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Beginnings and Endings

  • The joy is in the doing, not in the holding fast to that which is done. / Oh, the magic of letting go! It is the magic of the gods. / ... / Yes, there is a magic to holding on to a thing until it is finished and perfect; / But when a thing is finished, whether it be a poem, a love, or a child, let it go. / In that way you are free again and may begin another. It is the secret of eternal youth.

  • ... it is always easier to see the beginning from the end, than the end from the beginning.

  • There are no beginnings or endings, only movement.

  • The end of a thing, / is never the end, / something is always being born like / a year or a baby.

  • Many a good beginning makes a bad ending.

  • Mary Stuart wrote, 'My end is in my beginning.' It is easier to agree with her than to decide what is the beginning, and what is the end.

  • Every exit is an entrance to someplace else.

    • Patti LaBelle,
    • in Patti LaBelle and Laura Randolph Lancaster, Patti's Pearls ()
  • There is no beginning to an end / But there is a beginning and an end / To beginning.

  • Sometimes when you think you are done, it is just the edge of beginning. Probably that's why we decide we're done. It's getting too scary. We are touching down onto something real. It is beyond the point when you think you are done that often something strong comes out.

  • It begins with the vision to recognize when a job, a lifestage, a relationship, is over — and let it go. It involves a sense of the future, a belief that every exit line is an entry, that we are moving on, rather than out.

  • It isn't given to us to see ends. We can only attend to the beginnings and make them right.

  • If there are no endings, there are no beginnings and you see no new lands, so for everything that's lost, there is usually something gained.

  • It is easy to see the beginnings of things, and harder to see the ends.

    • Joan Didion,
    • "Goodbye to All That," Slouching Towards Bethlehem ()
  • The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning.

  • In life there are no real endings or beginnings.