“When we mean to build,
We first survey the plot, then draw the model;
And when we see the figure of the house,
Then must we rate the cost of the erection;
Which if we find outweighs ability,
What do we then but draw anew the model
In fewer offices, or at last desist
To build at all.”
(King Henry IV part 2 act 1, sc. 3)
Tips for Use. When you want to encourage planning a venture rather than thoughtlessly diving into it. You can possibly interject part of the quote during a job interview, if the subject of planning comes up at one point or another. In a more prosaic way Benjamin Franklin says, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” On the other hand, as we know, all advice has to be taken with a pinch of salt. As an antidote to the content of this quote we find in Hamlet, “Our wills and fates do so contrary run that our devices still are overthrown. Our thoughts are ours, their ends non of our own.” But we will deal with this quote another time.
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In the play. Lord Bardolph cheers up the rebels by describing how planning is important in any enterprise. He compares planning to the construction of a house.
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