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he who hesitates (is lost)

Those who fail to take quick, decisive action will suffer for it or miss a good opportunity. A: "If only I'd invested in that company when they started up, I'd be a millionaire by now!" B: "Well, he who hesitates is lost." A: "You could have mitigated your losses if you'd dealt with the problem right away, but—" B: "Yeah, yeah, he who hesitates. I know."
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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.
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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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he who ˈhesitates (is ˈlost)

(saying) if you delay in doing something you may lose a good opportunity: You should have applied for that job. I’m sure you would have got it. Remember, he who hesitates...
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In business it's the same, the fear of hurting the other person or getting hurt causes leaders to hesitate when it comes to giving feedback.
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Shulman compares Ruggiero of the Orlando Furioso, who postpones his epic destiny, with Artegall of Spenser's The Faerie Queene, both as characters who hesitate but grow.
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Workers of Pakistan Peoples Party faced judicial proceedings and would never hesitate to face courts in future either.
Paul and Rachel Chandler said their captors "will not hesitate to kill us in a week or so" if no one gets in touch about the pounds 4.
He also termed 18th October Day as 'Public Revolutionary Day' and on this day "We promised to continue Bhutto's mission and will not hesitate to lay any sacrifice for the cause of democracy in the country".
With this oddball project in the works, Hamlin says she won't hesitate to try a similar approach when building on affordable sites in the future.
Alexa has better control of her PK than Haley, and she doesn't hesitate to use it to get what she wants (translation: she cheats like crazy).
And in a sense, that's true, and I've been clear, my primary responsibility as ambassador is the safety of United States citizens, and I won't hesitate to take action when they are at risk.
This magazine has always believed the liberals should not hesitate to join conservatives when the conservatives are right.