Here we have the best First Quotes from famous authors such as Thomas Carlyle, Ernest Hemingway, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Arthur Schopenhauer, Nicholas Sparks. Find the perfect quotation from our collection.
When you go to war as a boy, you have a great illusion of immortality. Other people get killed, not you… Then, when you are badly wounded the first time, you lose that illusion, and you know it can happen to you.
The first wealth is health.
A work can become modern only if it is first postmodern. Postmodernism thus understood is not modernism at its end but in the nascent state, and this state is constant.
Friendship at first sight, like love at first sight, is said to be the only truth.
If I showed you scripts from my first few movies, the descriptions of my characters all said ‘the ugly girl‘.
The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.
Equality, rightly understood as our founding fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences; wrongly understood, as it has been so tragically in our time, it leads first to conformity and then to despotism.
You grow up the day you have the first real laugh at yourself.
Remember that you are an Englishman, and have consequently won first prize in the lottery of life.
When I first started out in this music industry, I was most concerned with freedom. Freedom to produce, freedom to play all the instruments on my records, freedom to say anything I wanted to.
If you do things well, do them better. Be daring, be first, be different, be just.
He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.
The first duty of a government is to maintain law and order so that the life, property, and religious beliefs of its subjects are fully protected by the State.
Concentration is my motto – first honesty, then industry, then concentration.
Awareness is the first step in healing.
In order to get what you want, you must first decide what you want. Most people really foul up at this crucial first step because they simply can’t see how it’s possible to get what they want, so they don’t even let themselves want it.
Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal, with takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice.
In America there are two classes of travel – first class, and with children.
I will never win an Oscar, and do you know why? First of all, because I’m not Jewish. Secondly, I make too much money for all those old farts in the Academy.
My extravagance is my garden – it’s the first thing I look at every morning when I wake up. It gives me so much pleasure.
I’ve always put my family first and that’s just the way it is.
Ever since the morning of May 29, 1953, when Tenzing Norgay and I became the first climbers to step onto the summit of Mount Everest, I’ve been called a great adventurer.
The First Industrial Revolution used water and steam power to mechanize production. The Second used electric power to create mass production. The Third used electronics and information technology to automate production.
The biggest and the most important thing my mother told me is to be a good actor you first need to be a really good human being and an honest person.
Everyone talks about building a relationship with your customer. I think you build one with your employees first.
Let the first impulse pass, wait for the second.
The first casualty when war comes is truth.
I always said that to get India stronger, first strengthen its roots, and all our roots are our country’s interiors, rural areas, and villages.
Every time I dive, I feel an adrenaline rush like I did that first time. Until my body fails on me, I will keep going.
The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.
See first, think later, then test. But always see first. Otherwise, you will only see what you were expecting. Most scientists forget that.
The first law of ecology is that everything is related to everything else.
If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.
Maybe we are all prospective migrants. The lines of national borders on maps are artificial constructs, as unnatural to us as they are to birds flying overhead. Our first impulse is to ignore them.
This is his first punishment, that by the verdict of his own heart no guilty man is acquitted.
Life is the first gift, love is the second, and understanding the third.
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
Winners, I am convinced, imagine their dreams first. They want it with all their heart and expect it to come true. There is, I believe, no other way to live.
The discovery of agriculture was the first big step toward a civilized life.
The feeling is constantly growing on me that I had been the first to hear the greeting of one planet to another.
If you are seeing something for the first time, one of your first reactions should be fascination.
From quiet homes and first beginning, out to the undiscovered ends, there’s nothing worth the wear of winning, but laughter and the love of friends.
The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.
You should never trust anything reported by the media. Their first priority is to spread propaganda; their second priority is to make money. They never really care if they tell the truth or not.
True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one’s self, and in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.
When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.
After the first blush of sin comes its indifference.
Music, I feel, must be emotional first and intellectual second.
There are two types of poor people, those who are poor together and those who are poor alone. The first are the true poor, the others are rich people out of luck.
Live performance is everything. First of all, I have terrible stage fright. But beyond that, once the music starts, it’s OK.
Let it be your constant method to look into the design of people’s actions, and see what they would be at, as often as it is practicable; and to make this custom the more significant, practice it first upon yourself.
From a child I was fond of reading, and all the little money that came into my hands was ever laid out in books. Pleased with the ‘Pilgrim‘s Progress,’ my first collection was of John Bunyan’s works in separate little volumes.
Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.
I cannot help fearing that men may reach a point where they look on every new theory as a danger, every innovation as a toilsome trouble, every social advance as a first step toward revolution, and that they may absolutely refuse to move at all.
The groves were God’s first temples.
Don’t get caught up in the ‘look’ thing. Sometimes, we as men and women, the first thing that attracts us to someone is their physical appearance, and that’s not always a good thing because what’s good on the outside is not always good on the inside.
It’s the first war we’ve ever fought on the television screen and the first war that our country ever fought where the media had full reign.
If at first you don’t succeed, then skydiving definitely isn’t for you.
All personal achievement starts in the mind of the individual. Your personal achievement starts in your mind. The first step is to know exactly what your problem, goal or desire is.
I always turn to the sports pages first, which records people’s accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man’s failures.
Learning starts with failure; the first failure is the beginning of education.
The first and great commandment is, don’t let them scare you.
Alcohol is like love. The first kiss is magic, the second is intimate, the third is routine. After that you take the girl’s clothes off.
In order to design a future of positive change, we must first become expert at changing our minds.
If you think back to the first sporting event you went to, you don’t remember the score, you don’t remember a home run, you don’t remember a dunk. You remember who you were with. Were you with your mom, your dad, your brother, on a date?
Men always want to be a woman’s first love – women like to be a man‘s last romance.
The first requisite for immortality is death.
My mom, Latha Sriram, is my first guru.
My first big mission for UNICEF in Ethiopia was just to attract attention, before it was too late, to conditions which threatened the whole country. My role was to inform the world, to make sure that the people of Ethiopia were not forgotten.
All first responders do noble work, and all of them deserve our respect and our appreciation.
Be what you are. This is the first step toward becoming better than you are.
Every day is sort of a jigsaw puzzle. You have to make sure that you’re putting the most important things first.
You’ve got to love yourself first. You’ve got to be okay on your own before you can be okay with somebody else.
Illusion is the first of all pleasures.
Have patience with all things, But, first of all with yourself.
The first myth of management is that it exists. The second myth of management is that success equals skill.
Cricket is my first love.
Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education and entertainment doesn’t know the first thing about either.
Remember the two benefits of failure. First, if you do fail, you learn what doesn’t work; and second, the failure gives you the opportunity to try a new approach.
There are only two classes – first class and no class.
Costumes are the first impression that you have of the character before they open their mouth-it really does establish who they are.
Trust is the first step to love.
The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.
Let him that would move the world first move himself.
I’m a defender first and foremost – blocks, headers, vital tackles, or even just the communication side of it, which is massive but doesn’t really get recognised.
Happiness lies first of all in health.
The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success only comes later.
The mint makes it first, it is up to you to make it last.
Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics.
If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it.
Love at first sight is easy to understand; it’s when two people have been looking at each other for a lifetime that it becomes a miracle.
Sometimes I wish my first word was ‘quote,’ so that on my death bed, my last words could be ‘end quote.’
Things are not always as they seem; the first appearance deceives many.
In order to arrive at knowledge of the motions of birds in the air, it is first necessary to acquire knowledge of the winds, which we will prove by the motions of water in itself, and this knowledge will be a step enabling us to arrive at the knowledge of beings that fly between the air and the wind.
Violin was my first form of expression – and is still in a lot of ways.
In Russia I felt for the first time like a full human being. No color prejudice like in Mississippi, no color prejudice like in Washington. It was the first time I felt like a human being.
Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision.
Skepticism is the first step on the road to philosophy.
I’m here to break boundaries, man. That’s all. I’m here to be the first so that the people after me don’t have to think twice about expressing themselves and being free.
The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.
First appearance deceives many.
The first qualification for a historian is to have no ability to invent.
Follow your passion. The rest will attend to itself. If I can do it, anybody can do it. It’s possible. And it’s your turn. So go for it. It’s never too late to become what you always wanted to be in the first place.
He who is to be a good ruler must have first been ruled.
It’s that wonderful old-fashioned idea that others come first and you come second. This was the whole ethic by which I was brought up. Others matter more than you do, so ‘don’t fuss, dear; get on with it.’
Ridicule is the first and last argument of a fool.
The first principle of success is desire – knowing what you want. Desire is the planting of your seed.
Faith is the first factor in a life devoted to service. Without it, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible.
The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.
