Trying Quotes

I, personally, am trying to get more and more involved with the gay and lesbian movement, very much so.

— A. J. McLean

As an actor, we’re unemployed a lot, so I’m familiar with the stress of trying to get a gig, and sometimes you take shows that you don’t really want to do to keep the money coming in.

— Aaron Douglas

I’m trying to have some longevity in this business. If that means not working for a while and just picking the right job, so be it.

— Aaron Paul

A lot of people put pressure on me, but I don’t think I feel that type of pressure. It is more of a good thing that people are trying to do that.

— Adam Peaty

CEOs of top companies could probably use a dose of not-asking-for-raise behavior and less self-entitlement, rather than us trying to change girls in order to fit into the common mold of what we think a CEO looks like.

— Adora Svitak

I love old-fashioned manners, as long as it’s not forced. I can tell when it’s natural or when someone is just trying to impress me.

— Adriana Lima

What’s the word to describe the thing that all of us are trying to do, which is to found or work for or invest in a company that is the winner of all winners?

— Aileen Lee

I don’t know why we have to put things in boxes of superlatives. That isolates them. Life is fluid, and the minute you start trying to put a line around something, it will deceive you and go away.

— Alan Arkin

My dream is to be a doctor. I’m almost working in a laboratory, because I’m trying new techniques, new directions and fabrics, new weaving.

— Alber Elbaz

Most entertainment is trying to get you. It’s tested, like toothpaste.

— Albert Brooks

The people on this planet that are trying to live their life, that aren’t trying to destroy things, are in the 99.9-percent majority.

— Albert Brooks

One thing about Los Angeles is it feels like it’s not new. It feels like it’s already been built, and it’s deteriorating, except for the places they’re trying to make nicer. But in general, you drive all through the city, and the city feels like it was new a long time ago.

— Albert Brooks

I’ve been fifty thousand times to the Louvre. I have copied everything in drawing, trying to understand.

— Alberto Giacometti

The market always, in theory at least, looks ahead. And it’s always trying to take in every bit of information that it can as quickly as it can. You don’t really care so much if the company made a dollar last year you want to know what it’s going to make this year.

— Alex Berenson

Childhood is just this amazing place, and in my books, I was trying to express my concern about childhood being eroded. You have kids’ TV programs being interrupted by terrorist attacks, and kids are exposed to so much these days.

— Alexandra Adornetto

For my first acting gig, I was a hand model for a Barbie commercial that was only going to air in Asia. And I was constantly trying to get my face in the shot.

— Alexandra Daddario

I went through an extremely trying ordeal, but I never forgot the world outside was a beautiful place.

— Amanda Lindhout

I don’t think it should be a surprise when we’re talking about energy and trying to have more home-grown energy, be less reliant on foreign oil when you look at our health care that we’re trying to get more affordable health care, that these are going to create major debates in this country and be somewhat polarizing.

— Amy Klobuchar

Nothing I do is ever void of melody. I know it might seem like I’m doing a lot of rapping, but I’m always utilizing tone and trying to find a key signature. So, I don’t look at myself as a rapper.

— Anderson Paak

For me, it’s about trying to be the best in a sport where there’s little room for error.

— Andre Ward

I’m just trying to get those marquee victories and continue to get those accomplishments so when the time comes and the vote is cast, hopefully my spot is secured in the Boxing Hall of Fame.

— Andre Ward

I started, actually, in journalism when I was – well. I started at the ‘New York Times’ when I was 18 years old, actually, but really got into journalism when I was 15 years old and had started a sports magazine which was trying to become a national sports magazine.

— Andrew Ross Sorkin

If you’re trying to do multiple agendas, you’ll confuse yourself as a storyteller. If you have one purpose, everything else will fall into place.

— Andrew Stanton

We all perform our lives in a way. And the actor is a perfect metaphor to get at that theme of ‘how do we find our authentic selves?’ And that we all – whether we’re actors or not – perform ourselves. As a way of searching. As a way of fumbling around and trying to say, is this my voice? Is this who I am?

— Annette Bening

We still want to idealize moms, and sometimes we want to idealize actresses who are moms, too. I know that’s something I’ve experienced, but we’re all just doing the best we can and we’re all trying to raise our kids and talk to them about everything that needs to be discussed.

— Annette Bening

Part of being innovative in government is sometimes not trying to plot out the last chapter of the book, but to be open and see what comes back.

— Anthony Foxx

If you smash a city when you’re trying to capture it, you actually end up providing the perfect terrain for the defenders while blocking the access for your own armoured vehicles.

— Antony Beevor

Every boy grows up trying to be like his father, but what if a boy grows up to be like his mother?

— Arjun Kapoor

When I was eight or nine, I wrote a new version of ‘Peter Pan’ for the school play. They didn’t use it – I imagine it was unperformable – but as recompense for not doing my script, I was offered any role, and instinctively went for Captain Hook. I came on trying to be terrifying, but everyone laughed at me.

— Arthur Smith

If I feel like someone’s trying to bring me down, I just walk away from it.

— Ashley Tisdale

Our words, actions, and diplomatic efforts should be aimed at trying to achieve pragmatic goals rather than creating rhetorical effect.

— Atal Bihari Vajpayee

I just sing what I feel in my heart. I ain’t trying to prove nothing, and I don’t think I ever did.

— Aaron Neville

I haven’t won a World Cup. There’s things that haven’t been finished, and I’m not afraid to fall flat on my face trying.

— Abby Wambach

When you have got an elephant by the hind legs and he is trying to run away, it’s best to let him run.

— Abraham Lincoln

Everyone is trying to make these huge songs I just make things that I want to listen to. Music that I will be comfortable listening to 10 years from now, that’s my only thing.

— Action Bronson

I guess my feeling is is that if you’re going to make a joke, that’s fine, but you should also sort of stand behind it, you know? A joke should be more than a joke, it should be a point that you’re trying to make.

— Adam Carolla

I’m trying to be a singer, not a civil rights leader.

— Adam Lambert

A lot of people try to control how you access gaming. You know, they’re trying to prevent people from buying games.

— Aisha Tyler

If you’re a game company, you want to create a singular gaming experience, and part of that is doing stuff that nobody else is doing. If you’re trying to create a game that feels different, you’re going to create a lead that feels different. It’s not going to be just another white guy.

— Aisha Tyler

I’ve learned how to measure what I say. Al Sharpton in 1986 was trying to be heard. I was a local guy and was like, ‘Y’all are ignoring us.’

— Al Sharpton

I was a huge fan of ‘Mad’ magazine when I was 11, 12, 13 years old. I’d scour used bookstores trying to find back issues, and I’d wait at the newsstand for a new issue to come out. My life revolved around it.

— Al Yankovic

As an atheist, I think there are lots of things religions get up to which are of value to non-believers – and one of those things is trying to be a bit better than we normally manage to be.

— Alain de Botton

Trying to be a sort of intellectual in the public arena is very irritating to people. They think, ‘Why is this bugger on television?’

— Alain de Botton

Forecasting our futures is built into our psyches because we will soon have to manage that future. We have no choice. No matter how often we fail, we can never stop trying.

— Alan Greenspan

Putin probably, almost certainly, thinks that one of the great disasters of the 20th century was the demise of the Soviet Union. It’s very obvious that he’s trying to work its way back and maintain something similar to that sort of institution.

— Alan Greenspan

As long as I can say what it is that I need to say, then I’ll fit whatever I’m trying to say around a melody.

— Alanis Morissette

I play guitar a bit. I’m trying to learn drums – I feel like I can play violin. I’ve never tried, but I just feel like I can.

— Alexa Chung

Not because I’m trying to be fabulous, but I love those big crazy Jackie O shades.

— Alicia Keys

If I know I have to memorize lines, I’m really gonna try to memorize lines. It’s hard for me sometimes, because somebody wrote these words and you’re trying really hard to get them the way they said it.

— Amy Sedaris

As with all my work, whether it’s a leaf on a rock or ice on a rock, I’m trying to get beneath the surface appearance of things. Working the surface of a stone is an attempt to understand the internal energy of the stone.

— Andy Goldsworthy

If you’re not trying to be real, you don’t have to get it right. That’s art.

— Andy Warhol

Just let me go, we have to be able to criticize what we love, to say what we have to say ’cause if you’re not trying to make something better, then as far as I can tell, you are just in the way.

— Ani DiFranco

We have to be able to criticise what we love, to say what we have to say ’cause if your not trying to make something better, than as far as I can tell, you are just in the way.

— Ani DiFranco

It’s a lot easier to act when the writing is good. Nothing is more frustrating than trying to figure out ‘Well, why did I say this next?’

— Anna Kendrick

I definitely think it exercises an interesting muscle, auditioning for bad parts and trying to figure out how to make it real. I don’t know what I’m talking about now.

— Anna Kendrick

After doing ‘Pitch Perfect,’ I didn’t expect to do other musicals, but then I was offered ‘The Last Five Years’ and ‘Into the Woods,’ which are two of the greatest pieces of theater that I can think of. So obviously I wasn’t going to be like, ‘Oh I’m trying to really stay away from musicals right now, so thanks, but I’ll pass.’

— Anna Kendrick

I feel like you can’t get an audience to like your character if she’s actually cool, but you can if she’s trying to be cool and sometimes fails.

— Anna Kendrick

Sportsmen just do what they do. I’m not trying to be a role model. If there’s any inspiration people can take from me, take as much as you can – from my good and my bad.

— Anthony Joshua

There is a certain aesthetic pleasure in trying to imagine the unimaginable and failing, if you are a reader.

— A. S. Byatt

Usually after a shot, we look for a chair to rest our feet. In ‘Oopiri,’ it was the other way around. After every shot, I was on my feet, walking around the set trying to get the blood circulation in my legs working properly.

— Akkineni Nagarjuna

Anytime you cast a movie and you need someone famous in the lead part, you’re a prisoner of whoever happens to be famous in the six-month window in which you’re trying to get a film financed.

— Alexander Payne

If you’re trying to recreate life, the life that you best know is the one you grew up with.

— Alexander Payne

Sunscreen is my number 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 tip. I’m a fanatic, partially because I live in L.A. and have fair skin and freckles, and partially because of my kids. My mom always made me wear sunscreen and I’m trying to be that mom for them.

— Alison Sweeney

You can’t go into new life experiences without the understanding that yeah, you may fail, but knowing you might fail can’t stop you from trying.

— Alice Dreger

It’s a question of trying to take down by dictation what’s already there. I’m not making something, I’m trying to hear it.

— Alice Oswald

If you only live in the world of the actor, and if you only live in the world of auditions, etc., then you don’t really have a whole lot to offer when it comes to playing the humans that you’re trying to audition for.

— Allison Tolman

China cannot pull in the best and brightest from all over the world. It’s an ethnically defined nation, the opposite of an immigrant nation. You don’t see a lot of American engineers trying to be Chinese citizens.

— Amy Chua

I was in a special class, where you skip a grade – you go from seventh to ninth. But I got kicked out. You had to maintain an 85 average, and I didn’t. I was too focused on trying to be popular.

— Amy Heckerling

What I do when speaking in public is trying to do it as best as possible and trying to make everybody comfortable with my words. Sometimes getting this is very difficult, but I try my best.

— Andres Iniesta

In many campaigns, one candidate or another is asked to answer for comments he or she made in the past. The answer is usually gibberish – ‘That was a long time ago,’ or ‘I was trying to say something else.’

— Andrew Rosenthal

Occasionally, I hear grumbles about everything being a series or a trilogy, but apart from the question of them maybe selling more books, I think that there’s a real problem in trying to introduce a new world or a new concept while also getting your reader to pay close attention to your characters and themes.

— Ann Leckie

I think, generally, most people can’t maintain anything that’s particularly strict for very long. I watch people trying and failing to do that a lot.

— Anna Paquin

We’re trying to get to the bottom of where the picture came from, and we’re trying to get to the bottom of what it’s of and who it’s of.

— Anthony Weiner

For me, what is most important is the element of surprise. If I can surprise you with every film of mine, that is exactly what I am trying to do.

— Arjun Rampal

Which would you rather have, capital lined up on your borders, trying to get into your country or trying to get out of your country? We are the capital magnet of this planet and we are the savior for not only people, for not only freedom, but also for capital.

