First Person Quotes

First Person Quotes by Elliott Yamin, Kate Christensen, Mona Simpson, Miroslav Vitous, James Lee Burke, Duncan Sheik and many others.

Growing up, I can remember singing along with my ma all of the time. I wouldn’t say she necessarilytaught‘ me how to sing, but she was definitely the first person to inspire me to sing and the first to intrigue me vocally. I’ve always had a natural ear for music, though.
Another benefit is that the more I blog, the more I maintain and develop a first-person voice, which translates into a much greater ease with writing personal essays.
The first person besides my mother who believed in me was a man whose last name I never knew. He was my boss, the manager of Swenson’s Ice Cream shop.
I thought it was time to get a group together and the first person I thought of was Wayne Shorter. I called Wayne and in the meantime, Wayne called me to make an album with him, which was Super Nova.
Using a first-person narrator is simply a matter of hearing the voice inside yourself.
I actually am always a music first person
I love a challenge, and trying to become the first person to break the speed of sound in freefall is a challenge like no other.
But really, for me, I tried to find first-person accounts. I tried to read stories from men and women who had survived slavery because it’s different when you hear it from their mouths instead of reading it from a history book.
The first-person viewpoint is more enjoyable to write, because it lets me meander more freely, and it can reveal more of the character‘s self-delusions. Really all the advantages are with first-person, so I’m sorry I don’t get to pick and choose.
I’m hardly the first person to say that you’ve [Jeffrey Rosen] written a book about a person who has more to say about the current state of being than almost anyone, Louis Brandeis, and yet nobody is talking about Louis Brandeis.
For me, personally, I’m more comfortable with what I would call third-person entertainment, meaning watching a character that’s explicitly not me and experiencing something through a character’s eyes, than what I would call first-person entertainment, which is a video game in which I am the character.
Much of my work has been done in first person.
I almost always urge people to write in the first person. … Writing is an act of ego and you might as well admit it.
I wanna know what you see when you look in the mirror
 on a day you’re feeling good. 
I wanna know what you see when you look in the mirror
 on a day you’re feeling bad.
 I wanna know the first person who taught you your beauty
 could ever be reflected on a lousy piece of glass.
When you hire that first person, then you’re a boss. You’ve got performance reviews. You’ve got complaints about not making enough money. You’ve got people who are just going to sell your story to the tabloids.
For a human being, to possess a consciously experienced first-person perspective means to have acquired a very specific functional profile and distinctive level of representational content in one’s currently active phenomenal self-model: It has, episodically, become a dynamic inner model of a knowing self.
If I’d never have picked up the first person, I’d never have picked up the 42,000 in Calcutta.
The first person I met in the business was David Heyman, who was a producer on Daytrippers and who went on to produce the highly-unsuccessful Harry Potter series.
The first person who really showed me the ugly spirit was Brion Gysin. “The ugly spirit shot Joan because . . .” and I never found out why. This Brion wrote out on a piece of paper in a sort of trance state.
People have a right to protest; they have a right to make their opinion. They can be very upset about what they consider to be a murder of a person in custody, but you cannot destroy property. First person does it goes to jail.
Now I’m trying to work outside first person. I do plan to write more books.
I met Woz when I was 13, at a friend‘s garage. He was about 18. He was, like, the first person I met who knew more electronics than I did at that point. We became good friends, because we shared an interest in computer and we had a sense of humor. We pulled all kinds of pranks together.
But lots of people do parody now. The whole mash-up thing that’s so prevalent now was starting in the 80’s when I was starting to think about this stuff. I certainly wasn’t the first person to do it but now… comics mash-ups, all kinds of mash-ups are everywhere.
I was the first person to have a punk rock hairstyle.
First-person narrators is the way I know how to write a book with the greatest power and chance of artistic success.
You can never win as a sight-seer. Somebody else, more often than not the first person you meet when you get back home, has been there before you.
I talk to myself on paper about my characterssometimes writing in first person… I keep lists of unanswered questions that I can always turn to in order to get myself going.
I want to be with one person in my life. I want to know that the guy I spend the rest of my life with is the first person I share something so intimate and exciting with.
Houllier did what he had to do – I’m not the first person to be treated like a disposable commodity
I’d be the first person to say I can’t write dialogue. My dialogue is very utilitarian and is designed to move things forward. I’m not Shakespeare. It’s not designed to be poetic.
