Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.

~Ernestine Ulmer

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.
~Abraham Lincoln

First secure an independent income, then practice virtue.
~Greek Proverb

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

You either have to be first, best or different.
~Loretta Lynn

Marriage is not merely sharing the fettuccini, but sharing the burden of finding the fettuccini restaurant in the first place.
~Calvin Trillin

Drink the first. Sip the second slowly. Skip the third.
~Knute Rockne

Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.
~Mark Twain

If at first you don't succeed, failure may be your thing.
~Warren Miller

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.
~Wendy Northcutt

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