— Arthur Laffer

You know you’re on stage being the life of the party and trying to get laughs, and then, in a lot of ways, you don’t have anything to give once you give it to the people.

— Artie Lange

I got cast on ‘MADtv’ as one of eight permanent cast members chosen from 8,000 comics who’d been screened. For any comic trying to make something of themselves, that was like hitting triple 7s-jackpot.

— Artie Lange

That’s where my focus is all the time, trying to get on base.

— Asdrubal Cabrera

Unless you’re trying to make a movie on the sly, there’s no way to get around this. If you want to use public spaces, film on the streets, have the cooperation of the police, you have to have a permit.

— Asghar Farhadi

I’m a show pony, and I don’t get to skate with girls doing triple Axels every single day. I skate with little babies who are working on their single Axels while trying not to hit them on the ice.

— Ashley Wagner

When I do my makeup, it kind of helps me get into the character that I’m trying to portray.

— Ashley Wagner

The toughest challenge I faced came right at the beginning of my career with ‘Blood Knot,’ which was trying to convince South African audiences that South African stories also had a place on the stage.

— Athol Fugard

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

It’s just this little comedy about this group of guys, and their local hangout is a pool hall, and it’s starting to get taken over by this big corporate, evil kind of guy. And it’s just about them trying to save the day and their little pool hall in the process of it all. It’s called ‘Think Tank.’

— Aaron Ruell

Most TV shows are writing the next episode while you’re directing the one you’re doing, and they’re trying to figure out what they’re going to do, and they’re putting it all together.

— Alex Graves

No matter what you do, if you’re trying to create something new, your environment has a massive impact on you.

— Alex Kapranos

When I was trying out for my first Olympics at 16, my family and coaches tried to regulate what I ate. But the stricter they got, the more I rebelled.

— Alicia Sacramone

Well, I’m always working on my comic strip and trying to, you know, keep cranking that out.

— Alison Bechdel

I’ve always loved film and wanted to work in film. I just love working and creating new characters, and trying different genres and different things.

— Alison Brie

I’ve always loved film and wanted to work in film. I just love working and creating new characters, and trying different genres and different things. For me, I just love to work and I love movies.

— Alison Brie

It is hard to be number one, and it is even harder to stay there because everyone is trying to knock you off the top.

— Allan McNish

Honestly, I am not trying to discourage anyone from becoming an actress, but if you want to become one be prepared to face everything that comes – along with it.

— Amber Tamblyn

I work very hard on all my poems, but most of the work consists of trying not to sound as if I had worked. I try to make them sound as natural as possible, but within a quite strict form, which to my ears has a lot to do with musical rhythm and sound.

— Anne Stevenson

I’m constantly trying to find something that’s different from me, whereas some actors do the same thing, again and again. That’s not for me.

— Aaron Johnson

I was a bit of a lost lamb in my twenties, trying to find my higher calling.

— Abigail Disney

The coffee shop is a great New York institution, but it has terrible coffee. And the more traditional coffee shops are trying to catch up with more sophisticated coffee drinkers.

— Adam Gopnik

It was difficult for me to feel my feelings, so I just buried them. Then I found that acting was a way for me to get them out. But now that I’m a reasonably sane adult, acting is more about my trying to engage other people: Acting is cathartic for the viewer as well.

— Adelaide Kane

I’ve been singing one kind of genre for a long time but have always tried to push to new auras about picking new songs or the same kind of genre but trying to sing it differently, treating it differently.

— Arijit Singh

Obviously, there’s not as much flex in a wood bat as in a metal bat, so I’m still trying to adjust to that.

— Andrew Benintendi

I met Jack Bruce, one of my heroes, in a studio while doing some recording. England had just beat Scotland in a big football match and I saw Jack trying to break into this refrigerator in the lounge, drunk out of his brain, and I didn’t know what to say.

— Andy Partridge

When you’re writing stuff that’s already clotted with neologisms and trying to get across fairly abstruse concepts, you’re already putting a heavy burden on the reader.

— Alastair Reynolds

I think the press gets lazy once a certain kind of image is out there. It just adheres, rather than the press trying to break that down.

— Alexandra Kerry

Popular kids don’t necessarily know who they are because they’re so busy trying to conform. It’s the outcasts who are more attuned to who they are. They’re more self-aware, more real.

— Alexandra Robbins

Even when I was saying I was Agnostic and trying to figure out my thoughts, I felt God was allowing me to do that.

— Alfre Woodard

A lot of my albums that I’ve done, a lot of the songs have been the first take. It’s before you mess with it too much – you can take away all the spontaneity and the emotion of something by trying to make it sound perfect.

— Alison Elliott

I have always lived beyond my means. I am still trying to live beyond my means, but it is getting harder all the time. I am very rich.

— Allan Sherman

I was so fanatical about trying to save wildlife… I was unable to accept that we couldn’t solve this problem of thousands of years, of wherever humans operated, the environment deteriorated.

— Allan Savory

French is, in many ways, more difficult for an English-speaking person to sing. It is so full of complex and trying vowels. It requires the utmost subtlety.

— Alma Gluck

It’s all about fair trade, and helping people eating locally grown stuff. We’re recycling everything. We’re trying to tour in the most conscious way possible, environmentally and socially.

— Andrew Dost

Every weekend we’ve been trying to go out of town, to let people know about this album. I’ve been trying to host parties. It’s hard, because it’s a lot of work to do both.

— Angie Martinez

There is something about the way that Greek poets, say Aeschylus, use metaphor that really attracts me. I don’t think I can imitate it, but there’s a density to it that I think I’m always trying to push towards in English.

— Anne Carson

Whether politicians are dealing with complex policy problems or trying to communicate with the electorate, it makes sense to establish a clear, long term narrative underpinned by forward-looking policies to deliver on its vision.

— Anthony Albanese

When I became the chair of the British Film Institute, I didn’t understand how much of my time would be taken up with trying to make a case for the British Film Institute: what it’s for, why it exists, why it needs its money.

— Anthony Minghella

With a popular show, you know that there’s expectations there, so that’s a little nerve-wracking when you’re new and you’re just trying to find your legs on something, but it’s exciting, too, because that’s what we work so hard for.

— Aaron Ashmore

But I’ve been there and done that. I’m not trying to prove anything to anybody, and if somebody wants me to come, if they can afford what I ask, it’s not as much as Madonna makes not that I want what Madonna makes, but I was saying.

— Abbey Lincoln

I’m still an idealist. My manager is always trying to talk me out of it, but that’s just the way I am.

— Ariel Rechtshaid

I’m always practicing lines, researching, trying to be fresh, and fully trying to become the characters I play. That’s how I roll.

— Ariel Winter

Yes, sir, a patrol car came and took me down to a station where they were trying to develop films, but they hadn’t got the facilities to develop colored film.

— Abraham Zapruder

When I was in high school, there’s no doubt I was trying to swing like Tiger Woods when he first came on tour.

— Adam Derek Scott

I’ve always been fascinated by people, their psychology, what drives them and trying to understand them.

— Adan Canto

Twisted’ is similar to ‘Pretty Little Liars’ in that it’s about trying to find out who did it, but it’s more about the human relationships between characters and the strain that things can put on them. It’s also a little bit of a social commentary piece, because it covers very timely issues.

— Avan Jogia

In my early 30s, I started to realise I was avoiding something on a personal level, but also as a writer. I was in denial about who I was, and was trying to be someone who I was not.

— Ayad Akhtar

I see my job as being to facilitate the life of clinical researchers so that they can be more productive, and trying to keep the bureaucracy from getting in their way.

— Alastair Wood

I’d rather deal with a Mob guy shaking hands on a deal than a Hollywood lawyer, who, the minute you get the contract signed, is trying to figure out how to screw you.

— Albert S. Ruddy

Good writers are monotonous, like good composers. They keep trying to perfect the one problem they were born to understand.

— Alberto Moravia

No matter how brilliant an actor is, there’s always a point where they let you down, but that’s all part of their journey. They might be trying something they need to explore.

— Amanda Hale

We have an online clothing boutique called Pink Candy Boutique that we manage in the midst of all of this, and trying to bring in different types of sponsors into NASCAR.

— Amber Cope

We’re trying to evolve a lot away from YouTube because YouTube is awesome – they have a huge audience, and we started there – but then you’re at the mercy of their algorithms a lot, too. They can change anything, and it’s really up to them, and you can’t say anything about it.

— Anthony Padilla

If you don’t occasionally make a mistake, you aren’t trying hard enough.

— Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr.

I almost chopped my thumb off once. Just before I left home, I was about ten or eleven years old, and I was trying to open a bone. Can you imagine that? A bone! I was trying to get the marrow out of a bone, and I took the ax, and I went to chop it, and something slipped, and the ax went right down there and damn near cut it off.

— B. B. King

It seems like I always had to work harder than other people. Those nights when everybody else is asleep, and you sit in your room trying to play scales.

— B. B. King

When I was in the country and I was trying to play, nobody seemed to pay too much attention to me. People used to say, ‘That’s just that ole blues singer.’

— B. B. King

I used to play – when I first started trying to be professional, I disk jockey from 1949 to 1955 in Memphis, Tennessee, and I was quite popular there as a disk jockey.

— B. B. King

Sometimes I just think that there are more things to be said to make the audience understand what I’m trying to do more. When I’m singing, I don’t want you to just hear the melody. I want you to relive the story, because most of the songs have pretty good storytelling.

— B. B. King

It’s one of the few regrets of my presidency – that the rancor and suspicion between the parties has gotten worse instead of better. There’s no doubt a president with the gifts of Lincoln or Roosevelt might have better bridged the divide, and I guarantee I’ll keep trying to be better so long as I hold this office.

— Barack Obama

I’m from Kansas, so there were a lot of vacant lots and open fields to tackle each other in so we could avoid tackling each other on the street. But running on the street and trying not to get taken down on the concrete, that will make you fast, that’s for sure.

— Barry Sanders

I feel like there is always something trying to pull us back into sleep, that there is this sort of seductive quality in all the hedonistic pleasures that pull on us.

— bell hooks

One of the reasons surgeons have so much trouble separating Siamese twins is that nobody gets to do many of them. On the table, the anatomy is so different from normal, that you’re constantly trying to figure out, ‘Can I cut this? Does this wire lead to what?’ It’s like trying to defuse a bomb.

— Ben Carson

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

The Palestinians want a state, but they have to give peace in return. What they’re trying to do in the United Nations is to get a state without giving Israel peace or giving Israel peace and security. And I think that’s, that’s wrong. That should not succeed. That should, that should fail.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

My level of intervention in the press, trying to control stories, is zero. Subzero.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.

— Bill Cosby

People are trying to figure out how to pay bills and make ends meet. They don’t want to turn on the TV and say, ‘What is this crap?’

— Bill Engvall

With Windows 8, Microsoft is trying to gain market share in what has been dominated by the iPad-type device. But a lot of those users are frustrated. They can’t type. They can’t create documents.

— Bill Gates

Lets be honest: I’m an athlete, not an entertainer as much. So as an athlete, I am a guy who likes the physical confrontation of the football field. I like playing nose-guard I like having two 350 pound guys trying to rip my head off.

— Bill Goldberg

Everything emanates from the basics, from your base. If you don’t have a strong base, I’m sorry, but you are always going to be coming back to it, trying to reattain.

— Bill Goldberg

When you saw Jon Lovitz or Dana Carvey or Phil Hartman doing something, they were acting. It was real acting. Like, they were acting like that person. They weren’t like – it wasn’t even like they were really trying to go for a laugh, especially in Phil Hartman’s case.

— Bill Hader

You don’t get any medal for trying something, you get medals for results.

— Bill Parcells

Look, coaching is about human interaction and trying to know your players. Any coach would tell you that. I’m no different.

— Bill Parcells

When I write, I’m not trying to be funny. It’s the way I look at the world.

— Billy Collins

I was trying to be this person who is cool, eternally rocking.

— Billy Corgan

I think long and hard about what it is I’m actually trying to do, and then I kind of have to narrow my focus into that. If I don’t, I’m too all over the place.

— Billy Corgan

I’m trying to carry on my dad’s legacy, and it is tough.

