20 Inspirational Quotes on Planning

Planning is a key to success and happiness. If you do not have a plan for your own life, you may end up following someone else plan and forgot about your own dreams.

I hope the following 20 quotes on planning can inspire you to plan your life, so you can create the happiness and success you wish for.


20 Quotes on Planning

Following are 20 inspirational quotes on planning.

  1. “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  2. “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower
  3. “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
  4. “Good planning without good working is nothing.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower
  5. “Plan your work and work your plan.” ~ Napoleon Hill
  6. “The backbone of success is hard work, determination, good planning, and perseverance.” ~ Mia Hamm
  7. “All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.” ~ Earl Nightingale
  8. “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” ~ Unknown
  9. “It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
  10. “To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream. Not only plan but also believe.” ~ Anatole France
  11. “Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.” ~ Peter F. Drucker
  12. “For tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” ~ African Proverb
  13. “Plan for what it is difficult while it is easy, do what is great while it is small.” ~ Sun Tzu
  14. “A clear vision, backed by definite plans, gives you a tremendous feeling of confidence and personal power.” ~ Brian Tracy
  15. “Have a bias toward action – let’s see something happen now. You can break that big plan into small steps and take the first step right away.” ~ Indira Gandhi
  16. “A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.” ~ George S. Patton
  17. “Four steps to achievement: Plan purposefully. Prepare prayerfully. Proceed positively. Pursue persistently.” ~ William A. Ward
  18. “Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” ~ Alan Lakein
  19. “Always plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.” ~ Richard Cushing

  20. “First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.” ~ Napoleon Hill


Over to You…

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  • Emily

    Reply Reply January 3, 2022

    No.8 – The Axe sharpening quote is from Abraham Lincoln

    • Jane

      Reply Reply January 4, 2022

      Thanks for sharing Emily!

  • Busi Chiware

    Reply Reply October 23, 2020

    Hi Jane great list. No,12 I believe may be attributed to Malcolm X.

    • Jane

      Reply Reply October 24, 2020

      Oh cool – thanks for sharing Busi!

  • Joan Whiteny

    Reply Reply October 5, 2020

    A goal without a proper or perfect plan is nothing but a fantasy.

    • Jane

      Reply Reply October 8, 2020

      Thanks for sharing Joan!

  • Olughu Elisha

    Reply Reply July 22, 2020

    When planning is not in place waste is inevitable.

    • Jane

      Reply Reply August 15, 2020

      Is that your favourite quote Olughu?

  • Ali

    Reply Reply July 21, 2020

    Good preparing, good teaching, good outcomes….

    • Jane

      Reply Reply July 21, 2020

      Is that your quote Ali?

    • Munir

      Reply Reply September 1, 2020

      Plans without action are useless

      • Jane

        Reply Reply September 12, 2020

        Thanks for sharing Munir 🙂

  • Maree

    Reply Reply July 17, 2020

    Thank you Jane, these quotes have been great to share with my Youth Drug and Alcohol clients while making their Relapse Prevention plans.

    • Jane

      Reply Reply July 21, 2020

      Glad they have been helpful for you Maree 🙂

  • Renee Bonds

    Reply Reply January 22, 2020

    Planning is the prelude to any successful action – Chinese Proverb

    • Jane

      Reply Reply January 23, 2020

      Thanks Renee – that is a great planning quote!

  • Kilanko Oluwatosin Stephen

    Reply Reply September 12, 2019

    Planning is indispensable towards the actualization of a goal or task. Thanks for this insightful quotations

    • Jane

      Reply Reply September 13, 2019

      You’re welcome Kialnko 🙂

  • Risha

    Reply Reply October 15, 2018

    Planning is important before doing anything, thanks for your awesome quotes.

    • Jane

      Reply Reply October 16, 2018

      You are welcome Risha – thanks for commenting 🙂

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