Top 4345 First Quotes

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“I only published my first novel at the age of 40. Till then, I wrote short stories.”

― A. B. Yehoshua

“I started off throwing out ‘Artist.’ I made that my first mixtape. Then, I threw out ‘TBA,’ which means ‘To Be Announced.’”

― A Boogie wit da Hoodie

“My first mixtape especially – that came from a heartbreak.”

― A Boogie wit da Hoodie

“Well, first of all, going off with dianetics was based upon a thought of mine.”

― A. E. van Vogt

“I first read science fiction in the old British Chum annual when I was about 12 years old.”

― A. E. van Vogt

“I take the walk to be the externalization of an interior seeking so that the analogy is first of all between the external and the internal.”

― A. R. Ammons

“I read my first book on Woodrow Wilson at age 15, and I was hooked.”

― A. Scott Berg

“Lawyers are the first refuge of the incompetent.”

― Aaron Allston

“Violence is the first refuge of the violent.”

― Aaron Allston

“When I first went out on the road with Larry Williams, there was also, like, The Coasters, The Drifters, and The Flamingos.”

― Aaron Neville

“My first gig was a Corn Pops commercial. I did the first Vanilla Coke campaign. A Juicy Fruit commercial paid my bills for years.”

― Aaron Paul

“You can tell if you’re going to be into a script within the first five or ten pages – if I’m not completely engaged by page 20, I just have to give up on it.”

― Aaron Paul

“The first thing I wrote was a one-act play that got accepted at a one-act play festival, and I was in it along with Nathan Lane and a couple of other very good actors.”

― Aaron Sorkin

“I first met Jimbo Wales, the face of Wikipedia, when he came to speak at Stanford.”

― Aaron Swartz

“’Rent’ was my first professional job, ever.”

― Aaron Tveit

“I like to entertain the crowd. Personally I like to entertain my team-mates first, but when the crowd gets going, it is amazing.”

― AB de Villiers

“If you pick up that information, the first metre or two, the ball coming out of the hand, you can analyse what’s coming.”

― AB de Villiers

“’Fallen Too Far’ was my first NYT bestseller. That changed my life.”

― Abbi Glines

“The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it.”

― Abbie Hoffman

“Trump has actually been tougher on Ukraine than President Obama was. The first thing he did was put sanctions on Russia as it relates to the Ukraine.”

― Abby Huntsman

“Competitions are a business, first and foremost.”

― Abby Lee Miller

“People first concern themselves with meeting their basic needs; only afterwards, do they pursue any higher needs.”

― Abdolkarim Soroush

“I wrote my first piano piece when I was in 4th grade.”

― Abel Korzeniowski

“I made my first movie when I was five.”

― Abigail Breslin

“God the first garden made, and the first city Cain.”

― Abraham Cowley

“Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.”

― Abraham Lincoln

“I knew I was destined to do a solo album, but when I did that first album in 1978, I had no idea it was going to be that well received.”

― Ace Frehley

“The first rappers I ever got into were Wu-Tang, Mobb Deep, and Nas. Those are the guys. Those are the dudes that flipped my wig.”

― Action Bronson

“As a first movie, ‘The Hobbit’ is not a bad place to start.”

― Adam Brown

“My first film is coming out, and it’s in 3D, and it’s ‘The Hobbit,’ so it’s a bit weird.”

― Adam Brown

“My first car was a motorcycle.”

― Adam Carolla

“As much as possible, location-specific information should not be collected in the first place, or not in personally identifiable form.”

― Adam Cohen

“It is amazing that it is my destiny to be the first Aussie to win the Masters.”

― Adam Derek Scott

“China just banned ICO fundraising. They did Silicon Valley and the U.S. a favor – now we get first dibs.”

― Adam Draper

“The first World War in so many ways shaped the 20th century and really remade our world for the worse.”

― Adam Hochschild

“My first album was completed in three months.”

― Adam Lambert

“My first joke was about a company called Five Star Parking that was all over Philadelphia: ‘Who’s reviewing parking lots?’”

― Adam McKay

“First off, no one award-wise ever rewards comedy, which is… whatever. I don’t care about that.”

― Adam McKay

“I gotta say – if I clicked on a movie interview, and the first part was all about Walt Whitman, I’d love that article.”

― Adam McKay

“WeWork is my fifth venture. I failed in my first, second and third, had mediocre success in the fourth.”

― Adam Neumann

“I was very lucky to befriend many authors before even signing with an agent, and they were all so supportive of me when I told them I was in the middle of my first book.”

― Adam Silvera

“Labor was the first price, the original purchase – money that was paid for all things.”

― Adam Smith

“The first task of the association must therefore be to form the young members.”

― Adam Weishaupt

“I was always first in, last out, but not inefficiently.”

― Adena Friedman

“My mother is a Chitrapur Saraswat from Mangalore and half-Telugu, and my father is a Bohri Muslim. My mother’s father, J Rameshwar Rao, was the Raja of Wanaparthy, a principality of Hyderabad. He was influenced by the socialist movement and became the first Raja to give up his title.”

― Aditi Rao Hydari

“’Boss’ is a big scale entertainer… It is my first film of this kind.”

― Aditi Rao Hydari

“When my first album came out, it wasn’t Bollywood.”

― Adnan Sami

“And most of these pilots were lost during the first five flights.”

― Adolf Galland

“Ah-rah-han, the first Buddhist apostle of Burma, under the patronage of King Anan-ra-tha-men-zan, disseminated the doctrines of atheism and taught his disciples to pant after annihilation as the supreme good.”

― Adoniram Judson

“My views of the missionary object are, indeed, different from what they were when I was first set on fire by Buchanan’s ‘Star in the East’ six years ago. But it does not always happen that a closer acquaintance with an object diminishes our attachment and preference.”

― Adoniram Judson

“The first thing anyone can do, about any issue, is get informed.”

― Adora Svitak

“I had a few stories and longer pieces published, but my first proper novel came in 2003, called ‘Dead I Well May Be.’”

― Adrian McKinty

“I’ve always been a secret locked-room fanatic. I read my first one when I was about ten or 11, Agatha Christie’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express,’ with David Niven and Peter Ustinov on the cover.”

― Adrian McKinty

“My dad was the first man I ever loved.”

― Adrienne C. Moore

“My actual first summer internship was in the design department of Clinique.”

― Aerin Lauder

“It is an ill thing to be the first to bring news of ill.”

― Aeschylus

“Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything.”

― Aesop

“For the first week of the Sian events I was a first aid worker in the streets of Sian.”

― Agnes Smedley

“When I was 15 I became a full-time singer in a band. At 18 I made my first record.”

― Agnetha Faltskog

“If anybody asks me where I’m from, my first inclination is to say, ‘Washington,’ because that’s where I grew up meaningfully.”

― Ahmet Ertegun

“When I first heard Ray Charles, he was a flop artist on a small label in California. He hadn’t sold any records. And I bought his contract for $2,500.”

― Ahmet Ertegun

“My first wife was a theater person.”

― Ahmet Ertegun

“I got promoted to co-anchor of the early-morning show ‘Fox & Friends First’ in 2013.”

― Ainsley Earhardt

“I felt that I should become a film actress first, and then come back to serials and earn good remuneration from it.”

― Aishwarya Rajesh

“I believe in the First Amendment.”

― Ajit Pai

“The FCC, under my leadership, will stand for the First Amendment.”

― Ajit Pai

“’SNL’ is our main priority because that was our first big break.”

― Akiva Schaffer

“In my first week as a U.S. senator, I had the privilege of participating in the Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Judge Sonia Sotomayor.”

― Al Franken

“I’m a crusader. I really believe in the First Amendment, and I use it fully, and I pay a price for that.”

― Al Goldstein

“The Congress is virtually incapable of passing any reforms unless they first get permission from the powerful special interests who are most affected by the proposal.”

― Al Gore

“The first less is this: take it from me, every vote counts.”

― Al Gore

“I started recording in ’67. In the first part of ’68, my first single was ‘Backup Train.’ That was success to a degree. Four years have passed by since then, and I have managed to come up with a few measly sellers.”

― Al Green

“I was the first candidate to come out against this war, spoke at every anti-war march.”

― Al Sharpton

“We’re not willing to give black leaders second chances because, in most cases, we’re not willing to give them first chances.”

― Al Sharpton

“Anyone who was tempted to draw comparisons between my father’s ‘Dave Robicheaux’ series and my first book quickly gave up.”

― Alafair Burke

“The main ingredient of the first quantum revolution, wave-particle duality, has led to inventions such as the transistor and the laser that are at the root of the information society.”

― Alain Aspect

“I made my first stage appearance when I was 6 months old.”

― Alan Alda

“I’m Scottish first, and it’s odd to hear that I’m a Scottish-American.”

― Alan Cumming

“Macbeth was the first play I ever read.”

― Alan Cumming

“Well, first of all, no professor should be able to say, I refuse to defend my position. I refuse to debate my position.”

― Alan Dershowitz

“Our first responsibility is not to ourselves. Our first responsibility is to our country and to our God.”

― Alan Keyes

“Ed Sullivan brought me to TV first in 1952, then Garry Moore’s program gave me a lot of confidence and freedom.”

― Alan King

“If at first you don’t succeed, get a bigger hammer.”

― Alan Lewis

“Most of my collaborations, certainly post – Howard Ashman but even with Howard, are music first.”

― Alan Menken

“My first success was ‘Little Shop of Horrors,’ and I had been working for years on jingles.”

― Alan Menken

“Language comes first. It’s not that language grows out of consciousness, if you haven’t got language, you can’t be conscious.”

― Alan Moore

“I was very early on in taking venture capital abroad: to Europe first, then Asia.”

― Alan Patricof

“I got my first job at a firm called Naess & Thomas.”

― Alan Patricof

“If it is a first offense, you ground them and have a talk. The second offense would call for counseling.”

― Alan Thicke

“If the Chinese are the first to the asteroids or the first to Mars, good for them, as far as I’m concerned.”

― Alastair Reynolds

“When I die, if the word ‘thong’ appears in the first or second sentence of my obituary, I’ve screwed up.”

― Albert Brooks

“The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth.”

― Albert Camus

“We call first truths those we discover after all the others.”

― Albert Camus

“Whatever man does he must do first in his mind.”

― Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

“We have shown, given these last three years, that we were succeeding in fighting terrorists. While during the first 30 years of the former governments they didn’t.”

― Alberto Fujimori

“I did my first film with Francis Ford Copploa, which spoiled the hell out of me.”

― Alden Ehrenreich

“To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering.”

― Aldo Leopold

“I think Kurosawa was one of the first storytelling geniuses who began to change the narrative structure of films.”

― Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

“When I first signed for Newcastle, I was still a boy.”

― Aleksandar Mitrovic

“My idea for Gucci was crazy, but that’s the only idea I had. I was sure I’d be fired after the first show.”

― Alessandro Michele

“YouTube is my first love.”

― Alessia Cara

“At first glance, Martha Stewart, queen of artfully distressed home furnishings, might not seem to have much in common with Michael R. Milken, one-time king of junk bonds.”

― Alex Berenson

“I guess that my life has been a series of flukes in the record business. The first thing I ever did was the biggest record that I’ll ever have.”

― Alex Chilton

“The first draft of ‘Ex Machina’ is extremely different than the finished film. That would be like 10% of the original draft stayed into the shooting script.”

― Alex Garland

“We’re going to merge with machines and become gods, but first, we’ve got to reduce the world population 90 percent.”

― Alex Jones

“I went to Kalamazoo to get my first Gibsons back in ’76.”

― Alex Lifeson

“It’s fun to come in when it’s first down. It’s not fun to come back in when it’s third-and-long.”

― Alex Smith

“No one’s taking quarterbacks, for the most part, in the first round that haven’t had a lot of success.”

― Alex Smith

“’Music Hop’ in 1963 was my first hosting job of a variety program.”

― Alex Trebek

“I always encourage people to pay themselves first, so I really advocate setting up direct deposit for your paycheck and establishing an automatic transfer so that part of each paycheck goes straight into your savings account.”

― Alexa Von Tobel

“Chess first of all teaches you to be objective.”

― Alexander Alekhine

“There are few successful adults who were not first successful children.”

― Alexander Chase

“My first letter of acceptance, to UMass – Amherst, came with an offer of a fellowship and a note from John Edgar Wideman.”

― Alexander Chee

“I met my first boyfriend when we were 13, playing ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ in the basement of my local comics shop. We were from the same small town in Maine but went to different schools.”

― Alexander Chee

“I had first come to Berlin in 1990, on a search for someplace to live besides the United States.”

― Alexander Chee

“Acadia was founded in 1916 by Woodrow Wilson as the first Eastern national park, aided by rich men, often with middle initials, the ‘rusticators,’ as they were known then, the first of our wealthy out-of-state visitors.”

― Alexander Chee

“The First Law of Journalism: to confirm existing prejudice, rather than contradict it.”

― Alexander Cockburn

“I think the first duty of society is justice.”

― Alexander Hamilton

“The basis of my politics is, first of all, fairness and honesty.”

― Alexander Lukashenko

“Order is heaven’s first law.”

― Alexander Pope

“You know, I’m part of that first MTV generation.”

― Alexandra Patsavas

“Nickelodeon fans are my first fans, so I have much love and adoration for them.”

― Alexandra Shipp

“First off, I have to mention what is undoubtedly the greatest phenomenon of the modern era: All You Can Eat Buffets.”

― Alexei Sayle

“Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, may have had his charms, but he really couldn’t be considered hip.”

― Alexei Sayle

“When we first filmed ‘Gilmore Girls,’ I didn’t know it would build such a cult following.”

― Alexis Bledel

“The first duty of society is to give each of its members the possibility of fulfilling his destiny. When it becomes incapable of performing this duty it must be transformed.”

― Alexis Carrel

“It’s not healthy to ever put someone first before yourself.”

― Alexis Ren

“If we wish to substitute for war the settlement of disputes by justice, we must first substitute for the condition of international anarchy a condition of international order.”

― Alfred Hermann Fried

“Almost all new ideas have a certain aspect of foolishness when they are first produced.”

― Alfred North Whitehead

“Do you know that my very first experience as a composer was a ‘Concerto for Accordion?’”

― Alfred Schnittke

“My first preference is Bollywood and will always be.”

― Ali Fazal

“I am the first one in my family to become a part of Bollywood.”

― Ali Fazal

“I have to remember I am a defender first and do my job there first and foremost.”

― Ali Krieger

“I think your first gut feeling is the correct feeling.”

― Alia Bhatt

“I bought a camera with my first ever paycheck.”

― Alice Englert

“For immigrant generations especially, family is the first structure, or shelter, for a people who are in exile.”

― Alice McDermott

“When the first settlers landed on American shores, the difficulties in finding or making shelter must have seemed ironical as well as almost unbearable.”

― Alice Morse Earle

“I had my first baby at twenty-one.”

― Alice Munro

“We should not look down on our first ancestors.”

― Alice Walker

“I am an optimist of the first order.”

― Alice Waters

“I just sang at first – I didn’t ever play guitar before The Kills.”

― Alison Mosshart

“Brand loyalty starts in the cradle and ends in the grave, as I wrote in my first book, ‘Branded: The Buying and Selling of Teenagers.’”

― Alissa Quart

“’Wages Of Sin’ was the first metal album I ever bought, and it was love at first listen.”

― Alissa White-Gluz

“Don’t give up at the first hurdle you encounter.”

― Alistair Overeem

“I have a nutritionist and a doctor. Everything is checked. Thoroughly. Everything I take is checked out first.”

― Alistair Overeem

“The main factors in terms of how tiring a season can be are governed by the number of races and the length of time between the first and the last.”

― Allan McNish

“I was a child when I first saw ‘Vertigo,’ and it was very disturbing because I didn’t really understand what was going on.”

― Allen Coulter

“I figured out ‘The Sixth Sense’ in the first 10 minutes. I still found the movie touching.”

― Allen Coulter

“Leadership is about being a servant first.”

― Allen West

“The first thing I did for TV was a pilot for CBS.”

― Allison Anders

“As a teenager, I played men in my first two plays.”

― Allison Janney

“My first break was becoming a staff writer on the rebooted ‘90210.’ And then I got stuck writing in the teen genre for a while.”

― Allison Schroeder

“For the first half of my adult life, I was a Democrat.”

― Alphonso Jackson

“I always want to be first.”

― Alun Wyn Jones

“I agree with the many who consider freezing all sorts of weapons systems a first step in a realistic disarmament policy.”

― Alva Myrdal

“When a player hears the word ‘psychologist’ at the first, you are taken aback, but I realised that I needed help.”

― Alvaro Morata

“I hated L.A. when I first got here. Hated it.”

― Alycia Debnam-Carey

“The first boy that I had a crush on and dated was Cole Sprouse… from ‘Suite Life.’”

― Alyson Stoner

“WikiLeaks’ disclosures should be protected under the First Amendment.”

― Amal Clooney

“My first encounter with Wu-Tang Clan came when I ordered six CDs from those throwback catalog orders, from Columbia House or something, and ’36 Chambers’ was one of them. It was on from then.”

― Amanda Seales

“When I first debuted back in 2009, K-Pop was already starting to get bigger because of the Internet. And that’s how I found it, because I’m not Korean.”

― Amber Liu

“The first duty of any government is to protect its citizens, whether the threat is a domestic one or from abroad.”

― Amber Rudd

“Britain First has deeply ignoble form on trying to ‘hijack’ the poppy to increase their popularity and donations.”

― Amber Rudd

“Britain First is an extremist organisation which seeks to divide communities through their use of hateful narratives which spread lies and stoke tensions.”

― Amber Rudd

“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.”

― Amelia Earhart

“I’ve noticed it a lot. I’m not someone who revises. It’s always the first movement, it’s that. It’s an instinct. Either it works straight away, or it won’t ever work.”

― Amelie Nothomb

“All parties have one leader at the top who is the first among equals.”

― Amit Shah

“Personally, when a controversy erupts, we decide first whether it requires clarification and, secondly, if it receives notice from authorities and the establishment, we submit responses to their queries.”

― Amitabh Bachchan

“When I wrote my first blog, I got one response. Now, I sometimes get as many as 400 responses for my posts.”

― Amitabh Bachchan

“I only finished first grade.”

― Amnat Ruenroeng

“My husband is the first man to consistently be involved in the Senate Spouses group.”

― Amy Klobuchar

“Dancers know how to move their arms and their hands. But I don’t know the first thing about how to move my arms and hands gracefully.”

― Amy Purdy

“’The Wire,’ I was such a fan of that show the first season – I think that’s the best-written show on TV.”

― Amy Ryan

“When I was 13, I auditioned for the theater school, and I was there for four years. In the meantime, I did my first three movies, all in Cuba.”

― Ana de Armas

“Bulgaria is the first state that has been awarded for its excellent fight against iodine deficiency by UNICEF.”

― Anatoly Karpov

“The first thing a writer needs to know is what kind of writer he/she is.”

― Andre Aciman

“Shakespeare is definitely my first love.”

― Andre Holland

“Kevin Gamble was one of the first NBA players from my city.”

― Andre Iguodala

“First Ladies have always been held like specimens under a media microscope.”

― Andre Leon Talley

“I first picked up a violin aged five – I just assumed everyone played.”

― Andre Rieu

“For a striker to come in and score his first goal is always important.”

― Andre Schurrle

“First rate mathematicians choose first rate people, but second rate mathematicians choose third rate people.”

― Andre Weil

“I was 18 when I got my first TV job.”

― Andrea Arnold

“Success is related to faith. Faith comes first.”

― Andrea Bocelli

“I have always felt an excellent rapport ever since my very first concert in Britain at Hampton Court. I have always felt understood. The British understand opera very well.”

― Andrea Bocelli

“My husband is actually Italian-American, and he thought I was Italian when he first met me.”

― Andrea Navedo

“First objective is always that of winning.”

― Andrea Pirlo

“I never compete to take part but to finish first.”

― Andrea Pirlo

“’Venus,’ which is a Roger Michell film – my first scene was with Peter O’Toole, and I cried. That was basically my part. I came in, cried in a white wig, and then left.”

― Andrea Riseborough

“From the first Lauren Luke tutorial I watched, I was completely taken with her.”

― Andrea Seigel

“I identify as a woman first, but I am also proudly trans.”

― Andreja Pejic

“My first passion is politics.”

― Andreja Pejic

“I am an artist first and a photographer second.”

― Andres Serrano

“First, he must hold rational values, and to do this he must be a thinker.”

― Andrew Bernstein

“Since I first picked up the violin, I’ve been very interested in tone and texture: I would have very visceral reactions to the texture of a snare drum or a pedal steel guitar or a violin.”

― Andrew Bird

“I’m not up for changing the Tenth Amendment or the Fourteenth Amendment, the First Amendment or the Second Amendment.”

― Andrew Breitbart

“Art, in the first place, has to connect with yourself.”

― Andrew Brown

“Concentration is my motto – first honesty, then industry, then concentration.”

― Andrew Carnegie

“The first man gets the oyster, the second man gets the shell.”

― Andrew Carnegie

“My first professional job was a Pete Bowker series for ITV called ‘Monroe.’ I played a Junior Cardiac Surgeon called Mullery.”

― Andrew Gower

“I was on Twitter right in the first couple months that it was out.”

― Andrew Keenan-Bolger

“The anxiety phase of my first depression lasted six months. It was incredibly paralyzing.”

― Andrew Solomon

“The entertainment industry is so vast; that’s why I got into it the first place.”

― Andrew W.K.

“The bloody nose was the album cover for my first album, but it’s since become my logo.”

― Andrew W.K.

“The first snowball I froze was put in my mother’s deep freeze when I was in my early 20s.”

― Andy Goldsworthy

“Pickups, S.U.V.’s, vans and the like represent about 80 million vehicles, with mileage of perhaps 13 to 16 miles per gallon. Converting those should be our first priority.”

― Andy Grove

“Music is the first thing I didn’t give up.”

― Andy Hurley

“Equally, though, there are guys who play England Under 19 who don’t even play First Class cricket. It is a watershed in the careers in many ways.”

― Andy Pick

“Because homecoming came first, and there was the homecoming court. The five guys on homecoming court were disqualified from being in the prom court. So being prom king was being sixth most popular.”

― Andy Richter

“My very first job was selling pop off the back of a wagon. Then I went to work in a timber yard to save up for my bass amp and joined The Smiths.”

― Andy Rourke

“When I got my first television set, I stopped caring so much about having close relationships.”

― Andy Warhol

“My first book was so horrible I have deleted all copies of it. Thankfully, it was before the Internet, so there are no lurking caches of it anywhere.”

― Andy Weir

“I don’t think the Hulk is a superhero. He’s the first Marvel character who is a tragic monster. Really an anti-hero.”

― Ang Lee

“First of all, I didn’t suggest that we should simply get rid of all prisons.”

― Angela Davis

“The European Army is our long-term goal. But first we have to strengthen the European Defence Union.”

― Angela Merkel

“From the first album, we’ve had songs like ‘The Jack’ that are blues based. We also did it in ‘Ride On,’ where we went into the blues.”

― Angus Young

“I would say that my peak was making my first million at the ripe age of 29, after the first album.”

― Anita Baker

“Mariah Carey was the first singer I ever listened to.”

― Anitta

“One of the first jokes I wrote was this nail salon bit that ended up blowing up on YouTube. That’s kind of what propelled me into standup.”

― Anjelah Johnson

“My first expedition was at about the age of eight.”

― Ann Bancroft

“I’m a Christian first, and a mean-spirited, bigoted conservative second, and don’t you ever forget it.”

― Ann Coulter

“Clinton’s attempt to socialize healthcare was the second most disgusting thing he did in the oval office. I can’t remember was the first thing was.”

― Ann Coulter

“The first 10 years of my education were spent at a Catholic school in Springfield, Mass.”

― Ann Dowd

“The first time I read ‘Leftovers,’ I didn’t get it at all.”

― Ann Dowd

“In 1974, I first met Carl. I was 25 years old. I am 51 now.”

― Ann Druyan

“I think I made my first short fiction sale in 2005. I had been writing unsuccessfully before that.”

― Ann Leckie

“I don’t think anybody submits their first story and sells right away.”

― Ann Leckie

“My first toy was a box of transistors.”

― Ann Makosinski

“When I first started out, I was really, really scared when I performed before an audience. I’d look over their heads.”

― Ann-Margret

“On my first movie, there were three women: the body-makeup girl, the hairdresser, and the secretary of the producer.”

― Ann-Margret

“We’ve all learned about this disease since it was first discovered several years ago in Europe. And so I think we’ve learned from the European experience.”

― Ann Veneman

“I think the theme of the album probably was just that it was our first record.”

― Ann Wilson

“I started doing regional theater. My first job was ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ at Dallas Theater Center.”

― Anna Camp

“First, I was a fact checker for Zagat and then I was an editorial assistant for HarperCollins publishing house.”

― Anna Chlumsky

“A first visit to a madhouse is always a shock.”

― Anna Freud

“I had no idea what to expect when I first started writing.”

― Anna Todd

“Every first episode of a season has been crafted like another pilot.”

― Anna Torv

“I think it would be incredible for this country if we could have our first woman president.”

― Anna Wintour

“At last we’ve seen the first installment of Joss Whedon’s new web series, ‘Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog,’ and it’s sweeter than we’d ever imagined.”

― Annalee Newitz

“The first time I saw ‘Star Wars,’ I got so excited that I threw up.”

― Annalee Newitz

“I’m quite surprised I ever got married in the first place.”

― Anne Reid

“My family and I were some of the first people to be genotyped.”

― Anne Wojcicki

“Being the first FDA-authorized direct-to-consumer genetic test out there is revolutionary.”

― Anne Wojcicki

“If you can open people’s hearts first, then maybe people’s minds get opened after that.”

― Annette Bening

“When I first read the words ‘introvert’ and ‘extrovert’ when I was 10, I thought I was both.”

― Annie Dillard

“Every book has an intrinsic impossibility, which its writer discovers as soon as his first excitement dwindles.”

― Annie Dillard

“I believe it is called ‘Area 51’ because of a project, the very first project that went on out there, in 1951.”

― Annie Jacobsen

“If Hillary’s the first woman president, well, in England we already know what a Margaret Thatcher is. It’s not an end unto itself to be the first woman president.”

― Anohni

“The first show I did was ‘The Nutcracker’ ballet. I was one of the kids who comes out in the beginning.”

― Ansel Elgort

“When I first joined the army, I felt I had to be part of the alpha male culture. But I didn’t.”

― Ant Middleton

“Many Catholic parishes were segregated prior to the Civil Rights movement, and the first large contingent of African-American Catholic priests would enter into the seminary in the 1920s.”

― Anthea Butler

“First year in the league, it’s going to be difficult.”

― Anthony Bennett

“The first thing I put down on paper is a storyboard, like a film director.”

― Anthony Browne

“We are the first to honour the memories of those who perished through slavery, by declaring August 1 as Emancipation Day.”

― Anthony Carmona

“So I was hugely thrilled that my first scene ever on camera was with Hal Holbrook.”

― Anthony Edwards

“I was the first mayor to even go meet with the LGBT community.”

― Anthony Foxx

“I really prayed and asked God for my first film.”

― Anthony Hemingway

“You must first get along with yourself before you can get along with others.”

― Anthony J. D’Angelo

“The First Amendment is often inconvenient. But that is beside the point. Inconvenience does not absolve the government of its obligation to tolerate speech.”

― Anthony Kennedy

“The First Amendment is very important, but it’s not everything.”

― Anthony Lewis

“The stage is my first love.”

― Anthony Mackie

“When I visited Chechnya, I was taken aback at first because people would regularly make jokes about kidnapping me.”

― Anthony Marra

“First of all, it was in my contract. I knew I would be directing an episode.”

― Anthony Michael Hall

“First of all, I only get 50 percent of it, because, I mean, the galleries get 50 and 60 percent. I mean, that’s normal. I understand that. I don’t quarrel with that.”

― Anthony Quinn

“Observe your enemies, for they first find out your faults.”

― Antisthenes

“When I first starting coaching, I used a megaphone.”

― Antonio Conte

“I have to be a father first and a husband first.”

― Antonio Davis

“When you have a foreign invasion – in this case by the Indonesian army – writers, intellectuals, newspapers and magazines are the first targets of repression.”

― Antonio Tabucchi

“Our first goal is to stop the recession and start with recovery.”

― Antonis Samaras

“What drew me to acting in the first place was disguise.”

― Antony Sher

“It’s important for couples to be friends first and to respect each other as individuals.”

― Anupam Kher

“My first British film was Gurinder Chadha’s ‘Bend It Like Beckham,’ which was a huge international success.”

― Anupam Kher

“’Bombay Velvet’ is my first film in a trilogy about Bombay, before it became a metropolis.”

― Anurag Kashyap

“Movies were my first love.”

― Anya Taylor-Joy

“My first car was a Toyota 4Runner when I was 17. I paid for it myself. I was very happy.”

― Apolo Ohno

“The first CD I bought was Brandy and Monica’s ‘The Boy Is Mine.’”

― Arca

“If every conceivable precaution is taken at first, one is often too discouraged to proceed at all.”

― Archer John Porter Martin

“When I first started, I wore Ceil Chapman gowns. I’ve been wondering for years what happened to the Ceil Chapman line of clothing.”

― Aretha Franklin

“I didn’t really want to sing at first, but my dad insisted that I do.”

― Aretha Franklin

“For me, writing is a part of directing. It’s the first stage of directing.”

― Ari Aster

“Barack Obama was first elected after a period of profound failure by elite and government institutions, from finance to foreign policy to Hurricane Katrina, and his first term immediately and unapologetically enacted a flurry of government solutions.”

― Ari Melber

“My first love was, and remains, manual labor; sowing and harvesting, the pastures, the flock, and the cattle.”

― Ariel Sharon

“He who is to be a good ruler must have first been ruled.”

― Aristotle

“My first film, ‘Ishaqzaade,’ did well, and I got four damn good films because of it.”

― Arjun Kapoor

“I won my first singing award with ‘Auliya.’”

― Armaan Malik

“I do not feel certain until I have confronted my initial solution with other solutions – although in fact the first solution often proves to be the right one.”

― Arne Jacobsen

“Government’s first duty and highest obligation is public safety.”

― Arnold Schwarzenegger

“The Marine Corps was the first father figure I had ever known.”

― Art Buchwald

“The Ninety-Ninety Rule of Project Schedules – the first ninety percent of the task takes ninety percent of the time, and the last ten percent takes the other ninety percent.”

― Arthur Bloch

“This is the first age that’s ever paid much attention to the future, which is a little ironic since we may not have one.”

― Arthur C. Clarke

“My first feeling about the paper and the attitude is that it is absurd.”

― Arthur Compton

“I didn’t really have any aspirations to do TV when I first decided to be an actor.”

― Arthur Darvill

“Man ceased to be an ape, vanquished the ape, on the day the first book was written.”

― Arthur Helps

“One of the first essentials is a policy of unreserved political cooperation with all the nations of the world.”

― Arthur Henderson

“There is no doubt that the first requirement for a composer is to be dead.”

― Arthur Honegger

“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

“The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it.”

― Arthur Schopenhauer

“It is only at the first encounter that a face makes its full impression on us.”

― Arthur Schopenhauer

“When synchronised swimming first appeared on TV, we laughed very heartily, and I, for one, applauded the decision to introduce humour into the Olympics.”

― Arthur Smith

“You can send women to the Moon or Mars later. First, provide sanitary pads to them.”

― Arunachalam Muruganantham

“Well, your premise is correct, that we have to first guard against those who have an affiliation with terrorists and a connection, and so we have watch lists and systems that can make that connection.”

― Asa Hutchinson

“Singing is my first love.”

― Asha Bhosle

“I have sung every song with the same dedication like I sang my first number.”

― Asha Bhosle

“When I can control the ball off the first shot after serve and return, especially with my forehand, that’s when I’m in control most matches.”

― Ashleigh Barty

“I would like to not lose the first set all the time and not get hit off the court.”

― Ashleigh Barty

“I was definitely nervous turning up on my first day to shoot with Woody Allen.”

― Ashley Madekwe

“I was four days old when I went to my first bluegrass festival.”

― Ashley McBryde

“When I first got the call for ‘I’m A Celebrity,’ I was like, ‘Dude, it’s snakes and bugs and things. Nah.’”

― Ashley Roberts

“I think my first bikini, I was four and it was polka dotted and I had a big belly and I looked dashing.”

― Ashley Scott

“My tattoo is a phoenix. I got the first when I was 16. I hid it for years.”

― Ashley Scott

“The first thriller ever? It was probably one from 1697. It was called ‘Little Red Riding Hood.’”

― Ashwin Sanghi

“To be teammates in Formula One actually means you are first rivals, not really mates.”

― Asif Kapadia

“On ‘Senna,’ it got to the point where there was so much footage that our first editor had the wild suggestion that we only use the archive.”

― Asif Kapadia

“Failures are cheap if you do them first. Failures are expensive if you do them at the end.”

― Astro Teller

“I don’t consider myself to be a great musician, but my first album was a record hit in Pakistan.”

― Atif Aslam

“Outsiders tend to be the first to recognize the inadequacies of our social institutions. But, precisely because they are outsiders, they are usually in a poor position to fix them.”

― Atul Gawande

“The exact day I became a poet was April 1, 1965, the day I bought my first typewriter.”

― August Wilson

“I first got involved in theater in 1968, at the height of a social tumult. I was a poet.”

― August Wilson

“I usually write lyrics first, and then when I get home or close to any kind of instrument, I usually make a melody for those lyrics.”

― Aurora

“The first thing I do when I get back to my hometown, San Antonio, is eat Whataburger.”

― Austin Mahone

“I’ve watched directors since my very first day of acting because I knew I wanted to direct.”

― Austin Nichols

“I fail every once in a while, but failing is your first attempt at learning. I’m not worried about it.”

― Austin Seferian-Jenkins

“When I released my first record, I was really in the middle of having made the decision to follow the clinical psychology path, which is competitive, rigorous, and fairly conservative.”

― Autre Ne Veut

“My first super-worn-out tapes were Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ and the soundtrack to ‘Dirty Dancing.’ The soundtrack to ‘Dirty Dancing’ is actually really phenomenal.”

― Autre Ne Veut

“I think of Canada, first and foremost, in terms of space. The amount of space available is breathtaking.”

― Ayaan Hirsi Ali

“When I was ready to buy my first home after years of renting, I immediately zeroed in on Dorchester.”

― Ayanna Pressley

“The first inkling my husband had that I was thinking about suicide was when he checked my blog.”

― Ayelet Waldman

“English football is very physical, much more so than Spanish football – I felt it in the first match.”

― Aymeric Laporte

“I am the first one that knows when I am not doing well or I am doing well.”

― Ayoze Perez

“Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose.”

― Ayrton Senna

“I approach every film as my first film.”

― Ayushmann Khurrana

“When I first left Iran at the age of 13, Iran had become such a shining star – it was the point to which all my desires and dreams returned.”

― Azar Nafisi

“I’m the first girl from Afghanistan to lead a series in the United States.”

― Azita Ghanizada

“Who can really say who invents something first in fashion?”

― Azzedine Alaia

“I bought my first electric guitar when I moved to Memphis; a Gibson with a DeArmond pickup which I used with a small Gibson amplifier.”

― B. B. King

“I used to play – when I first started trying to be professional, I disk jockey from 1949 to 1955 in Memphis, Tennessee, and I was quite popular there as a disk jockey.”

― B. B. King

“Early on in my career, I used to get out in the 30s, 40s, fifties, and 60s. So I really appreciated reaching my first hundred.”

― Babar Azam

“For Pakistan to do well in the ODIs, that’s my first priority.”

― Babar Azam

“Well I think always, when you remake films, I always think the first one is most original, authentic.”

― Bai Ling

“I did ‘Bridge to Terabithia’ when I was around 6 years old, but for my first movie, I was 5.”

― Bailee Madison

“Let the first impulse pass, wait for the second.”

― Baltasar Gracian

“Think first of the action that is right to take, think later about coping with one’s fears.”

― Barbara Deming

“The first sentence of a book is a promise.”

― Barbara Kingsolver

“I would like to be the first ambassador to the United States from the United States.”

― Barbara Mikulski

“At first, I was scared that if I claimed I modeled, people would be like, ‘What?’”

― Barbie Ferreira

“Eminem isn’t the first entertainer to part ways with his conservative fans.”

― Bari Weiss

“But here too it should be noted that the President’s approach was to first ask the repressive and brutal Taliban to surrender Osama bin Laden to us, and only after that government refused to do that did we invade.”

― Barney Frank

“When I left NXT, I was kind of mad that I was never NXT champ, so when I got to the main roster, that was my first goal.”

― Baron Corbin

“The size of the effect that we measured from the first event, the merging of two black holes, the actual size of the signal was about one thousandth the size of a proton, what it did to our apparatus.”

― Barry Barish

“The first instrument is not the final instrument.”

― Barry Barish

“The first law of ecology is that everything is related to everything else.”

― Barry Commoner

“I like businesses in transition, first of all. If ever there were a business in transition, it is publishing.”

― Barry Diller

“First of all, just to get Diner made would have been an achievement in that I got a chance to direct.”

― Barry Levinson

“You have to be very brave in that first writing session.”

― Barry Mann

“I sat behind Thurman Thomas for my first couple of years, then my first year starting I won the Heisman. After I won the Heisman, that’s when things changed as far as going to the NFL.”

― Barry Sanders

“By definition a sequel can’t be original. So you’ve got to figure out what worked the first time around.”

― Barry Sonnenfeld

“The first and pivotal negotiations over global access to AIDS drugs began in Geneva in 1991. They lasted two years, but confidential minutes suggest they were doomed the first day.”

― Barton Gellman

“The endeavor to understand is the first and only basis of virtue.”

― Baruch Spinoza

“We believe that Lebanon has been the first real experience for all the Arabs.”

― Bashar al-Assad

“To me, wrestling always comes first.”

― Bayley

“First of all my real full name is Lloyd Vernet Bridges III.”

― Beau Bridges

“The first Broadway show I saw was when I was 11. I saw ‘Hair.’”

― Bebe Neuwirth

“I wanted to be part of pop culture, so I started songwriting, and I got signed to my first record deal.”

― Bebe Rexha

“My first job entailed spending a summer working in a cornfield in Nebraska.”

― Becca Fitzpatrick

“When I was a kid and putting out my first records, there was a lot made out of the fact that the ’50s/’60s generation was so dominant.”

― Beck

“The first thing that I really understood politically and was old enough to get was the failed assassination attempt on Reagan.”

― Ben Affleck

“The first day of ‘The Town’ was one of the most satisfying days of my career.”

― Ben Affleck

“Maybe Oliver Stone doesn’t lend himself well to remakes or sequels, because he does them so well the first time.”

― Ben Barnes

“My first visit to Haiti was in May 1991, four months into the initial term of Haiti’s first democratically-elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. At the time, it seemed that Haiti was on the cusp of a new era.”

― Ben Fountain

“When my family first found out about my part in ‘EastEnders’ they were happy for me and very supportive.”

― Ben Hardy

“The first rule of the C.E.O. psychological meltdown is ‘Don’t talk about the psychological meltdown.’”

― Ben Horowitz

“One thing a shooter loves is to make his first shot. He makes his first shot from three; that builds confidence.”

― Ben Howland

“My first introduction to Russell Westbrook was as a leader. It was pretty impressive.”

― Ben Howland

“Pontius Pilate was the first great censor and Jesus Christ the first great victim of censorship.”

― Ben Lindsey

“My first book, ‘The Age of Wire and String,’ came out in 1995, and it was hardly reviewed at all.”

― Ben Marcus

“I got the first job and kept going. Once I got a job, I very much wanted to keep getting jobs, basically. I did try to learn what I could in those first couple of decades.”

― Ben Mendelsohn

“I’ve been a Ryan Reynolds fan since the first time I saw him.”

― Ben Mendelsohn

“My first scene was a streaking scene, I had to streak at a footy game, that’s how I get introduced.”

― Ben Nicholas

“Wiffle ball was my first experience hitting left-handed.”

― Ben Zobrist

“I did the utility thing at first out of necessity to find a place on the team.”

― Ben Zobrist

“Khan let Polo be his eyes and ears. He was the first one to build a bridge between East and West.”

― Benedict Wong

“To me the thing with ‘Grease’ was that it was the first movie that as a kid I wanted to get up and do what they were doing.”

― Benicio Del Toro

“When the Walkman was the craze in my generation, I was one of the first to have it.”

― Benigno Aquino III

“The fate of nations is intimately bound up with their powers of reproduction. All nations and all empires first felt decadence gnawing at them when their birth rate fell off.”

― Benito Mussolini

“The first mistake in public business is the going into it.”

― Benjamin Franklin

“It is much easier to suppress a first desire than to satisfy those that follow.”

― Benjamin Franklin

“We are God’s children. We are Christians first, and then what we do flows from that.”

― Benjamin Watson

“The first time we performed as a duo, we had already been playing together in various situations.”

― Benny Green

“An extraordinary amount of arrogance is present in any claim of having been the first in inventing something.”

― Benoit Mandelbrot

“We became the first political movement in Italy, and the media didn’t even realize it.”

― Beppe Grillo

“’Harry Potter’ shouldn’t be children’s first experience with suspense and plot turns.”

― Berkeley Breathed

“The first big lead that I had on Broadway was in a show called La Strada.”

― Bernadette Peters

“The first Broadway show I ever heard was the recording of Carousel, and it was a very vivid experience.”

― Bernadette Peters

“The first job I had with the Smithsonian was as a field researcher among African American communities in Southwest Louisiana and Arkansas for the festival.”

― Bernice Johnson Reagon

“Grub first, then ethics.”

― Bertolt Brecht

“From the cradle to the coffin underwear comes first.”

― Bertolt Brecht

“I wrote my first song when I was four, and I played it at my piano recital.”

― Beth Hart

“I’m very into the first production of the show.”

― Beth Henley

“My first few plays took place in the South and even The Lucky Spot was in the thirties but in Louisiana.”

― Beth Henley

“YouTube can sometimes be really discouraging. When I first started doing it, I almost stopped doing it.”

― Bethany Mota

“We must first listen, then speak – with humility – to genuinely hear the perspectives of those with whom we don’t immediately or instinctively agree.”

― Betsy DeVos

“I pray and meditate first thing in the morning.”

― Betsy Hodges

“Actually, actually, when he first put us into hypnosis, he didn’t know what he was going to get.”

― Betty Hill

“When they first grabbed us, yeah, it terrified, but they calmed me down.”

― Betty Hill

“’Mary Tyler Moore’ was – it was my first big hit.”

― Betty White

“I was one of the first women producers in Hollywood.”

― Betty White

“Our first 100 rides took us one-and-a-half years from the time we started in January 2011. It was only after that we started scaling up rapidly.”

― Bhavish Aggarwal

“I have to feel like my grandmother was my first mix engineer.”

― Big K.R.I.T.

“Success happened for me when I dropped my first major label album for Def Jam, ‘Live From The Underground.’”

― Big K.R.I.T.

“Ultimately, the team has to come first even though we all have individual goals and preferences.”

― Bill Belichick

“Wellesley’s president, Nannerl Overholser Keohane, approved a broad rule with a specific application: The senior thesis of every Wellesley alumna is available in the college archives for anyone to read – except for those written by either a ‘president or first lady of the United States.’”

― Bill Dedman

“The term ‘triage’ normally means deciding who gets attention first.”

― Bill Dedman

“The world is not flat, and PCs are not, in the hierarchy of human needs, in the first five rungs.”

― Bill Gates

“I’m sitting here with the Mets, and I get to throw out the first pitch. That’s one of the coolest things in the world for anybody.”

― Bill Goldberg

“My hobby first and foremost is collecting automobiles. I have a fairly nice, finished 6,500-square-foot structure that I call my garage.”

― Bill Goldberg

“My first character was Mr. Toad.”

― Bill Griffith

“The first time you went to eBay, you probably didn’t do a transaction.”

― Bill Gurley

“When ‘MacGruber’ came out, David Wain was one of the first people who publicly championed it.”

― Bill Hader

“Our first priority has to be getting our fiscal house in order – and creating an atmosphere for the private sector in job creation.”

― Bill Huizenga

“I loved dinosaurs, I loved space, and I thought maybe I’d be the first paleo-astronaut.”

― Bill Maris

“This is the first time in my 32 years in public broadcasting that PBS has ordered up programs for ideological instead of journalistic reasons.”

― Bill Moyers

“After I had this idea to be Bill Nye the Science Guy, I wore straight ties the first couple times, and then I got this thing going and I started wearing bow ties.”

― Bill Nye

“If you are first you are first. If you are second you are nothing.”

― Bill Shankly

“There are one hundred and ninety nine ways to beat, but only one way to win; get there first.”

― Bill Shoemaker

“The East Germans first used biomechanics. This meant that rather than guessing about technique and form, they could apply changes to athletic performance based on science.”

― Bill Toomey

“The first records I heard were from Dizzy Gillespie and people like that.”

― Bill Wyman

“My first record I owned was by Les Paul.”

― Bill Wyman

“I knew after my first lesson what I wanted to do with my life.”

― Billie Jean King

“The only thing better than going to Pitcairn in the first place, is going again.”

― Billy Campbell

“I first came across ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’ in college, with other anthologized poems by Yeats.”

― Billy Collins

“If Jesus was a Jew, how come he has a Mexican first name?”

― Billy Connolly

“From the first time I saw Sid Caesar be funny I knew that’s what I had to do.”

― Billy Crystal

“I went to my first game May 30, 1956, and Mantle was in the beginnings of his Triple Crown season. And he was drop-dead handsome.”

― Billy Crystal

“It was my band. I organized the band and Dizzy was in the band. Dizzy was the first musical director with the band. Charlie Parker was in the band. But, no, no, that was my band.”

― Billy Eckstine

“My first instrument was a little blue ukele.”

― Billy Ocean

“And no again: My studio is not a first or any step toward becoming any type of businessman on my part.”

― Billy Sheehan

“I have ten commandments. The first nine are, thou shalt not bore. The tenth is, thou shalt have right of final cut.”

― Billy Wilder

“With me it’s always about first impressions.”

― Billy Zane

“I was a young-un when I got my first million. Then I realized if I got one, I could get two. If I could get two, I could get ten. If I could get ten, I could get a hundred.”

― Birdman

“Basically I started playing double handed on both my forehand and backhand side because my first racket was very heavy.”

― Bjorn Borg

“If you get behind in first grade, then you’re behind every grade from then on.”

― Blake Griffin

“I loved the first Christmas I had in England.”

― Blythe Danner

“I didn’t have a lot to do with the first record.”

― Bo Bice

“At first, the only thing that I learned was to save. Then I learned about mutual fund, then later on direct stock investments. I also went into small businesses and even real estate.”

― Bo Sanchez

“French was my first language.”

― Bob Cousy

“No one heard about Bill Clinton on his first trip to New Hampshire. I showed Mike Huckabee around the state years before he ran, and no one knew him then, either.”

― Bob Ehrlich

“I spent 34 months on the battleship Alabama, South Dakota-class. I was a gun captain. First we went to Russia for about 11 months with the British convoys. Then we were up in Norway and Scandinavia.”

― Bob Feller

“I would give relief from the first $10,000 of the payroll tax. I would allow small businesses to accelerate depreciation so they would have an incentive to buy now rather than defer. I would also give to the states $40 billion of relief.”

― Bob Graham

“My first presidential primary vote was for Bobby Kennedy.”

― Bob Gunton

“When I first drew him I had eyes in there and it didn’t look right.”

― Bob Kane

“First novels tend to be blood-lettings, and they’re focused on you, not the reader.”

― Bob Mayer

“My first priority is growing this economy in the long term, and stimulating it in the short term.”

― Bob Menendez

“I was the first in my family to go to college.”

― Bob Menendez

“The first time I got up in front of an audience was terror, abject terror, which continued for another four or five years. There still is, a little bit.”

― Bob Newhart

“When I first started out, ‘Time’ magazine did an article on what it called ‘the sick comics,’ and they were myself, Shelley Berman, Nichols & May, Jonathan Winters, Lenny Bruce, and Mort Sahl. We were considered ‘sick.’”

― Bob Newhart

“One of the first things I ever did was ‘Critical Condition.’ That was before ‘Full House.’ It was a Richard Pryor movie. I didn’t have a giant part, but I was in it throughout. I loved the heck out of it.”

― Bob Saget

“The first thing the federal government can do to help is get out of the way.”

― Bob Schaffer

“I played baseball as a left-handed first baseman, though never as well as I did quarterbacking.”

― Bob Sheppard

“Well the first order of government is to preserve the public order and safety.”

― Bob Wise

“My family comes first. Maybe that’s what makes me different from other guys.”

― Bobby Darin

“When I come out and sing the first few bars of Bill Bailey, it’s very exciting.”

― Bobby Darin

“The first session I did with the Stones was an accident. I just happened to be wandering down the hallway of the same studio.”

― Bobby Keys

“My son is racing his first 24-hour this year with Porsche.”

― Bobby Rahal

“I think we should worry about Social Security first and then tax cuts second.”

― Bobby Scott

“The first African-American leader was Dr. Martin Luther King.”

― Bobby Seale

“Take some time to learn first aid and CPR. It saves lives, and it works.”

― Bobby Sherman

“My very first real job in the industry was as a production assistant on a show called ‘Infinity Factory’ in 1976.”

― Bonnie Hammer

“I made my first album, and I guess it wasn’t a fluke, because now I’m on my 16th.”

― Bonnie Raitt

“I started singing when I was 18 and landed my first record deal with RCA when I was 26 after a lot of grafting singing in pubs and clubs.”

― Bonnie Tyler

“I shoot the same rifle I’ve shot since I killed my first deer with it when I was nine.”

― Boo Weekley

“My father joined the NAACP when he was 12, in the ’50s. He was part of the organizing efforts that led to some of the first sit-ins in North Carolina.”

― Boots Riley

“When I first moved to L.A., I lived in the Hills in kind of a wooded area that was just really chill.”

― Borns

“I was one of the first artists to make a buzz about ‘106 & Park.’ If it wasn’t for that show, I wouldn’t be the entertainer that I am today.”

― Bow Wow

“I was a guitar player first off.”

― Boz Scaggs

“I always do what I’m most interested in first.”

― Bozoma Saint John

“The most fun I ever had making a movie was the first ‘Incredibles.’”

― Brad Bird

“We are out-of-the-gates strong in fiscal 2015. We grew revenue 8% in the first quarter and exceeded our QuickBooks Online subscriber and our company financial targets.”

― Brad D. Smith

“If I get an idea for a song, I have a melody for it. I’m a musician first. I’m not limited by the fretboard.”

― Brad Paisley

“I had an old, red-covered ’63 AC30 – one of the best AC30s I’ve ever heard. I cut the whole of the first record with it.”

― Brad Paisley

“Budgets reflect our priorities, who we are as a nation, what we’re going to put first, and emphasize and invest.”

― Brad Schneider

“I am the first podiatrist to serve in the U.S. Congress.”

― Brad Wenstrup

“Every major federal campaign-finance-reform effort since 1943 has attempted to treat corporations and unions equally. If a limit applied to corporations, it applied to unions; if unions could form PACs, corporations could too; and so on. DISCLOSE is the first major campaign-finance bill that has not taken this approach.”

― Bradley A. Smith

“I worked in restaurants the first half of my life.”

― Bradley Cooper

“He may not enter anywhere at the first, unless there be some one of the household who bid him to come, though afterwards he can come as he please.”

― Bram Stoker

“Surfboards were everywhere. When I got my first new board, I was probably in kindergarten.”

― Brandon Cruz

“I grew up with ‘best-of’ cassettes. My first Smiths record was ‘Hatful Of Hollow,’ and I had hits albums by Elton John and The Cars.”

― Brandon Flowers

“The first musical I ever saw was ‘Ragtime.’”

― Brandon Victor Dixon

“Once upon a time, I liked to call myself ‘The Grandfather of NXT’ because I was one of the first to come up as I was, from NXT.”

― Bray Wyatt

“’I’m Sorry’ was one of the first songs to come out of Nashville using strings.”

― Brenda Lee

“For many people, Mrs. Brown has come from the middle of nowhere. But Mrs. Brown was first written for radio. I wrote it for a radio series in 1992. It was a five-minute piece for radio, and it’s been absolutely astonishing.”

― Brendan O’Carroll

“Simon Mignolet has been first class.”

― Brendan Rodgers

“When we first moved to California from Las Vegas, we got into surfing. We figured we should do something to get in shape, but we hate working out. Surfing is definitely a work out.”

― Brendon Urie

“The first show we ever played was at my church.”

― Brendon Urie

“First of all, I think the Saudis are deeply concerned about the collapse of negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians and the resumption of conflict.”

― Brent Scowcroft

“After all, we didn’t bring democracy to Germany in 1945; Hitler destroyed democracy there first.”

― Brent Scowcroft

“The Iraqi elections were an important first step.”

― Brent Scowcroft

“A little bit about my family: We didn’t really come from much, and we didn’t take family trips to California, so my first trip to California was actually my first day of school.”

― Bresha Webb

“The best part about a first kiss is right before the first kiss.”

― Brett Davern

“My first concert was Boyz II Men and Mariah Carey.”

― Brett Young

“It is such a surreal feeling to have my first single go No. 1!”

― Brett Young

“The first country song I ever heard was Tim McGraw’s ‘Don’t Take the Girl.’”

― Brett Young

“At Coinbase, our first priority is to ensure that we operate the most secure and compliant digital currency exchange in the world.”

― Brian Armstrong

“James Brown was one of the first artists who found four bars that he liked and played them the entire way through, and then he just added to it vocally.”

― Brian Austin Green

“Robert Fripp and I will be recording another LP very soon. It should be even more monotonous than the first one!”

― Brian Eno

“The whole history of pop music had rested on the first person singular, with occasional intrusions of the second person singular.”

― Brian Eno

“There can be a wrong time – it’s happened to countless bands where they release their first record on a major label and never learned what they maybe should have learned on an indie.”

― Brian Fallon

“When I first started fingerpicking, the first thing I learned was ‘Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright’ from Bob Dylan.”

― Brian Fallon

“First season of ‘Survivor’ – Richard Hatch was fascinating.”

― Brian J. Smith

“We will be a state that puts hardworking Georgians – no matter their ZIP code or political preference – first.”

― Brian Kemp

“I was the first BSB dad. I was the first one to join the club.”

― Brian Littrell

“I had this big thing about guitar harmonies. I wanted to be the first to put proper three-part harmonies onto a record. That was an achievement.”

― Brian May

“The first nine albums there was never a Synthesiser, never any Orchestra. There was never any other player except us on the albums.”

― Brian May

“I was probably six years old when I first sang before an audience.”

― Brian McKnight

“After a goalless first half, the score at half time is 0-0.”

― Brian Moore

“My fifth pro fight, I got my first title fight.”

― Brian Ortega

“One of my first favourite records of all time, as a kid, was ‘Tommy’ by the Who. Now that wasn’t really a soundtrack, but it was.”

― Brian Reitzell

“My first job was cleaning sheep pens.”

― Brian Sandoval

“Most established comic writers have a fixed style or methodology, so what you get on page one of the first issue is about the same for the last page of the series.”

― Brian Stelfreeze

“The first audition I did was for ‘Trapper John, M.D.’ I was surprised to get the part, and then to have it last for seven years was a bonus.”

― Brian Stokes Mitchell

“When I was three years old, one of the first albums I ever heard was Michael Jackson’s ‘Off the Wall.’”

― Brian Tyree Henry

“I don’t feel like a first lady.”

― Brigitte Macron

“When Castro was put on trial in 1953 by Batista’s government and asked who was intellectually responsible for his first attempt at insurrection, he dropped the name of the poet Jose Marti.”

― Brin-Jonathan Butler

“My trouble is I talk first and think later.”

― Brittany Murphy

“The whole key about the no-huddle is getting first downs because if you’re getting three-and-out, it kind of defeats the purpose.”

― Brock Osweiler

“I got my first migraine on my first day of work in TV in 2001… it was debilitating.”

― Brooke Baldwin

“It’s so important to talk to the first responders.”

― Brooke Baldwin

“My dad likes Stack$ a lot. He’s actually the first guy my dad has liked!”

― Brooke Hogan

“I was the first child at four at a modeling agency, so I had an advantage.”

― Brooke Shields

“Don’t be condescending to unskilled labor. Try it for a half a day first.”

― Brooks Atkinson

“From then on in, me and Sonny started makin’ records. My first records, Sonny was backin’ me up. Sonny wasn’t singin’ natural at the time; he was singin’ falsetto.”

― Brownie McGhee

“With Cold Sassy Tree having its first production, I saw no necessity to do anything other than produce it with the correct setting.”

― Bruce Beresford

“Basically I started to jot notes, lots of faxes back and forth to my writer, we faxed ideas throughout the whole first draft, and started all over again.”

― Bruce Boxleitner

“Before I joined The Beach Boys, I was working at Columbia Records as a producer, and saw The Byrds come in and do their first overdub before Terry even met them.”

― Bruce Johnston

“If we are really anxious not to have nuclear weapons in Iran, the first thing is to call an international conference on abolishing all nuclear weapons, including Israeli nuclear weapons.”

― Bruce Kent

“I was in my late 20s, in the process of shaping my musical outlook and what I wanted it to be about, when I first encountered Woody Guthrie.”

― Bruce Springsteen

“Yeah, I had gay friends. The first thing I realized was that everybody’s different, and it becomes obvious that all of the gay stereotypes are ridiculous.”

― Bruce Springsteen

“The first thing that I do when I come out every night is to look at the faces in front of me, very individually.”

― Bruce Springsteen

“Order and tidiness is the first law of Heaven.”

― Brunello Cucinelli

“Le Petit is where I cut my teeth with some of my early roles. In 1982, I was in the chorus of ‘Gypsy’ and soon after I had my first lead as Jamie Lockhart in ‘The Robber Bridegroom.’”

― Bryan Batt

“’Seconds’ is very much about reaching out for the next thing after you’ve figured out the first thing.”

― Bryan Lee O’Malley

“My first pregnancy, I gained 75 pounds.”

― Bryce Dallas Howard

“My first time I directed a play was ‘No Exit,’ a play set in a subway.”

― Bryce Dallas Howard

“I had deeper, more reflective songs on the first album.”

― Bubba Sparxxx

“My manager always preaches golf comes first.”

― Bubba Watson

“Now, on the St. Louis team we have Who’s on first, What’s on second, I Don’t Know is on third.”

― Bud Abbott

“I’ll be the first Australian to compete in the WWE.”

― Buddy Murphy

“My first plan of escape having failed, I now determined upon another.”

― Buffalo Bill

“My first Macintosh was a 128k machine which I upgraded to 512k the minute it became possible.”

― Buffy Sainte-Marie

“When I first got famous in the ’60s, I got a little too famous, and in order to escape showbusiness, I moved to Hawaii.”

― Buffy Sainte-Marie

“All my first albums, they’re full of heart and emotion, and the songs are wonderful, but they wouldn’t have been the takes I would have chosen.”

― Buffy Sainte-Marie

“If we got $100 million dollars to make a movie, I don’t know if we should be making a $100 million dollar movie our first time out.”

― Burnie Burns

“I started one of the first online video companies way back in 2003.”

― Burnie Burns

“A synonym is a word you use when you can’t spell the word you first thought of.”

― Burt Bacharach

“During my first year as a graduate student, we worked on a measurement of the isotope shift and hyperfine structure of mercury isotopes.”

― Burton Richter

“We did 300 shows in our first two years.”

― Butch Trucks

“Our first album was kind of simple, but it had that fire, that energy that we have to have.”

― Butch Trucks

“Who put their foot in the Missouri River first: Lewis or Clark? Who cares!”

― Buzz Aldrin

“My first inclination is to be a bit skeptical about the claims that human-produced carbon dioxide is the direct contributor to global warming.”

― Buzz Aldrin

“It’s odd to say we had our first African American president before our first African-American-owned movie studio, but we’re making progress.”

