Indecision Quotes

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Jasper Fforde
“Sorry," [Hamlet] said, rubbing his temples. "I don't know what came over me. All of a sudden I had this overwhelming desire to talk for a very long time without actually doing anything.”
Jasper Fforde, Something Rotten

Sylvia Plath
“I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn't make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.”
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

Dante Alighieri
“And I — my head oppressed by horror — said:
"Master, what is it that I hear? Who are
those people so defeated by their pain?"
      And he to me: "This miserable way
is taken by the sorry souls of those
who lived without disgrace and without praise.
      They now commingle with the coward angels,
the company of those who were not rebels
nor faithful to their God, but stood apart.
      The heavens, that their beauty not be lessened,
have cast them out, nor will deep Hell receive them —
even the wicked cannot glory in them.”
Dante Alighieri, Inferno

Karen Marie Moning
“Accept me or kill me MacKayla. But choose. Fucking Choose.”
Karen Marie Moning, Shadowfever

Anthony Trollope
“She was as one who, in madness, was resolute to throw herself from a precipice, but to whom some remnant of sanity remained which forced her to seek those who would save her from herself.”
Anthony Trollope, Can You Forgive Her?

Benedict XVI
“Evil draws its power from indecision and concern for what other people think.”
Pope Benedict XVI

Erik Pevernagie
“Instead of the terror of indecision and the fear of oneself, empathy for all living creatures and respect for nature can help us to save the world. As we let the waves of good vibrations flow into our minds, we inspire others and awaken their integrity. ("'My radio ")”
Erik Pevernagie

Bertrand Russell
“Having made the decision, do not revise it unless some new fact comes to your knowledge. Nothing is so exhausting as indecision, and nothing is so futile.”
Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness

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

Allen Ginsberg
“I don’t do anything with my life except romanticise and decay with indecision”
Allen Ginsberg

John Ashbery
“Things can harden meaningfully in the moment of indecision”
John Ashbery, Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror

Robert   Harris
“By dawn he had surrendered, gratefully, to the old inertia, the product of always seeing both sides of every question.”
Robert Harris, Enigma

F. Scott Fitzgerald
“He found himself remembering how on one summer morning they two had started from New York in search of happiness. They had never expected to find it, perhaps, yet in itself that quest had been happier than anything he expected forevermore. Life, it seemed, must be a setting up of props around one - otherwise it was disaster. There was no rest, no quiet. He had been futile in longing to drift and dream, no one drifted except to maelstroms, no one dreamed, without his dreams becoming fantastic nightmares of indecision and regret.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned

Michael Cunningham
“I wanted a settled life and a shocking one. Think of Van Gogh, cypress trees and church spires under a sky of writhing snakes. I was my father's daughter. I wanted to be loved by someone like my tough judicious mother and I wanted to run screaming through the headlights with a bottle in my hand. That was the family curse. We tended to nurse flocks of undisciplined wishes that collided and canceled each other out. The curse implied that if we didn't learn to train our desires in one direction or another we were likely to end up with nothing. Look at my father and mother today.

I married in my early twenties. When that went to pieces I loved a woman. At both of those times and at other times, too, I believed I had focused my impulses and embarked on a long victory over my own confusion. Now, in my late thirties, I knew less than ever about what I wanted. In place of youth's belief in change I had begun to feel a nervous embarrassment that ticked inside me like a clock. I'd never meant to get this far in such an unfastened condition. (p.142)”
Michael Cunningham, A Home at the End of the World

Larry McMurtry
“He sat where he was, on Mouse, in the grip of terrible indecision. He almost wished something would happen—a sudden attack of Mexicans or something. He might be killed, but at least he wouldn’t have to make a choice between disobeying Mr. Gus and disobeying Lorena.”
Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove

Soheir Khashoggi
“ just seemed as if she were marking time while life rocketed past.”
Soheir Khashoggi, Nadia's Song

Raghuram G. Rajan
“Policy making invariably involves taking measured risks in the face of uncertainty, for one has neither a prior template nor the luxury of indecision.”
Raghuram G. Rajan, I Do What I Do

“Perhaps we can conceive of the ironist as the fetishist's apprentice, reaching out for all readers, ensnaring them in a tangle of ambiguity, uncertainty and indecision from which there is no escape. Irony, quite possibly, makes fetishists of us all.”
Janet Beizer

“The worst thing is to have all that clout and not know your own mind. If she says her (Marilyn Monroe's)favorite color is beige, that has to be a definite possibility. Then she will be as dangerous as a Chinese Empress.”
Colin Clark, The Prince, the Showgirl, and Me: Six Months on the Set With Marilyn and Olivier

