Beginning Quotes

When I first started, I just wanted to work. I wouldn’t necessarily do anything, but I’d pretty much almost do anything at the very beginning.

— Aaron Paul

The more I support with my economic plans the building of a middle class, the quicker they’re going to turn around and say, ‘Hey, we want a bigger say in things.’ So, I knew what I was getting into right at the beginning. It’s the right thing to do.

— Abdullah II of Jordan

Hip-hop went through different stages, from the beginning in the streets of the Bronx, to the whole Tri-State area and then to the rest of the United States and the rest of the world.

— Afrika Bambaataa

It’s striking and unique in London how you know to create this alchemy between the concept, the food, the music, the staff. From the beginning to the end, with all these different elements, it tells a full story that you know very well how to develop and cultivate.

— Alain Ducasse

I started writing in my 20s. I just wanted to write, but I didn’t have anything to write about, so in the beginning, I wrote entertainments – mainly murder mysteries.

— Alan Furst

Enron had already collapsed and filed for bankruptcy protection by the beginning of 2002. But despite complaints from short sellers that corporations had used accounting gimmickry to inflate their profits, many investors thought the crisis at Enron was an isolated case.

— Alex Berenson

The year was 1882. The palace was the Luxembourg Palace: the ball, the Senat Bal, held at the beginning of autumn. It was still warm, and so the garden was used as well. I was the soprano. I was Lilliet Berne.

— Alexander Chee

But naturalists are now beginning to look beyond this, and to see that there must be some other principle regulating the infinitely varied forms of animal life.

— Alfred Russel Wallace

At the beginning of every semester, I ask my graduate students whether there is something I should read that will help me understand their work.

— Alice McDermott

Naturally, my stories are about women – I’m a woman. I don’t know what the term is for men who write mostly about men. I’m not always sure what is meant by ‘feminist.’ In the beginning, I used to say, ‘Well, of course I’m a feminist.’ But if it means that I follow a kind of feminist theory, or know anything about it, then I’m not.

— Alice Munro

Lives’ is one of those books I should really have written when I was younger. It is the classic childhood, adolescence, breakthrough-into-maturity book. Every beginning writer has that material – and after that, you’re not sure what you can do.

— Alice Munro

I did theatre when I was nine, I think. Nine and ten, and that was just the beginning of my whole involvement in acting, my whole interest. I don’t really remember it that well. But it was really fun. I mean, it was exciting just to be on stage in front of an audience. It gives you a different kind of rush.

— Amanda Seyfried

In preparing my thesis, I have had the pleasure of collecting testimonies from colleagues such as Placido Domingo but also from singing teachers and musicologists. The entire course of study has confirmed what I already thought, that the value and meaning of opera singing, at the beginning of the third millennium, remain intact.

— Andrea Bocelli

Anxiety is the beginning of conscience, which is the parent of the soul but is not compatible with innocence.

— Angela Carter

My dad was always taking photos of us at home, and even on set – he’d bring us along and stick us in the photos in the background. It was almost the beginning of acting for me, like, ‘Hey, you go over there and play basketball in the background, and don’t even think about the camera.’

— Ansel Elgort

What does the artist do? He draws connections. He ties the invisible threads between things. He dives into history, be it the history of mankind, the geological history of the Earth or the beginning and end of the manifest cosmos.

— Anselm Kiefer

Ruins, for me, are the beginning. With the debris, you can construct new ideas. They are symbols of a beginning.

— Anselm Kiefer

The British bombing of Caen beginning on D-Day in particular was stupid, counter-productive and above all very close to a war crime.

— Antony Beevor

The time to stop a revolution is at the beginning, not the end.

— Adlai E. Stevenson

At the beginning of the nineteenth century we abandoned tradition, it’s at that point that I intend to renew it because the present is built on the past just as the past was built on the times that went before it.

— Adolf Loos

I think it’s harder for people than it should be. But as more and more of us become carbon neutral and change the patterns in our lives to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem, we are now beginning to see the changes in policy that are needed.

— Al Gore

When I’m putting a story together, I generally know the ending and a couple of the points halfway through, and I’ve got sort of an idea about the beginning, and although I do write the story one sentence at a time, when I’m thinking it up, I’m thinking it up all at once.

— Alan Moore

The point about a great story is that it’s got a beginning, a middle and end.

— Alan Rickman

Everything I hated about L.A. I’m beginning to crave. L.A. is a place where you live behind a gate, you get in a car, your interaction with the public is minimal. I used to hate that.

— Alec Baldwin

The demographic complexity of this country should be reflected not only at the end of the chain, but since the beginning, in order that more of these people can be excited and integrated.

— Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Since the beginning of LearnVest, I’ve never left the office for food.

— Alexa Von Tobel

America is not nearly done. We’re only in the beginning. Who knows who we will be? Who knows… what color we will be? It is all something that, maybe, our descendants – if they survive that long – will see.

— Alice Walker

I started writing as a child. But I didn’t think of myself actually writing until I was in college. And I had gone to Africa as a sophomore or something – no, maybe junior – and wrote a book of poems. And that was my beginning. I published that book.

— Alice Walker

I’m very disappointed in Obama. I was very much in support of him in the beginning, but I cannot support war. I cannot support droning. I cannot support capitulating to the banks.

— Alice Walker

From the beginning, I’ve had to juggle and weigh the silly things people say – and I’ve learnt that they’re meaningless, and they’re mostly inaccurate. So I don’t worry about it, because there’s nothin’ for me to deal with.

— Alicia Keys

Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.

— Andre Gide

3D is quite a lot more advanced in animated movies for live-action movies we’re just taking baby steps, we’re just in the beginning.

— Ang Lee

At the beginning of the 60’s our country called the foreign workers to come to Germany and now they live in our country. We kidded ourselves a while, we said: ‘They won’t stay, sometime they will be gone.’ But this isn’t reality.

— Angela Merkel

The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.

— Anna Quindlen

Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose – not the one you began with perhaps, but one you’ll be glad to remember.

— Anne Sullivan

Throughout history, story telling was at the very beginning of life.

— Anthony Horowitz

The beginning of reform is not so much to equalize property as to train the noble sort of natures not to desire more, and to prevent the lower from getting more.

— Aristotle

You have come to a stage where you almost have to work on yourself. You know, on finding some tranquility with which to respond to these things, because I realize that the biggest risk that many of us run is beginning to get inured to the horrors.

— Arundhati Roy

I’m not a good rapper. For whatever reason, my brain does not work that way. I just do the beginning, like, ‘Yeah, yeah! Ha ha! Woo! What up? Come on! Get at me!’ I’m Captain Hook.

— Adam DeVine

Notwithstanding my present incompetency, I am beginning to translate the New Testament, being extremely anxious to get some parts of Scripture, at least, into an intelligible shape, if for no other purpose than to read, as occasion offers, to the Burmans I meet with.

— Adoniram Judson

I always work the same way, starting from the beginning of the weekend, so I know at the beginning of the race, from all that I have analysed during the practice, whether I will win the race or not.

— Alain Prost

Romeo is the most misunderstood character in literature, I think. He’s hardcore to play because he’s displaying the characteristics of Hamlet at the beginning, and, well, then everything else happens.

— Alan Cumming

What we are only now beginning to fully realize is that in seeking material pleasure too constantly, the capacity for enjoyment or fulfillment decreases and eventually becomes exhausted.

— Alex Campbell

We, in our Province, are beginning to realize and appreciate that our slowness in keeping up with our North American neighbours may well have been a blessing in disguise.

— Alex Campbell

The epic implications of being human end in more than this: We start our lives as if they were momentous stories, with a beginning, a middle and an appropriate end, only to find that they are mostly middles.

— Anatole Broyard

I became CEO at the beginning of the hit on old economy stocks. When something like that occurs in your first six months as a CEO of a more traditional branded firm, it makes for a fast learning curve.

— Andrea Jung

I’ve been very lucky, from the beginning. I’ve found that as long as you’re fundamentally good – as long as you’re not being bad to people – people give you a lot of room to be yourself, because being yourself is being honest. And that’s what people want to see.

— Andrew Mason

The thing should have plot and character, beginning, middle and end. Arouse pity and then have a catharsis. Those were the best principles I was ever taught.

— Anne Rice

I thought The Shining was just absolutely wonderful. Stephen King reaches all kinds of people. In the beginning he was just dismissed out of hand, which was terrible.

— Anne Rice

I do not read the ancient languages, but I am beginning to study Greek.

— Anne Rice

I have not taken my good looks seriously from the beginning. When I would be teased by my friends about my looks, I would just make a self-deprecating remark and let it pass.

— Arjun Rampal

The toughest challenge I faced came right at the beginning of my career with ‘Blood Knot,’ which was trying to convince South African audiences that South African stories also had a place on the stage.

— Athol Fugard

When I talk about the assets, that was at the beginning of the talks. I was president then. I’m not president now. When I said it, this would be a sign of goodwill to begin the talks.

— Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

Death is either an incredible ending to a story or, more often than not if you ask the right questions, it’s the beginning of a story.

— Alex Graves

In the beginning I pushed toward perfection, but it takes time to get to certain places.

— Alexander Wang

I’m in a stage where I feel like I need to retrain my mind, because since the beginning of my career, I’ve been such a fighter and a little hustler and someone who just tried to stay afloat in this business.

— Ali Larter

I had a job, I got ill, I left the job to get better, and while I was getting better, I wrote some stories. I sent them to some publishers and the fifth one who replied said they’d take them. Then they went bankrupt. Then that bankrupt publisher got bought by a bigger firm. Story: in the end is the beginning, and in the beginning is the end.

— Ali Smith

If you are an antichrist, you won’t believe in the bible prophecy from the beginning. Which means, you won’t believe that physical immortality will become possible.

— Alex Chiu

So I had the worst experience at the very beginning, and things have been getting better since.

— Alex Cox

It wasn’t until the movie came out that it all changed for us. Some people say it was the start of Ten Years After, but in another way, it was the beginning of the end.

— Alvin Lee

My father wanted a boy. I was supposed to be called Albert. That was probably the beginning of why things got so complicated, because I wasn’t a boy.

— Anouska Hempel

As a result of World War II, European artists migrated to America, enlarging the scene and diminishing Paris as the center. America was beginning its dominance of the art world with the emergence of the Abstract Expressionists.

— Arne Glimcher

For starters, this country embodies something utterly unique: History’s first democratic empire. Beginning in the post war era, we have used free trade and democracy to create a series of interlocking relationships that end war.

— Armstrong Williams

It came about as follows: over the years when I was involved in dianetics, I wrote the beginnings of many stories. I would get an idea, and then write the beginning, and then never touch it again.

— A. E. van Vogt

It’s nice to know when you’re a part of a story, it’s nice to know at least something about the beginning, middle, and end.

— Aaron Stanford

Anytime I’m at a club or a party, I’m dancing from beginning to end.

— Agnes Bruckner

Usually in stories there are big problems in the beginning or couples are pulling away, there’s a lot of bitterness.

— Amy Ryan

I found a greater identity with my own emotions in the Armenian culture as I grew older, as well as from the beginning, although I didn’t know anything about it.

— Alan Hovhaness

In the beginning, I was searching for myself in my music. My music was for me. I didn’t have the mental room to be conscious of the listener I wrote to save myself.

— Ayumi Hamasaki

I think climbing is less a sport and more a hobby, and as such, I think everybody’s a beginning climber.

— Alex Lowe

Jazz music, as is also the case with the old down-home spirituals, gospel and jubilee songs, jumps, shouts and moans, is essentially an American vernacular or idiomatic modification of musical conventions imported from Europe, beginning back during the time of the early settlers of the original colonies.

— Albert Murray

At the beginning, because the lives of the hostages were at stake, then during this silent period we have taken several measures like not accepting the ultimatum of the terrorists threatening to kill our foreign affairs minister.

— Alberto Fujimori

That’s such a thrill – a story I wrote at the beginning of my career, and it’s still packin’ the house.

— Anne McCaffrey

It’s a play where something went wrong, ‘Cause it’s five hours, twelve minutes long. If you sit there, my friend, From beginning ’til end, Then your bladder better be strong!

— Allan Sherman

Fortunately, historians are now beginning to recognise the historic role of Islam as a liberating force for peoples oppressed by the burdens of unjust social systems.

— Aly Khan

I think from the very beginning with ‘We Are Young,’ there was never any question about where we wanted the song to go and what we wanted it to sound like. And we knew that we wanted it to be big, we wanted it to be booming over the speakers at an arena or something.

— Andrew Dost

In the beginning, everybody that gets to work with me, thinks I’m nice. But three weeks later, they hear a bell ringing. Then they realise I meant everything I said during that first week. It’s not my fault people are not taking me serious from the first moment.

— Andrew Eldritch

The one thing that never changes in America is that the white straight male is born with a promise. Women are not promised very much, and we embody our disappointment from the beginning.

— Anna D. Shapiro

In morals what begins in fear usually ends in wickedness in religion what begins in fear usually ends in fanaticism. Fear, either as a principle or a motive, is the beginning of all evil.

— Anna Jameson

I didn’t build Auntie Anne’s alone. That would have been impossible. From the very beginning, we had a team around us that was exceptional. Our company was successful because of the dedicated people who worked for us.

— Anne F. Beiler

My mom always knew I was going to be an actor because I was a ham from the very beginning, so she would push me toward it, which is really unconventional for Indian families to do.

— Aarti Mann

The history of mankind is confined within a limited period, and from every quarter brings an intimation that human affairs have had a beginning.

— Adam Ferguson

At the beginning of ‘The Hills,’ I couldn’t watch myself because I’m very critical and would pick myself to pieces. But with movies I feel like it’s different because you’re playing a character. So it’s like watching yourself but not watching yourself.

— Audrina Patridge

Film and television are just different. Film is cool because it’s a complete package. You know the beginning, middle, and end. You can plan it out more, which I like. But with television you get a new script every week, so it’s constantly a mystery as to what you’re going to be doing.

— Austin Butler

But the community knew Blade, and everybody but us was shocked at the box office, and subsequently the DVD. That was the beginning of the DVD revolution, and Blade was just like wildfire.

— Avi Arad

From the beginning, the sensation of the marvelous presupposes faith.

— Alejo Carpentier

A lot of the biking sequences in the beginning, like going down the steps and over the ramp, I of course didn’t do any of that stuff. I wish I could have but I didn’t.

— Alex D. Linz

We are only beginning to learn what to say in a photograph. The world we live in is a succession of fleeting moments, any one of which might say something significant.

— Alfred Eisenstaedt

The people of Shishmaref want their community to survive, but they are holding on to their legacy by a very delicate thread indeed. The threat of their land disappearing is only the beginning.

— Amy J. Berg

I think the human race made a big mistake at the beginning of the industrial revolution, we leaped for the mechanical things, people need the use of their hands to feel creative.

— Andre Norton

The difference between ‘lighght’ and another type of poem with more words is that it doesn’t have a reading process. Even a five-word poem has a beginning, middle, and end. A one-word poem doesn’t. You can see it all at once. It’s instant.

— Aram Saroyan

I started with no money. I had to borrow money in the beginning. I’m always a dreamer. I dream and envision what to do, then my wife will help me realize those dreams. I always conceptualize.

— Andrew Gotianun

I’m supposed to be making comics, so I had to do it the best way I knew how, which is what those guys at the beginning of the Twentieth Century were doing.

— Art Spiegelman

She’s Dynamite’ was a 100 years ago, and I recorded that song because the company thought that it was a great song and it was hot. That was the beginning of rock n’ roll, and I guess they thought it would be a BB King version of rock n’ roll.

— B. B. King

From the beginning of my time as Secretary-General, I have sought to advance a practical, action-oriented vision of the U.N. as the voice of the voiceless and the defender of the defenceless.

— Ban Ki-moon

I never really wanted to be an actor. And that was the beginning of it, I began to write things down and eventually became a writer on a television show.

— Barry Levinson

In the beginning, I found it hard to give my songs away, but now I’ve realised it’s exciting, and it’s only making me better.

— Bebe Rexha

The love-bite, it is the beginning. You will be irresistible.

— Bela Lugosi

The stress on the financial system in the fall of 2007 was significant, but not so significant as to threaten the overall stability of the U.S. economy, although it did lead to the beginning of a recession at the end of 2007.

— Ben Bernanke

I believe that things are always going to work out, even if in the beginning it doesn’t look like they are working out. I know in the long run they are going to work out, and it’s going to be fine.

— Ben Carson

If the United States had maintained its spending under Ronald Reagan, it is possible that the attacks of 9/11 – presaged by Islamic terror attacks on multiple American targets beginning with the first bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993 – would have been stopped.

— Ben Shapiro

Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over gain, and you will grow stronger until have accomplished a purpose – not the one you began with perhaps, but one you’ll be glad to remember.

