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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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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.
The seventh consecutive quarterly loss was caused partly by disappointing license revenues, as customers hesitated to buy Baan products after the negative results and the sudden resignations of Chief Executive Mary Coleman and Chief Financial Officer Jim Mooney early this year.
As the Senate's majority whip, the soft-spoken and even-keeled Alarcon is the upper house's third-ranking Democrat, but is generally overshadowed publicly by the more outspoken Senate president pro tem, John Burton, D-San Francisco, who hasn't hesitated to use more colorful language in putting down the governor's plans.
John Tesselaar, the aquarium manager at Petco in Porter Ranch, said he has sold 24 of the clown fish in the last three weeks, but that some buyers hesitated when faced with the expense of a saltwater environment.
The company deserved to lose its Los Angeles franchise long ago, but city leaders hesitated to respond forcefully.
The Wolverines (17-7) often hesitated to take shots, and when they did shoot, most of the shots were off target.
Sophomore Nini Loucks made the difference by scoring the victory-defining goal in the sixth minute of the second half on a looped ball over Valencia goalkeeper Kathy Dehoyos, who hesitated to make a move before leaving the goal box toward the wide-open Loucks.
Besides, the film-permit fees that used to be public money have kept the EIDC's piggy bank so brimming with cash that it's never hesitated to throw tens of thousands of dollars into the political campaigns of Hahn and the other elected officials who serve on its governing board.
He had (Holyfield) lined up and he was too scared to go for the knockout, he hesitated.
Green, hesitated before giving O'Neal his $88 million contract extension and stressed out when Brian Shaw insisted on $2.
Burleson never hesitated in sending Adonis Harrison home from second on an errant throw by High Desert second baseman Junior Spivey.