Career Quotes

At my house, it’s an, ‘If dad says it, you can say it’ kind of deal, so a lot of my slang words come off very childish at this point in my career.

— A.J. Styles

It was the roughest day of my career, my final day of shooting on ‘Breaking Bad,’ knowing that I will never be able to kind of zip on that skin again.

— Aaron Paul

The first part of my career, how I was paying the bills was commercials. I was just doing tons of commercials.

— Aaron Paul

It’s a strange thing to be a so-called alternative cartoonist, because in the early part of my career, I was really tethered to the superhero world.

— Adrian Tomine

I started my career so early and developed in print for better or for worse, so I think there’s a sense some of my earliest readers are kind of copilots on this voyage with me.

— Adrian Tomine

I have been in control of what I’ve been doing, of the career I’ve put together.

— Aidan Gillen

In reality, I’m very restless, and I get bored very easily. It’s the same with my career: I need to outperform myself with every film.

— Alia Bhatt

I went to the U.S. to start my modeling career at a very young age. So, venturing into films and handling the pressure isn’t a big task.

— Amy Jackson

Completely overwhelmed, it is huge project to be working on ‘Singh Is Bliing.’ How everyone is enjoying the film is everything to me. Definitely, it is the biggest milestone of my career.

— Amy Jackson

I’m hungry. Always have been, my whole career.

— Andre Ward

A career is like a house: it’s made of many bricks, and each brick has the same value, because without any one of them, the house would collapse.

— Andrea Bocelli

If everything was good, maybe I wouldn’t have a career. I wouldn’t have anything to make fun of.

— Andy Kindler

I feel completely fearless when I’m on stage. And also totally fearful. There’s the fear that I’m not making a very smart career move sometimes, but there’s the stronger belief that these things need to be said.

— Andy Kindler

I was aware, however, that telling at any point in my career could adversely affect my future career.

— Anita Hill

I’m not really too worried about what I’m gonna do next, because I just think of my career as, like, having sixty years ahead of me.

— Ansel Elgort

After I turned producer, people asked me, ‘Why are you taking up production? You are still so young and doing well.’ Just because an actress decides to make movies, do people assume that her career is not going well?

— Anushka Sharma

When you see the industry’s fickleness so early on, you realise that you are only as good as your last release. It is all about your work. And that has set the way I look at my profession and what I do in my career.

— Anushka Sharma

U.S. Speedskating has been riddled with problems since when I started my career, and we were always able to look past that. When it came down to performing on the ice, regardless of funding issues, we were always able to make it happen. And that’s what it’s all about.

— Apolo Ohno

With ‘Aurangzeb,’ I just knew that the film wasn’t going to work, though I think it was one of my most underrated performances. I did the film too early in my career, but I stand by it.

— Arjun Kapoor

For an individual, playback singing is not enough to sustain a career, and it is not really a main source of income.

— Armaan Malik

Climbing to the top demands strength, whether it is to the top of Mount Everest or to the top of your career.

— A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Once we decided not to get pregnant, I snapped back into work mode, and now I have just been really enjoying my career.

— Aisha Tyler

I’ve always been in the theater. I’ve always gone to it. That’s been my way to cope. Early on in my career, I remember running – fleeing – to the theater as a way of coping with all the meshugaas that was going on for me.

— Al Pacino

In many ways, my entire graphic novel career was a long diversion. Originally, all I wanted to do was to be an underground cartoonist and maybe bring out a groovy underground mag.

— Alan Moore

From my experience, I think that every actor has to make sure that they’re in charge of their own career somehow or other.

— Alan Rickman

The higher the level of people’s perceived self-efficacy, the wider the range of career options they seriously consider, the greater their interest in them, and the better they prepare themselves educationally for the occupational pursuits they choose.

— Albert Bandura

He’s helped me do so much in my career, helped me be the player that I am. If there’s no Larry Brown, then there’s no MVP, Allen Iverson.

— Allen Iverson

I couldn’t have accomplished the things in my career if I didn’t practice, and the worst part about that whole thing is when a kid comes up to me and says ‘Allen, I don’t like practice, either.’ I’ve got to straighten that kid right then.

— Allen Iverson

There’s not really a choice about, am I going to pursue a typical career? Because I’m not the typical standard, so that’s not even an option.

— America Ferrera

I don’t pass judgment on anybody, but personally, I prefer a more natural look. I think it’s helping my longevity in my career because I’m playing my age.

— Andie MacDowell

Everybody perceives me because of my career that I’m a movie star, or I’m this model, but I’m still the same person I was when I was a little girl.

— Andie MacDowell

One of the reasons I didn’t really want to do TV earlier in my career was because it is so life-consuming, and I wanted to spend time with my kids and be a mother.

— Andie MacDowell

There’s only one movie in my career I’ve had regrets with cutting it shorter, and I think some scenes maybe I shouldn’t have cut.

— Ang Lee

I could do nothing but Brooklyn shows for the rest of my career, and I could die ignorant.

— Anthony Bourdain

Had I not become a professional golfer, I think I would have pursued some type of career in aviation.

— Arnold Palmer

Regardless, we are a two career household, and it’s Dario’s season, and I’m really excited about going racing.

— Ashley Judd

I probably hold the distinction of being one movie star who, by all laws of logic, should never have made it. At each stage of my career, I lacked the experience.

— Audrey Hepburn

The trick is for Divas to find what works for them. I’ve done some ridiculous stuff in my career, but there’s still nothing that’s gotten a reaction as big as me skipping around the ring.

— AJ Lee

So in fact the only thing you can judge in this sport its the longterm. You can judge a career or a season, but not one race.

— Alain Prost

We’ve managed to have a long career that is still quite vibrant, yet we’ve never had to kow-tow to record companies who said we weren’t commercial enough.

— Alex Lifeson

Being an actor in L.A. is like being in prison: you go, you serve your time, you try to replicate Johnny Depp’s career – and then you move to Paris.

— Alex Pettyfer

When I’m shooting, I don’t care who the star is. I have an actor playing a part, and I’m serving the script, not serving anyone’s career.

— Alexander Payne

My attention since ‘Clueless’ has been on family, relationships, activism, the planet, and my career.

— Alicia Silverstone

I don’t understand how some of these young actresses are wearing such provocative, editorial items, when they haven’t even established a career yet. It’s hard to see past that. I’m not so sure that’s smart in the long run.

— Allison Williams

My entire career, I’ve been a worker.

— Andy Roddick

When political correctness first started coming around, it ruined Andrew Dice Clay and Eddie Murphy’s stand-up career. Sam Kinison died at just the right time, ’cause no one was going to tolerate what he was saying anymore either.

— Artie Lange

When I began my political career, I identified with Malcolm X.

— Ayman Odeh

When I was new, I didn’t know where my career will go. Initially, my films were not even successful, but then I learned a lot from my mistakes.

— Aamir Khan

I’m trying to go with the flow, which is not what I used to do. I used to try to micromanage my career choices.

— Aaron Lazar

I definitely got to a point where I realize how unusual it is to be able to play large, sold-out shows 30 years into a rock and roll career. I don’t take it for granted.

— Adam Clayton

Unfortunately my career began in Hollywood, doing a negative pickup for Universal pictures.

— Alex Cox

I really believe that what I do as an actress is my God-given talent. This is my calling, not my career.

— Angela Bassett

As I grew older, I came to feel more responsible for any hardship or trouble my career caused my family.

— Annette Funicello

To make a career as an Irish actor, generally it’s the case that you move to London. When you make that move, you do tend to stand out.

— Aidan Turner

Most of my career has been spent with the RSC doing Shakespeare, and the thing you learn from Shakespeare is that his historical plays don’t bear anything other than a basic resemblance to history.

— Antony Sher

Whenever I have a play or opening or anything going on in my career, my parents always come up and see it.

— Andre Holland

What I would say is I’ve only had one injury in my NBA career that was probably was because my core wasn’t strong enough, when I had a stress fracture in my back.

— Andrew Bogut

I have always tried to work according to what affects me, to a script that I like because it touches me in some way, without deliberately pursuing a commercial career or a particular image.

— Alan Bates

I have an uncle who lived to 101, and my father died at 95, so I have a second career ahead of me.

— Alan Gerry

If we carry on filling up the calendar, we keep on pushing the athlete, we shorten the athletes longevity. The risk is to shorten a career that could have lasted 10 years because the athlete is burnt out.

— Alberto Juantorena

Early in my career I was accused of being overconfident and even cocky, but I really was confident that I had done the training and didn’t see any other reason to say otherwise.

— Alberto Salazar

That’s such a thrill – a story I wrote at the beginning of my career, and it’s still packin’ the house.

— Anne McCaffrey

I really moved through my career based on curiosity about something. I never looked at a title and said, ‘I want that.’

— Anne Sweeney

I mean, I really, really love playing solo. Definitely, it’s like a labor of love, it’s not a huge career. It’s not that successful, but it’s something I love so much that I’ll do it regardless.

— Amy Ray

The thing is, I wasn’t surrounded by lots of people who were helping me build a career.

— Annabella Sciorra

If these are the last 34 games of my NBA career, I want them played as tough as I can.

— Antonio Davis

When I was right out of college, I felt competitive with some of the guys in my class over career stuff.

— Aaron Staton

I feel like a lot of my past career was going to film school, making a lot of different kinds of movies. I made a bunch of comedies, I made one drama and I made a couple musicals.

— Adam Shankman

When the opportunity to choreograph came up, it was nothing more in my head but an opportunity. Then it suddenly became a career very quickly.

— Adam Shankman

We try and stay out of the corporate side of it. The band has never compromised. At some point in our career we could have made a certain type of record and sold millions of units, as they are called.

— Adrian Smith

You must understand, that for a daughter to protect her father’s image is natural Freud built a whole career around it.

— Arnon Goldfinger

The career of a politician mainly consists in making one part of the nation do what it does not want to do, in order to please and satisfy the other part of the nation.

— Auberon Herbert

I discovered early in my career as an entrepreneur that I’m not good at many things, and I said ‘I need help.’

— Alain Bouchard

During a long career in TV broadcasting, I spent a lot of time contributing to other people’s creations.

— Alan Bradley

I’ve hardly had an avant-garde career… If you’re going to make a film, you have to try to make sure it comes out of a childlike passion, as if you’re doing it for the first time.

— Alan J. Pakula

Somebody ask me, ‘Alberto, why you not race in Torino?’ I finished my career here in 1998, the 15 of March which was my last victory.

— Alberto Tomba

No matter what happens to me and my career in the future, Berlin is always going to be my hometown.

— Alexandra Maria Lara

Work on your craft, and your career will come. Work on your community, and your career will come. But just work on your career, and you’ll have neither a craft nor a community.

— Ali Farahnakian

I figure if I have one false start every ten or 12 years that I’ve been running, I probably won’t false start again during my career.

— Allen Johnson

I’ve been really lucky to play sort of a diverse array of characters over my relatively short career, although it feels really long.

