Quotes and Sayings about Preparation



"As much preparation as I had made for the old man Salieri, gestures and so on, the fact is after sitting for hours, your movements are kind of slow."
- F. Murray Abraham
(Related: Fact, Man, Old, Preparation)

"I always say if you've seen good acting on television, those actors are really good. Because there's just not enough time. You don't have any preparation."
- Sasha Alexander
(Related: Time, Acting, Actors, Preparation, Television)

"I really have a great deal of humility in that department, and a great deal of respect for people who spend their lives learning how to make these amazing preparations."
- Ted Allen
(Related: People, Humility, Learning, Respect)

"One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation."
- Arthur Ashe
(Related: Success, Key, Preparation, Self)

"The interparliamentary conference should, in my opinion, direct its particular attention to the preparation of the next Hague Conference, the diplomatic conference, the conference of governments."
- Fredrik Bajer
(Related: Attention, Opinion, Preparation)

"The five steps in teaching an employee new skills are preparation, explanation, showing, observation and supervision."
- Bruce Barton
(Related: Observation, Preparation, Teaching)

"Reports also suggest that Ernst and Young and other large tax preparation firms are sending tax returns overseas for processing. But the IRS has no control over tax information once it's been sent to India or another country."
- Melissa Bean
(Related: Control, Country, Tax, Information, Preparation)

"Before anything else, preparation is the key to success."
- Alexander Graham Bell
(Related: Success, Key, Preparation)

"I don't come in with any preconceived ideas, and although I will have done some preparation, I can go which way the director wants."
- Jacqueline Bisset
(Related: Ideas, Preparation, Will)

"A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success."
- Joyce Brothers
(Related: Success, Positive, Preparation, Self)

"I've completed the first part of my preparations without injury problems. My speed is good and I'm doing lots of volume for strength."
- Jonathan Brown
(Related: Strength, First, Injury, Problems)

"The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today."
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
(Related: Preparation, Today, Tomorrow)

"Doing shows is always a side of skating that I've loved, it's the performing. I get to do that without the pressure, it's always fun between the skaters and the preparation, the show is always so much fun."
- Kurt Browning
(Related: Fun, Preparation, Pressure)

"The more complicated and powerful the job, the more rudimentary the preparation for it."
- William F. Buckley, Jr.
(Related: Job, Preparation)

"And then fourth, we have that essential group of people who track programs and budgets to ensure that they align with the needs of preparation and warning, counterintelligence and support to the operational war fighter."
- Stephen Cambone
(Related: War, People, Budgets, Needs, Preparation, Support)

"We were totally unprepared for such a large quantity of visitors, and in view of the preservation of the antiquities they being very crowded and in poor preservation, we were obliged to refuse admission until some preparation was made to safeguard the objects."
- Howard Carter
(Related: Being, Poor, Preparation, Quantity)

"There is no short cut to achievement. Life requires thorough preparation - veneer isn't worth anything."
- George Washington Carver
(Related: Life, Achievement, Preparation, Worth)

"Things are going very smoothly. As expected, there are some minor glitches, and the eight minutes that it took us to get to orbit, we trained months and months for, and didn't have to use any of that preparation, other than being aware and ready."
- Laurel Clark
(Related: Being, Months, Preparation)

"I'm a big believer in the fact that life is about preparation, preparation, preparation."
- Johnnie Cochran
(Related: Life, Fact, Preparation)

"A happy childhood is poor preparation for human contacts."
- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
(Related: Childhood, Poor, Preparation)

"Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure."
- Confucius
(Related: Success, Failure, Preparation)

"A wisely chosen illustration is almost essential to fasten the truth upon the ordinary mind, and no teacher can afford to neglect this part of his preparation."
- Howard Crosby
(Related: Truth, Mind, Neglect, Preparation)

"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself."
- John Dewey
(Related: Education, Life, Preparation)

"Education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living."
- John Dewey
(Related: Education, Future, Living, Preparation)