— Bindi Irwin

In real life, I am trying to save the Steve Irwin wildlife preserve. It’s in Australia, up on Cape York, and it’s in danger of being strip-mined.

— Bindi Irwin

When I hear other artists talk, they talk about ‘How come radio’s not playing my song?’ Well, you have to look at it under a microscope and know that each station is just trying to do what’s right for their market, and it’s scary for a radio station to add a song that they don’t know how well it’s gonna do for them.

— Blake Shelton

I always wished I had a song like that George Strait song, ‘The Chair’, ’cause it’s basically just a guy trying to pick up a girl at a bar.

— Blake Shelton

I think comedy has a range, with multiple peaks in different areas. It’s like trying to compare Beethoven and the Beatles. Sometimes I hear from people, ‘I think you try too hard in your comedy.’ And that’s what I worry about.

— Bo Burnham

Words, Words, Words’ was very much its title. It’s just words, words, words and trying to show that I can pack as much material into an hour as I possibly could word count-wise.

— Bo Burnham

It’s no longer just reporting the headlines of the day, but trying to put the headlines into some context and to add some perspective into what they mean.

— Bob Schieffer

I recently read some of the transcripts of Nixon’s Watergate tapes, and they spent hours trying to figure out who was leaking and providing information to Carl and myself.

— Bob Woodward

Developing better people should be the number one goal for any coach when dealing with kids. In trying to develop better people, we are going to develop more and better pros.

— Bobby Orr

But by us doing a lot on the road, we were able to afford things like videos on the tours, cartoons that we’d open up the shows with. We were doing that way back when and now it’s the hippest thing to do. We’re just coming back around, I guess trying to play catch-up.

— Bootsy Collins

Well actually, we are working on the live album from the shows in Japan. I’m trying to get that finished.

— Bootsy Collins

When I was coming up, we weren’t trying to get a hit or get paid, we were just trying to do our thing. The only thing we were really trying to do was to be recognized for our originality.

— Bootsy Collins

The beauty and riddle in studying the motives of any politician is in trying to decide what is idealism and what is self-interest, and often we are left to conclude that the answer is a mixture of the two.

— Boris Johnson

I’m trying to find new ways to entertain myself because, if my whole world is doing interviews, I might as well put them in places I’ve wanted to see.

— Brie Larson

What lots of people have been trying to do ever since is find what’s beyond the current Standard Model. So far, it has stood impervious to all attacks.

— Burton Richter

I spent the ’90s trying to hide out, trying to duck the full celebrity cacophony.

— Brad Pitt

In some ways, I’m still a kid from Missouri and Oklahoma, and I’m trying to find my way.

— Brad Pitt

When actors first come up, you’re auditioning for everything – you’re trying to sniff it out like a pig with a truffle and you would do anything!

— Bryan Cranston

I’m trying to deal with ideas about histories, fame, hearsay, and how public identities are constructed.

— Barbara Kruger

Our huffing and puffing to impress God, our scrambling for brownie points, our thrashing about trying to fix ourselves while hiding our pettiness and wallowing in guilt are nauseating to God and are a flat out denial of the gospel of grace.

— Brennan Manning

In the 1960s, people were trying to get away from the pop song format. Tracks were getting longer, or much, much shorter.

— Brian Eno

Most of those melodies are me trying to find out what notes fit, and then hitting ones that don’t fit in a very interesting way.

— Brian Eno

I think one of my pursuits over the years is trying to answer the question of, ‘What else can you do with a voice other than stand in front of a microphone and sing?’

— Brian Eno

It’s really easy with makeup to look like you’re trying too hard, like a clown. That’s not what you want!

— Becky G

I’m not trying to be this cool girl. If you’re trying to be something you’re not, it’s slowly going to bite you in the butt.

— Bella Hadid

The trap for an actor is that you become too successful at what you’re trying to do, and you can find yourself stuck there.

— Ben Affleck

I do have that mindset – that most good art comes from some turmoil, from someone trying to come to some equilibrium, or come up and get a breath.

— Ben Folds

Most young actors, that’s all they’re trying to do: Get better at acting and be able to keep doing it. And that doesn’t work out for most people.

— Ben Mendelsohn

Keats himself spoke about how Shakespeare was capable of erasing himself completely from the characters he had created. As an actor, that is what I’m trying to do.

— Ben Whishaw

I was kind of a slap hitter, trying to get base hits, hit line drives, stay below a certain trajectory with my ball.

— Ben Zobrist

When I’m at the plate, I’m not thinking about what I’m trying to do with the bat – I’m thinking about what the pitcher is trying to do with the ball.

— Ben Zobrist

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

A monoculture is not only Hollywood, but Americans trying to export democracy.

— Bernardo Bertolucci

Growing up as a chubby kid with a ton of imaginary friends and a Cyndi Lauper obsession, I learned about rejection early on and was constantly trying to avoid it.

— Beth Ditto

When you’re 13, you’re still trying to figure out your style.

— Bethany Mota

By trying to advance the perfect conservative solution, nobody wins.

— Bill Flores

Lawyers don’t serve everyone… Lawyers right now can say, ‘I’m not the person to help you on that issue I don’t agree with what you’re trying to do’ and they can turn down that person, and they can go somewhere else.

— Bill Haslam

Usually, the first three months post acquisition are up and down. The acquirer and the acquiree are trying to figure out how to interact. The founders of the acquiree are usually tired from the deal process and adjusting to their new reality.

— Brad Feld

People that could yodel always fascinated me. People that could sing loud always fascinated me. So I started trying to mimic at a really young age: 6, 7 years old.

— Brandi Carlile

Many Sunnis, who are still stuck in the Saddam era mindset and believe Iraq belongs to them, are trying to prevent a new country from developing at all.

— Brent Scowcroft

I am a big theater fan. It’s mostly just being pretentious, I think, and trying to look smart.

— Brian K. Vaughan

When you build relationships with entrepreneurs, they’re not trying to optimize on price.

— Bill Maris

I used to be a health-care investor a long time ago in the public markets. One thing I learned that we tried to apply here is that investing in small molecules, trying to invest in the next treatment, there’s an element of gambling to that.

— Bill Maris

Pity the poor senator or representative trying to stay alive in the political jungle. At every turn, there’s a danger: a constituent who actually wants something done. Or worse, a campaign donor who might be offended by that something.

— Bill McKibben

I kind of hate the fact that people are always trying to put you into a category. I hate walls, and I hate boundaries. I don’t like that. I listen to everything.

— Brian McKnight

For myself, if I’m trying to obtain a certain longevity in my career, to establish myself as a certain kind of star, I don’t want that black exploitation image.

— Billy Dee Williams

I’m trying to figure out the trick of working to live as opposed to living to work, but I don’t know if I’ve quite stumbled upon it just yet.

— Brittany Murphy

I’ve been trying to watch my weight a bit, but when I come to Las Vegas, all bets are off. I get enough healthy food in L.A. where the food is the size of a quarter and costs $40 – when I’m in Vegas, I want a steak!

— Billy Gardell

As a comic, I’ve heard gunshots while I’m trying to get to sleep. I’ve performed where people wanted to do you harm after the show because of something you said.

— Billy Gardell

I had something nobody else could do – I sang in a way that separated me – and, when you’re trying to get noticed, you play your trump card.

— Billy Porter

Trying to manage diabetes is hard because if you don’t, there are consequences you’ll have to deal with later in life.

— Bryan Adams

I’m pretty good with talking to girls if I have an introduction, but I’m the worst at trying to go pick up a girl. I’m really bad at breaking the ice. It’s awkward!

— Bryan Greenberg

For decathletes, our event goes all throughout the day so you’re trying to go up and down and up and down emotionally and physically and you know mentally you’re just on a roller coaster.

— Bryan Clay

I’m always trying to figure out what my taste is, what my likes and dislikes are.

— Bryce Dallas Howard

I’m trying to set up opportunities for myself so that I don’t only have one outlet to go through and rely upon as far as a support system financially, emotionally and mentally.

— Busta Rhymes

You’re always trying to balance your understanding of who you are and what you need, and your longing and imaginings of freedom.

— Bernadine Dohrn

You can make more friends in two months by becoming really interested in other people, than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.

— Bernard Meltzer

I guess it is ironical that I have a chance to say to Jesse Jackson, ‘You need to be mature. You need to be positive. You need to be bigger than the folks who are trying to tear you down.’

— Bert Lance

It’s like, how do you continue to make records that are representative of who you are that your fans will recognize as your band, while still trying to push things forward and present new sounds for people.

— Ben Gibbard

We’re trying to do something so that when the average person uses Pinterest, it has to make the service better.

— Ben Silbermann

Nine years after I had my own accident, I find that in trying to go back to doing those things that I used to do just doesn’t fit. Everything seems to just fall apart. I don’t know why but I think it is because I am this new creature.

— Ben Vereen

We started with Denny Cordell, and he was a great record producer. He knew exactly how to take a band that knew absolutely nothing, and guide you without trying to tell you what to do.

— Benmont Tench

But obviously as television began, it so undercut movies that he was trying to think of a way to combine seeing these special things, and the fact that people were just captivated by the magic box.

— Bob Balaban

I’m trying to become a young CEO, to brand myself in television and movies.

— Bow Wow

I’m still trying to re-create a Ray Charles concert that I heard when I was fifteen years old, and all my nerve endings were fried and transformed, and electricity shot through me.

— Boz Scaggs

If you’re going to use standards as criteria for signing musicians, you can sign thousands. If you’re going to use some sort of conceptual interpretation that’s based on the tradition of those standards, but is trying to move away from it, you’re down to about 10 people or so.

— Branford Marsalis

If I read a script and I like it, there’s nothing that will stop me from trying to be in that movie.

— Brenton Thwaites

There were questions I didn’t have the answers to, and I was trying to figure it out. I remember staying up until 4 A.M. reading the Bible and praying.

— Burgess Owens

There is a rampant tendency in any industry where someone is trying to sell something with a bunch of data, where they cherry pick a little bit… bias a little bit. This becomes quite easy when there is an enormous amount of data to cherry pick from.

— Burt Rutan

It got a little stressful in my first two years of high school, trying to make conference calls with investors in between classes, but I definitely learned a lot of important time-management lessons.

— Ben Casnocha

Still, it’s tough trying to combine my acting career with my college career.

— Beverley Mitchell

I do take lots of time off between projects, but when the right thing comes along, I don’t like to turn it down, I’ve been doing this for a decade, and I remember what it was like when I started. You spend maybe five percent of your time actually doing it, and the rest of the time, you’re trying to get that five percent.

— Bill Pullman

But you talk to most filmmakers and it is six, seven, eight years trying to get things off the ground. It is incredible really.

— Billy Boyd

It’s not just about waking up and trying to be a star… It’s practice, practice, practice.

— Bo Bice

I know Barack Obama. And I believe that as president, he’ll pursue the common good by seeking common ground rather than trying to divide us.

— Bob Casey, Jr.

You shouldn’t be trying to create a system where no bank fails, but you should be creating one that catches a bank and allows it to fail without impacting the financial markets.

— Bob Diamond

We should be trying to make education less expensive, not more.

— Bob Inglis

I’m a self trained, autodidactic artist, so all I was ever trying to do was to draw as realistically as possible – but that’s what comes out, because I don’t really know how to draw! I think when I draw characters, I’m able to reduce them down to little marks that capture the most distinct elements of them.

— Box Brown

What we’re trying to do is address something I saw in Congress that was a major problem, which is to say that energy is arguably the most fundamental issue confronting our country.

— Brad Carson

When I sit at that typewriter, I have to be frightened of what I’m trying to do. I’m frightened by my own belief that I can actually get a story down on paper.

— Barry Lopez

Renunciation – that is the great fact we all, individuals and classes, have to learn. In trying to avoid it we bring misery to ourselves and others.

— Beatrice Webb

It’s a Fox thing, the bad-boy image. They’re trying to type me out. There are worse things in life, you know. I’m just really excited about the opportunity.

— Ben McKenzie

If you don’t have an emotional connection to why you are trying to accomplish your goals, the odds are you won’t reach them or will quit trying.