Congratulations to Sachin Tendulkar for becoming the first person ever to score 50 test hundreds, absolute superstar
Rohan Bopanna
I’m a little bit of a geek – I have to be the first person to get new things when they come out. I always want to buy and try new gadgets.
Now the thing about having a baby – and I can’t be the first person to have noticed this – is that thereafter you have it.
Nothing is more vulgar than a careful avoidance of beginning a letter with the first person singular.
Your father is the first person to tell me that I am lovely who seemed to mean it. The only people who’ve told me that before were ones who think they’re supposed to flatter a princess‘ ‘I think you’re lovely,’ murmured Eadric. ‘Only because you love me,’ I said. ‘Hmm,’ he said, kissing me before I could say anything else.
Don’t see the point in reading ghost-written autobiographies, even though some of these published lives may fascinate me. The ‘ghost’ is always present, manipulating an interview into first-person singular text, and it feels like I’m reading a lie.
I am the first person to go to Barnes & Noble and buy the new self-help book. I like to fill out the surveys, then I get my friendsopinions on how I answered to see if I was being honest with myself or not.
When it comes to exploring the mind in the framework of cognitive neuroscience, the maximal yield of data comes from integrating what a person experiences – the first person – with what the measurements show – the third person.
Gentlemanly, principled, helpful behaviour by older men vis-a-vis young women goes unnoticed, but it deserves real moral credit, and we could use more first-person testimony from the beneficiaries and practitioners about that too.
From a craft standpoint, telling a story in the first-person present tense over the course of 500 pages is a daunting challenge.
First person narrative is a very effective tool but you have to know as a writer how to make it work.
I try to write in the first person – the first person not of a journalist but of a carnivore, an eater, a gardener, someone trying to figure out what to feed his family.
Bettie Page was the first person to do bondage as fashion, because for her it really was all about dressing up.
I would so hate to be a first-person character! Always on your guard, always having people read your thoughts!
It’s always the script first choosing roles. [Then] whoever else is attached. I never like to be the first person attached, because I don’t really trust what’s going on, unless there’s a really good director.
That I am a national figure because I was the first person in 192 years to be at once a congressman, black, and a woman proves, I would think, that our society is not yet either just or free.
I’ve been a woman in a man’s world now for 30 years. I was the first person to broadcast from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and that was just all suits all the time. It didn’t really affect me in any way.
If you want to be a leader, the first person you have to lead is yourself.
Mike Scioscia
Marie Houzelle is a master of the first-personВ narrative. In Tita she has created a strange, utterly originalВ child whose deadpan certainties are a beguiling invitation toВ readers of all ages.
The trouble with being an activist is you end up like Eve and you get kicked out of the Garden of Eden. You know, Eve was the first person who thought for herself. And she still gets a bad rap. I named my daughter after her.
Alexander Graham Bell was the first person to ever sarcastically say hello. Hellooo, I invented the telephone!
It is hard to create a first-person narrator that can be a child and yet is able to take in enough information for the narrative to be legible to the reader.
Pete Dj Jones was the first person that I saw with 2 turntables. This was 1972.
And what we called photojournalism, the photos seen in places like Life magazine, didn’t interest me either. They were just not good-there was no art there. The first person who I respected immensely was Henri Cartier-Bresson. I still do.
The first person you have to inspire every day is yourself. Running will do that.
USAGE, n. The First Person of the literary Trinity, the Second and Third being Custom and Conventionality. Imbued with a decent reverence for this Holy Triad an industrious writer may hope to produce books that will live as long as the fashion.
Develop your own compass, and trust it. Take risks, dare to fail, remember the first person through the wall always gets hurt.
I have often wondered who was the first person to realize that eating an artichoke was a good idea.
Chris Cosentino
I always loved song writers who wrote songs in the first person, so it’s kind of like that.
On the way I thought about how millions of people drowned so that the first person could learn to swim. The amazing thing is that people still drown.
Shahrnush Parsipur
The first person who throws the rock is a lot more radical than a hundredth person.By the time the riot has attracted a hundred people, you don’t have to be nearly as much of a daredevil or a hothead or committed or any of those things to want to engage in a riot.
I want to make sure that the first person you kiss loves you, okay?
The first person you have to resurrect is yourself
In the summer of 2010, I was working on a version of “True Detective” that I was thinking might be my next novel, and it was told in these two first-person voices; Cohle and Hart‘s voices.
It’s amazing what you find out about yourself when you write in the first person about someone very different from you.
