A person who spends too much time deliberating about what to do loses the chance to act altogether.
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.”
heterophasia het·er·o·pha·sia (hět’ə-rō-fā’zhə, -zē-ə) n. See heterolalia.
heterophemia het·er·o·phe·mi·a (hět’ə-rō-fē’mē-ə) n. See heterolalia.
heterophagy het·er·oph·a·gy (hět’ə-rŏf’ə-jē) n. Digestion within a cell of a substance taken in by phagocytosis from the cell’s environment.
/ˈhjuːɪt/ noun 1. Lleyton (ˈleɪtən). born 1981, Australian tennis player; US Open champion 2001, Wimbledon singles champion 2002