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Always be a first-rate version of yourself,
by Judy Garland

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

Related topics: Positive Inspirational Motivational Live-By Self Values Honor Choice Wisdom

If I am a legend, then why am I so lonely?
- Judy Garland

I can live without money, but I cannot live without love.
- Judy Garland

For it was not into my ear you whispered,
but into my heart.
It was not my lips you kissed,
but my soul.
- Judy Garland

 

All things at first appear difficult.
- Chinese proverb

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

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

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

Be gentle first with yourself.
- Lama Yeshe

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

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

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

Nothing happens unless first a dream.
- Carl Sandburg

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

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

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

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

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

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

Be gentle first with yourself -
if you wish to be gentle with others.
- Lama Yeshe

Put on your own oxygen mask first.
- Airline companies

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

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

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

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

Peace is the first thing the angels sang.
- John Keble

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

The first wealth is health.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

LOVE LETTERS TO YOURSELF
This is taken from a love letter (a gentle reminder)
I wrote to myself recently.
Live in your joy today.
Be authentic. Love yourself. First.
Love others from your own abundance.
Life Changes. Circumstances change.
Sometimes you try to fit your old way
of being into new circumstances
rather than becoming new yourself.
Embrace transformation as an opportunity.
And keep on writing love letters to yourself.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The first casualty when war comes is truth.
- Hiram Johnson

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

There are two things to aim at in life:
first, to get what you want,
and after that to to enjoy it.
- Logan Pearsall Smith

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

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

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

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

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

Never stop dreaming your inspired future.
Believing in your dreams is only the first step,
but unless you have a dream that you believe in,
you are leaving your future to random chance.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

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

Every noble work is at first impossible.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

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

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

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

Know first that you have absolutely no power to change the world,
and then address all your energies and intent toward improving it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The groves were God's first temples.
- William C. Bryant

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

Faith:
When you walk to the edge of all the light you have
and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown,
you must believe that one of two things will happen:
...
There will be something solid for you to stand upon,
or, you will be taught how to fly
- Patrick Overton - from his book of poems: The Leaning Tree, 1975
[Widely mis-attributed to Barbara J. Winter, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, and others]

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

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

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

Life is uncertain; always eat dessert first.
- Anonymous

Let every day be the first day
of the rest of your life,
but especially let today be a new beginning.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

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

The most difficult is the first family,
to bring someone out of the world.
- Richard G. Scott

Spirit is always waiting to rush into us,
but we are too full of worldly things.
It is like trying to pour fine wine into a cup filled with mud -
the wine is waiting, but the mud must be removed first.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To say "I love you" one must first be able to say the "I."
- Ayn Rand

The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
- although attributed to St. Francis of Assisi,
this prayer first appeared (written in French) in 1912

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

A dramatic thing, the first time you stand up to your dad.
- Lenny Kravitz

Getting in touch with your true self must be your first priority.
- Tom Hopkins

To design the future effectively, you must first let go of your past.
- Charles J. Givens

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

If there is anything that we wish to change in the child,
we should first examine it and see whether it is
not something that could better be changed in ourselves.
- Carl Jung


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