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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
A bad beginning makes a good ending.  German.  1
A beginner is always a good man.  Martial.  2
A good beginning is half the work.  German.  3
A good beginning makes a bad ending.  4
A good beginning makes a good ending.  5
All beginnings are easy, said the ragpicker.  German.  6
All beginnings are hard, said the thief, and began by stealing an anvil.  Dutch.  7
Begin in time to finish without hurry.  German.  8
Beginning and ending shake hands.  German.  9
Begun is half done.  German.  10
Better not begin than not end.  German.  11
Everything must have a beginning.  French, Italian, Portuguese, German.  12
For a web begun God sends thread.  French, Italian.  13
From small beginnings come great things.  Dutch.  14
Good to begin well, better to end well.  15
He is not done who is beginning.  French.  16
He is half done who has made a beginning.  Horace.  17
He who begins and does not finish loses his labor.  French.  18
He who begins badly ends badly.  Spanish.  19
He who begins much finishes little.  German.  20
If you know the beginning well the end will not trouble you.  Woloffs.—(Africa.)  21
If you wish to reach the highest begin at the lowest.  Publius Syrus.  22
Ill begun ill done.  Dutch.  23
It is better to begin in the evening than not at all.  24
Mischief lurks in the beginning, a good beginning is half the task.  Euripides.  25
No beginnings of things however small are to be neglected because continuance makes them great.  Plutarch.  26
Right beginning makes right ending.  German.  27
So begun, so done.  Dutch.  28
Some think they are done when they are only beginning.  French.  29
The beginning and the end are seldom alike.  German.  30
The beginning and the end extend hands to each other.  German.  31
The beginning hot, the middle lukewarm, the end cold.  German.  32
The beginning is half the whole.  Hesiod.  33
The beginning is no masterpiece.  German.  34
The beginning of excellence is to be free from error.  Quintillian.  35
The beginning of the dollar is the bank shilling.  German.  36
The golden rule in life is “make a beginning.”  37
The merit belongs to the beginner should his successor do even better.  Egyptian.  38
To men who would be fortunate the beginning is everything.  Don Quixote.  39
Well begun is half done.  French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Dutch.  40
What raging rashly is begun, challengeth shame before half done.  41
Who begins amiss ends amiss.  German.  42
Who begins too much accomplishes little.  German.  43
Everything is difficult at first.  Chinese.  44

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