I remember being struck by this quote when it was spoken by the commentator during the closing ceremony of the ATHENS 2004 Olympic Games. I think it helped nudge me into baby action steps!
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
~ Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu
Chinese philosopher (604 BC – 531 BC)
I found the additional notes from The Quotations Page very helpful.
Although this is the popular form of this quotation, a more correct translation from the original Chinese would be “The journey of a thousand miles begins beneath one’s feet.” Rather than emphasizing the first step, Lau Tzu regarded action as something that arises naturally from stillness. Another potential phrasing would be “Even the longest journey must begin where you stand.” [note by Michael Moncur, September 01, 2004]