Indecision


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Indecision

Buridan’s
ass unable to decide between two haystacks, he would starve to death. [Fr. Philos.: Brewer Dictionary, 154]
Cooke, Ebenezer
his irresolution usually leads to catatonia. [Am. Lit.: The Sot-Weed Factor]
Graduate, the
college man with absolutely no direction. [Am. Lit.: The Graduate]
Hamlet
Tragic hero who tarries and broods over revenge and suicide. [Br. Lit.: Hamlet]
Libra
7th constellation of the Zodiac; those born under Libra may be indecisive. [Astrology: Payton, 389]
Panurge
unable to decide whether to marry, he consults many people and undertakes a long voyage to visit an oracle. [Fr. Lit.: Rabelais Gargantua and Pantagruel]
Penelope
put off a decision on which suitor to marry by secretly unraveling the shroud she said she must first complete. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey]
Theramenes
shilly-shallying oligarch; nicknamed Cothurnus, i.e., ambipedal boot. [Gk. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 960]
Waiting for Godot
tramps are torn between waiting for Godot to solve their problems and hanging themselves. [Anglo-French Drama: Samuel Beckett Waiting for Godot in Magill III, 1113]
Whiffle, Peter
would-be writer, cursed with indecision, accomplishes nothing. [Am. Lit.: Peter Whiffle, Magill I, 739–741]
hung jury
cannot decide guilt or innocence. [Am. Hist.: Misc.]
References in classic literature ?
That's my worst failing -- that, and indecision, as aforesaid.
This finished Polly's indecision, and after that night she never allowed herself to dwell upon the pleasant temptation which came in a guise particularly attractive to a young girl with a spice of the old Eve in her composition.
He sat down to his writing on the spot; actually finished the letter; another minute would have dispatched it to the post--and, in that minute, the maddening indecision took possession of him once more.
He had had uncomfortable suspicions on that head himself, I imagined; but such was his inexperience, and such were the lady's powers of attraction, and her skill in bringing them to bear upon his young imagination, that they had not disturbed him long; and I believe the only effectual causes of the vacillating indecision that had preserved him hitherto from making an actual declaration of love, was the consideration of her connections, and especially of her mother, whom he could not abide.
Never, I thought, had his indecision of character been more apparent.
After a moment of indecision, he suddenly and swiftly stole out of the room, as if he was afraid of their calling somebody in, and stopping him.
And when she did act, no one could accuse her of indecision then.
I could have thought him the old Wolf Larsen, and yet there was in his movements a vague suggestion of weakness and indecision.
The position of uncertainty, of indecision, was still the same as at home--worse, in fact, since it was impossible to take any step, impossible to see Vronsky, and she had to remain here among outsiders, in company so uncongenial to her present mood.
The answer was so long in coming, though there was no indecision in it, that Tom went and leaned on the back of her chair, to contemplate the fire which so engrossed her, from her point of view, and see what he could make of it.
In this state of indecision, obviously the first thing to be done, was to thump the boy for finding Mr.
Messrs Codlin and Short, after looking at each other with considerable doubt and indecision, at length sat down--each on the extreme edge of the chair pointed out to him--and held their hats very tight, while the single gentleman filled a couple of glasses from a bottle on the table beside him, and presented them in due form.