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When I hit a block regardless of what I am writing what the subject matter is or what's going on in the plot I go back and I read Pablo Neruda's poetry. I don't actually speak Spanish so I read it translation. But I always go back to Neruda. I don't know why but it calms me calms my brain.

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Madam C. J. Walker (1867-1919) was “the first Black woman millionaire in America” and made her fortune thanks to her homemade line of hair care products for Black women. Born Sarah Breedlove to parents who had been enslaved, she was inspired to create her hair products after an experience with hair loss, which led to the creation of the “Walker system” of hair care.

During the election in 1989, there was the first Soviet election with alternative candidates to local government. I myself arranged special training for them.

Sometimes to heal, you must first get hurt.

If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.

Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else.

People go through life and make personal decisions and sometimes they don't work out. I won't be the first person to be divorced.

 

Marilyn Monroe Productions was the first female-owned production company in Hollywood. She paved the way for women in Hollywood, and every single woman owes something to her for that, whether they agree with her image or not.

I'm a terrible actor. I'm still learning. When I first started, I wish I knew then to trust myself more, really. I was in a terrible panic in the early part of my career.

I just don't believe in love at first sight anymore, even though I've based my whole career on the concept. In my experience, power, money and influence always attract the opposite sex. It's something that I've always exploited - with good results.

We placed the wreaths upon the splendid granite sarcophagus, and at its feet, and felt that only the earthly robe we loved so much was there. The pure, tender, loving spirit which loved us so tenderly, is above us - loving us, praying for us, and free from all suffering and woe - yes, that is a comfort, and that first birthday in another world must have been a far brighter one than any in this poor world below!

Next year is the first year for WTO entry and we are facing an extremely serious international economic environment. Doing well on economic work next year is very important.

Ma was legally blind due to a degenerative eye disease she'd had since birth. This meant she was entitled to welfare, and our lives revolved around the first day of every month when her payment was due.

I am very happy to be signing for the best team in the world and especially proud to be the first Portuguese player to join United.

My entire childhood was steeped in poverty. For me, poverty, in a way, was the first inspiration of my life, a commitment to do something for the poor.

In our family mom and dad are Longhorns our first two kids are Aggies and we're hoping our last one is a Longhorn. It gives us family fun on Thanksgiving Day.

I think I'm going to give my baby her first food on Thanksgiving make her some organic sweet potato. I'm very excited! It's going to be a big day and my husband is in charge of the turkey - he's the chef of the family!

First you take a drink then the drink takes a drink then the drink takes you.

The babe at first feeds upon the mother's bosom but it is always on her heart.

It's always the generals with the bloodiest records who are the first to shout what a hell it is. And it's always the war widows who lead the Memorial Day parades.

Christ appeared alive on several occasions after the cataclysmic events of that first Easter.

I believe in one God the first and great cause of goodness. I also believe in Jesus Christ the rebirth of the world. I also believe in the Holy Ghost the comforter.

The first thing that stuck in the minds of the disciples was not the empty tomb but rather the empty grave clothes - undisturbed in form and position.

I put the copy of 'A Christmas Carol' that my grandfather had first read to me 60 years ago on my desk and I began to write. The result for better or for worse is the 'Christmas Spirits.' I plan to read it to my grandson.

Yes my first memory of singing in general was of a Christmas song. And then listening to Christmas music was really the first music I was ever connected to.