C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Choose you this day whom ye shall serve.


Preferment goes by letter and affection.


There’s a small choice in rotten apples.


Follow thou thy choice.

William Cullen Bryant.

The measure of choosing well is whether a man likes what he has chosen.


  • So much to win, so much to lose,
  • No marvel that I fear to choose.
  • Miss Landon.

    Be ignorance thy choice where knowledge leads to woe.


    God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose.


  • When to elect there is but one,
  • ’Tis Hobson’s choice; take that or none.
  • Thomas Ward.

    Life often presents us with a choice of evils, rather than of goods.

    C. C. Colton.

  • Still to ourselves in every place consigned
  • Our own felicity we make or find.
  • Goldsmith.

    The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.

    George Eliot.

  • Rather than be less
  • Car’d not to be at all.
  • Milton.

  • When better cherries are not to be had,
  • We needs must take the seeming best of bad.
  • Daniel.

  • A wise man likes that best, that is itself;
  • Not that which only seems, though it look fairer.
  • Middleton.

    Choose always the way that seems the best, however rough it may be. Custom will render it easy and agreeable.


  • Give house-room to the best; ’tis never known
  • Vertue and pleasure both to dwell in one.
  • Herrick.

    But for us there are moments, O, how solemn, when destiny trembles in the balance, and the preponderance of either scale is by our own choice.

    Mark Hopkins.

  • I will not choose what many men desire,
  • Because I will not jump with common spirits,
  • And rank me with the barbarous multitudes.
  • Shakespeare.

  • “Thy royal will be done—’tis just,”
  • Replied the wretch, and kissed the dust;
  • “Since, my last moments to assuage,
  • Your majesty’s humane decree
  • Has deigned to leave the choice to me,
  • I’ll die, so please you, of old age.”
  • Horace Smith.

    You must make your choice whether to hold on to some thing which cannot save you, or let go, and fall into the hands of the Lord.

    Ichabod Spencer.

    God has so framed us as to make freedom of choice and action the very basis of all moral improvement, and all our faculties, mental and moral, resent and revolt against the idea of coercion.

    Wm. Matthews.