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Famous Urban Planning Quotes

Inspiring & Thought Provoking Urban Planning Quotes

Inspiring Urban Planning Quotes

  • Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized.
    --Daniel H. Burnham, architect (1846-1912).

  • Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die.  --Daniel H. Burnham, architect (1846-1912).

  • Have a plan. Follow the plan, and you'll be surprised how successful you can be. Most people don't have a plan.
    That's why it's is easy to beat most folks. --Paul Bryant, football coach, University of Alabama

  • If you can dream it, you can do it. --Walt Disney

  • Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans; it's lovely to be silly at the right moment.
    --Quintus Horatius Flaccus, Roman poet (65-8 BC)

  • When I'm working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem.
    But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong. --Richard Buckminster Fuller

  • A good plan is like a road map: it shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there.
    --H. Stanely Judd

  • Always have a plan, and believe in it. Nothing happens by accident. --Chuck Knox

  • Some men see things as they are and ask, 'Why?' I dream things that never were and ask, 'Why not?'
    --Robert F. Kennedy (paraphrased from George B. Shaw)

  • By far the greatest and most admirable form of wisdom is that needed to plan and beautify cities and human communities. --Socrates

  • The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. --Adlai Stevenson

  • Men only hit what they aim at. Therefore they had better aim at something high. --Henry David Thoreau

  • We know what we are, but know not what we may be. --William Shakepeare, (1564-1616), English playwright

  • Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power. --Hugh White

  • Forewarned, forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory. --Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, author of Don Quixote

  • Begin with the End in mind. --Stephen R. Covey, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

  • The best way to predict the future is to invent it. - Immanuel Kant

  • Plan your work..., then work your plan. - Norman Vincent Peale

  • If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
    -- Henry David Thoreau (1817-62), American writer

  • A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. - Jesus

Thought Provoking Urban Planning Quotes

  • The right to access to every building in the city by private motorcar, in an age when everyone possesses such a vehicle, is actually the right to destroy the city. --Lewis Mumford

  • Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.

  • If a man is a fool, you don't train him out of being a fool by sending him to university. You merely turn him into a trained fool, which is ten times more dangerous.

  • If a policeman must know the Constitution, then why not a planner?
    --William J. Brennan Jr., Supreme Court Justice (1906-1997).

  • Destiny is not a matter of chance; but a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, It is a thing to be achieved. --Williams Jennings Bryan

  • If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people. --Chinese Proverb

  • Those who plan do better than those who do not plan, even should they rarely stick to their plan.
    --Winston Churchill

  • I've often thought that if planners were botanists, zoologists, geologists, and people who know about the earth, we would have much more wisdom in such planning than we have when we leave it to the engineers.
    --William O. Douglas, Supreme Court Justice (1898-1980).

  • Plans are worthless. Planning is essential. --Dwight D. Eisenhower, general and president

  • Today's problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them. --Albert Einstein

  • A thousand policemen directing traffic cannot tell you why you come or where you go. --T.S. Elliott

  • Long range planning works best in the short term. --Euripides, poet (480-406 AD)

  • As for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it.
    --Antoine de Saint Exupery, poet and pilot (1900-1944)

  • The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. --Benjamin Franklin

  • By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. --Benjamin Franklin

  • The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem. --Milton Friedman

  • Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike. --Alexander Hamilton (1755 - 1804)

  • A hundred years after we are gone and forgotten, those who never heard of us will be living with the results of our actions. --Oliver Wendell Homes, U.S. Supreme Court justice

  • Mistakes are the portals of discovery. --James Joyce, writer

  • Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now. --Alan Lakein, writer

  • The possibility that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just. --Abraham Lincoln

  • Poor planning or poor execution of plans is simply to let some force other than reason shape reality.
    --Robert S. McNamara, Secretary of Defense

  • Growth is inevitable. The question is not whether your part of the world is going to change, but how.
    --Edward T. McMahon

  • Do not try to make circumstances fit your plans. Make plans that fit the circumstances.
    --General George Patton (1947)

  • A good plan today is better that a perfect plan tomorrow. --George S. Patton

  • Americans are in the habit of never walking if they can ride.
    – observation in 1798 by Louis Philippe, Duc d'Orleans

  • If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe. --Carl Sagan, scientist and writer

  • The outcome of the city will depend on the race between the automobile and the elevator, and anyone who bets on the elevator is crazy. --Frank Lloyd Wright, architect

  • We shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us. --Winston Churchill

  • A city is more than a place in space, it is a drama in time. -- Patrick Geddes

  • A plan is a list of actions arranged in whatever sequence is thought likely to achieve an objective. --John Argenti

  • We must stop talking about the American dream and start listening to the dreams of Americans.
    - Reubin Askew, former Governor of Florida

  • City planning finds its validation in the intuitive recognition that a burgeoning market society cannot be trusted to produce spontaneously a habitable, sanitary, or even efficient city, much less a beautiful one.
    --Murray Bookchin, The Limits of the City (1986).

  • A plan which succeeds is bold. One which fails is reckless. --General Karl von Clauswitz

  • He who could foresee affairs three days in advance would be rich for thousands of years.  --Chinese Proverb

  • 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

  • Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work. - Peter Drucker

  • If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could better judge what to do, and how to do it. - Abraham Lincoln

Consequences of Failing to Plan

  • The living arrangements American now think of as normal are bankrupting us economically, socially, ecologically and spiritually. - James Howard Kunstler, The Geography of Nowhere (1993)

  • Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. --George Santayana, poet

  • Growth is inevitable and desirable, but destruction of community character is not. The question is not whether your part of the world is going to change. The question is how. - Edward T. McMahon

  • No plan survives contact with the enemy. - Field Marshal Helmuth von Moltke

  • There is a big gap between scientific research and the engineering product which has to be bridged by the art of the engineer. – British Engineer to the Royal Aeronautical Society, 1922.

  • Where there is no vision, the people perish. Proverbs 29:18

  • Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. --Edward Abbey

  • A man who does not plan long ahead will find trouble at his door. --Confucius

  • A land full of places that are not worth caring about may soon be a nation and a way of life that is not worth defending. --James Howard Kunstler, The Geography of Nowhere (1993)

  • Plan for what will be difficult while it is easy. Do what is great while it is small. --Sun Tzu, Chinese General, 400 BC

  • It is not the strongest of the species that survive, not the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change. - --Charles Darwin, scientist

  • Always plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark. --Richard Cushing

Travel Demand Forecasting Quotes

  • Travel demand forecasting is like peeling an onion: you peel off a layer, you cry a little. Then you peel off the next layer, and you cry a bit more. – --Dick Wolsfeld

  • The person who called economics ‘the dismal science’ must have been unaware of travel forecasting.
    – Written in a dismally titled “FTA Procedures and Technical Methods for Transit Project Planning”

  • We may rely too heavily on planning and forecasting and underestimate the importance of random factors.
    That reliance can lead to delusions of control. --Hillel J. Einhorn

  • Prediction is difficult, especially about the future. - Yogi Berra

  • The future isn’t what it used to be. –Yogi Berra (originally Paul Valery)

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