— Brett Hoebel

Sometimes you have got to look at things really positively – without putting your head in the sand, you have got to manage the negatives and keep putting a positive slant on it, keep trying to find answers.

— Brian McDermott

There are lots of people shaping decisions, and so if we want to predict correctly, we have to pay attention to everybody who is trying to shape the outcome, not just the people at the pinnacle of the decision-making pyramid.

— Bruce Bueno de Mesquita

Once I start something, I always finish it. They had been trying to get X-Men made for 30 years and they thought maybe if I got involved, it might actually happen.

— Bryan Singer

I think that’s part of building your team is trying to anticipate where your team is going and to a certain extent where, especially defensively because you have to react to what they put on the field. Defensively you have to be able to defend those things.

— Bill Belichick

In so many ways, it feels the same now when I play as the very first time I picked up the instrument. There’s always this sound out there that’s just a little bit beyond my reach and I’m trying to get there and that just sort of keeps me going.

— Bill Frisell

When I do research, I cast my net very widely and then snatch what feels right out of that. Occasionally I’ll read a specific book for a specific book, but usually I’m trying to increase my general understanding.

— Brandon Sanderson

Sometimes, I have themes that interest me or that touch on larger issues but, really, I’m just trying to figure out the plot, or how the characters work. I’m trying to make the best story I possibly can.

— Brian Selznick

You know when a song has a melody or some kind of element that affects you, and that is what I am trying to go for.

— Britt Daniel

We’re not trying to top ourselves with each record, obviously.

— Bruce Johnston

I like to do little obsessed losers, or people who are in over their head, or people who are trying to figure stuff out, or guys whose girlfriends leave them and they don’t quite get it. Guys who just don’t quite get it.

— Bruce McCulloch

If you’re trying to make a recipe that you’re not even going to bother tasting, you’re doing something wrong.

— Bryan Fuller

Trying to get the sentences right and the structure of the narration right is about as big a job as I can handle. But I also know that if you handle that job properly, everything else just clicks into place.

— Bob Shacochis

I’m not trying to be Mr. Universe, but I want to stay in shape.

— Calvin Klein

The energy you give off is the energy you receive. I really think that, so I’m always myself – jumping, dancing, singing around, trying to cheer everybody up.

— Cara Delevingne

As a model, I really stand for not being a model, if that makes sense. When I started, the whole idea of the model was very different it was a bit stuck-up. Not stuck-up, but no one was trying to have fun, or not even have fun, but be willing to smile.

— Cara Delevingne

My mother’s career was over at 40 but she was still trying to be everyone’s buddy, always smiling for the cameras.

— Carrie Fisher

Sure I played, did you think I was born at the age of 70 sitting in a dugout trying to manage guys like you?

— Casey Stengel

You can’t be trying to make a film that pleases all people, you know, so it’s not a concern of mine.

— Cate Blanchett

As long as I can remember, I was drawing or trying to create something.

— Chad Hurley

With sculpting, nothing is cloudy or mystical. It’s just about this object, and if you’re trying to depict reality, and you do it well, then the outcome is the truth.

— Channing Tatum

When most individuals or most companies are talking about trying to create healthy habits, the key is to identify which habit or habits seem most important.

— Charles Duhigg

Some officials overseeing local water systems have tried to go above and beyond what is legally required. But they have encountered resistance, sometimes from the very residents they are trying to protect, who say that if their water is legal, it must be safe.

— Charles Duhigg

I think, most of the time, fame is just an inconvenience that needs to be negotiated around to get done what you’re actually trying to do.

— Charlie Hunnam

We have the script, we have the actors, and we’re trying to figure out what this is, and you don’t know what it is. You have to be open to what it’s going to become rather than have this thing that you’re trying to get to, which is boring.

— Charlie Kaufman

To me, searching for perfection isn’t anywhere near as interesting as trying to find your own voice.

— Charlie Trotter

I’m not trying to be a role model to kids, because I don’t have any children, but I do think everyone should have a free spirit.

— Chelsea Handler

The past is the past, but if you’re overanalyzing or trying to repeat it, you’re gonna get stuck. I just had a wonderful youth, and I loved everything about it, so I really try and hang on to it.

— Chris Evans

I was in the Pritikin Center in Santa Monica once, trying to lose 30 or 40 pounds in a month. I’d work… on a treadmill and with the weights, but it was driving me nuts. So I escaped. Tom Arnold picked me up and we went to Le Dome and had tons of desserts.

— Chris Farley

I’m trying to raise the awareness of the troops that, when they deploy and go to war, it’s not just them at war – it’s also their family. Their family is having to go through all the hardships and the stresses.

— Chris Kyle

After I was discharged from the military, it was difficult trying to become a civilian.

— Chris Kyle

You can try to be catchy without being slick, poppy without being pop, and you can be uplifting without being pompous. Because we’re sometimes playing quieter stuff, it’s hard to sound like we’re trying to change things, but we wanted to be a reaction against soulless rubbish.

— Chris Martin

I broke my finger in a stunt in a very not-too-romantic way. I was just trying to tackle someone, and I just flicked his forearm and then screamed in pain.

— Chris Pine

A comedy club is a place where you work out material, you’re trying material.

— Chris Rock

I had such a lack of respect for women that I just treated them as a hobby, trying to live up to the supposed image of Jack Nicholson and all those guys who were womanizers.

— Christian Slater

If the bottom dropped out of the market and the artist was not going to sell anything, he or she will keep working, and the dealer will keep trying to find some way to convince somebody to buy this stuff.

— Chuck Close

People are not trying to get into China, they’re trying to get out of China. The United States is the only great country where people are trying to get into to this country for obvious reasons.

— Chuck Hagel

We either go one direction, left, which would be socialism. Or right, which would be people trying to make the money themselves.

— Chuck Norris

I’m always trying to reach a transcendent point, a romantic point, but reach it in a really unconventional way, a really profane way. To get to that romantic, touching, heartbreaking place, but through a lot of acts of profanity.

— Chuck Palahniuk

A lot of people don’t realize that when you’re trying to lose weight, or just trying to stay fit, 85 percent of it is what you eat, and 15 percent of it is how you work out.

— Ciara

Really, I’m trying to retire. It’s just nobody will let me!

— Cilla Black

I was a serious kid to an absurd degree. I was overwhelmed with responsibility. You know, trying to play grown up. I overdid it.

— Claire Danes

But I want to just caution, it is not incumbent on the United States to prove that Saddam Hussein is trying to acquire weapons of mass destruction. He’s already demonstrated that he’s trying to acquire weapons of mass destruction.

— Condoleezza Rice

It’s dangerous to buy into praise and criticism for what you do when you’re trying to present your music to people. I don’t ignore it completely, but I don’t dwell on it too much.

— Conor Oberst

My favorite rhymes are sort of half-rhymes where you might just get the vowel sound the same, but it’s not really a true rhyme. That gives you far more flexibility to capture the feeling you’re trying to express. But sometimes it’s best not to have any rhyme.

— Conor Oberst

Holiday Inn comes in at the bottom of the market, but they can’t go upmarket except if they emulate the Four Seasons. So they can go up, but they have to emulate the people they’re trying to compete against. They can’t disrupt them, because there isn’t anything about their model that is extendable upmarket.

— Clayton M. Christensen

I’ve given up trying to understand what people think about me. It seems like a lot of people don’t like the music we make and don’t know me, or something.

— Conor Oberst

As a writer, as a lyricist, you’re just trying to make sure that you’re not repeating yourself. And that’s a danger for a lot of people. So for me, I just try to keep taking corners and trying to find new paths.

— Corey Taylor

As a vegetarian eating a plateful of eggs, I found myself in this weird place where I didn’t want to think about where those eggs came from. I didn’t want to think about the treatment of the animals who produced those eggs. When I find myself trying not to think about things, it seems to me that I’m practicing avoidance.

— Cory Booker

Disruption’ is, at its core, a really powerful idea. Everyone hijacks the idea to do whatever they want now. It’s the same way people hijacked the word ‘paradigm’ to justify lame things they’re trying to sell to mankind.

— Clayton Christensen

You can’t stop everything from happening. But we’ve gotten to a point where we’re certainly trying. If a car doesn’t have four hundred air bags in it, then it’s no good.

— Clint Eastwood

I have been trying to retire to the back of the camera for quite a few years, and in 1970, when I first started directing, I said, ‘If I could pull this off, I can some day move to the back of the camera and stay there.’

— Clint Eastwood

It was just something – I didn’t agree with what the flag was representing at this time, and you know, if you look at the original picture where people addressed it, I was trying to sit behind the coolers and out of the way, ’cause I didn’t want to interrupt anybody else’s right to stand and hold attention to the flag.

— Colin Kaepernick

You have to train hard and be strong while staying flexible and limber, so I’m trying to find that balance.

— Colin Kaepernick

I think the challenge is going out in front of a paying audience with absolutely nothing and trying to entertain them for two hours. Thankfully, I only think about that right before we go on, and then once we’re out there, everything’s fine.

— Colin Mochrie

I’m not trying to save the world. As a musician and artist, it just ain’t me.

— Curtis Jackson

I’m not trying to be a celebrity, Justin Timberlake kinda guy.

— Calvin Harris

With humor, it’s so subjective that trying to think of what the ideal reader would think would drive you crazy.

— Calvin Trillin

I know I’m in the exceptional position of having money, but I didn’t have it for many decades. I’m always trying to get shows put on for 25 per cent less production costs.

— Cameron Mackintosh

I don’t commit to things unless I have my A-team to do it. And I’m not trying to be cocky, but that shows in my productions. They are top notch!

— Cameron Mackintosh

Part of the advantage, and part of the result of trying to be a producer and director, are the practical things, you find. It’s so advantageous to go to a place that you already have a feel for, a literal and spiritual familiarity.

— Campbell Scott

Most of us… are simply just trying to get through the day. And wait for those times in their life that are markers, that put things into relief. That’s why we like movies and books so much.

— Campbell Scott

Man, I’m not trying to be important I just go out and play.

— Carmelo Anthony

When I am on court, I am so focused on what I am doing, that’s all I think about – trying to win the next point.

— Caroline Wozniacki

I was always trying to do architectural jam sessions. But it’s not quite as easy as singing or playing a guitar, so I would always see wonderful live musicians and just envy them that I wasn’t in that medium.

— Catherine Hardwicke

Well. I’m probably not loving myself like I should, but I’m really trying.

— Chaka Khan

Far from trying to rig the system, I have spent decades opposing cronyism and all political favors, including mandates, subsidies and protective tariffs – even when we benefit from them.

— Charles Koch

We are not trying to prevent new clean energy businesses from succeeding. Any business that’s economical, that can succeed in the marketplace, any form of energy, we’re all for. As a matter of fact, we’re investing in quite a number of them, ourselves – whether that’s ethanol, renewable fuel oil.

— Charles Koch

Well, I guess, but I just feel so strong. Actually, it was probably when I was 50 that we were trying to – to get pregnant, and I thought that I could do it then.

— Cheryl Tiegs

Well, we promised our fans that we’d put out records faster, and that’s what we’re doing. We figured out a way to condense our cycle, so to speak, by… continuing to write, trying to keep the creative ball rolling as often as possible.

— Chester Bennington

You’re constantly trying to prove yourself, even after you’ve made it.

— Chester Bennington

I tell my staff, we’re riding a tour bus around, and we’re going to stop and look at some weird stuff – but we’re taking our viewers around safely. They’re just looking out the window at it. I’m trying to create a sense of comfort for my center audience.

— Chris Matthews

I’m always trying to do as many different things as I can, just so when one is not doing so hot, maybe the other is still there.

— Chris Stapleton

I’m merely trying to be something akin to a nice, kind, good actress.

— Christina Ricci

Aging gracefully is one thing, but trying to slow it down is another.

— Courteney Cox

We’re a very success-driven culture, which is such a downer at times. Even if you don’t think that way, you’re forced to think that way. Everyone is trying to subconsciously out-do everyone else.

— Courtney Barnett

When trying to locate something, search your mind first.

— Craig Bruce

Sometimes I yell, sometimes I raise my voice. I am trying to do it less, because it’s not always attractive. It’s not always the right thing to do.

