Compiled by Josephine Gross, Ph.D.
There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth:
not going all the way, and not starting.
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today.
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you. No one
told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
So many fail because they don’t get started—they don’t go.
They don’t overcome inertia. They don’t begin.
—W. Clement Stone
What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is
to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.
There is a woman at the beginning of all great things.
—Alphonse de Lamartine
Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.
—F. Scott Fitzgerald
Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish,
but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.
Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward.
They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
You will never win if you never begin.
Before beginning, prepare carefully.
—Marcus Tullius Cicero
Even if man fails again and again to accomplish his
purpose (as he necessarily must until weakness is overcome),
the strength of character gained will be the measure of his true
success, and this will form a new starting point for future power and triumph.
Every day is a fresh beginning,
Every morn is the world made new.
—Sarah Chauncey Woolsey
There is no such thing as a long piece of work,
except one that you dare not start.
He who chooses the beginning of the road chooses
the place it leads to. It is the means that determines the end.
—Harry Emerson Fosdick
The beginnings and endings of all human undertakings are untidy.
No one lives long enough to learn everything they need to learn starting from scratch.
To be successful, we absolutely, positively have to find people who have already
paid the price to learn the things that we need to learn to achieve our goals.
Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.
Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress.
Working together is success.
If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the
capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started
is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks,
and then starting on the first one.
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment
before starting to improve the world.