Choice and Opportunity

Much of my work centers on issues of choice and opportunity.  How choice and opportunity influence each other and how we face them are prime questions to be answered by each of us as we seek to transition and to change our lives for the better.

Below are some of my favorite quotations on the subjects of choice and opportunity.  Please share, discuss and comment on your favorites.

Choice

“They always say that time changes things, but actually you have to change them yourself.”  ~ Andy Warhol

“The first step to getting the things you want out of life is to decide what you want.”  ~ Ben Stein

“The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.”  ~ George Eliot

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

“If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it.  That’s the lesson.  That lesson alone will save you a lot of grief.  Even doubt means don’t.”  ~ Oprah Winfrey

“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 compromise.”  ~ Robert Fritz

“Yes is how you get your first job, and your spouse, and even your kids.  Even if it is a bit edgy, a bit out of your comfort zone, saying yes means you will do something new, meet someone new and make a difference.”  ~ Eric Schmidt

Opportunity

“The farther behind I leave the past, the closer I am to forging my own character.”  ~ Isabelle Eberhardt

“You create your opportunities by asking for them.” ~ Patty Hansen

“When one door closes, another opens.  But we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”  ~ Helen Keller

“The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck.” ~  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We are told that talent creates its own opportunities.  But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.”  ~ Eric Hoffer

“God forgives those who invent what they need.”  ~ Ayn Rand

“Any ritual is an opportunity for transformation.”  ~ Starhawk

“If fortune calls, offer him a seat.”  ~ Yiddish Proverb


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