Top 2652 Focus Quotes

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“I enjoy doing my work, and I don’t want to deal with the other things. When you enjoy doing your work so much, why deal with where to show, how to show, what to do? If the artist finds the right gallery which respects their work and gives them that freedom to do whatever they want to do, the artist can focus on his work.”

― A. Balasubramaniam

“I always looked up to people who did more than just rap or focus on music. I’m inspired by the people who put their different talents to use and turned it into something bigger.”

― A Boogie wit da Hoodie

“One lesson that every nation can learn from China is to focus more on creating village-level enterprises, quality health services and educational facilities.”

― A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

“When I am shooting a film, then everything goes soft focus. My family also complains that I don’t give them time.”

― Aamir Khan

“Scientists and academics in particular focus on detail and the minutiae. When they talk to each other, they usually don’t focus on the broad ideas; they don’t focus on social interconnectedness. They focus on the task that they’re doing.”

― Aaron D. O’Connell

“My main focus is, ‘What can I do today to help the team win the ballgame?’ You have those blinders on. It helps you focus.”

― Aaron Judge

“I just focus on what the team needs me to do to win.”

― Aaron Judge

“What happens to the Microsofts, Oracles and IBMs of the world is that when they get big enough, they don’t think they need to bring that same level of focus and energy to the end-user experience.”

― Aaron Levie

“When you’re playing, it’s important to focus 100 per cent on what you’re doing.”

― Aaron Ramsey

“I never really wanted to write and wanted to focus on acting.”

― Abby Elliott

“My sole focus is to help bring a World Cup back to the U.S.”

― Abby Wambach

“When everyone is running the machine, and it’s all working, there’s a tendency to look at the short term and focus on incremental opportunities and not look ahead to the really big opportunities.”

― Abigail Johnson

“Owing to some peculiarity in my nervous system, I have perception of some things, which no one else has; or at least very few, if any… I can throw rays from every quarter of the universe into one vast focus.”

― Ada Lovelace

“While many in the social enterprise space often qualify themselves as ‘non-profit,’ these organizations should instead treat themselves as ‘for-purpose.’ These organizations should focus on their mission to create social good, while still treating themselves with the same commitment to rigor and discipline as the best for-profits.”

― Adam Braun

“There is a lurking sense that there is a kind of seedy corruption underlying a lot of public life today. But while journalism does a very good job of describing that corruption, it is failing to bring it into a bigger focus. To explain what it is all about.”

― Adam Curtis

“Journalists, whose job is to pull back and tell dramatic stories that bring power into focus, find it impossible because things like economic theory are both incomprehensible and, above all, boring. The same is true of ‘management science.’”

― Adam Curtis

“Focus on the long term, and always do what’s right to grow the company and not make short-term decisions. And outlast everyone one.”

― Adam D’Angelo

“There’s so much emphasis on Daniel Day-Lewis and his process, which is appropriately his own. But I was just blown away by his generosity as an actor. He’s so giving as an actor that he just naturally commands the focus on set.”

― Adam Driver

“It fits my ADD, so that’s good. Because I really can’t focus on anything for too long. And ‘Top Gear’s really the easiest thing to do because I’m with my pals. It’s like coming home with my friends. We’re having so much fun making the show.”

― Adam Ferrara

“When it comes to landing a good job, many people focus on the role. Although finding the right title, position, and salary is important, there’s another consideration that matters just as much: culture.”

― Adam Grant

“’E.T.’ was the movie that made me want to make movies in the first place, and it was the first movie that made me focus on writing instead of what happens in the movie.”

― Adam Green

“I wanted the focus to be on my ability as a singer and as an entertainer – not on my private life.”

― Adam Lambert

“As the finish line for 2017 begins to come into focus, I’m beginning to wonder what an Uber turnaround would look like.”

― Adam Lashinsky

“Andy Chase and I were keyboard players originally, and we became guitarists later. But it’s fun for us to focus more on the keyboard stuff sometimes.”

― Adam Schlesinger

“Your job as a producer is to make suggestions without putting your ego in front of everything else. Also, I think you want to focus on that artist’s best qualities and really highlight them.”

― Adam Schlesinger

“I think the main focus in America is – is basically greed.”

― Adam Yauch

“The focus on my appearance has really surprised me. I’ve always been a size 14 to 16, I don’t care about clothes, I’d rather spend my money on cigarettes and booze.”

― Adele

“The only way I know how to deliver is to focus; some people can turn it on or off – I’d rather stay in character.”

― Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

“I’m just looking to explore every medium to express my talent, but I think mostly it’s going to be a focus on features.”

― Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

“Being single isn’t all that bad, as you can be selfish and focus on yourself and your career.”

― Aditya Roy Kapur

“When I started creating my work for publication, I just assumed that the focus would be on the work itself and that there wouldn’t be a lot of interest in who was creating the work.”

― Adrian Tomine

“I think comics can be the basis for great films, but I think the focus of such a project should be on making the film as good as possible, not on painstakingly replicating the comic.”

― Adrian Tomine

“I don’t like to focus on just hip-hop because with hip-hop, I can only do so much; with a vocalist, I can only do so much, but the limitations are varying.”

― Adrian Younge

“I don’t mean to sound cocky, but I just wear what I like and don’t try to focus too much on trends.”

― Adwoa Aboah

“Really, most of us just focus on what’s in front of us. We’re too busy putting out the fires of everyday life.”

― Aidan Quinn

“If you’re an athlete and you completely focus on the body, you’re missing other components. Similarly, if you’re trying to broaden your mind but not also being attentive to your sense of humour and your spirit, then you’re not going to grow and develop so fast.”

― Aimee Mullins

“Instead of focusing on, ‘Oh, there’s a black lady who plays videogames,’ focus on that there’s another person out there who loves the same stuff that you do.”

― Aisha Tyler

“I only want to do better work. That’s the focus of my life.”

― Ajay Devgan

“Any album that you pick up of mine, you know it’s an Akon album. The guests are very limited, and you get to really feel the experience. You get the Akon experience when you get the albums. I always want to make sure that stays the way it is. I don’t want to flood the album to where you lose focus on why you bought it.”

― Akon

“I also focus on Bush and his administration – who do a lot of lying – and how a right-wing media has allowed them to get away with a lot of stuff that, in a different media environment, they probably wouldn’t be able to get away with.”

― Al Franken

“Why don’t we focus on what Afghan women can do? They can cook, bear children and pray. As I recall, that was fine for our grandmothers.”

― Al Franken

“I tour Europe a lot. They still have a love and a fascination with the basic thing about music – how it feels and that being the focus. I’ve got people bringing their kids. And their kids bring their kids. The grandchildren are getting selfies with their Uncle Al.”

― Al Jarreau

“It is urgent to shift from a traditional, authoritative, rote educational approach to a project-based and experiential approach. Specific hard skills are fundamental, but is even more important that students ‘learn how to learn’ and focus on crucial soft skills such as flexibility and the ability to adapt to change.”

― Alain Dehaze

“Imagine maintaining 70 brands in a digital world – it is a nonsense. It is better to focus on a fewer, more distinct brands.”

― Alain Dehaze

“High tech companies that focus on research, development and production will learn that they can be the perfect complement to our world-renowned agriculture heritage.”

― Alan Autry

“I really feel like my goal, and I don’t always achieve it, is to do the best work I can do, and stay out of the results. Because ultimately, the result is not what the work is about. There are other people whose jobs are to focus on those results and maximize them, and that’s great. Let them do their job.”

― Alan Ball

“The central focus of what we are doing at the Fed is to keep inflation from accelerating – and preferably decelerating.”

― Alan Greenspan

“If you’re going to be world-class, you have to focus.”

― Alan Mulally

“When I arrived in Ford, a decision was made to sell many marquee brands. This was because 85 per cent of the sales were from Ford and Lincoln brands. We were clear that for the company’s strong future, we needed to focus on the Ford brands.”

― Alan Mulally

“With Sync technology, we’re seamlessly connected to the Internet, hands-free, and able to focus on the road but also able to handle guidance and navigation and play your music.”

― Alan Mulally

“Revenue is not where the focus of the company is at. We are focused on pushing out cool products like our analytics.”

― Alan Schaaf

“We want to be the best place on the Internet. That’s where the focus is at.”

― Alan Schaaf

“The ego is nothing other than the focus of conscious attention.”

― Alan Watts

“On ‘Master of None,’ the majority of the episodes were just one story, and that was by design because we really wanted to focus in on the character of Dev and get the audience in his head.”

― Alan Yang

“We’ve all seen the media endlessly focus on the personal lives of celebrities. Most of it is gossip and tabloid fodder.”

― Alana Stewart

“I don’t know why, but American sci-fi writers seem to focus on the near-future, which has given us Brits a clear run at the most fascinating.”

― Alastair Reynolds

“Moreover, I want us to urge political and religious leaders, and all peoples of the world, to move forward in a conciliatory spirit, to deal with religious matters in a responsible and balanced way, and to focus on their common grounds.”

― Alcee Hastings

“You have kids studying master class visual arts who are pushed to make films that will be successful economically; that’s what they focus on. So they work for corporate interest instead of artistic expression.”

― Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

“Don’t focus on negative things; focus on the positive, and you will flourish.”

― Alek Wek

“I don’t put the focus on things that don’t matter.”

― Alessia Cara

“I’m not a fitness model; I’m just a singer. If people focus on that, that’s what I care about.”

― Alessia Cara

“’Game of Thrones’ is shot on a very similar kind of schedule to a TV show, but there’s a lot more time and focus put into the script.”

― Alex Graves

“’Proof’ is a really cool pilot that I was lucky enough to read by Rob Braggin for TNT that’s about a surgeon who’s an agnostic, tough, grounded, scientific mind and she’s hired by a Steve Jobs-type who’s just been diagnosed with cancer to focus on near death experiences and what happens when you die.”

― Alex Graves

“But I think the credit has to go to Geddy… he spent a lot of time in the studio with Paul, I think he needed that kind of focus to be in there to be a part of the whole thing, and for the most part he made all the major decisions.”

― Alex Lifeson

“My favorite goals are the ones when there’s so much pressure. I focus more when the game is on the line.”

― Alex Morgan

“We have perfected the art of finding problems without fixing real-world issues. We focus too much on complexity, not harm.”

― Alex Stamos

“There’s a big focus in the security industry on incredibly sophisticated attacks and on very sophisticated threat actors.”

― Alex Stamos

“Our obsessive focus on college schooling has blinded us to basic truths. College is a place, not a magic formula. It matters what subjects students study, and subsidies should focus on the subjects that matter the most – not to the students, but to everyone else.”

― Alex Tabarrok

“The obsessive focus on a college degree has served neither taxpayers nor students well. Only 35 percent of students starting a four-year degree program will graduate within four years, and less than 60 percent will graduate within six years. Students who haven’t graduated within six years probably never will.”

― Alex Tabarrok

“I respect people that find writing easy, because I have focus problems. I’ll spend five days eating cereal and YouTubing and two hours writing the article.”

― Alexa Chung

“My brain is a big cluster of stuff. It moves quickly and loses focus quickly, so I need many projects to keep me stimulated – it’s a luxury to be able to do lots of different things: style, write, present, DJ or just consult. It can’t be any other way; I think I would shrivel up and fall asleep forever.”

― Alexa Chung

“I started LearnVest with a tiny savings account where I paid designers, technologists, and even bartered… Because I started with paying for things myself with my own savings, it sharpened my focus of how to spend money.”

― Alexa Von Tobel

“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.”

― Alexander Graham Bell

“Fiction is able to encompass books that are bleak and which dwell on the manifold and terrible problems of our times. But I don’t think that all books need to have that particular focus.”

― Alexander McCall Smith

“I just focus on getting the first scene right, with a few lines about the overall plot, and then the book grows organically.”

― Alexander McCall Smith

“When you focus on the consumer, the consumer responds.”

― Alexander Wang

“I sort of forgot about ‘Z Channel’ after it went off the air in 1989, but once Jason Resnick of Focus Features made the suggestion, I became obsessed all over again. I still am. I’ll probably be this way until I’m 80, babbling about ‘Z Channel.’”

― Alexandra Cassavetes

“I think I’ve learned not to take everything so seriously and just try to focus on the work the most.”

― Alexandra Daddario

“I think my dad would make an incredible president, and it would be great if he’d run again. But personally, for our family, part of me is glad that he didn’t. We lost our mother recently, and we need to focus on ourselves.”

― Alexandra Kerry

“I tend to focus on young people and on giving a voice to groups of people who don’t normally get their voices heard.”

― Alexandra Robbins

“We need to focus on green jobs: solar, wind, geothermal, biomass. There’s so many opportunities. But other countries like China are getting ahead of the curve.”

― Alexi Giannoulias

“I think if companies start reinventing themselves and focus on the customer experience more, they will win out in the end.”

― Alfred Lin

“We have to diversify our economy. We have to create jobs. We have to focus on education, more training programmes.”

― Ali Bongo Ondimba

“Personally, I always try to focus on the little things in my game. As a defender and attacking outside back, I continuously work on completing passes, not being too predictable going forward into the attack, good services into the box, good positioning and footwork.”

― Ali Krieger

“The World Cup focus is football. Team U.S.A. is more than football.”

― Ali Krieger

“It’s always tough to play against teams that bunker or ‘park the bus’ inside the 18-yard box, but we always try to focus on our game and how we can overcome the obstacles that the game presents to continue to get better and score goals.”

― Ali Krieger

“We eat every day, and if we do it in a way that doesn’t recognize value, it’s contributing to the destruction of our culture and of agriculture. But if it’s done with a focus and care, it can be a wonderful thing. It changes the quality of your life.”

― Alice Waters

“Successful creative adults seem to combine the wide-ranging exploration and openness we see in children with the focus and discipline we see in adults.”

― Alison Gopnik

“When nobody read, dyslexia wasn’t a problem. When most people had to hunt, a minor genetic variation in your ability to focus attention was hardly a problem, and may even have been an advantage. When most people have to make it through high school, the same variation can become a genuinely life-altering disease.”

― Alison Gopnik

“As soon as I made it about being healthy and shifted my focus away from the scale, the weight started to come off. I keep track of my body by how my jeans fit – and how I feel.”

― Alison Sweeney

“I wanted to join the Army, but my eyesight wasn’t good, so I quit school and my job to just focus on fighting. I didn’t want to just get deployed. I wanted to get in on the action.”

― Alistair Overeem

“When my entire focus is on training and just preparing… I just do 100-percent that and nothing else.”

― Alistair Overeem

“Like sheep that get lost nibbling away at the grass because they never look up, we often focus so much on ourselves and our problems that we get lost.”

― Allen Klein

“Sometimes it’s a relief just to focus on putting one foot in front of the other.”

― Allison Pearson

“That’s the ultimate goal of most turkey recipes: to create a great skin and stuffing to hide the fact that turkey meat, in its cooked state, is dry and flavorless. Does it have to be that way? No. We just have to focus on what the turkey is and what the turkey needs.”

― Alton Brown

“You’re as good as your next game, not your previous, so I’ll focus on the next one.”

― Alun Wyn Jones

“Ultimately, we are professional rugby people, and we focus on the rugby. That’s the easy bit. We are not politicians, so we don’t have to delve too much into that.”

― Alun Wyn Jones

“You really have to have a voice, especially as a female. You’ve got to be strong-minded and really focus on what your goal is – you can’t be all over the place.”

― Aly Michalka

“When you’re placed in a world where survival is the main focus, a lot of that other stuff, like wrongdoings in the past, become obsolete. You have to focus on the here and now.”

― Alycia Debnam-Carey

“I used to focus so much on winning. I used to be such a perfectionist.”

― Alyssa Edwards

“Running gave me a focus to start looking after myself, to eat properly, and focus on building up my strength.”

― Amanda Burton

“As an actor, my main focus is finding good writing and attacking a good role.”

― Amanda Peet

“My focus is to not focus too much on one genre.”

― Amanda Seyfried

“Even if you’re working a day-to-day job in the meantime to support your creative endeavors, you shouldn’t give up, and make sure you don’t lose focus.”

― Amber Stevens

“A writer can’t afford to just focus on writing and leave marketing aside in today’s competitive market.”

― Amish Tripathi

“Remember, our focus should remain on development because it is development alone that can transform this nation as well as the lives of its people.”

― Amit Shah

“The result of the collaborative culture is that corporations or government institutions focus intensely on internal culture and pour their energy into achieving minuscule policy changes relating to workplace efficiency, gender or race.”

― Amity Shlaes

“Maybe with boxing and good focus, I can fix myself and make my mother proud.”

― Amnat Ruenroeng

“Instilling a sense of self-discipline and focus when the kids are younger makes it so much easier by the time they get into high school.”

― Amy Chua

“I just kind of change, constantly, what my focus is. So whatever is stimulating me or inspiring me at the time is what I focus on.”

― Amy Jo Johnson

“Women politicians tend to lead by being accountable for results. We focus on goals and outcomes. You can’t get by on just swagger.”

― Amy Klobuchar

“Running is very spiritual for me. It is therapeutic; it clears my mind and helps me to focus.”

― Amy Locane

“The earlier you learn that you should focus on what you have, and not obsess about what you don’t have, the happier you will be.”

― Amy Poehler

“I’ve started the John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health. The big focus is helping people get the correct diagnoses.”

― Amy Yasbeck

“It’s important to understand that you have to dedicate time to your sponsors, to have relationships with the people and the media, but it is also hard when you are first coming up and your primary focus is on tennis.”

― Ana Ivanovic

“Before a match, I need to be alone. I need to reach concentration and focus on the game ahead of me.”

― Ana Ivanovic

“Autonomous tractors would enable a farmer to focus on the work that matters the most on a farm.”

― Anand Mahindra

“My aspiration is that M&M become one of the most customer-centric organizations in the world. If we focus on understanding our customers, we will be able to develop customer-centric innovations.”

― Anand Mahindra

“As far as passenger cars are concerned, I have always said, in the past, we will work more with partners and partnerships. Our focus on our own would be on the SUVs.”

― Anand Mahindra

“In 2001, I did some research and identified four characteristics that successful companies share. One, they aspire to be leaders in their businesses. Two, they have global potential. Three, they are innovative. Four, they display a ruthless focus on financial returns.”

― Anand Mahindra

“The IRS should and must focus on the most important and most egregious and the most in need.”

― Ander Crenshaw

“It’s nice on the daytime format to focus on things that connect us.”

― Anderson Cooper

“I can’t see as well as I used to. Which is actually convenient because everything I see is in extremely soft focus! I think that’s God’s little gift to me.”

― Andie MacDowell

“I struggled academically in high school because it was hard to focus. It was hard to focus on those things that were other than artistic stuff.”

― Andra Day

“With theater, depending on the audience, the show is different every night and really requires your constant concentration. With film, it’s more possible to focus for shorter, more intense bits of time.”

― Andre Holland

“What’s that show? ‘TMZ’? They stand there and say, ‘I’ve got this on this person.’ The focus on celebrities can be detrimental because people could be thinking of other things, but it’s a part of the culture and it’s what sells.”

― Andre Leon Talley

“Losing my sight had nothing to do with my focus on music. My passion for music was already there, so it would be a mistake to give too much significance to my blindness.”

― Andrea Bocelli

“There are so many double standards that seem to be applied only to female MPs. I’ve had infinite comments about what I’m wearing when the focus should be on what I’m saying.”

― Andrea Leadsom

“I mean, that was a throwaway thought, because my focus was – my intent and my focus was to never go public.”

― Andrea Mackris

“I try to focus on what I can control, and that’s just playing hard and playing well.”

― Andrew Benintendi

“I’m very big on focus.”

― Andrew Cuomo

“I prefer love scenes to be shot up close with a lot of focus on eyes and mouths. Otherwise it can feel uncomfortable and voyeuristic.”

― Andrew Davies

“Obviously the shift to gas and the need for large amounts of gas in the United States is going to be a major focus of attention on the part of producers.”

― Andrew Gould

“Worrisome thoughts and their resulting feelings are a form of self strangulation. They not only strangle your emotions. They affect your physical life as well, and your ability to focus and get things done.”

― Andrew J. Bernstein

“During the financial crisis, I worked with hundreds of executives who struggled as a result of their thoughts about job security. When their beliefs changed, so did their emotional experience – and they were then able to focus on the task at hand more effectively.”

― Andrew J. Bernstein

“The job of the government – and my responsibility – is to help people live healthier lives. The framework is about giving local authorities the ability to focus on the most effective ways to improve the public’s health and reduce health inequalities, long-term, from cradle to grave.”

― Andrew Lansley

“My number one focus is and will always be football. I wanted to make sure that companies I partner with not only respect that, but also make sense and are quality products. I think Klipsch is synonymous with quality in the sound industry, so it was a natural partnership.”

― Andrew Luck

“My top priority will be to secure maximum value for money in aid through greater transparency, rigorous independent evaluation and an unremitting focus on results.”

― Andrew Mitchell

“There are so many problems in the world worth working on and so many discoveries to make, you have to make a choice. My preference is to focus my efforts on solving problems that will help people.”

― Andrew Ng

“In 2010, we have to focus on electing a new Congress and in 2012 we have to focus on electing a new president.”

― Andrew P. Harris

“Forget about banks that are too big to fail; the focus should be on cities, municipalities and countries that are too big to fail.”

― Andrew Ross Sorkin

“I’ve always been very passionate about issues. Being speaker, you kind of have to park the positions on issues and focus more on the rules.”

― Andrew Scheer

“A lot of problems get solved in those sort of in-between moments when your subconscious has been working on some problem. If you keep it spinning, you can fix ideas sometimes better than if you focus on them directly.”

― Andrew Sean Greer

“The more we focus on what everyone else is doing wrong, the less energy we have to fix what we’re doing wrong.”

― Andrew W.K.

“With each song, I’m trying to go after that feeling of elation, of euphoria. It’s not the only feeling in the world; it’s just the one I thought I should try to focus on and find the most effective way of getting there.”

― Andrew W.K.

“In my experience, fledgling entrepreneurs focus way too much on the money – you can get most things done and figure out a lot without spending much. That said, most businesses require money to launch and get off the ground.”

― Andrew Yang

“If we focus our economy on improving human outcomes instead of just a topline GDP that is increasingly going to fewer and fewer people, we can see what Americans can do when they’re free to unleash their true potential.”

― Andrew Yang

“In the same period, Polish literature also underwent some significant changes. From social-political literature, which had a great tradition and strong motivation to be that way, Polish literature changed its focus to a psychological rather than a social one.”

― Andrzej Wajda

“You can’t focus on other people’s careers. Everybody is different.”

― Andy Murray

“Just as in policing there is an emphasis on civilians to help with paperwork, we must free up trained and experienced social workers to focus on children, not bureaucracy.”

― Andy Sawford

“The union is much more than me, and when you think the union is you and it’s not about who you represent, I think you’ve sort of lost your morals and focus and the purpose of your leadership.”

― Andy Stern

“My idea of a good picture is one that’s in focus and of a famous person.”

― Andy Warhol

“We invest very heavily in the employees. We get the return, and the employee gets the return if they stay with us for a while. So, we focus on people that will commit to us for the long run.”

― Aneel Bhusri

“The focus on just thinking about standardized test scores as being synonymous with achievement for teenagers is ridiculous, right? There are so many things that kids care about, where they excel, where they try hard, where they learn important life lessons, that are not picked up by test scores.”

― Angela Duckworth

“During all my undergrad years and in high school, I was involved in tutoring and public service. At Harvard, I spent over 35 hours a week doing service. I was a Big Sister, I worked for the homeless, the elderly; it was the epicenter of my focus.”

― Angela Duckworth

“I think the questions on the grit scale about not letting setbacks disappoint you, finishing what you begin, doing things with focus, I think that those are things I would aspire to or hope for for all our children.”

― Angela Duckworth

“I’m focusing on cultivating my land. I have vegetables and fruit trees; I want to get some chickens and solar and really get off the grid and focus on just, really, being a mother.”

― Angela Lindvall

“Thus, the focus on this main political goal must become more visible in EU politics and to achieve this, we need a political impulse. It must be clear what the priorities on the agenda are.”

― Angela Merkel

“Sexism is part of every industry and must be addressed. But I try not to focus on the negative but the positive side of what we can bring.”

― Angelina Jolie

“My whole family have all been through a difficult time. My focus is my children, our children.”

― Angelina Jolie

“I’m a very private person. I don’t go out much. I’m home with kids. I go to work. I don’t really like being the focus of attention, which is why I like being behind the camera more.”

― Angelina Jolie

“Michael Brown – when he lost his life, there was more focus on what he had done sometimes than what was done to him.”

― Angie Thomas

“Broadly shared progress can be achieved with policies that are designed specifically to benefit consumers and workers. And such policies need not even include redistributive taxation, which many workers oppose. Rather, they can focus on ways to encourage competition and discourage rent-seeking.”

― Angus Deaton

“Instead of focusing on my looks I focus on the character that I am playing.”

― Anil Kapoor

“For the first case I did with Octone, 360 deals were not at all being talked about. And then for the follow-up case, it was the focus. I wanted to see how things were changing and what the new challenges were.”

― Anita Elberse

“I have a Facebook page and a website. Beyond that, I’m actually a very private person. I’d rather see the focus on the books than on me.”

― Anita Shreve

“Wherever the career wasn’t going the way I wanted it to, I would experience those disappointments, and I would put them somewhere where I could say, ‘Come on now, you’re still working. Keep your focus where it belongs.’”

― Ann Dowd

“A simplified Christmas isn’t about circumstances as much as it is about focus.”

― Ann Voskamp

“The more you create, the more ambitious you become with your projects. Short films were a direct result of over 200 web series sketches and vlogs. After you create enough 2-minute videos, you start to wonder what else there is. Deadlines and discipline and quantity with a focus on quality have always been what keeps me going.”

― Anna Akana

“When I was 15 and had the light bulb moment I wanted to be an actor, it was my sole focus and goal, and I went after it with determination.”

― Anna Gunn

“We must focus much more on developing countries’ own policies and priorities, and increase policy and operational coherence between national, regional and multilateral actors.”

― Anna Lindh

“I’m rather a practical person. I just get on and focus on what I have to do. I just don’t get sleepless or suffer from the jitters.”

― Anna Maxwell Martin

“Everyone has an opinion, and it seems that the negative voices can be the loudest, but I chose to focus on the positive comments from readers.”

― Anna Todd

“There are so many causes that you care about, but one can’t change or take on the world, so one has to really focus on where you feel you can – to use a very overworked phrase – truly try to do something to make a difference.”

― Anna Wintour

“Publishers often push women in a subtle way to focus on fantasy and paranormal writing.”

― Annalee Newitz

“I think it’s imperative to keep your focus on why you’re in school. You’re in school to get an education.”

― Anne Donovan

“A good leader should focus on making sure everyone is being given the tools to do their job, not just expecting – poof! – that they’re going to produce great work.”

― Anne Sweeney

“When you have a laser focus, and you get distracted by what other people say, you can lose that laser focus.”

― Anne Wojcicki

“I’ve had my share of dark days of the soul. I try not to focus on it too much so it doesn’t get to me.”

― Annie Lennox

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”

― Ansel Adams

“Throughout high school and even my only season in college, a lot of people have been doubting me, saying I can’t do this, do that, and I’m too small, but at the same time, I just focus on me and the team.”

― Anthony Bennett

“We have to replace our focus on personalities with a focus on ideas so that the opinionated and self-serving pronouncements and forms of cyber-bullying are replaced by thoughtful dialogue and open-minded conversation.”

― Anthony Carmona

“Focus 90% of your time on solutions and only 10% of your time on problems.”

― Anthony J. D’Angelo

“Greatness for me is the ability to focus under pressure.”

― Anthony Martial

“When I get onto the pitch, I block out everything around it, and I really focus on the pitch.”

― Anthony Martial

“We like to collaborate on everything, so we have no formal divisions on where we each like to focus, and we like to put our brains together on every aspect of a project. We just have a nonstop dialogue.”

― Anthony Russo

“There are always myriad choices in life – some work out, some don’t, and you just have to focus on the present.”

― Anthony Scaramucci

“We need to focus on what we know to do best, and our domain is the highest quality in luxury products and spending the most attention on uncompromising quality, not on being technologically advanced.”

― Antoine Arnault

“Generally my focus has been on people who make things, whether it’s writers or directors or painters or musicians.”

― Anton Corbijn

“The United Nations must focus on delivery rather than process and on people rather than bureaucracy.”

― Antonio Guterres

“Over the years, I’ve learned, focus on the job at hand, and opportunities will open after.”

― Antonio Villaraigosa

“I try not to think about anyone’s expectations but rather focus on always doing my personal best. Modeling was never a thought in my mind growing up, but my mom felt it was important for me to be open to business opportunities and expand my horizons.”

― Anwar Hadid

“I’m comfortable around girls because I grew up with two sisters and a single mom. I feel very lucky for all they have taught me. They tell me to be myself, have fun, and focus on eye expressions.”

― Anwar Hadid

“If I need to steal from a difficult spot, I like to use a ‘bottom-up’ attention strategy to direct the focus.”

― Apollo Robbins

“I think so many times in our society we focus so much on just the end result; when we finally reach that point we realize that was never the true goal.”

― Apolo Ohno

“I could never focus on my upper body as a skater, so I’m enjoying having symmetrical upper and lower body muscle.”

― Apolo Ohno

“In their pursuit of growth and diversification, African economies should consider transforming the discourse from a focus on industrialisation to a broader one centred on value addition in agriculture, manufacturing, and services.”

― Arancha Gonzalez

“We continue to focus on actually solving problems that real people have and not being distracted by what power users want.”

― Arash Ferdowsi

“I’ve always been really internally focused. I tend to focus on hiring – ensuring that every person we hire is both a really good fit and really good – and also that everything we put out to our users is very high-quality.”

― Arash Ferdowsi

“If you try and kind of focus on hope, but you know what it’s like to be in the dark, then hope is more meaningful.”

― Arca

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”

― Aristotle

“If I dabble in too many things and don’t focus on channelizing my energy into one thing, I might mess it up.”

― Arjun Kapoor

“The focus of our public discourse has been on how American companies are competing with Japanese, German, and other foreign companies. What this allows us to ignore is how each of those American companies is really in competition with the families of the workers. That’s the real competition.”

― Arlie Russell Hochschild

“I just focus on trying to please and entertain those who have faith in my talent.”

― Arnel Pineda

“After 1980, you never heard reference to space again. Surface, the most convincing evidence of the descent into materialism, became the focus of design. Space disappeared.”

― Arthur Erickson

“Sometimes in this country, we don’t focus a lot on people’s experience and their resume. Mitt Romney would be the most experienced executive to be nominated since 1952. The fundamental task for the next president is going to be fixing things, cleaning things up, being a turnaround artist, if you will.”

― Artur Davis

“I always focus on team building – both in office and at home.”

― Arundhati Bhattacharya

“What needs to be done is that the digital initiatives that we had started, that those get the same kind of focus, and that we now disincentivize the use of cash. If you’re going to slide back into the ways that we had before this demonetization impact, then you really won’t get the benefits.”

― Arundhati Bhattacharya

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

― Asdrubal Cabrera

“I prefer films and dramas based on families and relationships – films which focus on love and harmony.”

― Asha Bhosle

“I have the greatest husband. The baby is my main focus right now. We’re both so excited. I mean, this is definitely the happiest moment in my life.”

― Ashlee Simpson

“In my second year in Los Angeles, when I was eighteen, I wasn’t getting any bookings, so I stopped going out, stopped partying. It was a matter of getting to the work. I had to focus.”

― Ashley Greene

“I focus on having a feminine body, a dancer’s body. I do resistance and dance and cardio. I like hiking, swimming, being active. It clears your mind and it’s a good way to decompress.”

