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Quotes About Plans

Posted by iammarchhare on 23 July 2009

I have come to the conclusion that some plans are actually good until the first stated action is executed.  Some plans are not good to begin with.  Are you dealing with “that kind” of project?  Is there a particular project that seems bogged down in a never ending stream of exceptions and/or indecisions?  Well, maybe some of these quotes will cheer you up and/or inspire you:

“Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.”
~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.”
~ Peter F. Drucker

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
~ John Lennon (similar quote is attributed to Margaret Millar)

“A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.”
~ Unknown

“Everybody’s got plans… until they get hit.”
~ Mike Tyson

“Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”
~ Proverbs 15:22 (NIV)

“Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised.”
~ Denis Waitley

“He is the best man who, when making his plans, fears and reflects on everything that can happen to him, but in the moment of action is bold.”
~ Herodotus

“Happy people plan actions, they don’t plan results.”
~ Dennis Wholey

“It will not do to leave a live dragon out of your plans if you live near one.”
~ JRR Tolkien (The Hobbit)

“I always say don’t make plans, make options.”
~ Jennifer Aniston

“Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.”
~ Peter F. Drucker

“It is more important to know where you are going than to get there quickly. Do not mistake activity for achievement.”
~ Mabel Newcomber

“I’ll probably make loads of plans, and then just sit around on my bottom all day long and do nothing.”
~ John Deacon

“A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan next week.”
~ General George S. Patton

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

“If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.”
~ Woody Allen

“The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
“Gang aft a-gley,
“An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain
“For promis’d joy.”
~ Robert Burns

“Prior planning prevents piss-poor performance.”
~ Army saying

“Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment.”
~ Horace

“It is better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward.”
~ Ancient Chinese proverb

“No matter what other plans are out there, this is the best plan.”
~ Tom McMillan

“I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
~ Jeremiah 29:11


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