INDECISION

INDECISIONn. The chief element of success; “for whereas,” saith Sir Thomas Brewbold, “there is but one way to do nothing and divers ways 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 General 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 know exactly what to do in an emergency. When in doubt whether to attack or retreat I never hesitate a moment — I toss up 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.”