― Ashley Greene

“I always knew I wanted to be an actor, certainly from the age of eight or nine. I think when you know what you want to do, you’re very lucky because you’ve got a focus.”

― Ashley Jensen

“In this crazy, crazy world of figure skating, it is easy to focus on a name or a target. But when you are going after someone, it really only holds you back from what you are capable of yourself.”

― Ashley Wagner

“I have to show up and do my job every day; that’s my focus.”

― Ashlyn Harris

“As you get older and gain more experience, you’re able to do multiple things. You don’t necessarily have to focus so hard on your performance in order to have a good one.”

― Ashton Eaton

“When I was a junior and an up-and-coming athlete, I don’t think I looked to anyone for inspiration. I was so busy trying to improve myself and learning these new events and learning about the decathlon in general that I didn’t really have time to focus on anyone else.”

― Ashton Eaton

“If we want to help Google become something meaningfully different in the future, then that’s more likely to happen if we focus on the physical world instead.”

― Astro Teller

“I believe India and Israel should focus on building bilateral relations on the basis of shared perspectives and commonalities between our two democracies. This has to be a forward-looking exercise rather than harking back to perceptions of the past.”

― Atal Bihari Vajpayee

“I think what I’ve learned to focus on is my music, and that’s why I made my record independently.”

― Aubrie Sellers

“Between speeches and awards, you can find something to do every other week. It’s hard to write. Your focus gets splintered. Once you put one thing in your calendar, that month is gone.”

― August Wilson

“Reading takes solitude and it takes focus.”

― Augusten Burroughs

“I wrote three novels in six months, with a clarity of focus and attention to detail that I had never before experienced. This type of sublime creative energy is characteristic of the elevated and productive mood state known as hypomania.”

― Ayelet Waldman

“Going forward, we will focus on building the very best Windows phones on a quicker timeline. We will also focus on the channels and markets that offer the best returns. This is a similar approach to the one we have taken with Surface, which has been very successful.”

― B. Kevin Turner

“Our real focus is going to be what can we do with our existing capacities, what new things can we do, and how much more demand can we fulfil with our existing capacities.”

― Baba Kalyani

“We manufacture automotive components including critical engine and axle parts for passenger cars, diesel engines and medium & heavy commercial vehicles. Till 1997, our focus was almost entirely on the domestic market with a relatively insignificant portion of revenues from exports.”

― Baba Kalyani

“You can focus on the few things that give people a negative image about me, or you can see the other things I’ve done, or talk to people in my inner circle who know more about who I really am.”

― Baker Mayfield

“I said that America’s role would be limited; that we would not put ground troops into Libya; that we would focus our unique capabilities on the front end of the operation, and that we would transfer responsibility to our allies and partners.”

― Barack Obama

“The reason why bookstores are going out of business in the States is that people just can’t focus on longer narratives now – even narrative film is in crisis in many ways, unless it’s an adventure film.”

― Barbara Kruger

“Don’t focus on your body. Love it, but know it’ll never be up to society’s standards because it’s all Photoshop and exclusivity. And that’s okay!”

― Barbie Ferreira

“Worry less about having to fit, and focus more on what you want to make – this will always serve you.”

― Baron Vaughn

“What I’ve learned over the years is that focus and singular purpose is the best approach for businesses.”

― Barry Diller

“Where I’m from, you focus on finishing school. Even finishing college is seen as a stretch – you just get a job after school, and that’s it.”

― Barry Keoghan

“While I have never been more excited about SecondMarket, I have chosen to move on from day-to-day management of the private company/fund business so that I can focus 100% of my energy on our digital currency business.”

― Barry Silbert

“I doubt there’s any government in the world that guides itself primarily by strategy or conceptual documents or worldview. Anybody who has the reins of power has to look at practical limitations and tradeoffs – the fact that you can focus at most on one or two things at a time, that resources are limited.”

― Barton Gellman

“The $52.6 billion U.S. intelligence arsenal is aimed mainly at unambiguous adversaries, including al-Qaida, North Korea and Iran. But top-secret budget documents reveal an equally intense focus on one purported ally: Pakistan.”

― Barton Gellman

“I love standing on the pitch too much to focus on anything else – if I want to be a coach or something.”

― Bastian Schweinsteiger

“I played everything. I played volleyball, did track, cross-country, but basketball was my main sport, my main focus.”

― Bayley

“My main focus when I do my makeup is my eyes – I accentuate my eyes, and they look bigger. More ‘va va voom,’ I guess you can say.”

― Becky G

“Defending is mostly about focus.”

― Becky Sauerbrunn

“If I am confirmed, I am confident that my colleagues on the Federal Open Market Committee and I will maintain the focus on long-term price stability as monetary policy’s greatest contribution to general economic prosperity and maximum employment.”

― Ben Bernanke

“We all consume Netflix and other streaming services in different ways. Sometimes, it’s a movie you’re really going to focus on; other times, it’s background noise to something else, where you won’t really pay attention.”

― Ben Domenech

“A Deap Vally renaissance is going to begin next year and will be our focus for the start of 2013. They will blow the cobwebs off a music scene that has become just a little bit stale.”

― Ben Lovett

“President Obama has made the Asia Pacific region a focus of his foreign policy, and Vietnam – a large, growing economy in the heart of Southeast Asia – is critical to those efforts.”

― Ben Rhodes

“Obama’s pop-cultural focus may seem demeaning to the office of the presidency. It may be mockable. But it is also tremendously effective.”

― Ben Shapiro

“At a small company, so much of the trick is focus. Not only can you only do a finite number of things, but you have to do them in the right order.”

― Ben Silbermann

“If we just focus on stats, we’re gonna eventually not have them.”

― Ben Zobrist

“When you get moved around, it can be jarring, but it helps to fine-tune your focus in the middle of the season, when other guys are getting a little lackadaisical.”

― Ben Zobrist

“I just try to focus on one step at a time, what I have to do or what the team has to do to get here.”

― Ben Zobrist

“At the end of the day, you can’t control the results; you can only control your effort level and your focus.”

― Ben Zobrist

“We don’t even think about it out there. We just focus on doing our job. The ball is the same baseball, the game is the same game. We’re going to just keep trying to do our jobs.”

― Ben Zobrist

“You don’t know when things are going to happen, so I don’t think you should be waiting around for them, so I’m interested in making stuff and being in that stuff – that’s what my focus is.”

― Benedict Samuel

“As far as same-sex marriage, I really would want to think about that a lot more given the fact that my focus would be always on the child. The innocent should not be given more even burdens than what is absolutely necessary.”

― Benigno Aquino III

“I am not concerned about getting reelected. I can make the unpopular but necessary decision. Your focus from day one is on your legacy rather than political considerations.”

― Benigno Aquino III

“The focus of my administration is, if somebody decides to work abroad, then it has to be from choice as opposed to necessity.”

― Benigno Aquino III

“The added work load of a degree has made me focus a lot more when I am in work.”

― Benjamin Cohen

“In Mudcrutch we all wrote songs, and when it got to the focus on Tom and the Heartbreakers, I kept writing songs, but it wasn’t anything that was up the Heartbreakers tree, I didn’t think – and I don’t think they did, either. So I kept writing songs for the hell of it, but I didn’t want to make a record just for the sake of making a record.”

― Benmont Tench

“But I’m going to focus on salvation as well as physical healing.”

― Benny Hinn

“Louis Vuitton, the world’s biggest luxury brand in terms of sales, is planning to dampen its expansion worldwide and focus on high-end products to preserve its exclusive image.”

― Bernard Arnault

“But when I play, I still practice hard and focus on my game.”

― Bernhard Langer

“I came out of the Civil Rights Movement, and I had a different kind of focus than most people who have just the academic background as their primary training experience.”

― Bernice Johnson Reagon

“In addition to a stronger focus on better training for law enforcement, America urgently needs programs to provide jobs and educational opportunities in economically depressed communities.”

― Bernice King

“As a member of both the energy and environment committees, I am constantly astounded by how many of my colleagues prefer to focus on what the government can do for the nuclear or coal industries rather than why the government should support clean and sustainable energy.”

― Bernie Sanders

“I would ask… of my supporters to get away from the personality conflicts that media tries to bring forward and focus on the real issues impacting the American people. And when you do that, I think the choice is pretty clear and that is that Hillary Clinton is far and away the superior candidate.”

― Bernie Sanders

“There’s something to be said about living in the present moment. In cooking, you’re allowing your mind to just focus on the task at hand, and you’re able to escape and put your mind at rest. That’s why it becomes meditative.”

― Beth Behrs

“Like, with one arm I know I can surf, but competitive surfing can be really frustrating, and sometimes you don’t do as well as you want to. It can be discouraging at times. But whenever I do get frustrated, I just focus on God.”

― Bethany Hamilton

“I think the way I sort of approach it is, you just sort of keep your head down and focus on what you are doing and making shows that people will want to see on Thursday night.”

― Betsy Beers

“The president has made good on a promise to ensure that the American people are not subject to overreach… and fulfilled a commitment to keep America first and focus on American jobs.”

― Betsy DeVos

“It could be easy to get frustrated or discouraged when it comes to educating students with disabilities. But that’s because there are too often artificial barriers and roadblocks that limit your ability to focus on meeting their individual needs.”

― Betsy DeVos

“We can focus on differences that divide us, or we can choose to listen and learn from each other’s experiences.”

― Betsy DeVos

“Good performance is about the capacity to focus and concentrate.”

― Betty Buckley

“I’m so compulsive about stuff, I know if I had ever gotten pregnant, of course, that would have been my whole focus. But I didn’t choose to have children because I’m focused on my career. And I just don’t think, as compulsive as I am, that I could manage both.”

― Betty White

“My focus is my art, and that’s what I love to do. I have to be really passionate in order to do something. I’ve turned down many things that I just didn’t believe in.”

― Beyonce Knowles

“I don’t really like to call myself a brand, and I don’t like to think of myself as a brand. I’m a singer, a songwriter, a musician and a performer. And an actress, and all the other things that I do. When you add it all together, some might call it a brand, but that’s not my focus.”

― Beyonce Knowles

“Focus on solving real problems and not on making money. There will be enough takers for your solutions. You will help make lives of some people better, and money will follow.”

― Bhavish Aggarwal

“Our focus is on the customers and improving their experience. We believe that if we do that well, competition, prices, and profits will all take care of themselves.”

― Bhavish Aggarwal

“If we want, we can be profitable, but we are focusing on growth. We don’t comment on profitability, but we do look at it internally. And many of our Ola cities are profitable. But our focus across all cities is growth.”

― Bhavish Aggarwal

“With a strong focus on driver-partners and the community at large, we aim to create a high-quality and affordable travel experience for citizens and look forward to contributing to a healthy mobility ecosystem in Australia.”

― Bhavish Aggarwal

“When I started playing cricket, I knew that my physique is not at all like a typical fast bowler. My body language is also different, and I am not aggressive by nature; thus, my focus was always on my skills.”

― Bhuvneshwar Kumar

“Sometimes you think you didn’t win, and you focus so much on that instead of really looking at it from the perspective of it not being your time yet.”

― Big K.R.I.T.

“I worked on ‘Cadillactica’ with the mind to not sample as much and focus on creativity.”

― Big K.R.I.T.

“What we can control is our performance and our execution, and that’s what we’re going to focus on.”

― Bill Belichick

“People focus too much on whether there’s a Democrat or a Republican in office. It’s not like this guy Kim-Jong Un got into power the second Trump got into power. It’s not like he wasn’t a problem. It’s not like we haven’t had warmongers. It’s not like corporations haven’t been the main influence on what we’re doing around the world.”

― Bill Burr

“Our top focus – protecting our Nation – must go beyond homeland preparedness; America will only be secure if we deal with threats before they happen, not just after they happen.”

― Bill Frist

“Effective philanthropy requires a lot of time and creativity – the same kind of focus and skills that building a business requires.”

― Bill Gates

“I’m not big on to-do lists. Instead, I use e-mail and desktop folders and my online calendar. So when I walk up to my desk, I can focus on the e-mails I’ve flagged and check the folders that are monitoring particular projects and particular blogs.”

― Bill Gates

“Steve Jobs’ ability to focus in on a few things that count, get people who get user interface right, and market things as revolutionary are amazing things.”

― Bill Gates

“Well, I don’t think there’s any need for people to focus on my career.”

― Bill Gates

“I remember thinking quite logically that I didn’t want to spoil my children with wealth and so that I would create a foundation, but not knowing exactly what it would focus on.”

― Bill Gates

“I have never seen Jeff Bezos, Marc Benioff, or Reed Hastings complain about being public. Nor have they ever argued that being public prevented them from doing things with a long-term focus.”

― Bill Gurley

“Although Senate Bill 1556 has received attention for its perceived focus, my job is to look at the actual substance of the legislation.”

― Bill Haslam

“I think if you look at exactly where you are, you can’t really focus without looking back and forward at the same time.”

― Bill Laswell

“To create exponential growth in health care, we need to put tremendous resources and focus behind the best human minds working in this field.”

― Bill Maris

“You would have thought that after 9/11 the president would have finished the job in Afghanistan, and kept the focus on capturing Bin Laden and his al-Qaeda deputies, but he and his team gave top priority to their original plan to invade Iraq.”

― Bill Nelson

“As a governor, I am naturally inclined to focus on the domestic side of protecting the United States.”

― Bill Owens

“The smartest thing we can do to create high-wage jobs and grow our economy is to keep our focus on education.”

― Bill Richardson

“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

“Shoot a few scenes out of focus. I want to win the foreign film award.”

― Billy Wilder

“It was Vikram Bhatt and ‘Raaz’ that got me interested in the medium of cinema. Before that, I was like any other youngster dabbling with various things – modelling, films – without a definite direction or focus. Now that I’m working with all of them, life has come full circle for me.”

― Bipasha Basu

“For me, I’ve learned about what it means to focus on a culture, to build social responsibility, and the idea of a company as a super-organism.”

― Biz Stone

“We focus a lot on culture specifically at Twitter because of this spotlight, and of the fact that we don’t want to end up like the child actor who found success early and grew up all weird and freaky.”

― Biz Stone

“I really focus on the ball, I really focus on the work, and I really focus on creating all the growth opportunities for anyone in the organisation that’s willing to do it.”

― Bjarke Ingels

“Of course, we wore silly outfits, the pictures were corny, and some people still focus on that. But ABBA wasn’t a big intellectual thing. We were a pop group.”

― Bjorn Ulvaeus

“The Green Lantern is a unique superhero because it’s not that he’s super that is his focus; it’s that he’s a man. He’s very human. That’s his greatest strength and his greatest weakness.”

― Blake Lively

“Some pro-life advocates focus almost exclusively on the rights and suffering of the unborn baby, while some pro-choice advocates focus equally exclusively on the rights and suffering of pregnant women. This is a distortion of the moral choice that confronts us as a society.”

― Blase J. Cupich

“To me, living in the present means being aware of your conscious choice to focus on the past, present or future – it is not necessarily having to focus on the present.”

― Bo Bennett

“Common sense tells us that we should focus our resources to benefit children, teachers and taxpayers by keeping dollars in the classroom.”

― Bob Beauprez

“The questions I get invariably focus on Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, and Sean Hannity. It’s no secret Hannity is conservative, and O’Reilly certainly is not a liberal. Beck goes well beyond conservatism to some very strange places.”

― Bob Beckel

“If your focus in life is on being productive, when things are not happening… one has to ask oneself, ‘Is this worth a grown man’s time?’”

― Bob Corker

“It is always easier – and usually far more effective – to focus on changing your behavior than on changing the behavior of others.”

― Bob Nelson

“The opponents of my budget propose taking $200 million out of our classrooms and instead spending it on a larger school employee pay raise. Our focus should be on making sure our children come first.”

― Bob Riley

“What happened on September 11 compels us to focus on who we are as Americans, what we stand for, what really matters in our lives – family, friends, faith and freedom.”

― Bob Taft

“In ‘Poster Boys,’ I played a character that no one would have thought that I could portray. The film helped me focus on work, and I worked so hard on it that even though it didn’t do well, I didn’t let it bring me down.”

― Bobby Deol

“Even if the chef has a good business head, his focus should be behind kitchen doors. A business partner should take care of everything in front of the kitchen doors.”

― Bobby Flay

“To allow our audiences to watch more professionally produced video content, we acquired Major League Gaming – MLG – and we expect MLG to become the ‘ESPN of Videogames’ with a focus on the celebration of gamers, both amateur and professionals.”

― Bobby Kotick

“I don’t want to be bothered when I’m stretching. I need to focus.”

― Bobby Lashley

“Once the season starts for me, there isn’t a change in my focus, just a change in my tactics and strategies.”

― Bode Miller

“It’s all about tuning out the noise, tuning out all the stuff that simply doesn’t move the game forward – the doubt, the personal agendas, the often deafening fear of judgment and the need to please – so that you can ultimately get to that place of quiet, of calm, where you can focus on what really matters.”

― Bonnie Hammer

“I can run the gamut with beats that no one else would think of. I’m not a trained musician, so I focus on what feels right before I dispatch to writing.”

― Boots Riley

“It’s time to focus on what I care about and not let the noise take over my brain.”

― Brad Feld

“I have shifted my mindset in terms of how companies should… focus on building amazing products. If you have amazing products, the marketing of those products is trivial.”

― Brad Feld

“I think L.A. is impossible. There’s just too much media focus. You can’t live a normal life.”

― Brad Pitt

“Politicians – in both political parties – spend too much money. And they forget to focus on what matters most: fixing the economic mess they created and putting people back to work.”

― Brad Wenstrup

“If I’m doing a job, I’ll give it 100%, and that job gets my absolute focus, and everything else goes to the side. Then, that job is finished, I’ll concentrate on the next job.”

― Bradley Walsh

“I believe the only thing that we really have control over is our attitude. If we focus on the positive things in our lives and learn how to cope with all the surprises, we will be happier people.”

― Brandon Jenner

“Life passes us by if all we do is focus on the future. Being present, for the present, is really what is important.”

― Brandon Jenner

“During the lockout year, my focus was the basics, sharpening my moves, my fundamentals.”

― Brandon Jennings

“It’s hard to get into Newsweek because, as more of our former intellectual magazines take on a pop focus, if there’s no buzz, there’s no interest.”

― Branford Marsalis

“The likability of any player is always up for debate, and people will always use their own moral compass to judge Luis Suarez, but that’s not something I tend to focus on. I concentrate on what he is like with me on a day-to-day basis, and he is a great man.”

― Brendan Rodgers

“I think sometimes you can want to win too much, and the focus comes away from what allows you to win.”

― Brendan Rodgers

“Just pushing myself for more rounds at a higher pace in training. Your focus should be grounded in what you do, and that’s fighting. I’m getting my cardio that way.”

― Brendan Schaub

“Writing a song to be a single is hard, and I don’t like to focus on that because you can get caught up in making something just terrible, which is really easy to do if you’re focused on making it a single. It’s more fun when you focus on what excites you musically.”

― Brendon Urie

“I have voted to repeal the president’s health care law and will continue to advocate for its repeal. Additionally, I will push for critical reforms that focus on controlling costs and empowering patients within the health care system.”

― Brett Guthrie

“Having seen first-hand how complex and difficult the job is, I believe it vital that the president be able to focus on his never-ending tasks with as few distractions as possible.”

― Brett Kavanaugh

“Like civil suits, criminal investigations take the president’s focus away from his or her responsibilities to the people.”

― Brett Kavanaugh

“I knew I would always be an artist, but when you move to Nashville, this is a writer’s town. I moved here to focus on that and started pitching demos and immediately was asked to be an artist.”

― Brett Young

“If you want to create a great product, just focus on one person. Make that one person have the most amazing experience ever.”

― Brian Chesky

“I only get involved with roles that I find intriguing, in top quality productions regardless of the medium. I try not to focus on the format itself and concentrate instead, on finding roles that challenge and entertain me as an artist.”

― Brian J. White

“We can no longer dwell on the divisive politics of the past but must focus on Georgia’s bright and promising future.”

― Brian Kemp

“I’m not privy to the English set-up, but at the academies in Ireland, there is a huge focus on the weights room as opposed to whether they can throw a 10-metre pass on the run. They should be rugby players becoming athletes, not athletes becoming rugby players.”

― Brian O’Driscoll

“The Actors Fund is a human services organization, so our focus has been on caring for the entire human as opposed to dealing with the disease.”

― Brian Stokes Mitchell

“The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear.”

― Brian Tracy

“The yoga pose helps me to calm down and focus when I need to.”

― Brianna Hildebrand

“Painters have always needed a sort of veil upon which they can focus their attention. It’s as though the more fully the consciousness is absorbed, the greater the freedom of the spirit behind.”

― Bridget Riley

“It takes a lot of time and a lot of energy and a lot of focus and dedication to do a film, and it’s just not worth it if you’re going to be miserable for even a day.”

― Brie Larson

“There are so many opportunities to learn things online, like between Coursera and Khan Academy and Duolingo. There are these awesome websites that are kind of these little personal Aristotles. There are times when I’m preparing for a role of some kind, and then I’ll focus on a certain subject.”

― Brie Larson

“Really take the time to focus on finding your voice and making sure that whatever you’re creating is of high quality and is useful for people in their everyday lives.”

― Brit Morin

“The Apple mentality is really about creating focus, quality and a voice that people understand and can relate to.”

― Brit Morin

“I get to focus on being a musician sometimes, and I get to focus on being a vocalist sometimes.”

― Britt Daniel

“I never think about records. I focus on my race and try to get onto the podium consistently. It’s hard enough to do that.”

― Brittany Bowe

“When I’m starting a race, I just completely narrow down my vision and focus on what’s directly ahead of me.”

― Brittany Bowe

“My strength is my wrestling, but I don’t focus on it as much. I try to focus on a lot of different things like knees, elbows, submissions, and submission defense – just a lot of different things.”

― Brock Lesnar

“You need to have laser focus on doing your job.”

― Brock Osweiler

“I really focus on giving the viewers compelling television, and hope that more and more people watch.”

― Brooke Baldwin

“There’s something about majors where I just focus a lot more. Obviously, I need to do that more often.”

― Brooks Koepka

“The Populist Caucus is the only caucus in Congress devoted solely to addressing middle class economic issues. We formed the caucus because the founding members felt like there wasn’t enough focus on middle class issues in Washington, and we’re going to keep it focused on middle class issues.”

― Bruce Braley

“However, we couldn’t focus on the films much during the series because we’re dumb. Individually we’re smart guys, but together we’re one big dumb guy, and couldn’t concentrate on two things at once.”

― Bruce McCulloch

“We need to focus on reducing property taxes. We need to focus on education funding. We need to focus on getting term limits on elected officials.”

― Bruce Rauner

“We need to bridge the gap between the medical libraries and the hospital rooms; take the information out there already, add to it, focus it, harness it – and bring it to the patient who was just diagnosed today.”

― Bruce Vento

“Not everybody is going to agree with your dream. I’m sure you’ve had border bullies in your life as you moved into your career. And what we don’t want to do is focus upon them.”

― Bruce Wilkinson

“Focus on your music and not technology.”

― Bryan Adams

“Music became my focus. At 13, I was jamming with my mates. At 15, I was playing clubs.”

― Bryan Adams

“I learned long ago to focus on things you can control and don’t even pay attention to things you don’t.”

― Bryan Cranston

“I definitely managed to do different kinds of things. My focus is usually who the director is, because at the end of the day the director is the storyteller, what the movie is all about. I don’t want to participate in something that I don’t think is constructive storytelling.”

― Bryce Dallas Howard

“I try to focus moment to moment on being an aware, responsible, contributive member of society. You see trash on the ground, pick it up!”

― Bryce Dallas Howard

“It’s definitely complicated, but it’s all about the music. When people focus on other things, I think that’s when it gets lost, and I would just rather focus on the music of it all.”

― Brynn Cartelli

“You’re gonna get your traditional Busta Rhymes and Pharrell collabo. My man Focus from the Aftermath crew; Dr. Dre; the late, great J Dilla got work on the album. It’s gonna be great – look forward to the new bang-out.”

― Busta Rhymes

“You just have to focus on what’s really important in life, and that’s your friends and your family and the life that you build.”

― Busy Philipps

“Our approach is more the jazz approach, where you learn to play your instrument as well as you can, develop your craft, and then communicate with each other. That’s the focus, not trying to give some message or entertain or have a good light show or whatever.”

― Butch Trucks

“NASA needs to focus on the things that are really important and that we do not know how to do. The agency is a pioneering force, and that is where its competitive advantage lies.”

― Buzz Aldrin

“When ‘Real People’ aired in 1979, we did OK in Los Angeles and New York. What kept that show from being canceled were the ratings from the middle of the country, and that’s what kept us in the top five. I learned then from co-hosting that it was important to focus on the country between Los Angeles and New York.”

― Byron Allen

“I’m going to be the best fighter I can be and focus on being me.”

― Cain Velasquez

“I just look at what’s ahead of me. I don’t think about, ‘For my legacy, I need to do this, this, and this.’ I just focus on every fight and how to win that fight.”

― Cain Velasquez

“Things happen for some reason. I don’t know what, but I just think about the positives, focus on getting better, and that’s it.”

― Cain Velasquez

“My approach to every game was to try to erase the games that were before and try to focus on the game at hand.”

― Cal Ripken, Jr.

“I was a pretty angry kid, and I got into military history largely as a way to vent my own anger. As I got older it narrowed down to a more specific focus on individual violence. I’m just trying to understand where it came from.”

― Caleb Carr

“I get in trouble when I say things like, ‘I’m attracted to violence.’ I was a pretty angry kid, and I got into military history largely as a way to vent my own anger. As I got older it narrowed down to a more specific focus on individual violence. I’m just trying to understand where it came from.”

― Caleb Carr

“A lot of the tabloid stories are written so well, they’re very clever and very funny. But you have to focus on what’s really important and not read them – don’t dive into it and don’t get caught up in it.”

― Calista Flockhart

“I don’t think things have changed for me. Yes, I got a big contract, but my focus is still the same.”

― Calvin Johnson

“If I’m thinking about a particular injury, then I’m already a step behind. If I’m so gun shy in the pocket and not worried about the receivers that are open down field, something’s going to happen that’s not going to get the job done. So my main focus is having confidence in myself knowing that I’m able to be myself when I’m out there.”

― Cam Newton

“Whenever you’re playing somebody who is, by all accounts, rotten, don’t focus on the rotten stuff. That stuff will take care of itself. It’s already in the script; the audience is already experiencing it without you having to add an extra feel of evil. Just play them like regular people.”

― Cameron Britton

“I don’t want to sound corny; everyone tells you what it’s going to be like to have kids and you’re like, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah, sure.’ And then you have kids, and in an instant nothing in the world matters except for this stranger, because this person comes into the world and in an instant all your focus and priorities becomes these kids.”

― Cameron Mathison

“When your focus is social change and not financial change, why wouldn’t you want to share that openly? Innovation only succeeds when it’s shared.”

― Cameron Sinclair

“I cannot control what goes on in another lane and this is how I focus on the Games. There is no point in being nervous of other swimmers. It’s just about focusing on yourself and what you need to do in order to perform at your best.”

― Cameron van der Burgh

“I’m trying to focus on the 100 and 200 breaststroke now. There’s no point concentrating on the 50 when it’s not in the Olympics. I’m not going to quit the 50 but it’s not my priority any more. I’ll do it but as part of my bid for gold at the other distances.”

― Cameron van der Burgh

“I like big crowds. I find it easier to focus.”

― Camilo Villegas

“It comes down to what your priorities are, and if public education is about kids, then every decision we make should be focused on the question of ‘Is this good for a child?’ And that should be the driving focus and the priority when we decide what our policies should be and what our laws should be.”

― Campbell Brown

“We have been spending beyond our means, we are going to focus on the projects that we committed to in the election but importantly if there is additional projects or new things that come up they have to have a business case, they have to work and they can’t impose financial stress on families and private individuals and businesses.”

― Campbell Newman

“My main focus is to help people through music.”

― Candice Glover

“With every bathroom renovation, there are three areas that I focus on: budget, function and style.”

― Candice Olson

“I learn my lines in a few different ways. A lot of my dialogue sticks with me in a general sort of way when I read the entire script for the first or second time. Then, when I get the shooting schedule, I have a better idea of what scenes are shooting when. I then will focus on those that are coming up first.”

― Candice Patton

“I don’t focus much on video. I watch here and there, perhaps two or three of my opponent’s fights. That gives me a good idea of his style.”

― Canelo Alvarez

“Many people focus on my power and talk about my power, but I have many more qualities in the ring. I like to surprise everyone.”

― Canelo Alvarez

“I tell you, it was kind of two-fold. I fortunately had a lot of support. My coach was amazing – he told me to focus on being prepared and that is what I did. Every athlete is nervous – any athlete who tells you they’re not nervous isn’t telling you the truth. I was as prepared as I could be.”

― Carl Lewis

“People listen to me, and they hear about a government they want, a government… that will cut spending, cut taxes, that will focus on private-sector job creation.”

― Carl Paladino

“Development has to start from the base; the kids need to be playing, and the institutions have to come forward. There needs to be focus on grassroots.”

― Carles Puyol

“It’s always hard to deal with injuries mentally, but I like to think about it as a new beginning. I can’t change what happened, so the focus needs to go toward healing and coming back stronger than before.”

― Carli Lloyd

“As a player, you just want to focus on controlling the controllables.”

― Carli Lloyd

“Free trade is an important component of our economy, but it also has to be fair. Too often, the needs of American workers are ignored while the interests of huge corporations are the focus of these trade deals.”

― Carlos Beruff

“I do think we’ve become so reliant that the phones are never out of our reach. We’re always trying to stay connected that way and the irony is that it’s actually disconnecting us from everything else because we’re not just focused on what’s in front of us; we focus on what’s in our hand or off to the side.”

― Carly Pope

“For some reason if we hear 100 praises and one criticism, we focus on that one hurtful thing.”

― Carmen Electra

“I teach a freshman seminar every year, and we delve very, very deeply into their mindsets. They read scientific articles, but we also focus on what their mindset is, and they learn to recognize when they are in more of a fixed mindset, because we’re all a mixture.”

― Carol S. Dweck

“Run focus groups. Do whatever you need to do to get 8 to 10 people together in a room and put your product in front of them. Ask them how much they would pay for it and whether they would pay for it. It’s really important to get user validation early and often.”

― Caroline Ghosn

“I just decided to take some time off. I’ve been modeling since ’93, ’92, and that’s a pretty long time. I’m a single mother and I chose to focus on her.”

― Carolyn Murphy

“I’m proud that today, at 43 years old, I’ve come to value the aging process and focus on inner rather than outer beauty.”

― Carre Otis

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

― Carrie Ann Inaba

“Even though I thought of myself as soft and squishy, I always had this great will and focus and was just so driven.”

― Carrie-Anne Moss

“Inevitably, when a scene isn’t working for me, it’s because I’m being self-conscious, and I’m not putting enough of my focus on my fellow actor.”

― Carrie Coon

“Instead of wasting time on proposals which are difficult to forge consensus on, such as public nomination and party nomination, it’s better to focus the discussion on how to form the nominating committee and the nomination process.”

― Carrie Lam

“In terms of tackling different subjects, I can’t really think of anything I wouldn’t want to try; that’s the fun of it right? Each new style brings new challenges – not that you shouldn’t focus on one and master it, but it takes so long to make a film, you just want to have some variety.”

― Cary Fukunaga

“All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you. The only thing blame does is to keep the focus off you when you are looking for… reasons to explain your unhappiness or frustration.”

