Why are we afraid to start all over again?
41 Getting Started Quotes To Help You Take That First Step
It's an everlasting theme: we take on something and are determined to finally start tomorrow - only to not do it after all.
This gap between wanting and acting seems to be deeply anchored in our human nature, because it has been a topic of discussion for thousands of years: in literature, in popular parlance and in clever speeches and quotes by wise men and women.
But it is not insurmountable either, otherwise Shakespeare would never have written Hamlet, Beethoven would never have composed his 5th symphony and Marie Curie would never have received the Nobel Prizes for Chemistry and Physics.
And to come to something more mundane: Thousands of people wouldn't stop smoking, start running or change their diet every day.
Getting started is the critical point
The critical point between wanting and acting is the beginning, the first step.
As a runner, I know this from experience: once I've put on my running clothes and covered the first hundred meters, then all the indolence and reluctance that I had to fight five minutes ago is already forgotten.
You will certainly experience this over and over again: When you get up in the morning, when cleaning up, while cooking or at work. When the first small step has been taken and the beginning has been made, the spell is broken.
41 wisdom from two and a half millennia
Most people know this intuitively, but it's still a good idea to keep reminding yourself of this fact. For example with one of the 41 quotes from two and a half millennia that I have put together for you below. They are all about starting, acting, and taking responsibility for your own life, in the narrower or broader sense.
I hope you enjoy reading and I would be delighted if you write a comment and add to this list with your favorite quotes to start with!
A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.Laotse
The trouble with the do-gooders is that they don't start with themselves.Attributed to Mark Twain and Thornton Wilder
I can accept failure, everyone fails. But what I can't accept is not to try.Michael Jordan
The best reformers the world has ever seen are those who start with themselves.George Bernard Shaw
Knowing is not enough; one has to apply. It is not enough to want, you have to do it.Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
There is a magic inherent in every beginning.Hermann Hesse
Summer is the time when it's too hot to do what it was too cold to do in winter.Mark Twain
We tire of the work we leave behind, not the work we do.Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
Do not wait. The timing will never be 'just right'.Napoleon Hill
Wanderer, there is no path, the path is created by walking.Antonio Machado
It is more important to do something on a small scale than to talk about it on a large scale.Willy Brandt
Those who do not act will be treated.Rainer Barzel
If you have started something seriously, it is more than half done.Johann Nepomuk Vogl
Carpe Diem! (Use or literally "pick" the day)Horace
You don't have to be great to start. But you have to start to get great.Zig Ziglar
Anyone who knows how to shape their life in order to be happy only has to find the courage to live it.John Irving
You should never say 'too late'. It's never too late in politics either. There is always time for a new beginning.Konrad Adenauer
Courage is at the beginning of action, happiness at the end.Democritus
All things spring from a small beginning.Marcus Tullius Cicero
What good does all sunrise do if we don't get up.Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
It's never too late to become what you could have been.George Eliot
Leave the long preparation, start your life at times!Eduard von Bauernfeld
There is nothing good, unless you do it.Erich Kaestner
Nobody knows what they can do until they try it.Publilius Syrus
One should not fear death, but that one will never begin to live.Marcus Aurelius
Tomorrow is called the day most fasts begin.Gustav Knuth
Everyone wants to make the world a better place, and everyone could do it if they just wanted to start with themselves.Karl Heinrich Waggerl
You can only become famous overnight if you have worked hard during the day.Howard Carpendale
Do not complain what cannot be changed, but change what must be complained.William Shakespeare
If you miss the first buttonhole, you won't be able to get by with buttoning.Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
We are not responsible for what we do, but also for what we don't.Molière
If we don't start over, we cannot hope to move on.Johann Gottfried Seume
In a year you will wish you had started today.Karen Lamb
If you only dream of happiness, you shouldn't be surprised if you overslept it.Ernst German
The route is the goal.Attributed to Confucius
You have to be the change you want to see in the world.Mahatma Gandhi
It is not important how big the first step is, but in which direction it is going.unknown
The words have changed enough, let me finally see action! While you are turning compliments, something useful can happen.Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Those who tackle where others talk first have a head start in life.John F. Kennedy
All of life is an eternal beginning again.Hugo von Hofmannsthal
The beginning is half of the whole.Aristotle
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