— Christine Quinn

I’m an old English major from way back, so I do have fun tearing apart texts and trying to find the hidden secrets and the subtexts in there.

— Cynthia Nixon

I do tend to be an analyzer. I’m an old English major from way back, so I do have fun tearing apart texts and trying to find the hidden secrets and the subtexts in there.

— Cynthia Nixon

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

— Christopher Buckley

I was in the room with, you know, more than a dozen Republicans trying to negotiate the stimulus. Most of them decided the politics of the situation meant they should walk away, even if it wasn’t responsible in terms of what our country needed right then.

— Claire McCaskill

I just like to keep challenging myself, keep it varied. It’s a craft, and I’m constantly trying to learn and get better at it.

— Clive Owen

I was always trying, even in pure action movies, to find what was sensitive about the character more than the pure action.

— Christopher Lambert

We will not have humanoid androids. It’s interesting: when you start trying to make robots look more human, you end up making them look more grotesque. It takes very little to go from super-attractive robot to hideous robot.

— Colin Angle

I have good skin, but it’s dry – drier than you would think, considering I have Latin skin. It’s fairly transparent, too, so I’m constantly trying to give it nourishment and moisture, but nothing really holds.

— Christy Turlington

I didn’t know anything about running gear when I started out, but after trying a few shoe brands, I’ve discovered that Brooks are my preferred shoes.

— Christy Turlington

The minute I get into a hotel room, I scatter my stuff everywhere. It’s like a bomb site within a minute. So I suppose that means I’m trying to nest.

— Carey Mulligan

Each simian had a much different body suit, so besides trying to define class across species, there was a definite attempt to dress each group in different styles.

— Colleen Atwood

I’m a working woman of 80 trying to work out what the image I can project is. How I can do it with, you know, dignity.

— Carmen Dell’Orefice

From the early Seventies to the mid-Eighties, I approached Rome at a snail’s pace. Having concluded that God existed, I could not seriously entertain the thought of not trying to be in contact with Him.

— Conrad Black

Aretha Franklin, she’s just the most amazing singer ever. But I think there are so many singers that I just loved and sang along to on the radio. I guess I just enjoy trying out different styles along the way.

— Corin Tucker

I feel really lucky. My fans are incredibly loyal. They encourage me to keep going. I feel more torn, trying to fulfill what my kids need. It’s really huge. They’re doing so well.

— Corin Tucker

Being a literature major, you know, I’m very familiar with the ways symbolism is used in our sort of mythic tales of society, so anyone who is consciously trying to pull that off I think is really interesting and clearly very smart.

— Carrie Coon

We’re always going to remind ourselves of our mistakes and how we do things differently, trying to be a better person or whatever.

— Cat Power

I tend to be that swimmer that doesn’t look like she is trying, but is actually dying on the inside. It’s a little bit unfortunate because people are, like, ‘Can you just try harder?’ I was, like, ‘If you can see what’s going on in my head right now, you wouldn’t be telling me that.’

— Cate Campbell

I’ve had to spend an awful lot of my life trying to pretend I’m not posh. Although once I open my mouth, I rather let things out the bag.

— Celia Imrie

I don’t listen to music while writing it seems to me I’m trying to make my own kind of music, and to have anything else going on is just noisy interference.

— Chang-Rae Lee

I think you’ll see if you look at ‘Up’, we’ve focused a lot on labor (and the forces trying to keep labor down) and have featured everything from Wal Mart workers, to on-the-ground organizers, to union presidents to restaurant workers sitting at the table sharing their experience and expertise.

— Chris Hayes

Yes, it’s a very difficult thing to do, to promote a record, do television shows, and to still want to remain private, it’s really quite difficult to explain to people what you’re trying to do. I mean I’d actually quite like to be a recluse, but you know, you’ve got to promote the record as well.

— Chris Lowe

If I could, I’d be a recluse. I do want to be one. I’m trying really hard. But it’s a difficult thing to pull off in this job.

— Chris Lowe

I wasn’t always minimal. In the early days, I was laying it on as thickly as I could, trying very hard to get it right. But I found that the harder I tried, the more tired whatever it was I was working on looked. And then I grew tired of it as well.

— Chris Raschka

I can definitely say that of all my friends who I consider to be really great cartoonists, we’re all trying to aim at basically the same thing, which is an ever closer representation of what it feels like to be alive.

— Chris Ware

I’m trying my hand at writing. I’m writing a couple of projects for HBO, a half hour comedy and a miniseries.

— Charles S. Dutton

I actually started trying to be a professional writer with novels, and I wrote two that exist and are around… kind of. But they never really went anyplace in particular. I still like them both. What it showed me was that you can spend years on a novel, and then it could just be, like, OK, you spent that time and that’s that.

— Charles Soule

Yeah, it’s more like playing what you think is appropriate for the moment. It’s not about trying to force any particular style within the parameters – and the parameters we play in are pretty large!

— Charlie Hunter

I have very young looks, so it’s easy for me to play high school, but I’m trying to stay away from high-school movies. As I get older, I’ll try and broaden my talents.

— Christopher Mintz-Plasse

So it’s really hard for a horn player to comp. But I’m totally into trying to switch those paradigms around and find a little magic space where that works, and try to mine that.

— Charlie Hunter

For me, it’s about not being too aware of what you look like because if you are, you’re trying too hard and I don’t think that actually makes you look good… I’ve known from very early on that I don’t look perfect.

— Clemence Poesy

The league, is doing well. It is just a matter of trying to sort some things out with my contract.

— Cobi Jones

I learned so much about the toxicity of our environment while trying to get pregnant, I didn’t want to do anything to mess up the kid now that she was finally here.

— Constance Marie

The more you know about somebody’s back story, the deeper you can delve into that well, and the more your comedic choices resonate full-body instead of just being quick, quippy one-liners that are just like a bunch of people trying to be clever. Because after a while, cleverness is just really obnoxious!

— Constance Wu

It’s heartbreaking but we’re trying to get over it. As disappointed as we were, I think that somehow you have to find a way to think that it happened for a reason.

— Caroline Dhavernas

You hear stories like that of Canadians trying to get in, but when you go back home, you don’t expect that.

— Caroline Dhavernas

Living in New York City, you have to keep trying to do a lot of things.

— Caroline Shaw

I’m not trying to represent the whole Latino community. There are too many different cultures, and Latinos will always say, ‘My family doesn’t do that.’

— Cristela Alonzo

What we’re really trying to do is level out the health care system. It has gotten so one-sided as more and more people have been put into managed care in fact, about 70 percent of the patients in the country.

— Charlie Norwood

Speaker Newt Gingrich has appointed a task force, which I’m on, and over the next couple months the task force is going to try to come up with legislation that does what we’re all trying to do. I feel pretty good about the members that are on the task force.

— Charlie Norwood

I performed after 9/11 for relief workers down by Ground Zero. There were these men just coming back, and they were voraciously hungry. They were heroes, pulling rubble, and I was a new comic trying to go blue just so I could get some laughs.

— Chelsea Peretti

Depending on what you allow, you can still get the blues, man. I’m still trying to figure out where the blues really lies, where the street is.

— Christian Scott

A bad investment is going for quantity over quality. If you’re trying to be careful with your wallet, especially with the economy right now, you have to choose staple pieces.

— Christian Siriano

Men, all men, were always trying to get hold of me, you know.

— Christine Keeler

As an actor, you pay attention very closely to everything that happens to you, and you’re constantly watching others as well, trying to just find out where everything comes from.

— Caleb Landry Jones

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

— Christy Romano

I gotta get working, you know? I’ve been too busy. I’ve been trying my hardest, but it’s really tough.

— Christy Romano

I mean enormous pressure was brought to bear – Valerie Amos, Lady Amos, went round Africa with people from our intelligence services trying to press them. I had to make sure that we didn’t promise a misuse of aid in a way that would be illegal.

— Clare Short

Why should we change onstage? We’re not trying to be something big and fancy, it’s just us, doing what we do, we’d like to keep it that way.

— Cliff Burton

The more I come to understand music, the more I feel like a numbskull because there is always more to learn. The more I do it, the more I’m humbled. I’m just always trying to get better at it. I pick up a few tricks along the way.

— Cliff Martinez

Our enemies and our would-be enemies are working very hard at cyberterrorism… They’re trying to level the playing field because they know they can’t beat us tank for tank, plane for plane.

— Curt Weldon

I’ve never played Scots or got the chance to do my Scottish accent. I’m always trying it out in auditions, but they always say no. I’d love to act in a Scottish accent for once.

— Callum Keith Rennie

In my book, I was trying to get into my own soul.

— Claire Bloom

Why should we change on stage? We’re not trying to be something big and fancy, it’s just us, doing what we do, we’d like to keep it that way.

— Clancy Brown

I was too young to ever have fun in the ’90s, so I’m always trying to relive what I wasn’t a part of.

— Chelsea Leyland

I’m trying to get hold of them… the trouble is a lot of the companies that recorded and produced the albums went bust, so I don’t know where to get the masters.

— Cy Coleman

I’m the world number one, so everyone is trying to attack me and trying to speed up.

— Chen Long

We incorporate various electronic devices – the echo plugs and things like that. Actually, all we’re trying to do is make that sound musical. As opposed to just making sounds, we do musical things with them.

— Chico Hamilton

I have no problem with battling for a position. I have no problem trying to beat somebody out. It’s a sport, competition, so I’m used to it.

— Chris Bell

Sanctions and negotiations can be very ineffective, and indeed foolish, unless the people you are talking with and negotiating with and trying to reach agreements with are people who can be trusted to keep their word.

— Caspar Weinberger

I’ve been in the league 12 years. To sit on the bench and complain about the way things were, that doesn’t get anything done. I don’t know. I’m playing for a championship and trying to make the playoffs. My effort has never changed.

— Chris Webber

Hopefully, everyone has the same feeling I do when they perform. I get such a thrill from getting to play make believe. My favorite place to be is trying to be somebody else.

— Chris Wood

If I wasn’t making a movie, I was trying to master a new musical instrument or trying to teach myself how to shave with a straight razor. I had to find the weirdest things just to increase my understanding of other cultures or other arts or intellectual pursuits.

— Chris Wood

The difference between a regular camera and a 3D camera, for an actor, is really no different except that the turn-arounds are longer. It takes a lot longer to set up a shot because the cinematographer is really trying to set up a whole world, so it can’t be more intricate and more beautiful to the viewers, in 3D.

— Chris Zylka

My mind is in another planet behind the blocks. Sometimes I’m up in the blocks, and I’m like, ‘What am I doing here?’ I’m just not trying to think too much.

— Cesar Cielo

It was just me in my basement honing my skills, hearing songs on the radio and trying to manipulate them and then writing over those, and I started with local artists in Boston, writing records for them.

— Clinton Sparks

I always tell people, when they ask me what to do to be a writer or to be a performer, the key is to go to a place where there are a lot of other people who are trying to do the same thing as you and taking it very seriously.

— Colin Jost

For me, I’m just trying to be the best at what I do. I’ll wave an Asian American flag if I get that opportunity. I’m not hiding or trying to discredit my background or anything, I just haven’t had the opportunity.

— Chad Hugo

I’m not trying to disrespect anybody by saying this – I’m not sure I feel any interaction with Asian America in any collective sense. – It’s like, when you’re telling me this right now, my reaction is, Really? Asian America knows about me?

— Chad Hugo

Unfortunately, diet is 75 or 80 percent of trying to get in shape, so you do have to try to cut the carbs. The diet’s a huge part! I’m from Kansas, so I love ranch dressing and McDonald’s. When I’m working, I have to stay away from all that!

— Colton Haynes

We’re trying to tell a very full story of ‘Nashville’ and these characters in Nashville, and I’m really hopeful that we’re going to be able to do something as innovative as ‘American Horror Story’ and ‘Friday Night Lights.’ And I think so far, we’re on the right path for that.

— Connie Britton

We certainly strive for trying to make a quality record throughout, and I think that’s true of all of our records.

— Christopher Cross

I come from Montana, and in eastern Montana we have a lot of dirt between light bulbs. It is expensive trying to bring the new technologies to smaller schools to upgrade their technologies to take advantage of distance learning.