— Ben Stein

I should have no objection to go over the same life from its beginning to the end: requesting only the advantage authors have, of correcting in a second edition the faults of the first.

— Benjamin Franklin

From the beginning, the HIV/AIDS pandemic has presented very difficult challenges.

— Bernie Sanders

Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.

— Bertrand Russell

I think when Kevin Nash put himself on the booking committee and then gave me my first loss, that was beginning of the end.

— Bill Goldberg

At the beginning of each week at ‘Saturday Night Live,’ we have a full cast meeting where Lorne Michaels introduces the upcoming host.

— Bill Hader

Women’s sports is still in its infancy. The beginning of women’s sports in the United States started in 1972, with the passage of Title 9 for girls to finally get athletic scholarships.

— Billie Jean King

A lot of my poems either have historical sequences or other kinds of chronological grids where I’m locating myself in time. I like to feel oriented, and I like to orient the reader at the beginning of a poem.

— Billy Collins

My poems tend to have rhetorical structures what I mean by that is they tend to have a beginning, a middle, and an end. There tends to be an opening, as if you were reading the opening chapter of a novel. They sound like I’m initiating something, or I’m making a move.

— Billy Collins

Poems, for me, begin as a social engagement. I want to establish a kind of sociability or even hospitality at the beginning of a poem. The title and the first few lines are a kind of welcome mat where I am inviting the reader inside.

— Billy Collins

In the beginning, though, I have to admit that I did have a chip on my shoulder. I did want to prove everyone wrong. But after I went through the process and came out the other side, it wasn’t about anyone else.

— Billy Corgan

Nobody is denying we should investigate and do what we can to prevent gun crime in our cities and towns. But, we should not scapegoat the American gun owner for complicated, cultural problems we are just beginning to understand.

— Bob Barr

I don’t think this is the end of Oprah, it’s only the beginning. I have a feeling that she’ll probably have her own station, and continue to do what she does.

— Bonnie Hunt

Stations were built at intervals averaging fifteen miles apart. A rider’s route covered three stations, with an exchange of horses at each, so that he was expected at the beginning to cover close to forty-five miles – a good ride when one must average fifteen miles an hour.

— Buffalo Bill

From the beginning, I imagined I would have a long work life.

— Bruce Springsteen

I’ve done commercial work for Amtrak. However, that was branded as Stanton. I stipulated at the very beginning that it was not going to involve ‘Humans of New York,’ that I wasn’t going to promote it on ‘Humans of New York.’ So nobody who follows me really even knows that I did it.

— Brandon Stanton

I always say that my favorite people to interview are the people who are at the beginning and the ends of their lives because they have two alternate perspectives of the world, and neither of them are less profound.

— Brandon Stanton

I will fight in the United States Senate this year to fund a servicing mission to Hubble by 2008, a mission that would potentially increase Hubble’s power and efficiency by a factor of 10 and allow us to look back almost to the beginning of the universe.

— Barbara Mikulski

Steve and I saw eye to eye on the story and I got the part, but I think in the beginning it was due to my brother’s instigation. So I owe him for that.

— Beau Bridges

Sometimes you’re gonna write a song and it’s not gonna be right from the beginning. And you’re just gonna have to work through that wall. But if you know something is there, you’ve gotta just keep doing it until you get it right. So, I’ll work on a song for three months if I have to, to get it right.

— Benny Blanco

Every revolution seems impossible at the beginning, and after it happens, it was inevitable.

— Bill Ayers

You know, in the beginning when your first payroll comes up and you have to borrow money to meet the payroll, you lose sleep the night before, and you say to yourself real fast, ‘Well, maybe I should keep working a couple more years. It’s sobering.

— Bill Kurtis

But at the beginning, our definition of the genocide was what happened to Armenia in 1917 or 1919, it’s happened to the Jew in Europe, and we were not realizing – In our point of view, they have not the tools to do a genocide.

— Boutros Boutros-Ghali

Think about it for a brief moment. Suspend disbelief. Wind the clock forward 100 years. Do you think, as a species, we will still be struggling with the things that vex us today? Will we still be arguing about the same stuff? We will still be eating Cocoa Puffs? We are at the end of the beginning.

— Brad Feld

If the crisis lasts moments, rapid action is critical. But if it’s simply the beginning of a broader issue, especially one where the root cause isn’t known yet, the worst thing a leader can do is act immediately.

— Brad Feld

Less really is more. It’s a tendency of beginning writers to want to prove what they’re talking about by going too far with description. I think you’ve got to keep it short, crisp and clean.

— Brad Thor

We’ve been working with Paul Bettner and the Playful team since the beginning of Oculus. Paul was one of, I think, seven $5,000 Kickstarter backers.

— Brendan Iribe

You want a story? Read ‘Gone With the Wind’. These aren’t stories. They’re joke books. The whole thing of a beginning, a middle and an end has been done to death.

— Brian P. Cleary

Since the time of St. Jerome, it was mandatory for any kind of scholar or thinker to spend time out in the desert in solitude. It’s no coincidence that the desert has been a major part of the visionary or mystical experience from the beginning of time.

— Bill Viola

I was fine being in the closet at the beginning of my career because that’s what you were supposed to be – until I realized that it didn’t serve anybody, and I was left feeling utterly empty. This is who I am, so I’ve gotta be me.

— Billy Porter

In the beginning of my career, I wanted to be chased by girls more than anything – that’s why I got the guitar. By the time we were in ABBA, the music was the only important thing.

— Bjorn Ulvaeus

Most were beginning to feel they had learned enough to last for the rest of their lives. They remained mathematicians, but largely went their own way.

— Benoit Mandelbrot

I know at the beginning of our careers, my wife and I were gut wrenchingly competitive.

— Barry Mann

Let me announce, with all the strength at my command, that I am not a terrorist and I never was, expect perhaps in the beginning of my revolutionary career. And I am convinced that we cannot gain anything through those methods.

— Bhagat Singh

My experience of fiction was, in the beginning, so exploratory. I wasn’t sitting down to a desk at Yaddo with a month, thinking I have to have a draft of a novel.

— Bill Clegg

Indians were here first – it’s about time. We’re way behind the African Americans and Hispanic Americans in getting politically involved, but we’re beginning to take a page out of their notebook.

— Ben Nighthorse Campbell

In the very beginning we were a real tight family but now it’s different. You know, toward the end, we had separate limos, stuff like that. It’s hard to get six giant egos in the same place.

— Bill Kreutzmann

As a matter of policy from the beginning with our team, there have been three things we’ve said we won’t draft a player: if they’ve been involved in domestic violence, drug abuse, or if they show lack of respect for authority.

— Bob McNair

I think that it can be said of a lot of artists, and myself included, that we made the same record over and over from the beginning.

— Boz Scaggs

We begin to die as soon as we are born, and the end is linked to the beginning.

— Bret Harte

My idea right from the beginning, I guess, was to dismantle the immune system one gene at a time so we could track the mutations that cause problems.

— Bruce Beutler

But whatever the ramifications, whatever turns the path takes, the beginning is always there, in a particular moment, a particular point of access.

— Barry Unsworth

At the very beginning, I was a page at Letterman, and I freelanced for any place that would let me write any word. I wanted to do this so badly. Then when I got a tiny bit of success, I was petrified that I was going to lose it.

— Ben Schwartz

In a pre-YouTube world, and in the beginning of the YouTube world, it was more personality-based and centered around very simple content.

— Benny Fine

Even in the very beginning when she would bump into George Valentine and people would start taking pictures of her, she never thought, ‘I’m with George Valentine. I need to get a picture with him.’ She’s like ‘oh that’s funny. Everyone’s taking pictures!’

— Berenice Bejo

From the beginning, I wanted to make dance music with a human element to it.

— Beth Orton

She is also brought to a point of zero in the beginning of the story, and I think you can say that about a lot of my films in that they are often about people who are brought to the point of zero in the beginning of the film.

— Bille August

It was actually Peter’s idea that I should make the film. He called me in the very beginning, and I hadn’t even read the book. So I read it and I liked it very much and I knew I’d certainly like to do it.

— Bille August

From the beginning, we were prepared, we know how we would shoot and cut the two versions.

— Bille August

Our personal networks, although often small at the beginning, can still be the best place to start when we want to get a job that makes a difference or take our ideas to the next level.

— Billy Parish

I think sketch writing is a good spot for everyone to start because it requires you to develop characters, have a beginning, middle and end and have a bunch of jokes in a short amount of time.

— Blake Anderson

In the beginning, the media was calling me a bad boy all the time because of the way I act and feel onstage. None of them have ever taken the time to get to know me when I climb offstage.

— Bobby Brown

We have been helping, trying to help Afghanistan in many ways, even from the beginning of… the beginnings of the ’20s, 1920s, when he we were fighting our own national struggle.

— Bulent Ecevit

If you’re sitting in that audience ready to fight me from the very beginning, I’m going to have a hard time getting to you. But if you’ve got a heart at all, I’m going to get it.

— Betty Carter

Words have power. Words created this universe… Everything started with the Word. The Bible says, ‘In the beginning was the word.’ In the same way, your words have creative power.

— Bo Sanchez

From the beginning, we promised folks that they’ll see whatever event we cover in its entirety, from gavel to gavel – whether it’s the House of Representatives or the Senate. That’s the whole reason for being.

— Brian Lamb

I haven’t deliberately set out to play the blonde bombshell in my movies. In fact, it’s probably been quite the opposite. After the success of The Mask, I wasn’t offered all that many blonde bombshell parts, to be honest. I think people believed from the beginning that I could actually walk and talk at the same time.

— Cameron Diaz

Because most of my career in the classroom has been at art schools (beginning at Bennington in the 1970s), I am hyper-aware of the often grotesque disconnect between commentary on the arts and the actual practice or production of the arts.

— Camille Paglia

I started radio in 1950 on the Lone Ranger radio program, a dramatic show that emanated from Detroit when I was 18 years old and just beginning college. I did that for a couple of years.

— Casey Kasem

I don’t keep an ongoing dribble of updates of my day, but I tell little compartmentalized stories every day on Snapchat. I use it much more like making a movie than maintaining a diary. When people watch my 60-second clips, there’s a beginning, middle, and end.

— Casey Neistat

I guess what really made me a Dodgers fan from the beginning was that the team had Jackie Robinson, the first ‘Negro’ in the major leagues.

— Cheech Marin

My grandmother, who passed away at the beginning of November, had a core adage in her life that ‘life is not about what happens to you but about what you do with what happens to you.’ She recently had been cajoling me and challenging me to do more with my life. To lead more of a purposefully public life.

— Chelsea Clinton

What we have seen of recent American action in the Pacific, the bombing of Tokyo and the engagements in the Coral Sea, off Midway Island and at Dutch Harbour, has been sufficient indication that America is beginning to discharge her supremely important duty in the Pacific.

— Chiang Kai-shek

When the British came to Ibo land, for instance, at the beginning of the 20th century, and defeated the men in pitched battles in different places, and set up their administrations, the men surrendered. And it was the women who led the first revolt.

— Chinua Achebe

Here’s what I know about political campaigns: no matter what you map out at the beginning, it’s always different at the end.

— Chris Christie

I like the feeling of making things. It’s very very rewarding. And filmmaking is that type of experience, where you’re forced to collaborate with so many people. You’re involved in the beginning to end, you’re involved with so many elements, and when it’s done, you’re like, ‘I made this movie.’

— Chris Evans

I think that, in the beginning, you think, ‘I want to be the biggest movie star in the world.’ And then, with the more movies you make, you are like, ‘I don’t know if I want to be that anymore. I think what I am looking for is something different.’ I like acting, but a lot of times, stardom comes with a lot of strings attached.

— Chris Evans

While the liberal media elite depict the bowler as a chubby guy with a comb-over and polyester pants, the reality is that bowling is one of the most tech-heavy sports today. Robotic pinsetters and computerized scoring were just the beginning.

— Chris Hardwick

In the beginning of my career, I read an article about the reason that men always look five years younger than women is because they shave.

— Christie Brinkley

I am optimistic. But I also know that, with time, I’m beginning to fight issues of aging as well as long-term paralysis.

— Christopher Reeve

If you start in the pit of despair with these profane, awful things, even a glimmer of hope or awareness is going to occur that’s much brighter coming from this dark, awful beginning.

— Chuck Palahniuk

Death is not just the end, it’s the beginning.

— Clarence Clemons

As iconic a band as Metallica has become, I think sometimes we forget just how raw they were in the beginning of their career, and to a 15-year-old kid like me, it was just shattering. I mean, it was beyond.

— Corey Taylor

We need to have a better balance between a deliberate strategy and staying open. Because in the end, most of us end up being successful in a career that we never imagined we would be in at the beginning.

— Clayton Christensen

I don’t write drafts. I write from the beginning to the end, and when it’s finished, it’s done.

— Clifford Geertz

At fifty, that is in 1880, I formulated the idea of unity, without being able to render it. At sixty, I am beginning to see the possibility of rendering it.

— Camille Pissarro

It’s always hard to deal with injuries mentally, but I like to think about it as a new beginning. I can’t change what happened, so the focus needs to go toward healing and coming back stronger than before.

— Carli Lloyd

Like the sand and the oyster, it’s a creative irritant. In each poem, I’m trying to reveal a truth, so it can’t have a fictional beginning.

— Carol Ann Duffy

Every new president flatters himself that he, kinder and gentler, is beginning the world anew. Yet, when Barack Obama in his inaugural address reached out to Muslims by saying, ‘To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect,’ his formulation was needlessly defensive and apologetic.

— Charles Krauthammer

Close To The Edge,’ we actually had played it from beginning to end before we recorded it in the studio. So we knew how long it was, and we knew it would fit on the album fine, so we didn’t do any editing.

— Chris Squire

I found myself at the beginning of ‘Mad Men,’ because I wasn’t a sample size, spending an exorbitant amount of money on a nice dress that I would never wear again because someone would say – ‘Christina Hendricks wore this dress twice.’

— Christina Hendricks

Chocolat’ was a sort of statement of my own childhood, recognizing I experienced something from the end of the colonial era and the beginning of independence as I was a child that really made me aware of things I never forgot – a sort of childhood that made me different when I was a student in France.

— Claire Denis

I’ve been on this kick reading about the beginning of forensic science: autopsies, fingerprinting, psychological profiling. I’ve been reading a lot of books about forensic anthropology.

— Caitlin Kittredge

In the beginning of Roomba, we all took turns answering the support line. Once, a woman called and explained that her robot had a defective motor. I said, ‘Send it back. We’ll send you a new one.’ She said, ‘No – I’m not sending you Rosie.’

— Colin Angle

There have been so many photographers and editors who mentored me over the years. At the very beginning, the person who taught me the most was Arthur Elgort. I always loved working with him. We traveled a lot together.

— Christy Turlington

I’ve played ‘The Wizard of Oz’ for my kids, but by today’s standards, it seems really long. I don’t know if there’s enough action in it for them. And there’s the whole black-and-white sequence in the beginning where she’s on a farm. It takes a while to get to the colored part, and then it gets more exciting, and things start to happen.

— Corin Tucker

It’s like a jigsaw, there’s a piece of the puzzle at the beginning and it’s the only one and of course it had a lot to do with the way you look. And then you have to have the time to add pieces of the jigsaw.

— Carole Bouquet

I was lucky enough to be able to do comedies, dramas, completely different parts. At the beginning, when you start you have a fantasy that you could be somebody else. Which is absurd. That’s part of being an actor. It’s your voice, it’s the way you move, it’s your body, even if you transform it, you play with it.

— Carole Bouquet

A lot of the songs are written on piano or guitar, so I contribute, and I have done so since the beginning. So it’s been good to be involved completely musically as well.

— Caroline Corr

I don’t believe complete assimilation is possible, at least not for anyone who has an active, open mind. Every step, every entry into the flows of existence can be seen as a beginning, a commencement of a brand new way of seeing oneself in the world. This is the case for everyone.

— Chang-Rae Lee

The X-Files’ from the beginning was a very visual show, and with Bob Mandel directing the pilot and Dan Sackheim being involved in the production of the pilot and directing the first episode, they brought a visual style to it that was elaborated on by so many good directors.

— Chris Carter

The X-Files’ was a hard sell because people didn’t know what it was. The network didn’t understand what it was that they were buying, and at the beginning, they wanted us to have closure. They wanted us to put the cuffs on the bad guy at the end of each episode.

— Chris Carter

I’m beginning to think that you should only be allowed to serve two terms, before madness sets in.

— Chris Lowe

Just being a girl coming from YouTube, I know what it’s like to have a very humble, simple beginning. It would be kinda crazy for my fans if I made it huge in that way and became the next big thing. I wanna be able to do it for them and say, ‘Look, this is what you’ve done for me.’

