Indecision

In 1903, William James began the process of trying to decide whether to retire from Harvard. His diary for the fall of 1905 reads:

October 26, “Resign!”; October 28, “Resign!!!”; November 4, “Resign?”; November 7, “Resign!”; November 8, “Don’t resign”; November 9, “Resign!”; November 16, “Don’t resign!”; November 23, “Resign”; December 7, “Don’t resign”; December 9, “Teach here next year.”

He eventually retired in 1907.

Source: Louis Menand, The Metaphysical Club

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