"When you go out onto the stage, all the preparation has to be forced into your subconscious. For the moment of the performance, we all have to return to a new level of unconsciousness. All the reflection and all the doubts have to be laid aside before you start."
- Dietrich Fischer Dieskau
(Related: Performance, Preparation, Reflection)

"Conservatism discards Prescription, shrinks from Principle, disavows Progress; having rejected all respect for antiquity, it offers no redress for the present, and makes no preparation for the future."
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Related: Progress, Conservatism, Future, Preparation, Present, Respect)

"With my personal preparation at the piano, I can afford to hum at half voice."
- Placido Domingo
(Related: Preparation, Voice)

"For every fresh stage in our lives we need a fresh education, and there is no stage for which so little educational preparation is made as that which follows the reproductive period."
- Havelock Ellis
(Related: Education, Preparation)

"Hibernation is a covert preparation for a more overt action."
- Ralph Ellison
(Related: Action, Preparation)

"I believe success is preparation, because opportunity is going to knock on your door sooner or later but are you prepared to answer that?"
- Omar Epps
(Related: Success, Opportunity, Preparation)

"I had two sisters, and we would love to get dressed up and pretend that we were chic, sophisticated ladies. And I think that was a great sort of preparation, in a way."
- Suzanne Farrell
(Related: Love, Ladies, Preparation, Sisters)

"Some people are making such thorough preparation for rainy days that they aren't enjoying today's sunshine."
- William Feather
(Related: People, Preparation, Today)

"It is a grave matter to enter a war, without adequate military preparation; it may prove fatal to come into peace, without moral and religious preparation."
- Louis Finkelstein
(Related: Peace, War, Grave, May, Military, Preparation, Religious)

"There is the danger of over preparation, of loss of spontaneity; over rehearsal is the most terrible thing you can imagine. We do have a very close association between costume and set designer, though. And the cameraman is very important, of course."
- Terence Fisher
(Related: Danger, Loss, Preparation, Spontaneity)

"In times of peace, the war party insists on making preparation for war. As soon as prepared for, it insists on making war."
- Robert M. La Follette
(Related: War, Peace, Party, Preparation)

"Men may be spoiled by education, even as they are spoiled by illiteracy. Education is the preparation of the mind for future work, hence men should be educated with special reference to the work."
- Timothy Thomas Fortune
(Related: Education, Men, Work, Future, May, Mind, Preparation)

"Well, there's much more time to do a weekly show, and much more coverage - as it turns out, it was all preparation for the stuff I'm doing now - but it was interesting to see how much time was spent on how little airtime, compared to knocking out a show a day on the soaps."
- Jonathan Frakes
(Related: Time, Day, Now, Preparation)

"I don't remember the first half of my life. All I say is a happy childhood is the worst possible preparation for life."
- Kinky Friedman
(Related: Life, Childhood, First, Preparation)

"A happy childhood... is the worst possible preparation for life."
- Kinky Friedman
(Related: Life, Childhood, Preparation)

"The preparation I had in college was the most valuable."
- Hayden Fry
(Related: College, Preparation)

"I don't know a better preparation for life than a love of poetry and a good digestion."
- Zona Gale
(Related: Life, Love, Poetry, Preparation)

"A journalist and an information architect face exactly the same problem - how to give shape to the pile of information in front of you in a way that will make it easy and natural for people to comprehend. I can't imagine any better preparation for the work I do now."
- Jesse James Garrett
(Related: Work, People, Information, Now, Preparation, Will)

"I used to run to school, 10k every day. And this at altitude, perfect preparation, really."
- Haile Gebrselassie
(Related: Day, Preparation, School)

"A winning effort begins with preparation."
- Joe Gibbs
(Related: Winning, Effort, Preparation)

"Running a school where the students all succeed, even if some students have to help others to make the grade, is good preparation for democracy."
- William Glasser
(Related: Democracy, Help, Preparation, Running, School, Students, Succeed)

