A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step

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"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" (Chinese: 千里之行,始於足下; pinyin: Qiānlǐ zhī xíng, shǐyú zú xià; lit. 'A journey of a thousand Chinese miles (li) starts beneath one's feet') is a common saying that originated from a Chinese proverb. The quotation is from Chapter 64 of the Dao De Jing ascribed to Laozi,[1] although it is also erroneously ascribed to his contemporary, Confucius.[2] This saying teaches that even the longest and most difficult ventures have a starting point; something which begins with one first step.


  1. ^ "Lao Tzu". BBC World Service. Retrieved January 12, 2020.
  2. ^ Keyes, Ralph (2007). The quote verifier : who said what, where, and when. New York: St. Martin's Publishing Group. p. 107. ISBN 978-1-4299-0617-3. OCLC 865093666.