Deliberation. The act of examining one's bread to determine which side it is buttered on.
Author: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)
Profession: American Author, Editor, Journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary"
Reflection makes men cowards.
Author: William Hazlitt (1778-1830)
Profession: British Essayist
Nowadays not even a suicide kills himself in desperation. Before taking the step he deliberates so long and so carefully that he literally chokes with thought. It is even questionable whether he ought to be called a suicide, since it is really thought which takes his life. He does not die with deliberation but from deliberation.
Author: Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)
Profession: Danish Philosopher, Writer