Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Indecision

"Indecision and hesitation are the weakness of a careful nature always intent on the saving of face and losing it thereby." - Henry Christopher "H.C." Bailey

"More errors arise from inhibited indecision than from impulsive behavior." - Morris Ernst, fully Morris Leopold Ernst

"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." - Mark Hopkins

"There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision." - William James

"Idleness is ever the root of indecision." - Lucan, full name Marcus Annaeus Lucanus NULL

"Each indecision brings its own delays, and days are lost lamenting other days." - John Anster, fully John Martin Anster

"Decision is a sharp knife that cuts clean and straight; indecision, a dull one that hacks and tears and leaves ragged edges behind it." - Gordon Graham

"War’s very object is victory, not prolonged indecision. In war there is no substitute for victory." - Douglas MacArthur

"There is not more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision." - William James

"Indecision is like a stepchild: if he does not wash his hands, he is called dirty, if he does, he is wasting water." - African Proverbs

"Indecision is like a stepchild: if he does not wash his hands, he is called dirty, if he does, he is wasting water." -

"Nothing is so exhausting as indecision, and nothing is so futile." - Bertrand Russell, fully Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell

"To be constantly changing one’s plans isn’t decision at all – it’s indecision." -

"A bulky staff implies a division of responsibility, slowness of action, and indecision; whereas a small staff implies activity and concentration of purpose." - William Tecumseh Sherman