Pretexts are not wanting when one wishes to use them.
La Villeggiatura (1761), I, 12.
Chi ben commincia è alia meta dell' opra.
Who well begins, is half way through his task.
Il filosofo di campagna (The Country Philosopher) (1752), Part II, scene I (translation by Lesbina); reported in Thomas Benfield Harbottle and Philip Hugh Dalbiac, Dictionary of Quotations (French and Italian) (1904), p. 261.