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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
(Keywords: Successful, First, Writer)

The challenge for me has first been to see things as they are, whether a portrait, a city street, or a bouncing ball. In a word, I have tried to be objective.
- Berenice Abbott
(Keywords: Challenge, First, Word)

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
(Keywords: First, Now)

The first and continuing argument for the curtailment of working hours and the raising of the minimum age was that education was necessary in a democracy and working children could not attend school.
- Grace Abbott
(Keywords: Age, Education, Argument, Children, Democracy, First, School)

For the stage displays the first vigorous expression, as the natural thing and without conspicuous restraint, of private individuality.
- Lascelles Abercrombie
(Keywords: Expression, First, Individuality, Restraint)

The first epics were intended for recitation; the literary epic is meant to be read.
- Lascelles Abercrombie
(Keywords: First, Literary)

I remember saying to the chairman after serving the first year, "Why are we doing this? Why don't the Hawaiians have control?" "Well, we have no mechanism to do it," I was told.
- Neil Abercrombie
(Keywords: Control, First, Saying)

Milos said, You're my first choice. From my point of view, that doesn't pay the rent. I said, Tell me what I have to do next because I'm busy painting my kitchen.
- F. Murray Abraham
(Keywords: Choice, First, Kitchen, Painting)

With Connery, he does act. He is in complete command. He completely trusts the person first, then the instrument. I've worked with his son also, on a picture in Russia.
- F. Murray Abraham
(Keywords: Son, Act, First, Russia)

There are some circumstances in which the First Amendment interest comes up against another interest that is really important and in which we have to make a decision in a particular case as to which is more important.
- Floyd Abrams
(Keywords: Decision, Circumstances, First, Interest)

When I began we did not really have a lot of First Amendment law. It is really surprising to think of it this way, but a lot of the law - most of the law that relates to the First Amendment freedom of the press in America - is really within living memory.
- Floyd Abrams
(Keywords: America, First, Freedom, Law, Living, Memory, Press)

It just seems to be a human trait to want to protect the speech of people with whom we agree. For the First Amendment, that is not good enough. So it is really important that we protect First Amendment rights of people no matter what side of the line they are on.
- Floyd Abrams
(Keywords: People, First, Rights, Speech, Want)

I try to do that in this book without preaching - to try to do as you just said that you really have to defend the First Amendment rights of everybody.
- Floyd Abrams
(Keywords: First, Rights, Preaching)

My first vocation was dance.
- Victoria Abril
(Keywords: Dance, First, Vocation)

The career of a writer is comparable to that of a woman of easy virtue. You write first for pleasure, later for the pleasure of others and finally for money.
- Marcel Achard
(Keywords: Money, Virtue, Career, First, Pleasure, Woman, Writer)

First of all, writing at best - certainly fiction writing - more and more I think is magic.
- Kathy Acker
(Keywords: Fiction, First, Magic, Writing)

I get nervous around girls for the first time. Once I'm in, I can take the reins and go. It's just the initial approach I'm really bad at.
- Jensen Ackles
(Keywords: Time, First, Girls)

When I died my hair red the first time, I felt as if it was what nature intended. I have been accused of being a bit of a spitfire, so in that way, I absolutely live up to the stereotype. The red hair suits my personality. I was a terrible blonde!
- Amy Adams
(Keywords: Nature, Time, Being, First, Hair, Personality)

The last months, weeks and days have seen accelerating discussions, involving the DUP for the first time, about a comprehensive agreement which would see all outstanding matters dealt with and the Good Friday Agreement implemented in full.
- Gerry Adams
(Keywords: Time, Agreement, First, Months)

When I was about 15... I made my first attempt as a leading lady, and was, of course, a complete failure.
- Maude Adams
(Keywords: Failure, First, Lady, Leading)

New Jersey is the first state in the country to agree to treat gay and unmarried couples the same as married couples.
- Michael Adams
(Keywords: Country, First, Gay, State)

Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: First a right to life, secondly to liberty, and thirdly to property; together with the right to defend them in the best manner they can.
- Samuel Adams
(Keywords: Life, First, Rights, Liberty, Property)

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
(Keywords: First, Hunger, Lust)

True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Friendship, Happiness, Conversation, Enjoyment, First, Self)

But in the first Gulf war the United Kingdom was not under any threat from Iraq, and is still less so in the second one. Then there is no justification for obstructing freedom of information, particularly as nations have a right to know what their soldiers are being used for.
- Kate Adie
(Keywords: War, Being, First, Freedom, Information, Iraq, Justification, Nations, Right, Soldiers, United)

