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Nature possesses far more variation and invention than we do... for an artist, it's a matter of seeing and choosing. (Mark Adams)

Informed decision-making comes from a long tradition of guessing and then blaming others for inadequate results. (Scott Adams)

When they have a choice, people will always gravitate to those rooms which have light on two sides, and leave the rooms which are lit only from one side unused and empty. (Christopher Alexander)

When they have a choice, people will always gravitate to those rooms which have light on two sides, and leave the rooms which are lit only from one side unused and empty. (Christopher Alexander)

A man cannot directly choose his circumstances, but can choose his thoughts, and so indirectly, yet surely, shape his circumstances. (James Allen)

Although our inattention can contribute to our lack of total well-being, we also have the power to choose positive behaviors and responses. In that choice we change our every experience of life! (Greg Anderson)

It is better to choose what you say than say what you choose. (Anonymous)

A man has free choice to the extent that he is rational. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

If you always make the right decision, the safe decision, the one most people make, you will be the same as everyone else. (Paul Arden)

If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is Nature's way. (Aristotle)

Every act is a visual judgement. (Rudolf Arnheim)

There are three types of people in this world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who wonder what happened... You can decide which type of person you want to be. (Mary Kay Ash)

A wise person decides slowly but abides by these decisions. (Arthur Ashe)

Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain... To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices - today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it. (Kevyn Aucoin)

If I decide to be an idiot, then I'll be an idiot on my own accord. (Johann Sebastian Bach)

Allow the world to live as it chooses, and allow yourself to live as you choose. (Richard Bach)

The world would be a boring place if we were not fortunate to have choices. (Kenn Backhaus)

You don't get to choose how you're going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you're going to live - now. (Joan Baez)

Too much freedom inhibits choice. Constructive narrowness clarifies choice. (Darby Bannard)

Good art, no matter how simple or casual-seeming, always carries a high density of choice. (Darby Bannard)

The refusal to choose is a form of choice; disbelief is a form of belief. (Frank X Barron)

In art and science we are now in a delta, at the end of the long flow of progress. In a delta there is no clear direction but there may be many choices. The best we can do is to enjoy the choices that we have and to be genuinely and creatively eclectic. (Robert Bateman)

Often undecided whether to desert a sinking ship for one that might not float, he would make up his mind to sit on the wharf for a day. (Lord Beaverbrook)

You are at a choice-point in every moment of each circumstance, each activity, spoken word and thought. (Dr. Michael Beckwith)

Your life is the sum result of all the choices you make, both consciously and unconsciously. If you can control the process of choosing, you can take control of all aspects of your life. You can find the freedom that comes from being in charge of yourself. (Robert F. Bennett)

One's mind has a way of making itself up in the background, and it suddenly becomes clear what one means to do. (Arthur Christopher Benson)

You can hesitate before deciding, but not once the decision is made. (Jose Bergamin)

decide, v.i. To succumb to the preponderance of one set of influences over another set. (Ambrose Bierce)

The decisive moment is not about finding the best view. It is somewhere in the actual painting process where critical decisions must be made. (Linda Blondheim)

You have to choose where you look, and in making that choice you eliminate entire worlds. (Barbara Bloom)

It would be fascinating to wire up an artist with electrodes to measure exactly how many choices must be made during the process of creation. (Francis Boag)

It is good to re-examine our positions to make sure if our choices are the right ones for us, as long as we do not spend the majority of our lives in this potentially counterproductive activity. (Kelly Borsheim)

Every second we choose to nourish ourselves in a way that supports or depletes our lives, and to think and speak about other people in a way that is honoring or dishonoring. What choice are you going to make today? (Gregg Braden)

Those who avoid the tough choices of life live a life they never chose. (Robert Brault)

At any moment I could start being a better person... But, which moment should I choose? (Ashleigh Brilliant)

It surprises me how often we hold ourselves back until we have no choice. (Po Bronson)

He who hesitates is poor. (Mel Brooks)

White shall not neutralize the black, nor good compensate bad in man, absolve him so: life's business being just the terrible choice. (Robert Browning)

There is a tension in deciding what to choose from the real landscape and what to say about it. (Marion Bryant)

It was purely a decision about 'Did I want to stay around or did I want to go? It's one of the few things where you have choice. (Art Buchwald)

Once the 'what' is decided, the 'how' always follows. We must not make the 'how' an excuse for not facing and accepting the 'what.' (Pearl S. Buck)

