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[ Also see Character Choice Determination Firmness Indecision Judgment Oaths Opportunity Perseverance Positiveness Proof Purpose Resolution Ultimatum Will ]

No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.
      - Isaac Asimov

The power of uncontrollable decision is of the most delicate and dangerous nature.
      - James Asheton Bayard

Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.
      - Bible, Joel (ch. III, v. 14)

And her yes, once said to you,
  Shall be Yes for evermore.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, The Lady's Yes

Firmness, both in sufferance and exertion, is a character which I would wish to possess. I have always despised the whining yelp of complaint and the cowardly, feeble resolve.
      - Robert Burns

I take one decisive and immediate step, and resign my all to the sufficiency of my Saviour.
      - Thomas Chalmers

For a few brief days the orchards are white with blossoms. They soon turn to fruit, or else float away, useless and wasted, upon the idle breeze. So will it be with present feelings. They must be deepened into decision, or be entirely dissipated by delay.
      - Theodore Ledyard Cuyler

Sighs, groans, and tears proclaim his inward pains
  But the firm purpose of his heart remains.
      - John Dryden

He only is a well-made man who has a good determination.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essay--Culture

I hate to see things done by halves. If it be right, do it boldly; if it be wrong, leave it undone.
      - Bernard Gilpin

I reverence the individual who understands distinctly what he wishes; who unweariedly advances, who knows the means conducive to his object, and can seize and use them.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Whatever we think out, whatever we take in hand to do, should be perfectly and finally finished, that the world, if it must alter, will only have to spoil it; we have then nothing to do but unite the severed, to recollect and restore the dismembered.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The demands of modern living are so exacting that men and women everywhere must exercise deliberate selection to live wisely.
      - Robert Grant (2)

There is nothing more to be esteemed than a manly firmness and decision of character. I like a person who knows his own mind and sticks to it; who sees at once what is to be done in given circumstances and does it.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

The way to develop decisiveness is to start right where you are, with the very next question you face.
      - Napoleon Hill

General propositions do not decide concrete cases. The decision will depend on a judgment or intuition more subtle than any articulate major premise.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.,
        Lochner v. New York, 198 U.S. 45, 74 (1905)

To be energetic and firm where principle demands it, and tolerant in all else, is not easy. It is not easy do abhor wickedness, and oppose it with every energy, and at the same time to have the meekness and gentleness of Christ, becoming all things to all men for the truth's sake. The energy of patience, the most godlike of all, is not easy.
      - Mark Hopkins

Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.
      - Andrew Jackson

When once a decision is reached and execution is the order of the day, dismiss absolutely all responsibility and care about the outcome.
      - William James

Decide not rashly. The decision made
  Can never be recalled. The gods implore not,
    Plead not, solicit not; they only offer
      Choice and occasion, which once being passed
        Return no more. Dost thou accept the gift?
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Masque of Pandora--Tower of Prometheus on Mount Caucasus

Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide,
  In the strife of Truth with Falsehood, for the good or evil side.
      - James Russell Lowell, The Present Crisis

A man who has not learned to say "no"--who is not resolved that he will take God's way in spite of every dog that can bark at him, in spite of every silvery voice that can woo him aside--will be a weak and wretched man till he dies.
      - Alexander Maclaren

In such a world as this, with such hearts as ours, weakness is wickedness in the long run. Whoever lets himself be shaped and guided by any thing lower than an inflexible will, fixed in obedience to God, will in the end be shaped into a deformity, and guided to wreck and ruin.
      - Alexander Maclaren

I am here; I shall remain here.
      - Marie Edme Patrice Maurice de MacMahon, Duke of Magenta

Men must decide on what they will not do, and then they are able to act with vigor in what they ought to do.
      - Mencius

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