Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest.

This is the tale I pray the divine Muse to unfold to us. Begin it, Goddess, at whatever point you will." Homer, The Odyssey

What one does is what counts and not what one had the intention of doing.

Sometimes a start is all we ever get.

If you don’t get started, you’ll never get there.

It's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there'll be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.

The point is that while idealism is fine and essential — you have to dream of a better world — it’s not a virtue unless it goes along with hardheaded realism about the means that might achieve your ends.

Place is crucial... you don't start in an abstract sense. You start where you are. (Dr. Frances Westley)

People say to me how do you maintain your optimism? Guess what? I never had much. The miracle is to go off and do something anyway. To whatever extent you can lead a decent life and also do something for other people is the thing. I never remember where this comes from, but someone said there is only the trying and the rest is not our business.

Every voyage may start with a single step, but that first step is a whopper, particularly when you are one citizen, out of 27 million, trying to influence the attitudes of people you don't know; on issues you don't fully understand. Yet the challenge is to take an initiative, not be an expert, and most of us have had to step into something new before.

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

It is the mark of a good action that it appears inevitable in retrospect.

People tend to forget that play is serious.

Nodding the head does not row the boat.

If we don’t engage we have only ourselves to blame.

It’s not how much we give but how much love we put in the doing.

We are driven by five genetic needs: survival, love and belonging, power, freedom and fun.

What I did each day would determine the kind of person I would become.

It’s not just about hope and ideas. It’s about action.

The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.

If you don't start somewhere, you're gonna go nowhere.

For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.

Without minute neatness of execution, the sublime cannot exist! Grandeur of ideas is founded on precision of ideas.

Play is the work of the child.

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.

Place is crucial…you don’t start in an abstract sense. You start where you are.

Action is the antidote to despair.

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.

Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil.

Begin at the beginning. Open the gates to downstream possibilities. Go with the flow and pay attention to fortuitous tributaries. The great majority of men are bundles of beginnings.

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

Never explain, never retract, never apologize, just get the thing done and let them howl.