It is the lone worker who makes the first advance in a subject; the details may be worked out by a team, but the prime idea is due to enterprise, thought, and perception of an individual.
Well, in the first place, military service, they don’t call it service for nothing. You are actually serving your country. And it is a worthy and valid vocation.
When you have two alternatives, the first thing you have to do is to look for the third that you didn’t think about, that doesn’t exist.
Politics I supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do – that was one of my favorite things about it, and when I first did it, I felt very perverse.
My mother tongue is Punjabi, but my first language is Urdu, which was the case with the people in undivided Punjab.
Overcoming fear is the first step to success for entrepreneurs. The winners all exemplify that, and the hard work and commitment they have shown underlines what is needed to set up a business.
We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
Winning is the most important thing in my life, after breathing. Breathing first, winning next.
If you want to shine like a sun, first burn like a sun.
The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.
So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.
First feelings are always the most natural.
I think we need to look at ourselves first. We should practice what we’re preaching. Otherwise, we are hypocrites.
In order to have friends, you must first be one.
Being the first to cross the finish line makes you a winner in only one phase of life. It’s what you do after you cross the line that really counts.
The first rule of sustainability is to align with natural forces, or at least not try to defy them.
What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.
Buyers decide in the first eight seconds of seeing a home if they’re interested in buying it. Get out of your car, walk in their shoes and see what they see within the first eight seconds.
People first, then money, then things.
The first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.
Beauty is as relative as light and dark. Thus, there exists no beautiful woman, none at all, because you are never certain that a still far more beautiful woman will not appear and completely shame the supposed beauty of the first.
There are three kinds of intelligence: one kind understands things for itself, the other appreciates what others can understand, the third understands neither for itself nor through others. This first kind is excellent, the second good, and the third kind useless.
A voyage to Europe in the summer of 1921 gave me the first opportunity of observing the wonderful blue opalescence of the Mediterranean Sea. It seemed not unlikely that the phenomenon owed its origin to the scattering of sunlight by the molecules of the water.
‘The bigtime for you is just around the corner.’ They told me that first in 1952 – boy, it’s been a long corner. If I don’t hit the bigtime in the next 25 or 30 years, I’m gonna pack in the music business and become a full-time gigolo.
I cannot say for certain if there is such a thing as love at first sight, but I do know that the moment I first glimpsed Winnie Nomzamo, I knew that I wanted to have her as my wife.
Whatever I like, even after a long time, I still like it. And I reminisce about the moment when I first heard it. That’s what I love. Just remembering those moments.
In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed.
You know why there’s a Second Amendment? In case the government fails to follow the first one.
I was angry and frustrated until I started my own family and my first child was born. Until then I didn’t really appreciate life the way I should have, but fortunately I woke up.
God and Nature first made us what we are, and then out of our own created genius we make ourselves what we want to be. Follow always that great law. Let the sky and God be our limit and Eternity our measurement.
If at first you don’t succeed… so much for skydiving.
You are graduating from college. That means that this is the first day of the last day of your life. No, that’s wrong. This is the last day of the first day of school. Nope, that’s worse. This is a day.
When you first get opportunities, suddenly you get surrounded by a lot of people who want to make money off you but also are there to help. But they start telling you so much what you need to be and what you need to do to maintain some idea of career maintenance.
They’re thinking of turning the peasant into an educated man. Why, first of all they should make him a good and prosperous farmer and then he’ll learn all that is necessary for him to know.
The first mistake of art is to assume that it’s serious.
We don’t believe in rheumatism and true love until after the first attack.
For me, family always comes first; I would do anything to protect them.
Our lives improve only when we take chances – and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.
Real heroes don’t wear capes. Real superheroes wear uniforms and badges and stethoscopes! Real superheroes are members of our military, law enforcement, and first responders. Pretend superheroes wear capes!
Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities… because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
His was a great sin who first invented consciousness. Let us lose it for a few hours.
A zero-gravity flight is a first step toward space travel.
Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.
While the soul is in mortal sin, nothing can profit it; none of its good works merit an eternal reward, since they do not proceed from God as their first principle, and by Him alone is our virtue real virtue.
First be best, then be first.
We need to understand that whatever we do, we’re all human beings first.
Saath Saath’ was my first big mistake!
I just don’t believe in love at first sight anymore, even though I’ve based my whole career on the concept. In my experience, power, money and influence always attract the opposite sex. It’s something that I’ve always exploited – with good results.
