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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
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He has half the deed done, who has made a beginning.
        Horace.—By Smart, Book I. Epistle 2.
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When the ancients said that a work begun was half done, they meant that we ought to take the utmost pains in every undertaking to make a good beginning.
        Polybius.—V. 32. (Dr. Ramage, Beautiful Thoughts from Greek Authors.)
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The mind must be excited to make a beginning.
        Seneca.
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The true beginning of our end.
        Shakespeare.—Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act V. Scene 1. (Enter Prologue.) A.D. 1600.
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I see the beginning of my end, for I am almost starved.
        Massinger.—The Virgin Martyr, Act III. Scene 3. (A.D. 1622.)
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I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
        St. John.—The Revelation, Chap. xxii. Ver. 13.
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Declaring the end from the beginning, and from the ancient times the things that are not yet done.
        Isaiah, Chap. xlvi. Ver. 10.
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