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I first read science fiction in the old British Chum
by A. E. van Vogt

I first read science fiction in the old British Chum
annual when I was about 12 years old.
- A. E. van Vogt

I had casually rented an apartment that cost $75 a
month because I expected my writing to pay my way.
- A. E. van Vogt

The encouragement I got from Campbell was a quick check and praise.
Once the Space Beagle was launched on its mission,
it seemed natural for it to breed additional thoughts.
- A. E. van Vogt

In those days I was new to covers; merely felt pleased
that a story of mine had been honored.
I later met Rogers who did some of my early covers
and I was impressed with him.
- A. E. van Vogt

 

In a sense, there's a great truth to that,
but, also I was a great reader.
- A. E. van Vogt

I don't recall having any self-awareness about the intricacy of my stories.
- A. E. van Vogt

My theory was that what I had to do was make a study of human behavior.
- A. E. van Vogt

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Well, first of all, going off with dianetics was based upon a thought of mine.
- A. E. van Vogt

Recruiting Station was a story that came as the result
of many anxious awakenings during many nights.
- A. E. van Vogt

It's difficult for me to feel that a solid page without
the breakups of paragraphs can be interesting.
I break mine up perhaps sooner than I should in terms
of the usage of the English language.
- A. E. van Vogt

It came about as follows: over the years when I was involved in dianetics,
I wrote the beginnings of many stories.
I would get an idea, and then write the beginning,
and then never touch it again.
- A. E. van Vogt

I figure that that has a ten year cycle.
At the end of that ten years, I began to get worried
that I would run into what is known as the writer's block,
the feeling of not being able to do these things.
- A. E. van Vogt

Chum was a British boy's weekly which,
at the end of the year was bound into a single huge book;
and the following Christmas parents bought it as Christmas
presents for male children.
- A. E. van Vogt

But, somewhere in there, I did have the thought that
this really fits in with my thinking about what I wanted to do;
with what has to be done by a writer in order to stay alive as a writer.
- A. E. van Vogt

You have to remember that I was a bright but simple
fellow from Canada who seldom,
if ever, met another writer, and then only a so-called
literary type that occasionally sold a story and meanwhile
worked in an office for a living.
- A. E. van Vogt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nothing happens unless first a dream.
- Carl Sandburg

Be gentle first with yourself.
- Lama Yeshe

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

First say to yourself what you would be;
then do what you have to do.
- Epictetus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Put on your own oxygen mask first.
- Airline companies

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

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

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

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

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

A holiday, the day I first named you, "friend."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living;
the world owes you nothing; it was here first.
- Mark Twain

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

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you,
then they fight you, then you win.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize.
The first is gentleness;
the second is frugality;
the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others.
Be gentle and you can be bold;
be frugal and you can be generous;
avoid putting yourself before others
and you can become a leader among men.
- Lao Tzu

Self-disciplined begins with the mastery of your thoughts.
If you don't control what you think,
you can't control what you do.
Simply, self-discipline enables you
to think first and act afterward.
- Napoleon Hill


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