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Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.[edit]

It currently says:

Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.

- Japanese proverb, as quoted in Civilization's Quotations : Life's Ideal (2002) by Richard Alan Krieger, p. 280.

However, Google Books finds it in THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL - AUGUST 1996 on page 5 of the AFSA NEWS section.

"We are operating on the premise that while vision without action is a daydream, action without vision is a nightmare."

The section is written by Ed Rowell.

Further, when I searched for the original Japanese version I found

The author starts by saying:

これは面白い格言です。 英文の方が有名なようでよく見かけます。「日本のことわざ」とあるのですが、いろいろ調べてみてもそれらしきものが見当たりません。

Translation provided by Google:

This is an interesting saying. English sentences seem to be famous and I often see them. There is "Japanese proverb", but I do not find anything like that even if I examine it in various ways.

Misterattribution (talk) 06:41, 8 January 2019 (UTC)Reply

Talk:Japanese_proverbs also casts doubt on it being a "Japanese proverb".

I have since found that Soichiro Honda is often given credit. However, no source is ever given.


The earliest occurance of that quote found by Google Books is from 1998.

Misterattribution (talk) 19:30, 8 January 2019 (UTC)Reply