"Every expert was once a beginner." Are there other famous quotes that mean the same thing?

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poetrymfa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are absolutely other quotes which highlight this same point—that there is value (and, in fact, liberty) in being a beginner and that we all must start off as individuals without expertise in the quest for greatness. 

One of my personal favorite quotes on this matter comes from Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple and one of the greatest technological icons to ever live. In regards to being booted from his own company, Jobs once stated,

I didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.

Actor William Dafoe once said,

I set myself challenges every time I work. Ideally, I approach everything as though it's the first time—with a beginner's mind and an amateur's love.

In regards to urgency, Bernard Kelvin Clive says,

Masters today were starters yesterday, so begin now.

Writer Louis L'Amour once commented,

There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.

Finally, Saint Francis of Assisi once suggested,

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."

In other words, being a beginner is a wonderful thing to be! There is no need to rush toward the end; the true value of anything is in the journey. 

esoppelt eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The initial quote “Every expert was once beginner” is attributed to Helen Hayes (1900-1993). She was an actress who is one of the few in her career to win an Emmy, a Grammy, and an Oscar and a Tony. If anyone became an expert in her craft it was Helen Hayes.

Here are some other quotes that say something similar.

“Everybody has to start somewhere. You have your whole future ahead of you. Perfection doesn't happen right away.”

This is a quote by Haruki Murakami in his book of short stories Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman. Murakami is a Japanese author born in 1949 who writes novels and short stories. 

“If everyone waited to become an expert before starting, no one would become an expert. To become an EXPERT, you must have EXPERIENCE. To get EXPERIENCE, you must EXPERIMENT! Stop waiting. Start stuff."

This quote comes from Richie Norton, an author, consultant and Founder and CEO of Global Consulting Circle.

“You don't have to be good to start ... you just have to start to be good!” says Joe Sabah, a public speaker and member of the National Speakers Association.

Lailah Gifty Akita has several quotes that apply to this topic. Lailah is from Ghana and is the founder of Smart Youth Volunteers Foundation.

“Every beginner possesses a great potential to be an expert in his or her chosen field.” 

“All great men had simple beginnings.”

“Sometimes, the experts forget they were once beginners. You must be gentle with beginners; they have great potential to be experts.”