— Christina Grimmie

Well, you know, I don’t think anyone who writes a television series has a master plan from the beginning, and knows all the character traits, and everything that’s going to happen.

— Charlie Day

I’ve been singing with Roomful of Teeth since the beginning in 2009, and it’s a really mind-blowingly wonderful vocal ensemble. Very brave and very creative, and they’re some of my closest friends.

— Caroline Shaw

At the beginning it wasn’t to do with the work, it was more the experience.

— Charlotte Gainsbourg

Musically, swing pretty much dominated in the ’30s. And into the late ’30s, swing is beginning to change over to bebop in the early ’40s, which is exactly when this new science of theoretical physics, particularly theoretical atomic physics, was really coming to the fore.

— Chris Eigeman

My first show was ‘No Exit.’ You couldn’t find a more pretentious beginning, but it also instilled some sense of quality.

— Chris Eigeman

Young people don’t want to be second to anyone. Everyone wants to be an overnight star. Look how many years I had to wait, how many roads I had to travel, how many songs I had to sing. And now I’m just beginning, never ending.

— Compay Segundo

I am still simple, just as if I were beginning.

— Compay Segundo

Yes, it’s a prequel. It tells the story about how the girls were born with superpowers, but they weren’t necessarily heroes at the beginning of this movie, so the movie is about the events that happen in their life to make them decide to be heroes.

— Craig McCracken

I’m so busy right now, it’s the beginning of the hockey season for my kids.

— Curtis Joseph

The thing about being black and having a different accent, in the beginning, is that it makes you foreign.

— C. C. H. Pounder

I didn’t fall into the category of the ‘classic Bond girl.’ I had short hair – and no Bond girl before me ever had. They put me in a wig at the beginning of the film, and then had my character cut her hair to pretend to be someone else. That was to explain why my hair was short.

— Carey Lowell

I know the songs that Sly wrote still have the meaning for those that are living today that weren’t even around when we started playing before, in the beginning. His lyrics, to me, if you listen to them, they can form a lifestyle that will leave you a happier person, a better person on this planet. It’s just lyrics to live by.

— Cynthia Robinson

Unfortunately, there’s still a lot of beginning writers who think you can just write your first draft and hand it in.

— Chevy Stevens

I’d love to do a film. I’d love to play a character that I know the beginning, middle and end of.

— Cassidy Freeman

All my shoes are named after poisonous flowers, so since the beginning I’ve had the idea of doing something with danger in it.

— Chloe Gosselin

It was a pleasure to work with Destiny’s Child in the beginning of their career. Working in the studio with Beyonce was a lot of fun. She’s an extremely hard worker, perfectionist, and a talented writer.

— Chris Stokes

My father told me ‘Name your price in the beginning. If it ever gets more expensive than the price you name, get out of there.’

— Dave Chappelle

Cause when you’re sequencing a record, you want the listener to stick with it from beginning to end, and in order to do that, you really have to map out the journey from the first song to the last.

— Dave Grohl

In the beginning, there was silence. And out of the silence came the sound. The sound is not here.

— Daniel Barenboim

We should remember that saying ‘I love you’ is only a beginning. We need to say it, we need to mean it, and most importantly we need consistently to show it. We need to both express and demonstrate love.

— David A. Bednar

Receiving the authority of the priesthood by the laying on of hands is an important beginning, but it is not enough. Ordination confers authority, but righteousness is required to act with power as we strive to lift souls, to teach and testify, to bless and counsel, and to advance the work of salvation.

— David A. Bednar

We should remember that bearing a heartfelt testimony is only a beginning. We need to bear testimony, we need to mean it, and most importantly we need consistently to live it. We need to both declare and live our testimonies.

— David A. Bednar

I think I’ve always been afraid of painting, really. Right from the beginning. All my paintings are about painting without a painter. Like a kind of mechanical form of painting.

— Damien Hirst

In a story, you have to have a theme and an angle, you have to have a beginning, middle and an end. You have to have a defining moment and kick it to death. You gotta be able to recognize that, by the way. It probably takes experience.

— Dan Jenkins

Actors want to impress at the beginning, so you take advantage of that by suddenly saying, ‘Right, you’re here for two weeks.’ What you’re doing is creating a siege mentality.

— Danny Boyle

My son Barry, of course, has been on from the beginning. And his son Shane is playing now a med student regularly on the show. And at one point or another, I’ve had all four of his kids on the show.

— Dick Van Dyke

From the beginning, this has been a faith-based ministry.

— David Wilkerson

I’d like to think my performance is today. I never try to – it’s so, as you know, watching me, I have a beginning, middle and ending. But every night the show changes and I relate to an audience and I relate to the young people.

— Don Rickles

Humanity’s legacy of stories and storytelling is the most precious we have. All wisdom is in our stories and songs. A story is how we construct our experiences. At the very simplest, it can be: ‘He/she was born, lived, died.’ Probably that is the template of our stories – a beginning, middle, and end. This structure is in our minds.

— Doris Lessing

I always hated Tony Blair, from the beginning.

— Doris Lessing

I was a ‘Warcraft’ player myself, and when I pitched my take on the film, they said right away, ‘That is a player. That is the game.’ So I’ve had their support from the very beginning.

— Duncan Jones

I started doing ’30 Rock’ and started writing ‘Mystery Team’ at the beginning of that. While I was doing ‘Mystery Team,’ I started practicing stand-up. While I was doing stand up, I got ‘Community.’ It’s like I planted trees six years ago, and now they have fruit.

— Donald Glover

We own the economy. We own the beginning of the turnaround and we want to make sure that we continue that pace of recovery, not go back to the policies of the past under the Bush administration that put us in the ditch in the first place.

— Debbie Wasserman Schultz

At the beginning of the week, when we do our game planning, we look at the opponent and all the unique things they do.

— Dan Quinn

I have more energy at the end than I do at the beginning. You can be so beat up that you can scarcely walk on stage but when you get to the piano the excitement kicks in, you forget about being tired.

— Dave Brubeck

I wasn’t very good as a puppet. A lot of times in a movie, you need a really good puppeteer: you’re sort of a puppet, and you’re doing what you can. But I always, from the beginning, was kind of making up my own stuff from stand-up and sort of directing myself, so I wasn’t very good in movies where I didn’t have control.

— Dana Carvey

I watched the night unfold from beginning to end on my own here in my flat in Budapest where I’ve been working for the last six months, and when it was announced that Barack Obama was indeed president-elect, I wept.

— David Harewood

Since the beginning, Native Peoples lived a life of being in harmony with all that surrounds us.

— Dennis Banks

I look for two things when I am about to launch into a book. First, there has to be a dramatic arc to the story itself that will carry me, and the reader, from beginning to end. Second, the story has to weave through larger themes that can illuminate the world of the subject.

— David Maraniss

If you feel like the beginning of your history is rooted in slavery, that really, I think, messes with your sense of self, your self-esteem, and your self-worth.

— David Oyelowo

I was a paper boy, beginning the summer between my fourth-grade and fifth-grade years.

— David Boies

I get involved in the beginning, less in the middle, and very much at the end.

— Diane Sawyer

I had already been approached to do modeling, but in the beginning, I didn’t want to hear of it. Then, after two months of delivering pizza, I changed my mind, and I presented myself at the agency.

— Dylan Penn

The Iraq War marked the beginning of the end of network news coverage. Viewers saw the juxtaposition of the embedded correspondents reporting the war as it was actually unfolding and the jaundiced, biased, negative coverage of these same events in the network newsrooms.

— Dick Morris

Sound had always been my portal to poetry, but in the beginning, sound was imagined through the eye.

— Donald Hall

I put out this record on Ninja Tune called ‘Florida’ when I was about 22. And at the same time, I was DJ’ing and beginning to mix stuff up and promote shows in Philadelphia and New York and my own parties and make mixtapes, put out bootleg white labels.

— Diplo

Essence is something I always enjoy, because I love New Orleans. Since they brought it back to New Orleans, it’s a special place to me. We been doing it since the beginning. We did it when it was in Houston, but there’s nothing like New Orleans.

— Doug E. Fresh

It’s better to think of life as a proper journey with a beginning and an end. Maybe, I can settle for being immortalised on screen.

— Douglas Booth

I’ve enjoyed being a part of something from the beginning, when we were still finding our footing.

— Douglas Wilson

The voice doesn’t take a lot of effort now, but in the beginning it was hard to try to find a voice. The one I settled on was just easier to do for a half-hour.

— Dan Castellaneta

Certainly, 3rd acts of any movie are hard. It’s always hard to have something that will give you the promises from the beginning of the movie. That’s true for all movies.

— Drew Goddard

We’ve always idealized youth and then destroyed youth. That has happened since the beginning of time, and I’m fascinated by why we do that.

— Drew Goddard

Everybody’s under God’s planet, and God is the Almighty, the Beginning, the End, the Alpha, the Omega. He’s Big Daddy. He gives out these little soldiers and sons and angels and saints to help everybody else get through to him. I’m not the ‘Jesus-only or you’re going to Hell’ kind of guy.

— Duane Chapman

I had to do this very aggressive, big score in a very short time, and knowing that in the beginning, middle, and end would be this very, very famous theme, but I still had to weave a score around it and make it work as a score was really challenging.

— Danny Elfman

In the beginning there was nothing and God said ‘Let there be light’, and there was still nothing but everybody could see it.

— Dave Thomas

With Whitesnake it would have been inappropriate for me to have played Deep Purple songs, although I did at the beginning because I didn’t have enough Whitesnake songs.

— David Coverdale

To understand the universe in the state that it began in, the so-called Big Bang, we need laws of physics that work better than our current set of rules and procedures, which break down when we try to push them back to the beginning.

— David Gross

I had been an independent entrepreneur from the beginning, and I felt I could do it myself. I didn’t want to get a job.

— David L. Wolper

That’s right, fall in one pit and start over from the beginning! Well, thankfully my buddies practically tied me to my chair until I put in extra lives and I’m glad they did.

— David Crane

If the universe is running down like a clock, the clock must have been wound up at a date which we could name if we knew it. The world, if it is to have an end in time, must have had a beginning in time.

— Dean Inge

From beginning to end it’s about keeping the energy and the intensity of the story and not doing too much and not doing too little, but just enough so people stay interested and stay involved in the characters.

— Deborah Cox

At the beginning, Lincoln was so inexperienced he had reverence for military expertise, not realizing that there wasn’t any military expertise, that the most anybody had commanded up to that point had been somebody, some troops in the Mexican War, and it had been years ago.

— David Herbert Donald

For thirty years, beginning with the invention of a privacy right in the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, the Left has been waging a systematic assault on the constitutional foundation of the nation.

— David Horowitz

Life is extremely resilient once it takes hold, but it requires rich chemistry, large energy sources, and stability, right from the beginning. The comparative planetology of our solar system makes it seem like those initial conditions are hard to come by.

— Dimitar Sasselov

Since the beginning, the people of the college and I have agreed that the music of MerleFest is ‘traditional plus.’

— Doc Watson

Beginning runners come in all shapes, sizes and pre-existing conditions, so there’s no magic formula for determining exactly how much basic running is needed before you start speedwork. Most experts, though, recommend three or four months of preparation.

— Don Kardong

Largely in the beginning, I did a lot of extra work because I was lighter than all the other guys. I was at a massive disadvantage, so I had to put on weight. I started with eating. I had to really focus on my diet.

— David Robinson

I don’t like my parents I never will. I didn’t cry at either of their funerals. I haven’t missed them for five seconds. I didn’t – you know, our characters were so at odds with one another right from the beginning. But I do understand them now as human beings, with the understanding of an adult.

— David Small

It’s funny, one of my most solid carpet moments happened in the very beginning, before I started thinking that I needed all these other people to do my hair and makeup, and pick out my clothes. I wore a cheetah sweater and a red hat, and it’s one of my favorite looks, even still.

— Dawn Olivieri

First and foremost, I consider myself a storyteller. And I’m endlessly fascinated with people, with what they do and why… and how they feel about it. Which means I’m interested in romance fiction. I was drawn to it, as both a reader and a writer, at the very beginning of my career. It’s my kind of storytelling.

— Debbie Macomber

Right at the beginning, I didn’t know if Miffy was a boy or girl.

— Dick Bruna

We are beginning to wonder whether a servant girl hasn’t the best of it after all. She knows how the salad tastes without the dressing, and she knows how life’s lived before it gets to the parlor door.

— Djuna Barnes

Jazz to me is a living music. It’s a music that since its beginning has expressed the feelings, the dreams, hopes, of the people.

— Dexter Gordon

One of the great things about a TV series is that it’s different to a movie – in a movie you obviously know the beginning, the middle and the end of what you’re going to do. With a TV series it’s unfolding, and you’re discovering with every episode.

— Dylan Walsh

I began to be impressed by what made a good book-how you needed to have a sensible story, a plot that developed, with a beginning, a middle, and an end that would tie everything together.

— Dorothy Fields

I have ideas all of the time from the beginning, but they never really wind up turning out like I thought they would.

— Danger Mouse

While I was doing ‘Desperate Housewives,’ I actually watched it from the beginning.

— Daniela Bobadilla

The centerpiece of ‘Law and Order’ is the crime, and it starts with the writing. There’s a beginning, a middle and an end. It allows the audience to watch any given episode and can drop right in and not feel lost. I think the stark, raw structure has a lot to do with its longevity.

— Danny Pino

The beginning of Book Three is the last one that I drew, where V’s conducting the 1812 overture.

— David Lloyd

A film has a beginning, middle, and an end. There is a certain amount of time that you have to embody these people. You know the entire story arch. But on TV, you have to let your guard down. You don’t know how long the show is going to last. There is this excitement that comes with developing a character long-term.

— DJ Qualls

The integration of exponentially growing technologies is beginning to empower the patient, enable the doctor, enhance wellness and begin to cure the well before they get sick.

— Daniel Kraft

Directing is a very long process, and I have to be in love with it if I want to give up two years of my life and live with it from beginning to end!

— Danielle Harris

Getting hurt and watching Tom Brady take over and beginning what’s been just a spectacular run of his, and to come back and play in the AFC Championship Game against the Steelers in Pittsburgh, and help us win that game, is a memory that stands out very clearly.

— Drew Bledsoe

Writing a TV show is totally different than writing features, or just, what I started doing is writing features. You write a little bit more organically. You start from the beginning to the end, beginning, middle and end.

— David Labrava

On Capitol Hill, House Republicans have been doing our part. We’ve been hard at work developing policies that will help empower all Americans. We’re beginning to see results. We reduced taxes for everyone.

— Dennis Hastert

The key to understanding my career is that I was never into technology. From the beginning, I brought an outsider’s point of view, which is why I write for a layman’s publication.

— David Pogue

Audiences know exactly what’s coming and they know from the beginning of the movie that everything’s going to be OK and there will be high jinks that will get you from the beginning to the end, and eventually all the misunderstandings will be worked out and everyone will be in love.

— Dana Fox

I don’t plot the books out ahead of time, I don’t plan them. I don’t begin at the beginning and end at the end. I don’t work with an outline and I don’t work in a straight line.

— Diana Gabaldon

One Hundred Years of Solitude’ is a masterpiece because it is an episodic novel that has a rigorous form – an unprecedented combination. From the very beginning we know the town of Macondo will endure only a century, so there is a limit to the length of the narrative.

— Edmund White

From the very beginning, I always tried to make dialogue flow comfortably I always did that to make it seem more authentic.

— Eddie Murphy

From the very beginning, I had an ambition for ‘The Luminaries’: a direction – but not a real idea.

— Eleanor Catton

As a director, you have to know what actors are doing. You’re the one telling them what to do. The actors’ job is to come prepared to the set, but sometimes, if they’re beginning actors or people who are non-actors, you have to teach them how to act.

— Eli Roth

There is no doubt: the study of man is just beginning, at the same time that his end is in sight.

— Elias Canetti

There is a difference between a book of two hundred pages from the very beginning, and a book of two hundred pages which is the result of an original eight hundred pages. The six hundred are there. Only you don’t see them.

— Elie Wiesel

Peace in the Middle East has been on the Obama administration’s mind from the beginning. Two days after his inauguration, the president traveled to the State Department to announce the appointment of George Mitchell as his Middle East peace negotiator.

— Elliott Abrams

When I see a white piece of paper, I feel I’ve got to draw. And drawing, for me, is the beginning of everything.

— Ellsworth Kelly

From the beginning, I wanted to live my own life, and patiently I shored up that desire against wind and tide.

— Ella Maillart

In the beginning there was nothing. God said, ‘Let there be light!’ And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better.

— Ellen DeGeneres

If you think back to the beginning of cell phones, laptops or really any new technology, it’s always expensive.

— Elon Musk

Well, I’m a huge fan of Ryan Adams, who’s from North Carolina. And he’s beginning to break really quite big.