― Casey Stengel

“In recent years, Republicans have argued that Congress is a more responsible policymaker than the executive branch. But when it comes to regulation, Congress is often much worse, and for just one reason: Executive agencies almost always focus on both costs and benefits, and Congress usually doesn’t.”

― Cass Sunstein

“Bottom 10 Percent progressives are not enthusiastic about concentrations of wealth. But that’s not what keeps them up at night. Their focus is on deprivation and lack of opportunity. They’re motivated by empathy for people who are suffering, rather than outrage over unjustified wealth.”

― Cass Sunstein

“We as artists are actively encouraged – by other authors, your agent, publisher, and society – not to think about money, strategy, how to manage your career, how to create a brand, because we’re supposed to focus on the art.”

― Cassandra Clare

“Whatever I do in life, my parents always taught me to focus on that, and they never let me quit.”

― Cassie Scerbo

“I’m the kind of person who doesn’t really focus on more negativity. I’m a positive person, and I look at things in a positive way.”

― Caster Semenya

“I am an athlete, and I focus more on the issues that concern me: training, perform, eat, sleep.”

― Caster Semenya

“I think I have made a difference. I have meant a lot to my people. I have done well. They are proud of me. And that was the main focus. I was doing it for my people, the people who support me.”

― Caster Semenya

“I’ve always liked to be on my own, since I was young. I like the sound of a quiet place. It helps me focus.”

― Caster Semenya

“We’ve seen, time and again, when people focus on the outcome rather than what needs to be done to achieve a desirable result, then the wheels fall off.”

― Cate Campbell

“Few things focus the mind like fear.”

― Catherine Tate

“My becoming the CEO is a testament to our long commitment to diversity inclusion. And I intend to really focus and really pay that forward for our future diverse leaders at Deloitte.”

― Cathy Engelbert

“If our focus in immigration reform is exclusively on high-skilled or STEM immigrants, where do the rest of the millions yearning to join our ranks fit in?”

― Cedric Richmond

“Music definitely gave me a focus. I was an artist without an outlet. Let’s just say if I was not famous, I could have been infamous. I could’ve had my own episode of ‘American Gangster.’”

― CeeLo Green

“Let’s stop reflexively comparing Chinese writers to Chinese writers, Indian writers to Indian writers, black writers to black writers. Let’s focus on the writing itself: the characters, the language, the narrative style.”

― Celeste Ng

“My mum has always said I am too hard on myself. But I have always been like that and it has always helped me. After matches I focus only on what I did wrong. Never what I did well.”

― Cesc Fabregas

“We need to divorce ourselves from venture capital as an occupation and focus on using capital as a way to take really big bets on things that just seem totally audacious.”

― Chamath Palihapitiya

“Our focus is more on secured retail business like housing and car loans. While we will do some unsecured loans – credit cards and personal loans – we will do it primarily with existing customers.”

― Chanda Kochhar

“If you look at the numbers from 2002 to 2016, we have consistently been market leaders. We have followed a well-articulated strategy, and our focus is to continue that strategy.”

― Chanda Kochhar

“If there is a course that is quant-oriented, you need to focus on that, but if it is a course that is more general management-oriented, do you not need entrance examinations which are more all round?”

― Chanda Kochhar

“When I was five years old, I told my parents that I wanted to take ballet. So, ballet was the focus of my life… until puberty. Then I discovered boys and started dating a guy with a mohawk who’d come to my ballet class and freak everybody out. Shortly after that is when I quit.”

― Chandra West

“I think to describe ‘The Gates’ as a genre show is tricky because when you think of what’s a vampire show or what’s a supernatural kind of thing, I think other shows… maybe focus on that element probably slightly more than our show does.”

― Chandra West

“We’re going to continue to focus on family comedies because that is something that our audience really comes to ABC for. But at the same time, we’re going to push the boundaries of what a family comedy actually means.”

― Channing Dungey

“I do want to focus on shows that are lighter, brighter, more emotional: shows that give the audience a chance to connect and to feel.”

― Channing Dungey

“Our goal is to focus on the unique points of view of our show creators but make shows that have broad appeal.”

― Channing Dungey

“I was not good in school. I could never read very fast or very well. I got tested for learning disabilities, for dyslexia. Then I got put on Ritalin and Dexedrine. I took those starting in the eighth grade. As soon as they pumped that drug into me, it would focus me right in.”

― Channing Tatum

“Dr. King’s famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech was delivered at ‘The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom,’ a call to justice beyond the traditional civil rights movement’s focus.”

― Charles B. Rangel

“Before we start making blanket statements about abolishing the IRS, I think it’s important to focus on what the tax code for the 21st century should look like.”

― Charles Boustany

“The more you focus, the more that focus becomes a habit.”

― Charles Duhigg

“Every habit is made of three parts… a cue, a routine and a habit. Most people focus on the routine and behavior, but these cues and rewards are really the way you make something into a habit.”

― Charles Duhigg

“The discovery of the habit loop is important because it reveals a basic truth: When a habit emerges, the brain stops fully participating in decision making. It stops working so hard, or diverts focus to other tasks.”

― Charles Duhigg

“Lady Antebellum will always be my focus.”

― Charles Kelley

“The growing influence of focus groups means we are all in danger of being excessively cowed by their feedback.”

― Charles Kennedy

“We want a crowd to make us feel important and liked. But why is getting a crowd our focus? Jesus never suggested that crowds were the goal. He never addresses getting your church to grow. Never.”

― Charles R. Swindoll

“When trouble comes, focus on God’s ability to care for you.”

― Charles Stanley

“Many science fiction writers are literary autodidacts who focus on the genre primarily as a literature of ideas rather than as a pure art form or a tool for the introspective examination of the human condition. I’m not entirely at ease with that self-description.”

― Charles Stross

“That’s the thing that we said about the horn before: it’s a focus issue. It’s like a singer versus a drummer. If a drummer’s playing a drum beat, and a singer starts singing, what do you think the audience is going to do?”

― Charlie Hunter

“It’s just always wonderful to have a director who encourages you so much to focus on the present.”

― Charlie Plummer

“You have the right to kill me, but you don’t have the right to judge me. That’s life. There’s nobility in that. There’s focus. It’s genuine. It’s crystal and it’s pure and it’s available to everybody, so just shut your traps and put down your McDonalds, your vaccines, your Us Weekly, your TMZ and the rest of it.”

― Charlie Sheen

“But you can’t focus on things that matter if all you’ve been is asleep for forty years. Funny how sleep rhymes with sheep. You know.”

― Charlie Sheen

“For most athletes, there’s a focus on your own fitness, but I have to rely on my horse, too. I’ve been very lucky so far, and it hasn’t presented a problem, but you can never count on a competition going as planned until you’re there and actually doing it.”

― Charlotte Dujardin

“Acting, taken to the highest level, requires a fierce, total focus of your time and energy at the cost of just about everything else.”

― Charlton Heston

“I went to see ‘The Piano’ with Holly Hunter when I was in a Paula Vogel play, and I was just gone. I couldn’t focus at all. It took that creative part of my brain with it so absolutely.”

― Cherry Jones

“Employees can make happiness when they maximize their brainwork voluntarily and enthusiastically. Management should focus on setting up an atmosphere.”

― Chey Tae-won

“As long as you’re ahead of a trend, I think you’re going to be fine. You really have to have a multitasking mind that can switch from one thing to the other easily without too much focus on, ‘Oh, I’m going to Instagram my life.’”

― Chiara Ferragni

“I try not to feel pressure, because I feel like it kind of throws you off. I always try to focus on myself. But it does kind of creep into the back of my mind.”

― Chloe Kim

“Concentration and focus – they are very important, just as important as in anything, I suppose, if you’re going to succeed. I’ve seen a lot of good players on the training ground, but when it comes to the game, they can’t keep the same levels up on a Saturday.”

― Chris Coleman

“I think there needs to be a global focus on people taking care of people.”

― Chris Cornell

“In the United States, workouts tend to focus on body image and how you look. For me, it’s really all about the brain.”

― Chris Cornell

“I prefer not to use any machines. I focus a lot on cardio, which is what I do when I’m on stage. I also am into isometric workouts.”

― Chris Cornell

“Silos and bureaucracy are well-oiled machines in corporate America, but they are ultimately perpetuated by individual behavior. If we start behaving differently, we can create change. In other words, shifting your focus onto the team – or the ship as a whole, not just yourself – will have meaningful impact.”

― Chris Fussell

“I think the mistake a lot of people make with new media is they just focus on one thing. But any one thing – just doing podcasts or just having a website or just doing television – isn’t enough anymore.”

― Chris Hardwick

“I think when I look out and I see there’s so much negativity in the world and a lot of people are unhappy and a lot people are anxious, it just feels like that’s one view of the world. But you don’t have to always focus on that view of the world.”

― Chris Hardwick

“If I would get an album out every eight months and if I would write songs that were more up-tempo and try to focus more on making singles, then I could probably get more attention. But I don’t think the albums would be very fun to listen to, and it would be a drag for me.”

― Chris Isaak

“There’s something great about having all the attention and focus. I mean, you can’t beat that.”

― Chris Lane

“The more we remove the need for individual members of Congress to raise private election funds, the more our representatives can focus on the things they were elected to do, and the more time they will have to cross party lines and erase the divisions that pollute our national dialogue.”

― Chris Murphy

“Usually, when we go out, it’s because we made a new studio album, and that becomes the focus of the tour throughout the world for a year or so.”

― Chris Squire

“I find the ball, and I think, ‘Where’s the ball going, and where do I need to go?’ It just puts me back in the game, and it’s the simplest thing, but it’s become sort of like my soccer mantra. I simply use the ball as my focus point and move back into position, and the distracting thoughts disappear, and I’m right back in the game.”

― Christen Press

“I think, in the U.S., we have such a focus on the physicality, on being the best athlete, that it sort of overshadows the football aspect of it.”

― Christen Press

“As a goal scorer, my focus is always on converting my chances and being clinical in the box. That’s my No. 1 priority.”

― Christen Press

“I focus on playing football, and there are many battles you have to think about and which must be won.”

― Christian Eriksen

“I never had the dream to be a great designer. My focus was just to do beautiful things.”

― Christian Louboutin

“I’m just trying to live in the moment and do the best I can for myself and for my teammates, and that’s all I can really focus on.”

― Christian Pulisic

“When I stopped eating meat, I noticed that it was easier for me to focus, and I was really proud of myself for being green also… I had a plethora of reasons for going vegetarian.”

― Christian Serratos

“I’ve gotten into the habit of cranking out a set of push-ups before each show to get my blood pumping and find my focus. I worked my way up from eight to 30. That was a real accomplishment.”

― Christie Brinkley

“That’s my fun time so, to me, doing my homework, studying on what I do, watching the movies, listening to music, all that inspires me so I focus a lot on that and practice.”

― Christina Milian

“It is really hard to do comedy; it takes a lot of energy and focus. It’s rather like music: It’s a lot of hitting notes precisely.”

― Christine Baranski

“It is time for us to turn a corner and come together, put our differences behind us and focus on the future.”

― Christine Gregoire

“Once I realized I wanted live in New York, I saved enough money that I wouldn’t have to get a job right away. That was important to me, to focus on acting; I didn’t want to come here and just fall into the mix.”

― Christopher Abbott

“Misdirected focus on paperwork, on procedures, and on bureaucracy frustrates teachers and fails to give children the education they need.”

― Christopher Bond

“I think that the mere fact that I’m doing it ought to inspire someone. In junior high school the counselor suggested that I focus on wood shop and metal shop.”

― Christopher Darden

“When I come onto a show where I haven’t met any actors, I try to zero in on the script and what’s expected of the character I’m going to play and hopefully keep my focus on that, and friendships develop from that.”

― Christopher Lloyd

“I rarely see one of the ‘summer blockbuster’ movies. I’d like to see a stronger focus on smaller, smarter movies.”

― Christopher Meloni

“I never really think about what people are going to think of the movie afterwards. Or what people are going to call me. I just want to make a great project, and my focus is really all on that. And then I really don’t read reviews. Like, you know, go on comment boards or anything.”

― Christopher Mintz-Plasse

“May is the month when people focus on mothers more than any other time of year.”

― Christy Turlington

“Train hard, get good coaching, and don’t forget that its mixed martial arts. Don’t get tied into one style of fighting, and focus on multiple disciplines.”

― Chuck Liddell

“Federal policy tells us to fill 50 percent of our plates with fruits and vegetables. At the same time, federal farm subsidies focus on financing the production of corn, soybeans, wheat, rice, sorghum, dairy and livestock.”

― Chuck Norris

“I think that when you become a mom… you don’t really worry about the small stuff. I’m just way more centered. It makes you focus even more on what your goals are in life.”

― Ciara

“I became very successful at a young age… I had lots of opportunities and lots of power and had no idea how to focus it.”

― Claire Danes

“The cinema should be human and be part of people’s lives; it should focus on ordinary existences in sometimes extraordinary situations and places. That is what really motivates me.”

― Claire Denis

“My first obligation is my job. It’s very hard to really get into campaign mode when you’ve got to focus on doing the work.”

― Claire McCaskill

“You know I think the president has to really focus on getting elected to a second term in 2012. And I need to focus on making sure I’m accountable to the people of Missouri.”

― Claire McCaskill

“When I make criticism, it’s constructive. It’s not right only to focus on the negatives.”

― Clarence Seedorf

“If you’ve lost focus, just sit down and be still. Take the idea and rock it to and fro. Keep some of it and throw some away, and it will renew itself. You need do no more.”

― Clarissa Pinkola Estes

“Startup culture fosters laughter, debate, and a passionate, non-politically-correct focus on getting things done. And this startup of culture is something entrepreneurs struggle to maintain as the business grows. To ensure this environment continues, create a strong foundation and ensure everyone is on board.”

― Clay Clark

“You must bring a white-hot level of intensity and focus to your work.”

― Clay Clark

“To focus capital and entrepreneurship into empowering innovation, we should change is the capital gains tax rate. We would be better served by a regressive tax rate, that would become progressively smaller the longer the investment is held.”

― Clayton M. Christensen

“When the U.S. team went on its historic run to the World Cup quarter-finals in 2002, I was thirteen years old. Each game in that run – the astonishing victory against Portugal, the resilient win over Mexico, even the gutsy but unlucky effort against the Germans – propelled me to push my other athletic interests aside and focus only on soccer.”

― Clint Smith

“My first press tour for ‘Vikings’ was pretty overwhelming. Between all the hotels, TV shows and talking a lot, I would get done and have to sit in silence for a while. It was exhausting, and you really have to focus.”

― Clive Standen

“Going to the Portland Trail Blazers, who actually took the time to invest in me, was perhaps the best thing that ever happened to me in my career. I got to a small market where I could focus on basketball, basketball, basketball. No distractions.”

― Clyde Drexler

“I’m a goal-oriented person, and instead of focusing on the past, I’d rather focus on the future.”

― CM Punk

“I got my boobs done because I wanted to even out my lower half, and I thought that would take the focus away from my hips.”

― Coco Austin

“Connecting with fans is very important to me and useful, too! It’s almost as if I have my own focus group. If I put up one picture that gets 1,000 likes and one that gets 15,000 likes, it gives me a big clue as to what people like to see.”

― Coco Rocha

“I’ve tried to shut myself off as much as possible from the hype of ‘War Horse,’ and just thought, ‘OK, I’m going to focus on the character and focus on the story and focus on what I have to do.’”

― Cody Fern

“If people hate Michael Langdon, that’s a good thing. I’m not going to debate that. I don’t worry about making him likeable… My real focus in playing Langdon is making his intentions clear and how he operates and what his mission is and how he shapes the perception of who he is around people.”

― Cody Fern

“We all look in the mirror and name the things that we don’t like about ourselves or wish we could change. Instead, name the good things and focus on that!”

― Colbie Caillat

“I focus on different parts of the body on different days. It’s usually high-intensity circuits and a lot of body weight stuff.”

― Cole Sprouse

“As any actor will tell you, the hardest thing to do is small parts, because you focus all your attention and concentration on that small part. When you’re playing the lead part, you don’t have time to think about the whole of it, so you just have to steam on and get on with it.”

― Colin Baker

“People need to focus on bigger issues instead of whether George Bush is an idiot or not.”

― Colin Greenwood

“I do create songs and play the guitar. But my focus is definitely on acting. I think, if there’s going to be singing involved in my career, it would probably be in musical theater.”

― Condola Rashad

“The mixed martial arts way of life will give you focus.”

― Conor McGregor

“I kind of go in waves with reading. Sometimes I read all the time, and sometimes I can’t get settled enough to focus.”

― Conor Oberst

“I’m done with Everest. I did it three times, and I need to be good at that and be happy with it and focus on other climbs.”

― Conrad Anker

“I’m a very private guy, so it’s an adjustment for me, but a welcomed one, as long as the work remains the focus.”

― Corey Hawkins

“So you want to take the risk, and you want to step out there; you do it because that’s what we have to do as actors. And sometimes in TV, it becomes big, and it becomes about the entertainment, but also, we have to focus in on the work.”

― Corey Hawkins

“Poor people and working people have not been the focus of the Obama administration. That for me is not just a disappointment but a kind of betrayal.”

― Cornel West

“I believe that living life with a definiteness of purpose, with having a central focus, is essential to success.”

― Cory Booker

“I see the people in the tabloids, the ones that get bad press, who have kind of gone off the edge, and I try to study them so that I don’t do that. It seems like they lost focus at some point – that’s the one thing they all have in common.”

― Cory Monteith

“If you never give up and you strive hard and focus on every move like a chess game, you will make it. I believe that wholeheartedly.”

― Coy Bowles

“One of the main things I do is focus on ideas and what stories we decide to tell, but probably the biggest part of my job I’d say is working on the storyboards.”

― Craig McCracken

“Focus on making you the best you can be as an actor, and follow your own path.”

― Craig Sheffer

“Focus on making you the best you you can be as an actor and follow your own path. You can’t compare an apple to an orange. It will cause a lot of self-esteem issues.”

― Craig Sheffer

“I had this desire to understand Islam better and then focus on the beauty of Arabic and Islamic cultures. And one of the first things to emerge was Arabic calligraphy, which was instantly inspiring.”

― Craig Thompson

“My early years were hardly a model of focus, discipline, and direction. No one who met me as a teenager could have imagined my going into research and making important discoveries. No one could have predicted the arc of my career.”

― Craig Venter

“If I focus on the short-term goals, then the long-term goals are going to be in my favor.”

― Crystal Dunn

“One mistake is that managers practice position-ship rather than leadership. They focus on constituency, the people they need the most and depend on, only caring about how they are viewed by the leaders above them, thereby following position-ship.”

― Curt Coffman

“I’ve never been in a business where safety performance was excellent and the business performance was not, so they go hand in hand, and for me, safety performance is an indication of discipline, of focus and of how joined up an organisation is.”

― Cynthia Carroll

“I want to stop directing so many of resources to the military budget and focus them here at home. I believe government should invest in public infrastructure.”

― Cynthia Dill

“I try to ignore the Tonys buzz as much as possible. It’s wonderful to be thought of that way, but I have to kind of pretend it’s not happening so I can keep focus. It’s about the work I’m doing, and it’s more than enough to come away knowing that people are changed when they leave the theater.”

― Cynthia Erivo

“We aim to restore our focus on building an economy in which all South Africans can flourish, an economy which benefits the people as a whole rather than a privileged few.”

― Cyril Ramaphosa

“We should draw deep into Madiba’s wisdom. We should draw deep into Madiba’s style of doing things in an orderly manner, in a purposeful manner, in a way where we focus.”

― Cyril Ramaphosa

“We need to work together as social partners to focus on our economy by removing all the obstacles to investment and move South Africa to a higher level of growth.”

― Cyril Ramaphosa

“I wasn’t a good kid in school. I wasn’t a bad kid. I just didn’t focus. My grades weren’t good. I mucked around, you know, a phase everyone went through.”

― Dacre Montgomery

“Genuine happiness can only be achieved when we transform our way of life from the unthinking pursuit of pleasure to one committed to enriching our inner lives, when we focus on ‘being more’ rather than simply having more.”

― Daisaku Ikeda

“I’m just gonna focus on raising my girls forever, and that’s gonna be it.”

― Dakota Meyer

“I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.”

― Dalai Lama

“I try not to focus on taking things away; I try to add in nutrient-rich foods into the things I eat. I don’t say, ‘I’m going to take out the fat.’ I say, ‘What can I add in to make my muscles work more? What can I add into this that will give me the vitamins I need?’ It feels luxurious!”

― Damaris Phillips

“Instead of focusing on what my body looks like, I try and focus on how my body works – how strong my body is.”

― Damaris Phillips

“The lesson I learned is that sometimes the task you have at hand needs all of your concentration and focus.”

― Damian Lewis

“The idea behind Mediaite was always to focus on the punditry, focus on the personalities behind the political media.”

― Dan Abrams

“We need to focus on jobs.”

― Dan Lipinski

“It’s easy to focus on the things that divide us. Sometimes too easy.”

― Dan Miller

“I think some people have a rare ability to focus. As a player, Earl Thomas has it. When he was at practice or in a game, he was always on; he was right there.”

― Dan Quinn

“When you focus solely on valuation and market share, you win some and you lose some. When you focus on the needs of your customers and help them achieve their dreams, you win every time.”

― Dan Schulman

“Despite all these obstacles and bad security situation, I have the energy and the resolve to train, but my head is full of ideas and it distracts me, and I need to focus.”

― Dana Hussein

“When I feel like my body is exhausted, I focus on making my fifth Olympic team so I can push through it.”

― Dana Torres

“I like to focus on stories that need to be told and are not told enough. When I get bit by that bug, and the story is saying, ‘You must tell me,’ I then go through a process which is often painful and arduous, and long – and joyful! – of submitting to the story until I prove a worthy enough vessel to get it out.”

― Danai Gurira

“Barcelona focus a lot on what Barcelona does and not on what others are going to do. It creates a different way of working. Of course we studied our opponents to see their weak points and their strong points, but 70 per cent of the time, it was about us.”

― Dani Alves

“My parents made the decision never to focus on my looks, and I had no sense of myself as beautiful.”

― Dani Shapiro

“I have to force myself to remember that if I can’t do my job, people’s stories won’t get told, and that helps me to focus on the task at hand.”

― Daniel Berehulak

“When you’re in the field, you just focus on the task at hand.”

― Daniel Berehulak

“The biggest thing is education for young chefs and how they should focus on one cuisine rather than trying to imitate too many. It’s like art – you can see the cycles from many past artists and new artists being inspired by past artists.”

― Daniel Boulud

“I went from being a guy who was sparingly being used on television to being the World Heavyweight Champion and the focus of a lot of the storylines on Smackdown.”

― Daniel Bryan

“I avoid talking about the way I work. But in avoiding it I seem only to have encouraged people to focus their fantasies about me in an ever more fantastical way.”

― Daniel Day-Lewis

“When I did make the decision to focus on acting, I think my mother was just relieved for me that I had finally started to focus.”

― Daniel Day-Lewis

“Put your consumers in focus, and listen to what they’re actually saying, not what they tell you.”

― Daniel Ek

“One way to boost our will power and focus is to manage our distractions instead of letting them manage us.”

― Daniel Goleman

“Social distance makes it all the easier to focus on small differences between groups and to put a negative spin on the ways of others and a positive spin on our own.”

― Daniel Goleman

“As a freshman in college, I was having a lot of trouble adjusting. I took a meditation class to handle anxiety. It really helped. Then as a grad student at Harvard, I was awarded a pre-doctoral traveling fellowship to India, where my focus was on the ancient systems of psychology and meditation practices of Asia.”

― Daniel Goleman

“Brain studies of mental workouts in which you sustain a single, chosen focus show that the more you detach from what’s distracting you and refocus on what you should be paying attention to, the stronger this brain circuitry becomes.”

― Daniel Goleman

“I don’t think focus is in itself ever a bad thing. But focus of the wrong kind, or managed poorly, can be.”

― Daniel Goleman

“Companies in the East put a lot more emphasis on human relationships, while those from the West focus on the product, the bottom line. Westerners appear to have more of a need for achievement, while in the East there’s more need for affiliation.”

― Daniel Goleman

“In my books the technology that I choose to talk about has to serve the themes. What that means is that I end up having to cut out a lot of cool technology that would be really fun to describe and play with, but which would just confuse everybody. So in ‘Amped,’ I focus on neural implants.”

― Daniel H. Wilson

“As people move further away from a meat-based diet, I think the focus will shift to using grains as the central focus of our food supply.”

― Daniel Humm

“In San Francisco, the majority of the restaurants are ingredient-driven. In New York, that is true as well, but there’s also a greater focus on technique.”

― Daniel Humm

“There’s a tendency to look at investments in isolation. Investors focus on the risk of individual securities.”

― Daniel Kahneman

“Multitasking creates a dopamine-addiction feedback loop, effectively rewarding the brain for losing focus and for constantly searching for external stimulation.”

― Daniel Levitin

“We need to blinker ourselves, to better monitor our attentional focus. Enforced periods of no email or Internet to allow us to sustain concentration have been shown to be tremendously helpful. And breaks – even a 15-minute break every two or three hours – make us more productive in the long run.”

― Daniel Levitin

“People who organize their time in a way that allows them to focus are not only going to get more done, but they’ll be less tired and less neurochemically depleted after doing it.”

― Daniel Levitin

“When you’re building a business, you want to focus and deliver excellence at what you do. This simply cannot be done when you are launching multiple ventures, dozens of new products, and selling everywhere and anywhere at the same time.”

― Daniel Lubetzky

“The Kind Foundation was created to scale our social impact and be able to deepen our focus on fostering empathy and developing kinder communities.”

― Daniel Lubetzky

“Beginning players are predictable and rarely bluff. They tend to focus only on their own hand and simply hope to catch the one card they need to improve.”

― Daniel Negreanu

“Beating a tight game requires focus. You’ll need to seek out every opportunity where you can steal a big pot. One way is by representing a hand that your opponents probably can’t beat.”

― Daniel Negreanu

“I’ve definitely got better over the years at conserving my energy in pre-season – at knowing what to focus on and what to let go.”

― Daniel Ricciardo

“At Chelsea, there’s more focus on team shape, a lot of work on tactics.”

― Daniel Sturridge

“I have total faith in my abilities, total faith in what I can do on the pitch, and I just have to focus on that, on my game, and help the team be successful, and I have no worries.”

― Daniel Sturridge

“I’m finding that I tend to be one of those people who gets into very committed, long-term relationships, and then I really focus on that relationship and not so much myself.”

― Danielle Fishel

“I’m getting my psychology degree with a focus on marriage and family therapy.”

― Danielle Fishel

“My job is to focus on bringing characters to life in an honest and personal way.”

― Danny Pudi

“As a player, you have to focus on the match and not too much on the surroundings.”

― Danny Welbeck

“Obviously, you want to win a trophy and finish as high up the table as possible. But it’s important to focus game-by-game.”

― Danny Welbeck

“We have a large amount of data that shows playing fast-paced games improves hand-eye co-ordination, the ability to focus on the task at hand, and your ability to make decisions, as gaming improves your brain’s allocation of resources.”

― Daphne Bavelier

“I stopped dating for six months a year ago. Dating requires a lot of energy and focus.”

― Daphne Zuniga

“When I was in my 20s, I learned not only how to work hard but about the importance of focus.”

― Dara Khosrowshahi

“I just have to stay away from craft services. Having that routine allows me to keep absolute focus on the physical shape I want to be in. It’s also important to allow yourself to have treats every once in awhile, so I indulge in dark chocolate. It’s just a balance, for the most part!”

― Darby Stanchfield

“I have to control my mouth – and that’s hard enough – and then I have to manipulate the puppet and make it look real – like, make its interactions look real. And then I have to sing at the same time, and I have to have my facial expressions reacting to the puppet… So it’s a lot going on, and I have to focus on every single thing at the same time.”

― Darci Lynne Farmer

“If you’re guilty of something, you can focus on that, but if something terrible happens, and you can’t imagine how you could have changed it, that’s very difficult for the mind. In some ways, it’s more difficult not to be at fault because it’s a subtler thing.”

― Darin Strauss

“I love Hootie & the Blowfish and what we do, but that’s not my main focus anymore.”

― Darius Rucker

“My books always focus on the response of the characters to extreme events. As dark as they get, they are ultimately positive, uplifting books about children who take control of their lives and overcome great adversaries. I think that is why they have been so popular.”

― Darren Shan

“Your mind simply can’t focus forward and downward all at the same time.”

― Daryn Kagan

“I’m tired of high policy talks. I want to focus on nuts and bolts.”

― Dave Freudenthal

“The U.S. Supreme Court has established that the tribes own their water. What I’d like to focus on is doing something with the water that results in economic development.”

― Dave Freudenthal

“The voters reward good performance. So, I’m going to go out and focus, if I become the governor, to do the very best job I can as governor. The rest of it will take care of itself.”

― Dave Heineman

“Usually, what I recommend to entrepreneurs is to focus on telling the problem first, about the customer or the person who has that problem.”

― Dave McClure

“My role has been limited to focus on fiduciary obligations to our investors as a general partner of our funds.”

― Dave McClure

“As far commercial success, I don’t think that’s a focus but it’s not that we don’t enjoy that. It’s not something you can attempt and achieve.”

― Davey Havok

“Even within the context of the alternative scene I was a part of, within punk and hardcore and the alt scene, there was a focus on self-destruction.”

― Davey Havok

“As we become more spiritually mature and increasingly steadfast and immovable, we focus upon and strive to understand the fundamental and foundational doctrines of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.”

― David A. Bednar

“I’m aware of my audience in a way, and I do try to engage with them while I’m trying to go about my business of thinking. I believe they help me by providing a focus.”

― David Antin

“Work is what structures adults’ lives: it gives us purpose, focus, a set of responsibilities, and an identity. So when people are not participating in the labour market, all sorts of other things often start to go wrong.”

― David Autor

“I’m not mad about movies, there are too many people involved in the making of them, and they lack a definitive creative focus.”

― David Bailey

“’The 25th Hour’ came out of the decision – a really very conscious decision – that I needed a story set within a compressed time frame because that would help focus the story.”

― David Benioff

“Fox prefers to focus on people who are doing bad – especially if they’re Democrats, or environmentalists.”

― David Brock

“I certainly agree that putting everything into little genres is counterproductive. You’re not going to get too many surprises if you only focus on the stuff that fits inside the box that you know.”

― David Byrne

“I believe that in life, you have to give things your best shot, do your best. You have to focus on what needs to be done, do the right thing, not the popular thing.”

― David Cameron

“In a global race, can we really justify the huge number of expensive peripheral European institutions? Can we justify a commission that gets ever larger? Can we carry on with an organisation that has a multibillion pound budget but not enough focus on controlling spending and shutting down programmes that haven’t worked?”

― David Cameron

“Acting was absolutely my first focus. I graduated high school in L.A., and two weeks afterwards, I moved to New York City, and I got a job in a mail room, and I got an agent, doing what actors do, with head shots and all the rest of it.”

― David Cassidy

“The Momofuku Culinary Lab started as a space where we could focus on creating and innovating. I didn’t want us to worry about working on projects in a restaurant; there are just too many distractions in service and running a kitchen to be able to focus on creating your dishes.”

― David Chang

“Text messaging is just the most recent focus of people’s anxiety; what people are really worried about is a new generation gaining control of what they see as their language.”

― David Crystal

“Word books traditionally focus on unusual and quirky items. They tend to ignore the words that provide the skeleton of the language, without which it would fall apart, such as ‘and’ and ‘what,’ or words that provide structure to our conversation, such as ‘hello.’”

