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And (the unbelievers) plotted and planned, and God too planned, and the best of planners is God. ~ Quran

A plan is a set of intended actions, through which one expects to achieve a goal.


  • As in a studio of creative Death
    The giant sons of Darkness sit and plan
    The drama of the earth, their tragic stage.

    • Sri Aurobindo, Book Two : The Book of the Traveller of the Worlds, Canto 8 : The World of Falsehood, the Mother of Evil and the Sons of Darkness
  • Whatever plans we may make, we shall find quite useless when the time for action comes. Revolutions are always full of surprises, and whoever thinks he can play chess with a revolution will soon find how terrible is the grasp of God and how insignificant the human reason before the whirlwind of His breath. That man only is likely to dominate the chances of a Revolution, who makes no plans but preserves his heart pure for the will of God to declare itself. The great rule of life is to have no schemes but one unalterable purpose. If the will is fixed on the purpose it sets itself to accomplish, then circumstances will suggest the right course; but the schemer finds himself always tripped up by the unexpected.
    • Sri Aurobindo, ., Nahar, S., Aurobindo, ., & Institut de recherches évolutives (Paris). India's rebirth: A selection from Sri Aurobindo's writing, talks and speeches. Paris: Institut de Recherches Evolutives. 3rd Edition (2000). [1]
  • We have all heard the saying "the man with a plan is king." I believe a man without a plan is just a pawn to circumstance and embarking on a losing strategy.
  • Plan in the real world.
  • The best laid schemes o' mice and men gang aft a-gley; and leave us naught but grief and pain for promised joy
    • Robert Burns, from "To a Mouse" ("Gang aft a-gley" is translated: "Often go awry")
  • There is no fate that plans men's lives. Whatever comes to us, good or bad, is usually the result of our own action or lack of action.
    • Herbert N. Casson cited in: Forbes magazine (1950) The Forbes scrapbook of Thoughts on the business of life. p. 218
  • Why don’t we just call plans what they really are: guesses.
    • Jason Fried and David Heinemeier, Rework (2009)
  • You have the most information when you're doing something, not before you've done it. Yet when do you write a plan? Usually it's before you've even begun.
    • Jason Fried and David Heinemeier, Rework (2009)
  • You need to try to do the impossible, to anticipate the unexpected. And when the unexpected happens, you should double the efforts to make order from the disorder it creates in your life. The motto I'm advocating is — Let chaos reign, then rein chaos. Does that mean that you shouldn't plan? Not at all. You need to plan the way a fire department plans. It cannot anticipate fires, so it has to shape a flexible organization that is capable of responding to unpredictable events.
  • The plans and schemes of tyrants are broken by many things. They shatter against cliffs of heroic struggle. They rupture on reefs of open resistance. And they are slowly eroded, bit by little bit, on the very beaches where they measure triumph, by countless grains of sand. By the stubborn little decencies of humble little men.
  • And it came to me then that every plan is a tiny prayer to father time
    • Benjamin Gibbard/Chris Walla, from the song What Sarah Said by Death Cab for Cutie.
  • This very remarkable man
    Commends a most practical plan:
    You can do what you want
    If you don’t think you can’t
    So don’t think you can’t if you can.
  • I just did what I do best. I took your little plan and I turned it on itself. Look what I did to this city with a few drums of gas and a couple of bullets. Hmmm? You know... You know what I've noticed? Nobody panics when things go "according to plan." Even if the plan is horrifying! If, tomorrow, I tell the press that, like, a gang banger will get shot, or a truckload of soldiers will be blown up, nobody panics, because it's all "part of the plan". But when I say that one little old mayor will die, well then everyone loses their minds!
  • It is better to have a bad plan than no plan.
  • Life is what happens to you, while you're busy making other plans.
    • John Lennon, From Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) off the 1980 Double Fantasy album.
    • Originally "Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans." by Allen Saunders, as quoted in the “Quotable Quotes” section of Reader's Digest, in the January 1957 issue.
  • Every age has its peculiar folly: Some scheme, project, or fantasy into which it plunges, spurred on by the love of gain, the necessity of excitement, or the force of imitation.
    • Charles Mackay, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds
No plan of operations extends with any certainty beyond the first contact with the main hostile force.
  • No plan of operations extends with any certainty beyond the first contact with the main hostile force.
