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  • 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

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

  • Neither have they hearts to stay,
    Nor wit enough to run away.
    * Samuel Butler

  • There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision, and for whom the lighting of every cigar, the drinking of every cup, the time of rising and going to bed every day, and the beginning of every bit of work, are subjects of express volitional deliberation.
    * William James

  • The imagination of a boy is healthy, and the mature imagination of a man is healthy; but there is a space of life between, in which the soul is in a ferment, the character undecided, the way of life uncertain, the ambition thick-sighted: thence proceeds mawkishness, and the thousand bitters which those men I speak of must necessarily taste in going over the following pages.
    * John Keats

  • No wind serves him who addresses his voyage to no certain port.
    * Montaigne

  • We sail within a vast sphere, ever drifting in uncertainty, driven from end to end.
    * Blaise Pascal

  • To teach how to live without certainty and yet without being paralysed by hesitation is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy, in our age, can do for those who study it.
    * Bertrand Russell

  • Our doubts are traitors
    And make us lose the good we oft might win
    By fearing to attempt.
    * William Shakespeare

  • He who hesitates is sometimes saved.
    * James Thurber

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