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Top 90 Preparation Quotes for Success (LIFE)

Top 10 Inspirational Preparation Quotes

“If your enemy is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him. If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them. If sovereign and subject are in accord, put division between them. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.”

Sun Tzu
The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. - John Dewey
Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. – John Dewey
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
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
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. - Benjamin Franklin
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. – Benjamin Franklin

“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
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. - Abraham Lincoln
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. – Abraham Lincoln
Prepare while others are daydreaming. - William Arthur Ward
Prepare while others are daydreaming. – William Arthur Ward
A winning effort begins with preparation. - Joe Gibbs
A winning effort begins with preparation. – Joe Gibbs
Over-preparation is the foe of inspiration. - Napoleon Bonaparte
Over-preparation is the foe of inspiration. – Napoleon Bonaparte

15 Motivational Preparation Quotes for Success

If you prepare yourself at every point as well as you can… you will be able to grasp opportunity for broader experience when it appears. - Eleanor Roosevelt
If you prepare yourself at every point as well as you can… you will be able to grasp opportunity for broader experience when it appears. – Eleanor Roosevelt
A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success. - Joyce Brothers
A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success. – Joyce Brothers
Before anything else, preparation is the key to success. - Alexander Graham Bell
Before anything else, preparation is the key to success. – Alexander Graham Bell
Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure. - Confucius
Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure. – Confucius
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. - Colin Powell
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. – Colin Powell
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
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
Success is where preparation and opportunity meet. - Bobby Unser
Success is where preparation and opportunity meet. – Bobby Unser
There is no short cut to achievement. Life requires thorough preparation - veneer isn't worth anything. - George Washington Carver
There is no short cut to achievement. Life requires thorough preparation – veneer isn’t worth anything. – George Washington Carver
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
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
You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win. - Zig Ziglar
You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win. – Zig Ziglar
The best possible preparation of success is empower yourself with trust in self capabilities. - Anil Sinha
The best possible preparation of success is empower yourself with trust in self capabilities. – Anil Sinha
Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised. - Denis Waitle
Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised. – Denis Waitle
Behind every brilliant performance, there were countless hours of practice and preparation. - Eric Butterworthy
Behind every brilliant performance, there were countless hours of practice and preparation. – Eric Butterworthy
Victory is the child of preparation and determination. - Sean Hampton
Victory is the child of preparation and determination. – Sean Hampton
Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation. - Robert Schuller
Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation. – Robert Schuller

3 Preparation Quotes on Confidence

Confidence – Poise, and confidence are not possible unless you have prepared correctly. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Poise and confidence are a natural result of proper preparation.”

John Wooden
One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation. - Arthur Ashe
One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation. – Arthur Ashe
Preparation doesn't assure victory, it assures confidence. - Amit Kalantri
Preparation doesn’t assure victory, it assures confidence. – Amit Kalantri

3 Preparation Quotes on Luck

Good luck is when opportunity meets preparation, while bad luck is when lack of preparation meets reality. - Eliyahu Goldratt
Good luck is when opportunity meets preparation, while bad luck is when lack of preparation meets reality. – Eliyahu Goldratt
Luck is where opportunity meets preparation. - Seneca
Luck is where opportunity meets preparation. – Seneca
I believe that people make their own luck by great preparation and good strategy. - Jack Canfield
I believe that people make their own luck by great preparation and good strategy. – Jack Canfield

2 Preparation Quotes on Spirituality

“The decision to serve a mission will shape the spiritual destiny of the missionary, his or her spouse, and their posterity for generations to come. A desire to serve is a natural outcome of one’s conversion, worthiness, and preparation.”

Russell M. Nelson
In missionary work, as in all else, preparation precedes power. - Gordon B. Hinckley
In missionary work, as in all else, preparation precedes power. – Gordon B. Hinckley

5 Preparation Quotes on Education

“Essentially, social education is moral education, and moral education is preparation for citizenship… When Jefferson and others advocated public education, it was to prepare for citizenship in a new, constitutional, democratic society.”

Lawrence Kohlberg
Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre. - Gail Godwin
Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre. – Gail Godwin
The five steps in teaching an employee new skills are preparation, explanation, showing, observation and supervision. - Bruce Barton
The five steps in teaching an employee new skills are preparation, explanation, showing, observation and supervision. – Bruce Barton

“All my mind was centered on my studies, which, especially at the beginning, were difficult. In fact, I was insufficiently prepared to follow the physical science course at the Sorbonne, for, despite all my efforts, I had not succeeded in acquiring in Poland a preparation as complete as that of the French students following the same course.”