— Conrad Burns

In politics, they play games. In Hollywood, they play games. I think that, overall, everybody is trying to do whatever it takes to get ahead.

— Constance Zimmer

There was a war crimes trial because an American prisoner had been shot trying to escape. He had obviously been recaptured and shot, and that violated the Geneva Convention.

— Charles Guggenheim

I wouldn’t buy a book simply because I like the cover. I would pick it up. The jacket can call your attention to it. But in that sense, Oprah Winfrey is worth all the jackets in the world. A jacket is basically trying to do what she does all on her own.

— Chip Kidd

Have you noticed that whatever sport you’re trying to learn, some earnest person is always telling you to keep your knees bent?

— Dave Barry

Well, I’ve been in several films including documentaries, but the big blockbuster, I was hired as advisor to the actors, I was trying to make Jesuits out of them.

— Daniel Berrigan

Instead of worrying about what people say of you, why not spend time trying to accomplish something they will admire.

— Dale Carnegie

The core of the person is what he or she loves, and that is bound up with what they worship – that insight recalibrates the radar for cultural analysis. The rituals and practices that form our loves spill out well beyond the sanctuary. Many secular liturgies are trying to get us to love some other kingdom and some other gods.

— Dallas Willard

The most extraordinary thing about trying to piece together the missing links in the evolutionary story is that when you do find a missing link and put it in the story, you suddenly need all these other missing links to connect to the new discovery. The gaps and questions actually increase – it’s extraordinary.

— David Attenborough

I’d like to see the giant squid. Nobody has ever seen one. I could tell you people who have spent thousands and thousands of pounds trying to see giant squid. I mean, we know they exist because we have seen dead ones. But I have never seen a living one. Nor has anybody else.

— David Attenborough

The foreign press seems obsessed with the Freedom Tower, as if it was the only thing going on here. In fact, we’re trying to keep a huge juggling act in balance, with the tower as just one of the many balls in play.

— Daniel Libeskind

And thought struggles against the results, trying to avoid those unpleasant results while keeping on with that way of thinking. That is what I call ‘sustained incoherence.

— David Bohm

Thought is constantly creating problems that way and then trying to solve them. But as it tries to solve them it makes it worse because it doesn’t notice that it’s creating them, and the more it thinks, the more problems it creates.

— David Bohm

I think we need to just be very clear about what we’re trying to do in Afghanistan. Frankly, we’re not trying to create the perfect democracy. We’re never going to create some ideal society. We are simply there for our own national security.

— David Cameron

I’m always trying to perfect the romantic comedy, though.

— David Duchovny

I think people are always trying to demystify whatever acting is, so they want to know what your method is.

— David Duchovny

I’ve never regretted anything I’ve done, even the things that I’ve failed at. I’ve often regretted not trying something really big, because you’ll never know.

— Dean Kamen

I work very hard on the writing, writing and rewriting and trying to weed out the lumber.

— David McCullough

Well, the oil, the oil spot, if you will, is a, is a term in counterinsurgency literature that connotes a peaceful area, secure area. So what you’re trying to do is to always extend that, to push that out.

— David Petraeus

For goodness sake, will they hear, will white people hear what we are trying to say? Please, all we are asking you to do is to recognize that we are humans, too.

— Desmond Tutu

I am completely attracted to the idea of simplicity, or at least removing things that seem unnecessary when trying to get an idea out there.

— Demetri Martin

When I tried to play something and screwed up, I’d hear some other note that would come into play. Then I started trying different things to find the beauty in it.

— Dimebag Darrell

China gets their oil from Libya. Why isn’t China involved? They’re going out spending billions of dollars a day on trying to take over the world economically. And we’re spending billions and billions and billions of dollars on policing the world. Why isn’t China involved with Libya? That – we don’t get oil from Libya, China does.

— Donald Trump

If you’re interested in ‘balancing’ work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable.

— Donald Trump

I’ve been trying to… Having been an English literary graduate, I’ve been trying to avoid the idea of doing art ever since. I think the idea of art kills creativity.

— Douglas Adams

I mean, in my – and I’m not trying to do spilled milk, but in those days it was a little – I think it was much tougher, because you got an image, and you were in a saloon. And it was tough to come out of a saloon and to get in films, and to maintain an image, you know.

— Don Rickles

To my knowledge, I was the first guy really to do what I do. And then later on different comedians started trying doing it.

— Don Rickles

If you think about the people trying to hurt you, rather than just trying to hurt them back, you can understand it has nothing to do with you.

— Dove Cameron

Trying to meet new women, it’s always a little more difficult as opposed to calling somebody I knew that’s single and trying to rebuild that connection.

— Drake

It’s the worst when you’re kissing someone who’s not a good kisser, and you’re trying to make it look good, but you feel like you’re just working on your own.

— Drew Barrymore

Trying to make a movie like ‘Warcraft,’ and trying to do it in a unique way… you get killed by a death of 1,000 cuts.

— Duncan Jones

Certainly we disagree with the Communist Party, as we disagree with other political parties who are trying to maintain the American way of life.

— Dorothy Day

I feel like I filled a niche for myself as a candy freak, trying to find candies all around the world that I couldn’t find.

— Dylan Lauren

I’m just trying to understand what’s around me as much as anyone else is, really. To draw a bead on a moving target.

— Dylan Moran

I’m always running my mouth off and getting myself in trouble, so I’m trying to do it less.

— Deborah Moggach

I know black kids who don’t even know any other black kids except their cousins. And that’s enough. You wouldn’t look at these kids and say that they are Uncle Toms or self-hating or fleeing or trying to be white, given the culture in which they live, which is very natural to them as kids.

— Darryl Pinckney

I’d waste a holiday trying to set a story in this new place I’d visit, whereas I would never write a story about Indianapolis.

— Darryl Pinckney

Nobody complains that Bernini’s sculptures are too darn real, right? Or that Norman Rockwell’s paintings are too creepy. Well, robots can seem real and be loved, too. We’re trying to make a new art medium out of robotics.

— David Hanson

I’ve been using the same editor, thankfully, she’s been sticking with me, but I’ve been doing it full-on guerilla style… I haven’t gotten any public sponsor or anything, because I don’t want to seem like I’m trying to sell any particular thing.

— Daryl Hannah

When things don’t go your way, you’ve got to keep trying to do the right things.

— Dele Alli

I don’t like people telling me what to do, or trying to MAKE me write songs.

— Dave Davies

I’m not trying to be macho, I promise you.

— Daniel Craig

From making documentaries all these years, it doesn’t feel right to lead someone. In narratives, I’m always trying to shoot as though it’s really happening, and I trust my actors are going to make decisions that I’m going to be following. I want to follow them.

— Derek Cianfrance

I feel similar to a lot of people. I don’t feel unique. So what I’m trying to do in my films is provide something for people like me, but also a collection of scenes that instigate.

— Derek Cianfrance

The American writer has his hands full, trying to understand and then describe and then make credible much of American reality.

— David Shields

It’s just a campy blast. I just want to do as little as I can and make it good, and try not to sell out. I’m sure I will, but I’m just trying to postpone it.

— David Spade

So now I’m left with cigarettes, and I’m trying to scrape that off my shoe and then I’ll be done.

— Diane Lane

I played a lot of keyboards, but I really wanted to produce the sound that was in my head that I was trying to emulate on the keys. I wanted to do it for real. And it makes me look at the keys in a different way. So it’s like I’m looking at the guitar and bass more like meat and potatoes and keys like coloring over top of it, you know.

— D’Angelo

I’m reading scripts just like everybody else. Tin cup in hand, knocking on doors, trying to get a job. It’s tough. They don’t make as many films these days, and there’s a lot of guys that are fighting for jobs.

— D. J. Cotrona

I was the guy literally in the chess club who decided to wear a bow tie for the last two years of high school, so I obviously wasn’t trying to get the ladies.

— Dallas Roberts

I think a lot of young kids at school are very conscious of trying to keep credibility in case they kind of stand out in a crowd and get bullied by trying to stay cool and stuff. And my whole thing, all the way through school, was I was just a goof… I didn’t care.

— Dominic Monaghan

I think in any industry, it is competitive. There are a certain number of slots out there and opportunities out there. So you need to make sure that you’re always on the top of your toes, trying to get better.

— Dominique Dawes

It just seems like the whole, overall animation world is trying to go where maybe animation doesn’t belong.

— Don Bluth

I prefer that animation reach into places where live action doesn’t go, and it seems like all of animation nowadays is trying to go where live action is.

— Don Bluth

We’re trying to do what Miles Davis would have wanted us to do, which is approach it as artists with his life as the canvas.

— Don Cheadle

If you don’t second-guess yourself, then you are not trying to get better.

— Don Mattingly

Human beings are a social species. We like to hang together in groups, just like wildebeests, just like lions. Wildebeests don’t hang with lions because lions eat wildebeests. Human beings are like that. We do what that group does that we’re trying to identify with.

— Dan Phillips

When you’re on, like, NBC, or – I don’t want to call out any names. But when you’re on bigger networks, they just want to find something that sticks and aren’t really necessarily trying to develop anything. On TV Land, they’ve developed ‘The Exes.’

— Donald Faison

At the end of the day, it’s me versus you, and I’m trying to get you out. If I can throw you six curveballs in a row and get you out, I’m going to do it all day.

— Drew Pomeranz

I was a very fearful little kid, and I would always see the worst in everything. The glass was half-empty. I would see people kissing, and I would think one was trying to bite the other.

— Daniel Clowes

I must have been 3 years old or less, and I remember paging through these comics, trying to figure out the stories. I couldn’t read the words, so I made up my own stories.

— Daniel Clowes

Quality is timeless: It will clearly define itself. And so I make reference to and acknowledge things that I feel have been dismissed, trying to restate those musical and cultural elements clearly and vehemently.

— Dwight Yoakam

I have just been the man in the middle, trying to make sure that we steer the right course.

— Dannel Malloy

I’m trying to interpret the film through the director’s head, but it all comes out through me. So, a composer is kind of like a psychic medium.

— Danny Elfman

In America, we’re trying to find a peaceful solution in the Middle East and we’re not going to be divided along any lines, including religious lines, including ethnic backgrounds.

— Darrell Issa

Most of what we’ve done at SurveyMonkey is create a market, which I would say is much harder than trying to enter a market that already exists. But if you get it right, it can become a great business.

— Dave Goldberg

What I’m saying is that, unlike a lot of portrayals of me, I’m not hiding behind the sunglasses. I’m out there working. I’m not trying to sell anybody anything, but I do realize we’re entertainers.

— David Duval

I’ve just been working hard, trying to get some good stuff to come out.

— David Duval

I think about what I say. I don’t give stock answers. I’m not trying to cultivate an image with the public, like several of the top players do.

— David Duval

I love filming in London. In New York, every street is familiar because you have seen it in a movie. They mythologise their own city. You’re forever trying to get down streets that have been blocked off because of shooting. In London, they don’t put up with it they’re grumpy.

— Douglas Hodge

Usually when I’m trying to establish character, I try and find out where they live.

— Denise Mina

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

— David MacKenzie

With the rise of cable, network is clearly floundering because the characters on cable are far more fascinating than they are on network. Network television is trying to figure it out. Network television really relies on story rather than character, and cable relies on character.

— Dylan McDermott

North American leftists just keep trying to relive the ’60s, or to make the ’60s happen again.

— Dave Sim

I’m not chasing money, so I’m not looking at just trying to stretch out a deal artificially just to have a certain number.

— Derek Fisher

Stop running around, stop trying to return every email in your inbox immediately, stop cramming too much stuff into too few hours in the day. Sit down, shut up, and most importantly, be glad.

— David Alan Basche

Why waste time trying to discover the truth, when you can so easily create it?

— David Baldacci

When Superman was originally created, by Siegel and Shuster, they were two Jewish immigrants that were desperately trying to assimilate into America. They were having a hard time because they were Jewish. They wanted to get in to mainstream publishing but they couldn’t. That’s why they, and a lot of Jewish guys, went into comic books.

— David S. Goyer

There’s been a long lineage of a stranger in a strange land, whether it’s ‘E.T.,’ ‘Starman,’ or other movies about trying to connect with humanity it struck me that’s what a Superman story really is.

