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Nee heb je, ja kun je krijgen

We have a saying in the Netherlands: 鈥淣ee heb je, ja kun je krijgen.鈥 It translates to something like you鈥檝e already got a no; you might as well try for a yes 鈥 it鈥檚 always better to ask rather than stay silent.

There鈥檚 a few English phrases that are similar. Up north, shy bairns get nowt is a common instruction from parents; across the pond, hockey player Wayne Gretzky contributed the saying you miss 100% of the shots you don鈥檛 take to the local lexicon in a 1991 interview.

Are there any similar sayings in your neck of the woods, or your language? I鈥檇 love to hear.

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