Indecision Allusions, Definition, Citation, Reference, Information - Allusion to Indecision

  1. Buridan’s ass unable to decide between two haystacks, he would starve to death. [Fr. Philos.: Brewer Dictionary, 154]
  2. Cooke, Ebenezer his irresolution usually leads to catatonia. [Am. Lit.: The Sot-Weed Factor]
  3. Graduate, the college man with absolutely no direction. [Am. Lit.: The Graduate]
  4. Hamlet Tragic hero who tarries and broods over revenge and suicide. [Br. Lit.: Hamlet]
  5. Libra 7th constellation of the Zodiac; those born under Libra may be indecisive. [Astrology: Payton, 389]
  6. Panurge unable to decide whether to marry, he consults many people and undertakes a long voyage to visit an oracle. [Fr. Lit.: Rabelais Gargantua and Pantagruel]
  7. Penelope put off a decision on which suitor to marry by secretly unraveling the shroud she said she must first complete. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey]
  8. Theramenes shilly-shallying oligarch; nicknamed Cothurnus, i.e., ambipedal boot. [Gk. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 960]
  9. Waiting for Godot tramps are torn between waiting for Godot to solve their problems and hanging themselves. [Anglo-French Drama: Samuel Beckett Waiting for Godot in Magill III, 1113]
  10. Whiffle, Peter would-be writer, cursed with indecision, accomplishes nothing. [Am. Lit.: Peter Whiffle, Magill I, 739–741]
  11. hung jury cannot decide guilt or innocence. [Am. Hist.: Misc.]