Preparedness Quotes

Quotes tagged as "preparedness" (showing 1-30 of 51)
Cormac McCarthy
“People were always getting ready for tomorrow. I didn't believe in that. Tomorrow wasn't getting ready for them. It didn't even know they were there.”
Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Stephen King
“there's no harm in hoping for the best as long as you're prepared for the worst.”
Stephen King, Different Seasons

Theodore Roosevelt
“Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.”
Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt
“Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft!”
Theodore Roosevelt

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

Mark Twain
“It usually takes me two or three days to prepare an impromptu speech.”
Mark Twain

Theodore Roosevelt
“It is not often that a man can make opportunities for himself. But he can put himself in such shape that when or if the opportunities come he is ready.”
Theodore Roosevelt

Idowu Koyenikan
“Opportunity does not waste time with those who are unprepared.”
Idowu Koyenikan, Wealth for All: Living a Life of Success at the Edge of Your Ability

Benjamin Disraeli
“The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.”
Benjamin Disraeli

Derek Landy
“I cannot have chaos erupting around me until I am prepared for it. I am a collector. I am an observer. I don't participate. My resources, and my standing, must be secure before I can allow the uncertainty of war to crash down upon us.”
Derek Landy, Skulduggery Pleasant

Tim Fargo
“Opportunity doesn't make appointments, you have to be ready when it arrives.”
Tim Fargo

“Over the years, Americans in particular have been all too willing to squander their hard-earned independence and freedom for the illusion of feeling safe under someone else's authority. The concept of self-sufficiency has been undermined in value over a scant few generations. The vast majority of the population seems to look down their noses upon self-reliance as some quaint dusty relic, entertained only by the hyperparanoid or those hopelessly incapable of fitting into mainstream society.”
Cody Lundin, When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need to Survive When Disaster Strikes

Haruki Murakami
“But still, he reflected, I ought to wash my pajamas more often. Life is so uncertain: you never know what could happen. One way to deal with that is to keep your pajamas washed. --Tengo, IQ84”
Murakami Haruki

Thomm Quackenbush
“I feel as though I have leapt off this massive cliff and I am still building my wings… Everyone just assumes I know how to fly, but I am pretty sure I am only falling gracefully and hoping to miss the ground.”
Thomm Quackenbush, Flies to Wanton Boys

Innocent Mwatsikesimbe
“No one knows the future, but the present offers clues and hints on its direction.”
Innocent Mwatsikesimbe, Mirror

Lao Tzu
“A sage traveling all day
is never far from the supplies in his cart,
and however spectacular the views
he remains calm and composed.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Michael Mabee
“We are not preparing for the world we live in - we are preparing for the world we find ourselves in.”
Michael Mabee, Prepping for a Suburban or Rural Community: Building a Civil Defense Plan for a Long-Term Catastrophe

“Failure exists. Yes! Failure exists. Don’t expect to meet all your expectations in life; however, expect to do everything you must do to realize your expectations and success. These two things success and failure have in common; they both responds to uncertainty and they are triggered by action.”
Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

Alyssa Mastromonaco
“Part of knowing how to be prepared comes from being self-aware—being able to anticipate what you’ll need (or screw up) and planning accordingly. I know I am rarely, if ever, the smartest person in the room. And that’s totally OK. What’s not OK is (1) not recognizing that and (2) not coming ready to participate in a meaningful way.”
Alyssa Mastromonaco, Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House

Michael Mabee
“We’d be safer with musket in a safe town than with an assault rifle in a “without rule of law” world. That may not be sexy, but it’s the truth.”
Michael Mabee, Prepping for a Suburban or Rural Community: Building a Civil Defense Plan for a Long-Term Catastrophe

“Private-sector preparedness is not a luxury; it is a cost of doing business in the post-9/11 world. It is ignored at a tremendous potential cost in lives, money and national security.”
The 9 11 Commission Report

Steve Goodier
“What if you spent some alone time every morning? Call it prayer. Call it planning. Call it centering. I call it a powerful way to begin the day.”
Steve Goodier

“There is no such thing as weak competition; it grows all the time.”
Nabil N. Jamal

Steven Redhead
“What you are prepared to do in order to achieve what you want is the only cost involved in achieving that goal.”
Steven Redhead, Life Is Simply A Game

Jason Medina
“I’m sorry, but your friend is gone. Now, you need to get your shit together or we all gonna be gone, too.”
Jason Medina, The Manhattanville Incident: An Undead Novel

“If you wish for peace, prepare for war.”
Oda Nobunaga

E.M. Forster
“Looking back on the past six months, Margaret realized the chaotic nature of our daily life, and its difference from the orderly sequence that has been fabricated by historians. Actual life is full of false clues and sign-posts that lead nowhere. With infinite effort we nerve ourselves for a crisis that never comes. The most successful career must show a waste of strength that might have removed mountains, and the most unsuccessful is not that of the man who is taken unprepared, but of him who has prepared and is never taken. On a tragedy of that kind our national morality is duly silent. It assumes that preparation against danger is in itself a good, and that men, like nations, are the better for staggering through life fully armed. The tragedy of preparedness has scarcely been handled, save by the Greeks. Life is indeed dangerous, but not in the way morality would have us believe. It is indeed unmanageable, but the essence of it is not a battle. It is unmanageable because it is a romance, and its essence is romantic beauty.

Margaret hoped that for the future she would be less cautious, not more cautious, than she had been in the past.”
E.M. Forster, Howards End

Colonel Don Wilson
“A commanding officer once told his men prior to a proficiency test that without enthusiasm for one’s work a soldier is dead from the neck up and soon will be dead–period.”
Colonel Don Wilson, CODE NAME: WILLIAM TELL

Colonel Don Wilson
“While the study of war is both fascinating and necessary for preparedness, the actual fighting should be avoided where possible.”
Colonel Don Wilson

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