― David Crystal

“Every goalkeeper has their own strong points and qualities. What I like to do is focus on every keeper. You can pick bits out of every keeper where they are particularly strong, and you can learn from things like that.”

― David de Gea

“What matters is the team and all of us being focused on what we need to focus on, which is winning games, rather than contracts or any topics that can be a distraction. What matters is focusing on football.”

― David de Gea

“Normally, I focus on my job and focus on trying to help my team and trying to improve every training session and try to be as a good as I can.”

― David de Gea

“Every time we put out a piece of art, it continues to define who we are. What could possibly be more important than that and require more of your focus and your time and your energy.”

― David Draiman

“My entire life has been an attempt to get back to the kind of feelings you have on a field. The sense of brotherhood, the esprit de corps, the focus – there being no past or future, just the ball. As trite as it sounds, I was happiest playing ball.”

― David Duchovny

“New York has a strong focus on the migration of immigrants, and there is a crime element there and even an underbelly, but Chicago is a much harder and more brazen city.”

― David Eigenberg

“So many rich people, when they get into philanthropy, they have one thing they like, or several things they focus on. They pick a disease or a college or some kind of non-profit. They produce good results through that cause, but also they get recognized; there’s some sort of monument to what they did.”

― David Fahrenthold

“There are two main organizations that rate charities. They look at their finances and decide whether they are giving enough to the causes they claim to focus on. Something like 80 or 90% of their money actually goes to a charitable purpose.”

― David Fahrenthold

“Don’t focus on what Trump says. Focus on the results of his actions. Stay in your lane and focus on one particular area.”

― David Fahrenthold

“A generation ago, or two, when there were three channels, plus PBS, and when you needed – when you needed 15 million people to make a living, the media could focus on the broad country. And most people had no choice about getting political information. It was there at 6:30 whether you wanted it or not.”

― David Frum

“When stress sets in, and pressure, I focus.”

― David Hallberg

“You will notice that the Occupy Wall Street crowds – and the progressives who support them – focus on bringing the wealthy down to earth rather than lifting the 99 percent. They have a nearly religious belief that too much wealth is fundamentally immoral and unhealthy for society.”

― David Harsanyi

“I think getting people’s focus, getting people’s attention on anything has never been harder, because the media has done everything in its power to try and dissolve people’s attention, shift it round absolutely all the time.”

― David Hepworth

“What I thought we ought to try to do in a book like this is to focus closely on Lincoln, himself, to see what he knew, how he knew it, how he came to make the decisions that he did, and how he implemented them.”

― David Herbert Donald

“I was going to be a concert pianist, and when I was in high school, my parents were scared to death that I would focus too much on that too soon. And that I’d end up in some sort of dead end, and not fulfilling whatever potential they thought I had.”

― David Hyde Pierce

“I think it would be more beneficial to protection of species if we could focus our efforts rather than paint a broad-brush area that is so enormous that active management is very, very difficult.”

― David Ige

“I challenge the leaders of public education to stop issuing mandates from the state office and to focus on empowering schools and delivering resources to the school level.”

― David Ige

“It’s time to focus all of our efforts on renewables. We will oppose the building of LNG facilities.”

― David Ige

“If someone is worried about bulking up their quads, they’re not going to do a traditional squat. They’re going to do a wide-stance squat or a plie squat, which is second position dance, opening up your legs and bringing the focus to the inner thighs and not to the quads.”

― David Kirsch

“I’ve had to focus on the fact that a lot more people don’t want to work out in the confines of a gym anymore.”

― David Kirsch

“I want my books to last, to stand the test of time, and to do that I focus on the forces that shape the subject – the cultural and sociological geography – to capture them in a way that will explain them no matter what they are doing.”

― David Maraniss

“My next book is also set in the eighteenth century. It’s about the Revolution, with the focus on the year 1776. It’s about Washington and the army and the war. It’s the nadir, the low point of the United States of America.”

― David McCullough

“At a certain point, you have to take the rearview mirrors off the bus and focus forward, and that’s what we’ve sought to do.”

― David Petraeus

“I absolutely refuse to accept the fact that any country in the world goes into a kind of film-making crisis. What happens is they lose confidence, they lose focus and the young film-makers of any particular generation can very easily get lost in that mix. It’s happened in Italy, happened in France, happened in the U.K. during my lifetime.”

― David Puttnam

“Largely in the beginning, I did a lot of extra work because I was lighter than all the other guys. I was at a massive disadvantage, so I had to put on weight. I started with eating. I had to really focus on my diet.”

― David Robinson

“My focus in 2010 was on just running fast races. My focus in 2011 was for winning at the World Championships. This year has been a combination of the two so we’ll see what kind of time it brings.”

― David Rudisha

“It’s not good to focus on one person or two persons about being your rivals. The important thing is just to train hard and be ready for the competition and to prepare for the races so that in case of anything that comes out, you are able to handle it.”

― David Rudisha

“It’s tough to be in a relationship with a musician, because it reads sometimes as this ego and self-involvement when it’s really just concentration and focus.”

― David Sanborn

“A major focus of ‘Reality Hunger’ is appropriation and plagiarism and what these terms mean. I can hardly treat the topic deeply without engaging in it. That would be like writing a book about lying and not being permitted to lie in it.”

― David Shields

“Personally, I don’t focus much about the statistics of goals and assists. I always want to improve, but I’m not worried about statistics.”

― David Silva

“Film will always be my main focus, but designing and publishing my own work is something I will also always do.”

― David Slade

“I just want to focus on the positive things in my life.”

― Davinia Taylor

“The reason I’m drawn to it is – both the off road racing and the motorcycles on the track – it takes a lot for me to quiet my brain and anything that requires 100% of my attention and focus I find very soothing and that is the closest I get to being content.”

― Dax Shepard

“I think ‘Interscope’ always puts the artist first, and they’re focusing on these artists’ development. I felt like that was a part of my career that I kind of needed to focus on after having come from the radio and getting exposure that way. I wanted to grow my brand and grow my fanbase, and they have proven to be the best fit for that.”

― Daya

“Prior to my arrival at the Crowne Plaza in Indianapolis, my agent and I decided that it would be best not to participate in any drills at the combine. We wanted to wait until my pro day at Virginia, where I could limit the distractions and just focus on being my best.”

― D’Brickashaw Ferguson

“Meditation is the practice of giving something your full attention and awareness. When I eat a truffle, for example, I focus fully on it and involve as many of my senses as possible.”

― Dean Ornish

“Music does not carry you along. You have to carry it along strictly by your ability to really just focus on that little small kernel of emotion or story.”

― Debbie Harry

“Music has its own emotional embodiment. It carries an emotion with it. When you associate a lyric with the music, it’s much easier; but when you’re standing there completely dry in front of the camera with no musical background, just a fine-tuned, get-this-emotional-story across, it’s a very, very intense kind of focus.”

― Debbie Harry

“Forget about whether global warming exists. My focus is on jobs.”

― Debbie Stabenow

“The Republicans have a very traditional focus over and over again whether or not it’s worked.”

― Debbie Stabenow

“I was shy and a hard worker, so acting was a way to focus whatever nervous energy I was experiencing onto a goal.”

― Deborah Ann Woll

“In a world of status, independence is key, because a primary means of establishing status is to tell others what to do, and taking orders is a marker of low status. Though all humans need both intimacy and independence, women tend to focus on the first and men on the second. It is as if their lifeblood ran in different directions.”

― Deborah Tannen

“Singing was the big focus and outlet for me.”

― Debra Wilson

“People who troll you want a reaction, and there’s no point in doing that. I just try to focus on my football.”

― Declan Rice

“I meditate. I breathe out what I can’t control and focus on the positives.”

― Deepika Padukone

“You have to focus on the future and know that you can succeed in life, and you have to keep working hard.”

― Dele Alli

“I know it is a cliche, but I am just going to focus on each game and try to do as well as I can.”

― Dele Alli

“I had never heard anyone doing what my show does, which is put the focus on the human condition – whatever you’re going through, good or bad, right or wrong, straight or gay, whatever. That human experience is the meat of the show.”

― Delilah

“I’m quite discreet. I think I’d rather focus on my work. So, I only speak when I have something to say. ‘Live hidden, and live happy.’ Is that the same in English as it is in French?”

― Delphine Arnault

“I focus on staying healthy, going to the gym, and I go out there and fight.”

― Demetrious Johnson

“I’m a big believer in that if you focus on good skin care, you really won’t need a lot of makeup.”

― Demi Moore

“I’m an incurable optimist and a go-getter – it’s in my nature to focus much more on what makes me happy than what makes me nervous.”

― Demi Moore

“Anthony Mackie in ‘The Hurt Locker’ is everything an actor can hope to be. So rock steady in his portrayal that you immediately forget every performance he may have previously given, and focus only on the character in front of you.”

― Denis Leary

“Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.”

― Denis Waitley

“Goals provide the energy source that powers our lives. One of the best ways we can get the most from the energy we have is to focus it. That is what goals can do for us; concentrate our energy.”

― Denis Waitley

“Undoubtedly, Mexico’s crime-related problems have become a focus of attention among lawmakers, law enforcement, and the media in the United States.”

― Denise Dresser

“The top principle for disruptive and sustaining innovation is that it has to have a laser focus on customers. Innovation begins with their needs and expectations.”

― Denise Morrison

“Before 9/11 there were weak procedures, willingness, and mechanisms for communicating among agencies for foreign intelligence and the FBI with its focus on law enforcement. The domestic-vs.-foreign barrier has been solved by the reforms after 9/11 that established the DNI.”

― Dennis C. Blair

“You don’t get paid a whole lot for theatre, but you know, I feel more like, ‘Where could I buy this experience, and how much would it cost? Who else would give me this kind of focus and put me in a room with this kind of talent?’”

― Dennis Christopher

“Narrative becomes the way you make sense of chaos. That’s how you focus the world. It’s the only reason you should ever try this writing job.”

― Dennis Lehane

“Some kids don’t know where they’ll spend the night. How can we expect them to focus on learning?”

― Dennis Moore

“I just focus on one show, when this is over then I’ll start looking at what is coming up.”

― Dennis Muren

“My interpretation of a strong director is someone who knows their story. That’s what directors are, they’re storytellers because they’re directing where your focus is going to be as an audience.”

― Dennis Quaid

“We just want to win. That’s the bottom line. I think a lot of times people may become content with one championship or a little bit of success, but we don’t really reflect on what we’ve done in the past. We focus on the present.”

― Derek Jeter

“I’ve always been uncomfortable, so to speak, when the focus is on me.”

― Derek Jeter

“I love all people, and that’s what I focus on.”

― Deshaun Watson

“I can control what I can control. I just focus on me, and that’s it.”

― Deshaun Watson

“It’s good to be able to run and have a balanced offense. They’ve got to be worried about both things. They can’t just focus on the run game or the passing game and have us locked down that way. So when you have balance, good things are going to happen on offense.”

― Deshaun Watson

“I’m not Jadeveon Clowney; I’m Deshaun Watson, so I just focus on me and what I can do for my team. I stay in my own lane and do what I’ve got to do.”

― Deshaun Watson

“I have to stay in my lane and focus on what I have to do and listen to what the coaches are telling me to do. They’re going to make sure I’m prepared on game day.”

― Deshaun Watson

“We have drained common sense out of our politics. The more we focus on tactics and games, the more good people check out and give up.”

― Deval Patrick

“I write on sacred stories, symbols and rituals of all cultures – European, American and Chinese – but my audiences, typically, like me to focus on India.”

― Devdutt Pattanaik

“One thing that’s really important for me to be creatively motivated is to find an angle. Some people refer to that as a concept, which it is, in a sense, but not overtly. It’s just something I need to focus and hone in on, and the trajectory of what might be seen as a ‘concept’ gives me creative momentum.”

― Devin Townsend

“I realized through my personal travels how little I know about certain conflicts, because I was too vain or self-absorbed to ask the questions. That’s been the focus while I’m in my thirties – to become an accomplished woman, rather than some actress.”

― Diane Kruger

“It is time… to end the long-standing and unproductive methodological debate over ‘originalism’ versus ‘dynamism’ or ‘evolution’ and focus instead on how, as a substantive matter, we should interpret the Constitution in the twenty-first century, and what it has to say on questions unimaginable to our eighteenth-century Framers.”

― Diane Wood

“If we’re going to have tax cuts, let’s focus on those in lower and middle income groups. Make sure that they get the breaks they need to continue to try to provide for their families.”

― Dick Durbin

“When it went on the air, the sales department hated it. It was the highest advertising pullout show in the history of NBC. At the early focus groups, people were saying, ‘Who are these people? Why should we watch them?”

― Dick Wolf

“Our focus is to see that we are growing faster than the industry and, whichever product we launch, we do better than competition. We try and manage our operations better than competition. Essentially, we try to be better than what we were the previous year.”

― Dilip Shanghvi

“India is a large market where our focus will be to grow faster than the market and add few percentage points to our market share every year.”

― Dilip Shanghvi

“I don’t look too far ahead. I focus on the next fight.”

― Dillian Whyte

“There are some who invoke separation of church and state – to try to get the government out of the business of morality – but this is antithetical to what the founders wanted. The founders wanted to keep theology out of government so that government could focus on the proper business of morality.”

― Dinesh D’Souza

“It’s well documented that stop-and-go traffic wears more on a vehicle than consistent-speed highway driving. No matter our driving habits, we all know we must regularly maintain our car’s vitals – oil, tires, brakes, etc. Similarly, our brains and bodies perform best with a mindful focus on tasks and a routine maintenance of healthy habits.”

― Dinesh Paliwal

“I focus just on the important issues, and I know I can make a lot more progress.”

― Divock Origi

“Anything that’s not positive, I don’t have the energy to focus on it. Anything that’s not going in the right direction, I don’t have the time or the energy.”

― DMX

“I still play jazz, and I’ve always got that trumpet very handy, but I’m coming to feel the classical venues are where my main focus is, in the realm of symphonic pops.”

― Doc Severinsen

“I like being in focus, in the moment, changing and adapting and creating and advancing a scene.”

― Dominic Cooper

“In sports and in business, the greatest leaders are those who make the best decisions in the most crucial of situations. They are the ones who focus their energy on turning tough decisions into winning decisions.”

― Don Yaeger

“We should all strive to be extraordinary, and that starts with a focus on our own capabilities instead of those of our opponents.”

― Don Yaeger

“My two primary areas of focus have been open-space conservation and education, and I expect those to remain my priorities in the future. The Irvine open space and parklands provide serenity and balance to our unique Orange County lifestyle.”

― Donald Bren

“Congress, the press, and the bureaucracy too often focus on how much money or effort is spent, rather than whether the money or effort actually achieves the announced goal.”

― Donald Rumsfeld

“My father is a very hardworking guy, and that’s his focus in life, so I got a lot of the paternal attention that a boy wants and needs from my grandfather.”

― Donald Trump, Jr.

“My big focus is China and OPEC and all of these countries that are just absolutely destroying the United States.”

― Donald Trump

“Our focus is on electing Hillary Clinton, Tim Kaine and Democrats across the country, thanks to Democratic Party that is strong, unified, and poised for victory in November.”

― Donna Brazile

“The mind is pretty powerful. In skating, you learn to click into that zone and focus not necessarily on what you’re doing but if you’re doing it well.”

― Dorothy Hamill

“One area where the state can be more effective in addressing the doctor shortage is to focus on making sure that Arizona is a friendly environment for doctors and those wishing to practice medicine.”

― Doug Ducey

“My focus is 100 percent on my day job, on the state of Arizona.”

― Doug Ducey

“My focus will be a strong and growing economy – so everyone who wants a job can find one.”

― Doug Ducey

“It’s very easy for people to say what’s wrong with education in Arizona, but if I’m elected as governor, I want to focus on what we’re doing well and maximizing the impact of what we know is working.”

― Doug Ducey

“A page a day means I need to focus on a gag a day, and that’s great for laughs but bad for plot, and I’m primarily a plot guy.”

― Doug TenNapel

“Although Cronkite had once crash landed in a Dutch potato field under enemy fire, he chose instead to focus on celebrating the liberation of the Netherlands at the hands of the Free Dutch.”

― Douglas Brinkley

“Dad was a retired hedge fund manager who made enough millions to retire and focus on my game. Before that, he was on the 1984 U.S. Olympic swimming team. No medals. He was accustomed to winning at everything, but no medals in 1984.”

― Douglas Brunt

“Art was always my main focus; I fell into writing by accident in the 1980s, writing magazine articles to pay for my studio. I have to put myself into the position of writing; sometimes it doesn’t work, and sometimes it works great.”

― Douglas Coupland

“The ‘looking forward’ so prevalent in the late 1990s was bound to end once the new millennium began. Like some others of that era, I predicted a new focus on the moment, on real experience, and on what things are actually worth right now. Then 9/11 magnified this sensibility, forcing America as a nation to contend with its own impermanence.”

― Douglas Rushkoff

“My focus never wavered; I never accepted the film was not going to be finished.”

― Dougray Scott

“I was a great help-side defender in college, but as far as really wanting to lock somebody up, that was never really my focus.”

― Draymond Green

“At the end of the day, I continue to think I can get better, and that’s always my focus.”

― Draymond Green

“It’s never too late. Don’t focus on what was taken away. Find something to replace it, and acknowledge the blessing you have.”

― Drew Barrymore

“I’ve approached so many things in my life with such intensity that I want to approach motherhood with dedication and focus.”

― Drew Barrymore

“I think that there’s good movies and there’s bad movies, and sometimes the bad movies spoil it for the rest of us, and we focus on them, but in the long run, all that matters are the good movies. Those are the ones that we will remember.”

― Drew Goddard

“I focus very much on the job and my goals and dreams.”

― Drew McIntyre

“Why would I ever be bitter and negative and focus on the past?”

― Drew McIntyre

“All I can focus on is my performance, and that’s going to help me be successful, no matter where I am.”

― Drew Pomeranz

“The majority of photographers focus on the obvious. They believe and accept what their eyes tell them, and yet eyes know nothing.”

― Duane Michals

“My primary focus will be Malayalam films. I will choose from what comes my way and take a call irrespective of the language.”

― Dulquer Salmaan

“Having a son makes everything so much more easy. You don’t worry about golf as much. You don’t worry about anything as much. The focus is more on him.”

― Dustin Johnson

“Facebook was a very big mission; it really knocked it out of the universe. It’s pretty hard to focus on a small idea after that. You really have to be working on something that you believe will be of similar impact.”

― Dustin Moskovitz

“Al Qaeda will always focus on us, the United States. And they will take advantage of any situation.”

― Dutch Ruppersberger

“The Revlon Run/Walk effort to focus on women’s cancer has my wholehearted support and gratitude.”

― Dwayne Johnson

“As an artist, you have to maintain focus and eliminate the distraction of second-guessing yourself based on the opinions of others.”

― Dwight Yoakam

“I’m happy that I can focus on my body a little bit. I’m not happy to get surgery, but I’m happy that I can focus on getting better.”

― Dwyane Wade

“Our focus is to get citizen astronauts to experience the ‘overview effect,’ return to Earth, and then impact their communities.”

― Dylan Taylor

“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life.”

― Eckhart Tolle

“Our first phase was inviting all the women Ambassadors who were here from other countries and trying to get in touch with all the peace centers around the country in order to focus on increasing the volume and activity toward peace.”

― Eddie Bernice Johnson

“I was an expert skier who set his sights on going to the 1988 Olympics in Canada to represent Britain, and went from novice ramps to the 120-metre jump in five months. That’s possible only with utter focus.”

― Eddie the Eagle

“In the right circumstances, terror is good. It makes you focus.”

― Eddie the Eagle

“You question yourself all the time as a footballer. You have to focus on the positives.”

― Eden Hazard

“I think, for an actor, the whole world is a place of work because if you focus on characters and on stories, they are everywhere, so yeah, I feel very privileged to have had this great opportunities in the international cinema and especially in the American cinema.”

― Edgar Ramirez

“I use music to focus, like an internal motor.”

― Edgar Wright

“Comics have years to explain this stuff, and in a movie, you have to focus on one thing. So it’s about kind of streamlining, I think. Some of the most successful origin films actually have a narrower focus.”

― Edgar Wright

“And hey-the psychiatrist in the show is Italian also. So people are going to focus on what they want to focus on. There’s not much you can do about that.”

― Edie Falco

“To become a striker, you need dedication, focus, and professionalism. When they pass you the ball inside the area, the first thing you think of is to score. To find the best way to finish.”

― Edinson Cavani

“I focus a lot more on the collective than the individual.”

― Edinson Cavani

“Diverse forms of memory can have a variety of gaps. Thus it is possible for me to represent a past situation to myself and be unable to remember my inner behavior in this situation. As I transfer myself back into this situation, a surrogate for the missing memory comes into focus.”

― Edith Stein

“Disciples of Keynes, who focus on aggregate demand, view any increase in household wealth as raising employment because they say it adds to consumer demand.”

― Edmund Phelps

“An indictment of entitlements has to focus on the huge ‘social wealth’ that the welfare state creates at the stroke of the pen. Yet statistical tests of the effects of welfare spending on employment yield erratic results.”

― Edmund Phelps

“In the 21st century, government efforts should focus on ‘multiculturalism’, including the diversity of languages.”

― Eduardo Bhatia

“Republicans’ focus on defunding or scaling back Obamacare – an unpopular entitlement program – rather than entitlements generally, namely Social Security and Medicare, has raised questions about their true objective. But critics forget that spending is fungible.”

― Edward Conard

“My focus is on the reader and that the poet’s job is not to inspire himself or herself. The poet’s job is to inspire some future reader.”

― Edward Hirsch

“Even though we may focus first on the rights of our own country, that does not mean that we should disregard the rights of everyone else.”

― Edward Snowden

“It’s important that we elevate and primarily focus on the rights of American citizens, but it’s also important that we don’t forget, 95 percent of the world’s population lives beyond our own borders.”

― Edward Snowden

“I’ve enjoyed the singular focus of not going back and forth between the two mediums. It isn’t about the screen size so much as film being where the stories I’m most interested in telling happen to be at.”

― Edward Zwick

“Left-wing shareholder activists seek to leverage the mass economic power of institutional investors such as pension funds, whose managers are supposed to focus strictly on their fiduciary responsibilities to retirees.”

― Elaine Chao

“Employers should overcome a myopic quarterly earnings posture and focus on long-term strategies for growth that include investing in their own skills-training efforts to enable a broader pool of applicants.”

― Elaine Chao

“We use the word ‘synoptic’ to talk about Matthew, Mark, and Luke, and it really means ‘seeing together,’ because they all have a similar perspective. Matthew and Luke – whoever wrote those Gospels – used Mark as a focus and as a basic story. So all of them have a lot in common.”

― Elaine Pagels

“I have to live in the truth that this is who I am. That’s what I need to focus on.”

― Elisabeth Hasselbeck

“To be honest, what I struggled with in my degree is what’s so helpful when it comes to social media in that I lack focus. I’ll start reading about evolutionary biology and end up on quantum physics. While that makes writing your dissertation very difficult, for a page like IFLS, that’s amazing because I get a wide range of everything.”

― Elise Andrew

“Every one of you is a super genius if you just focus your common sense.”

― Eliyahu Goldratt

“I was very disruptive. I was horrible. I didn’t learn like all the other kids. I had to sometimes take my tests out in the hallways because I couldn’t focus. But, my teachers would come see me in the plays and were like ‘I don’t understand how you can focus and be in the moment in a play and you go into math class and you can’t focus.’”

― Eliza Coupe

“My mum taught me that bodies are bodies, and they come in all shapes and sizes – we should be free about that. My legs are a bit dangly, and my knees point inwards. Everyone has insecurities, but I try not to focus on them. It’s important to be confident with what you’ve got.”

― Eliza Doolittle

“When I worked with Jamie Lee Curtis in ‘True Lies’, she told me, You need a plan B, because when you have six months to a year off, you can go nuts. You need to have another focus.”

― Eliza Dushku

“I am proud to be named a Defender of Children by First Focus, and I will continue to call on Congress to enact comprehensive policies that improve the well-being of our children.”

― Elizabeth Esty

“It’s hard to hold the focus that strongly on a single character for that long.”

― Elizabeth Moon

“When I was 14 or 15, I was a really good volleyball player, so I thought, ‘Well, maybe I’ll just get a scholarship to an Ivy League school through volleyball.’ Then I quit when I decided to focus on theater.”

― Elizabeth Olsen

“And I think in theater, people don’t really focus on the media unless there’s a huge superstar doing a play or something.”

― Elizabeth Olsen

“I really focus on natural products, so I love using unrefined products instead of refined ones. I swap white rice for brown rice or quinoa. I use brown rice pasta instead of regular pasta, nut milk or oat milk instead of dairy milk, and coconut yogurt instead of cows’ yoghurt, etc.”

― Ella Woodward

“I don’t want to make any general statements, but I feel like so many stories that are presented as being about humanity and human emotion are just so convoluted and overly dramatic and focus on these certain little things that are supposedly meaningful, but just don’t really mean anything.”

― Ellar Coltrane

“Having children is my greatest achievement. It was my saviour. It switched my focus from the outside to the inside. My children are gifts, they remind me of what’s important.”

― Elle Macpherson

“Focusing on the way I look makes me uncomfortable. I try to focus on the way I feel – I know what makes me feel better about myself. Reading my child a story makes me feel great, doing my hair nicely doesn’t.”

― Elle Macpherson

“I try to focus on eating seasonally and organic whenever possible. It can be a challenge, but it has a huge effect on my weight, my health, and the environment.”

― Elle Macpherson

“We focus so much on our differences, and that is creating, I think, a lot of chaos and negativity and bullying in the world. And I think if everybody focused on what we all have in common – which is – we all want to be happy.”

― Ellen DeGeneres

“I do have ADD and in real life, I’m all over the place and can hardly focus. If we were talking for, for more than an hour or so, I’d start drifting off… I can’t sit still too long.”

― Ellen DeGeneres

“When I am writing, and occasionally achieve single focus and presence, I finally feel that is where I’m supposed to be. Everything else is kind of anxiety.”

― Ellen Ullman

“Playing sports is great when you’re young. It teaches you how to focus, how to direct your energy, how not to think about a million other things that are going on.”

― Elsa Hosk

“No actor has made a career of exerting determination to the extent that Matt Damon has. In the ‘Bourne’ movies, he burned himself down to a central nervous system – his focus fried away unnecessary calories.”

― Elvis Mitchell

“Inarritu’s films focus on the repercussions of a single act that draws people together and simultaneously throws their lives into chaos.”

― Elvis Mitchell

“The focus is on singer/songwriters now rather than huge shows. I mean, of course there’s always a place for that too.”

― Emeli Sande

“A lot of the stuff in ‘Speed Racer’ has never been done before, from it having a multi-tone, to it having a retro-cool family movie, to having the photo-realism with the CG-backgrounds and infinite focus the way they worked with these digital cameras, to even the color experimentation.”

― Emile Hirsch

“A biopic would have required hiring an actor, and I always wanted to just let Bobby be Bobby. My thought was it would make it a more universal story to focus on ordinary people rather than this extraordinary man.”

― Emilio Estevez

“I really try to focus on my books and readers.”

― Emily Giffin

“I always have a very complex personal life as far as romance goes. Sometimes I have a little too much time to get into too much trouble… and drama. It’s either I’m working, or I have nothing to do but focus on my personal life. It’s a little hectic.”

― Emily Meade

“I’m going to let myself off the hook, because if there’s one thing that is not my focus at the moment, it’s how much I weigh.”

― Emily Procter

“TV kind of worked out naturally for me. I was fortunate to do a show like ‘Breaking Bad’ and then go straight into something like ‘Friday Night Lights.’ It’s not something I focus on, but when they’re great projects, I can’t pass them up.”

― Emily Rios

“If I wanted to do TV full-time, ‘Breaking Bad’ is definitely the type of project I would want to do. But TV is not my favorite thing in the world. I definitely want to focus on film. It’s what I grew up loving. It’s always been about movies, movies, movies, movies, movies. I really want to make great films.”

― Emily Rios

“When we each focus on being the dominant force in our own universe rather than invading other universes, we all win.”

― Emily V. Gordon

“The album requires a certain focus of mine that I can’t really explain – let’s just say it’s all I can really do while I’m doing it.”

― Eminem

“War destroys people’s souls. Most people focus on physical injuries, but the invisible injuries can take a lifetime to heal and affects the lives of generations to come.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“It’s very easy for me to keep a low profile because the focus I feel is always on the music. Success and fame are two different things. And so I feel the success is always towards the music, which means that I can have a very normal and private lifestyle.”

― Enya

“I don’t really get into that whole red-blue-conservative-liberal because I can’t tell them apart. They all seem inept. So, for me, it’s not something I focus on at all. I probably should be more political than I am. I just don’t care.”

― Eric Church

“In presidential elections, I think people focus way too much on ideology.”

― Eric Garcetti

“In January 2013, I told the people in the Justice Department after the re-election that I wanted to focus on reforming the federal criminal justice system. I made an announcement in August of that year in San Francisco, when we rolled out the Smart on Crime initiative.”

― Eric Holder

“Often, we have only focused on what we’ve done wrong as a nation. Of course we should face our sins and our mistakes. But if we get stuck there and don’t focus on where we’ve come from and how we’ve overcome those sins and mistakes, we are truly to be pitied.”

― Eric Metaxas

“As long as you focus on getting better at one thing a day it accumulates.”

― Eric Reid

“We need to reengineer companies to focus on figuring out who the customer is, what’s the market and what kind of product you should build.”

― Eric Ries

“Even academic elites are drawn to the figure of the murderer, which has long been a focus of attention for psychiatrists, sociologists, and criminologists.”

― Eric Schlosser

“In our case, we focus on quality, and we have a very simple model. If we show fewer ads that are more targeted, those ads are worth more. So we’re in this strange situation where we show a smaller number of ads and we make more money because we show better ads. And that’s the secret of Google.”

― Eric Schmidt

“I’m going to go after crime and corruption wherever it is. But I did focus particularly on the need to restore public confidence in essential institutions of both the public and private sector.”

― Eric Schneiderman

“Very few checklist liberals will focus on transformational work if they are rewarded or punished only for their transactional work.”

― Eric Schneiderman

“The virtual choir would never replace live music or a real choir, but the same sort of focus and intent and esprit de corps is evident in both, and at the end of the day it seems to me a genuine artistic expression.”

― Eric Whitacre

“L.A. is such an exotic city to me, and it is just a big bubble. If you accept the bubble and accept how isolated it is. It can be a very creative place, and I find it easy to focus.”

― Erik Hassle

“College campuses are a focus of prevention efforts for meningococcal disease because of the increased incidence of the disease during adolescence and young adulthood, as well as transmission from crowded living conditions and social behaviors common among college students.”

― Erik Paulsen

“I went to karate for about four years, and I learned a lot about focus and listening very good.”

― Erik Per Sullivan

“Scientology helps me in acting to focus on communication.”

― Erika Christensen

“No one wants everyone to know how sick they are and everyone to see how much they are struggling. And when that seems to be the focus, of making sure everyone sees how sick you are, that’s just confusing to someone that is trying to be supportive.”

― Erin Foster

“I had a really negative look at the night-life side of Hollywood, which I really didn’t like. I went to New York to focus on modeling, and then of course found that New York was not any different from Los Angeles.”

― Erin Gray

“As long as we are one of the most expensive countries to produce in, we should focus on cutting costs that directly and indirectly weigh on business.”

― Erna Solberg

“Unless it’s a dead-straight short putt, you should focus on a spot somewhere along the line you want to roll the ball on.”

― Ernie Els

“We focus, in some ways, on how to disengage Jesus and the Bible from everything people know about Christianity as a religion.”

