Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare. edit
It currently says:
Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.
- Japanese proverb, as quoted in Civilization's Quotations : Life's Ideal (2002) by Richard Alan Krieger, p. 280.
However, Google Books finds it in THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL - AUGUST 1996 on page 5 of the AFSA NEWS section.
"We are operating on the premise that while vision without action is a daydream, action without vision is a nightmare."
The section is written by Ed Rowell.
Further, when I searched for the original Japanese version I found http://www.academygakuin.com/blog/2015/06/615.html
The author starts by saying:
Translation provided by Google:
This is an interesting saying. English sentences seem to be famous and I often see them. There is "Japanese proverb", but I do not find anything like that even if I examine it in various ways.
Talk:Japanese_proverbs also casts doubt on it being a "Japanese proverb".
I have since found that Soichiro Honda is often given credit. However, no source is ever given.
The earliest occurance of that quote found by Google Books is from 1998.