― Byron Allen

“The international proletariat first appeared on the scene in the early Thirties of the nineteenth century, and its first great action was the French Revolution of 1848.”

― C. L. R. James

“First of all, Bolshevism represents revolution and the revolutionary struggle.”

― C. L. R. James

“Fear created the first gods in the world.”

― Caecilius Statius

“’Shotgun’s one of the first songs I ever wrote. It’s about a couple I met at Waffle House, an all night diner I used to hang at before I could go to bars.”

― Caitlin Rose

“First of all, I try to be a positive role model.”

― Caitlyn Jenner

“I think the first role I ever played was Mr. Bumble in a production of ‘Oliver.’”

― Caitriona Balfe

“When I first came into the league, my first three, four years, I had a teammate from college win a Super Bowl.”

― Calvin Johnson

“Before a shoot, I’ll watch what I eat. During the shoot, I watch what I eat. Afterwards, the first thing I do is go have a steak and French fries.”

― Camila Alves

“English is not my first language.”

― Camila Alves

“I’ve never started beef with anybody that didn’t start with me first.”

― Cam’ron

“I was approached in Texas to be a model a few times. One of my first jobs was the cover of a CD.”

― Candace Kita

“For me, family has always come first.”

― Candace Parker

“Memory is the first casualty of middle age, if I remember correctly.”

― Candice Bergen

“I’m an interior designer, first and foremost. I can do one thing really well, and I’m going to stay in my little niche.”

― Candice Olson

“Brazil, I’m totally obsessed. I’ve been going since I was 17, and the first time I went, I fell in love with it.”

― Candice Swanepoel

“When I first stepped into the boxing gym, I loved it. I knew it was what I was going to do.”

― Canelo Alvarez

“When I first started modeling, they used to bleach my eyebrows all the time.”

― Cara Delevingne

“Secrecy is the first essential in affairs of the State.”

― Cardinal Richelieu

“Secrecy is the first essential in affairs of state.”

― Cardinal Richelieu

“The first Chanel jacket that I saw – that I knew was Chanel – was on TV. It was on Mrs. Kennedy – the pink one.”

― Carine Roitfeld

“The first writers are first and the rest, in the long run, nowhere but in anthologies.”

― Carl Clinton Van Doren

“The notion that scientists are dispassionate – first of all, that’s wrong. Scientists are extremely passionate.”

― Carl Hart

“The first rule of hurricane coverage is that every broadcast must begin with palm trees bending in the wind.”

― Carl Hiaasen

“Warnings about children being overscheduled, racing from one enriching activity to the next, first surfaced in the early 20th century.”

― Carl Honore

“I need to see a woman president in my lifetime. Or the first Jewish president.”

― Carl Reiner

“Nothing happens unless first we dream.”

― Carl Sandburg

“A man may be born, but in order to be born he must first die, and in order to die he must first awake.”

― Carl Sandburg

“Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior.”

― Carl von Clausewitz

“The first five albums I did, I tried a little bit of everything. I was trying not to conform at all.”

― Carlene Carter

“We are not making a capital investment into GM as the first element or condition.”

― Carlos Ghosn

“I was 13 and at summer camp when I had my first kiss.”

― Carlos Pena, Jr.

“When I first joined Manchester City, I was not 100 per cent fit.”

― Carlos Tevez

“Sure, it was difficult when I first came, but I am very happy to be here, in England.”

― Carlos Tevez

“Well, first I have to make the team, of course.”

― Carly Patterson

“I waited for my first kiss.”

― Carly Rae Jepsen

“To get up to ‘SmackDown Live’ and have my first match on live TV, I was so nervous.”

― Carmella

“It’s just surreal that I was the first Ms. Money in the Bank.”

― Carmella

“I have a sentimental feeling for my very first cover I was on – it was ‘Bazaar’ Magazine.”

― Carol Alt

“I didn’t have my first child until I was 40. I actually learned about motherhood from management.”

― Carol Bartz

“I would love to have written Roger Zelazny’s first five books of ‘Amber.’ What a great idea he had about the shadings of reality!”

― Carol Berg

“I had it in my contract with CBS, a very weird clause that was never written before and certainly not since, that if I wanted to do a variety show within the first five years of the contract, CBS would have to put it on for 30 shows.”

― Carol Burnett

“My first book was an open letter to my three daughters.”

― Carol Burnett

“I can’t remember if I had any stage fright at the first Bowl. But I did the second time.”

― Carol Channing

“I’ve wept for Haiti a thousand times over the years since my first trip during the Duvalier reign.”

― Carol Guzy

“My first movie was with Mike Nichols.”

― Carol Kane

“At first the ancient images of the Goddess did not interest me.”

― Carol P. Christ

“The first couple of days on the detox diet aren’t pleasant.”

― Carol Vorderman

“My first marriage was totally unsuitable and shouldn’t have happened. It was a whirlwind, rebound thing. I was 23 or 24 – a baby.”

― Carol Vorderman

“The first wine I drank, a Chateau Haut-Brion, I was 22, it was my first glass of wine, and I discovered voluptuousness. From there, I started tasting French wines, then Spanish wines, then Italian wines.”

― Carole Bouquet

“I’m a songwriter first.”

― Carole King

“Actually my first eight books were historical novels, but they were never published.”

― Caroline B. Cooney

“My first ambition was musical theatre, but I realised quite early on that I wouldn’t make the grade.”

― Caroline Flack

“My first husband was a serial cheater.”

― Caroline Leavitt

“As I remember, the first real poem I wrote was about the wheat fields between Spokane and Pullman, to the south.”

― Carolyn Kizer

“It was in ‘Esquire’ in the 1970s that I first learned Nora Ephron’s recipe for borscht – certainly an editorial first for that manly magazine.”

― Carolyn See

“I had my first seizure, and I had to go in for heart surgery.”

― Carre Otis

“I am the first female chief executive of Hong Kong.”

― Carrie Lam

“I did a lot of multi-cam shows when I first started coming out to L.A.”

― Carrie Preston

“My very first magazine cover was the National Enquirer.”

― Carrie Underwood

“We have a culture at NDSU that’s about the team first.”

― Carson Wentz

“John Barry was the first film composer I was aware of. As a teenager I owned several of his Bond soundtracks.”

― Carter Burwell

“Sundance took me on my first film and from there sort of launched my career.”

― Cary Fukunaga

“I consider myself a bassist first.”

― Casey Abrams

“The first dog I had was owned by an abusive couple. He was very skittish. He wouldn’t let me hold him. It was explained to me that it was because of how he was treated.”

― Casey Affleck

“My hockey comes first compared to everything else.”

― Casey Eastham

“My first commercial was for Miller High Life beer.”

― Casey Kasem

“We gave the show away and in return, we received a certain number of minutes per hour for the three-hour show that we could sell to Madison Avenue. One of the first sponsors was MGM Records.”

― Casey Kasem

“The first album I owned was probably a Backstreet Boys album, and shortly after was Shania Twain.”

― Cassadee Pope

“Stylists aren’t for me. I tried to use one when I first started working in the U.S., but I didn’t click with anyone.”

― Cat Deeley

“I felt good in the bullpen and even when we came out in the first inning I felt fairly good.”

― Cat Osterman

“Before ‘Twilight’ was greenlit, I had four projects at four studios. I worked super-hard on all of them, but ‘Twilight’ was greenlit first.”

― Catherine Hardwicke

“Constance Spry was one of the first people to put flowers in urns and ceramic swans and other unusual containers, but her arrangements tended to be a little less full.”

― Catherine Martin

“At my core, the glass isn’t half-empty – it’s not even what I ordered in the first place.”

― Catherine Tate

“Being the first female CEO of one of the Big Four, I certainly intend to pay it forward.”

― Cathy Engelbert

“When I came out of the conservatory, the first thing I did was to go see Thelonious Monk.”

― Cecil Taylor

“We consider Monteverdi the first composer of opera. There was someone before, but everything started with Monteverdi.”

― Cecilia Bartoli

“The first bookstore I loved wasn’t a little independent gem nestled in a neighborhood: it was a modest Waldenbooks in our local shopping mall.”

― Celeste Ng

“With the first novel, I was concerned I would be pigeon-holed as an Asian-American writer, and the book would be labeled for Asian-Americans only.”

― Celeste Ng

“I’m very much a people pleaser, and the first book had such a devoted and loving following.”

― Celeste Ng

“The first song that I ever recorded was written by my mother.”

― Celine Dion

“Obama spent the first two years of his administration practicing political unilateral disarmament.”

― Cenk Uygur

“In order to get to where I want to be, I have to do the right things off the field, first.”

― Chad Kelly

“I definitely consider myself a songwriter first because that’s my best attribute.”

― Chad Kroeger

“I had my two front teeth knocked out by a sixth grader in first grade.”

― Chad Michael Murray

“My first job was at a Burger King.”

― Chamath Palihapitiya

“A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.”

― Chanakya

“ICICI Bank was the first bank to recalibrate its ATMs for 2000 and then also for 500 rupee notes, and now we have some ATMs which give out 2000, 500, 100 – all of them.”

― Chanda Kochhar

“My first show was ‘The King and I’ when I was five.”

― Chandra Wilson

“When I first started rapping, I was like, ‘I’m gonna be, like, the female Eminem.’”

― Chanel West Coast

“There was a pony named Barbapoppa that I received at the age of five, and he was very mischievous and maybe even devilish. Barbapoppa was the most fabulous first animal I was to have and challenged me much.”

― Chantal Sutherland

“When I was first starting out, and I was less established, I was really concerned about being typecast.”

― Charisma Carpenter

“So many deaths could be prevented if measures were implemented to expand background checks and keep individuals like John Hinckley from ever buying firearms in the first place.”

― Charles B. Rangel

“The United States government first learned of the diversion of the W-88 nuclear warhead design in late 1995.”

― Charles Bass

“To get to scale, we first need to increase the viral appeal of our website.”

― Charles Best

“I first learned of the value of employee stock ownership plans while representing Louisiana’s 3rd congressional district, home of employee-owned Acadian Ambulance.”

― Charles Boustany

“The first 20 stories written about a public figure set the tone for the next 2,000 and it is almost impossible to reverse it.”

― Charles Colson

“The first rule of business is: Do other men for they would do you.”

― Charles Dickens

“The first lesson in civics is that efficient government begins at home.”

― Charles Evans Hughes

“Our first remark on this subject is that the ministry is an office, and not merely a work.”

― Charles Hodge

“TO fear God, is one of the first and greatest Duties of his rational Creatures.”

― Charles Inglis

“One of Lady Antebellum’s first big tours was opening up for Kenny Chesney.”

― Charles Kelley

“In the tropical and subtropical regions, endemic malaria takes first place almost everywhere among the causes of morbidity and mortality, and it constitutes the principal obstacle to the acclimatization of Europeans in these regions.”

― Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran

“Mistrust first impulses; they are nearly always good.”

― Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

“The poem, for me, is simply the first sound realized in the modality of being.”

― Charles Olson

“Every new concept first comes to the mind in a judgment.”

― Charles Sanders Peirce

“Making my first record, I was really inspired by all the color palettes Sofia Coppola has in her films.”

― Charli XCX

“On my first album, I felt like, if it was going to be turned into a movie, it would have been directed by Sofia Coppola. She creates this kind of pastel-colored palette that’s very whimsical but also very stagnant. And that’s really how I heard the record.”

― Charli XCX

“The first show I did with Coldplay was really scary.”

― Charli XCX

“Videogames are probably my first love.”

― Charlie Brooker

“At first I didn’t dig country.”

― Charlie Rich

“Consistency, madam, is the first of Christian duties.”

― Charlotte Bronte

“My parents don’t have a lot of money, and it was only when my mum’s mum died that we could buy Fernandez, my first grand prix horse.”

― Charlotte Dujardin

“I walked out very nervous, my first WrestleMania, and I had my dad beside me.”

― Charlotte Flair

“When I first started in the WWE, I had a really hard time because I didn’t look the part.”

― Charlotte Flair

“My first car was a ’56 Ford station wagon – cost 100 bucks.”

― Cheech Marin

“Our first gig was a battle of the bands. We did 45 minutes of comedy and never played a note – and we won!”

― Cheech Marin

“I guess what really made me a Dodgers fan from the beginning was that the team had Jackie Robinson, the first ‘Negro’ in the major leagues.”

― Cheech Marin

“One of the first members of Congress I met when I was first elected in 2008 was Barney Frank.”

― Chellie Pingree

“As a seven-year-old, I remember when Etan Patz disappeared and was immortalized as the first missing-child face on a milk carton.”

― Chelsea Cain

“I was later to receive an excellent first two years’ graduate education in the same University and then again was able to pursue my studies in the U.S. on a fellowship from the aforementioned fund.”

― Chen-Ning Yang

“The first ‘Creed’ is one of the best movies I’ve ever seen.”

― Cheo Hodari Coker

“Whitley Bay was my first experience of the seaside. I’d buy my bucket and spade, and beach ball, and all the shops were teeming with toys. I used to spend hours on the shuggy boats.”

― Cherie Lunghi

“At my first tournament, about four years ago, I got four twos. Now I have a poker problem. I do win every so often, so that’s what keeps me going.”

― Cheryl Hines

“Many books have mattered enormously to my life and work. ‘David Copperfield’ by Charles Dickens would be one of several contenders for ‘most influential.’ I first read it at 13 and have reread it dozens of times since.”

― Cheryl Mendelson

“I came second in a 1,500-metre running race at school. I knew I couldn’t have come first, so second was my version of first.”

― Chet Faker

“I am drawn, as a reader, to detail-drenched stories about human lives affected as much by the internal as by the external, the kind of fiction that Jane Smiley nicely describes as ‘first and foremost about how individuals fit, or don’t fit, into their social worlds.’”

― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“When you hear the first five seconds to a song and you’ve pretty much heard the whole song, that’s kind of a bummer.”

― Chino Moreno

“When you become first lady, it’s like, ‘O.K., now what do you do?’”

― Chirlane McCray

“When I was volunteering with Hurricane Katrina refugees in Houston in 2005, I first started thinking about the whole phenomenon of grace under pressure.”

― Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

“When I first had my eyebrows waxed, I was pretty disturbed.”

― Chiwetel Ejiofor

“I wore my first pair of Louboutins during this press tour. It was absolutely amazing, they weren’t heels, they were little shoes, but they were velvet and they were blue.”

― Chloe Grace Moretz

“I was really excited to land my first 1080. But I was surprised that it came a lot easier than I thought it would.”

― Chloe Kim

“Fiction and poetry are my first loves, but the really beautiful lyrical essay can do so much that other forms cannot.”

― Chris Abani

“I was listening to the first record the other day, and it sounds remarkably contemporary.”

― Chris Bailey

“What do I know about Mitt Romney? I know that he’s a self-serving egomaniac who puts himself first, who has a chip on his shoulder, and thinks that he should be president of the United States.”

― Chris Collins

“My first book, ‘Running Loose’, was censored back in 1983 or ’84. Every book I’ve written since has been censored somewhere.”

― Chris Crutcher

“When the collective mentality of any organization is self and self-preservation first, it’s a sure sign of pending doom.”

― Chris Fussell

“Jesus’s first commandment was to love one another.”

― Chris Gibson

“As I stated shortly after retiring from the U.S. Army and first pursuing a seat in Congress in 2010, I planned to self-impose term limits.”

― Chris Gibson

“No aeroplane you’ve ever gotten into had less than thousands of flights before they took their first passenger. Because vehicles are unsafe at first.”

― Chris Hadfield

“If I hear a song that I like, my first instinct is to find out about who made it.”

― Chris Martin

“A favorite film? The first ‘Ice Age’ and the first ‘Despicable Me.’ They’re the films that have introduced me to characters that I still feel extremely bonded with.”

― Chris Meledandri

“I’m the first person in my family to play poker.”

― Chris Moneymaker

“’Angus’ was my first real film, but I had been acting for about 3 threes before that as well.”

― Chris Owen

“Bill Cosby was the first comedian I was exposed to, because he doesn’t curse.”

― Chris Rock

“I was about 28-29 when I wrote my first story, and that was called ‘The Garden of Abdul Gasazi.’”

― Chris Van Allsburg

“You can’t really be picky and choosy for your first lead role.”

― Chris Zylka

“The possibility that lysosomes might accidentally become ruptured under certain conditions, and kill or injure their host-cells as a result, was considered right after we got our first clues to the existence of these particles.”

― Christian de Duve

“I’ve played a lot of games – I started very early, and the first 50 games were just warm-up games.”

― Christian Eriksen

“I got my first acting role because I was a singer.”

― Christian Kane

“The first principle of child-rearing is to choose a good mother.”

― Christian Morgenstern

“Our first and last love is self-love.”

― Christian Nestell Bovee

“In the beginning, my first clients were Oprah, Whoopi Goldberg, and all different types of women.”

― Christian Siriano

“The very first stock I bought right out of college was Berkshire Hathaway.”

― Christie Hefner

“When I first met my husband, I needed that helping hand to take the reins and look after me.”

― Christina Aguilera

“When I first came out there was no such thing as Twitter or Facebook. And the blogs! Like, what is that?”

― Christina Aguilera

“One of my favorite stories is my first kissing scene with Linda Gray.”

― Christopher Atkins

“The first novel I wrote, ‘The White House Mess,’ was a comic novel. It came out in 1986. It was a parody in the form of a White House memoir.”

― Christopher Buckley

“I cast my first vote on my father’s lap in 1960, for Richard Nixon, in the voting booth. I was 8.”

― Christopher Buckley

“Joe Scarborough was one of 74 Republicans elected to the Congress in 1994 in response to the missteps of the early Clinton era. He was the first Republican elected to Congress from his northern Florida district since the 1870s and handily won re-election three times.”

― Christopher Buckley

“American workers are first rate.”

― Christopher Dodd

“The first ‘Charlemagne’ album is metal, of course, but what I sang was more symphonic.”

― Christopher Lee

“’Cuckoo’s Nest’ came along, and I was cast, and that was great, but it was my first film, so I felt like I was kind of walking around on the set as Walk-On A.”

― Christopher Lloyd

“Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?”

― Christopher Marlowe

“Accursed be he that first invented war.”

― Christopher Marlowe

“Accurst be he that first invented war.”

― Christopher Marlowe

“My first cassette was ‘Synchronicity,’ and my first CD was U2 ‘War’ and King Crimson ‘Discipline.’”

― Christopher McCulloch

“I was playing baseball, and I tripped over first base – I’m very clumsy – and I fell and broke my wrist. That was pretty painful.”

― Christopher Mintz-Plasse

“’Superbad’ was my first movie, but I’ve been acting since I was seven.”

― Christopher Mintz-Plasse

“I couldn’t believe when I first got a fan letter from Al Pacino, it was unreal.”

― Christopher Plummer

“At first, dreams seem impossible, then improbable, and eventually inevitable.”

― Christopher Reeve

“First off, we’ve had sworn testimony from soldiers and testimony before our staff that wasn’t sworn, that said these alarms rarely went off, that they went off after the war in most cases and went off a lot.”

― Christopher Shays

“First off, I’m not a scientist, and I make no apology for that.”

― Christopher Shays

“’Sinister’ is the first score I’ve done in which there’s no orchestra in it whatsoever. There are traditional instruments I sampled, then manipulated, so you don’t even recognize the source anymore.”

― Christopher Young

“I don’t think when I started off that I was expecting to become so specialized, but what happened is that when my career started, I didn’t pick my first film. I was picked to do it, and it happened to be a horror film.”

― Christopher Young

“But first I want to get my master’s degree at Columbia’s School of International Public Affairs.”

― Christy Romano

“This notion that borders wouldn’t matter, that we would have commonality of interests around the world. Well, guess who got there first? The plutocrats.”

― Chrystia Freeland

“Our light-speed, globally connected economy has led to the rise of a new super-elite that consists, to a notable degree, of first- and second-generation wealth.”

― Chrystia Freeland

“The first thing I do is take Polaroids of the sitter – 10 or 12 color Polaroids and eight or 10 black-and whites.”

― Chuck Close

“What made me want to become a recording artist; I was the first artist that was repeatedly asked by a label to record with them. That label was Def Jam Records.”

― Chuck D

“How to become a millionaire? Become a billionaire first.”

― Chuck Feeney

“First and foremost, the duty of a representative is to represent the interests of his constituents.”

― Chuck Fleischmann

“A lot of people are blowing Shogun’s fight with Mark Coleman out of proportion. He was coming off an injury, and he gassed early on in his first fight back.”

― Chuck Liddell

“My first contract I was offered by the UFC, or my second contract, it was 1-and-1, 2-and-2, 3-and-3. That’s $12,000 for the year. Don’t complain to me about fighter pay. It was $12,000 for a year, and it was exclusive.”

― Chuck Liddell

“Martial arts was really the first thing in my life that I followed through on and accomplished a degree of proficiency for.”

― Chuck Norris

“When I first read the story ‘Guts’ in workshop – my fellow writers that I’ve been meeting with for almost 20 years – they laughed; they didn’t have any kind of shock reaction.”

― Chuck Palahniuk

“I want to show who CL is on my first solo album.”

― CL

“’Clothespin’ was the first city monument on a large scale that could compete with the architecture around it.”

― Claes Oldenburg

“The first time I realised I was patriotic was after September 11th.”

― Claire Danes

“I fantasized about being a psychology major when I first started school, and I took a handful of Psych 101 classes.”

― Claire Danes

“I guess I stopped acting when I was 18 and didn’t pick it up again until I was 21. That wasn’t the plan, though. When I first started at Yale, the plan was to do a movie each summer.”

― Claire Danes

“But Basquiat is the first thing I’ve done that I’m really proud of.”

― Claire Forlani

“After I saw the first thing I ever did, I got a migraine.”

― Claire Forlani

“Because my father is French, my first school was the Lycee Francais de Londres in Kensington.”

― Claire Tomalin

“The first half of our lives are ruined by our parents and the second half by our children.”

― Clarence Darrow

“First I went to the Sorbonne to do my licence en lettres, but I also started to study law.”

― Claude Chabrol

“First of all, ladies and gentlemen, you must forget that you are singers.”

― Claude Debussy

“We developed already, before the first servicing mission, this has been further developed on the second servicing mission and we refined it this time, all the terminology.”

― Claude Nicollier

“I design for myself and the first question I ask is, ‘Would I wear it?’”

― Claudia Schiffer

“Facebook is the first class of social networking. If MySpace is Camden Lock then Facebook is Harvey Nichols.”

― Claudia Winkleman

“Most urgent is the good First Job Program, that Lula plans to implement, which hasn’t got off the ground.”

― Claudio Hummes

“My idea is that players need to recover first, train later.”

― Claudio Ranieri

“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.”

― Clayton M. Christensen

“First, the firearms industry has been around and has been respected for generations. They provide a valuable service and a highly desirable product to millions of sportsmen and supporters of those second amendment rights.”

― Cliff Stearns

“If the means were available, we could trace our ancestry – yours and mine – back to the first blob of life-like material that came into being on the planet.”

― Clifford D. Simak

“I became a Republican in 1951, the first year I could vote.”

― Clint Eastwood

“’Underworld’ was my first filmed book. I think there are about seven of my lines in it.”

― Clive Barker

“My years with Aretha Franklin have been very special, as were the years making records with Dionne Warwick. Other highlights include working with Janis Joplin, who was the first artist I ever signed, as well as Patti Smith and Alicia Keys.”

― Clive Davis

“The computer industry began with home-brew boxes that everyone had to program for themselves, but that was a huge hassle. The computer revolution didn’t explode until the first Macintosh arrived, with its point-and-click simplicity.”

― Clive Thompson

“I had my first girlfriend at 15. Life was difficult then.”

― Coco Martin

“I was the first model to get a blog and talk about anything in modeling.”

― Coco Rocha

“’House of Cards’ I’ve watched since the first day.”

― Cody Fern

“I was actually born in Sacramento, in Rocklin, which is a suburb of Sacramento. I lived there for the first 8 years of my life.”

― Colby Covington

“At first, when I received the script for the ‘Archie’ show, I was immediately turned off.”

― Cole Sprouse

“For me, that first album, there was a lot of fun stuff.”

― Cole Swindell

“’Miss Saigon’ was my first professional show. It was one of the first regional productions of ‘Miss Saigon.’”

― Colin Donnell

“I backpacked through France and Italy in my teens, and then I was at Cannes with the first movie I did in ’84.”

― Colin Firth

“The first joke I ever told on stage was a golf joke.”

― Colin Jost

“The idea that putting Americans ‘first’ requires a withdrawal from the world is simply wrongheaded because a retreat would achieve exactly the opposite for our citizens.”

― Colin Powell

“Costumes are the first impression that you have of the character before they open their mouth-it really does establish who they are.”

― Colleen Atwood

“I have to write a first draft with a fountain pen before I type it up as a second.”

― Colm Toibin

“’Bloodless’ reminded me a bit of ‘Les Miserables’ when it first came out.”

― Colm Wilkinson

“Out of all of the things I’ve written, ‘Dot’ was the quickest from first thoughts to full production.”

― Colman Domingo

“Several hard-core Star Wars fans who had tickets for the first showing actually said that when the movie finally began, they started crying. Mainly because they realized that it’s 22 years later, and they still haven’t lost their virginity.”

― Conan O’Brien

“I started playing piano when I was around four; that’s my first passion.”

― Condola Rashad

“The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success only comes later.”

― Confucius

“The Harding/Kerrigan saga was one of the first feeding-frenzy stories that would forever change news coverage.”

― Connie Chung

“When I would first come to New York on tour, I hated the place.”

― Conor Oberst

“My first semester, I got a D in creative writing.”

― Conrad Hall

“I can still recall the thrill of shooting my first film.”

― Conrad Hall

“An actor remembers his first piece of published praise. It is written on his heart.”

― Conrad Veidt

“I got the chance to argue my first case in Supreme Court, a criminal case arising in Alabama that involved the right of a defendant to counsel at a critical stage in a capital case before a trial.”

― Constance Baker Motley

“It’s weird. Prior to having my first record, Corey Hart was just my name.”

― Corey Hart

“Truthfully, I’m still Corey Hart, Dad, first.”

― Corey Hart

“I just think political correctness is a limitation on our First Amendment freedoms.”

― Corey Stewart

“Any immigration-reform effort must begin first with border security and enforcement of the law.”

― Cory Gardner

“Families are the Nurseries of all Societies; and the First combinations of mankind.”

― Cotton Mather

“50 Cent and I really started to bond over our love for music. The first conversations we had were about Curtis Mayfield.”

― Courtney A. Kemp

“I had very much wanted to be the very first black female editor-in-chief of ‘Vogue.’ Barring that, I wanted to work at ‘Entertainment Weekly.’”

― Courtney A. Kemp

“The first song I wrote was called ‘You,’ and it was a love song about somebody who didn’t even exist.”

― Courtney Barnett

“I played on anger for the first 15 years of my career.”

― Craig Bellamy

“First and foremost, I am concentrating on staying fit. If I’m fit, I can challenge. If I ain’t fit, I can’t challenge.”

― Craig Bellamy

“The first sign builders are on their way is when – hey, presto! – a skip appears outside your house.”

― Craig Brown

“When anarchy is declared, the first thing we do, let’s kill all the anarchists.”

― Craig Bruce

“When you are finished with it, put it back in the first place that you looked for it.”

― Craig Bruce

“Before my first album ‘Born To Do It,’ I used to DJ.”

― Craig David

“When I got to the second album, there was an expectation, because we’d sold nearly seven million albums on the first record, that this would do eight or nine.”

― Craig David

“Disruption is in my genes. My father owned one of the first discount toy stores, Duane’s Toyland, in Albany and Schenectady, near where I grew up. Discount was always a huge disruptor – it disrupted Sears Roebuck.”

― Craig Hatkoff

“The problem is that with blogging, the model is publish first, maybe fact-check later. In newspapers, the model is you fact check first and then publish. But those models are merging.”

― Craig Newmark

“I’d done kids’ TV in the U.K., but not great kids’ TV. So yes, ‘Submarine’ was the first film and the first good thing that I have done.”

― Craig Roberts

“I was in my early twenties. I was 22-ish. I graduated from college and went right into teaching. The first year, I taught in Indiana at a couple schools, and then I moved over to Chicago.”

― Craig Robinson

“Everybody has a game plan, but the plan changes after the first punch.”

― Cris Cyborg

“The first eight years of my life, we lived in an abandoned diner – we were basically squatters.”

― Cristela Alonzo

“My first hero was Serena Williams. No contest.”

― Crystal Dunn

“If the feminist program goes to pieces on the arrival of the first baby, it’s false and useless.”

― Crystal Eastman

“Now so many really good groups who have had a first major hit can’t get a deal for a second one.”

― Crystal Gayle

“I worked so much when my first son was born that I missed a lot.”

― Cuba Gooding, Jr.

“When I was, like, 16, I had, like, my first, like, bit of software and stuff. So then I started, like, making music and all that.”

― Cuco

“When I put out my first mixtape, ’50 Cent is the Future,’ it was the first tape where an artist did the entire tape in song format.”

― Curtis Jackson

“When I was writing my first two books I was also freelancing and teaching and doing other odd jobs.”

― Curtis Sittenfeld

“I had to lie so much about sex, first when I was 15, because I wasn’t supposed to be having it. And then when I got older, I lied to everybody I was having sex with, so I could have sex with other people.”

― Cybill Shepherd

“I was eighteen when I wrote my first book, and I can’t remember what it was called. I have no idea where the manuscript is – I lost it when I was twenty-one.”

― Cynthia Voigt

“Whom the gods wish to destroy they first call promising.”

― Cyril Connolly

“South Africa must come first in everything we do.”

― Cyril Ramaphosa

“The first rule of comedy should be, you must be very lazy. Whoever works should be immediately removed.”

― Cyrus Broacha

“I was the first one in my family to go to college.”

― Dabo Swinney

“TV is my first love and I haven’t disappeared from it totally.”

― Daisy Fuentes

“If I were on ‘Survivor,’ I might be the first off the island.”

― Dakin Matthews

“The 1979 Daytona 500 was awesome. It was almost like the first race that Ken Squier ever did. And so he was sort of introducing himself as well as the sport.”

― Dale Earnhardt Jr.

“Second place is just the first place loser.”

― Dale Earnhardt

“My national identity is first American. My religious identity is first Muslim.”

― Dalia Mogahed

“My first movie was totally improvised.”

― Damien Chazelle

“First of all, how could I be broke, and I got all these companies?”

― Damon Dash

“Rian Malan was one of the first younger writers to perceive and write about a darkness in the South African psyche that goes deeper than mere politics. To some extent, that’s my territory, too.”

― Damon Galgut

“I was 12 years old when I had my first job, delivering packages.”

― Damon Wayans

“My first jobs were all civil service. At 14, I worked for the Canadian National Railways. At 16, I worked for the Canadian Penitentiary Service.”

― Dan Aykroyd

“I saw the ‘Balls of Fury’ script, and I was skeptical at first.”

― Dan Fogler

“The first thing is to hang on to everybody who is talented, who is entrepreneurial, who wants to make an impact and a change and start attracting ones.”

― Dan Gilbert

“The first president I met was L. B. J.”

― Dan Jenkins

“The first thing they gave me at ‘Sports Illustrated’ was a first-class air card. ‘And oh, by the way, there’s the petty cash drawer,’ they told me. ‘Take a few thousand dollars for expenses.’”

― Dan Jenkins

“We aren’t going to let our first investment be the best.”

― Dan Levitan

“In late May 1993, I gave my first QLA Seminar at the Sheraton Hotel in Los Angeles.”

― Dan Pena

“School is very conformist, and one of the very first conforming that goes on in preschool and kindergarten is gender.”

― Dan Savage

“I’ve always written about social concerns. My first book was about Spanish Harlem.”

― Dan Wakefield

“I began as a writer and started blogging in 2001, first on politics, anonymously.”

― Dana Loesch

“The first presidential election I really paid attention to was in 1988 when George H. W. Bush ran against Michael Dukakis.”

― Dana Perino

“I would be ecstatic if the very first writer to step foot in a Storyknife cabin was an Alaska Native woman writer.”

― Dana Stabenow

“The first two projects I did out of my dorm room were mock film soundtracks.”

― Danger Mouse

“The first concert I ever saw was Roy Orbison.”

― Daniel A. D’Aniello

“When I played my first concert with an orchestra, I was eight years old in Berlin.”

― Daniel Barenboim

“Classical pianist Awadagin Pratt. I first heard this eccentric and introverted performer when I was living in the Midwest. He was playing Brahms ballades – haunting.”

― Daniel Breaker

“Study first, play afterwards.”

― Daniel D. Palmer

“Pride the first peer and president of hell.”

― Daniel Defoe

“I was the first real generation to have their teens on the Internet.”

― Daniel Ek

“My first novel took almost six years to sell and was rejected 37 times in the interim, and then finally sold for the smallest amount of money my literary agent had ever negotiated for a work of fiction.”

― Daniel Handler

“Though, since the first record, I’ve dramatically changed my expectations for our records.”

― Daniel Johns

“With our first two records we backed ourselves into a hole musically.”

― Daniel Johns

“I wrote my first play when I was nine. It was performed at Hampstead Theatre.”

― Daniel Kaluuya

“In a country that was still racially segregated and prejudiced, music was among the first domains in which African-Americans thrived alongside whites.”

― Daniel Levitin

“I read my first P.G. Wodehouse when I was 12.”

― Daniel Mallory Ortberg

“First of all, many human diseases are influenced by, if not caused by mutations in genes.”

― Daniel Nathans

“The opening novel of the ‘Bayou Trilogy’ was the first one I finished.”

― Daniel Woodrell

“I’m always writing about character first. Plot, such as it is, comes from the characters.”

― Daniel Woodrell

“I had 45 Avril Lavigne posters. Those were my first posters.”

― Daniela Bobadilla

“I spent my first 10 years in the Commonwealth. I come from cricket, crumpets, cucumber sandwiches, the Queen.”

― Danielle de Niese

“Mozart is my first strength.”

― Danielle de Niese

“When I first watched ‘8 Mile,’ it was amazing. It got me. I loved it.”

― Danielle Macdonald

“I came out to America just before I turned 19, got my first audition, and booked it.”

― Danielle Macdonald

“I completed my first novel when I was 19 years old.”

― Danielle Steel

“The funniest thing happened in one of my first scenes. In the beginning Emma was really arrogant and punk and in every scene she would slam the door when she walked in or out.”

― Dannii Minogue

“I was 40 when I did my first movie.”

― Danny Aiello

“It’s a first for me. It’s my first nude scene.”

― Danny DeVito

“I voted proudly for the first time for John Fitzgerald Kennedy for president of the United States.”

― Danny K. Davis

“I’ve been in love with Washington ever since renting my very first apartment there many years ago while working as a Senate intern.”

― Danny Meyer

“I think, first and foremost, Wayne Rooney is a class player. Wherever he is on the pitch, he can make an impact.”

― Danny Welbeck

“To get a first goal for England was something I’ve dreamed of since I was a little kid.”

― Danny Welbeck

“When one is writing a novel in the first person, one must be that person.”

― Daphne du Maurier

“The first concert I saw was Cheryl Wheeler.”

― Dar Williams

“When I met Oprah, the first thing I thought was, ‘She is the most amazing hugger ever.’”

― Darby Stanchfield

“A tragedy’s first act is crowded with supporting players, policeman scribbling in pads and making radio calls, witnesses crimping their faces, EMS guys folding equipment.”

― Darin Strauss

“My knowledge of trains – and love before first sight, love at negative-one sight – comes from Alfred Hitchcock.”

― Darin Strauss

“But no one should have the right to manipulate my films in the first place.”

― Dario Argento

“The first year I started liking the Dolphins was Super Bowl VI, which they lost to the Cowboys. I was 5. My whole family was pulling for the Cowboys, so I rooted for the Dolphins. They lost, and I cried.”

― Darius Rucker

“I’m willing to work with anybody that will put the country first.”

― Darryl Glenn

“None of the black abolitionist newspapers, the first of which appeared in 1827, was in existence after the Civil War.”

― Darryl Pinckney

“The first thing I ever did was play talent shows at the Uptown Theater and the Adelphi Ballroom.”

― Daryl Hall

“My first sport was volleyball, and then somebody told me about cross-country. They said it was outdoors, coed, and everybody got to participate. And I said, ‘That is the sport for me!’”

― Daryn Kagan

“I can remember exactly where I sat when my teacher first read Roald Dahl’s ‘James and the Giant Peach’.”

― Dave Eggers

“My first memory of the public library is of lugging home a volume of Norse myths as heavy as a thunder-god’s hammer.”

― Dave Morris

“The very first schoolbook that was written had God all over it.”

― Dave Mustaine

“One of my first records that I heard was ‘Wish You Were Here’ by Pink Floyd.”

― Dave Mustaine

“I saw one movie in theatres in the first 18 years of my life.”

― David A. R. White

“We have forgotten that curing cancer starts with preventing cancer in the first place.”

― David Agus

“My first influence obviously was Picasso.”

― David Bailey

“I was ten when I got my first serious beating. It was rough.”

― David Bailey

“When I first came into parliament, there was, on average, a by-election every three months – due not to MPs bailing out, but because of the death rate.”

― David Blunkett

“When you think about it, Adolf Hitler was the first pop star.”

― David Bowie

“First, Resolve upon, and daily endeavour to practise, a life of seriousness and strict sobriety.”

― David Brainerd

“My first duty to write a gripping yarn. Second is to convey credible characters who make you feel what they feel. Only third comes the idea.”

― David Brin

“When it comes to Republican debates, fibs and fits come first; facts come last.”

― David Brock

“My first five albums were triple-platinum, and I played a lot of concerts.”

― David Cassidy

“When I first started to cook, I would cook these elaborate meals, but I rarely cook at home now.”

― David Chang

“But Vegas is really my first home.”

― David Copperfield

“The first trick I bought at Macy’s was a little wooden board where a quarter would appear and disappear.”

― David Copperfield

“Plus, I was a math and science whiz from my first introduction to the subjects.”

― David Crane

“We should just get somebody from the left and the right and they should all throw bumper stickers at each other and the first one to cover the other one wins.”

― David Cross

“You don’t usually get a compound word where the first part is a slang thing and the second part is a rather ordinary or formal thing – they don’t usually mix – but ‘gobsmacked’ is a perfect exception to that rule.”

― David Crystal

“At the same time we overlap, because, I do linguistics, and Ben did a first degree in Linguistics at Lancaster University, so he knows some of my subject.”

― David Crystal

“I’ve been covering North Korea nuclear issues since I was a young reporter in the Tokyo bureau of ‘The Times’ and wrote some of the first pieces about the existence of the program at Yongbyon.”

― David E. Sanger

“I think the first decade of this century is going to be remembered as a time of extremism.”

― David Eagleman

“I knew BB King when he first started out.”

― David Edwards

“Write first, worry later.”

― David Farr

“My first career was as a coach and a teacher.”

― David Friedman

“I first started reading about Barack and taking notes when he won the Iowa caucuses in January 2008 because I was embarrassed that, at that point, I knew virtually nothing about him.”

― David Garrow

“The public, the whites – not just in Oklahoma, but across the United States – were transfixed by the Osage wealth which belied images of Native Americans that could be traced back to the first brutal contact with whites.”

― David Grann

“Everything I make as a producer, I visualize it as a DJ first. And all those beats, I test them as a DJ.”

― David Guetta

“Because of the way I’m built, I constantly have to strengthen. This is sort of a ritual: I put on my tights first, and right when I’m about to put on my costume, I get down on the floor, and I plank.”

― David Hallberg

“When I first played Othello, a reviewer absolutely slaughtered me.”

― David Harewood

“I love musical theater. That’s what I started off to do when I was 7, and my first show was ‘Peter Pan.’”

― David Hasselhoff

“When I first went to Fitzroy Lodge, I said I was going to be heavyweight champion of the world and retire when I was 30. This is when I was 10.”

― David Haye

“Well, it seems to me Lincoln, I suppose, is kind of a model of a particular sort of presidency, a presidency that first of all is elected by a minority of the votes.”

― David Herbert Donald

“If I were to awaken after having slept for a thousand years, my first question would be: Has the Riemann hypothesis been proven?”

― David Hilbert

“My father, Arthur, was a fishmonger, first at Billingsgate market and later in Camden Town and Golders Green.”

― David Jason

“The first Latin music that blew my mind was bumba, which was a Puerto Rican beat.”

― David Johansen

“The first principle of the market economy is that it is comprised of many small buyers and sellers, which implies a substantial degree of equity. Another fundamental market principle is that costs are internalized in the producer’s price.”

― David Korten

“I was the first independent to walk in with a documentary.”

― David L. Wolper

“We’ve always been inspired by England; my father’s first store was here.”

― David Lauren

“I’m first and foremost interested in the story, the characters.”

― David Lean

“The completely irreverent tone was the thing that won me over about the first ‘Deadpool’ movie.”

― David Leitch

“As a filmmaker, I’m a collaborator first.”

― David Leitch

“Here’s a little known fact – Arnold is the first body builder to run for governor since Janet Reno.”

― David Letterman

“A lot of my vocals were the first time I ever sang the song.”

― David Longstreth

“I loved ‘Nothing Was the Same’ so much. For me, that was the first Drake record that I got into.”

― David Longstreth

“The strikers are the first defenders. And the first defender is the first striker to build from the back.”

― David Luiz

“When I started ‘First Blood,’ back in 1968, I was deeply influenced by Geoffrey Household’s ‘Rogue Male.’”

― David Morrell

“In my novel, ‘First Blood,’ Rambo died. In the films, he lives.”

― David Morrell

“I first came to Jewish-Catholic relations in 1963, while studying for the rabbinate at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.”

― David Novak

“There are only two classes – first class and no class.”

― David O. Selznick

“We are now in the middle of the centre of the first half.”

― David Pleat

“98% of the people who get the magazine say they read the cartoons first – and the other 2% are lying.”

― David Remnick

“After all the fertile land in the immediate neighbourhood of the first settlers were cultivated, if capital and population increased, more food would be required, and it could only be procured from land not so advantageously situated.”

― David Ricardo

“Nobody realizes that Mormons were the first Americans to settle Las Vegas.”

― David Roberts

“It took a while for the first ‘Blade’ to get made, and Marvel decided they liked the Whistler character so much, when Blade guest starred on the ‘Spider-Man’ cartoon, they put Whistler on the cartoon, and the movie hadn’t come out yet.”

― David S. Goyer

“And, again, I’m the first one to say that I’m not going be successful at everything.”

― David Schwimmer

“I started writing when I was twenty, and my first book came out seventeen years later.”

― David Sedaris

“We’ve been appropriating in art since Duchamp, and we’ve been appropriating in music since the first person was banging on drums.”

― David Shields

“I thought, ‘Who is the first vampire ever? It’s Peter Murphy!’”

― David Slade

“Corporations are economic entities or structures, and yet they’re allowed to fund political candidates, and when those candidates are elected, guess who gets in the door first? It’s corporations.”

― David Suzuki

“Paula Milne was really the first thing that drew me to ‘The Politician’s Husband.’”

― David Tennant

“I would recommend that anyone who wants to do comedy on TV to do radio first.”

― David Walliams

“The idea of doing a tennis movie is truly unbelievable to me. Well, first of all, they don’t really exist.”

― David Walton

“My first series, I wouldn’t even know where to get a clip of it. It was called ‘Cracking Up.’ It was on ‘FOX’ in 2004.”

― David Walton

“It is as true for the writer as for the reader that any novel worth its ink should be an experience first and foremost – not an essay, not a statement, not an orderly rollout of themes and propositions.”

― David Wroblewski

“My first ever stage performance was in Edinburgh in 1960.”

― Davy Jones

“I was the first studio executive to meet with Sean Penn after ‘Taps’ in 1981. I was anxious to develop things with him when nobody knew who he was.”

― Dawn Steel

“The first war movie I ever saw was ‘Platoon,’ and I was eight months pregnant. So my husband, producer Charles Roven, wasn’t sure I’d make it.”

― Dawn Steel

“Acting is my first love.”

― Dawn Wells

“When I first got into business, I made a lot of bad decisions.”

― Daymond John

“When I first came into money, I bought six or seven homes. One weekend I went to Miami and bought an apartment and a mansion several blocks from each other, which was not that bright!”

― Daymond John

“The first audition my manger sent me on was ‘The Hunger Games,’ and I got the role.”

― Dayo Okeniyi

“The first requirement of a statesman is that he be dull.”

― Dean Acheson

“When I first came to Oregon, the annual amount spent on production was $1 million to $1.5 million. By the time ‘Leverage’ was done, there had been over $100 million in production that year.”

― Dean Devlin

“I’m first and foremost a scientist.”

― Dean Ornish

“Any album that I ever put out I’m going to send it to country radio first.”

― Deana Carter

“I never excluded any genre on my first record.”

― Deana Carter

“I toured in Europe first, before I did any touring in the U.S. It was with Jimmy Nail and others.”

― Deana Carter

“My first husband ran off with Elizabeth Taylor.”

― Debbie Reynolds

“The first story I wrote was called ‘Days,’ and I have very little affection for it.”

― Deborah Eisenberg

“It’s almost uncanny to receive a prize named in honor of Bernard Malamud. I must have been in my early teens when ‘The Magic Barrel’ was published and I first read it.”

― Deborah Eisenberg

“I have 18 or 19 first cousins, and we’re all very close.”

― Deborah Joy Winans

“My first novel, ‘You Must be Sisters,’ was started in Pakistan. I’ve wrote several novels and a TV drama set or partly-set there.”

― Deborah Moggach

“The first exoplanet to be found around a sun-like star was discovered in 1995, just two years before I began studying exoplanet detection.”

― Debra Fischer

“Because Alpha Centauri is so close, it is our first stop outside our solar system. There’s almost certain to be small, rocky planets around Alpha Centauri A and B.”

― Debra Fischer

“The first time I met Bill Clinton was actually 1988.”

― Dee Dee Myers

“Almost all first ladies have had tremendous power on personnel issues, whether the public realized it or not, whether it was Barbara Bush or Nancy Reagan or whoever.”

― Dee Dee Myers

“I had originally written ‘Pariah’ as a feature, and we shot the first act as a short film, and then we used the short as a marketing tool to fundraise for the feature.”

― Dee Rees

“When Gene first contacted me for ‘Star Trek,’ he gave me the part of Spock to read! I’m glad I didn’t take it because I don’t think anyone could have played Spock better than Leonard Nimoy.”

― DeForest Kelley

“No one else has performed in a play after they’ve died, and I want to be the first person to do it.”

― Del Close

“That’s one of the things I loved about Pride: the first round was ten minutes.”

― Demetrious Johnson

“The first time I saw a commercial for my fight was UFC 210.”

― Demetrious Johnson

“Emilio Estevez was definitely my first love.”

― Demi Moore

“Justice is the first virtue of those who command, and stops the complaints of those who obey.”

― Denis Diderot

“The first step towards philosophy is incredulity.”

― Denis Diderot

“First law on holes – when you’re in one, stop digging!”

― Denis Healey

“I don’t get nervous anymore. The first couple times I met Roger Federer, or Grigor Dimitrov, I was a little nervous. But now, it’s more natural.”

― Denis Shapovalov

“My first Broadway show was with Elizabeth Taylor and Maureen Stapleton. Maureen Stapleton, a legend in the theatre; Elizabeth Taylor, a legend, period.”

― Dennis Christopher

“When I first came up, the bullpen was pretty much where they put the guys who couldn’t start.”

― Dennis Eckersley

“When I first got to Motown, Smokey was already a fixture there. To me, he is one of the greatest songwriters and poets, so anything they ask me to do for Smokey is going to get a yes.”

― Dennis Edwards

“I think first impressions are important when you pick up a script.”

― Dennis Farina

“I decided when I was very young, when I first saw movies, that I wanted to be an actor.”

― Dennis Hopper

“First off, I never favored a constitutional amendment to criminalize abortion or to overturn Roe v. Wade.”

― Dennis Kucinich

“I spent the first 15 years of my career in Seattle.”

― Dennis Muilenburg

“When I get a script, it’s the only time that I get to be an audience member with the first-time experience of that movie. That’s the first and only time.”

― Dennis Quaid

“’Threatz’ was when I stepped into my own as an individual and one of the first songs we put on SoundCloud.”

― Denzel Curry

“The best Christmas that l had was probably when I got my Xbox. When I first got an Xbox, it was, like, the very first Xbox when it came out.”

― Denzel Curry

“I remember when ‘Nostalgic 64’ first dropped, and it became popular, Shady wanted to sign me at one point.”

― Denzel Curry

“The first serious applications were in triterpenoid chemistry.”

― Derek Harold Richard Barton

“When I first dropped into L.A., I wanted to be a superhero!”

― Derek Theler

“My first book of poems was published privately in 1949. That was my mother. The book was ’25 Poems.’ It cost 200 dollars.”

― Derek Walcott

“As social secretary, I was responsible for putting together all the events that the President and the First Lady host.”

― Desiree Rogers

“First CD I bought for myself was ‘The Black Parade’ by My Chemical Romance.”

― Devin Druid

“The records I make, I’m there from the writing of the first note through the click tracks to the miking of the drums to the editing of everything to the production to the vocals to the artwork.”

― Devin Townsend

“I’ll be the first to admit when I’m influenced by something.”

― Devin Townsend

“I will be the first black James Bond.”

― Dhani Jones

“It was their individuality combined with the shyness of their behavior that remained the most captivating impression of this first encounter with the greatest of the great apes.”

― Dian Fossey

“I thought at first that I might write mysteries, but then I said, ‘Mysteries have plots, and I’m not sure I can do that yet.’”

― Diana Gabaldon

“’The Exile’ covers approximately the first third of ‘Outlander’.”

― Diana Gabaldon

“The album is a definite departure. I haven’t written original material before, except for one song on my first album, but Elvis and I did six songs together on this one.”

― Diana Krall

“When we first began, we didn’t have any hits.”

― Diana Ross

“My children come first and the career comes in around that.”

― Diana Ross

“I judge preschool teachers and actresses shamelessly. The first five minutes I meet them.”

― Diane Farr

“I definitely binge-watched ‘House of Cards’ when it first came out.”

― Diane Guerrero

“The main thing I look for in a recipe is taste, which is different from caterers and restaurants, who first ask ‘How does it look?’”

― Diane Mott Davidson

“I certainly am the first to acknowledge where I don’t have strengths, but I think I’m pretty good at acknowledging where I do.”

― Diane Nelson

“I sold my first screenplay six months before ‘Glee,’ but they had the option for a year and now it’s back with me.”

― Dianna Agron

“Each book first begins with a little idea.”

― Dick Bruna

“I believe that we were not as effective in the second term dealing with this issue of nuclear none proliferation as we had been during the first term when we stripped Libya and Iraq and A.Q. Khan and their capacity to proliferate nuclear technology.”

― Dick Cheney

“I actually first picked up an ukulele before I picked up a guitar.”

― Dick Dale

“Drums were my first instrument.”

― Dick Dale

“Let me tell you the first president to recognize the state of Israel was Harry Truman, a Democrat and every president since, Democrat and Republican, has stood closely with Israel.”

― Dick Durbin

“I’ve been impressed with Rick Guzman and his commitment to the residents of Aurora since I first met him many years ago.”

― Dick Durbin

“When I first broke through, there was only NBC, CBS and ABC, and they had news in the morning and in the evening – there wasn’t no 24-hour news.”

― Dick Gregory

“After one hundred years of federal rule, the United States House of Representatives has moved to provide for the first meaningful route to self-determination for the Puerto Rican people under our federal system.”

― Dick Thornburgh

“When I was a kid and we first moved to the states I used to watch ‘Batman’ all the time – with Adam West. I finally got to work with him years ago, and I totally geeked out.”

― Diedrich Bader

“My first son was born in Los Angeles; he’s a Mexican-American.”

― Diego Luna

“The first fight I ever saw live was the first Castillo-Corrales match in Las Vegas in 2005.”

― Diego Luna

“I started tweeting with the first film I directed. I found it the best way to promote it and to connect to the audience, and since then, it’s been very helpful.”

― Diego Luna

“Of course in the first matches you are more careful, perhaps more careful than you should be.”

― Diego Maradona

“Van Halen was a huge influence on me, and ‘Eruption’ was the song that really leaped off that first Van Halen album.”

― Dimebag Darrell

“Man, that first Leppard album really jams, and their original guitarist, Pete Willis, was a great player.”

― Dimebag Darrell

“If Lukaku is not as good as others with his first touch, then give him a ball that he can handle.”

― Dimitar Berbatov

“After Le Havre, I became the youngest player in the first division in Reunion. I made my debut at 16. That’s how I got spotted by Nantes.”

― Dimitri Payet

“I was lucky that my first movie itself established me as an actress.”

― Dimple Kapadia

“Britney Spears is one of my first idol.”

― Dinah Jane

“They wanted Guy Middleton instead of Kenneth More, and even Kay Kendall wasn’t their first choice!”

― Dinah Sheridan

“These scenes deal with what happened before Hannibal Lecter was captured for the first time.”

― Dino De Laurentiis

“The vine bears three kinds of grapes: the first of pleasure, the second of intoxication, the third of disgust.”

― Diogenes

“I found songwriting really hard at first, but after a while it was actually very easy. I wrote about everyday stuff.”

― Dionne Bromfield

“My first album done what it had to do. It introduced me.”

― Dionne Bromfield

“I found songwriting really hard at first, but after a while it was actually very easy.”

― Dionne Bromfield

“I am an actress. My first film was a Telugu film, my second film was Bollywood, and third was Indo-Chinese.”

― Disha Patani

“I started to study psychology but had to stop when I got into the first team.”

― Divock Origi

“When I first immigrated to the United States, there were not many jobs that stood out. So I worked at a gas station, cleaning.”

― Do Won Chang

“I am not gay, but if I were, I would be the first one running out of the closet.”

― Dolly Parton

“Years ago, when I first started being a big star, I had fans that were fanatical. It was when ‘Jolene’ was a big hit.”

― Dolly Parton

“The first album didn’t become successful until the second was practically written.”

― Dolores O’Riordan

“I started wrestling when I was five. I lost my first match and cried in front of my dad, and I never wanted to do that again.”

― Dolph Ziggler

“I am not trying to be the next anyone – I am going to be the first Dolph Ziggler!”

― Dolph Ziggler

“My goal when I first started in the WWE was to stand out.”

― Dolph Ziggler

“As an MP, my first duty is to act in the national interest, regardless of party affiliation.”

― Dominic Grieve

“I remember when we were doing the first Dragon’s Lair, I got really involved with coming up with all the little rooms and what was the danger in the room and going into it with bats and spiders and snakes.”

― Don Bluth

“I played drums on Keith Carradine’s first record.”

― Don Henley

“When you are the first of anything, there is a bigger responsibility put on you.”

― Don Lemon

“And my rookie contract, my first rookie contract was for $5,000.”

― Don Shula

“My first novel took 12 years to complete because life got in my way.”

― Donald McKay

“The first Halloween was very well made. The second one was also well made, though I didn’t like it as well as the first one. The third one had nothing to do with the series at all and perhaps shouldn’t have been made at all.”

― Donald Pleasence

“The first thing the secretary types is the boss.”

― Donald Trump

“I was eleventh-grade class president. That was the first elective office I held until I came into Congress.”

― Donna Edwards

“Most people think that I heard Bob Dylan first and got a cap and harmonica. Really, it was Woody Guthrie. He was so influential.”

― Donovan

“Everybody wants to be a first round pick.”

― Donte DiVincenzo

“My father was in the First World War.”

― Doris Lessing

“Time and distance from the first and second world wars doesn’t seem to lessen their horrors.”

― Doris Lessing

“First of all, let it be remembered that I speak as an ex-Communist and one who has not testified before Congressional Committees, nor written works on the Communist conspiracy.”

― Dorothy Day

“There were no competitions on television. The first skating competition I ever remember seeing on television was the 1968 Olympics when Peggy Fleming won.”

― Dorothy Hamill

“I was the first movie star to plunge into night-time soap opera.”

― Dorothy Malone

“When I first read the script, I realized that Katie would have to be played as a rather down-to-earth person.”

― Dorothy McGuire

“These are basic, nonpartisan, non-ideological questions. How many United States senators are there… who was the first president.”

― Doug Ducey

“I honestly believe that we are Arizonans and Americans first, not merely advocates for our respective political parties.”

― Doug Ducey

“Currently under FCC policy, indecency determinations hinge on two factors. First, material must describe or depict sexual or excretory organs or activities. Second, the material must be patently offensive as measured by contemporary community standards for the broadcast medium.”

― Doug Ose

“I remember very little about writing the first series of ‘Hitchhiker’s.’ It’s almost as if someone else wrote it.”

― Douglas Adams

“My first recollection is that of a bugle call.”

― Douglas MacArthur

“My first job on 2001 was to make all of the HAL readouts: the 16 screens that surround HAL’s eyes.”

― Douglas Trumbull

“When I worked on 2001 – which was my first feature film – I was deeply and permanently affected by the notion that a movie could be like a first-person experience.”

― Douglas Trumbull

“The first black president will be a politician who is black.”

― Douglas Wilder

“My first two records were influenced by the Beatles and the Beach Boys.”

― Drake Bell

“I was 21 years old when I first signed with WWE. I finished my university degree and came straight to America.”

― Drew McIntyre

“The first ever VHS I ever owned, my brother and I, was WrestleMania VII. We watched that thing to bits – I think the tape chewed itself up.”

― Drew McIntyre

“It hasn’t been very normal in my career, but that first year in pro ball was the craziest year ever.”

― Drew Pomeranz

“My first concert was Method Man and Redman because they came down to Kosovo.”

― Dua Lipa

“One of the first 45s I ever bought was the Stooges’ ‘I Got a Right.’ Probably one of my favorite singles, ever.”

― Duff McKagan

“I was the first in my family to graduate college.”

― Duke Johnson

“You only get one shot to do a first feature.”

― Duncan Jones

“I’m a bit of a geek, actually. So I always wanted my first film to be science fiction.”

― Duncan Jones

“I actually am always a music first person.”

― Duncan Sheik

“I was told ‘no’ a lot when I first got to Nashville, but I’m pretty stubborn! That’s one of my faults and qualities.”

― Dustin Lynch

“My grandfather was one of the very, very first, if not the first, Samoan wrestlers to become known on a worldwide basis.”

― Dwayne Johnson

“I figured that pitchers had a better chance of getting drafted than fielders, so I decided I should be a pitcher. But I never expected to be picked in the first round. I wasn’t even sure I’d get picked at all.”

― Dwight Gooden

“When I first got into the league, I tried to fit in. Now I don’t care.”

― Dwyane Wade

“Making $30,000 on my first business deal was exciting, but not as exciting as the sudden knowledge that I did not have to work for anyone again.”

― E. Joseph Cossman

“The missiles come first, and the justifications come second.”

― E. P. Thompson

“The key step for an infielder is the first one… but before the ball is hit.”

― Earl Weaver

“One is that President Clinton, in his first two years of his term, did not govern as he had campaigned.”

― Ed Gillespie

“I know many writers who first dictate passages, then polish what they have dictated. I speak, then I polish – occasionally I do windows.”

― Ed Koch

“I was the first reporter in the country to get a U.S. Senator on the air during the 9/11 attacks – I was broadcasting from the Hart Building.”

― Ed Schultz

“The first thing I ever saw Bradley Cooper in was ‘Wedding Crashers.’”

― Ed Weeks

“I won my first 10 fights by knockout. The money was getting larger at the same time.”

― Eddie Alvarez

“There are only so many pitches in this old arm, and I don’t believe in wasting them throwing to first base.”

― Eddie Plank

“When I started competing, I was so broke that I had to tie my helmet with a piece of string. On one jump, the string snapped, and my helmet carried on farther than I did. I may have been the first ski jumper ever beaten by his gear.”

― Eddie the Eagle

“When I was 13, I got my first guitar, and I could sort of play Ted Nugent songs, but I couldn’t play the solos. But I could play along with entire Ramones songs.”

