E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
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.