Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.— Judy Garland
Pleasurable Second Rate quotations
Sometimes there is no next time, no time-outs, no second chances. Sometimes it's now or never.
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.
Nothing would please the Kremlin more than to have the people of this country choose a second rate president.
First think, second believe, third dream and finally dare.
A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting.
Why become a second-rate Ravel when you're already a first-rate Gershwin?
Joe Louis is the greatest heavyweight champion of all time.
Rocky Marciano is second only to Louis. Where do I rate Ali? Somewhere below me. I beat him, and if I could beat him, no doubt Joe Louis and Rocky Marciano could have beaten him.
People will hate you, rate you, shake you, and break you. But how strong you stand is what makes you.
I may not be a first-rate composer, but I am a first-class second-rate composer.
There is a rawness and a wonder to life.
Pursue it. Hunt for it. Sell out to get it. Don't listen to the whines of those who have settled for a second-rate life and want you to do the same so they won't feel guilty. Your goal is not to live long; it's to live.
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.
The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange it for it.
Pessimists are second rate people. They do not believe in life. ... All they want to do is drag you down and appease their own feelings of mediocrity and fear.
There is no democracy in physics. We can't say that some second-rate guy has as much right to opinion as Fermi.
There are certain things in which mediocrity is intolerable: poetry, music, painting, public eloquence. What torture it is to hear a frigid speech being pompously declaimed, or second-rate verse spoken with all a bad poet's bombast!
Life always offers you a second chance. It's called tomorrow.
There is no room in music for the second-rate - it might just as well be the nineteenth-rate.
The creative urge is the demon that will not accept anything second rate.
If your senses are numbed with delusion and denial, you will stop looking for these true strengths and wind up living a second-rate version of someone's life rather than a worldclass version of your own
Life always offers you a second chance. Its called tomorrow.
Astronomy is something like the ministry.
No one should go into it without a call. I got that unmistakable call, and I know that even if I were second-rate or third-rate, it was astronomy that mattered.
A fine marksman is with a second rate rifle is far more effective than the reverse.
Newspapers. . . give us the bald, sordid, disgusting facts of life. They chronicle, with degrading avidity, the sins of the second-rate, and with the conscientiousness of the illiterate give us accurate and prosaic details. . .
If you love two people at the same time, choose the second. Because if you really loved the first one, you wouldn't have fallen for the second.
Always be a first rate version of yourself, and not a second rate version of someone else.
A sweeping statement is the only statement worth listening to.
The critic without faith gives balanced opinions, usually about second-rate writers.
When I was in the Army, the unit I served in, you could never stop.
It was a volunteer unit, and there was a fairly high rate of attrition. The people who stayed through are the people who were either great at it or the people who just didn't know how to stop. And I fell into that second category.
For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
You might lose your spontaneity and, instead of composing first-rate Gershwin, end up with second rate Ravel.
Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.
All new states are invested, more or less, by a class of noisy, second-rate men who are always in favor of rash and extreme measures, but Texas was absolutely overrun by such men.
You will never get a second chance to make a first impression.
First rate mathematicians choose first rate people, but second rate mathematicians choose third rate people.
I am reading Sienkiewicz. What tormenting reading. What a powerful genius! And there never was such a first-rate writer of the second-rate class.
A book that I rate only second in importance in evolution theory to Darwin 's Origin (this as joined with its supplement Of Man), and also rate as undoubtedly one of the greatest books of the twentieth century
Always be a first-rate version of yourself and not a second-rate version of someone else.
Fiction that adds up, that suggests a "logical consistency," or an explanation of some kind, is surely second-rate fiction; for the truth of life is its mystery.
A lazy person, whatever the talents with which he set out, will have condemned himself to second-hand thoughts and to second-rate friends.
Canada appears content to become a second-tier socialistic country, boasting ever more loudly about its economy and social services to mask its second-rate status.
Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.
I knew Id always be a second-rate academic, and I thought, Well, Id rather be a second-rate novelist or even a third-rate one.
Graham Wallas has reminded us that writing as compared with speaking involves an impression at the second remove and reading an impression at the third remove. The voice of a second-rate person is more impressive than the published opinion of superior ability.
He must understand that if he is the world's finest plum and someone he loves does not like plums, he has the choice of becoming a banana. But he must be warned that if he chooses to become a banana, he will be a second rate banana. But he can always be the best plum.
Love is like those second-rate hotels where all the luxury is in the lobby.
It takes these very simple-minded instructions - 'Go fetch a number, add it to this number, put the result there, perceive if it's greater than this other number' - but executes them at a rate of, let's say, 1,000,000 per second. At 1,000,000 per second, the results appear to be magic.