― Eddie Vedder

“The first pitch I played on, for my first club, Braine-le-Comte, was only a metre from our house! I progressed very quickly.”

― Eden Hazard

“I’m a novelist from the Haisla and Heiltsuk First Nations of British Columbia, both small coastal reserves hugging the rugged shores of the west coast.”

― Eden Robinson

“We do need different types of propulsion to get to Mars. I wrote one of the first Ph.D. theses on that in the 1960s.”

― Edgar Mitchell

“The first TV show I worked on was with the guys from ‘Little Britian,’ Matt Lucas and David Walliams, who did a show in 1995 I directed, ‘Mash and Peas.’”

― Edgar Wright

“I played my first derby, I won, and I scored. As good as it gets!”

― Edin Dzeko

“The first goal is always very important.”

― Edin Dzeko

“On the summit of Everest, I had a feeling of great satisfaction to be first there.”

― Edmund Hillary

“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.”

― Edmund Hillary

“I attended Amherst College from 1951 to 1955. The first two years were a revelation. There were innumerable exchanges with brilliant classmates, among them the playwright Ralph Allen, the classics scholar Robert Fagles, and the composer Michael Sahl.”

― Edmund Phelps

“Zhvania was the general secretary of the organisation which I founded, the Citizens’ Union. It was the biggest organisation and came first in all elections, and Zhvania was the leader.”

― Eduard Shevardnadze

“We are all mortal until the first kiss and the second glass of wine.”

― Eduardo Galeano

“Our culture runs on coffee and gasoline, the first often tasting like the second.”

― Edward Abbey

“If bread is the first necessity of life, recreation is a close second.”

― Edward Bellamy

“I first saw the light in the city of Boston in the year 1857.”

― Edward Bellamy

“I remember the first roll of film I took. It was wintertime, and I wanted to shoot a roll of film to practice processing it, so I took an entire 36-exposure roll of my dog, Tippy.”

― Edward Burtynsky

“Where there had been only jeers or taunts at first, crowds come to listen with serious and sympathetic men.”

― Edward Carpenter

“Removing the faults in a stage-coach may produce a perfect stage-coach, but it is unlikely to produce the first motor car.”

― Edward de Bono

“The first willing concert I went to was Aerosmith when I was like 14.”

― Edward Furlong

“I’ve been involved in and out of the U.N. for many years – in fact my first internship was in 1971, so it goes back a couple of years!”

― Edward Luck

“The Beatles in 1963 came to America and became international celebrities, but Bobby Fischer was one of the first, as Elvis was, more in terms of the message created around him.”

― Edward Zwick

“I liked the first ‘Kung Fu Panda.’”

― Edwin Catmull

“You cannot be responsible for salvation until first you’ve been responsible for sin.”

― Edwin Louis Cole

“The first intifada, I was then commander of Central Command, commanding the West Bank, basically. And I know to what extent the first intifada was a popular uprising.”

― Ehud Barak

“I think first of all that Iran is a problem for the whole world.”

― Ehud Barak

“Saddam Hussein has set an example of defiance, especially against the first President Bush, that other Arab leaders cannot and should not emulate; the example leads only to empty gestures and developmental stagnation, both of which the Arab nations have had enough of already.”

― Ehud Barak

“The most exciting thing is to read a poem out loud for the first time.”

― Eileen Myles

“My first port of call was Los Angeles. That’s where I laid my first foot on America.”

― Elaine Chao

“The position of vice president does not exist in France; neither does a role comparable that of the first lady of the United States.”

― Elaine Sciolino

“The first run in a four-man sled was one of the most nerve-wracking I’ve had in my life.”

― Elana Meyers

“In order to have friends, you must first be one.”

― Elbert Hubbard

“A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think.”

― Eleanor Roosevelt

“After filming the first season of ‘Poldark,’ I went with the cast on a trip to Iceland. We started off in Reykjavik and then went into the mountains and swam in naturally heated pools.”

― Eleanor Tomlinson

“The first thing I started collecting was stamps. Until I started discovering girls. That was the end of stamps.”

― Eli Broad

“My first Western was called The Magnificent Seven.”

― Eli Wallach

“And then the first was The Misfits, which I enjoyed very much, with Marilyn and Gable.”

― Eli Wallach

“Rulers who want to unleash war know very well that they must procure or invent a first victim.”

― Elias Canetti

“Moses was the greatest legislator and the commander in chief of perhaps the first liberation army.”

― Elie Wiesel

“Dick Wolf was my first boss after coming out of Sarah Lawrence.”

― Elisabeth Rohm

“I first decided to run for Congress when I was 29 – and became a Representative at the age of 30.”

― Elise Stefanik

“To know ourselves, is agreed by all to be the most useful Learning; the first Lessons, therefore, given us ought to be on that Subject.”

― Eliza Haywood

“What is it one yearns for? It is to be able to do a thing for the first time again. And that is impossible.”

― Elizabeth Bibesco

“Biology sometimes reveals its fundamental principles through what may seem at first to be arcane and bizarre.”

― Elizabeth Blackburn

“In my early work, our molecular views of telomeres were first focused on the DNA.”

― Elizabeth Blackburn

“The importance to the writer of first writing must be out of all proportion of the actual value of what is written.”

― Elizabeth Bowen

“Professionally, I made my first film at 20 in a war zone in Kosovo.”

― Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

“Most of the basic truths of life sound absurd at first hearing.”

― Elizabeth Goudge

“When I first met my husband, he was sculpting Vilnius out of clay – a sort of Vilnius, anyhow: a map of an imaginary European city based on the Lithuanian capital – to illustrate his second novel.”

― Elizabeth McCracken

“Vilnius was once known as ‘The Jerusalem of Lithuania’ because of the number of prayer houses and scholars there; in the first half of the 20th century, it became a center of Yiddish-language scholarship.”

― Elizabeth McCracken

“My first degree came years before my second. I had wanted to be a physicist, but I flunked calculus.”

― Elizabeth Moon

“I’m the first one who sees every romantic comedy in theaters.”

― Elizabeth Olsen

“I would kill the clone. That would be my first response.”

― Elizabeth Perkins

“Everything about the Olympics was first class, and women were treated as athletes and equals.”

― Elizabeth Robinson Schwartz

“My first job was when I was about 12, cleaning houses in the afternoons for different elderly women in town. I hated it.”

― Elizabeth Strout

“My first movie was ‘Diner.’ My second movie was ‘Tender Mercies.’ I did really good work.”

― Ellen Barkin

“Believe it or not, I sold my first novel, ‘Crank,’ with only seventy-five pages complete. It was in verse then, and it was hard-hitting then.”

― Ellen Hopkins

“There was a lot of light and a lot of rumbling and vibration, especially the first minute or minute-and-a-half. And then after about two minutes, when the solid rocket boosters separated, the ride got a lot smoother.”

― Ellen Ochoa

“The very first song I wrote was about a boy that I was obsessed with.”

― Ellie Goulding

“When I heard Bjork’s debut, that was when I first realized that I could be a singer, even with my unusual voice.”

― Ellie Goulding

“I said the first concern of the administration of justice must, of course, be the individual. The second concern is the truth.”

― Elliot Richardson

“I want to be the first guy to reverse a communist revolution.”

― Elliott Abrams

“The Erdogan government’s first major step outside of the U.S. alliance was during the Bush Administration, when it wouldn’t let Washington use Turkey as a launching ground for U.S. troops entering Iraq in 2003.”

― Elliott Abrams

“The first and great commandment is, don’t let them scare you.”

― Elmer Davis

“We are the first species capable of self-annihilation.”

― Elon Musk

“It would be hard to make a movie worse than the first ‘Ocean’s Eleven,’ the 1960 Lewis Milestone film.”

― Elvis Mitchell

“Selling tickets at the Bing Theater at LACMA was my first job in L.A.”

― Elvis Mitchell

“My first paying job in Los Angeles was taking tickets at the Bing under Ron Haver.”

― Elvis Mitchell

“The closest I ever came to getting married was just before I started singing. In fact, my first record saved my neck.”

― Elvis Presley

“We may be a nation of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans, but first and foremost we are all human beings and Americans.”

― Emanuel Cleaver

“Our first intuitions are the true ones.”

― Emil Cioran

“Religious phenomena are naturally arranged in two fundamental categories: beliefs and rites. The first are states of opinion, and consist in representations; the second are determined modes of action.”

― Emile Durkheim

“I was lucky – the first eight productions I auditioned for, I got cast.”

― Emily Browning

“Whenever a thing is done for the first time, it releases a little demon.”

― Emily Dickinson

“I was in one of the first sitcoms that had a lot of Asians in it. It was called ‘Gung Ho’ on ABC.”

― Emily Kuroda

“My first love was Heath Ledger.”

― Emily Meade

“New York is the first place I have ever felt safe.”

― Emma Forrest

“’Shameless’ was the first project I’ve ever booked, and I’m really happy for it!”

― Emma Kenney

“I stole a piece of the chess set on the first film. I took a piece of the treasure out of Bellatrix’s vault on this film. And I’ve taken my wand and I’ve got my cloak.”

― Emma Watson

“I did not walk for the first four years of my life.”

― Emmanuel Adebayor

“E.U. is the first global domestic market.”

― Emmanuel Macron

“At my lemonade stand I used to give the first glass away free and charge five dollars for the second glass. The refill contained the antidote.”

― Emo Philips

“I was 16 when I linked up with my manager – first person I ever auditioned for – and I’ve been in this ever since.”

― Emory Cohen

“My first experience playing for England was very scary and nerve wracking.”

― Eniola Aluko

“My first language is Gaelic.”

― Enya

“Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.”

― Epictetus

“First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.”

― Epictetus

“Being French, to me, is first and foremost being a revolutionary.”

― Eric Cantona

“The first band I identified with from Chicago was the Muddy Waters band.”

― Eric Clapton

“Any free time I have, the family comes first.”

― Eric Dane

“I want to establish myself as the first Eric Davis, not the next Willie Mays.”

― Eric Davis

“Art is skill, that is the first meaning of the word.”

― Eric Gill

“My first job was at Baskin-Robbins. I made store manager at 16.”

― Eric McCormack

“I knew I wanted to be an actor in first grade.”

― Eric McCormack

“My first four roles were all nice guys, Raggedy Man being one of them.”

― Eric Roberts

“The ARPAnet was the first transcontinental, high-speed computer network.”

― Eric S. Raymond

“The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn’t understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had.”

― Eric Schmidt

“In 1980, a young Senator Al Gore held the first Congressional hearings on global warming.”

― Eric Schneiderman

“In ‘Citizens United v. FEC’, the Supreme Court ruled that sections of the federal campaign finance law known as McCain-Feingold imposed unconstitutional restrictions on the First Amendment rights of corporations.”

― Eric Schneiderman

“When I had my first experiences of choral singing, the dissonance of those close harmonies was so exquisite that I would giggle or I would tear up, and I felt it in a physical way.”

― Eric Whitacre

“For the first six or eight months at Juilliard I felt paralysed. I didn’t know what I was doing.”

― Eric Whitacre

“The most painstaking phase comes when the manuscript is set in ‘type’ for the first time and the first proofs of the book are printed. These initial copies are called first-pass proofs or galleys.”

― Erik Larson

“It’s about listening first, then selling.”

― Erik Qualman

“My first thing was a McDonald’s commercial.”

― Erika Christensen

“I shopped a lot on when I first started modelling. Just whenever, I’ve always been on and bought all my furniture on”

― Erin Heatherton

“The first interview I went on I got at age 5. It was a commercial for First Federal Bank.”

― Erin Moran

“Did you ever notice that the first piece of luggage on the carousel never belongs to anyone?”

― Erma Bombeck

“I spent most of my childhood welded to my Atari 2600, until I got my first computer, a TRS-80.”

― Ernest Cline

“The courts are using the First Amendment to attack religion, when they should be using it to protect religion.”

― Ernest Istook

“On the 27th we came to the Cascade Rapids. The first or Little Cascade has about two feet fall, the second or Grand Cascade, a mile farther, is about a six foot sheer drop.”

― Ernest Thompson Seton

“Though so trifling, the success of our first Buffalo hunt gave us quite a social lift.”

― Ernest Thompson Seton

“My long-range mission is to be the first athlete to win the Nobel Prize.”

― Ernie Banks

“For the average player, most three-putts happen because of a poorly judged first putt from long range.”

― Ernie Els

“I got my first guitar in October of 1968. I’m self-taught.”

― Ernie Isley

“My first gig was in Philadelphia and I played the drums for my older brothers. That same night, I also played drums for Martha and the Vandellas. Ah, the fond memories of being 14.”

― Ernie Isley

“Swinging first and swinging to kill is all that matters now.”

― Ernie Pyle

“I’m a performance artist first; I’m a recording artist second.”

― Erykah Badu

“The country comes first, then the record book.”

― Essam El Hadary

“It may not always be profitable at first for businesses to be online, but it is certainly going to be unprofitable not to be online.”

― Esther Dyson

“Clark Gable was the first to have called me a mermaid.”

― Esther Williams

“I was first introduced to Kafka’s writing during my compulsory army-service basic training. During that period, Kafka’s fiction felt hyperrealistic.”

― Etgar Keret

“The first Matrix genius, the second one, what’s up with the dancing? I haven’t even seen the third one.”

― Ethan Embry

“The first few years I was in Vermont quite a bit, but I don’t think I ever spent years and years there.”

― Ethan Suplee

“A common language is a first step towards communication across cultural boundaries.”

― Ethan Zuckerman

“From his first hours as pope, Francis has re-enacted or spoken of the great pastoral transformation of Vatican II as his own agenda.”

― Eugene Kennedy

“I had already drafted the manuscript that would become my first book by the time I graduated from college, but I had no idea what to do with it.”

― Eula Biss

“First, one scrambles for wealth. Then, one luxuriates in mocking the effeteness that comes with it.”

― Euny Hong

“When I first started my channel, I was a freshman in college and worked at a pizzeria, but I still made YouTube a priority because I was passionate about it.”

― Eva Gutowski

“When I write a song, it’s all about the riff – the riff first, then the words come later.”

― Evan Dando

“The mint makes it first, it is up to you to make it last.”

― Evan Esar

“So in the sense that we were all dealing with that freer approach, yes, it was certainly one of the first contacts, perhaps the first contact, when Peter came that summer. So it’s a very pivotal moment that is documented there.”

― Evan Parker

“First there was racism. Then liberals created institutional racism and coded racism. You can only hear it with a dog whistle.”

― Evan Sayet

“A month and a half after my first audition, I won the role on ‘Lost.’”

― Evangeline Lilly

“Stole my first name from ‘Evening in Paris’ and the second from Elizabeth Arden.”

― Eve Arden

“I am a guy who is first of all a businessman. I’m not a stunt man. I’m not a daredevil. I’m – I’m an explorer.”

― Evel Knievel

“I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times.”

― Everett Dirksen

“We were at the Schubert Theater for two years. And we were the first act.”

― Eydie Gorme

“Once you make that first mistake, it kind of clears up everything, and everything can come to you.”

― Ezekiel Elliott

“’The Wizard of Oz’ is my favorite movie. It was the first movie I can ever remember watching.”

― Ezra Miller

“But after the spirit of conquest had changed the first governments, all the succeeding ones have, in general, proved one continued series of injustice, which has reigned in all countries for almost four thousand years.”

― Ezra Stiles

“I worked with Harold Pinter once as my first Broadway show. It was one of the most exciting things that ever happened to me.”

― F. Murray Abraham

“First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.”

― F. Scott Fitzgerald

“In the Western tradition, the first writers were teachers and historians, vastly traveled, who spiced their reports with fantasies. They were also poets who sang and entertained prince and pauper.”

― F. Sionil Jose

“I believe that first impressions are very important.”

― F. W. de Klerk

“Lauren Conrad has been described as one of the first people to significantly benefit from the popularity of reality TV.”

― Fabrizio Moreira

“I want my films to make money first. Awards and all can come later.”

― Fahadh Faasil

“My first husband and I never came close to having kids.”

― Faith Salie

“Every show finds its groove, I would say. The first season is the season to figure out the dynamics, the workflow.”

― Falk Hentschel

“During my first visit, I was really struck by how deeply religious many Oklahomans are. It is a very conservative state and as somebody who grew up in a very liberal country, it was jarring to me at first.”

― Famke Janssen

“I enrolled in an acting workshop and my first acting role was on the TV soap opera ‘Melrose Place.’”

― Famke Janssen

“’Dil Chahta Hai’ is not the first film about friendship. ‘Lakshya’ is not the first film about war and coming of age.”

― Farhan Akhtar

“Whatever films I make, the mandate is that it should touch the audiences and engage them from the first scene.”

― Farhan Akhtar

“I was a complete vagabond till the age of 20, when I got my first job as an assistant director with Pankaj Parashar.”

― Farhan Akhtar

“When I first started, I thought I was wack. Lyrically, I thought I was wack. The thing I had over everybody was that I was the realest rapper.”

― Fat Joe

“I was 17 when I first acted on stage. I was a part of an Urdu adaptation of ‘Spartacus’ in the titular role.”

― Fawad Khan

“Do you know what I’m working on now? My first feature as a director.”

― Faye Dunaway

“The effect of sanctions on the Russian economy are clear to everybody, first to the Russians and to the Russian leadership, and the surroundings of the Russian leadership, the circle that is close to the Russian political leadership.”

― Federica Mogherini

“Maybe ‘America first’ means also that you have to deal with America first.”

― Federica Mogherini

“The first thing I saw was that Brett Rogers had his way very quickly – in 20 seconds – with a UFC champion, Andrei Arlovski.”

― Fedor Emelianenko

“When I wrote ‘Mushaboom’, I was living in the second verse, but I suddenly found myself in the first.”

― Feist

“I finished my studies in England, I opened my studio in London, and the first one-man exhibit I had on Bond Street, which was opened by the Austrian ambassador.”

― Felix de Weldon

“The first of these phases is that of grammar, invented by the Greeks and carried on unchanged by the French. It never had any philosophical view of a language as such.”

― Ferdinand de Saussure

“Within speech, words are subject to a kind of relation that is independent of the first and based on their linkage: these are syntagmatic relations, of which I have spoken.”

― Ferdinand de Saussure

“The will to conquer is the first condition of victory.”

― Ferdinand Foch

“The constitutional questions are in the first instance not questions of right but questions of might.”

― Ferdinand Lassalle

“Once I have children, the kids come first. One thing at a time for me.”

― Fergie

“I was so happy to finish my first season in England with two trophies.”

― Fernandinho

“At first, it’s unfamiliar, then it strikes root.”

― Fernando Pessoa

“Cuba came to be the last country to get rid of Spanish colonialism and the first to shake off the heinous imperialist tutelage.”

― Fidel Castro

“Many things shall change in Cuba, but they shall change because of our efforts and despite the United States. Perhaps that empire shall crumble first.”

― Fidel Castro

“I can assure you that my first and foremost interest is my country.”

― Fidel Castro

“When I first broke in, I wanted to be the best technical wrestler on the planet.”

― Finn Balor

“The secrets of small towns have fascinated writers and readers since the first psychological thriller was penned.”

― Fiona Barton

“When I first came to Hollywood, I could not break into movies.”

― Fionnula Flanagan

“I’ve waited so long to get to this point, and I’m so happy to be making my first album. I want to be a performer and an entertainer.”

― Fleur East

“First and foremost, I’m fans of the people I’m collaborating with. And collaborations expand who you are.”

― Flo Rida

“It may seem a strange principle to enunciate as the very first requirement in a hospital that it should do the sick no harm.”

― Florence Nightingale

“When making the first album, I think I wrote a song about every six months. The first album was so much about the vocals carrying it.”

― Florence Welch

“I always put my boxing first.”

― Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

“Often, when I work with a vocalist, I like to focus on the melodies first.”

― Flume

“’Sleepless’ was the first thing that came out and really gained a lot of traction online.”

― Flume

“I was a real big fan of Lil Wayne when he first came out.”

― Flying Lotus

“When I was in middle school, that’s when I first started making beats. I was maybe 14, 16, something like that.”

― Flying Lotus

“I first was introduced to really, I guess, underground electronic music when I was in middle school.”

― Flying Lotus

“My collaborations tend to be pretty organic. It starts off with me being a fan first.”

― Flying Lotus

“The first thing you have to do is accept that decay sets in and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

― Francesca Annis

“As the births of living creatures are at first ill-shapen, so are all innovations, which are the births of time.”

― Francis Bacon

“God’s first creature, which was light.”

― Francis Bacon

“The first lover is kept a long while, when no offer is made of a second.”

― Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“Our common responsibility is to put Europe’s interests first.”

― Francois Hollande

“At first, I wasn’t sure whether I’d be a critic or a filmmaker, but I knew it would be something like that.”

― Francois Truffaut

“The first thing that inspires any song is a chord progression. When I have one I really like, I get into the lyrics even more.”

― Frank Black

“Harry Potter was my first job.”

― Frank Dillane

“With our first record, we wrote concept songs but not a concept record.”

― Frank Iero

“But when I was seven or eight, I did my first little piece of acting.”

― Frank Langella

“There were a number of houses. When we first arrived in Limerick, it was a one-room affair with most of it taken up with a bed.”

― Frank McCourt

“When the first computers started to come in, we tried to digitalize the seismological equipment.”

― Frank Press

“It’s nice to come into a town and be referred to as the manager of the Cleveland Indians instead of as the first black manager.”

― Frank Robinson

“Religious freedom, often referred to as the first freedom, is of central import to the American experiment. As such it should feature prominently in U.S. foreign policy.”

― Frank Wolf

“Everyone thinks ‘Lola’ was my first film, but I’d made 14 movies before that.”

― Franka Potente

“I studied with Seymour Rosenfeld, who was first trumpeter of the Philadelphia Orchestra.”

― Frankie Avalon

“I never thought that ‘Grease’ would be a smash. I turned it down at first.”

― Frankie Avalon

“My first audition ever was for ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ in fifth grade.”

― Frankie Grande

“One of my first jobs was doing children’s theater. I did it to get my union card.”

― Frankie J. Alvarez

“When I first had Isaac, I only owned a mattress. Now I have a show?”

― Frankie Shaw

“Jazz was my first love.”

― Frankie Valli

“If I went to work in a factory the first thing I’d do is join a union.”

― Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Ukrainians use the term ‘political technologist’ as a favored synonym for electoral consultant. Trump turned to Manafort for what seemed at first a technical task: Manafort knows how to bullwhip and wheedle delegates at a contested convention.”

― Franklin Foer

“The first book advance I got was paid out in thirds. And over time, as I’ve had different deals, the advances get chopped up into ever-smaller parcels.”

― Franklin Foer

“An article in the ‘Moscow Times’ described Trump as the city’s first grand builder since Stalin.”

― Franklin Foer

“Trump uses the phrase ‘America First,’ only dimly aware that he is repeating a phrase from the interwar years and indifferent to its historic resonances. But he compulsively echoes that period – another time when leaders described the world in apocalyptic terms.”

― Franklin Foer

“The first thing that strikes a visitor to Paris is a taxi.”

― Fred Allen

“I made the first sandwich before entering college.”

― Fred DeLuca

“When we first started the company, I didn’t have any thoughts of franchising. We just had company-owned stores.”

― Fred DeLuca

“I was 17 years old when I built the first store… A very simple, basic store with a basic counter – not very much equipment, all purchased second-hand. And the menu was very simple.”

― Fred DeLuca

“Private funding was one of the first methods used when MIT funded Bitcoin core developers Gavin Andresen, Wladimir van der Laan, and Cory Fields in 2015.”

― Fred Ehrsam

“I didn’t even think demographics until I got to ABC. They were the first to go for 18-to-49. But, at CBS, it was just, ‘Let’s get ’em in the tent.’”

― Fred Silverman

“Bob Balaban is so perfect that the first movie I did with him, I couldn’t talk to him because I was so intimidated by him.”

― Fred Willard

“’Fernwood 2-Night’ didn’t help me too much when it was first on.”

― Fred Willard

“Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr are all ‘User First, Brands Second’ services. The brands are all over these services now. But for the most part, these services didn’t do much to bring them. The engaged users did.”

― Fred Wilson

“Darren Erstad was special to watch when he moved from center field from first base.”

― Freddie Freeman

“We are video consumers first and foremost, and we hate anything appearing in the videos that isn’t organic.”

― Freddie Wong

“Hopefully I’ll be the first Mexican-American going into Hillbilly Heaven.”

― Freddy Fender

“The first unquestionable proofs of the transformation of elements into different chemical elements have been provided by the study of the phenomena of radioactivity.”

― Frederic Joliot-Curie

“Fugitive slaves were rare then, and as a fugitive slave lecturer, I had the advantage of being the first one out.”

― Frederick Douglass

“I turned my attention for a while to gamma ray astronomy and soon began the first in a continous series of experiments at the Savannah River site to study the properties of the neutrino.”

― Frederick Reines

“Many a friendship, long, loyal, and self-sacrificing, rested at first on no thicker a foundation than a kind word.”

― Frederick William Faber

“My first thought was always a cigarette. It still is, but I haven’t cheated.”

― Frederik Pohl

“I am first and foremost an actress of Indian origin.”

― Freida Pinto

“At the age of 11 I did my first open mic show, and it was one of those lightning-bolt moments where I suddenly found what I wanted to do.”

― Freya Ridings

“Do whatever you will, but first be such as are able to will.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

“The jest loses its point when he who makes it is the first to laugh.”

― Friedrich Schiller

“With the phase-contrast method still in the first somewhat primitive stage, I went in 1932 to the Zeiss Works in Jena to demonstrate. It was not received with such enthusiasm as I had expected.”

― Frits Zernike

“Americans might not understand, but within Korea, Big Bang was one of the first artists to make their own production. We have our own interpretation of our own songs. We do our own thing.”

― G-Dragon

“The first comic I ever read was an ‘X-Men’ themed anti-smoking PSA they gave out in health class when I was about 10.”

― G. Willow Wilson

“When I first came to do shows in Vegas, I followed the usual entertainer’s syndrome – I played craps and lost.”

― Gabe Kaplan

“Having played in U.S.A. in 1994, in France in 1998, as well as the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan – the first on the Asian continent – I have witnessed the excitement and passion unleashed in those different parts of the world.”

― Gabriel Batistuta

“When I first got signed, I bought a vintage guitar from the 1930s for £1000. I’ve bought a £400 SLR camera, too, which was quite extravagant.”

― Gabrielle Aplin

“Alexander Gonzalez Inarritu is a great director. He’s the one I first worked with. He’s amazing.”

― Gael Garcia Bernal

“The first thing one notices about Jill Abramson is her short stature. The second is her intensity.”

― Gail Sheehy

“My husband, Clay Felker, died 17 years after his first cancer due to secondary conditions that developed from treatment.”

― Gail Sheehy

“My first thought is always of light.”

― Galen Rowell

“I was the first one to allow a projectile to come off of the stage and into the audience. And I kind of take responsibility for the mosh pit.”

― Gallagher

“The first and worst of all frauds is to cheat oneself.”

― Gamaliel Bailey

“The first tournament I ever played, I won. I was six years old.”

― Garbine Muguruza

“I knew my first game at Everton wasn’t going to be a stroll around the pitch.”

― Gareth Barry

“A lot of teams who go on to win trophies lose in quarter-finals or semi-finals first.”

― Gareth Southgate

“I was the first woman to win a Tony for directing, but the second woman came along five minutes later.”

― Garry Hynes

“First of all, I’m not the kind of guy that likes to rehash the show and so forth and so on.”

― Garry Shandling

“My first appearance as a guest on The Tonight Show was in ’81.”

― Garry Shandling

“Music should always be first.”

― Garth Brooks

“My rooting interest these days is first and foremost competitive hockey, and secondly in officials not making a mistake.”

― Gary Bettman

“My favorite Extreme records were the last two. I can’t listen to the first one.”

― Gary Cherone

“I was a little nervous coming in mostly because my first scene was with Martin Sheen, who I’m a huge fan of.”

― Gary Cole

“’Fatal Vision’ was basically the first thing I did on camera.”

― Gary Cole

“I would not give my first 15 years to my worst enemy.”

― Gary Coleman

“In most languages, ‘control’ is the first synonym for the word ‘manage.’ Control is about spotting and correcting deviations from pre-defined standards; thus to control, one must first constrain.”

― Gary Hamel

“Fame came quickly. I was only 19 when I secured my initial recording contract and my first two hit records – ‘Are ‘Friends’ Electric?’ and ‘Cars’ – were number ones.”

― Gary Numan

“I can’t imagine childhood without ‘Planet of the Apes.’ I was nine or ten when the first one came out.”

― Gary Oldman

“I tend to love actors. I was trained as an actor first so I’m drawn to actors.”

― Gary Ross

“I influence anybody who is able to get through the chaos of my first impression.”

― Gary Vaynerchuk

“I went online with in July of 1997; that was my first professional online play.”

― Gary Vaynerchuk

“The first thing I ever invested in was Twitter. Blaine Cook, former CTO, was leaving the company and asked me if I wanted to buy his stock.”

― Gary Vaynerchuk

“I’m an entrepreneur first and a wine critic second.”

― Gary Vaynerchuk

“I knew, always, what I wanted to be. Even before I had my first computer, I wanted to be a computer scientist.”

― Gary William Flake

“Since first starting my career, I’ve grown accustomed to working with actors older than me. I’m always the youngest.”

― Gaspard Ulliel

“I started acting when I was seven, and I didn’t get my first role till I was nine. So for two years, I was just auditioning.”

― Gaten Matarazzo

“Women are the first to jump on what is fashionable.”

― Gavin DeGraw

“So when you start touring, women are definitely going to check you out first.”

― Gavin DeGraw

“I’m much more optimistic about this next generation because this is the first global generation.”

― Gavin Newsom

“I wrote my first novel when my daughter was about six months old.”

― Gayle Forman

“In 1996, when my first novel, ‘Masquerade,’ was published, I knew international thrillers – or spy novels, if you prefer – had been the domain of male authors for decades.”

― Gayle Lynds

“I love to write. It’s my first love.”

― Geddy Lee

“I fly economy. I do often fly first class, but I don’t travel with a posse, or bodyguard, or an assistant.”

― Gene Simmons

“I do often fly first class, but I don’t travel with a posse, or bodyguard, or an assistant.”

― Gene Simmons

“After 27 years, I walked out of my first one a few months ago. Black Sheep with Chris Farley.”

― Gene Siskel

“The first am fight I had, I was 10 yrs. old. I didn’t count, but as far as I remember, it was approximately 350 fights. It was a lot of fights.”

― Gennady Golovkin

“I had a great season and truly enjoyed competing around the world – from Monaco, where I managed to establish a world record, to Beijing, where I finally captured my first world outdoor title.”

― Genzebe Dibaba

“I’m the first from Ethiopia getting 1500-meter world record; that is amazing.”

― Genzebe Dibaba

“Well, I think that it is complicated in that the first four albums were all with Universal so they have the rights to that and therefore it is a lot easier for them to do that period.”

― Geoff Downes

“First he wrought, and afterward he taught.”

― Geoffrey Chaucer

“The American who first discovered Columbus made a bad discovery.”

― Georg C. Lichtenberg

“Cities are, first of all, seats of the highest economic division of labor.”

― Georg Simmel

“The first internal relation that is essential to a secret society is the reciprocal confidence of its members.”

― Georg Simmel

“’The Thing from Another World’ was the first movie that really scared me.”

― George A. Romero

“When Uganda got debt relief in 1999, the first item President Museveni bought was a presidential jacket for himself.”

― George Ayittey

“The prejudices of ignorance are more easily removed than the prejudices of interest; the first are all blindly adopted, the second willfully preferred.”

― George Bancroft

“I first began to dry specimens for preservation carelessly perhaps at first, but before the season was over, I had collected between one and two hundred species.”

― George Bentham

“We have first raised a dust and then complain we cannot see.”

― George Berkeley

“The first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.”

― George Bernard Shaw

“’Empire of the Sun’ is one of the films that I often think about. I think it had a profound effect on me when I first watched it as a teenager.”

― George Blagden

“Old third basemen become first basemen, and old first basemen become designated hitters.”

― George Brett

“When ‘The Normal Heart’ first appeared, the sense of urgency was so important.”

― George C. Wolfe

“My first play, ‘The Colored Museum,’ was done in ’86 at the Public Theater.”

― George C. Wolfe

“In comic strips, the person on the left always speaks first.”

― George Carlin

“I requested the gentlemen to put on their hats, and the ladies their shawls, to avoid catching cold, and then had the windows widely opened. This proceeding caused some astonishment and alarm at first; for the Americans generally have a dread of cold air.”

― George Combe

“First, take the government of the Indians out of politics; second, let the laws of the Indians be the same as those of the whites; third, give the Indian the ballot.”

― George Crook

“My first kiss was actually in a graveyard.”

― George Ezra

“We got £25 a week in the early Sixties when we were first with Brian Epstein, when we played the clubs.”

― George Harrison

“Insight is the first condition of Art.”

― George Henry Lewes

“First, the American legislative process isn’t well suited to large and complex measures.”

― George J. Mitchell

“The first thing a kindness deserves is acceptance, the second, transmission.”

― George MacDonald

“Because when the film was first mooted, the Beatles didn’t like the idea at all. In fact they wouldn’t have any part in it. And when Brian had committed them, it was part of a deal he did with United Artists, I think.”

― George Martin

“The whole competition thing disturbs me. Not that I wasn’t a part of it when I first started.”

― George Murray

“It was the Conservatives who first protected people in the mills.”

― George Osborne

“Our efforts to preserve and protect the Alamo are first and foremost about preserving and protecting the story of the battle itself.”

― George P. Bush

“First, how to memorialize the heroes of 9/11; second, something that expresses our resolve.”

― George Pataki

“Back in 1992, I had my first story accepted by ‘The New Yorker.’”

― George Saunders

“If the laws could speak for themselves, they would complain of the lawyers in the first place.”

― George Savile, 1st Marquess of Halifax

“The way it works: The orchestra plays a few selections of its own and I terminate the first part of the programme on piano, usually with a movement from a Mozart concerto.”

― George Shearing

“Can anybody be given a great degree of creativity? No. They can be given the equipment to develop it-if they have it in them in the first place.”

― George Shearing

“In Braille you write your flat sign first and then your note.”

― George Shearing

“But when we came out of camp, that’s when I first realized that being in camp, that being Japanese-American, was something shameful.”

― George Takei

“And the cornerstone of my economic policies, when I first got elected, was cutting taxes on everybody on who paid taxes.”

― George W. Bush

“The first election I remember was Dewey Truman in ’48. I was, I guess, seven years old.”

― George Will

“Happiness lies first of all in health.”

― George William Curtis

“The anguish of the neurotic individual is the same as that of the saint. The neurotic, the saint are engaged in the same battle. Their blood flows from similar wounds. But the first one gasps and the other one gives.”

― Georges Bataille

“Suckle was the first West Indian DJ and he had this fantastic source of music.”

― Georgie Fame

“From the moment I first spoke with him, I knew that I wanted to join Liverpool. I fell for Klopp – hook, line, and sinker.”

― Georginio Wijnaldum

“But no work from a first rate mind is ever really second rate.”

― Gerald Finzi

“The first Western teacher of English in Japan was a Native American.”

― Gerald Vizenor

“Naanabozho was the first tribal trickster on the earth.”

― Gerald Vizenor

“The Phantom, as well as being backed up by that music, it just so was a role that I identified with so powerfully. From the first second that I walked on to perform.”

― Gerard Butler

“When I began listening to saxophones, I was first attracted to Coleman Hawkins.”

― Gerry Mulligan

“In all seriousness, I just think, ‘Keep God first.’”

― Ghostface Killah

“When Slick Rick first hit the scene, I had to practice that British accent. There’s no other storyteller like this man.”

― Ghostface Killah

“The nature of peoples is first crude, then severe, then benign, then delicate, finally dissolute.”

― Giambattista Vico

“Italy in the first years got food, for the first year or the first periods got food. Then we got raw materials and then we got tool machines, let’s say, instruments for working.”

― Gianni Agnelli

“I am honored to be the first international player featured on the cover of ‘NBA 2K19.’”

― Giannis Antetokounmpo

“First of all there was a guy named Charles Nicholas, who used to do all of the inking that Jack and Simon didn’t do. Simon used to do splashes and covers, but Charles Nicholas, after a while, did the inside of all of the stuff.”

― Gil Kane

“My best moment in the league came when I scored my first bucket.”

― Gilbert Arenas

“That’s really how I ended up making the first flag – I was the guy who could sew it.”

― Gilbert Baker

“When you watch Robin Williams, you can see a lot of Jonathan Winters. Robin is the first one to admit that; he worshiped Jonathan Winters.”

― Gilbert Gottfried

“I get really tense during the first draft. Really tense. That’s not great for my family, because the first draft usually takes about a year.”

― Gillian Flynn

“Eradicating terrorist organizations and neutering radical Islam means very little if we cannot first guarantee we’ll all be here tomorrow.”

― Gillian Turner

“I think all Latino actors want to be storytellers first. I want to be an actor first, and then I want to be Latina.”

― Gina Rodriguez

“Be first and be lonely.”

― Ginni Rometty

“I remember when I started off, my first car was a Kia Spectra. With a spoiler kit and some rims.”

― Gio Gonzalez

“One can’t judge Wagner’s opera Lohengrin after a first hearing, and I certainly don’t intend to hear it a second time.”

― Gioachino Rossini

“No one of this nation ever begs, for the houses of all are common to all; and they consider liberality and hospitality amongst the first virtues.”

― Giraldus Cambrensis

“I saw my first indoor bathroom when I was 9.”

― Glen Campbell

“I learned, even when all hell is breaking loose, first to take time to make my environment productive.”

― Glenn Kelman

“Many of us spend the first part of our adult lives becoming – stepping into the roles we take on so that they come to define our lives. But I’ve learned that we don’t really grow up until we unbecome.”

― Glennon Doyle Melton

“I hold ‘Mi Tierra,’ my first Spanish-language album, very close to me because that was all done in my native tongue and won me my first Grammy.”

― Gloria Estefan

“One should be able to return to the first sentence of a novel and find the resonances of the entire work.”

― Gloria Naylor

“The Constitution did not mention women when it was first written, and it still doesn’t.”

― Gloria Steinem

“I was the first celebrity in pictures to be marrying a titled European.”

― Gloria Swanson

“The first feminine feature that goes, with advancing age, is the neck.”

― Gloria Swanson

“I got a heart tattooed on my foot. It’s my first tattoo.”

― Goldie Hawn

“I always wanted to be a mother first.”

― Goldie Hawn

“’Private Benjamin’ was the first movie I produced, and I produced it for practical reasons.”

― Goldie Hawn

“I’ve kept evolving the character. At first, you hated Goldust with a passion, then you laughed with him.”

― Goldust

“When the ‘Book of Mormon’ was first published, some of those who believed in it taught it to others and testified of it.”

― Gordon B. Hinckley

“I started working occasionally for my father when I was around six. The first skill I learned was how to join a plug to a wire.”

― Gordon Bell

“I bought my first camera in Seattle, Washington. Only paid about seven dollars and fifty cents for it.”

― Gordon Parks

“The man at Kodak told me the shots were very good and if I kept it up, they would give me an exhibition. Later, Kodak gave me my first exhibition.”

― Gordon Parks

“I get the feeling a lot of politicians are there to help themselves financially, first and foremost.”

― Gordon Strachan

“On September 5, 1774, forty-five of the weightiest colonial men formed the First Continental Congress at Philadelphia.”

― Gore Vidal

“My first sketch-writing class was with Kevin Allison from ‘The State.’ It was so cool.”

― Grace Helbig

“I am an actress first, a singer second.”

― Grace Jones

“I’ve always wanted to write an early reader. When I wrote my first novel, my goal was to make it an early reader, but it grew beyond the category.”

― Grace Lin

“I was a general contractor when I was paying for my first record.”

― Grace Potter

“’Pretty Little Liars’ – my sister and I read the books, so we stuck to it for the first season, but it started to kind of drift off; so did we.”

― Gracie Gold

“The most nerves I’ve ever felt on the first tee was at the President’s Cup.”

― Graham DeLaet

“It is, of course, the first recourse of every elitist to see social barbarism in others.”

― Graham Joyce

“I had first heard about Alan Turing when I was a teenager. I’ve known about him since I was a kid, and I always wanted to write about him.”

― Graham Moore

“Then in my early teens, when the home computer bubble was blowing, I had one of the first, an Acorn Atom, and used to write primitive adventures on that.”

― Graham Nelson

“I think with any songwriter the first 1,000 songs are always terrible.”

― Graham Russell

“My first real showbiz job was on a Nickelodeon show called ‘Hey, Dude.’ That was my first real paid scriptwriting job.”

― Graham Yost

“Here at Basel is where I made my first professional steps. I came up and grew up through the FC Basel school.”

― Granit Xhaka

“I was keenly aware when I was drafted, when I signed my first contract; immediately, I was thinking about the end.”

― Grant Hill

“I was always interested in myths growing up. So, first I got into some Roman myths, then I was interested in Norse, then Celtic, then I started spreading to all the other mythologies.”

― Grant Morrison

“I remember the very first suit I bought. It was a three-piece denim suit with bell-bottoms.”

― Grant Show

“First be best, then be first.”

― Grant Tinker

“So it was flawed in that it didn’t require California to have a first claim on the power plants. It deregulated part of the market, but not all of the market.”

― Gray Davis

“SST was formed to put out the first Black Flag record. Basically, there wasn’t anyone else to do it. I felt that what I was doing with Black Flag was very worthwhile, and I wanted to get it out there.”

― Greg Ginn

“Black Flag was formed in 1977. We first recorded in 1978.”

― Greg Ginn

“My first concert – maybe it was 1979 – was a blur. I’m not sure whether it was Blue Oyster Cult/Cheap Trick/Pat Travers at San Jose Civic Auditorium or The Police/The Knack/Robert Johnson at Berkeley’s Zellerbach Auditorium.”

― Greg Gutfeld

“My favorite player, growing up, was David Robinson. He was really the first person that I actually knew about and actually watched.”

― Greg Oden

“French was my first language.”

― Greg Sestero

“Fandom grew first through individual correspondence. It was cheap and quick, continent-wide contact for a penny stamp.”

― Gregory Benford

“I think the novel form chose me. I was a writer before I became a criminal… my first instinct was to write.”

― Gregory David Roberts

“’Shantaram’ is the second in the series of a quartet of novels that I have planned about my life but is the first to be written. The third book is a sequel to ‘Shantaram,’ the first a prequel.”

― Gregory David Roberts

“My first date was with Endeavour, and my last date is going to be with Endeavour, as far as space shuttles are concerned.”

― Gregory H. Johnson

“Then when I got to Hollywood, the first musical I did was Festival in 1977.”

― Gregory Harrison

“There are a lot of people highly motivated to be the first to clone a human.”

― Gregory Stock

“When I first started snowboarding, there weren’t a lot of girl riders on the hill.”

― Gretchen Bleiler

“I’m a mom first, a singer second.”

― Gretchen Wilson

“I think we were the first picture to cut on Final Cut Pro. So we were the guinea pigs, because we got a deal on the system. But with that comes all sorts of technological problems I couldn’t begin to describe.”

― Griffin Dunne

“I came to New York to be an actor and I became a film producer first.”

― Griffin Dunne

“The first time I heard ‘Baby Federer,’ I was maybe 16. After that, it sort of took off.”

― Grigor Dimitrov

“When I first started out, I was making really slow, psychedelic ambient music because it was all I could do.”

― Grimes

“Piano was my first instrument, but it wasn’t the instrument that I showed the most proficiency on.”

― GRiZ

“My one experience with Lollapalooza was in 2009 – it was actually the first music festival I’ve ever been to.”

― GRiZ

“I played Dorothy in ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ That was my first role on stage.”

― Gugu Mbatha-Raw

“It was really hard to find another project after my first film.”

― Guillaume Canet

“Well, the first thing is that I love monsters, I identify with monsters.”

― Guillermo del Toro

“What happens to me is that I am first and foremost a film geek.”

― Guillermo del Toro

“Hellboy is the first movie where both ends of the spectrum are combined.”

― Guillermo del Toro

“The reason there’s a ‘Hellboy 2’ is not because the studios were passionate about the first one; it’s because the numbers made sense.”

― Guillermo del Toro

“’Hellboy 1′ was such a huge, huge overperformer on Blu-ray and ancillary markets. It was one of the first movies on Blu-ray; it has multiple editions. All the ancillary markets overperformed everywhere. And the second one did good on all ancillary markets, which now do not exist.”

― Guillermo del Toro

“It’s weird: when I first got on Twitter, I had a couple hundred, then thousand, followers. Now I have over 53,000.”

― Guillermo Diaz

“I’m absolutely delighted because I’m part of the process that has made Asians very much part of the mainstream fabric of Britain, whereas, when I first started, we were completely on the margin.”

― Gurinder Chadha

“I did my first album with my own record label.”

― Guru Randhawa

“I’m really thrilled and excited about my first single with Dhvani Bhanushali.”

― Guru Randhawa

“At first, I was a pretty horrific singer, and then I got a little better.”

― Gus Dapperton

“When I was in the closet, I had so much pressure on my shoulders. When I came out, that was actually the first moment I felt relieved of those stresses. It really showed in my skiing.”

― Gus Kenworthy

“The first thing I see is the obligation to serve peace.”

― Gustav Heinemann

“The Magna Carta was the first class-based charter, enforced on the monarchy by the rising class.”

― Guy Standing

“I got my first job by exceeding expectations.”

― Gwen Ifill

“First fight. Then fiddle.”

― Gwendolyn Brooks

“First of all I listen to music. I like music.”

― Gyorgy Ligeti

“It would not be amiss for the novice to write the last paragraph of his story first, once a synopsis of the plot has been carefully prepared – as it always should be.”

― H. P. Lovecraft

“I’m a runner first before anything else.”

― Haile Gebrselassie

“Everything I do now is a first.”

― Hailee Steinfeld

“My very first audition was on the lot of Paramount, and I was put on tape and it was very nerve-racking. I think it was about 15 pages.”

― Hailee Steinfeld

“’When Marnie Was There’ was the first animated film I’ve ever done.”

― Hailee Steinfeld

“God comes first. Paradise is not cheap.”

― Hakeem Olajuwon

“When I was five, I went on my first audition. It was for a Pizza Hut commercial.”

― Haley Joel Osment

“From the very first, my countrymen have followed my literary career, now criticizing, now praising my work, but hardly ever letting a single word be buried in indifference.”

― Halldor Laxness

“I carried my Oscar to bed with me. My first and only three-way happened that night.”

― Halle Berry

“Most artists, their 60th show was in front of no one. My first show was in front of 1,200 people.”

― Halsey

“The hardest thing about writing my second album is that I had 20 years to write my first album.”

― Halsey

“I started collecting couture when I was about 10 or 11 years old, and the very first piece I bought was a Balenciaga suit from 1962.”

― Hamish Bowles

“The first week Banks was with us, we knew he was going to be a star.”

― Hank Sauer

“I first heard the story of Agnes Magnusdottir when I was an exchange student in the north of Iceland.”

― Hannah Kent

“I’m a huge cook! I’m actually trying to write my first cookbook. I make an Indian-spice Bolognese and serve it over pasta. It’s a combination of flavors that people aren’t used to.”

― Hannah Simone

“I was in Charlotte, N.C., when they launched the NBA team there, the Charlotte Hornets. And the first guy to roll into town was Carolina native Michael Jordan.”

― Hannah Storm

“’Inside Out’ – that was a really good movie. That’s the first animated movie I saw since ‘The Lego Movie.’”

― Hannibal Buress

“Carbondale, Ill. is where I went to college, and it’s where I first started putting on shows.”

― Hannibal Buress

“The electroencephalogram represents a continuous curve with continuous oscillations in which… one can distinguish larger first order waves with an average duration of 90 milliseconds and smaller second order waves of an average duration of 35 milliseconds.”

― Hans Berger

“First, I was Bavarian State Minister of Justice, and after the ministries of justice in the various states were dissolved I became Reich Minister without portfolio.”

― Hans Frank

“My first endeavor was to save the core of the German system of justice: the independent judiciary.”

― Hans Frank

“The first attempt at a response: there must have been a fall, a decline, and the road to salvation can only be the return of the sensible finite into the intelligible infinite.”

― Hans Urs von Balthasar

“The Passion narratives are the first pieces of the Gospels that were composed as a unity.”

― Hans Urs von Balthasar

“The work with which we embark on this first volume of a series of theological studies is a work with which the philosophical person does not begin, but rather concludes.”

― Hans Urs von Balthasar

“I always give importance to scripts first, and remuneration is something that comes later.”

― Hansika Motwani

“I’m competing with myself first, as my aim is to improve my performance in every film.”

― Hansika Motwani

“I was free when I was 12 because I got my first skateboard. I’ve been free ever since.”

― Harmony Korine

“Almost the first thing I did when I became ill was to buy a truly good television set.”

― Harold Brodkey

“When I first came to the United States in 1956 I fell in love with things – mainly the vitality and the freedoms.”

― Harold Evans

“In my first season I took 76 wickets at an average of less than 5 runs.”

― Harold Larwood

“My first play was ‘The Room’, written when I was twenty-seven.”

― Harold Pinter

“The first and most fundamental issue of sin is pride.”

― Harold Warner

“When I first started out, I was a bad actor.”

― Harrison Ford

“’Paris, Texas’ is the first film that I’ve totally cared about, the first movie I totally wanted to do – and that after 27 years that I considered my prison term.”

― Harry Dean Stanton

“In 1628 came the first English attack on Canada.”

― Harry Johnston

“After about the first Millennium, Italy was the cradle of Romanesque architecture, which spread throughout Europe, much of it extending the structural daring with minimal visual elaboration.”

― Harry Seidler

“Although in Abbott and Costello, and straight man was first. That’s a very interesting concept.”

― Harvey Korman

“Even the president is not beyond the reach of the First Amendment.”

― Hasan Minhaj

“My first record came out in 1961 and then I had one come out in 1962 and then I had two that came out in 1964.”

― Hasil Adkins

“On the nuclear issue, the first point is that the entire world must recognize that Iran does not seek a nuclear weapon, nor shall it seek a nuclear weapon.”

― Hassan Rouhani

“I know it sounds absurd, but 11 months old, I did my first commercial.”

― Hayden Panettiere

“’Gilmore Girls’ was the first show I ever worked on and was my absolute favorite show at the time.”

― Hayley McFarland

“When I first started acting, I was just crap.”

― Heath Ledger

“I hope to be viewed and judged first and foremost by my accomplishments and capabilities as a leader – regardless of my gender.”

― Heather Bresch

“I don’t know anyone who ever got deferred pay. I’m the first of my friends to ever actually get a deferred paycheck.”

― Heather Donahue

“I started young. My first record came out when I was – what? 18? So I was in the studio when I was 15, 16.”

― Heavy D

“When I first came to Arsenal, I didn’t know how to defend.”

― Hector Bellerin

“Yes, and it’s my third movie with Richard. American Gigolo was my first.”

― Hector Elizondo

“Definitely not a sitcom, that’s my first condition. No sitcoms.”

― Hector Elizondo

“Family comes first. You’re the only thing they have.”

― Heidi Klum

“My first collection of poems was published by Bloodaxe Books, which was then a very new imprint.”

― Helen Dunmore

“I’ve had a lot of books rejected in my time. My first novel, which didn’t get published, was, with hindsight, crashingly dull.”

― Helen Fielding

“At first I assumed hate was the opposite of love. But it isn’t. The opposite of love is indifference.”

― Helen Fisher

“A lot of women are turned off by the physical appearance of some of the first feminists.”

― Helen Reddy

“A man snatches the first kiss, pleads for the second, demands the third, takes the fourth, accepts the fifth – and endures all the rest.”

― Helen Rowland

“I was in Independence, Missouri when Johnson signed the Medicare bill, with Truman standing there. Truman had first proposed Medicare, but couldn’t get it through.”

― Helen Thomas

“But the first differentiation of its reflection in the manifested World is purely Spiritual, and the Beings generated in it are not endowed with a consciousness that has any relation to the one we conceive of.”

― Helena Blavatsky

“Kagoshima is the first step in our plan to develop increased scheduled air links between Hong Kong and Japan, especially the southern islands of Kyushu and Okinawa.”

― Helmut Sohmen

“Some restrictions should be imposed on population. First of all, each city should have certain population, certain limit.”

― Hema Malini

“I came to Mozambique in 1986, when I first became involved with Teatro Avenida – a theatre company that stages plays concerned with political and social issues.”

― Henning Mankell

“If at first you don’t succeed… so much for skydiving.”

― Henny Youngman

“Sympathy is the first condition of criticism.”

― Henri Frederic Amiel

“In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties.”

― Henri Frederic Amiel

“Our first responsibility in the midst of violence is to prevent it from destroying us.”

― Henri Nouwen

“The letter K was the first one in the alphabet which had not, with more or less justification, been used to designate other vitamins, and it also happened to be the first letter in the word ‘koagulation’ according to the Scandinavian and German spelling.”

― Henrik Dam

“When we first showed the Karma in January 2008, we had barely started the company.”

― Henrik Fisker

“My first idol was a Swedish goalie, Peter Lindmark.”

― Henrik Lundqvist

“I think the first goal can be weight off your shoulders.”

― Henrikh Mkhitaryan

“Why call out the champion in my first title defense? Because that’s who Henry Cejudo is.”

― Henry Cejudo

“After the first blush of sin comes its indifference.”

― Henry David Thoreau

“Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.”

― Henry David Thoreau

“Wine is a turncoat; first a friend and then an enemy.”

― Henry Fielding

“My father and I made genetics history. We were the first African-Americans and the first father and son anywhere to have their genomes sequenced.”

― Henry Louis Gates

“But the branches of industry are so multifarious, the divisions of labour so minutes and manifold, that it seems at first almost impossible to reduce them to any system.”

― Henry Mayhew

“I’m not interested in censorship. I like the First Amendment very much.”

― Henry Rollins

“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.”

― Henry Rollins

“The first Van Halen album makes Johnny Rotten out to be what he really was and still is: a hairdresser.”

― Henry Rollins

“Since SpaceX’s very beginnings, they have talked about recovering and reusing at least the first stages of their rockets.”

― Henry Spencer

“As plans for the first lunar landing started to be made, nobody had really thought about who would be out first.”

― Henry Spencer

“Actually, when I first started dabbling in photography, I was still working for my parents as a salesman.”

― Herb Ritts

“When I looked at the other artists when I first started at Marvel, I was surrounded by giants. It was very intimidating.”

― Herb Trimpe

“The first duty of a newspaper is to be accurate. If it be accurate, it follows that it is fair.”

― Herbert Bayard Swope

“It was Nietzsche who first made us conscious of the significance of the individual as a term in the evolutionary process-in that part of the evolutionary process which has still to take place.”

― Herbert Read

“The principle of equity first came into evidence in Roman jurisprudence and was derived by analogy from the physical meaning of the word.”

― Herbert Read

“A man calumniated is doubly injured – first by him who utters the calumny, and then by him who believes it.”

― Herodotus

“If, in the very first pages, I’m forced to read gratuitous phrases or banal metaphors, I won’t be able to get inside the story. Only if the sentences ‘sparkle’ can I get hooked.”

― Herta Muller

“In a continent but recently settled, many parts of which have as yet little historical or cultural background, the material for this volume has been gathered from a section that was one of the first to be colonized.”

― Hervey Allen

“A technical objection is the first refuge of a scoundrel.”

― Heywood Broun

“One of my first dreams when I was a child was becoming a painter.”

― Hideo Kojima

“In order to produce the satisfaction of comprehension, there first needs to be the process of comprehension. Furthermore, the overarching idea at hand needs to be something that is actually comprehensible.”

― Hidetaka Miyazaki

“I notice that teams are now more interested in Japanese players than when I first went to Europe.”

― Hidetoshi Nakata

“I think the first couple of times you do make-out scenes, you psych yourself out and it’s really nerve racking.”

― Hilarie Burton

“My first crush was on John Travolta in ‘Grease.’”

― Hilary Duff

“Both of my parents have loved and supported me from my very first strides.”

― Hilary Knight

“In my first two world championship experiences, I barely saw the ice at all.”

― Hilary Knight

“My first two novels were very black comedies.”

― Hilary Mantel

“My first career ambitions involved turning into a boy; I intended to be either a railway guard or a knight errant.”

― Hilary Mantel

“The sport is my first priority because it has given me everything.”

― Hima Das

“I am very conscious of first sampling the music and then getting it out for fans.”

― Himesh Reshammiya

“The first casualty when war comes is truth.”

― Hiram Johnson

“I got colored mechanics in the United States Navy Yard for the first time.”

― Hiram Rhodes Revels

“I discovered freedom for the first time in England.”

― Hirohito

“The first time I listened to jazz was when I was 8.”

― Hiromi Uehara

“All in all, the League of Nations is not inevitably bound, as some maintain from time to time, to degenerate into an impotent appendage of first one, then another of the competing great powers.”

― Hjalmar Branting

“When I was younger, I was always being told I had a period face, but ‘Bel Ami’ was my first shot at it.”

― Holliday Grainger

“After I did ‘Broadcast News’ and got an Academy Award nomination, the first thing I did was ‘Roe vs. Wade’ at NBC.”

― Holly Hunter

“In between my first and second child, Pilates helped my body a lot.”

― Holly Marie Combs

“A lover always thinks of his mistress first and himself second; with a husband it runs the other way.”

― Honore de Balzac

“We must feed, shelter, and nurture one another as our first priority, and to do so, we must avail ourselves of our best technologies, which have always included some type of genetic modification.”

― Hope Jahren

“The wisest prophets make sure of the event first.”

― Horace Walpole

“We often repent of our first thoughts, and scarce ever of our second.”

― Horace Walpole

“First gain the victory and then make the best use of it you can.”

― Horatio Nelson

“After clearing 9 metres of the descending passage, in about the middle of the afternoon, we came upon a second sealed doorway, which was almost the exact replica of the first.”

― Howard Carter

“Artless fairy stories enchant us in our first years and retain their hold on us until our last.”

― Howard Jacobson

“Well, first of all, I’m worth every penny.”

― Howard Stern

“When I first started to sing, I just swung at it with an axe.”

― Hozier

“I remember one of the first albums I got was an album called ‘Thin Lizzy: Live and Dangerous.’”

― Hozier

“Our first record, ‘Huey Lewis And The News’, was seen by no one – it sold 25 copies.”

― Huey Lewis

“In ’87 – four years after ‘Sports’ was released – my family and I began vacationing in Montana. I soon bought my first piece of land in Ravalli County, in the western part of the state.”

― Huey Lewis

“Well, we were originally called Huey Lewis and the American Express. But on the eve of the release of our first record, our record label, Chrysalis Records was afraid that we’d be sued by American Express.”

― Huey Lewis

“The first lesson a revolutionary must learn is that he is a doomed man.”

― Huey Newton

“Malcolm X was the first political person in this country that I really identified with. If he had lived and not been purged, I probably would have joined the Muslims.”

― Huey Newton

“The first book I ever really read was Plato’s ‘Republic,’ and then I had to go over that five times or something.”

― Huey Newton

“During my first month in Italy I lived a nomadic life.”

― Hugh Dalton

“I am an architect, first.”

― Hugh Hardy

“My dad gave me my first bike at 16. I soon fell off and was in a wheelchair for weeks. I haven’t fallen since.”

― Hugh Laurie

“My goal was to make first lieutenant. I never spent a lot of time worrying about what came after that.”

― Hugh Shelton

“My first car was a stick.”

― Hunter Biden

“’Encore’ was an experiment. ‘Encore’ was the second chance at a first impression. ‘Encore’ was not completely planned.”

― Hunter Hayes

“I wrote my first song when I was 6 years old. It was actually called ‘Six Years Old.’”

― Hunter Hayes

“My first job was a commercial for Ball Park Fun Franks.”

― Hunter Parrish

“My first priority is to my wife, as hers is to me, and to our child.”

