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Inspiring Quotes on Decision Making

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Hi All,

Have you come across any inspiring quotes (famous, in your real life, etc.) regarding making a decision on which graduate program to attend? If so, please share! I'll start:

"To thine ownself be true." - Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), English poet and Playwright

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"Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our hardnesses yield, all our irritations and resentments flit away and a sunny spirit takes their place." -- Mark Twain, "What Paul Bourget Thinks of Us?" (1897)

Basically, I think retaining your sense of humor during grad school will be important -- there will be lots of hard times, for sure, but one must always remember to laugh and enjoy life.

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Ha, I missed the part about where the quote is about decision making. My bad! Sorry. I'll leave the post up for you all to enjoy anyway.

LOL - no prob, I think it's an all around good quote. Here is a poem -

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 marked 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

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LOL - no prob, I think it's an all around good quote. Here is a poem -

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 marked 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

So, we should choose the school that is the road less taken? hmm... haha :D

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So, we should choose the school that is the road less taken? hmm... haha :D

Well the meaning of the poem is open to interpretation.

The first 3 stanzas tell us that the two paths are equivalent and have been equally travelled. But in the last stanza he speaks of himself in the future saying that one day he will look back and say that he took the road less travelled.

From wikipedia:

....the irony lies in the distance between what the speaker has just told us about the roads' similarity and what his or her later claims will be. Frost might also have intended a personal irony; in a 1925 letter to Crystine Yates of Dickson, Tennessee, asking about the sigh, Frost replied, "It was my rather private jest at the expense of those who might think I would yet live to be sorry for the way I had taken in life."

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