Time to Change your Plan?

“It is a bad plan that cannot be altered.”

Publilius Syrus(85 BC to 43 BC) was a Latin writer, best known for his Sententiae. He was a Syrian who was brought to Italy as a slave, but by his wit and talent he won the favour of his master, who freed and educated him.

Alternatives include:

  • It is a bad plan that cannot be changed (Malum consilium quod mutari non potest).
  • It is a bad plan, which can not be changed (Malum consilium est, quod mutari non potest).
  • It is a bad plan that admits of no modification.
  • “A plan which cannot be changed is a bad one.” (Malum est consilium, quod mutari non potest) (Gallager, 2009, p.1).

Of course, this quote can be directly linked with another: No Plan Survives Contact With The Enemy.


Gallager, E. (2009) Caesar’s Favorite Aulus Gellius Aphorisms. Available from World Wide Web: https://www.academia.edu/514180/Caesars_Favorite_Aulus_Gellius_Aphorisms. [Accessed: 07 August, 2016].


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