One of the embarrassing problems for the early nineteenth-century champions of the Christian faith was that not one of the first six Presidents of the United States was an orthodox Christian.
- Mortimer Adler
(Keywords: Faith, Christian, First, Problems, states, United)

The first and only principle of sexual ethics: the accuser is always in the wrong.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: First, Wrong)

It is an ill thing to be the first to bring news of ill.
- Aeschylus
(Keywords: First, News)

Who wants to shake the hand of the first man to put it to America's sweetheart.
- John Agar
(Keywords: America, First, Man)

First of all, let me say, 1:15 in the morning, for 20,000 people to still be here, I wasn't the winner, tennis was. That's awesome. I don't know if I've ever felt so good here before.
- Andre Agassi
(Keywords: People, First, Tennis)

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
(Keywords: Food, First, Italy, Machines, Years)

In the immediate postwar years, the whole of Europe was in a recession. So first of all, it helped us step out of a recession; it gave a certain amount of speed to the economy. But that was the first step.
- Giovanni Agnelli
(Keywords: Economy, Europe, First, Years)

I was five years old when I wrote my first song. It was out of longing for my father that I wrote it.
- Shmuel Y. Agnon
(Keywords: Father, First, Longing, Old, Song, Years)

When I first began to combine letters other than Hebrew, I read every book in German that came my way, and from these I certainly received according to the nature of my soul.
- Shmuel Y. Agnon
(Keywords: Nature, Soul, First, Letters)

It's a sad moment, really, when parents first become a bit frightened of their children.
- Ama Ata Aidoo
(Keywords: Children, First, Parents)

I wouldn't have made it past the first round of American Idol auditions. It was months before our first song was recorded. The guys were like, 'Just seeng!' And I was like, 'I don't know how to seeng! Can't I just play the triangle?'
- Malin Akerman
(Keywords: American, First, Months, Past, Play, Song)

Honor is the inner garment of the Soul; the first thing put on by it with the flesh, and the last it layeth down at its separation from it.
- Akhenaton
(Keywords: Soul, First, Honor, Separation)

Be thou incapable of change in that which is right, and men will rely upon thee. Establish unto thyself principles of action; and see that thou ever act according to them. First know that thy principles are just, and then be thou.
- Akhenaton
(Keywords: Change, Men, Action, First, Principles, Right, Will)

I thought it was my job to give all the boys their first kiss.
- Jessica Alba
(Keywords: Kiss, Thought, Boys, First, Job)

Apprentice is the beginner - the first years you work in a craft in the European sense you are an apprentice. That takes 3 or 4 years. Then you are a journeyman. You can go from one master to another and learn other tricks and other secrets.
- Josef Albers
(Keywords: Work, First, Secrets, Sense, Years)

In times of life crisis, whether wild fires or smoldering stress, the first thing I do is go back to basics... am I eating right, am I getting enough sleep, am I getting some physical and mental exercise everyday.
- Edward Albert
(Keywords: Life, Crisis, Eating, Exercise, First, Right, Sleep, Stress)

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
(Keywords: Chicago, First, Friends)

First find the man in yourself if you will inspire manliness in others.
- Amos Bronson Alcott
(Keywords: First, Man, Will)

I'm most at home on the stage. I was carried onstage for the first time when I was six months old.
- Alan Alda
(Keywords: Home, Time, First, Months, Old)

No bird has ever uttered note That was not in some first bird's throat; Since Eden's freshness and man's fall No rose has been original.
- Thomas Bailey Aldrich
(Keywords: First, Man)

I lived in England to learn English. When I went to England for the first time, it was like being on the Moon. I had no friends, I couldn't speak the language. I was very isolated.
- Jean Alesi
(Keywords: Time, Being, EnglEnglish, First, Friends, Language, Moon)

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
(Keywords: Thought, Being, First, Future)

I just saw the movie for the first time in its entirely last night. It's really cool when you're in with an audience that's so tuned in and plugged in to what's going on.
- Sasha Alexander
(Keywords: Time, First, Night)

To appreciate and use correctly a valuable maxim requires a genius; a vital appropriating exercise of mind closely allied to that which first created it.
- William R. Alger
(Keywords: Genius, Exercise, First, Maxim, Mind)

I'm doing a play, a musical. The musical follows the Mamma Mia concept. It's my first LA theater project.
- Tatyana Ali
(Keywords: First, Play, Project, Theater)



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