Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.
LEWIS CARROLL, Alice in Wonderland
It's the job that's never started as takes longest to finish.
J. R. R. TOLKIEN, The Fellowship of the Ring
Who has begun has half done. Have the courage to be wise. Begin!
Every thing must have a beginning ... and that beginning must be linked to something that went before.
MARY SHELLEY, Frankenstein
all these calculations yes explanations yes the whole story from beginning to end yes completely false yes
SAMUEL BECKETT, How It Is
It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.
LEONARDO DA VINCI, Notebooks
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
That which has a beginning will surely have an end.
JOSEPH SMITH, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton
A bad beginning makes a bad ending.
EURIPIDES, Aeolus [fragment]
A hard beginning maketh a good ending.
A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct.
The beginning is always so fine!! But decay soon follows. A degeneration into the tired old situation. The rot sets in ... there is only the beauty of the start!
JHONEN VASQUEZ, Johnny the Homicidal Maniac
The past is but the beginning of a beginning, and all that is or has been is but the twilight of the dawn.
H.G. WELLS, The Discovery of the Future
Things are always at their best in their beginning.
PASCAL, Provincial Letters
In my beginning is my end.
T.S. ELIOT, "East Coker," Four Quartets
- And so we turn the page over
- To think of starting. This is all there is.
JOHN ASHBERY, "Frontispiece"
There is an old saying "well begun is half done"--'tis a bad one. I would use instead--Not begun at all 'til half done.
JOHN KEATS, letter to Benjamin Robert Haydon, May 10-11, 1817
Each day is a new beginning.
MICHAEL DUFF NEWTON, Destiny of Souls
The beginning is the most important part of the work.
- Ends and beginningsthere are no such things.
- There are only middles.
ROBERT FROST, "In the Home Stretch"
The birth of all things is weak and tender; and therefore we should have our eyes intent on beginnings.
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE, Essays
- Things are achieved when they are well begun.
- The perfect archer calls the deer his own
- While yet the shaft is whistling.
GEORGE ELIOT, The Spanish Gypsy
The first beginnings are generally crude.
Well begun is not only half done, but often fully cooked.
AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought
The beginning is the promise of the end.
HENRY WARD BEECHER, Life Thoughts
Every moment is a fresh beginning.
T. S. ELIOT, The Cocktail Party
Great is the art of beginning, but greater the art is of ending.
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW, "Elegiac Verse"
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
CARL BARD, attributed, Your Daily Walk with the Great Minds
The only joy in the world is to begin. It is good to be alive because living is beginning, always, every moment. When this sensation is lackingas when one is in prison, or ill, or stupid, or when living has become a habitone might as well be dead.
CESARE PAVESE, This Business of Living, Nov. 23, 1937
I saw, though too late, the folly of beginning a work before we count the cost, and before we judge rightly of our own strength to go through with it.
DANIEL DEFOE, Robinson Crusoe
The beginning is never the clear, precise end of a thread, the beginning is a long, painfully slow process that requires time and patience in order to find out in which direction it is heading, a process that feels its way along the path ahead like a blind man the beginning is just the beginning, what came before is nigh on worthless.
- You are full of unshaped dreams
- You are laden with beginnings
LOLA RIDGE, "Wind in the Alleys"
The loftiest towers rise from the ground.