In the song Lecha Dodi the author states סוף מעשה במחשבה תחלה - last in deed, [was] first in thought

I have seen this maxim attributed to Aristotle; is there a classic Jewish source for this in Tanacha, Chazal, Midrash etc?


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First things that come up on a search are

The words "רִאשׁוֹן לַמַּחֲשָׁבָה, אַחֲרוֹן לְמַעֲשֶׂה.".

The words. "תחילת המחשבה סוף המעשה" Kuzari 3.73, Magid devorov liyakov said it is a maamar chazal (brings the midrash regarding shabbos)
The words "סוף מעשה תחילת המחשבה".
Also here

Ramban in the book believe and trust chapter 8

  • Note the Kuzari says he is quoting the Sages.
    – Menachem
    Commented Sep 6, 2016 at 8:00

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