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Wise Quotes about First

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Seek first to understand,
then to be understood.
- Stephen Covey

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Always be a first-rate version of yourself,
instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
- Judy Garland

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
- Anonymous

 

All things at first appear difficult.
- Chinese proverb

When we step on the battlefield, I will be
The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore

To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.
- William Shakespeare

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Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you would take, you must first give,
this is the beginning of intelligence.
- Lao Tzu

You grow up the day you have
your first real laugh - at yourself.
- Ethel Barrymore

All truth passes through three stages:
First, it is ridiculed;
Second, it is violently opposed;
Third, it is accepted as self-evident.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Let him that would move the world first move himself.
- Socrates

We first make our habits, then our habits make us.
- John Dryden

Put on your own oxygen mask first.
- Airline companies

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all of our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time
- T. S. Eliot

Recognizing my blindness is the first step
toward regaining my sight.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
- Alfred North Whitehead

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.
- Abraham Lincoln

Do not say, "It is morning,"
and dismiss it with a name of yesterday.
See it for the first time
as a newborn child that has no name.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Today is the first and last day of forever.
- Edward, from Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer

Habits are cobwebs at first, cables at last.
- Chinese proverb

Look at everything as though you were seeing it
either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
- Betty Smith

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself -
and you are the easiest person to fool.
- Richard Feynman

A little simplification would be
the first step toward rational living.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
- Epictetus

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
The secret of getting started is
breaking your complex overwhelming tasks
into small manageable tasks,
and starting on the first one.
- Mark Twain

Do first things first, and second things not at all.
- Peter F. Drucker

Nothing happens unless first a dream.
- Carl Sandburg

Overflowing Cup of Tea:
The Zen Master poured his visitor's teacup full, and then kept pouring.
The visitor watched until he could no longer restrain himself.
"It is overfull. No more will go in!"
"Like this cup," the Zen Master said,
"you are full of your own opinions and assumptions.
How can you learn truth until you first empty your cup?"
- Traditional Zen Koan

First meditate, be blissful,
then much love will happen of its own accord.
Then being with others is beautiful
and being alone is also beautiful.
Then it is simple, too.
You dont depend on others
and you dont make others dependent on you.
- Osho

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
- Samuel Johnson

Non-violence is the first article of my faith.
It is also the last article of my creed.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The indispensable first step to getting
the things you want out of life is this:
Decide what you want.
- Ben Stein

First say to yourself what you would be;
then do what you have to do.
- Epictetus

The first step towards the solution
of any problem is optimism.
- John Baines

During the first period of a man's life
the greatest danger is not to take the risk.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Self-trust is the first secret of success.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If at first you don't succeed, try try again.
- Proverb

Self-disciplined begins with the mastery of your thoughts.
If you don't control what you think,
you can't control what you do.
Simply, self-discipline enables you
to think first and act afterward.
- Napoleon Hill

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.
- Epictetus

First, wash all car. Then wax. Wax on...
Wax on, right hand. Wax off, left hand. Wax on, wax off.
Breathe in through nose, out the mouth. Wax on, wax off.
Don't forget to breathe, very important.
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

In order to succeed, you must first be willing to fail.
- Anonymous

Give me six hours to chop down a tree
and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
- Abraham Lincoln

The first sigh of love is the last breath of wisdom.
- Anonymous

The first step in the evolution of ethics
is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.
- Albert Schweitzer

Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.
- Epictetus

Take a deep breath and do the difficult thing first.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

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.
- Carl Jung

Experience is a hard teacher.
She gives the test first
and the lessons afterwards.
- Anonymous

A holiday, the day I first named you, "friend."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

It is the first law of friendship
that it has to be cultivated.
The second is to be indulgent
when the first law is neglected.
- Voltaire

The first quality that is needed is audacity.
- Winston Churchill

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you,
then they fight you, then you win.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh, for the touch of a hand
and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

For the very first time the young are
seeing history being made
before it is censored by their elders.
- Margaret Mead

Self-honor (self-respect) is in no way selfish.
Before I can give to others,
I must have something to give.
Only by first creating
my own self-esteem and happiness,
do I possess the resources to
contribute anything meaningful to others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Okay, here's your first lesson: how to take a FALL!
- the movie Karate Kid

I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize.
The first is gentleness;
the second is frugality;
the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others.
Be gentle and you can be bold;
be frugal and you can be generous;
avoid putting yourself before others
and you can become a leader among men.
- Lao Tzu

Today, I Do What Is Important To Me, First.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins:
cash and experience.
Take the experience first; the cash will come later.
- Harold S. Geneen

Lawyers are the first refuge of the incompetent.
- Aaron Allston

Marriage - a book of which the first chapter is written
in poetry and the remaining chapters in prose.
- Beverley Nichols

The first man gets the oyster, the second man gets the shell.
- Andrew Carnegie

Life is uncertain; always eat dessert first.
- Anonymous

If you doubt the virtue in self-honor,
remember what the flight attendant says,
"Put your own oxygen mask on first."
You are of no use to anyone else
if you have not taken care of your own needs first -
this includes your own emotional,
as well as physical, well-being.
In addition, your greatest value to your children,
your family, your friends, and your community
is the example you set, leading a great life that inspires
those around you to emulate your being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first;
nationalism,
when hate for people other than your own comes first.
- Charles de Gaulle

Life is a journey. It is not a race to test
who can finish first or who can end up with the most loot.
Rather, life is best enjoyed as a meander -
watching the view to left and right - above and below -
as the days slowly move past in dress review.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If we wish to make a new world we have the material ready.
The first one, too, was made out of chaos.
- Robert Quillen

Effective leadership is putting first things first.
Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.
- Stephen Covey

The family is the first essential cell of human society.
- Pope John XXIII

Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities...
because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
- Winston Churchill


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