An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





The short-term plan, then, is an operative plan defining goals in writing and clearly indicating how these goals are to be carried out...


American Management


The method of the enterprising is to plan with audacity and execute with vigor.


John Christian Bovee (1820-1904, American author, lawyer)


There is in the act of preparing, the moment you start caring.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


A plan is a list of actions arranged in whatever sequence is thought likely to achieve an objective.


John Argenti (British strategic planning consultant and author)


Most plans are just inaccurate predictions.


Ben Bayol


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)


A first-rate organizer is never in a hurry. He is never late. He always keeps up his sleeve a margin for the unexpected.


Arnold Bennett (1867-1931, British novelist)


We need a sense of the value of time -- that is, of the best way to divide one's time into one's various activities.


Arnold Bennett (1867-1931, British novelist)


To bother about the best method of accomplishing an accidental result.


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


I have never yet seen any plan which has not been mended by the observations of those who were much inferior in understanding to the person who took the lead in the business.


Edmund Burke (1729-1797, British political writer, statesman)


You can never plan the future by the past.


Edmund Burke (1729-1797, British political writer, statesman)


Meticulous planning will enable everything a man does to appear spontaneous.


Mark Caine


A trend is a trend is a trend. But the question is, will it bend? Will it alter its course through some unforeseen force and come to a premature end?


Alec Cairncross (1911-, Scottish economist)


Make hay while the sun is shining.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


To be prepared is half the victory.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


I'm just preparing my impromptu remarks.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Before beginning, plan carefully.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


Make your mold. The best flux in the world will not make a usable shape unless you have a mold to pour it in.


Robert Collier (1885-1950, American writer, publisher)


A man who does not think and plan long ahead will find trouble right at his door.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


To have his path made clear for him is the aspiration of every human being in our beclouded and tempestuous existence.


Joseph Conrad (1857-1924, Polish-born British novelist)


Magnificently unprepared for the long littleness of life.


Frances Cornford


In order to plan your future wisely, it is necessary that you understand and appreciate your past.


Jo Coudert (American author)


The structure will automatically provide the pattern for the action which follows.


Donald Curtis


Always plan. It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark.


Richard C. Cushing (1895-1970, American Roman Catholic cardinal)


First you write down your goal; your second job is to break down your goal into a series of steps, beginning with steps which are absurdly easy.


Fitzhugh Dodson


It's not the plan that is important, it's the planning.


Graeme Edwards


In complex situations, we may rely too heavily on planning and forecasting and underestimate the importance of random factors in the environment.  That reliance can also lead to delusions of control.


Hillel J. Einhorn (1942-, American academics)


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


Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969, American President (34th))


Plans are nothing; planning is everything.


Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969, American President (34th))


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 (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst and provide for it.


Patrick Henry (1736-1799, American orator, patriot)


To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Do not plan for ventures before finishing what's at hand.


Euripides (BC 480-406, Greek tragic poet)


Long-range planning works best in the short term


Doug Evelyn


Some self-confronting questions: "Where do I want to be at any given time?" "How am I going to get there? "What do I have to do to get myself from where I am to where I want to be?"... "What's the first, small step I can take to get moving?"


George A. Ford


Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


It is important not to ignore forecasts that are uncongenial.


Jib Fowles (1953-, American academics)


By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


I have always thought that one man of tolerable abilities may work great changes and accomplish great affairs among mankind if he first forms a good plan, and cutting off all amusements or other employments that would divert his attention, make the execution of that same plan his sole study and business.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


If we can't figure something out in three weeks, we probably shouldn't bother.


Steven Gilbert (American businessman)


You need a plan for everything, whether it's building a cathedral or a chicken coop. Without a plan, you'll postpone living until you're dead.


John Goddard


Affairs that depend on many rarely succeed.


Francesco Guicciardini (1483-1540, Italian historian)


Everything someone does on a daily basis should be traceable back to an annual or quarterly plan.


Richard E. Griggs (American businessman, founder of Manfit)


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)


Planning is an unnatural process; it is much more fun to do something. The nicest thing about not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise, rather than being preceded by a period of worry and depression.


Sir John Harvey (1863-1944, British actor-manager)


Every well built house started in the form of a definite purpose plus a definite plan in the nature of a set of blueprints.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


One thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows fast withers as rapidly; and that which grows slowly endures.


Josiah Gilbert Holland (1819-1881, American author)


Thoroughness characterizes all successful men. Genius is the art of taking infinite pains. All great achievement has been characterized by extreme care, infinite painstaking, even to the minutest detail.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


Each man should frame life so that at some future hour fact and his dreaming meet.


Victor Hugo (1802-1885, French poet, dramatist, novelist)


The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


Many things difficult in design prove easy in performance.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


A good plan is like a road map: it shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there.


H. Stanley Judd (American author)


The loftier the building the deeper the foundation must be.


Thomas a Kempis (1379-1471, German monk, mystic, religious writer)


There is no advancement to him who stands trembling because he cannot see the end from the beginning.


E. J. Klemme


Always have a plan, and believe in it. Nothing happens by accident.


Chuck Knox (1932-, American football coach)


Failing to plan is planning to fail.


Alan Lakein (1906-1975, American time management expert, author, trainer)


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


Alan Lakein (1906-1975, American time management expert, author, trainer)


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 (1924-, American football player, coach)


We must ask where we are and whither we are tending.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


A good system shortens the road to the goal.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


Strategic planning will help you fully uncover your available options, set priorities for them, and define the methods to achieve them.


Robert J. McKain


Success or failure is often determined on the drawing board.


Robert J. McKain


For the happiest life, days should be rigorously planned, nights left open to chance.


Mignon McLaughlin (1915-, American author, editor)


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 (American businessman, author, motivator)


If you plan to win as I do, the game never ends.


