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The best way to predict the future is to invent it. Alan Kay
The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. Sun Tzu
If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you. Calvin Coolidge
The best is the enemy of the good. Voltaire
Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning. Winston Churchill
Every step and every movement of the multitude, even in what are termed enlightened ages, are made with equal blindness to the future; and nations stumble upon establishments, which are indeed the result of human action, but not the execution of any human design. Adam Ferguson
When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary. Thomas Paine
If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it. Abraham Lincoln
You can never plan the future by the past. Edmund Burke
Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds. George Eliot
Unlike presidential administrations, problems rarely have terminal dates. Dwight D. Eisenhower
The best of seers is he who guesses well. Euripides
Nowhere are our calculations more frequently upset than in war. Livy
Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend. Theophrastus
Life is made up of a series of judgments on insufficient data, and if we waited to run down all our doubts, it would flow past us. Learned Hand
Truth lies within a little and certain compass, but error is immense. Henry St. John
I know of no way of judging the future but by the past. Patrick Henry
The events of war are subject to great uncertainty. Benjamin Franklin
Become not a beggar to the money you make. What's saved for a friend a foe may take. Good plans often go awry. Vikings
We cannot assume that past successes will insure future successes. Dottie Lamm
Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind Immanuel Kant
A war regarded as inevitable or even probable, and therefore much prepared for, has a good chance of eventually being fought. George F. Kennan
Good plans shape good decisions. That's why good planning helps to make elusive dreams come true. Lester R. Bittel
Men are not yet ready to shape their own destinies, to control and direct world events, of which -- instead -- they become the victims. Maria Montessori
Valor by itself may be respected but without wisdom and calculation it does not lead anywhere. Charles Gati
Our affairs are attached to the destiny decreed by Allah, even our best plans may lead us to destruction. Ali ibn Abi Talib
Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down. Ray Bradbury
As chairman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers during the 1990s, I had to make projections about where the economy was going to be one, two, or three years ahead; frankly, I often found myself facing a cloudy crystal ball. Forecasting a few years out is hard enough; forecasting seventy-five years out is essentially impossible. Slight changes in life expectancy, immigration, wage growth, and interest rates could have large effects on the solvency of the (Social Security System.) Joseph Stiglitz
Since 1948 Arab leaders have approached the Palestine problem in an irresponsible manner. They have not looked into the future. They have no plan or approach. They have used the Palestine people for selfish political purposes. This is ridiculous and, I could say, criminal. Hussein ibn Talal
History will show that perhaps we did not think through the aftermath of the fall of Baghdad. But here we are. John Warner
In the military we plan for the worst case, because we have learned that if you do not, you will be surprised. Michael W. Hagee
Neither man nor nation can prosper unless, in dealing with the present, thought is steadily taken for the future. Theodore Roosevelt
Let your plans be dark and as impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt. Sun Tzu
The transition from cause to effect, from event to event, is often carried on by secret steps, which our foresight cannot divine, and our sagacity is unable to trace. Joseph Addison
He who is well prepared has won the battle. Portuguese Proverb
You cannot build a house for last year's summer. Ethiopian Proverb
There is no question that FEMA and the National Emergency Response System did not fail America the day that Katrina hit. They failed the day before and the days before that. David E. Liebersbach
I cannot say that I entered the presidency with any deliberately planned and far-reaching scheme of social betterment. Theodore Roosevelt
Vision without action is a daydream. Action with without vision is a nightmare. Japanese Proverb
Every person who ever had a plan to do anything, and went and did it, or who laid his plan before others, and won their co-operation to do it with him, without going to external authorities to please do the thing for them, was a direct actionist. Voltairine de Cleyre
Fully consider the future and the immediate results of all undertakings, and the good and bad sides of all past actions. Manu