― Iain Glen

“’Murder in the First’ takes 12 episodes to explore the crime and the issues surrounding it, all in the hopes of answering the question, ‘How did we get to this point?’”

― Ian Anthony Dale

“I’d never been paid for the first Roses LP – it was 2002 before we received any royalties.”

― Ian Brown

“I have been touring since I got my first band in 1962, so there is no problem there. We are basically performing musicians, so that’s what we do.”

― Ian Gillan

“The first film role I deliberately chose to play after I came out was a raging heterosexual, John Profumo.”

― Ian Mckellen

“I don’t remember my first two marriages… the details are very sketchy.”

― Ian McShane

“’Lovejoy’ has a special place in my heart because it was through my efforts that the series first came to the screen.”

― Ian McShane

“I wrote ‘Knots and Crosses,’ the first of the Rebus books, not even realising that I was writing crime fiction.”

― Ian Rankin

“When I first got into the rap game, I had an early dream of unifying rappers.”

― Ice T

“The first album I ever owned was ‘A Star is Born.’”

― Idina Menzel

“I was really ambitious, so I was innovative. I was one of the first DJs to do live calls, ’cause I found this phone device that would pick up other people’s voices.”

― Idris Elba

“My first car was a 1999 red Mazda Protege.”

― Ike Barinholtz

“When somebody asks what I do, I guess I say ‘writer’ first.”

― Ilana Glazer

“I got a job as a coat check girl at a nightclub – this was in my first few months of being in L.A.”

― Iliza Shlesinger

“The problems with First Ladies is that you have to set the standard. My role is to be both star and slave.”

― Imelda Marcos

“I got my first leopard print coat when I was 15. I nearly got beat up, but I was happy with it.”

― Imelda May

“Hampshire were the club who gave me my first chance, so I owe them a lot.”

― Imran Tahir

“I’ve lived in the Hamptons since 1978, when I first bought my store Barefoot Contessa.”

― Ina Garten

“When Lady Diana Spencer first visited Balmoral, aged 19, she charmed all the Royals and the Queen especially.”

― Ingrid Seward

“When the first million came in, I felt, ‘My God, now I’m really independent.’ That was a fantastic experience.”

― Ingvar Kamprad

“I still have the dress I wore on the first date with my husband, which was more than 66 years ago. I still have it, and it still fits.”

― Iris Apfel

“When the Chinese first came to San Francisco, they were actually welcomed by the mayor and they had special ceremonies for them-again this is when their colony was very small, only a few Chinese.”

― Iris Chang

“I have a lot of blurring between fiction and non-fiction in so many of my works. For example, my first novel, ‘When Nietzsche Wept,’ has a great deal of non-fiction in it. I didn’t create many characters at all. Almost all of them are historical characters that actually existed.”

― Irvin D. Yalom

“The first job of a writer is to be honest.”

― Irvine Welsh

“To someone who is not currently on anti-depressants, I would suggest trying other treatments first – for example, psychotherapy.”

― Irving Kirsch

“I imagine that my characters have become much more complicated than when I first began, which would be normal.”

― Irwin Shaw

“We felt like, first and foremost, we were songwriters.”

― Isaac Hanson

“The best and safest method of philosophizing seems to be first to inquire diligently into the properties of things, and establishing those properties by experiments, and then to proceed more slowly to hypotheses for the explanation of them.”

― Isaac Newton

“My first audition was the worst I have ever done, ever.”

― Isabel Lucas

“A lot of the advertisement is done by saying: first of all, have a complex about who you are.”

― Isabella Rossellini

“My first choice was to work it out with Larry Brown. I needed Larry and I gave him 50 million bucks. This is a situation that I’m in and I’ll handle it and I’ll make it work.”

― Isaiah Thomas

“’Dhadak’ was the first film I was meant to do. And it is very close to my heart.”

― Ishaan Khatter

“Which Israel should we recognize? The Israel of 1917; the Israel of 1936; the Israel of 1948; the Israel of 1956; or the Israel of 1967? Which borders and which Israel? Israel has to recognize first the Palestinian state and its borders and then we will know what we are talking about.”

― Ismail Haniyeh

“First and foremost, I’m an oral storyteller – I’ll make a poetic choice over a grammatical choice every single time.”

― Isobelle Carmody

“Donald Trump has proven adept at mobilizing anti-immigrant and anti-trade sentiment among a minority of Americans into a strong movement that seeks to put the United States first in global affairs. Yet, his is not the majority’s view.”

― Ivo Daalder

“The more Trump emphasises America First, the more it turns into America Alone.”

― Ivo Daalder

“When the cinematograph first made its appearance, we were told that the days of the ordinary theatre were numbered.”

― Ivor Novello

“The first CD I had was ‘Definitely Maybe’ by Oasis, and I had a tape of’ ‘Parklife’ by Blur when I was nine.”

― Iwan Rheon

“I have a child and I’m a parent first of all.”

― Izabella Scorupco

“I changed my name at 14 because no one outside of my family could pronounce my first name correctly.”

― J. August Richards

“I was in fittings for the first costume even before I knew I was even going to be ‘Deathlok.’”

― J. August Richards

“When I started stand-up, the first thing I did was to take an improv class.”

― J. B. Smoove

“To me, family is first.”

― J Balvin

“I am lucky, I’m the first to admit that.”

― J. J. Abrams

“The first story I finished was when I was six years old.”

― J. K. Rowling

“I’m just first of all looking for a part that’s well written and speaks to me.”

― J. K. Simmons

“In my first publishable research, I obtained evidence that the replication of polio viral RNA engendered a multi-stranded intermediate, although my description of that intermediate proved flawed in its details.”

― J. Michael Bishop

“To be a statesman, you must first get elected.”

― J. William Fulbright

“A chief petty officer taught me shorthand, which got me promoted to yeoman first class.”

― Jack Adams

“I grew up on Raffi. That was my first impression of what a rock star was.”

― Jack Antonoff

“I’ve been touring through Texas since I was 15, on my first tour ever.”

― Jack Antonoff

“I regard sports first and foremost as entertainment, so dry documentary narration is not for me.”

― Jack Brickhouse

“I spent the first 25 years of my life not knowing what I wanted to do.”

― Jack Dee

“I had my first trial at Villa at five.”

― Jack Grealish

“I found my first dinosaur bone when I was 6, growing up in Montana. Ever since then I’ve been interested in dinosaurs.”

― Jack Horner

“It was really a very small company when I started and it changed very rapidly during those first periods.”

― Jack Kilby

“When I was working at Teleflora, I got booked to do ‘Talladega Nights,’ so I went and did that. That was really my first big break ev-er. I made as much from my per diem during the three-month shoot as I did for the entire previous year.”

― Jack McBrayer

“Age is the first limitation on roles that I’ve ever had to encounter, and I hit that awhile ago.”

― Jack Nicholson

“I thoroughly enjoy working with kids, whether it’s The First Tee or the lesson tee with my grandkids.”

― Jack Nicklaus

“My first experience on a feature film was with Shane Meadows on ‘This Is England.’”

― Jack O’Connell

“I didn’t get at first put into a rehab facility; I got put in a adolescent psychiatric unit for my detox.”

― Jack Osbourne

“I write the poems first, with only a few exceptions for odd reasons, where I’m given the illustration first.”

― Jack Prelutsky

“In my first season after Mancini signed me, I was injured a lot, but when I was fit, he did play me.”

― Jack Rodwell

“I played in the Under 18s when I was 14, then the reserves at 15, and then the first team.”

― Jack Rodwell

“Electing the first Catholic president, my grandfather, in 1960, did not mean that religious intolerance disappeared from our land.”

― Jack Schlossberg

“Electing the first African-American president was a tremendous accomplishment, but it hasn’t erased racism.”

― Jack Schlossberg

“I worked for half a cent a word. I’m not a fast writer to begin with, so for the first few years I had do other things.”

― Jack Vance

“When I was 18 or 19, I would come into training, and I’d be the last in and first out. I was one of those that took everything for granted, and I’m honest about that now.”

― Jack Wilshere

“Though the Grimms kept about 100 of the tales from the first edition, they changed them a good deal.”

― Jack Zipes

“I never wanted to be the next Bruce Lee. I just wanted to be the first Jackie Chan.”

― Jackie Chan

“I’ll be a wife and mother first, then First Lady.”

― Jackie Kennedy

“My first acting job was a Breck commercial.”

― Jaclyn Smith

“At first, I didn’t really have a passion for acting.”

― Jacob Batalon

“Music was sort of my thing at first.”

― Jacob Batalon

“My first film, ‘Vanishing on 7th Street,’ I really just kinda went in for it. Just gave it my all at the auditions.”

― Jacob Latimore

“Music is my first love.”

― Jacob Latimore

“I was in a movie called ‘Vanishing on 7th Street,’ and that was my first leading role in a movie. It’s an apocalyptic thriller, and it’s really cool. It’s the first movie I ever shot.”

― Jacob Latimore

“It is of considerable importance that politicians stick to their commitments or do not make such commitments in the first place.”

― Jacob Rees-Mogg

“The first intimation I had that the Yankees were for sale was through an item to that effect in the newspapers. The idea instantly occurred to me that here was a prospect to become interested in a major-league club at home.”

― Jacob Ruppert

“The first conversation I ever had about the Internet was in 1993 with Robert Wright, who was then a colleague at the ‘New Republic.’”

― Jacob Weisberg

“I have a lot of traditional values I follow personally, which was hard to deal with when I first moved to L.A.”

― Jacob Zachar

“The first problem of the media is posed by what does not get translated, or even published in the dominant political languages.”

― Jacques Derrida

“These years of the Ecole Normale were an ordeal. Nothing was handed to me on the first try.”

― Jacques Derrida

“All the great chefs I know – Thomas Keller, Jean-Georges Vongerichten – they are technicians first.”

― Jacques Pepin

“No yogic practice is performed without cleansing the body first.”

― Jaggi Vasudev

“I love LeBron, but Kobe was the first player I actually considered my favorite.”

― Jahlil Okafor

“I was 18 when I got my first acting job.”

― Jaime Winstone

“I had heard about Vine through Twitter, and my first video was of me freaking out on my couch. Back then I had 5 followers.”

― Jake Paul

“I am the first to point out that I really am not kind to illustrators. By that, I mean I really don’t give that much to work with.”

― James A. Moore

“The comic I can now never enjoy again is Bill Cosby. He was truly one of the first comedians I got into.”

― James Acaster

“Investing is for wealth preservation, not wealth creation, so first you have to make wealth.”

― James Altucher

“I made so many mistakes in my first successful business I’m almost embarrassed to recount them.”

― James Altucher

“Nasser Hussain was skipper when I first played for England and a massive influence. He showed me a lot of faith.”

― James Anderson

“I didn’t watch a Test match live until I played in my first in 2003.”

― James Anderson

“The first duty of an historian is to be on guard against his own sympathies.”

― James Anthony Froude

“When I had my first panic attack, I believed that it was a heart attack.”

― James Arthur

“The thing is, I knew from the very first audition that I did not fit the classic ‘X Factor’ criteria.”

― James Arthur

“The rationale for eliminating the alternative minimum tax is that such a backup system should not be necessary if the tax code is fundamentally fair and eliminates all the loopholes that made it possible for high-income taxpayers to escape taxation in the first place.”

― James B. Stewart

“I first became familiar with Dave Eggers’s work when I was living in San Francisco and enrolled at USF’s MFA Program.”

― James Bernard Frost

“The year 2008 was a reminder to those who had forgotten that there is such a thing as history and that the cycle of famine and feast in commerce, first identified in antiquity and well understood in the Middle Ages, was not suddenly abolished in modern times.”

― James Buchan

“Almost all novels are improved by cutting from the top. On their first pages, authors parade those favourite effects which disgust the impartial reader.”

― James Buchan

“My first show, in England, was called ‘Soldier, Soldier.’”

― James Callis

“It was the desire to do the complete thing. I only took taking acting lessons because my whole thing, really, was to direct. But my first jobs were acting jobs.”

― James Coburn

“The first time I heard The Beatles, I cried. It was ‘Let it Be’.”

― James Durbin

“You may not be aware of a recent survey that showed that if the First Amendment were put to a popular vote today, it would fail by a 60% to 40% vote.”

― James E. Rogers

“All Marines, sailors and civilian Marines, regardless of sexual orientation, are Marines first. Every Marine is a valued member of our war-fighting team.”

― James F. Amos

“When I get up, the first thing I do is open up Gmail and check my personal email.”

― James G. Stavridis

“The first movie, I was 23; I thought I knew everything, but my ego soon took an irrevocable blow.”

― James Gray

“I saw ‘Fifth Element’ once when it first came out and never thought much of it.”

― James Gunn

“No man can be a politician, except he be first a historian or a traveller; for except he can see what must be, or what may be, he is no politician.”

― James Harrington

“My first job in NYC was playing a gig in the early nineties at CBGBs.”

― James Iha

“If Ireland is to become a new Ireland she must first become European.”

― James Joyce

“If we are going to remove someone, which I have no problem with doing, then let’s do the 20, not the 10, the very first secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton.”

― James Lankford

“The First Amendment is first for a reason – it cannot be ignored by the D.C. City Council.”

― James Lankford

“For several days after my first book was published, I carried it about in my pocket and took surreptitious peeps at it to make sure the ink had not faded.”

― James M. Barrie

“The first year we actually did a lot of night shooting and the writers weren’t even allowed on location.”

― James MacArthur

“We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties.”

― James Madison

“In the first place, Descartes stands for the most explicit and uncompromising dualism between mind and matter.”

― James Mark Baldwin

“For my first album I wanted to make a record that would be intimate, deeply personal, and honest.”

― James McCartney

“I crashed my bicycle on the way to my first date with my ex-girlfriend and was cautioned by the police.”

― James Norton

“With my adult books, for the first six weeks or so, it’s about 60 percent ebooks in terms of sales. The kids’ books, it’s like 5 percent. Which means that the parents, the ones that aren’t going into stores now, they’re no longer buying books for their kids, which is not great.”

― James Patterson

“I had five years of failure, really, before I had the first initial sign of success.”

― James Rothman

“The first perk of theater is the girls.”

― James Spader

“Businesses that have gone through an episode of hyperinflation become understandably alert to the threat of it: at the first hint of inflation, they’re likely to increase prices, since they’ve learned that if they don’t, and inflation hits, their businesses will be wrecked.”

― James Surowiecki

“I tend to write out the first iteration of a lyric here and then go over here and make variations on it, on the page opposite.”

― James Taylor

“All men kill the thing they hate, too, unless, of course, it kills them first.”

― James Thurber

“The very first movie that I ever saw in a theater was ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.’”

― James Wan

“My family is usually the first guinea pigs to try out my new recipes.”

― James William Middleton

“It was with 9/11 that I came to fully appreciate and embrace NPR’s irreplaceability as a sanity preserver, its unique virtues as first responder on the burning scene.”

― James Wolcott

“When I first did a U.S. pilot season, there were very few British actors schlepping around town trying to get into television. That was 1999.”

― Jamie Bamber

“I started off in musical theater, yeah. It was one of my first jobs; it was in Spring Awakening in London, which was amazing.”

― Jamie Blackley

“I’m a builder, first and foremost.”

― Jamie Hyneman

“Arachnophobia’ was one of the first films I did major effects for.”

― Jamie Hyneman

“I’ve always put my family first and that’s just the way it is.”

― Jamie Lee Curtis

“It was during a cosmetic procedure that I first had painkillers.”

― Jamie Lee Curtis

“My first car was a BMW. A white BMW.”

― Jamie-Lynn Sigler

“Moving to Fleetwood was a shock to the system at first. I’d never been at a full-time club.”

― Jamie Vardy

“When I heard about the first Tomb Raider, I was very interested and I would have liked to have directed that. When I was approached for the second film, I was delighted.”

― Jan de Bont

“My first novel is loaded with food references largely because my cupboards were bare, and I was writing hungry.”

― Jan Karon

“My guilty pleasure is ‘Revenge.’ I’ve watched it from the very first episode.”

― Jane Elliot

“One reviewer dubbed my first book, ‘Getting Rid of Matthew,’ ‘chick noir,’ and another called it ‘anti chick lit,’ both of which I loved.”

― Jane Fallon

“’Stardust’ ended up being my first film in 2007.”

― Jane Goldman

“I was twenty-seven when I came up with the idea for my first novel.”

― Jane Green

“Howard Hughes was obsessed with me. But at first it seemed as if he were offering me a superb career opportunity.”

― Jane Greer

“We did talk about cheese on our first date.”

― Jane Kaczmarek

“My first five novels were written longhand. So were hosts of short stories.”

― Jane Lindskold

“I have to admit that I was a little nervous when I showed up for my first official ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ recording session.”

― Jane Lynch

“The Go-Go’s were like my first babies.”

― Jane Wiedlin

“The great thing and the hard thing is to stick to thing when you have outlived the first interest and not yet the second which comes with a sort of mastery.”

― Janet Erskine Stuart

“The hard thing is to stick to things when you have outlived the first interest, and not yet got the second which comes with a sort of mastery.”

― Janet Erskine Stuart

“My first crush was Barry Manilow. He performed on TV and I taped it. When no one was around I’d kiss the screen.”

― Janet Jackson

“Acting was always my first passion.”

― Janet Jackson

“’The King and I’ – one of the first films I ever saw.”

― Janet McTeer

“In my day, I, being the first supermodel, I hawked everything.”

― Janice Dickinson

“I was the first to sign up for Botox when it first came out.”

― Janice Dickinson

“You’re an actor first and foremost. No one is going to hire you because you tweet a lot.”

― Janina Gavankar

“Guess what, I might be the first hippie pinup girl.”

― Janis Joplin

“The mission statement was ordered, and it sent the 800th MP Brigade, effective the first of July, up to Baghdad. I joined my brigade to take command at the end of June.”

― Janis Karpinski

“I remember well my first 300 baud modem, which dialed up and scrolled text at an agonizingly slow speed.”

― Jared Polis

“The first big long-form work I did in comics was ‘Scalped’ for Vertigo, which ran for 60 issues.”

― Jason Aaron

“I went back and started reading with Thor’s first appearance, and my goal is to read all 600-plus issues in a row.”

― Jason Aaron

“We had that first Marvel NOW! retreat where everybody came in and pitched their new books, which was probably the most exciting retreat I’ve ever been to because it was all brand new.”

― Jason Aaron

“After my first No. 1 song back in 2006, I worried I may never have another one.”

― Jason Aldean

“I cannot tell people who are struggling that I come first. I just cannot.”

― Jason Alexander

“I started balding at age 17 and after first being sad, I really embraced it.”

― Jason Alexander

“I think if you went to a studio and pitched the first ‘Insidious,’ it never would have gotten made because it was so offbeat.”

― Jason Blum

“My first company produced ‘Silicon Alley Reporter’ magazine, where I held the dual titles of CEO and Editor.”

― Jason Calacanis

“Of course the first version of an all-electric sports car is going to be expensive.”

― Jason Calacanis

“Family comes first, and golf is second.”

― Jason Day

“My wife wants four kids, and obviously if we’re having four kids, I need to make sure that the priority is family first.”

― Jason Day

“My first job was an AFI short film, ‘Chasing Daylight,’ when I was 11, and I made a couple of commercials that never aired.”

― Jason Dolley

“My first job in television was on ‘My So-Called Life.’”

― Jason Katims

“Theatre was the first thing I fell in love with.”

― Jason Priestley

“I was a radioman first class in the Navy. I put in seven years. I was around a lot of admirals; I served on destroyers, cruisers, and a flat top for a little while.”

― Jason Robards

“I’m more into MMA than any other sport. I watch a lot of the UFC fights. I have since it first came onto the scene.”

― Jason Statham

“Comedy is not my first go-to sort of genre.”

― Jason Statham

“My driving habits are so ingrained that the driving examiner would fail me in the first mile. That’s provided he hadn’t died of a heart attack by then.”

― Jasper Carrott

“When I made my First-Class debut, my first spell was of 10 overs. So I was always used to bowling lot of overs in Ranji Trophy, which always helps.”

― Jasprit Bumrah

“When I got to the NBA, I got a Macbook, and the first thing I did was buy Logic.”

― JaVale McGee

“United was my first European club. We won two titles and almost won the Champions League.”

― Javier Hernandez

“We were kind of young and a little naive when we first started out in the business.”

― Jay DeMarcus

“One of the first courses I ever taught at Dartmouth was on the Bible as literature.”

― Jay Parini

“My first gig was ‘The Outsiders.’ I was 14 there. And probably one of the more jading experiences in my whole life.”

― Jay R. Ferguson

“I think sequels should be earned and we won’t do it unless the script is better than the first one.”

― Jay Roach

“My first album didn’t come out until I was 26.”

― Jay-Z

“I was an artist, I was executive producer on my first album, so I’ve always had to manage both. I couldn’t get a record deal. It wasn’t by choice – I couldn’t get a record deal, so I had to figure it out.”

― Jay-Z

“Well the first thing I’d say is that I’m not sure exactly what I’m supposed to do to show my remorse other than to say that I’m remorseful.”

― Jayson Blair

“I used to watch LeBron on TV growing up, and now I’m playing my first game against him.”

― Jayson Tatum

“The first time Haiti had free and fair democratic elections was 1990, when I was elected.”

― Jean-Bertrand Aristide

“You’ll get the biggest bang for each buck by paying off the highest interest rate debt in your portfolio first, while making minimum payments on the remainder. It’s called the avalanche method, and it gets you out of debt cheapest and fastest.”

― Jean Chatzky

“The first day one is a guest, the second a burden, and the third a pest.”

― Jean de la Bruyere

“The Opera is obviously the first draft of a fine spectacle; it suggests the idea of one.”

― Jean de la Bruyere

“Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its shortness.”

― Jean de la Bruyere

“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.”

― Jean-Francois Lyotard

“Our best hits are real-estate stories, going back to our first, JoJo in 1991.”

― Jean-Georges Vongerichten

“I started in 1957 when I sold my first story to a magazine.”

― Jean Giraud

“Let us turn elsewhere, to the wasps and bees, who unquestionably come first in the laying up of a heritage for their offspring.”

― Jean Henri Fabre

“Now the thing about having a baby – and I can’t be the first person to have noticed this – is that thereafter you have it.”

― Jean Kerr

“My first scientific paper in 1961 reported an additivity rule for substituent-induced shifts of proton NMR signals in steroid derivatives.”

― Jean-Marie Lehn

“When I did the first ‘Oxygene’ in the vinyl days, I had a structure in mind divided in 2 parts fitting the A&B sides of an album.”

― Jean-Michel Jarre

“I did the first ‘Oxygene’ on an 8 tracks tape recorder with very few instruments, with no other choice than being minimalist.”

― Jean-Michel Jarre

“All those ethereal string sounds on ‘Oxygene IV’ come from the VCS3. It was the first European synthesizer, made in England by a guy called Peter Zinoviev. I got one of the first ones.”

― Jean-Michel Jarre

“’Oxygene’ was one of the first, if not the first, popular electronic music album.”

― Jean-Michel Jarre

“Woman and men of retiring timidity are cowardly only in dangers which affect themselves, but the first to rescue when others are in danger.”

― Jean Paul

“Emphasis on the common emotive or affective origins of music and words in the first cries of humankind undermines words.”

― Jean Philippe Rameau

“The main functions of intelligence, that of inventing solutions and that of verifying them, do not necessarily involve one another. The first partakes of imagination; the second alone is properly logical.”

― Jean Piaget

“The first type of abstraction from objects I shall refer to as simple abstraction, but the second type I shall call reflective abstraction, using this term in a double sense.”

― Jean Piaget

“The realization of ignorance is the first act of knowing.”

― Jean Toomer

“The First Amendment does not give you the right to commit a crime.”

― Jeanine Pirro

“’Affable’ is the word that often comes up from reporters, even staunch critics, who meet Lou Dobbs for the first time.”

― Jeanne Marie Laskas

“In the summer of 2007, Roger Goodell, the new NFL commissioner, convened a meeting in Chicago for the first league-wide concussion summit. All thirty-two teams were ordered to send doctors and trainers to the meeting.”

― Jeanne Marie Laskas

“By 2012, Dan Gilbert was well over his LeBron James-abandonment hissy fit. He opened Cleveland’s first casino, with 1,900 slot machines and eighty-nine table games.”

― Jeanne Marie Laskas

“Omalu first found the tau ‘threads’ in the brain of former Steeler Mike Webster in 2002 and published his findings in 2005, in the journal ‘Neurosurgery.’”

― Jeanne Marie Laskas

“I’ve always believed that if you support reform or you support a particular idea that you ought to fund that idea first and not the system.”

― Jeb Bush

“I’m reading ‘Ten Storey Love Song’ by Richard Milward. I read his first novel, ‘Apples,’ after hearing a reading of his in the Hague. I really enjoyed it, so I’ve started this one.”

― Jed Mercurio

“Once the product’s task is known, design the interface first; then implement to the interface design.”

― Jef Raskin

“I think ‘Prince Valiant’ was the first cartoon I ever did.”

― Jeff Bennett

“We have the First Amendment to rely on whenever an elected official tries to impinge on our rights to speak.”

― Jeff Bewkes

“When I was 12, I decided to become a musician. ‘Physical Graffiti’ was the first album I ever owned.”

― Jeff Buckley

“Remember the first rule of gunfighting… ‘have a gun.’”

― Jeff Cooper

“My first responsibility is to keep America safe.”

― Jeff Fortenberry

“I started wrestling professionally, I did my first television match at 16, but I was wrestling at country fairs and national armories when I was 14.”

― Jeff Hardy

“My favorite TNA match would have to be the first Ultimate X.”

― Jeff Jarrett

“I’ve seen promotions rush things to market and not be strategic about it. The first impression is the lasting impression.”

― Jeff Jarrett

“Feelings are at the basis of all ideas. First you have feelings, and then, through those sensations, it develops into ideas.”

― Jeff Koons

“Music is my first love.”

― Jeff Lynne

“The first band I saw were Mike Sheridan and The Nightriders, in their brown mohair suits, in 1966.”

― Jeff Lynne

“I got my first computer at, I don’t know, when I was 11 years old? 10?”

― Jeff Moss

“My first job in the film business was working as a production assistant, and then a production manager on a documentary about Townes Van Zandt.”

― Jeff Nichols

“I was the first one to have high-speed Internet before all my friends.”

― Jeffree Star

“Alan Moore’s first choice to be the Comedian… was Burt Reynolds. But I never saw myself as Burt Reynolds; I saw myself as Edward Blake.”

― Jeffrey Dean Morgan

“It wasn’t conscious, but I guess that one book is the reaction to the other. The first is so imprisoned in a male point-of-view, and the second is a point-of-view that can go anywhere it wants.”

― Jeffrey Eugenides

“I always wanted to be a singer first.”

― Jeffrey Osborne

“My first job was with The O’Jays playing drums.”

― Jeffrey Osborne

“I first conceived of my far-future setting ‘Punktown’ in 1980, and though it contains ‘punk’ in its name, the term ‘cyberpunk’ hadn’t been coined yet. I took my inspiration strictly from punk music.”

― Jeffrey Thomas

“The code core of the 2001 browser upgrade campaign was the first instance of capability detection in place of browser detection.”

― Jeffrey Zeldman

“Improv requires one thing I lack that I think most mothers need – the basic instinct to put someone else first.”

― Jen Kirkman

“I was a musician first before anything.”

― Jencarlos Canela

“My first cat was named Cowboy, after the Dallas Cowboys.”

― Jenna Bush

“The first thing that comes out of my mouth is always right.”

― Jenna Jameson

“The first ghost story I ever heard was from my mother.”

― Jenna Wortham

“I spent my first paycheck on a vintage Mercedes.”

― Jennifer Aniston

“When I was working on my first novel, ‘The Quilter’s Apprentice,’ I knew I wanted to write about friendship, especially women’s friendship and how women use friendship to sustain themselves and nurture each other.”

― Jennifer Chiaverini

“I was very fortunate that my first novel captivated the imaginations of so many readers who asked for a sequel. After that, one book led to another as I discovered other facets to my characters I wanted to investigate further.”

― Jennifer Chiaverini

“I write with pen and paper, my first draft, on legal pads.”

― Jennifer Egan

“My first attempt at writing a novel was horrible. I had to throw it away. But I stuck with the idea, which is what became ‘The Invisible Circus.’”

― Jennifer Egan

“Aretha Franklin, first and foremost… That’s my top girl there.”

― Jennifer Holliday

“The first time I saw Lena Dunham was in ‘Tiny Furniture.’”

― Jennifer Konner

“I am obsessed with Chinese restaurants. Like many Americans, I first discovered them in my childhood.”

― Jennifer Lee

“I wrote my first short story in third grade.”

― Jennifer McMahon

“’The Rocky Horror Show’ was actually my first musical love.”

― Jennifer Saunders

“I was writing my first book when I was in college. I was a teenager.”

― Jenny Han

“I love ‘Wowee Zowee.’ That was the first Pavement record I bought.”

― Jenny Lewis

“When we first started doing bridal, I found the bridal business very archaic; it was very removed from general fashion.”

― Jenny Packham

“When I first moved from Shanghai when I was five, I just thought of myself as Chinese.”

― Jenny Zhang

“I actually collect old First and Second World War memorabilia.”

― Jeremy Irvine

“I wanted to make sure that this be the first scientific and technology revolution in history in which the public thoroughly discussed all the potential benefits and all the potential harms, in advance of the technology coming online and running its course.”

― Jeremy Rifkin

“Back in the mid-1980s, congressional hearings were held after we brought this litigation, and held up the first experiment. At that time, I went in front of Congress, along with the major agencies involved with this.”

― Jeremy Rifkin

“Back in 1983, the United States government approved the release of the first genetically modified organism. In this case, it was a bacteria that prevents frost on food crops.”

― Jeremy Rifkin

“I moved to Paris around 1995 or 1996; my first collection on the runway was in 1997.”

― Jeremy Scott

“The first girl I kissed was a suburbanite.”

― Jeremy Sisto

“When Yelp first took off, our rankings on Google would fluctuate wildly.”

― Jeremy Stoppelman

“I’m one of those guys a lot of people watch, imitate, and then make it seem like they were the ones who did it first.”

― Jermaine Dupri

“I was the youngest producer to have a No. 1 record when Kris Kross first came out, and that was a record I held for I don’t know how long.”

― Jermaine Dupri

“’Crashing’ was my first scripted TV gig.”

― Jermaine Fowler

“I was the first advertising person who people could identify with.”

― Jerry Della Femina

“My first marriage ended after 24 years.”

― Jerry Della Femina

“We’ve got to be Americans first. We’ve got to pull together and unite.”

― Jerry Falwell, Jr.

“The First Amendment is not without limits.”

― Jerry Falwell

“My first airplane trip was to Paris. I had this fantasy that I would become a model, and I did!”

― Jerry Hall

“N.W.A. were the first great rap audio documentarians of the problems in our inner cities.”

― Jerry Heller

“My family was as absolute as the work.Family was first always.”

― Jerry Lewis

“My first four books were not published because nobody wanted them. They were adult books, not kids’ books.”

― Jerry Spinelli

“When I was first on ‘Dancing With The Stars’, people were really shocked and surprised.”

― Jerry Springer

“I started collecting in the late 1990s. My first purchase was from an auction, a scroll by Dong Qichang, from the early 16th century, the late Ming Dynasty.”

― Jerry Yang

“I wrote the first draft of my first novel at Michigan, and then I wrote the first draft of ‘Salvage the Bones’ at Stanford. So I workshopped the entire thing.”

― Jesmyn Ward

“One of the ways my first novel failed was that I was too in love with my characters.”

― Jesmyn Ward

“My skin was really bad. Roxanne Rizzo’s products were the first things that really cleared it up.”

― Jess Glynne

“The first seven years that I wrote fiction, I sent out stories and a novel and made a total of $25.”

― Jess Walter

“I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a good flier.”

― Jesse Itzler

“I remember my father banging away on an IBM Selectric in the garage. He wrote his first novels on that machine. I remember its pebbly surface, its cold heft. It made its mark, literally and violently.”

― Jesse Kellerman

“When I was four, we went to Oahu. It was the first time we celebrated Passover away from home.”

― Jesse Kellerman

“Playing a cop on TV and working closely with actual cops on set, I do think the media does a disservice to our first responders.”

― Jesse Lee Soffer

“You’ve got to do the job on the pitch. First and foremost, I put in 100 percent, and I don’t think anyone can really complain after that.”

― Jesse Lingard

“The first few seasons, I was just getting used to the Premier League.”

― Jesse Lingard

“My first car was a ’69 Holden, which is an Aussie car.”

― Jesse Spencer

“’Chicago Fire’ has been a wonderful outlet for me. We’re thrown into the gritty streets of Chicago working among actual first responders. They’re a wonderful bunch, and the sense of community among Midwesterners is very similar to Australians.”

― Jesse Spencer

“First responders are a resilient lot. They deal with many types of situations and are very good at improvisation in their work.”

― Jesse Spencer

“I thought it was my job to give all the boys their first kiss.”

― Jessica Alba

“When I first moved to Los Angeles, I don’t think anyone knew what to do with me.”

― Jessica Chastain

“I was the first one in my family to go to college.”

― Jessica Chastain

“’Sara’ was the first film project I worked on as an actress; it’s a short film.”

― Jessica Clark

“The first thing I do when I get home is take my shoes off and go barefoot.”

― Jessica Mauboy

“For any role, I pretty much always go to the script, first and foremost.”

― Jessica Raine

“I remember the first scary movie I ever watched was ‘Scream,’ and I watched it at a sleepover.”

― Jessica Rothe

“To get it first is important – but more important is to get it right.”

― Jessica Savitch

“When I was 15, I got a job at the first Hollister that opened up.”

― Jessica Stroup

“I’m just a huge fan of smells, first of all. I have a bit of an obsession with smells.”

― Jessica Stroup

“Just don’t pull out your phone at all on the first date.”

― Jessica Szohr

“I’m a poet first and foremost, before the modelling.”

― Jessica White

“First time I ever sang was in a contest in Louisiana when I was 9. And I won yodeling.”

― Jessie James Decker

“My first professional gig was ‘Once Upon a Mattress’ at the Drury Lane Oakbrook… I was in the ensemble. I was one of the ladies in waiting, and I covered Winnifred.”

― Jessie Mueller

“Spanish is my first language.”

― Jessie Reyez

“The first time I went crowd surfing was heaven.”

― Jessie Reyez

“The first sentence of a book is a handshake, perhaps an embrace.”

― Jhumpa Lahiri

“I would not send a first story anywhere. I would give myself time to write a number of stories.”

― Jhumpa Lahiri

“My first album was very eclectic and very soft as a vocal expression.”

― Jihae

“I really absolutely loved writing my first book.”

― Jill Davis

“Watching ‘Girls,’ it was really angering for me at first, because I really had spent decades hiding unlikable, unattractive Jewish girls in likable, attractive, non-Jewish actors and characters.”

― Jill Soloway

“As much as possible, I put my family first.”

― Jill Soloway

“I’ve been a fan of Bunji’s freestyling since the first time I saw him perform, back in the early 2000s.”

― Jillionaire

“Many a man owes his success to his first wife and his second wife to his success.”

― Jim Backus

“When I first went to prison, I was even questioning where, God, where are you?”

― Jim Bakker

“My report card always said, ‘Jim finishes first and then disrupts the other students’.”

― Jim Carrey

“Then I took 8 years of French Horn, first jazz, and then classical.”

― Jim Coleman

“Take the veto. Bush is the first president since James Garfield in 1881 not to veto a single bill. Garfield only had six months in office; Bush has had over four years.”

― Jim Cooper

“By the time ‘Dumbo’s Circus’ wrapped production of its 120 episodes, I had an agent, and I had scored my first feature film gig.”

― Jim Cummings

“Heritage will remain, first and foremost, a research institute dedicated to impeccable research and data-driven policy analysis.”

― Jim DeMint

“I got $30 from Nation magazine for a poem and $500 for my first book of poems.”

― Jim Harrison

“My philosophy on quarterbacks is, first and foremost, you’ve got to keep them healthy and on the field.”

― Jim Irsay

“The first two My Morning Jacket records were basically demos.”

― Jim James

“When I got out of college and signed a contract to play pro football in the USFL, the first thing I bought was a Remington 1100 shotgun and a Remington .30-06.”

― Jim Kelly

“The shouting and opinion and jokes don’t exist if there isn’t first a story.”

― Jim Lehrer

“As a writer, I’m driven by settings. Others are driven by characters or predicaments, but with me, settings come first.”

― Jim Lynch

“When I launched my first campaign in 1999, I knew that the arc of my public service would have many chapters.”

― Jim Matheson

“In 2005, I was the first member of Congress to introduce legislation calling for an immediate withdrawal of our troops from Iraq.”

― Jim McGovern

“I was the first voice of Baltimore television in 1947.”

― Jim McKay

“First, the security and privacy of sensitive taxpayer information is absolutely essential.”

― Jim Ramstad

“In the first State of the Union of his second term, President Bush made clear to Americans tonight that he is not going to play the role of a lame duck President.”

― Jim Sensenbrenner

“Lots of people think it was Jimmy Page who had the first fuzzbox. It wasn’t, No! it wasn’t me either.”

― Jim Sullivan

“I was counsel on the full veterans committee, the first Vietnam veteran to serve as a full-committee counsel in Congress. It stunned me that there was a 600,000-case backlog of claims. During my time in the Senate, it became 900,000.”

― Jim Webb

“The first funeral for Andrew Goodman was at night and it was a lot of work. To begin with they had to kill him.”

― Jimmy Breslin

“First of all; Frank was the BOSS. We didn’t question any of his motives or decisions at the time.”

― Jimmy Carl Black

“Well, you know, I had been a peanut farmer. I had – you know who was the first president – Democratic president I ever met? Bill Clinton.”

― Jimmy Carter

“The first thing I wanted to be was an actor, even before I wanted to be a singer, before I discovered I could sing.”

― Jimmy Cliff

“The running across the field thing, that was the first scene we shot in the movie. We asked the audience to stay for the scene, and 37,000 people stayed.”

― Jimmy Fallon

“I don’t think drums had ever sounded so big until Led Zeppelin’s first album.”

― Jimmy Page

“I’ve had 117 fights and that’s the first time I’ve ever won.”

― Jimmy Piersall

“The first thing I ever won was a talent contest when I was ten years old.”

― Jimmy Savile

“I first came to Glasgow with no money and slept in a workman’s hut on a building site.”

― Jimmy Savile

“I did my first recording. It was called The Champ.”

― Jimmy Smith

“At first, I took theater courses on the side. Then, theater became my minor; then it was my major.”

― Jimmy Smits

“I went to Cambridge University and was the first in my family to graduate.”

― Jo Cox

“Comedy is not the first choice in Vegas for entertainment.”

― Jo Koy

“My father was a physicist and also an activist. My first public protest was with my dad at Stanford. I came by all that honestly.”

― Joan Baez

“And then I wrote my first autobiography when I – well, it was 23 years ago. And since then I’ve written about one book every two years.”

― Joan Collins

“When I first was exposed to Buddhism in the mid-1960s, I said it was so practical and utterly pragmatic. That’s what attracted me to Buddhism.”

― Joan Halifax

“I started in journalism: my first magazine, I developed when I was 10. I sent it round to the neighbors. I also sent it to the Queen of England.”

― Joanna Coles

“I was 36 when I had my first son, Thomas, and 39 when I had Hugo, my second.”

― Joanna Coles

“My great-great-great uncle – or maybe it’s only two ‘greats’ – crossbred the first Aberdeen Angus.”

― Joanna Lumley

“The first is last, and the last is first.”

― Joanna Southcott

“We want Angolans who have fortunes abroad to be the first to invest in the country, thus demonstrating that they are true patriots.”

― Joao Lourenco

“It was my first scene in any movie and my only scene in Kramer vs. Kramer. I was petrified.”

― JoBeth Williams

“Radio astronomers are aware in the back of their minds that if there are other civilizations out there in space, it might be the radio astronomers who first pick up the signal.”

― Jocelyn Bell Burnell

“Walking out into the bush still feels the same as when I first came to Kenya in 1989, on the day the Berlin Wall came down.”

― Jochen Zeitz

“My first job was as an assistant in the local library. Self-fulfilling prophecy?”

― Jodi Picoult

“Of all the life skills I could have learned – First aid? Nah. But I can pour a pint.”

― Jodie Whittaker

“I’ve known and continue to know every one of these major world leaders by their first names, and I have access to them.”

― Joe Biden

“When I was about 12, I realised I wasn’t going to make it as a top footballer, but I won my first British ABA title at 13. From then on, I wanted to be a world champion.”

― Joe Calzaghe

“Gold’s was the first bodybuilding gym made for bodybuilders.”

― Joe Gold

“I was one of the first people to join Facebook in February of 2004, and launched one of the inaugural applications on the platform in May 2007.”

― Joe Green

“My first season with Pittsburgh was 1969. We were still in the old NFL. My second year, we moved to the AFC when the leagues merged. I went to the Pro Bowl that season, and there must have been nine Raiders and nine Chiefs. I got to know all those guys.”

― Joe Greene

“The records fell easily at first. Dozens of seconds peeled away with every running of a course, and I could hardly wait for the next chance to improve.”

― Joe Henderson

“First and foremost, energy efficiency is a major lever for reducing CO2 emissions along all parts of the energy chain – from the production of resources all the way to final consumption.”

― Joe Kaeser

“Would I be the 3rd term of Rudy Giuliani or the 4th term of Mike Bloomberg? It’ll be neither. It’ll be the first term of Joe Lhota. We’re all different.”

― Joe Lhota

“I was the first one in my family to go to college.”

― Joe Lhota

“Acting was my first love.”

― Joe Manganiello

“I still have very close ties to Houston and the Astros because that was my first team.”

― Joe Morgan

“I still have a vivid memory of my excitement when I first saw a chart of the periodic table of elements.”

― Joe Murray

“Since this was the first and only series I had ever produced, I was unaware of what the ‘Normal’ environment was for a studio. I tried to run it as I did in my SF studio.”

― Joe Murray

“First, I prepare. Then I have faith.”

― Joe Namath

“After my first knee operation, in January of ’65 before I went to the Jets, Dr. James Nicholas told me everything went well and that I could probably play four years in the NFL. The surgery was trailblazing to a certain extent.”

― Joe Namath

“I was probably nine or ten the first time I heard there was no Santa Claus.”

― Joe Nichols

“My first record deal was an independent record deal back in 1995 or early 1996.”

― Joe Nichols

“I sold my first story when I was 21 in 1973.”

― Joe R. Lansdale

“’Bubba Ho-Tep’ was an accidental story that turned out to be my first film adaptation, and it’s still going strong in story and film.”

― Joe R. Lansdale

“I’ve been involved in mixed martial arts since 1997 when I first started working for the UFC.”

― Joe Rogan

“I’ve been collecting comics since I was 10 years old. One of the first books I ever got my hands on was a Captain America-Falcon team-up.”

― Joe Russo

“First favorite character growing up was Spider-Man, second was Wolverine.”

― Joe Russo

“Not only that, but when I first met Joe, to my intense delight, he showed me that he was a collector. He was collecting some of the early Tarzan pages by Hal Foster, and, later, early Flash Gordons; and I found that we were both absolutely interested in the same type of thing.”

― Joe Shuster

“This is a game, first and foremost. There was only one Vince Lombardi, and he died.”

― Joe Theismann

“First of all, you want umpires to call what they see. In the case of fair or foul, the smartest thing is to call the ball fair. Because if it’s called foul and ruled fair, where do we put the runners?”

― Joe Torre

“You have to fix something when it first appears.”

― Joe Torre

“When most of us hear the phrase, ‘survival of the fittest,’ we assume it originated with Charles Darwin. It did not. The phrase doesn’t exist anywhere in Darwin’s first edition of ‘Origin of the Species.’”

― Joel A. Barker

“I started in the psychological thriller side of feature filmmaking with ‘Spiral,’ which was the first one that I wrote and directed and played the lead in.”

― Joel David Moore

“I think I’d be too scared to direct my first movie and put myself in the center.”

― Joel Edgerton

“The first time I watched basketball was in 2010.”

― Joel Embiid

“The first twenty shows at TV 23 were really a workshop.”

― Joel Hodgson

“Well, we had more money and more time the first season than we did at TV 23.”

― Joel Hodgson

“My first business deal was with my mother. I invested in chickens. I sold the eggs to my mother.”

― Joel McCrea

“If a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing poorly first.”

― Joel Salatin

“When I very first started out, I had that arrogance of youth.”

― Joely Richardson

“I didn’t have a clue where I was going on my first lap of practice.”

― Joey Dunlop

“Modifidious was my first real band.”

― Joey Jordison

“The first mask I had was an original pale-white kabuki mask.”

― Joey Jordison

“The music has always been the first and foremost element in our career.”

― Joey Jordison

“When I first heard Korn, they blew me away, and I’ve been a fan ever since.”

― Joey Jordison

“A lot of the time, I will write a guitar riff first. I don’t write drum riffs first.”

― Joey Jordison

“The first record I bought may have been Del Shannon’s ‘Runaway.’”

― Joey Ramone

“The first object of my endeavours was the means to become perfect and happy.”

― Johann Heinrich Lambert

“Brass bands are part of my upbringing. Brass band records were among the first records I listened to.”

― Johann Johannsson

“I am a trombone player, and that was my first instrument.”

― Johann Johannsson

“The man who occupies the first place seldom plays the principal part.”

― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“It is in self-limitation that a master first shows himself.”

― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Writing was my first occupation, begun at age 23.”

― Johanna Lindsey

“Who wants to shake the hand of the first man to put it to America’s sweetheart.”

― John Agar

“I appeal to all Britishers to answer this call to arms for the defence of all the principles that we Englishmen have been the first to proclaim in the world.”

― John Amery

“When it broke out in the mid 1990s, the web was society’s first at-scale digital artifact. It spread in orders of ten, first thousands, then millions, then hundreds of millions of pages – and on it went, to the billions it now encompasses.”

― John Battelle

“My dad is a minister, and my mum is a worker with the less fortunate and the disabled. They’re Nigerian natives. Their first language is Yoruba, and their second language is English.”

― John Boyega

“The Greeks were the first boxers. Pugilism appears to have been one of the earliest distinctions in play and exercise that appeared between the Hellenes and their Asiatic fathers. The unarmed personal encounter was indicative of a sturdier manhood.”

― John Boyle O’Reilly

“I wrote my first book at 20, but my whole focus from about the age of 12 was to be a writer.”

― John Boyne

“It was in the year 1820, when I was nearly nine years old, that I first went to a regular school.”

― John Bright

“The first law in advertising is to avoid the concrete promise… and cultivate the delightfully vague.”

― John C. Crosby

“To add value to others, one must first value others.”

― John C. Maxwell

“After the first ‘Hedwig,’ interestingly, I was offered to play Hamlet a couple of times.”

― John Cameron Mitchell

“The first rock stars were incredibly theatrical. Little Richard and Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley – they were theater artists.”

― John Cameron Mitchell

“First of all, I was a wrestling fan when I was young. Even when I figured out what wrestling was, I was still a fan.”

― John Carpenter

“Writing is rewriting; rewriting is writing – from the first crossed-out word in the first sentence to the last word inserted above a caret, that most helpful handwritten stroke.”

― John Casey

“I think obviously the ‘Harold and Kumar’ stuff is trying to lean head first into the raunch.”

― John Cho

“The essential principles of the three-dimensional structure of organic molecules had been correctly formulated by the first Nobel laureate in Chemistry, Jacobus van’t Hoff, as early as 1874.”

― John Cornforth

“I’d like my first Ryder Cup appearance to be in the United States.”

― John Daly

“That first bass I had was an Eko, a very old thing with a thin neck, I had that for quite a while.”

― John Deacon

“I went along and basically learned a few of the songs they were doing at the time, which were quite a few of the songs we ended up doing on our first album.”

― John Deacon

“When we recorded our first album sixteen track machines were the thing.”

― John Deacon

“’Futurama’ was a big deal. People had already started to hear about me a little bit here and there, but that was the first series I booked to be a regular on.”

― John DiMaggio

“We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.”

― John Dryden

“The first is the law, the last prerogative.”

― John Dryden

“I decided to become a painter when my first four paintings where all published and attracted a great deal of interest. I exhibited one of them and it was sold.”

― John Dyer

“Well, let me, first of all, say, that as a microtonal composer, I’ve never been much of a theorist.”

― John Eaton

“I think I was first to do live performances on a modern electronic sound synthesizer.”

― John Eaton

“My first time overseas was taking 10,000 tons of beer to Vietnam.”

― John F. Kelly

“I saw people, and I can’t name them of course, that maybe were skeptical at first that were really sold on Donald Trump.”

― John Fleming

“I’ve treated the waistcoat as if it were a corset, so that it becomes the first layer in the process of putting clothes on the body. There is constant motion between layering and revealing.”

― John Galliano

“Very few men are fortunate enough to gain distinction during their first term in Congress.”

― John George Nicolay

“Before you can do something you must first be something.”

― John Gielgud

“Everywhere that Americans spread off the Eastern seaboard, heading west across this country, they put up the schoolhouse first, hired a schoolteacher, and put all the kids in school.”

― John Glenn

“My first concert was Pantera.”

― John Gourley

“The first 20 years had such a profound effect on me, I spent the next 20 dealing with them.”

― John Grant

“I wrote my first novel and my second novel in Chicago. It was the place where I became a writer. It’s my favorite city.”

― John Green

“Gavin Lambert was the first person in the movie business my wife and I met when we moved to Los Angeles in 1964.”

― John Gregory Dunne

“I earned my first steady paycheck watering rose bushes at a nursery for a dollar an hour.”

― John Grisham

“I spend a lot of time outlining before I write the first word.”

― John Grisham

“My first attempts to transplant nuclei in Xenopus were completely unsuccessful, because the Xenopus egg, unlike those of other amphibians, is surrounded by an extremely elastic membrane and jelly layer that make penetration by a micropipette impossible.”

― John Gurdon

“My first occupation was to map the country.”

― John Hanning Speke

“When there’s work to be done in Colorado, for Colorado, we should look to skilled Coloradans first.”

― John Hickenlooper

“From the first day we opened Wynkoop, my brewpub in Denver, I knew I’d be ten times better running a restaurant than I was a geologist.”

― John Hickenlooper

“When I opened my first brew-pub, I did not include a checkbox on hiring applications that required applicants to disclose criminal convictions. And we were better for it.”

― John Hickenlooper

“I have been illustrating Tolkien’s books ever since I first read them, long before illustration became my profession.”

― John Howe

“I’ve always preferred writing in longhand. I’ve always written first drafts in longhand.”

― John Irving

“In any match, making a lot of first serves is very important, especially for me.”

― John Isner

“The first hundred thousand – that was hard to get, but afterwards, it was easy to make more.”

― John Jacob Astor

“My drawings at first were made altogether in watercolors, but they wanted softness and a great deal of finish.”

― John James Audubon

“In America, business is the first object in view at all times, and rightly it should be so.”

― John James Audubon

“Peace is the first thing the angels sang.”

― John Keble

“When I was a kid, I built miniatures, and that was actually the first thing I did professionally in the film industry. It was a demonstrable skill that I had, so I worked as a model maker.”

― John Knoll

“ILM was the first company that I had worked at that had a computer-graphics division.”

― John Knoll

“It’s harder to get your second picture than it is to get your first one.”

― John Knoll

“I started off as a model maker, so the first part of my career was a model maker and then a motion control camera operator, so I shot a lot of miniatures.”

― John Knoll

“First and foremost, localization is a customer strategy, it’s not a cost arbitrage or whatever.”

― John L. Flannery

“I grew up abroad, and when I first passed through London in the 1970s, it seemed a drab and provincial place.”

― John Lanchester

“I’m really proud of ‘Cars.’ ‘Cars,’ when it first came out, got probably the most mediocre reviews of a Pixar film.”

― John Lasseter

“My definition of a decent society is one that first of all takes care of its losers, and protects its weak.”

― John le Carre

“I’m not an overnight success. My early publishing history, through my first five books, was unfortunate in many respects, typified by a couple of short anecdotes.”

― John Lescroart

“These girls play tennis first and foremost, the fact that many of them are very glamorous is a major bonus for any promoter.”

― John Lindsay

“I was the first guest star asked to appear on ‘Glee,’ which we all know became huge.”

― John Lloyd Young

“The sword – the first, for a time the only force: the force of iron.”

― John Lothrop Motley

“The very essence of civil liberty certainly consists in the right of every individual to claim the protection of the laws, whenever he receives an injury. One of the first duties of government is to afford that protection.”

― John Marshall

“Al Davis was the first to know about my decision to retire, and Mom was second.”

― John Matuszak

“The first pork-barrel bill that crosses my desk, I’m going to veto it and make the authors of those pork-barrel items famous all over America.”

― John McCain

“Bob Dylan’s first couple of records in the 60’s weren’t considered cover records, but he only wrote one or two original songs on each album.”

― John Mellencamp

“While Slovakia did not make the first round of NATO membership, as various requirements and reforms are instituted, these actions will enhance the opportunities to join NATO.”

― John Mica

“When the scheme for the construction of a railroad from Baltimore to the waters of the Ohio River first began to take form, the United States had barely emerged from the Revolutionary period.”

― John Moody

“I’m really excited about producing my first feature, ‘Boone the Bounty Hunter.’ Boone is a bounty hunter that does parkour to catch skips.”

― John Morrison

“Not the first half you might have expected, even though the score might suggest that it was.”

― John Motson

“Strategic planning is worthless – unless there is first a strategic vision.”

― John Naisbitt

“Jude has a very different character. It is not the cradle of Christianity, or of the assembly on earth: it is its decay and its death here below. It does not keep its first estate.”

― John Nelson Darby

“The first record I bought myself could have been ‘Oh Lonesome Me’ by Don Gibson or ‘Wake Up Little Susie’ by the Everly Brothers.”

― John Oates

“Women are the first witnesses to the resurrection and pillars of the early church.”

― John Ortberg

“We knew we wanted to put a lot of melody into it – a lot more than what we did on our first album.”

― John Otto

“I usually go with the first instinct, and then build upon that.”

― John Otto

“I was really conscious of that when I went in because I felt that I was pretty solid on the first one, but I didn’t have the groove exactly where I wanted it.”

― John Otto

“We are the first to ever publicly advertise we don’t test on animals.”

― John Paul DeJoria

“It almost seems I was writing two separate books, the first one about the time before I went on the court and the second one about the many, many terms I was on the court.”

― John Paul Stevens

“In Cyberspace, the First Amendment is a local ordinance.”

― John Perry Barlow

“Whenever the strength of God is not recognized as the source of our strength, we are breaking the First Commandment: Do not have any gods before me.”

― John Piper

“The exit polls suggest that after a relatively disappointing first term, Obama managed to reassemble almost all of his 2008 electorate.”

― John Podhoretz

“What makes the Universal Declaration an epochal document is first of all its global impetus and secondly the breadth of its claims, a commitment to a new social contract, binding on all the Governments of the world.”

― John Polanyi

“Legislative novelty is not necessarily fatal; there is a first time for everything.”

― John Roberts

“My first day as an intern in the books department at ‘Cosmopolitan’ also happened to be the day the O.J. Simpson verdict was announced.”

― John Searles

“What a fantastic honour to be given the opportunity to write a column in the first ever ‘Sunday Sun.’”

― John Sentamu

“When I first concluded to print the book, I made an honest effort to construct it in the third person.”

― John Sergeant Wise

“Germany, I think, was first to substitute a Social Security program for its elderly based on this premise, that is, that we would tax workers to pay retirement benefits for those retired.”

― John Shadegg

“Christianity is not about the divine becoming human so much as it is about the human becoming divine. That is a paradigm shift of the first order.”

― John Shelby Spong

“We like to be the largest outside investor, and the first outside investor.”

― John Simon

“When I first started, I was kind of surprised that anyone would ever hire me at all. So I took everything that I was offered.”

― John Slattery

“I have a personal issue with Shakespeare. When I first encountered him, he made me feel thick. Well, not him, but the productions I saw.”

― John Tiffany

“In my first film, Five Corners, I played a very scary, violent crazed character, and it exposed me to a lot of directors.”

― John Turturro

“The first breath of adultery is the freest; after it, constraints aping marriage develop.”

― John Updike

“My first ambition was to be an animator for Walt Disney. Then I wanted to be a magazine cartoonist.”

― John Updike

“The first author I met socially was Joyce Cary.”

― John Updike

“In recent years, we have been sending a clear, consistent signal about the harms of drugs, particularly marijuana, which for most young people is the first illegal drug that they are exposed to.”

― John Walters

“The most validating thing was when my picture was on my first bubble gum card. That was in ’68 for me. I was finally on the Topps card.”

― Johnny Bench

“I grew up in Japan. It’s my first memories of life are Japan.”

― Johnny Colt

“I’m married to the girl that I first went out with when I was 16. We were on and off for years; now we’re married with a kid, so I don’t have that many exes.”

― Johnny Flynn

“I did a lot of theater as a young actor in my early twenties, and my first few records really came from writing songs through the rehearsal processes.”

― Johnny Flynn

“I didn’t have a contract for the first year of my time in NXT, and that was very stressful.”

― Johnny Gargano

“I asked the man on the phone from the National Endowment for the Arts what this fellowship entailed, and he said, ‘Well, first there’s $10,000.’ I asked him, ‘Can I pay it in installments?’”

― Johnny Gimble

“First and foremost, food needs to be delicious. It should pop and explode with flavor. Food should please all the senses.”

― Johnny Iuzzini

“I don’t remember the first stunt I ever did.”

― Johnny Knoxville

“My first really good guitar was a Gibson J-45.”

― Johnny Rivers

“In 1965, Gibson made the red one I use now, and a black one, which was the first black 335 they ever made.”

― Johnny Rivers

“The first amp I had back in the ’50s was a small Fender.”

― Johnny Rivers

“One of the first groups we signed was the Fifth Dimension.”

― Johnny Rivers

“My first holiday to San Francisco in 1998-99 was supposed to be a two-week vacation but I ended up staying five weeks and nearly didn’t come home.”

― Johnny Vegas

“The first 12 bars of ‘Pre-Occupied’ explains my entire career.”

― Jon Bellion

“I remember the first script I wrote after ‘Swingers’ was a Western, and I just couldn’t get it made.”

― Jon Favreau

“I get excited when we make a play. I get excited when we make a first down.”

― Jon Gruden

“I’m surprised that we’ve gotten to a point where we don’t put our country first and put our party first.”

― Jon Huntsman, Jr.

“Barry White seemed so filled with self-parody at first that it was easy to dismiss him. But it is becoming increasingly obvious with every additional release that he is a very talented man.”

― Jon Landau

“I figured managing people was obvious – I’d tell someone what they needed to do and they’d do what I wanted. It turns out that’s not the case. It was frustrating at first.”

― Jon Oringer

“On average, an e-commerce client who evolves into a premier enterprise client increases their annual spend by 10 times in that first year.”

― Jon Oringer

“In 2013, we opened our first international office in London and established a European hub in Berlin.”

― Jon Oringer

“I got involved when I was a graduate student at UCLA when UCLA was the first site on the net.”

― Jon Postel

“The routers get involved in this and they know that on the path between this router and that router a certain percentage of the bandwidth is reserved to these things and a certain percentage of it is allowed on a first come first served basis.”

― Jon Postel

“At first, I did stories on people who were maybe just eccentric. Omar was a natural progression from that.”

― Jon Ronson

“I opened my first bar that I owned in 1989. The first one I ever owned was in downtown St. Louis.”

― Jon Taffer

“Forty-five years since I made my first paycheck, and I’m telling you that ‘Breaking Bad’ is as good as it gets.”

― Jonathan Banks

“Yep, I’ll stay a Brisbane Lion, you’ve heard it first.”

― Jonathan Brown

“John Dos Passos, Raymond Carver, Flaubert and William Maxwell were all very influential when I first started writing. Now, the writers I’m most interested in are the writers who are most unlike me: for example, Denis Johnson.”

