There is no advancement to him who stands trembling because he cannot see the end from the beginning.
—E. J. Klemme American Educator
Plan your progress carefully; hour-by hour, day-by-day, month-by-month. Organized activity and maintained enthusiasm are the wellsprings of your power.
—Paul J. Meyer
Plans get you into things but you’ve got to work your way out.
—Will Rogers (1879–1935) American Actor, Rancher, Humorist
Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.
—John Wooden (1910–2010) American Sportsperson
A good system shortens the road to the goal.
—Orison Swett Marden (1850–1924) American New Thought Writer, Physician, Entrepreneur
I will prepare and some day my chance will come.
—Abraham Lincoln (1809–65) American Head of State
I’m just preparing my impromptu remarks.
—Winston Churchill (1874–1965) British Head of State, Political leader, Historian, Journalist, Author
Plan well before you take the journey. Remember the carpenter’s rule: Measure twice, cut once.
The end we aim at must be known, before the way can be made.
—Jean Paul (1763–1825) German Novelist, Humorist
The beginning is the most important part of any work, especially in the case of a young and tender thing; for that is the time at which the character is being formed and the desired impression more readily taken.
—Plato (428 BCE–347 BCE) Ancient Greek Philosopher, Mathematician, Educator
If you have accomplished all that you have planned for yourself, you have not planned enough.
—Edward Everett Hale (1822–1909) American Unitarian Clergyman, Writer
Dislodging a green nut from it’s shell is almost impossible, but let it dry and the lightest tap will do it.
—Ramakrishna Paramahamsa (1836–86) Indian Hindu Philosopher
When ye are prepared for a thing, the opportunity to use it presents itself.
—Edgar Cayce (1877–1945) American Faith Healer
When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.
—Napoleon Hill (1883–1970) American Author, Journalist, Attorney, Lecturer
Most people are content to let perfect days happen at random rather than PLAN for them.
Can you think of anything more permanently elating than to know that you are on the right road at last?
—Vernon Howard (1918–92) American Spiritual Teacher, Philosopher
Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.
—John Lennon (1940–80) British Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Activist
Today’s preparation determines tomorrow’s achievement.
No one was ever lost on a straight road.
If you employed study, thinking, and planning time daily, you could develop and use the power that can change the course of your destiny.
—W. Clement Stone (1902–2002) American Self-help Guru, Entrepreneur
It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.
—Jackie Joyner-Kersee (b.1962) American Athlete
For all your days prepare,
And meet them ever alike:
When you are the anvil, bear—
When you are the hammer, strike.
—Edwin Markham (1852–1940) American Poet, Educator
For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.
We always plan too much and always think too little.
—Joseph Schumpeter (1883–1950) Austrian-American Political Economist, Sociologist
Planning without action is futile, action without planning is fatal.
Whatever failures I have known, whatever errors I have committed, whatever follies I have witnessed in private and public life have been the consequence of action without thought.
—Bernard M. Baruch (1870–1965) American Financier, Economic Consultant
Bad planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.
If you’re prepared, then you’re able to feel confident.
—Robert Ringer (b.1979) American Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker, Author
Before you build a better mousetrap, it helps to know if there are any mice out there.
A man who does not think and plan long ahead will find trouble right at his door.
—Confucius (551–479 BCE) Chinese Philosopher