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"Announcing your plans is a good way to hear God laugh."
Al Swearengen, Deadwood

Roy: OK, uh, are you going to let me know what it is?
Elan: Of course not, Roy! Everyone knows that plans only work if you keep them a secret first!
Roy: What? That's not true at all!
Elan: Sure it is! If you talk about them and then they happen exactly that way, there's no tension!

John Connor: You know what you have to do!
Mike Nelson: Well of course, but tell me again so that we can have a laugh at how obvious it is.

"And now that I've described The Plan in full, nothing can possibly go wrong."
Red Mage, 8-Bit Theater

"Sometimes a plan is just a list of things that don't happen..."
Tiger, Spinnerette

"It’s too primitive to be a plan," she said, "and if my assumptions about why the Pax wants me are wrong... well, it won't work." The mischievous smile took on a wry twist. "It probably wouldn't work anyway."
I glanced at my wrist. "We have forty-five minutes until we spin down and find out if someone's waiting," I said. "Do you want to share your plan that wouldn’t work?"
The girl began speaking. She did not talk long. When she was finished, the android and I looked at each other. "You're right,"I said to her, "it’s not much of a plan and it wouldn't work."
Aenea's smile did not falter. She took my hand and turned my wrist so that my chronometer was face-up. "We have forty-one minutes," she said. "Come up with a better one."
Endymion, Hyperion Cantos

"These are the ways military strategists are victorious. They cannot be spoken of in advance."
Sun Tzu, The Art of War

"Um..." Hayate began.
"Shhhhhhh!" Amy said, laying a hand on her shoulder. "The Admiral is scheming."
"But, I-"
"Shhhhhhhhh! If she explains the plan, it takes all the magic out of it," Amy said cheerfully. "Trust me, I've worked out the process by this point."

Gilmore: Well, Doctor, are we out of the woods?
The Doctor: Provided everything goes according to my plan.
Rachel: Plan?
Allison: I, er, I don't suppose you could let us know what your plan is?
The Doctor: It's a surprise.
Rachel: Good. I love surprises.
Doctor Who, "Remembrance of the Daleks"

The Doctor: I've got a better idea this time.
Bill: Which is the part you never tell me.
The Doctor: Don't I?
Bill: No.
The Doctor: I probably just get interrupted.
Doctor Who, "The Eaters of Light"

Cecil: Why are you so confident in this plan?
Gwen: I've got secret backup plans, too. I can't reveal them now! They'll only work if they are revealed at a super cool dramatic moment.

Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange): I just looked into our possible futures. There’s 14,000,605 futures where we lose and 1 future where we win.
Chris Pratt (Star Lord): Okay … so you’re going to tell us what happens in that one winning future, right? So we can all do that?
Benedict Cumberbatch: I think it’s best if only I know. So sue me, I wanted to have some value in this movie beyond MacGuffin Storage Device.
Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man): Dude!! If there’s only one precise path to victory amongst millions, then each and every one of our smallest decisions is critical! Fucking share already!
Benedict Cumberbatch: (whistles)
Tom Holland (Spider Man): Right, fuck him.
The Editing Room’s abridged script for Avengers: Infinity War

Iron Man: Tell me this is it.
Doctor Strange: If I tell you what won't happen.

"I dunno... For some reason I feel that when everyone is informed of a plan, it never works..."


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