Careful Words

beginning (n.)

beginning (adv.)

beginning (adj.)

  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

New Testament: Revelation xxii. 13.

  A bad beginning makes a bad ending.

Euripides (484-406 b c): Aeolus. Frag. 32.

Of a good beginning cometh a good end.

John Heywood (Circa 1565): Proverbes. Part i. Chap. x.

A hard beginning maketh a good ending.

John Heywood (Circa 1565): Proverbes. Part i. Chap. iv.

Pleas'd me, long choosing and beginning late.

John Milton (1608-1674): Paradise Lost. Book ix. Line 26.

We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths;

In feelings, not in figures on a dial.

We should count time by heart-throbs. He most lives

Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.

Life's but a means unto an end; that end

Beginning, mean, and end to all things,—God.

Philip James Bailey (1816-1902): Festus. Scene, A Country Town.

Softly sweet, in Lydian measures,

Soon he sooth'd his soul to pleasures.

War, he sung, is toil and trouble;

Honour but an empty bubble;

Never ending, still beginning,

Fighting still, and still destroying.

If all the world be worth the winning,

Think, oh think it worth enjoying:

Lovely Thais sits beside thee,

Take the good the gods provide thee.

John Dryden (1631-1701): Alexander's Feast. Line 97.

  If there be no great love in the beginning, yet heaven may decrease it upon better acquaintance, when we are married and have more occasion to know one another: I hope, upon familiarity will grow more contempt.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): The Merry Wives of Windsor. Act i. Sc. 1.

To the latter end of a fray and the beginning of a feast

Fits a dull fighter and a keen guest.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): King Henry IV. Part I. Act iv. 2.

To th' end of a shot and beginning of a fray.

John Heywood (Circa 1565): Proverbes. Part ii. Chap. vii.

The true beginning of our end.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act v. Sc. 1.

  Beginning of the end.