Quotes on Planning

“Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.”
― Allen Saunders

“It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
― Benjamin Franklin

“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.”
― Gloria Steinem

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
― Abraham Lincoln

“If you don’t know where you are going,
you’ll end up someplace else.”
― Yogi Berra

“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”
― Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.”
― Peter F. Drucker

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”
― Benjamin Franklin

“The true definition of mental illness is when the majority of your time is spent in the past or future, but rarely living in the realism of NOW.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“I am a person who continually destroys the possibilities of a future because of the numbers of alternative viewpoints I can focus on the present.”
― Doris Lessing

“All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.”
― Brian Tracy

“Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential.”
― Winston Churchill

“I need to stop getting into situations where all my options are potentially bad.”
― Jack Campbell

“The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft agley.”
― Robert Burns

“Plan for what it is difficult while it is easy, do what is great while it is small.”
― Sun Tzu

“A clear vision, backed by definite plans, gives you a tremendous feeling of confidence and personal power.”
― Brian Tracy

“Life is like butter – when things cool down it can be reshaped”
― Alan Sheinwald

“In the planning stage of a book, don’t plan the ending. It has to be earned by all that will go before it.”
― Rose Tremain

“All human plans are subject to ruthless revision by Nature, or Fate, or whatever one preferred to call the powers behind the Universe.”
― Arthur C. Clarke

“If you don’t know exactly where you’re going, how will you know when you get there?”
― Steve Maraboli

“Action has meaning only in relationship, and without understanding relationship, action on any level will only breed conflict. The understanding of relationship is infinitely more important than the search for any plan of action.”
― Jiddu Krishnamurti

“A man may plant a tree for a number of reasons. Perhaps he likes trees. Perhaps he wants shelter. Or perhaps he knows that someday he may need the firewood.”
― Joanne Harris

“The intelligent have plans; the wise have principles.”
― Raheel Farooq

“Fail to plan, plan to fail.”
― Hillary Rodham Clinton

“There was no such thing as luck. Luck was a word idiots used to explain the consequences of their own rashness, and selfishness, and stupidity. More often than not bad luck meant bad plans.”
― Joe Abercrombie

“The elegance under pressure is the result of fearlessness.”
― Ashish Patel

“She must protect herself. There would be no one to do it for her. A plan started to prick up its ears inside her, slowly, but getting stronger.”
― Catherynne M. Valente

“When you establish a destination by defining what you want, then take physical action by making choices that move you towards that destination, the possibility for success is limitless and arrival at the destination is inevitable.”
― Steve Maraboli


“I wasn’t planning to lead, I was standing in the back and then everyone turned around.”
― Avery Hiebert

“You can’t go around making plans that have you getting killed as a by-product. Eventually one of them is going to work.”
― Holly Black

“We are all a little schizophrenic. Each of us has three different people living inside us every day—who you were, who you are and who you will become. The road to sanity is to recognize those identities, in order to know who you are today.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance, but live right in it, under its roof.”
― Shannon Alder

“Failing to plan is planning to fail”
― Alan Lakein

“It’s not like I planned it. I never woke up from some rosy dream and said, “Okay, world, today I’m gonna spaz.”
― Shannon Celebi

“The temptation was great to muster what force we could and put up a fight. It’s the easiest way out, and the most satisfactory to self-respect–but, nearly invariably, the stupidest. ”
― Isaac Asimov

“Discover a purpose that gives you passion. Develop a plan that makes you persistent. Design a preparation and motivates you to optimize your potentials. Do it because you love it!”
― Israelmore Ayivor

“A deliberate plan is not always necessary for the highest art; it emerges.”
― Paul Johnson

“Two types of choices seem to me to have been crucial in tipping the outcomes of the various societies’ histories towards success or failure: long-term planning and willingness to reconsider core values. On reflection we can also recognize the crucial role of these same two choices for the outcomes of our individual lives.”
― Jared Diamond

“No matter what the work you are doing, be always ready to drop it. And plan it, so as to be able to leave it.”
― Leo Tolstoy

“An army, great in space, may offer opposition in a brief span of time. One man, brief in space, must spread his opposition across a period of many years if he is to have a chance of succeeding.”
― Roger Zelazny

“Do not only think about it, but feel about it, also, before taking appropriate action.”
― T.F. Hodge

“Neighborhood is a word that has come to sound like a Valentine. As a sentimental concept, ‘neighborhood’ is harmful to city planning. It leads to attempts at warping city life into imitations of town or suburban life. Sentimentality plays with sweet intentions in place of good sense.”
― Jane Jacobs

“You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens.”
― Mandy Hale

“Spontaneity is one of the joys of existence, especially if you prepare for it in advance.”
― Alan Dean Foster

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