— Allison Scagliotti

I had a career at home, and I just knew that it’d be okay if nothing happened in Los Angeles.

— Alona Tal

I don’t play roles everybody likes. I’d rather have a career I’m proud of. Like everyone else, I need to eat. But I’m a very unbusinesslike person, and I keep my price low. I’m not a mass product. I’m not everyone’s cup of tea.

— Amanda Plummer

My whole career, I’ve been fighting wrestlers. If you look back, all of my fights have been against wrestlers.

— Anthony Pettis

In terms of acting, I’ve been acting from a very young age. I’ve always loved it and wanted to have a career in acting or something to do with it.

— April Pearson

I mean, they’re threatening – my career is over. You know, everything I’ve worked so hard. I’ve worked extremely hard since about 17 years old, you know, as a White House intern on up.

— Andrea Mackris

Early in my career, I’d plan something out for my characters. But I’ve learned that if you know who your character is and you go on instinct, it won’t be wrong. It’s never wrong. It’s just different.

— Ari Millen

I started my career as an actor, then morphed into a playwright who accidentally became a novelist with my first book ‘Fall On Your Knees.’

— Ann-Marie MacDonald

I’ve been fighting with Acorn, alongside Acorn, on issues you care about, my entire career.

— Barack Obama

I don’t know if it’s my music, my lyrics, my sound, and knowing the music business the way I do-all I can say is, my career has lasted way longer than I expected.

— Barry White

I plan on staying at Alabama for the rest of my career. I guarantee that I’ll be here for you through it all, regardless of what happens.

— Bear Bryant

I grew up wanting to make movies, and along the way I suddenly found that I had a career doing comedy.

— Ben Stiller

I realised quite early on that, although I wasn’t trying to make a career speciality of it, I was playing slightly asexual, sociopathic intellectuals.

— Benedict Cumberbatch

Why, over her political career has Wall Street been a major – the major campaign contributor to Hillary Clinton? You know, maybe they’re dumb and they don’t know what they’re going to get, but I don’t think so.

— Bernie Sanders

I have made a career of bumbling around places, stumbling on landmarks and generally being quite haphazard and shambolic about the way I go about things.

— Bill Bryson

Jason McDermott’s political career, however bogus, appears to have had an early and promising start.

— Bill Dedman

The fact is that I made a stand a number of times in my career, and I did it because I knew I was right.

— Bill Goldberg

As far as post-‘SNL’ career, whatever kind of comes my way that looks interesting, I’ll do it, you know?

— Bill Hader

Getting ‘SNL’ was pretty amazing, so just to be able to have an eight-year career there and be really happy with everything I did, it was pretty big.

— Bill Hader

People say, ‘Well, whose career do you follow? Where do you see your career going? What movie do you want to do next?’ And I can’t tell you what type of movie I would go and do next. I would have to read the script and feel for a character. And if I feel in my gut for a character, I know that that’s somebody I have to play.

— Blake Lively

Well, my career choice made a difference because I never would have met my wife, Jenny. I met her through comedian Buddy Hackett. He set us up on a blind date and then we got married.

— Bob Newhart

I’m really glad I didn’t have kids earlier, because I probably would have ignored them. I was so into my career. I could just go and play a ton of shows, night after night after night. I can’t do that anymore.

— Bob Seger

During my 40-year coaching career at West Point, Indiana and Texas Tech, my teams reached the Final Four on five occasions, winning the national championship three times.

— Bobby Knight

I’ve been so fortunate in my career and my own life just to have all these opportunities, and the talk show has always been one of my favorite formats.

— Bonnie Hunt

Any article’s good. Long as it’s publicity, I think that’s all that matters. I think it’s advancement for my career.

— Brian Wilson

An outgrowth of having a long career is that I have a lot of interesting things around that I get to revisit, and someday get to the place where they become something that I want to do next.

— Bruce Springsteen

Sometimes you get caught up in what’s going on around you. The reality is that you are just a regular person. At some point, the career will be over, the bright lights turn off. That can come back to haunt you if you’re not just a regular guy.

— Brett Favre

It’s been a wonderful career, I couldn’t ask for anything more.

— Brett Favre

I accomplished so many things, so early in my career.

— Brett Favre

I don’t need to have a retirement, retire your jersey, all that stuff to solidify my career.

— Brett Favre

As an actor, you can steer a scene in another direction by playing it a little differently. And honestly? I like being an actor, and I want to keep having a career.

— Ben Affleck

I’m convinced that had I not changed my name, I don’t think I would have had quite the same career curve that I eventually had.

— Ben Kingsley

I’ve spent various periods of my career being thought of as various things, various degrees of substance and ideas.

— Ben Mendelsohn

One of my earlier films is ‘Quigley Down Under.’ That was early on in my career, and that was horsey.

— Ben Mendelsohn

My dad is kind of a rascal, like in a Dickensian sense. He just goes from career to career.

— Benjamin Walker

Maybe I’m naive, but I subscribe to the idea that nobody is actually making strategic decisions about their career. Trying to do that would be like playing three-card monte on Canal Street.

— Benjamin Walker

The captain thing was really an honor, and it was really flattering for me. It was really something that I didn’t expect, and I would say that was the highlight of my career so far, being elected captain by my peers.

— Benjamin Watson

I really worshipped Mama Cass a lot. Mama Cass, who was really fat and she didn’t lose weight. Yeah, she went on diets but for the most part of her life and the better part of her career she was a big person.

— Beth Ditto

We know Roger Ebert loved the ‘Sun-Times’ and his career as a newspaper columnist. But ironically, it was his illness and losing his voice that caused him to explore another venue.

— Bill Kurtis

Sure my career means a hell of a lot, but it will never come before Sandy and my son.

— Bobby Darin

Well, I just think through your career you go through different phases, and I just got sort of uninspired by the whole studio process of making and releasing films.

— Brian De Palma

Even though David Pottruck has gone to this unbelievable career where he is a billionaire, there is always a new hurdle. He never sits there saying, ‘I’m the best.’

— Brian Kilmeade

When you want a raise, you’re not only going in saying: ‘I want more money.’ You’re going in and saying: ‘Here’s what I want out of my career. Here’s what I accomplished. Here’s what I said I was going to do. Here’s what I’ve done. Not only do I deserve more money, but I want to get to here on my career.’

— Brian Krzanich

I’ve had a career that is kind of under the radar, but it sure is varied, and I’ve been so blessed to be able to get paid to do something I love to do.

— Bill Paxton

In my career the push has always been to take another step, to try something new.

— Bjorn Ulvaeus

I was such a nerd, a complete geek, but then I was lucky enough to have a fancy career, where I can be like ‘See, I’m not a nerd. Look, I’m in ‘Vogue.’

— Brooke Shields

Actors are always nervous about not only hurting each other, but maybe perhaps hitting each other’s face and ending one’s career.

— Bryce Dallas Howard

In my career, there have been three things that were challenging: playing gay playing a Jewish woman and playing Chekhov. The scariest part was playing Chekhov!

— Bernadette Peters

My voice had a long, nonstop career. It deserves to be put to bed with quiet and dignity, not yanked out every once in a while to see if it can still do what it used to do. It can’t.

— Beverly Sills

My career has been different from most people, but I knew what I was not going to do. I knew I was not going to be controlled. I knew there was a price for this, but I did not know there was as large a price as it turned out to be.

— Bill Dixon

But, if there’s any aspect of my career that needs attention, it’s writing.

— Bobby McFerrin

He decided to plunge on with pardons over the department’s objections, or where he knew that there would be objections if he had let career prosecutors know what he was doing.

— Barbara Olson

People are afraid of things they don’t understand. They don’t know how to relate. It threatens their security, their existence, their career, image.

— Bill Laswell

I had known that I’d wanted to be an actor from a very early age, but I had always known that I wanted to have a dual career. I wanted to be an actor, and I also at that time wanted to be a rock star.

— Billy Burke

The NBA wasn’t a big deal at that time, so it wasn’t really in my career plans.

— Bob Cousy

Career is too pompous a word. It was a job, and I have always felt privileged to be paid for what I love doing.

— Barbara Stanwyck

If you think my career has been a failure because I have never won a national title, you have another thing coming.

— Bo Schembechler

Since very early in my career, I have always did my own stunt fighting.

— Brion James

The blues is something separate from what I do. They connect at certain spots, but blues is different. I wouldn’t put it in with what my career has been. That would be a whole separate wing.

— Bob Mould

Nobody, but nobody stays a public-address announcer for more than a couple of years. Truly. Public-address announcing is not a career. Public-address announcers only work 81 days a year, so you don’t make a living.

— Bob Sheppard

Women are capable of doing so many things these days, physically, emotionally, within relationships and career. There are so many things that women have evolved into and I feel really proud about where women are right now.

— Cameron Diaz

For the entirety of my career, I have taken the fights that no one wanted because I fear no man.

— Canelo Alvarez

Had anyone told me that I was going to have a career in business, I would have said, ‘No way.’

— Carly Fiorina

I was terrified to do ‘G.I. Joe.’ I had no idea how to do one of those movies. I was kind of scared. You know, if one of those doesn’t work, it’s a huge hit on your career. People are like, ‘Well he couldn’t make a $170 million movie work. I don’t want him in my film.’

— Channing Tatum

When I graduated I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but I knew I didn’t want a conventional career.

— Charlie Trotter

Everybody goes and sees ‘Fantastic Four,’ but nobody sees ‘Sunshine.’ I’d have a different career if people saw that.

— Chris Evans

I’ve seen what can happen to an actor when he’s just working for the sake of working. All of a sudden it’s ten years later, your career’s happened, and you haven’t had any control.

— Chris Pine

Planning a career, I always find that such a tricky thing, because I don’t have much of a plan, really.

— Christian Bale

I have always been a multitasker when it comes to my career I’ve been an actress, a singer and everything because I love to do what I do.

— Christina Milian

I haven’t spent my entire career playing the guy in the bad hat, although I have to say that the bad guy is frequently much more interesting than the good guy.

— Christopher Lee

However, I’m at a very comfortable place in my career and celebrity, in that I don’t have to audition as extensively as I used to for roles but yet I’m not immediately recognizable.

— Claire Danes

I certainly never intended for myself an academic career and, were the academy to suffer, I’d just go do something else. I don’t have a commitment to it or to really, frankly, almost any institution that assumes that it has to be stable forever.

— Clay Shirky

There are direct paths to a successful career. But there are plenty of indirect paths, too.

— Clayton M. Christensen

In my career as a director, there’s always been some point where you get halfway through it, or three-quarters, and you go: ‘What is this thing all about, and why am I telling the story? Does anybody really care about seeing this?’ At that time you have to say: ‘OK, forget that and just go ahead.’

— Clint Eastwood

The high point of my career was winning the Champions League. No one will ever erase that from my memory, in the same way that no one will ever erase the fact that I did it in a Manchester United shirt.

— Cristiano Ronaldo

Chris Lighty was a huge portion of my actual career. It’s difficult to adjust to not have someone around that’s in your life, in your life.