"None of us suddenly becomes something overnight. The preparations have been in the making for lifetime."
- Gail Godwin
"Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre."
- Gail Godwin
(Related: Preparation, Teaching, Theatre)

"I herewith commission you to carry out all preparations with regard to... a total solution of the Jewish question in those territories of Europe which are under German influence."
- Hermann Goering
(Related: Europe, Influence, Question, Solution)

"There is no fundamental difference between the preparation for death and the practice of dying, and spiritual practice leading to enlightenment."
- Stanislav Grof
(Related: Death, Difference, Dying, Leading, Practice, Preparation, Spiritual)

"Washington's defeat in 1754 was followed by active military preparations on both sides."
- Albert Bushnell Hart
(Related: Defeat, Military, Washington)

"In almost every country there are elements of opinion which would welcome such a conclusion because they wish to return to the politics of the balance of power, unrestricted and unregulated armaments, international anarchy, and preparation for war."
- Arthur Henderson
(Related: Politics, War, Power, Anarchy, Balance, Country, Opinion, Preparation)

"Wisdom is nothing but a preparation of the soul, a capacity, a secret art of thinking, feeling and breathing thoughts of unity at every moment of life."
- Herman Hesse
(Related: Art, Life, Wisdom, Soul, Thoughts, Feeling, Nothing, Preparation, Thinking, Unity)

"The preparations are what they are. We're here. The storm is coming. We are as best prepared as we can be as the eye of the storm approaches."
- Russel Honore
(Related: Eye)

"The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today."
- Elbert Hubbard
(Related: Work, Preparation, Today, Tomorrow)

"Life is an unfoldment, and the further we travel the more truth we can comprehend. To understand the things that are at our door is the best preparation for understanding those that lie beyond."
- Hypatia
(Related: Life, Travel, Truth, Lie, Preparation, Understanding)

"There is no obstacle in the path of young people who are poor or members of minority groups that hard work and preparation cannot cure."
- Barbara Jordan
(Related: Work, People, Cure, Hard work, Minority, Poor, Preparation)

"Document preparation systems will also require large screen displays."
- Bill Joy
(Related: Preparation, Will)

"Confidence is preparation. Everything else is beyond your control."
- Richard Kline
(Related: Control, Confidence, Preparation)

"Once the World Cup preparations begin there will hardly be an opportunity to do so, since we'll have to put all our energy into the team. We coaches have a list of priorities and dealing with the media isn't in the top five."
- Jurgen Klinsmann
(Related: Opportunity, Coaches, Energy, Media, Priorities, Will, World)

"I turned down a scholarship to Yale. The problem with college is that there's a tendency to mistake preparation for productivity. You can prepare all you want, but if you never roll the dice you'll never be successful."
- Shia LaBeouf
(Related: Mistake, Successful, College, Preparation, Productivity, Want)

"Christianity emerged from the religion of Israel. Or rather, it has as its background a persistent strain in that religion. To that strain Christians have looked back, and rightly, as the preparation in history for their faith."
- Kenneth Scott Latourette
(Related: Faith, History, Religion, Christianity, Israel, Preparation)

"I'm not one to dwell on rehearsal or preparation."
- Patrice Leconte
(Related: Preparation)

"I've learned over the years that it doesn't matter where you pitch in the rotation. For me, preparation is everything."
- Cory Lidle
(Related: Preparation, Years)

"The best preparation for the future is the present well seen to, and the last duty done."
- George MacDonald
(Related: Duty, Future, Preparation, Present)

"If you don't have talent or preparation for whatever you want to do, you will not be successful in anything."
- Alicia Machado
(Related: Talent, Successful, Preparation, Want, Will)

"Ninety percent of the preparation we do as actors is just jive. It doesn't do anything."
- William H. Macy
(Related: Actors, Preparation)

"If you're sitting in the audience, you probably can't see the preparation and work that goes into creating a great scene or a great part, but I can assure you that a good film depends on lot of different things falling perfectly into place."
- Tobey Maguire
(Related: Work, Film, Preparation)