Almost every politician running for office comes out with a set of plans so that they can demonstrate how serious they are about fixing the state’s problems. But once the election is over and the candidate takes his or her oath, you rarely here a peep about those plans again. They end up on a shelf somewhere gathering dust. Joe Manchin
Man plans, but God decides. Croatian Proverb
This plan is subject to change without notice as all plans are. George S. Patton
Every thinking person fears nuclear war, and every technological nation plans for it. Carl Sagan
He who undertakes too much seldom succeeds. Anonymous
The long view counts. David Abshire
The future comes one day at a time. Dean Acheson
We have generals working on worst-case scenarios; we need statesmen on best cases. Gary Ackerman
Affairs are easier of entrance than of exit. It is but common prudence to see the way out before we venture in. Aesop
I have had sufficient experience of the freaks of fortune; and as I have never trusted greatly to prosperity, I shall suffer less inconvenience from adversity. Rinaldo degli Albizzi
Make no small plans. Daniel Barber
The best laid plans o’ mice an’ men Gang aft a-gley Robert Burns
We will make no distinction between those who planned these acts and those who harbor them. George W. Bush
The characteristic feature of the experiment in Russia ... is not that it is communist, but that it is being carried on with a plan in the face of a planless opposition. Nicholas M. Butler
I began the revolution with 82 men. If I had to do it again, I would do it with 10 or 15 and absolute faith. It does not matter how small you are if you have faith and a plan of action. Fidel Castro
The common good may sometimes demand that the right to own be limited by public involvement in the planning or ownership of certain sectors of the economy. Catholic Church
In politics there is no use looking beyond the next fortnight. Joseph Chamberlain
Predicting the number of casualties is an impossibility. Wesley Clark
Anyone who takes the first step without planning the last step should not be allowed in the counsels of war. Carl von Clausewitz
In a scheme of policy which is devised for a nation, we should not limit our views to the operation during a single year, or even a short term of years. We should look at its operation for a considerable time. Henry Clay
Mr. President, we can't advise you properly on what we should seek with the Soviets until we know what we're planning for on our side. William J. Crowe Jr.
Something will turn up. Benjamin Disraeli
It is most difficult to deal with. There are so many plans, so many schemes, and so many reasons why there should be neither plans nor schemes. Benjamin Disraeli
What we anticipate seldom occurs; what we least expected generally happens. Benjamin Disraeli
The policy of the United States does not flow from transitory considerations. John Foster Dulles
Perfect scheming demands omniscience. George Eliot; Mary Ann Cross
A nation has to look ahead. Al Gore
I don't think we should allow our growth to overwhelm the qualities that are bringing it here, and some of those qualities will be overwhelmed if we just allow it to happen haphazardly. Judd Gregg
The history of man is a graveyard of cultures that came to catastrophic ends because of their incapacity for planned, rational, voluntary reaction to challenge. Erich Fromm
Nothing is going the way it was supposed to. Hirohito
As you move away from mass transit you become more dependent on the automobile, so you have to spread the housing out more to accommodate the cars. Sandy Hornick
Ownership is a social function, to be exercised within the objectives of the Society and the plans of the State. Iraq
His idea of open space was a K Mart parking lot. Patrick Jackson
The march of events rules and overrules human action. William McKinley
As I look down the path to the future I see before me the footprint of the hand of fate. John McSheehy
Any plan conceived in moderation must fail when the circumstances are set in extremes. Klemens von Metternich
Nothing ever happens till it happens. Mexican Proverb
No wind makes for him that hath no intended port to sail into. Michel de Montaigne
Free enterprise and the market economy mean war; socialism and planned economy mean peace. We must plan civilization or we must perish. Leo XIII
Before going into a room, make sure you can get out again. Yegor Ligachev
Have you already in your mind a plan wholly or partially formed? If you have, prosecute it without interference from me. If you have not, please inform me, so that I, incompetent as I may be, can try and assist you in the formation of some plan for the army. Abraham Lincoln
We know nothing of what will happen in future, but by the analogy of experience. Abraham Lincoln
If we have as a clear certainty with which to plan, total uncertainty, then that would be helpful. Tom King
