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Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
A first-rate organizer is never in a hurry. He is never late. He always keeps up his sleeve a margin for the unexpected.
There is more credit and satisfaction in being a first-rate truck driver than a tenth-rate executive.
B. C. Forbes
No matter what happens in a child's home, no matter what other social and economic factors may impede a child, there's no question in my mind that a first-rate school can transform almost everything.
I will say that Edward Norton, who plays the scout master, would be a first-rate Eagle Scout. He's got all those techniques. If your plane crashes into the jungle somewhere, he would be the guy you would want to have with you.
A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting.
The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.
A. A. Milne
Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man's upper chamber, if he has common sense on the ground-floor. But if a man hasn't got plenty of good common sense, the more science he has, the worse for his patient.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
What's terrible is to pretend that second-rate is first-rate. To pretend that you don't need love when you do; or you like your work when you know quite well you're capable of better.
You might lose your spontaneity and, instead of composing first-rate Gershwin, end up with second rate Ravel.
I may not be a first-rate composer, but I am a first-class second-rate composer.
First-rate people hire first-rate people; second-rate people hire third-rate people.
We class schools into four grades: leading school, first-rate school, good school and school.
A theatre receives recognition through its initiative, which is indispensable for first-rate performances.
As horrible as jail was, there were some first-rate guys in there.
It's often better to read first-rate science fiction than second-rate science - it's far more stimulating, and perhaps no more likely to be wrong.
I think that, by comparison with $2,000 bottles of grand cru Burgundies, first-rate barolos, which sell for under $100, are undervalued ten-fold.
Atlantic's Jerry Wexler believes first-rate records are made by first-rate voices. He certainly has worked with enough of them: Clyde McPhatter, Joe Turner, La Vern Baker, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Solomon Burke, Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin.
When I teach writing, I have a mantra: 'Be a first-rate version of yourself, and not a second-rate version of another writer.'
It's always fascinating - and sometimes a little disquieting - when two first-rate critics violently disagree.
More than anything else, a budget request is a statement of national priorities; a clear enumeration of what our country needs to grow its economy and remain in the future the first-rate power it is today.
Within me, I knew I would never be a first-rate producer. I wasn't tough enough.
I was not proficient in Latin and so was not able to go to Oxford or Cambridge. However, I did enter the first-rate chemistry honours program at the University of Manchester in 1950, where the professors were E.R.H. Jones and M.G. Evans, and graduated in 1953, with the financial support of a Blackpool Education Committee Scholarship.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
John F. Kennedy
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