Preparation Quotes

Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.


Life is one long training session in preparation for what will come. Life and death lose their meaning; there are only challenges to be met with joy and overcome with tranquility.

Paulo Coelho

A happy childhood is poor preparation for human contacts.

Sidonie Gabrielle

Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.


Imperfect preparation gives rise to the thousand-fold forms that express physical and mental inferiority and insecurity.

Alfred Adler

The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today

Elbert Hubbard

Thorough preparation makes its own luck.

Joe Poyer

An individual's self-concept is the core of his personality. It affects every aspect of human behavior: the ability to learn, the capacity to grow and change. A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success in life.

Dr. Joyce Brothers

Confidence is preparation. Everything else is beyond your control.

Richard Kline

The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today's work superbly well.

William Osler

Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation, as any painter's or sculptor's work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God's spirit? It is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts.

Florence Nightingale

For one human being to love another human being: that is perhaps the most difficult task that has been entrusted to us, the ultimate task, the final test and proof, the work for which all other work is merely preparation . . . Loving does not at first mean merging, surrendering, and uniting with another person--it is a high inducement for the individual to ripen . . . to become world in himself for the sake of another person; it is a great, demanding claim on him, something that chooses him and calls him to vast distances.

Rainer Maria Rilke

For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of our tasks; the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.

Rainer Maria Rilke

It is only by softening and disguising dead flesh by culinary preparation that it is rendered susceptible of mastication or digestion, and that the sight of its bloody juices and raw horror does not excite intolerable loathing and disgust.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

There is no short cut to achievement. Life requires thorough preparation -- veneer isn't worth anything.

George Washington Carver

Don't waste life in doubts and fears; spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour's duties will be the best preparation for the hours and ages that will follow it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.


Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation.

Robert H. Schuller

No man ever reached to excellence in any one art or profession without having passed through the slow and painful process of study and preparation


Why not seize the pleasure at once, how often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparations.

Jane Austen

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.

John Dewey

Confidence is preparation. Everything else is beyond your control.

Richard Kline

Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.

Oprah Winfrey

Be ready when opportunity comes...Luck is the time when preparation and opportunity meet.

Roy D. Chapin Jr.
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