— Elton John

Since the beginning, it was just the same. The only difference, the crowds are bigger now.

— Elvis Presley

That all who have ever been born men from the beginning of creation, and are deceased, are either in heaven or in hell, follows from those things which have been said and shown in the preceding article, namely, that Heaven and Hell are from the human race.

— Emanuel Swedenborg

In the Christian world… it is believed that angels were created at the beginning, and that heaven was formed of them and that the Devil or Satan was an angel of light, who, becoming rebellions, was cast down with his crew, and that this was the origin of hell.

— Emanuel Swedenborg

From the beginning, I knew intuitively that if nothing else, music was safe, and that nobody could tell me anything about it. Music didn’t need a middleman, whereas all the other things in school needed some kind of explanation.

— Eric Clapton

As you know, in most areas of science, there are long periods of beginning before we really make progress.

— Eric Kandel

My parents were not born in Vienna, but they had spent much of their lives there, having each come to the city at the beginning of World War I when they were still very young.

— Eric Kandel

Before my teen years, I was losing my hearing pretty quickly, and I was getting very, very angry. I was beginning to become an angry person because of that.

— Evelyn Glennie

When Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak created Apple computer in a garage in Palo Alto, it heralded the beginning of the PC revolution that ultimately dealt a death-blow to dozens of older companies.

— Eric Ries

When you head on out to the Moon, in very short order, and you get a chance to look back at the Earth, that horizon slowly curves around in upon himself, and all of sudden you’re looking at something that is very strange, but yet is very, very familiar, because you’re beginning to see the Earth evolve.

— Eugene Cernan

For a true writer, each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed.

— Ernest Hemingway

Since the beginning, a woman’s first and most important role has been ushering into mortality spirit sons and daughters of our Father in Heaven.

— Ezra Taft Benson

We are eternal beings. We lived as intelligent spirits before this mortal life. We are now living part of eternity. Our mortal birth was not the beginning death, which faces all of us, is not the end.

— Ezra Taft Benson

The Lord clearly defined the roles of providing for and rearing a righteous posterity. In the beginning, Adam, not Eve, was instructed to earn the bread by the sweat of his brow.

— Ezra Taft Benson

It seems odd that at the beginning of the Internet, everyone decided everything should stick around forever.

— Evan Spiegel

In the beginning, God placed a woman in a companion role with the priesthood.

— Ezra Taft Benson

I have been a bit of a reluctant actress since the get-go, since the beginning of ‘Lost.’

— Evangeline Lilly

There are signs that the Arab states are beginning to realize that a nuclear-armed Iran would be a threat to the entire region, and not just to Israel.

— Edgar Bronfman, Sr.

After Leaving Las Vegas I did assume that things would get a lot easier than they’ve been. But it’s just been a mirror of the way my career’s been from the beginning, so for it to have changed would have been strange. My career has never been perfect.

— Elisabeth Shue

Almost six years ago, before I was given the incredible opportunity to be in ‘Leaving Las Vegas,’ I was going through a long period of artistic confusion. I’d spent years doing work that hadn’t pushed me enough, and I was beginning to wonder if I had any talent.

— Elisabeth Shue

Man is an endangered species,’ announces one of the titles at the beginning of the sci-fi lump ‘Battlefield Earth.’ And after about 20 minutes of this amateurish picture, extinction doesn’t seem like such a bad idea.

— Elvis Mitchell

Whom do you feel sorrier for: the cast of ‘Boat Trip’ or their children? Remember, kids can be very cruel – and this latest ‘get Cuba Gooding Jr. career counseling fast’ project is a misfire from beginning to end.

— Elvis Mitchell

Intimacies between women often go backwards, beginning in revelations and ending in small talk.

— Elizabeth Bowen

You get to a certain point in your life where you get closer to the end of your life than the beginning, and it colors your life, in a way.

— Emmylou Harris

Somewhere after you have few successful films, there is a fear of losing what you have got. It is very easy in the beginning, as you are a risk taker, have nothing to lose, and there is no perception about you.

— Emraan Hashmi

I mean, look, Nancy Pelosi said in the very beginning this is going to be the most open, honest and ethical Congress in history. And what we’re seeing is she’s breaking that promise every day.

— Eric Cantor

I think most of my career has been built on conviction and the personality to carry that image or stride confidently on the catwalk. That was my beginning and, hopefully, my legacy.

— Erin O’Connor

In the beginning, I tried to be a more cosmopolitan writer, but I realized that I was a country boy, and I had to deal with things I knew about and where I came from.

— Ernest Gaines

I have thoroughly gone through the subject of the Incarnation and if it served you, could at any time give you the history from the beginning of the controversies on this subject, and of its present form.

— Edward Irving

Cage’s Music of Changes was a further indication that the arts in general were beginning to consciously deal with the ‘given’ material and, to varying degrees, liberating them from the inherited, functional concepts of control.

— Earle Brown

Today is either the beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning. Today we are making history.

— Eckhard Pfeiffer

As my other obligations are beginning to take an inordinate amount of time, I have asked to step down as WMG’s board chairman, effective January 31, 2012. However, I will remain a director of the company and in that way, continue my association with Warner Music and its extraordinary people.

— Edgar Bronfman, Jr.

For 11 years, I was mayor of Tirana, our capital. We faced many challenges. Art was part of the answer, and my name, in the very beginning, was linked with two things: demolition of illegal constructions in order to get public space back, and use of colors in order to revive the hope that had been lost in my city.

— Edi Rama

Aware that his disappointment has its source in a defective education, he looks with anxiety on his other daughters, whose minds, like lovely buds, are beginning to open. Where shall he find a genial soil in which he may place them to expand?

— Emma Willard

If E.B. White were writing in 2013, would there be a ‘Charlotte’s Web’ trailer and an @SomePig Twitter account? I doubt it. Yet, in a way, he’d be missing out because I’m beginning to think that some of this noise is worth making – and some of it is worth hearing, too.

— Ellen Potter

Oh, she just happened to be a friend of the producer’s. Or, oh, they’ve been trying to get her from the beginning and she just had a spot open up. There are always little loopholes, so I don’t take anything personally anymore.

— Ellen Muth

Television is a lot of fun. It’s faster-paced. The schedule is really desirable, I guess. But as far as films go, and I’ve only done a couple film is like a definitive beginning, middle and end. You know your character’s arch.

— Eric Dane

In the beginning, there were Real Programmers.

— Eric S. Raymond

Linux evolved in a completely different way. From nearly the beginning, it was rather casually hacked on by huge numbers of volunteers coordinating only through the Internet.

— Eric S. Raymond

After ‘Divergent,’ I got a job rewriting a sci-fi script at Paramount. I think they really liked what I did, so I got a call saying, ‘We’re about to shoot ‘Ninja Turtles’ in three or four months do you wanna come in and do a little work on the script?’ That was the beginning of a many-month ‘Ninja Turtle’ odyssey.

— Evan Daugherty

It’s one thing to be talented, but the other thing is connections – with agents, with people that’s what makes a difference, and from the beginning, I’ve had wonderful representation.

— Elizabeth Wilson

The great thing about a trilogy is that it feels like you’ve got a beginning, a middle, and an end.

— Emma Thomas

From the beginning of the Radiation Laboratory, I have had the rare good fortune of being in the center of a group of men of high ability, enthusiastic and completely devoted to scientific pursuits.

— Ernest Lawrence

I’m beginning to get pigeonholed as the girl who plays the crazies and weirdoes – and that’s not the entirety of who I am. Hopefully, the whole point of being in this profession is that you change into anyone you want to be.

— Fairuza Balk

One lifetime is never enough to accomplish one’s horticultural goals. If a garden is a site for the imagination, how can we be very far from the beginning?

— Francis Cabot Lowell

There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory.

— Francis Drake

I am beginning to have more powerful enemies and more envious ones, too.

— Francisco Goya

Obviously, I’m at the beginning of my career, contrary to what anyone else thinks. I’m 19 years old. In any other country, everywhere else, you’re a prospect. And that’s what I am right now in Europe. I’m a prospect. I’m not a seasoned veteran.

— Freddy Adu

In the end, the railroads made America and nanotech will make the 21st century, and that is the end of the story. The beginning of the story and the end of the story.

— Felix Dennis

Film and television are so piecemeal. You do one scene, and then you put it to bed, and then you do a scene that comes before. In a play, you have to go from beginning to end every night, and that’s harder, but also more fulfilling in a way.

— Finn Wittrock

You know, I’ve always thought that it would be really funny if somebody made a romantic comedy where absolutely everything went well from beginning to end.

— Fiona Apple

A lot of times, in the beginning of my career, I put pressure on myself just because I wanted to perform so well. I just wanted to be perfect.

— Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

At the beginning of my career I was going through a really weird phase of dressing in boys clothes. I would only wear one American Apparel T-shirt and shorts and brogues the whole year round. Not the same T-shirt, obviously, but one style of American Apparel T-shirt. I think I was going through a tomboy stage.

— Florence Welch

So never lose an opportunity of urging a practical beginning, however small, for it is wonderful how often in such matters the mustard-seed germinates and roots itself.

— Florence Nightingale

If the EPA continues unabated, jobs will be shipped to China and India as energy costs skyrocket. Most of the media attention has focused on the EPA’s efforts to regulate climate-change emissions, but that is just the beginning.

— Fred Upton

We find ourselves in a difficult situation in Europe. There’s a crisis, weak growth, unemployment… my duty is to ensure that by the end of my mandate France is in a better state than it was at the beginning.

— Francois Hollande

I won’t wait until the end of my term to say I made mistakes at the beginning. That’s too late. I will try to adopt the proper behaviour, if the French give me the chance, right from the start.

— Francois Hollande

Beginning in 1973 and then acts in ’77, ’78, 1980, 1994 and then into the 21st century in the international arena, governments have steadily gotten out of the transportation business.

— Frederick W. Smith

Being in the European Union has its advantages, and I think that is what the British are beginning to understand, what those who are tempted by the Brexit are going to reflect upon.

— Francois Hollande

When we dream alone it is only a dream, but when many dream together it is the beginning of a new reality.

— Friedensreich Hundertwasser

To put down an ideogram of a table so that people will recognize it as a table is not the work of a painter, but to sense it for a moment as a magic carpet with a leg hanging down at each corner is the beginning of a painter’s imagination.

— Frank Auerbach

To suspect your own mortality is to know the beginning of terror, to learn irrefutably that you are mortal is to know the end of terror.

— Frank Herbert

More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginning of all wars – yes, an end to this brutal, inhuman and thoroughly impractical method of settling the differences between governments.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

Idleness is the beginning of all vice, the crown of all virtues.

— Franz Kafka

I wrote most of these songs right before the end. A lot of these songs are about that. Even if it’s not direct, you can feel the beginning of the end of the breakup in these songs.

— Gene Ween

Years ago, as I was beginning my professional career on Wall Street, I volunteered as a Big Brother in New York City.

— Gerald Chertavian

I’ve been listening to a lot of Hollies stuff lately, and it’s beginning to sound pretty good to me.

— Graham Nash

When you do something unusual, the audience doesn’t 100 percent know what you’re up to in the beginning. And if you’re doing a character comedy, they haven’t learned the characters yet.

— Greg Daniels

I would encourage people that, if you are waiting for the end of ‘The Office,’ to re-tune in right away. It is the beginning of the end, where we start to break down what’s going on with this documentary and see behind the scenes with who is involved.

— Greg Daniels

We’re all going to eventually, even in the developed world, going to have to lose everything that we love. When you’re beginning to rot a little bit, all of the videos crammed into your head, all of the extensions that extend your various powers, are going to being to seem a little secondary.

— Gregory Stock

Watching a movie from beginning to end is like reading, because even though what you see are images, they are telling you a story.

— Guillermo Cabrera Infante

That is what I define as a novel: something that has a beginning, a middle and an end, with characters and a plot that sustain interest from the first sentence to the last. But that is not what I do at all.

— Guillermo Cabrera Infante

I think it was when I was nineteen, by that time the Jewish laws were already in force and the split was beginning to come about which isolated the Jewish culture.

— Gyorgy Ligeti

In the beginning, when I was doing my shows, I was incorporating a lot of Spanish, just trying to be a Latino comic instead of just a comic. Now I try to make the show as broad as possible… I don’t want to alienate people. I want to make it so everybody can follow along and everybody can relate.

— Gabriel Iglesias

I talk in subjects and verbs, and sort of wind around in concentric circles until I get far enough away from the beginning so that I can call it the end, and it ends.

— Garrison Keillor

The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending, then having the two as close together as possible.

— George Burns

Playing live is such a total visceral experience, and really, as a musician, you’re trained from the beginning to be a live performer.

— Geddy Lee

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.

— George Bernard Shaw

My depression at the end of Wham! was because I was beginning to realise I was gay, not bi.

— George Michael

If you go all the way back, I’ve always written science-fiction, I’ve always written fantasy, I’ve always written horror stories and monster stories, right from the beginning of my career. I’ve always moved back and forth between the genres. I don’t really recognise that there’s a significant difference between them in some senses.

— George R. R. Martin

In the beginning, I wanted to be successful. I wanted to make and have hit records.

— George Strait

In the beginning, I wanted to be successful. I wanted to make and have hit records. And I wanted everything that went along with it.

— George Strait

In the beginning, you know, everyone told me, ‘Your eyes are too small, the nose is too big, you can never be on a magazine cover.’ But, you know what? The big nose is coming with a big personality.

— Gisele Bundchen

If women are supposed to be less rational and more emotional at the beginning of our menstrual cycle when the female hormone is at its lowest level, then why isn’t it logical to say that, in those few days, women behave the most like the way men behave all month long?

— Gloria Steinem

In time, she learned to develop her own opinion of the people that she worked for, and she got stronger. Think she’s now much stronger. In the beginning she wanted to believe she was strong but sometimes she faltered.

— Gillian Anderson

Some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle and end.

— Gilda Radner

A vegetable garden in the beginning looks so promising and then after all little by little it grows nothing but vegetables, nothing, nothing but vegetables.

— Gertrude Stein

Spiritual beings, either from the beginning or soon thereafter, become what they are to be for ever and ever.

— Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

It can have its effect only through the intervention of God, inasmuch as in the ideas of God a monad rightly demands that God, in regulating the rest from the beginning of things, should have regard to itself.

— Gottfried Leibniz

I believe that the profits will come from the quality of your creative products. Since the beginning, I’ve always wanted to develop a self-feeding circle of creative productions: the positive financial returns from one show would be used to develop and create a new show, and so on.

— Guy Laliberte

I have had a Twitter account since the very beginning but have never used it: I haven’t tweeted anything, and I haven’t followed anyone.

— George Dyson

In 2005, I had one more year of college left, and I was taking a summer class in Barbados. I got discovered in the airport on my way back and started modeling at the beginning of my senior year at Bucknell.

— Garrett Neff

Losing streaks are funny. If you lose at the beginning you got off to a bad start. If you lose in the middle of the season, you’re in a slump. If you lose at the end, you’re choking.

— Gene Mauch

We have been so trying to convince them from the very beginning of our organization, but with no success.

— George Haven Putnam

If ‘Mystery Train’ is my Nixon book and ‘Lipstick Traces’ my Reagan book, ‘Invisible Republic’ is my Bill Clinton book. I really liked Clinton. He made me proud to be part of this country again. For all of his failings, the way he put all that he’d done in jeopardy, I supported him from beginning to end.

— Greil Marcus

In the marathon a crazy athlete can just keep pushing from the beginning, at a championship you don’t need a time just to win the race.

— Haile Gebrselassie

When I had no shoes I was comfortable – I used to run barefoot. When I wore shoes it was difficult. To run in shoes was ok, but at the beginning of my career it was hard.

— Haile Gebrselassie

I think that all research scientists think of themselves as belonging to a grand tradition, building on work that has been worked on since the very beginning of science itself. Whereas I’m not sure writers think of themselves in the same way.

— Hanya Yanagihara

The art of dancing stands at the source of all the arts that express themselves first in the human person. The art of building, or architecture, is the beginning of all the arts that lie outside the person and in the end they unite.

— Havelock Ellis

At the present day the crude theory of the sexual impulse held on one side, and the ignorant rejection of theory altogether on the other side, are beginning to be seen as both alike unjustified.

— Havelock Ellis

Digitization is certainly challenging the old ways of doing things, whether that’s in publishing or politics. But it’s not the end. In many ways, it is just the beginning.

— Heather Brooke

As New Zealanders, we’ve been in on the United Nations from the very beginning, played a role in the drafting of the charter – it means a lot to us that those processes are followed.

— Helen Clark

I still suffer terribly from stage fright. I get sick with fear. Not every night, but at the beginning and on occasion – not necessarily when I’m expecting it. You just have to cope with it – take it on the chin and work through it, trying to use the adrenalin to perform.