― Erwin McManus

“My focus and that of all members of the Government responsible for delivering services to the public is to make sure that the public sector can use all the skills it needs to do the job the public wants it to do.”

― Estelle Morris

“We have seen a shift in the focus of education before entering the workplace, with earning and learning the new norm.”

― Esther McVey

“Physical comedy and musical theatre were never actually in my main focus at school. I was more of a dramatic actor. I always thought I was better at that.”

― Ethan Slater

“I’ve learned that you never have to think about how to make money. You need only to focus on what you think is going to be a good movie or what’s a movie I’d like to watch as the audience.”

― Eugenio Derbez

“I thought I was leaving elected office and politics in order to focus on schooling, but as you know, schooling turns out to be frankly even more political than politics.”

― Eva Moskowitz

“We need leaders who appeal to us to think about something other than narrow self-interest but instead focus upon the greater good.”

― Evan Bayh

“I think that anytime you get clear about what your mission is or what your focus wants to be, things start to come together in your life.”

― Eve Ensler

“To lose yourself in righteous service to others can lift your sights and get your mind off personal problems, or at least put them in proper focus.”

― Ezra Taft Benson

“What do I bring to a film? I think, maybe, I know for a fact that I focus on connection of character; I focus on warmth and a heart, but I don’t know if it’s because I’m African American or because I’m crazy -who knows.”

― F. Gary Gray

“I just focus on working hard and play with serenity.”

― Fabio Quagliarella

“Donald Trump, who surely has lots of high-stakes issues on which to focus, is consumed with the appearance of women.”

― Faith Salie

“It amazes me how much noise there is on a set while people are trying to focus and do their jobs. But there’s some kind of order within that chaos.”

― Farhan Akhtar

“I actually just keep things very professional. I don’t need acceptance from anyone but God, so that’s just kind of where I focus it all.”

― Farrah Abraham

“What offends me the most when I hear criticisms about this so-called Africa bias is how quick we are to focus on the words and propaganda of a few powerful, influential individuals, and to forget about the millions of anonymous people who suffer from their crimes.”

― Fatou Bensouda

“It’s essential for a fighter to go separately and just focus on training away from everybody else.”

― Fedor Emelianenko

“It takes a lot of people hours to make music because they focus so much on one thing. I just do it, and I make something you can just vibe to.”

― Fetty Wap

“The Demon character is something I draw on occasion. It’s something that requires a lot of focus to tap into and really requires the right situation for me to sort of draw on that darker side of my personality.”

― Finn Balor

“I do feel like the media is one of the biggest problems. If you look at all these rolling news channels, they sensationalize the story, they focus on gossip, and they don’t actually tell the full story.”

― Finn Jones

“For me, music was the only reason I went to school. I was kind of a street kid, in a lot of trouble committing crimes and stuff. Music gave me something to focus on.”

― Flea

“To do justice to a lifelong dream of being a writer, I must give it the intense concentration and focus I gave to track. To do both with excellence is not possible. It is with a sense of sadness and joyous anticipation that I leave track and move on.”

― Florence Griffith Joyner

“A risk for a poet-novelist is imbalance: The poems can flatten into prose or lose their intensity of focus; the novels can stall amid lofty writing or literary preciousness and ignore the engine of plot and character.”

― Floyd Skloot

“Often, when I work with a vocalist, I like to focus on the melodies first.”

― Flume

“Once I’m in a situation where I can not do anything for three years and go off the map, I’ll focus more on writing. Right now, I want to just make Flume awesome… and big.”

― Flume

“Music is a job, but I figured out ways to get my mind into a place where I could be creative. I actually discovered meditation. It enabled me to clear my mind of all the drama and focus on the music.”

― Flume

“When we talk about the issue of child soldiers, it can be easy to focus just on ending recruitment and liberating those boys and girls who are currently being held in military camps. Obviously, both of these are incredibly important goals, but it’s also essential that we not forget about former child soldiers once they are liberated.”

― Forest Whitaker

“Cinema and the arts invite viewers to focus on a story and, in doing so, peel away its layers and peer into the depths of the human soul.”

― Forest Whitaker

“When people are speaking, they require our undivided attention. We focus on them; we listen very carefully. We listen to the spoken words and the unspoken messages. This means looking directly at the person, eyes connected; we forget we have a watch, just focusing for that moment on that person.”

― Frances Hesselbein

“Although there’s a lot of focus on the Lib Dems, we need to keep our eyes on the far right of the Tories, who I suspect will become increasingly impatient in their appetite for tax cuts, deregulation and shrinking the state even further.”

― Frances O’Grady

“I’ve lived an amazing life. There’s no reason to focus on the bad. They teach you that in racing school. Keep your eye where you want your front tire to be. You don’t want to be stuck in the rut? Then don’t look at the rut. Always look at where you want to go.”

― Francesco Quinn

“If your brain’s not right they have good people at the NHS to help you fix it and talk to and counselling to calm you down and to focus you.”

― Frank Bruno

“Some people focus more on sonics. Some people focus more on story. I focus on both sonics and story.”

― Frank Ocean

“We need to change the focus from celebrating sales at the mall to celebrating the significance of President Washington’s birth to the birth of our nation.”

― Frank Wolf

“Because I’d grown up with this singular focus on sports, I just kind of did that with acting. That became an obsession. How am I going to make it? How am I going to figure that out?”

― Frankie Shaw

“We undertook a huge internal transformation to sharpen our customer focus, step up innovation, improve productivity to ensure competitiveness, change our culture, and simplify our ways of working so that our size and scale became a competitive advantage rather than a bureaucratic hangover after years of diversification.”

― Frans van Houten

“Even though we live in a fast-changing world with short term-ism all around, it requires years of determination to transform a company and structurally reap the rewards. Innovation companies need to set their sights on solving unmet needs – but this approach requires focus and long-term tenacity.”

― Frans van Houten

“Our myopic focus on producing and consuming as cheaply as possible has created a linear economy in which objects are briefly used and then discarded as waste.”

― Frans van Houten

“In an aging world with more chronic disease, health and healthcare are enormous opportunities that we want to focus on.”

― Frans van Houten

“I am pleased with the response of investors towards Philips Lighting and the successful pricing of the I.P.O. This strategic milestone will allow Royal Philips to focus on the fast-growing health technology market.”

― Frans van Houten

“If we are going to get a grip on escalating costs, we have to focus more on prevention rather than acute care. Technology can help us do that.”

― Frans van Houten

“El Perro del Mar sort of accompanied my time at ‘SNL.’ To concentrate and focus, I would play the bass to one of her songs from her third album.”

― Fred Armisen

“People are going to paying attention to him whether they love him or hate him. So I think Tiger is a huge focus point on a stage that is as little as golf.”

― Fred Funk

“We must return optimism to our parenting. To focus on the joys, not the hassles; the love, not the disappointments; the common sense, not the complexities.”

― Fred G. Gosman

“I think the ability to focus is a thread that runs through so-called successful people. And that’s something that can be developed. It can be self-taught.”

― Fred L. Turner

“Many artists stick to making and hire a manager to focus on their business. Artists that build websites and mobile apps can do that, too.”

― Fred Wilson

“I want to give the music attention and be in the studio. I want to give all my attention to my music, my kids, my family, so I just wanna focus on certain things besides social media.”

― Future

“We always focus on the quality of music because as long as the content is good, then the interest will be there.”

― G-Dragon

“It’s very tough for me to focus. I’m like: ‘Look, something shiny! No, focus. Oh, there goes a butterfly!’”

― Gabby Douglas

“I was hurtling towards 40, and I’d always wanted to write. It does focus your mind, heading towards that big birthday. If there is anything you think you want to do, you think, ‘I probably should have a go now!’”

― Gail Honeyman

“When you have children, that’s your main focus.”

― Gail Porter

“I try to focus on more winning matches here and try to go forward rather than the ranking because is the first step, to win matches, getting far in tournament, and we see after.”

― Garbine Muguruza

“My sole focus is producing the best team possible for England.”

― Gareth Southgate

“I think the most important element of a power outfit is proper fit. The one item to focus on is a suit. If it’s the right fit, you could wear it with a T-shirt and still convey the positive message.”

― Garrett Neff

“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

“When I entered into office mid-recession, my No. 1 focus was Utah’s economy. We set bold goals, and we’ve built one of the best-performing economies in the nation.”

― Gary Herbert

“I just feel abandoned. And I feel, I don’t feel represented by the Republican Party. I have always had to defend the social side of the Republican Party by saying that it’s not the majority, that it’s not their focus, when everything suggests just the opposite.”

― Gary Johnson

“The way children are taught football doesn’t encourage skill; the focus is on other areas.”

― Gary Lineker

“When Bob Wilson left the BBC for ITV, I got the ‘Football Focus’ job, and it went from there. It came completely out of the blue, but the fact I had a high profile certainly helped.”

― Gary Lineker

“All the states are required, either by constitution or by statute, to have balanced budgets – they’re not able to print money. So they have to focus on establishing priorities.”

― Gary Locke

“I took a bit of a back seat, I had kids and I wanted to focus on them. There’s that period in the late ’90s, the early 2000s, where I didn’t do a great deal.”

― Gary Oldman

“Your future takes precedence over your past. Focus on your future, rather than on the past.”

― Gary Ryan Blair

“The problem with the focus on speculators, as was demonstrated during the financial crisis, is that it tends to divert attention from the real villains. During the financial crisis, the villains were the actions of the banks, not the speculators betting on bank share prices.”

― Gary Weiss

“One problem with the focus on speculation is that it tends to promote the growth of the great intellectual cancer of our times: conspiracy theories.”

― Gary Weiss

“I make 18 three-footers after every round. It’s just something that helps me focus on routine, and helps me hear the ball go in the hole. It’s something I do every day.”

― Gary Woodland

“My investment strategy, which is to focus on sectors that are a national priority for India, hasn’t changed.”

― Gautam Adani

“I am an intense person on the field. I always want to win, as it matters to me a lot. That’s why I never like to lose the focus or intensity.”

― Gautam Gambhir

“3D prefers you to use wider lenses because when things are out of focus, and yet it’s in 3D, it bothers you.”

― Gavin Hood

“The 21st Century has begun as an era of uncertainty, with a heightened focus on security and public safety.”

― Gavin Newsom

“Certainly Afghans in general and women in particular want a country in which security is a daily reality rather than a campaign slogan or the focus of drive-by speeches from diplomats dropping in for the day.”

― Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

“I think staying away from wrestling for two years with injury and the movie, I lost my focus.”

― Geeta Phogat

“I want to focus on my training and leave no room for distraction. So, reality-tv shows are a no-no.”

― Geeta Phogat

“We will never forget the lessons that we learned as a result of San Bruno. It’s really caused us to focus on safety with a laser-like sort of manner. There’s always more work to be done.”

― Geisha Williams

“My focus in 2016 will be the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland, and as preparation for that, I will try to break the world indoor mile record in Stockholm on February 17.”

― Genzebe Dibaba

“I believe that for lots of churches and religious institutions, their main focus on the development of faith among parishioners needs to spread to the community.”

― Geoffrey Canada

“I want to focus on crimes that affect families and not get distracted going for high-publicity cases. I want to see us move away from politics and focus more on prosecution.”

― George Brauchler

“If you know you’re going to be outside, you have to be a little bit more in tune, so that you don’t get distracted by what’s going on and focus better.”

― George Dzundza

“I just am grateful for every opportunity to go to work. I don’t really focus on celebrity status.”

― George Dzundza

“You’ve got to have a focus. You just fight for money, you get hurt. You focus on the title, you’ll just naturally make money doing it.”

― George Foreman

“Students who are interested in learning about the environment should not be dissuaded from doing so, but only if they have proved their proficiency in other basic courses, such as U.S. history. Until then, we need to focus on producing well-educated citizens steeped in their country’s history and mindful of their civic responsibilities.”

― George Nethercutt

“We have made major reforms in Greece. When I took over after a landslide victory we had a mandate for change and I knew my major focus would be re-organizing the state.”

― George Papandreou

“There was a hole in Washington fiction, I felt, when I started out. Most D.C. novels were about politics or the federal city or people who lived in Georgetown or Chevy Chase – it was definitely a very narrow focus.”

― George Pelecanos

“Many training programs and often schools focus on just a skill or a kind of work competency. That’s only half the equation.”

― Gerald Chertavian

“I think the main focus as a musician should be to play the music you love to play, and the rest is going to come naturally.”

― Gerald Clayton

“Sometimes I finish a movie, and I get used to a certain lifestyle, and when that stops, I get a bit lost for about a week. ‘No one is bringing me lunch anymore – I’ve got to go do that myself?’ I lose the main point of my focus.”

― Gerard Butler

“My music is – I don’t want to say my main focus, but it’s what comes most naturally to me.”

― Gerard Way

“Whenever I lose, I focus on the ability of my opponent and on the mistakes I made.”

― Gianluigi Buffon

“I have not lost an awful lot in my life, but the defeats have taught me more than the victories. Whenever I lose, I focus on the ability of my opponent and on the mistakes I made.”

― Gianluigi Buffon

“I started modeling when I was about 2 or 3 years old; I started with Baby Guess, and I did Guess Kids, and that was the extent of my modeling career as a kid. I took all of my elementary, middle and high school years off to focus on school and sports.”

― Gigi Hadid

“No, I was talking to the network and Universal about plans for a third season where Buck would go back to Earth and would focus on stories around the planet and show what it was like 500 years later.”

― Gil Gerard

“I think the lack of precision and deep focus is why it took me years to build up my work.”

― Gil Kane

“I just saw the emotion in everything, so I got to feel everything that was going on and that I was viewing, but I couldn’t think in terms of structure, which is the whole point of deep focus.”

― Gil Kane

“Focus. It’s powerful to do just one thing and pour all your energy into it.”

― Gil Penchina

“We want to be the go-to business for super-special daywear and eveningwear, to focus on what we are known for and what our customers want from us.”

― Giles Deacon

“If you focus on the things you can’t do, you’ll destroy yourself. Just remember everything you can do.”

― Giles Duley

“After I did nine years of a television series, I didn’t want to do anything really that involved going to a set and being in front of a camera for quite a while. And when I did start to want to do things, I wanted to focus more on film.”

― Gillian Anderson

“There are a lot of threats out there. Amazon can enter the travel market. Google could enter the accommodation space. But that is not something that we actively focus on.”

― Gillian Tans

“It’s a short career, so I always try to focus, and I want to be in the elite for a long time.”

― Giovani Dos Santos

“I used to shy away from publicity so as not to let it get in the way of the work. But it’s part of the job. The tabloids are a whole other arena. If fame happens, it happens. I just want to maintain focus.”

― Giovanni Ribisi

“My saddest decision in football was leaving Paul Gascoigne out of the 1998 World Cup finals. But he wasn’t fit enough and once that decision is made, as a manager and a group of players, you forget about who isn’t there and focus on the job.”

― Glenn Hoddle

“I think everyone needs to focus on the quality of the undergraduate experience.”

― Gordon Gee

“That’s the one thing I probably don’t like about politics – the focus on the individual. To me, it’s more important to get it done, whether I get the credit for it or not.”

― Grace Meng

“Women need to be in key operational roles where they run businesses in the organization. Sometimes when organizations focus on leadership diversity, they’re mostly in areas like HR or non-operating line functions.”

― Gracia Martore

“There’s a focus that hasn’t been there for ages and ages and some American bands are sounding quite English like they did in the late 70s and early 80s.”

― Graham Coxon

“I can’t just sit all day on the couch and expect the weight to come off. My goals are my new focus instead of food.”

― Graham Elliot

“Whatever it is you’re doing, whether it’s your career or a particular focus, if you’re trying to be the best you can possibly be, then you’ll be putting that pressure on yourself.”

― Grant Achatz

“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.”

― Greg Anderson

“Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives: where we focus our attention.”

― Greg Anderson

“If the Los Angeles Police Department had enough officers, it could focus on one part of the community and stay there long enough to know and respect the people the officers are called on to protect and serve.”

― Greg Boyle

“Most students of Kissinger find it hard to say anything about Kissinger that isn’t about the man himself. He is such an outsize figure that he eclipses his own context, leading his many biographers, critics, and admirers to focus nearly exclusively on the quirks of his personality or his moral failings.”

― Greg Grandin

“If Portland can truly have a true comics show that doesn’t become a media show but retains its focus on comics, I think it’s going to serve the city well. If this becomes a big show, it’s going to bring in a lot of money for the city.”

― Greg Rucka

“Ultimately the clothing company is a large investment on my part, and I’m taking a huge gamble. But having a focus away from the track is good for you.”

― Greg Rutherford

“With the increasing demand for oil around the world and the rising costs in Oregon and throughout the nation, we must focus on the development of alternate energy sources, especially those that are clean, efficient and renewable.”

― Greg Walden

“When I started flying, I realized how enjoyable it was, and flying became my main focus while engineering went on the back burner.”

― Gregory H. Johnson

“The programs I do with my trainer are amazing for overall strength and have a major focus on building my core. We do a lot of unique exercises that shake up the nervous system, which builds my balance and propreception. That’s really important for my sport.”

― Gretchen Bleiler

“If you focus too much on development of the visual angle, it could be a detriment to what you’re doing musically.”

― Grimes

“Always focus on the music first. That’s the big thing. Staying true to making good music and not sacrificing that for anything.”

― GRiZ

“The goal is to reduce the size and scope of government spending, not to focus on the deficit. The deficit is the symptom of the disease.”

― Grover Norquist

“We should reduce total government spending as a percentage of the economy. The left wants to focus on the deficit so they can take us away from the focus on spending as a percentage of the economy.”

― Grover Norquist

“The question is: How do we reduce spending from 25% of GDP, which is where Obama put us? The focus is on total government spending. Can we bring it down, in a reasonable and politically acceptable way? That’s what the Paul Ryan plan does. It puts us on a gradual reform path to reducing the size of government.”

― Grover Norquist

“I enjoy classics, but classics are classics for a reason. I prefer to focus on the future. There are a lot of new stories to be heard.”

― Gugu Mbatha-Raw

“In my daily work, I work on very large, complex, distributed systems built out of many Python modules and packages. The focus is very similar to what you find, for example, in Java and, in general, in systems programming languages.”

― Guido van Rossum

“The second stream of material that is going to come out of this project is a programming environment and a set of programming tools where we really want to focus again on the needs of the newbie. This environment is going to have to be extremely user-friendly.”

― Guido van Rossum

“I’m gon’ drip forever, but I’m not going to just focus on that. That’s not going to be the title of all my albums.”

― Gunna

“I love to read different books on completely different subjects at the same time. I cannot focus on one. I read a few pages of literature, then I jump to philosophy and at the same time I’m reading biographies of Mahler.”

― Gustavo Dudamel

“There’s a level at which, if you take poetry seriously, the focus it involves… that never goes away.”

― Guy Gavriel Kay

“If you get beaten, and you know that you tried your hardest and kept your focus, then that’s all you can do.”

― Guy Martin

“For whatever reason, college was just not a huge focus for me. I wasn’t planning ahead. I just didn’t think about it too much.”

― Gwynne Shotwell

“As an actor, my No. 1 focus was to be on the same page with the writer, director, and producers.”

― Haaz Sleiman

“Maintaining a sense of humor is key to getting people to also focus on the crises at hand.”

― Hailey Gates

“I noticed a lot of guitar players neglected the rhythm part of rhythm guitar and decided I would try to focus in that. As my skill and knowledge of the instrument grew, I found lead started to come naturally. Sometimes I play guitar like a frustrated drummer. Ha ha!”

― Hal Sparks

“I noticed a lot of guitar players neglected the rhythm part of rhythm guitar and decided I would try to focus in that.”

― Hal Sparks

“The best quick tip in golf is to focus on your rhythm and balance.”

― Hale Irwin

“I choose to focus on the positive.”

― Halima Aden

“There is no doubt that some in Iran have an unhealthy focus on Bahrain, as some of the broadcast coverage shows.”

― Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

“There are a lot of studies about small businesses and how they make a difference in their community and create a lot of jobs and values. So we need to focus on small businesses or entrepreneurs who want to start manufacturing or making things.”

― Hamdi Ulukaya

“In my cranky old age, I actually prefer recording alone now, on ‘The Simpsons,’ for example, because I find that the director can just focus on what I’m doing and I can do a lot of variations. A lot of times, when I record with a group, I’ll stay after class for another hour or two.”

― Hank Azaria

“That’s the problem with ADHD: I have no focus; I get bored.”

― Hannah Gadsby

“Since I’m a vegetarian, I try to focus on getting my protein and iron needs met.”

― Hannah Marks

“I have my own voice and can focus only on that. I know what I like; I find my inspirations in so many other places than just online and bring that into my work.”

― Hanneli Mustaparta

“The focus of subjectivity is a distorting mirror.”

― Hans-Georg Gadamer

“If you want to live a long life, focus on making contributions.”

― Hans Selye

“All the healthiest countries don’t eat a lot of tropical fruits. They stay away from pineapples, mangos, papayas, and melons and focus on fruits that have edible skin, edible seeds, or are citrus fruits.”

― Harley Pasternak

“We focus way too much on the front of our midsection, which, in the process, over-strengthens and draws the torso forward so you end up with shorter-looking abs. Focus on lengthening by working your lower back instead. This will give your midsection a full overhaul.”

― Harley Pasternak

“The focus and the concentration and the attention to detail that flying takes is a kind of meditation. I find it restful and engaging, and other things slip away.”

― Harrison Ford

“I have relationships with people I’m working with, based on our combined interest. It doesn’t make the relationship any less sincere, but it does give it a focus that may not last beyond the experience.”

― Harrison Ford

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

― Harrison Ford

“It is down to the manager what he wants to do in the transfer window. Us as players, we just have to focus on each game that comes along and try and do our best.”

― Harry Kane

“As soon as I wear this badge, it’s really important for myself to focus on England and nothing else.”

― Harry Maguire

“I meditate and pray before going onstage – it helps me focus.”

― Harry Styles

“As an actor, all I can keep my focus on is that I am a part of good projects.”

― Harshvardhan Rane

“Give your subconscious a chance to work by turning your brain off from time to time. Don’t focus on work or solving problems constantly.”

― Harvey Mackay

“The software industry has to become better in componentization. That’s a clear focus for most of the software companies. How components look, how they are maintained, the ability to maintain them separately.”

― Hasso Plattner

“When I’m on set, I’m on set, and I focus and get the work done. Then when I’m done, I kind of have this button that I switch. I’m constantly switching this button and putting on different masks, and that kind of keeps me organized.”

― Hayley Kiyoko

“When journalism is treated as just another widget in a commercial enterprise, the focus isn’t on truth, verification or public good, but productivity and output.”

― Heather Brooke

“Many of us are under the delusion that the police exist solely to deal with crime and keep us safe. That is to ignore the major focus of many of today’s top cops on managing reputation – both of their force and, by default, their careers.”

― Heather Brooke

“My job is to focus on the pitch, what happens off it is something for my agent.”

― Hector Bellerin

“Hedi was and is still misspelled ‘Heidi,’ and my perception of genders ended up slightly out of focus from an early age.”

― Hedi Slimane

“Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries on earth. Security issue or no security issue, there would need to be a focus on it.”

― Helen Clark

“I sometimes get asked: ‘How come the men in your stories don’t have such strong characters?’ And I’m like: ‘I don’t care.’ I just want to find out about all the different lives a woman can live. But my feminism has never been against men. It’s not erasure; it’s just they’re not the focus. In real life, they’re quite nice.”

― Helen Oyeyemi

“I think we should focus more, rather than less, on mobilising the middle classes. They often have a bit of time and money to contribute to change.”

― Helena Norberg-Hodge

“The more you look into health and health inequalities, you realize that a lot of it is not due to a particular disease – it’s really linked to underlying societal issues such as poverty, inequity, lack of access to safe drinking water and housing. And these are all the things we focus on at CARE.”

― Helene D. Gayle

“The harmony of the luncheon is achieved by a combination of the two main courses which are the focus of the menu.”

― Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

“You need to focus on creating the actual value of the company, not just the theoretical value. The actual value comes from a great product that sells well and is ultimately profitable.”

― Henrik Fisker

“If we look for human frailty in humans, we will always find it. When we focus on finding the frailties of those who hold priesthood keys, we run risks for ourselves. When we speak or write to others of such frailties, we put them at risk.”

― Henry B. Eyring

“As an outside; don’t worry about failure, because failure will take care of itself. Focus on success.”

― Henry Cavill

“I fell in love with the topic of leadership. For three decades, that has been a major focus of my hands-on work: listening to and working with leaders, their teams and their organizations.”

― Henry Cloud

“My focus as part of the leadership is to keep talking about the independent voters, independent voters – how do we get the independent voters back?”

― Henry Cuellar

“As I get close to my election, I want to spend more time in my district and focus on my reelection.”

― Henry Cuellar

“My focus is on the financial sector, on getting credit going, getting lending flowing. I can’t imagine anything that would have a bigger stimulative impact.”

― Henry Paulson

“I think history shows that countries have to have some kind of a threshold level of economic success before they begin to have the means and the will to focus on the environment.”

― Henry Paulson

“August brings into sharp focus and a furious boil everything I’ve been listening to in the late spring and summer.”

― Henry Rollins

“To hate is to show you still care, who needs that, focus on what’s really important.”

― Henry Rollins

“Innovators are developing the ideas and bringing them to life in amazing new applications. All we, as an industry, need to do now is focus on standardizing the interfaces to ensure interoperability – and stand out of the way.”

― Henry Samueli

“My ego is controlled enough that I don’t have to be the focus.”

― Herbie Mann

“The thing that differs me from a lot of other people running for the President of the United States is that I focus on the problem first. Then I focus on what the solution is.”

― Herman Cain

“There are lots of professions where your social following is key now. But chasing followers is strange to me. I’d rather focus on the work.”

― Hero Fiennes-Tiffin

“There have been a lot of amazing action games that, perhaps, the focus is on cinematics or story or even how the camera works so that they’ve created this amazing immersive experience.”

― Hideaki Itsuno

“I believe there are aspects of the narrative that become easier to understand by shifting the focus of the story to the characters. Illustrating growth and change in the protagonist becomes a simpler process, and these changes are, in fact, one of the themes of ‘Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice”s story.”

― Hidetaka Miyazaki

“My Grinnell education didn’t prepare me directly for the work that I’m doing, but it did give me the tools that I needed to focus my curiosity.”

― Hilary Mason

“When there’s training, I will focus only on training.”

― Hima Das

“My focus is on training and championships. I will look at business after retirement… maybe 20 years later.”

― Hima Das

“Sometimes you have to take the focus off of you and put it on someone else and it’s funny what you can accomplish and how much strength you really have.”

― Hoda Kotb

“I always knew I wanted to be a doctor. I saw a lot of my friends having a hard time figuring out what they wanted to do, so I’m glad I had a purpose and goal to focus on. I liked the discipline and the sense of structure.”

― Holly Branson

“Financial reward is important, but it shouldn’t be your end goal – you’ll reach your dreams much sooner if you focus your efforts on more important things.”

― Holly Branson

“I’m always open to suggestions. I’m open to opportunities. Whether I take them or not, I don’t know. And I would only take them if I weren’t training, if I didn’t have a fight scheduled. I really want to keep my focus on fighting. That’s where all these doors are opening up from anyways. I don’t want to lose sight of that. I love fighting.”

― Holly Holm

“I don’t just want to focus on soccer, soccer, soccer.”

― Hope Solo

“Athletes are extremists. When they’re training, it’s laser focus.”

― Hope Solo

“I don’t just want to focus on soccer, soccer, soccer. You’re going to look back 20 years from now and of course you’re going to remember the games. But I’m going to remember seeing my family in the stands.”

― Hope Solo

“The focus should not be on talking. Talk is cheap. It must be on action.”

― Howard Berman

“Since the dawn of civilization, markets have been ubiquitous. Many of us have benefited from their focus and efficiency. Yet two widely held beliefs – that markets are best left unregulated and that markets are inherently benign – are naive and outdated.”

― Howard Gardner

“When you start a company, it’s a singular focus. You have the wind at your back.”

― Howard Schultz

“I wish Obama would focus on governing the United States and would forget his country’s imperialist pretensions.”

― Hugo Chavez

“I have had no role whatsoever in relation to any investigation of Burisma, or any of its officers. I explicitly limited my role to focus on corporate governance best practices to facilitate Burisma’s desire to expand globally.”

― Hunter Biden

“People often focus on the downsides of population growth but neglect the upsides. These upsides may even outweigh the downsides, making a larger population a good thing overall.”

― Ian Goldin

“My focus is always on the day. What I’ve done behind me, I try to have respect for it, and keep an eye on it, and make sure it isn’t abused, and obviously be thoughtful about it, because it’s all real to me. I’m basically in every band I ever was in, and the songs, I still mean them all.”

― Ian MacKaye

“I just try to do the best job I can with what I’m given. My main focus is the work and not the glamour.”

― Ian Ziering

“First, we will focus on the privatization of small and medium sized enterprises, followed by the medium size industry and then we will move on to the heavy industry.”

― Ibrahim Rugova

“When I first started out in music, I was so negative. I was knee-deep in the streets. Then my friends started going to jail. They said, ‘Boy, you better start taking this seriously; you got a chance to do something with your life.’ That’s when I realised I had to focus. The music led to the acting.”

― Ice T

“I’m trying to focus on original material. That is what I’ve had my luck with.”

― Idina Menzel

“Usually I’m pretty myopic. It’s hard for me to multi-task, so to speak. If I’m in a show and I’m creating a character, I’m just completely into that. It’s really hard for me to do anything else like write music. I have to sort of shut down different sides of my head and just focus.”

― Idina Menzel

“I find it hard to focus looking forward. So I look backward.”

― Iggy Pop

“I like video games. I like tech. I like travel. I like my dog. I like food. I’m like, ‘That’s what I’m going to focus on.’”

― iJustine

“The way the media tends to cover fashion is as this superfluous, vacuous industry. They focus on models and shows, but behind all that is a massive global industry.”

― Imran Amed

“If we can just focus our attention where it matters, we can effect change.”

― India Arie

“I could not – and I still cannot – see a sustainable career as a filmmaker in which I focus fully on our gay stories.”

― Ira Sachs

“Leaders tend to focus on ‘what to do,’ but the real issue is more often ‘how to do it.’”

― Irene Rosenfeld

“After the children grew up, I began to focus on my writing. My first books were part of a trilogy… The ‘Wind Dance’ trilogy.”

― Iris Johansen

“Kids will ask us ‘How do you become famous?’ It’s the wrong question. Focus on the craft, not on the fame.”

― Isaac Hanson

“The thing about ‘Game of Thrones’ is it doesn’t pin too much of a focus on magic. It kind of paints it in the same way that mystical things are portrayed in our world, because you don’t walk about Westeros and see wizards with staffs or magical wands. All the characters don’t really believe in it. It’s this mysterious hidden vein to Westeros.”

― Isaac Hempstead Wright

“I am most passionate about dancing and acting, so performing was my focus, always. Even before I was old enough to be serious about it, I was always meddling with things – dancing all over the place and performing for my family.”

― Ishaan Khatter

“There’s so much focus and interest about what happens during war, but very little about what happens when people return to homes and communities that have been destroyed. There’s a renewal that happens, but it’s a very difficult one.”

― Ishmael Beah

“The focus for me is always about health. That’s why I talk about self-care rather than size or anything like that, because that’s something we can all do that’s relatable – this discussion of being healthy form the inside-out.”

― Iskra Lawrence

“You have to focus on the process. You cannot be glued to the results.”

― Ivan Lendl

“From a productivity perspective, prioritization is key. And it’s very easy to focus on clearing the decks of minutia, especially when one’s very busy.”

