Hesitation Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old hesitation quotes, hesitation sayings, and hesitation proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.     

Suzy Kassem

The worst thing one can do is not to try, to be aware of what one wants and not give in to it, to spend years in silent hurt wondering if something could have materialized - never knowing.     

Jim Rohn

Doubt is the vestibule through which all must pass before they can enter into the temple of wisdom.     

Charles Caleb Colton

The simple practice of hesitation helps you stop reacting blindly to everything that happens.     

Ma Jaya

Make up your mind to act decidedly and take the consequences. No good is ever done in this world by hesitation.     

Thomas Henry Huxley

Without doubt, you are recognized for the last role you played.     

Roger Moore

If you hesitate, some bolder hand will stretch out before you and get the prize.     

P. T. Barnum

Doubt your doubts before you doubt your beliefs.     

Chace Crawford

To the timid and hesitating everything is impossible because it seems so.     

Sir Walter Scott

Never hesitate to ask a lesser person.     


Never hesitate to hold out your hand; never hesitate to accept the outstretched hand of another.     

Pope John XXIII

Hesitation will get you killed.     

Laurell K. Hamilton

Whenever man begins to doubt himself, he does something so stupid that he is reassured.     

Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

You can tell when something's not moving forward anymore. When the doubts you have about it don't go away.     

Jeffrey Eugenides

When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand.     

Raymond Chandler

Never hesitate to steal a good idea.     

Al Neuharth

Beyond a doubt truth bears the same relation to falsehood as light to darkness.     

Leonardo da Vinci

Doubt must be no more than vigilance, otherwise it can become dangerous.     

Georg C. Lichtenberg

While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.     

Henry C. Link

Doubt is the father of invention.     

Galileo Galilei

When you doubt, abstain.     

Ambrose Bierce

The more you hesitate in a game, the more your chance of getting hit. Your focus isn't there. When you hesitate, usually you're in trouble.     

Sidney Crosby

Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.     

William Shakespeare

He who hesitates is poor.     

Mel Brooks

Second thoughts oftentimes are the very worst of all thoughts.     

William Shenstone

In this world second thoughts, it seems, are best.     


Doubt is not the opposite of faith; it is one element of faith.     

Paul Tillich

Hesitation is the best cure for anger. The first blows of anger are heavy, but if it waits, it will think again.     

Seneca The Younger

Hesitation only enlarges, magnifies the fear. Take action promptly. Be decisive.     

David J. Schwartz

Doubt begins only at the last frontiers of what is possible.     

Ambrose Bierce

The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.     

J. M. Barrie

On the plains of hesitation bleach the bones of countless millions who, at the dawn of decision, sat down to wait, and waiting died.     

Sam Ewing

Doubt is the brother of shame.     

Erik Erikson

The worst part is doubt. When you doubt yourself, which we are taught to do, you get lost.     

Kevin Eubanks

Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.     

William Shakespeare

Doubt is the middle position between knowledge and ignorance. It encompasses cynicism but also genuine questioning.     

Vera Farmiga

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.     

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age.     

Ernest Hemingway

Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone.     

Thomas Carlyle

Hesitation of any kind is a sign of mental decay in the young, of physical weakness in the old.     

Oscar Wilde

Your doubts are generated by fear, and fear is a series of distorted thoughts.     

Leandra Medine

Doubt comes in at the window when inquiry is denied at the door.     

Benjamin Jowett

There must be a reason why people hesitate; uncertainty is one, no courage another.     

Ron De Jonge

When in doubt, use brute force.     

Ken Thompson

Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, "It might have been".     

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

If in doubt, don't. If still in doubt, do what's right.     

Donald Rumsfeld

You should never hesitate to trade your cow for a handful of magic beans.     

Tom Robbins

When you start to doubt yourself the real world will eat you alive.     

Henry Rollins

Doubt grows with knowledge.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

He who hesitates is sometimes saved.     

James Thurber