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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),
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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