The only true love is love at first sight; second sight dispels it.
We all self-conscious. I’m just the first to admit it.
In my view, a corporation is not a person. A corporation does not have First Amendment rights to spend as much money as it wants, without disclosure, on a political campaign.
Obviously I faced the possibility of not returning when first I considered going. Once faced and settled there really wasn’t any good reason to refer to it.
In making a speech one must study three points: first, the means of producing persuasion; second, the language; third the proper arrangement of the various parts of the speech.
Arthur Russell is very important to me on many levels, and when I read Tim Lawrence‘s biography on him, ‘Hold on to Your Dreams,’ one of the things I took away was: first thought, best thought. I live by that when I make my own music.
Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?
When I was nine or ten, I had a chat with my coach and I asked if I could play in goal. I started playing as a goalkeeper and it was love at first sight. Only a goalkeeper knows how it is.
In order to change the world, you have to get your head together first.
Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.
There is nothing holier in this life of ours than the first consciousness of love, the first fluttering of its silken wings.
People ask me why my figures have to be so black. There are a lot of reasons. First, the blackness is a rhetorical device. When we talk about ourselves as a people and as a culture, we talk about black history, black culture, black music. That’s the rhetorical position we occupy.
If Jesus was a Jew, how come he has a Mexican first name?
It is usually the imagination that is wounded first, rather than the heart; it being much more sensitive.
The first quality that is needed is audacity.
To add value to others, one must first value others.
I feel I’ve done everything late in life. Got married late, and I didn’t do my first movie until I was 31. But in this crazy business, you never know what’s going to happen. Maybe after 20 years of making movies I’ll become an overnight sensation.
I was the first woman to burn my bra – it took the fire department four days to put it out.
Being team-mate to Michael Schumacher at Benetton in my first year of Formula One was certainly a high pressure situation.
If a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing poorly first.
The first time you marry for love, the second for money, and the third for companionship.
First and foremost, it’s my mom and dad who gave me the foundation, the belief in me that I could do anything.
In journalism, there has always been a tension between getting it first and getting it right.
After May 1940, the good times were few and far between; first there was the war, then the capitulation, and then the arrival of the Germans, which is when the trouble started for the Jews.
Government’s first duty and highest obligation is public safety.
Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.
Accordingly, globalization is not only something that will concern and threaten us in the future, but something that is taking place in the present and to which we must first open our eyes.
The first commercial judge in Medina was a woman!
People cannot change their tidying habits without first changing their way of thinking.
It’s very interesting, the joke comes first and then the wording comes within five seconds, maybe ten seconds. My thing is to get the joke across in as few words as possible. However, sometimes a word that’s not really needed does help the rhythm of it. It’s a gut feeling.
If you are first you are first. If you are second you are nothing.
My first thing was a McDonald‘s commercial.
I believe the first test of a truly great man is in his humility.
When I first became captain of the Indian cricket team in 2000, many well-wishers and journalist friends gifted me the classic Mike Brearley book, ‘The Art of Captaincy.’ I mean no disrespect to the book or Mr, Brearley, who I admire a great deal, but books or team meetings don’t make you good captains.
Be not the first by whom the new are tried, Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.
First of all, I try to be a positive role model.
Getting up and having the courage to share with people, all people, and even just being asked to sing, first of all, that’s all part of how I express my identity.
Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose.
Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
Getting in touch with your true self must be your first priority.
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
The first requisite of civilization is that of justice.
The first step… shall be to lose the way.
It does not help when an administration, in response to American attacks on American soil and American individuals, the administration ends up asking Americans to give up their First Amendment rights for which our service members are fighting.
The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.
None are more taken in by flattery than the proud, who wish to be the first and are not.
In order to heal others, we first need to heal ourselves. And to heal ourselves, we need to know how to deal with ourselves.
The first rule is not to lose. The second rule is not to forget the first rule.
In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves… self-discipline with all of them came first.
When you think about it, Adolf Hitler was the first pop star.
No woman marries for money; they are all clever enough, before marrying a millionaire, to fall in love with him first.
Grub first, then ethics.
Every noble work is at first impossible.
I die the king’s faithful servant, but God’s first.
Be willing to have it so. Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.
The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first.
My mother had a saying: ‘Kamala, you may be the first to do many things, but make sure you’re not the last.’
Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke. That’s their natural and first weapon. She will need her sisterhood.
Let me be the first to tell you, drinking alcohol is the worst thing to do in cold weather. Hot soup is the best because the process of digesting food helps to warm you up.
I’ll be a wife and mother first, then First Lady.
Yeah, we shot ourselves in the foot right out of the gate. The guy who ran it at first misled pretty much everybody about how much capital we had. He said we had enough to go three years without making money, and we had enough to go three weeks.
I originally got very interested in memory in high school when my grandmother came to live with us. She had been diagnosed with dementia. It was the first time I had heard the word ‘Alzheimer‘s disease.’
In socialism, private property is anathema, and equal distribution of income the first consideration. In capitalism, private property is cardinal, and distribution left to ensue from the play of free contract and selfish interest on that basis, no matter what anomalies it may present.
My first movie was this independent that I did on the Erie Canal in 1995, called Erie, that I don’t know if you could even get, actually with Felicity Huffman. And then from that I did this film that was eventually called The Broken Giant later that fall. And then I kind of started getting into doing pilots.
The spread of civilisation may be likened to a fire; first, a feeble spark, next a flickering flame, then a mighty blaze, ever increasing in speed and power.
Nice guys finish first. If you don’t know that, then you don’t know where the finish line is.
The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth.
First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
Nothing happens unless first we dream.
Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.
Every vision is a joke until the first man accomplishes it; once realized, it becomes commonplace.
Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.
In the first 50 years of the filibuster, it was used only 35 times. But the last Congress alone had 112 cloture motions filed, plus threats of more. This is the tyranny of the minority.
The first thing which I can record concerning myself is, that I was born. These are wonderful words. This life, to which neither time nor eternity can bring diminution – this everlasting living soul, began. My mind loses itself in these depths.
It just doesn’t go with my story to be a first round pick, because I had to grind my whole life.
In Korean, the word ‘future’ is made up of two parts. The first part means ‘not,’ and the second means ‘to come.’ In that sense, ‘future’ means something that will not come. This is to say the future is now, and our now is us living our future.
When you have shot one bird flying you have shot all birds flying. They are all different and they fly in different ways but the sensation is the same and the last one is as good as the first.
Democracy, pure democracy, has at least its foundation in a generous theory of human rights. It is founded on the natural equality of mankind. It is the cornerstone of the Christian religion. It is the first element of all lawful government upon earth.
I think the first step is to understand that forgiveness does not exonerate the perpetrator. Forgiveness liberates the victim. It’s a gift you give yourself.
Every artist was first an amateur.
I remember the first time I had sex – I kept the receipt.
I opened Leith’s in Notting Hill in 1969 and it eventually worked its way into being awarded a Michelin star. At the time, there were a few women running small bistros – but I was the first woman to have a ‘serious,’ expensive restaurant.
Perfect happiness is a beautiful sunset, the giggle of a grandchild, the first snowfall. It’s the little things that make happy moments, not the grand events. Joy comes in sips, not gulps.
The human voice is the first and most natural musical instrument, also the most emotional.
It is easy to get everything you want, provided you first learn to do without the things you cannot get.
The first mistake in public business is the going into it.
It’s a mystery. That’s the first thing that interests me about the idea of God. If there is one, it’s mysterious and powerful and awesome to even consider the concept, and you have to take it seriously.
A first love always occupies a special place.
Director Jai Krishna is an optimist who has a never-say-die attitude. He has impressed me thoroughly with his faith in the industry. Not many are aware of the fact that this man had to wait for almost 30 years in this industry to direct ‘Vanmam,’ his first film.
I’m into very colorful food. Obviously lots of flavor, but I think we eat with our eyes first, so it has to look great. The presentation has to be great.
The Iowa Women’s Health Study, which has followed more than 35,000 women for decades, found eating more broccoli, cauliflower, kale and other cruciferous vegetables was associated with a lower risk of getting non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in the first place.
The first and greatest punishment of the sinner is the conscience of sin.
You have a row of dominoes set up; you knock over the first one, and what will happen to the last one is that it will go over very quickly.
If you have not chosen the Kingdom of God first, it will in the end make no difference what you have chosen instead.
To hold a people in oppression you have to convince them first that they are supposed to be oppressed.
For me, every day is a new thing. I approach each project with a new insecurity, almost like the first project I ever did. And I get the sweats. I go in and start working, I’m not sure where I’m going. If I knew where I was going I wouldn’t do it.