— David S. Goyer

I think in some cases busing did improve the situation in some areas in some cases it didn’t. We had busing in St. Louis, and it has been ended and we are using other methods of trying to better integrate the schools.

— Dick Gephardt

You know what? I did a lot of things that were deliberate, and they all backfired. I was trying desperately to become Will Ferrell or Adam Sandler, and it did not work for me. I took a lot of leaps that I shouldn’t have, traditionally speaking. I paid the price for that. I was not as hire-able for a while. But then I just gave all that up.

— Dax Shepard

I don’t know if I’m so much fueled by trying to one-up myself so much as passionate about coming up with new and greater challenges. I don’t see it as a contest, but as a natural progression.

— Dean Karnazes

Instead of educating students, these professors are trying to indoctrinate them.

— David Horowitz

We’re all walking around trying to deal with a certain amount of shame, to repress it. And we restrict our mental lives to smaller and smaller areas.

— Deborah Eisenberg

There is a comfort in rituals, and rituals provide a framework for stability when you are trying to find answers.

— Deborah Norville

I loved rap, especially in the early days. But I wasn’t trying to shove it down anybody’s throats.

— Dee Dee Ramone

Intimacy comes from being yourself on the stage and making the audience feel, without trying, that you’re sittin’ down there with ’em, playing, and that can happen in a big hall, if you have a good audience that want to listen.

— Doc Watson

There’s only so much you can do of trying, finding yourself very close to getting a part and then not getting it.

— Dominic Cooper

In all my shows, I’m not interested in the iconic shots of the Capitol and the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. I’m always interested in trying to get the culture of the place – trying to get it right.

— David Nevins

I’m always interested in trying to stay on the cutting edge of television storytelling. To be slightly in front, pushing for the next new thing.

— David Nevins

I checked out all types of tobacco trying to find one that would be easiest to live with, I ended up using pipe tobacco. It burned slower, and it wasn’t as harsh on my throat… It also smelled better.

— David Strathairn

To get into another person’s mindset and what they are trying to do with their project is a challenge, and it is what I like.

— David Zayas

When I started really singing I was 17, 18 years old. I used to go around trying to be a singer in the Bronx. My knees would shake but I learned by doing.

— Dominic Chianese

I was going to go make a film in Greece. if they caught you with this much marijuana, they threw you in jail, no questions asked, and I was trying to stuff it in my deodorant bottles. I thought, what I am doing?

— Dyan Cannon

But my kids, my brothers’ kids – they think about trying to top what we did.

— Damon Wayans

When we visited with legislative counsel, they told us that the only way to effectively accomplish what we were trying to do was to put the words in the legislation.

— Doug Ose

These ‘mistakes’ occur in my books for a reason. I have an agenda: I’m secretly trying to inspire kids to create their own stories and comics, and I don’t want them to feel stifled by ‘perfectionism.’

— Dav Pilkey

The American people are opposed to ObamaCare. They were when the law passed they’re still opposed to it. But the fact of the matter is it’s got to be implemented. We’re trying to do our part even here in Nebraska. It’s very, very difficult.

— Dave Heineman

I like to be one of those drummers who actually add to the music, not one of those guys who sit in a room 24/7 trying to outwit or outplay another drummer.

— Dave Lombardo

When you set out to create a new product, you usually do not start by trying to think of something completely new. You think of a product or concept that is already ‘normal’ to the world and then try to make it better. You make it Super Normal.

— Dave Morin

I used to run with Chris Nolan before he was ‘Chris Nolan.’ I remember when he was trying to sell ‘Memento,’ and he just couldn’t.

— Drew Daywalt

I suppose I’m trying to build an architecture that’s as timeless as possible, although we’re all creatures of our age.

— David Chipperfield

Often, architects work too hard trying to make their buildings look different. It’s like we’re actors let loose on a stage, all speaking our parts at the same time in our own private languages without an audience.

— David Chipperfield

I sat there in awe that some guy overseas, trying to protect our interests, was using a silly comedy as a survival tool. My brain had an explosion. I was really moved by that.

— David Denman

I’d always liked to write, but I never wanted to be a writer, because it seemed a sissy occupation. It is. To this day, I find it terribly easy. And so, rather than trying to hunt up a text, I just wrote one.

— Daniel Pinkwater

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

Awake’ was just the most beautiful show. For most of the shooting, we didn’t know if they were going to air. You never knew. We were just trying to make it the best it could.

— Daniela Bobadilla

On some level in acting, what you’re trying to find is truth, because when it’s true is when it’s also funny.

— David Hyde Pierce

My new play ‘Chinglish,’ which will go to Broadway, is about a white American businessman who goes to a provincial capital in China, hoping to make a deal there. It’s bilingual. And it’s about trying to communicate across language and cultural barriers.

— David Henry Hwang

When I run in the morning, my body spends the first 20 minutes trying to figure out what’s happening to it.

— Danny Pudi

As leader of the effort of the Iraqi Survey Group, I spent most of my days not out in the field leading inspections. It’s typically what you do at that level. I was trying to motivate, direct, find strategies.

— David Kay

Oh I am trying to remember, we would read the script after we did the show.

— David Selby

Necessarily, I’m always involved in casting, as any playwright is, because the whole process of putting on a play is a collaborative, organic effort on the part of a bunch of people trying to think alike.

— David Ives

The federal government seeks to control and regulate the Internet, but the last thing this Congress should be doing is trying to stifle public debate online.

— Dennis Hastert

I’m always trying to push the envelope and go with a different hairstyle that you’re not going to see on anybody else. I have a really good grade of hair, and I can do a lot of different things with it.

— David Otunga

When I graduated from high school, I had artistic and academic scholarships, and I was trying to figure out what to do. I decided to audition for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Juilliard and the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney, Australia.

— Deborah Kara Unger

When I graduated from high school, I had artistic and academic scholarships, and I was trying to figure out what to do. I decided to audition for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Julliard, and the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney, Australia.

— Deborah Kara Unger

Even through my college years, I was trying out plays and shows, but I never really thought it made much sense to try to be an actor. I thought it was foolish, really.

— Dermot Mulroney

After film school, I embarked on trying to promote independent films. But after a while, I realized I was breaking my back doing six-day-a-week shoots, 14-hour days, and no guarantee of distribution.

— Devin Ratray

At first, I was just trying to sound like DOOM and Eminem, and then I dug out my own voice, I guess.

— Earl Sweatshirt

If you want to steal a base, steal a base. Don’t make the hitter swing at a bad pitch trying to protect the runner.

— Earl Weaver

When my lover Hubert Sorin was dying of AIDS, he was always trying to fix me up – posthumously, as it were – with the cute busboy at the hotel.

— Edmund White

I think the moment you start trying to please a fan base is when you start going downhill. I’m going to always, always write about what I want, even if it doesn’t necessarily cater to most of them.

— Ed Sheeran

Listen, acting is not surgery, it’s entertainment. You’re doing something to hopefully move people, to make them laugh, to transport them. But actors are vulnerable, and the reason we’re vulnerable is that we’re always trying to recreate human behaviour.

— Eddie Redmayne

I destroyed a lot of guitars trying to get them to do what I wanted, but I learned something from every guitar I tore apart, and discovered even more things. Things like if the string is not straight from the bridge saddle to the nut, you’re going to have friction.

— Eddie Van Halen

I was trying to take the band in a direction that I thought was appropriate, and Roth was trying to take the band in more of a Las Vegas direction. And there he is.

— Eddie Van Halen

You’re shadowed by your own dream, especially as you get older, of trying to create something that will last in poetry. And so, you’re working on its behalf.

— Edward Hirsch

If I’m trying to put size on for a role, then I don’t do much running.

— Edward Norton

These days, I’m always trying to have lots of touches, to be involved, and to play my football for 90 minutes.

— Eden Hazard

Part of ego is displaying the ego. I’ve got ego, and I think I’m really good. But maybe I fall down in trying to sell it to people.

— Edward Ruscha

I am not trying to bring down the NSA, I am working to improve the NSA. I am still working for the NSA right now. They are the only ones who don’t realize it.

— Edward Snowden

I’ve done all sorts of different kinds of action. We did a thing in ‘Blood Diamond,’ the attack on Freetown, where I carefully staged the action but did not show the camera operators what we were going to film – so it has the feel of documentary, trying to capture something, and that gave it a whole different feel.

— Edward Zwick

We need to stop trying to restrict access to lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control, and well-woman exams.

— Elizabeth Esty

There are so many things to think about when you make an album. Like, who am I trying to impress? Am I going to get respect, critical acclaim? Or am I going to sell lots of records?

— Ellie Goulding

Because trying to see all sides, such an instinct is particularly Jewish.

— Elizabeth Wurtzel

The Obama administration has been trying out a new policy toward Syria since the day it came to office. The Bush cold shoulder was viewed as a primitive reaction, now to be replaced by sophisticated diplomacy. Outreach would substitute for isolation.

— Elliott Abrams

I do say things that I think will shock people. But I don’t do things to shock people. I’m not trying to be the next Tupac, but I don’t know how long I’m going to be on this planet. So while I’m here, I might as well make the most of it.

— Eminem

Shading is more like copying. And certainly I do copy, but I’m making drawings, and I’m not trying to make them with the shading.

— Ellsworth Kelly

Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.

— Ella Fitzgerald

I’m not one of those shoppers where I go to a store and I’m like, trying it on, I’m not sure, ‘Oh, can you put this on hold?’ No. It’s either love it or hate it. And it’s the same way with scripts. I usually know within the first 10 pages. If I don’t latch into it by then, then it’s not going to happen.

— Emma Stone

If you’re trying to create a company, it’s like baking a cake. You have to have all the ingredients in the right proportion.

— Elon Musk

What I’m trying to do is, is to make a significant difference in space flight. And help make space flight accessible to almost anyone.

— Elon Musk

As I’ve got older, and since I cut all my hair off, I’ve felt a bit more liberated about trying different things out.

— Emma Watson

I kept trying, proposing, pushing… If you want to succeed, you cannot leave work half done, and unfortunately, many things were left half done. The choice was made not to launch a second wave of economic reforms that I was proposing.

— Emmanuel Macron

Mexico has shelters, which care for children trying to cross the border, who have no company with them.

— Enrique Pena Nieto

I don’t think I would do a straight late-night talk show, like a ‘Tonight Show’ kind of thing. But I’m open to whatever is done well. I don’t have any agenda. I’m not like Fugazi – I’m not trying to be just so punk rock until I die. Whatever is funny is good.

— Eric Andre

I was in Iowa one time, and I kept trying to fire up the crowd, and I kept saying, ‘How’s Ohio doing?’ For some reason, they just weren’t coming around!

— Eric Church

Except in very narrow cases, where there’s breakthrough science that needs patent production, worrying about competitors is a waste of time. If you can’t out iterate someone who is trying to copy you, you’re toast anyway.

— Eric Ries

Entrepreneurs can’t forecast accurately, because they are trying something fundamentally new. So they will often be laughably behind plan – and on the brink of success.

— Eric Ries

If you think about YouTube, YouTube is a ‘searching the world’s videos’ problem, right? They all have to be there, but how do you find them? What I guess I’m trying to say is that search is still the killer app.

— Eric Schmidt

I think the exploration and the search for who Jesus is, and that 2,000 years later we’re still trying to figure out who He was, and did He really rise from the dead… And I think for me, the answer is ‘yes,’ and that’s why we’re talking about Him today.

— Erwin McManus

We’re a part of the insurrection, trying to turn Christianity upside down. We’re an experimental church: God’s research and development arm.

— Erwin McManus

I’m a woman who has gone through many heartaches, enough to dedicate my whole life to trying to figure them out.

— Erykah Badu

The workers who harvest our food have been systematically denied the basic rights that are granted to all other American workers. They can be fired for trying to form a union or for attempting to improve their working conditions. They are not eligible for overtime pay, disability, or even unemployment insurance.

— Eric Schneiderman

Before you try to keep up with the Joneses, be sure they’re not trying to keep up with you.

— Erma Bombeck

So, no, I’m not trying to crack into Hollywood, although I’ll make films there if they’re good scripts.

— Ewan McGregor

I’m just trying to go out each week and get better. I just have to be patient, and it’s going to happen.

