He who hesitates is lost.の意味や使い方を解説!英語で1日1フレーズ #249



今回のフレーズは「He who hesitates is lost.」です。

「He who hesitates is lost.」は、直訳すると「ためらう者は失敗する」となりますが、実際には「迷っていると機会を逃す」という意味になります。


例えば、緊急の決断が求められる場面で、「You should make a decision quickly. Remember, he who hesitates is lost.(早く決断すべきだよ。ためらっていると機会を逃すから)」と言うことができます。また、絶好のチャンスを他人に取られてしまったときに、「She didn’t accept the job offer immediately, and now someone else has taken it. He who hesitates is lost.(彼女はすぐに仕事のオファーを受け入れなかったので、今は他の人に取られてしまった。ためらう者は機会を逃す)」と言うこともできます。

「He who hesitates is lost.」の由来は諸説ありますが、一説によれば、イギリスの劇作家であるジョセフ・アディソンの1712年の戯曲『Cato(カトー)』から来ています。最初の文は「The woman that deliberates is lost(熟慮する女性は失敗する)」というものだったそうです。その後、さまざまな作家によって繰り返し使われることで、現在の形に変化しました。

まとめると、「He who hesitates is lost.」は、文字通り「ためらう者は道を失う」という意味ではなく、ためらうことでチャンスを逃すことを指します。このフレーズを使うことで、決断を先延ばしにすることのリスクを表現することができます。

この「He who hesitates is lost.」を使って、迅速な決断が求められる場面で活用してみてください。

He who hesitates is lost.


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A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
A blessing in disguise.
A dime a dozen.
A feather in one's cap.
A penny for your thoughts.
A penny saved is a penny earned.
A picture is worth a thousand words.
A watched pot never boils.
Add insult to injury.
All ears.
All is fair in love and war.
All thumbs.
As cool as a cucumber.
As high as a kite.
Back to square one.
Back to the drawing board.
Backseat driver.
Barking up the wrong tree.
Beat a dead horse.
Beat around the bush.
Beggars can't be choosers.
Better safe than sorry.
Birds of a feather flock together.
Bite off more than one can chew.
Bite the bullet.
Blood is thicker than water.
Break a leg.
Burn the midnight oil.
Call it a day.
Caught between a rock and a hard place.
Clean as a whistle.
Close, but no cigar.
Cost an arm and a leg.
Cut corners.
Cut to the chase.
Don't judge a book by its cover.
Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
Easy come, easy go.
Every dog has its day.
Fish out of water.
Fit as a fiddle.
Fortune favors the bold.
From rags to riches.
Get a taste of one's own medicine.
Get one's act together.
Get out of hand.
Give it a shot.
Give someone the benefit of the doubt.
Give someone the cold shoulder.
Go the extra mile.
Hit the hay.
Hit the nail on the head.
Hit the road.
Hit the sack.
Hold your horses.
Honesty is the best policy.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Ignorance is bliss.
In the blink of an eye.
In the heat of the moment.
In the twinkling of an eye.
It takes two to tango.
Jump on the bandwagon.
Jump the gun.
Jumping through hoops.
Jumping to conclusions.
Keep it under your hat.
Keep one's fingers crossed.
Keep your chin up.
Keep your eyes peeled.
Mind over matter.
On the ball.
Out of sight, out of mind.
Put a sock in it.
Success is a journey, not a destination.
The ball is in your court.
Under the weather.
Where there's a will, there's a way.