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the best-laid schemes

Said when something ends poorly or differently than expected, despite preparations for success. It is an abbreviated version of the line, "The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft a-gley" (go astray), from Robert Burns' poem "To a Mouse," which itself is a play on the proverb "the best-laid plans of mice and men oft go astray." I always thought our marriage was stable and that we'd be together forever. I guess it's true what they say, though, the best-laid schemes and all that. A: "I've been working on this project for six months, and now, right before it's due, they tell me they want something completely different." B: "That's rough. The best-laid schemes, I suppose."
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The title of this column is taken from a line in Robert Burns' 1786 poem "To a Mouse" that reads "The best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry.
John Steinbeck took the title of his 1937 novel Of Mice and Men from a line contained in Burns' poem "To a Mouse:" "The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft agley.
But, to quote Robbie Burns, "The best laid schemes o' mice an' men/ Gang aft agley.
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It's a matter of taste" is a sentiment that expresses what many feel about food, art, music and love, but as in all such endeavours, the best laid schemes often go awry; so there must be some agreed-upon standards.
THE best laid schemes of mice and men have come to nought as regards better traffic flow.
As Robert Burns famously wrote 'the best laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft a-gley" It is with this sentiment that I introduce this double issue of Babel, my final as Editor.
No one reminded these alleged public servants of that axiom about the best laid plans of men and mice as in "the best laid schemes o' mice an' men.
From which poem by Robert Burns does the quote The best laid schemes of mice and men gang aft agley come?
From which Robert Burns poem does "The best laid schemes of mice and men gang aft agley" come?
As Robert Burns, born 250 years ago on Sunday, observed: "The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men, Gang aft agley, An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain, For promis'd joy
Conservatives should not pin their hopes on this pattern holding for Obama appointees, but it is nonetheless an observable phenomenon, and it would not be a surprise to see President Obama's best laid schemes gang agley.
The poet Burns, who knew a thing or two about women, also knew how the best laid schemes of mice and men 'gang aft agley'.
And he'll have the opportunity to re-read some Robbie Burns - the best laid schemes of mice and men do sometimes go awry.
The best laid schemes o' mice and men / Gang aft a-gley,'' said Scottish poet Robert Burns.
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