Making Responsible Choices
[Resilience requires choosing to respond this way or that way to whatever is challenging or distressing us. May these quotes inspire and guide you in choosing to choose and in making responsible choices.
Life’s real name is Choices.
– Terri Guillemets
The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.
– Flora Whittemore
When you have to make a choice and don’t make it, that is in itself a choice.
– William James
Not to decide is to decide.
– Harvey Cox
Life is the sum of all your choices.
– Albert Camus
Responsibility: A detachable burden easily shifted to the shoulders of God, Fate, Fortune, Luck, or one’s neighbor. An the days of astrology it was customary to unload it upon a star.
– Ambrose Bierce
You are not responsible for the programming you picked up in childhood. However, as an adult, you are one hundred percent responsible for fixing it.
– Ken Keyes, Jr.
The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the environment, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.
– Albert Ellis
Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.
– Erica Jong
The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from self-respect springs.
– Joan Didion
We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until we have stopped saying “It got lost,” and say, “I lost it.”
– Sidney J. Harris
Any transition serious enough to alter your definition of self will require not just small adjustments in your way of living and thinking but a full-on metamorphosis.
– Martha Beck
We know what we are, but know not what we may be.
– William Shakespeare
The most important thing to remember is this: To be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become.
“It’s a question of discipline,” the little prince told me later on. “When you’ve finished washing and dressing each morning, you must tend your planet.”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince
Choices are the hinges of destiny.
– Edwin Markham
Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.
– Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“I must do something” always solves more problems than “Something must be done.”
– author unknown
Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Until one is committed there is always hesitancy,
The chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness,
Concerning all acts of initiative and creation,
There is one elementary truth,
The ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:
The moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.
All sorts of things occur to help that would never otherwise have occurred.
A whole stream of events issues from the decision,
Raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen accidents and meetings
And material assistance which no man could have dreamed
Would come his way.