— Helen Mirren

The most important thing is to bring people with Parkinson’s into our world and for the public to have a real understanding of it, as they’re beginning to have with autism.

— Helen Mirren

When we make the cerebral state the beginning of an action, and in no sense the condition of a perception, we place the perceived images of things outside the image of our body, and thus replace perception within the things themselves.

— Henri Bergson

Prayer is the beginning and the end, the source and the fruit, the core and the content, the basis and the goal of all peacemaking.

— Henri Nouwen

Accept everything about yourself – I mean everything, You are you and that is the beginning and the end – no apologies, no regrets.

— Henry Kissinger

In the beginning was the Word. Man acts it out. He is the act, not the actor.

— Henry Miller

My first Grammy wasn’t even in a jazz category, but of course I was really excited. ‘Rockit’ was the beginning of kind of a new era for the whole hip-hop movement.

— Herbie Hancock

There were various turning points, but the main one at the beginning was that I was going off to do another degree in the history of art. I would have ended up as some art historian at Sotheby’s or something.

— Hugh Grant

I have a confession to make. In the beginning, I did not understand the Kate Moss phenomenon.

— Hamish Bowles

Following graduation from Amherst, a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship enabled me to test the depth of my interest in literary scholarship by beginning graduate studies at Harvard University.

— Harold E. Varmus

I want to do nothing chic, I want to have ideas before beginning a piece.

— Georges Bizet

We all remember how, at the beginning of the sulphonamide era, it was repeatedly observed that fresh cases of gonorrhoea in men responded best to sulphonamide treatment when suppuration had already occurred for several days, and not at the first appearance of the disease.

— Gerhard Domagk

Performing on stage is what I’ve done since I was a kid and it’s where the passion that has started from the very beginning for me, and that’s what I’m going to enjoy.

— Haley Reinhart

You asked what is the secret of a really good sketch. And it is a sketch is a small play. It’s got a beginning, and a middle and an end. It should have a plot it should have the characters, conflict. It is a little play. And in it, will be funny stuff.

— Harvey Korman

In the very beginning whenever Mia Hamm or Brandi Chastain would call for the ball, I’d just give it to them immediately because it was them and I was nervous.

— Heather O’Reilly

My scientific pursuits have led to many opportunities and responsibilities beyond those of simply doing research. For example, as a beginning graduate student, it never occurred to me that the life of a scientist could involve so much travel, something that I have always loved.

— H. Robert Horvitz

I revise a lot while I’m drafting, often going back to the beginning again and again to revise because I’ve changed massive things about the story. By the time I get to the end of a first draft, I’ve been through the beginning lots of times.

— Holly Black

Specifically, we talked about making the character of the prince not so charming, at least in the beginning, and I’m playing around with the preconceptions attached to a character. That’s really what intrigued me as well because I thought it would be fun to do it.

— Hugh Dancy

We were very fortunate to be in YouTube in the very beginning. There wasn’t a lot of content on there, so we were pretty easy to find on YouTube. That was really helpful in growing our channel.

— Ian Hecox

Just as appetite comes by eating, so work brings inspiration, if inspiration is not discernible at the beginning.

— Igor Stravinsky

I’m just beginning to develop callouses on my fingers, because I haven’t played a lot.

— Ike Turner

My first novel was turned down by half a dozen publishers. And even after having published five or six books, I wasn’t making enough money to live on, and was beginning to think I’d have to give up the dream of being a full-time writer.

— Ian Rankin

Right from the very beginning, I knew I wanted to write palpably Scottish fiction.

— Ian Rankin

But at the beginning it was clear to me that concrete poetry was peculiarly suited for using in public settings. This was my idea, but of course I never really much got the chance to do it.

— Ian Hamilton Finlay

Martyrdom does not end something, it only a beginning.

— Indira Gandhi

A lot of technologies in the world were unusual in the beginning, and became standard. That’s the beauty of bottom-up entrepreneurship and innovations.

— Iqbal Quadir

It took, for me, a long time to develop this idea of what to do on the radio. But from the beginning of my time in radio, I had pretty non-traditional tasks.

— Ira Glass

I come up with a blurb at the beginning, but the book will always be completely different by the time it’s finished. They say, ‘Where’s the book you were going to write?’ And I say, ‘Forget about it. It doesn’t exist.’

— Irvine Welsh

In the beginning of the year 1665, I found the method of approximating series and the rule for reducing any dignity of any binomial into such a series.

— Isaac Newton

In the beginning I just wanted to survive. For the first three years, we made zero revenue. I remember many times when I was trying to pay up, the restaurant owner would say, ‘Your bill was paid.’ And there would be a note saying, ‘Mr. Ma, I’m your customer on the Alibaba platform. I made a lot of money, and I know you don’t, so I paid the bill.’

— Jack Ma

The first thing I do in the morning is prepare fresh juice. I have 15 different recipes, which I drink for 15 days consecutively. Then I repeat the recipes from the beginning for the next 15 days of the month. My juices include fruit, vegetables, leafy greens, and even grains.

— Izabel Goulart

I don’t know if you ever say to yourself that you want to be an actress. It eventually becomes a social function – you are an actress and you make a living out of it, but at the beginning it’s more a matter of how to survive, or how to exist in a certain way.

— Isabelle Huppert

Tens of thousands have been killed or wounded by the Israeli army since 1967. During 2006, the number of Palestinians killed reached 650. Since the beginning of the Israeli occupation in 1967, more than 650,000 Palestinians have been detained by Israel – about 40% of the male population.

— Ismail Haniyeh

I’m gradually beginning to feel that we Chinese need to be controlled. If we’re not being controlled, we’ll just do what we want.

— Jackie Chan

From the beginning I thought about working with the body in movement, the space between the body and clothes. I wanted the clothes to move when people moved. The clothes are also for people to dance or laugh.

— Issey Miyake

Abstract painting is abstract. It confronts you. There was a reviewer a while back who wrote that my pictures didn’t have any beginning or any end. He didn’t mean it as a compliment, but it was.

— Jackson Pollock

My stories are full of facts they have a beginning and an end. For that reason, they will never… occupy a place in contemporary literature.

— Italo Calvino

In 2006, the Congress had approved plans to allow the Fed, beginning in 2011, to pay interest on banks’ reserve balances. In the fall of 2008, the Congress moved up the effective date of this authority to October 2008.

— Janet Yellen

I spent a good part of the nineties roaming the Earth writing about conflict. It was very grueling. I was beginning to find this way of life was, wow, addictive and deeply meaningful.

— Janine di Giovanni

Posttraumatic stress is something that’s always existed. I think that the earliest recording was during the Trojan War, but it’s only recently that we’re beginning to be aware of it.

— Janine di Giovanni

I was forced to be an artist and a CEO from the beginning, so I was forced to be like a businessman because when I was trying to get a record deal, it was so hard to get a record deal on my own that it was either give up or create my own company.

— Jay-Z

The Beatles created something that never trailed off. What a gift that was to their fans. If you’re into the Beatles, you loved them from beginning to end.

— Jerry Seinfeld

At the beginning and at the end of love, the two lovers are embarrassed to find themselves alone.

— Jean de la Bruyere

In genetic epistemology, as in developmental psychology, too, there is never an absolute beginning.

— Jean Piaget

Because we spent so much time in the States in the beginning, we weren’t able to do so much in England. It was slower catching up. And we didn’t have radio here like what was called underground radio over there. So we got these little slots on the BBC.

— Jimmy Page

And, behold, I come quickly and my reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

— Jesus Christ

The end is the beginning of all things, Suppressed and hidden, Awaiting to be released through the rhythm Of pain and pleasure.

— Jiddu Krishnamurti

My parents told me in the very beginning as a young child when I raised the question about segregation and racial discrimination, they told me not to get in the way, not to get in trouble, not to make any noise.

— John Lewis

An end of something means the beginning of something else, and I don’t think that something else is going to be the death of the manned space program.

— John Glenn

Africa and its people are the most written about and the least understood of all of the world’s people. This condition started in the 15th and the 16th centuries with the beginning of the slave trade system. The Europeans not only colonialized most of the world, they began to colonialize information about the world and its people.

— John Henrik Clarke

Fear not that thy life shall come to an end, but rather that it shall never have a beginning.

— John Henry Newman

We are beginning to see that money, after all, is not the main thing. The real values cannot be bought and sold.

— John Burroughs

Growth is the great separator between those who succeed and those who do not. When I see a person beginning to separate themselves from the pack, it’s almost always due to personal growth.

— John C. Maxwell

When you go into the theatre and the lights dim, you want to entertain people from beginning to end. You want them to be swept up in your story, on the edge of their seats, unable to wait to see what happens next, be blown away and afterwards just go, ‘Wow!’

— John Lasseter

I was wearing black clothes almost from the beginning. I feel comfortable in black. I felt like black looked good onstage, that it was attractive, so I started wearing it all the time.

— Johnny Cash

The Beginning of Survival is my best album. I am very proud of it, and I am surprised at it, too. I thought some of Travelogue was a little heavy, but I don’t think this is heavy.

— Joni Mitchell

Beginning with adolescence, my political formation was oriented in the ideological direction of Marxism. It was natural, being that my thinking was influenced by an atmosphere of active critical resistance. That was the way it was during all of the dictatorship and up to the Revolution of 1974.

— Jose Saramago

I was very confused in the beginning about my red carpet appearances and wanted to try every look, be it grungy, girly, punk or bohemian.

— Jacqueline Fernandez

Every game, and almost every life situation, has short cuts: ways you can get better without learning the entire literature of the game from beginning to end.

— James Altucher

There is a short window at the beginning of one’s professional life, when it is comparatively easy to take big risks. Make the most of that time, before circumstances make you risk averse.

— Joshua Foer

As far as I am concerned, the first episode of Buffy was the beginning of my career. It was the first time I told a story from start to finish the way I wanted.

— Joss Whedon

I used to write chronologically when I started, from beginning to end. Eventually I went, ‘That’s absurd my heart is in this one scene, therefore I must follow it.’

— Joss Whedon

I always rewrite the very beginning of a novel. I rewrite the beginning as I write the ending, so I may spend part of morning writing the ending, the last 100 pages approximately, and then part of the morning revising the beginning. So the style of the novel has a consistency.

— Joyce Carol Oates

I got out of the Army – in my world – I came to New York, for instance, when the civil rights movement was just beginning, and that created a certain energy, a certain rumble, a certain impetus for black actors.

— James Earl Jones

It’s the demand of all demands to do a car chase that’s unique because there are so many… really since the beginning of film, even in the silent era, ‘The Keystone Cops.’

— James Gray

I feel old and vulnerable. I now realise that I knew nothing and know nothing, but back when my career was beginning, I thought I was a man when, in fact, I was a dewy-eyed boy who’d not seen an avocado or eaten a tomato.

— James Nesbitt

I’m far from being a consummate artist. I mean, this is just my first album, and the work is very new. I’m just beginning, and I’m certainly not worthy of demigod status. There’s absolutely no danger of me reaching that.

— Jeff Buckley

A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order.

— Jean-Luc Godard

The mind of the polyglot is a very particular thing, and scientists are only beginning to look closely at how acquiring a second language influences learning, behavior and the very structure of the brain itself.

— Jeffrey Kluger

I’ve been writing lullabies since the beginning. I kind of did it for myself to help myself fall asleep when I really worried, like when I was homeless and I’d fall asleep in my car.

— Jewel

Part of my whole project from the beginning was to make an absent world present for my parents, which was India.

— Jhumpa Lahiri

I find it difficult to judge myself, but people say that I have become a bit more socially acceptable over the years in terms of my material which apparently at the beginning – though I never really intended it to be – was man hating and now is just a bit more cuddly.

— Jo Brand

So, my style has hopefully changed over the years and it is more relaxed, and I do tend to smile and have more than one expression these days hopefully – which I didn’t at the beginning.

— Jo Brand

Throughout the time in which I am working on a canvas I can feel how I am beginning to love it, with that love which is born of slow comprehension.

— Joan Miro

While there are no easy solutions to this problem, the Deficit Reduction Act gets us started in the right direction by beginning with the most obvious, commonsense reforms to save taxpayer dollars.

— Jim Ryun

I had a brother who was bullying me to write something because we wanted to make our own movies. So it was out of necessity in the beginning. Over time, I began to see that I could create the roles I wanted to play rather than just waiting around.

— Joel Edgerton

I think it’s important to understand that in the big historical context of things, there has been land degradation from civilisation since the beginning of history. I mean, the Rajputana desert in India is a manmade desert caused by overgrazing.

— Joel Salatin

I inherited a sick economy and passed on a sound one. But one abiding regret for me is that, in between, I did not have the resources to put in place the educational and social changes about which I cared to much I made only a beginning, and it was not enough.

— John Major

That distinctive presidential conduct is now gone forever, banished to the snows of yesteryear by Barack Obama. From the beginning of his presidency to the present, he has spoken specifically and in unprecedented fashion of Republicans as his rivals, his stumbling blocks, the primary cause of his troubles.

— John Podhoretz

Because we are all of an oral tradition in our beginning histories, the voice of the poet in this particular society will be heard.

— John Trudell

Beginning a poem, the poet as a rule doesn’t know the way it’s going to come out, and at times, he is very surprised by the way it turns out, since often it turns out better than he expected often his thought carries further than he reckoned.

— Joseph Brodsky

The very, very beginning is that my mother and father were aviators.

— James Rosenquist

Beginning in the late 18th century, some German scholars began to regard Holy Scripture not as a single revelation but a sequence of inspired texts that occurred in specific times and places and were subject to varied and multiple meanings.

— Jay Parini

I never thought I would work in mainstream superhero comics or Valiant or Marvel. I just set out to make the kinds of stories I wanted to make, which at the beginning was small personal stuff like ‘Essex County.’

— Jeff Lemire

I never became a cowboy or baseball player, and now I’m beginning to wonder if I ever really became a writer. I find that I hesitate to put that label on myself, to define myself by what I do for a living.

— Jerry Spinelli

I think what’s wonderful is that ‘Community’ has always had its voice, has always had it’s vision, and that started from the very beginning.

— Jim Rash

When I teach sketch writing, there’s still a beginning, middle and end.

— Jim Rash

I loved ‘Lost,’ from beginning to end.

— Jim Rash

As a physician and a U.S. senator, I have warned since the very beginning about many troubling aspects of Mr. Obama’s unprecedented health-insurance mandate. Not only does he believe he can order you to buy insurance, the president also incorrectly equates health insurance coverage with medical care.

— John Barrasso

I’ve said from the beginning that Obamacare is an imperfect piece of legislation that is designed to do a very important thing for this country. It’s not perfect, and repealing it is a terrible idea.

— John Delaney

President Obama is more and more beginning to look like the hypocrite-in-chief when it comes to the war on terrorism. All sorts of things that he criticized the president for, he’s actually continued and even extended. This drone attack program, he’s got it at the highest level ever.

— John Fleming

The Martin Show,’ the ‘Jamie Foxx show,’ ‘Living Single,’ ‘The Wayans Brothers,’ ‘Hanging with Mr. Cooper…’ Some of these shows were good, some were typical television, but they facilitated a lot of work for blacks in front of as well as behind the camera. A lot of us in Hollywood thought it was the beginning of a real racial breakthrough.

— John Ridley

I still like to play games that have a beginning, an end and a story.

— John Romero

I knew that you couldn’t make a living simply writing about the outdoors, so I made an effort from the beginning of my freelance career to write about other subjects.

— Jon Krakauer

I want to be remembered as an actor who put in some good work in the beginning of his career, even better work at the end of his career and slowly, successfully made the transition into writing and directing.

— Jonathan Brandis

It’s funny because ‘The Book of Mormon’ is ‘The Book of Mormon’ now. When I was doing it at the very beginning, and I was a part of it for four years and always believed in it, I never really knew if it was going to be more than a convention for ‘South Park’ fans.

— Josh Gad

I enjoy very much being in a foreign country, in a new country, new place. And I enjoy also beginning a new book. It’s like being someone else.

— J. M. G. Le Clezio

Well, the big products in electronics in the ’50s were radio and television. The first big computers were just beginning to come in and represented the most logical market for us to work in.

— Jack Kilby

I think the varied backgrounds in the beginning were a plus. It took a while for people to understand what they were trying to do and get started, but it did provide for a lot of new ideas.

— Jack Kilby

At the beginning, it was me, Run and D, but D’s voice is messed up.

— Jam Master Jay

I have always been good at auditioning, but maybe because I had a good trick at the beginning. I would pretend that my agent gave me the wrong scene or lines. They would take pity on me and hand me the right scene. I would act like I had never seen this before – and then do pretty well considering I had already rehearsed it.