If the subject is no longer living, the immediate question is do you have enough first-person material to really get that story across. You’d like to avoid it just being other people’s memories and interpretations.
you might not be the first person l kissed, but you will be the last’ Jamie to Claire in Outlander (not word perfect)
As a leader, the first person I need to lead is me. The first person that I should try to change is me.
To have a young person speak back, to hand him the microphone for his first-person utterances, you’d have to have an imagined architecture, otherwise people would say you’re putting words in their mouths.
I claimed to be the first person to adjust a vertebra by hand, using the spinous and transverse processes and levers. I developed the art known as adjusting, and formulated the science of chiropractic, and developed its philosophy.
I think first-person narrators should be complex, because otherwise the first-person is too shallow and predictable. I like a first-person narrator who can’t totally be trusted.
What makes you walk past thirty-thousand people without a second glance, and then you look at the thirty-thousandth-and-first person and know you’ll never take your eyes off her again?
I think that there is an ongoing conspiracy in the philosophical community, an organized form of self-deception, as in a cult, to simply all together pretend that we knew what “first-person perspective” (or “quale” or “consciousness“) means, so that we can keep our traditional debates running on forever.
Sex scenes in books are always like first person, from this male perspective and just about how awesome he is. It feels like such a fantasy.
Fuel conservation is a necessity, and I have to be the first person to set the example.
Writing in the first person automatically gives you a point of view.
It’s interesting – you had [George] Osborne crying at [Margaret Tatcher] funeral. She would have been the first person, she would have read these tears as being as fake as the smiles of his predecessors when they knifed her in the back.
Alex: Rosie, I wanted you to be the first person to no that I’ve decided to become a heart surgeon! Rosie: Cool, does it pay well? Alex: Rosie, it’s not about the money. Rosie: Where I come from, it’s all about the money. Probably because I don’t have any.
I have a policy that I don’t actually watch the work that I do. There are all kinds of reasons to do that, but one really interesting side effect that has come about from that is that I have no imagery of the show that isn’t from first-person.
Be The Peace You Wish To See In The World!
I will write things, he was thinking. I will write something meaningful and wonderful someday. I can do that. And I’ll dedicate it to you because you’re the first person who ever made me think I could.
I like to write first-person because I like to become the character I’m writing.
A forecasting game is a kind of simulation, a kind of scenario, a kind of teleconference, a kind of artifact from the future – and more – that enlists the participants as ‘first-person forecasters.’
I must say that the first person to realise that I was talented in art was my mother.
The first person to promulgate the Golden Rule, which was the bedrock of this empathic spirituality, was Confucius 500 years before Christ.
I speak to the paper, as I speak to the first person I meet.
Everyone is interesting except the narrator in a first-person story.
If you figure a way to live without serving a master, any master, then let the rest of us know, will you? For you’d be the first person in the history of the world.
The first person you should think of pleasing, in writing a book, is yourself. If you can amuse yourself for the length of time it takes to write a book, the publisher and the readers can and will come later.
I swear to God, I would marry the first person who asked me, just because it seems so completely impossible that anyone would ask.
A player who conjugates a verb in the first person singular cannot be part of the squad, he has to conjugate the verb in the first person plural. We. We want to conquer. We are going to conquer. Using the word I when you’re in a group makes things complicated.
Vanderlei Luxemburgo
I remember when Lindbergh arrived in Paris, I was one of the first persons to know about his landing, because as the French people know that I was born in St. Louis, thinking I would be very proud to announce it to the public, they gave me the news first. I was then starring in the ‘Folies Bergere.’
First person to appreciate the good points of others is always special in life as he or she manifests his or her leadership through initiatives.
When you’re the first person whose beliefs are different from what everyone else believes, you’re basically saying, “I’m right, and everyone else is wrong.” That’s a very unpleasant position to be in. It’s at once exhilarating and at the same time an invitation to be attacked.
The first person I ever cared deeply and sincerely about was – myself.
Louella Parsons
I grew up watching a lot of old movies, so getting to ask about making movies in the ’70s and people he was friends with, like Orson Welles, Lillian Hellman and Charlie Chaplin, and hearing a first-person account was pretty incredible.
You have to design and program differently. Combat action in an MMO is so different to combat in a first-person shooter.
In a very basic way, a prominent landmark such as Mt. Holyoke tells you where you are. They let you know that you’re not the first person in a place
Like, in high school, I was a good student and got straight As. It was very strict and you couldn’t do well there unless you studied very hard, but every time there was any trouble, I was the first person they would be talking to.