― Jonathan Dee

“The first draft often is really fast, and I’d be terribly ashamed if anybody ever saw it.”

― Jonathan Dee

“Ethiopia is engraved on my heart. I first went in 1973 because I heard of a terrible famine. They were denying it even as we got the film out. The coverage destroyed the emperor’s credibility.”

― Jonathan Dimbleby

“I was about 13, in some ways, when I wrote the first book. Approximately 18 when I wrote the second.”

― Jonathan Franzen

“John Updike’s first published book was a collection of poems.”

― Jonathan Galassi

“My first film that I got right after ‘Spring Awakening’ was called ‘Taking Woodstock,’ and Ang Lee was the director.”

― Jonathan Groff

“Any time I hear certain songs I put in a movie, I have to not listen to them anymore because I associate them with that movie. They take on that association rather than the association I had when I first heard them. So it’s kinda bittersweet to put a song in a movie, honestly.”

― Jonathan Levine

“David Benioff can hardly be classified as an underdog. The 2002 film adaptation of his first novel, ‘The 25th Hour,’ was directed by Spike Lee and starred Edward Norton.”

― Jonathan Miles

“I first encountered fish jerky during a marlin tournament in Kona, Hawaii. It was steeped in the island flavors of ginger, soy, and pineapple.”

― Jonathan Miles

“I got paid 20 grand for my first film. And that’s the lowest I ever got paid.”

― Jonathan Rhys Meyers

“I’m four minutes older. Of all the competitions in our life, I won the first one. Though Drew is a quarter inch taller.”

― Jonathan Scott

“Drew is the most competitive man on the planet. It doesn’t matter if we’re running to the car: he has to get there first.”

― Jonathan Scott

“Mandela once phoned me out of the blue while he was still president, and at first he played with me a bit.”

― Jonathan Shapiro

“He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.”

― Jonathan Swift

“I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing.”

― Jonathan Swift

“I remember my first World Championships. I got zero turns, and I got turned multiple times, and I was still a World Champion.”

― Jordan Burroughs

“My first dream was Broadway.”

― Jordan Fisher

“I grew up dreaming of being on Broadway and being able to do that – and ‘Hamilton’ – was awesome, and it was the hardest thing for the first few weeks, and then it was the easiest thing.”

― Jordan Fisher

“Musical theatre is, for sure, my first love.”

― Jordan Fisher

“First impressions are huge, especially with the coaching staff.”

― Jordan Rodgers

“I’ve written poetry since I was in the first grade, and it wasn’t until I was a little bit older that I realized poetry could be put to music and become a song.”

― Jordin Sparks

“I started singing when I was 8, and then when I was 11, I started writing my first songs.”

― Jorja Smith

“Cub Swanson was the first to talk a lot on fight week in the WEC, and I got there and ran through him.”

― Jose Aldo

“The first condition for making music is not to make a noise.”

― Jose Bergamin

“Ever since I released my first album, I’ve tried not to use minor chords as the main element in songs. The way I sing is too melancholic.”

― Jose Gonzalez

“I remember the first vinyl I bought: ‘Purple Rain,’ my favorite Prince album, ever.”

― Jose James

“Once, players came to football expecting to be wealthy when they retired. Now, they expect to be wealthy before they’ve played their first game!”

― Jose Mourinho

“Such a structure would also raise a number of problems: first of all, which Timorese to pay compensation to? It would open a can of worms in terms of who was really a victim and who was not.”

― Jose Ramos-Horta

“On the little money I had collected I lived in Berlin very cheaply, ate very cheaply. And already in 1920 I saved the first salaries I received to go to Munich.”

― Josef Albers

“Making a strong first impression is as important as ever, especially when meeting face-to-face.”

― Joseph Abboud

“The most violent appetites in all creatures are lust and hunger; the first is a perpetual call upon them to propagate their kind, the latter to preserve themselves.”

― Joseph Addison

“In the first century A.D., members of the growing Church in Corinth were enthusiastic about the gospel. Almost all were recent converts to the Church. Many were attracted to it through the preaching of the Apostle Paul and others.”

― Joseph B. Wirthlin

“God is the last link of the chain, but He is the first also.”

― Joseph Barber Lightfoot

“The real history of consciousness starts with one’s first lie.”

― Joseph Brodsky

“This is the generation whose first cry of life was the Hungarian uprising.”

― Joseph Brodsky

“I don’t recall exactly when I first began reading about Lewis and Clark and their Corps of Discovery, but I suspect that it was in fourth grade.”

― Joseph Bruchac

“The first glimpse that we have of the notions which the Greeks possessed of the shape and the inhabitants of the earth is afforded by the poems passing under the name of Homer.”

― Joseph Jacobs

“Well I grew up in the Midwest, and I think the first film that blew my mind was ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark.’”

― Joseph Kosinski

“One of the first bills I helped passed was the Shore Protection Fund, which provides a stable source of funding for shore protection, something very important for Monmouth County and the entire Jersey Shore.”

― Joseph M. Kyrillos

“I first got into boxing when I was quite young. I was about 12 when I won my first boxing match.”

― Joseph Parker

“Indeed, the very first resolution of the General Assembly of the United Nations – adopted unanimously – called for the elimination of nuclear weapons.”

― Joseph Rotblat

“There must have been something in the air of Gary that led one into economics: the first Nobel Prize winner, Paul Samuelson, was also from Gary, as were several other distinguished economists.”

― Joseph Stiglitz

“When I wrote The Onion Field, I realized that my first two novels were just practice.”

― Joseph Wambaugh

“I think my first audition was for a local musical. It was quick. I didn’t get the role.”

― Josephine Langford

“Destroyers were the first to herald our entrance into the war.”

― Josephus Daniels

“The first thing I’ve learned is to trust nobody.”

― Josh Bowman

“I did a lot of musicals when I first started my career, so I can carry a tune well.”

― Josh Dallas

“I first started listening to Sondheim’s work when I was a kid.”

― Josh Groban

“I grew up in Los Angeles, and my first musical theatre experiences were at the Music Center in downtown L.A.”

― Josh Groban

“Ever since I first started acting I’ve wanted to have a long career.”

― Josh Hutcherson

“The first thing that stuck in the minds of the disciples was not the empty tomb, but rather the empty grave clothes – undisturbed in form and position.”

― Josh McDowell

“Christ appeared alive on several occasions after the cataclysmic events of that first Easter.”

― Josh McDowell

“Where I once believed people were there to be used, I started thinking of other people first.”

― Josh McDowell

“Theater is certainly – is my first love, if I had to pick.”

― Joshua Henry

“Everybody has to learn for the first time.”

― Joshua Lederberg

“My first show was at my friend Corey Petrick’s basement in Bucks County, PA.”

― Joshua Ostrander

“When it comes to our everyday habits, it’s important to ask: ‘Am I putting God first?’”

― Joyce Meyer

“Perfectionists demand perfection from themselves first and foremost.”

― Joyce Meyer

“My first paid acting job was a movie called Fandango. It also starred Kevin Costner.”

― Judd Nelson

“My first sex scene – and it was with myself.”

― Judge Reinhold

“The first show I was in was ‘Dracula’ in 1975.”

― Judge Reinhold

“The Lord Chamberlin was censoring scripts when I first came into the theater.”

― Judi Dench

“My first published writings were trying to take scientific concepts and make them clear for a general audience.”

― Judith Viorst

“When I was first writing, my little prayers were, ‘Please, please, please. Let something be published someday.’ Then it went to, ‘Please, please, please. Let somebody read this.’”

― Judy Blume

“The first time I did stand-up was on a dare.”

― Judy Gold

“My first film festival and my first film that I’ve ever been in, ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene,’ that was at Sundance.”

― Julia Garner

“From the first moment I handled my lens with a tender ardour.”

― Julia Margaret Cameron

“I was in the video for Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Sally’s Pigeons’ when I first started acting.”

― Julia Stiles

“I coauthored my first nonfiction book by the time I was 25. I have been involved in nonfiction documentaries, newspapers, TV and internet since that time.”

― Julian Assange

“In 1980, I published my first novel, in the usual swirl of unjustified hope and justified anxiety.”

― Julian Barnes

“The First Amendment means everything to me.”

― Julian Bond

“First thing that I put up in my office here at City Hall was a poster from 1971 when my mother ran for city council.”

― Julian Castro

“I am definitely a ‘denim first’ guy.”

― Julian Edelman

“My first guitar was a Gibson Challenger.”

― Juliana Hatfield

“It’s very cool to be able to say that my first real film was ‘Footloose’ and my second film I got to star alongside Tom Cruise and Catherine Zeta-Jones.”

― Julianne Hough

“I’d say almost that words come first, melody second.”

― Julie Andrews

“I am told that the first comprehensible word I uttered as a child was ‘home.’”

― Julie Andrews

“The arts are usually the first thing to be cut in schools or regional programs.”

― Julie Andrews

“To us marriage is first, everything else is second.”

― Julie Benz

“Running was the first thing I discovered that I was any good at.”

― Julie Bowen

“I was six years old when I saw my first Godard movie, eight when I first experienced Bergman. I wanted to be a director when I was fourteen.”

― Julie Delpy

“I didn’t want to go completely on my toes for our first kiss.”

― Julie Ertz

“Rampone and the other experienced players gave me plenty of support when I first came into the national team in 2013.”

― Julie Ertz

“I think the first album cover was considered most provocative. I think that contributed a great deal.”

― Julie London

“In junior high, when we got our first VCR, I used to tape four soaps a day. I was a diehard ‘General Hospital’ fan from when I was nine to 25.”

― Julie Plec

“’Scream’ was the first thing he’d ever written that had gotten made, and I’d been in Hollywood for less than two years.”

― Julie Plec

“We have a rule: if you’re killing off a series regular, you have to tell them first. If you’re killing off a person temporarily, you have to warn them before the script comes out.”

― Julie Plec

“I had a moment where I wrote a movie script, and it was my first movie job, and I was very excited to do it, and my only goal was really not to get fired off of it.”

― Julie Plec

“I didn’t get paid to write professionally until my first episode of ‘Kyle XY,’ which was the fourth episode of the first season.”

― Julie Plec

“I was a professional ballerina. After becoming an actress, I did a lot of theater, which included musical theater. The first musical play I did was Murray Schisgal’s ‘The Pushcart Peddlers.’”

― Juliet Landau

“My first boyfriend was a surfer. We bonded over loving the sun, Depeche Mode, and The Cure.”

― Juliette Lewis

“I had rather be first in a village than second at Rome.”

― Julius Caesar

“I have always reckoned the dignity of the republic of first importance and preferable to life.”

― Julius Caesar

“It was my first straight dramatic role, and the most adult, intelligent one I have ever played.”

― June Allyson

“When I first started playing football, a headache was called a ‘headache.’ And now it’s called ‘a concussion.’”

― Junior Seau

“My first win feels better than a draw!”

― Jurgen Klopp

“For me, it’s enough that I have the first and last word.”

― Jurgen Klopp

“I spent my first twenty years in Morocco, where I coached the national team.”

― Just Fontaine

“I thought I’d write a massive postmodern novel about Richard the Lionheart and Robin Hood, but it turns out they couldn’t have met because the first mention of Robin Hood appears 60 years after Richard died.”

― Justin Cartwright

“My first lead role was a stage play called ‘A Kestrel for a Knave’. I was 11.”

― Justin Chadwick

“It’s expensive to get studio space and dancers. My whole first three years, I was sneaking around in the studios and getting kicked out of them. It was kind of depressing.”

― Justin Peck

“The first ‘Interdimensional Cable’ episode is amazing because it’s filled with such absolute drunken nonsense.”

― Justin Roiland

“We know a post-email world is coming. Asana is the first credible post-email application.”

― Justin Rosenstein

“I’m not in this for the money because if I was, I would have jumped out after our first album.”

― Justin Timberlake

“I’m not trying to sound pretentious, but we did sell 12 million records on the first album, so we did get paid a little bit.”

― Justin Timberlake

“I’ve got to believe I’m the first person to win the Newbery who has written a Harlequin romance!”

― K. A. Applegate

“One of my first paid gigs was writing psychology quizzes for ‘YM,’ a monthly teen magazine like ‘Seventeen.’”

― K. A. Applegate

“In 1916, Universal Studios released the first filmed adaptation of Jules Verne’s novel ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.’ Georges Melies made a film by that name in 1907, but, unlike his earlier adaptations of Verne, Melies’ version bears no resemblance to the book.”

― Kage Baker

“The first perfume I remember actually having myself is Daisy.”

― Kaia Gerber

“I have five horses. My first was a professional jumper named Santos. I got him when I was 18.”

― Kaley Cuoco

“I was 16 when I auditioned for the series ‘8 Simple Rules.’ They cast the kids first.”

― Kaley Cuoco

“’Jia Aur Jia’ is like my first proper fun, masti Bollywood film. I have a full-on dance number.”

― Kalki Koechlin

“When I first got into the sport, or first got into athletics, I always felt that sense of responsibility that I was destined for something bigger, that I was going to do something major.”

― Kamaru Usman

“The first money I have been offered was as District Officer Ba.”

― Kamisese Mara

“When I was very first getting into wrestling, the Undertaker was my favorite.”

― Kane

“I was a little nervous at my first match, but I think I did OK. I went home after the match and watched the tape of it over and over. I wanted to do it again.”

― Kane

“My first few years, I’d make maybe $10 for a match. Sometimes I wouldn’t even get paid at all, but we were all in it because we loved it.”

― Kane

“We all self-conscious. I’m just the first to admit it.”

― Kanye West

“My first job ever was, I got hired by Oprah Winfrey.”

― Karamo Brown

“America’s first Olympics may have been its worst, or at least its most bizarre.”

― Karen Abbott

“The first person to promulgate the Golden Rule, which was the bedrock of this empathic spirituality, was Confucius 500 years before Christ.”

― Karen Armstrong

“Beating the Germans for the first time in our history was massive.”

― Karen Bardsley

“My first published work was when I was 19, in ‘Playgirl.’ It was an odd experience but exciting.”

― Karen Bender

“On the pitch, my first tournament, the European Championship in England in 2005, was special.”

― Karen Carney

“When I first started blogging, it was about getting out new music and capturing artists working in the studio. This was before artists were so social. They weren’t so hands-on then.”

― Karen Civil

“Obamacare was passed months before my first day at Komen.”

― Karen Handel

“Even in my first analysis of a depressive psychosis, I was immediately struck by its structural similarity with obsessional neurosis.”

― Karl Abraham

“Singapore is likely to be the world’s first market for self-driving cars. Commercial services around self-driving vehicles will likely be in Singapore before they are anywhere else in the world.”

― Karl Iagnemma

“Our first iteration of driverless cars kind of drove like trolleys on a track. This uncanny notion threw people off.”

― Karl Iagnemma

“The first thing I do when I get up, I have breakfast.”

― Karl Lagerfeld

“I wanted to become a cartoon artist, a portrait artist, and an illustrator. This was my first idea.”

― Karl Lagerfeld

“The first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion.”

― Karl Marx

“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.”

― Karl Marx

“I spent six years after my first novel and five years after my second without getting into a new book.”

― Karl Ove Knausgard

“After the first exams, I switched to the Faculty of Philosophy and studied Zoology in Munich and Vienna.”

― Karl von Frisch

“Publication is to thinking as childbirth is to the first kiss.”

― Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

“Whenever I felt happy about having discovered something, the first encounter, not only with the public, with other musicians, with specialists, etc, was that they rejected it.”

― Karlheinz Stockhausen

“The main thing for me was when I won my first title in Kuala Lumpur. That was the biggest step that I made. I made the Top 100, and I’ve stayed there ever since.”

― Karolina Pliskova

“Normally, my goal is to get past the first round, because that’s the hardest.”

― Karolina Pliskova

“First round of the tournament being a Major, I think the butterflies were a little different than that.”

― Karrie Webb

“I’ve played heavy characters in my first two films.”

― Karthi

“I grew up in a house that adored Thalaivar. There would be major discussions at home whenever a film of his was due for release, and we would manage to watch the film on the first day.”

― Karthik Subbaraj

“Usually, I write my scripts first, then think of the actors, or I have a reference of someone.”

― Karthik Subbaraj

“I have been told that I was well-utilised in my first film, but I was too young.”

― Kartik Aaryan

“When I first moved to Mumbai, I shared a flat with 12 boys.”

― Kartik Aaryan

“My first audition was for a commercial for the lottery. I didn’t get it, so I hate the lottery.”

― Kat Dennings

“My first show was in front of 30,000 people with, and I wasn’t even that nervous.”

― Kat Graham

“Work always comes first as an actor.”

― Kat Graham

“When I first started performing, the only community that truly got what I was trying to do was the LGBTQ community.”

― Kat Graham

“I wanted to be the first female, young teenager producer, and it didn’t happen. And when it finally did happen, I was shelved because I was signed to Warner Bros.”

― Kat Graham

“I was the very first athlete in East Germany allowed to go professional.”

― Katarina Witt

“When I started ‘Case Histories,’ the characters were all going to Antarctica on a cruise. The first part was called ‘Embarkation.’ It was supposed to be about everyone preparing to embark on the cruise, but it mushroomed into an entire book.”

― Kate Atkinson

“I wrote my first story when I was six or seven.”

― Kate Christensen

“I’m still driven by the feeling I had when I wrote my first book or read a Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle adventure.”

― Kate Klise

“I’m a physical comedian first – and I’m a woman before that.”

― Kate McKinnon

“If somebody on this team actually gets to first base, I’ll stand there naked.”

― Kate O’Brien

“I want to be the first rock band on Mars.”

― Kate Pierson

“When we first played Max’s, people thought Cindy and I were drag queens – we wore these gigantic wigs that sort of his our faces.”

― Kate Pierson

“We started in 1976, jamming, and we played our first show on Valentine’s Day 1977, so we can mark 40 from there, or we can mark 40 from 1979 when we did our first record.”

― Kate Pierson

“We would go on ‘The Voice,’ and we’d get kicked off of the first episode, probably.”

― Kate Pierson

“When you first hear the name ‘Max Irons,’ you’d be forgiven for assuming that Marvel comics has come up with a new superhero.”

― Kate Reardon

“There’s no second chance on stage, and I was trained to make the most of my first chance.”

― Kate Smith

“The first movie my dad ever showed me was ‘Predator’ – I was five. And I think the second one was ‘Jaws.’”

― Katee Sackhoff

“When I first came to Hollywood, I couldn’t afford a telephone.”

― Katharine Ross

“You know, this is not about endorsements in the primary. We have to get through a primary first.”

― Katherine Harris

“I was excited when I first got the call, when I heard BBC Four were making a biography and they were interested in me being a part of it.”

― Katherine Kelly

“When I first met Robert Patrick, I died – he is so scary looking – he is a scary looking man.”

― Katherine LaNasa

“I’m a writer first and a woman after.”

― Katherine Mansfield

“I know a lot about systemic lupus erythematosus because I have it, too. I was diagnosed through the NHS when I first moved to England in 2008 following months of serious illness.”

― Katherine Ryan

“From the moment I watched my first episode of ‘Girls,’ I have been a fan of Lena Dunham.”

― Katherine Schwarzenegger

“I started training in martial arts when I was 7 years old. I got my first black belt at 13.”

― Katheryn Winnick

“My story sort of sounds ridiculous because the first movie I produced was ‘E.T.’”

― Kathleen Kennedy

“When I made my first film, I didn’t think of it as directing, so it wasn’t like I set out to become a director.”

― Kathryn Bigelow

“I was actually very hesitant to write about Marie Antoinette. She seemed at first glance – well, I cannot think of any other term – an airhead of the first degree.”

― Kathryn Lasky

“I met Rodney when I first moved to LA, so I’d say 20 years. He’s the eternal teenager.”

― Kathy Valentine

“The first album is a classic record and I think the prototype of a sound that no one else does.”

― Kathy Valentine

“The iPad was my first splurge after I got my first paychecks. I paid off the debt, and I now bring the iPad with me to auditions.”

― Katie Leclerc

“The first time I went out under the spotlight, I was proper freaked out.”

― Katy B

“The first songs I wrote were catchy, but the subject matter was God.”

― Katy Perry

“’Pitch Perfect’ was my first screenplay, so it was like my little baby.”

― Kay Cannon

“It was while starting my business that I saw my first glimpse of government’s impact on business.”

― Kay Granger

“I want to look at the whole package, but I definitely want to protect the middle-class taxpayer, first and foremost.”

― Kay Hagan

“I consider myself a Londoner first, and then I consider myself Brazilian before I consider myself English.”

― Kaya Scodelario

“I was the first to win a major with a belly putter, and I’ve spent hours practicing that way, so I hope they don’t ban anchoring.”

― Keegan Bradley

“There are two phases to a movie. First you shoot the movie, and then you make the movie. Generally, post-production is longer than filming.”

― Keenen Ivory Wayans

“The ability to be the first African-American painter to paint the first African-American president of the United States is absolutely overwhelming. It doesn’t get any better than that.”

― Kehinde Wiley

“Alexis and I actually shot the very first scene of ‘Gilmore Girls.’ What I thought was fast was nowhere near what has become known as ‘Gilmore pace.’”

― Keiko Agena

“We must invest in and empower our state and local parties by creating effective field operations, an enhanced and advanced voter file, and a culture of collaboration between candidates at every level. Let’s put the voters first.”

― Keith Ellison

“I read Pamela Colloff’s oral history about the campus shooting, ’96 Minutes,’ when it was first published, and my wheels immediately starting turning toward making a film and making it an animated re-telling.”

― Keith Maitland

“I record into my phone as soon as I hear a track. Melody comes first for me, and then my gibberish usually forms into lyrics and a concept from there.”

― Keiynan Lonsdale

“So I delegate a lot and I make my family come first, my husband and our kids.”

― Kelly Preston

“Every job feels like my first.”

― Kelly Reilly

“The whole heartbeat of the first record is young, which I think is what made it relatable to young girls.”

― Kelsea Ballerini

“The first thing in my oath is to uphold and protect the U.S. Constitution.”

― Ken Cuccinelli

“I was the first attorney general to court to fight Obamacare – about 30 minutes after the president signed the bill.”

― Ken Cuccinelli

“The research is the easiest. The outline is the most fun. The first draft is the hardest, because every word of the outline has to be fleshed out. The rewrite is very satisfying.”

― Ken Follett

“I was the first person to export Teflon-coated ironing board covers to Japan.”

― Ken Hakuta

“Pope Francis is not the first religious leader who has endorsed evolution and the Big Bang, but he is certainly one of the most influential.”

― Ken Ham

“Membership First’s record is one of conflict, division and, ultimately, failure.”

― Ken Howard

“It’s really changed me. For the first time I’m in favor of the Bush tax cuts.”

― Ken Jennings

“For me, it started as a child with one of those little wooden jigsaw maps of the U.S., where’s there’s crocodiles on Florida and apples on Washington state. That was my very first map.”

― Ken Jennings

“Democratic leaders always seem to blame America first.”

― Ken Mehlman

“My first major role was in a play called ‘Through the Leaves.’”

― Ken Stott

“In first grade, I told my friends I had a third story in my house filled with jewels and lions.”

― Kendall Jenner

“The first campaign that I recall was with Kate Moss and Marky Mark. Probably the most iconic jeans ad ever.”

― Kendall Jenner

“I suppose that was my first bit of acting, the acquisition of an English accent. It was really just an attempt to be understood.”

― Kenneth Branagh

“The first thing I wanted to do, as a boy, was to be a skier, because I had seen film footage of somebody skiing.”

― Kenneth Cranham

“I can find only one bull market, in 1935, that didn’t have some material indigestion within its first 12 months.”

― Kenneth Fisher

“We see ourselves as first helping to open up markets to competition.”

― Kenneth Lay

“Usually I throw away what I don’t get right the first time.”

― Kenneth Noland

“Modern science developed in the context of western religious thought, was nurtured in universities first established for religious reasons, and owes some of its greatest discoveries and advances to scientists who themselves were deeply religious.”

― Kenneth R. Miller

“First and foremost, I consider myself a songwriter.”

― Kenny Chesney

“The first 45 or 50 years of the regional theater movement, all these folks, they built these theaters. The job of the next generation is to maintain them.”

― Kenny Leon

“President Obama became our first African American president, and for me, it is the stuff of which dreams are made.”

― Kenny Leon

“As naturally athletic as I’m gifted to be, where certain things came easily, I always rely on my brain first.”

― Kenny Omega

“In our league, 20 points in the first half isn’t anything.”

― Kenny Smith

“I write in a journal first, briefly. Then read something I’ve read many times before, for about half an hour, then rework what I wrote the day before.”

― Kent Haruf

“I began writing seriously in my mid-20s and didn’t publish my first book until I was 41.”

― Kent Haruf

“I answer a fan with a hearing heart first.”

― Kent McCord

“Our first fiscal year, we were profitable.”

― Kerby Jean-Raymond

“I did my first play around four or five. I can’t remember the first one, but I did ‘Annie’ when I was five.”

― Kerris Dorsey

“When I first started writing the books in the 1980s, all of the female detectives were flawed in some way because they were based on noir characters.”

― Kerry Greenwood

“My first figure was a SLAYER eagle. And the dragons and the tribals are all I have got.”

― Kerry King

“Writing for somebody else is really fun ’cause I consider myself a songwriter first and foremost.”

― Kesha

“My first inclination was toward flying and being a pilot.”

― Kevin A. Ford

“’X-Men: First Class’ was fun.”

― Kevin Bacon

“I do better on the first three takes; I won’t be better at 20 takes.”

― Kevin Bacon

“I was in the first ‘Friday The 13th,’ and that was a microbudget horror film.”

― Kevin Bacon

“’City of Bohane’ has been optioned for film, and I’ve finished a first draft of the script.”

― Kevin Barry

“My first restoration was on ‘Napoleon,’ trying to put the French version in with the English version, and it was most unsatisfactory.”

― Kevin Brownlow

“’Captain America: First Avenger’ is very much a Joe Johnston film.”

― Kevin Feige

“I’ve known Ben Stiller for a minute. One of my first movies was ‘Along Came Polly.’”

― Kevin Hart

“When we first invested in Red Hat, it was thought to be totally insane. When we funded MySQL, it was only partly insane.”

― Kevin Harvey

“I sold my very first novel when I was 24 or 25 years old.”

― Kevin J. Anderson

“We wanted to write the first prequels as a story that anyone could pick up.”

― Kevin J. Anderson

“Back in ’93 I saw my first UFC fight and just became enamored by it then.”

― Kevin James

“I’m nervous before all games, but once I hit that first shot, the jitters go away.”

― Kevin Knox

“A lot of coaches might yank you after the first couple shots don’t go in.”

― Kevin Knox

“I’ve done a few celebrity-related things, and I think on the first one – about Mick Jagger – I got stung and was not able to make the film I wanted to make.”

― Kevin Macdonald

“When I was growing up on Loch Lomondside, one of the first albums I ever bought was Marley’s ‘Uprising.’ I guess that would have been 1980 – just before he died.”

― Kevin Macdonald

“I started as a documentary maker, and they’re my first love.”

― Kevin Macdonald

“My belief is you have one chance to make a first impression.”

― Kevin McCarthy

“The first priority of the Republican majority is the security of Americans.”

― Kevin McCarthy

“We never thought the first movie would bomb.”

― Kevin McDonald

“I really enjoyed working on the 2009 film, ‘Aliens in the Attic,’ because it was shot in New Zealand and I got to visit there for the first time.”

― Kevin Nealon

“I’ve been a top guy since I walked in – since I beat John Cena in my first match.”

― Kevin Owens

“I went from beating John Cena in my first match to winning the Intercontinental title to defending it at WrestleMania.”

― Kevin Owens

“At Under Armour, we’ve created a very strong culture, a culture that first and foremost is built on people.”

― Kevin Plank

“I don’t like my first name.”

― Kevin-Prince Boateng

“We are moving toward recognition of the first Australians in the Australian constitution.”

― Kevin Rudd

“The first rule of influence is that there isn’t any. The second rule of influence is that it is everywhere.”

― Kevin Young

“The difficulty of writing a second novel is directly proportional to how successful the first novel was, it seems.”

― Khaled Hosseini

“The first songs I made brought me to the Grammys. I was a five-times nominated teenager off voice memos and songs that were clearly recorded off different mics.”

― Khalid

“I don’t want to be one of those players who has a good career but couldn’t get out of the first round.”

― Khris Middleton

“The Majestic Theater in 1990. That was one of my first real shows where I had 300 to 400 people there.”

― Kid Rock

“When I saw Virginia Woolf, somewhere between the first and second acts, someone I had known as my mother became somebody else.”

― Kiefer Sutherland

“I had an unbelievable experience on ’24’. We shot 198 episodes, and I was as excited about shooting the 198th as I was the first.”

― Kiefer Sutherland

“The moment I wrote my first song, I got addicted.”

― Kiesza

“My older brother had a lot of Elvis on vinyl, and really, that was my first introduction to music during the Fifties.”

― Kiki Dee

“Our first Prime Minister saw a country that would be known for its generosity of spirit. And so it is.”

― Kim Campbell

“The world has changed profoundly since our programs were first established.”

― Kim Campbell

“I first wanted to be an actress after seeing a play – not a movie.”

― Kim Cattrall

“The first choice for me is what’s going to make me stretch out in my craft?”

― Kim Fields

“Our republic is a responsible nuclear state that, as we made clear before, will not use nuclear weapons first unless aggressive hostile forces use nuclear weapons to invade on our sovereignty.”

― Kim Jong-un

“First and foremost, I married for love.”

― Kim Kardashian

“To betray, you must first belong.”

― Kim Philby

“Korean audiences are amazing. The fans scream so loud, and that really surprises skaters when they first perform in my shows.”

― Kim Yuna

“The first video I ever made, announcing ‘Crash the Super Bowl,’ I did about fifty takes and I wanted to die. It was awful.”

― Kina Grannis

“I was interested in music since I was 14 years old. What really got me started was the first Led Zeppelin album… absolutely.”

― King Diamond

“Led Zeppelin is what made me buy my first electric guitar: the Jimmy Page guitar sound.”

― King Diamond

“When I’m governor… I’ll be the first governor with a listed telephone number.”

― Kinky Friedman

“We’re first on executions. We’re 49th in funding public education. We’re in a race with Mississippi for the bottom, and we’re winning.”

― Kinky Friedman

“The first thing I’ll do if elected is demand a recount.”

― Kinky Friedman

“When Galileo first trained his optic telescope on the heavens and opened up modern optical astronomy, that was the first of the electromagnetic windows out of the universe: light.”

― Kip Thorne

“Crime prevention has to become a first priority.”

― Kiran Bedi

“I moved seven times the first seven years I coached.”

― Kirby Smart

“Our first priority is our kids.”

― Kirk Cameron

“Jeff Beck is one of my heroes and has been since I first picked up a guitar.”

― Kirk Hammett

“One of the primary reasons I first ran for Congress was to be a voice for our troops, veterans and military families.”

― Kirsten Gillibrand

“I trained in theater. And I started in theater with my first two jobs doing stage plays.”

― Kit Harington

“Presidents often disappoint, but first ladies rarely do.”

― Kitty Kelley

“Drink the first. Sip the second slowly. Skip the third.”

― Knute Rockne

“I probably talked to my mom about my sexuality first before anyone.”

― Kodie Shane

“The first movie I was ever on was a Dennis Hopper film down in Peru.”

― Kris Kristofferson

“To actually be allowed to be beautiful is a total first for me.”

― Kristen Johnston

“Although I have been performing in all sorts of ways and roles since childhood, ‘GoT’ is my first proper venture onto the screen.”

― Kristian Nairn

“I don’t watch ‘Glee,’ not that I have anything against it. Whenever I miss the first few episodes, I won’t watch the series.”

― Kristin Cast

“When I did a scene with Dharam sir for the first time, I actually cried!”

― Kriti Kharbanda

“Every thing in life that’s first should be a celebration or celebrated with a lot of oomph.”

― Kriti Sanon

“When I did my first film, I did not understand or speak Telugu.”

― Kriti Sanon

“Luckily, for me, my first producer Sajid Nadiadwala treats both Tiger Shroff and me like his kids. He’s very protective.”

― Kriti Sanon

“My first audition was for a Dr. Pepper commercial.”

― Krysten Ritter

“First create jobs, and then provide skills to people.”

― Kumar Mangalam Birla

“I often set two alarm clocks because I’m afraid the first one won’t actually make me get up.”

― Kurt Andersen

“When I heard the Pixies for the first time, I connected with that band so heavily I should have been in that band – or at least in a Pixies cover band.”

― Kurt Cobain

“If Republicans truly are dedicated to the sanctity of life, they should be the first ones on the front lines trying to get policies for the uninsured.”

― Kurt Eichenwald

“My first year of pro ball I played in the Northwest league and made the all-star team, and the next year I played I led the team in hitting and was third or fifth in the league.”

― Kurt Russell

“My first jam was at Hotel Diplomat opening for Hollywood.”

― Kurtis Blow

“Pete Dj Jones was the first person that I saw with 2 turntables. This was 1972.”

― Kurtis Blow

“The first dance performance I saw was Joffrey Ballet doing ‘Billboards’ to Prince.”

― Kyle Abraham

“I do remember my first 3-point attempt. I missed it.”

― Kyle Korver

“When I first came to Atlanta, I did not want to come here; I got traded here.”

― Kyle Korver

“Even after doing that TV thing, ‘Roswell,’ I’m still waiting to see my first UFO.”

― Kyle MacLachlan

“I heard ‘Why,’ and I think that’s when I first started learning about Jadakiss.”

― Kyle

“I really love ‘Mr. Rager.’ I know the first album is incredible, but my favorite Kid Cudi album is the second one.”

― Kyle

“Baseball wasn’t necessarily my first sport in terms of liking it. I’d never played baseball or softball growing up.”

― Kylie Bunbury

“If I recall correctly, I think I signed my first contract with Tor in 1983.”

― L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

“As to the media, they are protected by the First Amendment, as they should be.”

― L. Neil Smith

“I actually tried to learn the dictionary at one point. It didn’t work; I only got through the first few pages.”

― Labrinth

“The first point of wisdom is to discern that which is false; the second, to know that which is true.”

― Lactantius

“I started blogging in 2006 when I had sold my first novel but it had not yet been published, in those anxious months in between while I learned the whole process.”

― Laini Taylor

“I mean, I was first offered Princess Astra.”

― Lalla Ward

“The composition of the primary is so different than when I was first elected governor in 1978.”

― Lamar Alexander

“It’s rare that I go on a first date and don’t want to go out again.”

― Lamorne Morris

“I’m a writer first and a singer second.”

― Lana Del Rey

“The first time I used a simulator was in 2014 when I was competing in the Ginetta Junior Championship.”

― Lando Norris

“McLaren were one of the first teams I liked and supported.”

― Lando Norris

“I am not sure why, but I have been obsessed by the Atom Bomb ever since it first happened.”

― Lanford Wilson

“If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.”

― Lao Tzu

“My life as Mrs. Leo Durocher and baseball come first.”

― Laraine Day

“I learned the first night that IHOP’s not the place to order fish.”

― Larry David

“If you’re not going to offend somebody you don’t need the First Amendment.”

― Larry Flynt

“After the first million, money isn’t important.”

― Larry Flynt

“Self-parody is the first portent of age.”

― Larry McMurtry

“The first epics were intended for recitation; the literary epic is meant to be read.”

― Lascelles Abercrombie

“Musical theatre is my first love.”

― Laura Benanti

“I was four when I first stood at the helm on my own.”

― Laura Dekker

“It’s hard to connect to these superheroes that are completely out of this world. But Spider-Man is first and foremost Peter Parker, who we can all relate to.”

― Laura Harrier

“The goal seems to me at times just to be business first.”

― Laura Linney

“As wonderful as being on stage is, family comes first.”

― Laura Osnes

“I did my first show in second grade. I was a munchkin in ‘The Wizard of Oz.’”

― Laura Osnes

“The first acting I ever did was an Italian commercial. Once I did that, I said, ‘this acting thing is awesome.’”

― Laura Prepon

“I want to regain my First Amendment rights.”

― Laura Schlessinger

“On my first trip to Havana, I was stopped by a woman who turned out to be a Canadian tour guide and who had mistaken me for a woman who had been part of one of her tour groups.”

― Laura van den Berg

“By 17, I was submitting to publications and collecting my first rejection slips.”

― Laurell K. Hamilton

“I always put God first.”

― Lauren Alaina

“My first kiss was in 7th grade. It grossed me out. I kind of freaked out!”

― Lauren Alaina

“The first time I heard ‘Georgia Peaches,’ I absolutely loved it.”

― Lauren Alaina

“’Hellraiser’ was the first horror film I ever saw, so it will always be a favorite.”

― Lauren Ashley Carter

“I am very lucky that my first film was fully commissioned by HBO.”

― Lauren Greenfield

“I’d like to be the first model who becomes a woman.”

― Lauren Hutton

“I look at my first appointment book from 1965 and I get dizzy. I was constantly in a phone booth calling photographers.”

― Lauren Hutton

“The audition process for ‘Are You There, Chelsea?’ was overwhelming and exciting. It was my first pilot season and one of the first pilots I auditioned for.”

― Lauren Lapkus

“We were overwhelmed by how much the first album connected with people, but I wouldn’t put us in the ‘pop star’ realm.”

― Lauren Mayberry

“The first movie I produced was a movie that Joel Schumacher wrote and directed called ‘Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill.’”

― Lauren Shuler Donner

“The first writer I developed a script with was John Hughes, and that was ‘Mr. Mom.’ That was my first feature film.”

― Lauren Shuler Donner

“The first rule of multiculturalism is that you can’t talk about multiculturalism.”

― Lauren Southern

“When I first read ‘Boyz,’ I cried. It could have been about some kids in Warsaw, Poland. I knew it was good, but I had no idea what it would do to me.”

― Laurence Fishburne

“We are our children’s first teachers.”

― Laurence Fishburne

“I return to the stage first and foremost because I’m an actor, and I love it.”

― Laurence Fishburne

“The first meal that I learned to make was scrambled eggs.”

― Laurie Hernandez

“First of all, a player has to know what is banned and what is not banned.”

― Lawrence Taylor

“One of the first bands to break out of Seattle was Heart.”

― Layne Staley

“If I do too many takes, I’m too self-conscious. I think I’m better in first scenes.”

― Lea Seydoux

“The first time I stepped on an NBA court I became a businessman.”

― LeBron James

“I’m the first one to admit, I’m a pretty unorthodox guitar player.”

― Lee DeWyze

“First of all, the leads aren’t the kind of acting work that I like. The parts that are meatier are not the ones that have to have a romance.”

― Lee Grant

“Sound is the first thing that we tune into.”

― Lee Konitz

“The First World became a popular phrase in about the 1970s and ’80s. The World Bank then began categorizing countries in different categories, advanced to the least developed.”

― Lee Kuan Yew

“First of all, I think all countries in the world have agreed it is not in anyone’s interest to test-fire a missile, or whatever its is.”

― Lee Myung-bak

“We got our first significant pieces of press in the ‘New York Rocker’ from early gigs at CBGB.”

― Lee Ranaldo

“The Strokes will never get anywhere after that first record.”

― Lee Ranaldo

“When I was 6, I saw a commercial that Jessica Simpson was in, and that was the first time I felt my little heart flutter.”

― Lee Ryan

“Quit now? They’ll have to cut the uniform off me. I’m going out for another 300. They couldn’t be any harder to get than the first 300.”

― Lefty Grove

“When I was a kid, I went from ground zero to Pluto. The first place I played was the Houston Astrodome.”

― Leif Garrett

“My very first acting role was Tiny Tim in ‘A Christmas Carol.’”

― Leland Orser

“’Bomber’ was the first song I wrote about war.”

― Lemmy

“For my first acting job I played the role of Ensign Pulver in ‘Mr. Roberts’ at the Manitoba Theatre Centre.”

― Len Cariou

“When I got my first glimpse of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, my breath caught. In that single instant, he was Wolverine.”

― Len Wein

“I’m not alone, I’m free. I no longer have to be a credit, I don’t have to be a symbol to anybody; I don’t have to be a first to anybody.”

― Lena Horne

“I had a lot of great bosses – I worked for Gina Prince-Bythewood for two years, I worked for Ava Duvernay as a PA on her first narrative film, and I worked with Mara Brock Akil, so a lot of wonderful role models.”

― Lena Waithe

“I’ve written virtually as long as I’ve acted, it wasn’t a sudden transition. I acted in my first play when I was 16 and I wrote my first play when I was 17.”

― Lennie James

“My first guitar, a Fender Jazz Master, I traded it in for a Les Paul Deluxe.”

― Lenny Kravitz

“For most couples, the first event they plan together is their wedding.”

― Lenny Platt

“The first music I was exposed to was Stravinsky and I loved it but I don’t remember it.”

― Leo Kottke

“Yeah, the first thing that comes to mind is not to try too hard.”

― Leo Kottke

“At first, laws evolved out of religious doctrines. It followed that they were recognized only when advantageous to those who practiced the same religion and who appeared equals under the protection of the same gods. For the members of all other cults, there was neither law nor mercy.”

― Leon Bourgeois

“I wrote my first song, ‘Conversion’, to this little hip-hop instrumental. I went to an open-mic, plugged my iPod into the P.A., and sang over the beat.”

― Leon Bridges

“In the report made on behalf of the C.G.T. we affirmed that the Peace Treaty should, in accordance with the spirit of workers’ organizations, lay the first foundations of the United States of Europe.”

― Leon Jouhaux

“My first job in a country band was after I moved to California.”

― Leon Russell

“I have been writing for 50 years and readers still read my first book from when I was in the Marine Corps.”

― Leon Uris

“I was 15 when I first became deeply touched by the rhythm and structure of words.”

― Leonard Cohen

“An orchestra knows during the first two minutes of the first rehearsal whether or not they are going to enjoy the person on the podium.”

― Leonard Slatkin

“I’m not a cineaste. I’ve made so few films. Sometimes it feels each one is the last one or the first one.”

― Leos Carax

“The businessman says ‘If I don’t do it first, somebody else will.’ The artist says ‘If I don’t do it first, nobody else will.’”

― LeRoy Neiman

“I’m very excited about going to Wembley for the first time.”

― Leroy Sane

“The first role I played was Madame Ranevsky in ‘The Cherry Orchard.’”

― Lesley Nicol

“One of my first episodic jobs was on ‘Twin Peaks,’ if you can imagine that – one of the most unusual series ever.”

― Lesli Linka Glatter

“That has always been it for me: family first.”

― Leslie Banks

“I covered the first Gulf War in Saudi Arabia and Israel for ABC News.”

― Leslie Cockburn

“The novel is the first art form that is an honest-to-god commodity. That’s what makes it different from both high art and folk art.”

― Leslie Fiedler

“It was a boy’s name first.”

― Leslie Nielsen

“The first mistake of art is to assume that it’s serious.”

― Lester Bangs

“Forgive your enemies, but first get even.”

― Lester Cole

“The First Lady has a lot of power. I hope Hillary Clinton realizes that.”

― Letitia Baldrige

“There are a lot of running backs who see the first level, the D-linemen, and they can’t really see the second level.”

― Le’Veon Bell

“I recorded my first song when I was 13, 14 years old, and I’ve been running with it ever since.”

― Le’Veon Bell

“My mother was my first and strongest offensive line.”

― Le’Veon Bell

“Sentence first, verdict afterwards.”

― Lewis Carroll

“I had my first child at 21, my first restaurant at 24.”

― Lidia Bastianich

“I got started when I was about 15, or 16. My first break through was the Vans song with my group The Pack. That became a worldwide thing.”

― Lil B

“’Pump’ was my first song.”

― Lil Pump

“I played the coronet first, and then I upgraded to the trumpet. First song I learned on there was ‘Hot Cross Buns.’”

― Lil Uzi Vert

“The first album I bought, I didn’t even buy it. My grandma got Mike Jones and Bow Wow’s ‘Wanted’ a little later. Matter of fact Ying Yang Twins’ ‘U.S.A. Still United’ was the first album, but Mike Jones was the first album I really love.”

― Lil Uzi Vert

“I was still in school after I dropped my first solo album.”

― Lil Wayne

“When I first started recording music, we would record in the closet with socks on the mic.”

― Lil Yachty

“I swear Kim Kardashian’s first marriage lasted longer than some of my iPhone chargers.”

― Lilly Singh

“When I first started, all the media I ever got was, ‘Hey! There’s this Indian girl. And even though she is Indian, she gets views and stuff.’”

― Lilly Singh

“I was very lucky that my first film, ‘The Blind Side,’ I worked with Sandra Bullock.”

― Lily Collins

“For exams, I swotted so hard because I couldn’t bear the thought of not coming first.”

― Lily James

“I first started using social media when I was 12 or something – not publicly; I had private accounts.”

― Lily-Rose Depp

“My first speaking part was to read for John Forsythe for Bachelor Father. I was the lead, opposite him.”

― Linda Evans

“When I was in my 20s in the 1970s, I read all of Jean Rhys. I have reread very little since because the first impressions were so powerful they have stayed with me.”

― Linda Grant

“I started in musicals. My first professional experience was Dorothy in ‘The Wizard of Oz’ in Palm Springs.”

― Lindsay Hartley

“My mum says, ‘Go with your first instinct,’ but this can lead to impulse buying!”

― Lindsay Lohan

“I loved working on ‘Dogfight,’ but when I first read it and wrapped my head around the story, I was a little horrified.”

― Lindsay Mendez

“I did ‘The Sound of Music.’ That was my first musical.”

― Lindsay Mendez

“I was playing a Fender Telecaster when I first joined.”

― Lindsey Buckingham

“Well, Hale was one of the first people who suggested to President Johnson that there should be a commission.”

― Lindy Boggs

“In Shaker Heights, Ohio, one of America’s first planned communities, order and harmony are prized.”

― Lionel Shriver

“Jonathan Lethem’s 10th novel, ‘The Blot,’ is engaging, entertaining, and sharp for its first two-thirds. Then it goes to hell.”

― Lionel Shriver

“I don’t think my first book was chick lit.”

― Lisa Jewell

“I have ‘the first’ attached to my name in a whole lot of different aspects when it comes to the sport of basketball.”

― Lisa Leslie

“I wrote the first draft of ‘Plan B’ the summer after I turned 21.”

― Lisa Lutz

“I’m working for my state first.”

― Lisa Murkowski

“When I was pregnant. I exercised and was healthy, but it was also the first time since I was 14 that I wasn’t on a diet.”

― Liv Tyler

“First I became U.N. Goodwill Ambassador for WHO, and that was in 2005. And then, about a year or so later, I decided to start my foundation.”

― Liya Kebede

“After my first record came out, I read everything. I was so amazed that I was in the press.”

― Liz Phair

“I think my first video was when I was 19. I was pretty old.”

― Liza Koshy

“First I wanted to be an ice skater, and then I saw ‘Bye, Bye Birdie,’ and everything changed. I’m glad I learned through the process of theater.”

― Liza Minnelli

“My first acting role as a kid was on ‘Freaks and Geeks.’”

― Lizzy Caplan

“I did a commercial when I was, like, 5 or 6 years old for… what was it called?… Cabbage Patch Kids! That was the first thing I ever did. Little bit embarrassing.”

― Logan Lerman

“Your lungs are changed forever from your first cigarette.”

― Loni Anderson

“Adversity is the first path to truth.”

― Lord Byron

“Here I am in my first command – a bit dazed but feeling very grand.”

― Lord Mountbatten

“There are certain things I couldn’t write because they’re not intrinsic to my beliefs. For instance, I couldn’t write a hero or heroine who didn’t put children first.”

― Lori Foster

“I don’t think anyone would disagree with this: You are self-directed in daytime, and that’s it. So come with it, and bring it on the first take.”

― Lorraine Toussaint

“I’m proud I was first to be named World Player of the Year, in 1991.”

― Lothar Matthaus

“The minute we first started recording ‘Defend Yourself,’ I thought, ‘Yeah. We’re going to have to deal with a really terrible review from Pitchfork for this record.’”

― Lou Barlow

“My first assistant-coaching job in football was at William & Mary in 1961.”

― Lou Holtz

“I think I’m the oldest new Bob Dylan around. I predate Bruce Springsteen, Steve Forbat and John Prine. I was probably the first of the new Bob Dylans.”

― Loudon Wainwright III

“The first time I heard Jack Teagarden on the trombone, I had goose pimples all over.”

― Louis Armstrong

“Well, I tell you… the first chorus, I plays the melody. The second chorus, I plays the melody round the melody, and the third chorus, I routines.”

― Louis Armstrong

“If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable.”

― Louis D. Brandeis

“When you do a first movie, you’re contractually supposed to do the second one and then you don’t do it, you become an executive producer. That’s why there are a ton of directors who have executive producer credits on other movies.”

― Louis Leterrier

“One of the first things we found out was that the Warren Commission never pursued a conspiracy investigation.”

― Louis Stokes

“I can’t really cook, but the first dish I ever made was for my girlfriend, Eleanor. I made chicken breast wrapped in ham, homemade mashed potatoes, and gravy.”

― Louis Tomlinson

“First feelings are always the most natural.”

― Louis XIV

“I couldn’t speak English. I’m in kindergarten, and the only reason I got through to first grade is because I cheated.”

― Louis Zamperini

“’Kane and Abel’ is the best popular fiction of all time. As a kid, I wanted to be prime minister when I read ‘First Among Equals.’”

― Louise Mensch

“I probably went to musique concrete concerts – though not the very first ones – at the beginning of the 50s.”

― Luc Ferrari

“’Crush’ was my first number one on the call sheet.”

― Lucas Till

“I definitely think of myself as a musician first.”

― Lucia Micarelli

“I write first for myself as a therapeutic process, to get stuff out and to deal with it.”

― Lucinda Williams

“The first and greatest punishment of the sinner is the conscience of sin.”

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“Genius always gives its best at first; prudence, at last.”

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“To be able to endure odium is the first art to be learned by those who aspire to power.”

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“When I first signed a contract with a women’s team, my contract stated that if I played, I would get 100 pounds, and if I didn’t play, it would be zero.”

― Lucy Bronze

“Before I even pick up a guitar, usually the words are done. So I’m not first and foremost a musician. I’m first and foremost a writer.”

― Lucy Dacus

“I have never fancied or been attracted to a man on first meeting him.”

― Lucy Davis

“Funding for sports (and the arts) are often the first things facing the chop in difficult times.”

― Lucy Powell

“I made my first complete song when I was 9.”

― Ludacris

“In order to make money the first thing is to have no need of it.”

― Ludovic Halevy

“I went to Mali for the first time in 2000, and I met Toumani Diabate and Ballake Sissoko – two of the greatest kora players of our time.”

― Ludovico Einaudi

“In 1912, when I was working in The Hague, I first saw a drawing by Louis Sullivan of one of his buildings. It interested me.”

― Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

“Industrialization of the building trade is a question of material. Hence the demand for a new building material is the first prerequisite.”

― Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

“I was the first Latino member of Congress to support Senator Obama’s candidacy. For quite a while, I was the only one.”

― Luis Gutierrez

“I have to put my career first.”

― Luis Suarez

“I remember my first shin pads had the Brazilian Ronaldo on them, and I loved them.”

― Luka Modric

“Probably fishing is my first passion.”

― Luke Bryan

“I directed my first movie, not one piece of press!”

― Luke Goss

“The first run or match with The Shield always stands out to me – our matches, our wars.”

― Luke Harper

“Actually, I’ve been a mechanic. My first job was in a gas station changing tires and pumping gas.”

― Luke Hemsworth

“I think the first table read I ever did, my hand was vibrating the whole time.”

― Luke Macfarlane

“Well, I first started going to Europe in the late ’70s.”

― Luther Allison

“As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, my first priority is to ensure the readiness of our military.”

― Luther Strange

“I am very pleased with President Trump’s selection of Judge Neil Gorsuch as his first appointee to the U.S. Supreme Court.”

― Luther Strange

“I wrote the first draft of ‘Madame Bovary’ without studying the previous translations, although I gathered them and took the occasional peek.”

― Lydia Davis

“I first read ‘Madame Bovary’ in my teens or early twenties.”

― Lydia Davis

“Don’t marry the first person that proposes to you!”

― Lynda Carter

“I’m a writer first and an editor second… or maybe third or even fourth. Successful editing requires a very specific set of skills, and I don’t claim to have all of them at my command.”

― Lynn Abbey

“Rooftop solar is the first true form of competition that utilities have ever faced, and that is why they’re attacking it.”

― Lynn Jurich

“I had first visited Kurdistan in 2003 before the invasion of Iraq, camping out in Erbil and Sulaimaniya while waiting for Saddam Hussein’s fall.”

― Lynsey Addario

“Ignorance is the first requisite of the historian – ignorance, which simplifies and clarifies, which selects and omits, with a placid perfection unattainable by the highest art.”

― Lytton Strachey

“The first two movies I directed failed, when I was 21 and 23, and that was the greatest thing that could have happened.”

― M. Night Shyamalan

“The thing about covers is that the first thing you’re going to notice is the vocals, because it’s not the same person.”

― M. Shadows

“I care not to debate which came first, Islamism or anti-Muslim bigotry; suffice to say that both feed into each other symbiotically.”

― Maajid Nawaz

“The first point of contact for radicalisation is almost always a personal one. Prisons and universities, for example, tend to be easily and regularly infiltrated by radical groups, who use them as forums to propagate their ideas.”

― Maajid Nawaz

“It’s pretty amazing to me that my first hit record was an Elvis Presley record.”

― Mac Davis

“For me, it’s all about the Canadian tuxedo, and maybe a bolero. The province I grew up in in Alberta is pretty much the denim capital of Canada. The first premier of Alberta started Grand Western Garment, which Levi’s bought later on.”

― Mac DeMarco

“When I first got to L.A., I thought every person in a limo was a star.”

― Madchen Amick

“I did my first play when I was 7.”

― Madeline Brewer

“I am 150 percent the first person to say it: I am a feminist through and through.”

― Madeline Brewer

“My first U.S. Open main draw, it was a big stadium and I wasn’t really used to it.”

― Madison Keys

“I started full-time training when I was 10, signed professionally when I was 14, and won my first match at the same age.”

― Madison Keys

“When online business first appeared, a lot of operations would take your order and then disappear.”

― Maelle Gavet

“The Granite State needs a senator who knows that New Hampshire comes first – and leads like it.”

― Maggie Hassan

“When I first got asked to run for the state Senate, I was asked by a number of legislators I had worked with, and I thanked them and declined.”

― Maggie Hassan

“When I was first named as Deputy Prime Minister, there was a feeling of shock that I should be chosen because I was labeled as being an ultra and very anti-Chinese.”

― Mahathir Mohamad

“Nonviolence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“My dream role is Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion.”

― Mahershala Ali

“My first priority is my child.”

― Mahira Khan

“We’re having the first computer-generated comic strip in the United States.”

― Majel Barrett

“The first place to start is on enforcement. We who got the ADA passed did the hard part, the heavy lifting.”

― Major Owens

“When I was in school, my first acknowledgement of ‘Roots’ was Kunta Kinte.”

― Malachi Kirby

“I wrote my first book when I was in my late thirties.”

― Malcolm Gladwell

“America is the first country… that can actually have a bloodless revolution.”

― Malcolm X

“We won’t stop until the first Saudi license is issued to a woman.”

― Manal al-Sharif

“I started teaching spinning early when it was first happening in the ’90s. I love the mind-body connection of spinning.”

― Mandy Ingber

“Music is my first love.”

― Mandy Moore

“The biggest public mistake I ever made was that I chose to do ‘Criminal Minds’ in the first place.”

― Mandy Patinkin

“I actually wanted to first direct and produce, but then I got this very cool opportunity to be in front of the camera once.”

― Manish Dayal

“The new Disney cartoon ‘Bambi’ is interesting because it’s the first one that’s been entirely unpleasant.”

― Manny Farber

“I’m first generation in the country – my family’s Mexican.”

― Manny Montana

“Of course my first goal is to save the balls. This is obviously the most important thing as a goalkeeper.”

― Marc-Andre ter Stegen

“When I first began playing football, I was a striker.”

― Marc-Andre ter Stegen

“I think in general I’ve never dared compose in Spanish. First of all, it is such an intricate language.”

― Marc Anthony

“The first half of my TV career, I didn’t do any genre at all.”

― Marc Guggenheim

“The goal, first and foremost, is to tell a satisfying – entertaining – story.”

― Marc Guggenheim

“Starting in 2005, my first session in the legislature, my colleagues elected me to be Democratic whip.”

― Marc Veasey

“For me, the ‘Three Stoppages’ was a first gesture liberating me from the past.”

― Marcel Duchamp

“Habit is a second nature which prevents us from knowing the first, of which it has neither the cruelties nor the enchantments.”

― Marcel Proust

“I actually was a defense attorney first.”

― Marcia Clark

“When I signed for Espanyol, all I was thinking about was that I needed continuity in the first division.”

― Marco Asensio

“In 1980, I watched my first Republican convention with my grandfather.”

― Marco Rubio

“Self-preservation is the first responsibility.”

― Margaret Anderson

“I worked in videogames for 16 years before writing my first book in 2009.”

― Margaret Stohl

“One of my first commercials was for a Samsung cellphone. It was made as a mini-movie.”

― Margarita Levieva

“My ambitions are less important than my well-being. My children come first.”

― Margherita Missoni

“I started to think of ‘Hidden Figures’ as the first part of a mid-century African-American trilogy.”

― Margot Lee Shetterly

“The first poem I ever wrote, about loss, when I was 5 years old, expressed the themes of everything I would ever write.”

― Marguerite Young

“At first I didn’t know if I wanted to do TV again. I can get bored quickly.”

― Maria Bello

“First I lost my voice, then I lost my figure and then I lost Onassis.”

― Maria Callas

“My first novel didn’t sell well. It was really painful and humiliating and shocking to me.”

― Maria Semple

“I’m not the next anyone, I’m the first Maria Sharapova.”

― Maria Sharapova

“We all know what happens to first ladies who shoot their mouths off.”

― Maria Shriver

“The first opera I went to see was Maria Callas singing ‘Tosca’.”

― Marianne Faithfull

“I was spending most of my summers in Greece when I was a little girl, and at boarding school my first room-mate was Greek, so I guess I kind of had that Greek destiny.”

― Marie-Chantal Claire

“The first experiments on the biological properties of radium were successfully made in France, with samples from our laboratory, while my husband was living.”

― Marie Curie

“Out of five hundred who speak glibly of love, not one can spell the first letter of his name.”

― Marie de France

“We don’t believe in rheumatism and true love until after the first attack.”

― Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

“When the first American steps on the red dust of Mars, it’s going to be because of computer scientists.”

― Marillyn Hewson

“Perhaps first and foremost is the challenge of taking what I find as a reader and making it into a poem that, primarily, has to be a plausible poem in English.”

― Marilyn Hacker

“The first time I performed musically, I threw up.”

― Marilyn Manson

“My first dissatisfaction has always been with religion.”

― Marilyn Manson

“Be able to hiccup silently, or at least without alerting neighbors to your situation. The first hiccup is an exception.”

― Marilyn vos Savant

“My first novel, ‘Housekeeping,’ was accepted by the first agent who read it, and bought by the first editor who read it. In general, my experience with publication has been gentle and gratifying.”

― Marilynne Robinson

“The first obligation is to the French people and establish solidarity among our own citizens.”

― Marine Le Pen

“This is the first aspiration of countries: we are the landlords in our countries so that they remain free, and we can live in security.”

― Marine Le Pen

“My first act as president will be to reinstate France’s borders.”

― Marine Le Pen

“My first two books did nada. I ended up paying the publishers.”

― Mario Benedetti

“My first year in Munich was definitely not easy.”

― Mario Gotze

“I’m a team player and think of the team first.”

― Mario Gotze

“That’s what 90 percent of the people talk about when they’re first exposed to the fish.”

― Mario Lopez

“Faulkner was the first novelist I read with pen and paper in hand because his technique stunned me.”