— James Marsden

When I started The Shins, it really was just me, alone, but it was still The Shins. I was totally recording stuff and writing songs as The Shins and all of that. So the beginning inception of the whole thing was some sort of a lie, I guess.

— James Mercer

I went to a pretty small school from the beginning all the way up, so I knew everyone, everyone knew me.

— Jason Dolley

In the very beginning, Yelp started as a service where we really didn’t think people would write reviews for fun. The whole concept of user-generated content was pretty nascent in 2004.

— Jeremy Stoppelman

To win a major tournament you have to face the top teams at some point, but if you avoid those at the beginning then you can win games and build confidence. I think the key is just to get off to a good start.

— Jermain Defoe

People in the Hall of Fame tend to clap their hands and say, ‘OK, I’ve done it all,’ but for me, it was a new beginning.

— Jimmy Cliff

In France today, people no longer eat as much heavy food and fat as they did 15 or 20 years ago. These days, French cooking, through the influence of ‘grande cuisine,’ has become a bit lighter. And we are beginning to discover the original flavors of our produce.

— Joel Robuchon

One gets the impression that Elvis Presley does what his business advisors think will be most profitable. My advice to them: Put Elvis Presley in the studio with a bunch of good, contemporary rockers, lock the studio up, and tell him he can’t come out until he’s done made an album that rocks from beginning to end.

— Jon Landau

The story was such that I couldn’t make a graceful ending and then make a graceful new beginning. I could have, but I didn’t want to. So, it isn’t the most graceful way of writing a story. This new story is, I think, is pretty good stuff. I’m pleased with it anyway.

— Jack Vance

I still believe that the mission of Business 2.0 is very strong, very fundamental, and we’re really at the beginning of where they’re going to take us.

— James Daly

The publishers, as I remember at the very beginning of my career, wrote letters with their fountain pens. A letter is different from a phone call or fax. It’s a different kind of intimacy. That pervaded the entire business of writing and publishing.

— James Salter

Importing foreign labor has always been the American way, beginning with 4 million slaves from Africa. Later came the Jews and Poles, the Hungarians, Italians and Irish, the Chinese and Japanese – everything you learned in sixth grade social studies about the great American melting pot.

— Jeanne Marie Laskas

You read a book from beginning to end. You run a business the opposite way. You start with the end, and then you do everything you must to reach it.

— Jessamyn West

In the beginning, my mother humored me when I told her I wanted to be a reporter.

— Jessica Savitch

There isn’t one album that says ‘Hall & Oates.’ It’s always ‘Daryl Hall and John Oates.’ From the very beginning. People never note that. The idea of ‘Hall & Oates,’ this two-headed monster, this thing, is not anything we’ve ever wanted or liked.

— John Oates

It’s just a matter of writing the kind of book I enjoy reading. Something better be happening at the beginning, and then on every page after, or I get irritated.

— Jonathan Franzen

Although it’s only the beginning of the championship, I am very surprised at my capability.

— Jean Alesi

And that’s how I start myself. I usually go back a couple of pages, maybe to the beginning of the chapter, and I start reading. And as I’m reading, I’m tweaking – putting in a different word, changing the syntax, putting that clause over there, you know that sort of thing.

— Jean M. Auel

From the beginning, the series has been story driven – I began with a story idea – but research feeds it.

— Jean M. Auel

From the beginning, when I first got an idea for a story and wondered if I could write it, it has always been the story that has driven me.

— Jean M. Auel

You see, in America, it’s quite standard for an actor to sign, at the beginning of a series, for five or seven years. The maximum any British agent will allow you to have over an actor is three years.

— Julian Fellowes

We’d been noticing how much more important the internet had become – once information is out there in the world now, anyone can get it. Since that was beginning to happen with the record anyway, we figured, OK, let’s just stream it for free ourselves.

— Jeff Tweedy

There’s a misunderstanding about what nonsensical things are – the idea that they’re just funny, and that’s the beginning and the end of it. Nonsense is not ‘not sense’ – it operates at the edge of sense. It teems with sense – at the same time, it resists any kind of universal understanding.

— Jesse Ball

I love that there’s a beginning, middle and end to a film and you can craft what the whole journey is going to look like.

— Jennifer Carpenter

LinkedIn’s got a little progress bar. It wants you to do things like sign up 10 of your friends. It does that near the end. At the beginning it’s like, ‘You put in your name. 20 percent progress! How about some other information?’ People want to fill in that progress bar. They like to complete a task. They like to check a box.

— Jesse Schell

You have to be up-front from the very beginning about what your expectations of the other person are, and you can’t make any promises you don’t intend to keep.

— Jesse Williams

This emergency spending measure is certainly only the beginning, since we here in Washington will continue to work closely with the president and emergency agencies to ensure they continue receiving the funding they need.

— Jo Bonner

Canadians send us great hockey players. You also send us wonderful performers, from the beginning, with Mary Pickford.

— Jamie Farr

When I was young and the empire was beginning to disintegrate, the idea was absolutely unbelievable, particularly to children who’d been taught that the sun never set… that’s what all my books are about, the end of empire.

— Jane Gardam

They kept me in short pants as long as they could, until they were shaving the hair on my legs because it was beginning to photograph.

— Jackie Cooper

On ‘Mad Men,’ I have a bit of an advantage because I know who gets better as they repeat a scene and who’s best at the beginning.

— John Slattery

I was beginning to think I was typecast in everyone’s mind out there as a serial killer. I played a serial killer in one movie, I was the ghost of a serial killer in another and in a third, a computer-generated serial killer. The stage looks pretty good after those roles.

— Jared Harris

I try not to put pressure on filmmakers to come up with a big scare at the beginning. I think that helps let the audience settle in and get to know the people they’re about to spend 90 minutes with. Once the scarier stuff happens, it’s scarier because of that.

— Jason Blum

Make your having dinner out become The Event of the Night, instead of just the beginning.

— John Walters

I don’t know if it’s a romantic comedy but I’m in the beginning of the first of the season of ‘The West Wing.’ We shot it last year. I don’t know. If anyone asks me to be in one, I’ll jump on it.

— Jason Isaacs

At the beginning of each year, we have conceptual meetings. How are we going to challenge ourselves this year? So we suggested a transsexual or transgender. And to be honest, I am shocked they let us do it.

— Jai Rodriguez

The mystery form was very helpful for me as a beginning writer because mystery novels and suspense novels have a beginning, a middle and an end.

— Jesse Kellerman

Crime novels have a clear beginning, middle, and end: a mystery, its investigation, and its resolution. The reader expects events to play out logically and efficiently, and these expectations force the writer to spend a good deal of time working on macrostructure rather than prettifying individual sentences.

— Jesse Kellerman

I think my dream would be to move into film, purely because there’s a definite beginning, middle and end to a project. I struggle a bit with such a big series that’s going all the time.

— Jessica Raine

The work completed during the special session was just the beginning. During those six days we lit a spark that will positively impact the lives of our children and grandchildren, but the full fire is yet to come.

— Joe Manchin

Yes, God is the end of your work, but He is the beginning also.

— Joseph Barber Lightfoot

If you capture the first thought that you have when you’re creating, and then play that to people, it’s kind of like the listeners are part of that beginning. And that’s the most exciting part.

— Joss Stone

I never wanted to be the face of the brand. You haven’t seen me in my own ads. You don’t see my logo all over my clothes. From the beginning, I wanted the clothes to stand on their own.

— John Varvatos

So women are at the beginning of building a language, and not all women are conscious of it.

— Judy Chicago

I kind of went into soap opera with ‘General Hospital’ in the ’80s. It’s like theater because every day it’s a new script, which really doesn’t have a beginning, middle or end like a play or a movie script. So you have to be on your toes and bring it every day. And you have to be spontaneous, which is really how I like to work.

— Jack Wagner

In the beginning, I thought it would be really glamorous, working in fashion. But it’s actually quite hard. You don’t even know half the stuff that goes on backstage.

— Jacquelyn Jablonski

The biggest regret I have about ‘Rubicon’ is that we didn’t end it. Sometimes you do these shows and you don’t have the opportunity to get closure. Stories are supposed to have a beginning, middle and an end.

— James Badge Dale

I became a photographer in order to be a war photographer, and a photographer involved in what I thought were critical social issues. From the very beginning this was my goal.

— James Nachtwey

The outcome, the fourth in an issue of five boys born into a staunch Baptist home, meant that from the beginning I was taught to be respectful of others no less than myself, influencing ever since both my political and administrative attitudes.

— James W. Black

Since the beginning of time, we have expected our leaders to be supermen, unlike mere mortals. We want them to be much greater than us so that we can look up to them.

— Jonathan Powell

I went to school to learn guitar, solfeggio, and harmony. I wanted to know more about music, how it works. I wanted to take voice lessons, too, and that’s when I discovered what I could do with my voice. At the beginning, I thought I would do classical and pop, but then I learned that I really liked the classical music.

— Juan Diego Florez

The beginning of my acting career was in London, England.

— Juan Pablo Di Pace

I did seven indies because the independent market used to be a lot better before all the stars were doing independents. As a beginning actor, that’s where you started.

— Josh Holloway

Last year, at the beginning of the year, we couldn’t get arrested, so I’ll take this. Feast versus famine.

— Josh Schwartz

Every one of the songs was based around picking an acoustic guitar. That was part of the concept from the beginning, that the tempos were going to go from slow to almost mid-tempo.

— Jules Shear

Of this our true individual life, our present life is a glimpse, a fragment, a hint, and in its best moments a visible beginning.

— Josiah Royce

Every single director stops at the moment he thinks he has the shot. Sometimes, directors shoot an establishing shot where everything is in the shot. He’s going to use this at the beginning and the end.

— Javier Camara

I developed acne when I was about 19, at the beginning of my modeling career. I didn’t have the huge cystic-type of acne, but a lot of little bumps all over my face. They were small, but you could see them in photographs. You can’t have acned skin and work as a model.

— Jennifer Flavin

But when you’re beginning, you should try to focus on something you love and your own way of doing things.

— Jerry Harrison

If I have one wish for my birthday, it is that 35 is the end of desperation and the beginning of acceptance. Part of that is believing that if I’m meant to give birth, I will.

— Jessi Klein

The Federal appropriations process is a marathon, not a sprint, and we are at the beginning of that process.

— Jim Walsh

At the end of 1795 and beginning of 1796, I was ordered to write to the Church ministers.

— Joanna Southcott

By the late 1980s, there was the beginning of awareness about a significant global landmine problem, and small steps were being taken to try to deal with the problem.

— Jody Williams

Casting Captain America is really casting two roles… Steve Rogers before and after the transformation from 98 pound weakling to perfect physical specimen. I can’t divulge how we’re going to do it, but the performance will be Chris Evans from beginning to end.

— Joe Johnston

He was mostly leaping tall buildings in the beginning. There were cases where he would leap off a tall building or swoop down, and at that point he would look like he was flying, I suppose. It was just natural to draw him like that.

— Joe Shuster

Everything the human being heard from the beginning, saw with its eyes, looked upon and touched with its hands was a living word for God was the word.

— Johann Georg Hamann

But the Spain which emerged around 1960, beginning with its economic miracle, created by the invasion of tourists, can no longer result in impassioned dedication on the part of its intellectuals, and even less on the part of foreign intellectuals.

— Juan Goytisolo

I find that I am much slower in the beginning of a book. I am thinking of the plot, of the characters and who they are, and where they are going. I often throw out a lot of the writing I start with, because the characters and plot improve as I write. Or perhaps I should say it is my hope they will improve as I write.

— Julia London

Most fiction series are written so that the reader can come in at any point and not feel lost, but if you can start at the beginning, why not?

— Julia Quinn

I am pleased to see that information campaigns, such as the America’s WETLAND effort, are getting the message out, and people are beginning to realize that wetlands loss in Louisiana affects us all.

— John Breaux

We hired extremely slowly at the beginning. It took us a year to get to four people. It’s hard to hire as a very small company, and we wanted to make sure we found people who cared a lot about what Stripe was doing.

— John Collison

Eighty percent of my pieces gravitate towards an A, as a tonal thing, not at the beginning, but somewhere in it.

— John Corigliano

The Paris Review’s mandate has been the same for fifty years. First and foremost, this magazine is for writers the editors’ task is to support and celebrate them, especially at the beginning of their careers, but also as they move forward, venturing stories that are creative, risky, new.

— John D’Agata

I always wanted to be in the limelight, and I found I could get it by being on the stage. That was the beginning of everything for me.

— John Garfield

Everywhere, people are beginning to question masculine notions of control, aggression and black-and-white thinking – and instead are favoring more empathetic, nurturing and collaborative approaches.

— John Gerzema

We concluded that you cannot rely on delta hedging alone. It sounds simplistic to say that now, but back then, this was the sort of thing people were only just beginning to realize.

— John Hull

I knew from the beginning that privacy was going to be a huge issue, especially with regard to applying Total Information Awareness in counterterrorism. Because if the technology development was successful, a logical place to apply it was inside the United States.

— John Poindexter

Every time I hear a Republican talking about health care reform, they say the American people don’t want it. They say it so much that I think they’re beginning to try to convince themselves that it’s true.

— John Yarmuth

In the beginning, when I signed with Miami, they said they were never gonna trade me, and then, after first year, boom, they traded me to Toronto.

— Jose Reyes

I am insanely superstitious. All the woman in my family are, beginning with my grandmother, who would leave red ribbons under the beds and taught us how to find four-leaf clovers.

— Jandy Nelson

I have Tourettes and Aspergers, but Tourrets and Aspergers don’t have me. You know, I’m doing what I can to suppress it and I don’t let it take advantage of me. It’s not who I am. You know, I’m James Durbin. Like I said in the beginning, I am here to show America who I am, and it is what it is.

— James Durbin

I’m one of those people who think that stories should have a beginning, a middle and an end, and then they’re over, and then you tell the next story.

— Jim Butcher

We’ve restored life where life was extinct. It’s no longer sufficient to bring the dead back to life. We must create from the beginning, we must build up our own creature, build it up from nothing.

— Jimmy Sangster

On the last day of our five-day work week, we did two performances and we had an audience. It was similar to theatre we went from beginning to end, and it was very pleasing.

— Jean Stapleton

Back when we started this at the tail end of ‘Eye of the North,’ Ree Soesbee and I worked out 250 years of timeline between the end of ‘Eye of the North’ and the beginning of ‘Guild Wars 2.’

— Jeff Grubb

I had ballooned out to close to 400 pounds at one point. And in the ’80s, we were just beginning to get on video and disco. So therefore, I did not fit in, and my record company let me go because they said, ‘Look, you’re just not marketable enough with the weight problem.’

— Jennifer Holliday

There was no ‘before’ the beginning of our universe, because once upon a time there was no time.

— John D. Barrow

The United States came out of the 1990s, if anything, in an even greater position of hegemony and preeminence than it was at the beginning of the 1990s.

— John Lewis Gaddis

I grew up in the 1950s at the beginning of rock n’ roll, and would strum a tennis racket in front of the mirror.

— Jonathan Pryce

As an actor, you don’t want to know the beginning and end to your character’s arc. It makes it more fun. You’re not playing the end. You’re playing it realistically. You don’t know where this character is going to go and what’s going to happen to him, which just makes it more interesting for the viewers to watch.

— Jordan Gavaris

If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.

— Lao Tzu

When virtue is lost, benevolence appears, when benevolence is lost right conduct appears, when right conduct is lost, expedience appears. Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth it is the beginning of disorder.

— Lao Tzu

People in their handlings of affairs often fail when they are about to succeed. If one remains as careful at the end as he was at the beginning, there will be no failure.

— Lao Tzu

Our Holy Father says every one of us is in need of conversion, beginning with ourselves. We are all in need of the grace of Jesus Christ to receive the Gospel.

— Joseph Edward Kurtz

I’ve been in on the beginning, the rise, peak, collapse and end of the talking picture.

— Joseph L. Mankiewicz

As a writer, you’re really in control of almost everything. That’s not the case in TV. You have to be prepared to work with a lot of people to make something happen, and you got to be prepared, at least in the beginning, to not be too good at your specific task.

— Josh Elliott

I’m not old-fashioned when it comes to dating, but there’s something nice about a guy pulling out a girl’s chair and opening the door for her, even if it’s just in the beginning.

— Lauren Conrad

So many people think being single is the end of something, but it’s really a beginning – a good beginning.

— Lauren London

I don’t stop. It’s my nature. People have to tell me to slow down. I plan on playing every role on Broadway. I want to do ‘Evita.’ I want to do ‘Sweeney Todd’ with Chris Colfer. We want to do ‘Wicked.’ I’ll be Elphaba and he wants to play ‘Guy-linda.’ I want to do movies, make music. ‘Glee’ is only the beginning.

