Buridan's Ass

A man of indecision; like one “on double business bound, who stands in pause where he should first begin, and both neglects.” Buridan the scholastic said: “If a hungry ass were placed exactly between two hay-stacks in every respect equal, it would starve to death, because there would be no motive why it should go to one rather than to the other.”

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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