The Beginning: Quote Challenge



Plato, a philosopher from ancient Greece (427—347 BC), is said to have been the student of Socrates and the teacher of Aristotle. Goodreads credits this trio with more than 1,300 quotes translated to English. Where to start? I chose the beginning.

The beginning is the most important part of the work.



Then I had second thoughts.



Dear Aristocles (a/k/a Platon and Plato),

You might be known as a great philosopher, but I challenge your “beginning” quote on behalf of all twenty-first century writers.

Sure, the beginning is important. But it’s only the appetizer, the first taste of what’s on the menu. What about the entre―the meat of the story? The drink that makes merry conversation between courses? The dessert that delights the diners with a satisfying takeaway?


Food-Party Trays


I’m ditching your ancient theoretical advice for a quote from a still-breathing French-Swiss film director.

A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order.

~Jean-Luc Godard






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