A conference is a gathering of important people who, singly, can do nothing but together can decide that nothing can be done.
More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.
It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. 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.
There is no such thing as great talent without great will-power.
We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over.
The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.
My parents weren't keen on the giving up of school at the beginning to go into singing and dancing, but once they saw I was serious about it, they gave support. I was quite stubborn about my decision, and in the end, they realised it was for the best.
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.
If you are ever in doubt as to whether or not you should kiss a pretty girl, always give her the benefit of the doubt.
Decisions of the kind the executive has to make are not made well by acclamation. They are made well only if based on the clash of conflicting views ... The first rule in decision-making is that one does not make a decision unless there is disagreement.
Long-range planning does not deal with future decisions. It deals with the future of present decisions.
It is your own conviction which compels you; that is, choice compels choice.
Forgive: Make a conscious decision to cease to harbor resentment, which includes forgiving a debt and giving up one's resolve to retaliate.
We should never allow ourselves to be bullied by an either-or. There is often the possibility of something better than either of these two alternatives.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
A wrong decision isn't forever; it can always be reversed. The losses from a delayed decision are forever; they can never be retrieved.
If businessmen always made the right decisions, business wouldn't be business.
When it's time to make a decision about a person or problem ... trust your intuition ... act.
There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind ... Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to.
Make up your mind to act decidedly and take the consequences. No good is ever done in this world by hesitation.
Don't study the idea to death with experts and committees. Get on with it and see if it works.
It is better to debate a question without deciding it than to decide it without debate.
One of our greatest gifts is our intuition. It is a sixth sense we all have - we just need to learn to tap into and trust it.
Leadership is not about being nice. It's about being right and being strong.
Business today is about making decisions amid ambiguity.
My best career decision was probably not giving up when I wanted to. God as well as my family and friends were there for me during my toughest times.
It is a characteristic of committee discussions and decisions that every member has a vivid recollection of them and that every member's recollection differs violently from every other member's recollection.
Organizations with decision-making speed and imagination will thrive as nobody can claim to have a monopoly over creativity.
We can believe what we choose. We are answerable for what we choose to believe.
Do not assume more variables than necessary.
Decision making by consensus has been the subject of a great deal of research ... evidence strongly suggests that a consensus approach yields more creative decisions and more effective implementation than does individual decision making.
In a small company, one person's hunch can be enough to launch a new product. In a big company, the same concept is likely to be buried in committee for months.
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.
There is always a multitude of reasons both in favour of doing a thing and against doing it. The art of debate lies in presenting them; the art of life lies in neglecting ninety-nine hundredths of them.
Even children learn in growing up thatbothis not an admissible answer to a choice ofwhich one?
To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them?
A complex decision is like a great river, drawing from its many tributaries the innumerable premises of which it is constituted.
The only people who never make mistakes are those who have never taken a decision.
While we stop to think, we often miss our opportunity.
Once a decision was made, I did not worry about it afterward.
When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before.
When people agree with me I always feel that I must be wrong.
One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty councils.
When two men always agree, one of them is unnecessary.
Founding a company is hard. Most of it isn't smooth. You'll have to make very hard decisions. You have to fire a few people. Therefore, if you don't believe in your mission, giving up is easy. The majority of founders give up. But the best founders don't give up.