The learner always begins by finding fault, but the scholar sees the positive merit in everything.
Behold how Christ is the foundation of the church and the apostles are the foundations! Christ is by a figure of speech – antonomastice – the foundation because the edifice of the church begins from him and is finished in him and through him. But the prophets and apostles are the foundations because their authority bears up our weakness.
In politics, what begins in fear usually ends in failure.
All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.
Philosophy begins in wonder.
But although all our knowledge begins with experience, it does not follow that it arises from experience.
And there begins a lang digression about the lords o’ the creation.
Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.
A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.
The figure a poem makes. It begins in delight and ends in wisdom… in a clarification of life – not necessarily a great clarification, such as sects and cults are founded on, but in a momentary stay against confusion.