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He who hesitates is lost.

Prov. People should act decisively. Jill: Should I apply for that job? At first I thought I definitely should, but now I don't know.... Jane: She who hesitates is lost. Call that girl and ask her out. Call her right now. He who hesitates is lost.
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hesitate over something

to pause before acting on something; to suspend action about someone or something. We are hesitating over the final decision because we have some doubts about the competitors. Do not hesitate too long over this matter.
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If there's anything you need, don't hesitate to ask.

a polite phrase offering help in finding something or by providing something. (Often said by a host or by someone helping someone settle into something. See also If you don't see what you want, please ask (for it).) Mary: This looks very nice. I'll be quite comfortable here. Jane: If there's anything you need, don't hesitate to ask. "If there is anything you need, don't hesitate to ask," said the room clerk.
See also: anything, ask, hesitate, if

he who hesitates is lost

One who cannot come to a decision will suffer for it, as in I couldn't make up my mind, and now the offer has expired-he who hesitates is lost. Although the idea is undoubtedly older, the present wording is a misquotation or an adaptation from Joseph Addison's play Cato (1712): "The woman that deliberates is lost."
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References in classic literature ?
Rodney evidently hesitated as to the course he should pursue, but seeing Katharine at the door, he exclaimed:
She is--" He seemed about to describe her, and he hesitated for a long time.
She hesitated for a moment, holding the little volume fondly in her hands--then lifted it to her lips and kissed it.
Dolly hesitated again, and not being able to decide upon any other course of action, burst into tears.
Don't allow your team members to lose because you hesitated to tackle.
ISLAMABAD, December 04, 2010 (Balochistan Times): WikiLeaks revealed that United States Embassy in Islamabad had believed half and a year before there were some elements in ISI who were out of control despite that President Musharraf and Army Chief General Kayani had hesitated to remove ISI Chief Let.
We don't want police hesitation to shoot because 117 policemen died last year when they hesitated to defend themselves, fearing the media and some human rights practitioners," he says.
The goalie hesitated with the ball at his feet three minutes before the break and Steven Nicholas nipped in.
Congress has hesitated to touch it because they fear being accused of tampering with Social Security.
In fact, [Hamlin and Greenburger] barely hesitated.
It didn't matter if I was making a bed or making a movie, they never hesitated to tell me how proud they were of me,'' she said.
I do not recall too many instances where the apostles, the early church fathers and subsequent great Christian thinkers and believers hesitated to make their positions clear, although not necessarily consistent.
Uncharacteristically, the Nazis hesitated to silence the popular bishop, but he was, according to propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, marked for reckoning "after the final victory.
All I know is he hesitated and I took the opportunity.
A minute into the second half, Kedzie Gunderson took a pass from Corrie Mizusawa near the top of the key, spotted up for a three-point attempt and hesitated.