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Definition of Indecision

The chief element of success; 'for whereas,' saith Sir Thomas Brewbold, 'there is but one way to do nothing and divers way to do something, whereof, to a surety, only one is the right way, it followeth that he who from indecision standeth still hath not so many chances of going astray as he who pusheth forwards' -- a most clear and satisfactory exposition on the matter.
  'Your prompt decision to attack,' said Genera Grant on a certain occasion to General Gordon Granger, 'was admirable; you had but five minutes to make up your mind in.'
  'Yes, sir,' answered the victorious subordinate, 'it is a great thing to be know exactly what to do in an emergency.  When in doubt whether to attack or retreat I never hesitate a moment -- I toss us a copper.'
  'Do you mean to say that's what you did this time?'
  'Yes, General; but for Heaven's sake don't reprimand me:  I disobeyed the coin.'

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The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911


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