― Mario Vargas Llosa

“I did pretty well at the Sydney Olympics, but those were my first Games.”

― Marion Jones

“I was Google’s first woman engineer.”

― Marissa Mayer

“When I first came to comics, it was, like, dudes. The feeling, the air, the presence is overwhelmingly male.”

― Marjorie Liu

“More than 100 years after he first appeared, Holmes remains the template for the fictional detective.”

― Mark Billingham

“All writers I know are readers first and foremost, and that’s why you become a writer.”

― Mark Billingham

“The first cities to create friction-free enterprise zones will get a lot of entrepreneurial traction.”

― Mark Cuban

“When we saw the first cut of ‘Wild Wild Country,’ it was like, Wow.”

― Mark Duplass

“The first film I can remember seeing on TV was ‘The Brides of Dracula.’ I was instantly hooked.”

― Mark Gatiss

“I was the first WWE developmental talent. When I moved to Connecticut to start training, I had no idea what wrestling was other than what I saw as a fan.”

― Mark Henry

“If at first you don’t succeed, pay someone else to do it for you.”

― Mark Hoppus

“When I first signed schoolboy forms for United, as a midfield player, I felt for a while that I was just treading water.”

― Mark Hughes

“It is just physics – who can argue with Newton and the first law of thermodynamics?”

― Mark Hyman

“We’re doing a lot of inspection on the leading edge of our wing on 114 and 121, the first two flights.”

― Mark Kelly

“The first music I heard that made me put away my comic books and make music was original punk.”

― Mark Lanegan

“To be a great game, one of the teams has to score first.”

― Mark Lawrenson

“The first thing I did was a print ad for Century Plaza. I was five.”

― Mark-Paul Gosselaar

“Neil Armstrong, when he was out there landing on the moon, I was there first.”

― Mark Roberts

“No sinner is ever saved after the first twenty minutes of a sermon.”

― Mark Twain

“Our philosophy is that we care about people first.”

― Mark Zuckerberg

“I got my first computer in the 6th grade or so. As soon as I got it, I was interested in finding out how it worked and how the programs worked and then figuring out how to write programs at just deeper and deeper levels within the system.”

― Mark Zuckerberg

“When I get on a plane these days, I go first class.”

― Marla Gibbs

“I began acting on stage when I was 7 years old. My first role was as Dorothy in ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at Chicago’s Center on Deafness in Northbrook, Illinois.”

― Marlee Matlin

“During my first season at Manchester, the team was not performing, and I was the scapegoat.”

― Marouane Fellaini

“In order to know virtue, we must first acquaint ourselves with vice.”

― Marquis de Sade

“Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education and entertainment doesn’t know the first thing about either.”

― Marshall McLuhan

“The printing press was at first mistaken for an engine of immortality by everybody except Shakespeare.”

― Marshall McLuhan

“First we have to believe, and then we believe.”

― Martha Graham

“When you write the first book of a series, you do have to be careful what you put in because then you are stuck with it.”

― Martha Grimes

“My literary career kicked off in 1956 when, as a resident of Swansea, South Wales, I published my first novel, ‘Lucky Jim.’”

― Martin Amis

“One of the most persistent images in American urbanism is that of the proverbial city on a hill, as first envisioned on these shores by the Puritan John Winthrop, via the Gospel according to Saint Matthew.”

― Martin Filler

“Stan and I funded the first phase of the work ourselves. It was secret.”

― Martin Fleischmann

“My first engagement with any art was music.”

― Martin Freeman

“In diagnosis think of the easy first.”

― Martin H. Fischer

“Alex O’Loughlin is an old friend. Actually, when he first came to L.A., he stayed at my house.”

― Martin Henderson

“Agents have enormous power that studios relinquished to them. The studios, when I first came to Hollywood, that’s where the power was.”

― Martin Landau

“People must have righteous principals in the first, and then they will not fail to perform virtuous actions.”

― Martin Luther

“We didn’t wait for the renewable heat incentives to come into place; we wanted to be first to provide consumers with alternative ways to heat their homes.”

― Martin Naughton

“One of President Obama’s first acts was to give a massive boost to America’s scientific community.”

― Martin Rees

“My first civil disobedience arrest for social justice was in 1986 for protesting the SDI.”

― Martin Sheen

“Taking the third step before the first would be fatal.”

― Martin Winterkorn

“First of all, I can’t really claim to be a great chef.”

― Martin Yan

“Pipilotti Rist is a Swiss video artist I learned about pretty early on. She’s one of the first contemporary artists I knew about and was really drawn to.”

― Martine Syms

“When I first started reading poetry, all the poets I read – Edgar Allan Poe, Oliver Wendell Holmes, John Greenleaf Whittier – were rhyme poets. That’s what captured me.”

― Marv Levy

“A modern girls’ school, equipped as scores are now equipped throughout the country, was of course not to be found in 1858, when I first became a school boarder, or in 1867, when I ceased to be one.”

― Mary Augusta Ward

“I’m not sure when I first knew that I was gay.”

― Mary Cheney

“When I first got sober, I hadn’t read anything for six or seven years. I didn’t have even that much focus.”

― Mary Gauthier

“I suppose no man becomes a pocket hunter by first intention.”

― Mary Hunter Austin

“My first album is playful.”

― Mary J. Blige

“You demand respect and you’ll get it. First of all, you give respect.”

― Mary J. Blige

“The first money I ever earned was for drawing stone tools.”

― Mary Leakey

“Of poets I put Virgil first – he was greatest.”

― Mary MacLane

“Her old Grannie and subject must be the first to kiss her hand.”

― Mary of Teck

“I went to India and was quite taken with it. There’s a feeling there that things are holy first and useful second.”

― Mary Oliver

“In the first half of the 20th century, fashion was simply not a very English thing to do.”

― Mary Quant

“Editors are more concerned with the first chapters of a book; that’s what everyone reads first in the bookstore or in the online sample.”

― Mary Roach

“The first gay person I ever met was surely not the first gay person I ever met.”

― Mary Schmich

“I got my SAG card on my first movie, ‘Goin’ South,’ with Jack Nicholson in 1978.”

― Mary Steenburgen

“Christopher Lloyd was actually the first person – or certainly one of the first few – who ever spoke to me on film.”

― Mary Steenburgen

“I don’t consider myself much of a singer. I’m a writer first.”

― Mary Steenburgen

“I wrote my first song when I was 54 years old.”

― Mary Steenburgen

“I was the first one in my family to go to college.”

― Maryanne Trump Barry

“Neither of my parents had English as a first language.”

― Maryanne Trump Barry

“When I wrote the first Betsy book, ‘Undead and Unwed,’ I had no idea, none, that it would be a career-defining, genre-defining book, the first of over a dozen in the series, the first of over 70 published books, the first on my road to the best-seller list, the first on my road to being published in 15 countries.”

― MaryJanice Davidson

“Today, in the newspapers and magazines, the first sentence is, my restaurant is expensive.”

― Masa Takayama

“First literature came to refer only to itself, the literary theory.”

― Mason Cooley

“The first album was literally the first 12 songs I’ve ever written.”

― Mat Kearney

“When my first record came out, it was in the middle of the real Muse, Keane, British thing, and that beat-driven thing wasn’t really that cool at the moment.”

― Mat Kearney

“My first album was hip-hop influenced, and my second was more of a singer-songwriter album.”

― Mat Kearney

“I first started working in film when I was 17. I was a director’s assistant, an editor.”

― Mathieu Amalric

“’Alligator’ was the first record that anyone paid attention to, and it seemed like it was the screamy songs that got us that attention.”

― Matt Berninger

“I always come back to the gentler stuff like Simon & Garfunkel and the Fleet Foxes’ first album – that’s quite an odd one.”

― Matt Berry

“When we were filming the first ‘Magic Mike,’ we obviously had a limited budget; it was an independent film. And we would entertain extras in between takes.”

― Matt Bomer

“At first, I was stubborn about not wanting to become a city boy.”

― Matt Cain

“When I first went on tour with PJ in ’98, I was still in shock having gone through the Soundgarden break up.”

― Matt Cameron

“The first step in good reporting is good snooping.”

― Matt Drudge

“I did one cable news hit during my first 10 months in Congress.”

― Matt Gaetz

“Holding Congressional hearings is the purview of the majority, and during the first years of the Obama administration, Democrats could not be bothered.”

― Matt Gaetz

“If President Trump were to say, ‘I’m am now the first female president,’ who would celebrate that?”

― Matt Gaetz

“When I first got into coaching, I just wanted to make it to the Mid-American Conference someday.”

― Matt LaFleur

“From the first audition on stage, I knew I loved acting.”

― Matt Letscher

“When I first started, I lived in Vegas because I was fighting in the UFC, and I was still fighting after the UFC.”

― Matt Riddle

“When I first started wrestling, I didn’t even want people to know I was in the UFC.”

― Matt Riddle

“They are one of my favorite bands and one of my first musical loves: Devo.”

― Matt Skiba

“I first heard of Ulver reading the ‘Lords of Chaos’ book.”

― Matt Skiba

“Italians first!”

― Matteo Salvini

“If saying ‘Italians first’ is xenophobic, then I don’t know what to say.”

― Matteo Salvini

“The first dog I got was a border collie. Her name was Sally.”

― Matthew Broderick

“All homeowners in America may deduct mortgage interest on their first and second homes.”

― Matthew Desmond

“Literally, my first audition after ‘The Life Aquatic’ was for the ‘Criminal Minds’ pilot.”

― Matthew Gray Gubler

“It is not fit the public trusts should be lodged in the hands of any, till they are first proved and found fit for the business they are to be entrusted with.”

― Matthew Henry

“It was weird because I’d only been in L.A. for about six months and I had my first feature.”

― Matthew McGrory

“For me, the very first video game I ever played would have been ‘Return of the Jedi’ on the Atari 2600.”

― Matthew Mercer

“In all the shows I’ve done, I’m always the first to leave – it’s in my make-up.”

― Matthew Morrison

“After I got my first laugh on stage, I was hooked.”

― Matthew Perry

“The first time we went to the ACMs, no one really knew who we were.”

― Matthew Ramsey

“When I was about 15… I made my first attempt as a leading lady, and was, of course, a complete failure.”

― Maude Adams

“I went to ‘Godspell’ when I was 10 – my mother took me, and that was the first play I ever saw. That was it for me.”

― Maura Tierney

“Charles Laughton signed me to my first movie contract at 17. He later asked my parents if he could adopt me.”

― Maureen O’Hara

“I made the first Moebius strip without knowing what it was.”

― Max Bill

“I first began with the recorder in our community music school. After that, I played horn and participated in the school orchestra.”

― Max Martin

“The only place that matters is first.”

― Max Verstappen

“The first posh meal out I had was on my 10th birthday.”

― Maxine Peake

“Women are at last becoming persons first and wives second, and that is as it should be.”

― May Sarton

“When I’m not in the booth, I’m one of the most laid-back guys. But growing up, I liked DMX, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, and T.I. – dudes that went all out on the track. My first songs were energetic because I liked their energy.”

― Meek Mill

“If I was to get money, that’s the first thing you would get: a ’96 Impala.”

― Meek Mill

“We can all agree that first loves can be a scary thing, and that growing up is hard to do.”

― Meg Cabot

“Acting’s not my whole life. My children definitely come first.”

― Meg Tilly

“Even at the last minute we were still debating what was gonna be released as the first single.”

― Meg White

“I’ve had rough first trimesters. But once you get into the second, it’s fine after that.”

― Megan Fox

“Nick was cast first in both ‘Smashed’ and ‘Kings.’”

― Megan Mullally

“’Use Somebody’ I posted – it was the end of 2009, around Christmas. That was my first video.”

― Megan Nicole

“My very first audition was for ‘Hot Girl #1’ in some movie.”

― Meghan Markle

“Marriage is about love, but it is not first and foremost about love. First and foremost, marriage is about continuity and transmission.”

― Meir Soloveichik

“I was a singer professionally when I was four years old, and I did not really begin to play any instrument – the first one, of course, was drums – till I was about nine years old.”

― Mel Torme

“I was 5 years old when I did my first catwalk and did commercials at 16. I went professional after my studies.”

― Melania Trump

“And yet, if we don’t, first and foremost, act responsibly with the national tax dollars that we have, we can’t properly address those regional priorities that we would like to.”

― Melissa Bean

“When I first got pregnant, I freaked out. Then I had to remind myself: I’m turning 30.”

― Melissa Joan Hart

“First and foremost, I want to play well.”

― Memphis Depay

“What does it take to be the first female anything? It takes grit, and it takes grace.”

― Meryl Streep

“My family really does come first. It always did and always will.”

― Meryl Streep

“I’m always going to be heavy in producing. It’s always going to come first. It never can’t come first.”

― Metro Boomin

“I got the first thing I auditioned for – a guest role on two episodes on ‘All Saints,’ and I don’t think I had ever been that excited.”

― Mia Wasikowska

“It’s nice to witness these discoveries at first hand.”

― Michael Aspel

“In L.A., anytime a show is a success, people come out of the woodwork claiming they had the idea first.”

― Michael Avenatti

“The first lines of defence against criminals are the victims themselves.”

― Michael Badnarik

“It was only about sixty years ago that the expansion of the universe was first observed.”

― Michael Behe

“When Medicare was first enacted in 1965, it provided coverage for hospitalization, doctor visits and surgeries, but there was no coverage for prescription medications.”

― Michael C. Burgess

“The first actor I ever saw was The Lone Ranger. I thought, That’s what I want to do.”

― Michael Caine

“Alfie was the first time I was above the title; the first time I became a star in America.”

― Michael Caine

“The First Amendment has the same role in my life as a citizen and a writer as the sun has in our ecosystem.”

― Michael Chabon

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try, try, try again.”

― Michael Chang

“First, we did rank everybody by risk, and New York comes out number one.”

― Michael Chertoff

“I put family and country first.”

― Michael Cohen

“I got lucky, and the first book, ‘The Black Echo,’ got published.”

― Michael Connelly

“Many people know that Shakespeare’s dramatic ‘canon’ was established in 1623 by the publication of the so-called First Folio. That hefty volume contained thirty-six plays.”

― Michael Dirda

“I met Michael Milken for the first time with Oliver Stone at the Drexel Burnham offices in Los Angeles.”

― Michael Douglas

“When I first started, my songs were the politics of anger. As I got older and hopefully wiser, I wanted to be part of the politics of answers.”

― Michael Franti

“The very first game I worked on was for DreamWorks Interactive’s ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park.’”

― Michael Giacchino

“The First World War may have been a uniquely horrific war, but it was also plainly a just war.”

― Michael Gove

“I put my country and my principles first.”

― Michael Gove

“When my first film ‘The Seventh Continent’ was presented here 12 years ago, non-Austrian spectators would come up to me and say, ‘Is Austria that terrible?’, whereas for me it wasn’t about Austria but about highly industrialised cultures everywhere.”

― Michael Haneke

“The first time I met President Obama was 2006 in Baghdad. He was the senator from Illinois; it was a month before he actually ended up declaring. He had to come to Baghdad to kind of check that box, and I was the correspondent for ‘Newsweek’ at the time.”

― Michael Hastings

“There’s a bigger difference between the first and second Bush administrations than there is between Bush and Obama. That’s really true.”

― Michael Hayden

“First episodes are difficult things to write.”

― Michael Hirst

“Spike Lee is not the first name you would probably think about redoing ‘Oldboy.’”

― Michael Imperioli

“I ended up an actor, did my first professional union gig in 1974, and I’ve been doing it ever since.”

― Michael Ironside

“He wasn’t sure exactly which day, but what’s noteworthy about that is that is also before Valerie Plame is first identified in the Robert Novak piece that ran on Monday, July 14.”

― Michael Isikoff

“The industries that fall first are the industries that either produce electromechanical items that are now inferior to their software substitutes, or the industries that produce a mechanically created service that’s now inferior.”

― Michael J. Saylor

“My first playpen was a cardboard box.”

― Michael Lee-Chin

“My first movie, ‘Heathers,’ had played at the festival, so I had a little bit of a Sundance connection, but I didn’t really know about the Labs.”

― Michael Lehmann

“Actors were the first people to accept me.”

― Michael Lindsay-Hogg

“In the Steven F. Austin Colony, which was the first colony, Texans first established a provisional government in 1835 with the intention of writing a declaration of independence soon after.”

― Michael McCaul

“First and foremost, my job is to protect the American people.”

― Michael McCaul

“’Champagne’ and ‘breathmint’ are the first two words all Oscar winners hear.”

― Michael Moore

“Christians must be Jews. The truth of what we believe depends on the truth of Judaism, depends on the first covenant.”

― Michael Novak

“I’m a big supporter of the Second Amendment. But I think I have a First Amendment right not to be shot.”

― Michael Nutter

“I was in L.A., like, four months, and I got my first part. Then I was like, ‘OK, I’m staying.’”

― Michael Pena

“I’ve been an actor for 20 years, and I think the first 14 years, it was all struggling. At first, it was all gangsters.”

― Michael Pena

“One of my first real parts was ‘Crash’ – that won the Oscar.”

― Michael Pena

“When I first set out to do it, I wanted to be a working actor, and now it seems like it’s superseded even my dreams.”

― Michael Pena

“Well, the first thing I wanted to be was a carpenter. Then I wanted to be a painter and then a singer. It was when I first saw ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ that I wanted to be an actor.”

― Michael Pitt

“Pablo Picasso first entered my consciousness when I was a boy of about eight years old.”

― Michael Portillo

“I think I was five when I had my real first go-kart.”

― Michael Schumacher

“Robotics has already made significant inroads in electronics assembly, with sewing trades – traditionally many countries’ first entry point to the global trading system – likely to come next.”

― Michael Spence

“My first car was a 1986 Toyota pickup.”

― Michael Steger

“When we first started, we were a band from Athens and that was so off the map.”

― Michael Stipe

“I don’t really retain much from the first couple semesters of my criminal justice studies.”

― Michael Trucco

“I sure love Ireland. The first trip I ever made was last year when I did this record in Dublin.”

― Michael W. Smith

“I think worship is a lifestyle, first of all.”

― Michael W. Smith

“We were engaged three-and-a-half weeks after the first date.”

― Michael W. Smith

“You would be amazed at the pompadour that I was rocking in the first job I had on the soap opera called ‘Loving,’ my first contract job.”

― Michael Weatherly

“’Into the Blizzard’ follows the author as he traces the footsteps of the Newfoundland Regiment during the First World War: where they trained in Scotland, where they fought in Gallipoli and where they died at the Battle of the Somme in France.”

― Michael Winter

“I never used to get homesick when I first moved to L.A.”

― Michaela Conlin

“In 1978, when I was 17 and in my first year at university, I read approximately 3,500 pages of Dickens.”

― Michel Faber

“The first thing I remember feeling about the 2016 U.S. election was a kind of speechlessness.”

― Michelle Dean

“I got my first book deal when I was in college, but it was published in Germany, and I could never actually read it.”

― Michelle Moran

“I had my first stereo when I turned 12, and every two weeks, I would save up money and buy one CD.”

― Michiel Huisman

“I find it hard to write in the first person.”

― Michiko Kakutani

“Think independently and put the country first.”

― Mick Cornett

“The first few songs of the album ‘Little Earthquakes’ were unlike anything I’d ever heard.”

― Mick Foley

“The first impressions I had from Ferrari was very heart-opening, welcoming me in a family which was always part of my family.”

― Mick Schumacher

“I’ve written lots of songs on the piano. My mother had a piano and it was the first instrument I played.”

― Mick Taylor

“I love the first Godfather movie, part one. And two.”

― Mickey Rourke

“But the guitar is my favorite, first and foremost instrument.”

― Midge Ure

“First you help yourself, and then you can help everybody.”

― Miguel Cabrera

“Winning the first championship is a goal for any boxer, and it means a lot to reach it.”

― Miguel Cotto

“The first several years I was an actor, I sort of eked out a living playing thugs almost exclusively until ‘Robocop.’”

― Miguel Ferrer

“First and foremost, it’s got to be on the page. It starts with the writing.”

― Miguel Ferrer

“Fiction is a very powerful tool for teaching history. The Philippines was the first Iraq, the first Vietnam, the first Afghanistan, in the sense that it was the United States’ initial or baptismal experience in nation-building.”

― Miguel Syjuco

“My first record was about childhood. There were a lot of nursery rhyme and fairytale references; it was all about being naive.”

― Mika

“I just don’t give off a great first impression.”

― Mike Birbiglia

“My first marriage was ruined by feminist indoctrination.”

― Mike Cernovich

“For most of the ’90s and the first part of this decade, content providers who wanted to publish online only needed to worry about the graphical web browser.”

― Mike Davidson

“Willie D is one of the first people I worked with.”

― Mike Dean

“On my first day in office as Ohio attorney general, I authorized Ohio to join the multistate lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare.”

― Mike DeWine

“I think every responsible public board at every board meeting should be discussing succession. And, of course, Walmart has a very mature board: our chairman Rob Walton and other members. So succession is an ongoing. I think when I first joined the board of directors, it was discussed then. And it’s discussed at every board meeting continually.”

― Mike Duke

“I love that our engineers are first and foremost ‘Instagram’ users.”

― Mike Krieger

“I started accessible GPS research in 1994 and the first version became available on a laptop in 2000.”

― Mike May

“When we did our first record, my mindset was this is all going to be over tomorrow.”

― Mike McCready

“The White House is a huge organization, first and foremost.”

― Mike McCurry

“I think that first and foremost, a lot of turntable artists end up using really the same sounds over and over, and they really get recycled.”

― Mike Patton

“And my Christianity, first and foremost, governed the way that I tried to deal with people.”

― Mike Pence

“One of the very first serious books I read when I was growing up was ‘Atlas Shrugged.’”

― Mike Pompeo

“When I first came out with the Winery Dogs, I had a Bonham set-up. That was such a departure from the huge kits that I had become known for. It was really enjoyable.”

― Mike Portnoy

“When Dream Theater first started, we were touring in a van and playing clubs.”

― Mike Portnoy

“I remember with my first album, I was so scared of messing it up, of blowing the opportunity, that I blew it.”

― Mike Posner

“Honda opened its first assembly line in Lincoln in November 2001.”

― Mike Rogers

“I remember, when I saw the first ‘Austin Powers’ movie, I was blown away by how fun and original it was.”

― Mike Scully

“We were the first people who did investigative stuff, who asked occasionally abrasive, occasionally confrontational questions.”

― Mike Wallace

“Tupac Back’ was the first single I had, but prior to that I already had 20-something songs in the street.”

― Mike Will Made It

“I am not the first straight dancer or the last.”

― Mikhail Baryshnikov

“Jesus was the first socialist, the first to seek a better life for mankind.”

― Mikhail Gorbachev

“I did a commercial for a phone company when I was five. But my first big thing was when I was eight. I was on the first season of ‘E.R.’”

― Milana Vayntrub

“I would say the first three or four papers on nano-thermoelectricity in bismuth went almost unnoticed, but all of a sudden when Dirac cones came along – pop! – there was huge interest in bismuth-related materials.”

― Mildred Dresselhaus

“I’ll play it first and tell you what it is later.”

― Miles Davis

“It was Jimi Hendrix that I first got into when Betty Mabry turned me on to him.”

― Miles Davis

“The first organised opposition by women to women’s suffrage in England dates from 1889, when a number of ladies led by Mrs Ward appealed against the proposed extension of the Parliamentary suffrage to women.”

― Millicent Fawcett

“The thing is, I get asked when I first knew I wanted to act so often, and I genuinely can’t answer it. It’s just… I got the bug, and that’s it.”

― Millie Bobby Brown

“I don’t think I started kicking a ball until I was six or seven. Horses were my first love, so I was occupied with that.”

― Millie Bright

“My first commercial ever was a Dr. Pepper commercial. And then I did a Mountain Dew commercial. A lot of soft drinks.”

― Milo Ventimiglia

“A novel, especially a first novel, is… really an emotional autobiography. All these emotions I’m embarrassed at having had, I’ve written about.”

― Min Jin Lee

“When I got my first VP title at 26, my parents finally stopped asking when I was going to get my law degree.”

― Mindy Grossman

“I’m a mom first.”

― Mindy McCready

“I met John when I was 18 and I was in my first John Waters film when I was 19.”

― Mink Stole

“The first things I did when I got out of school in ’65 was to buy a pair of Levis and pierce my ears.”

― Mink Stole

“Singing is my dream and, while it may have not been a commercial success, critically I was thrilled with the reception my first album got.”

― Minnie Driver

“My husband was a pilot. He flew Elvis when Elvis first started making appearances around the country.”

― Minnie Pearl

“I made history here by landing the first triple axel for a U.S. lady, third at the Olympics, and that’s a big deal.”

― Mirai Nagasu

“Music was the first thing I did where I was naturally talented.”

― Miranda Lambert

“I got my first handgun license when I was 22.”

― Miranda Lambert

“My favourite programme of all time is ‘Weeds’; the first three or four series are perfection.”

― Miranda Raison

“I was 4 years old when I sang in public for the very first time.”

― Mireille Mathieu

“The first piece of property that I bought was in Tuscany in 1973.”

― Miriam Margolyes

“For my whole career, I didn’t have sparring partners. I was frustrated when I came to the UFC because, after a few minutes of the first round, I would feel dead because I had no sparring partners.”

― Mirko Cro Cop

“First I’m a sportsman and then a politician.”

― Mirko Cro Cop

“I might be the first fighter who has ever been suspended after retirement.”

― Mirko Cro Cop

“The team always comes first.”

― Miroslav Klose

“We’re not Democrats first. We’re not Republicans first. We’re Americans first. We’re patriots first.”

― Mitch McConnell

“The debt they ran up in the first year of the Obama administration is bigger than the last four years of the Bush combined.”

― Mitch McConnell

“President Obama had two Supreme Court nominees in his first term. There was no filibuster against them.”

― Mitch McConnell

“I was 12 when I was on stage for the first time and had an epiphany that this is what I wanted to do.”

― Mithila Palkar

“It seems that the first victim of an Obama campaign is the truth. It seems that the first victim of an Obama campaign is the truth.”

― Mitt Romney

“I am far from the first to conclude that Donald Trump lacks the temperament to be president.”

― Mitt Romney

“I always wanted to be different. I always wanted to be first.”

― Miuccia Prada

“I’d heard a lot about Dubai before I first visited and couldn’t wait to go.”

― Mo Farah

“The first robot in Neom will be Neom itself.”

― Mohammad bin Salman

“The first commercial judge in Medina was a woman!”

― Mohammad bin Salman

“Kunjali Marakkar is one of the first naval commanders of Kerala. He was an expert at his craft.”

― Mohanlal

“I acted in my first film while in my second year of degree college, in 1978.”

― Mohanlal

“My first film was ‘Thiranottam.’ I cannot discount that film because I got initiated into films with it.”

― Mohanlal

“I was not the producer of ‘Vaanaprastham’ earlier. The first producers backed out when they became doubtful about the monetary benefits. I do not blame them. But as an actor, I wanted to make the film. So, I told Shaji sir that I would produce the film. It was only then we started shooting.”

― Mohanlal

“First of all – I only believe what I see.”

― Moira Kelly

“I’m gonna be honest with you – since I started ‘First Take,’ I don’t Google myself.”

― Molly Qerim

“As a U.S. citizen, I cherish the First Amendment.”

― Mona Eltahawy

“Make God first priority. He’s worth it!”

― Monica Johnson

“When I get recognized, every time feels like the first time.”

― Monique Coleman

“That’s the charm of Deadpool. He’s charmingly annoying, and he’ll be the first to admit that.”

― Morena Baccarin

“My first proper credit was a small voice-over on an episode of ‘The Sopranos’ when I was, like, 11 or 12.”

― Morgan Saylor

“What’s the first thing I do when I wake up in the morning? Wish I hadn’t.”

― Morrissey

“I first sold a cartoon for five dollars. I was in the fifth grade.”

― Mort Walker

“Seeing the first edit is the worst.”

― Morten Tyldum

“You first do the assembly cut, which is basically the cut that mirrors the script. You’ve got to start with that.”

― Morten Tyldum

“I got my first exposure to Islam when I was 13.”

― Mos Def

“In 1948 the first severe crash occurred in my life when Stalin put out his decree on ‘formalism.’ There was a bulletin board in the Moscow Conservatory. They posted the decree, which said Shostakovich’s compositions and Prokofiev’s were no longer to be played.”

― Mstislav Rostropovich

“My very first NBA game was against the Los Angeles Lakers; it was a pre-season game against Magic Johnson.”

― Muggsy Bogues

“My toughest fight was with my first wife.”

― Muhammad Ali

“Ever since I first came here in 1963 to fight Henry Cooper, I have loved the people of England.”

― Muhammad Ali

“If I said I would knock out Sonny Liston in 1 minute and 49 seconds of the first round, that would hurt the gate.”

― Muhammad Ali

“I wouldn’t take the Pope too seriously. He’s a Pole first, a pope second, and maybe a Christian third.”

― Muriel Spark

“Those who hope to nurture genuine religiosity should first establish liberty.”

― Mustafa Akyol

“It doesn’t matter if it’s preseason or a scrimmage. I’m trying to have a dominant performance, whether it’s preseason first series or whenever I get out there.”

― Myles Garrett

“It’s not like I’m writing full songs or full parts and setting it aside for Slash because, generally, I like him to make the first move and hear where he’s coming from and what his concepts are, and then I build from there.”

― Myles Kennedy

“Modi made history in 2014 by becoming the first non-Congress government at the Centre to get absolute majority.”

― N. Chandrababu Naidu

“My first mind-set when I am out on the field is to defend well and not concede.”

― Naby Keita

“I have had a few turning points, the first day I entered a gymnastics school at age 6.”

― Nadia Comaneci

“I went to USC and got my first break writing for a kids’ show called ‘Pepper Ann.’”

― Nahnatchka Khan

“My father died when I was 28, and within two-and-a-half years of that, I lost my first son.”

― Nana Patekar

“In modern warfare, journalists are among the first responders, seeking out truth in the turmoil and wreckage, wherever it takes them.”

― Nancy Gibbs

“I won my first medal when I was nine years old. It was at the Boston Open.”

― Nancy Kerrigan

“I see the first lady as another means to keep a president from becoming isolated.”

― Nancy Reagan

“The first year I was at NASA, I was only responsible for optical and ultraviolet astronomy. Frankly, there wasn’t much else.”

― Nancy Roman

“I saw Led Zeppelin live for the first time when I was thirteen.”

― Nancy Wilson

“Our very first group was called The Prunes.’ We did a lot of campgrounds, living rooms, and backyards.”

― Nancy Wilson

“After Versace was murdered, the first person to call me was Mandela.”

― Naomi Campbell

“When I first came to NXT, I was wearing the neon stuff. Then I got away from it and ended up being a Funkadactyl dancer, which was awesome.”

― Naomi

“The First Amendment was designed to allow for disruption of business as usual. It is not a quiet and subdued amendment or right.”

― Naomi Wolf

“I shake hands on the first date.”

― Nargis Fakhri

“I knew that all South Indian language films were first made in Chennai and that Tamil Nadu is one of the biggest film-producing centres in the country. I wanted to be part of films here.”

― Nargis Fakhri

“The advantage of love at first sight is that it delays a second sight.”

― Natalie Clifford Barney

“I was pretty bad. When I first was diagnosed with kidney failure, my function – the function of my kidney was less than 8 percent.”

― Natalie Cole

“I was pretty young, but because of that first record, ‘Cole Espanol,’ we took our first trip – well, my first trip – to Mexico.”

― Natalie Cole

“The Longs event was the first LPGA event that I played in 8 years ago.”

― Natalie Gulbis

“When I was seven, I asked my mom if I could be on TV, and she said if I really wanted to, I could. I got an agent and booked my first audition.”

― Natasha Calis

“From the first instant I met her, I wanted to be Nora Ephron. I just really wanted to please her.”

― Natasha Lyonne

“Get there first with the most.”

― Nathan Bedford Forrest

“That would be pretty cool being the first one to do the quint.”

― Nathan Chen

“Once I landed the triple Salchow, I put it in the program. First landed triple toe, straight into the program. That’s what I did with my quad suite.”

― Nathan Chen

“I’m one of the first invention capitalists.”

― Nathan Myhrvold

“When we first did ‘Modernist Cuisine,’ I think most people in cookbook publishing would have said, ‘This is insane.’”

― Nathan Myhrvold

“He was born in 1741, a descendant of the Rhode Island equivalent of royalty. The first Benedict Arnold had been one of the colony’s founders, and subsequent generations had helped to establish the Arnolds as solid and respected citizens.”

― Nathaniel Philbrick

“I truly admire President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.”

― Naturi Naughton

“I like ‘Shameless.’ The first season I just watched it straight through. I literally didn’t get up. I just had to finish it.”

― Navid Negahban

“He will fight a rattlesnake and give it the first two bites too.”

― Navjot Singh Sidhu

“My character in the first instalment of ‘GOW’ was very shy and reserved. It was completely different from ‘Kahaani,’ where I played a no-nonsense cop. And in the second instalment of ‘GOW,’ it is again very different.”

― Nawazuddin Siddiqui

“While awareness-building is a crucial first step, cohesive efforts are needed to translate this into real-world change.”

― Nazanin Boniadi

“The story of ‘Libra Scale,’ the storyline was created first, and then the music was created around the story line.”

― Ne-Yo

“The first work I ever did in comics was for Archie Comics, and I didn’t do that very long because I did other stuff.”

― Neal Adams

“I did the X-Men, and I plotted the stories, and Roy Thomas dialogued them. And that first set of comic books that I did are the plot that the first X-Men movie was taken from, where Magneto invents a machine that turns regular humans into mutants. That’s my idea.”

― Neal Adams

“I started my first novel when I was 10, and have produced thousands of pages of juvenilia since.”

― Ned Beauman

“Sheesha’ is a thriller. It was exciting to play my first double role in the film.”

― Neha Dhupia

“I got my first blockbuster break for the movie ‘Cocktail,’ where I sang ‘Second Hand Jawani.’”

― Neha Kakkar

“My siblings’ first songs in Bollywood – ‘Baabuji Zara Dheere’ and ‘Saawan Aaya Hai’ were huge hits. There is no rivalry between us, and we love and support each other.”

― Neha Kakkar

“Yeah, I wasn’t chosen to be first. I was just chosen to command that flight. Circumstance put me in that particular role. That wasn’t planned by anyone.”

― Neil Armstrong

“I am very interested in theology. In fact, my first degree was in theology, so it’s something that interests me greatly.”

― Neil Cross

“The first trillionaire in the world will be the person who mines asteroids.”

― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Life – and I don’t suppose I’m the first to make this comparison – is a disease: sexually transmitted, and invariably fatal.”

― Neil Gaiman

“’Doctor Who’ was the first mythology that I learned, before ever I ran into Greek or Roman or Egyptian mythologies.”

― Neil Gaiman

“I mean Gorilla was really our first sort of goes at songwriting.”

― Neil Innes

“There is not much we can say with absolute confidence about the early church, but we can be fairly sure that the first Christians would not have dreamed of making a likeness of Jesus.”

― Neil MacGregor

“I was a film editor for eight years before I made my first feature, ‘Dog Soldiers.’ I am from Newcastle upon Tyne, in the northeast of England.”

― Neil Marshall

“I went to Vietnam; it was my first assignment as a reporter for the UPI, and I never could get away from the war.”

― Neil Sheehan

“When I first found out I had diabetes I denied it.”

― Nell Carter

“Broad City’s first season is full of moments that are insane… and yet make total sense.”

― Nell Scovell

“The world has gotten smaller and more accessible since I first started writing in the 70’s.”

― Nelson DeMille

“I was first imprisoned in Pretoria, and then, thereafter, I was taken to Robben Island. I stayed there for a couple of weeks. I was taken back to Pretoria when I was charged in the Rivonia trial, when I was then sent to Robben Island for life.”

― Nelson Mandela

“In my country we go to prison first and then become President.”

― Nelson Mandela

“I have always regarded myself, in the first place, as an African patriot.”

― Nelson Mandela

“My first film was with Cuba Gooding Jr, ‘The Fighting Temptations,’ and I had a little part here and there on little shows as guest stars. And I’ve taken acting classes.”

― NeNe Leakes

“I was quite nervous in my first week at Barcelona, but after that, I was relaxed.”

― Neymar

“Romario had the best first touch and the best pass to score a goal.”

― Neymar

“When ‘Ghost in the Shell’ was first made, it was so prescient. It was sci-fi.”

― Ng Chin Han

“My first name during my first match was ‘Lena.’ I was still Lena then, just because we hadn’t gotten a name yet.”

― Nia Jax

“When I first came to Oxford, I struggled to feel comfortable in an Anglican, public school-dominated institution.”

― Niall Ferguson

“I was raised by television. It was my first cultural window. It was a constant companion.”

― Nic Pizzolatto

“The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.”

― Niccolo Machiavelli

“It’s just coincidental that the acting took off first over everything else.”

― Nichelle Nichols

“When I first started auditioning I would stutter a lot because I was so terribly frightened.”

― Nicholas Brendon

“The first thing that put me on the map was my Sherlock Holmes novel.”

― Nicholas Meyer

“Shoes are the first adult machines we are given to master.”

― Nicholson Baker

“So I really began as a failed poet – although when I first wanted to be a writer, I learned to write prose by reading poetry.”

― Nicholson Baker

“Family is always first.”

― Nick Cannon

“On first acquaintance, the mystery of the Mayans of Guatemala can seem simply bizarre, as it was when I first encountered Maximon the god.”

― Nick Davies

“My formative years were all about ‘Star Wars’ – the first three, not the last crap, obviously. I understood ‘Star Trek’ but it was too caricatured for me.”

― Nick Frost

“Names aren’t just coathooks, they’re coats. They’re the first thing anyone knows about you.”

― Nick Harkaway

“The thing about ’48 Hrs.’ that really isn’t thought about much is that’s the first film where the black and the white criticize each other.”

― Nick Nolte

“It shouldn’t be two separate styles between the first and second unit as much.”

― Nick Nurse

“I’ve met secular humanists who grew up in evangelical households, for whom ‘Cosmos’ was their first exposure to a scientific way of viewing the world.”

― Nick Sagan

“U.S. failures when it comes to the Gulf of Guinea are many: a failure to address the longstanding concerns of a government watchdog agency, a failure to effectively combat piracy despite an outlay of tens of millions of taxpayer dollars, and a failure to confront corrupt African leaders who enable piracy in the first place.”

― Nick Turse

“I have been a fan of Forty Five Ten since my first visit to Dallas in 2010, when I was working with the hometown competitor.”

― Nick Wooster

“I first write melodies that will make people shiver, and then, I add the lyrics.”

― Nicky Jam

“First of all, Asian representation hardly exists to begin with.”

― Nico Santos

“The only thing that stops God from sending another flood is that the first one was useless.”

― Nicolas Chamfort

“With my designs and my ideas, I want to please myself first.”

― Nicolas Ghesquiere

“I started buying films a couple of years ago. The first film-maker I began to obsessively collect was Andy Milligan. He was a New York frustrated artist.”

― Nicolas Winding Refn

“First of all, we must note that the universe is spherical.”

― Nicolaus Copernicus

“My family are everything to me. They come first in everything I do.”

― Nigel Barker

“Brexit was the first brick that was knocked out of the establishment wall.”

― Nigel Farage

“’The Hobbit’ by J. R. R. Tolkien was the first book I enjoyed. I was 14 and when I finished I started it again.”

― Nigel Lythgoe

“The First Amendment allows Nazis and white extremists to do what they are going to do, and it allows for black extremists and all other types of extremists to do what they are going to do. I understand that, and I’m not opposed to that.”

― Niger Innis

“Some kid gets his first iPhone, signs up to Twitter, and then tweets, ‘Nikki Sixx sucks.’ And I’m supposed to take that personally.”

― Nikki Sixx

“In fact, we just surpassed our first 1 million simultaneous users online.”

― Niklas Zennstrom

“I was 15 or 16 when I first saw ‘Once Upon A Time In America,’ so I was quite young, but I was completely blown away.”

― Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

“In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.”

― Nikos Kazantzakis

“Geologists don’t do that! We go out in the field and observe, and then we can try to make a model with computerization; but it’s not the first thing.”

― Nils-Axel Morner

“I was so passionate about being in the magazine industry, even when I first started at ‘Mirabella.’”

― Nina Garcia

“A lot of my favorite artists didn’t sell much out the gate. I didn’t with Common at first. Neither did first albums from Outkast, Nas, or Jay Z. It doesn’t scare me.”

― No I.D.

“’Take It EZ’ was actually the first video I ever produced for.”

― No I.D.

“The first scholarly edition of Magna Carta was published by the eminent jurist William Blackstone. It was not an easy task. There was no good text available.”

― Noam Chomsky

“The first democratic revolution was England in the 1640s.”

― Noam Chomsky

“I always begin to compose the melody first.”

― Nobuo Uematsu

“I went through some tough years when I first moved to Los Angeles, and ‘The Riches’ was my first major success.”

― Noel Fisher

“I was the first guy to join the band with Hendrix.”

― Noel Redding

“Well, the first day we went through three songs, very basically.”

― Noel Redding

“The first movie I saw was ‘Prince of Egypt’ – that was the first movie I saw in theaters.”

― Noelle Stevenson

“The idea is to become a best-selling author first and then the rest of my books will be slam dunks.”

― Nolan Bushnell

“In the summer of ’80, Silhouette bought my first book.”

― Nora Roberts

“I don’t fiddle or edit or change while I’m going through that first draft.”

― Nora Roberts

“There was an enormous amount of pressure when my first album took off, and I struggled with the speed of everything and the exhaustion from the constant touring.”

― Norah Jones

“Almost certainly, however, the first essential component of social justice is adequate food for all mankind.”

― Norman Borlaug

“Distrust of authority should be the first civic duty.”

― Norman Douglas

“Such is life and life is such and after all it isn’t much. First a cradle. Then a hearse. It might have been better, but it could have been worse.”

― Norman Wisdom

“To become properly acquainted with a truth, we must first have disbelieved it, and disputed against it.”

― Novalis

“I remember the first time I saw ‘Gupt,’ I was blown away.”

― Nushrat Bharucha

“I have used Lenovo since I wrote my first novel. My old laptop broke, so I bought a new one, but still a Lenovo. It is one of my most essential devices.”

― Okky Madasari

“For the first time, open source, peer-to-peer protocol developers can monetize their project on a protocol level.”

― Olaf Carlson-Wee

“I myself have already spent a third of my life in Germany, first in Cologne and then, since 1994, in Berlin.”

― Olafur Eliasson

“The first lady must be a leader. She must not be a follower.”

― Oleg Cassini

“I’m the first American designer who went all over the world.”

― Oleg Cassini

“To have doubted one’s own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.”

― Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

“I consider my education to be the first 10 years of my career.”

― Olivia Wilde

“I played a scene at the end of my first year, and that’s how I was discovered.”

― Olivier Martinez

“The first bit of vinyl I bought was Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad.’”

― Olly Murs

“I read the novel ‘Miracle at St. Anna’ when it was first released, and I loved it.”

― Omar Benson Miller

“I’ve approached every character I’ve ever played with a poem, first and foremost.”

― Omari Hardwick

“I’d like to believe that ‘The Apprentice’ was a big hit because I was such a superstar in the first season.”

― Omarosa Manigault Newman

“The most pressure I felt was for the first ‘Paranormal Activity,’ because when it was released, whether it was going to be a hit or not, I knew it was going to be a life-altering event for me.”

― Oren Peli

“At first my publisher had reservations about publishing it in the form you are familiar with.”

― Orhan Pamuk

“When I was publishing my first books, the previous generation of authors was fading away, so I was welcomed because I was a new author.”

― Orhan Pamuk

“When I saw Santana for the first time, I was really inspired. Same with Stevie Ray Vaughn.”

― Orianthi

“Getting to write a song with Steve Vai – he was my first support.”

― Orianthi

“One of the first country artists I got to work with was Carrie Underwood at the Grammy Awards.”

― Orianthi

“My first priority is trying to protect my family.”

― Orlando Bloom

“The First Amendment is not an altar on which we must sacrifice our children, families, and community standards. Obscene material that is not protected by the First Amendment can and must be prohibited.”

― Orrin Hatch

“The cobs were delivered to a big pile. We were one of the first to feed corn cobs to cattle.”

― Orville Redenbacher

“With twelve horse power at our command, we considered that we could permit the weight of the machine with operator to rise to 750 or 800 pounds, and still have as much surplus power as we had originally allowed for in the first estimate of 550 pounds.”

― Orville Wright

“The ability to do this so quickly was largely due to the enthusiastic and efficient services of Mr. C.E. Taylor, who did all the machine work in our shop for the first as well as the succeeding experimental machines.”

― Orville Wright

“I represent the interests of almost 90,000 human beings in our system. That’s by far my first and foremost commitment.”

― Oscar Munoz

“At first the English were very surprised by our disregarding the Hague Convention. But from 1916 onward they used at least as much poison as we did.”

― Otto Hahn

“First appearance deceives many.”

― Ovid

“For ultimately, the only way to win wars, is to prevent them occurring in the first place.”

― Owen Arthur

“First and foremost, I just have to be myself.”

― Owen Farrell

“One corollary of the wretchedness of the second trilogy of ‘Star Wars’ films has been the final, demented sanctification of the first trilogy of films.”

― Owen King

“Human kindness is like a defective tap, the first gush may be impressive but the stream soon dries up.”

― P. D. James

“When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“The first thing to do in life is to do with purpose what one purposes to do.”

― Pablo Casals

“Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.”

― Pablo Picasso

“To be the first NXT Women’s Champion is such an honor.”

― Paige

“I wrote my first play when I was eight.”

― Pam Gems

“The first movie that I saw was Godzilla and I loved it.”

― Pam Grier

“The first thing that I ever made was a documentary that I shot… in downtown L.A. about a group of homeless people.”

― Pamela Adlon

“I first read Heinlein when I was very young.”

― Pamela Dean

“’Floating Worlds,’ which received a fair amount of attention when it was first published, deserves rediscovery.”

― Pamela Sargent

“In 1980, shortly before my 11th birthday, I wrote my first essay in English.”

― Pankaj Mishra

“In December 2004, I travelled on the road from Uzbekistan across the Oxus River on which the first Soviet convoys had rolled into Afghanistan 25 years before.”

― Pankaj Mishra

“I won my first Champions League in 1989, and I won my last one 18 years later.”

― Paolo Maldini

“With the first album, there was a lot of angst. I was very naive. I thought I was on top of the whole thing, but I really didn’t know what I was getting into.”

― Paolo Nutini

“The first record I was really into was the Drifters’ ‘When My Little Girl Is Smiling.’”

― Paolo Nutini

“Everything, at first, is an idea, a special creation.”

― Paramahansa Yogananda

“I got my first film, ‘Ladies vs Ricky Bahl,’ easily.”

― Parineeti Chopra

“When I was making my first films, I was very interested in Hollywood B movies.”

― Park Chan-wook

“My first goal is the World Cup, and then my second goal is to win the Asian Cup.”

― Park Ji-sung

“My first lead role was probably ‘Party Girl’ in 1994.”

― Parker Posey

“My mother didn’t listen to my first tape, or my second one.”

― PartyNextDoor

“First time I met Drake was 2012 at a studio in Toronto.”

― PartyNextDoor

“I made my entire first tape using Beats headphones – the studio headphones and halfway through the second one, because I finally started making a home studio. But I record and make all my beats with the Beats headphones.”

― PartyNextDoor

“Culturally, the First World War is the war that stands in for other wars.”

― Pat Barker

“First of all, I’m pretty private about my personal life.”

― Pat Benatar

“Among the achievements celebrated in Trump’s first 100 days are the 59 cruise missiles launched at the Syrian airfield from which the gas attack on civilians allegedly came, and the dropping of the 22,000-pound MOAB bomb in Afghanistan. But what did these bombings accomplish?”

― Pat Buchanan

“Angela Merkel puts Germany first.”

― Pat Buchanan

“The first thing I learned was the theme from Peter Gunn.”

― Pat Metheny

“Somehow, trumpet is the reference point for me – it was actually my first instrument.”

― Pat Metheny

“My first job is to defend, but I know I have the quality to score.”

― Patrice Evra

“I always try to approach character first and foremost viscerally.”

― Patricia Clarkson

“First of all, it does not deter crime, the death penalty.”

― Patricia Cornwell

“I have a handicap in that English is not my first language. So even though I’m a writer, I don’t write anymore because it’s just harder in English.”

― Patricia Riggen

“My first book didn’t even have a Canadian publisher. And that upset me, because I so wanted a readership up there.”

― Patrick deWitt

“One of my first jobs was on a show called ‘Cold Case.’”

― Patrick J. Adams

“Theatre is how I first encountered art on any level.”

― Patrick Marber

“I’m a Jew. I think of myself as a Jew first and Englishman second.”

― Patrick Marber

“Back in 2008, when we were first preparing to launch, I knew I wanted Jo Walton to be a regular writer for the site.”

― Patrick Nielsen Hayden

“It wasn’t until the first season ended that I went to my first Star Trek convention. It was in Denver. There were two and a half thousand people there.”

― Patrick Stewart

“I’d like to do my first record I ever made, A Church, a Courtroom, and Then Goodbye.”

― Patsy Cline

“First of all, anybody who has lasted 30 and went through the 60’s is really a survivor.”

― Patti Smith

“I had not seen that until – and when it first came out I was told. I had not seen or been aware of all of that physical evidence. And when I saw it, I was horrified. It was so astounding to me to see that there was that much evidence.”

― Patty Hearst

“I was the first woman elected as secretary of agriculture in Iowa.”

― Patty Judge

“Back when I first started with Scandal, I felt like I had to carry a lot of the weight because it was up to me to sell those songs.”

― Patty Smyth

“Even though Traf-O-Data wasn’t a roaring success, it was seminal in preparing us to make Microsoft’s first product a couple of years later.”

― Paul Allen

“I first got interested in the brain through computers.”

― Paul Allen

“There are maybe 100 actors I look up to, but my first two favourite actors were Dustin Hoffman and Jack Nicholson.”

― Paul Dano

“There are three signs of senility. The first sign is that a man forgets his theorems. The second sign is that he forgets to zip up. The third sign is that he forgets to zip down.”

― Paul Erdos

“There’s nothing worse than the sequel that’s a letdown from the first movie.”

― Paul Feig

“My first two novels were quirky detective stories followed by a couple of SF/Fantasy novels.”

― Paul G. Tremblay

“The first rule of sustainability is to align with natural forces, or at least not try to defy them.”

― Paul Hawken

“I didn’t handle fame very well at first. I got a little resentful.”

― Paul Henderson

“Shane Douglas’s work in the first 11 months as The Franchise of ECW was so groundbreaking. He made people forget about his on-air persona in WCW and successfully reinvented himself as The Franchise in ECW.”

― Paul Heyman

“My first job at the bakery was jamming doughnuts.”

― Paul Hollywood

“What distinguished the First World War from all wars before it was the massive power of the antagonists.”

― Paul Keating

“My claim has always been that defeatism pervaded the conservative parties in the 1930s and that it was the defining characteristic of Menzies and his first period as prime minister.”

― Paul Keating

“I was about 15, 16 years old when my father first ran for mayor, and that’s where I cut my teeth.”

― Paul Manafort

“Believe it or not, one of the first poets I was aware of was Yeats. I recited ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’ at a verse speaking competition when I was eight or nine.”

― Paul Muldoon

“I spent about five years stuck in a room between the ages of 16 and 20 while I wrote the first book, which came out when I was 21. I should have been out playing tennis.”

― Paul Muldoon

“We need an immigration policy that works for America First.”

― Paul Nehlen

“I want to be that guy that says I was one of the first guys to put a banner in Brooklyn.”

― Paul Pierce

“The first rule of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts.”

― Paul R. Ehrlich

“First, it is not unimportant that the legislative texts of the Old Testament are placed in the mouth of Moses and within the narrative framework of the sojourn at Sinai.”

― Paul Ricoeur

“And at home in the United States we found continued and increased persecution, first of leaders of the Communist Party, and then of all honest anti-fascists.”

― Paul Robeson

“The first record I bought was actually Booker T and the MG’s ‘Red Beans and Rice.’”

― Paul Rodgers

“Furthermore, and a point I really want to make very strongly, is that this is the first Administration since Herbert Hoover not to create a net gain in jobs in the course of its Administration.”

― Paul Sarbanes

“Enoki mushrooms, a tasty variety commonly sold in grocery stores, were one of the first mushrooms studied for preventing cancer.”

― Paul Stamets

“Extensive traveling induces a feeling of encapsulation, and travel, so broadening at first, contracts the mind.”

― Paul Theroux

“My first film was a comedy, but after that I went always into more heavier stuff.”

― Paul Verhoeven

“My first movie that came out – ‘Shopping,’ a British movie starring Jude Law and Sadie Frost – there were certain journalists in the U.K. who just eviscerated that movie.”

― Paul W. S. Anderson

“A pivotal moment for me as a filmmaker was when I saw ‘Total Recall,’ the Arnold Schwarzenegger version, which was the first movie I saw in America.”

― Paul W. S. Anderson

“Let the pitcher move first, then, as he draws his arm back, you draw the bat back and you are ready.”

― Paul Waner

“I kept the first Rickenbacker I ever got, a little short-scale John Lennon-type model. And I’ve got a couple of 12-string models, which are really nice, and I’ve got a Pete Townshend model, which Pete gave me a few years ago. But that’s about it.”

― Paul Weller

“Despite being able to demonstrate a very large audience, major advertisers at first wouldn’t touch Limbaugh.”

― Paul Weyrich

“I first met Walt Disney 25 or 30 years ago.”

― Paul Winchell

“When I first started playing golf, I was heavily into softball and basketball.”

― Paula Creamer

“My first job was working in a dress shop in Los Angeles in 1940, for $7 a week.”

― Paula Fox

“I get the first flight out from anywhere I am because I have to come home to my kids.”

― Paula Poundstone

“For me, that is what made Leonard-Hearns stand out, because they made adjustments on each other, and it went back and forth continually. One had the advantage, then the other, then back to the first one, and so on.”

― Paulie Malignaggi

“Dealing with my first pro loss was the toughest adversity of my career.”

― Paulie Malignaggi

“I was never tested in my first 21 fights.”

― Paulie Malignaggi

“We are regarded as a Third World country with First World living conditions.”

― Pauline Hanson

“The first prerogative of an artist in any medium is to make a fool of himself.”

― Pauline Kael

“I was one of the first veejays to take the camera out on location, and that’s what was unique about MTV at that time.”

― Pauly Shore

“Societal good comes first for me.”

― Pawan Kalyan

“Everybody wants to do something to help, but nobody wants to be first.”

― Pearl Bailey

“I worked in Maynard Jackson’s first campaign, and I remember the excitement we felt when he won.”

― Pearl Cleage

“My first ball I ever got from a Big League player I actually got to purchase in Dodger Stadium in a silent auction, was Reggie Jackson.”

― Pedro Martinez

“Being a biochemist, I did a lot of tissue-culture research prior to working at NASA and when I first started working there.”

― Peggy Whitson

“A child’s first teacher is its mother.”

― Peng Liyuan

“The Carling Cup may not be quite the same level as the FA Cup, but it is the first trophy of the season, so you definitely want to be in it.”

― Pepe Reina

“First our pleasures die – and then our hopes, and then our fears – and when these are dead, the debt is due dust claims dust – and we die too.”

― Percy Bysshe Shelley

“When I first started making music, I wrote the lyrics first, but now, because the music has got kind of wilder, I’ve flipped it.”

― Perfume Genius

“On the first two albums, I essentially began with lyrics and placed the music underneath or around the words.”

― Perfume Genius

“I mean, gosh, my first tours I ever did were with the Ramones and Iggy Pop and Love & Rockets.”

― Perry Farrell

“The flight was extremely normal… for the first 36 seconds then after that got very interesting.”

― Pete Conrad

“It’s weird – on almost every film I’ve worked on, the first sequence we storyboard ends up being the first sequence that goes into animation, and ends up being almost shot-for-shot the same.”

― Pete Docter

“When I was in junior high, I went to a really hippy dippy Quaker school where we called our teachers by their first names and stuff.”

― Pete Holmes

“When I got divorced, the first people I called were Nick Kroll and John Mulaney and T. J. Miller – all the pals.”

― Pete Holmes

“I think that the first part of the art is making the art, but when art really becomes art is when it belongs to somebody else.”

― Pete Wentz

“Sometimes people’s careers take off on their first albums, sometimes they don’t.”

― Peter Asher

“First and foremost, I just want to write comedy.”

― Peter Baynham

“In February I secured permission to enter Osama bin Laden’s compound in the northern Pakistani city of Abbottabad, where he was killed and where he had lived for the last half-decade of his life; the first, and only, journalist to do so.”

― Peter Bergen

“I was initially rather charmed by David Cameron, but I think he’s revealing himself to be a slightly darker and less charismatic figure than he first appeared. There’s a brutality about him.”

― Peter Capaldi

“First off, the crude oil market, unlike every other commodity in America, is virtually unregulated.”

― Peter DeFazio

“In 2000, just before the first dot-com bubble burst, it cost a whopping $5 million to launch a tech startup.”

― Peter Diamandis

“In 1976, Kodak’s first digital camera shot at 0.1 megapixels, weighed 3.75 pounds, and cost over $10,000.”

― Peter Diamandis

“I’ve been a huge Gregg Allman fan since first hearing the Brothers’ live ‘Fillmore’ album.”

― Peter Frampton

“Cinema basically examines a personality first and the body afterward.”

― Peter Greenaway

“A lot of my nonfiction is very strong environmental stories – I was the first guy to write about the dolphin killings in Japan.”

― Peter Heller

“Wanted to write fiction since I was 11, since I first read ‘In Our Time’ by Hemingway.”

― Peter Heller

“Yes, I love poetry, both to read and to write it. A first love.”

― Peter Heller

“’Unknown Pleasures’ is a very important record for me. It was the first LP that I recorded.”

― Peter Hook

“One of the first movies I ever saw was ‘Batman,’ based on the TV series with Adam West and Burt Ward.”

― Peter Jackson

“I never wanted to do ‘The Hobbit’ in the first place.”

― Peter Jackson

“I first read ‘The Lord of the Rings’ as an adolescent. It’s a dense novel, a sprawling, complex monster of a book populated with a prolific number of characters caught up in a narrative structure that, frankly, does not lend itself to conventional storytelling.”

― Peter Jackson

“Al Gore has dedicated his life to detail. George W. Bush has not. He’s the first to admit it.”

― Peter Jennings

“Senator Albert Gore Sr. was one of the first outspoken critics of the Vietnam War.”

― Peter Jennings

“Venom first made his appearance some years ago in a Spider-Man book, and was a huge best-seller.”

― Peter Milligan

“Everything I write, I’ve written the first draft in Austria.”

― Peter Morgan

“Trump will give you the robust bull: 25,000 on the Dow in the first term.”

― Peter Navarro

“When David De Gea first came to the Premier League, he was a small boy.”

― Peter Schmeichel

“I was one of the first foreign players coming in to the Premier League.”

― Peter Schmeichel

“Before and during the first phase of the war his administration repeatedly maligned the UN but now, that Iraq has turned into a quagmire, it is asking the UN for help.”

― Peter Schuyler

“But the first published thing I did was a detective story, detective novel, and I did that on my own.”

― Peter Shaffer

“I think possibly the first film that has music as its leading character.”

― Peter Shaffer

“If I ran for president, the first thing I’d do is legalize everyone who’s been here paying taxes, working, paying taxes. Mothers and fathers of kids born in the U.S. should get a green card.”

― Peter Stormare

“One of my first investments was $100,000 in a Web-based calendar startup – and I lost every dollar.”

― Peter Thiel

“The first question we would ask if aliens landed on this planet is not, ‘What does this mean for the economy or jobs?’ It would be, ‘Are they friendly or unfriendly?’”

― Peter Thiel

“My first buildings, when I was about 30, were rejected for aesthetic reasons.”