"An Edwardian lady in full dress was a wonder to behold, and her preparations for viewing were awesome."
- William Manchester
(Related: Dress, Lady, Wonder)

"The preparation, commitment and desire to win will be no less than the last time I drove a grand prix car in anger."
- Nigel Mansell
(Related: Anger, Car, Time, Commitment, Desire, Preparation, Will)

"You hit home runs not by chance but by preparation."
- Roger Maris
(Related: Home, Chance, Preparation)

"You had better live your best and act your best and think your best today; for today is the sure preparation for tomorrow and all the other tomorrows that follow."
- Harriet Martineau
(Related: Act, Preparation, Today, Tomorrow)

"It is only after years of preparation that the young artist should touch color - not color used descriptively, that is, but as a means of personal expression."
- Henri Matisse
(Related: Artist, Expression, Preparation, Years)

"Four months of preparation and about 12 hours of shooting turned into about 30 seconds of screen time."
- Wentworth Miller
(Related: Time, Months, Preparation)

"At no time are we ever in such complete possession of a journey, down to its last nook and cranny, as when we are busy with preparations for it."
- Yukio Mishima
(Related: Time, Journey, Possession)

"Preparation for war is a constant stimulus to suspicion and ill will."
- James Monroe
(Related: War, Preparation, Suspicion, Will)

"In the wars of the European powers in matters relating to themselves we have never taken any part, not does it comport with our policy so to do. It is only when our rights are invaded or seriously menaced that we resent injuries or make preparation for our defence."
- James Monroe
(Related: Policy, Rights, Preparation)

"Preparation for old age should begin not later than one's teens. A life which is empty of purpose until 65 will not suddenly become filled on retirement."
- Dwight L. Moody
(Related: Age, Life, Purpose, Old, Preparation, Retirement, Will)

"Stretching was a major part of my preparation."
- Edwin Moses
(Related: Preparation)

"I never struggled with injury problems because of my preparation - in particular my stretching."
- Edwin Moses
(Related: Injury, Preparation, Problems)

"Life is the only art that we are required to practice without preparation, and without being allowed the preliminary trials, the failures and botches, that are essential for training."
- Lewis Mumford
(Related: Art, Life, Being, Practice, Preparation, Training, Trials)

"War is murder. And the military preparations now being made for a potential major confrontation are aimed at collective murder. In a nuclear age the victims would be numbered by the millions. This naked truth must be faced."
- Alva Myrdal
(Related: Age, War, Truth, Being, Military, Murder, Now, Potential, Victims)

"War and preparations for war have acquired a kind of legitimacy."
- Alva Myrdal
(Related: War)

"I think it was the preparation and every thing Lombardi represented, you know, about hard work and that every game was important. So when you get to the real important games, you were ready to go."
- Ray Nitschke
(Related: Work, Games, Hard work, Preparation)

"Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and the war on terrorism have reduced the pace of military transformation and have revealed our lack of preparation for defensive and stability operations. This Administration has overextended our military."
- Barack Obama
(Related: War, Afghanistan, Iraq, Military, Preparation, Stability, Terrorism)

"When you get to that level, it's not a matter of talent anymore - because all the players are so talented - it's about preparation, about playing smart and making good decisions."
- Hakeem Olajuwon
(Related: Talent, Decisions, Preparation)

"We said we would leave no stone unturned to get to Germany and now we are applying the same philosophy towards our tournament preparations."
- John O'Neill
(Related: Germany, Now, Philosophy)

"When you coach as long as I did, you can't help but miss those Saturdays - dealing with the players, the game preparation, the challenges, the excitement."
- Tom Osborne
(Related: Coach, Excitement, Help, Preparation)

"The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today's work superbly well."
- William Osler
(Related: Work, Preparation, Today, Tomorrow)

