62+ Best Planning Quotes for a Fulfilling Life

Planning is the process of thinking about the activities required to achieve a desired goal. Inspirational planning quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

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Most Famous Planning Quotes

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

Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing. Thomas A. Edison

Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning. Thomas Edison

Good planning is important. I’ve also regarded a sense of humor as one of the most important things on a big expedition. When you’re in a difficult or dangerous situation, or when you’re depressed about the chances of success, someone who can make you laugh eases the tension. Edmund Hillary

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

Inflation destroys savings, impedes planning, and discourages investment. That means less productivity and a lower standard of living. Kevin Brady

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

I’m not good at future planning. I don’t plan at all. I don’t know what I’m doing tomorrow. I don’t have a day planner and I don’t have a diary. I completely live in the now, not in the past, not in the future. Heath Ledger

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

Any time women come together with a collective intention, it’s a powerful thing. Whether it’s sitting down making a quilt, in a kitchen preparing a meal, in a club reading the same book, or around the table playing cards, or planning a birthday party, when women come together with a collective intention, magic happens. Phylicia Rashad

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

Where the stakes are the highest, in the war on terror, we cannot possibly succeed without extraordinary international cooperation. Effective international police actions require the highest degree of intelligence sharing, planning and collaborative enforcement. Barack Obama

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

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to the challenges facing our cities or to the housing crisis, but the two issues need to be considered together. From an urban design and planning point of view, the well-connected open city is a powerful paradigm and an engine for integration and inclusivity. Richard Rogers

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

There is no better feeling than doing well while you are doing good. If you really want to meet the nicest, most caring people in your field, get involved with charity work. The thankless hours that go into planning charity dinners, running a carnival, and gathering donations for silent auctions are noticed and appreciated. Jay Samit

The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected. Robert Frost

I don’t plan stuff. I don’t believe in planning. I just believe in doing your best at what you do best at all times and everything else is everything else. Everything else is a plus. Burna Boy

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

Cities can be the engine of social equity and economic opportunity. They can help us reduce our carbon footprint and protect the global environment. That is why it is so important that we work together to build the capacity of mayors and all those concerned in planning and running sustainable cities. Ban Ki

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

Networking technology is at the heart of the Internet, connecting devices and local networks with the global public Internet. Planning, designing, building, managing, and supporting IP networks all require dedicated networking skills. Tae Yoo

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

One of the things we often miss in succession planning is that it should be gradual and thoughtful, with lots of sharing of information and knowledge and perspective, so that it’s almost a non event when it happens. Anne M. Mulcahy

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

For many years, I have lived uncomfortably with the belief that most planning and architectural design suffers for lack of real and basic purpose. The ultimate purpose, it seems to me, must be the improvement of mankind. James Rouse

Chance favors the prepared mind. Louis Pasteur

If you have a dream, you can spend a lifetime studying, planning, and getting ready for it. What you should be doing is getting started. Drew Houston

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

There is no answer to the Pythagorean theorem. Well, there is an answer, but by the time you figure it out, I got 40 points, 10 rebounds and then we’re planning for the parade. Shaquille O’Neal

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

To Mahatma Gandhi, the key to India’s progress was the development of its villages. In his unified vision, education, agriculture, village industry, social reform all came together to provide the basis for a vibrant rural society free from exploitation and linked to the urban centres as equals. Our planning incorporates this basic insight. Rajiv Gandhi

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

I found working in the lab is so completely different than reading a textbook about it. You know, you’re planning strategies; you’re working with your own hands. There’s essential satisfaction in running experiments. Eric Kandel

No plan ever failed due to good planning. Jury Nel

The planning fallacy is that you make a plan, which is usually a best-case scenario. Then you assume that the outcome will follow your plan, even when you should know better. Daniel Kahneman

The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining. John F. Kennedy

As a planning board commissioner, I have to review the applications for development throughout the city, and the bulk of those applications have been for the waterfront. I think the progress the waterfront has made is amazing. Vincent Frank

It’s not the plan that’s important, it’s the planning. Dr. Gramme Edwards

We know that the way to decrease unplanned pregnancies and abortions is to make birth control and family planning services accessible and affordable, not micromanage the type of medical information and reproductive health counseling that women around the world receive. Jeanne Shaheen

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

The idea of a stag hunt evokes chivalry knights in jerkins and hose, ladies on sidesaddles with wimples and billowing dresses, a white stag symbolizing something or other, and Robin Hood getting in the way. An actual stag hunt is more like a horseback meeting of a county planning commission. P. J. O’Rourke

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

We have to honor our commitments to today’s beneficiaries, but we can’t solve the growing deficit and debt problems unless we are smart, courageous, and sensible in planning for future. Nan Hayworth

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

In the normal flow of a conversation, our attention is divided. We hear parts of what other people are saying, in order to follow and keep the conversation going. At the same time, we’re planning what we’ll say next, some exciting story of our own. Robert Greene

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

The day after my mom died I fly back to California and spend the three weeks before the California primary making arrangements for her cremation, planning and getting the house ready for a memorial service and covering political rallies in Southern California. The normalcy of work helps. Brianna Keilar

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

I’m completely taken and impressed by the planning authority of Singapore and its Urban Redevelopment Authority URA. It’s the most cutting edge agency in the world. They have very effective guidelines for development, and they review design as it evolves. Moshe Safdie

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

Thinking ahead, in 2013, the Japanese government, together with pharmaceutical companies and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, established a fund for promoting research and development of medical products for neglected tropical diseases NTDs. The importance of planning for disease outbreaks was made clear with the Ebola virus. Shinzo Abe

The man who is prepared has his battle half fought. Miguel De Cervantes

My husband Farhan Azmi is a restaurateur and owns three restaurants in Mumbai. After we got married, we started planning a cafe, Chai Cofi, and got busy in executing it. It is not easy to open a restaurant. I always wanted to get into the business of restaurants and was fortunate enough that Farhan’s knowledge taught me a lot of things. Ayesha Takia

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

Prior to the PATRIOT Act, the ability of government agencies to share information with each other was limited, which kept investigators from fully understanding what terrorists might be planning and to prevent their attacks. Chris Chocola

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

I learned a lot of lessons growing up on my family’s farm on the Eastern Shore: the dignity of hard work, the importance of planning ahead, and the joy you get from serving others. Not to mention how to collect eggs, shear a sheep, and bail hay by hand. Ralph Northam

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

My dad is always there for me, and no matter how busy, he always makes it a point to answer my calls. I think he knows what is best for me better than me and is very involved in planning my career. Feel blessed to have a dad like him. Ram Charan

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