The Best Laid Plans

Sunday, April 1, 2018 – The Best Laid Plans

The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men, Gang aft agley. An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain, for promis’d joy! ~ Robert Burns, To a Mouse

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

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

The finest plans have always been spoiled by the littleness of them that should carry them out. Even emperors can’t do it all by themselves. ~ Bertolt Brecht

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

Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike. ~ Alexander Hamilton

Who indeed, after pulling off the colored glasses of prejudice and thrusting out of sight his pet projects, can help seeing the folly of these endeavors to protect men against themselves? A sad population of imbeciles would our schemers fill the world with, could their plans last. ~ Herbert Spencer

The masses go into a revolution not with a prepared plan of social reconstruction, but with a sharp feeling that they cannot endure the old regime. Only the guiding layers of a class have a political program, and even this still requires the test of events and the approval of the masses. ~ Leon Trotsky

Anyone who makes plans for after the revolution is a reactionary. ~ Mikhail Bakunin

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

War should be the only study of a prince. He should consider peace only as a breathing-time, which gives him leisure to contrive, and furnishes as ability to execute, military plans. ~ Niccolo Machiavelli

Without a plan, there’s no attack. Without attack, no victory. ~ Curtis Armstrong

Human beings, like plans, prove fallible in the presence of those ingredients that are missing in maneuvers – danger, death, and live ammunition. ~ Barbara W. Tuchman

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

Never plan an act of violence. Just let it happen natural. ~ Garth Ennis

I don’t have a moral plan, I’m a Canadian. ~ David Cronenberg

The intelligent have plans; the wise have principles. ~ Raheel Farooq

Plans can break down. You cannot plan the future. Only presumptuous fools plan. The wise man steers. ~ Terry Pratchett

Pray for miracles, but plant cabbages. ~ Ken Follett

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. ~ Lao Tzu

First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination. ~ Napoleon Hill

No work or love will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now. ~ Alan Watts

A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us. ~ John Steinbeck

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

We climb to heaven most often on the ruins of our cherished plans, finding our failures were successes. ~ Amos Bronson Alcott

Our plans never turn out as tasty as reality. ~ Ram Dass

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

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

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

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

Never have a plan; it’ll just get in your way. ~ Marty Rubin

Success is when everything that goes wrong fits in your plan. ~ Gary Rudz

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

You can do irrefutably impossible things with the right amount of planning and support from intelligent and hardworking people and pizza. ~ Scott M. Gimple

Adventure is just bad planning. ~ Roald Amundsen

In winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move. ~ Henry Rollins

To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time. ~ Leonard Bernstein

There is a coherent plan in the universe, though I don’t know what it’s a plan for. ~ Fred Hoyle

The best plan is to profit by the folly of others. ~ Pliny the Elder