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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!

HORACE, Epistles

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.

LAO-TZU, Tao Te Ching

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.

JOHN HEYWOOD, Proverbs

A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct.

FRANK HERBERT, Dune

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.

PLATO, The Republic

Ends and beginnings—there 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.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

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 lacking—as when one is in prison, or ill, or stupid, or when living has become a habit—one 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.

JOSÉ SARAMAGO, The Cave

You are full of unshaped dreams
You are laden with beginnings

LOLA RIDGE, "Wind in the Alleys"

The loftiest towers rise from the ground.

CHINESE PROVERB


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