Definition of he who hesitates is lost in English:

he who hesitates is lost


  • Delay or vacillation may have unfortunate or disastrous consequences.

    • ‘One of my favourite pieces was a beautiful still life by Kathleen Whelan, and whoever said ‘he who hesitates is lost’, definitely got it right.’
    • ‘As Simon noted, of course ‘you should look before you leap,’ but it is also true that ‘he who hesitates is lost.’’
    • ‘Should Laois County Council be victorious in its bid to secure the international department store in Graiguecullen it would surely be a lesson to Carlow local authorities that he who hesitates is lost.’
    • ‘I repeat silently to myself, he who hesitates is lost, then, I hang up.’
    • ‘On the Internet Napster and have so eloquently proven that he who hesitates is lost even in face of substantive adverse legal findings.’