— Curtis Jackson

I work hard, but my modeling career gives my views undeserved attention.

— Cameron Russell

In terms of my career, I am glad about the steps and moves that I have made.

— Caprice Bourret

If I’ve learned anything in my career, it’s that nothing worthwhile in life comes easy. That’s just the way it is.

— Carli Lloyd

The first essential in a boy’s career is to find out what he’s fitted for, what he’s most capable of doing and doing with a relish.

— Charles M. Schwab

So I did that for a long time in my career, and I waited for parts to play myself just physically down a little bit. But I do feel like I’m at a place in my career now where I don’t necessarily fret about that too much anymore.

— Charlize Theron

And I was victim to that very early in my career, where I would go into auditions, and I’d be wearing a big T shirt, a big baggy T shirt and loose jeans. You know, to try and show people that there was more to me than just that.

— Charlize Theron

Since I was a young girl, I always wanted to pursue law studies. I would have never imagined that my career would have taken a complete different route.

— Chiara Ferragni

I’ve always liked the idea of being a father. And I’ve always romanticised it, because I lost my father when I was young. In a way, all of the complications that come with my career are about that.

— Chiwetel Ejiofor

The band will be going along, and somebody or another will say, ‘I want to go off and do a solo career.’… They come back, and other people come in.

— Chris Squire

I thought, ‘Wow, if we could have a career that was five or six years long, that would be fantastic.’ And, of course, never even thinking it would still be something I’d be doing in 45 years.

— Chris Squire

The Beatles had a six-year career, from 1963 to 1969, which – to me, in my early 20s – seemed like a phenomenally long time.

— Chris Squire

Well, I think I’ve had a fairly meandering career.

— Christina Ricci

I’m pretty focused on my career, and if it comes down to hanging out with somebody or learning my lines, it’s gonna be learning my lines.

— Cory Monteith

I spent, whether consciously or unconsciously, most of my career trying to be something other than William F. Buckley’s son.

— Christopher Buckley

Obviously, I have been a pro-choice candidate for my entire political career, and obviously there is controversy always surrounding this issue.

— Claire McCaskill

It’s the business I’m in, I can’t say that signing things is the favourite part of my career but you know that it has to be done and that there is no pain involved.

— Cliff Richard

Of course, when I started my career, like anyone else who was 16 at the time, we were besotted by the rock-n-roll scene from America, and all I was interested in was having a career of my own.

— Cliff Richard

I have total respect for the self-contained rock artist. Whether you’re dealing with Jerry Garcia or Lou Reed or Patti Smith or a Whitney or an Aretha, they know what they want with their career.

— Clive Davis

The worst piece of advice I’ve gotten in my whole career is from somebody who said, ‘Remember, it’s all about likeability.’

— Clive Owen

I have my family, which is my main thing the organization a modeling career. All these things are important, but family definitely comes first.

— Christy Turlington

In my early years, there were a number of experiences that made me decide I could not afford the luxury of just being an actress. There were a number of issues I wanted to address. And I wanted to use my career as a platform.

— Cicely Tyson

Throughout his remarkable business and government career, Robert Rubin, now 65, has both worked exhaustively at reaching well-founded conclusions and rejected the idea that anything – and he means anything – can be a ‘provable certainty.’

— Carol Loomis

I started my career as a singer in Japan, but left it all behind to focus on my dancing career.

— Carrie Ann Inaba

In my stunted career as a scholar, I’d read promissory notes, papal bulls and guidelines for Inquisitorial interrogation. Dante, too. Boccaccio… But after 1400? Nihil.

— Cathleen Schine

Otherwise, my whole career has just been flinging myself at whatever is most overdue first and letting everything else stack up.

— Cathy Guisewite

Due to these various circumstances, when I entered the Catholic University of Louvain in 1934, I had already travelled in a number of European countries and spoke four languages fairly fluently. This turned out to be a valuable asset in my subsequent career as a scientist.

— Christian de Duve

I had always thought that I would do something that was connected to music as a career, or possibly Chinese, which was my major.

— Charles Soule

People still remember Sean Penn as Spicoli from ‘Fast Times At Ridgemont High,’ and if I can have, like, one-10th of his career, then I’m fine.

— Christopher Mintz-Plasse

I was just going at this career – boom, boom, boom! Then all of a sudden, at 38, Oh, my God – I forgot to get married!

— Connie Chung

I believe my voice is pretty much the same. I’ve written 75 books, so I’m better at it now than I was earlier in my career.

— Caroline B. Cooney

I admit, I’m suspicious of any career planning that involves chasing the next ‘big thing,’ just because it’s so hard to predict what the next big thing is going to be a couple of years – or even six months – out.

— Carrie Vaughn

Miles Davis was a master. In every phase of his career, he understood that this music was a tribute to the African muse.

— Cassandra Wilson

When I finished high school, I was 16, and in Argentina you have to choose a career right after high school. There is no such thing as a liberal arts education.

— Cesar Pelli

In my entire career? I am so sick of being asked, What’s it like to kiss Mel Gibson?

— Catherine McCormack

I’ve lived my career backwards – I started off huge and I’ve got smaller and more personal, and I’m much more comfortable now.

— Charlie Simpson

While I’m trying to be different, I’m trying to be very conservative at this point in my career.

— Christy Romano

I had a very erratic career. I got very famous for a minute and then it just all went away, you know?

— Colin Hay

I had a very strange career. I mean I went from playing to 150,000 people in 1983/84. Three or four years later I was playing to four people, you know, in Melbourne. I thought – bit strange, you know bit odd, bit erratic.

— Colin Hay

Throughout my whole swimming career, I’ve never been disqualified once. I’ve never been warned once.

— Cameron van der Burgh

I remember, when I was younger, it was such a big fantasy for me. Now that I actually have a career and have made an album, it’s really surreal.

— Candice Glover

I don’t think when I started off that I was expecting to become so specialized, but what happened is that when my career started, I didn’t pick my first film. I was picked to do it, and it happened to be a horror film.

— Christopher Young

I always knew I wanted to have a good career, so I made it happen.

— Chord Overstreet

I say from my experience that, you know, I have to do my career, and, you know with us, our careers come first, and, you know, anybody we’re with has to take a back seat to that and understand that these are our lives.

— Chris Kirkpatrick

It’s not what you achieve, it’s what you overcome. That’s what defines your career.

— Carlton Fisk

I’m in kind of a strange position – I have a strong Australian career and a strong British career. Then there’s the American career. For every movie I do here, I do two somewhere else. I bounce back and forth between the three places.

— Caroline Goodall

Election’ made zero money at the box office, but it started my career.

— Chris Klein

For my entire career, I have worked to bring electronic inventions to healthcare markets where there is a critical and urgent need.

— Chris Toumazou

I’m very Belgian, and I will die Belgian. I just have my house in the north of France because I began my career in Paris, even though I don’t live there anymore.

— Cecile de France

Originally I studied as a musician, a classical pianist. That was my career before I took up acting in my late 20s.

— Christian McKay

I don’t have siblings, which is probably the biggest reason why my parents were able to give the attention to my career that they did.

— Christine Lakin

The only way to sustain a career is to be as prolific as you can be, and open to opportunities.

— Christine Vachon

Oh, it is quite possible that none of us in ‘Downton’ will ever again get the ratings this has had. But from a career point of view, it has opened so many doors.

— Dan Stevens

Throughout my career I have been pretty successful, I’ve played for some pretty big teams, represented my country quite a few times, and played for managers without sentiment.

— David Beckham

I know it wouldn’t seem like I’ve had a lot of failure in my career, but there are things that I regard as failures, when I look at certain performances and go, ‘That’s not good enough.’

— Daniel Radcliffe

If I can make a career for myself after Potter, and it goes well, and is varied and with longevity, then that puts to bed the ‘child actors argument’.

— Daniel Radcliffe

Obviously, I’ve been very lucky in general in my career, but I feel that I’ve been very lucky in terms of having directors come along at the right times who have taken me to the next level of where I needed to be.

— Daniel Radcliffe

I’ve had high-powered publicists in my career, and I’ve had publicists when they’ve had no power. I’ve run the gamut.

— Debi Mazar

I think my career would probably be in a better place had I been more aggressive. But I don’t have it in me. I’m not a competitive person, and I’m also really private.

— Debi Mazar

I don’t think the alternative to Yale is jail by any means. On the other hand, there is a mass of research that does show that there are real advantages to your subsequent career in going to selective institutions.

— Derek Bok

In a person’s career, well, if you’re process-oriented and not totally outcome-oriented, then you’re more likely to be success. I often say ‘pursue excellence, ignore success.’ Success is a by-product of excellence.

— Deepak Chopra

The draft is a crapshoot, so I’ve been very fortunate to be drafted by the Yankees, and to have spent my whole career here.

— Derek Jeter

A lot of people write books not at the end of their career. Why you gotta wait until then? When you’re momentum’s going, that’s when people really want to get to know about you.

— David Ortiz

I was looking at making a shift in my career. I’ve been so blessed I’d like to be able to give that back. If I could find young artists, young performers I can nurture to have a career I would really like that.

— Diana Ross

Whatever happens with my career, I’m going to prosper no matter what.

— Don Lemon

Everything I’ve ever done in my whole career, people might not know, I’ve never written anything down on paper.

— Don Rickles

Over my career, I’ve had to adjust my game.

— Dwyane Wade

I’ve played for the Miami Heat my whole career under Pat Riley. Mr. GQ himself. So when I pick out my outfits before a game, I’m already feeling confident. And some of that swagger stays with me when I take the court.

— Dwyane Wade

I got typecast early in my career as the guy who is very intense. Once you get into a certain mold, people see you that way, as much as it’s disproved time and again.

— D. B. Sweeney

I have never been one of those actors who say, ‘Oh, my character wouldn’t do this,’ or ‘My character never wears an orange shirt,’ or any of the number of inane things I’ve heard on movie sets throughout my career.

— D. B. Sweeney

Athletes these days are too robotic. People like to see performances filled with emotion. In my career I tried to be amusing, to differentiate myself from the other champions.

— Daley Thompson

If you don’t see something as a career but as an important part of your life, you don’t know how you’re going to feel about it.

— Damon Albarn

To Die For,’ with Nicole Kidman, is great – her desire to be a part of news, how she uses news to further her career and how it can drive you insane. I love that movie.

— Dan Gilroy

My screenwriting credits in my career are probably not dissimilar to some other ones in the sense that a lot of the scripts you write don’t get made, and the ones that do get made are certainly – as a writer, they’re not your vision.

— Dan Gilroy

I want to know what it’s like to play in a Super Bowl and win one. My career will be great without it. But, personally, selfishly, I want to know what it feels like.

— Dan Marino

We’re not Seattle East. We’re our own Atlanta, and there are definitely things I learned from Coach Carroll. He had probably the single biggest influence on my coaching career.

— Dan Quinn

Acting is my first love, and that’s my main career, it really is.