— Ezekiel Elliott

The criticism is what I expect, honestly, because I’m criticizing myself every day when I come in here and watch that film. I’m trying to get better.

— Ezekiel Elliott

Every play, I’m trying to get as many shots on the opposing team as I can, so when you get to the fourth quarter, they obviously don’t want to be on the field anymore.

— Ezekiel Elliott

If we fight our enemy using the same inhumane and morally bankrupt techniques that we are trying to stop, we will simply become what we have beheld.

— Ed Markey

Right now, the Anglo people are desperately trying to hold on to the United States, like they tried to hold on to Africa.

— Edward James Olmos

But tending machinery was one thing defining what we were trying to do and why we were doing it, and developing ways to measure how well the job was done – this was something else again.

— Elliot Richardson

If you are a researcher, you are trying to figure out what the question is as well as what the answer is.

— Edward Witten

You have that one basic string, but it can vibrate in many ways. But we’re trying to get a lot of particles because experimental physicists have discovered a lot of particles.

— Edward Witten

Often, when Jim Carrey plays it straight, all of the vitality is drained from his face he looks like a root-canal patient trying out a pleasant expression for his oral surgeon.

— Elvis Mitchell

I have been trying to find out exactly when listeners and performers decided that applause between movements would not be allowed, but nobody seems to have been willing to admit that they were the culprit.

— Emanuel Ax

The Romans weren’t trying to kill all the Jews, but they did destroy Jewish resistance to Roman rule. Jerusalem was turned into a Roman army camp, and it was a total devastation.

— Elaine Pagels

When I write songs, when I sing songs, I don’t have anybody in mind. I’m just trying to express what I think people are feeling.

— El DeBarge

There is something about a theatre room that is really like a laboratory for trying things and failing, because you have time to do that, and you can explore something deeply and discard it if it’s not working.

— Elizabeth Debicki

There are actually times when there are crimes out there in the world and I find myself trying to figure it out and I ask myself, what am I doing?

— Emily Procter

That’s what we want to do here at Johnson Space Center. I think what we have always brought to NASA and brought to the country is trying to push the boundaries, trying to go to the next level.

— Ellen Ochoa

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

— Emma Roberts

What music does to me, it helps me balance my inner pressure so that I can deal with the forces outside that are trying to pressure me.

— Emmanuel Jal

I’ve worked with some of the great cinematographers. So I’m always watching what they do and I’m watching how the director composes his shots, just because I find it interesting as an actor you’re trying to help them out as well.

— Eric Bana

If you’re a young couple when you start out and are both working, trying to raise children, that is tough.

— Eric Braeden

While many people are trying to be in tune with infinite, what they really are is in tune with the indefinite.

— Eric Butterworth

When you watch a Coen brothers movie, it is always so certain about what it is trying to portray. That is their strength. The minute they write a word, they know how it will look on-screen. They are very purposeful, with no kind of mistakes.

— Eric Fellner

I wouldn’t say that I’m actually trying to cause chills in the audience, but certainly my goal is to, at the very least, effect a physiological response – at the most, to effect some sort of state change, ideally, in the audience.

— Eric Whitacre

As a Latino growing up in Spanish harlem, it’s not easy trying not to be hot-headed.

— Erik Estrada

Before you take your address, while you’re still reading the putt, imagine the ball tracking on the line you’ve chosen and falling into the cup. If you don’t believe you can make every putt, why bother trying?

— Ernie Els

The biggest mistake is trying to pinch down on the ball and ripping out a big divot, often hitting the ground before the ball. You’ll dig up some turf, but you won’t create much backspin.

— Ernie Els

Because of the grass and open face, I take one more club for shots from the rough, unless the ball is sitting on top of dry grass. Then, I use more loft and swing softer, trying to hit it about 70 percent to avoid a flyer over the green.

— Ernie Els

The only successful way to write, and the only one I have found, is to be the character. Give up on trying to control them. Writers always talk about hearing voices. That’s what they mean.

— Ethan Canin

I’ve been trying out all these bronzers, and By Terry has an amazing one called the Bronze Expert.

— Eva Chen

If you’re not making some mistakes, it probably means you’re not trying hard enough.

— Evan Davis

Coming from Ruff Ryders, there would be, like, 30 guys in the studio at once, and then me, trying to do my own thing.

— Eve

As far as style goes, I gravitate toward anything that is effortlessly chic. I don’t wanna look like I’m trying too hard.

— Eve

It’s hard for me to assess what I brought because each time you pick up a camera and point it at a person, you’re trying to define that person so to talk generally is difficult because I have to think of a given image in order to conjure up what we’re talking about.

— Eve Arnold

Now, I talk to athletes who answer questions with a ‘yeah’. I realize I used to do that. Or they answer very quickly and you stand there trying to come up with another question to ask. I’ve seen both sides and it’s been very educational.

— Evelyn Ashford

Anyways, trying to express yourself to the press is often like arguing with a hysterical person.

— Ezra Koenig

If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying.

— Eddie Guerrero

Because I was a champion swimmer in Canada, they’re always trying to get me in the water in movies! I’ve drawn the line now with this film. No more water!

— Estella Warren

While trying to protect the republic, the conspirators in Julius Caesar enable Mark Antony to triumph. In Rose Rage, the more Henry VI tries to fix things, the more they go wrong.

— Edward Hall

I’m very attracted to directors who want to experiment. The thing that attracts me the most are people who are trying find a language that is correct for their film, for that specific film.

— Emmanuel Lubezki

When I was a kid, I remember trying to emulate Stevie Wonder’s sound, and Donny Hathaway’s sound. It’s just part of who I am – I’m just a soulful kind of dude.

— Elliott Yamin

Oh, she just happened to be a friend of the producer’s. Or, oh, they’ve been trying to get her from the beginning and she just had a spot open up. There are always little loopholes, so I don’t take anything personally anymore.

— Ellen Muth

I trained and trained and went up against Kurt, then being a world champion in ’94, and after that I did Tommy’s tour and then my tour and all this stuff and just trying to deal with it all. And now, I’ve just kind of backed off a little.

— Elvis Stojko

Anytime I write something that’s trying to be too smart, it doesn’t work.

— Emeli Sande

Playing with decks, for me, has always been about trying new things. I make it a point to keep trying different things, keep pushing it a little bit at a time.

— Eric San

The way I process things, they way I express myself, is in comics, just as poets process things that they are trying to understand.

— Ellen Forney

I know that’s definitely the way for me to run races – instead of trying to burn up at the front and blowing up, it’s always better to be passing people at the end.

— Eloise Wellings

As an entrepreneur you keep trying things, and I try everything. I try business ideas, on our website we test everything, iterate, iterate, iterate.

— Fabrice Grinda

I’m new to the Twitterverse and so I’m attempting to build my followers. I’m trying to be a better tweeter. I try not to tweet too much, just when I’ve got something worthwhile to say.

— Eric Ladin

I wrote my first 30 books as a teacher. I would read to my classes, and they’d give me feedback. I was trying to role model.

— Eric Walters

When I was 15, I wore combat boots with a fluorescent Columbia ski jacket. I was trying to find myself.

— Eric Wareheim

In Holland, we have a saying: ‘A knife cuts on two sides.’ With the rubber duck, I’m trying to show people what they haven’t been seeing in their public space. When the rubber duck is there and when it’s gone, you know.

— Florentijn Hofman

At the Home Run Derby, you’re expected to hit home runs. You’re up there trying to hit home runs.

— Frank Thomas

I still have a lot of my friends from high school. You just know who is there for you for real, and who is trying to get something out of you.

— Francia Raisa

I play a lot of Playstation, and always trying to look pretty for the girls.

— Freddy Adu

IN trying to recall my impressions during my short war duty as an officer in the Austrian Army, I find that my recollections of this period are very uneven and confused.

— Fritz Kreisler

No connection to the average voter – Clinton has an air of superiority. Despite her wide smile and pleasant appearance, she is envisioned as someone who is trying to hide something all the time.

— Fabrizio Moreira

I’m trying to fight typecasting as hard as I can, while I have time.

— Famke Janssen

I’m very independent, creatively, always trying to push myself – and I think that comes from my mother.

— Felicity Jones

I’m trying to get a thicker skin. I like to be aware of people’s perceptions of me, but when you put it as a priority, as a means to judging your worth, that’s when it can be dangerous.

— Fergie

I wasn’t trying to be a role model with ‘The Dutchess,’ but suddenly, seeing little girls in the audience with their moms made me think about what I do onstage a little bit more. I had to watch my mouth, because it can be filthy. It changed things for me.

— Fergie

A lot of times on tour it’s about, ‘OK, where am I today? Wow, I’m in Costa Rica. What is their famous dish?’ And it’s about trying the food, and really experiencing it.

— Fergie

I ain’t scared to do another dating show, but I ain’t really trying to. I want to do a talk show or something. I’ve done enough dating on television. I’m ready to spread my wings, and go down other avenues.

— Flavor Flav

I have been running since I was 7. I was trying to restructure the way my body was made instead of trying to master the way I ran. I would get so frustrated with my starts in practices that I would just cry. When I ran, I wouldn’t even try to get out of the blocks, I would just run.

— Florence Griffith Joyner

I’m trying to learn to smoke, which is rather weird when everyone is trying to stop. I’m not a smoker. But my character only smokes as an affectation.

— Francesca Annis

That’s part of the requirement for me to be an artist is that you’re trying to share your personal existence with others and trying to illuminate modern life, trying to understand life.

— Francis Ford Coppola

If I don’t get hits, I don’t get hits, but I’m trying to get hits.

— Freddie Freeman

Hollywood is just a bunch of middlemen, people trying to facilitate content transfer between creators and viewers.

— Freddie Wong

Everyone is trying to accomplish something big, not realizing that life is made up of little things.

— Frank A. Clark

I drive a lot. Just for pleasure. Sometimes I’ll get in the Cadillac and drive around the city or the country, kind of trying to get lost basically. Y’know, just see where roads lead.

— Frank Black

I don’t make records that way, where I’m trying to please the marketplace or anything. Not because I have anything against that, it’s just never been a part of my aesthetic, even when I was with the Pixies.

— Frank Black

When we were trying to get ‘Jersey Boys’ off the ground, I’d get, ‘The Four Seasons? Who’s going to care? There’s the Beatles, there’s the Rolling Stones.’ But people know those stories. Here was a story no one knew.

— Frankie Valli

If I lose the ball, I lose it trying to do the right thing. That’s the way it is.

— Frank Lampard

I’ve always been a fan of instructional videos. The bass-player ones are insane. The music on them is fascinating. It’s not something you hear on CDs or would really ever play in bands. You listen to it and are like, ‘What is happening?’ It’s this blizzard of notes in weird time signatures, and they’re trying to teach you that.

— Fred Armisen

Going into my 20s, I was uncertain, trying to figure out what my relationship to acting is.

— Gaby Hoffmann

At least half my writing time is spent researching. So for every hour I’m actually clicking on the keyboard, I’m spending another hour trying to figure out some tiny detail I need answered.

— Gail Carriger

If it’s a good story, then everybody is trying to tell it, everybody is better for it, and it’s just more fun.

— Garret Dillahunt

I’ve always had a longstanding dream, ever since I was a kid, where I was running on a big lake of ice and I kept running and kept running, just about to where I was trying to get to, and I fell through the ice, and then I couldn’t find the hole where I fell through to get back out again.

— Garrett Hedlund

Most regular superhero books are designed to go on forever of course, very few of them do, but the point is they are trying to throw mud against the wall and hope it will stick, and most of it slides off.

— Garth Ennis

I’m trying to focus on my job as I see it, which is to write the next thing and to remain, to the degree that I ever was, a noticer.

— Garth Risk Hallberg

The voices on the record, that was trying to treat my voice like guitar players treat guitar tones.

— Gary Cherone

I can deal with losing as long as one is trying to win. If you’re losing, and you’re not trying to win, that is not fair.

— Giancarlo Stanton

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

— Gin Wigmore

I had the idea for the show like a year and a half, two years ago. And it was all about the things that I didn’t like about TV. I was trying to create a positive solution for it. And it actually worked.

— Genevieve Gorder
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