a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step

A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step is a cliche that is referring to a long and difficult venture or journey having a starting off point. This saying is talking about that no matter how hard or long something is going to be, it will always need to have a starting point. Other phrasing of this cliche are Even the longest journey must begin where you stand and A journey of a thousand miles begins at the spot under ones feet.