— Danica McKellar

I went out there, and I fought Anderson Silva, and you know what? I got a big W, and that’s massive for my career going forward.

— Daniel Cormier

My resume, my career, and my legacy in this sport means more to me then collecting some checks.

— Daniel Cormier

I try to be eclectic in my choice of films. If I’ve done anything that’s intentional in my career, it’s to try to do as many different types of characters and as many different types of genres of movies that I can.

— Dennis Quaid

Playing Bill Clinton is really, probably, the scariest time of my career.

— Dennis Quaid

I was a guy back in the Eighties who was one movie away from a huge career, which at that time didn’t happen. In the Nineties, I worked a lot, but it was kind of, ‘Get out there and dig and find things.’ Then I guess ‘The Rookie’ and ‘Far From Heaven’ were referred to as my comeback.

— Dennis Quaid

I’m definitely not satisfied about my career. I don’t know how you can be, it’s the very nature of things.

— Daniel Craig

Obviously, the person who had most influence on my career was Ken Thompson.

— Dennis Ritchie

If you get to the point in your career where you’re running with a gun – I’ve yet to run with a gun. I’ve stood still with a gun, and I’ve walked with a gun, but I’ve never run with a gun. Running with a gun, to me, that’s when you know you’ve really made it.

— David Costabile

I’ve built a career in Asia for 18 years, playing roles that had nothing to do with my race because everybody’s Chinese in the films.

— Daniel Wu

I’ve been lucky enough to build a career outside of America, where I got 18 years and over 60 films of experience.

— Daniel Wu

The notion of being on a cop show was appealing, just because it’s one of those tick boxes in a career.

— Dallas Roberts

I had a kind of meandering little career, and then I was given a chance to play one of the bottom six in The Dirty Dozen.

— Donald Sutherland

The challenge is maintaining your interest over a long career, as opposed to pushing hard with no longevity. I’m surprised that I’ve been able to dance as long as I have.

— Damian Woetzel

Last year was a lifetime, a whole career in one season. We went from being the dregs to winners.

— Damon Hill

If I am treated fairly, I like to do things in a fair manner. That is the way I have been all my career. I haven’t tried to do things in an underhanded way.

— Damon Hill

I suppose ‘Worried About the Boy’ was a brave choice, but only in the sense that if I didn’t get it right, my career would be over before it had begun.

— Douglas Booth

Select a subject that interests you and make an effort to become an expert in that field. I promise you, if you make the effort, and you become an expert, you will have a wonderful career.

— Dan Shechtman

When I got picked up by the Tapout crew and was featured on their reality show, that really jumpstarted my career.

— Donald Cerrone

My Mozart career began as a teenager in Los Angeles, singing arias from ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ and ‘Don Giovanni.’

— Danielle de Niese

I really want my career to be as an actor-writer-director-producer, you know? I don’t know what will be stronger than the other.

— Danny Strong

I mean, ‘Kids In The Hall’ is the reason I have any career at all.

— Dave Foley

I started my career wanting to make a ‘James Bond’ movie, and I couldn’t get hired! I made ‘The Bourne Identity,’ and ultimately the impact of that film was that it changed the ‘James Bond’ franchise.

— Doug Liman

In England, I’ve had a more balanced career directing and acting. It can be quite difficult to juggle the two careers.

— Douglas Hodge

I consider myself to be very fortunate in my career, my timing has worked out.

— Duane G. Carey

I spent the first part of my career trying to avoid genre because I felt like genre, in some way, was cliche.

— David MacKenzie

I would say that when I came into this chapter of my filmmaking career, starting with ‘The Fighter,’ there was this sense that you have to go from your instincts and you have to go from your gut, and you have to not hesitate and you have to not hedge.

— David O. Russell

I’m at that point in my career you can put up all the numbers you want to, you can swing whatever statistic you want to swing, but it doesn’t matter if you don’t get to the Super Bowl and win it.

— DeAngelo Williams

I didn’t have the confidence to leave the band because of a solo career, or anything like that. I just wanted to grow.

— Dee Dee Ramone

There were times in my career when I would try to write songs like Bob Dylan… Artists get hooked up in that. To be a follower, you lose.

— Del Shannon

When I’m done fighting, I want to look to get some sort of driving career somewhere. My goal is to eventually get into the Mint 400 and do the trophy truck stuff.

— Dominick Cruz

I never ‘went Hollywood.’ Perhaps some of my behavior was detrimental to my career, but I couldn’t go the route of Hollywood parties.

— Don Ameche

And I mean, I’m established. So I’m not worried about having a hit at this point in my career.

— Donna Summer

If you are succesfull for 20 years, you can’t expect to stay on the same level all through that period. A career has its ups and downs and in-betweens.

— Donnie Wahlberg

I drank beer, and I had a career year.

— David Wells

In my whole career, I’ve never seen this type of race that you had to wait for the last day. There’s so many teams that are involved. You’ve got to smile because we’re in it.

— David Wells

Readers have actually changed the way I’ve done things, changed the course of my career even, about four or five times. Just from reader feedback.

— Debbie Macomber

I’d always assumed that by 40 I’d have at least a modicum of stability – a steady income, an established career, a bountiful fullness, like a pillow into which I could sink as I entered the second half of my life.

— Deborah Copaken Kogan

I would be very, very bored doing light little comedies for my entire career.

— Dee Wallace

Star Trek is perhaps the best thing that ever happened to me, in a career sense.

— DeForest Kelley

If there’s anything that is the center of my career both creatively and emotionally, it’s the Olympics.

— Dick Ebersol

Really, throughout my career, what I’ve done is taken teams with bad records and with every situation I’ve made them better.

— Don Nelson

After ‘Click, Clack, Moo’ was published, I was still practicing law and had no plans to make a career change.

— Doreen Cronin

One of the blessings I’ve had, really, for my entire career, is working with founders of companies, whether it was Bill Ziff at Ziff Davis or with Jerry Yang and David Filo at Yahoo.

— Dan Rosensweig

The truth is, it’s not a great career move to create a readership and then, in effect, abandon them.

— Dan Simmons

At every stage of my career I have had interesting and cordial colleagues, some of whom are close friends.

— Daniel Nathans

My career divides in two: before and after 9/11. In the first part I was trying to show that Islam is relevant to political concerns. If you want to understand Muslims, I argued, you need to understand the role of Islam in their lives. Now that seems obvious.

— Daniel Pipes

Nice, the club where I started my career in 1983, want me to see out my playing days there.

— David Ginola

I have been inundated with offers to move into a career in television or film, and these, too, are tempting.

— David Ginola

We all deal with failure. If you’re lucky to have a long career, it’s part of the experience.

— David Henry Hwang

I started my career in Portugal, and the longest I’ve ever played a character was for about a year, which is how long our TV shows last.

— Daniela Ruah

I have another aspect of my career where I’m a scholar of Yiddish and Hebrew literature, and I’ll say that when you study Yiddish literature, you know a whole lot about forgotten writers. Most of the books on my shelves were literally saved from the garbage. I am sort of very aware of what it means to be a forgotten artist in that sense.

— Dara Horn

I suppose it’s the feminist in me, but I didn’t always associate modelling with an intelligent career. I used to put myself down for doing it.

— Daria Werbowy

The making of ‘Naked’ was an absolutely phenomenal, mind-bending experience. That film was life-changing and put my career onto a whole different level.

— David Thewlis

Actually, I went from doing a lot of movies early on in my career, then to doing TV, and I don’t know whether we’ll get back to some movies or not.

— Dean Norris

No, I don’t think ‘The Wire’ screwed up my career at all.

— Dominic West

I’ve played a baseball player a few times, but in my career I’ve been blessed to have played a wide range of characters.

— Daniel Sunjata

I never wanted to really make a career out of doing Christian music exclusively, but I love it to my core. I love music. I love what I’m doing now.

— Debby Boone

Dancing is a tough career, but I’m glad I spent it at the Royal Ballet.

— Deborah Bull

I loved working with Jamie Lee Curtis, and I felt she was a wonderful actress even that early in her career.

— Donald Pleasence

I had a great career and I enjoyed all of it, with the exception of losing.

— Drew Bledsoe

Nixon, who spent much of his career attacking the press and saying he was a victim of the press, was in fact created by the press, in this case the L.A. Times.

— David Halberstam

In your career, you must be so careful otherwise, you get caught in a particular image, and it’s hard to break.

— David Hedison

Playing football was like being trapped in a rhythm, and my whole career was like that. You have very little time to switch off.

— Dennis Bergkamp

I feel lucky because earlier in my career, I found what I liked to do it’s build software that you see your friends using on the street, and they like it.

— Dennis Crowley

My only career strategy is to just not do anything that I have to be completely ashamed of afterwards! Whether it’s TV or movies, I feel lucky to be working.

— Dan Byrd

That first year in Chicago was one of the most memorable in my career. Getting traded rejuvenated me, and I had something to prove. I wanted to show them what I could do.

— Dennis Eckersley

I’m a complete addict of The ‘X Factor,’ so I can see why everyone gets so inspired. But there’s a downside to celebrity: your life is up for grabs, your career is much more disposable, and you are therefore vulnerable. It’s a high price to pay.

— Diana Quick

Around New York, our group had become known as ‘Dee Dee and her girls’ because we were used on everything, so going out on a solo career wasn’t as much a big deal to me.

— Dee Dee Warwick

Pretty much from 1979 through 1988, the backbone of my career was the theater. Working on Broadway a couple of times, working off-Broadway, and also doing a lot of regional theater. Make no mistake, I lived very frugally. I had an apartment that was real cheap. I would get two or three jobs per season, and in between I’d be on unemployment.

— Delroy Lindo

Trading Places’ did more for my career than anything I’d ever done. It was a zonking great hit, and it was also just a joy to do.

— Denholm Elliott

In 1989, I retired from Bell Laboratories to become a full-time writer. Not that I didn’t enjoy my engineering career, but rather I liked being a novelist just a bit better.

— Dennis L. McKiernan

Growing up as a high jumper, I said if I could ever jump 2.40, I’d be pretty satisfied with my career. It’s definitely a barrier for high jumpers.

— Derek Drouin

Maybe at this stage in my career, it’s from that younger generation that I have most to learn.

— Diana Rigg

They do say that the profession gets increasingly difficult, but my career seems to have been inside out. I’m playing the biggest parts now that I’m older. That’s probably right, because I wasn’t ready for them before.

— Diana Rigg

I did it for a living, made a career out of it, but now I’ve turned it into somewhat of a hobby.

— Dick Trickle

After all, didn’t I blow a magnificent career?

— Dick York

I had a successful career: not necessarily a Hall of Fame career, but a successful one.

— Earl Weaver

I’m relaxed about my career. I’ve been making movies for over 20 years, so I’ve earned at least the right to relax.

— Eddie Murphy

You know, punk bands now sell with one record – their first or second record – sell 10 times the amount of records than the Ramones did throughout their career with 20-something records. That’s why I go over to Johnny Ramone’s house and do yard work three times a week, just to absolve some of the guilt.

