This is a saying among card-players. Those who win in the early stages of the game usually finish up as losers.
Proverbs containing the word First
Most mothers exercise a considerable influence over their daughters, so to gain the goodwill of the mother is a important step towards marrying... Read more →
The wording is old but the lesson is as fresh as ever. Don’t marry until you can well afford to do so.
We may have met a person many time since our first meeting, but his or her appearance as it struck us then is the one that lingers longest in... Read more →
This is the penalty of lateness. Those who arrive early get a better choice. 'I bought a lovely dress for two pounds at the sale,' Mary told her... Read more →
Were we all completely satisfied with the existing state of affairs, there would be no progress. It is only when we are not content wit the... Read more →
You cannot cook and eat it until you have caught it, which may not be easy. Don't decide what you are going to do with a thing until it is in... Read more →
Whoever gets his blow in first catches his adversary at a disadvantage. Here, for the sake of example, is a description of a football... Read more →
We often use this as an excuse for our own selfish conduct - for 'looking after number one'.
Before condemning anyone who has done wrong, ask yourself whether your own conduct has been blameless. The proverb derives from the story told... Read more →