There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want, and after that to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.
To find out your real opinion of someone, judge the impression you have when you first see a letter from them.
You must take the first step. The first steps will take some effort, maybe pain. But after that, everything that has to be done is real-life movement.
A good teacher, like a good entertainer first must hold his audience‘s attention, then he can teach his lesson.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
If people are failing, they look inept. If people are succeeding, they look strong and good and competent. That’s the ‘halo effect.’ Your first impression of a thing sets up your subsequent beliefs. If the company looks inept to you, you may assume everything else they do is inept.
The strangest part about being famous is you don’t get to give first impressions anymore. Everyone already has an impression of you before you meet them.
Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.
There are really three parts to the creative process. First there is inspiration, then there is the execution, and finally there is the release.
All the revision in the world will not save a bad first draft: for the architecture of the thing comes, or fails to come, in the first conception, and revision only affects the detail and ornament, alas!
Every time I hear that Champions League song, it reminds me of hearing it for the first time in the old Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam.
Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the foundation upon which sincere and meaningful repentance must be built. If we truly seek to put away sin, we must first look to Him who is the Author of our salvation.
If one tries to think about history, it seems to me – it’s like looking at a range of mountains. And the first time you see them, they look one way. But then time changes, the pattern of light shifts. Maybe you’ve moved slightly, your perspective has changed. The mountains are the same, but they look very different.
When I stepped into the box, I felt the at-bat belonged to me. Everybody else was there for my convenience. The pitcher was there to throw me a ball to hit. The catcher was there to throw it back to him if he didn’t give me what I wanted the first time. And the umpire was lucky that he was close enough to watch.
Few and far between are the books you’ll cherish, returning to them time and again, to revisit old friends, relive old happiness, and recapture the magic of that first read.
A commodity appears at first sight an extremely obvious, trivial thing. But its analysis brings out that it is a very strange thing, abounding in metaphysical subtleties and theological niceties.
Perhaps the world’s second-worst crime is boredom; the first is being a bore.
To accomplish great things we must first dream, then visualize, then plan… believe… act!
There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.
It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.
Fans insult me and call me ‘monkey.’ At first, I was quite shocked, but now I do not give it importance.
Your first projects aren’t the greatest things in the world, and they may have no money value, they may go nowhere, but that is how you learn – you put so much effort into making something right if it is for yourself.
It has been said that there is no fool like an old fool, except a young fool. But the young fool has first to grow up to be an old fool to realize what a damn fool he was when he was a young fool.
Nagasaki and Hiroshima remind us to put peace first every day; to work on conflict prevention and resolution, reconciliation, and dialogue; and to tackle the roots of conflict and violence.
The stage is my first love. It gives me immense self-satisfaction, a sort of power because a stage actor carries the audience along; it’s a live performance; spontaneity is its soul.
I had rather be first in a village than second at Rome.
We are all mortal until the first kiss and the second glass of wine.
In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.
A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.
Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject.
Learning to love yourself is not going to happen overnight – the first step is trying to be kinder and more patient with yourself, and I understand that it takes time.
The greatest generation was formed first by the Great Depression. They shared everything – meals, jobs, clothing.
To design the future effectively, you must first let go of your past.
The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists.
First we have to believe, and then we believe.
Hair is the first thing. And teeth the second. Hair and teeth. A man got those two things he’s got it all.
The first step in solving a problem is to recognize that it does exist.
The first complete sentence out of my mouth was probably that line about consistency being the hobgoblin of small minds.
If you can take the hot lead enema, then you can cast the first stone.
Thankfully, dreams can change. If we’d all stuck with our first dream, the world would be overrun with cowboys and princesses.
A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think.
The industrial revolution allowed us, for the first time, to start replacing human labour with machines.
The more we pour the big machines, the fuel, the pesticides, the herbicides, the fertilizer and chemicals into farming, the more we knock out the mechanism that made it all work in the first place.
The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting.
If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.
The first and worst of all frauds is to cheat oneself.
I don’t know if I believe in love at first sight, but of course I believe in two people having chemistry right away. A girl should be really easy to talk to. When I lose track of time because we’ve been talking, I think that’s really fun.
To solve any problem, here are three questions to ask yourself: First, what could I do? Second, what could I read? And third, who could I ask?