"In preparation for it, we need to have folks who are trained, we need facilities, equipment and supplies, that are going to be built into our society, and we are going to spend a lot of money on it."
- Major Owens
(Related: Money, Society, Preparation)

"For it is we who must pray for our daily bread, and if He grants it to us, it is only through our labour, our skill and preparation."
- Paracelsus
(Related: Preparation, Skill)

"For my part, I do not feel that the scheme of future happiness, which ought by rights to be in preparation for me, will be at all interfered with by my not meeting again the man I have in my. mind."
- James Payn
(Related: Happiness, Future, Rights, Man, Meeting, Mind, Preparation, Will)

"But to me the bottom line is the more education you can give yourself, and the more preparation you can do, the less chance of failing."
- Stuart Pearce
(Related: Education, Chance, Preparation)

"The last thing, and the only one that you cannot physically train for, is the psychological preparation."
- Philippe Perrin
(Related: Preparation)

"The preparations for my new voyage prevented the possiblity of my paying that attention to the correction of my errors, that I should otherwise have done."
- Zebulon Pike
(Related: Attention, Correction, Errors)

"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure."
- Colin Powell
(Related: Success, Work, Failure, Hard work, Learning, Preparation, Result, Secrets)

"So many actors have sheer guts, will, and determination; they just need some preparation."
- John Ratzenberger
(Related: Determination, Actors, Preparation, Will)

"They don't allow you to go any further unless you can do this bomb suit training, because it puts such a mental strain on your spirit. It dumbs you down about 25 to 30 IQ points. You start to hallucinate in the heat inside the suit after 20-30 minutes. So you try not to stay in it too dang long. So the preparation for that - it's either you have it, or you do not."
- Jeremy Renner
(Related: Preparation, Spirit, Training)

"For one human being to love another; that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation."
- Rainer Maria Rilke
(Related: Love, Work, Being, Preparation, Proof)

"The meeting of preparation with opportunity generates the offspring we call luck."
- Tony Robbins
(Related: Opportunity, Luck, Meeting, Preparation)

"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."
- Darrell Royal
(Related: Opportunity, Luck, Preparation)

"Training is such a vital part of preparation for a game, you really do train to play. It tops up your ability, like sharpening a carving knife. You can get away with not doing it for a while, as long as you have reached a certain standard of fitness."
- Graeme Le Saux
(Related: Fitness, Ability, Play, Preparation, Training)

"The centuries last passed have also given the taste important extension; the discovery of sugar, and its different preparations, of alcoholic liquors, of wine, ices, vanilla, tea and coffee, have given us flavors hitherto unknown."
- Jean Anthelme Brillat Savarin
(Related: Coffee, Discovery, Taste, Tea, Wine)

"A careful analysis of the process of observation in atomic physics has shown that the subatomic particles have no meaning as isolated entities, but can only be understood as interconnections between the preparation of an experiment and the subsequent measurement."
- Erwin Schrodinger
(Related: Meaning, Observation, Physics, Preparation)

"Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation."
- Robert H. Schuller
(Related: Achievement, Preparation)

"My favorite part is the preparation because you read on the page, you get this character."
- Ashley Scott
(Related: Character, Favorite, Preparation)

"The Middle East is more angry than ever. I'm afraid that the sort of deceit on the route to war was linked to the lack of preparation for afterwards and the chaos and suffering that continuous - so it won't go away will it?"
- Clare Short
(Related: War, Chaos, Deceit, Preparation, Suffering, Will)

"The whole of that part of Southern Africa which is controlled by racial minorities is experiencing either consistent and regular guerilla activity or is faced with advanced preparation for its commencement."
- Joe Slovo
(Related: Preparation)

"It's less about the physical training, in the end, than it is about the mental preparation: boxing is a chess game. You have to be skilled enough and have trained hard enough to know how many different ways you can counterattack in any situation, at any moment."
- Jimmy Smits
(Related: Boxing, Chess, End, Training)

