision making to the so-called decision makers, things will never change. — Jane Goodall

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

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

The major mistake people pursue in decision making is to surround themselves with negatively minded people. People who are going nowhere will never take you anywhere; people who are going everywhere can take you somewhere. — Israelmore Ayivor

Whenever it comes to decision making, Remember the part about having confidence. — Auliq Ice

A wise man makes his own decisions. An ignorant man follows public opinion. — Chinese Proverb

Without women’s full inclusion at the decision making table, we cannot have any healthy decision making that is good for men and women alike. — Zainab Salbi

Always make decisions that prioritize your inner peace. — Izey Victoria Odiase

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

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

So yes, European decision making is not pretty. But it does work. — Helle Thorning-Schmidt

Find ways to decentralize. Move decision making authority down and out. Encourage a more entrepreneurial approach. — Donald Rumsfeld

The Public … demands certainties … But there are not certainties — H. L. Mencken

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

Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same. — Anonymous

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

We unfortunately live in a corporate world where group decision making is made to avoid failure rather than to achieve success. — Bill Cahan

The worst business decision you can make is no decision. The needs are not going to go away. Waiting is whats gotten us in the situation we’re in now. — John Peace

Obedience brings peace in decision making. If we have firmly made up our minds to follow the commandments, we will not have to redecide which path to take when temptation comes our way. — James E. Faust

I would not waste my life in friction when it could be turned into momentum. — Frances Willard

Decision making and problem solving are not the same. To solve a problem, one needs to find a solution. To make a decision, one needs to make a choice. — Michael J. Marx

Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it. — Oprah Winfrey

Sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that can change your life forever. — Anonymous

Never bring the problem solving stage into the decision making stage. Otherwise, you surrender yourself to the problem rather than the solution. — Robert H. Schuller

The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it. — Norman Schwarzkopf

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

Visionary decision-making happens at the intersection of intuition and logic. — Paul O’Brien

Good decisions come from experience, and experience comes from bad decisions. — Anonymous

They don’t make you what you are, you do. You are what you choose to be. — Harry Connick, Jr.

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

I found every single successful person I’ve ever spoken to had a turning point. The turning point was when they made a clear, specific unequivocal decision that they were going to achieve success. Some people make that decision at  and some people make it at , and most people never make it at all. — Brian Tracey

When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal. If you give up before your goal has been reached, you are a ‘quitter’. A quitter never wins, and a winner never quits. — Napoleon Hill

Effective decision-making can be seen as an optimal link between memory of the past, ground-realities of the present and insights of the future. — Amit Ray

Maybe don’t make it so. — Albert Finney

The essence of the phenomenon of gambling is decision making. The act of making a decision consists of selecting one course of action, or strategy, from among the set of admissible strategies. — Richard Arnold Epstein

Just really, really believe in what you’re trying to do. Don’t let people alter that. Let people advise you and lead you down paths to make smart business decisions. But trust your instinct and trust that overwhelming drive that made you put all your dreams and everything on the line. — Luke Bryan

It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong. — Thomas Sowell

I’m on the verge of taking a stand. — Tom Hollander

The art of good decision making is looking forward to and celebrating the tradeoffs, not pretending they don’t exist. — Seth Godin

You cannot make progress without making decisions. — Jim Rohn

Wherever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision. Peter Drucker

We can’t retract the decisions we’ve made, we can only affect the decisions we’re going to make from here. — Jamie Foxx

One comes to a decision based on what one wants, not based on what one doesn’t want. Got it? — Martha Plimpton

My basic principle is that you don’t make decisions because they are cheap; you make them because they’re right. — Theodore Hesburgh

Now that it’s all over, what did you really do yesterday that’s worth mentioning?Coleman Cox

Plan B. You’ve always got to have a Plan B. — Sylvester Stallone

Decisions can be a major challenge for all of us… — Les Brown

The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react. — George Bernard Shaw

A graphic is never an end in itself; it is a moment in the process of decision making. — Jacques Bertin

Most of society’s decision making for young people happens without young people, and that could not happen without adultcentrism. — Adam Fletcher

Design is nothing if not decision making. — Henry Petroski

Public decision-making does not lend itself to certitude. — Jim Leach

Decision making is the specific executive task. — Peter Drucker

The art of decision making includes the art of questioning. — Pearl Zhu

Decision-making is a skill. Wisdom is a leadership trait. — Mark Millar

When you live in reaction, you give your power away. Then you get to experience what you gave your power to. — N. Smith

The key to good decision making is not knowledge… It’s whether our work fulfills us. — Malcolm Gladwell

Under our [constitutional system] – either we’re going to have to rethink our Constitution, or we’re going to have to rethink our process of decision-making. — Newt Gingrich

Decision making can sometimes seem like inner civil war. — Jim Rohn

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

Impossible to see, the future is. — Frank Oz

The wayside of business is full of brilliant men [or women] who started out with a spurt, and lacked the stamina to finish. Their places were taken by patient and unshowy plodders who never knew when to quit. — J. R. Todd

It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions. — Jim Rohn

You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change direction overnight. — Jim Rohn

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

I believe in evidence-based decision making. I want to know what the facts are. — Hillary Clinton

What’s called a difficult decision is a difficult decision because either way you go there are penalties. — Elia Kazan

Look down from as high as possible. Look ahead as far as you can see. Then decide what to do. — Simon Sinek

Will no man ever do something without a why, just like that, for the hell of it? — Anthony Quinn

Balanced emotions are crucial to intuitive decision making. — Michael D. Eisner

Part of being a winner is knowing when enough is enough. Sometimes you have to give up the fight and walk away. Move on to something else that’s more productive. — Donald Trump

Courage and confidence are what decision making is all about. — Mike Krzyzewski

Every time you make a decision, you mess with someone’s life. — Kevin James

Whatever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy. — Anonymous

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

Usually, when you make a decision in life, unless you have access to parallel universes, you can’t truly judge how right that decision was. — Tibor Fischer

The strength of collective decision making and political responsibility is not only a question of recognizing other people’s ability. It is also recognizing one’s own limitations. — Aruna Roy

Be courageous. I have seen many depressions in business. Always, America has emerged from these stronger and more prosperous. Be brave as your fathers before you. Have faith! Go forward. — Thomas Edison

On an important decision one rarely has % of the information needed for a good decision no matter how much one spends or how long one waits. And, if one waits too long, he has a different problem and has to start all over. This is the terrible dilemma of the hesitant decision maker. — Robert K. Greenleaf

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

Decision making is an art only until the person understands the science. — Pearl Zhu

In part because individual judgement is not accurate enough or consistent enough, cognitive diversity is essential to good decision making. — James Surowiecki

It is not always what we know or analyzed before we make a decision that makes it a great decision. It is what we do after we make the decision to implement and execute it that makes it a good decision. — William Pollard

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

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing that you will make one.–Elbert Hubbard 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

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