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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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When he asked me to help with that first trip to Arlington, I didn't hesitate to say yes.
Rather, it speaks of the discomfort of authorship from the point of view of an artist who hesitates to insert herself into her work; who perhaps wants to be expressive, or at least explore expressivity, in a climate that little favors it; and who appears curious about the possibility of an artist becoming vulnerable through art, though likely wary of that premise's contingencies and cliches.
She never hesitates to call on God or to encourage her colleagues and families to do the same.
While Weaver hesitates to reveal the Columbia facility's production figures, according to Sierra, the Macpresse baler is capable of baling 25 to 30 tons of OCC, 40 to 55 tons of ONP and 40 to 55 tons of high grade paper hourly, depending on infeed density, moisture content and feed rate.
"One hesitates to christen any astronomical object a Rosetta stone [for studying extrasolar planets], but in this case, one should not hesitate too long."
He said that one reason why he hesitates to try vegetarianism is that he is so thin and has such a high metabolism that he is afraid he would have trouble getting enough calories.
James Shulman, in contrast, chooses one moment in the Aeneid, when the hero hesitates for a moment before killing Turnus.