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  1. Alternatives faced one like knives —Hortense Calisher
  2. Feel like a piece of flux caught between two magnets —William Diehl

    In Diehl’s novel, Hooligans, the two magnets represent the choice between two life-styles.

  3. Indecisive as a young boy in an ice cream parlor —Ira Berkow discussing George Steinbrenner’s choices of field leaders for Yankees, New York Times/Sports of the Times, September 20, 1986
  4. I would sooner smarm like a fart-licking spaniel than starve in a world of fat poems —Dylan Thomas
  5. It [making a choice] seems like a choice between lunacy and idiocy, death by fire or by water —Henry James, letter to Thomas Sergeant Perry, November 1, 1863


  6. Like a kid jumping off the barn … once they decide to go, they go —John D. MacDonald
  7. Sudden resolutions, like the sudden rise of the mercury in the barometer, indicate little else than the changeableness of the weather —Julius Charles Hare
  8. Took all things of life for her to choose from and apportion, as though she were continually picking presents for herself from an inexhaustible counter —F. Scott Fitzgerald
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This latter was but an ornamental ceremony, for all the choices were alike in such weather.
I resolutely cut out music as impossible, settled down in my bedroom, and tackled my second, third, and fourth choices simultaneously.
With unswerving logic she traces the sequence of act and consequence, showing how apparently trifling words and deeds reveal the springs of character and how careless choices and seemingly insignificant self-indulgences may altogether determine the issues of life.
That the brave man is to have more wives than others has been already determined: and he is to have first choices in such matters more than others, in order that he may have as many children as possible?
Lecount's legacy, and there is no point of attack in your late husband's choice of an executor.
Moreover, a small but sufficient competency was mine, allowing me reasonable comforts, and the luxuries of a small but choice library, and a small but choice garden.
When the Abyssins are engaged in a law-suit, the two parties make choice of a judge, and plead their own cause before him; and if they cannot agree in their choice, the governor of the place appoints them one, from whom there lies an appeal to the viceroy and to the Emperor himself.
But supposing the beauty equal on both sides, it does not follow that the inclinations must be therefore alike, for it is not every beauty that excites love, some but pleasing the eye without winning the affection; and if every sort of beauty excited love and won the heart, the will would wander vaguely to and fro unable to make choice of any; for as there is an infinity of beautiful objects there must be an infinity of inclinations, and true love, I have heard it said, is indivisible, and must be voluntary and not compelled.
In the same way, since in action it frequently happens that no delay is permissible, it is very certain that, when it is not in our power to determine what is true, we ought to act according to what is most probable; and even although we should not remark a greater probability in one opinion than in another, we ought notwithstanding to choose one or the other, and afterwards consider it, in so far as it relates to practice, as no longer dubious, but manifestly true and certain, since the reason by which our choice has been determined is itself possessed of these qualities.
It has been frequently remarked that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force.
The President is indirectly derived from the choice of the people, according to the example in most of the States.
And choice, of course, the devil only knows what choice.