― Ivanka Trump

“We all need to focus on our writing. Because the millions of readers out there don’t care about your blog.”

― J. A. Konrath

“Well, Mark, I led the charge for five or six years to get reforms for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. I was chairman of an organization called ‘FM Policy Focus.’ What we were saying was, if there was blip in the housing market, Fannie and Freddie would destabilize the greatest economy in the world.”

― J. C. Watts

“Whenever I’ve directed something, there’s this feeling of demand and focus that I like.”

― J. J. Abrams

“All you can do is focus on telling the best story you can with compelling characters. If you do it right, it will endure. If you do it wrong, it won’t.”

― J. Michael Straczynski

“When writers don’t know what to do with a character, they build up the supporting cast and universe to kind of hide that fact. After a while, you can no longer see the character for the underbrush. When that happens, you need to bring out the weed-whacker to clear some of that away so you can focus on the main character.”

― J. Michael Straczynski

“Building advanced AI is like launching a rocket. The first challenge is to maximize acceleration, but once it starts picking up speed, you also need to focus on steering.”

― Jaan Tallinn

“Attack politics costs us dearly in terms of insight into the candidates. In a presidential campaign, the focus is so tight that the politicians are afraid to say anything that hasn’t been scripted.”

― Jack Germond

“Focus on your problem zones, your strength, your energy, your flexibility and all the rest. Maybe your chest is flabby or your hips or waist need toning. Also, you should change your program every thirty days. That’s the key.”

― Jack LaLanne

“People that go through serious illness – you can either go one way or the other. You can either become despondent about it all. Or it kind of rejuvenates you, makes you focus on what’s important.”

― Jack Layton

“My focus on the budget, though, has played second fiddle to what I believe is even more important – creating jobs.”

― Jack Markell

“In college, I didn’t perform so much, but when I graduated is when I discovered Second City. Then I realized, ‘Oh, there are people who can focus on comedy and especially improvisational comedy and make a career out of it.’”

― Jack McBrayer

“Focus on remedies, not faults.”

― Jack Nicklaus

“I learned how important physical conditioning is. I learned how to focus on an objective in spite of all kinds of hazards. I learned how to deal with stress, too.”

― Jack Ramsay

“I want to write a film. I need to think of the right idea and focus on that; I love writing.”

― Jack Whitehall

“’Once Upon a Time’, ‘Mirror Mirror’ – those shows and films focus on women and their conflict with one another. What the heck is going on in contemporary fairy tales? Women are not dominating the world; they are not evil.”

― Jack Zipes

“One look at an email can rob you of 15 minutes of focus. One call on your cell phone, one tweet, one instant message can destroy your schedule, forcing you to move meetings, or blow off really important things, like love, and friendship.”

― Jacqueline Leo

“Impact investing has become a broad umbrella that includes all investing with a focus on both financial return and social impact, but in its best form, impact investing prioritizes impact over returns and achieves outcomes that traditional investing cannot.”

― Jacqueline Novogratz

“I would say being deeply involved in the art world would help keep a young artist on track. Doing what you love, so that your focus is your artistry.”

― Jada Pinkett Smith

“My main focus, my pride is right there on the block. That’s where I’ve always played and my focus has always been.”

― Jahlil Okafor

“I try to really focus on the actors I’m working with and kind of read and respond to their behavior.”

― Jaime Murray

“Working is the best thing for me because I’m borderline ADHD, so I need some kind of focus or I go a bit extreme. I need work to keep me sensible.”

― Jaime Winstone

“As long as your storytelling and emotional depth are intact, that’s what people will focus on.”

― Jake Barton

“I’m gonna forget all the negative press and focus on being the best version of myself.”

― Jake Paul

“I remember, as a kid, my grandfather would grab my temples and say, ‘You’ve got to focus, Jake. You’ve got to focus.’”

― Jake Peavy

“I just focus on what I can control, and that’s how hard I play and my attitude.”

― Jalen Brunson

“I can control how hard I play. This is how I respond to coaching. This is how I respond to my teammates. If I focus on that, the other things that come with that are going to come.”

― Jalen Brunson

“Many of the cognitive enhancement drugs serve to increase focus and concentration. But ‘letting your mind wander’ is very often an important part of the creative process.”

― Jamais Cascio

“You’ve just got to focus on excellence and try not to be distracted by the news and the rumors and the absurdities of the stories that were coming out.”

― James Daly

“I think up until that time a lot of focus on Internet coverage was either sort of the bits and bytes aspect of it, sort of the high-tech aspect of it, and the sociological aspect of it, which is how it was transforming culture.”

― James Daly

“I think Fast Company has a tremendously smart focus and execution.”

― James Daly

“Cable series have more time to focus on characters, and a structure that allows for a development in character as you go along. Network shows have a pressure of time and space that is completely different.”

― James Frain

“Science fiction literature’s focus is on ideas, the concept of change, and the impact on humanity. Those concepts are hard to capture on film. They work better in the mind.”

― James Gunn

“Our twenty-first century economy may focus on agriculture, not information.”

― James Howard Kunstler

“My focus has always been: I can be an incredibly conservative, principled idea person, but that doesn’t mean I have to shout at people.”

― James Lankford

“’Star Wars’ novels that focus on a single character are few and far between.”

― James Luceno

“In the Premier League, you don’t have one second to breathe – you have to be on it from the first minute. If you lose focus – just for a few seconds – the game will pass you by. It’s 100 miles an hour.”

― James Maddison

“The ball is just whipped off you in the Premier League. You have to maintain focus.”

― James Maddison

“My main problem with fiction is that once my characters get moving, you just have to follow them along and get out of the way of the story, but sometimes they pull me in too many directions, and I need to focus.”

― James McBride

“If you are an investor who’s retired and hopes to live off the income that your portfolio is generating, then we would focus just on the dividend yield.”

― James O’Shaughnessy

“Discussions of health care in the U.S. usually focus on insurance companies, but, whatever their problems, they’re not the main driver of health-care inflation: providers are.”

― James Surowiecki

“My art has no object, no image, no point of focus.”

― James Turrell

“My poems were just kind of all over the place. They had no focus, no location, nothing. Kind of a series of images that could have been set anywhere. A lot of the poems were just exercises for myself.”

― James Welch

“Every year, millions of vaccines get wasted due to inadequate storage facilities. India is a focus for us, as this is a very big challenge for the country as well as other countries across the globe.”

― Jamshyd Godrej

“The F-word here is focus.”

― Jan Koum

“Our focus remains on delivering the promise of WhatsApp far and wide so that people around the world have the freedom to speak their mind without fear.”

― Jan Koum

“A lot of my time, effort, and focus is spent on ‘WhatsApp’. And that, to me, is more valuable and rewarding than to work on anything else.”

― Jan Koum

“I only have one idea, that is WhatsApp, and I am going to continue to focus on that. I have no plans to build any other ideas.”

― Jan Koum

“There were a lot of negatives, of course, but there were positives to living a life unfettered by possessions. It gave us the chance to focus on education, which was very important in the Soviet Union.”

― Jan Koum

“Each of us seems to have a main focus, a particular idea of practicality – a concept of ‘what we want out of life’ against which we judge our experiences.”

― Jane Roberts

“Honestly, I don’t believe in menswear. I focus on what pieces are most timeless, transcendent, match my lifestyle, remain remarkable, and command intriguing attention across the room at an art gallery.”

― Janelle Monae

“I just want people to focus on the performance.”

― Janet McTeer

“You can’t imagine a world, quite frankly, without a safe and secure aviation system. And so our job is to really focus on that, and what we need to do to keep it safe and secure.”

― Janet Napolitano

“We simply must find ways both to bridge the differences that still seem to divide us and focus on the things that we share.”

― Janet Reno

“We’ve got to look to our educational programs and focus on doing what we can to stem violence in the schools.”

― Janet Reno

“I think one of the keys to any crime-prevention program that’s got to be developed is to focus on punishment – to let people know that there is a sanction and a punishment for hurting others.”

― Janet Reno

“It certainly would be helpful going forward for deficit reduction efforts to focus on the medium term while not subtracting from the impetus we need to keep a fragile economy moving forward.”

― Janet Yellen

“I believe artists deserve all the help they can get, so they can focus on being great artists.”

― Janina Gavankar

“Occupy Wall Street was a disorganized movement without a clear focus and power base – essential in any successful revolution – but the message was clear: the divisions between those who are fortunate enough to enjoy city living as opposed to those who find it unbearable are too wide.”

― Janine di Giovanni

“Acting manifested as the primary focus over the years but now I am stirring the pot once again with my voice.”

― Janine Turner

“After they killed Uday and Qusay, the focus centered on Saddam: Find him, kill him, capture him, whatever it takes. To me, it was a false sense of security: If we get Saddam, we’re going to win this war.”

― Janis Karpinski

“I’m going to focus on myself and continue to get myself better because I have plenty of things I need to work on.”

― Jared Goff

“The most important thing to keep in mind in being effective is focus.”

― Jared Polis

“To be effective in Congress, you must focus. With so many issues and debates occurring at any given time, it is easy to spread yourself too thin and lose sight of your goal.”

― Jared Polis

“I went into performing for the community. Being backstage with your company of fellows is the best part of working in live theater. That energy, that combined focus, the synergy – it’s addictive.”

― Jason Alexander

“Occasionally I’ll be a producer for hire on a larger budget movie, but with Blumhouse Pictures, we mainly focus on micro-budget, under-$5-million-dollar movies. That’s what we’re in business to do, and that’s what we’re in business to make.”

― Jason Blum

“As an entrepreneur, one of my biggest struggles is that you have to focus, but you also have to expand.”

― Jason Blum

“Sundance is such an acquisition-frenzied, industry-centric experience, and at SXSW, many of the movies have distribution. And the focus is more on positioning the movie as opposed to selling them. People are more relaxed.”

― Jason Blum

“If folks focus in on a niche and own it, there is a good chance they could make half a living from blogging.”

― Jason Calacanis

“Reading scripts or commercial copy isn’t a problem for me, so I can really focus on the acting instead of it being secondary.”

― Jason Fuchs

“There are many really good teams in our conference this season. Miami, Indiana and Detroit will be our fiercest opponents this year. But we just have to focus on our game and be patient with the realistic hope that we’ll be on top after all is said and done.”

― Jason Kidd

“History has shown that incumbents tend to fight trends that challenge established ways and, in the process, lose focus on what matters most: customers.”

― Jason Kilar

“Maybe it’s just my improv and sketch background, but I’m a lot more comfortable in a group. I like sharing focus and populating an ensemble.”

― Jason Mantzoukas

“Acting is a funny job because you’re always playing a hundred levels of pretend, but when you’re working with great designers who end up doing a lot of that work for you, you can focus on the things you want to focus on.”

― Jason Ralph

“I think being a competitive diver for years helps you focus and dedicate yourself to what’s needed.”

― Jason Statham

“My inspirations come from everywhere. It’s important to look at everything and anything. I think what I create is serious fashion, but I don’t want to keep my focus on that. You have to look at a lot of different things. I mean, people are always surprised when they find out that my favorite show is ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race.’”

― Jason Wu

“The only focus for me is on my preparation, my execution, and what I can do for the team.”

― Jasprit Bumrah

“My focus is to always enjoy and bowl good lines and lengths.”

― Jasprit Bumrah

“I don’t focus on what the experts are saying or not.”

― Jasprit Bumrah

“I focus on what has helped me, and I try to focus on my body and what do I need to keep myself fit.”

― Jasprit Bumrah

“Not chasing success, I want to focus on my process. If I do that, eventually everything gets sorted out.”

― Jasprit Bumrah

“I focus on how to improve my fitness level.”

― Jasprit Bumrah

“My focus is always on what is expected of me from the team at any given situation.”

― Jasprit Bumrah

“You’ve just got to focus on you, yourself, your family, your team… and all the rest is just fluff.”

― JaVale McGee

“I definitely have to focus more and think more on what exactly I’m doing, rather than just use my athleticism.”

― JaVale McGee

“During the season, the main focus is always basketball.”

― JaVale McGee

“It seems like whenever a big newspaper or TV show talks about teen literature, they focus on dark books or vampire books. It’s kind of this cliche. It seems like the only time adults pay attention is with that angle.”

― Jay Asher

“So our focus has to be on the things that we can control, which is to take the necessary measures working with Congress to ensure that our economy grows, that we create jobs.”

― Jay Carney

“There used to be lots of legitimate independent distributors: Fox Searchlight, Miramax, Lionsgate, Warner Independent, Focus Features, Paramount Vantage, Picturehouse and Fine Line. Most of them have closed.”

― Jay Chandrasekhar

“I did a lot of standup from ages 19 to 24 but then stopped to focus on sketch with Broken Lizard.”

― Jay Chandrasekhar

“We were so influenced not only by country music but by the rock bands of the ’80s. Our focus was to bring in something different. Country music already had a George Strait and Alabama. We wanted to put some pop music in our show.”

― Jay DeMarcus

“President Bush’s proposal to focus our resources on sending humans to Mars is intriguing, but it is not the most compelling reason that Americans ought to focus our interest on the Red Planet.”

― Jay Inslee

“To thrive, all businesses must focus on the art of self-disruption. Rather than wait for the competition to steal your business, every founder and employee needs to be willing to cannibalize their existing revenue streams in order to create new ones. All disruption starts with introspection.”

― Jay Samit

“A stronger focus on quality public policymaking and less distraction of personalities would be a sufficient and important contribution I can make.”

― Jay Weatherill

“When I made the decision to stop working regionally and just focus on being in New York, part of the reason that instigated that choice was a desire to work on new plays and know what it was to originate a part.”

― Jayne Houdyshell

“I definitely think when I’m feeling super down or having tantrums or not able to participate in any activities, I have to control myself. I have to tell myself, ‘No, focus, focus, focus, do this, do this, do this.’ Instead of shutting down, I encourage myself to think positively and move towards the light.”

― Jazz Jennings

“Resilience isn’t a single skill. It’s a variety of skills and coping mechanisms. To bounce back from bumps in the road as well as failures, you should focus on emphasizing the positive.”

― Jean Chatzky

“Many people focus on the 4 percent rule, which essentially says that as long as you withdraw no more than 4 percent from your retirement accounts each year, the money should last you 30 years.”

― Jean Chatzky

“However it is debased or misinterpreted, love is a redemptive feature. To focus on one individual so that their desires become superior to yours is a very cleansing experience.”

― Jeanette Winterson

“With a complicated childhood, you can either focus on the positive or the negative, and I chose to focus on the positive.”

― Jeannette Walls

“I had the chance to be governor for eight years and I took a year to transition out and a year to transition in, so that’s a decade of my life where I pursued my own ambitions and I thought it was time to rearrange my life to focus on other things.”

― Jeb Bush

“You focus on the things that you can control, and that’s what I’m doing.”

― Jeb Bush

“We need to focus our energies there, not these broad, blanket, kind of statements that will make it harder for us to deal with ISIS. We need to deal with ISIS in the caliphate. We need a strategy to destroy ISIS there. You can’t do that without the cooperation of the Muslim world because they’re as threatened as we are.”

― Jeb Bush

“I believe the most intricate plot won’t matter much to readers if they don’t care about the characters, especially in a series. So I try to focus hard on making each character, whether villain or hero, have an interesting flaw that readers can relate to.”

― Jeff Abbott

“I’ve seen kids turn their lives around. It’s usually a kid who’s outside of the team-sport world, or maybe has a darker personality or doesn’t fit in. Skateboarding ends up being something they latch onto. It sounds hokey, but finding a focus on something – whether it’s skateboard or playing your guitar – can be life changing.”

― Jeff Ament

“It is very difficult to get people to focus on the most important things when you’re in boom times.”

― Jeff Bezos

“The Widelux is a fickle mistress; its viewfinder isn’t accurate, and there’s no manual focus, so it has an arbitrariness to it, a capricious quality. I like that.”

― Jeff Bridges

“I have run across characters in my political career that have that singular focus of being someone, being in a position of power.”

― Jeff Duncan

“It’s all about giving yourself a chance to win the opener, and then after that, you focus in on Week 2.”

― Jeff Fisher

“Since 2000, it’s been a privilege and honor for me to be on the competition committee. And our main focus… is player safety.”

― Jeff Fisher

“Player safety has been an essential focus for us for a number of years.”

― Jeff Fisher

“I’m good at professional wrestling, and I always will be good, but what’s always been different about me is that I can’t completely focus on professional wrestling.”

― Jeff Hardy

“eBay started with a core focus on the collector. At the time of its S-1, six or seven percent of its total sales were Beanie Babies.”

― Jeff Jordan

“I can handle a lot of work. I’ve always been able to. I’m a very focused individual. I come to my studio at about 7:30 in the morning and exit almost 5:00 P.M. In that time, those eight or nine hours, it’s kind of laser focus on whatever I’m working on. There aren’t really any distractions or anything.”

― Jeff Lemire

“My characters are not thinking about the act breaks. They’re thinking about what they need to do to move forward. As long as I focus on that, the story starts to progress. As soon as I think, ‘We’re 20 pages in, something better blow up,’ we’re in trouble.”

― Jeff Nichols

“In business, there’s a constant focus on developing strategies, reviewing executive performance against those strategies each year, engaging with opposing or different points of view, and having intellectual dialogue.”

― Jeff Raikes

“Everyone wants to focus on what Ben Simmons can’t do, which is shoot and try to rush him into being a range shooter. I think Simmons in Philadelphia has done a good job in focusing what he does great versus what he doesn’t do as well.”

― Jeff Van Gundy

“Encouragement from my high school teacher Patty Hart said ‘you need to focus and theater might be your route out of here.’ I created the program, went to college and graduate school and now here I am.”

― Jeffrey Donovan

“As MBA professors endlessly tell their students, companies do best when they stick to what they do well. There’s a reason Apple doesn’t make blenders. There’s a reason Haagen-Dazs doesn’t sell meat. And there’s a reason drug companies should focus on saving and improving lives – not jeopardizing them.”

― Jeffrey Kluger

“Older siblings get more total-immersion mentoring with their parents before younger siblings come along. As a result, they get an IQ and linguistic advantage because they are the exclusive focus of their parents’ attention.”

― Jeffrey Kluger

“Unfortunately, the real focus in this country has not been on the rest of the world. It’s been on our own issues and our own problems. Fair enough. But it means that our simple hopes that everything will just work out abroad aren’t really coming to pass.”

― Jeffrey Sachs

“Beyond diversity, the story of Obama’s influence on the courts is more complex. Indeed, it could serve as a metaphor for his Presidency: symbolically rich but substantively hazy. Obama took office after years of intense conservative focus on the courts.”

― Jeffrey Toobin

“We live in a fearful society that has perfected the art of doubting, weaned us on worry, and trained us to focus on everything that can or has gone wrong.”

― Jen Sincero

“If something bothers you, focus on the solution or the desired outcome, not the part that has you spinning out in the middle of the night.”

― Jen Sincero

“I studied theater in college, and I really wanted to be an actress and play a lot of different roles. Then I made landing on a television comedy my main focus.”

― Jenna Fischer

“I learned to focus and work hard and not give up. I learned that every obstacle is really an opportunity.”

― Jenna Ushkowitz

“Artists’ obsessions with technology are not new, but in the late aughts, the work tended to focus on the possibility of the medium, treating technology like a new tool rather than a sociopolitical framework.”

― Jenna Wortham

“Perhaps trying to move away from my problems and focus on the positive is the best I can do.”

― Jenni Rivera

“I studied social studies at Harvard, which makes it sound like I was in seventh grade. It was a choose-your-own-adventure major, where you could decide what you were going to focus on.”

― Jennifer Hyman

“Teenagers only have to focus on themselves – its not until we get older that we realize that other people exist.”

― Jennifer Lawrence

“Some people are naturally thin, and some are heavier. There is a lot of focus on it, and it can be a lot of pressure for people. But honestly, I think as long as someone is healthy, that is most important.”

― Jennifer Lopez

“I came from the Bronx and a certain background. I worked really hard. I kept my focus on the right things.”

― Jennifer Lopez

“The whole impetus behind going solo was an artistic inspiration in the sense that, obviously, success is fantastic. But as one becomes successful and gets branded with a certain sound, if the brand starts to become more of the focus than the evolution of the art, then that’s putting the cart before the horse.”

― Jennifer Nettles

“I love any kind of acting, so if I could focus on becoming the best actor I can strictly on my voice, I would love that.”

― Jennifer Stone

“For me, everyone has good and bad qualities. I feel you must not always look at the bad qualities but also focus on the good ones, because we all have flaws.”

― Jennifer Winget

“Fortunately, both television adaptations and the film I’ve been involved with are pieces of work that I’m proud of, so I’m very happy for people to focus on them.”

― Jenny Agutter

“There’s nothing like the peace of the countryside, the quiet and the lack of distraction. It helps you to focus your mind.”

― Jenny Nimmo

“Research the venue and location before outfit shopping, as it helps set the mood and style focus: a traditional wedding in the countryside offers a different set of sartorial rules to a tropical, beach vibe, for instance.”

― Jenny Packham

“The focus of ‘Flower’ is emotion and to make you feel peaceful.”

― Jenova Chen

“I try to focus on what I’m supposed to do, and to do my job the best I can. I kind of let everything happen the way it’s supposed to happen, let everything fall into place the way it should.”

― Jeremy Lin

“Other people can think ahead all they want. I just focus on the task at hand and try to move on.”

― Jeremy Renner

“I’ve been through a couple of mergers – they’re not that fun. And it’s easy to lose your focus on this grandiose mission you established for yourself as an independent company.”

― Jeremy Stoppelman

“We need a national focus on increasing the sustainable growth rate of our economy.”

― Jerome Powell

“I’m just thankful to have a tour and work something I can focus on.”

― Jerry Cantrell

“But when you’re beginning, you should try to focus on something you love and your own way of doing things.”

― Jerry Harrison

“I’m noticing a new approach to art making in recent museum and gallery shows. It flickered into focus at the New Museum’s ‘Younger Than Jesus’ last year and ran through the Whitney Biennial, and I’m seeing it blossom and bear fruit at ‘Greater New York,’ MoMA P.S. 1’s twice-a-decade extravaganza of emerging local talent.”

― Jerry Saltz

“I will continue to focus on global strategy and to do everything I can to help Yahoo! realize its full potential and enhance its leading culture of technology and product excellence and innovation.”

― Jerry Yang

“The more you focus on sex without love, and drugs and violence, lifestyle of intimidation and recycling, the less energy you spend on opening up the big tent.”

― Jesse Jackson

“Those powers that control the tent are not threatened at all by any activity that you engage in, in the shadows, that’s not moving toward the tent. And I am rather convinced that we have a generation that is so preoccupied with life in the shadows, they never even focus on getting to the sunlight where you open up the big tent.”

― Jesse Jackson

“We’ve been so preoccupied with getting the government to behave in a fair and democratic way, we were not able to focus on the private sector where most of the jobs are, where most of the wealth and opportunities are.”

― Jesse Jackson

“My focus is to grow, have fun, and work with people who inspire me, like Philip Seymour Hoffman.”

― Jesse Plemons

“You know, it’s recently come into focus for me why I want to be an actor: It’s because of the connection I feel to people.”

― Jessica Chastain

“Being a mother changes perspective. Things that were once really important, the sole focus of your life, aren’t the same.”

― Jessica Ennis-Hill

“As all entrepreneurs know, you live and die by your ability to prioritize. You must focus on the most important, mission-critical tasks each day and night, and then share, delegate, delay or skip the rest.”

― Jessica Jackley

“Before every performance, you need at least half an hour to focus on what you are about to do: the walk-on and walk-off, the lyrics, how you are going to sing it – like, the original or bring your own personal flavour to it – how are you going to make it the best.”

― Jessica Mauboy

“I need to keep my focus as an individual and keep supporting my team.”

― Jessica McDonald

“The news anchor is exactly that – an anchor, a center, a focus.”

― Jessica Savitch

“Never refuse an assignment except when there is a conflict of interest, a potential of danger to you or your family, or you hold a strongly biased attitude about the subject under focus.”

― Jessica Savitch

“Focused attention necessarily has an edge, but as focus changes, the edge shifts.”

― Jessica Stockholder

“Eric and I have a pact. Offseason, we focus on my career. And during the season, I try to be the best wifey. I make sure he has a warm dinner to come home to.”

― Jessie James Decker

“I’m proud of the fact that I can just focus on the bullseye and go. Thank God, I don’t have to worry about distractions or veering off course because my focus is very defined. I’m proud of that.”

― Jessie Reyez

“If we’re about winning world championships, we can’t just have all of our focus be on the Olympics.”

― Jill Ellis

“I think that when moms just give themselves up, the kids know. They feel guilty; they resent their mother for making them feel guilty, and then they grow up and do the same thing. Whereas my mother showed me that it’s okay to focus on yourself.”

― Jillian Michaels

“You have got to have discipline and focus – on the customer and how you run the business.”

― Jim Cantalupo

“And ours is a business that requires discipline and focus.”

― Jim Cantalupo

“And so if your competitors aren’t growing, if there isn’t a competitive reason to grow, and you want focus and discipline to add customers to existing stores, you adjust your strategy.”

― Jim Cantalupo

“I talked about 12 to 18 months, and that’s about reaffirming our foundation for sustained growth: getting the discipline back, getting the basics right, getting the customer focus back… so by the end of next year, I hope most of that’s in place.”

― Jim Cantalupo

“My focus is to forget the pain of life. Forget the pain, mock the pain, reduce it. And laugh.”

― Jim Carrey

“I do what I do, and I do it well, and focus and take it one moment at a time.”

― Jim Caviezel

“WhatsApp only wanted to focus on how current users were engaging with the product. Like how they did not use advertising and kept the experience uncluttered.”

― Jim Goetz

“My focus is on issues where I can make a difference to stop the liberal agenda being pushed by President Obama.”

― Jim Inhofe

“I’d say my focus is on the season, my focus is on making the Colts the best team in the NFL. I’m completely engaged and have always been engaged, even when I was in rehab.”

― Jim Irsay

“I love rehearsing because in rehearsals there are no mistakes, nothing is wrong, some things apply or lead you to focus on the character and the things that don’t apply are equally valuable because they lead you to towards what does.”

― Jim Jarmusch

“Our president needs to focus on other countries – North Korea, Russia, and everything else that’s going on everywhere else. I promote it; I like Donald Trump. I get sometimes what he says, and sometimes he needs to quit on Twitter. He needs to get off of it and focus on what’s going on everywhere else instead of what’s going on in the NFL.”

― Jim Kelly

“What I love about WonderCon is that, while the focus is on the comics, it’s also a celebration of games and movies and all the ancillary media.”

― Jim Lee

“It’s not how many hours you put in with a client or on a project. It’s the quantity and quality of your energy – your focus and force – that determine whether that time is valuable.”

― Jim Loehr

“I had a goal in mind and a dream, and I worked as hard as I possibly could and was eventually able to make it. And I think that’s because I had that focus and that drive and never thought that I was going to fail.”

― Jimmer Fredette

“I’m just trying to focus on playing my game and playing well, and whatever happens afterwards, we’ll see.”

― Jimmer Fredette

“I’ve learned to go out and focus on what I can control, like how hard I work and my attitude and whether I’m happy or not. I’ve really tried to focus on those things.”

― Jimmer Fredette

“Taoism taught me to focus on the process and not to be attached to preconceived ideas of what I thought the outcome should be.”

― Jimmy Chin

“I grew up studying martial arts, playing violin, swimming competitively, so I already had athletic focus, discipline and training. When I brought that to climbing, I became passionate.”

― Jimmy Chin

“When there’s something I need to focus on, I’m like a dog with a bone.”

― Jimmy Iovine

“I think my service is better than my food… I focus so much on the service.”

― Jimmy John Liautaud

“What we need to focus on is not that we’re not nominated, but that we have many more Latinos that are in prominent positions on shows all across the dial than ever before.”

― Jimmy Smits

“Getting released in 2014 was the best thing that happened to me because I got to regain my focus, regain my pride, and come back as the best-conditioned athlete there is in WWE, which ultimately led me to become the single greatest WWE champion.”

― Jinder Mahal

“If you’re going for an interview, you will dress smartly and look the part, that is absolutely fine, but it’s just the level to which this becomes the ultimate focus of everything, where you have people who won’t go to school unless they’ve put their make-up on, or won’t leave the house unless they’ve spent two hours getting ready.”

― Jo Swinson

“You can throw a novel into focus with one overheard line.”

― Joan Didion

“At the core of the Magnolia brand is the desire to make homes beautiful but with a focus on family and practicality. We want to create spaces that families want to gather in.”

― Joanna Gaines

“Chip is the risk-taker. He’s all about the big picture but with a get-it-done attitude, and sometimes I’d rather play it safe and really focus my energy on the details.”

― Joanna Gaines

“I try my best to keep the house looking clean, but honestly, with four kids, you can find plenty of messes. I don’t have a special technique other than I can’t focus when the house is a wreck, so cleaning is therapeutic for me. That works in my favor sometimes.”

― Joanna Gaines

“Before you have children, you mostly think about the world in terms of yourself. And when you become a parent, the focus shifts to somebody else.”

― Joanne Harris

“When there were cases of Ebola in the States, I respected that people wanted to address concerns and take some sort of action, but the focus turned completely to the U.S. At one point, we started to wonder, Where is the Ebola epidemic happening? The States – or West Africa?”

― Joanne Liu

“We’re carrying out a real crusade against corruption and impunity with a focus on white-collar crime.”

― Joao Lourenco

“Any artist that’s involved in their work is inevitably going to have a focus in what they do.”

― Jock Sturges

“The thing that I enjoy about animation is the fact that it is unbridled, and there are no boundaries; when you are in the room, you don’t have to focus on your clothing, make-up, hair, your choreography or your blocking; you really do have total freedom.”

― Jodi Benson

“I have kept a steady focus on restoring public faith in our state government since taking office July 1. Now it is time to make even bigger and bolder gains through legislative action.”

― Jodi Rell

“I make movies about people in spiritual crisis because it’s a way for me to spend the time, the energy, the focus and the obsession to come to terms with my own spiritual crisis.”

― Jodie Foster

“As an actor, I’m always playing solitary characters. But as a director, I’m always making ensemble movies, which focus on lots of people’s lives and how they intertwine.”

― Jodie Foster

“I like to be in a different place when I make a movie so that I can’t really focus on anything else, and that is your world.”

― Jodie Foster

“As an actress, to get to work on a project where the main focus is the female voice is rare!”

― Jodie Whittaker

“The greatest gift is the ability to forget – to forget the bad things and focus on the good.”

― Joe Biden

“For me, the focus are songs, which really get the audience moving.”

― Joe Cocker

“And the inner dynamics of Hollywood are like politics. Say you give a script to a group of executives – they all sit around, afraid to voice an opinion, saying nothing, waiting to know what the consensus is. Just like focus groups, opinion polls or a cabinet.”

― Joe Eszterhas

“Creating the future means having a global vision and an extreme focus on the approachability of what we’re creating.”

― Joe Gebbia

“I keep my focus on the stuff that matters to me, and that is pretty much how I live my life.”

― Joe Hart

“Traditional hackathons are fun and focused on skill and competition, but we believe that events which focus on the positive social impact of technology engage a wider and more diverse set of participants.”

― Joe Lonsdale

“We don’t test out the songs live, and we don’t play them for weeks on end in the studio. We have, like, one day to get two songs down. So what happens is, everybody’s attention and energy gets ratcheted up. But it’s good because it helps us focus.”

― Joe Satriani

“Besides being good for our body, running helps us to focus and throw away negative energy.”

― Joe Taslim

“What are the physical sensations you associate with hunger? For most people, these sensations include stomach grumbling, headaches, light-headedness, irritability, fatigue and inability to focus.”

