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IRRESOLUTION
[ Also see Fickleness Indecision Mutability Purpose Resolution Restlessness Steadfastness Uncertainty Vacillation Weakness ]

Irresolution on the schemes of life which offer themselves to our choice, and inconstancy in pursuing them, are the greatest causes of all our unhappiness.
      - Joseph Addison

Not to resolve is to resolve; and many times it breeds as many necessities, and engageth as far in some other sort, as to resolve.
      - Francis Bacon

Nothing of worth or weight can be achieved with half a mind, with a faint heart, and with a lame endeavor.
      - Isaac Barrow

Irresolution is a worse vice than rashness. He that shoots best may sometimes miss the mark; but he that shoots not at all can never hit it. Irresolution loosens all the joints of a state; like an ague, it shakes not this nor that limb, but all the body is at once in a fit. The irresolute man is lifted from one place to another; so hatcheth nothing, but addles all his actions.
      - Owen Felltham (Feltham)

Don't stand shivering upon the bank; plunge in at once and have it over.
      - Thomas Chandler Haliburton (used pseudonym Sam Slick)

Irresolution and mutability are often the faults of men whose views are wide, and whose imagination is vigorous and excursive.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

We spend our days in deliberating, and we end them without coming to any resolve.
      - Sir Roger L'Estrange

I am a heavy stone,
  Roll'd up a hill by a weak child: I move
    A little up, and tumble back again.
      - William Rider

Like a man to double business bound,
  I stand in pause where I shall first begin,
    And both neglect.
      - William Shakespeare

In matters of great concern, and which must be done, there is no surer argument of a weak mind than irresolution; to be undetermined where the case is so plain, and the necessity so urgent. To be always intending to live a new life, but never to find time to set about it; this is as if a man should put off eating, and drinking, and sleeping, from one day and night to another, till he is starved and destroyed.
      - John Tillotson


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