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199+ Best Planning Quotes

Planning is an essential part of achieving any goal. It helps us map out the steps we need to take to succeed, anticipate challenges, and allocate resources effectively. In this article, we've gathered a variety of quotes about planning.


These insights come from business leaders, philosophers, and comedians, offering both serious and lighthearted perspectives on why planning is crucial in different aspects of life and work.

50 Best Planning Quotes

1. "A goal without a plan is just a wish." – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

2. "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." – Benjamin Franklin

3. "Plans are nothing; planning is everything." – Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

5. "He who fails to plan is planning to fail." – Winston Churchill

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

7. "A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow." – Proverb

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

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

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

11. "Planning is a process of choosing among those many options. If we do not choose to plan, then we choose to have others plan for us." – Richard I. Winwood

12. "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." – Chinese Proverb

13. "In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable." – Dwight D. Eisenhower

14. "Plan for what is difficult while it is easy, do what is great while it is small." – Sun Tzu

15. "You need a plan to build a house. To build a life, it is even more important to have a plan or goal." – Zig Ziglar

16. "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

17. "Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning." – Gloria Steinem

18. "To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time." – Leonard Bernstein

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

20. "An hour of planning can save you 10 hours of doing." – Dale Carnegie

21. "Planning is everything. the plan is nothing." – Field Marshal Helmuth Graf von Moltke

22. "The man who is prepared has his battle half fought." – Miguel de Cervantes

23. "Make time for planning: Wars are won in the general’s tent." – Stephen R. Covey

24. "Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential." – Winston Churchill

25. "Meticulous planning will enable everything a man does to appear spontaneous." – Mark Caine

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

27. "Never begin the day until it is finished on paper." – Jim Rohn

28. "Success doesn’t just happen. It’s planned for." – Anonymous

29. "I always say, don’t make plans, make options." – Jennifer Aniston

30. "It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan." – Eleanor Roosevelt

31. "Plan your life like you will live forever, and live your life like you will die the next day." – Unknown

32. "Bad planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part." – Proverb

33. "Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up." – A. A. Milne

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

35. "Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans." – Allen Saunders

36. "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

37. "You cannot predict the future, but you can create it." – Peter Drucker

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

39. "The more time you spend contemplating what you should have done...

you lose valuable time planning what you can and will do." – Lil Wayne

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

41. "I like planning, and I like a structured life. It allows me the

freedom to focus on the important things." – Mark Zuckerberg

42. "The first step in business planning is to determine that you will make a profit." – Robert Kiyosaki

43. "You can't have a million dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic." – Stephen C. Hogan

44. "Effective planning is about maximizing impact, not maximizing order." – Tim Ferriss

45. "If you don't have a plan, you become part of somebody else's plan." – Terence McKenna

46. "Strategy is a commodity, execution is an art." – Peter Drucker

47. "There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction." – John F. Kennedy

48. "When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt." – Henry J. Kaiser

49. "Measure twice, cut once." – Proverb

50. "Planning is deciding in advance what to do and how to do it. It is one of the basic management functions: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling." – Charles T. Horngren

50 Inspirational Planning Quotes

1. "A goal without a plan is just a wish." – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

2. "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." – Benjamin Franklin

3. "Plans are nothing; planning is everything." – Dwight D. Eisenhower

4. "He who fails to plan is planning to fail." – Winston Churchill

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

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

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

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

9. "Plan for what is difficult while it is easy, do what is great while it is small." – Sun Tzu

10. "You need a plan to build a house. To build a life, it is even more important to have a plan or goal." – Zig Ziglar

11. "Planning is a process of choosing among those many options. If we do not choose to plan, then we choose to have others plan for us." – Richard I. Winwood

12. "In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable." – Dwight D. Eisenhower

13. "An hour of planning can save you 10 hours of doing." – Dale Carnegie

14. "Make time for planning: Wars are won in the general’s tent." – Stephen R. Covey

15. "Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential." – Winston Churchill

16. "Meticulous planning will enable everything a man does to appear spontaneous." – Mark Caine

