One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Delay or vacillation may have unfortunate or disastrous consequences.
- ‘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.’
- ‘On the Internet Napster and MP3.com have so eloquently proven that he who hesitates is lost even in face of substantive adverse legal findings.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I repeat silently to myself, he who hesitates is lost, then, I hang up.’
- ‘As Simon noted, of course ‘you should look before you leap,’ but it is also true that ‘he who hesitates is lost.’’
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