First Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old first quotes, first sayings, and first proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

The first wealth is health.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The first dish pleaseth all.     

George Herbert

First be best, then be first.     

John Wooden

The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.     

Sigmund Freud

The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.     

Nathaniel Branden

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

Albert Camus

The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile.     


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


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

Richard P. Feynman

One of the first signs of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die.     

Franz Kafka

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

Ben Stein

You must take the first step. The first steps will take some effort, maybe pain. But after that, everything that has to be done is real-life movement.     

Ben Stein

The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.     

Chauncey Depew

Be first and be lonely.     

Ginni Rometty

First thought, best thought.     

Allen Ginsberg

The first cut is the deepest.     

Rod Stewart

The first quality that is needed is audacity.     

Winston Churchill

After the first blush of sin comes its indifference.     

Henry David Thoreau

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 requisite of civilization is that of justice.     

Sigmund Freud

The first idea the child must acquire is that of the difference between good and evil.     

Maria Montessori

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

Arthur Schopenhauer

One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature shall not be broken.     

Leo Tolstoy

Our first responsibility in the midst of violence is to prevent it from destroying us.     

Henri Nouwen

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

Albert Schweitzer

The first precept was never to accept a thing as true until I knew it as such without a single doubt.     

Rene Descartes

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

Andrew Carnegie

The very first step towards success in any occupation is to become interested in it.     

William Osler

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

Christopher Reeve

We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.     

John Dryden