The idea is to become a best-selling author first and then the rest of my books will be slam dunks.
I remain convinced that the most valuable use of time for a newly published author is to write a second book that's even better than the first, and a third that's better than the second, and on and on.
The first author I remember being obsessed by, actually realizing 'I like the way he writes and I like the way he tells stories,' was C.S. Lewis and the 'Narnia' books.
There is not less wit nor less invention in applying rightly a thought one finds in a book, than in being the first author of that thought.
Once the curtain is raised, the actor is ceases to belong to himself. He belongs to his character, to his author, to his public. He must do the impossible to identify himself with the first, not to betray the second, and not to disappoint the third.
My first job is to write the characters as full and authentic people as well as I can.
Well I think always, when you remake films, I always think the first one is most original, authentic.
When my first film 'The Seventh Continent' was presented here 12 years ago, non-Austrian spectators would come up to me and say, 'Is Austria that terrible?', whereas for me it wasn't about Austria but about highly industrialised cultures everywhere.
Everything I write, I've written the first draft in Austria.
We are moving toward recognition of the first Australians in the Australian constitution.
At first, I was called a quack, a charlatan, and worse, year after year, in Australia, England and the United States, by men who simply refused to believe that a nurse from 'the bush' could devise a treatment which succeeded where they had failed.
When the first humans reached Australia about 45,000 years ago, they quickly drove to extinction 90% of its large animals. This was the first significant impact that Homo sapiens had on the planet's ecosystem. It was not the last.
I remember, when I saw the first 'Austin Powers' movie, I was blown away by how fun and original it was.
In the Steven F. Austin Colony, which was the first colony, Texans first established a provisional government in 1835 with the intention of writing a declaration of independence soon after.
It is amazing that it is my destiny to be the first Aussie to win the Masters.
My first car was a '69 Holden, which is an Aussie car.
During the first 3 years at Auschwitz, 2 million people died; over the next 2 years - 3 million.
We are the first to honour the memories of those who perished through slavery, by declaring August 1 as Emancipation Day.
My first concert - maybe it was 1979 - was a blur. I'm not sure whether it was Blue Oyster Cult/Cheap Trick/Pat Travers at San Jose Civic Auditorium or The Police/The Knack/Robert Johnson at Berkeley's Zellerbach Auditorium.