I’m not a morning person. But it doesn’t matter if I wake up at seven, eight, or noon, I’m still having breakfast food first thing when I wake up.
Are you a politician asking what your country can do for you or a zealous one asking what you can do for your country? If you are the first, then you are a parasite; if the second, then you are an oasis in the desert.
I personally believe that if you love someone, and you get your heart broken, and you can learn to love someone else just as deeply as the first, then that is the greatest lesson we can learn on this planet.
In order to get beyond racism, we must first take account of race. There is no other way. And in order to treat some persons equally, we must treat them differently.
Get there first with the most.
I can mention many moments that were unforgettable and revelatory. But the most single revelatory three minutes was the first time I put on scuba gear and dived on a coral reef. It’s just the unbelievable fact that you can move in three dimensions.
I have ten commandments. The first nine are, thou shalt not bore. The tenth is, thou shalt have right of final cut.
A good husband is never the first to go to sleep at night or the last to awake in the morning.
Remember the first rule of gunfighting… ‘have a gun.’
I’m the first to admit that we were totally dependent on a particular place and time… for us, seeing Minor Threat at the CBGB hardcore matinee was just as necessary a force in our lives as the Treacherous Three at Club Negril or the Funky Four + One More at the Rock Lounge.
Here’s the thing: every office I’ve run for I was the first to win. First person of color. First woman. First woman of color. Every time.
There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game and that is first place. I have finished second twice in my time at Green Bay and I never want to finish second again.
The first rule in opera is the first rule in life: see to everything yourself.
I make mistakes daily, letting generalizations creep into my thoughts and negatively affect my behavior. These mistakes have taught me that the first step to successfully choosing kindness is being more mindful about it, letting go of impatience and intolerance along the way.
No greater thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.
I am sure of this: that no one can write a book which children will like unless he write it for himself first.
Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.
First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
My family comes first. Maybe that’s what makes me different from other guys.
If you want to love others, I think you should love yourself first.
There is no such thing as second place. Either you’re first or you’re nothing.
In order to know virtue, we must first acquaint ourselves with vice.
The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.
The first hundred years are the hardest.
Since day one, since the first time I touched the pen, I wanted to be the best at what I do.
The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.
A major driver of the cost of healthcare in the United States is a compromise that was reached with the American Medical Association in the 1960s when Medicare was first established.
I learned two basic lessons on Everest. First, just because something has worked in the past does not mean it will work today. Second, different challenges require different mindsets.
The first thing is to love your sport. Never do it to please someone else. It has to be yours.
Beauty is the first present nature gives to women and the first it takes away.
Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything.
I believe in love at first sight. You want that connection, and then you want some problems.
I tell a student that the most important class you can take is technique. A great chef is first a great technician. ‘If you are a jeweler, or a surgeon or a cook, you have to know the trade in your hand. You have to learn the process. You learn it through endless repetition until it belongs to you.
First, accept sadness. Realize that without losing, winning isn’t so great.
Nonviolence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed.
If you want to know your true opinion of someone, watch the effect produced in you by the first sight of a letter from him.
One of the things you can always depend on – this is one of the truths of the universe, and you heard it first from here – whatever we decide we want to do is what we do.
The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.
First keep peace with yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.
When Hindustan Motors rolled out the first Ambassador Car in 1957 its sturdy body, rounded contours and Mother Earth simplicity immediately bagged it a place in our collective consciousness.
Having a child, particularly your first child, is such a life-changing moment. Nothing can really prepare you for that.
I cannot be awake for nothing looks to me as it did before, Or else I am awake for the first time, and all before has been a mean sleep.
The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.
The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.
If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable.
No traveler, whether a tree lover or not, will ever forget his first walk in a sugar-pine forest. The majestic crowns approaching one another make a glorious canopy, through the feathery arches of which the sunbeams pour, silvering the needles and gilding the stately columns and the ground into a scene of enchantment.
A fool and his money are lucky enough to get together in the first place.
I was 17 and out of school, living with my mom, starving, not eating, getting locked up, no focus, no guidance. When you ain’t got no guidance, you can’t do too much. But then I had my first son and started working. I got the right people around me.
For many, Christmas is also a time for coming together. But for others, service will come first.
The first step, my son, which one makes in the world, is the one on which depends the rest of our days.
A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.
Let some people get rich first.
We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.
