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Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.
When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.
P. J. O'Rourke
When a man is asked to make a speech, the first thing he has to decide is what to say.
Gerald R. Ford
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.
When any calamity has been suffered the first thing to be remembered is, how much has been escaped.
The first thing the secretary types is the boss.
The first thing which I can record concerning myself is, that I was born. These are wonderful words. This life, to which neither time nor eternity can bring diminution - this everlasting living soul, began. My mind loses itself in these depths.
Peace is the first thing the angels sang.
First thing every morning before you arise say out loud, 'I believe,' three times.
My mother says I didn't open my eyes for eight days after I was born, but when I did, the first thing I saw was an engagement ring. I was hooked.
To endure is the first thing that a child ought to learn, and that which he will have the most need to know.
The first thing that strikes a visitor to Paris is a taxi.
The older I get the more wisdom I find in the ancient rule of taking first things first. A process which often reduces the most complex human problem to a manageable proportion.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Let him that is without stone among you cast the first thing he can lay his hands on.
In life, the first thing you must do is decide what you really want. Weigh the costs and the results. Are the results worthy of the costs? Then make up your mind completely and go after your goal with all your might.
Alfred A. Montapert
The first thing to do in life is to do with purpose what one purposes to do.
Whenever I am sent a new book on the lively arts, the first thing I do is look for myself in the index.
I guess more players lick themselves that are ever licked by an opposing team. The first thing any man has to know is how to handle himself.
The first thing is to love your sport. Never do it to please someone else. It has to be yours.
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.
Usefulness! It is not a fascinating word, and the quality is not one of which the aspiring spirit can dream o' nights, yet on the stage it is the first thing to aim at.
When anarchy is declared, the first thing we do, let's kill all the anarchists.
I had all the usual ambition growing up. I wanted to be a writer, a musician, a hockey player. I wanted to do something that wasn't nine to five. Acting was the first thing I tried that clicked.
Michael J. Fox
The first thing you do when you get out to center field is put up your finger and check the wind chill factor.
He had written my mother once that he wanted her to be the first thing he saw every morning and the last thing he ever saw. And that's how it turned out.
As an old reporter, we have a few secrets, and the first thing is we try the phone book.
I so desperately hate to end these movies that the first thing I do when I'm done is write another one. Then I don't feel sad about having to leave and everybody going away.
In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed.
The first thing I did when I sold my book was buy a new wedding ring for my wife and asked her to marry me all over again.
The first thing you've got to remember is that it's your clients' money you're spending.
Richard Morris Hunt
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