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When I first began to combine letters other than Hebrew,
by Shmuel Y. Agnon

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

For myself, I am very small indeed in my own eyes.
- Shmuel Y. Agnon

As a result of the historic catastrophe in which Titus
of Rome destroyed Jerusalem and Israel was exiled from its land,
I was born in one of the cities of the Exile.
- Shmuel Y. Agnon

I returned to Jerusalem, and it is by virtue of Jerusalem
that I have written all that God has put into my heart and into my pen.
- Shmuel Y. Agnon

 

Our sages of blessed memory have said that we must
not enjoy any pleasure in this world without reciting a blessing.
- Shmuel Y. Agnon

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

Not every man remembers the name of the cow which supplied
him with each drop of milk he has drunk.
- Shmuel Y. Agnon

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At the age of nineteen and a half, I went to the Land
of Israel to till its soil and live by the labour of my hands.
As I did not find work, I sought my livelihood elsewhere.
- Shmuel Y. Agnon

But always I regarded myself as one who was born in Jerusalem.
- Shmuel Y. Agnon

If we eat any food, or drink any beverage,
we must recite a blessing over them before and after.
- Shmuel Y. Agnon

After all my possessions had been burned,
God gave me the wisdom to return to Jerusalem.
- Shmuel Y. Agnon

The fate of the singers who, like my songs,
went up in flame was also the fate of the books which I later wrote.
All of them went up in flame to Heaven in a fire which
broke out one night at my home in Bad Homburg as I lay ill in a hospital.
- Shmuel Y. Agnon

I have also written a book about the Giving of the Torah,
and a book on the Days of Awe, and a book on the books
of Israel that have been written since the day the
Torah was given to Israel.
- Shmuel Y. Agnon

The beginnings of my studies also came to me from my father,
as well as from the Rabbinical Judge of our town.
But they were preceded by three tutors under whom I studied,
one after the other, from the time I was three and
a half till I turned eight and a half.
- Shmuel Y. Agnon

Through these offices it was my privilege to get to
know almost every Jewish person,
and those whom I did not come to know through these
offices I came to know through love and a desire to know my brethren,
the members of my people.
- Shmuel Y. Agnon

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

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

All things at first appear difficult.
- Chinese proverb

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

If we could first know where we are,
and whither we are tending,
we could then better judge what to do,
and how to do it.
- Abraham Lincoln

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

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

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

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

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all of our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time
- T. S. Eliot

During the first period of a man's life
the greatest danger is not to take the risk.
- Soren Kierkegaard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Look at everything as though you were seeing it
either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
- Betty Smith

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

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

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

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

All truth passes through three stages:
First, it is ridiculed;
Second, it is violently opposed;
Third, it is accepted as self-evident.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
The secret of getting started is
breaking your complex overwhelming tasks
into small manageable tasks,
and starting on the first one.
- Mark Twain

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

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

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

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

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

Nothing happens unless first a dream.
- Carl Sandburg

Be gentle first with yourself.
- Lama Yeshe

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

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

Give me six hours to chop down a tree
and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
- Abraham Lincoln

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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