“Why do you hover in the mid-course?”
Guigo, The Meditations Of Guigo I: Prior of the Charterhouse

“If I could measure my life in moments of self-doubt, it would look like yardstick after yardstick of questioning my choices. From what I order for dinner in a restaurant to whether or not I should have a baby... Choose A. Obsess that I should have chosen B instead of A. Why do I always choose the wrong thing?”
Jennifer Pastiloff, On Being Human: A Memoir of Waking Up, Living Real, and Listening Hard

Emily Grabatin
“A decision unmade is still a decision. It won't go away. Neither will problems or more options.”
Emily Grabatin, Dare to Decide: Discovering Peace, Clarity and Courage at Life's Crossroads

William Dean Howells
“NoMarch felt the forces of fate closing about him and pushing him to a decision. He feebly fought them off till he could have another look at the flat. Then, baked and subdued still more by the unexpected presence of Mrs. Grosvenor Green herself, who was occupying it so as to be able to show it effectively, he took it. He was aware more than ever of its absurdities; he knew that his wife would never cease to hate it; but he had suffered one of those eclipses of the imagination to which men of his temperament are subject, and into which he could see no future for his desires. He felt a comfort in irretrievably committing himself, and exchanging the burden of indecision for the burden of responsibility.”
William Dean Howells, A Hazard of New Fortunes

William Dean Howells
“He parted from him on the usual terms outwardly, but he felt obscurely abused by Fulkerson in regard to the Dryfooses, father and son. He did not know but Fulkerson had taken an advantage of him in allowing him to commit himself to their enterprise with out fully and frankly telling him who and what his backer was; he perceived that with young Dryfoos as the publisher and Fulkerson as the general director of the paper there might be very little play for his own ideas of its conduct. Perhaps it was the hurt to his vanity involved by the recognition of this fact that made him forget how little choice he really had in the matter, and how, since he had not accepted the offer to edit the insurance paper, nothing remained for him but to close with Fulkerson. In this moment of suspicion and resentment he accused Fulkerson of hastening his decision in regard to the Grosvenor Green apartment; he now refused to consider it a decision, and said to himself that if he felt disposed to do so he would send Mrs. Green a note reversing it in the morning. But he put it all off till morning with his clothes, when he went to bed, he put off even thinking what his wife would say; he cast Fulkerson and his constructive treachery out of his mind, too, and invited into it some pensive reveries of the past, when he still stood at the parting of the ways, and could take this path or that. In his middle life this was not possible; he must follow the path chosen long, ago, wherever, it led. He was not master of himself, as he once seemed, but the servant of those he loved; if he could do what he liked, perhaps he might renounce this whole New York enterprise, and go off somewhere out of the reach of care; but he could not do what he liked, that was very clear. In the pathos of this conviction he dwelt compassionately upon the thought of poor old Lindau; he resolved to make him accept a handsome sum of money—more than he could spare, something that he would feel the loss of—in payment of the lessons in German and fencing given so long ago. At the usual rate for such lessons, his debt, with interest for twenty-odd years, would run very far into the hundreds. Too far, he perceived, for his wife's joyous approval; he determined not to add the interest; or he believed that Lindau would refuse the interest; he put a fine speech in his mouth, making him do so; and after that he got Lindau employment on 'Every Other Week,' and took care of him till he died.”
William Dean Howells, A Hazard of New Fortunes

“More fiasco results from indecision than wrong practices.”
Salam Al Shereida

Krystalle Bianca
“I feel like I am in a constant battle with myself. I am being pushed and pulled in two different directions.”
Krystalle Bianca, Perfectly Fractured (The Imperfect, #1).

Beryl Bainbridge
“Man himself is so buffeted by shifts of thought and mood, not knowing from one day to the next what he truly feels, that a shifting earth is well-nigh the last straw.”
Beryl Bainbridge, Master Georgie

Arvin Ahmadi
“I needed more time. I needed to keep experiencing life through new paths like crossword construction, pickup dares, nightlife, drinking, even identity theft. None of those paths qualified as a future career, and yet they helped me feel closer to the life I wanted.”
Arvin Ahmadi, Down and Across

Jeanette LeBlanc
“Trust in the wisdom of your undecided heart.
Trust in your unknowing, love.
Have faith in the space of indecision.
There is wisdom here,
just as there is when you are bold
and steady and sure.
Take your time here.
Be gentle.
Coax out your truth,
and be willing to wait
for the answer to come.
It will.
It always does.
Until then, even the indecision
has lessons to teach.”
Jeanette LeBlanc

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