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

18. "Success doesn’t just happen. It’s planned for." – Anonymous

19. "It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan." – Eleanor Roosevelt

20. "Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up." – A. A. Milne

21. "Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans." – Allen Saunders

22. "You cannot predict the future, but you can create it." – Peter Drucker

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

24. "Planning is deciding in advance what to do and how to do it. It is one of the basic management functions: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling." – Charles T. Horngren

25. "To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe." – Anatole France

26. "Planning is everything. The plan is nothing." – Field Marshal Helmuth Graf von Moltke

27. "Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now." – Alan Lakein

28. "Never begin the day until it is finished on paper." – Jim Rohn

29. "I always say, don’t make plans, make options." – Jennifer Aniston

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

31. "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." – Chinese Proverb

32. "Bad planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part." – Proverb

33. "The man who is prepared has his battle half fought." – Miguel de Cervantes

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

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

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

37. "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

38. "Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning." – Gloria Steinem

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

40. "If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans." – Woody Allen

41. "Measure twice, cut once." – Proverb

42. "Plan your life like you will live forever, and live your life like you will die the next day." – Unknown

43. "A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow." – Proverb

44. "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

45. "Effective planning is about maximizing impact, not maximizing order." – Tim Ferriss

46. "The first step in business planning is to determine that you will make a profit." – Robert Kiyosaki

47. "You can't have a million dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic." – Stephen C. Hogan

48. "When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt." – Henry J. Kaiser

49. "The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today." – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

50. "You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there." – Yogi Berra

These quotes highlight the significance of planning in achieving goals and realizing dreams.

50 Best Planning Quotes For Business

1. "A goal without a plan is just a wish." – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

2. "In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield." – Warren Buffett

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

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

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

6. "Good business planning is 9 parts execution for every 1 part strategy." – Tim Berry

7. "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." – Benjamin Franklin

8. "You need a plan to build a house. To build a business, it is even more important to have a plan or goal." – Zig Ziglar

9. "Every minute you spend in planning saves 10 minutes in execution; this gives you a 1,000 percent return on energy!" – Brian Tracy

10. "Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized." – Daniel Burnham

11. "Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming." – Richard Branson

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

13. "The first step in business planning is to determine that you will make a profit." – Robert Kiyosaki

14. "Strategy is not a lengthy action plan. It is the evolution of a central idea through continually changing circumstances." – Jack Welch

15. "In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable." – Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

17. "It's not the plan that's important, it's the planning." – Dr. Gramme Edwards

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

19. "Everyone has a plan 'till they get punched in the mouth." – Mike Tyson

20. "Planning is everything. The plan is nothing." – Field Marshal Helmuth Graf von Moltke

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

22. "Risk comes from not knowing what you're doing." – Warren Buffett

23. "The best way to predict the future is to create it." – Peter Drucker

24. "Plan for what is difficult while it is easy, do what is great while it is small." – Sun Tzu

25. "He who fails to plan is planning to fail." – Winston Churchill

26. "To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe." – Anatole France

27. "An hour of planning can save you 10 hours of doing." – Dale Carnegie

28. "I always say, don’t make plans, make options." – Jennifer Aniston

29. "Planning without action is futile, action without planning is fatal." – Cornelius Fitchner

30. "Measure twice, cut once." – Proverb

31. "Your strategy is your promise to deliver value; your business plan is the roadmap to deliver on that promise." – Steve Blank

32. "The man who does not plan long ahead will find trouble at his door." – Confucius

33. "Meticulous planning will enable everything a man does to appear spontaneous." – Mark Caine

34. "All human plans are subject to ruthless revision by Nature, or Fate, or whatever one preferred to call the powers behind the Universe." – Arthur C. Clarke

35. "Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential." – Winston Churchill

36. "If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!" – Benjamin Franklin

37. "You can't have a million-dollar dream with a minimum-wage work ethic." – Stephen C. Hogan

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

39. "Business is like war in one respect. If its grand strategy is correct, any number of tactical errors can be made and yet the enterprise proves successful." – **Robert