― Peter Zumthor

“When I was recording my first solo album ‘Imaginaryland,’ I was listening to a lot of movie scores.”

― Petra Haden

“In my very first NFL game, I completed my first pass to Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk.”

― Peyton Manning

“Things are not always as they seem; the first appearance deceives many.”

― Phaedrus

“I’m a fan of music, first and foremost. So I do things from the perspective of a fan.”

― Pharrell Williams

“That was the most exciting period, I think: at first, when you get the success on that really large scale.”

― Phil Collen

“I can’t remember much about the early flights, except that it was ages before we got into First Class.”

― Phil Collins

“In Genesis we saw ourselves as song-writers. After Peter Gabriel left I was the first to say: ‘It’s OK – we can just do instrumentals.’”

― Phil Collins

“To see a lot of the smaller labels disappear or get gobbled up by the bigger labels, that’s a shame. It was a bit of a shock at first to see the demise of the record stores.”

― Phil Collins

“At first, I thoroughly enjoyed being famous.”

― Phil Donahue

“My only requirement for that first story was that there had to be a fight or an explosion on every page. Naturally, no one wanted to publish it, but I liked the character, did a few stories to keep my hand in.”

― Phil Foglio

“Since I first signed with AMI’s Weider Publications in 2005, everything has turned to gold.”

― Phil Heath

“The First Battle of Fallujah was called off in part because of the intensity of non-U.S. media coverage of civilian casualties from outlets like Al Jazeera.”

― Phil Klay

“At first, we couldn’t be establishment, because we didn’t have any money. We were guerrilla marketers, and we still are, a little bit. But, as we became No. 1 in our industry, we’ve had to modify our culture and become a bit more planned.”

― Phil Knight

“First, I identify an analogous problem in nature and borrow from it.”

― Philip Emeagwali

“He that would govern others, first should be Master of himself.”

― Philip Massinger

“To the first class belong the Gospels and Acts; to the second, the Epistles; to the third, the Revelation.”

― Philip Schaff

“When I first started drumming, when I was 14 or 15, I started writing songs. I wrote for a couple of years, but when we started ‘Radiohead’ it became very apparent quite quickly that I just wanted to concentrate on the drumming.”

― Philip Selway

“He makes people pleased with him by making them first pleased with themselves.”

― Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

“I’ve frowned at the idea of breaking records, the first one to do something, or do it longer, higher, more difficult.”

― Philippe Petit

“I’m a wire-walker, but actually, I’m a moviemaker that hasn’t done his first movie.”

― Philippe Petit

“My first walk illegally at 20 years old was between the towers of Notre Dame.”

― Philippe Petit

“With ‘2 Dope Queens,’ with stand-up, and also with ‘Sooo Many White Guys,’ the interview stuff that I do, I really am a fan first.”

― Phoebe Robinson

“Obviously, Paul Ryan is not an ‘America first’ guy.”

― Phyllis Schlafly

“Brave men are brave from the very first.”

― Pierre Corneille

“A first impulse was never a crime.”

― Pierre Corneille

“In 1991, I co-founded my first start-up, Ink Development, which made software for an early tablet computer.”

― Pierre Omidyar

“A funny thing happened on the way to the election – I got to the Senate first.”

― Pierre Salinger

“As much as I liked and admired the various members of the Kennedy family, my first loyalty was to Jackie.”

― Pierre Salinger

“I was one of the first people to learn that Jackie was going to marry Aristotle Onassis.”

― Pierre Salinger

“Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker series also shows the potential of lighter fantastic fiction. I read the first, and listened to a tape of a later one, and it’s fun.”

― Piers Anthony

“I did not know at first that it would be a series; I discovered after the first novel that I had more to say about it, so I did another. And another, and then the readers demanded yet more.”

― Piers Anthony

“I should point out, however, that at first some difficulty was experienced in observing the phenomena predicted by the theory, owing to the extreme smallness of the variations in the period of oscillation.”

― Pieter Zeeman

“I’m a father first.”

― Pilou Asbaek

“I was the first person in the family to be an actor.”

― Pilou Asbaek

“For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.”

― Plato

“This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.”

― Plato

“I was the first to wear colored skinny jeans.”

― Playboi Carti

“The first time I got locked up, I was in Walmart stealing BB guns.”

― PnB Rock

“I first came across Chadron, Nebraska, by accident in 1994.”

― Poe Ballantine

“Back in the Nineties, I was in an R&B group. I signed my first record deal when I was 12.”

― Poo Bear

“I was India’s youngest producer. I was 21 when I produced my first film. I’ve continued to produce films because of the people who have worked with me and supported me.”

― Pooja Bhatt

“The family is the first essential cell of human society.”

― Pope John XXIII

“I was a redhead when I first came to America.”

― Poppy Montgomery

“The first 10 years I was a professional actor, I did Shakespeare.”

― Powers Boothe

“I’m the first South Asian woman to be elected to the House of Representatives.”

― Pramila Jayapal

“In the first years of the Queen’s reign, the level of adulation – you wouldn’t believe it. You really wouldn’t.”

― Prince Philip

“I am definitely not as polite as Beatrice, I have to say. I tell it as it is. I am shyer at first.”

― Princess Eugenie of York

“’Aiyyaa’ was not the first film that I was offered in Hindi… it was the first film that I wanted to do in Hindi.”

― Prithviraj Sukumaran

“A hasty judgment is a first step to recantation.”

― Publilius Syrus

“Begin thus from the first act, and proceed; and, in conclusion, at the ill which thou hast done, be troubled, and rejoice for the good.”

― Pythagoras

“Our first album didn’t work because we tried to be something we’re not.”

― Quavo

“There is no need to do any housework at all. After the first four years the dirt doesn’t get any worse.”

― Quentin Crisp

“If there is something magic about the collaborations I have with actors it’s because I put the character first.”

― Quentin Tarantino

“My first gig was at Radio City Music Hall when I was 13.”

― Questlove

“I discovered the theater when I was in the first grade.”

― R. J. Cutler

“Well, when I was 13, for my bar mitzvah I received my first typewriter. And that was special.”

― R. L. Stine

“Sequels face the risk of being constantly compared to the first film.”

― R. Madhavan

“Acting was not on my radar ever, but after shooting my first film, I have realised that this is my calling.”

― Raashi Khanna

“When I wrote my first book, ‘Koolaids,’ I felt rejected and not wanted.”

― Rabih Alameddine

“My first memory in life is grilling my thumb to the griddle in our restaurant on Cape Cod.”

― Rachael Ray

“My father was raised a union Democrat. He cast his first ballot for a Republican in 1980 for Ronald Reagan.”

― Rachel Campos-Duffy

“’Rescue Me’ is the first book in a three-book series. Although, like all my series, the books are purposely written so that readers do not have to read them in order.”

― Rachel Gibson

“I had always wanted to include images in a novel, and with my first book, ‘Telex From Cuba,’ I made an elaborate website that is basically all images.”

― Rachel Kushner

“I started dealing with weapons on the first show I ever did, ‘The Inside,’ but I didn’t really do any physical stuff until ‘Alias.’”

― Rachel Nichols

“I had my first concert in front of 80,000 people at the International Soca Monarch Finals.”

― Rachel Platten

“My first job was in retail at the age of 14, and I have worked in the industry ever since.”

― Rachel Roy

“Oddly, a search for ‘jeggings’ in my email inbox shows that my first exposure to the phenomenon came from – wait for it – Mike Allen of ‘Politico,’ who helpfully explained the concept on December 20, 2009.”

― Rachel Sklar

“’Vetri Selvan’ is the first film where I play a conventional romantic role, which I found very challenging.”

― Radhika Apte

“One of the first things I picked up when I was very, very young out of a record store was work from Peter Saville – the early things he used to do for Factory Records.”

― Raf Simons

“I was under pressure in my first season at Valencia, and we won the title. Two years later, I was under more pressure there, and we won the title and the UEFA Cup.”

― Rafael Benitez

“We need to restore the confidence in the country, first of all.”

― Rafik Hariri

“Social networks didn’t exist when I started. Twitter and Facebook didn’t exist. It was all about MySpace when I first got in the game.”

― Raheem DeVaughn

“I kind of stumbled into comics in a roundabout way. One of the first films my father introduced me to was the 1989 ‘Batman,’ the Tim Burton one.”

― Rahul Kohli

“My very first runway show, I was in ‘Vogue.’”

― Rain Dove

“When I first started out modelling, I was binding my chest at gigs to make sure my physique was able to be ‘passable’ as male. But now, I never bind. It’s highly unsafe and unhealthy.”

― Rain Dove

“I grew up in Nagpur, and I first started enjoying the author Harishankar Parsai. He wrote mostly satire, essays on the current situation and social issues. He wrote many books and I think he was my first influence.”

― Rajkumar Hirani

“I’m a filmmaker first, nothing else matters.”

― Rajkumar Hirani

“Law and order is the first and topmost priority.”

― Rajnath Singh

“Everything I did on the ‘Paid in Full’ album and those first three albums, I wrote everything right in the studio.”

― Rakim

“I’m the first to admit that I can’t be as good as Tolkien, and a movie can never be as good as Tolkien.”

― Ralph Bakshi

“When I first filmed things, they were always slightly awkward.”

― Ralph Fiennes

“We are looking at a future where to a first approximation, everyone is wealthy.”

― Ralph Merkle

“The first wealth is health.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Every artist was first an amateur.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“’Dhruva’ is not a first person narrative of Siddharth Abhimanyu.”

― Ram Charan

“My first celebrity crush… I had a huge crush on ‘Cheetara’ from ‘ThunderCats.’”

― Ramon Rodriguez

“’Naa Ishtam’ is my first commercial Telugu film. That was exciting.”

― Rana Daggubati

“My first film ‘Saawariya’ was a flop; I don’t regret it.”

― Ranbir Kapoor

“One of the first jobs I did was a commercial, a local commercial on the Chinese channel here in Los Angeles, and the whole thing was in Cantonese, I think, and I didn’t have any lines, but I was kind of the focus of the commercial.”

― Randall Park

“I wrote my first novel, ‘Deadline,’ in 1994 as an experiment.”

― Randy Alcorn

“In 2003, for my first Rumble, I was just as nervous then as I was 15 years later.”

― Randy Orton

“Wrestling is my first love.”

― Randy Orton

“I’m so Republican, my first name starts with ‘R.’ I’m so right-wing – well, Randy Weber. You do the math.”

― Randy Weber

“I’m a physician first and foremost. I will always be a physician.”

― Raul Ruiz

“I was invited for the first Woodstock. Actually, I started the programme.”

― Ravi Shankar

“The first draft is usually junk. You have to work on it seven to eight times.”

― Ravi Subramanian

“I recorded my first song, ‘Greetings,’ and it got so much attention on SoundCloud. I was not expecting that.”

― Ravyn Lenae

“The first stories I wrote when I was 12 were about Mars and landing on Mars.”

― Ray Bradbury

“My first encounter with Cyborg was through the ‘Teen Titans’ cartoon.”

― Ray Fisher

“The first script I got was Narc and I really responded to it; it reminded me of a ’70s type movie, I really liked the characters, I didn’t anticipate the ending.”

― Ray Liotta

“Jim wanted to be known as a poet, first and foremost.”

― Ray Manzarek

“I am amused when somebody tries to illustrate the first email using a modern keyboard and a finger reaching for the ‘2’ key. Wrong key! The @ was on the ‘P’ key.”

― Ray Tomlinson

“When one thinks of golf and Scotland, the first thing that comes to mind is usually St. Andrews, especially the famed Old Course.”

― Raymond Bonner

“You must see first before you can believe.”

― Raymond Holliwell

“The First Amendment protects the Internet.”

― Raymond Kethledge

“My first album is a lot of my personal experiences. I wanted people to relate to what I’ve been through.”

― Rebecca Ferguson

“I first came to China as a child on a visit with my family in 1978.”

― Rebecca MacKinnon

“If you want to be a writer, first and foremost, you must write. If you write, you’re a writer. Period.”

― Rebecca Serle

“Every published writer suffers through that first draft because most of the time, that’s a disappointment.”

― Rebecca Stead

“I’m trained in musical theatre and ‘Pitch Perfect’ is the first movie where I get to really belt out. I beat Adele for that role.”

― Rebel Wilson

“I was surprised to make it even to the finals of the Olympics, and to get first is above me. I don’t even know what’s going on, to be honest.”

― Red Gerard

“I don’t want to step on the DP’s toes. That’s the first lesson I learned when I started directing with other cinematographers.”

― Reed Morano

“The first director who ever allowed me to shoot a film for him was a male. He was a gay male. My first feature also came from him. I worked for a lot of dudes at NYU.”

― Reed Morano

“’First to market’ is simply a demarcation on a calendar. It really doesn’t mean anything.”

― Reggie Fils-Aime

“When I first came in the league, there were only two officials. So you could really get away with a lot.”

― Reggie Miller

“First and foremost, Indiana will always be a basketball state.”

― Reggie Miller

“I watch ESPN all day. If you come into my trailer, ESPN is on. That’s the first thing I do when I leave the set.”

― Regina King

“I witnessed the building of the Space Shuttle Columbia, the first orbiter to be launched into space.”

― Rene Burri

“In less than eighteen months, it prepared a first draft which it submitted to the General Assembly and which, at the end of one hundred sessions of elevated, often impassioned discussion, was adopted in the form of thirty articles on December 10, 1948.”

― Rene Cassin

“Similarly, the problem of the rights of the state in the disposition of inheritances left by individuals presents social aspects of the first importance.”

― Rene Cassin

“Actually, it was first a movie called Gale Force, which was a hurricane movie. That script never came together, and then the same deal was replaced with Cliffhanger.”

― Renny Harlin

“As a rule, whenever I hear about a demographic threat, it comes first of all from a type of thinking that says the Arabs are a threat. And this leads to thinking of transfer or that they should be killed. I am appalled by this kind of talk.”

― Reuven Rivlin

“There are many Palestinians, to be diplomatic, who believe there is no way to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, first of all, and there are a lot of people that believe there is no way to recognize Israel at all.”

― Reuven Rivlin

“The first Nardwuar video I watched was, funnily enough, the first Odd Future one.”

― Rex Orange County

“We’ve been hydraulically fracturing wells in large numbers since the 1960s, first developed in 1940.”

― Rex Tillerson

“Dark matches are usually off-camera. Sometimes you don’t even wrestle in front of the crowd, you wrestle in front of the agents – but my first match with WCW was on a pay-per-view.”

― Rey Mysterio

“My biography of Jesus is probably the first popular biography that does not use the New Testament as its primary source material.”

― Reza Aslan

“The launch of ‘Tomb Raider III’ was actually my first experience of the games industry.”

― Rhianna Pratchett

“First of all, Vince McMahon doesn’t argue – he tells you!”

― Ric Flair

“I had my first ‘Survivor Series’ in 1991 and I was fortunate enough to be an instrumental part of the shows I was on.”

― Ric Flair

“The first responsibility of the state is to guarantee the safety of the people.”

― Ricardo Salinas Pliego

“From the moment we started working on the first ‘Wreck-It Ralph,’ we knew there were so many possibilities with these characters.”

― Rich Moore

“Retired is being tired twice, I’ve thought, first tired of working, then tired of not.”

― Richard Armour

“Aerodynamics is mathematics for those who haven’t learned to do calculus. In my case, too, for one who hasn’t learned to add or multiply, at least the first time.”

― Richard Bach

“By putting the employee first, the customer effectively comes first by default, and in the end, the shareholder comes first by default as well.”

― Richard Branson

“I was 20, I was an amateur from 14 but my first professional role was at 22.”

― Richard Briers

“My next film, ‘The Prince Of Players,’ was Hollywood’s first turkey in CinemaScope – when CinemaScope was new and hotter than a pistol.”

― Richard Burton

“I’d be the first to say that cybersecurity is a difficult and challenging matter.”

― Richard Cordray

“I think the first movie I ever saw was a ‘Star Wars’ triple bill, when ‘Return of the Jedi’ was released.”

― Richard Coyle

“When when my first feature opportunity came along, I wasn’t prepared, but we did it in about 17 days.”

― Richard Donner

“Maybe I’m a serial regional writer. First here, then there, across the map.”

― Richard Ford

“The Obama Doctrine is the first presidential strategy in history that is exclusively about communicating – not implementing – policy. The Obama Doctrine seems to be ‘tweet with overwhelming force.’”

― Richard Grenell

“When I first started writing, I wrote a book called ‘Bruiser,’ and it was pretty much set in Chicago.”

― Richard House

“I’m not the last of the old bosses. I’m the first of the new leaders.”

― Richard J. Daley

“I was first exposed to the idea of macro-molecular sequences while I was a postdoctoral fellow with Jack Strominger at Harvard. During that time, I briefly visited Fred Sanger’s laboratory in Cambridge, England, to learn the methodology of RNA fingerprinting and sequencing.”

― Richard J. Roberts

“There are people in this servile world who will endure any trampling, and at the first beck rush delightedly to proffer their assistance.”

― Richard Jefferies

“Businessmen… were not born chief executives. They were often people first.”

― Richard Jefferson

“’Syndicate’ is technically the first game I worked on.”

― Richard K. Morgan

“For the first couple of years I played really bad tennis. It was so bad that they booed me off the court.”

― Richard Krajicek

“A nation has its first obligation to its own workers and its own poor.”

― Richard Lamm

“That first responsibility as a school board member – meals for latch-key children – was absolutely critical in my understanding of the extraordinary problems of poverty.”

― Richard Lugar

“And then for the first time in history a Cook County state’s attorney was reelected for a third time.”

― Richard M. Daley

“For President Bush, the first, the 41st president, George Herbert Walker Bush, I spent all 4 years of his presidency on the staff for the National Security Council.”

― Richard N. Haass

“The first Iraq War was one of necessity because vital U.S. interests were at stake, and we reached the point where no other national-security instruments were likely to achieve the necessary goal, which was the reversal of Saddam Hussein’s invasion and occupation of Kuwait.”

― Richard N. Haass

“The first movie I appeared in was Carry On Cowboy, though not as an actor. I was just riding horses.”

― Richard O’Brien

“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.”

― Richard P. Feynman

“The first amazing fact about gravitation is that the ratio of inertial mass to gravitational mass is constant wherever we have checked it. The second amazing thing about gravitation is how weak it is.”

― Richard P. Feynman

“Quarks came in a number of varieties – in fact, at first, only three were needed to explain all the hundreds of particles and the different kinds of quarks – they are called u-type, d-type, s-type.”

― Richard P. Feynman

“Although every writer dreams of getting it right on the first pass, very few succeed.”

― Richard Rhodes

“People ask what was the first piece of music I wrote. There was no first piece.”

― Richard Rodney Bennett

“The first is called insuperable, the second inseparable, the third singular.”

― Richard Rolle

“I get and read an enormous number of first novels.”

― Richard Russo

“I used to eat lunch with Billy Wilder when I first came out here.”

― Richard Serra

“I’m going to put the interests of the nation first.”

― Richard Shelby

“Certainly, the Bush Administration will rely in the first instance on its friends, since it would be both illogical and counterproductive to reward its adversaries.”

― Richard V. Allen

“I’m really happy with my first season in the Premier League: I played 38 games and managed to stay injury-free.”

― Richarlison

“I’ll play first, third, left. I’ll play anywhere – except Philadelphia.”

― Richie Allen

“I can play anywhere. First, third, left field, anywhere but Philadelphia.”

― Richie Allen

“My first payback to society in life, was The Dolphin Project.”

― Rick Danko

“When CD technology first came out, it was just so much waste.”

― Rick Danko

“The first time I met Michael, we saw each other on a TV show.”

― Rick Dees

“To finish first you must first finish.”

― Rick Mears

“We do try to be entertainers, but we’re musicians first, and we try to showcase the music.”

― Rick Nielsen

“As Americans, we realize that there is no taxpayer money that wasn’t first earned through the sweat and toil of one of our citizens.”

― Rick Perry

“When I first came to Def Jam, in ’06, all we ever did was win, put up big numbers.”

― Rick Ross

“Toomp produced ‘White House’ on my first record, and we made magic.”

― Rick Ross

“I’ve been a fan of Adele since her first project.”

― Rick Ross

“I was in the Navy as an enlisted man, started my first business when I was 21.”

― Rick Scott

“When businesses think of locating in North America, I want to make sure that they think first about Florida.”

― Rick Scott

“The first guitar I ever got was for my 13th birthday.”

― Rick Springfield

“I am a Yes fan, ultimately. I’ve been a member of the band, but I was always a fan of the band first.”

― Rick Wakeman

“The only name on my birth certificate was Henley, no first name.”

― Rickey Henderson

“Magicians from the nineteenth century threw cards distances, but I think I’m the first one who made a thing about using them as weapons.”

― Ricky Jay

“I must have been 15 or 16 when I left Antrim Grammar, but I do remember having my first proper kiss when I lived there.”

― Ricky Whittle

“First black Bond – that’s my aim! That’s the one!”

― Ricky Whittle

“I started late. I didn’t make my first movie until I was 40.”

― Ridley Scott

“Fire is our first form of technology.”

― Ridley Scott

“Are we the first hominids? I really, really, really doubt it.”

― Ridley Scott

“At first, I didn’t really use anything in the social network world. I was so anti-social network, which is kind of ironic. I actually first started on a chat room on my fan site.”

― Rihanna

“I actually wanted to become a model agent, and went into what ended up becoming my first agency for a job interview. They ended up suggesting I model instead. I guess I sort of fell into it.”

― Rila Fukushima

“The first song I ever did on screen was ‘Main Shaayar To Nahi.’”

― Rishi Kapoor

“I recorded my first jazz record in the ’70s.”

― Rita Coolidge

“I carry a notebook with me everywhere. But that’s only the first step.”

― Rita Dove

“The first album I bought was the Spice Girls, ha ha.”

― Rita Ora

“My first tour sold out in Glasgow, and they were one of the loudest. I couldn’t hear myself.”

― Rita Ora

“When you’re a dancer, you start with the basics. You don’t all of a sudden do a grand jete and pirouette. You start with first position, second, third.”

― Rita Rudner

“Acting has been my first passion, and turning a producer was a natural progression.”

― Riteish Deshmukh

“It was a dream come true, as in my first film, I have Rajkumar Hirani as the producer and Madhavan as my co-star. Who can get a better role than this?”

― Ritika Singh

“In Ohio, I built the world’s first skate plaza.”

― Rob Dyrdek

“You want to hit full strides going into the first game and maintain it.”

― Rob Gronkowski

“When I first got into the league, I just used to run. Just run the route. Really no technique to it. I really couldn’t separate myself from the defender.”

― Rob Gronkowski

“The first concert I ever went to was the Bee Gees.”

― Rob Huebel

“If I had been on ‘Ally McBeal,’ I would have been seen coming out of the shower on the first show.”

― Rob Lowe

“First of all, weren’t all the best beatings in the trailer for ‘The Passion of the Christ’? I hate when the trailer gives away all the best stuff.”

― Rob Schneider

“I started my career as a novelist. ‘Veronica Mars’ was first imagined as a novel.”

― Rob Thomas

“First of all: no one in their right mind would sign an exclusive contract.”

― Rob Walton

“I did the rock ‘n roll-pop cliche of getting burnt out. I’m not the first person that happened to, and I’m sure I won’t be the last.”

― Robbie Williams

“At Berkeley I had my first encounter with real professional scientists.”

― Robert B. Laughlin

“Almost in every kingdom the most ancient families have been at first princes’ bastards.”

― Robert Burton

“I do tend to divide my childhood into darkness and light, and the first seven years were certainly the darkness.”

― Robert Carlyle

“The first essentials, of course, is to know what you want.”

― Robert Collier

“The dangers which threaten us are twofold: First, from the Confederate forces, composed of men whose earnest convictions and reckless bravery it is idle to deny.”

― Robert Dale Owen

“At the start of first terms, presidents invariably have a measure of goodwill.”

― Robert Dallek

“Nixon did not anticipate the extent to which Kissinger, whom he barely knew when he appointed him national-security adviser in 1969, would be envious and high-strung – a maintenance project of the first order.”

― Robert Dallek

“William Henry Harrison, who died of pneumonia in April of 1841, after only one month in office, was the first Chief Executive to hide his physical frailties.”

― Robert Dallek

“Music was the first art form I ever had.”

― Robert David Hall

“It was a Republican, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who first protected the Arctic Refuge to balance the oil development at Prudhoe Bay with responsible conservation.”

― Robert Dold

“I directed an early episode of ‘Supernatural’ the first season called ‘Skin.’”

― Robert Duncan McNeill

“I always serve the writer first because I’m English trained, even though I’m American.”

― Robert Englund

“For a while, R&B was going out of style. It was kind of getting kicked to the side. The first year the R&B Album of the Year didn’t get on the TV portion of the Grammys is when I got nominated.”

― Robert Glasper

“I hated Matthew Bourne’s ‘Swan Lake’ when it first turned up, and then when it was televised, and then when it returned.”

― Robert Gottlieb

“The first movement ballerina should be a paradigm of strength and authority.”

― Robert Gottlieb

“Joe Louis was one of my first heroes.”

― Robert Goulet

“The Catholics of Maryland were the first people on the new continent to declare universal religious toleration. Let this be remembered to their eternal honor.”

― Robert Green Ingersoll

“When I first started playing at Norwich, West Brom were in the Championship, got promoted, got relegated, got promoted, got relegated, and all the time, they were building until they eventually stayed up.”

― Robert Green

“Once I came out of the First Division with Norwich, it was great.”

― Robert Green

“Every vision is a joke until the first man accomplishes it; once realized, it becomes commonplace.”

― Robert H. Goddard

“In matters of conscience, first thoughts are best. In matters of prudence, last thoughts are best.”

― Robert Hall

“The person lives twice who lives the first life well.”

― Robert Herrick

“Each must in virtue strive for to excel; That man lives twice that lives the first life well.”

― Robert Herrick

“He loves his bonds who, when the first are broke, Submits his neck into a second yoke.”

― Robert Herrick

“When I began to interview people from the ’60s, my first question was always, ‘What was your favorite record?’”

― Robert Hilburn

“Elvis may have been my first hero, but you couldn’t relate to him.”

― Robert Hilburn

“Many, many of my paintings have come from the first chapter of Moby Dick.”

― Robert Indiana

“There were four major 20th-century science fiction writers: Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein and Ray Bradbury. Of those four, the first three were all published principally in science-fiction magazines. They were preaching to the converted.”

― Robert J. Sawyer

“When I first started, my novels were set in the far future.”

― Robert J. Sawyer

“In my first few years of elementary school at the Edison School in Detroit, I did poorly. I remember worrying that I might fail the second grade and be held back.”

― Robert J. Shiller

“Good leaders must first become good servants.”

― Robert K. Greenleaf

“The first ‘Ring’ in Bayreuth was about the poetical world, the mythological world.”

― Robert Lepage

“I agree with President Trump that we should have an America First trade policy.”

― Robert Lighthizer

“My first writing job was with a company called TheatreworksUSA.”

― Robert Lopez

“Our kids come first, and we really put them at the top of our priority list.”

― Robert Lopez

“I don’t believe that my first name is Leo or that my last name is Tolstoy. I’m a storyteller.”

― Robert Ludlum

“The first famous winemaking consultant was the late professor Emile Peynaud, who reigned over Bordeaux throughout the 1940s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.”

― Robert M. Parker, Jr.

“One of the first comic things you do is imitate.”

― Robert Mankoff

“It was more exciting to get that first book published, I think.”

― Robert McCloskey

“Young writers find their first audience in little magazines, and experimental writers find their only audience there.”

― Robert Morgan

“A tendency could not but arise to reconcile with Christian profession a good many modes of life, enjoyments, occupations, social actions and customs, from which the first Christians had recoiled.”

― Robert Rainy

“A few years after that first visit, I applied for a job in Yosemite.”

― Robert Redford

“We program the festival, after 20 years, exactly the way we did on the first day.”

― Robert Redford

“I was a huge fan of ‘Fargo.’ I binge-watched the first two seasons in a couple of weeks. I loved that series.”

― Robert Sheehan

“I grew up in France, my first language was French, and I tend to gravitate towards French cooking.”

― Robert Stack

“My first gig with Metallica was at San Quentin State Penitentiary.”

― Robert Trujillo

“Flamenco was probably the first music that I may have heard as a baby, because my father played flamenco.”

― Robert Trujillo

“While at college, I did my first lead on a network TV show, Medic.”

― Robert Vaughn

“I’m still very close friends with his first wife, Neile, who is now remarried.”

― Robert Vaughn

“It was under Wilson, of course, that the first huge parts of the Marxist program, such as the progressive income tax, were incorporated into the American system.”

― Robert W. Welch, Jr.

“The UFC are my employers, so they have to come first.”

― Robert Whittaker

“As one of its first acts after coming into existence, the EPA banned the vital pesticide DDT.”

― Robert Zubrin

“The first movie I saw – and I don’t know if it influenced me – was Ben Hur. We watched it outside in a corn field, and it ran backwards, so the first movie I ever saw was Ben Hur backwards.”

― Roberto Benigni

“To score my first Selecao goal is a unique emotion.”

― Roberto Firmino

“A lot of Brazilians are very superstitious, especially footballers. I’m the same. I always step on to the pitch with my right foot first.”

― Roberto Firmino

“I don’t like to participate at anything and not finish first.”

― Roberto Mancini

“Poetry, first and foremost, is the lyric. It’s the music.”

― Robin Coste Lewis

“I think the first things that are relevant are that things should work well; they should function.”

― Robin Day

“I was hit for the first time before I was married.”

― Robin Givens

“I have been to Iraq on a number of occasions. I was with the first group that went in.”

― Robin Hayes

“I made my first million by the time I was 31 and promptly lost it when I got divorced.”

― Robin Leach

“I do believe that the genre reached its peak before the First World War.”

― Robyn Davidson

“My first venture into TV was a half-hour sitcom on Fox called ‘Roc.’”

― Rocky Carroll

“One of the first guys I ever played golf with was Samuel L. Jackson. We did a movie many years ago and would play whenever we could.”

― Rocky Carroll

“I think the Angels could use me the most. The Angels don’t have a day-to-day first baseman.”

― Rod Carew

“The first cut is the deepest.”

― Rod Stewart

“I was one of the first of the uglies. Rock Hudson and Tab Hunter… were very pretty fellows, and that was the trend. I was one of the first of the uglies to get lucky.”

― Rod Taylor

“My first match lasted 10 seconds, and I lost.”

― Roddy Piper

“To me, Hank Williams is the first rock-and-roll star.”

― Rodney Crowell

“My first responsibility is to be selfish for New Jersey.”

― Rodney Frelinghuysen

“I have to address the economic conditions of everybody, including, and perhaps first, those who are poor.”

― Rodrigo Duterte

“My first qualification is I didn’t go to Columbia Journalism School.”

― Roger Ailes

“The first 12-string guitar I bought was probably around 1957.”

― Roger McGuinn

“Well, I guess that early 12 string. The first Martin I bought. I bought it around 1957 with money I earned as a janitor assistant. I bought brand new. I still have that.”

― Roger McGuinn

“What we ask of music, first and last, is that it communicate experience – experience of all kinds, vital and profound at its greatest, amusing or entertaining at another level.”

― Roger Sessions

“Few remember that Trump was among the first in the country to recognize the danger of radical Islam.”

― Roger Stone

“When I first got a guitar, it was a Spanish, classical thing.”

― Roger Waters

“The first time I met Harlan Ellison, we were both unpublished young punks in Cleveland, Ohio.”

― Roger Zelazny

“You can’t be no philanthropist, no Warren Buffett, unless you make something first.”

― Rohan Marley

“I know I won’t be the first one to say this, but Suzuka is definitely my favourite circuit of the year.”

― Romain Grosjean

“I like Hockenheim because I’ve raced there quite a few times. In fact, one of my first single seater races was there in Formula Renault 1.6 in 2003.”

― Romain Grosjean

“At first acoustics attributed to the different sounds only a limited number of characteristic features.”

― Roman Jakobson

“My first meal when I wake up is five boiled eggs, egg whites, and a slice of whole wheat bread.”

― Romeo Santos

“English is my first language, but musically speaking, I write my music in Spanish.”

― Romeo Santos

“My first inkling of what the Commonwealth might really mean came only when I escaped the oddly British-tinged Asia I had known and went to live in the Philippines.”

― Romesh Gunesekera

“First concert I ever went to was a group called The Yardbirds. Eric Clapton is the lead guitarist.”

― Ron Barber

“First of all it has never been the case that I have threatened people with expulsion or that I’ve threatened to throw people out of the Parliamentary Labour Party.”

― Ron Davies

“I’ll just say it: I love Sundance; my very first film won Sundance.”

― Ron Eldard

“Andrew Jackson was the first president to claim that the desires of the public overrode Congress’s constitutional prerogatives. Virtually every president since Jackson has claimed the mantle, even while lacking two ingredients of an electoral mandate: a landslide victory and a specific agenda.”

― Ron Fournier

“The first movie I did that was inspired by true events was ‘Apollo 13.’”

― Ron Howard

“From when I was a young boy, I wanted to be the first person to direct a movie at 100.”

― Ron Howard

“The people that are proposing banning assault weapons, well, first of all they’re already banned. Assault weapon is a fully automatic, those are already banned.”

― Ron Johnson

“For about the first ten years of my career, I wasn’t terribly motivated.”

― Ron Silver

“’Battletar’ took a while to kinda permeate out into pop culture generally. It hit first with the science-fiction fan community, then the critics, and then it kind of went to the general population.”

― Ronald D. Moore

“It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.”

― Ronald Reagan

“Politics I supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.”

― Ronald Reagan

“I trained really badly during the first 10 years of my sporting career.”

― Ronaldo

“I do not regret the end of my first marriage.”

― Ronan Keating

“Around A.D. 930, the sages in Tiberias assembled all 24 holy books and completed the writing of the codex, the first definitive Tanakh, or Hebrew Bible. From Tiberias, the codex was taken to Jerusalem.”

― Ronen Bergman

“I was editing for Kunal Kapoor when I got my first film ‘Jaan Tere Naam’ as lead actor.”

― Ronit Roy

“I don’t recall getting a first guitar.”

― Ronnie Montrose

“When I first saw Jo, I said boom, that was it, because I’m a one-woman man.”

― Ronnie Wood

“My first public impression was my French teacher, Derek Swift.”

― Rory Bremner

“When I graduated from Brown after majoring in women’s studies, I made my first PBS documentary, ‘Women of Substance.’ My first feature documentary was called ‘American Hollow,’ which I did for HBO and was at the Sundance Film Festival.”

― Rory Kennedy

“I gave Joss Whedon and Judd Apatow their first writing jobs, as well as many other untried writers who went on to great success.”

― Roseanne Barr

“As a first-generation inheritor, the first mandate is to preserve our family wealth and hopefully increase it.”

― Roshni Nadar

“Our campaign is powered by college students who are not about to let the first genocide of the 21st century happen on their watch.”

― Ross Martin

“The First Amendment rejects red tape, cover-up and double-speak.”

― Roy Barnes

“Hang ’em first, try ’em later.”

― Roy Bean

“I was the first Blunt ever elected to anything.”

― Roy Blunt

“I knew of the ‘Gilmore Girls’ – I wasn’t a rabid fan, but I watched it sporadically when it was first on.”

― Roy Choi

“A lot of the big stars of today got their beginnings and their first network and national exposure from ‘Hee Haw.’”

― Roy Clark

“My first project was ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’. I co-produced that.”

― Roy Conli

“The point is that knowledge of God is not prohibited under the First Amendment.”

― Roy Moore

“I have plenty of sponsors, and I’m the first American that Pretorian has sponsored.”

― Roy Nelson

“I am a student first, teacher second.”

― Roy Nelson

“I learned my first songs when I was six and seven, and when I was eight years old, I won a local talent show.”

― Roy Orbison

“The first people I ever saw were probably Little Richard and Gene Vincent.”

― Roy Wood

“There’s so many different ways to get yourself out there, a lot more options than when we first came out.”

― Rozonda Thomas

“I’ve been blessed because there are a lot of great singers out there that didn’t make it past their first album.”

― Ruben Studdard

“I was the first black child to desegregate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in Louisiana in 1960.”

― Ruby Bridges

“Entropy theory is indeed a first attempt to deal with global form; but it has not been dealing with structure. All it says is that a large sum of elements may have properties not found in a smaller sample of them.”

― Rudolf Arnheim

“In many instances, order is apprehended first of all by the senses.”

― Rudolf Arnheim

“One of my uncles took me to my first movie in a cinema – ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.’”

― Rupert Friend

“But thankfully, my first album, ‘Wide Screen,’ was sort of a critics’ darling – everyone raved about it, but no one bought it. They only manufactured 10,000 copies; I wasn’t even in the running for failure!”

― Rupert Holmes

“I first had the thought about making a musical of ‘Edwin Drood’ as far back as 1971.”

― Rupert Holmes

“The press is the only institution that is truly accountable. The founding fathers put the First Amendment first for a reason.”

― Rupert Murdoch

“My first, ‘Room on the Roof,’ was the longest book I’ve written.”

― Ruskin Bond

“The first encounter was when the Vikings came across 10 Indians taking naps under their overturned canoes – and the Vikings killed them. That did not set up a very good mutual relationship.”

― Russell Freedman

“After the pancreatic cancer, at first I went to N.I.H. every three months, then every four months, then every six months.”

― Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“I think I wrote my first piece about food in 1978.”

― Ruth Reichl

“Your nerves can get the better of you, especially when it’s your first film.”

― Rutina Wesley

“I did my first Broadway play, ‘The Vertical Hour,’ in 2006, with Julianne Moore, who’s always been one of my favorite actresses. My scene was with her, so it was nerve-racking.”

― Rutina Wesley

“At the most basic level, prioritizing design also represents a practical consideration. It’s far easier to design first and engineer later.”

― Ryan Holmes

“The first song I ever had recorded by another artist was a song called ‘Surefire Feeling’ by Jake Owen.”

― Ryan Hurd

“When I was 6, I saw a commercial that Jessica Simpson was in, and that was the first time I felt my little heart flutter.”

― Ryan Lee

“I’ve written something and I would like to have my first film directed by the time I’m 30.”

― Ryan Phillippe

“I won the first contest I ever entered, when I was 6.”

― Ryan Sheckler

“The first five to six years of my life were spent in and out of the hospital.”

― Ryan White

“When a recruiter first told me about the Navy SEALs, I knew it was the right fit.”

― Ryan Zinke

“One of the first benchmarks in a season are far as at-bats is 100.”

― Ryne Sandberg

“The first music I got really into was Bach.”

― Ryuichi Sakamoto

“I actually heard hip-hop before I saw a movie in a movie theater. I heard hip-hop first, at the tender age of seven, so that came first. I didn’t see a movie until I was eight.”

― Rza

“Wu-Tang Clan’s first album, ’36 Chambers,’ there wasn’t a lot of money given to make that album.”

― Rza

“The whole first 100 Wu-Tang songs was made on an ASR-10.”

― Rza

“So I was about 19 when I got my first SP-1200, and on that SP-1200, I made ‘Bring The Pain’ and a few other classic Wu joints.”

― Rza

“When I first heard hip-hop, in 1976, there were maybe only 500 people that could do it.”

― Rza

“I’m not the first guy to make a record or to make hip-hop, but I did it differently.”

― Rza

“Lebanon first.”

― Saad Hariri

“Incontestably, the great centres of population in the primeval ages were the chalklands, and next to them those of limestone. The chalk first, for it furnished man with flints, and the limestone next when he had learned to barter.”

― Sabine Baring-Gould

“Everyone takes a bad selfie – the first thing is to know that.”

― Sabrina Carpenter

“Not everybody has their first kiss in front of 200 extras and their mom.”

― Sadie Sink

“My first hero to wear the number 10 shirt was Ronaldinho.”

― Sadio Mane

“At Oracle, silver medal is first loser.”

― Safra A. Catz

“I drank tea for the first time during the shoot of ‘Premam.’”

― Sai Pallavi

“Have patience with all things, But, first of all with yourself.”

― Saint Francis de Sales

“I remember very clearly when my dad first subscribed to HBO – ‘Fraggle Rock’ was a gamechanger.”

― Sallie Patrick

“I think the first thing I did was several scenes from Romeo and Juliet.”

― Sally Field

“My first film crush was Mark Lester as Oliver Twist in the Carol Reed film.”

― Sally Phillips

“I first came on the scene during the Johnson years and that crowd was out all the time enjoying themselves. Nixon wasn’t particularly social but a lot of the people in his administration were.”

― Sally Quinn

“When I first came out with my fans and the wind hit me, I almost took off.”

― Sally Rand

“When I was in Trinity, at least for the first couple of years, I didn’t really interact with anyone who wasn’t in Trinity. A lot of the years, I lived on campus.”

― Sally Rooney

“Such is the miraculous nature of the future of exiles: what is first uttered in the impotence of an overheated apartment becomes the fate of nations.”

― Salman Rushdie

“At the point when continuity was interrupted by the first nuclear explosion, it would have been too easy to recover the formal sediment which linked us with an age of poetic decorum, of a preoccupation with poetic sounds.”

― Salvatore Quasimodo

“I was in the trade field as White House fellow in the first Bush administration.”

― Sam Brownback

“The 2016 election, I’m sure, wasn’t the first one to be hacked; it was just the first one that was made public.”

― Sam Esmail

“Fortunately, the music from the first record really connected with people, and I was really proud of that.”

― Sam Hunt

“From the pop side, people like Usher, and when they first came out, I listened to guys like K-Ci and JoJo; that ’90s R&B thing really caught my ear.”

― Sam Hunt

“I had a couple CDs. But I never had that first concert experience, that first record thing.”

― Sam Hunt

“When I first started, I didn’t really know how to structure a play.”

― Sam Shepard

“When I first started in film, I was terrified of the camera.”

― Sam Shepard

“The second trial was a fair trial. I do not call it a second trial. I call it a fair trial, as opposed to the first trial, which was an unfair trial, a Roman holiday.”

― Sam Sheppard

“Up until I started on YouTube, my first love was musical theater.”

― Sam Tsui

“Obviously the first roles that you’re proud of are the ones that everybody else liked too.”

― Sam Waterston

“People are already on Match and already going to Starbucks on first dates.”

― Sam Yagan

“I’ve looked after my money. As I started working around my third birthday, my first check went straight to the bank.”

― Samantha Barks

“Well, I asked him who would start the war first.”

― Samantha Smith

“You have to go with it and be a bit of a poser on photoshoots. You’re embarrassed at first, but you just have to deal with it.”

― Samara Weaving

“Chashkin Sar was virgin, and we climbed it for the first time, and afterwards, the people renamed it as Samina Baig.”

― Samina Baig

“The state must be the first to be organized and totally committed to serving the interests of the people.”

― Samora Machel

“An object is not first imagined or thought about and then expected or willed, but in being actively expected it is imagined as future and in being willed it is thought.”

― Samuel Alexander

“Self-preservation is the first law of nature.”

― Samuel Butler

“What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.”

― Samuel Johnson

“Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.”

― Samuel Johnson

“When any calamity has been suffered the first thing to be remembered is, how much has been escaped.”

― Samuel Johnson

“Well, I think the United States first of all has to recognize the world for what it is.”

― Samuel P. Huntington

“First of all, we haven’t always welcomed immigrants.”

― Samuel P. Huntington

“My first job, actually, was a Chicago Bulls commercial. I was a ninja. I walked with a limp for a week afterward and got paid 500 dollars 6 months later. Thanks, guys.”

― Samuel Witwer

“My first computer was an IBM Display Writer. With all its components, it was roughly the size of a bass fishing boat.”

― Sandra Brown

“Nobody can make me cry in public. I’ll punch them first before they make my mascara smear.”

― Sandra Bullock

“Your lineage and surname become irrelevant after your first film. Audiences do not care.”

― Sanjay Dutt

“’Devdas’ is the first Hindi commercial film to be seen at Cannes. And ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ is getting a whole lot of appreciation abroad. I’m pleased.”

― Sanjay Leela Bhansali

“I faced failure with my first film, ‘Khamoshi.’ All of us have our highs and lows, except Lata Mangeshkar.”

― Sanjay Leela Bhansali

“In the 1990s and the first decade of the 21st century, regionalism was seen as a building block of globalisation.”

― Sanjaya Baru

“Malaga were the club that bid the hardest for me, and they were the first, too. When Villarreal told me that they wanted to sell me, I chose them.”

― Santi Cazorla

“Our very first gig in Melbourne was a confrontation.”

― Santiago Durango

“My first account was Neiman Marcus. I cold-called them just like I had cold-called businesses when I was selling fax machines for seven years.”

― Sara Blakely

“My revenue was $4 million my first year in business, off of one $20 item.”

― Sara Blakely

“I had spent my entire career not wanting to talk about weight, not wanting to deal with it, wanting to be an actor first.”

― Sara Rue

“If I hadn’t been able to get my first book published, I am not sure what I would have done.”

― Sara Sheridan

“My first published book, ‘Story of a Girl’, was the fourth book I wrote.”

― Sara Zarr

“My first job is to write the characters as full and authentic people as well as I can.”

― Sara Zarr

“Faith is the very first thing you should pack in a hope chest.”

― Sarah Ban Breathnach

“Set in a nameless colonial country, in an unspecified era, Katie Kitamura’s second novel tracks the fortunes of a landowning family during the first waves of civil unrest.”

― Sarah Hall

“When I moved back to Cumbria, one of the first things I did was locate a decent bookshop.”

― Sarah Hall

“Nightmares of a capital city overwhelmed by tsunami, war or plague transfix us, but catastrophe is first felt locally, and there are many homes outside the city.”

― Sarah Hall

“The first gig we ever played was in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where I’m from. I was in a band called the October Game, and we opened up for a Vancouver band.”

― Sarah McLachlan

“Archaeologists have used aerial photographs to map archaeological sites since the 1920s, while the use of infrared photography started in the 1960s, and satellite imagery was first used in the 1970s.”

― Sarah Parcak

“I started auditioning, and the first job I ever got was understudying Amy Ryan in ‘The Sisters Rosensweig’ on Broadway, directed by Daniel Sullivan. I was 18 years old.”

― Sarah Paulson

“I wrote my first five horror novels while I was teaching.”

― Sarah Pinborough

“The first time I did stand-up was the summer I was 17.”

― Sarah Silverman

“I discovered that Robert Todd Lincoln was there for each of the first three assassinations. I wanted to write about the Lincoln Memorial, so when I found out he had attended its dedication, that helped focus it further.”

― Sarah Vowell

“Authors don’t tend to stay with the same agents and editors over their entire lifetimes, but Grafton worked with Marian Wood, her editor at Putnam, from Kinsey’s first outing, and signed with Molly Friedrich, still her literary agent, with the publication of ‘B Is for Burglar.’”

― Sarah Weinman

“Do the job first. Worry about the clearance later.”

― Sargent Shriver

“I never thought my first role in a film would be a grandmother.”

― Sasha Pivovarova

“The first step in community organization is community disorganization.”

― Saul Alinsky

“The organizer dedicated to changing the life of a particular community must first rub raw the resentments of the people of the community.”

― Saul Alinsky

“When I was 14, I saw a library for the first time.”

― Sayed Kashua

“I came to one of the first Comic Cons in 1985, when it was just people trading back issues of comic books.”

― Scott Aukerman

“Well, I’m… first and foremost I’m a theater guy and everything that I know comes from the theater.”

― Scott Bakula

“I think the first ‘Hellraiser’ is a work of genius.”

― Scott Derrickson

“It’s time to start putting actually the students first and not anyone else.”

― Scott Garrett

“I was nine-years-old when I first put on skates.”

― Scott Hamilton

“Going to Mars is a bunch of baby steps, and it started off with the first human in space, Yuri Gagarin.”

― Scott Kelly

“My first influences were superhero artists.”

― Scott McCloud

“Our First Amendment should preserve the right of Hindus and Muslims to practice their faith.”

― Scott Pruitt

“My Republican colleagues say, Let’s do the cuts first. The Democrats say, Let’s do spending first. I’d like to do both simultaneously.”

― Scott Rigell

“Usually if you have an idea, you have to first pitch it to a production company, get them on board, then go around and pitch to networks.”

― Scott Rogowsky

“I got my first baseball cards as a four-year-old, the 1989 Topps set. I got every Topps set after that.”

― Scott Rogowsky

“I joke with my kids, who love history, that I’ll be the only governor to be elected twice in his first term.”

― Scott Walker

“When I was around nine years old, I was a fan of Shaun Cassidy’s first album.”

― Scott Weiland

“The first day, week and month of an employee’s experience carries a lasting impression.”

― Scott Weiss

“I take a lot of pride in my first ’92 gold medal.”

― Scottie Pippen

“I’ve come a long way from my first commercials.”

― Scottie Pippen

“With a lot of these social realist films, the first thing you do is drain the color.”

― Sean Baker

“I really got my money’s worth from colleges in Sheffield and Rotherham because I kept dropping out, and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do at first, like a lot of teenagers.”

― Sean Bean

“My first professional role was in ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ and I played Tybalt, who was Romeo’s enemy, in a small production of that in the U.K.”

― Sean Bean

“I went to my first college to play soccer.”

― Sean Durkin

“’Gilmore Girls’ and the first ‘Guardians’ were the two most substantial jobs of my career.”

― Sean Gunn

“I want to make people laugh first, and that’s it.”

― Sean Hayes

“Now ‘Boondock II,’ people are gonna see it because they liked the first one. There won’t be very many people who go see it who aren’t familiar with the first one.”

― Sean Patrick Flanery

“Congress is like first grade, only not as well behaved.”

― Sean Patrick Maloney

“By the time my first album was out, I had been out in Jamaica three or four years, but I had hits out at that time that were bona fide hits.”

― Sean Paul

“My first memory of King Kong Bundy was on TBS, and he was a member of Legion of Doom.”

― Sean Waltman

“In 1981, I spoke at the Olympic Congress. I was scandalised that I was the first athlete to be given that chance. But I made the most of it.”

― Sebastian Coe

“The attacks of 9/11 came out of Afghanistan. It was a failed state, a rogue nation. That’s why al Qaeda was there in the first place.”

― Sebastian Junger

“The day I got my first letter from a fan, I felt like I’d been touched by an angel.”

― Selena Gomez

“My first crush was Spock. I thought it didn’t get any better than Spock.”

― Selma Blair

“The first true antibiotic to be derived from a culture of an actinomyces was isolated in our department in 1940. The organism, Actinomyces antibioticus, yielded a substance which was designated as actinomycin. It was soon crystallized, and its chemical and biological properties were established.”

― Selman Waksman

“Police are supposed to protect and serve, but sadly, they protect their self-interest first and foremost.”

― Seph Lawless

“Originally, in the early eighties, the drug hypothesis was among the first which occurred to scientists.”

― Serge Lang

“I was about two years old when I first started drawing recognizable characters.”

― Seth MacFarlane

“The EPA issued the MATS rule in 2012, and it is the first national standard created to address power plant emissions of toxic air pollutants. Under MATS, power plants are required to install equipment to reduce emissions of specific pollutants, such as mercury and sulfur dioxide.”

― Seth Moulton

“I know it’s kind of cliche, but my favourite is still the first ‘Hell in a Cell.’”

― Seth Rollins

“I swear I pick up little gems from every artist that I work with. That’s why I’m so appreciative that I’ve been able to be a songwriter first.”

― Sevyn Streeter

“I did ‘Showtime at the Apollo’ when I was 10, and it was the first time that I’d ever performed on TV, and it felt great.”

― Sevyn Streeter

“To get married, I need to first fall in love.”

― Shaheer Sheikh

“When I sold my first company at 30, I could have done whatever I wanted to do.”

― Shai Agassi

“The concept of zero is attributed to the Hindus. The Hindus were also the first to use zero in the way it is used today.”

― Shakuntala Devi

“I have a particular affection for zero because it was some of my countrymen who first gave it the status of a number.”

― Shakuntala Devi

“If I hadn’t had a childhood career, I probably would’ve signed a contract with the first person I came across.”

― Shania Twain

“I was eating cereal on my couch when I saw the first commercial for ‘The Wiz’ on TV. I dropped the spoon and the tears came out of nowhere.”

― Shanice Williams

“I’ve got my bell rung, and when I first came in the league, the term wasn’t ‘concussion,’ it was ‘getting dinged’ or ‘had your bell rung.’ So I had my bell rung a few times.”

― Shannon Sharpe

“My first novel, ‘Sacrifice,’ was set on the Shetland Islands.”

― Sharon Bolton

“Our names are an integral part of the faces we show to the world. If we’re judged first on outward appearances, we’re assessed next on our names.”

― Sharon Bolton

“At first it was exhilarating but when I realized it wasn’t going away, it became scary and claustrophobic. Fame is a weird thing.”

― Sharon Stone

“I didn’t have my first band until I was, like, 30.”

― Sharon Van Etten

“I don’t know where my first gold medal is.”

― Shaun White

“Throughout the ’50s, tons of unknown locals came through Sun to record their demos. Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis all made their first recordings at the former Memphis Recording Service.”

― Shawn Amos

“I would say my whole first record, ‘Steady On,’ had a lot to do with healing.”

― Shawn Colvin

“When I’m writing with John Leventhal, the music that he’s written mostly comes first. And I’ll write the lyrics and the melody.”

― Shawn Colvin

“Bertelsmann understood our vision when they first invested in us… They still believe in that vision.”

― Shawn Fanning

“Island Records was the first record label to… acknowledge me. After that, quickly, Republic Records, and then Atlantic Records, Sony Records and Warner Bros. It was all the labels at once. It was absolutely insane, like, knowing that this many record labels were interested in me.”

― Shawn Mendes

“My first Vine I really just posted out of spontaneity.”

― Shawn Mendes

“I took five years on the first volume, five years on the second volume, and ten years on the third volume.”

― Shelby Foote

“It would be a sorry world in which corporations engaged in fraud could pull the screen of the First Amendment over any investigation of their scheme.”

― Sheldon Whitehouse

“My first job was at a Chicago night club called Mr. Kelly’s.”

― Shelley Berman

“When I’d finished, everybody said they wanted me for this movie. At first I thought they meant a nudie flick since an awful lot of nudies are made in Houston.”

― Shelley Duvall

“When you construct a mix tape, the first song you come out with has to be a barnburner.”

― Sherman Alexie

“Almost a century has passed since Japan first entered the world community by concluding a treaty of amity with the United States of America in 1854.”

― Shigeru Yoshida

“I joined the army as a private. I was offered a rank at that time, but I refused. I preferred to remain a private. First of all, I wasn’t taken by ranks, and before I knew it, they put me in the most sensitive positions anyway.”

― Shimon Peres

“I have no idea who first coined the word ‘Abenomics.’ It was not my original term for the set of anti-deflation, growth-promotion policies I am now pursuing.”

― Shinzo Abe

“It was in the first Abe administration that we started the mutually beneficial relationship based on common strategic interests between Japan and China.”

― Shinzo Abe

“She wasn’t as naive and innocent as she was in the first season.”

― Shiri Appleby

“There was a scene early on during the first season of Roswell and I broke down crying. Since then, I’ve always just been able to do it.”

― Shiri Appleby

“The first years of my life in the U.S. were very difficult.”

― Shirin Neshat

“First things first, second things never.”

― Shirley Conran

“I got an agent and went up for the part of my first film, Five Gates to Hell.”

― Shirley Knight

“My first objective is to invest, and if I have anything spare, then I spend.”

― Shiv Khera

“I was five years old when I wrote my first song. It was out of longing for my father that I wrote it.”

― Shmuel Yosef Agnon

“I think the first older artist I related to and loved was Bowie.”

― Shooter Jennings

“When my first film flopped, I got damn depressed.”

― Shruti Haasan

“I’m really an actor first. I’d love to do more straight plays.”

― Shuler Hensley

“It’s probably the first type of music we had, rhythm, whether it’s poetry or tapping.”

― Shura

“Films are my first love.”

― Shweta Tripathi

“It took me nine years to get my first release. I have worked for it. I have earned it. I couldn’t have asked for a better debut than ‘Masaan.’”

― Shweta Tripathi

“I was the first to promote The Beatles in the States, and Ed Sullivan called me first about them before he ever booked them on his television show.”

― Sid Bernstein

“My mom, Latha Sriram, is my first guru.”

― Sid Sriram

“I think the cardinal rule of learning to write is learning to read first. I learned to write by learning to read.”

― Siddhartha Mukherjee

“I’ll be the first one to admit my first couple of years I was pretty hard on the refs.”

― Sidney Crosby

“I worked in Hollywood as a reader and a would-be writer for about 6 years before I sold my first story.”

― Sidney Sheldon

“The first requisite of civilization is that of justice.”

― Sigmund Freud

“I first started doing theatre, as my sister did it, so I wanted to do the same.”

― Sigrid

“’The Full Monty’ was my first feature script, and I wasn’t that skilled at it.”

― Simon Beaufoy

“Proceeding further, to inquire whether the facts related by the Four Evangelists are proved by competent and satisfactory evidence, we are led, first, to consider on which side lies the burden of establishing the credibility of the witnesses.”

― Simon Greenleaf

“My first undertaking in the way of scientific experiment was in the field of economics and psychology.”

― Simon Newcomb

“I first heard Mahler’s second symphony aged 11 in Liverpool, and it inspired me to become a conductor.”

― Simon Rattle

“I’m certainly not the first author to tiptoe into the conspiratorial, religious-tinged territory, but – and I hate to break this to the faithful – neither is Dan Brown.”

― Simon Toyne

“After developing a primitive theory (1968) I therefore did not pursue this subject. However, the work was taken up by others and in 1974 the first experiments were done in the ISR.”

― Simon van der Meer

“I’m the first Simone Biles.”

― Simone Biles

“My first experience with gymnastics was when I was in daycare. We took a field trip to a gym, and I was hooked.”

― Simone Biles

“I’m thrilled that I was able to share my first Olympic Games experience with my U.S. teammates.”

― Simone Biles

“The first 2 weeks, they didn’t learn the piece – they went through the process of how the piece was made.”

― Siobhan Davies

“I published my first poem in ‘The Paris Review’ in 1980.”

― Siri Hustvedt

“I started producing for Pump – I produced his first songs. ‘Lil Pump,’ ‘Elementary,’ ‘Johnny Dang’ – all that I produced.”

― Smokepurpp

“’Under My Skin’ was the first CD I ever owned.”

― Soccer Mommy

“When I signed my first record deal, I brought it over to my lawyer to look over.”

― Soccer Mommy

“Let him that would move the world first move himself.”

― Socrates

“In our home we grew up thinking we were Mormons first and human beings second.”

― Sonia Johnson

“I’ve definitely got to look after myself first and foremost.”

― Sonny Bill Williams

“My first goal as governor is to restore public trust in state government by changing the culture of state government.”

― Sonny Perdue

“I expect each and every USDA employee to uphold their fellow Americans’ First Amendment freedoms.”

― Sonny Perdue

“I’m a daddy first; I’m a husband, and I’m a lover of God and people.”

― Sonny Sandoval

“’Ex Machina’ was the first film I’d auditioned for. I didn’t have an agent.”

― Sonoya Mizuno

“The first thing I ever sold online was stolen.”

― Sophia Amoruso

“My first job was as a sandwich artist at Subway.”

― Sophia Amoruso

“I loved the medium of TV from the first moment that I got into a studio.”

― Sophie Aldred

“Having a successful first album is one thing, but a successful third is another.”

― Sophie Ellis-Bextor

“I chose to publish the first ‘Shopaholic’ book under a pseudonym because I wanted it to be judged on its own merits.”

― Sophie Kinsella

“During the first period of a man’s life the greatest danger is not to take the risk.”

― Soren Kierkegaard

“I was one of the first artists to have a YouTube account, if not the first. I joined two months after the site launched.”

― Soulja Boy

“I’d been in my share of fights but never thrown the first punch, and I’m not quick to anger.”

― Spencer Stone

“The best videos were the ones where I became friends with the artists first.”