— Eddie Vedder

I look at careers like Ben Stiller and think that’s a great career to have where you’re doing movies that you write and direct, and also act in films, although he’s primarily an actor.

— Eli Roth

The stand up, everything was accidental. I never grew up and was the class clown and had to get the attention. It was – it really is, I have a career despite myself.

— Ellen DeGeneres

I have a great career, and I have wonderful fans who really are supportive and loyal – because I’m not hiding anything from them.

— Ellen DeGeneres

Cheney’s memoir is not about 9/11, or solely about Bush’s administration, but about his entire life and political career.

— Elliott Abrams

Throughout my career, I fed off the fuel of people not being able to understand me.

— Eminem

Consistency is one of the hallmarks of my career. You knew what you were going to get out of E-Smith every game, every year, no matter if I was 22, 21 or 35 years old.

— Emmitt Smith

Sometimes you surprise the goalkeeper and sometimes the goalkeeper surprises you. In my career, I tried to do more of the first than the second.

— Eric Cantona

Maybe it’s oldest-child syndrome, but I have always been competitive, even as a kid with sports. It spills into my career.

— Eric Church

Once your career becomes about something other than the music, then that’s what it is. I’ll never make that mistake.

— Eric Church

You know, I had a couple hundred jumps in my career, and I made most of them, but the ones they show over and over are the ones when I crashed.

— Evel Knievel

When my career slowed, I knew deep down it wasn’t over.

— Estelle

Throughout my career, I have made rooting out public corruption a top priority.

— Eric Schneiderman

My career is playing the guys who go, ‘Boo.’ That’s what I do.

— Eddie Marsan

I have my career and my family, and that’s it.

— Eddie Marsan

Throughout his long career, Washington earned the adulation not merely of ordinary people but of the other luminaries whom we now hail as ‘founding fathers.’

— Edmund Morgan

I became a prime minister within four-and-a-half years, the shortest kind of career ever in Israeli political history.

— Ehud Barak

I’m someone who’s done the opposite of whatever the received wisdom is, to keep your career going into your 50s.

— Elizabeth McGovern

I’d been shy since childhood, constantly full of self-doubt. And as an actor, I’d been so scared of failing that I made my career – and myself – a big joke.

— Emily Mortimer

I’m my own person, and am trying to carve out a career on my own.

— Emma Roberts

In my career, I have played a gangster, an ex cop, a journalist and a film director. Yet, the label of a serial kisser refuses to leave me.

— Emraan Hashmi

In my career, which has been fairly two-dimensional, people make decisions based on your persona.

— Erin O’Connor

In the early days of my modelling career, I think the industry was uncomfortable with how strikingly different I was.

— Erin O’Connor

Starting my career in London was no accident because the city and the industry here are all about theatre and drama, and I respond well to that.

— Erin O’Connor

Throughout my career, I’ve been sponsored by several different equipment companies – Lynx, Titleist, Callaway.

— Ernie Els

This conducting thing happened. In 1983 I was sucked into this international career, which was a very scary experience.

— Esa-Pekka Salonen

I hope to have a career like Jodie Foster, going from child to adult actress.

— Evan Rachel Wood

I can do whatever I want, because my career is a certain thing.

— Edward N. Ney

Throughout my career, even as a very young actor, people have always said to me that they would like to see my Othello. They could see something of him in me, I suppose.

— Eamonn Walker

My career wouldn’t exist without blogs, electronic text, hyperlinks, and mass online audiences.

— Ezra Klein

I got into television, and I’m a television guy, so I’ve never really had a movie career.

— Ed O’Neill

In 1969, at the age of 19, I was lucky enough to work with George C. Scott in the definitive portrayal of his career over a period of many months and several countries on the definitive film version of Patton’s WWII career.

— Edward Albert

I’ve never been very good at manipulating my career, but fortunately I haven’t needed to.

— Elaine Paige

The elite private tutor is typically ivy-educated and falls into one of two categories – a twenty-something pursuing an artistic career on the side, or someone older who has made a career out of college-prep. They are presentable, well-spoken, and are treated by doormen as guests more than as employees.

— Eliot Schrefer

I like to think there are a lot of balls in the air, and the kids are not one that I choose to drop. They have been a priority and I have a career that allows for a little more flexibility at times and hours that are quite mom-friendly.

— Elisabeth Hasselbeck

I offer something very different from the lifelong career politicians who have worked their way up to run for higher office or those who can parachute in with checks for $5 million or $10 million, and that seems to be the definition of credible or legitimate. I’m rejecting that premise.

— Elizabeth Emken

You have got to attract the brightest and the best, but the brightest and best won’t stay unless they see real career options.

— Estelle Morris

If you look at my CV, just about everything I have done has come through a publicly funded institution it is a career entirely built on that sort of support.

— Elizabeth Price

Because it’s difficult to have a career as an artist, and in every situation where it’s difficult to have a career, it’s even harder for women, for all the other reasons that it’s harder in other fiercely contested fields.

— Elizabeth Price

I didn’t want to give up my career. That’s what kept me alive, kept me going. I couldn’t stop – didn’t want to stop – being all these different characters.

— Elizabeth Wilson

Don’t say you want to be an actor and not know how to read a script. Don’t give up 15 minutes before the miracle comes. Everyone’s career ebbs and flows, especially if you’re African American. That’s the time to dig in and keep your instrument sharp.

— Erik King

In my career quite a few people have tried to force me out, but so far no one has succeeded.

— Ferdinand Piech

I got snubbed about eight times for the Mid-Summer Classic, and I know what type of career I had, and I know that I’m a true All-Star. The selection process is not very accurate.

— Frank Thomas

Obviously, I’m at the beginning of my career, contrary to what anyone else thinks. I’m 19 years old. In any other country, everywhere else, you’re a prospect. And that’s what I am right now in Europe. I’m a prospect. I’m not a seasoned veteran.

— Freddy Adu

I always feel like I want to do my career my own way. I never follow anybody’s path, what they’ve done.

— Famke Janssen

While I’m an athlete and while I’m fighting actively, I don’t intend to pursue a career in politics. What happens after that, we’ll see. But I don’t have an intention to do both at the same time.

— Fedor Emelianenko

The ideal would be to have a career like Meryl Streep’s or Kate Winslet’s. It’s just unbelievable how they manage to make such incredible choices one after the other. If you could have a career anything like that, then that would be a great thing.

— Felicity Jones

All my career, all that I’ve really done has been based on emotion and intuition and gravitating toward what sounds good.

— Flea

Well, you’ve got certain obstacles that get in your way throughout your career, but you have to be a strong individual.

— Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Through his long, productive career, Paul Theroux has mixed nonfiction books about exotic travel with novels set in exotic places. Africa, Singapore, Hong Kong, Honduras – he lives in and writes about places most of us never see.

— Floyd Skloot

For me, ‘The Brady Bunch’ is just a part of the fabric of my career, but for a lot of people, that’s it.

— Florence Henderson

I gladly, I voluntarily gave up the kind of commercial film career I had going as soon as I had enough money to finance my own films.

— Francis Ford Coppola

I associate my motion picture career more with being unhappy and scared, or being under the gun, than with anything pleasant.

— Francis Ford Coppola

I just feel that no matter what comes in a career – and mine has been all over the map – you must stay at the table, pick up the cards you’re dealt and play them.

— Frank Langella

It destroys the soul to hear that you’re all hype, that you have no talent, and that your whole career has been contrived.

— Freddie Mercury

There is something magical about that green coat. I mean that sincerely. It’s a very special week, and being able to wear that green jacket. It’s made my whole career. It’s special.

— Fuzzy Zoeller

The combination of pictures and words together can be really effective, and I began to realise in my career that unless I wrote my own words, then my message was diluted.

— Galen Rowell

I have been really lucky in my career, with the diversity of it. I get to play really complex people.

— Garret Dillahunt

I do not take to the field to defend myself from certain criticisms. If I do, in this kind of career, it is because I’m very self-critical.

— Gianluigi Buffon

I want a long career in music, so you’ve gotta keep trying things out it’s gotta get progressively better.

— Gin Wigmore

I damaged my hamstring at the London Olympics and had to stop training for five months. At times, I thought my career was over.

— Genzebe Dibaba

I spent most of my career doing high-energy physics, quarks, dark matter, string theory and so on.

— Geoffrey West

You can’t rely on luck. I’ve had some stages in my career where I’ve said we’re going to wing it, and we’ve always ended up in trouble.

— George Thorogood

Most of my career has been about standing on a stage performing music to an audience, and once the show is over, they go home and I go on to the next show.

— Greg Lake

I was 19 or 20 when The Beatles were at their peak, and I was coming up to the peak of my career, too. I was also the first footballer to have long hair, and that’s how I got my nickname ‘the Fifth Beatle.’

— George Best

I had a career that was very short, but it had a lot of thrills.

— Gale Sayers

I’ve certainly done some turkeys along the way and made some dumb choices in my career, mostly early on. I’m one of the lucky ones who got to make a lot of mistakes very early when no one was paying attention.

— George Clooney

It’s not about an opening weekend. It’s about a career, building a set of films you’re proud of. Period.

— George Clooney

Eventually, I just couldn’t imagine myself being in a cubicle for my entire career.

— Gene Luen Yang

People have an idea that one is in control of a career, a lot more than you really are. You can engineer things to an extent. But you are at the mercy of what comes in across the desk.

— Gary Oldman

Throughout my career, I was to be cast as a frontier girl, an aristocrat, an Arabian, a Eurasian, a Polynesian, and a Chinese.

— Gene Tierney

Writing, for me, has always been a way of not having a career.

— Geoff Dyer

If you go all the way back, I’ve always written science-fiction, I’ve always written fantasy, I’ve always written horror stories and monster stories, right from the beginning of my career. I’ve always moved back and forth between the genres. I don’t really recognise that there’s a significant difference between them in some senses.

— George R. R. Martin

When I came out, I was 68, and I was totally prepared for my career to recede when I spoke to the press for the first time. What happened after that blew me away. I started getting more offers. My career blossomed.

— George Takei

When I was a teenager, the biggest heartthrob was Tab Hunter. He was in every movie out of Warner Bros. until he was exposed as gay, and his career faded. That was an object lesson. I knew I must protect my sexual orientation.

— George Takei

If you look at my career, towards the end you will see I was fighting like once a year. I was not part of the Don King top heavyweights, so I was kind of kept out. His guys were getting three to four fights a year and I could only get one.

— Gerry Cooney

If my son wants a boxing career, I won’t stop him, but I definitely won’t push him. It’s bad for a kid to be pressured.

— Gerry Cooney

I think I signed some contract, early on in my career, that I will only kiss Steve Carell when I do a movie.

— Gillian Jacobs

During your career, you put yourself in peak physical condition, but then you bear the brunt of it for the rest of your life.

— Greg Rutherford

Since first starting my career, I’ve grown accustomed to working with actors older than me. I’m always the youngest.