— Lea Michele

The nice thing about doing a pop opera – in the way that doing, say, ‘Miss Saigon’ or ‘Les Miz’ would be – is that, because the convention is set from the beginning that this is an opera and everything is sung, there is never that feeling of ‘Why is this person bursting out into song?’ because the whole thing is sung.

— Lea Salonga

Beginning with exercise, the best training program available for real results is circuit training.

— Lee Haney

Virtually every scientist now concedes that universe and time itself had beginning. So, whatever begins to exist has a cause. The universe began to exist. Therefore, the universe must have had a cause.

— Lee Strobel

In the beginning, I was so inspired by the music. I had the option to make something modern with classic undertones, but I wanted to make something that was exactly like that old sound.

— Leon Bridges

Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end.

— Leonard Nimoy

I saw all the moral decay you could, beginning at 2 years old. But I also got to see how the other half lived.

— Leonardo DiCaprio

Gay people are the sweetest, kindest, most artistic, warmest and most thoughtful people in the world. And since the beginning of time all they’ve ever been is kicked.

— Little Richard

I tend not to think about audience when I’m writing. Many people who read ‘The Giver’ now have their own kids who are reading it. Even from the beginning, the book attracted an audience beyond a child audience.

— Lois Lowry

In the beginning I used to make one terrible play a game. Then I got so I’d make one a week and finally I’d pull a bad one about once a month. Now, I’m trying to keep it down to one a season.

— Lou Gehrig

The Hulk’ was the beginning of me, a platform as an actor to grow.

— Lou Ferrigno

The beginning of the shows are different. One time we’ll say ‘Hello, Denver’. Another time we’ll say ‘Hello, Memphis’. It’s always different.

— Lance Bass

If you’re gonna start a story, you start from the beginning, right?

— Luke Evans

I think Ed Koch is the person most responsible for allowing AIDS to get out of control. It happened here first, on his watch. If he had done what any moral human being should have done in the beginning, and put out alarms, then a lot fewer people would have gotten sick.

— Larry Kramer

Without elephants, Africa’s landscape would be unrecognizable, yet these animals have fallen by the hundreds of thousands as a result of two enormous waves of poaching in this century – one in the 1970s and 1980s, the other, beginning around 2009, now underway.

— Lydia Millet

We think of stories a lot of the time as being horizontal texts, beginning to end. But I love the idea of having little vertical spikes in the story, too.

— Lauren Groff

People ask me, ‘Why angels? Why paranormal? Why teens?’ In the beginning, I’m not sure I knew I was starting down any of those twisted paths – paths that now seem so familiar to me that they are downright comforting. In the beginning, I was just writing about love.

— Lauren Kate

Before ‘Fallen,’ I’d written love stories and more love stories. I’d fallen in love with love stories – but they were also beginning to feel just a little bit too insular, too small.

— Lauren Kate

I’ve created, directed and choreographed for Lady Gaga since the beginning, so ‘Born This Way,’ this was musically such an amazing evolution and such a brilliant record. So when she played it for me, it took me a while to find out the visual interpretation that I could give back to her.

— Laurieann Gibson

Let me just say something that I forgot, I also hoped and this was very true in the beginning – that this would also be a place that people would be able to walk in to the fountain and use it in a nice way of reading and examining the quotations on the blocks.

— Lawrence Halprin

From the very beginning of this movement, Scientology has always been a very closeted organization. That aura of secrecy is something that the present-day management continues.

— Lawrence Wright

From the very beginning, when you go into Scientology your world narrows down very quickly.

— Lawrence Wright

The way to write a thriller is to ask a question at the beginning, and answer it at the end.

— Lee Child

Well, I’d say that the beginning of this thing came through with Art of This Century, Peggy Guggenheim’s, where she opened this gallery and began showing some things that caused a little talk, amongst a lot of other things.

— Lee Krasner

When I went into film, it never occurred to me that I wouldn’t be able to do whatever I wanted to do. Maybe that was a good thing in the beginning. I had blinders on, and I charged forward.

— Lesli Linka Glatter

I read the papers, I surf the Web. At the beginning of the year, I try to see at least two episodes of every show on our network. Am I surfing? All the time. I’m aware of the landscape. I’m a competitor, so I have to know whom I’m competing with.

— Leslie Moonves

If you believe, as the Greeks did, that man is at the mercy of the gods, then you write tragedy. The end is inevitable from the beginning. But if you believe that man can solve his own problems and is at nobody’s mercy, then you will probably write melodrama.

— Lillian Hellman

Paul persuaded me to join the band. I would never have had the courage otherwise. It was fun at the beginning. We were playing just for fun, with Paul’s group.

— Linda McCartney

I’ve been writing about growing old for some time, really from the beginning of my career. It’s something I’m apparently hung up about and now that I am old, hopefully I speak about it with some authority.

— Loudon Wainwright III

I think I have a sense right in the beginning of how big an idea it is and how much room it needs, and, almost more importantly, how long it would sustain anybody’s interest.

— Lydia Davis

When you face unexpected events, you have to try to overcome those problems, but at the same time, you have to continue working according to the plan that you defined since the beginning. So that’s what we have tried to do – not to avoid the urgent responses but to continue the route that we had defined.

— Laura Chinchilla

In 1986, human nature in America started to change. That year, ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show,’ based in Chicago, became nationally syndicated, and the country entered the beginning stages of a quiet cultural revolution.

— Lee Siegel

The mission I set out on in the beginning – to become heavyweight champion of the world, undisputed, lineal champion – you could say that mission is complete.

— Lennox Lewis

The fact of the matter is that if we were going to do anything about Gaddafi, it should have been at the beginning. And by fooling around like this as long as we have, we have wasted an opportunity that would have gotten rid of him.

— Lawrence Eagleburger

At the beginning of the new century, it is the common aspiration of the peoples of the two countries to deepen mutual understanding, enhance trust, develop friendship and strengthen cooperation.

— Li Peng

The United Nations was founded in the aftermath of World War II, just as the world was beginning to learn the full horrors of history’s worst genocide, the Holocaust that consumed 6 million Jews and 3 million others in Europe.

— Linda Chavez

I am convinced that when the history of international law comes to be written centuries hence, it will be divided into two periods: the first being from the earliest times to the end of the nineteenth century, and the second beginning with the Hague Conference.

— Ludwig Quidde

We need art. We’ve been telling stories since the beginning. As human beings, we need it for our survival.

— Lili Taylor

I have said from the beginning, I would spend what it would take for the people of Connecticut to know who I am and what I stand for.

— Linda McMahon

My ultimate crush may be Judith McNaught – I met her once more than 20 years ago, and she was incredibly kind and encouraging to me. I adore that woman. But I also fangirl over aspiring or beginning authors, because every time I talk with them, I’m so energized and inspired.

— Lisa Kleypas

There is, however, a change going on in the world. There’s far more interest in drawing now than there has been in a long, long time. Schools are beginning to teach drawing again in a serious and meaningful way.

— Leonard Baskin

From the beginning of time, we’ve told stories, Shamans and Medicine People, and not to be pompous about it, but I feel like that is the lineage I take down and where I come from. There is magic to storytelling.

— Lynn Collins

It was at the beginning of all this tabloid frenzy. Our garbage was being gone through, and we were involved in all these chases getting home, and people camping out on our property to get pictures.

— Lauren Holly

I went to Juilliard as a clarinet major, and somewhere between the beginning and the end, I stopped playing it. I asked myself who was I reaching… I just fell out of love with it.

— Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.

I think one of the greatest skills a person can have is to complete a task they start. To take something from beginning, to middle, to end. In life, if you have that skill, I think you can go very far.

— Liane Balaban

In the beginning, I wrote OK songs, but they didn’t have a unique perspective.

— Kacey Musgraves

At the beginning of the twentieth century, every single leading Muslim intellectual was in love with the west, and wanted their countries to look just like Britain and France.

— Karen Armstrong

But human beings fall easily into despair, and from the very beginning we invented stories that enabled us to place our lives in a larger setting, that revealed an underlying pattern, and gave us a sense that, against all the depressing and chaotic evidence to the contrary, life had meaning and value.

— Karen Armstrong

I wake up fairly early every day, by 8, for sure. Sunday is a lighter writing day than the weekdays, but I still wake up and write for about an hour, beginning right around 8. I definitely have coffee first, and then I start writing. I do think it’s kind of hard to get the right level of concentration without coffee.

— Karen Thompson Walker

But the beginning of things, of a world especially, is necessarily vague, tangled, chaotic, and exceedingly disturbing. How few of us ever emerge from such beginning! How many souls perish in its tumult!

— Kate Chopin

I always have said from the beginning of my career that I was going for the ‘Geek Trifecta’ because I’m such a total geek. I want to be in everything that has to do with the things that I enjoyed when I was a kid, which was ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ and being in ‘Big Bang Theory,’ and being in video games.

— Katee Sackhoff

No, I’ve never competed. I did, however, train in a boxing gym with a good coach beginning in 1993. I’d been writing about the sport for a dozen years by then and wanted to know what boxers endured, what it felt like. I was too old to compete when I started, but I sparred enough to get a taste.

— Katherine Dunn

Coming in, I wanted to be a great player, and right now at the beginning of my career, I’m showing some slight sunshine that I can be the player I want.

— Kawhi Leonard

If you look at any successful skit comedy show, ever, there is that format of introducing you to the player in the beginning, and then going on to see those sketches.

— Keegan-Michael Key

At the end of the day, the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott had to be converted into the 1964 Civil Rights Act. We don’t want politicians who’ve gotta be coaxed, cajoled and protested. We want them on our side from the beginning.

— Keith Ellison

I always felt like there was a certain standard of music that I had to do from the beginning, even when I didn’t have the recognition that I have now.

— Kendrick Lamar

Queen Latifah has been a huge part of my career. She has been a huge, huge part of my career since the very beginning.

— Keke Palmer

Some of the French surrealists at the beginning of the war had come over to New York and they brought out this magazine. It was a big, glossy magazine full of surrealist things.

— Kenneth Koch

When you study, as I did, every theatrical beginning in this country, none of them have been greeted well. The Royal Shakespeare Company was a disaster, Peter Hall was a disaster, Richard Eyre was a disaster, Trevor Nunn was always a disaster.

— Kevin Spacey

Beauty is about perception, not about make-up. I think the beginning of all beauty is knowing and liking oneself. You can’t put on make-up, or dress yourself, or do you hair with any sort of fun or joy if you’re doing it from a position of correction.

— Kevyn Aucoin

At the beginning of every role I take, I have to start from basics and build it up. It’s like a new construction.

— Kim Cattrall

Ever since the beginning of rock and roll, there’s been an Axl Rose. And it’s just boring. It’s totally boring to me.

— Kurt Cobain

One of the things that I tell beginning writers is this: If you describe a landscape, or a cityscape, or a seascape, always be sure to put a human figure somewhere in the scene. Why? Because readers are human beings, mostly interested in human beings. People are humanists. Most of them are humanists, that is.

— Kurt Vonnegut

There’s a lot of craft that goes into achieving a hit song – at the beginning of your career, you’re usually more inspiration than craft, and you get great when those intersect. A skilled songwriter can get you to that intersection.

— Kara DioGuardi

In the beginning, when I first found out I had a disease that was incurable, emotionally I had to get used to the idea of being sick before I could think about making any other major decisions in my life.

— Karen Duffy

I was an only child and grew up in York where my parents ran a surgical supplies shop. When I say I wish I had brothers and sisters, friends say it’s not what it’s cracked up to be, but I think it must be good to have someone who knew you from the beginning.

— Kate Atkinson

There’s only one set of books I’ve written that I knew was going to be more than one book at the beginning, and those are the ‘Missing Link’ books.

— Kate Thompson

As time goes on, I realize more and more that, beginning in the early 30’s, David Smith began setting the precedent for what was to come later for many of us.

— Kenneth Noland

If I’d had a charisma-ectomy in the beginning, XP would have gone nowhere.

— Kent Beck

I’m a beginning, not an end.

— Kerry Stokes

It all started with the most basic level of Uta Hagen, right at the beginning. I’m like, ‘Really? I came to grad school I’m going to do the ‘Respect for Acting’?’ And I realized the importance of that, because it was really to just get you to get rid of everything. Get rid of everything you’ve learned and just start from the bottom up.

— Kunal Nayyar

I’m proud of ‘The Hidden.’ I feel like we took a B-movie and kind of turned it into an A-minus action movie. We kind of elevated the material a little bit. It’s got a great car-chase scene at the very beginning. It has some terrific moments in it, some funny stuff. It’s a great rental.

— Kyle MacLachlan

In 1945, at the beginning of the Cold War, our leaders led us astray. We need to think of the Cold War as an aberration, a wrong turn. As such, we need to go back to where we were in 1945 – before we took the road to a permanent war economy, a national security state and a foreign policy based on unilateralism and cowboy triumphalism.

— Kai Bird

In the beginning of the war, Southern women wanted their men to leave – in droves, and as quickly as possible. They were the Confederate Army’s most persuasive and effective recruitment officers, shaming anyone who shirked his duty to fight.

— Karen Abbott

The first song that I remember writing in its entirety was when I was 9 years old. I wrote it on a bus, on a field trip. It was called ‘Mystery Man,’ and in retrospect, it was the beginning of my exploration of what it was like to have a man in your life, because I didn’t.

— Kat Edmonson

The reason I put so much energy into it at the beginning was that while there were plenty of people looking after the talkies, almost nobody was doing the same for the silents. Now there are plenty of very good historians and restorers.

— Kevin Brownlow

As I came to New York, it was for me a new beginning. To discover what people are living here. What do they need, what do they expect, what would they like to be the image and the performance of the New York Philharmonic?

— Kurt Masur

Very often, if I know the orchestra doesn’t know a piece or it’s a new piece, I have main ideas about it. But then we start to play and I never talk about places where they played so beautiful and so clear in the beginning that there is nothing to say.

— Kurt Masur

And that’s what I liked about it, because they are, in the beginning, your little beautiful stock figures, who then make a decision to preserve their futures, but the decision they make isn’t completely right, and it destroys their futures.

— Kevin Williamson

At the beginning of a new project, often before I do any actual writing, I collect photos, quotes, song lyrics, and even objects that relate to the characters or the world I’m creating.

— Kami Garcia

The beginning of a book is always the hardest part for me. I’m a Chapter 3 kind of writer, which means I naturally start at Chapter 3.

— Kami Garcia

I was nervous from the very beginning, and it got worse as the years went on. I was conscientious and wanted to do more, always, than I was able. I don’t think, when I was playing, that I was ever happy – beginning at 4 o’clock any afternoon.

— Katharine Cornell

From the very, very beginning, we made the decision that ‘Tarzan’ wasn’t going to sing. My co-director, Chris Buck, and I said to each other that we couldn’t imagine a half-naked man in the jungle simply bursting into song.

— Kevin Lima

The smartphone revolution is under-hyped, more people have access to phones than access to running water. We’ve never had anything like this before since the beginning of the planet.

— Marc Andreessen

When you feel as though you can’t do something, the simple antidote is action: Begin doing it. Start the process, even if it’s just a simple step, and don’t stop at the beginning.

— Marcus Buckingham

In the beginning, the cubists broke up form without even knowing they were doing it. Probably the compulsion to show multiple sides of an object forced us to break the object up – or, even better, to project a panorama that unfolded different facets of the same object.

— Marcel Duchamp

Painter after painter, since the beginning of the century, has tended toward abstraction. First, the Impressionists simplified the landscape in terms of color, and then the Fauves simplified it again by adding distortion, which, for some reason, is a characteristic of our century.

— Marcel Duchamp

All painting, beginning with Impressionism, is antiscientific, even Seurat. I was interested in introducing the precise and exact aspect of science, which hadn’t often been done, or at least hadn’t been talked about very much.

— Marcel Duchamp

While you can find zucchini in markets in most places year-round, allowing you to make everything from breakfast dishes like zucchini and onion frittatas to snacks like zucchini-stuffed crab cakes, the onset of fall marks the beginning of hard squash season.

— Marcus Samuelsson

Before beginning, plan carefully.

— Marcus Tullius Cicero

Temptation, if it is not to conquer, must not fall like a bomb against another bomb of instantaneous moral explosions, but against the strong walls of an impregnable fortress strongly built up, stone by stone, beginning at that distant day when the foundations were first laid.

— Maria Montessori

Since the beginning, I always loved the game. When you grow up in Montreal, one day you want to be a professional hockey player. When I was six or seven, I knew that was what I wanted.

— Mario Lemieux

I think of art, at its most significant, as a DEW line, a Distant Early Warning system that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it.

— Marshall McLuhan

Obsolescence never meant the end of anything, it’s just the beginning.

— Marshall McLuhan

I practice staying calm all the time, beginning with situations that aren’t tense.

— Martha Beck

The educated Southerner has no use for an ‘r’, except at the beginning of a word.

