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Quotes for the week of August 27, 2006 - Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

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It is the theory that decides what can be observed. - Albert Einstein 


ADVICE: n. to seek another's approval of a course already decided upon.

CONSULT, v.i. To seek another's disapproval of a course already decided on.

DECIDE, v.i. To succumb to the preponderance of one set of influences over another set.

RECONSIDER, v. To seek a justification for a decision already made.

- Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary   


It is time for writers to admit that nothing in this world makes sense. Only fools and charlatans think they know and understand everything. The stupider they are, the wider they conceive their horizons to be. And if an artist decides to declare that he understands nothing of what he sees - this in itself constitutes a considerable clarity in the realm of thought, and a great step forward. - Anton Pavlovich Chekhov - to Alexei Suvorin, May 30, 1888


A decision is the action an executive must take when he has information so incomplete that the answer does not suggest itself. - Arthur Radford


What's real in politics is what the voters decide is real. - Ben J. Wattenberg 


Democracy encourages the majority to decide things about which the majority is blissfully ignorant. - John Simon 


"Protect me from knowing what I don't need to know. Protect me from even knowing what I don't need to know. Protect me from knowing there are things to know that I don't know. Protect me from knowing that I decided not to know about the things that I decided not to know about them. Amen." That's it. It's what you pray silently inside yourself anyway, so you might as well have it out in the open. "Lord, Lord, Lord. Protect me from the consequences of the above prayer. Amen." And that's it. Most of the trouble people get into in life comes from leaving out that last part. - Douglas Noel Adams, Mostly Harmless


Politics is the art of postponing decisions until they are no longer relevant. - Henri Queuille 


About eleven o'clock we were out in the street walking along, and an American lady said, "How is it, Dr. Suzuki? We spend the evening asking you questions and nothing is decided." Dr. Suzuki smiled and said, "That's why I love philosophy: no one wins."  - John Cage


It is better to stir up a question without deciding it, than to decide it without stirring it up. It is better to debate a question without deciding it than to decide it without debating it. - Joseph Joubert 


A weak man has doubts before a decision; a strong man has them afterwards. - Karl Kraus   


I was a-trembling because I'd got to decide forever betwixt two things, and I knowed it. I studied for a minute, sort of holding my breath, and then says to myself, "All right, then I'll go to hell." - Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


Ever notice that "what the hell" is always the right decision? - Marilyn Monroe 


If someone tells you he is going to make "a realistic decision," you immediately understand that he is going to do something bad. - Mary McCarthy


Remember, you can think for yourself, or just surrender your mind. It's your call, but don't expect me to pay your bills if you decide to surrender. - Professor Zen 


Whenever I make a bum decision, I just go out and make another. - Harry Truman 


A peacefulness follows any decision, even the wrong one. - Rita Mae Brown


One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. "Which road do I take?" she asked. "Where do you want to go?" was his response. "I don't know," Alice answered. "Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter." - Lewis Carroll


When choosing between two evils, always choose the one you haven't tried yet. - Mae West


Sullivan's Law: When given the choice between two alternatives, always pick the third! - Patrick H. Sullivan

Copyright 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 - Alan M. Pavlik

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