45 quotes to encourage and inspire your planning

“I always have a quotation for everything. It saves original thinking.” — Dorothy L. Sayers

Funny, right? In addition to making you laugh, quotes are used for a variety of reasons. They uplift. They inspire. They give meaning. They support a feeling, argument or position. They make you smile.

A comforting quote can go a long way in a line of work that is consistently voted among the top five most stressful careers. So, we did some digging and found nearly four dozen quotes to encourage our planning and hospitality comrades.

Food Quotes

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” — Virginia Woolf

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.” ― Oscar Wilde

“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” ― George Bernard Shaw

“Anything is good if it’s made of chocolate.” ― Jo Brand

Planning Quotes

“Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning.” – Thomas Edison

“To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time.” — Leonard Bernstein

“Don’t find fault. Find a remedy.” — Henry Ford

“Planning without action is futile, action without planning is fatal.” – Cornelius Fichtner

“Good plans shape good decisions. That’s why good planning helps to make elusive dreams come true.” – Geoffrey Fisher

“Failing to plan is planning to fail.” — Allen Lakein

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

“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” — Gloria Steinem

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible” — Tony Robbins

“Plans are nothing. Planning is everything.” – Albert Einstein

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.” — Peter F. Drucker

“A man who does not plan long ahead will find trouble at his door.” — Confucius

“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” – George Santayana

“Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.” — Peter Drucker

“A great event manager makes even the host feel like a guest.” — Amit Kalantri

Teamwork Quotes

“Great things in business are never done by one person; they’re done by a team of people.” – Steve Jobs

“Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“The lightning spark of thought generated in the solitary mind awakens its likeness in another mind.” — Thomas Carlyle

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” — Helen Keller

Inspirational Quotes

“The power of imagination makes us infinite.” – John Muir

“So live life with your eyes wide open so you can embrace unexpected moments because you never know when you will be inspired.” – David Tutera

“The most successful event is the one that achieves your goals but exceeds your expectations.” — Unknown

“I begin with an idea, and then it becomes something else.” — Pablo Picasso

“If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” — Steve Jobs

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” — Maya Angelou

“Creativity & innovation is to events, what the heart & soul is to the living” ― Rehan Waris

“There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.” — Douglas H. Everett

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” — Vince Lombardi

“What you need, is an event to remember for a lifetime.” — Rehan Waris

Design Quotes

“Some people look for a beautiful place. Others make a place beautiful.” — Hazrat Inavat Khan

“Good design begins with honesty, asks tough questions, comes from collaboration and from trusting your intuition”. — Freeman Thomas

“Design is intelligence made visible.” — Alina Wheeler

“The function of design is letting design function.” — Micha Commeren

“Design is a formal response to a strategic question.” — Mariona Lopez

Motivational Quotes

“Focus on being productive instead of being busy.” — Tim Ferris

“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” — Vince Lombardi

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible.” – Audrey Hepburn

“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal — a commitment to excellence — that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” — Mario Andretti

“Whatever you do, do it well. Do it so well that when people see you do it they will want to come back and see you do it again and they will want to bring others and show them how well you do what you do.” — Walt Disney

We hope that at least one of these quotes inspires your journey as an event planner, or at least helps brighten your day. If you have a favorite quote of your own, we’d love to hear it.



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