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Quotes of the Day for 16 February 2003 – Preparation

I hear the hardware stores have been stripped of duct tape and polyethylene sheeting. Even though I was never a Boy Scout, I understand the need to "Be Prepared." Preparation is important in many ventures, but it also takes time and resources away from other things, so it must be approached intelligently. Which means you should be stocking up on polyethylene if you are planning on painting, and buying extra duct tape only if your furnace needs a bandaid. Here, then, a few thoughts on Preparation.

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The quotes:

None of us suddenly becomes something overnight. The preparations have been in the making for a lifetime.
     - Gail Kathleen Godwin

Circumstances may cause interruptions and delays, but never lose sight of your goal. Prepare yourself in every way you can by increasing your knowledge and adding to your experience, so that you can make the most of opportunity when it occurs.
     - Mario Andretti

So much of our time is preparation, so much is routine, and so much retrospect, that the path of each man's genius contracts itself to a very few hours.
     - Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803 - 1882

The best preparation for a better life next year is a full, complete, harmonious, joyous life this year.
     - Thomas Dreier

Some people are making such thorough preparation for rainy days that they aren't enjoying today's sunshine.
     - William Feather

It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.
     - Mark Twain, 1835 - 1910

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