When you disarm the people, you commence to offend them and show that you distrust them either through cowardice or lack of confidence, and both of these opinions generate hatred.
— Niccolo Machiavelli

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.
Henry David Thoreau commenced quote

Education and admonition commence in the first years of childhood, and last to the very end of life.
— Plato

The best reformers the world has ever seen are those who commence on themselves.
— George Bernard Shaw

Those who commence deliberately. They plod on. They stick to it. They persevere and finally reap their rewards.
— commenced quotation by Charles E. Popplestone