A man is too apt to forget that in this world he cannot have everything. A choice is all that is left to him. Better bend than break. Never swap horses while crossing a stream.Why not upset the apple cart? If you don't, the apples will rot anyway. There is never time to do it right, but there is always time to do it over. Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. Fail to plan, plan to fail. (Carl W. Buechner)

What's it going to be then, eh? (Anthony Burgess)

Every decision is liberating, even if it leads to disaster. Otherwise, why do so many people walk upright and with open eyes into their misfortune? (Elias Canetti)

Every day that is born into the world comes like a burst of music and rings the whole day through, and you make of it a dance, a dirge, or a life march, as you will. (Thomas Carlyle)

All there will ever be is what's happening here. Decisions we make in this moment are based on either love or fear. So many of us choose our path out of fear, disguised as practicality. (Jim Carrey)

We hardly ever realize that we can cut anything out of our lives, anytime, in the blink of an eye. (Carlos Castaneda)

Once you make a choice, you have no choice. (Anna Chin-Williams)

The soul is the observer who interprets and makes choices in a confluence of relationships. These relationships provide the background, setting, characters, and events that shape the stories of our lives. (Deepak Chopra)

The cropping and selecting of a close-up image reflects the larger compositional thinking that formed the original image. (Peter Ciccariello)

The most creative people have learned to tolerate the slight discomfort of indecision for much longer and so, just because they put in more pondering time, their solutions are more creative. (John Cleese)

Ask yourself, "When does this decision have to be taken?" and having answered it, defer the decision until then, in order to give yourself maximum pondering time. (John Cleese)

I'm plagued with indecision in my life. I can't figure out what to order in a restaurant. (Chuck Close)

Cynics always say no. But saying YES! begins things! YES! is how things grow.... YES! leads to knowledge. YES! is for young people. For as long as you are able... say YES! (Stephen Colbert)

We can try to avoid making choices by doing nothing, but even that is a decision. (Gary Collins)

I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. (Stephen R. Covey)

It is preferable to incur a mild punishment than to perform an onerous task. (Roald Dahl)

Sometimes the sweetest choice is choosing what you already have. (Jeff Davidson)

You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear. (Sammy Davis, Jr.)

Our life is as meaningful, as full and as wonderful as we choose to make it. And we can make it very wonderful indeed. (Richard Dawkins)

It is a mistake to conceive of choice and decision-making as a process of selecting from existing options according to a fixed formula. That omits the most important element of decision-making, namely the creation of new options. (David Deutsch)

The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action. (John Dewey)

Heaven on Earth is a choice you must make, not a place we must find. (Dr. Wayne Dyer)

Choose your corner, pick away at it carefully, intensely and to the best of your ability and that way you might change the world. (Charles Eames)

Neither way is better. / Both ways are necessary. / It is also necessary / To make a choice between them. (T. S. Eliot)

God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please – you can never have both. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

I have little choice but submit to a higher creative vision. (Chantell Van Erbe)

I think it is important to remind people of the extent of our free will. (Jeffrey Eugenides)

My paintings are made up of what remains after eliminating everything unwanted. (Alan Feltus)

Options - the ability to choose - is real power. (Timothy Ferriss)

There comes a time in the affairs of man when he must take the bull by the tail and face the situation. (W. C. Fields)

I have no choice about whether or not I have Parkinson's. I have nothing but choices about how I react to it. In those choices, there's freedom to do a lot of things in areas that I wouldn't have otherwise found myself in. (Michael J. Fox)

In the important decisions of personal life, we should be governed by the deep inner needs of our nature. (Sigmund Freud)

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise. (Robert Fritz)

Honestly, if you're given the choice between Armageddon or tea, you don't say, 'What kind of tea?' (Neil Gaiman)

Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof. (John Kenneth Galbraith)

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

- Stumbling on Happiness...
The fact that we often judge the pleasure of an experience by its ending can cause us to make some curious choices. (Daniel T. Gilbert)

Most of all, I can choose my thoughts. (Elizabeth Gilbert)

- Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, 2005...
Truly successful decision-making relies on a balance between deliberate and instinctive thinking. (Malcolm Gladwell)

You can't be at the Pole and at the Equator at the same time. You must choose your own line, as I hope to do, and it will probably be colour. (Vincent van Gogh)

True, I've been a long time making up my mind, but now I'm giving you a definite answer. I won't say yes, and I won't say no - but I'm giving you a definite maybe. (Samuel Goldwyn)