― Joel Fuhrman

“I try to look on all the great things God’s done, and not focus on the negative. It’s a perspective.”

― Joel Osteen

“I don’t focus on the critics. Everyone who is making any difference in any field has critics. As long as I feel like I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing, then I don’t worry about it.”

― Joel Osteen

“With the emergence of the Internet, it has become possible for creative and bold people with focus and determination to establish businesses in some of our remotest communities. But these will not work if they do not have reliable transport routes responding to the impatient modern customer.”

― Johann Lamont

“Planets move in ellipses with the Sun at one focus.”

― Johannes Kepler

“I think once I started writing my own music and having my own bands, that’s when I got more of a focus on what I wanted to do, personally.”

― John Abercrombie

“But the key shift in focus will be from counter-insurgency operations to more and more cooperation with Iraqi security forces and to building Iraqi security capacity.”

― John Abizaid

“We need to focus on getting people back to work, focus on jobs, the economy, the debt and the spending. That’s what will improve the quality of life for American families and for hard-working taxpayers.”

― John Barrasso

“I wrote my first book at 20, but my whole focus from about the age of 12 was to be a writer.”

― John Boyne

“One of the hard lessons to learn in life is that there are some things you can control and some things you can’t. If you want a short recipe for being frustrated and miserable, this is it: focus on things you can’t control.”

― John Bytheway

“It seems the older you get, the more life comes into focus.”

― John C. Maxwell

“Focus is a matter of deciding what things you’re not going to do.”

― John Carmack

“The denominational world tries to pressure its members to focus on the birth of Christ, but in doing so layers of guilt are imposed, and competition gets complicated as one Christmas program tries to outdo the other.”

― John Clayton

“I pretty much just focus on making the records – unless I’m self-releasing them; then I do my own thing. But at some point, you have to stop worrying about chains of distribution, or it takes out of your time to write.”

― John Darnielle

“Instead of serving special interests, Congress should focus on the big picture. Globalization and technology have completely reshaped our economy in recent decades, and if we don’t respond, we’re putting the future of the middle class at risk.”

― John Delaney

“Chess masters don’t evaluate all the possible moves. They know how to discard 98 percent of the ones they could make and then focus on the best choice of the remaining lot. That’s the way expertise works in other fields, too: Wise practitioners recognize familiar patterns and put their creativity, improvisation, and skill toward the marginal cases.”

― John Dickerson

“A campaign gives you focus. You wake up to a different hotel alarm clock every day, but you know your mission.”

― John Dickerson

“In the end, Obama won, stealing the change message from John Edwards and beating back Hillary Clinton’s focus on experience. And the race turned on a remarkable speech Obama gave on the night of Nov. 10, 2007, in Des Moines.”

― John Dickerson

“I started working at Focus on the Family doing debates and media and cultural studies.”

― John Eldredge

“You have more creative freedom with writing, in certain ways, because you can create everything that happens. But, as an actor you also have creative freedom because you don’t so much focus on what has to move the story along, and only on how your character is reacting to situations.”

― John Francis Daley

“I think Democrats often hold the unconstrained vision, and Republicans focus more on the Rule of Law.”

― John Fund

“For three hundred years we have had our focus on the individual. We have distinguished him from the objective world as the Middle Ages did not think of doing. We have given him the world and the universe as a playground for exploration and discovery.”

― John Grierson

“Gather in your resources, rally all your faculties, marshal all your energies, focus all your capacities upon mastery of at least one field of endeavor.”

― John Hagee

“Business needs to move to adopt much more scalable pull platforms. When we talk about pull platforms, often people focus on one level of pull, which is what we call access. It’s simply, if I have a need, I can make a request, get the resource or the information I need when needed.”

― John Hagel III

“We need a comprehensive focus on infrastructure that supports not just transportation but also broadband, education, healthcare, and our environment.”

― John Hickenlooper

“Half the stuff I have done which has been successful would never have been made if it had been shown to focus groups.”

― John Hurt

“So that we focus not on competing visions for Europe but on what Europe can do to improve economic growth, to give us a cleaner environment, to create more jobs, to make us more secure.”

― John Hutton

“A magazine or a newspaper is a shop. Each is an experiment and represents a new focus, a new ratio between commerce and intellect.”

― John Jay Chapman

“Enacted under President George W. Bush’s administration with the promise to focus on individual student achievement and overall school performance, No Child Left Behind was heralded as groundbreaking. And in some ways, it was.”

― John Kline

“My main focus is to always try to be myself first, and then, hey, if I wear a cool jacket, that’s a bonus.”

― John Krasinski

“I think any time you increase focus, increase speed, all those are going to help any business.”

― John L. Flannery

“Chefs get sucked into the trap of ‘fine dining’ because some guides make it central to their ratings system and because some customers have been trained to focus their expectations on the trappings and not on the food. It’s all a gigantic waste of energy.”

― John Lanchester

“I don’t like going to football games. I like watching them on television. When you go to a game, it’s hard to focus. There’s so much going on, and it’s cold. I’d rather sit and watch it and get replays and commentary.”

― John Legend

“When I write, I don’t really focus on duets or anything like that or whether I’m going to feature this or that rapper. I just focus on just making a great song and figure out the rest later.”

― John Legend

“The main focus for me is not trying to find duet partners. It’s about just making great songs. I want most of my album to be in my voice because it’s my point of view.”

― John Legend

“I’m sort of of the belief that people kill themselves from the inside out. When they’re unhappy with what they’re doing, or not achieving things – when your focus is off-kilter. The thing that keeps me ticking is my values. And I maintain them, because they’re worthy. I like to wake up and feel I’ve done no wrong. I like that feeling.”

― John Lydon

“The things I like to do involve a lot of mental focus, a combination of physical and mental challenge. That is what mountain climbing is.”

― John M. Grunsfeld

“The more we focus on using renewable fuels, the less we are dependent upon foreign oil.”

― John M. McHugh

“Use the energy that fear creates to focus the mind more intently on the present moment – where fear doesn’t exist.”

― John Mackey

“Corporations today, by their razor sharp focus on the ‘bottom line’ and quarterly earnings, have lost their ability to innovate.”

― John Maeda

“I was always taught that you needed to be intense and never lose your focus.”

― John McEnroe

“I have a singular focus, I’m a perfectionist, and I always want to prove I am the best and the best version of myself.”

― John Morrison

“In the remaining months, we should focus on achieving more robust international involvement in training of Iraqi soldiers, police officers, judges, teachers, and doctors – all key elements needed to end the sectarian and civil conflict and build Iraq’s future.”

― John Olver

“Don’t focus on weekly or monthly returns.”

― John Paulson

“I want to improve TSA’s counterterrorism focus through intelligence and cutting edge technology, support the TSA workforce, and strengthen the agency’s relationships with stakeholders and the traveling public. All of these priorities are interconnected and are vital to TSA’s mission – and I would say, all of our collective mission.”

― John Pistole

“I have a great team. A lot of my focus every day is with my television and film career, directing and producing, and I guess you can say that my moonlighting gig is Tropfest. Obviously, when I am not working I am in the Tropfest office full-time.”

― John Polson

“I can’t spend a lot of time worrying about the numbers at home. I’ve got to focus on the mission.”

― John R. Allen

“Better to take smart risks and focus on winning because, if you don’t, your competition will!”

― John Rampton

“I’m not actually sure that actors or artists should be allowed to have a family, because the focus you need, the egotism, the myopia, is just taking away from the relationship.”

― John Rhys-Davies

“It does no good to believe in what does not exist to the point one cannot focus on what is real. That would be the greatest tragedy of any ‘conspiracy.’”

― John Ridley

“If you look around the world, the countries with the best environmental practices are the wealthiest. There’s a reason for that. If you’re worried about where your next meal is going to come from or shelter over your head, your focus is on those things.”

― John S. Watson

“This fundraising is consuming us. It’s impossible to overstate, I think, what it’s doing to members and their ability to just focus on the job that they were elected to do. The collective concentration of the institution is being undermined every day by the need to fund-raise.”

― John Sarbanes

“Sometimes in this whole Medicare prescription drug debate, we focus on the prescription drug benefit, and I am glad we do because it is the first time we have ever offered real help to seniors, especially the poor, those in need.”

― John Shimkus

“I don’t think about the record, because winning games has to be our focus, and if we lost focus thinking about that record, I would really regret it. How will I feel later on? People tell me it will mean a lot after I retire, for the kids and me. But to me, it’s just a stat. It’s something people enjoy talking about. Me? I just enjoy playing.”

― John Stockton

“Organized crime and rogue nation states and terrorists are very much focused on the Internet of things. The challenge that goes with connectivity is always security. The bad guys go wherever the return is, and now it’s more lucrative for bad guys to focus on cybercrime than traditional crime.”

― John T. Chambers

“By exciting citizens about the new digital opportunity, breaking down silos of competing groups to form a truly open innovation ecosystem and shifting day-to-day resources to focus on big long-term investments for the future, countries can ensure that they break through and bridge the digital gap.”

― John T. Chambers

“I focus on spiritual wealth now, and I’m busier, more enthusiastic, and more joyful than I have ever been.”

― John Templeton

“Numerical quantities focus on expected values, graphical summaries on unexpected values.”

― John Tukey

“First, our focus on security is on the infrastructure itself. So it is all about how you protect the network, the device, and the application that is riding on the server.”

― John W. Thompson

“I’ve always had influences from all over the place, like Mr. Bungle and Primus. As a band, we try not to focus too much on where it’s coming from, because we’re always listening to music.”

― Johnny Christ

“When I can focus on something like guitar or painting, I do. I started painting people I admire, like Kerouac, Bob Dylan, Nelson Algren, Marlon Brando, Patti Smith, my girl, my kids.”

― Johnny Depp

“I live a super-healthy lifestyle not because it’s sensible or that I’m contrite, but because I need to keep my focus on the music I’m making. To do that, I need to be wide awake.”

― Johnny Marr

“First, I try to take everything away that doesn’t matter to singing. It sounds simplistic, but it works. There is absolute focus on singing: producing sounds and emotions that I have always enjoyed. This is key.”

― Johnny Mathis

“We discussed the history of postwar Japan and how Japan had missed an opportunity to build a more functional democracy because of the focus on fighting communism driven in large part by the American occupation.”

― Joichi Ito

“I don’t attend an actual school but I’m still following through with high school. I do work with a tutor for about six hours a day. It’s hard core but definitely worth it, and it’s my main focus now – finishing up high school before I release my new album and apply to college.”

― JoJo

“Honestly, it’s hard to deal with the haters, but something that has helped me is not to focus on the haters and to focus on the nice people!”

― JoJo Siwa

“I would say television is a focus, and expanding our channel platform is a focus. As for buying libraries, when catalogs are going down in value, the answer is that it’s all about price!”

― Jon Feltheimer

“Obviously, we were disappointed that neither ‘The Last Witch Hunter’ nor ‘American Ultra’ found bigger theatrical audiences. It’s important to note that our focus on risk mitigations limited our exposure on both films, and I’m pleased to report that ‘The Last Witch Hunter’ is doing well in a number of international territories.”

― Jon Feltheimer

“A lot of coaches in MMA focus on MMA wrestling. My coach, his high school team is ranked 10th in the nation. Izzy Martinez is very connected to the wrestling community.”

― Jon Jones

“Breathing is central to every aspect of meditation training. It’s a wonderful place to focus in training the mind to be calm and concentrated.”

― Jon Kabat-Zinn

“Too much of the education system orients students toward becoming better thinkers, but there is almost no focus on our capacity to pay attention and cultivate awareness.”

― Jon Kabat-Zinn

“Many entrepreneurs have shifted their focus to pursuing VC funding as a primary strategic priority instead of concentrating on generating value for their users. This is worrisome because raising capital alone is misleading as a benchmark for success.”

― Jon Oringer

“I try to shy away from labels and focus on the issues.”

― Jon Ossoff

“Expand the definition of ‘reading’ to include non-fiction, humor, graphic novels, magazines, action adventure, and, yes, even websites. It’s the pleasure of reading that counts; the focus will naturally broaden. A boy won’t read shark books forever.”

― Jon Scieszka

“The nature of the video camera really makes you focus on the present. Since I have always been a diarist filmmaker, not one who stages scenes with actors, it has always been about the present moment.”

― Jonas Mekas

“When you’re always onstage, you really have to focus on listening and reacting.”

― Jonathan Groff

“People can believe pretty much whatever they want to believe about moral and political issues, as long as some other people near them believe it, so you have to focus on indirect methods to change what people want to believe.”

― Jonathan Haidt

“The thing with focus is that it’s not this thing you aspire to, like, ‘Oh, on Monday I’m going to be focused.’ It’s every single minute: ‘Why are we talking about this when we’re supposed to be talking about this?’”

― Jonathan Ive

“Make each product the best it can be. Focus on form and materials. What we don’t include is as important as what we do include.”

― Jonathan Ive

“My focus is incredibly narrow. I can’t talk with any authority other than design and development of product.”

― Jonathan Ive

“For a good chunk of Israelis, it doesn’t matter who is in power when it comes to dealing with the Palestinians. Their focus was more on economic issues.”

― Jonathan Katz

“Focus on the mind and the soul. Read. Study. Enrol in a course of lectures. Pray. Become a member of a religious congregation. Study the Bible or other ancient works of wisdom.”

― Jonathan Sacks

“It’s not worth getting too excited about thinking about the larger picture. The larger picture doesn’t come into focus for an awfully long time.”

― Jonathan Safran Foer

“For me now, I will continue to focus ever harder on my goal of being the very best I can be with Toulon Rugby Club and continue to embrace and enjoy wherever that path takes me.”

― Jonny Wilkinson

“The difference between the greats and the legends is their ability to focus for longer periods of time.”

― Jordan Burroughs

“Discipline, focus, endurance is what it takes to be the greatest at this sport.”

― Jordan Burroughs

“My one and only focus at the Olympic Games is to win a gold medal.”

― Jordan Burroughs

“It’s easy to be selfish and focus on what you have to do and what you need to do to accomplish your goals and be like, ‘I’ll give back later,’ but there’s no better time than now.”

― Jordan Burroughs

“I tend to focus on core work most of all in the gym.”

― Jordan Henderson

“I don’t worry about being the best keeper in the tournament. I just focus on being the best I possibly can for myself and for the team.”

― Jordan Pickford

“Whenever the heat’s on, my whole life, I’ve just kind of learned to focus a little more.”

― Jordan Spieth

“I’ve told myself I have a chance to make history, and that’s my focus.”

― Jordan Spieth

“My only focus after I start the putter away from the ball is keeping the back of my left wrist as fat as possible from start to finish. This is critical to keeping the putterhead and ball moving straight down the target line after impact. It’s also how Rory Mcllroy squares his putterface, and obviously it works for him.”

― Jordan Spieth

“As a player, it’s important to focus on the here and now.”

― Jos Buttler

“I clear my mind; I don’t think about the pressure before a fight. I focus on going in the cage and being successful while doing my job.”

― Jose Aldo

“I focus on myself, and I train for myself.”

― Jose Aldo

“We need to focus much more on the bottom 40 per cent. They are losing ground, and the fact that they are losing ground blocks social mobility and brings down economic growth.”

― Jose Angel Gurria

“We need better measures of people’s expectations and levels of satisfaction, of how they spend their time, of their relations with other people… We need to focus on stocks as much as on flows, and we need to broaden the range of assets that we consider important to sustain our well-being.”

― Jose Angel Gurria

“I think the frustration you can get into as a young artist is when you realize your limitations, but you want to accomplish that rather than seeing that you don’t have to do everything. Just focus on your strengths.”

― Jose James

“Seeing life from an eternal perspective helps us focus our limited mortal energies on the things that matter most.”

― Joseph B. Wirthlin

“When I’m on set, I do whatever I can to find my focus.”

― Joseph Gordon-Levitt

“I worked for a while as a teaching assistant while I was struggling. I really enjoyed it, working with kids with special needs, autism. It takes a hell of a lot of concentration, and you’ve got to focus on the child properly for seven hours a day.”

― Joseph Mawle

“I know if I train hard, focus, I can beat anyone out there.”

― Joseph Parker

“With neoliberalism discredited and austerity failed, we need to rewrite the rules of the economy once again. But this time in the right way. We need rules that focus on long-term economic growth, and the only kind of sustainable prosperity is shared prosperity.”

― Joseph Stiglitz

“International lending banks need to focus on areas where private investment doesn’t go, such as infrastructure projects, education and poverty relief.”

― Joseph Stiglitz

“My greatest asset now is my focus.”

― Josh McDowell

“I just want to focus on one thing at a time.”

― Josh Silver

“Today we read books ‘extensively,’ often without sustained focus, and with rare exceptions we read each book only once. We value quantity of reading over quality of reading. We have no choice, if we want to keep up with the broader culture.”

― Joshua Foer

“The thing about relationships is, when you are in the middle of one, they consume your focus.”

― Joshua Harris

“I’m interested in directing attention and focus, explored through playing cello.”

― Joshua Roman

“In America, people focus on the end result; they focus on the star.”

― Joshua Waitzkin

“The secret to multitasking is that it isn’t actually multitasking. It’s just extreme focus and organization.”

― Joss Whedon

“Instead of focusing on that circumstances that you cannot change – focus strongly and powerfully on the circumstances that you can.”

― Joy Page

“I multitask and always have the TV on in the background. If I need to focus, I generally have to turn off the TV.”

― Joy Reid

“What I am saying every day to Malawians is that time has come for us to move from aid to trade. We have picked several sectors that we think we can focus on immediately in order for us to grow our economy. So we have decided to diversify agriculture, we decided to develop our tourism sector, we have decided to develop our mining sector.”

― Joyce Banda

“Satan wants us to constantly focus on everything that is wrong with us and look at how far we still have to go. But God desires for us to rejoice in how far we have already come.”

― Joyce Meyer

“Every day is a gift from God. Learn to focus on the Giver and enjoy the gift!”

― Joyce Meyer

“Over the years, I’ve learned that a confident person doesn’t concentrate or focus on their weaknesses – they maximize their strengths.”

― Joyce Meyer

“There’s a lot of actors that I admire because they can just switch one second into the character. Then, they go back to jokes, and then they’re doing something really dramatic. I can’t do that. I have to really focus.”

― Juan Pablo Di Pace

“We must focus on people as people, regardless of race, creed, color or gender.”

― Judge Mills Lane

“There are two things that I put my focus on. One is the fight against AIDS and finding a cure. The other is human rights.”

― Judith Light

“The fight in theatre is focus, focus, focus.”

― Judy Gold

“The ambition and focus that propel you to success can also be your downfall.”

― Judy Smith

“We decided to focus on women because no one was singling them out.”

― Judy Woodruff

“I don’t think there has been a huge shift. Most of the films still focus on Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar, etc. The percentage of films that have someone like a Kangana Ranaut shining in it is really low.”

― Juhi Chawla

“I don’t live in the past or focus on making new songs sound like my old stuff; it would be stupid, and I don’t think anyone would like it.”

― Juicy J

“We don’t focus on our rivals: we focus on ourselves.”

― Julen Lopetegui

“We focus on Eventbrite and our family. That’s how we spend our time, full stop.”

― Julia Hartz

“There’s definitely been a focus on the literary aspects of my music, and I always get a little cringey because I don’t feel like I’m particularly literary. There’s a sort of academic label that’s put on me that seems inaccurate.”

― Julia Holter

“I’m not a pop song lyric writer. I can’t just focus on one simple meaning or even a double entendre.”

― Julian Casablancas

“I just kind of try to go out and focus on what I’ve got to do to get myself better.”

― Julian Edelman

“I think if you alienate people and just focus on your work then it just becomes lonely and it’s not fun anymore.”

― Julianne Hough

“As a rule, my focus is on classical music, but I love jazz. I love everything, actually.”

― Julie Andrews

“Have the confidence to focus on uncharted territory. Take chances.”

― Julie Sweet

“Our focus has been on having Accenture be a place where you can be successful as an employee at work and also at home.”

― Julie Sweet

“From the very start, I thought there were four key principles that the agency should focus on: driving private investment, driving innovation, promoting competition, and protecting consumers.”

― Julius Genachowski

“I always said, ‘Whenever I get pregnant, I’m going to embrace all of the body changes that happen.’ My focus has not been on any sort of snap-back or anything like that, because your body won’t be the same after giving birth, and if anything, that’s something to be celebrated, embraced, and owned.”

― Jurnee Smollett-Bell

“The biggest thing you can do in VR that you can’t really do in non-VR games is a huge focus on exploration and interaction.”

― Justin Roiland

“I took an internship at Focus Features while I was in film school. I was really interested in how specialty movies were marketed and found their audience despite being about topics that were outside of the mainstream.”

― Justin Simien

“I tend to take on too many projects at the same time, but as I’ve always done, I will continue to shift my focus onto whatever feels most urgent in the moment.”

― Justin Simien

“I had this chronic hyperactivity and an inability to focus, so I was forever being moved to another class, with a much smaller group of children – some of them about 18. If I was asked to read a paragraph, this white wall would go up in my head. Still now, I read very slowly and can rarely work out a tip.”

― Justin Theroux

“If a song I’m lucky enough to be a part of comes on the radio, it’s definitely really cool and exciting, but I can’t focus on anything but the song. Same if one of my songs comes on in a restaurant. I can’t just carry on a conversation.”

― Justin Tranter

“Who cares about winning? We should focus on serving.”

― Justin Trudeau

“I think Canadians are tired of politicians that are spun and scripted within an inch of their life, people who are too afraid of what a focus group might say about one comment or a political opponent might try to twist out of context, to actually say much of anything at all.”

― Justin Trudeau

“Education was a big focus for me, before the show and during the show. I applied to four or five colleges and universities and got into three and was planning on going.”

― Justine Bateman

“You can find academic and industrial groups doing some relevant work, but there isn’t a focus on building complex molecular systems. In that respect, Japan is first, Europe is second, and we’re third.”

― K. Eric Drexler

“Fortunately, I got to play some India ‘A’ games, and some games where the pressure was a little less, so that I can focus on my skill and my technique.”

― K. L. Rahul

“Too many people focus on writing what they think they should write, what should be in a song, what radio would want.”

― Kacey Musgraves

“My songs are all about celebrating poignant music. While some of them focus on fun and revelry, they are fortunately backed by powerful lyrics. Put together, the lyrics, tune and my voice strive to take the songs to the next level.”

― Kailash Kher

“Part of my focus on what we need to do around smart gun safety laws is recognize we have to have more enforcement around gun dealers.”

― Kamala Harris

“I try to focus on my fans, who I know have been there since day one.”

― Kane Brown

“Physically, it is very demanding as an actor, and I don’t want to put a lot of focus on that, but I think it is emotionally and mentally a lot more… It can completely twist you… We abandon ourselves for days and months, and by the end of it, we are twisted people which you make fun of.”

― Kangana Ranaut

“Our focus needs to be less on what our legacy’s going to be or how we can control each other and more how we can give to each other.”

― Kanye West

“It is hurtful to read things which are not true. I am learning to focus only on my work and not pay heed to any negativity.”

― Kapil Sharma

“While it is often true that the enemy of my enemy is my friend, it seems like Yahoo’s almost obsessive focus on Google is taking away from its other businesses.”

― Kara Swisher

“My job is to act, so I just focus on that.”

― Karan Patel

“More teams are trying to go full-time, so it gives everyone the best chance possible to be the best footballer they can be, which makes it more appealing to fans, because we’re better as we focus solely on the game as our job.”

― Karen Carney

“I wanted to focus on creating a solid foundation, creating my blueprint, and understanding who I was. You can get distracted easily, and people take you off course with just a compliment. I wanted the focus to be on Karen Civil the businessperson, not what I wore, not what I looked like.”

― Karen Civil

“My pledge is to be part of the solution to focus on governing, to put my experience to work to help solve the very serious issues we’re facing in this country.”

― Karen Handel

“Babies choose to lackadaisically notice the quirkiest of details – unlike us grown ups, who choose instead to focus on what we believe is most essential to us. As a result, babies have a greater expanded consciousness than us grown-ups!”

― Karen Salmansohn

“Just like all great stories, our fears focus our attention on a question that is as important in life as it is in literature: What will happen next?”

― Karen Thompson Walker

“I think being a woman and writing frankly about violence has gotten me some attention, and as someone who wants people to read my books, I can’t complain about that attention, but it does puzzle me that this is something reviewers focus on.”

― Karin Slaughter

“I think with ‘Claws,’ it came at such a perfect time where I really started to focus and to take myself seriously.”

― Karrueche Tran

“It takes more time and energy for women to get ready to go on camera than it does men, and that means there are fewer available minutes to focus on actually getting the job done. That’s a disadvantage.”

― Kasie Hunt

“If you don’t feel clean, it affects everything you do; you can’t even focus right.”

― Kat Graham

“Make your life about you, and once you build up yourself first, then you can focus on boys.”

― Kat Graham

“As grateful as I am to have been a part of a show like ‘LA Ink,’ I’m ready to end this chapter and want to focus on other projects now.”

― Kat Von D

“If I want to do a smoky eye, I tend to focus more on the eyeshadow versus the eyeliner to avoid looking like a Duran Duran album cover. And if I do a smoky eye, I’ll probably do a nude lipstick. I tend to fluctuate between reds and nudes.”

― Kat Von D

“Skating taught me to set a goal and to block out other things and just focus on this one thing.”

― Katarina Witt

“I had tried to get focused on other things. But I always ended up back in the same place, and it wasn’t making me happy. I needed to get the focus back.”

― Kate Moss

“All prizes have a role, if they are run with integrity and with a clear focus on reading and quality writing. I don’t think any of them is necessary, but they all play an incredibly important role in building a body of literature, in introducing new authors to new readers, and extending reading.”

― Kate Mosse

“If you develop just one muscle, one skill, make it the ability to focus and just get on with it. It will not only make you desirably employable, but it will make you happy.”

― Kate Reardon

“I want to keep upgrading my routines and focus on cleaning them up and being consistent.”

― Katelyn Ohashi

“Yoga changed my life. I go between 4 and 6 times a week. It’s incredibly grounding and an intense level of focus.”

― Katharine Towne

“When something disappointing happened, my mother would remind me not to let that become my focus. There’s still so much to be grateful for.”

― Katherine Heigl

“I had a very, very interesting childhood, but, oh my, education was the primary focus in our family.”

― Katherine Johnson

“Shopping is a great way to bond with the girls, but it definitely makes us focus on our bodies and compare ourselves to others. Something that should be a fun outing with the girls can turn into an uncomfortable experience.”

― Katherine Schwarzenegger

“There are so many great artists that are doing interesting things, that I don’t want to focus on boring people.”

― Kathleen Hanna

“I would hate to be in a situation where my entire focus was obsessing around the issue of whether we’re going to win best picture.”

― Kathleen Kennedy

“I am a big advocate for having an open discussion about team norms and preferences. At The Muse, some of us like to start working at 7:30 A.M. Others focus best from 10 P.M. to 2 A.M. Create a culture where it’s acceptable not to be working when someone else is working.”

― Kathryn Minshew

“With clearly defined roles and a focus on communication, it’s much easier to make your company come across as well-organized and on top of things – because it actually is.”

― Kathryn Minshew

“I try mainly to just focus on character and what my character’s point of view is, with each person, and try to figure out story.”

― Katie Cassidy

“I try to keep myself in what I’m doing and focused on character stuff, as opposed to getting wrapped up in worrying or being nervous. It won’t benefit me, in any way, to focus on that.”

― Katie Cassidy

“So I don’t really focus too much on that, and I think it’s dangerous if your goal in life is to get the other guy, then you’re not going to be doing a really quality job yourself.”

― Katie Couric

“And I’ve always – the competition is one aspect of the job, but I think if you’re too busy worrying about the competition, you don’t focus enough on what you’re doing.”

― Katie Couric

“I can’t watch most of my work. Once I come on screen, all I can think of is ‘What am I doing with my hands?’ or ‘Why did I lean that way?’ or ‘What’s that look on my face?’ It’s too difficult to not focus on evaluating my acting.”

― Katie McGrath

“Whatever I do, I have to put 100 percent of my focus into it because I don’t like to do a bad job.”

― Katie Stevens

“After I came back from London with a gold medal, my focus straight away was to defend it four years on.”

― Katie Taylor

“Focus on the positives and be grateful.”

― Katrina Bowden

“I would die without goals or a focus. I need something to keep me going.”

― Katrina Kaif

“My singing is really important to me, but when children come along they’ll be my main focus. I’d never put my career in front of my babies – it’d be a case of fitting jobs around them.”

― Katy Perry

“In putting setting to work, I like to think about long shots and close-ups. The long shot is the overall view of the place in which the characters live – the island, the town, the wide sweep of place. Then we narrow in. The close-up, the tight focus, makes the place different from anywhere else.”

― Kaui Hart Hemmings

“I try to come in with a focus to stop my man and win the game. I’m always trying to be ready to catch them off their strides by being physical enough without getting fouls.”

― Kawhi Leonard

“I know people are going to put the main focus on stopping me, so I need to learn how to make my teammates better by passing and creating opportunities for them.”

― Kawhi Leonard

“You can’t swing with hesitation; you can’t try to steer the ball to the flag; you can’t worry about that water hazard as you take the club back. You have to pick the right club, visualize the shot you want to hit, and then focus on that shot until the ball is gone.”

― Keegan Bradley

“I don’t believe I’m psychic, but if I can get people to focus on a specific thought, I can hack into brains and figure out what they’re thinking.”

― Keith Barry

“My focus has always been on connecting with consumers in a meaningful way.”

― Keith Belling

“We came out with a rice and a corn chip, then quickly decided we needed to focus on potato. It was just too much for consumers to figure out at once.”

― Keith Belling

“I’m a transactional lawyer; I negotiate all types of things, but with a particular focus in software licenses.”

― Keith Rothfus

“If you focus more on the inside, you’ll feel just as great about the outside. I feel attractive when I’m doing good and helping people.”

― Keke Palmer

“Often, I write to feel better and to heal – to cope with things that I’m dealing with. I’m either writing to get out of a feeling or to get into the feeling, to feel it more. Usually it’s the perfect remedy, but if it isn’t, I focus on other parts of what I’m making that don’t involve writing. If neither are working, I simply forfeit the day.”

― Kelela

“In a weird way, I think I’m much better at oneshots than longform. So I try to focus on five or six-issue arcs. I have a real fondness for the one-shots because that’s where I do my best storytelling.”

― Kelly Sue DeConnick

“Women in my focus groups, they say a bald man is trustworthy. He has nothing to hide.”

― Kellyanne Conway

“I just coach my team. I just focus on coaching my team.”

― Kelvin Sampson

“Passion without focus can lead you astray.”

― Ken Auletta

“One of the things I really like about Ford’s films is how there is always a focus on the way characters live, and not just the male heroes.”

― Ken Burns

“I do think a focus on fiscal restraint is a central element of the Tea Party, and thank goodness for it!”

― Ken Cuccinelli

“If you are running a city you must focus on day-to-day problems.”

― Ken Livingstone

“I guess there are people who are like, ‘Here’s one thing, and I’m gonna do it,’ but I can’t. I don’t have the capacity to have that singular focus. I need to try to get a lot of things going ’cause you never know what’s gonna hit.”

― Ken Marino

“Too often in Washington special interests urge us to fight one another just because we belong to different parties. It is time for this to stop and for Washington to focus on what needs to be done.”

― Ken Salazar

“I got a greater purpose. God put something in my heart to get across, and that’s what I’m going to focus on, using my voice as an instrument and doing what needs to be done.”

