An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





You need an infinite stretch of time ahead of you to start to think, infinite energy to make the smallest decision. The world is getting denser. The immense number of useless projects is bewildering. Too many things have to be put in to balance up an uncertain scale. You can't disappear anymore. You die in a state of total indecision.


Jean Baudrillard (French postmodern philosopher, writer)


We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over.


Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960, British politician)


Neither have they hearts to stay, nor wit enough to run away.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


In a minute there is time for decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.


T. S. Eliot (1888-1965, American-born British poet, critic)


I used to be indecisive; now I'm not sure.




To do nothing is also a good remedy.


Hippocrates (Ancient Greek physician)


Indecision is debilitating; it feeds upon itself; it is, one might almost say, habit-forming. Not only that, but it is contagious; it transmits itself to others.


Harry A. Hopf


Once he makes up his mind, he's full of indecision. [On Dwight D. Eisenhower]


Oscar Levant (1906-1972, American pianist, actor)


Once I make up my mind, I'm full of indecision.


Oscar Levant (1906-1972, American pianist, actor)


The human heart is like a ship on a stormy sea driven about by winds blowing from all four corners of heaven.


Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision.


Maimonides (1135-1204, Spanish-born Jewish philosopher)


It is human nature to stand in the middle of a thing.


Marianne Moore (1887-1972, American poet)


Perhaps, on the whole, embarrassment and perplexity are a kind of natural accompaniment to life and movement; and it is better to be driven out of your senses with thinking which of two things you ought to do than to do nothing whatever, and be utterly uninteresting to all the world.


Margaret Oliphant (1828-1897, British novelist, historian)


Indecision is like a stepchild: if he doesn't wash his hands, then he is called dirty; but if he washes his hands, then he is wasting water!


African Proverb (Sayings of African origin)


Most men ebb and flow in wretchedness between the fear of death and the hardship of life; they are unwilling to live, and yet they do not know how to die.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


Don't stand shivering upon the bank; plunge in at once, and have it over.


Sam Slick


He who hesitates is sometimes saved.


James Thurber (1894-1961, American humorist, illustrator)


I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week, sometimes, to make it up.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


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