― Spike Jonze

“Though I was the last child in the family, I was the first to enter the film industry.”

― Sridevi

“I still approach every film and role like it’s my first.”

― Sridevi

“I auditioned for my first show in Delhi and got through. There’s no fancy story around it, sadly.”

― Sriti Jha

“The first city I ever came to in the states was Des Moines. I was 12 and was in a boys’ choir.”

― St. Lucia

“On the first recording, I wasn’t singing out that much; I was shy with my singing.”

― St. Lucia

“I got into my first fight, Democrat versus Republican, in second grade. I won.”

― Stacey Abrams

“A lot of first novels are coming-of-age stories. A lot are autobiographical.”

― Stacey D’Erasmo

“I think that ‘Degrassi’ really challenged its actors. I was on it for seven years, and it was one of my first jobs. I can’t even watch the early episodes – they’re so embarrassing! But I really do think I grew as an actor and learned a lot over the seven years.”

― Stacey Farber

“This is definitely the first curmudgeon, no doubt about it.”

― Stacy Keach

“My first love was basketball.”

― Stan Smith

“My first years were spent living just as my forefathers had lived – roaming the green, rolling hills of what are now the states of South Dakota and Nebraska.”

― Standing Bear

“The first requisite for immortality is death.”

― Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

“First of all, I choose the great roles, and if none of these come, I choose the mediocre ones, and if they don’t come, I choose the ones that pay the rent.”

― Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

“You must first have a lot of patience to learn to have patience.”

― Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

“The reality is when you make ‘America First’ a bumper sticker and pump it overseas, what you’re telling them is ‘America Only’.”

― Stanley A. McChrystal

“I’ve always considered myself an actor first and foremost.”

― Stanley Tucci

“After my first year, I knew exactly what I wanted to do, what I wanted to get better at, and how I was going to do it.”

― Stefon Diggs

“Physical access is one of the very first issues disability rights activists of the 1960s and ’70s fought for.”

― Stella Young

“The first time I saw Istvan Szabo’s ‘Mephisto,’ I came out and I was in shock. I was shaking.”

― Stellan Skarsgard

“The first qualification for a historian is to have no ability to invent.”

― Stendhal

“I scored my first goal with the national team against France.”

― Stephan El Shaarawy

“When I first got the call from my manager asking if I’d ever heard of Jesse Owens, I recognized the name, looked him up, and was blown away by his story.”

― Stephan James

“But when our first album came out, I didn’t think it was going to sell a lot of records.”

― Stephan Jenkins

“My first paid acting gig in the States was playing a lizard-transforming, shape-shifting witch in ‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters’, I believe.”

― Stephanie Corneliussen

“I was a switchboard operator on the first season of ‘Mad Men.’ I was the oldest and bitterest.”

― Stephanie Courtney

“My first trip to China was 1990, and that was in a world where there were virtually no cars at all on the road, and everybody had bicycles.”

― Stephen A. Schwarzman

“When I was at the ‘Philadelphia Inquirer,’ I was promoted nine times in my first 13 years. I ultimately went from general assignment to beats on St. Joe’s and Temple, to backup writer, to NBA writer, to NBA columnist, to, ultimately, in 2003, to general sports columns.”

― Stephen A. Smith

“My first book was the book that changed my life.”

― Stephen Ambrose

“American is the first democratic nation-state.”

― Stephen Ambrose

“When I first broke into the acting industry, I taught spinning classes to support myself.”

― Stephen Amell

“When ‘Hung’ got canceled, I was available for pilot season, and ‘Arrow’ was the first thing I auditioned for. It wasn’t the first script that came to me, but it was my first audition.”

― Stephen Amell

“The job in Wisconsin was the first genuine offer of an academic job in a university which I received.”

― Stephen Cole Kleene

“Seek first to understand, then to be understood.”

― Stephen Covey

“Steak and Shake in Indianapolis is definitely the first stop when we hit that city.”

― Stephen Curry

“But, I didn’t get my first break until I was 17.”

― Stephen Dorff

“I’ve mainly been in dramas, so this is one of my first comedy kind of performances in Cecil B. Demented.”

― Stephen Dorff

“In 1984, when ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ came out, not only was I twelve and couldn’t get into an R movie, but I lived twenty miles from a theater. So my first experience of it was on VHS.”

― Stephen Graham Jones

“I think because we’re such a trading nation, I think Canadians understand that first and foremost we’re part of the global economy.”

― Stephen Harper

“Restaurants should be forced to recycle their leftovers for animal consumption – and should create fewer leftovers in the first place.”

― Stephen Hough

“First, I don’t talk to Derek Fisher. He’s not my type of guy.”

― Stephen Jackson

“The Tigris and Euphrates Rivers created the ‘Fertile Crescent’ where some of the first civilizations emerged. Today they are immensely important resources, politically as well as geographically.”

― Stephen Kinzer

“On Aug. 19, 1953, Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh of Iran became the first victim of a C.I.A. coup. Ten months later, on June 27, 1954, President Jacobo Arbenz of Guatemala became the second.”

― Stephen Kinzer

“Mehmet was the first sultan, and one of the first Muslims anywhere, to defy religious tradition by allowing his portrait to be made.”

― Stephen Kinzer

“Now, the essence, the very spirit of Christmas is that we first make believe a thing is so, and lo, it presently turns out to be so.”

― Stephen Leacock

“’Summer Babe’ is the start of Pavement front-loading their albums with the catchiest song first.”

― Stephen Malkmus

“Our basic ideology coming into screenwriting was to write first and revise slowly, and things just came into place after that.”

― Stephen McFeely

“One of President Reagan’s first and wisest initiatives was to effectively shutdown the anti-trust division of the Justice Department.”

― Stephen Moore

“So, in effect, my first sale was actually two books.”

― Stephen R. George

“In the first year, 1988, I wrote and sold 3 novels.”

― Stephen R. George

“The way I outline has changed quite a bit from when I first started writing.”

― Stephen R. George

“Angel was the first Irish feature film. Neil’s first movie and my first movie.”

― Stephen Rea

“I learned more in that first year in the NBA than I could have in four years of college.”

― Stephon Marbury

“In heaven, after antipasti, the first course will be pasta.”

― Steve Albini

“In 1980, I moved to Chicago, and I recorded demo tapes for my friends’ bands, and in 1981, the first Big Black record – the first thing I did that was an actual record.”

― Steve Albini

“I’ve won a championship on every level except the NBA. It’s frustrating to have not gotten that in the first two years.”

― Steve Blake

“As governor, I’ll put Montanans first.”

― Steve Bullock

“I do comedy shows. I make fun of myself, first of all.”

― Steve Burton

“The first movie I had a featured role in was Parting Glances.”

― Steve Buscemi

“I was a big fan of Ronald Reagan. He was the first president I got to vote for.”

― Steve Daines

“When I started on the very first day with just one restaurant, we used to pick oregano off the stems and chop them. We still do that.”

― Steve Ells

“Inside every TV star is a movie star screaming to get out, and Donna Frenzel, with whom I’m guessing you’re not instantly familiar, made George Clooney a movie star once and for all in the first ten minutes of his fifth feature, 1998’s ‘Out of Sight.’”

― Steve Erickson

“When Ronald Reagan was elected president for his first term in 1980, he received strong support from the so-called Sagebrush Rebels. The Rebels wanted lands owned by the federal government to be transferred to state governments.”

― Steve Hanke

“The first crocodile I ever caught was at nine years of age, and it was a rescue.”

― Steve Irwin

“Elon Musk is an incredible leader and entrepreneur. I have known him since 1995 when he first came to Silicon Valley.”

― Steve Jurvetson

“The thing is that I’m an actor first, and in ‘Once,’ I was able to be a musician and a singer as well as an actor.”

― Steve Kazee

“My No. 1 priority is growth in the economy. Tax reform will be our first and most important part of that.”

― Steve Mnuchin

“We were the first bank to start a loan modification at IndyMac and had a very good record of working with the regulators.”

― Steve Mnuchin

“Our first priority is to cut taxes.”

― Steve Mnuchin

“I hope my kids learn to put themselves first.”

― Steve Nash

“When I first became recognizable from appearing on television, I abused my notoriety as much as I possibly could, at the expense of both my health and personal relationships.”

― Steve-O

“I’ve always been a conservative first.”

― Steve Scalise

“I’m not for amnesty. People must play by the rules. And border enforcement must come first.”

― Steve Scalise

“Our founding fathers made no mistake when they included the right to peaceably assemble among the first tenets of democracy.”

― Steve Scalise

“I actually went into writing first to supplement my income, which was a strange thing to do, and actually failed.”

― Steve Toltz

“Somebody’s got to be last. Somebody’s going to be first.”

― Steve Womack

“The first Apple was just a culmination of my whole life.”

― Steve Wozniak

“My first name used to be Leslie. I snipped that off and put my middle name, which was Steven, in the front.”

― Steven Berkoff

“The first job I ever had was right here in San Francisco with Southern Pacific.”

― Steven Burd

“The first person a customer speaks with has the greatest impact on that customer’s impression of Safeway.”

― Steven Burd

“Geometry was the first exciting course I remember.”

― Steven Chu

“Documentaries are the first line of education, and the second line of education is dramatization, such as ‘The Pacific’.”

― Steven Spielberg

“The things that come to those that wait may be the things left by those that got there first.”

― Steven Tyler

“I had gotten one of the first Korg synthesizers with 300 presets.”

― Steven Tyler

“If at first you don’t succeed, then skydiving definitely isn’t for you.”

― Steven Wright

“First of all, I’m no better than the next person.”

― Stevie Wonder

“Of course, fighting’s first. That’s what I do; that’s what pays my bills, you know.”

― Stipe Miocic

“Before a group can enter the open society, it must first close ranks.”

― Stokely Carmichael

“The very first law in advertising is to avoid the concrete promise and cultivate the delightfully vague.”

― Stuart Chase

“A first novel should be brash and ambitious, and announce the arrival of a new talent.”

― Stuart Woods

“Anyone who does not say, ‘I am Indian first and then a Tamilian,’ is anti-national.”

― Subramanian Swamy

“I think the first thing we should do is abolish the income tax.”

― Subramanian Swamy

“I spent the first twenty years of my writing career preparing for the mystery genre, which is my favorite literary form.”

― Sue Grafton

“I started writing seriously when I was 18, wrote my first novel when I was 22, and I’ve never stopped writing since.”

― Sue Grafton

“I’ve always been called ‘Suki,’ but my actual first name is Alice.”

― Suki Waterhouse

“When I was up on my first flight, we were really putting it together. So, I was essentially a construction worker.”

― Sunita Williams

“I use Neutrogena makeup off wipes to take the first layer of makeup off.”

― Susan Lucci

“I first travelled to Africa at the end of 1996 and was immediately captivated. I had planned on a three-week trip, and I ended up staying two months.”

― Susan Minot

“Generally, our approach with products at Google is to first develop the right user base and then to figure out what’s the right experience for the ads.”

― Susan Wojcicki

“When I first registered to vote I registered as a Democrat.”

― Susana Martinez

“After my first film, I was having trouble finding a second film. I had a lot of attempts that failed.”

― Susanna Fogel

“I spent five years of my childhood in Port Elgin and came back to spend another five years of my young adulthood there as well, including the years in which I was first published.”

― Susanna Kearsley

“I once walked through an exhibit in a large American museum that displayed First Nations artifacts in old dioramas, with mannequins that hadn’t been changed since the 19th century.”

― Susanna Kearsley

“I was the first person in NYU Medical Center’s history to be diagnosed with NMDAR encephalitis.”

― Susannah Cahalan

“I remain convinced that the most valuable use of time for a newly published author is to write a second book that’s even better than the first, and a third that’s better than the second, and on and on.”

― Suzanne Brockmann

“It’s easier to make fun of a first lady than for a first lady to have fun. The scrutiny is ferocious.”

― Suzanne Fields

“People first, then money, then things.”

― Suze Orman

“Give to yourself as much as you give of yourself! This means you have to put yourself first.”

― Suze Orman

“My first solo was in church when I was five.”

― Suzy Bogguss

“My first job was, like, McDonald’s.”

― Swae Lee

“It was a nerve-wracking first few years having to tour and perform in front of people with the little bit of confidence I had.”

― Syd

“I remember my first albums: Brandy’s first album and Usher’s ‘My Way.’”

― Syd

“From almost the first time I stepped on a stage, I knew that was what I wanted to do.”

― Sydney Pollack

“When you first start out, you want to be Fellini, or you want to be Bergman.”

― Sydney Pollack

“I build my characters from the day they’re born to the first page of the script.”

― Sydney Sweeney

“My mom handed me my first romance novel.”

― Sylvia Day

“’Putting People First’ was progressivism revived and at its best.”

― Sylvia Mathews Burwell

“My first church had seven members in it, and I have to remember, the rent was $225 a month and I worked for Union Carbide and took the check I made from work to pay for the rent to keep the church open.”

― T. D. Jakes

“I think my first hit was probably ’24 is a Rubberband Man,’ which was my second album. My first project, it was very well received in the Southeast region, all throughout the South and parts of the Midwest. It was very well received, but I didn’t get national exposure on my second album.”

― T.I.

“The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first.”

― T. S. Eliot

“In Hyderabad, it was really warm. I had decided to move there even before my first film released.”

― Taapsee Pannu

“The first film I worked in was Dev Anand’s ‘Hum Naujawan.’Then I went back to school and college.”

― Tabu

“All enterprises that are entered into with indiscreet zeal may be pursued with great vigor at first, but are sure to collapse in the end.”

― Tacitus

“Beauty is first and foremost an emotion.”

― Tahar Ben Jelloun

“One of the first acts during the second coming of Steve Jobs as CEO in 1997 was a major board overhaul.”

― Tahl Raz

“’ReadyMade”s first three issues dished out instructions for all sorts of kitschy crafts and odd projects: homemade wallets, Adirondack chairs, even taxidermy.”

― Tahl Raz

“The summer I finished my first novel ‘Ghana Must Go,’ I drove across west Africa: from Accra to Lome to Cotonou to the deliciously named Ouagadougou.”

― Taiye Selasi

“Thus, in general, in the first instance, the direction of interest in empirical fact will be canalised by the logical structure of the theoretical system.”

― Talcott Parsons

“I fantasised about becoming an author and wrote my first book at 18 – an introspective novel set in the 1920s.”

― Talulah Riley

“When I first moved to New York, all I did was musical theater. That’s what I studied at Carnegie Mellon University.”

― Tamara Tunie

“When I first ran for Congress in 1998, people counted me out.”

― Tammy Baldwin

“I started making music videos in my twenties and made my first feature, ‘Guncrazy,’ at 29. I then spent the greater part of my thirties directing features.”

― Tamra Davis

“At 11, I got my first job in a mini-series for America, and it was very exciting.”

― Tamsin Egerton

“Raul Castillo was my first high school boyfriend.”

― Tanya Saracho

“My first time up to bat as a showrunner, what I did was hire an all-Latinx writers room. And it’s a diverse Latinx writers room – we have an Afro-Dominican and Texicans and Chileans. It’s diverse within its Latinidad.”

― Tanya Saracho

“My first book was poetry, but I didn’t write it first. I wrote it third. So my first two books were prose.”

― Tao Lin

“I have been writing poetry since 1975. My first poetry book was published in 1986.”

― Taslima Nasrin

“When you first get fame, you’re so insecure that you just become a ding dong.”

― Tate Donovan

“I’ve always been a geek, so I’ve always used the Internet, perhaps at first for autopromotion, as many authors do.”

― Tatiana de Rosnay

“I’m doing a play, a musical. The musical follows the Mamma Mia concept. It’s my first LA theater project.”

― Tatyana Ali

“I’m extremely grateful to all the first responders, veterans and their families for all their sacrifices.”

― Taya Kyle

“When I first came out, like a lot of the artists at that time, I had a very polished, very overproduced sound.”

― Taylor Dayne

“My first tour I was on the road for 18 months. You’re just out there promoting.”

― Taylor Dayne

“When I was on ‘Trauma,’ the first order was six, which turned to 12, and then there were rumors of getting cancelled. I’m used to that.”

― Taylor Kinney

“When I was ten, I did my first show. It was ‘Annie.’”

― Taylor Louderman

“The Beatles did everything first, and they did it the best.”

― Taylor Momsen

“When the Bible was first published, bathhouses were mandatory, no one could read, and only the people in the Church could write.”

― Taylor Negron

“Don’t ever call a guy first. The thing they want the most is whatever they can’t have. It sounds really juvenile, but it works.”

― Taylor Swift

“I have to write 100 songs before you write the first good one.”

― Taylor Swift

“When I first spit my first rhyme in public on my school bus, I had an audience.”

― Tech N9ne

“The core character of Victorians is one of aspiration and ambition, and Victorians have, since first settlement days… demonstrated that core character over and over again.”

― Ted Baillieu

“It was sanctions that drove Iran to the negotiating table in the first place.”

― Ted Deutch

“We’re not the first band who went to public school.”

― Ted Dwane

“When we made the first album, it was meant to be a snapshot of Mumford & Sons in 2009.”

― Ted Dwane

“Let’s treat this country first and foremost.”

― Ted Yoho

“My first album came out in 1979.”

― Teena Marie

“First and foremost, you want to be truthful as a storyteller.”

― Terence Winter

“This was meaningful that at almost 41 years old, I could be getting my first beauty campaign.”

― Teri Hatcher

“My very first acting gig was in a movie for Russ Parr. He did this movie called ‘Love for Sale,’ and that was my first role in any film.”

― Terrence J

“When I first met Steve, as an American tourist coming into the zoo, I fell desperately in love with him and married him immediately.”

― Terri Irwin

“Bindi’s been filming with us since she first hatched.”

― Terri Irwin

“The First Amendment rights, everybody has them.”

― Terry Bradshaw

“Anyway, several rewrites later, Del Rey Books did publish my first novel, and it did become the first work of fiction on the New York Times trade paperback bestseller list.”

― Terry Brooks

“I loved ‘BattleDome.’ It was the first thing I ever auditioned for, and I was so crazy in the audition that I knew I had the part.”

― Terry Crews

“At the first screening, there were a lot of areas that we went around and around about. Then we had our second screening. It played better. It’s almost a reasonable length film now!”

― Terry Gilliam

“Chinese President Xi Jinping says that if Canada wants free access to Chinese markets, Trudeau should first ram a pipeline to the B.C. coast on China’s behalf.”

― Terry Glavin

“Well, first I’d want a better vibrato.”

― Terry Kath

“I started my first business at 14!”

― Terry McAuliffe

“’Heaven’s Gate’ I remember, because it was the first movie I ever was cast in.”

― Terry O’Quinn

“I got into science fiction by being interested in astronomy first.”

― Terry Pratchett

“One thing that writers have in common is that they are readers first. They have read lots and lots of stuff, because they’re just infested with lots of stuff.”

― Terry Pratchett

“WWE is my first love.”

― The Miz

“If I was young again and wanted to be a professional wrestler, first thing I’d do is get jacked all to hell is what I’d do.”

― The Ultimate Warrior

“I knew the second I finished the first record – ‘House Of Balloons’ – and had all this material leftover that a trilogy would be best.”

― The Weeknd

“’Raging Bull’ was badly received at first. It took 10 years for it to be recognised.”

― Thelma Schoonmaker

“British shows, especially on a first commission, don’t get the cash that the U.S. shows get.”

― Theo James

“Making the first million is hard; making the next 100 million is easy.”

― Theo Paphitis

“I’m a very considerate spender. I’m a shopper, and I do spend money, but I think about it first.”

― Theo Paphitis

“Our first object is… the obtaining of sovereignty, assured by international law, over a portion of the globe sufficiently large to satisfy our just requirements.”

― Theodor Herzl

“The first and only principle of sexual ethics: the accuser is always in the wrong.”

― Theodor W. Adorno

“The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight.”

― Theodore Roosevelt

“The first writing I did was short short stories for a newspaper syndicate for which I was paid five dollars a piece on publication.”

― Theodore Sturgeon

“The story of my very first sale is the fact that I dreamed up a foolproof paper to cheat an insurance company out of several hundred thousand dollars.”

― Theodore Sturgeon

“I teach writing courses and first of all, I teach my students what prosody is.”

― Theodore Sturgeon

“The second album is the hardest to write. It’s nothing like the first album.”

― Theophilus London

“National security is the first duty of government but we are also committed to reversing the substantial erosion of civil liberties.”

― Theresa May

“As late as the 1980s, female officers were issued with uniform and kit which included a handbag, complete with a smaller truncheon to fit inside, and it wasn’t until 1995 that our first female chief constable was appointed.”

― Theresa May

“As with many teens, my first jobs included babysitting and mopping floors at McDonald’s. Since then, I’ve held jobs a diverse as selling used cars, selling apparel, cosmetics, and real-estate, substitute-teaching six graders, teaching undergraduate creative writing, and working as an editorial assistant for a literary magazine.”

― Therese Fowler

“My first days in London were not easy.”

― Thibaut Courtois

“When I first started teaching at Berkeley in 1958, I could not announce that I was gay to anybody, though probably quite a few of my fellow teachers knew.”

― Thom Gunn

“When I first started to write, I was aware of being queer, but I didn’t write about it. Queer poems would probably not have been accepted by the editors I sent them to.”

― Thom Gunn

“Discontent is the first necessity of progress.”

― Thomas A. Edison

“Every noble work is at first impossible.”

― Thomas Carlyle

“When mankind first saw the necessity of government, it is probable that many had conceived the desire of ruling.”

― Thomas Clarkson

“Partisanship particularly increased after the 1994 elections and then the appearance of the first unified Republican government since the 1950s.”

― Thomas E. Mann

“First get an absolute conquest over thyself, and then thou wilt easily govern thy wife.”

― Thomas Fuller

“When I moved to L.A. in 1989, the very first thing I did was this horrific pilot called To Protect And Surf.”

― Thomas Haden Church

“The first and most optimistic response was complete rational expectations econometrics. A rational expectations equilibrium is a likelihood function. Maximize it.”

― Thomas J. Sargent

“The second office in the government is honorable and easy; the first is but a splendid misery.”

― Thomas Jefferson

“The first record I bought with my own money was Rio.”

― Thomas Lennon

“Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject.”

― Thomas Mann

“When I started writing, the first thing that came out was in English. I liked a few French things, but they were very overwhelming.”

― Thomas Mars

“We were the first urban school system in the country to wire all of our schools for the Internet.”

― Thomas Menino

“At FC Bayern, the Bundesliga title is always the first priority.”

― Thomas Muller

“Some persons do first, think afterward, and then repent forever.”

― Thomas Secker

“Wars spring from unseen and generally insignificant causes, the first outbreak being often but an explosion of anger.”

― Thucydides

“’Mortal Kombat,’ the first arcade one, that soundtrack sounds like a Chick Corea album.”

― Thundercat

“When I first came here, Hollywood was very closed-minded.”

― Tia Carrere

“I’m a writer, first and foremost, and I sort of take my cues from the songwriters of the ’70s, who are talking about what’s really important to them.”

― Tift Merritt

“I got my first guitar when I was nine because I wanted to be the fifth Beatle, even though they had already broken up and John Lennon died that year.”

― Tig Notaro

“When I was first asked for an autograph, I felt so uncomfortable that I just wrote, ‘Tig’s Autograph,’ and from then on, that’s what I write when I sign my name.”

― Tig Notaro

“Maybe the first secret is, ‘Don’t bore people.’”

― Til Schweiger

“You have to first be a writer and somebody who loves to write. If I couldn’t travel, I would still write.”

― Tim Cahill

“Charlie Patton, who was born in 1891, recorded some of the very first blues. In ‘Pony Blues’ and ‘Peavine Blues,’ he manages to pile dense layers of rhythms one upon the other.”

― Tim Cahill

“At first I wanted to be a jockey. I rode horses in Cleveland but I kept falling off and I was afraid of horses. So there wasn’t much of a future in it.”

― Tim Conway

“We didn’t make the first mp3, smartphone, or tablet. But you can say we made the first modern mp3, smartphone, and tablet. And I think now we’re making the first modern smartwatch.”

― Tim Cook

“I didn’t have my first car until after the end of my senior year. I got a Yukon Sport.”

― Tim Duncan

“I didn’t even like white wine. Then I tasted it and bought a case. It was the first case of any wine I’d ever bought.”

― Tim Ferriss

“The idea was to study fertilization in as many different phyla and organisms as possible, using the simplest possible equipment and a microscope. Biochemical approaches were not much in vogue, and running gels impossible at first.”

― Tim Hunt

“Yes, in fact, it’s hard to believe this, but it was almost 18 years ago when I first got the idea.”

― Tim LaHaye

“We were the first people to do advertising on the Web. I actually saw in 1993 that the ad could be the content, the destination.”

― Tim O’Reilly

“Who was the first person to fly across the Atlantic? Lindbergh. Who was the second? No idea.”

― Tim O’Reilly

“First off, the PS2 and PSP can play against each other online.”

― Tim Page

“By early 1971, I had been acting professionally for 18 months – theatre work and my first telly, an episode of ‘Dr. Who.’”

― Tim Pigott-Smith

“I adore Biarritz. I first went there in the Eighties, and my wife and I liked it so much that we ended up buying a holiday home there.”

― Tim Pigott-Smith

“In television, I was first cast as a cavalry officer because of my name.”

― Tim Pigott-Smith

“Microsoft has built a closed platform-within-a-platform into Windows 10 as the first apparent step towards locking down the consumer PC ecosystem and monopolising app distribution and commerce.”

― Tim Sweeney

“I guess, first and foremost, I’d like to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

― Tim Tebow

“First and foremost is what this country was based on: one nation under God.”

― Tim Tebow

“My first mission is to take care of our troops. I take that mission very personally.”

― Tim Walz

“My first love is producing.”

― Timbaland

“My first job, I was Chuck E. at Chuck E. Cheese’s.”

― Timm Sharp

“A more accurate statement would be that I was the first person since Jedi who was permitted to stick a fork into the piecrust to see if there was still any steam underneath.”

― Timothy Zahn

“The first black president was a hotter plot line than the first woman president.”

― Tina Brown

“’Wingnuts’ is the first book bearing the imprint of Beast Books.”

― Tina Brown

“I was in my first movie when I was five. I just loved to entertain and put on a show.”

― Tinashe

“In the UFC, at first we were like a family, but then it turned corporate. In Bellator, we’re family.”

― Tito Ortiz

“After having my first surgery in 2003, having an ACL replacement, I never thought I’d be able to compete again.”

― Tito Ortiz

“My kids come first on all measures.”

― Tito Ortiz

“By sheer luck, we did our first tour of America as a headlining act.”

― Tobias Forge

“My first teacher… was extremely strict, mean, and deeply religious.”

― Tobias Forge

“The music comes first. Final lyrics are usually written very close to recording the vocals.”

― Tobias Forge

“Everything has to be pulling weight in a short story for it to be really of the first order.”

― Tobias Wolff

“I was once hired to write a column for ‘The Guardian’ and then got fired before I’d submitted my first one. That was unusual. Most newspapers wait until I’ve written at least one piece for them before firing me.”

― Toby Young

“’Mildred’ was the first film I shot on Super 16 with Ed Lachman, and we decided to continue doing so for ‘Carol.’”

― Todd Haynes

“When I was 24, I co-founded a company called Athenahealth which built the first Web-based software and back-office service suite for doctors’ offices.”

― Todd Park

“I’m an avid shoe fan. I got my first pair of Louboutins as a birthday gift from Jami Gertz.”

― Toks Olagundoye

“We did like 12 shows, then we did the entire Ozzfest with the first half completely booked; then we did the second half with a couple days off here and there.”

― Tom Araya

“My natural-born sarcasm, when it’s unimpeded, can be a bit overbearing at times and I’m the first to admit that.”

― Tom Bergeron

“I did an instrumental jazz album. That was my first album.”

― Tom Curren

“I was $4,000 short on my first payroll.”

― Tom Douglas

“I couldn’t have cared less about Gucci when I first went there – but soon after I arrived, I cared a lot.”

― Tom Ford

“I first met the ‘Trailer Park Boys’ when they did my web television show, and since then, I’ve hung out with them a few times.”

― Tom Green

“When people don’t like themselves very much, they have to make up for it. The classic bully was actually a victim first.”

― Tom Hiddleston

“Some of the greatest actors have turned superheroes into a serious business: Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson in ‘Batman’; Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, the first venerable knights of the X-Men, who have now passed the baton to Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy.”

― Tom Hiddleston

“’Merlin’ was a big step; it was my first big role in a show.”

― Tom Hopper

“Yeah, my drum programming especially is based on my knowledge of playing a drum kit. For the bass too, definitely. It was the first thing that I translated any sort of ideas through. It must have shaped it somehow.”

― Tom Jenkinson

“’Cabaret’ was one of the first pieces of musical theater I saw that showed the possibilities of what musical theater can do.”

― Tom Kitt

“The greatest thing is to win your first Super Bowl.”

― Tom Landry

“My first district was Northwest Iowa. In 2002, it became North Central Iowa hooking around Des Moines down to the south, clear up to the northeast corner of the state.”

― Tom Latham

“I was a fan of heavy music – first metal, then punk, then hip hop.”

― Tom Morello

“I’m a Chicago Cubs fan. I grew up in Libertyville, Illinois, and attended my first game at Wrigley Field when I was four.”

― Tom Morello

“London was a spice mecca. The first recipe for curry in English was actually published in 1747.”

― Tom Parker Bowles

“I have spent 40 years both as a doctor and public servant putting people first.”

― Tom Price

“In early 1798, the Directory, the oligarchy that was ruling revolutionary France, ordered its top general, Napoleon Bonaparte, to plan the invasion of England. Instead, Napoleon organized and carried out the invasion of Egypt, which became the first modern incursion by the West into the Middle East.”

― Tom Reiss

“No one was more surprised that that first Boston record took off than the record company itself.”

― Tom Scholz

“There are only two places in the league – first place and no place.”

― Tom Seaver

“My first priority is time with my family.”

― Tom Selleck

“They ought to put an amendment to the First Amendment that says there shall also be freedom of hearing.”

― Tom Smothers

“The whole key to a fight is throwing the first punch.”

― Tom Steyer

“I can’t remember what my first script was.”

― Tom Stoppard

“The first time with artistic endeavors is, if it’s working, it was your idea, and if it’s not, it’s somebody else’s idea.”

― Tom T. Hall

“When I first arrived in the U.S. House of Representatives, I naively believed that it was primarily the Democrats who were committed to open borders. But I quickly learned the entire Republican establishment also supported a policy of immigration non-enforcement.”

― Tom Tancredo

“I am the first to admit that I am not the greatest campaign strategist or political analyst.”

― Tom Tancredo

“Not long after I published my first book, I quickly found I was terrible at being interviewed.”

― Tom Wolfe

“’No Hands’ art goes straight back to Warhol. He was the first to use elves.”

― Tom Wolfe

“We won a contest at the teen fair in Vancouver and the first prize was a recording contract and we recorded at a radio station on the stairway, and we did a record and it got put out.”

― Tommy Chong

“Al Gore has been one of my closest friends since the day we met, on the first day of college, 35 years ago.”

― Tommy Lee Jones

“The very first thing I look at on a woman is her toes.”

― Tommy Lee

“I boxed until I got interested in other things. My first car. Girls.”

― Tommy Morrison

“I was the first player at Jay to play four years varsity. As a frosh, I was a punter. From my soph through senior years, I started as a linebacker and tight end and was all-state as a senior.”

― Tommy Morrison

“It would be a dream to go to my first World Cup.”

― Toni Duggan

“I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it.”

― Toni Morrison

“I am going to smash B.J. Flores to bits and be the first man stop him.”

― Tony Bellew

“If music sounds dated, it means it wasn’t very good in the first place.”

― Tony Bennett

“In 1971, when I was 29, I wrote my first volume of poetry. I am a poet, and I have published four books of my poems.”

― Tony Buzan

“BOLD PAC is Hispanic first, Democratic second. And it’s a close, close second because we do not engage in endorsing non-Democrats.”

― Tony Cardenas

“My first winner was on Legal Steps, in Ireland, at Thurles, in March 1992. I rode for Jim Bolger, and his stable jockey was Christy Roche.”

― Tony McCoy

“The first game of the year is always an in-season adjustment game.”

― Tony Romo

“’Longtime Companion’ was really the first movie that I know of that addressed the problem of AIDS. This was back in the ’80s that we did this.”

― Tony Shalhoub

“’Singaporeans first’ is different from saying ‘Singaporeans only.’”

― Tony Tan

“I knew who Bruce Springsteen was before he had his first record.”

― Toomas Hendrik Ilves

“I was two and a half when I first climbed up and sat at a piano.”

― Tori Amos

“The first thing I pack for meets is my makeup bag!”

― Tori Bowie

“I actually have my first iPhone deformity because it sits on my pinky, and now my bone actually dips in where my cellphone sits.”

― Torrey DeVitto

“When I design a garment or a piece of accessory, the first question I ask myself is, ‘Would I wear it?’”

― Tory Burch

“When the ‘greats of all-time’ put out their first albums, it wasn’t a thousand features on it. And I’m one of the greats in my eyes.”

― Tory Lanez

“The first album that I bought was the Nirvana ‘MTV Unplugged in New York’ album.”

― Tove Lo

“As the treaty made with the United States was the first treaty entered into by your country with other countries, therefore the President regards Japan with peculiar friendliness.”

― Townsend Harris

“Two things are desired in order that intercourse may be had: First, that a minister or agent be allowed to reside at the capital. Second, that commerce between different countries be freely allowed.”

― Townsend Harris

“It will be quite satisfactory if you open them gradually, as the circumstances may require; but the President assures you that this will not be the case if you make a treaty with England first.”

― Townsend Harris

“The prize money for first place was $2,800, but I didn’t take it because I was still an amateur.”

― Tracy Austin

“When I was 11, I won my first nationals at Savannah, defeating Kelly Henry in the finals.”

― Tracy Austin

“My first record was almost not my first record.”

― Tracy Chapman

“I had written here and there about my mother in my poems. There are poems for her in my first and second books.”

― Tracy K. Smith

“I’ve been producing since the early stages of Gym Class Heroes. A lot of the songs on the first ‘Papercut Chronicles’ were actually beats that I made.”

― Travie McCoy

“I think I discovered I wanted to be an actor when I got the first pay cheque.”

― Travis Fimmel

“Acknowledging mistakes and learning from them are the first steps.”

― Travis Kalanick

“In my first start-up, I didn’t get any salary for four years, so I had to move back with my parents.”

― Travis Kalanick

“My A&R at Epic got fired the first week I got signed.”

― Travis Scott

“My deepest desire is to do the thing that is first and foremost just.”

― Trent Franks

“It probably wasn’t until Nine Inch Nails played the first Lollapalooza that I actually went to a festival.”

― Trent Reznor

“The first set of lyrics for the first songs I ever wrote, which are the ones on ‘Pretty Hate Machine,’ came from private journal entries that I realized I was writing in lyric form.”

― Trent Reznor

“Browsing the first editions at my local independent bookstore, I came across ‘Pastoralia,’ a collection of stories by George Saunders. I’d read one of the stories in it already, and several other Saunders stories in magazines and anthologies, and liked them all.”

― Trenton Lee Stewart

“I was the first in my family to board an airplane. I was the first in my family to get kicked off an airplane.”

― Trevor Noah

“The notion that the First Amendment has no limitations whatsoever is balderdash.”

― Trey Gowdy

“When I made my first album, there was no indication that anybody other than my parents were going to buy it.”

― Trisha Yearwood

“When I first got pitched on Uber, I thought it was the dumbest idea ever.”

― Troy Carter

“Spotify was one of the first services that actually focuses on the consumer because they don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars a year on music.”

― Troy Carter

“When I first met Clint Eastwood, I bobbed him a curtsy. I still cringe about that to this day.”

― Trudie Styler

“My first trip to Italy’s Tuscany region was in 1990 when my husband, Sting, recorded an album there.”

― Trudie Styler

“Accuracy of statement is one of the first elements of truth; inaccuracy is a near kin to falsehood.”

― Tryon Edwards

“Most controversies would soon be ended, if those engaged in them would first accurately define their terms, and then adhere to their definitions.”

― Tryon Edwards

“The law is God’s first word; the gospel is God’s final word.”

― Tullian Tchividjian

“As every teenage girl, I was absolutely obsessed with The Beatles, and the first record I bought was ‘Please Please Me.’ I’d have been 13 at the time.”

― Twiggy

“I had no idea, really, on my first film what I was doing.”

― Tye Sheridan

“We dealt with a lot of skepticism early on, when we first spoke about bitcoin.”

― Tyler Winklevoss

“I’ve had five submissions in the first round. I have 3, 4, 5 knockouts. I’ve had decisions. I’ve had grinding fights.”

― Tyron Woodley

“I owe my family first, but I also have others around me that I have to perform for.”

― Tyron Woodley

“I arranged the first meeting between Ariel Sharon and the settlers.”

― Tzipi Livni

“I never ever slept again after my first pregnancy.”

― Uma Thurman

“And the first flight of the tether satellite happened in ’92, and I was the backup on that flight.”

― Umberto Guidoni

“But, what we need to get out of the first EVA is to have the arm completely unfolded and powered so that they can keep the temperature under control. That will really the call of the first EVA.”

― Umberto Guidoni

“If you’re not first, you’re last.”

― Unknown

“For me, Sakuraba was my favorite fighter when I first got into the sport.”

― Urijah Faber

“I remember once, actually the first race I ran, I fell.”

― Usain Bolt

“The magic of landing my first role on Broadway went ‘poof’ in a matter of a few weeks.”

― Uzo Aduba

“When the HIV/AIDS epidemic first appeared, a lot of the reaction was that it’s not happening here. It doesn’t exist. It’s not on the continent of Africa. Then we moved into this other phase, in which it was kind of like, it’s everywhere.”

― Uzodinma Iweala

“I wrote Murder at the Windmill. And it was accepted and we made it and it was the first film I made with Danny Angel, well the only film I actually made… I made a lot of it at the Windmill itself.”

― Val Guest

“The first play I saw was a Samuel Beckett play which was great.”

― Val Kilmer

“I love that Bob Dylan asked me to be in the first movie he wrote.”

― Val Kilmer

“I first met Rhoda Morgenstern in the spring of 1970.”

― Valerie Harper

“The last six months of the Bush administration lost four million jobs and the first six months of the Obama administration lost another four million before any initiatives of the president could take action.”

― Valerie Jarrett

“When I first moved to New York, I was still returning to Tennessee every few months to perform.”

― Valerie June

“When I was writing ‘Shotgun,’ it’s one of the first songs that’s come to me as an image.”

― Valerie June

“I would never jeopardize classified information. I served my country well and loyally, and I had to sue the C.I.A. on First Amendment grounds.”

― Valerie Plame

“I’ve learned that the first half of the season is always very important.”

― Valtteri Bottas

“The first piece of music that captured my imagination was probably Ray Charles Live At Newport.”

― Van Morrison

“First drafts are never any good – at least, mine aren’t.”

― Vanessa Diffenbaugh

“I went to eight different schools my first nine years of school.”

― Vanessa Lachey

“I booked my first series when I was 13. Acting kind of took control because I was just going from part to part at that point.”

― Vanessa Morgan

“I’ve been playing concerts for many years, and it’s still as exciting as it was the first time. I hope that shows when I’m performing.”

― Vanilla Ice

“You have to know you can first. How comes later.”

― Vanna Bonta

“When I first moved to Los Angeles, I came out here with a thousand dollars to my name.”

― Vanna White

“To do your first film is a dream.”

― Varun Dhawan

“My first proper relationship was at 16 in college.”

― Varun Dhawan

“Fuel conservation is a necessity, and I have to be the first person to set the example.”

― Veerappa Moily

“All I did my first year at Vogue was Xerox.”

― Vera Wang

“After my stellar first grade academic achievements, I continued to perform well in the city primary schools – except for penmanship, which was not my forte.”

― Vernon L. Smith

“In the 9th grade I began my first wage work for the West Side Drug store delivering prescriptions and sundries on my bicycle to customers who called in orders.”

― Vernon L. Smith

“The first time I ever went on set was during ‘Fiza’ when I was in Class X.”

― Vicky Kaushal

“When I first read the script a few years ago I thought it was one of the best written scripts I had ever read.”

― Victor Garber

“Whereas, generally speaking, zinc reacts suitably only with the first members of the alkyl iodides, with magnesium it is possible to use bromides, iodides, and in many cases, chlorides.”

― Victor Grignard

“There was only a little spell at Wigan, when I first signed there, when I wasn’t in the team every week.”

― Victor Moses

“I enjoyed it very much, my first Champions League game.”

― Victor Moses

“My first vocation was dance.”

― Victoria Abril

“My hope is to be the first disabled swimmer on an able-bodied team at the Y Nationals.”

― Victoria Arlen

“When I was younger and first started watching MTV I loved watching TRL. I loved watching my favorite singers/bands perform.”

― Victoria Justice

“My first concert was ‘Nsync.”

― Victoria Justice

“My first paying job, when I was 15, I was a day camp counselor.”

― Victoria Pratt

“The first thing you have to understand is that I was not desperate to be a writer. I was never a closet writer filing away notes in a cupboard.”

― Vikas Swarup

“My first novel was a challenge to myself. No one had an inkling that I was working on it.”

― Vikas Swarup

“I have known I was destined to live in Goa the moment I first stepped foot on the Panjim docks from the ferry from Mumbai, when I was 18.”

― Vikram Patel

“’Lootera’ happened nearly 10 years after television. It was the first film I auditioned for.”

― Vikrant Massey

“Life starts at conception and must be protected from the first moment.”

― Viktor Orban

“We must first and foremost defend Hungary’s independence and sovereignty, and, if needed, we must regain it.”

― Viktor Orban

“The guys in Kiss use some make up too so at first it was exiting. I’ve almost stopped using make-up nowadays.”

― Ville Valo

“It wasn’t until I went to college and I got my first motorcycle that I understood the thrill of speed.”

― Vin Diesel

“My first dunk was actually in sixth grade.”

― Vince Carter

“A major theme in all my books is that the CIA is not only the first line of defense but they should also be the first line of offense.”

― Vince Flynn

“The Whole Wide World is the first movie I’ve ever produced.”

― Vincent D’Onofrio

“I would first recommend we appoint a Police Director that commands the respect of the rank and file.”

― Vincent Frank

“At my first clubs, TOP Oss and NEC, I was the one everybody looked at and talked about, but at Feyenoord, I was one of many good players.”

― Vincent Janssen

“I really enjoyed my first Istanbul derby.”

― Vincent Janssen

“I remember, after getting my very first CD player for a birthday, I immediately purchased the soundtrack to the movie ‘Grease.’”

― Vincent Rodriguez III

“Upon graduating from my acting program at The Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts in Santa Maria, CA, I went to my first tap audition. It was for the 1st national equity tour of ’42nd Street.’”

― Vincent Rodriguez III

“First of all, in terms of investment in Internet-related developments, venture capitalists – once burned – are now very cautious and are investing in areas that actually make business sense.”

― Vint Cerf

“The first commercial routers came out about 1986, and services came in 1987.”

― Vint Cerf

“I write in English. My first album came out in Italy, and I toured and did gigs.”

― Violante Placido

“Players like Ravindra Jadeja, Yusuf Pathan, Warner, Glenn Maxwell were noticed at IPL first. It is a platform for players all over the world.”

― Virender Sehwag

“My first degree was in structural engineering, which is super-boring.”

― Virgil Abloh

“It’s time we had a president who stood up for American workers first.”

― Virgil Goode

“Humor is the first of the gifts to perish in a foreign tongue.”

― Virginia Woolf

“In the knockout tournaments, it’s futile to prepare for a grand finale. You may have worked out many strategies for the final. But you may lose in the first round itself.”

― Viswanathan Anand

“I learned that education and sport are the bedrock for any person, but education comes first, no doubt about it.”

― Vitor Belfort

“First thoughts are not always the best.”

― Vittorio Alfieri

“My first film was Ram Gopal Varma’s ‘Company.’ I was paid Rs 3 lakhs for it.”

― Vivek Oberoi

“In my first company, Seer Technologies, where I was chief technology officer, we shied away from the media. We watched every word and were guarded in front of journalists.”

― Vivek Wadhwa

“I was the first person to have a punk rock hairstyle.”

― Vivienne Westwood

“Back in the mid-18th century, in 1745-1747, Ossetia was the first to become part of the Russian Empire. At that time, it was a united entity; North and South Ossetia were one state.”

― Vladimir Putin

“Illusion is the first of all pleasures.”

― Voltaire

“He shines in the second rank, who is eclipsed in the first.”

― Voltaire

“A subject which at first glance seems quite removed from the undeclared concern of the book can encapsulate that concern.”

― W. G. Sebald

“We really suffer from a hot-take disease, wanting to be the first one who has the hottest take.”

― W. Kamau Bell

“In 1996, Al Jazeera was the first TV station in the Arab world to allow Israelis to appear on the screen and express their views and address the Arab world. Before that, Arab broadcasters did not allow what was perceived as the enemy to appear on the screen.”

― Wadah Khanfar

“The first time that I ever saw Babe Ruth was in the Boston Red Sox clubhouse.”

― Waite Hoyt

“I put my foot in my mouth sometimes. I’ll be the first to admit it.”

― Wale

“Family is first for me.”

― Walker Hayes

“When I was first starting to write plays, I quite literally had never heard of the idea of studying playwriting. I wouldn’t have studied it even if I had heard of it.”

― Wallace Shawn

“I started, actually, to make my first animated cartoon in 1920. Of course, they were very crude things then and I used sort of little puppet things.”

― Walt Disney

“My first computers were a Timex Sinclair and an Apple II.”

― Walt Mossberg

“Though many people mistakenly credit IBM with the first PC in 1981, the Apple II came out four years earlier, in 1977.”

― Walt Mossberg

“Microsoft’s Windows 3.1, released in 1992, was the first truly successful edition of Windows and juiced the Redmond juggernaut. Apple’s Macintosh System 7.5, released in 1994, was another in a string of versions that lacked key architectural features that the Mac didn’t have until Steve Jobs returned and brought with him the code that became OS X.”

― Walt Mossberg

“Our lives improve only when we take chances – and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.”

― Walter Anderson

“The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first, and deadly afterwards.”

― Walter Bagehot

“When the first album came out and I heard ‘Do It Again’ on the radio, that was the greatest thing that had ever happened. After that, it was all downhill.”

― Walter Becker

“If writers, like comedians or singers, could only hear themselves bombing as they worked, it’s likely that certain books would be cut short after the first few leaden sentences.”

― Walter Kirn

“Time was God’s first creation.”

― Walter Lang

“The first principle of a civilized state is that the power is legitimate only when it is under contract.”

― Walter Lippmann

“Tired minds don’t plan well. Sleep first, plan later.”

― Walter Reisch

“This implies that the laws governing organic cohesion, the organization leading from the part to the whole, represent a biological uncertainty, indeed an uncertainty of the first order.”

― Walter Rudolf Hess

“O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive!”

― Walter Scott

“I passed the Bar on the first shot, But I have never practiced law.”

― Walter Wager

“To demonstrate this simultaneity is by no means trivial, because it may for example happen that the product nucleus always forms in an activated state at first.”

― Walther Bothe

“And it wasn’t until ’84 when I was first asked to come to Sweden and do an album and concert tour.”

― Wanda Jackson

“’Life Aquatic’ was the first movie I did, and it’s been an incredible adventure since then.”

― Waris Ahluwalia

“The first rule is not to lose. The second rule is not to forget the first rule.”

― Warren Buffett

“My first interest in baseball is the welfare of baseball itself. My second is the Cincinnati Reds, and my third is Warren Giles.”

― Warren Giles

“The Wii U is pretty cool, and the thing that I’m most intrigued about it is it’s the first gaming platform that actually is exploiting the second screen.”

― Warren Spector

“Well, first of all, let me say that I might have made a tactical error in not going to a physician for 20 years. It was one of those phobias that really didn’t pay off.”

― Warren Zevon

“My first album is like a terrible John Hammond album, with drums.”

― Warren Zevon

“Mutineer is the first album of mine without a demo stage.”

― Warren Zevon

“A lot of the things I was doing on the first couple Washed Out releases was very naive.”

― Washed Out

“I miss the personalization that Vegas was – there were showroom captains and all the dealers knew the gamblers by their first names.”

― Wayne Newton

“When I first met Elvis, we had so much in common and became fast friends.”

― Wayne Newton

“I have been involved with the USO really my entire life. The first show I did for the USO, I was nine years old.”

― Wayne Newton

“I am not the first player to have sworn on TV and I won’t be the last.”

― Wayne Rooney

“Debt is the fatal disease of republics, the first thing and the mightiest to undermine governments and corrupt the people.”

― Wendell Phillips

“The constitution does not provide for first and second class citizens.”

― Wendell Willkie

“My first diet was in the first grade! Tuna fish and mustard with yogurt on the side.”

― Wendy Williams

“The uncertainty relation does not refer to the past; if the velocity of the electron is at first known and the position then exactly measured, the position for times previous to the measurement may be calculated.”

― Werner Heisenberg

“Ambition is to be the fastest runner on this planet, to be the first on the South Pole, which is a grotesque perversion of ambition. It’s an ego trip, and I’m not on an ego trip. I don’t have ambitions – I have a vision.”

― Werner Herzog

“The first monster you have to scare the audience with is yourself.”

― Wes Craven

“I have priorities. Maintaining my daughter is my first.”

― Whitney Houston

“I think we are the first feminist or first attempt at a feminist dating app.”

― Whitney Wolfe Herd

“My first novel was rejected by some of the most eminent publishers in the world. Starting again was a real wrench.”

― Wilbur Smith

“Ho joined the French socialist party, the first Vietnamese to be a member of a French political party.”

― Wilfred Burchett

“My anger with the US was not at first, that they had used that weapon – although that anger came later.”

― Wilfred Burchett

“I was a boy when I first realized that the fullest life liveable was a Poet’s.”

― Wilfred Owen

“Ivory Coast, even though I told them no at first, they still had the belief in me and still wanted me because they knew what I could do for the team.”

― Wilfried Zaha

“In the first quarter of the nineteenth century the experimental proof for the interdependence of the composition and properties of chemical compounds resulted in the theory that they are mutually related, so that like composition governs like properties, and conversely.”

― Wilhelm Ostwald

“Faced with this general consideration it will immediately be realized on inquiry into the particular position occupied within this general scheme by the scientific field of catalysis that it is in the first stages of its development.”

― Wilhelm Ostwald

“Physiological psychology is, therefore, first of all psychology.”

― Wilhelm Wundt

“I’m a dad first and foremost, then it goes hockey and then work, in that order.”

― Will Arnett

“In a lot of cases, writers discover that the novel needs to begin later in the action than they’d first thought.”

― Will Hobbs

“I prefer to write first drafts as soon as possible after waking, so that the oneiric inscape is still present to me.”

― Will Self

“The first step is you have to say that you can.”

― Will Smith

“Lester Germer was my first supervisor at Bell Labs. He was the Germer of the Davisson and Germer Experiment that is sometimes referred to in introductory texts on physics.”

― Willard Boyle

“We do not learn first what to talk about and then what to say about it.”

― Willard Van Orman Quine

“When I first heard that Barack Obama was going to be the first black president, I wanted to do the smallest, biggest tribute in history.”

― Willard Wigan

“An idea in man is first impressed upon him and afterwards expressed in things, but in God it is only expressed, not impressed, because it does not come from anywhere else.”

― William Ames

“Animal substance seems to be the first food of all birds, even the granivorous tribes.”

― William Bartram

“And once I know what the first page is, then the rest will come.”

― William Bolcom

“I was still a recruit in the Boston Police Academy when I attended my first police funeral. It was September 28, 1970. I remember it still.”

― William Bratton

“Ford comes first before everything else I do in my life.”

― William Clay Ford, Jr.

“The groves were God’s first temples.”

― William Cullen Bryant

“A tax cut would most certainly be my first choice rather than an increase in federal spending. Those who advocate that fail to see that spending not only continues in subsequent years, but it grows and grows.”

― William E. Simon

“Undoubtedly a man is to labor to better his condition, but first to better himself.”

― William Ellery Channing

“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.”

― William F. Buckley, Jr.

“Tact is one of the first mental virtues, the absence of it is fatal to the best talent.”

― William Gilmore Simms

“The execution of any thing considerable implies in the first place previous persevering meditation.”

― William Godwin

“Furthermore, the unearned increment from land appears in the United States as a gain to the first comers, who have here laid the foundations of a new State.”

― William Graham Sumner

“We all want to be 20 again and have that first sense of love.”

― William H. Macy

“Singing and entertainment are now my first priority.”

― William Hung

“Anyone who considers using a weapon of mass destruction against the United States or its allies must first consider the consequences… We would not specify in advance what our response would be, but it would be both overwhelming and devastating.”

― William J. Perry

“The first book I ever wrote was in fourth grade and it was called ‘Billy’s Booger.’ It was an autobiographical piece about a kid who was really bad at math.”

― William Joyce

“I like festivals of all kinds: in 1969, I made a film about the first Pan-African festival in Algiers, which celebrated the countries that had been liberated 10 years earlier. There was a tremendous feeling of kinship.”

― William Klein

“Leger was not only the first artist I ever met but also the first pop artist, and he blew our minds.”

― William Klein

“It is safest to take the unpopular side in the first instance. Transit from the unpopular is easy… but from the popular to the unpopular is so steep and rugged that it is impossible to maintain it.”

― William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne

“Government leaders should get up to speed on the blockchain by understanding it first and committing to exploring its potential.”

― William Mougayar

“It was not in our interest to enter Iraq in the first place.”

― William Odom

“Also, General Zinni, who commanded central command, was very much opposed to the war in the first place, as I was. We were both quoted to that effect in February of 2003.”

― William Odom

“One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine.”

― William Osler

“The very first step towards success in any occupation is to become interested in it.”

― William Osler

“The first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine.”

― William Osler

“Force may subdue, but love gains, and he that forgives first wins the laurel.”

― William Penn

“I’d sold the book first. Actually to a paperback publisher. I had nothing. I just had the idea.”

― William Peter Blatty

“Which came first the intestine or the tapeworm?”

― William S. Burroughs

“I was scheduled to give my first official press conference that morning anyway, ’cause I was chairman of the Governors Energy Council and I was making a press conference with regard to energy policy.”

― William Scranton

“I haven’t yet figured out how I was made first captain, because I was not an outstanding student. I was an adequate student.”

― William Westmoreland

“My first job after my retirement from baseball was as a narrator for the Eastman Philharmonica.”

― Willie Stargell

“I’m aware that I’m playing one of the first LGBT characters on ‘Star Trek’ in the first relationship, so there’s a responsibility that comes with that. I’m aware of that.”

― Wilson Cruz

“Life’s a tough proposition, and the first hundred years are the hardest.”

― Wilson Mizner

“The first hundred years are the hardest.”

― Wilson Mizner

“The first quality that is needed is audacity.”

― Winston Churchill

“Banjos, dobros, and acoustic guitars are not our first instruments.”

― Winston Marshall

“During the first 3 years at Auschwitz, 2 million people died; over the next 2 years – 3 million.”

― Witold Pilecki

“I made my first mix tape when I was 14.”

― Wiz Khalifa

“America is so large and so diverse that it is overwhelming, but my first impressions are favorable.”

― Wojciech Jaruzelski

“Socialism as such from its very origins is a workers’ system, and when there occur deviations, it is workers that react first.”

― Wojciech Jaruzelski

“I’m a little embarrassed to talk about it now, but the very first sport that I did, if you can call it sport, was ballroom dancing. I was aged seven to nine or 10.”

― Wojciech Szczesny

“Well, first of all I’ll say that I come alive best in theater.”

― Wole Soyinka

“My first artistic love was drawing and painting.”

― Wood Harris

“On our first date, all Anne wanted to talk about was Bob Feller, the new pitcher for the Cleveland Indians.”

― Woody Hayes

“I toured with Skrillex, did an HBO commercial with Diplo. In the hip hop movement, I was the first artist Travis Scott ever featured with before he blew up. I had the songs with Chris Brown and Tyga. I’ve worked with some of the biggest artists in the world.”

― Wynter Gordon

“The first time I ever played the trumpet in public, I played the Marine Hymn. I sounded terrible.”

― Wynton Marsalis

“Managing Liverpool? Yes, for sure, I have dreamt of that, but first I have to prove myself and prepare.”

― Xabi Alonso

“According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the first use of alcohol typically begins at age 12.”

― Xavier Becerra

“Making your first feature film is actually impossible.”

― Yahoo Serious

“What brought the British to the Gambia in the first place – which was bigger than it is now – was trade in ivory because the Gambia had a lot of elephants. They wiped out all the elephants and ended up selling Africans.”

― Yahya Jammeh

“I did a whole lot of work before taking up my first movie. From TV commercials to Telugu films, I learnt a lot from them all.”

― Yami Gautam

“I’m incredibly proud to be the first trans director to be nominated for an Oscar.”

― Yance Ford

“The very first tournament I watched is the U.S. Open when I was 13. And that was the year Juli Inkster won.”

― Yani Tseng

“I remember my first actual intense breakout was when I was 13, and I no clue what to do because I hadn’t dealt with anything in that large of a scale ever before.”

― Yara Shahidi

“Mustard did my first mixtape, and after that, he started DJing.”

― YG

“The first album was going to be called ‘I’m from Bompton,’ and then I changed it to ‘My Krazy Life.’”

― YG

“I emigrated to the U.S. on February 3, 1983, when I was 19 years old. I joined Steeler right away and recorded the album the following month. I’d been playing in bands in Sweden since the age of 11, but ‘Steeler’ was my first album.”

― Yngwie Malmsteen

“In my very first Cabinet meeting, I told my colleagues we must take on corruption, lawlessness, casteism, and the politics of appeasement.”

― Yogi Adityanath

“Cricket is my first love.”

― Yohan Blake

“I wrote my first song in the first or second grade.”

― YoungBoy Never Broke Again

“The first time I heard Adam Feeney and Chester Stone Hansen’s ‘Vibez,’ it was used in Drake’s ‘0-100’ as a sample.”

― Yuna

“I made my first mixtape when I was 11.”

― Yung Lean

“The first idea is always the best.”

― Yung Lean

“I love jewellery and stuff, so when I first got signed, I spent it on a load of bling.”

― Yungblud

“As a child, I first wanted to be a cook because my mother was such a good cook.”

― Yves Rossy

“I have a show called ‘First Gen’ that David Oyelowo is executive producing.”

― Yvonne Orji

“When I got my Oprah money, the first thing I bought was a really nice electronic bidet toilet seat.”

― Zach Anner

“’The Office’ was such a great first job.”

― Zach Woods

“On our first album, ‘Sounding the Seventh Trumpet,’ we were listening to more obscure heavy metal bands and hardcore bands.”

― Zacky Vengeance

“World makers, social network makers, ask one question first: ‘How can I do it?’”

― Zadie Smith

“When I first came to Guangzhou in 1981, it seemed such a hard and dour place with everyone in Chairman Mao uniforms.”

― Zaha Hadid

“The best dumpster meal I has was the first one I had.”

― Zal Batmanglij

“I think about a lot of my favorite directors, and I think about their first films, and I have great admiration for the earthiness of those films.”

― Zal Batmanglij

“When I was a youngster, I might have been about 17 or 18 when I first started making beats.”

― Zaytoven

“Being a former first lady doesn’t prepare you to be president.”

― Zbigniew Brzezinski

“My first part in a play was one of the witches in ‘Macbeth.’”

― Zendaya

“English is not my first language.”

― Zhu Zhu

“The first step in solving a problem is to recognize that it does exist.”

― Zig Ziglar

“My first professional job was to sell heavy-duty waterless cookware.”

― Zig Ziglar

“I am first of all from La Castellane and Marseille.”

― Zinedine Zidane

“The first week of Gamergate, I didn’t sleep or eat at all.”

― Zoe Quinn

“’As You Like It’ was the first Shakespeare production I ever did.”

― Zoe Wanamaker
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