"In the first place, the preparation of the Nobel lecture which I am to give has shown me, even more clearly than I knew before, how many others share with me, often, indeed, have anticipated me, in the discoveries for which you have awarded me the prize."
- Frederick Soddy
(Related: First, Preparation)

"I went off to a school with the children of CEOs and diplomats. To be able to be at home with that group of people and at home with the desperately poor has been good for me in preparation for my coming to Washington."
- James Green Somerville
(Related: Home, People, Children, Poor, Preparation, School, Washington)

"I always feel I can play a role - just give me the time to do the preparation and I'll be it."
- Mira Sorvino
(Related: Time, Play, Preparation)

"Man is created to be God's deputy on earth and it is important to realize the obligation to rid ourselves of all illusions and to make our lives a preparation for the next life."
- Cat Stevens
(Related: Life, God, Earth, Man, Obligation, Preparation)

"Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary."
- Robert Louis Stevenson
(Related: Politics, Thought, Preparation, Profession)

"One day, out of irritation, I said, you know all of those years with the Royal Shakespeare Company, all those years of playing kings and princes and speaking black verse, and bestriding the landscape of England was nothing but a preparation for sitting in the captain's chair of the Enterprise."
- Patrick Stewart
(Related: Company, Day, England, Kings, Nothing, Preparation, Shakespeare, Years)

"It's definitely a shock to go from being 15 in high school to working. There's no real cushion there. There's no preparation at all. You learn by doing."
- Emma Stone
(Related: Being, Preparation, School)

"The most important thing in our war preparations is to teach all our people to hate U.S. imperialism."
- Kim Il sung
(Related: War, People, Hate)

"The most important thing in our war preparations is to teach all our people to hate U.S. imperialism. Otherwise, we will not be able to defeat the U.S. imperialists who boast of their technological superiority."
- Kim Il Sung
(Related: War, People, Superiority, Defeat, Hate, Will)

"The Australian tour was good for us; it was ideal preparation for us."
- Sachin Tendulkar
(Related: Preparation)

"However, even during the preparations for action, we laid our plans in such a manner that should there be progress through diplomatic negotiation, we would be well prepared to cancel operations at the latest moment that communication technology would have permitted."
- Hideki Tojo
(Related: Technology, Progress, Action, Communication, Negotiation)

"Week after week, the heads of Red Army Intelligence received updates on the Wehrmacht's preparations."
- Leopold Trepper
(Related: Intelligence, Army)

"When it comes to Chinese food I have always operated under the policy that the less known about the preparation the better. A wise diner who is invited to visit the kitchen replies by saying, as politely as possible, that he has a pressing engagement elsewhere."
- Calvin Trillin
(Related: Food, Policy, Kitchen, Preparation, Saying, Visit)

"Luck, that's when preparation and opportunity meet."
- Pierre Trudeau
(Related: Opportunity, Luck, Preparation)

"Success is where preparation and opportunity meet."
- Bobby Unser
(Related: Success, Opportunity, Preparation)

"As I got farther and farther along in the series I did less and less preparation. I didn't use outlines or sketches. I just had a vague idea of what I wanted to tell and then the dialogue just came to me as I was inking the page."
- Jhonen Vasquez
(Related: Idea, Preparation)

"Luck is where opportunity meets preparation."
- Denzel Washington
(Related: Opportunity, Luck, Preparation)

"Bad seed is a robbery of the worst kind: for your pocket-book not only suffers by it, but your preparations are lost and a season passes away unimproved."
- George Washington
"No man not inspired can make a good speech without preparation."
- Daniel Webster
(Related: Man, Preparation, Speech)

"Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity."
- Oprah Winfrey
(Related: Opportunity, Luck, Meeting, Preparation)

"I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity."
- Oprah Winfrey
(Related: Opportunity, Luck, Meeting, Preparation)

"Life is a long preparation for something that never happens."
- William Butler Yeats
(Related: Life, Preparation)

"Good luck is a residue of preparation."
- Jack Youngblood
(Related: Luck, Preparation)