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Finish last in your league and they call you idiot.
by Abe Lemons

Finish last in your league and they call you idiot.
Finish last in medical school and they call you doctor.
- Abe Lemons

There are really only two plays: Romeo and Juliet,
and put the darn ball in the basket.
- Abe Lemons

One day of practice is like one day of clean living.
It doesn't do you any good.
- Abe Lemons

You know what they call the fellow who finishes last
in his medical school graduating class? They call him 'Doctor.'
- Abe Lemons

 

I don't jog, if I die I want to be sick.
- Abe Lemons

Damn referees, I'll miss them less than anybody.
- Abe Lemons

The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off.
- Abe Lemons

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It was a hole in one contest and I had a three.
- Abe Lemons

I don't have any tricky plays, I'd rather have tricky players.
- Abe Lemons

In choosing joy, the finish line dissolves
into a different matter altogether.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Finish each day and be done with it.
You have done what you could;
some blunders and absurdities have crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day;
you shall begin it serenely
and with too high a spirit
to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

All endeavor calls for the ability
to tramp the last mile,
shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil.
The fight to the finish spirit is the one...
characteristic we must posses
if we are to face the future as finishers.
- Henry David Thoreau

Life is a journey. It is not a race to test
who can finish first or who can end up with the most loot.
Rather, life is best enjoyed as a meander -
watching the view to left and right - above and below -
as the days slowly move past in dress review.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In soloing - as in other activities -
it is far easier to start something
than it is to finish it.
- Amelia Earhart

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it.
I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint.
What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.
- Henry David Thoreau

I would rather start a family than finish one.
- Don Marquis

I've got to go.
That's one of the penalties of being a doctor.
I never seem to finish a conversation.
- Robert M. Fresco

A lawyer is never entirely comfortable with a friendly divorce,
anymore than a good mortician wants to finish his job
and then have the patient sit up on the table.
- Jean Kerr

There are two golden rules for an orchestra:
start together and finish together.
The public doesn't give a damn what goes on in between.
- Thomas Beecham

I've done it with Broadcast News-where there was no finish line,
there was no agenda that I had to move all the characters to this point,
that I was sort of open to what happens.
- James L. Brooks

I forget a book as soon as I finish writing it,
which is not always a good thing.
- Anne Tyler

As far as I am concerned, the first episode of Buffy
was the beginning of my career.
It was the first time I told a story from start to finish the way I wanted.
- Joss Whedon

I have often noticed that ancestors never boast of
the descendants who boast of ancestors.
I would rather start a family than finish one.
Blood will tell, but often it tells too much.
- Don Marquis

Lists of books we reread and books we can't finish
tell more about us than about the relative worth of the books themselves.
- Russell Banks

When I finish playing football, I would like to work with kids and sleep!
- Michael Strahan

All of the penciling was consistently done by one person
and the inking was whoever could finish on time.
- Gil Kane

If I'd had some set idea of a finish line,
don't you think I would have crossed it years ago?
- Bill Gates

It took some time to gather the research and develop it into the storyline,
and to finally finish an origin myth poem that I had
been working on for twenty years.
- Jean M. Auel

I write a lot of songs people don't hear.
I really just enjoy the process.
I finish 'em all.
I don't think there's a whole lot of difference between
the bad ones and the good ones.
- Bob Seger

Think of the life of the working woman as the decathlon.
If you even finish it's a miracle.
- Barbara Dale

Nice guys finish last.
- Leo Durocher

First you have to spread on the rust performer,
then you add a coat of protective enamel,
and then you spray on the satin finish so you look good.
- Vinny Testaverde

I can remember sittin' in a cafe when I first started in rodeo,
and waitin' until somebody got done so I could finish what they left.
- Chris LeDoux

My drawings at first were made altogether in watercolors,
but they wanted softness and a great deal of finish.
- John James Audubon

