A Quote by Sylvia Plath on life and choice

  ...I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story.
     From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked.  One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was a brilliant professor, and another fig was Ee Gee, the amazing editor, and another fig was Europe and Africa and South America, and another fig was Constantin and Socrates and Attila and a pack of other lovers with queer names and offbeat professions, and another fig was an Olympic lady crew champion, and beyond and above these figs were many more figs I couldn't quite make out.
     I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn't make up my mind which of the figs I would choose.  I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.  

Sylvia Plath

Source: The Bell Jar: A Novel (Perennial Classics), Pages: The Bell Jar, Chapter 7

Contributed by: Erin

A Quote by Jesus Urteaga on work, choice, and sanctify

Listen:  We live in a world in which everyone is always in a hurry; no one has time for anything.  It's true for you, and it's just as true for me.  Well, in this situation each of us has to make a choice: either to be overwhelmed by our work or else to sanctify it.  There is no middle course.

Jesus Urteaga

Source: Saints in the World: The Adventure of Christian Life

Contributed by: kalani-ohana

A Quote by W.J. Bryant on destiny and choice

Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved.

W.J. Bryant

Contributed by: lovesprout

A Quote by Robin Sharma on pleasure, happy, happiness, and choice

Pleasure is great- but it doesn't last. Pleasure comes from your five senses. From a great meal, a nice glass of wine and a new car. Nothing wrong with these things- they make the experience of life better. But they are fleeeting...

Happiness is the DNA of pleasure. My point is simply this: Pleasure comes from something on the outside. Happiness comes from within. It's a state you create by choice. It's a decision. It's an act of will.

People can be happy while they are going through great pain and adversity. There's no pleasure evident in their external lives yet they are content on the inside. And conversely, tons of people are surrounded by pleasure (fast cars, nice homes, great clothes) but there is no joy within. So choose to be happy.

Robin Sharma

Source: Greatness Guide Intl, The: Powerful Secrets for Getting to World Class, Pages: 122

Contributed by: Shelly

A Quote by Pete Middleton on leadership and choice

Some leaders are born, others learn to be leaders, but in truth leadership is simply a choice; a choice to acknowledge, honour and respect who you are.

Pete Middleton

Source: Pete Middleton, SensAble Solutions

Contributed by: Pete Middleton

A Quote by Robert Lee Frost on choice, doubt, destiny, and path

The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost

Contributed by: Suzanne

A Quote by unknown on destiny, fate, choice, and film quote

No fate but what we make.


Source: Terminator 2

Contributed by: Carolyn

A Quote by M. Scott Peck on love, choice, agency, action, and intention

Love is as love does. Love is an act of will--namely, both an intention and an action. Will also implies choice. We do not have to love. We choose to love.

M. Scott Peck

Source: Quoted in "All About Love" by bell hooks

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Neale Donald Walsch on life, purpose, and choice

If you want guarantees in life, then you don’t want life. You want rehearsals for a script that’s already been written.

Life by its nature cannot have guarantees, or its whole purpose is thwarted.

Neale Donald Walsch

Source: Conversations with God : An Uncommon Dialogue (Book 1)

Contributed by: Gaia Team

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