Planning Quotes

planning quotes

Here are a few noteworthy “planning quotes” to plan your time around:

1. Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. -John Lennon

2. Bad planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part. -Proverb

3. He who fails to plan, plans to fail. -Proverb

4. Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now. -Alan Lakein

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

6. Four steps to achievement: Plan purposefully. Prepare prayerfully. Proceed positively. Pursue persistently. -William A. Ward

7. Always plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark. -Richard C. Cushing

8. If you have accomplished all that you have planned for yourself, you have not planned enough. -Edward Everett Hale

9. It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan. -Eleanor Roosevelt

10. You can never plan the future by the past. -Edmund Burke

11. Plans are nothing; planning is everything. -Dwight D. Eisenhower

12. Long-range planning works best in the short term. -Doug Evelyn

13. Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it. Plan more than you can do, then do it. -Unknown

14. A goal without a plan is just a wish. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

15. A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week. -George S. Patton

16. When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary. -Thomas Paine

17. Adventure is just bad planning. -Roald Amundsen

18. But the delights of solitude don’t only consist of dreaming. Next in enjoyment, I think, comes planning. -Anna Neagle

19. Few men in our history have ever obtained the Presidency by planning to obtain it. -James A. Garfield

20. I was planning to be a baseball player until I ran into something called a curveball. And that set me back. -Ben Chandler

21. The man who is prepared has his battle half fought. -Miguel de cervantes

22. The best preparation for tomorow is to do today’s work superbly well. -Sir William Osler

23. If you don’t have a plan of life, you’ll never have order. -Josemmaria Escriva

I know there are many other great planning quotes out there.  Do you have any you can share?  If not, which of these do you like the most?  I really like #6.


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    • doreen
    • July 28, 2010

    Nice quotes Shawn. I like all of them. Good day

    • Sarah
    • July 28, 2010

    I like #7 (re: Noah’s ark) the best 🙂

    • Evony
    • July 28, 2010

    I really like # 14

    • nidhi
    • July 28, 2010

    nice quotes

    • shweta pradhan
    • July 28, 2010

    thanks. it was really very motivating, though i liked no 8 most.

    • Lorina
    • July 29, 2010

    The Task ahead is smaller than the Power from behind.

    • sally
    • July 29, 2010

    Hi Shawn,

    What’s up? Hope all is well with you. Same here, i also like quotation # 6
    “Four steps to achievement: Plan purposefully. Prepare prayerfully. Proceed positively. Pursue persistently.” -William A. Ward

    A lot of plans keeps playing in my head today and this quote comes so timely. Thanks for that. It was like you were able to read my mind today…:-)

    God bless…

    • Marc
    • December 7, 2010

    In order to achieve greatness in life, one must dream great dreams & be inspired or inspire other to truly believe in it to accomplish it. Once that is accomplishes, the dream is inevitable

    • Cathy
    • March 31, 2012

    One of my favorites…..


  1. Reply

    I love planning Quotes! This is a great bunch of them. Here are a few more to add to the list.

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

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

    – “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

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

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    There are a bunch more Planning quotes at:

    • Barbie23
    • March 6, 2015

    I love #6 &#7……… Really motivational!!!!!

    1. Reply

      Thanks…glad you like them. 🙂

    • Linda Guma
    • July 14, 2019

    Thank you so much, for putting these out!
    I look forward to these both morning and night
    and they have and are helping me start again
    after my husband passed and I retired, 3 weeks
    A part. I got lost and you truly are showing me the way back. GOD BLESS YOU MIGHTILY

    1. Reply

      Wow, Linda! All I can say is wow! Thanks for sharing this with me. I did not expect to hear such praise; and I’m so sorry to hear about your husband. Do you have friends & family around to fall back on? A community or church group? Please keep me posted; I would like to get some updates on how you’re doing week to week. -Shawn

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