When you watch people who know what they're doing, you will learn how to do it yourself. And only when you have learned how to do it, do you have the option to not do what you've learned. (Maurice Golleau)

- The Fault in Our Stars...
Maybe 'okay' will be our 'always.' (John Green)

Decide for yourself what kind of works you want to create... facts, essays, poems - do you want to speak or to sing? (Ernst Haas)

As a child my family's menu consisted of two choices: take it, or leave it. (Buddy Hackett)

Life off Earth is in two important respects not at all unworldly: you can choose to focus on the surprises and pleasures, or the frustrations. And you can choose to appreciate the smallest scraps of experience, the everyday moments, or to value only the grandest, most stirring ones. (Chris Hadfield, astronaut)

It's easy to make good decisions when there are no bad options. (Robert Half)

The myths have always condemned those who 'looked back.' Condemned them, whatever the paradise may have been which they were leaving. Hence this shadow over each departure from your decision. (Dag Hammarskjold)

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

Anything to not make a decision. Getting other people to make decisions is a good way to not make decisions. (Damien Hirst)

There is always another way of seeing and another way of interpreting. (Kiff Holland)

Make up your mind to act decidedly and take the consequences. No good is ever done in this world by hesitation. (Thomas H. Huxley)

Ghost Dog: In the words of the ancients, one should make his decision within the space of seven breaths. It is a matter of being determined and having the spirit to break through to the other side. (Jim Jarmusch)

In chess you learn that in all your potential moves there is just one move that ends up ruling your game. As you can't go back, this is excellent training. (Henk Jelsma)

Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. (Steve Jobs)

To be fully conscious means we have to make conscious choices. If we feel we are stuck in the energy of an undesirable habit, at some level we have actually chosen to give our power to it. Perhaps now's the time to choose another way - we can choose to take our power back. (Dennis Merritt Jones)

To get anywhere, one must choose one's mistakes. I chose experimental acts. (Asger Jorn)

There can be no question of selecting in any direction, but of penetrating the whole cosmic law of rhythms, forces and material that are the real world, from the ugliest to the most beautiful, everything that has character and expression, from the crudest and most brutal to the gentlest and most delicate; everything that speaks to us in its capacity as life. (Asger Jorn)

Things usually make sense in time, and even bad decisions have their own kind of correctness. (Miranda July)

Spend some effort in figuring out why each decision did or did not pan out. Doing that systematically is key: really try to question the way you make decisions, and improve it. (Daniel Kahneman)

You yourself, you don't decide, but if you want to paint, you have to find out some way to start this thing off, whether it is painting it out or putting it in... (Franz Kline)

- Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers...
Wabi-sabi acknowledges that just as it is important to know when to make choices, it is also important to know when not to make choices: to let things be. (Leonard Koren)

You sit at the board and suddenly your heart leaps. Your hand trembles to pick up the piece and move it. But what chess teaches you is that you must sit there calmly and think about whether it's really a good idea and whether there are other, better ideas. (Stanley Kubrick)

It is maybe not the best choice to have a favorite anything. (Dalai Lama)

God created the world just like a knife and left it up to us to take it by the handle or the blade. (Langenhoven)

-of the band Rush...
Even if you choose not to decide... you still have made a choice. (Geddy Lee)

Choose to give your creative art priority over other things. You can do it. (Nita Leland)

The most profitable decisions in my life will be the most challenging. (John Di Lemme)

Every good artist has a good eraser. (Skip van Lenten)

When you're young you barrel through life, making choices without thinking of repercussions. A few years down the line, you wake up in a certain place and wonder how the hell you got there. (Jennifer Lopez)

Positive action generates positive thinking, not the other way around. Positive action is a choice, one that can be challenging, especially for people who've experienced much suffering and pain in their lives - but it's still a choice. (Lauren Mackler)

An ability to choose is a necessity for the artist. (Eric Maisel)

To decide to reach for this blue and not that one, to switch styles or subject matter, to move, in the middle of a sentence, in one direction or another, to commit to this book when that one is also calling, are the sorts of choices that artists must make if they are to function. (Eric Maisel)

I choose the right one because I didn't like it on the left. (Ashgan Makarem)

To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation. (Yann Martel)

-on drawing...
Leave out as much as you include. (Mick Maslen)

We choose what attitudes we have right now. And it's a continuing choice. (John C. Maxwell)

Sometimes you make the right decision, sometimes you make the decision right. (Phil McGraw)

