„Failing to plan is planning to fail“

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„Failing to plan is planning to fail.“

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—  Condoleezza Rice American Republican politician; U.S. Secretary of State; political scientist 1954
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„Don’t mourn your luck that’s failing now,
work gone wrong, your plans
all proving deceptive — don’t mourn them uselessly.“

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