“No plan survives contact with the enemy.”
“Her forces survive her plans death. Her enemy’s victory is a trap.” General Yuki
Fortunately, that works BOTH ways.
Almost quoting von Moltke? Well…
“It is a bad plan that cannot be changed.”
– Publilius Syrus
“In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless but planning is indispensable.”
– Ike Eisenhower
“It is better to have a bad plan than no plan.”
– Garry Kasparov
Of course, von Moltke meant to express pretty much the same thing: adapt to new information instead of adhering to a fixed strategy.
“Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.” ⚡
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War
“Not too impenetrable, though, lest your officers get lost in them.”
Then you have bad officers! 💀