PREPARATION QUOTES

quotations about preparation

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Spectacular achievements come from unspectacular preparation.

ROGER STAUBACH, attributed, The 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player

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The mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.

CONFUCIUS, The Analects

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If you prepare yourself at every point as well as you can, with whatever means you may have, however meager they may seem, you will be able to grasp opportunity for broader experience when it appears. Without preparation you cannot do it.

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, preface, Autobiography

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Why not seize pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!

JANE AUSTEN, Emma

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I've never been ready to do a single thing I've ever done in my life. I haven't been prepared enough, haven't studied enough, haven't known enough. You can never be ready. There's just so much to know.

LYLE LOVETT, Esquire, February 2012

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The best match in the world will not light a candle unless the wick be first suitably prepared.

ALGERNON BLACKWOOD, "The Man Who Found Out"

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In all things success depends on previous preparation, and without such previous preparation there is sure to be failure.

CONFUCIUS, The Doctrine of the Mean

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By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

ANONYMOUS

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Opportunity is a haughty goddess who wastes no time with those who are unprepared.

GEORGE C. CLASON, The Richest Man in Babylon

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All things are ready, if our mind be so.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Henry V

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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

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He who is not prepared today, will be less so tomorrow.

OVID, attributed, Day's Collacon

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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

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In all matters, before beginning, a diligent preparation should be made.

CICERO, De Officiis

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

ANONYMOUS

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He who is well prepared has half won the battle.

ANDRADA, attributed, Day's Collacon

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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, An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

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The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.

H. JACKSON BROWN, JR., P.S. I Love You

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A soldier who makes too much preparation for defeat, is half defeated before the action.

ADMIRAL FARRAGUT, attributed, Day's Collacon

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You have to prepare physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually to conquer any mountain.

LAILAH GIFTY AKITA, Pearls of Wisdom

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