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First Stroke is Half the Battle

“Well begun is half done.” “A good lather is half the shave.”

“Incipe: dimidium facti est coepisse. (Ausonius.)”

“Dimidium facti, qui coepit, habet.” (Horace.)

French:

Barbe bien savonné est à moitié faite.
Heureux commencement est la moitié
C' n'est que le premier pas qui coûte.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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