He who hesitates is lost
A person who spends too much time deliberating about what to do loses the chance to act altogether.
Idioms and Phrases with he who hesitates is lost
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.”