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While traversing through the desert with my similarly gendered sibling she mentioned during one of the multitude of conversations that the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. So I took the bait and Googled it and on reference.com, the brother of dictionary.com, a website I just discovered, I found the answer, or at least one of them…
The ancient phrase, “A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step” has many paraphrases and dates back thousands of years, and takes on a special meaning in contemporary society. The actual quote is attributed to Lao-tzu, the ancient Chinese philosopher who wrote the Tao Te Ching, born 604 B.C. The literal translation form the Chinese is “A journey of a thousand leagues begins beneath one’s feet.
at this point, I couldn’t access the ‘read more’ reference, so I Googled Tao Te Ching and discovered a book of quotes written by Lao-tzu, complete with a web-site dedicated to studying the Tao. Being intrigued, I sit pondering whether or not to buy the book. I like quotes, proverbs, saying… you get the jist. P’raps I’ll swing by the library and check it out. I can decide whether to get a copy after seeing it for myself. Prob’ly will.
Of course, there were a multitude of references for the quote, but I was satisfied with the first one. The other references seemed to indicate that the original quote came from Lao-tzu, so, eh, I’m good.