This post was supposed to be only about three firsts I experienced last week—the first time riding in a convertible, the first time drinking a watermelon margarita, and the first time listening to the song, Multiple Spouse Wounds, by The Mars Volta.
But, in searching for a “first” quote to go along with my post, I came across so many good ones, they sort of took over and demanded center stage. They are as follows:
If I only had an hour to chop down a tree, I would spend the first 45 minutes sharpening my axe.
First secure an independent income, then practice virtue.
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
You either have to be first, best or different.
Marriage is not merely sharing the fettuccini, but sharing the burden of finding the fettuccini restaurant in the first place.
Drink the first. Sip the second slowly. Skip the third.
Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.
If at first you don't succeed, failure may be your thing.
If at first you don't succeed, try, try, and try again. Then give up. There's no use being a damned fool about it.
~William Claude Dunkenfield (W. C. Fields)
If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.