— Gaspard Ulliel

Through my whole career, that’s been a major thing – bringing my family with me.

— Gemma Ward

Being drafted by the Montreal Canadiens, that was the greatest moment in my career. And stealing the Stanley Cup in 1978 and bringing it back to my hometown of Thurso.

— Guy Lafleur

The majority of actor kids are really competitive. But Gabby Sidibe on ‘The Big C’ has been a big help to me. Her career went from zero to a hundred in about one second, so she’s warned me what to expect.

— Gabriel Basso

When I started in the mid-’90s, the goal was really to shoot for a film career and stay there.

— Gabriel Mann

There are right and wrong reasons for doing solo projects, and this album was done for the right reasons. At the time there was no Judas Priest and I certainly wasn’t going to hang my hat up on my musical career.

— Glenn Tipton

The whole object of the players’ association is to try and make sure that any individual is able to capitalise on his ability, particularly in football, which is a very short career.

— Gordon Taylor

I don’t feel typecast almost at all, and it could just be because I’m insensitive, but I doubt it. I think most of my roles I’ve gotten have very little to do with my ethnicity. I don’t feel that’s a limiting factor for my career.

— Grace Park

I’ve had one very bad ankle injury but otherwise I’ve been incredibly lucky with my fitness. I’ve worked hard at it and I’ve always been fit even compared to other players. That sustains you through various parts of your career, but I am 36.

— Graeme Le Saux

It’s hard to know really how it’s going to happen, but the career ebbs and flows and now there’s a nicer feeling of interest than there has been at other times.

— Gretchen Mol

In 1930, I was at the top of my career. I won the Most Valuable Player award.

— Hack Wilson

When I had no shoes I was comfortable – I used to run barefoot. When I wore shoes it was difficult. To run in shoes was ok, but at the beginning of my career it was hard.

— Haile Gebrselassie

Career is important, but nothing really supersedes my roles as a mother.

— Halle Berry

Throughout my career I have been talked out of things I wanted to do, and when I look back, I think I should have followed my instincts.

— Halle Berry

I don’t want to be ‘Halsey: America’s Sweetheart,’ or ‘Halsey: Bad Girl.’ If you can sum up my career in a clickbait headline, I’ve done something wrong.

— Halsey

So there’s no such thing as one too many this, one too many that. I remember, you’re reminding me of early in my career, somebody said to me: why are you taking so many roles as a policeman.

— Harvey Keitel

One of the writers I most admire is Hilary Mantel because in the middle of her career, she just changed paths entirely and became just a totally different novelist.

— Hanya Yanagihara

The life of a startup is full of ups and downs, an emotional roller coaster ride that you can’t quite imagine if you’ve spent your whole career in a corporation.

— Harvey Mackay

I was always very grateful I was never hot. In the entire length of my career, I haven’t been the most adored.

— Harrison Ford

I was never that much a focus of interest in my career. I’m aware of that now, which doesn’t give me a lot of pleasure.

— Harrison Ford

You know, things kind of happen organically and, you know, Broadway sort of happened out of a career in performing and – which happened out of practicing piano when I was a kid.

— Harry Connick, Jr.

For so many generations, a woman’s only career path was to marry well and to marry up. Those days have changed.

— Helen Fisher

I’ve been through periods of stress, turbulence in the market for over the course of my career, various times, and never in any of those other periods have we had the advantage of a strong economy underpinning the markets.

— Henry Paulson

My undergraduate studies at Brown and graduate degrees from Harvard prepared me for a multifaceted career as an actor, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

— Hill Harper

I suppose after ‘Four Weddings’ I was very busy for a bit, and I imagined that was my career, but I never had that thing of, ‘I’m burning to be an actor. If I don’t act, I’m not alive.’ I’ve never had that.

— Hugh Grant

If you’re going to succeed, then you just have to be thick-skinned. It’s something I developed early in my career, and it just goes with the territory.

— Gracia Martore

My favorite actor that I look up to is Joseph Gordon-Levitt. His career is something I look up to, I just want to be that guy. He’s always part of projects that have a lot of soul and that’s what I want to do as an actor.

— Grant Gustin

I can now shed the child-actor thing, like the fat, and start a new career, because no one sees me as Dudley.

— Harry Melling

I’m a lobbyist and had a career lobbying. The guy who gets elected or the lady who gets elected president of the United States will immediately be lobbying. They would be advocating to the Congress, they’ll be lobbying our allies and our adversaries overseas. They’ll be asking the business community and labor unions.

— Haley Barbour

Early in my career, my 3-, 5- and 9-irons performed differently than my other irons. But I adapted and made them work.

— Hale Irwin

From the very first, my countrymen have followed my literary career, now criticizing, now praising my work, but hardly ever letting a single word be buried in indifference.

— Halldor Laxness

My dad brought ‘Clerks’ to Sundance 22 years ago, and that’s when his career started.

— Harley Quinn Smith

Wherever I went, crowds appeared again, and I started making solo albums for the first time in my career.

— Howard Keel

There’s no one actor in particular that I want to model my career after, except for the people who have been able to keep their career varied and who choose things that interest them. That opportunity is all I really want.

— Hugh Dancy

My own electorate, which I represented for 36 years as an anti-apartheid politician, had a considerable number of Jewish voters supporting me throughout my career.

— Helen Suzman

General Sherman looked upon journalists as a nuisance and a danger at headquarters and in the field, and acted toward them accordingly, then as throughout his great war career.

— Henry Villard

The rhythm of my career has always been very static, staccato and then silent, and then a lot of work, and then none.

— Holly Hunter

You want a career? Do that first. You don’t want to have kids? Then don’t. You don’t want to get married? Then don’t. But once you do something, you’ve got to know that there is compromise.

— Iman

I went up to the top of the career ladder and I came down again, I am past all that.

— Iain Duncan Smith

Fortunately my career has never been about how I look, it’s about how I can be.

— Imelda Staunton

I don’t know how to construct a career that’ll make me famous. Except maybe get my ears pinned back, get my teeth done, and go to America. But then I’ll be competing with billions of actors who haven’t got false teeth, and who are 25.

— Ian Hart

It’s easy to make a film, but it’s hard to make a career of being a filmmaker.

— Ira Sachs

Everyone wants to belong, and everyone needs to belong in order to make a career on some level.

— Ira Sachs

I never thought of a career of as a model, and it was a total surprise for me when I won the contest and became Miss Chelyabinsk. Then I started modelling in Paris.

— Irina Shayk

I dropped off my kids from 10 to 2, went to the library, and just wrote. This is my second career – I’m 41 – and I’m a terrible speller.

— Isabel Gillies

No one becomes an expert in a new career overnight, even if you are coming from another career where you were established and experienced.

— Jack Canfield

In 2008, Putin’s message was, ‘We aren’t like a Central Asian republic, we aren’t going to build a personalistic regime, we will have institutions.’ This is all abolished now. The very idea of a governing party and party career, as you have in China, that didn’t work.

— Ivan Krastev

Most of the early part of an actor’s career, you do the jobs you get.

— Jack Nicholson

I always say that in my career as an actress, I’ve always worked with people like David Lynch or Guy Maddin or Peter Weir who are considered not mainstream directors and that could be because they are like my dad. They are pioneers, and pioneers, by definition, invent something new.

— Isabella Rossellini

After being on ‘Oprah’ for a couple of months, I got my first royalty check for $1,478,392.17. I will never forget it. At the height of my career, I made $3.3 million. Unbelievable. From welfare in the projects to $3.3 million.

— Iyanla Vanzant

Medicine was certainly intended to be a career. I wanted to become a psychiatrist, an adolescent ambition which, of course, is fulfilled by many psychiatrists.

— J. G. Ballard

Well, the biggest rival I had in my career was me.

— Jack Nicklaus

The biggest rival I had in my career was me. I couldn’t control Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Tom Watson or Lee Trevino. The only person I could control was me.

— Jack Nicklaus

I learned early in my career, where you get so wrapped up and so excited, that all of a sudden you don’t think. So I worked very hard to keep myself suppressed. And that’s one of the reasons I wasn’t gregarious with the gallery.

— Jack Nicklaus

A few of the influences on my career so far have been Isamu Noguchi, Irving Penn, and seeing the riots of 1968 in Paris.

— Issey Miyake

I’ve arrived at the place if I’m not taking a career risk, I’m not happy. If I’m scared, then I know I’m being challenged.

— Jim Carrey

I could never be a career politician, because I believe in telling the truth.

— Jesse Ventura

The proven method for saving the lives of innocent Americans is not disarming them. The proven method for saving the lives of innocent Americans is to arrest, prosecute, convict and jail criminal offenders, especially armed career criminals illegally using guns. This is the way to reduce gun violence.

— Jeff Sessions

Right now in my career, it’s like I’m having more fun than I’ve ever had, so it’s kind of like, ‘Man, I can’t stop now.’

— Jennie Finch

Dick Gregory was a great comedian who went and got arrested, did hunger strikes, protests. It never hurt his career to be outspoken.

— Joe Rogan

When you snatch little pieces of other people’s lives and try to palm them off as your own, that’s more disgusting than anything. Robin Williams is a huge thief. Denis Leary is a huge thief. His whole stand-up career is based on Bill Hicks, a brilliant guy who died years ago.

— Joe Rogan

I’ve always been a fan of Derek Jeter. Guys that consistently, throughout a long-term career, that not only have success but are very aware of their situation – I really dig that.

— John Cena

I was the guy who had been bouncing around the film industry for years, and I’d been lucky if five or 10 people would see my movies, so Captain Jack did a big flip for my career.

— Johnny Depp

Prior to ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ – the first one in 2003 – I had been essentially known within the confines of Hollywood as box office poison, you know what I’m saying? You know, I basically had built a career on 20 years of failures.

— Johnny Depp

I want to look back on my career and be proud of the work, and be proud that I tried everything.

— Jon Stewart

I’m concentrating on my career, which is my top priority. The rest will follow eventually.

— Jacqueline Fernandez

In essence, I owe my career to Garry Marshall. There was no known reason for him to hire me for ‘Pretty Woman.’

— Julia Roberts

I love singing, and I came to absolutely adore it in the later part of my career.

— Julie Andrews

If everybody loves you, you must be doing something wrong. It means there’s no button being pushed… The only way that everybody loves you is toward the end of your career.

— James Gray

When I was younger, I thought maybe one day I’d be involved in sport in terms of career.

— Jamie Dornan

If the career you have chosen has some unexpected inconvenience, console yourself by reflecting that no career is without them.

— Jane Fonda

If I could really move my career much more into predominantly directing, I would jump at that.

— Jason Alexander

What I’ve learned in my career is that it takes the same amount of effort to build a $10bn company as it does a $1bn company you as the entrepreneur are going to put your entire life, your entire effort into it.