— Mark Twain

I always wanted to make a film that had this sort of Chinese-box effect, in which you keep opening it up and opening it up, and finally at the end you’re at the beginning.

— Martin Scorsese

The Great British Bake Off’ is family entertainment. There aren’t many programmes where all ages can sit and watch from beginning to end. Everything else is violent, cruel, and noisy. We’re educational without viewers realising it.

— Mary Berry

We started off as this platform inside Facebook and we were pretty clear from the beginning that that wasn’t where it was going to end up. A lot of people saw it and asked, ‘Why is Facebook trying to get all these applications inside Facebook when the web is clearly the platform?’ And we actually agreed with that.

— Mark Zuckerberg

Charles Schultz is a really interesting case. He wrote that comic strip and drew it himself from beginning to end, and it’s a work of genius. It’s very simply drawn, but it has some really deep emotions that you don’t expect in a silly-looking comic strip.

— Matt Groening

Nihilism in American comedy came along way before ‘The Simpsons.’ There was a fairly nihilistic point of view to ‘Saturday Night Live,’ for instance, back in the beginning, and a lot of really dark comedy had a really anti-sentimental take on life.

— Matt Groening

The Simpsons’ from the very beginning was based on our memories of brash ’60s sitcoms – you had a main title theme that was bombastic and grabbed your attention – and when you look at TV shows of the 1970s and ’80s, things got very mild and toned down and… obsequious.

— Matt Groening

Since I was there in the very beginning, I know the history of the characters. So, I make comments about the tone and sometimes remind the writers that we’ve done that before.

— Matt Groening

I think the discipline comes with turning that cellphone and Blackberry off and unplugging completely. You do that and you go through some withdrawals in the beginning. You start thinking, ‘Oh, do I need to do this? Do I need to do that?’ You forget that we were doing just fine with the payphone.

— Matthew McConaughey

Even though the future seems far away, it is actually beginning right now.

— Mattie Stepanek

A circle is the reflection of eternity. It has no beginning and it has no end – and if you put several circles over each other, then you get a spiral.

— Maynard James Keenan

Body piercing and baggy clothes express identity among black youth, and not just beginning with hip-hop culture. Moreover, young black entrepreneurs like Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs and Russell Simmons have made millions from their clothing lines.

— Michael Eric Dyson

Race was thick in the O.J. Simpson case from the very beginning, but it wasn’t evident. And I think the O.J. Simpson case revealed that there is subtle race, and there is sophisticated race, and there’s evident and observable race.

— Michael Eric Dyson

Many people first encounter Jesus during childhood when they are suddenly confronted by a horrifying statue of a man nailed to a cross, and this is often a most unfortunate and repulsive beginning.

— Michael Leunig

At the beginning of the 20th century, the Conservative cabinet was called Hotel Cecil.

— Michael Gove

When the women’s liberation movement began, when people began protesting against the Vietnam War, civil rights movement, at the beginning of those movements, the majority of the country was not with them, did not believe in the basic principles of any of those philosophies.

— Michael Moore

Covetousness is both the beginning and the end of the devil’s alphabet – the first vice in corrupt nature that moves, and the last which dies.

— Michel de Montaigne

I did things like get in a cupboard before the teacher came in at the beginning of a lesson, and then, two minutes before the end of the class, I come out of the cupboard and go, ‘Sorry I’m late.’

— Miranda Hart

It feels different…. When hip-hop was beginning for me, people weren’t making the kind of money that they make now. It was for the love of doing it and having fun with it.

— Missy Elliott

Remarkably, governments are beginning to embrace the idea that nothing enhances democracy more than giving voice and information to everybody in the country. Why not open their books if they have nothing to hide?

— Mo Ibrahim

Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.

— Mother Teresa

Well, now we have exactly the same situation as at the beginning of the race, only exactly opposite.

— Murray Walker

From the very beginning, I envisioned success as selling enough books so I could keep getting published and continue to write what I wanted to without compromising.

— M. J. Rose

I realised that the idea of enforcing sharia is not consistent with Islam as it’s been practised from the beginning. In other words, Islam has always been secular, and I had been totally ignorant of the fact.

— Maajid Nawaz

To the former child migrants, who came to Australia from a home far away, led to believe this land would be a new beginning, when only to find it was not a beginning, but an end, an end of innocence – we apologise and we are sorry. To the mothers who lost the maternal right to love and care for their child – we apologise, and we are sorry.

— Malcolm Turnbull

If the country has invested in the training of doctors or nurses or midwives for that matter, people are beginning to say, ‘Should we not ask them to serve a number of years in the country who invested in their training?’ I think this is now coming to be an interesting discussion.

— Margaret Chan

It is dangerous when you start calling people from one part of the world terrorists or fanatic, and you reduce them to some abstract notion. If evil has a geographical place, and if the evil has a name, that is the beginning of fascism. Real life is not this way. You have fanatics and narrow-minded people everywhere.

— Marjane Satrapi

My real background was in art studies. At the beginning I was a painter, then I was this graphic designer, then I became an illustrator, then I was a comic artist. But for me it’s a different way of expression, a different field of art. They’re not separated everything for me is related.

— Marjane Satrapi

I never like photos of myself in the beginning. I live with them for three months, put them in a drawer, take them out and look again. I hate the way I look, but of course it’s really not that bad.

— Marianne Faithfull

I thought I wanted to go to drama school or university, and that would have been a completely different life. But what got me was the sound, and hearing it. Hearing everything so loud, I loved that back in the studio. I loved that from the very beginning.

— Marianne Faithfull

We all learned in kindergarten that the beginning is a very good place to start. As we have this debate on illegal immigration and illegal entry into this country, let’s begin at the very beginning by sealing the borders to this great Nation.

— Marsha Blackburn

At the beginning of every week, I like to sit down and figure out what I’m going to make. I probably try at least two new recipes a week. But I have my standbys – jambalaya, meatloaf and mashed potatoes.

— Martina McBride

Thinking about free speech brought me to media regulation, as Americans access so much of their political and cultural speech through mass media. That led me to work on the FCC’s media ownership rules beginning in 2005 to fight media consolidation, working with those at Georgetown’s IPR, Media Access Project, Free Press, and others.

— Marvin Ammori

A ban on paid priority is central to any real net neutrality proposal, beginning with the Snowe-Dorgan Bill of 2006. Indeed, the notion of ‘payment for priority’ is what started the net neutrality fight.

— Marvin Ammori

In the beginning of the Great War, the emotions of Europe ran riot in a most horrible manner, first among the so-called ‘living,’ and then among the killed when they awoke.

— Max Heindel

Though I probably shouldn’t admit this, the activities and pursuits in which I’ve achieved any measure of success are, without exception, activities and pursuits that came easily to me from the beginning.

— Meghan Daum

The right way to win is to recognize that winning isn’t the end game, but rather the beginning of new opportunities – maybe even opportunities to help other people win.

— Meghan Daum

It’s impossible to consider living without ideals. However, when ideas lead to ideology, that’s a very dangerous thing. Ideology then leads to creating the image of an enemy, and it leads to the murder and massacre that we’ve seen since the beginning of time.

— Michael Haneke

I think that we’re beginning to globalize medicine now. You have to take Eastern approaches and bring them to the West, and share West with the East.

— Mehmet Oz

This fact immediately suggested a singular event – that at some time in the distant past the universe began expanding from an extremely small size. To many people this inference was loaded with overtones of a supernatural event – the creation, the beginning of the universe.

— Michael Behe

I’d love to go back to Europe in the ’20s and ’30s, for the beginning of the Psychoanalytic Movement, and Freud and Jung, and all that was going on with discoveries in quantum physics. The whole nature of reality was changing and being challenged.

— Michael Sheen

I grew up in a city called Southfield, and it’s one of the most diverse cities in the country. Just from the different socio-economic statuses and racial and ethnic groups I was around, I was around all different types of music from the beginning.

— Mike Posner

I started to make my own films, however small and however independent they were, from the beginning. And so, even though I was nobody, I was always the master of my own work.

— Mira Nair

In the beginning, I didn’t know if I was still a model, if I was an actress. I knew I wanted to be an actress, but it was so difficult to be believed.

— Monica Bellucci

The tragedy of the civil rights movement is that just as it achieved the beginning of the end of racial segregation, white educated elites became swept up in the glamour of the sexual revolution.

— Maggie Gallagher

Mr. Obama seeks to federalize large portions of education, beginning with his attempt to nationalize college student loans.

— Monica Crowley

We have agreed with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to cease all acts of violence against the Israelis and against the Palestinians wherever they are. Tranquility and quiet that will be witnessed and in our land, starting today, is the beginning for a new era.

— Mahmoud Abbas

I don’t like plots. I don’t know what a plot means. I can’t stand the idea of anything that starts in the beginning – you know, ‘beginning, middle and end.’

— Maira Kalman

I mean, I felt terrible. And in the beginning, I mean, I was completely devastated. I mean, can you imagine the kind of guilt that you would feel, and the responsibility?

— Monica Lewinsky

At the beginning, when you don’t look so pregnant, I think it’s all about dressing boyish, with jackets and loose layers.

— Margherita Missoni

All the books I have written have been one book, from the beginning.

— Marguerite Young

You are beginning to see that any man to whom you can do favor is your friend, and that you can do a favor to almost anyone.

— Mark Caine

I’m just beginning to direct. For all intents and purposes, this is the first time for me.

— Mark Harmon

I’ve often said in the past that I thought MTV was sort of evil incarnate and signified the beginning of the end. And I don’t know if I’m entirely wrong about that, but they did sign my paychecks a year ago, so I guess I’m part of the problem.

— Martha Plimpton

Wherever I was in the world, at the beginning of every consulting project, one thing was certain: I would know less about the business at hand than the people I was supposed to be advising.

— Matthew Stewart

I wanted to travel from the beginning. As a kid, I used to dream about airplanes, before I ever flew in one.

— Mary Ellen Mark

Let me but make a beginning, let me but strike the world in a vulnerable spot, and I can take it by storm.

— Mary MacLane

We need to have making, including computer science, shop, etc. as part of the core curriculum from the beginning, not just an optional afterschool thing. Things like First Robotics and all of those great programs need to become mainstream.

— Megan Smith

It’s been a continuity right from the beginning – that longing to weave together perceptions, to affirm the richness of us as human beings both as performers and audience members.

— Meredith Monk

A lot of people say I’ve missed out on a lot because I started acting at such a young age. What’s so obvious to me is that I actually was really lucky. I gained a lot and I got a head start in what I wanted to do in life. A lot of people in their late 20s, early 30s are just beginning to figure out where they want to go.

— Matt Dillon

I love the movie ‘Taken,’ but the dialogue in the beginning of that movie is hilarious. They’re talking, these commando types, and there’s dialogue like, ‘Hopefully your daughter appreciates what you’re doing for her. Does she know that you’re doing it?’ What guys talk like this?

— Michael Jai White

Kids aren’t political, but around 10 years old, they are beginning to develop the moral grounding that might later, in their teens, develop into their first real political perspectives.

— Morris Gleitzman

From the beginning, the Continental Congress had official chaplains, prayers, and days of fasting and Thanksgiving. When sessions opened in 1774, fear was voiced that the religious diversity of the country would make it hard to choose a form of worship.

— M. Stanton Evans

I would like to see more Bollywood films! The more stylized musicals are a new trend in the U.S. We are beginning to make musicals again after a long break, practically since the days of the studio structure, so perhaps we can learn a few things from Bollywood about this fun style of film-making.

— Maggie Grace

I did Star 80, which was a magnificent experience as well, but still, I was at the height of my career at the beginning. Then I had to jump down the ladder and climb back up again, which I didn’t understand. That was very hard.

— Mariel Hemingway

When religious believers invoke miracles and acts of creation ex nihilo, that is the end of the search for them, whereas for scientists, the identification of such mysteries is only the beginning. Science picks up where theology leaves off.

— Michael Shermer

When I decided to go to art school, it wasn’t necessarily something I thought I needed. No one talked about graduate school when I was an undergrad. I went on to a residency at the Studio Museum in Harlem, and that transition from Yale to the Studio Museum, that was the real beginning of my professional career.

— Mickalene Thomas

Beginning in the 1920s and 1930s, film has been a shadow thrown over the minds of all novelists. Ever since, novelists have strained to make themselves more relevant and, whether consciously or not, novel-writing has been influenced by cinematic doctrines – by turns, embracing and defying it.

— Matthew Pearl

All the things you’re not supposed to do at the beginning of your professional life – transgressiveness, arbitrariness and violating expectations – you find more attractive at the end of your professional life.

— Milton Glaser

All love stories are tales of beginnings. When we talk about falling in love, we go to the beginning, to pinpoint the moment of freefall.

— Meghan O’Rourke

I think stories do have an ending. I think they need to have an ending eventually because that is a story: a beginning, middle and end. If you draw out the end too long, I think storytelling can get tired.

— Melissa Rosenberg

Being the gateway to a large city, St. Louis, I had felt from the very beginning that somehow this building should symbolize this sense of being a gateway.

— Minoru Yamasaki

People are beginning to realize that it’s important that we see animals in a natural state – but through film, through video, through documentaries, at wildlife preserves, and through other humanely protected ways, which don’t involve… performing for us.

— Montel Williams

I think we are at the very beginning of high changes, not only in terms of digital film, but in the way the movies will be screened, whether they’ll be screened on phones, on computers – on everything.

— Michel Hazanavicius

In the beginning, there was noise. Noise begat rhythm, and rhythm begat everything else.

— Mickey Hart

I think it comes from far away inside me, to be strong to survive everything that comes my way. I think, going back to the beginning, feeling like an alien in an English school when I was eight, that set up my pride very early on. I think I’m very defensive, but I’m trying not to be like that anymore.

— Maggie Cheung

Diagnosis is not the end, but the beginning of practice.

— Martin H. Fischer

Beginning in June, Alabama seniors previously without prescription drug coverage should begin to see savings of between 10 and 25 percent on their medications.

— Mike Rogers

I told my agents that I didn’t want to go on the audition. But as that was happening I called my mom, who has been watching the show from the beginning, and my mom said, ‘It’s the coolest show. You have to go.’

— Mary Lynn Rajskub

I don’t like teaching, because it’s so repetitive – especially the beginning of class, which is always more or less the same and has to be carefully done. It’s tedious. But I know it’s necessary for dancers to keep working on technique.

— Merce Cunningham

Often times, political games prevent senators from even beginning to debate some of the most important issues.

— Michael Bennet

The older I get, the more I’m starting to believe in myself. I’m beginning to think of roles that I could do that I would not have allowed myself to think of before, saying: ‘That’s not for me, that’s for the big guns.’

— Michelle Gomez

I was interested in Java the beginning, but the problem with Java is you do have to switch your platform.

— Miguel de Icaza

All the stories in ‘The UnAmericans’ required interviews, travel, hours and hours in the archives. All of that stuff is so important in the beginning, but I reach a point where I have to shuck it away.

— Molly Antopol

I think I’ve done every crazy diet there was in the beginning, but it’s weird: I’m thinner now than I was when I was modeling. I don’t obsess about it.

— Molly Sims

Modeling in Europe at the beginning of my career was pretty hard, with the constant traveling and uncertainty as to where I was going to be from one day to the next.

— Molly Sims

With a series, you build the character as you go. When you’ve got a shorter project or a film, you know the overall arc from the beginning.

— Marianne Jean-Baptiste

The scientists I looked up to at the beginning were not Latino. They were famous scientists of many years ago, like Madame Curie. Later, I realized that there were also, but a very few, Latino scientists. There were good ones, but very few, because there wasn’t as much a tradition to be a scientist in our culture. But this is changing.

— Mario J. Molina

Beginning in 1986, a series of field experiments were designed to test the various hypotheses which had been put forth to explain the Antarctic ozone hole.

— Mario J. Molina

I was staying at the Konchucos Tambo lodge, next to the Huascaran national park, near Chavin. Sitting here on its veranda, I was beginning to see where all those Latin American magical realists get their inspiration from: they don’t need to make anything up they just write down what’s around them.

— Mark Barrowcliffe

I like to tell students, ‘I didn’t burst on to the literary scene.’ I’m never good at things at the beginning. I was terrible at the start. I need to work and work.

— Markus Zusak

Strategy is, at some level, the ability to predict what’s going to happen, but it’s also about understanding the context in which it is being formulated. And then you have to be open-minded to the fact that you’re not going to get it right at the very beginning.

— Martin Dempsey

Some of these sketches were done at the very beginning of the Pirates project, when I was trying to find a direction for myself. That was the early sixties… maybe 61 or 62.

— Marc Davis

Most of my work has no conventional narrative, so it’s not essential to have a beginning and an end – your attention can flow in and out of the experience rather than having a set entry point.

— Marco Brambilla
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