the longest journey begins with a single step

Attributed to Lao-tzu (c 604-c 531 BC), founder of Taoism.

1904 Sayings of Lao Tzu tr. L. Giles 51 A journey of a thousand miles began with a single step.

1947 L. LEE Twisted Mirror x. 87 Willie looked at him with all the solemnity of an old Chinese priest. ‘Even a journey of a thousand miles, my honored superior,’ he intoned, ‘begins with but a single step.’

1983 National Review 29 Apr. 485 Of the 15,000 people treated there.., nearly all smoked marijuana. Which proves nothing. Except that the longest journey begins with a single step.

2001 Washington Times 28 July F9 (Herb & Jamaal comic strip) ‘They say life is a journey... And there’s an old saying: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” My first step was into an abandoned shaft.’

2008 African Business June 22 The agreement..is the first of many steps the continent will have to take if its own Green Revolution is to succeed. The road is long but every journey begins with the first step.


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