Quote A young man was walking along the beach at dawn. Ahead of him he saw an old man picking up starfish and tossing them into the waves. At last the young man caught up and asked him, “ Why are you doing that?” The old man explained that when the sun came up, the starfish abandoned on the sands would die. “But the beach goes on for thousands of miles and there are millions of starfish on the beach. How can your efforts make a difference, old man?” The old man looked at the little starfish in his hand. As he tossed it to the waves, he replied: “It makes a difference to this one”.