E. Wood**

40. "Strategy requires thought, tactics require observation." – Max Euwe

41. "In the world of business, the people who are most successful are those who are doing what they love." – Warren Buffett

42. "Always deliver more than expected." – Larry Page

43. "Effective execution is what counts and what delivers results." – Peter Drucker

44. "Simple can be harder than complex; you have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple." – Steve Jobs

45. "Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat." – Sun Tzu

46. "The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today." – Elbert Hubbard

47. "You don’t need a new plan for next year. You need a commitment." – Seth Godin

48. "If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there." – Lewis Carroll

49. "It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." – Charles Darwin

50. "The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do." – Michael Porter

50 Planning Quotes Funny

1. "I am very organized these days, and I keep my life in my handbag, like most women." – Anna Friel

2. "I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by." – Douglas Adams

3. "If Plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters." – Unknown

4. "Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won’t expect it back." – Oscar Wilde

5. "I plan on living forever. So far, so good." – Steven Wright

6. "Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans." – John Lennon

7. "You can’t have everything. Where would you put it?" – Steven Wright

8. "Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes." – Jim Carrey

9. "I’m an excellent housekeeper. Every time I get a divorce, I keep the house." – Zsa Zsa Gabor

10. "If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?" – George Carlin

11. "I always arrive late at the office, but I make up for it by leaving early." – Charles Lamb

12. "My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far I’ve finished two bags of M&Ms and a chocolate cake. I feel better already." – Dave Barry

13. "A clean house is a sign of a wasted life." – Unknown

14. "If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative." – Woody Allen

15. "The best time to start thinking about your retirement is before the boss does." – Anonymous

16. "The only time I ever enjoyed ironing was the day I accidentally got gin in the steam iron." – Phyllis Diller

17. "A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it." – Bob Hope

18. "Everyone has a plan 'till they get punched in the mouth." – Mike Tyson

19. "Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow." – Steven Wright

20. "I'm not superstitious, but I am a little stitious." – Michael Scott (The Office)

21. "My biggest regret in life is that I didn’t hit John Denver in the mouth while I has the chance." – Denis Leary

22. "I'm on a seafood diet. I see food and I eat it." – Anonymous

23. "I am on a 20-day diet, so far I've lost 10 days." – Unknown

24. "My favorite machine at the gym is the vending machine." – Caroline Rhea

25. "If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan but never the goal." – Unknown

26. "I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat." – Will Rogers

27. "I have a new philosophy. I'm only going to dread one day at a time." – Charles Schulz

28. "If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving definitely isn't for you." – Steven Wright

29. "To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research." – Steven Wright

30. "Trying is the first step toward failure." – Homer Simpson

31. "I’m not procrastinating. I’m doing side quests." – Unknown

32. "If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito." – Dalai Lama

33. "I used to sell furniture for a living. The trouble was, it was my own." – Les Dawson

34. "A day without sunshine is like, you know, night." – Steve Martin

35. "For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned." – Anonymous, likely never cleaned a garage

36. "Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive." – Elbert Hubbard

37. "Why do they call it rush hour when nothing moves?" – Robin Williams

38. "The road to success is always under construction." – Lily Tomlin

39. "I would like to die on Mars. Just not on impact." – Elon Musk

40. "The only thing that ever sat its way to success was a hen." – Sarah Brown

41. "I’m reading a book on anti-gravity. It’s impossible to put down." – Unknown

42. "If you don’t know where you are going, you might

wind up someplace else." – Yogi Berra

43. "Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please." – Mark Twain

44. "If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there." – Lewis Carroll

45. "My plan is to wing it, but with absolute confidence." – Unknown

46. "If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it." – Olin Miller

47. "People who want milk should not seat themselves on a stool in the middle of a field in hope that the cow will back up to them." – Elbert Hubbard

48. "Not all who wander are lost, but I sure am." – Unknown

49. "I don’t have a bucket list but my bucket does have a list of things it needs to catch." – Unknown

50. "Life is like a ten-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use." – Charles M. Schulz



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