— Harvey Mackay American businessman and journalist 1932
„We plan alone but we fulfill our plans together with the enemy, as it were, in accordance with his opposition.“
— Ivan Konev Soviet military commander 1897 - 1973
Quoted in "How Wars End: Eye-witness Accounts of the Fall of Berlin" - by Vladimir Sevruk - History - 1974 - Page 27.
— Robert Browning, Rabbi ben Ezra
Fonte: Dramatis Personae (1864), Rabbi Ben Ezra, Line 187.
Contexto: So, take, and use thy work:
Amend what flaws may lurk,
What strain o' the stuff, what warpings past the aim!
My times be in thy hand!
Perfect the cup as planned!
Let age approve of youth, and death complete the same!
— Lois McMaster Bujold, Vorkosigan Saga
This includes a common paraphrase of a statement which originates with military strategist Field Marshall Helmuth von Moltke: "No plan of operations extends with any certainty beyond the first contact with the main hostile force."
Vorkosigan Saga, Cetaganda (1996)
— C. Northcote Parkinson British naval historian 1909 - 1993
Fonte: Parkinson's Law: and Other Studies in Administration. (1957), p. 60; cited in: Craig Calhoun (2012), Contemporary Sociological Theory, p. 254
— Charles Stross, livro Rule 34
Fonte: Rule 34 (2011), Chapter 1, “Liz: Red Pill, Blue Pill” (p. 16)
— Jodi Picoult, livro Lone Wolf
Fonte: Lone Wolf
„The operations in the Marshall Islands carried out by the forces under Vice Admiral Spruance were characterized by excellent planning and by almost perfect timing in the execution of those plans. The entire operation was a full credit to those who participated, and it is a noteworthy example of the results that may be expected from good staff work.“
— Ernest King United States Navy admiral, Chief of Naval Operations 1878 - 1956
First Report, p. 74
U.S. Navy at War, 1941-1945: Official Reports to the Secretary of the Navy (1946)
— Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965
This military aphorism has been attributed to both von Moltke and Clausewitz, as well as Churchill. It was familiar to President and former Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe Dwight D. Eisenhower: I tell this story to illustrate the truth of the statement I heard long ago in the Army: Plans are worthless, but planning is everything. There is a very great distinction because when you are planning for an emergency you must start with this one thing: the very definition of 'emergency' is that it is unexpected, therefore it is not going to happen the way you are planning.
Speech to the National Defense Executive Reserve Conference in Washington, D.C. (November 14, 1957) ; from Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1957, National Archives and Records Service, Government Printing Office, p. 818 : ISBN 0160588510, 9780160588518
„No plan can prevent a stupid person from doing the wrong thing in the wrong place at the wrong time - but a good plan should keep a concentration from forming.“
— Charles Erwin Wilson American secretary of Defence 1890 - 1961
Charles E. Wilson, quoted in: Louis E. Boone, David L. Kurtz (1987), Management, p. 100