Marie Curie
To be prepared against surprise is to be trained. To be prepared for surprise is to be educated. - James P. Carse
To be prepared against surprise is to be trained. To be prepared for surprise is to be educated. – James P. Carse

15 Meaningful Preparation Quotes in Life

“Another way to be prepared is to think negatively. Yes, I’m a great optimist. but, when trying to make a decision, I often think of the worst case scenario. I call it ‘the eaten by wolves factor.’ If I do something, what’s the most terrible thing that could happen? Would I be eaten by wolves? One thing that makes it possible to be an optimist, is if you have a contingency plan for when all hell breaks loose. There are a lot of things I don’t worry about, because I have a plan in place if they do.”

Randy Pausch
I try to prepare for everything beyond the extent of preparation. - Taylor Swift
I try to prepare for everything beyond the extent of preparation. – Taylor Swift
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. - Hermann Hesse
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. – Hermann Hesse

“If you believe you can accomplish everything by “cramming” at the eleventh hour, by all means, don’t lift a finger now. But you may think twice about beginning to build your ark once it has already started raining.”

Max Brooks
I think people really underestimate the power of just wanting to do it, and hard work, and competitive spirit, and preparation. - Joe Burrow
I think people really underestimate the power of just wanting to do it, and hard work, and competitive spirit, and preparation. – Joe Burrow
Life is a long preparation for something that never happens. - William Butler Yeats
Life is a long preparation for something that never happens. – William Butler Yeats
Some people are making such thorough preparation for rainy days that they aren't enjoying today's sunshine. - William Feather
Some people are making such thorough preparation for rainy days that they aren’t enjoying today’s sunshine. – William Feather
Preparation is everything. - David Robinson
Preparation is everything. – David Robinson
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
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
I feel like whatever you've done in your career, good or bad, it's nothing but preparation for the big events to come. - Kevin Hart
I feel like whatever you’ve done in your career, good or bad, it’s nothing but preparation for the big events to come. – Kevin Hart
I've always considered myself to be just average talent and what I have is a ridiculous insane obsessiveness for practice and preparation. - Will Smith
I’ve always considered myself to be just average talent and what I have is a ridiculous insane obsessiveness for practice and preparation. – Will Smith
Opportunity does not waste time with those who are unprepared. - Idowu Koyenikan
Opportunity does not waste time with those who are unprepared. – Idowu Koyenikan
He who is best prepared can best serve his moment of inspiration. - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
He who is best prepared can best serve his moment of inspiration. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Why should we look to the past in order to prepare for the future Because there is nowhere else to look. - James Burke
Why should we look to the past in order to prepare for the future? Because there is nowhere else to look. – James Burke
Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. - Chris Bradford
Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. – Chris Bradford

12 Preparation Quotes on Sports

“I think a winner has to be a master of preparation, they have to be a master of connection, extremely competitive and have really high standards for themselves and the people around them.”

Maya Moore
Stretching was a major part of my preparation. - Edwin Moses
Stretching was a major part of my preparation. – Edwin Moses
My preparation is about precision. It is a science. - Conor McGregor
My preparation is about precision. It is a science. – Conor McGregor

“You have to rely on your preparation. You got to really be passionate and try to prepare more than anyone else, and put yourself in a position to succeed, and when the moment comes you got to enjoy, relax, breathe and rely on your preparation so that you can perform and not be anxious or filled with doubt.”

Steve Nash
Every race is like training and preparation. - Nino Schurter
Every race is like training and preparation. – Nino Schurter
You hit home runs not by chance but by preparation. - Roger Maris
You hit home runs not by chance but by preparation. – Roger Maris

“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
As far as the World Cup is concerned, it is a process. We don't want to jump to the 50th floor straight away. We must start on the ground floor. - Sachin Tendulkar
As far as the World Cup is concerned, it is a process. We don’t want to jump to the 50th floor straight away. We must start on the ground floor. – Sachin Tendulkar

“Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character.”

Alun Armstrong
Football teaches you hard work. It takes a lot of unspectacular preparation to have spectacular results in both business and football. - Roger Staubach
Football teaches you hard work. It takes a lot of unspectacular preparation to have spectacular results in both business and football. – Roger Staubach

“The minute you get away from fundamentals – whether its proper technique, work ethic, or mental preparation – the bottom can fall out of your game, your schoolwork, your job, whatever you’re doing.”

Michael Jordan

“For me, winning isn’t something that happens suddenly on the field when the whistle blows and the crowds roar. Winning is something that builds physically and mentally every day that you train and every night that you dream.”

Emmitt Smith

2 Preparation Quotes on Cooking

“I believe in the magic of preparation. You can make just about any foods taste wonderful by adding herbs and spices. Experiment with garlic, cilantro, basil and other fresh herbs on vegetables to make them taste great.”

