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Each of us literally chooses, by his way of attending to things, what sort of universe he shall appear to himself to inhabit.
      - William James

The measure of choosing well is whether a man likes what he has chosen.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia)

So much to win, so much to lose,
  No marvel that I fear to choose.
      - Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Mrs. George MacLean)

Where passion leads or prudence points the way.
      - Robert Lowth (Louth),
        The Choice of Hercules (1)

God has so framed us as to make freedom of choice and action the very basis of all moral improvement, and all our faculties, mental and moral, resent and revolt against the idea of coercion.
      - William Matthews

A wise man likes that best, that is itself;
  Not that which only seems, though it look fairer.
      - Thomas Middleton

Rather than be less
  Car'd not to be at all.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. II, l. 47)

Who would not, finding way, break loose from hell,
  . . . .
    And boldly venture to whatever place
      Farthest from pain?
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. IV, l. 889)

The difficulty in life is the choice.
      - George (Augustus) Moore,
        The Bending of the Bough (act IV)

I see and approve of better things,
  I follow the worse.
    [Lat., Video meliora proboque,
      Deteriora sequor.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Of fight or fly,
  This choice is left ye, to resist or die.
      - Alexander Pope, Homer's Odyssey
         (bk. XXII, l. 79)

Between two stools one sits on the ground.
  [Fr., S'asseoir entre deux selles le cul a terre.]
      - Francois Rabelais, Gargantua
         (bk. I, ch. II)

Look for your choices, pick the best one, then go with it.
      - Pat Riley

There's a small, choice in rotten apples.
      - William Shakespeare

If it be aught toward the general good,
  Set honor in one eye and death i' th' other,
    And I will look on both indifferently;
      For let the gods so speed me as I love
        The name of honor more than I fear death.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Brutus at I, ii)

Which of them shall I take?
  Both? One? Or neither? Neither can be enjoyed,
    If both remain alive. To take the widow
      Exasperates, makes mad her sister Goneril;
        And hardly shall I carry out my side,
          Her husband being alive.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (Edmund at V, i)

Preferment goes by letter and affection,
  And not by old gradation, where each second
    Stood heir to th's first.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Iago at I, i)

Preferment goes by letter and affection.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Iago at I, i)

I will not choose what many men desire,
  Because I will not jump with common spirits
    And rank me with the barbarous multitudes.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice
         (Arragon at II, ix)

Faith, as you say, there's small choice in rotten apples.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Taming of the Shrew
         (Hortensio at I, i)

There's small choice in rotten apples.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Taming of the Shrew
         (Hortensio at I, i)

Responsible choice involves consequences, not the least of which are relinquishments all along our way.
      - Marsha Sinetar

"Thy royal will be done--'tis just."
  Replied the wretch, and kissed the dust;
    "Since, my last moments to assuage,
      Your majesty's humane decree
        Has deigned to leave the choice to me,
          I'll die, so please you, of old age."
      - Horace (Horatio) Smith (a/k/a Paul Chatfield),
        The Jester Condemned to Death

You must make your choice whether to hold on to some thing which cannot save you, or let go, and fall into the hands of the Lord.
      - Ichabod Smith Spencer

Better fifty years of Europe than a cycle of Cathay.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Locksley Hall
         (st. 92)

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