August Wilhelm von Schlegel
Along with Coleridge, Schlegel is credited with having first introduced
the notion of a Hamlet who is paralized by an excess of reflection.
The whole is intended to show that a calculating consideration, which
exhausts all the relations and possible consequences of a deed, must
cripple the power of acting; as Hamlet himself expresses it: --
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast
And enterprises of great pith and moment,
With this regard, their currents turn
And lose the name of action.
- von Schlegel, in The Romantics on
Shakespeare, Penguin, London, 1992. p. 308
He has even gone so far as to say, 'there is nothing either good or
bad, but thinking makes it so;' with him the poet loses himself here
in labyrinths of thought, in which neither end nor beginning is discoverable.
- pp. 309-310.