The origin of all revolutions and corruption, and the spur and source of all base morals are just two sayings: The First Saying: ‘So long as I’m full, what is it to me if others die of hunger?’ The Second Saying: ‘You suffer hardship so that I can live in ease; you work so that I can eat.’
There is always some kid who may be seeing me for the first time. I owe him my best.
There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest.
It is good taste, and good taste alone, that possesses the power to sterilize and is always the first handicap to any creative functioning.
It is impossible to see the angel unless you first have a notion of it.
I have learned that only two things are necessary to keep one’s wife happy. First, let her think she’s having her own way. And second, let her have it.
Without my services, Pakistan would never have been the first Muslim nuclear nation. We were able to achieve the capability under very tough circumstances, but we did it.
Asking questions is the first way to begin change.
I think, team first. It allows me to succeed, it allows my team to succeed.
Believe it or not, cricket was my first love. I would genuinely have swapped the dream of a winning goal at Wembley for a century against the Australians at Lord’s.
Discontent is the first necessity of progress.
Self-preservation is the first law of nature.
At my core, the glass isn’t half-empty – it’s not even what I ordered in the first place.
It is in self-limitation that a master first shows himself.
Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.
The difficult thing is that vulnerability is the first thing I look for in you and the last thing I’m willing to show you. In you, it’s courage and daring. In me, it’s weakness.
First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.
To endure is the first thing that a child ought to learn, and that which he will have the most need to know.
The first sign of corruption in a society that is still alive is that the end justifies the means.
Isn’t it the moment of most profound doubt that gives birth to new certainties? Perhaps hopelessness is the very soil that nourishes human hope; perhaps one could never find sense in life without first experiencing its absurdity.
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
If the first bite is with the eye and the second with the nose, some people will never take that third, actual bite if the food in question smells too fishy, fermented or cheesy.
There are three attributes for which I am grateful to Fortune: that I was born, first, human and not animal; second, man and not woman; and third, Greek and not barbarian.
Take some time to learn first aid and CPR. It saves lives, and it works.
The only place that matters is first.
At the age when other children, I imagine, experience their first ‘feeling’ for a person, or for art, or for religion, I was affectionate, good, and even pious: by that I mean that under the influence of my mother, I was devoted to the Child Jesus.
I am not the first Buddha who came upon Earth, nor shall I be the last. In due time, another Buddha will arise in the world – a Holy One, a supremely enlightened One, endowed with wisdom in conduct, auspicious, knowing the universe, an incomparable leader of men, a master of angels and mortals.
The first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion.
A hasty judgment is a first step to recantation.
My favorite Bob Dylan record is the very first one where he sings one Bob Dylan song and the rest of them are his interpretations of the Dust Bowl-era folk songs, or even going back as far as the mass influx of people coming into the U.S. during the gold rush. His interpretations of those songs are incredible.
The two most important requirements for major success are: first, being in the right place at the right time, and second, doing something about it.
If the Constitution was a movie, the Preamble would be the trailer, the First Amendment the establishing shot, the 13th the crowd pleaser and the 14th the ultimate hero scene.
Prosperity is necessarily the first theme of a political campaign.
The first time I see a jogger smiling, I’ll consider it.
The first thing I do when I get home is take my shoes off and go barefoot.
I’d rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.
When I wake up in the morning, I just can’t get started until I’ve had that first, piping hot pot of coffee. Oh, I’ve tried other enemas.
Live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted wrongly the first time.
Seek ye first the good things of the mind, and the rest will either be supplied or its loss will not be felt.
We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.
Making a strong first impression is as important as ever, especially when meeting face-to-face.
The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity – much less dissent.
The first recipe for happiness is: avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.
I’m Italian; I take my time. We’re not really fast. We’re very slow. I had my first child at 40, my second child at 45, James Bond at 50. I’m so curious as to what’s next!
You know the drum was the first instrument besides the human voice.
We always deceive ourselves twice about the people we love – first to their advantage, then to their disadvantage.
I’ll play it first and tell you what it is later.
Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.
First thing every morning before you arise say out loud, ‘I believe,’ three times.
If I knew of something that could serve my nation but would ruin another, I would not propose it to my prince, for I am first a man and only then a Frenchman… because I am necessarily a man, and only accidentally am I French.
Vox populi vox dei: the voice of the people is the voice of God. The slogan was useful for those who first attempted to substitute the people for God as the source of political authority. Their attempt was ultimately so successful that God no longer seems to be needed in government.