    • Kein Operationsplan reicht mit einiger Sicherheit über das erste Zusammentreffen mit der feindlichen Hauptmacht hinaus.
    • Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, "On Strategy" (1871)/"Über Strategie" (1871), as translated in Moltke on the Art of War: Selected Writings (1993) by Daniel J. Hughes and Harry Bell, p. 92; German collected in: Kriegsgeschichtliche Einzelschriften, H.13 (1890), hier zitiert nach: Militārische Werke, Band 2, Teil 2. Mittler & Sohn Berlin 1900. S. 291
    • Variant: No plan survives contact with the enemy.
    • Compare Mike Tyson: "Everybody has plans until they get hit."
If there should arise in its midst a plot, then at the head of that plot will be no other than one of our most trusted servants. It is natural that we and no other should lead masonic activities, for we know whither we are leading, we know the final goal of every form of activity whereas the goyim have knowledge of nothing... ~ The Protocols of the Elders of Zion
  • In order that our scheme may produce this result we shall arrange election in favor of such presidents as have in their past some dark, undiscovered stain, some "Panama" or other-then they will be trustworthy agents for the accomplishment of our plans out of fear of revelations and from the natural desire of everyone who has attained power, namely, the retention of the privileges, advantages and honour connected with the office of president. The chamber of deputies will provide cover for, will protect, will elect presidents, but we shall take from it the right to propose new, or make changes in existing laws, for this right will be given by us to the responsible president, a puppet in our hands. Naturally, the authority of the presidents. will then become a target for every possible form of attack, but we shall provide him with a means of self-defence in the right of an appeal to the people, for the decision of the people over the heads of their representatives, that is to say, an appeal to that same blind slave of ours- the majority of the mob.
  • The class of people who most willingly enter into secret societies are those who live by their wits, careerists, and in general people mostly light minded, with whom we shall have no difficulty in dealing and in using to wind up the mechanism of the machine devised by us. If this world grows agitated the meaning of that will be that we have had to stir up in order to break up its too great solidarity. But if there should arise in its midst a plot, then at the head of that plot will be no other than one of our most trusted servants. It is natural that we and no other should lead masonic activities, for we know whither we are leading, we know the final goal of every form of activity whereas the goyim have knowledge of nothing, not even of the immediate effect of action; they put before themselves, usually, the momentary reckoning of the satisfaction of their self-opinion in the accomplishment of their thought without even remarking that the very conception never belonged to their initiative but to our instigation of their thought.
  • In the space of two days I had evolved two plans, wholly distinct, both of which were equally feasible. The point I am trying to bring out is that one does not plan and then try to make circumstances fit those plans. One tries to make plans fit the circumstances.
  • We must discipline ourselves to convert dreams into plans, and plans into goals, and goals into those small daily activities that will lead us, one sure step at a time, toward a better future.
    • Jim Rohn, Five Major Pieces To the Life Puzzle (1991)
  • A good plan is a simple plan.
    • Jim Rohn, Five Major Pieces To the Life Puzzle (1991)
  • A wise man once said that to do a great and important work, two things are necessary: a definite plan, and not quite enough time.
    • R.C. Schafer (1977) The magic of self-actualization: the development of human potential from where you are to where you want to be. p. 124
  • A wise man should never resolve upon any thing, at least never let the world know his resolution; for if he cannot arrive at that, he is ashamed. How many things did the king resolve in his declaration concerning Scotland, never to do, and yet did them all?
  • Malum est consilium, quod mutari non potest.
    • Translation: It is a bad plan that can not be changed.
    • Publilius Syrus, Sententiae (c. 43 BC)
  • Everybody has plans until they get hit.


  • Ha'atid hu ma she'kore be'zman she'anachnu asukim be'letachnen (העתיד הוא מה שקורה בזמן שאנחנו עסוקים בלתכנן).
    • Translation (from hebrew): The future is what happens while we are busy planning for it.
    • Meaning: people always say "One day I'll do this and I'll do that", but while they say it, time goes by and they don't put any of their plans to action.

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  1. “Everyone has a plan until they’ve been hit” (boxing adage), The Big Apple, Barry Popik, May 05, 2012
  2. "Mike Tyson explains one of his most famous quotes", Mike Berardino, Sun Sentinel, November 9, 2012]