Jorge Cruise
It's around the table and in the preparation of food that we learn about ourselves and about the world. - Alice Waters
It’s around the table and in the preparation of food that we learn about ourselves and about the world. – Alice Waters

2 Preparation Quotes on Politics

“Some of the best preparation I had for coming to Congress is being a football referee. Because you’ve got to make a decision, and no matter what you do, someone’s unhappy with you.”

Suzan DelBene
Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary. - Robert Louis Stevenson
Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary. – Robert Louis Stevenson

2 Preparation Quotes on Love

“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
Even seasonal situations can bring with them lessons that last a lifetime. If the love doesn’t last, it prepares you for the one that will. - Mandy Hale
Even seasonal situations can bring with them lessons that last a lifetime. If the love doesn’t last, it prepares you for the one that will. – Mandy Hale

2 Preparation Quotes on Peace

I appeal to all men and women, whether they be eminent or humble, to declare that they will refuse to give any further assistance to war or the preparation of war. - Albert Einstein
I appeal to all men and women, whether they be eminent or humble, to declare that they will refuse to give any further assistance to war or the preparation of war. – Albert Einstein
The best preparation… is the one that disarms the hostility of other nations and makes friends of them. - Helen Keller
The best preparation… is the one that disarms the hostility of other nations and makes friends of them. – Helen Keller

3 Preparation Quotes that Inspires Artistry

“To confer the gift of drawing, we must create an eye that sees, a hand that obeys, a soul that feels; and in this task, the whole life must cooperate. In this sense, life itself is the only preparation for drawing. Once we have lived, the inner spark of vision does the rest.”

Maria Montessori
Everything that a painter did or that a writer wrote was a part of his training and preparation for what he was to do. - Ernest Hemingway
Everything that a painter did or that a writer wrote was a part of his training and preparation for what he was to do. – Ernest Hemingway
Hours of preparation for something that is executed, with extreme precision, in a few minutes. Just as with a judo throw. - Yves Klein
Hours of preparation for something that is executed, with extreme precision, in a few minutes. Just as with a judo throw. – Yves Klein

14 Wise Preparation Quotes To Ponder

“Mostly, my flying has been solo, but the preparation for it wasn’t. Without my husband’s help and encouragement, I could not have attempted what I have. Ours has been a contented and reasonable partnership, he with his solo jobs and I with mine. But always with work and play together, conducted under a satisfactory system of dual control.”

Amelia Earhart
Unless you have prepared yourself to profit by your chance, the opportunity will only make you ridiculous. - Orison Swett Marden
Unless you have prepared yourself to profit by your chance, the opportunity will only make you ridiculous. – Orison Swett Marden
Competing at the highest level is not about winning. It's about preparation, courage, understanding and nurturing your people, and heart. Winning is the result. - Joe Torre
Competing at the highest level is not about winning. It’s about preparation, courage, understanding and nurturing your people, and heart. Winning is the result. – Joe Torre

“Acting isn’t something you do. Instead of doing it, it occurs. If you’re going to start with logic, you might as well give up. You can have conscious preparation, but you have unconscious results.”

Lee Strasberg
The whole journey of life is a journey of preparation. - Pope Francis
The whole journey of life is a journey of preparation. – Pope Francis
A happy childhood… is the worst possible preparation for life. - Kinky Friedman
A happy childhood… is the worst possible preparation for life. – Kinky Friedman

“Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing. I have only begun to learn content and peace of mind since I have resolved at all risks to do this.”

Thomas Huxley
I do find that there's a fine balance between preparation and seeing what happens naturally. - Timothee Chalamet
I do find that there’s a fine balance between preparation and seeing what happens naturally. – Timothee Chalamet
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
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
I make preparations both to live and to die every day, but with the emphasis on not dying, and on acting as if I was going to carry on living. - Christopher Hitchens
I make preparations both to live and to die every day, but with the emphasis on not dying, and on acting as if I was going to carry on living. – Christopher Hitchens
Why not seize the pleasure at once - How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation! - Jane Austen
Why not seize the pleasure at once? – How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation! – Jane Austen
Our whole life is taken up…with preparations for living, so that we really never live at all. - Leo Tolstoy
Our whole life is taken up…with preparations for living, so that we really never live at all. – Leo Tolstoy
Humble words and increased preparations are signs that the enemy is about to advance. - Sun Tzu
Humble words and increased preparations are signs that the enemy is about to advance. – Sun Tzu
Where observation is concerned, chance favors only the prepared mind. - Louis Pasteur
Where observation is concerned, chance favors only the prepared mind. – Louis Pasteur

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