The Best Decision-Making Quote You Never Heard


The best quotes. 
Words are rudders.

3 decision-making quotes:

Theodore Roosevelt:

“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.”

Edwin Markham:

“Choices are the hinges of Destiny.”

Peter Drucker:

“If you have quick consensus on an important matter, don’t make the decision.” Peter Drucker

3 obscure decision-making quotes:

Phil McGraw:

“Sometimes you make the right decision, sometimes you make the decision right.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson:

“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.”

Thomas Sowell:

“It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.”

The best decision-making quote you never heard:

The same ‘good’ decision infuriates some and delights others.

During a recent conversation Dr. Eddie Campbell said something I hurriedly scribbled down.

“We make the best worst decisions.”

Eddie is a school Superintendent who makes decisions in a context where no perfect decision is available.

5 principles for imperfect decisions:

  1. Don’t pretend you made the perfect decision. Stay curious.
  2. Make room for improvement after making tough decisions. Stay flexible.
  3. Don’t project or protect the illusion that you have all the answers. Stay humble.
  4. Admit when you screw up. Stay vulnerable.
  5. Always seek the best interest of those you serve. Stay service-minded.


“If you’re perfectly clear, you haven’t adequately considered the path forward.” From, Making Decisions When the Path is Uncertain and Confusing.

“You get more of the same, if you do more of the same.” From, Being Respected While Making Unpopular Decisions.

What’s your favorite decision-making quote on the above list?

What decision-making quote might you add to the above list?