Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceQuotations · 1 decade ago

What does the quote "the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray" mean?

The quote is by Robert Burns I believe. Can anyone tell me what it means?

8 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    it basically means no matter how well you plan something, always expect the unexpected, in other words, just because you think you've done all you can for something to go right....something can still get messed up (always have a plan B)

  • 4 years ago

    Of Mice And Men Quotes

  • 1 decade ago

    Burns used to be a farmer, and the poem from which the quote comes was written after he ploughed through a mouse's nest out in the winter fields. As the previous correspondent said, you can prepare for everything but the unexpected.

    Source(s): To a Mouse, November 1785
  • 3 years ago

    What you think is so, often is not. Therefore, question what is it you plan for and why. Uncertainty, is usually the reason why. If you live in the now, what else is the future but another now moment, so why plan? On this planet you can plan on it.

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  • 1 decade ago

    In a nutshell it means that it doesn't matter who you are or what you are, even the best thoughtout plans can go bad.

  • 1 decade ago

    No matter how hard you work or make plans than will eventually go astray.

  • 5 years ago


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    1 decade ago

    You can read "To a Mouse", and a nice explication of it, here:

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