Snape was looking as though the first person to ask him for a Love Potion would be force-fed poison.
To be a DJ was to be God. To be a DJ at an alternative public radio station ? That was being God with a mission. It was thinking you were the first person to discover The Clash and you had to spread the word.
The first person I learned I could make happy with laughter was my mother, whom I idolize. It was a powerful thing to realize. I knew I had found my life’s work.
As a practical matter, I like the dramatic monologue for its compelling intimacy. To be inside one’s character, to register his or her every vagrant thought, emotion, and response – the first-person viewpoint grants this privilege and immediacy.
I trust my mom with anything. If I have a problem, my mom is always the first person I go to.
I was the first person to come into New York with a Latin American point of view which was also very much influenced by political happenings in Latin America.
My mother is a first generation American. Her father worked in the Roebling Steel Mill in Trenton, New Jersey.And yet my mother became the first person in her family to get a college degree.
I’m not an impersonator. I’ve only got one voice and only do one guy and his first-person essays.
Agatha Christie holds special personal memories for me because my mum, a television producer called Pat Sandys, had been the first person to persaude the Agatha Christie estate to put one of her stories on TV.
First person allows deeper insight into the protagonist‘s character. It allows the reader to identify more fully with the protagonist and to share her world quite intimately. So it suits a story focused on one character’s personal journey. However, first person shuts out insights into other characters.
I think every first-person narrator in a novel should be compromised. I prefer that word to unreliable.
What happened, then? You’re stomping through every puddle you can find and look like you‘re going to punch the first person you see.” “Why are you hanging around, then? Aren’t you worried about getting hit?” “Aw, you’d never hurt me. My face is too pretty
I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. I think it’s realistic, and it’s true to the me that has been developing over the years. I like first-person music.
I have an interest in making first-person games.
Fumito Ueda
You don’t want to be the first person to tell your 5-year-old, like, ‘You’re going to have a life filled with disappointments and letdownsenjoy!’
With the adult ones, I feel I need to get as deep inside the psychology of a character as I can, and that needs to be first-person. In the children‘s books, I feel I need some distance. I don’t want to be the nine-year-old at the center of the story. I need to have some type of narrative voice.
I was the first person in my family born in the United States. My mom is from Croatia, and my dad is from Iran. They met at music school in Belgium. I grew up as a pianist.
I was never the smartest guy in the room. From the first person I hired, I was never the smartest guy in the room. And that’s a big deal. And if you’re going to be a leader – if you’re a leader and you’re the smartest guy in the world – in the room, you’ve got real problems.
How funny your name would be if you could follow it back to where the first person thought of saying it, naming himself that, or maybe some other persons thought of it and named that person. It would be like following a river to its source, which would be impossible. Rivers have no source.
Growing up, I mostly read comic books and sci-fi. Then I discovered the book ‘Jane Eyre’ by Jane Austen. It introduced me to the world of romance, which I have since never left. Also, the world of the first-person narrative.
Teenagers have more intense reading experiences because they’ve had fewer of them. It’s like the first time you fall in love. You have a connection to that first person you fell in love with because it was so intense and unprecedented.
Our job as writers and thinkers in the time is how to bring about the occasions that let people have that first-person experience – or the metaphoric experience that allows them to see human continuity as opposed to total threat, total willingness to do violence.
The point is that you free the ego. The ego is only a pronoun. It’s a Greek first person pronoun, ergo. When you’re in Greece you say, Ergo wants to take a bus, and you don’t mean your ego wants to take a bus, like some big entity, you only mean I want to take a bus.
Matt Hock was the first person who showed me how much fun and how cool it can be to be a Christian.
As soon as the first person wrote about me, the articles became just blatant, all-out lies. I consider it slander. If I cared more, I’d kill them.
Just being the first person to bring the character to life is really fun and exciting.
In the first person, the readers feel smart, like it’s them solving the case.
A fashion icon to me is somebody who has, the first person who struck you and introduced you to the world of fashion, and that person is my mom.
If I have to change my religious beliefs, I would not marry the person that I love because the first person that I love is God, who created me. And I have my faith and my principles and this is what makes me who I am. And if that person loves me, he should love my God too.
A player who conjugates a verb in the first-person singular cannot be part of the squad. He has to conjugate the verb in the first-person plural. We.
Sometimes shutting off the sound on the television can allow you to actually watch the game and take it in in an entirely different and more direct way – a first-order, first-person experience – rather than filtered through the mind of another.