— Jason Calacanis

When I get to 40, I’m going to re-evaluate everything and then go from there. Because when I get to 40, I would like to see where I’m at in my career because I might want to go, ‘You know what, I’m done. I’m just happy with everything,’ and I’m going to go off my merry way, and I’ll probably never pick up a golf club ever again.

— Jason Day

The biggest thing is, if you want it still, you’ll do everything you need to do to make sure you extend your career.

— Jason Day

I started to develop my comedy skills when I became resident singer at the Boggery Folk Club in Solihull. My career blossomed from there, and I became a big draw on the folk-club circuit.

— Jasper Carrott

Touring has been a major part of my career. I’ve done a lot of huge shows, including a 13-night sell-out stint at the Indoor Arena in Birmingham, playing to a total audience of 65,000.

— Jasper Carrott

There are two ways to look at my publishing career. One is that I’m a novelist churning out books, who is eight into a series the other way is that I’m a cartoonist, just starting out. Most cartoonists have long careers: Charles Schulz drew Peanuts for 50 years.

— Jeff Kinney

It was so quick for me on ‘SNL.’ It’s not something I consider to be, like, one of the big spaces in my career.

— Jenny Slate

It is unrealistic to expect an entire profession to be completely good. There are bound to be some individuals who are stressed, who are unkind, who are a bit rubbish at their job, who are in the wrong career.

— Jo Brand

I’ve never been interested enough to have a career trajectory. I’ve never had any ambition or thought of what I should be doing or had any idea of what I’d like to do. Never. And still don’t. And if something comes along, I say ‘Fine.’

— Joanna Lumley

I was never the ingenue or the pretty girlfriend of Tom Cruise in a movie. I didn’t have that career, so I don’t have to compete on that level.

— Jodie Foster

One wrong move, and you destroy your career.

— Joel Edgerton

I very much enjoyed my career in science. I didn’t leave science because I was disillusioned, but felt I’d done my bit for it after about twenty-five years.

— John Polkinghorne

I wouldn’t trade my career with anybody’s. I’d trade a few movies with Tom Hanks – ‘Apollo 13’ and ‘Forrest Gump’ – but other than that, I love my career.

— John Travolta

I think, for sure, ‘Saturday Night Fever’ and ‘Pulp Fiction’ were kind of bookends for – or the pillars of – my career.

— John Travolta

I’ve always had a loud mouth, and for that I’ve gotten a lot of attention. I did falter in some big competitions in my career, but being counted out and not being seen as a threat is something I’m used to.

— Johnny Weir

Really, you want to have variety as an actor. If you spend your career doing one thing solidly, people get burned out.

— Julianne Moore

Fortunately, for the first 20 years in my career, I didn’t have any other responsibilities outside of myself. I didn’t have a wife and kids, so I could afford to sort of barely scrape by, to do theater.

— J. K. Simmons

I never had intention of coming to New York or L.A. and actually doing more than scraping by – you know, doing plays. And as my career sort of progressed of its own volition, I did come to New York.

— J. K. Simmons

What a turnaround in sentiment ‘Glee’ exemplifies. It was only a few years ago that pursuing the dream of a Broadway career or cabaret stardom relegated some poor yearning dope to a lavender ghetto of losers, self-deluders, and social rejects.

— James Wolcott

When the ‘Guardian’ is commissioning writers to write obituary pieces about you and your career… it doesn’t get much nastier than that. And you’ve just got to go, ‘It doesn’t actually matter.’

— James Corden

Actually, the books were never a planned career path.

— Jamie Lee Curtis

I think a little tidbit I can give you is that I grew up with basically everything handed to me, except for my career. I worked for that.

— Jane Lynch

If I’m enjoying something, I’d like to be able to just have it all. Frankly, that’s the way I’m approaching my career now. I’m a total workaholic.

— Jason Bateman

I wanted to be Dustin Hoffman or Robert De Niro or Al Pacino. I thought I was going to be a dramatic actor, but comedy sort of started out first, and I was like, ‘Maybe I’ll find some more drama later on in my career.’

— Jason Bateman

Ideally, that’s what you’ve got in an acting career is an equal number of dramas and comedies and an equal number of small films and big films.

— Jason Bateman

When I wrestled Randy Orton, that was probably the biggest match of my career at that point, because that was when I had the other shot at the WWE championship.

— Jeff Hardy

Whether I ever become WWE champion in my career, I’m proud of what I’ve done.

— Jeff Hardy

I don’t play video games because I know that if I ever started, I’d never be able to maintain a career again.

— Jeff Lemire

I hated to miss games… at the height of my career, I missed a lot of games due to… just a hamstring pull. And I hated sitting out. I just hated it. You play for your team, but you also play for the people who attend the games.

— Jerry West

Yves Saint Laurent was my first fashion show. I wore his tuxedo. And Helmut Newton was my first photographer, in 1973. I was really very lucky. I had an amazing career.

— Jerry Hall

What happens to George Clooney and Bruce Willis is great, but I can’t gauge my career by anyone else’s.

— Jimmy Smits

Doing a truncated series is like doing a long movie, which allows for a certain artistic freedom. After just 12 episodes, you can take a breather and do other things for your career.

— Jimmy Smits

I’ve followed Gary Oldman his whole career… I’ve watched the movies he’s directed, like ‘Nil by Mouth’ – I’ve seen that five times!

— Joel Kinnaman

I don’t deliberately go into comedy or go into indies, but I do deliberately try to keep changing tact, because I think that is the key to longevity in a career.

— John C. Reilly

In my private sector career, two of my favorite sayings were, ‘Strategy is easy and execution is really hard,’ and that we should ‘run at criticism.’

— John Delaney

How my film career happened, I don’t know. It was unplanned. I’d been in films and TV throughout the Sixties and early Seventies, but it was really ‘The Naked Civil Servant’ in 1975 that put me on the radar.

— John Hurt

Early in my career, I wasn’t good in the strike zone early. I was good in the strike zone late, which is not a good thing.

— Jake Arrieta

What I did before in my career you can pretty much throw out the window. Out of sight, out of mind.

— Jake Arrieta

I hope to have a long career, and I don’t want to be defined by things that aren’t the music.

— James Bay

My dad was a Navy munitions officer, and by the end of his career, he was a specialist in nuclear weapons.

— James Mercer

I lived my twenties on the road, in all different countries experiencing this momentum of a career which was taking off in its own way.

— Jamie Cullum

At no point was my career under threat, so I always knew that I would get back into action.

— Jamie Redknapp

I am an Asian designer. I was born in Taiwan. That is who I am. But I am a designer, like any designer of any race. Growing up in the ’80s in Taiwan, the arts were not considered a career.

— Jason Wu

I wanted to be a vet when I was little, so it never really dawned on me that acting was my career, it sort of chose me more than I chose it.

— Jenna Ushkowitz

My career as a magazine writer was largely prefaced on the idea of curiosity, to go on adventures and weasel my way into the lives of people that I admire.

— John Hodgman

I never really considered acting as a career. I kind of fell into it. Originally, I wanted to be a painter.

— Josh Hartnett

It is a career of make-believe, of masks. We all have masks in life.

— Judd Nelson

Choosing writing as a career, just by itself, is a measure of not being a calculating person.

— Justin Cronin

For the first six months of my stand-up career, I was talking like Danny Dyer. I was doing a lot of ‘alright guvnors?’ It wasn’t true to who I was.

— Jack Whitehall

Anytime you put your name on a ticket with nothing else attached to it, that’s the true testament to where you are in your career – how many tickets are sold.

— Jake Owen

I won’t mention names, but in my career, the most talented people invariably are the easiest and nicest to get along with.

— James Caan

If I had my career over again? Maybe I’d say to myself, speed it up a little.

— James Stewart

Dr. Quinn’ came along when I turned 40, so my career actually peaked then.

— Jane Seymour

You always want to get better, and I think that will remain true for the rest of my career.

— Jared Goff

Especially those first few years of my comic book career, I had no idea what was going to happen the next day.

— Jason Aaron

Over the course of my entire Wolverine career, I went from being a single guy to getting married and having kids, and I think you can see that progression in the way that I treated Wolverine.

— Jason Aaron

As a professional athlete, the small print says there could be a trade at some point in your career. Sometimes expected, sometimes not. You have to be able to handle that.

— Jason Kidd

I think everyone at some point in their career would like the opportunity to go back to their alma mater, but from a timing standpoint, it’s just never worked.

— Jeff Fisher

Writing was something I always liked, but it wasn’t a career until I was laid off from my executive position in my 30s. I started a website because I was bored, unemployed and angry.

— Jen Lancaster

You’re always thinking, What’s the next move – the career, the money.

— Joaquin Phoenix

Might I be ridiculous? Might my career in music be laughable? Yeah, that’s possible, but that’s certainly not my intention.

— Joaquin Phoenix

The effect of prizes on one’s career – if that is what to call it – is considerable, since they give one more clout with publishers and more notoriety among journalists. The effect on one’s writing, however, is nil – otherwise, one would be in deep trouble.

— John Banville

For a century longer, Rome still retains its outward form, but the swarming nations are now in full career.

— John Lothrop Motley

Throughout my career, I had the great fortune to experience firsthand as well as to witness what it means to be a CIA officer.

— John O. Brennan

The word ‘career’ and ‘actor’ really don’t fit in the same paragraph, let alone sentence. There is no career structure for actors.

— John Rhys-Davies

These individuals on steroids, does it enhance their career, does it give them a little more strength, a little more stamina, a little more psychological edge? Absolutely. How do you determine what – what their stats would be without steroids? It’s impossible to tell.

— Jose Canseco

What I’ve learned in my career as an actor is that you’re only as good as your collaborators. The process is many things, but it is wholly collaborative, particularly with something like ‘Westworld,’ which is a 10-episode-per-season gig, and we’re just now on the 7th episode.

— Jeffrey Wright

I have always been small and one of the smallest heptathletes out there. And earlier in my career, I was faced with coaches and athletes who felt I was too small to be a multi-eventer. It gives you a push to show you can do it.

— Jessica Ennis-Hill

Having so many close calls in my career, it was such an awesome feeling to get that first world title.

— Joel Parkinson

You want the best for your kid, but everybody’s career is completely different in this industry.

— Joely Fisher

Career Education is one of the largest global providers in the higher education sector. We are projecting to be over $1.1 billion in revenue in 2003, which puts us number one in our sector for onsite education and number two for online education in terms of revenue.

— John Larson

It was an odd coincidence that my career took off the same decade as having babies. I often wished it had been different, that I had my big career bump in my thirties and my babies in my forties or vice versa.

— Jane Kaczmarek

I think to just single out a highlight of Elvis’s career is pretty much impossible. As far as being a fan of his, a lifetime fan, there were just too many highlights.

— Jackie DeShannon

Mad Men’ is a hard act to follow. Unless you’re called Elisabeth Moss, stuff like this only comes along once in your career.

— Jared Harris

We’ve been following Judge Alito’s career over the last 15 years, while he’s been on the Court of Appeals.

— Jay Alan Sekulow

My personal life is awesome, but there’s always more to strive for in my career.

