a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step

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Etymology[edit]

Calque of Chinese 千里之行,始於足下千里之行,始于足下 (qiānlǐ zhī xíng, shǐyú zú xià), quoted by the Chinese philosopher Laozi (circa 604 BCE - circa 531 BCE) in the Tao Te Ching, chapter 64. Sometimes this quote is erroneously attributed to Laozi's contemporary, Confucius (circa 551 BCE - circa 479 BCE), founder of Confucianism.

Proverb[edit]

a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step

  1. Even the longest and most difficult ventures have a starting point.

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