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The human race may be compared to a writer. At the outset a writer has often only a vague general notion of the plan of his work, and of the thought he intends to elaborate. As he proceeds, penetrating his material, laboring to express himself fitly, he lays a firmer grasp on his thought; he finds himself. So the human race is writing its story, finding itself, discovering its own underlying purpose, revising, recasting a tale pathetic often, yet none the less sublime.
-- Felix Adler


I never stop to plan. I take things step by step.
-- Mary McLeod Bethune

* “Despite the threat of global terror hanging over all of us, there is only one path: to pursue the Millennium Development Goals with fresh resolve –confronting violence, bigotry and hatred with the same determination that we attack the causes from which they spring – conflict, ignorance, poverty and disease. The world we seek, where every child can grow to adulthood in health, peace and dignity – in short, a world fit for children – has remained a dream for more years than we can count. But we at UNICEF are convinced that working together with committed partners, and with an appropriate plan of action and a commitment to resources, we can make that dream a reality for each and every child on earth.”
-- Carol Bellamy


"I don't wish to defend everything that has been done in the name of utopia. But I think that many of the attacks misconceive its nature and function. As I have tried to suggest, utopia is not mainly about providing detailed blueprints for social reconstruction. Its concern with ends is about making us think about possible worlds. It is about inventing and imagining worlds for our contemplation and delight. It opens up our minds to the possibilities of the human condition. It is this that we most seem to need at the present time. There are doomsters enough-though they have their part to play, like the prophets of old, warning and admonishing. There are also our latter-day millenarians, somewhat jaded in their outlook on the world, and rather prepared to settle for a quiet life and the idle ticking-over of the engine of history. Without wishing to bang the inspiration drum too loudly, this hardly seems enough."
-- Malcolm Bull

"Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work."
-- Daniel Hudson Burnham

“A man who does not plan long ahead will find trouble right at his door” Confucius quotes

A good plan implemented today is better than a perfect plan that is put off. Do the best you can, but do it today.
-- John Di Frances


Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.
-- Peter F. Drucker

Long range planning does not deal with future decisions, but with the future of present decisions. -- Peter F. Drucker

* We are all together in this, we are all together in this single living ecosystem called planet earth. As we learn how we fit into the greater scheme of things, and begin to understand how the system works, we can plan ahead, we can use the resources responsibly, to show some respect for this inheritance that goes back 4.6 billion years.
~ Sylvia Earle

* We are all together in this, we are all together in this single living ecosystem called planet earth.
~ Sylvia Earle


To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
- Anatole France


"To win, we will need to keep building the movement, networking with one another, planning, strategizing, and moving forward. Our children's futures, and those of their unborn children, are at stake."
~ Lois Gibbs

* Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
-- John Lennon

Determine the thing that can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.
-- Abraham Lincoln

* Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.
-- Pablo Picasso

* It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.
-- Eleanor Roosevelt

Utopian visions inspire hope in action for a better world. -- Robert Alan Silverstein

Utopian visions are the blueprints and plans for a better world. -- Robert Alan Silverstein

We can plan for the future, but we must live in the present and let go of anxiety and worries about what might be.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein


Many documents have been created as attempts to lay out in a concrete way the conditions that are necessary to create a better world. The United Nations' Declaration of Human Rights, for instance is still a shining example of how we should be treating each other. The Earth Charter was produced after thousands of individuals collaborated for more than ten years. It sets forth a wonderful blueprint for a more peaceful, just and sustainable planet. The Better World Handbook provides an extensive look at the problems facing our world, and hands-on ways that we can solve these problems and create a better world.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein
* Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning."
-- Gloria Steinem

* All endeavor calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil. The fight to the finish spirit is the one... characteristic we must posses if we are to face the future as finishers.
-- Henry David Thoreau

* "Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man."
~ Stewart Udall


“Four steps to achievement: Plan purposefully. Prepare prayerfully. Proceed positively. Pursue persistently.”
- William Arthur Ward

“Men never plan to be failures; they simply fail to plan to be successful.”
- William Arthur Ward


"Joy is what happens when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things are. Joy is not necessarily what happens when things unfold according to our plans."
-- Marianne Williamson

* I avoid grandiose plans. I start with a small piece that I can do. I go to the root of the problem and then work around it. It's building brick by brick.
-- Muhammad Yunus

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