— Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
„It's not a difficult choice, I know what I want. The future is already written. I have made my choice.“
„What made it possible for me to exercise freedom of choice also made it impossible to know the future. Conversely, now that I know the future, I would never act contrary to that future. [... ] Those who've read the Book of Ages never admit to it.“
— Ted Chiang American science fiction writer 1967
Story of Your Life; first appeared in Starlight 2, 1998.
„There were choices to be made, harder choices than I would have liked, and I realised that I had been neglecting them because of their very difficulty.“
— Alastair Reynolds British novelist and astronomer 1966
Chapter 39 (p. 667)
„I don’t know if race made it more difficult, but definitely it made me stronger, knowing that I [had] no excuse [for] making mistakes or being kind of so-so, because maybe I [wouldn’t] be accepted as a white person [would’ve been]. But if [I was] better, they had no choice but to accept it and say, ‘She did so well.“
— Surya Bonaly French figure skater 1973
From the ESPN documentary Rebel on Ice http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=13416371&categoryid=12740388 (2015); as quoted in " The Rebellious, Back-Flipping Black Figure Skater Who Changed the Sport Forever https://newrepublic.com/article/122561/back-flipping-black-figure-skater-who-changed-sport-forever", in the New Republic (18 August 2015).
„I said: “Then in reality I had little choice.”
“Let us say that your character has already determined your choice.”“
— Michael Moorcock English writer, editor, critic 1939
Chapter 3 (p. 48)
„I have no choice but to pour these capacities and needs into earthly relationships, fragile and mortal and difficult as they often are.“
— Ursula Goodenough American biologist 1943
Context: For me, and probably for all of us, the concept of a personal, interested god can be appealing, often deeply so. In times of sorrow or despair, I often wonder what it would be like to be able to pray to God or Allah or Jehovah or Mary and believe that I was heard, believe that my petition might be answered. When I sing the hymns of faith in Jesus' love, I am drawn to their intimacy, their allure, their poetry. But in the end, such faith is simply not available to me. I can’t do it. I lack the resources to render my capacity for love and my need to be loved to supernatural Beings. And so I have no choice but to pour these capacities and needs into earthly relationships, fragile and mortal and difficult as they often are. p. 139
„Life is full of choices, and many years ago, I chose to become a vegetarian, and it was one of the best choices I’ve ever made.“
— Forest Whitaker American actor 1961
“ Forest Whitaker https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMEaTtPodAE,” ad for PETA (27 March 2008).
— Dwight D. Eisenhower American general and politician, 34th president of the United States (in office from 1953 to 1961) 1890 - 1969
Address in Pittsburgh http://www.eisenhower.archives.gov/education/bsa/citizenship_merit_badge/eisenhower_citizenship_quotations.pdf (9 October 1956)