Life is a school of probability Walter Bagehot
It’s very hard to predict the weather. Predicting human affairs is very difficult. Noam Chomsky
Who begins too much accomplishes little. German Proverb
Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law. Douglas Hofstadter
This man will never finish anything. He thinks about the end before he thinks about the beginning. Leo X; Giovanni de Medici
When a certain spring, at some distance from the town is (excepting the rivers which are an hundred feet below the level of the town, with a very steep bank) the only resource for water --- a sufficient quantity of ground ought to be reserved round it and between it and the town, for conducting it into the town. There is also a stone quarry near it which ought not to be suffered to become private property. Both these ought to be vested in trustees for the use of the town. The most proper trustees would be an incorporation to be made of the town, to take place as soon as a sufficient number of inhabitants should be in it. Many will settle there next summer. Alexander Addison
In all the unsettled parts, boundaries of counties and cities of the county towns ought to be ascertained before-hand and purchases made of 600 or 1000 acres to be laid out in lots and outlots, and the profits applied to academies. The county to be declared by proclamation entitled to a separate representation as soon as the ratio of one member shall be complete, and to a separate judicature as soon as a Court house and jail proper for the purpose shall be finished. This plan would prevent much intrigue and partiality, and would throw the profits into a better channel than they are now in. At present county towns are only means of gain without merit to the owners of the land, who may impose what terms they please on the purchasers. Alexander Addison
Actions can have unintended adverse consequences. George Soros
Executors need to be involved in the planning Donald Rumsfeld
In most covert operations … particularly those that have a large paramilitary component, the planning for later stages is very incomplete. The outcome of the first stages of the operation is usually so difficult to predict that it wouldn't have seemed sensible to have planned the later stages. One can plan the first phases, but not what happens next Richard M. Bissell Jr.
I regret that on my arrival in Mesopotamia I was too much occupied with military matters, and too ill-informed regarding the political problem….[We had] a scratch and somewhat incongruous team of administrators with the majority possessing little exact knowledge of the people they were called upon to monitor James Aylmer Lowthorpe Haldane
I seek the spread of freedom and democracy in the way that satisfies God. Americans have planned and paved the ways for a long time, but it is God who is the real planner -- and the proof of this is the fall of the American twin towers ... a miracle from God. Muqtada Al-Sader
What gets measured, gets done….Results measurement is now mainstreamed Alastair McKechnie
Presidents cannot be constrained by administrative flowcharts. Henry A. Kissinger
One reason you tend to doubt conspiracy theories when you've worked in government is because you know government is not nearly competent enough to carry off elaborate theories Philip Zelikow
This is a business that is much easier planned than executed. John Armstrong Jr.
The world many of our capabilities and alliances were created to address, no longer exists. Mitt Romney
In a partnership, it is good to have two partners who have complementary means of action, under the assumption that these two partners sufficiently talk to each other to find out what they want to do together Guenter Burghardt
We're so used to thinking in the short term, and the minute you speak in more long-term language then you tend to get dismissed as utopian and so on. We have a real problem here in making long-term thinking respectable Elise Boulding
Not only military leaders are sometimes guilty of designing a war as if it were a bridge that only spans half a river, civilian leaders may initiate military campaigns without being troubled by the fact that they have no plan to bring their war to a close. Fred Charles Ikle
If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people. Chinese Proverb
Men of routine or men who can do what they are told are not hard to find; but men who can think and plan and tell the routine men what to do are very rare. They are paid in proportion to the supply and demand of them William Graham Sumner
The challenge of our times is to leave nothing to chance. Thomas J. Ridge
When you go to war it is highly unlikely that it will end with a neat, tidy conclusion. Andrew J. Bacevich
The long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead. John Maynard Keynes
It would be foolish, in forming our expectations, to attach great weight to matters which are very uncertain. John Maynard Keynes