Decision is a sharp knife that cuts clean and straight. Indecision is a dull one that hacks and tears and leaves ragged edges behind. (Ian McKeithen)

Choosing what you want to do, and when to do it, is an act of creation. (Peter McWilliams)

Let men decide firmly what they will not do, and they will be free to do vigorously what they ought to do. (Mencius)

We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves. (Thomas Merton)

Every person has free choice... Your choice determines the consequences. Nobody ever did, or ever will, escape the consequences of his choices. (Alfred A. Montapert)

Free choice is one of the highest of all the mental processes. (Maria Montessori)

- - Organizing from the Inside Out...
Organized people will make fewer and better decisions in the long run. (Julie Morgenstern)

Every picture one paints involves not painting others. (Robert Motherwell)

Each brushstroke is a decision. (Robert Motherwell)

When a person acts without knowledge of what he thinks, feels, needs or wants, he does not yet have the option of choosing to act differently. (Clark Moustakas)

Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that's the one that is going to require the most from you. (Caroline Myss)

Paint the picture. Whatever is in front of you. (Roberta Needles)

An artist chooses his subjects: that is the way he praises. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

The artist is the only one who knows that the world is a subjective creation, that there is a choice to be made, a selection of elements. (Anais Nin)

Every time there are losses there are choices to be made. You choose to live your losses as passages to anger, blame, hatred, depression and resentment, or you choose to let these losses be passages to something new, something wider, and deeper. (Henri Nouwen)

I decided to start anew, to strip away what I had been taught. (Georgia O'Keeffe)

Either you let your life slip away by not doing the things you want to do, or you get up and do them. (Roger von Oech)

Decisions are being made a mile a minute while you're making the work, and it has to come out of experience and vision. (Jules Olitski)

I see painting as being an issue of choices and a giving up of a desire to control. (Bobbie Oliver)

You must have a feeling for choice. (Egbert Oudendag)

Wait for the last possible moment to make a decision. (Frank Partnoy)

No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair. (George Smith Patton, Jr.)

The greatest power we have is the power of choice. (Norman Vincent Peale)

The character of the subject must influence the choice of the method of its representation. (Walter J. Phillips)

For my part, I can't do anything else but what I am doing. (Pablo Picasso)

It is not always what we know or analyzed before we make a decision that makes it a great decision. It is what we do after we make the decision to implement and execute it that makes it a good decision. (William Pollard)

Choose always the way that seems the best, however rough it may be; custom will soon render it easy and agreeable. (Pythagoras)

Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice. (Ayn Rand)

Realize that as an artist you have the power to select or reject. Use the scene before you only as a starting point. (Ron Ranson)

In your life's defining moments there are two choices - you either step forward in faith and power or you step backward into fear. (James Arthur Ray)

As simple as it sounds, we all must try to be the best person we can: by making the best choices, by making the most of the talents we've been given. (Mary Lou Retton)

-interview with Sabine Sch├╝tz, 1990...
If I don't know what's coming - that is, if I have no hard-and-fast image, as I have with a photographic original - then arbitrary choice and chance play an important part. (Gerhard Richter)

It seems the deeper, truer personality of the artist only emerges in the making of decisions... in refusing and accepting, changing and revising. (Bridget Riley)

Replace negative thoughts with positive affirmations. Our minds can handle one or the other and it is our choice. (Chris Riley)

Remember, a real decision is measured by the fact that you've taken new action. If there's no action, you haven't truly decided. (Tony Robbins)

I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don't need. (Auguste Rodin)

We all have two choices: We can make a living or we can design a life. (Jim Rohn)

Let the views of others educate and inform you, but let your decisions be a product of your own conclusions. (Jim Rohn)

Either you run the day or the day runs you. (Jim Rohn)

It doesn't matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions. (Jim Rohn)

Somehow, we learn who we really are and then live with that decision. (Eleanor Roosevelt)

In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing. (Theodore Roosevelt)

How I choose to look at any situation will greatly affect whether I have the power to change it or make matters worse. (Marshall Rosenberg)

It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. (J. K. Rowling)

Dream masters create a masterpiece of life; they control the dream by making choices. (Don Miguel Ruiz)

There is choice possible to us at any moment, as long as we live. But there is no sacrifice. There is a choice, and the rest falls away. Second choice does not exist. Beware of those who talk about sacrifice. (Muriel Rukeyser)

The hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn. (David Russell)

