On Preparation

‘A man would do well to carry a pencil in his pocket and write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable and should be secured because they seldom return.’
— Francis Bacon

‘The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.’
— Henri Bergson

‘To every man there comes in his lifetime that special moment when he is figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to him and fitted to his talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds him unprepared or unqualified for the work which could be his finest hour.’
— Winston Churchill

‘The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.’
— Benjamin Disraeli

‘There is a time and a place for creativity.’
— Bill Hewlett

‘As soon as a thought darts, I write it down.’
— Thomas Hobbes

‘Nothing can be created out of nothing.’
— Lucretius

‘Chance favours only the prepared mind.’
— Louis Pasteur

‘Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.’
— Seneca

‘If one is the master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has at the same time, insight into and understanding of many things.’
— Vincent Van Gogh