It’s quite difficult to find the time for strategic thought. Tony Blair
Do not say beforehand what you are going to do; for if you fail, you will be laughed at. Pittacus of Mytilene
The greatest events occur without intention playing any part in them; chance makes good mistakes and undoes the most carefully planned undertaking. The world's greatest events are not produced, they happen. Georg C. Lichtenberg
Uncertainty is everywhere and you cannot escape from it. Dennis Lindley
Vengeance is not necessarily successful because wrong has been done, or strength sure because it is confident; but the incalculable element in the future has the widest influence, and is the most treacherous, and yet in fact the most useful of all things, as it frightens us all equally, and thus makes us consider before attacking each other. Hermocrates
In the United States no trend ever arrives at its logical conclusion. George Herman
There's nothing in politics that's worse than being caught unaware. Mark Hatfield
It is impossible to foresee or define the extent and variety of national exigencies. Alexander Hamilton
None of us posses a crystal ball. Dwight D. Eisenhower
The public relations phases of this campaign call for the same careful planning and strategy as you and your staff employed in setting up the invasion of Normandy, and the same careful planning that we, in our business, employ in order to insure the successful introduction to the public of a new product or service Sigurd S. Larmon
Get the hell off the beach! Chris Christie
You can’t prepare for the best case; you have to prepare for the worst case. Michael Bloomberg
Wars and revolutions cannot be prescribed and the circle of their influence determined in advance. William McKinley
A plan must have the assumptions specified. Donald Rumsfeld
We think that computer models represent reality especially if we developed the models. Michael Crichton
If politics is an art, it is not like sculpture or painting, where one side acts and the other is passive material. It is more like drama without a script, or dance without choreography - in other words, improvisation. Thomas Eugene Flanagan
Discoveries in physics are made when the time for making them is ripe, and not before. Clinton Joseph Davisson
Two types of choices seem to me to have been crucial in tipping their outcomes towards success or failure: long-term planning, and willingness to reconsider core values. Jared Diamond
In history, nothing happens by accident. If it happened, you can bet someone planned it. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The company has always been one of the great mysteries of capitalism: liberals and socialists have never known quite what to think about it. The company is collectivist and co-operative, based on hierarchy, bureaucracy and planning rather than individualism, competition and exchange. Companies appear as little islands of socialism in the market sea. Andrew Gamble
We have misunderstood, misread, misplanned and mismanaged our honorable intentions in Iraq with an arrogant self-delusion reminiscent of Vietnam. Chuck Hagel
Please see if it is feasible to create these roads so that they will pay for themselves. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Once a problem becomes evident, it has already passed beyond effective redress. Niccolo Machiavelli
One must not expect anything in these times, but be ready for everything. Charles G. Dawes
No plan is then too futile, too absurd, or too fatuous for their adoption; the most frivolous causes will raise them to hope, or plunge them into despair — if anything happens during their fright which reminds them of some past good or ill, they think it portends a happy or unhappy issue, and therefore (though it may have proved abortive a hundred times before) style it a lucky or unlucky omen. No plan is then too futile, too absurd, or too fatuous for their adoption; the most frivolous causes will raise them to hope, or plunge them into despair — if anything happens during their fright which reminds them of some past good or ill, they think it portends a happy or unhappy issue, and therefore (though it may have proved abortive a hundred times before) style it a lucky or unlucky omen. Baruch Spinoza
The best plan is to have no plan. William Easterly
Rash indeed is he who reckons on the morrow, or happily on days beyond it; for tomorrow is not, until today is past. Sophocles
Who reflects too much will accomplish little. Johann Friedrich von Schiller
There is always something to upset the most careful of human calculations. Ihara Saikaku
Amid a multitude of projects, no plan is devised. Publius Syrus
In every conflict we make mistakes. The trick is to fix them. John McCain
Presidents should plan for war before they threaten war. John McCain