— Jaime Winstone

I have worked hard in my career, but I have been lucky as well.

— Jennifer Damiano

I wanted to have a go at a pop career. My first single, ‘Baby I Don’t Care’, was a hit, and the second, ‘Bye Bye Boy’, reached the Top 20.

— Jennifer Ellison

As someone who has spent a lot of her career as an investigative reporter, I’ll confess that a frustration of mine has always been that so much investigative journalism involves a dissection of events in the past.

— Jill Abramson

I was hoping for it to be possibly a movie career as I still would like to see that happen. I enjoyed making 200 Motels and did try out for a few things when I lived in LA, but nothing ever happened. I’m still hoping though.

— Jimmy Carl Black

I had pretty much raised my kids and my first wife and I were divorced, so I began, in earnest, to start my musical career again. Going for the big record deal and all of that.

— Jimmy Carl Black

I want to make movies, TV series, wherever the career takes me.

— Jodie Sweetin

When I came into baseball, I had one goal for my career – the Hall of Fame.

— Justin Verlander

I was lucky to book a show pretty quickly after getting to L.A., but I struggled getting started in Vancouver. If I had gotten those earlier roles in Vancouver, I wouldn’t have gone to L.A. to get the show that launched my career.

— Jacqueline MacInnes Wood

When I was commissioned in the Air Force, I was committed to the institution for a career.

— James R. Clapper

And my career, the things that have happened have happened because of my music education background.

— Jon Secada

I studied economics and made it my career for two reasons. The subject was and is intellectually fascinating and challenging, particularly to someone with taste and talent for theoretical reasoning and quantitative analysis.

— James Tobin

I worked in a record store, but I realised I didn’t want that. I still wanted to pursue a career – or a life – that my songs provided for me.

— Jamie Lawson

I remember watching the 2000 Sydney Olympics, with my nose right up to the screen, knowing there and then that I wanted a sporting career.

— Jonathan Brownlee

I went to a seminar early in my career on the craft of storytelling by Robert McKee. It was really life altering. There are basic principles on how to craft an engaging story and he covers them well. He’s got a book out, ‘Story,’ that I would highly recommend to anyone interested in improve their storytelling.

— Jane Jensen

I want to have a lengthy career. I want to play interesting characters. I want to tell beautiful stories, complex stories, deep stories.

— Jovan Adepo

The beginning of my acting career was in London, England.

— Juan Pablo Di Pace

With my career, considering my age and how much time I’ve been out… how much time I’ve got left, nobody knows.

— Josh Gordon

I’d started working when I was 21 and had been very determined about my career, very focused, even as a little kid, so it was something I had been working at for a long time.

— Josh Schwartz

I’d retired for about six or seven years. Coming back to the business, I found that I was sort of not quite a has-been, and it wasn’t a new career, it was just kind of difficult to crack the nut, so to speak.

— Julie London

When you get to the 35-year mark in your career, you make albums for your fans to love you more, so they don’t forget about you.

— Julio Iglesias

When I look back at my career as an author, I don’t look at the first book that was ever published as to where my career began – I look to the first book that I ever wrote.

— Jarrett J. Krosoczka

It sucks to be the runner-up because I’ve been the runner-up for a long time in my career. I would get so close and then lose a huge movie and sometimes it’s one kid who beats you out for three different movies. It’s so frustrating at the time, but what’s so great is the lesson you take from that, which is, ‘I’ve got to get better.’

— Jason Dohring

I had a good theater career for years. I played Hamlet when I was 22, and I’ve played some really great roles.

— Jason Gann

It’s not like a corporate job where the more you accumulate on your resume and the more hours you put in, the higher up you get it’s simply not the case. That being said, if I had known that and known what kind of career I’d get into, I still would have pursued it.

— Jason Marsden

In a career, when you hit 40 and you’ve done a lot of this and that, you want to try some new things. I feel like that as a director, too, from one film to the other.

— Jean-Marc Vallee

I really want to make this the last stop of my career. I don’t want to be a vagabond, so to speak, and be traveling from team to team, year in and year out. I’m not that type of guy. I like to be settled.

— Jeff Garcia

I guess, as a conductor, one goes in and out of fashion. Your career starts with a bang, everyone thinks you’re wonderful, and then with middle age, something happens and you go into the wilderness.

— Jeffrey Tate

Chris Boardman was my first teammate and my first roommate. I saw him finish his career with an hour record and thought, ‘Yeh, what a way to go out!’

— Jens Voigt

I have enough drama in my career, and then always playing dramatic roles and storylines… I like to lead a very low profile.

— Jessica Lowndes

I got my degree in theatre at a little school in Pennsylvania, Bloomsburg University. It was one of those situations where I went into the major because I loved it, but didn’t really expect to see it as a moneymaking situation or career.

— Jimmi Simpson

I’ve had a blessed career, and that has been acknowledged in many ways over the years.

— Jimmy Nail

I spent the bulk of my career on building my company, and Morningstar is where the passion is.

— Joe Mansueto

If there’s no craft there, then once the looks go, there goes your career.

— Joe Morton

My goal and my career is definitely not to be famous. That’s a really horrible goal, just to be famous for the sake of having fame.

— Joel McHale

I guess that’s a flaw in my career, that I like to work too much.

— John Glover

In my career, my movies tend to polarize critics.

— John Landis

If 50 percent of your career is not filled with failure, you’re not really successful.

— John Larroquette

The thing early on that you think is ‘wrong’ with you, that makes you not fit in with everyone else, becomes the key to your career as an actor. Start embracing it.

— John Lloyd Young

I spent my whole career in the technology business, and I was convinced of the importance, at a grand scale, of the development of global connectivity.

— John Morgridge

Right, well I am, I was a career diplomat for 37 years from 1960 until 1997 during the early 1980s from 1981 to 1985 I was the United States Ambassador to Honduras.

— John Negroponte

As I get older, I plan less, and I strategize less about my career and about things because you realize things happen as they’re supposed to happen and the way they’re supposed to happen.

— Jonathan Jackson

As a director, there’s no natural career progression. So after ‘The Wackness,’ which was very personal to me, I was very, very picky about what I was going to do next, to the point where I think that I was almost too picky.

— Jonathan Levine

I did come to L.A. to try to get on TV and get in front of a camera, so I could have a stage career in New York.

— Jon Bernthal

I think I’m always conscious of not letting things fit into a specific box. Being a filmmaker and trying to chart a career, you never want anyone to be able to pigeonhole you into one specific thing.

— Jonathan Levine

When I began my career, I was constantly referred to as the kid who could play the blues.

— Jonny Lang

I started my career as an urban planner, working for the city, doing what I would call ‘do-gooder’ things, particularly for low-income neighborhoods.

— Jorge M. Perez

I never considered a career in broadcasting, not even as a kid.

— Josh Charles

I love making movies, but I was ready to rationalize being only a mother if my career never got back on track.

— Jane Greer

I did a lot of musicals when I first started my career, so I can carry a tune well.

— Josh Dallas

Those who joined us for selfish personal reasons, for a career or other motives will be the ones to leave.

— Janos Kadar

I had always attended classes and written stories as a creative outlet because I need that, and I thought, in my previous career in a model, the way I approached that was that I believed I was telling a non-verbal story.

— Jessica Clark

My career has had a lot of ups and downs, but basically it has been wonderful.

— Jean Simmons

When I signed up for Y&R, my actor friends said, ‘A daytime soap? It’ll kill your career!’ Now they’d trade places with me in a heartbeat.

— Jeanne Cooper

I’ve kind of had to make a career of playing villains. In order to stay employed, I had to figure out how to play bad guys.

— Jeffrey Pierce

Early in my career, I wanted to be a mathematician.

— Jerry Buss

I don’t think I could have ever had a career as a pianist because I never ever wanted to play the notes the way they were written, I was too sloppy to learn them quite right.

— Jerry Hunt

For me, the most interesting thing is longevity and sustaining a career, because that’s what’s truly difficult.

— John Cho

Well, it’s been an interesting career. Since I last appeared on ‘Top Of The Pops,’ I’ve been doing about 150 live shows every year. The live shows have always been well received and they consistently worked, it’s just the records that haven’t been very good.

— John Otway

I went through a really low period about 13 years ago, when all aspects of my career and everything went completely wrong.

— John Otway

For actors, when you first get the project and you see that it’s a Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman-produced project, right away, from an acting standpoint, you go, ‘Wow. That’d be great to be part of that. What a career move that’d be.’

— Jon Seda

I think all players reach a point in their career where it’s natural to lose some of that hunger, that desire, to sort of break out or be a star.

— Landon Donovan

As a bureaucracy becomes more established, it develops its own career structure. It is less dependent, and should be less dependent, on individual personalities. Absolutely no one is indispensable.

— John Scarlett

Any first lady can do whatever they want to do. In this country, people expect them to work on whatever they want or to have a career of their own.

— Laura Bush

Starting my career as a kid, I was doing what jobs I got.

— Laura Dern

I have never been someone who applied ‘work begets work’ to my career, sometimes unfortunately.

— Laura Dern

I think there are ways to get so caught up in your career and being so heavy and dramatic, and everyone wants to be a tortured genius.

— Laura Dern

I think that once you’ve had a few No. 1s in your career that you’ve kind of proven yourself, and I don’t feel the need to prove anything anymore.

— Lady Gaga

Madonna and I are very different. Just saying. We’re very different. I wouldn’t make that comparison at all, and I don’t mean to disrespect Madonna: she’s a nice lady, and she’s had a fantastic, huge career – biggest pop star of all time.

— Lady Gaga

When you are working really hard and you’re really focused on your career, a lot of other things suffer.

— Lauren Conrad

There were times, sure, I wanted my career to go better. But once it starts to go downhill, you can never get back, or only to some degree.

— Lauren Bacall

Music is the career I’m lucky enough to get paid for, but I have other desires and passions.

— Layne Staley

At my age, no one is married, no one has kids, no one has a career.

— Lena Dunham

I started to make some commercials, which was a way for me to finally make a living at last. But it was only really a couple of films in that it looked like a viable career option.

— Lenny Abrahamson

When I’m boxing, if my career isn’t going well, at least I feel mentally and physically strong.

— Liam Hemsworth

I had great teachers, great ensembles, and great companies to work with who supported my career.

— Liev Schreiber

I did get to work with Anthony Hopkins on ‘The Human Stain.’ If I ever manage to accomplish a quarter of what he’s achieved, I’ll have had one hell of a career.

— Lindsay Lohan

When I look back on my career, I go, ‘This is really great, I’ve played so many different women.’

— Lana Parrilla

I’ve been so blessed to have my career gradually get bigger and bigger, so I’ve been able to absorb stuff and take stuff gradually.

— Luke Bryan

I’ve dabbled in period films in my career, and I’ve enjoyed each one.

— Luke Evans

Actually, 19 is in charge of our career at that point. FOX publicity is in charge of the publicity that we get. I’m fine with it, it is really organized.

— LaToya London
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