Stan Mikita (1940-, Czech-born Canadian ice-hockey player)


Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.


A. A. Milne (1882-1956, British born American writer)


The wise man bridges the gap by laying out the path by means of which he can get from where he is to where he wants to go.


John Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913, American banker, financier, art collector)


Developing the plan is actually laying out the sequence of events that have to occur for you to achieve your goal.


George L. Morrisey


The best business plans are straightforward documents that spell out the "who, what, where, why, and how much... "


Paula Nelson (1945-, American business executive)


All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.


Earl Nightingale (1921-1989, American radio announcer, author, motivator, speaker)


Your problem is to bridge the gap which exists between where you are now and the goal you intend to reach.


Earl Nightingale (1921-1989, American radio announcer, author, motivator, speaker)


No one was ever lost on a straight road.


Indian Proverb (Sayings of Indian origin)


When schemes are laid in advance, it is surprising how often the circumstances will fit in with them.


Sir William Osler (1849-1919, Canadian physician)


A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.


George S. Patton (1885-1945, American army general during World War II)


A good plan violently executed right now is far better than a perfect plan executed next week.


George S. Patton (1885-1945, American army general during World War II)


Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan.


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian reformed pastor, speaker, author)


Just get it down on paper, and then we'll see what to do with it.


Maxwell Evarts Perkins


The beginning is the most important part of the work.


Plato (BC 427?-347?, Greek philosopher)


If you are building something and a nail breaks, should you stop building altogether, or should you change the nail?


African Proverb (Sayings of African origin)


If you don't know where you are going, then look back to where you have come from.


Arabian Proverb (Sayings of Arabian origin)


Do not put the cart before the horse.


Brazilian Proverb


An accidental meeting is more pleasant than a planned one.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


One step at a time is good walking.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


When planning for a year, plant corn. When planning for a decade, plant trees. When planning for life, train and educate people.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


When you're dying of thirst it's too late to think about digging a well.


Japanese Proverb (Sayings of Japanese origin)


Afterthought is good, but forethought is better


Norwegian Proverb (Sayings of Norwegian origin)


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 (1948, Lebanese-born American businessman, speaker, consultant, author)

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With a definite, step-by-step plan -- ah, what a difference it makes! You cannot fail, because each step carries you along to the next, like a track…


Scott Reed


The end we aim at must be known, before the way can be made.


Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825, German novelist)


Don't start the day until you have it finished. Don't start the week until you have it finished. Don't start the month until you have it finished. Plan your day.


Jim Rohn (American businessman, author, speaker, philosopher)

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If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.


Jim Rohn (American businessman, author, speaker, philosopher)

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If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.


Jim Rohn (American businessman, author, speaker, philosopher)

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Never begin the day until it is finished on paper.


Jim Rohn (American businessman, author, speaker, philosopher)

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It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.


Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962, American First Lady, columnist, lecturer, humanitarian)


What do you want to achieve or avoid? The answers to this question are objectives. How will you go about achieving your desired results? The answer to this you can call strategy.


William E. Rothschild


Always be planning something.


John A. Schindler


Somewhere there is a map of how it can be done.


Ben Stein (1944-, American professor, writer)


Planning ahead is a measure of class. The rich and even the middle class plan for future generations, but the poor can plan ahead only a few weeks or days.


Gloria Steinem (1934-, American feminist writer, editor)


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 businessman, author, founder of Combined Insurance Companies)


It is a bad plan that admits of no modification.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


It takes time to save time.


Joe Taylor


My method is different. I do not rush into actual work. When I get a new idea, I start at once building it up in my imagination, and make improvements and operate the device in my mind. When I have gone so far as to embody everything in my invention, every possible improvement I can think of, and when I see no fault anywhere, I put into concrete form the final product of my brain.


Nikola Tesla (1856-1943, Croatian physicist and electrical engineer)


If we had more time for discussion, we should probably have made a great many more mistakes.


Leon Trotsky (1879-1940, Russian revolutionary)


Everyone has a game plan until you get hit in the mouth.


Mike Tyson (1966-, American boxer)


Before you build a better mousetrap, it helps to know if there are any mice out there.


Author Unknown


For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.


Author Unknown


It's never too late to start planning for the future.


Author Unknown


Most people are content to let perfect days happen at random rather than PLAN for them.


Author Unknown


Plan more than you can do, then do it. Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it. Hitch your wagon to a star, keep your seat, and there you are


Author Unknown


Plan to succeed or you have planned to fail.


Author Unknown


Plan well before you take the journey. Remember the carpenter's rule: Measure twice, cut once.


Author Unknown


PLANNING VS REACTING: How organized are you? Could your life be called a ballet or is it a hockey game (or a pin-ball machine)? However, even in a hockey game, good hockey player learn to skate to where the puck WILL BE.


Author Unknown


Planning without action is futile, action without planning is fatal


Author Unknown


The person who doesn't know where his next dollar is coming from usually doesn't know where his last dollar went.


Author Unknown


Don't be a time manager, be a priority manager. Cut your major goals into bite-sized pieces. Each small priority or requirement on the way to ultimate goal become a mini goal in itself.


Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

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An intelligent plan is the first step to success. The man who plans knows where he is going, knows what progress he is making and has a pretty good idea when he will arrive.


Basil S. Walsh


Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give.


William A. Ward


Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.


John Wooden (1910-, American basketball coach)


Life is a long preparation for something that never happens.


William Butler Yeats (1865-1939, Irish poet, playwright.)


Divide your movements into easy-to-do sections. If you fail, divide again.


Peter Nivio Zarlenga (American businessman, founder of Blockbuster Videos)


Many people spend more time in planning the wedding than they do in planning the marriage


Zig Ziglar (1926-, American sales trainer, author, motivational speaker)

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