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  • ... forethought spares afterthought ...

  • The last wedding is that of Peg Pelham, and I think I have never seen so comfortable a prospect of happiness; according to all appearance she cannot fail of being a widow in six weeks at farthest, and accordingly she has been so good a housewife to line her wedding-clothes with black.

  • We must not force events, but rather make / The heart soil ready for their coming, as / The earth spreads carpets for the feet of Spring.

  • Look twice before you leap.

  • Whenever I prepare for a journey I prepare as though for death. Should I never return, all is in order. This is what life has taught me.

  • I cannot bear to go to a place unprovided, when a little forethought and care would save me much trouble ...

    • Abigail Adams,
    • 1791, New Letters of Abigail Adams: 1788-1801 ()
  • Keep in mind always the present you are constructing. It should be the future you want.

  • ... hindsight is not a strategy.

  • Whatever is done by design is always overdone.

  • Indefinite plans get dubious results.

  • The only thing I want from my money is to die in comfort.

  • But I'm gettin' ready to go. How am I doin' it? I'm layin' aside every weight and a sin that does so easily beset me and I'm gettin' light for the flight.

  • Saddle your dreams afore you ride 'em.

  • Planning takes time but, in the end, saves time and gets better results.

  • She had the loaded handbag of someone who camps out and seldom goes home, or who imagines life must be full of emergencies.

  • There is no way anything of value can be done without some framework. It might well be that the framework is discarded or the rules opposed; that is not important. What is essential is that they exist so that one knows when one is in opposition to them.

  • ... the best time to handle an emergency is before it becomes one.

  • When our plan doesn't work, we think we failed. So we go at it again in the same way, only this time harder. ... When the plan doesn't work, change the plan.

  • It has been said that if you aim at nothing in life, you are likely to hit nothing! I have never had anyone come to me and say, 'Venita, I plan to fail.' Yet I have observed many who failed to plan and who unfortunately met with the same dismal results.

  • ... it's impossible to conquer all fear and loss by preparation. There are always sources of desolation that aren't taken into account because no one knows what they will be.

  • She usually got a head start on the day before it knew she was in a race with it.