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CHOICE
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If I were not Alexander, then should wish to be Diogenes.
      - Alexander, the Great,
        to Diogenes when asked to stand out of his sunshine, in Plutarch's "Life of Alexander"

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
      - Yogi Berra

And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye shall serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
      - Bible, Joshua (ch. XXIV, v. 15)

But one thing is needful: and Math hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
      - Bible, Luke (ch. X, v. 42)

For many are called, but few are chosen.
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. XXII, v. 14)

You are where you are today because you have chosen to be there.
      - Harry Browne

Follow thou thy choice.
      - William Cullen Bryant

He that will not when he may,
  When he will he shall have nay.
      - Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy
         (pt. III, sect. 2, mem. 5, subs. 5),
        quoted

Better to sink beneath the shock
  Than moulder piecemeal on the rock!
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        The Giaour (l. 969)

Of harmes two the less is for to chose.
      - Geoffrey Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde
         (bk. II, l. 470)

What voice did on my spirit fall,
  Peschiera, when thy bridge I crost?
    'Tis better to have fought and lost
      That never to have fought at all!
      - Arthur Hugh Clough, Peschiera

Life often presents us with a choice of evils, rather than of goods.
      - Charles Caleb Colton, Lacon (p. 362)

Guess, if you can, and choose, if you dare.
  [Lat., Devine, si tu peux, et choisis, si tu l'oses.]
      - Pierre Corneille, Heraclius (IV, 4)

When better cherries are not to be had,
  We needs must take the seeming best of bad.
      - Samuel Daniel

I choose to be found doing my duty.
      - Abraham Davenport

Between two evils, choose neither; between two goods, choose both.
      - Tryon Edwards

The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        Daniel Deronda (bk. VI, ch. XLII)

God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essay--Intellect

Betwixt the devil and the deep sea.
      - Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus, Adagia
         (ch. III, cent. VI, 94),
        quoted from the Greek

Between the victim and the stone knife.
  [Lat., Inter sacrum et sazim.]
      - Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus,
        Letter to Pirkheimer

Submit or resign.
  [Lat., Se soumettre ou se demettre.]
      - Leon Michel Gambetta

We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.
      - Kahlil Gibran

I will offer a choice, not an echo.
      - Barry M. Goldwater

Give house-room to the best; 'tis never known
  Verture and pleasure both to dwell in one.
      - Robert Herrick

But for us there are moments, O, how solemn, when destiny trembles in the balance, and the preponderance of either scale is by our own choice.
      - Mark Hopkins


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