If, instead of hiring half-baked revolutionary planners to fill our college undergraduates with ingenious schemes to disperse populations, split up big cities into little ones, go underground or into distant places to escape bombs and congestion, abandon large urban areas in favor of roadside villages, we were to publish reliable, simply written, common-sense information to control the building boom, what a country this would be! Robert Moses
The growth of New England was a result of the aggregate efforts of a busy multitude, each in his narrow circle toiling for himself, to gather competence or wealth. The expansion of New France was the achievement of a gigantic ambition striving to grasp a continent. It was a vain attempt. Francis Parkman
Theories and grand ideas are important, but they seldom unfold as planned. Colin Powell
There never has been security. No man has ever known what he would meet around the next corner; if life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor. Eleanor Roosevelt
A man may plan as much as he wants to, but nothing of consequence is likely to come of it until the magician circumstance steps in and takes the matter off his hands. Mark Twain
One event makes another: what we anticipate seldom occurs; what we least expected generally happens; and time can only prove which is most for our advantage Benjamin Disraeli
I saw, though too late, the folly of beginning a work before we count the cost, and before we judge rightly of our own strength to go through with it. Daniel Defoe
It is not wise to neglect the present for the future, for who knows what the future will be. H. Rider Haggard
Babbitt spoke well--and often--at these orgies of commercial righteousness about the "realtor's function as a seer of the future development of the community, and as a prophetic engineer clearing the pathway for inevitable changes"--which meant that a real-estate broker could make money by guessing which way the town would grow. This guessing he called Vision. Sinclair Lewis
We need to know what are the best jobs for which we can train young people so that the jobs will be available in growing numbers, are not dead end jobs, the jobs will not be obsoleted by automation, and there are no artificial ethnic or racial barriers to employment. Your Bureau of Labor Statistics has been working on this for 8 weeks now, and you come with your staff and say that you do not have sufficient data to make this judgment. Well if there were sufficient data, we could apply it and make the decisions without you. The reason we need your expertise is that your intuition and experience should enable you to make a better guess with the insufficient information than we would make who have no experience. Adam Yarmolinsky
The American political system has become so short term oriented. Jeb Bush
If progress is to be steady we must have long term guides extending far ahead. Dwight D. Eisenhower
There are two ways to fail. The first is to not make your plan. The second is to make your plan and your plan is not big enough. Most people fail in the second way. They make their plans by month, by quarter and by year. Mark Zuckerberg
For a State Dinner there are many people involved in the menu planning—many cooks in the stew as it were. Roland Mesnier
We are suffering just now from a bad attack of economic pessimism …. The economic problem may be solved, or at least be in sight of a solution, within a hundred years. John Maynard Keynes
Two types of choices seem to me to have been crucial in tipping their outcomes towards success or failure: long-term planning, and willingness to reconsider core values. Jared Diamond
He goeth furthest who knows not whither he is going. Oliver Cromwell
The foresight goggles have been discontinued. They fog up a lot. Invesco
Enterprises that depend on many rarely succeed. Francesco Guicciardini
The law of unintended consequences is the only real law of history. Niall Ferguson
Haven’t we learned that when you go to war, the outcome is unpredictable. Robert M. Gates
We need an equity plan for technology in general. Paul Farmer
All the calamities that followed the invasion [of Iraq] were not only foreseeable, they were foreseen. Geoffrey Albert Wheatcroft
Action is typical of the American style, thought and planning are not; it is considered heresy to state that some problems are not immediately or easily solvable. Daniel Bell
Don’t ignore planning for unlikely events. Over long periods of time the highly improbable gets more probable to occur at least once. Lewis D. Eigen
As soon as the invasion begins there will be a national uprising. Allen Dulles
The 6 Ps: Proper Planning Prevents Piss-Poor Performance Colbert I. King
We’ve got to have some certainty here. Chuck Hagel
