75 Quotes: Planning for Success

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Do you have a written plan? If you do not and you do not think planning is important, you may want to reconsider.


We have put together 75 great quotes about the importance of planning.


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

2. “Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning.” ~ Thomas Edison

3. “A plan is a list of actions arranged in whatever sequence is thought likely to achieve an objective.” ~ John Argenti

4. “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” ~ Warren Buffett

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

6. “Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” ~ Pablo Picasso

7. “Always plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.” ~ Richard Cushing

8. “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, not the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” ~Charles Darwin

9. “The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.” ~ Robert Frost

10. “Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

11. “There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.” ~ Douglas H. Everett

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

14. “I don’t believe in failure. It’s not failure if you enjoyed the process.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

15. “Chance favors the prepared mind.”~ Louis Pasteur

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

17. “Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood. Make big plans, aim high in hope and work.” ~ Daniel H. Burnham

18. “Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan.” ― Margaret Thatcher

19. “No plan ever failed due to good planning.” ~ Jury Nel

20. “The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.” ~ John F. Kennedy

21. “It’s not the plan that’s important, it’s the planning.” ~ Dr. Gramme Edwards

22. “Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.” ~ Tom Landry

23. “Few people have any next, they live from hand to mouth without a plan, and are always at the end of their line.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

24. “Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you ready or not, to put this plan into action.”~ Napoleon Hill

25. “A man who does not plan long ahead will find trouble at his door.” ~ Confucius

26. “I ain’t Martin Luther King. I don’t need a dream. I have a plan.” ~ Spike Lee

27. “As for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it.” ~ Antoine de Saint Exupery

28. “The man who is prepared has his battle half fought.” ~ Miguel De Cervantes

29. “The more time you spend contemplating what you should have done…you lose valuable time planning what you can and will do.” ~ Lil Wayne

30. “The backbone of success is hard work, determination, good planning, and perseverance.” ~ Mia Hamm

31. “To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream. Not only plan but also believe.” ~ Anatole France

32. “If Plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters”. ~ Claire Cook

33. “He, who every morning plans the transactions of the day, and follows that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through a labyrinth of the most busy life.” ~ Victor Hugo
34. “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
35. “A good plan is like a road map: it shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there.” ~ H. Stanely Judd
36. “It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

37. “Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” ~ Alan Lakein

38. “If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could better judge what to do, and how to do it.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

39. “The trouble with many plans is that they are based on the way things are now. To be successful, your personal plan must focus on what you want, not what you have. ~ Nido Qubein

40. “It’s easy to come up with new ideas; the hard part is letting go of what worked for you two years ago, but will soon be out of date.” ~ Roger von Oech

41. “A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.” ~ George S. Patton

42. “Have a bias towards action – let’s see something happen now. You can break that big plan into small steps and take the first step right away.” ~ Indira Gandhi

43. “Unless you have definite, precise, clearly set goals, you are not going to realize the maximum potential that lies within you.” ~ Zig Ziglar

44. “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” ~ Alexander Graham Bell

45. “If you are failing to plan, you are planning to fail.” ~ Tariq Siddique

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

47. “To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.” ~ Leonard Bernstein
48. “Planning ahead is a measure of class. The rich and even the middle-class plan for generations, but the poor can plan ahead only a few weeks or days.” ~ Gloria Steinem
49. “If you have accomplished all that you have planned for yourself, you have not planned enough.” ~ Edward Everett Hale
50. “Planning is a process of choosing among those many options. If we do not choose to plan, then we choose to have others plan for us.” ~ Richard I. Winwood
51. “Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.” ~ Fitzhugh Dodson
52. A plan relieves you of the torment of choice. ~ Saul Bellow

53. “Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire.” ~ Napoleon Hill

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

55. “Just because you made a good plan, doesn’t mean that’s what’s gonna happen.” ~ Taylor Swift

56. “Good planning without good working is nothing.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

58. “The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.” ~ Napoleon Hill

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

60. “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

61. “Plans are things that don’t change.” ~ Fujio Cho

62. “The sooner you start planning your life, the sooner you will live the life you dream of.” ~ Hans Glint

63. “Thinking well to be wise: planning well, wiser: doing well, wisest and best of all.” ~ Malcom Forbes

64. “Speaking from my personal experiences, setting goals, along with a detailed action plan, has actually changed my life from one cast in frustration to one of purpose.” ~ Catherine Pulsifer
65. “When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” ~ Confucius
66. “Planning for success will make you even more creative.” ~ Danielle LaPorte
67. “For tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” ~ African Proverb
68. “A plan that is not written, is just an idea.” ~ Dwain Siady
69. “Plans are nothing; planning is everything.” ― Dwight D. Eisenhower
70. “You can always amend a big plan, but you can never expand a little one. I don’t believe in little plans. I believe in plans big enough to meet a situation which we can’t possibly foresee now.” ~ Harry S. Truman
71. “The reason that everybody likes planning is that nobody has to do anything.” ~ Jerry Brown
72. “Plan for what is difficult while it is easy, do what is great while it is still small.” ~ Sun Tzu
73. “Four steps to achievement: Plan purposely. Prepare prayerfully. Proceed positively. Pursue persistently.” ~ William A. Ward
74. “There are dreamers and there are planners; the planners make their dreams come true.” ~ Edwin Louis Cole
75. “The more the plans fail, the more the planners plan.” ~ Ronald Reagan

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