I choose to be the creator in bliss rather than the tormented artist... It's a choice and a matter of how much we identify with external circumstances. It can also depend on how we care for ourselves. (Linda Saccoccio)

If your head tells you one thing, and your heart tells you another, before you do anything, you should first decide whether you have a better head or a better heart. (Marilyn vos Savant)

Underlying all your choices, particularly subject matter and the way you represent it, should be your own personal scruples, the standards and rules that you voluntarily set for yourself, and which you may change or abandon whenever you choose - without explanation to anyone. (Richard Schmid)

I make choices that help create emotion by taking time to consider what visual information is important to the statement and what is distracting. (Hal Scroggy)

Nature is at work... Character and destiny are her handiwork. She gives us love and hate, jealousy and reverence. All that is ours is the power to choose which impulse we shall follow. (David Seabury)

My trouble was I had a mind but I couldn't make it up. (Dr. Seuss)

This is the night / That either makes me or fordoes me quite. (William Shakespeare)

Be it sun or moon or what you please. (William Shakespeare)

Never, never give up; just change your mind! (Doreen Shann)

It just happened. As though a moment comes when it's both necessary and natural to make a decision that has long since been made. (Georges Simenon)

We have to believe in free will. We've got no choice. (Isaac Bashevis Singer)

I am always on the lookout for a spark of necessity - a feeling that this particular artist had no choice but to make this particular artwork this particular way. That is the only way authenticity or even originality can start to emerge. (Roberta Smith)

I chose and my world was shaken. So what? The choice may have been mistaken; the choosing was not. You have to move on. (Stephen Sondheim)

One must choose in life between boredom and suffering. (Madame de Stael)

It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure on the world. (John Steinbeck)

I do not know which to prefer, / The beauty of inflections, / Or the beauty of innuendoes, / The blackbird whistling, / Or just after. (Wallace Stevens)

You have brains in your head. / You have feet in your shoes. / You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. / You're on your own. / And you know what you know. / You are the guy who'll decide where to go. (Dr. Suess)

At various points in our lives, or on a quest, and for reasons that often remain obscure, we are driven to make decisions which prove with hindsight to be loaded with meaning. (Yoga Sutras)

Selection is the basis of all art. Nothing comes of nothing. (James Johnson Sweeney)

Decision is a risk rooted in the courage of being free. (Paul Tillich)

-Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings...
All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. (J. R. R. Tolkien)

After the 'mindmapping' is 'selection.' I call it the tyranny of choice... (Richard Tomkinson)

Choose wisely. (Brian Tracy)

You are always free to choose what you do first, what you do second, and what you do not do at all. (Brian Tracy)

Artists have no choice but to express their lives. They have only, and that not always, a choice of process. This process does not change the essential content of their work in art, which can only be their life. (Anne Truitt)

All my life, whenever it comes time to make a decision, I make it and forget about it. (Harry S. Truman)

Necessity delivers us from the embarrassment of choice. (Marquis de Vauvenargues)

Going painting is like swimming; you have to choose the direction of your path and how far you will go. If your choice is to connect the two coasts, you have to master enough courage and power because it is too late returning at the halfway mark. (Milos Vujasinovic)

Everything is something you decide to do, and there is nothing you have to do. (Denis Waitley)

Our choice is between cynicism and hope. (Jim Wallis)

Choice is strength. Having choice is also freedom. (Coulter Watt)

The making of the painting is the visible, practical aspect of the painter's working at the easel or board. This step is not as experimental as selecting convictions and choosing method. Here is where the battle is fought, for better or worse. (Frank Webb)

Some rainy winter Sunday when there's a little boredom, you should carry a gun. Not to shoot yourself, but to know exactly that you're always making a choice. (Lina Wertmuller)

The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live. (Flora Whittemore)

The more decisions that you are forced to make alone, the more you are aware of your freedom to choose. (Thornton Wilder)

Whether we love, or close our hearts to love, is a mental choice we make, every moment of every day. (Marianne Williamson)

Nothing happens until you decide. (Oprah Winfrey)

Early in my career I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility - I chose the former and have seen no reason to change. (Frank Lloyd Wright)

The intellect of man is forced to choose / Perfection of the life, or of the work... (William Butler Yeats)

If we remain undecided, nothing will ever change. All we need to do is want to achieve something great and then simply to do it. (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)

All is context. Choose yours carefully, where you have a choice. (Mike Young)

Nothing is carved in stone unless that is what you choose. (Banne Younker)

Every choice you make has an end result. (Zig Ziglar)