Campaign trains always give me a little feeling of a busy factory, because so many people are busily engaged in turning out ideas to meet different situations as they arrive. If you sit in the President's car and see streams of people go by and hear him ask the inevitable questions:—"How are things in your state; did the drought do much harm; what are you people counting on to help you in your recovery", and then see him picking up everybody's ideas, discarding some, remolding some into his own speeches, you realize that you are really watching an idea factory at work, through which the American people get a picture of the President's thinking, his character, and his plans for the future. Eleanor Roosevelt
I am told that in certain places it is being whispered that the real reason for these droughts is the displeasure of the Lord because human beings are trying to plan production and distribution. This is rather startling for out of the Old Testament one can take one's first lesson in planning ahead. They had famine years even then and suffered until Joseph used his intelligence and put aside enough to feed the people in those years. Our problems are different today, but they still require people to use their own intelligence. There is an old saying—The Lord helps those who help themselves. Eleanor Roosevelt
… experience should teach us that it is always the unexpected that does occur! Eleanor Roosevelt
… as a nation we haven't expected our government to show foresight in the development of the land. We have allowed individuals to do as they thought best and they could hardly be expected to have an altruistic attitude on the future. Now we are faced with lands that must be returned to buffalo grass or trees in order to prevent the suffering which many of our people are enduring today. All of us will gladly help in the emergency but I hope we will do more than that, and set ourselves to studying the things which have caused these conditions and never rest until our government remedies them. Eleanor Roosevelt
Events are always in the saddle. Abraham Lincoln
What we need as much as money is consensus about how we live [with fire] in that countryside [prone to forest fires] or at least agreement about how to decide…. More than 72,000 communities are at risk and only 20% have a plan for protection. Stephen J. Pyne
They have under invested in fire for so long that the catch up costs seem staggering. The traditional inclination is to rely on emergency interventions rather than systemic reforms. Stephen J. Pyne
… we should not indulge in looking backwards with envy to the past, but to keep our eyes ahead of us with hope for the future. Eleanor Roosevelt
The great problem now is that we don’t know what to do. Robert Kennedy
Because the resources available to the U. S. military will be increasingly limited, the objectives must be too. Andrew F. Krepinevich Jr.
Ever since 1946, all the so-called experts have been yapping about what would happen when Stalin dies and what we as a nation should do about it. We’ll he’s dead, and you can turn the files of our government inside out—in vain—looking for any plans laid. We have no plan. We are not even sure what difference his death makes. Dwight D. Eisenhower
War is uncertain, precisely because it is political and human. Herbert Raymond McMaster
In circumstances believe CIA must fully accept directives of policy makers and seek ways to accomplish the objectives that they seek appears to be throwing away bird in hand before we have adequately identified birds in bush, or songs they may sing. William Colby
Theoretically, planning may be good. But nobody has ever figured out the cause of government stupidity—and until they do (and find the cure), all ideal plans will fall into quicksand. Richard P. Feynman
Future comes by itself, progress does not. Poul Henningsen
… minor incidents—the kind you can never really foresee—combine to lower the general level of performance, so that one always falls short of the intended goal. Lawrence David Freedman
All this strategy is, in truth, an attempt to impose individual will upon a recalcitrant world …. Strategy is often simply a charade—erzatz order imposed on a stubbornly disordered world. Gerald DeGroot
The only plan was to persevere. Winston Churchill
I consider it to be the duty of anyone who sees a flaw in the plan not to hesitate to say so. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Forecasting will always be somewhat of a coin toss. Alan Greenspan
What are we going to do when the Wall comes down? Vernon A. Walters
The more the government plans fail, the more the planners plan. Ronald Reagan
When we go to war we always make some wrong assumptions. The most common is that the war will be short. Robert M. Gates
… our record in predicting where we will use military force over the last 40 years has been perfect. We have never once gotten it right. Robert M. Gates
Our military plans for everything. Robert M. Gates
We toppled the Taliban government in Afghanistan without thinking of what is next. Stanley A. McChrystal
It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be ... This, in turn, means that our statesmen, our businessmen, our everyman must take on a science fictional way of thinking Isaac Asimov
