Quotes About Preparation

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Benjamin Franklin
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
Benjamin Franklin

Sun Tzu
“If your enemy is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him. If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them. If sovereign and subject are in accord, put division between them. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected .”
Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Abraham Lincoln
“I will prepare and some day my chance will come.”
Abraham Lincoln

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

Randy Pausch
“Another way to be prepared is to think negatively. Yes, I'm a great optimist. but, when trying to make a decision, I often think of the worst case scenario. I call it 'the eaten by wolves factor.' If I do something, what's the most terrible thing that could happen? Would I be eaten by wolves? One thing that makes it possible to be an optimist, is if you have a contingency plan for when all hell breaks loose. There are a lot of things I don't worry about, because I have a plan in place if they do.”
Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

Jimmy Carter
“We should live our lives as though Christ was coming this afternoon.”
Jimmy Carter

Thomas Henry Huxley
“Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing. I have only begun to learn content and peace of mind since I have resolved at all risks to do this.”
Thomas Henry Huxley, Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley - Volume 1

H. Jackson Brown Jr.
“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.”
H. Jackson Brown Jr., P.S. I Love You

William Shakespeare
“All things are ready, if our mind be so.”
William Shakespeare, Henry V

Benjamin Franklin
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Benjamin Franklin

Frank Herbert
“What has mood to do with it? You fight when the necessity arises—no matter the mood! Mood's a thing for cattle or making love or playing the baliset. It's not for fighting.”
Frank Herbert, Dune

Jane Austen
“Why not seize the pleasure at once? -- How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!”
Jane Austen, Emma

Mandy Hale
“Even seasonal situations can bring with them lessons that last a lifetime. If the love doesn’t last, it prepares you for the one that will.”
Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

Thomas A. Edison
“Unfortunately, there seems to be far more opportunity out there than ability.... We should remember that good fortune often happens when opportunity meets with preparation.”
Thomas A. Edison

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
“He who is best prepared can best serve his moment of inspiration.”
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Max Brooks
“If you believe you can accomplish everything by "cramming" at the eleventh hour, by all means, don't lift a finger now. But you may think twice about beginning to build your ark once it has already started raining”
Max Brooks, The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead

Mandy Hale
“What we are waiting for is not as important as what happens to us while we are waiting. Trust the process.”
Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

Chris Bradford
“hope for the best, prepare for the worst”
Chris Bradford, The Ring of Earth

“Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character.”
Alan Armstrong

Nancy Pelosi
“Organize, don't agonize.”
Nancy Pelosi

Kay Redfield Jamison
“There is always a part of my mind that is preparing for the worst, and another part of my mind that believes if I prepare enough for it, the worst won’t happen.”
Kay Redfield Jamison

“Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation.”
Robert H. Schuller

James  Burke
“Why should we look to the past in order to prepare for the future? Because there is nowhere else to look.”
James Burke, Connections

Oprah Winfrey
“I believe luck is preparation meeting opportunity. If you hadn’t been prepared when the opportunity came along, you wouldn’t have been lucky.”
Oprah Winfrey

Ernest Hemingway
“Only I have no luck any more. But who knows? Maybe today. Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready.”
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

Sachin Tendulkar
“As far as the World Cup is concerned, it is a process. We don't want to jump to the 50th floor straight away. We must start on the ground floor.”
Sachin Tendulkar

George S. Clason
“Opportunity is a haughty goddess who wastes no time with those who are unprepared. a”
George S. Clason

Jill Conner Browne
“But, if you've decided to go out on a limb and kill one, for goodness' sake, be prepared. We all read, with dismay, the sad story of a good woman wronged in south Mississippi who took that option and made a complete mess of the entire thing. See, first she shot him. Well, she saw right off the bat that that was a mistake because then she had this enormous dead body to deal with. He was every bit as much trouble to her dead as he ever had been alive, and was getting more so all the time. So then, she made another snap decision to cut him up in pieces and dispose of him a hunk at a time. More poor planning. First, she didn't have the proper carving utensils on hand and hacking him up proved to be just a major chore, plus it made just this colossal mess on her off-white shag living room carpet. It's getting to be like the Cat in the Hat now, only Thing Two ain't showing up to help with the clean-up. She finally gets him into portable-size portions, and wouldn't you know it? Cheap trash bags. Can anything else possible go wrong for this poor woman? So, the lesson here is obvious--for want of a small chain saw, a roll of Visqueen and some genuine Hefty bags, she is in Parchman Penitentiary today instead of New Orleans, where she'd planned to go with her new boyfriend. Preparation is everything.”
Jill Conner Browne, The Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love

Amit Ray
“Some fish love to swim upstream. Some people love to overcome challenges.”
Amit Ray, Walking the Path of Compassion

Shannon L. Alder
“Always give your resume of good deeds when you run into someone that you wronged many years ago. They simply need to know today's version of you, before they judge you on yesterday's news.”
Shannon L. Alder

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