I'm usually going to make a record, finish a record,
start a record or start a tour or between tours.
- Phil Collins

If I can finish a cartoon in 20 minutes,
then that's the ideal editorial cartoon -
it's to the point.
- Paul Conrad

I don't finish every story, but I probably write and
send out three out of five of them.
- Robert Sheckley

I didn't go to university.
Didn't even finish A-levels.
But I have sympathy for those who did.
- Terry Prachett

When I finish an album and I find myself listening to it in the car,
because it makes me feel a certain way,
that's the time to try to let other people know about it.
- Herb Alpert

Last guys don't finish nice.
- Saul Alinsky

We're giving RCA another record, and that should finish them.
- Paul Kantner

When I finish a film, I put it away and I never look at it again.
- Taylor Hackford

We are going to finish this picture just the way I want it...
because you cannot compromise an artist's vision.
- Ed Wood

At age 77, I need the help of someone with more energy
than I can now summon to finish a book.
- Anne McCaffrey

If a story isn't working, I'm simply unable to finish it.
That's what usually tells me something is wrong.
- Len Wein

My stories run up and bite me on the leg -
I respond by writing down everything that goes on during the bite.
When I finish, the idea lets go and runs off.
- Ray Bradbury

It's better to finish at the peak or soon after it,
than to wait until the audience notices a decline.
- Eberhard Weber

When I'm working on a movie, I will make any sacrifice to finish it.
- Richard King

When you finish a poem, it clicks shut like the top of a jewel box,
but prose is endless.
I haven't experienced an awful lot of clicking shut!
- Kenneth Koch

The war on terror is a fight that we did not start,
but it is one that we shall finish.
- Nick Lampson

Even now I can say I'd love to finish my career here,
and then stay in the game after that.
- Steven Gerrard

The value of old age depends upon the person who reaches it.
To some men of early performance it is useless.
To others, who are late to develop, it just enables them to finish the job.
- Thomas Hardy

I start a picture and I finish it.
- Jean-Michel Basquiat

In fact, the bandits steal the drinks and assistance
provided along the course.
Worse, they cross the finish line and mess up the scoring of legitimate runners.
- Joe Henderson

Acting allows me to tell a lot of stories,
you know start at the beginning, finish at the end,
and tell everything in between.
Modelling is just an image.
- Cameron Diaz

Even though they won't finish in the top four this season,
they will still be of the contenders next season.
- Alan Hansen

I'd like to say I was smart enough to finish six grades in five years,
but I think perhaps the teacher was just glad to get rid of me.
- Alan Shepard

When I finish a painting, it usually looks as surprising to me as to anyone else.
- Howard Hodgkin

We don't start a job that we can't finish...
that's the American way.
- Paul Wolfowitz

That is an important part of my success.
Another big part of my success is that I hated not to finish a race.
- Alain Prost

It's the job that's never started takes longest to finish.
- J. R. R. Tolkien

I wanted to write something that would be a comedy
in the sense of making people feel happier when they
finish it than they did when began it.
- Neil Gaiman

Education begins the gentleman, but reading,
good company and reflection must finish him.
- John Locke

Basically, nice guys can finish last.
- Lee Meriwether

That's the terrible thing: the more one works on a picture,
the more impossible it becomes to finish it.
- Alberto Giacometti

We're living proof that nice guys always finish last.
- Matthew Cooper

When you're thirsty and it seems that you could drink
the entire ocean that's faith;
when you start to drink and finish only a glass or two that's science.
- Anton Chekhov

You get used to being lazy doing films,
but classical theatre's going to finish me off.
- Michael Gambon

When I finish playing, I think I'd like to coach college baseball.
- Barry Bonds

I don't write for an audience, I don't think whether my book will sell,
I don't sell it before I finish writing it.
- Ann Patchett

When you have a great and difficult task,
something perhaps almost impossible,
if you only work a little at a time,
every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself.
- Isak Dinesen


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