Indecision Quotations, Quotes, Quotation Collection

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

Each indecision brings its own delays and days are lost lamenting over lost days . . . . What you can do or think you can do, begin it. For boldness has magic, power, and genius in it.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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

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 . . . . Business is dependent upon action. It cannot go forward by hesitation. Those in executive positions must fortify themselves with facts and accept responsibility for decisions based upon them. Often greater risk is involved in postponement than in making a wrong decision.

H. A. Hopf

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.


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

You seldom get what you go after unless you know in advance what you want. Indecision has often given an advantage to the other fellow because he did his thinking beforehand.

Maurice Switzer

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