The price of freedom—of individuality—is attention to politics, careful planning, careful organization; Greg Bear
… significant spending decisions — expanding a business, buying a house or choosing how much to spend on consumer goods over the year — depend on expectations of income, employment and other economic conditions over the longer term, as well as longer-term interest rates. Janet Yellen
This is, after all, a desktop exercise. Actual wars do not go as you fellows imagine. Hideki Tojo
No two men ever devised plans of action to accomplish a particular object without finding that there were differences in their plans. That is peculiarly the case in international affairs. Elihu Root
We must be patient if we would act wisely. What we do today may bear fruit long after we are dead, for no good work is ever really lost. The important thing is to get the tendency right. We should think of all these subjects in terms not of brief individual life, but long continued national life. Elihu Root
I think that in the eyes of the nation we both can and will oppose the whole aristocratic party and when the time comes, we shall do it openly … and eventually bring the whole affair into the open. Joan van der Capellen tot den Pol
The insistence on a perfect cure often results in no betterment whatsoever. Theodore Roosevelt
Any plan is better than no plan. Ramona E. F. Arnett
Avoid trivia. George C. Marshall
Every war will astonish you. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Before we can finalize our plans … Dwight D. Eisenhower
… presidents launch [military] campaigns with inadequate planning, and Congress feels no obligation to back them when things go awry. And because this takes place under the auspices of the non‐legal constitution, the judiciary cannot decide cases that set rules for the future, which allows the disasters to recur. Joseph Margulies
I’m concerned about all areas of uncertainty. Christine Lagarde
It is dreadful to be condemned to inactivity in this war which I prepared and initiated. Helmuth von Moltke
You can’t throw a park down and think everybody is going to mix and be happy and share picnic tables and sing songs together. Scott A. Bollens
Politics or ideology must not get in the way of sound planning.. Chuck Hagel
The enemy usually makes your plans for you. Ulysses S. Grant
Much of what we're going to try will not work, and much of what does work will do so for unanticipated reasons. Harry Hopkins
One man of tolerable Abilities may work great Changes, and accomplish great Affairs among Mankind, if he first forms a good plan, and … makes the execution of that same plan his sole Study and Business. Benjamin Franklin
Tis easy to see, hard to foresee. Benjamin Franklin
We didn’t forget. We just didn’t remember All that has been lost In the past one thousand years. The lives that stopped short With sudden swiftness. The rage that fueled mass murder. The calm calculation that planned Gross and great destruction. …. You get the idea That somehow in this universe of matter, There is an anti-matter. A self-destructive genetic code That pushes us to self-annihilation. Not through our “weapons of mass destruction,” But the old way, The way of tooth and claw and knife. The way of a thousand years ago. Stan Salett
Barak Obama is a chess player in a town full of checkers players. David Plouffe
Human affairs are governed by such a variety of whimsical circumstances, that we should always be prepared to stand the shock of that disappointment which the best concerted measures are constantly subject to. Samuel Johnston
All market response results from a reduction of uncertainty. Alan Greenspan
Some Japanese officials are already mulling over the idea of developing long-range missiles for possible preemptive strikes against North Korea. And South Korea has been developing longer range missiles that can not only hit all of North Korea, but parts of China. “Meanwhile, both Japan and China are planning to open up massive reprocessing plants that could make one to 2,000 nuclear weapons worth of plutonium a year, even though there is no economic justification for opening such plants -- they're enormous money losers. And, of course, South Korea doesn't want to be left behind -- hawkish politicians there keep voicing a desire to develop an option to go nuclear. All this is a prescription for mischief and, if it’s not arrested, will end in a vale of tears. Henry D. Sokolski
It is much easier to start something than to finish it. Amelia Earhart
Things happen slower than you think that they will, but when they do occur, they happen much faster than you think they will. Rudi Dornbusch
A budget is simply telling your money where to go instead of wondering where it went. John C. Maxwell
I will be able to come to Washington, God willing and the Creek don’t rise. Benjamin Hawkins

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