Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.
He has half the deed done, who has made a beginning. Horace.By Smart, Book I. Epistle 2. 1
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.) 2
The mind must be excited to make a beginning. Seneca. 3
The true beginning of our end. Shakespeare.Midsummer Nights Dream, Act V. Scene 1. (Enter Prologue.) A.D. 1600. 4
I see the beginning of my end, for I am almost starved. Massinger.The Virgin Martyr, Act III. Scene 3. ( A.D. 1622.) 5
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. St. John.The Revelation, Chap. xxii. Ver. 13. 6 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from the ancient times the things that are not yet done. Isaiah, Chap. xlvi. Ver. 10. 7