― Kendrick Lamar

“Looking at affordable health care, I think it is important that we look not only at prescription drugs, but also make sure that there is a major focus on health care.”

― Kendrick Meek

“We think that excellence in investing comes from focus.”

― Kenneth C. Griffin

“Many people don’t focus enough on execution. If you make a commitment to get something done, you need to follow through on that commitment.”

― Kenneth Chenault

“When I was playing for tips in college, I felt a fire in my soul. I had the same principle of focus that I had learned playing football.”

― Kenny Chesney

“What it takes to win on the road, it’s all mental focus. You have to believe that you can win.”

― Kenny Smith

“The industry should take comfort in knowing that WinStar is my main focus after my faith and family.”

― Kenny Troutt

“I do need to focus on playing my football and what’s happening on the pitch rather than off it… I want to be myself and not think about it.”

― Kepa Arrizabalaga

“On ‘Utopia,’ I mix sick beats with ethereal elements while trying to keep the focus very much on the songwriting. If you strip any of these songs down to just the vocal and a piano, there’s a real song in there.”

― Kerli

“A lot of my music is about self-discovery because I focus on my teenage years.”

― Kevin Abstract

“I think a lot of people fail to work on their sight, even though it’s probably one of the most important sides to tennis. It’s also about reactions and concentration and focus, and I think it’s all very closely related.”

― Kevin Anderson

“I try and focus on the youth coming up, and I think tennis is a great sport regardless of how far you make it: just, obviously, a lot of good life lessons.”

― Kevin Anderson

“Fortunately, the way I play tennis, I don’t have to spend too much time analyzing or worrying about my opponents. I typically try to focus on my own game, and I know if I do that and execute, I can beat anyone.”

― Kevin Anderson

“Requiring the Fed to focus on preserving the purchasing power of the dollar will create a solid foundation for economic growth.”

― Kevin Brady

“Our focus is on ensuring America has the strongest economy in the world for the next 100 years and to do that, we need to get to the role of the Federal Reserve and we need to get it right.”

― Kevin Brady

“Every time we make a movie, ‘Guardians’ included, ‘Black Panther’ included, ‘Infinity War’ included, we just feel lucky to be making that movie, and that’s basically what the focus is on.”

― Kevin Feige

“I’m never on Twitter. I’m never on Instagram. And that’s not by choice: it’s just that those things never really interested me. I might post a picture here and there, but that ain’t really been my focus.”

― Kevin Gates

“I need to focus on getting to the free-throw line and knocking them down in practice and getting them in the game.”

― Kevin Knox

“Ultimately I want to win. That’s my main focus as my rookie year.”

― Kevin Knox

“When I left university, I idled around without focus for much too long.”

― Kevin McCloud

“I actually love working with accents. I don’t know, something about it unlocks something in me. It makes me concentrate on getting into character a little more, helps me find a focus.”

― Kevin McKidd

“I wouldn’t say making psychedelic music is my focus. That’s not the modus operandi for Tame Impala. It’s about making music that moves people.”

― Kevin Parker

“Motivation, passion, and focus have to come from the top.”

― Kevin Plank

“Rather than make 20 things and throw them at the wall and hope you get 6 that maybe feel like keepers, why not focus?”

― Kevin Reilly

“I focus on consumer Internet. Sometimes it’s a working prototype; sometimes it’s an idea on a napkin. I don’t do a ton of deals a year, and I really like working with startups – it’s the only way I can invest. It fits my ADD brain.”

― Kevin Rose

“I went through a period of great rebellion within my family, when I was about 9 or 10. I was mad, I had no focus, had no real interest in anything, and so I started to do things that were just rebellious and stupid.”

― Kevin Spacey

“It’s a really wonderful thing to focus your life on something other than your own personal career and ambition.”

― Kevin Spacey

“In the past, people have looked at photos as a record of memory. The focus has been on the past tense. With Instagram, the focus is on the present tense.”

― Kevin Systrom

“If you focus on producing a great experience for anyone, that’s how you get big.”

― Kevin Systrom

“I like to grind and not think too much about the good stuff. I like to focus on the stuff I need to get better at.”

― Khalil Mack

“If they focus on me too often, somebody’s going to be wide open. It’s all about playing together and playing as a team.”

― Khris Middleton

“Focus on what needs to be done that day. Don’t think too far ahead. Once you start thinking too far ahead, you get distracted by things that don’t matter on that day.”

― Khris Middleton

“Yes, I do believe that there is a cause and effect and a ripple effect upon everything everybody does, and they have positive consequences and negative consequences. If you start to focus on the kind of minutia of that, it’s really quite extraordinary.”

― Kiefer Sutherland

“My focus on 9/11 was on the victims – in the towers, in the planes – and all that loss.”

― Kiefer Sutherland

“It’s like, focus on the music. Why do you have to know where I grew up?”

― Kiiara

“I just love making music, and that’s my focus.”

― Kiiara

“I don’t feel that I was often compartmentalized as an African-American actor, yet I am fully aware of the plight that actors, directors and producers of color face in our industry. I choose to focus on being proactive in creating opportunities for myself and others while acknowledging that we are not playing on a level playing field.”

― Kim Fields

“We should ensure that the people-first principle runs through the whole of Party work as appropriate for its nature as a motherly party to make the climate of respecting, loving and depending on them pervade it and Party work focus on improving their living standards.”

― Kim Jong-un

“Now is the one time in my life I can be 100% selfish. I’m not married; I don’t have kids; I can focus on my career.”

― Kim Kardashian

“I absolutely love ‘Four In A Bed.’ Before I started filming, and I was unemployed, it was the focus of my day. Four B&B owners go to each other’s B&Bs, have a meal and stay over, and then pay what they think the room was worth. At the end of the week, they sit down together and open each other’s envelopes, and they all start rowing.”

― Kimberley Nixon

“There’s not enough said about the beauty of being able to focus on what you do well.”

― Kimberly Bryant

“If people are not tied to the work from a mission-driven focus, I don’t think you’re going to motivate them.”

― Kimberly Bryant

“We need to really focus on getting this digital equity across the board in all of our public school systems, for both girls and boys.”

― Kimberly Bryant

“I definitely think there needs to be more of a focus and movement on getting coding taught in schools. There’s really only so much after-school programs like Black Girls Code can do to really drive that change. And those classes shouldn’t only take place in high school. We should make sure that we teach kids about coding at an early age.”

― Kimberly Bryant

“It’s strange. No one ever really talked to me about my voice. People started writing about it, and I was like, ‘What?’ I’m really about my lyrics, but more people were talking about my voice. It’s cool, but at first I got upset because I wanted people to focus on the content.”

― King Krule

“I’m just playing songs for my friends and for people, and they’re just like, ‘Wow, this is powerful.’ I’m excited. It’s also important that, in the record, I move the focus a little bit away from me to more about the things that I think about, communities like drag, gender expression, and friendship-concepts that go beyond me.”

― King Princess

“All I can do is focus on staying true to the style of music I write and sing because that is the only way it’s going to come off as honest.”

― Kip Moore

“The focus is what is right before you – to give it your best. It sows the seeds of tomorrow.”

― Kiran Bedi

“It’s time to focus on real solutions that will create jobs and build our economy for real strength and stability – not just for the fortunate few, but for every American.”

― Kirsten Gillibrand

“Natural ability is important, but you can go far without it if you have the focus, drive, desire and positive attitude.”

― Kirsten Sweetland

“I do not make an effort to promote myself as a brand. I just focus on making the right choices that feel right to me as an actor.”

― Kirti Kulhari

“It will be great to live in a world where we don’t discuss sex anymore because we have managed to go beyond it. And then we can focus on more important things.”

― Kirti Kulhari

“I focus on one thing and one thing only – that’s trying to win as many championships as I can.”

― Kobe Bryant

“I love to read books that focus on parenting topics because there are so many different ways to do things. I find these books offer a lot of great opinions on many different subjects.”

― Kourtney Kardashian

“I can interpret my own work honestly. And performing by myself seems to focus the attention in the right places.”

― Kris Kristofferson

“The only thing I focus on is just winning. Once we win, everyone remembers a winner. That’s what I’m focused on.”

― Kristaps Porzingis

“The fans will talk about whatever. But when you’re not doing your best, you’re losing, you can’t let all that get to your head. You focus and try to play hard. The fans, they will respect you for that.”

― Kristaps Porzingis

“The first year was kind of hard for me. There was just too much attention, too much going on, and I really just wanted to focus on basketball.”

― Kristaps Porzingis

“I burnt myself out of skating. I was ready to focus on being a mom.”

― Kristi Yamaguchi

“When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in.”

― Kristin Armstrong

“When we focus on our pain, our ache deepens.”

― Kristin Armstrong

“I think I run my strongest when I run with joy, with gratitude, with focus, with grace.”

― Kristin Armstrong

“I always wanted kids but I always thought I’d have kids later on in my life, maybe when I turn 30. I really wanted to focus on my career, but you meet the right person and your whole world changes.”

― Kristin Cavallari

“I can’t get into all that physical stuff of having to have flawless skin… Sometimes you see people and it looks like someone’s got an eraser and made their face a little blurry – their traits seem to go out of focus.”

― Kristin Scott Thomas

“It’s better to focus on one film rather than take up two or three films at the same time.”

― Kriti Sanon

“I was really exposed to great old-time literature – the classics, the poetic realists like Strindberg and Ibsen and all those guys. I was really inspired by all those guys. That’s when writing became a primary focus.”

― Kurt Sutter

“The great ones have the ability to focus and tune everything else out and see more than the others. Average quarterbacks have tunnel vision. They see what’s in front of them. The better you get, the more that tunnel expands, and the more guys on the field you see.”

― Kurt Warner

“I love doing different things where, for a little while, I can focus on standup then sketch writing, then performing, then directing a video. That, to me, is stimulating.”

― Kyle Dunnigan

“When I started acting, my whole focus and intention was to work as a stage actor in a company where you’re asked to different roles – do a comedy, do a tragedy, etc. I haven’t had any reservations about jumping from one type of genre to another.”

― Kyle MacLachlan

“I knew my focus was going to be somewhere in the arts. I’ve always painted. I’ve always sung. I didn’t know when or how it was going to happen – or what it was going to be.”

― Kylie Bunbury

“My focus is basketball, and that’s it.”

― Kyrie Irving

“I try to not focus on what people expect from me.”

― Lady Gaga

“Focus on being balanced – success is balance.”

― Laila Ali

“My focus is anything that allows me to express myself. Rap, dance, photography. Those are my forms of expression.”

― Lakeith Stanfield

“I think screenwriters, I think editors in the cutting room – they have a lot of responsibility that we don’t think about, but they could cut the coverage of an Asian person to focus on a white person because, unknowingly, they think that white person has more to say or is more interesting.”

― Lana Condor

“I’m not a natural performer or exhibitionist. When I was younger, I hated the focus, and it made me feel strange.”

― Lana Del Rey

“This is the honest-to-God truth: I just focus on the work, because if my work isn’t good, then I won’t succeed either way.”

― Lana Parrilla

“I just have to take it race by race, focus on what you can do, and the rest is out of your control.”

― Lance Stroll

“There are people who are hating you more because of where you are coming from. People like the ‘he comes from nothing and made it to F1’ story. I know that, but I just do my thing; I focus on my job.”

― Lance Stroll

“You want to focus on the fans and on the positive energy that you receive from them.”

― Lance Stroll

“If you focus on the negative side, it just brings your confidence down.”

― Lance Stroll

“I tend not to really think about what other people say. I’d rather just try and focus on what I’m doing, try and win basically.”

― Lando Norris

“I focus on my own job.”

― Lando Norris

“I don’t like going to the gym. My biggest focus is the neck and endurance. I wear this ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ harness, with a resistance trainer pulling against it.”

― Lando Norris

“You can never let anything distract you from your main objective. My only goal is to be great. That’s all I want. That’s all I ever aspire to be. Greatness is something nobody can ever take away from you, no matter what happens. So I put all my energy and focus into my craft.”

― Larry Fitzgerald

“If you play football, there’s going to be a 100 percent injury rate. Something is going to be bothering you. So I just try to focus on the things that I can do to help my team.”

― Larry Fitzgerald

“I get asked that almost every day, but I’ve been saying the same thing… I’m not going to take any more stupid questions about Donald Trump. It’s not what I focus on every day.”

― Larry Hogan

“There is a big divergence between views on a variety of policy issues from fiscal stimulus to financial regulation. It’s my hope and my ambition for the economics profession that as we advance our knowledge, that those discussions will narrow in their focus, and that it will help to have more prudent policy-making down the road.”

― Lars Peter Hansen

“It’s kind of a funny way to put it, but if you want to study a dynamic economic system, what you’d like to be able to do is focus on the linkages, say, between asset markets and the macro economy without having to model everything at the same time.”

― Lars Peter Hansen

“Right now the focus is the album that is released and then the tour coming up. After the tour they will let us know about the options and offers that came in for us.”

― LaToya London

“We will go on tour, that will be a boost for me. After that I can focus on LaToya. If I didn’t have them, so many people would be coming at me right now and I wouldn’t know what to do.”

― LaToya London

“In many ways, our campaign this year will be the same as last time: We’re still going to focus on fixing up basics and cleaning up ethics at City Hall.”

― Laura Miller

“Now it’s time to focus on basics for people in our neighborhoods… and real ethics reform at City Hall.”

― Laura Miller

“If there is noise against you, then you try to make it seem it is for you. You just have to try to focus on your own game and try and win the match whatever way you can.”

― Laura Robson

“There’s just as much positivity as there is negativity, but for some reason, people focus on the negative things. And I used to be that person, but I’m not that person anymore.”

― Lauren Alaina

“The business aspect and the social aspect of FEED go hand in hand. The more we can strengthen our business, the more we are able to give. And the more we can focus on giving back, the more customers will want to buy our products, thus strengthening our business.”

― Lauren Bush

“You have to find what you’re really passionate about, throw yourself into it, and focus on those small wins.”

― Lauren Gibbs

“I focus on a lot of women’s issues.”

― Lauren Greenfield

“We all allow each other to explore our individual things that make us happy, and so we’re just being supportive of each other and making sure we focus on Fifth Harmony, and what’s important to the group is important to all five of us.”

― Lauren Jauregui

“The thrill of doing television versus features is, in television, you get to focus more on the characters.”

― Lauren Shuler Donner

“One of our fundamental human needs is finding our partner that we hope we will stay with for the rest of our lives. You often find the same search in other genres. The mystery novel has a romance subplot. Literary novels often focus on that relationship but do not often end well.”

― Lauren Willig

“I just think that any person who wants music to be their career shouldn’t focus on a record label. I have seen friends who sign to a label too early in their career, and they lost control over their music, and their releases were delayed or never put out.”

― Lauv

“I’m trying to basically just focus on sharing everything that I was feeling with other people, so I can hopefully inspire other people to free themselves.”

― Lauv

“Immediately after the San Bernardino shooting, when it was unclear whether Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik were motivated by a terroristic ideology, the focus of the conversation was on gun laws.”

― Lawrence M. Krauss

“Most of the games don’t let you focus too much on the cheerleaders, but I’ve been watching these girls.”

― Lawrence Taylor

“I worried that people wouldn’t like me. Now I try not to worry and focus on being happy.”

― Lea Michele

“Startups need to focus on building a foundation for their company culture early, and then they need to revisit it often. Every time a hire is made, a feature is launched, a Facebook status is updated, a press interview is given, a round of financing is raised, or a meeting is held, culture should be part of the decision-making process.”

― Leah Busque

“I believe there’s been a slippery slope of new companies that have formed in the name of on-demand services… that maybe aren’t having as much of a focus as they should on the worker.”

― Leah Busque

“One of the cool things we’re seeing at TaskRabbit is local tech and gaming startups hiring TaskRabbits to test their products and deliver immediate user feedback. As the founder of a tech startup, I can tell you that this type of focus group testing is paramount – and usually really pricey and difficult to coordinate.”

― Leah Busque

“Are you trying to give me a hint that I should drop it? I can lose the accent; I just have to really focus on what I’m saying. And I have to talk slowly.”

― Leah Remini

“I wanted to emulate my parents – Mum captained India in basketball, and Dad won a bronze in hockey in 1972 Olympics. My focus has always been to achieve excellence whether in the field of tennis, in the corporate field, in the art of acting or in motivating youngsters.”

― Leander Paes

“Having an interview in English is difficult for me, but acting in English is much harder. Because when I’m acting in English, if someone points out bad pronunciation or accent, I cannot focus on my emotions anymore, so it was very hard.”

― Lee Byung-hun

“This is the first lesson for writers – or anyone – who conducts interviews: If you want someone to talk, you’ve got to know how to listen. And good listening is a surprisingly active process. The interviewee is your focus of attention; you are there to hear what he says and thinks, exclusively.”

― Lee Gutkind

“When exercising, be sure to focus your attention on what you are doing.”

― Lee Haney

“I knew that I had to train with intensity and focus, but I never thought about the weight on the bar.”

― Lee Haney

“I think what I can do is to focus more on what I’m good at and see if I can improve on these positive qualities so that I can continue on the path I’m on now.”

― Lee Seung-gi

“If your concentration is getting bad, take up bass fishing. It will really improve your ability to focus. If you aren’t ready when that fish hits, you can’t set the hook.”

― Lee Trevino

“It’s a terrifying feeling when you have to do multiple takes of a tricky scene because the focus puller cant keep a sharp image.”

― Lela Loren

“Right after you have a baby, the focus is on the baby. You don’t feel sexual; you don’t feel attractive; and you have a bigger job.”

― Lennon Parham

“I’m looking for an intensity of focus. It’s a bit like tuning a guitar string. You tighten and tighten, and nothing really changes until you hit that tension, and suddenly it’s there: you’ve got a note.”

― Lenny Abrahamson

“You can’t have the finest buildings if they’re not in focus. They become like nice cars parked on the street.”

― Leon Krier

“Intentionality and talent always matter. An extraordinary feat is certainly made more likely by someone’s focus, hard work, etc. But chance also matters.”

― Leonard Mlodinow

“School, I never truly got the knack of. I could never focus on things I didn’t want to learn. Math is just the worst. To this day, I can’t concentrate on it. People always say, ‘You should have tried harder.’ But actually, I cheated a lot because I could not sit and do homework.”

― Leonardo DiCaprio

“School, I never truly got the knack of. I could never focus on things I didn’t want to learn.”

― Leonardo DiCaprio

“If you just focus on the smallest details, you never get the big picture right.”

― Leroy Hood

“I only focus on myself. I want to improve myself.”

― Leroy Sane

“In Germany, my focus was mainly on dribbling.”

― Leroy Sane

“When I’m driving, the fewer distractions there are, the better it is to focus on the job in hand.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I focus every day on my career.”

― Lexi Alexander

“Holidays – any holiday – are such a great opportunity to focus on bringing the family together.”

― Lidia Bastianich

“If we don’t focus on when we eat – like, let’s say we watch television or something – you eat much more. If you focus on the food – you smell it, you cook it – you’re enjoying it already.”

― Lidia Bastianich

“What has kept me focused were my kids. My biggest focus is just making sure I’m good to my babies.”

― Lil Rel Howery

“I think teen girls will like ‘Geek Charming’ because they really focus on the ‘populars’ and nerdy people and people who are in between the nerds and between the populars. So it really hits every category of what girls are going through in high school.”

― Lili Simmons

“The journalist in me always loved relating and socialising and connecting with people, but there came a point where I needed to make a decision to stop that being my focus and really focus on acting – an audience are only really going to believe me as a character to an extent if they don’t know me as Lily that well.”

― Lily Collins

“There are other things I want to focus on rather than staying in shape.”

― Lily James

“When I was in high school and college, my other real focus was, actually, fiction writing. So in college, I had done all these seminars with these various writers-in-residence.”

― Lily Rabe

“When you fully focus in the match, you don’t think too much about the atmosphere and the climate. Even if the temperature goes up, we will both sweat the same.”

― Lin Dan

“I liked ‘Rumours,’ but to me, there was some point where the focus became the sales, not the music.”

― Lindsey Buckingham

“My crazy training-and-competition schedule leaves very little time to focus on my hair.”

― Lindsey Vonn

“It seems like people want to blame me for everything. Whenever any issue arises, I’m said to have been involved even if I’ve had nothing to do with it. That’s why I always focus on what I know, which is playing football, and try to be very careful with what I say because people always try and twist things.”

― Lionel Messi

“I write in cafes, never at home. I cannot focus at home, am forever getting off my chair to do other things. In a cafe, I have to sit still, or I’ll look a bit unhinged.”

― Lisa Jewell

“I’m making a record that’s half stripped down acoustic which is the way I perform a lot and half of it is very produced. It’s really hard to keep music simple but I was trying to keep it simple and focus on one or two instruments and vocals.”

― Lisa Loeb

“We have so many issues in this country to focus on that worry us, that I question why there is such focus on the simple right of people to love whom they will.”

― Lisa Murkowski

“The best science frequently combines an awareness of broad and significant problems with focus on an apparently small issue or detail that someone very much wants to solve or understand. Sometimes these little problems or inconsistencies turn out to be the clues to big advances.”

― Lisa Randall

“When I see some of the work in the commercial PC sector, some of our top focus is in India.”

― Lisa Su

“Don’t worry about the financials. Just focus on delivering great products.”

― Lisa Su

“What you have to have is very smart, motivated, dedicated, and focused engineers and focus them on the right goal.”

― Lisa Su

“I was a terrible athlete and a pretty bad student. I couldn’t focus. My imagination was always racing.”

― Lisi Harrison

“Dance was something I’d just done at my youth club, and I used to teach dance when I was 14 to 19, 20 years old. I had my own dance group, and then I got more into the acting stuff, and I started doing things for TV. And then I put that on pause, because I really wanted to focus on my real passion, which is music.”

― Little Simz

“Dying in childbirth is something that’s not new; it’s been going on for ages, and so it’s not something that people focus on; it’s not something that gets funded a lot, and it’s exactly for that reason that we are losing mothers all the time, and we have kids with no mothers.”

― Liya Kebede

“I think that the power of the Silent Minute lies in its inherent lack of external direction: what participants actually do during that minute – prayer, contemplation, focus – is up to them.”

― Liz Williams

“Making a record and being a touring artist is about cooperation between spirit, craft, emotion, and focus.”

― Lizz Wright

“My focus has to be on my career.”

― Lizzie Armitstead

“I think that politics could be a positive thing. My beef is that people focus on the personal aspect of a politician too much. They should focus on the results.”

― LL Cool J

“I started out as a lawyer and came in laterally to Goldman Sachs. So I learned myself that life is unpredictable. That you really should, in terms of your career, try to be excellent at what you’re doing. I think if you focus on your job, and you focus on being broad in the context of your job, the next jobs follow from that.”

― Lloyd Blankfein

“My concept of hitting the ground running and being an effective legislator is to focus on my district and having really good constituent work.”

― Lois Frankel

“In my writing, I focus lenses. I’m almost always seeing when I am writing.”

― Lois Lowry

“Now, and in the future, my focus is entirely on pets and children. I’m not a person who can turn a blind eye to injustice against them.”

― Lori Foster

“One of the nice things about being busy is it makes you focus on what’s important to you and how you use your time.”

― Lorne Michaels

“This season is my most special and most cherished. All my focus is on getting that championship back here.”

― Lorrie Fair

“I don’t focus on one thing. I play guitar and bass and keyboards and drums, but I never stay on anything long enough to become a specialist at it.”

― Lou Barlow

“I have to focus and keep things together as much as anyone with a real job… It’s just that I know, from experience, that the more fun I have doing something that the more successful it will be.”

― Lou Barlow

“All the issues you deal with get more complicated as you get older; it takes more focus to write songs that reflect what you’ve gone through.”

― Lou Barlow

“The future is finally something that we can now put into focus.”

― Lou Gramm

“We focus on a unique form of artificial intelligence called artificial swarm intelligence.”

― Louis B. Rosenberg

“If you sit at your desk and reach and grab a cup of coffee, you don’t look directly at the cup, focus on it, and get your fingers lined up before grabbing the coffee. In real life, you reach for a cup that you see out of the corner of your eye, and when you feel it, you know you can grab it.”

― Louis B. Rosenberg

“A player needs to focus on one thing to be successful, while a coach is thinking about the whole process.”

― Louis van Gaal

“Are you trivialising the sisterhood if you dye your hair or have your eyebrows threaded? I’d say the answer to that is no. But equally, it’s a perfectly valid feminist thing to say there is a certain amount of attention on a woman’s appearance, and I don’t wish that to be the focus or a distraction.”

― Louise Mensch

“All I wanted was attention from girls when I was a kid. Then I got my braces off, and then there was too much attention, and I was also mad that they didn’t pay attention to me in the first place. Then I was just like, I couldn’t put on blinders and focus on one because there were too many options.”

― Lucas Till

“I mean, whose songs don’t focus on tragedy and loss?”

― Lucinda Williams

“It’s always lovely to win trophies, have nice things said about you, and be nominated for individual awards. But I feel I can give more – a lot more – to both Lyon and England, and that is definitely my focus.”

― Lucy Bronze

“Globalisation means that for a high-wage, developed economy like Britain’s to compete we need to focus our efforts on the highly skilled, added-value sectors such as advanced manufacturing, creative industries, engineering and even financial services.”

― Lucy Powell

“In western classical music with an orchestra, you focus the orchestra on melodies and harmony. In African music, the biggest focus is on rhythms and counter-rhythms – the complexity of rhythms.”

― Ludwig Goransson

“I would say that ‘Creed’ has a lot more music in it. It’s 60 minutes of music, while ‘Fruitvale’ had about a fourth of that at best. There’s a bigger focus in ‘Creed’ because I had to make music for training montages.”

― Ludwig Goransson

“I focus on football. I’m not interested in gossip.”

― Luis Enrique

“When you are in the World Cup, you must focus on seven matches and not losing any.”

― Lukas Podolski

“My focus is trying to make great music and putting on great shows, and whatever happens beyond that is a bonus to me.”

― Luke Bryan

“What I learned from Beyonce is just the focus, the drive, and to stay creative and to always give, just keep giving. Throughout the years that she’s been doing it, since Destiny’s Child to now, she’s been giving.”

― Luke James

“I always said if I didn’t focus on basketball, then it would have been football. I was pretty good and was asked to go to England trials.”

― Luol Deng

“All throughout filming ’12 Years a Slave,’ there was a focus like no other. Everyone took ownership of this film and gave their all.”

― Lupita Nyong’o

“A job is the best cure for poverty, and that’s why economic development and job creation has been my principle focus.”

― Luther Strange

“I can be pretty dense about my own basic needs, when my focus is getting through the many small tasks of a day’s work and a day’s caretaking.”

― Lydia Millet

“There was a time when I thought dudes had friendship all figured out. The focus on eating things in front of giant screens, pretending to punch one another, competing over who can utter the grossest and most profane personal insults imaginable – this struck me as the very apex of human social exchange.”

― Lynn Coady

“There’s so much hard work, dedication, and focus goes in from not just the athletes but from the coaches, officials, governing bodies, and Sport Wales. It’s a real team effort, and it’s rightly called Team Wales.”

― Lynn Davies

“As our parents planted for us, so will we plant for our children. When Charlie and I began our philanthropic journey, we wanted to focus our resources on planting seeds that would help perpetuate Jewish values and traditions for future generations and also contribute to repairing our world.”

― Lynn Schusterman

“I believe that as we face unparalleled prosperity in some quarters and deep impoverishment in others, it is the willingness of the next generation to bridge the gap between the two that will return us to our sense of purpose and focus.”

― Lynn Schusterman

“I focus on my opponents the same way whether they are a champion or not.”

― Lyoto Machida

“I like to empty my mind and focus on developing my abilities in training.”

― Lyoto Machida

“I’m a professional, and I focus on one fight at a time.”

― Lyoto Machida

“My focus is films, and ‘Angela’s Eyes’ is one of those TV projects that has some good TV concepts behind it and good writing.”

― Lyriq Bent

“I think the most important thing we as writers can do is figure out how we define what success will mean to us and focus on that.”

― M. J. Rose

“A lot of times, people just want to be more extreme than the next band or the next person, and that’s all they focus on. That’s kind of lost on me.”

― M. Shadows

“As is well known, ‘McCarthyism’ was an alleged focus of political evil in the 1950s: Accusations of Communist taint, without factual basis; bogus lists of supposed Communists who never existed; failure in the end to produce even one provable Communist or Soviet agent, despite his myriad charges of subversion.”

― M. Stanton Evans

“Instead of making grand structures and beautiful buildings, we should focus on the environment and the urban space and how you encourage people to live.”

― Ma Yansong

“To be forced to defend oneself is an inherently undesirable position to be in. The focus shifts from ideas to the person conveying them.”

― Maajid Nawaz

“We cannot hope to effectively counter extremism if we just focus on schools, universities and prisons: we need to take this online as well.”

― Maajid Nawaz

“All the buzz can be very much here today and gone tomorrow, but my focus is creating music that will last forever.”

― Mabel

“I am a better person when I am writing, and I am probably a better mother because I can focus all that laser attention on these characters rather than worrying about my kids.”

― MacKenzie Bezos

“I went to theater school, and if I spent time with one school of thought in this whole acting game, it’s the Meisner approach of improvise-based acting. This does not mean that you improvise your acting, but that you focus on the other person.”

― Mackenzie Davis

“It’s really important to find something you really enjoy – something you can focus on and be good at.”

― Mackenzie Rosman

“The focus of Congress is on keeping the nation secure – and it doesn’t see that food security is an essential part of that responsibility. Instead of putting more food on the tables of America, they are busy finding ways to take it away.”

― Madeleine M. Kunin

“In Denver, I was a homebody, and that’s a life I’d chosen with great happiness. I wanted that break from the arc lights and focus on building a lovely home, have some fun, look after my kids and do things that I had missed out on while pursuing my dream.”

― Madhuri Dixit

“A lot of people are really focused on me. I always say, ‘Why focus on someone more than yourself?’”

― Madison Beer

“I would like to think I can win a trophy or two, but the main thing for me is to focus on consistency.”

― Madison Keys

“I don’t really focus on other people’s expectations of me. I only care what my own expectations are.”

― Madison Keys

“With all the chaos, pain and suffering in the world, the fact that my adoption of a child from who was living in an orphanage, you know, was the number one story for a week in the world. To me, that says more about our inability to focus on the real problems.”

― Madonna Ciccone

“My advice to anyone would be to focus on your current job and be the best at it. The rest will take care of itself.”

― Maelle Gavet

“I can tell you that when you’re counting every penny, knowing that you are a single bad decision away from bankruptcy, you inevitably lose focus on what really matters for your business.”

― Maelle Gavet

“I don’t think about the press or the crowds or the other leaders of the race. The focus is only on myself. As soon as I see the targets, I tune them out.”

― Magdalena Neuner

“It’s important to focus on how we can strengthen international trade.”

― Maggie Hassan

“When you come to America, it’s a very serious thing. It’s not like you arrive and they say, ‘Hey, come on! Do movies!’ I can’t just be hopping around. I have to focus and be still and make sure that I put the time and effort in. Because if I don’t, I could lose it like that.”

― Maggie Q

“I focus on the elements of a movie that are meant to invisibly affect me as a viewer. The edges. As an author, I’m aware of how the subconscious things can pluck at a reader’s emotions, and I love it when filmmakers do the same.”

― Maggie Stiefvater

“I have long been impressed with the focus on politics and that focus being… from young people.”

― Maggie Williams

“Every kid, every minority kid can be so successful if they focus on their education.”

― Magic Johnson

“When I work on a movie, I never aim for records, collections or the number one position. I always concentrate on my work and look for ways to improve my acting abilities. I also advise my co-stars not to concentrate on these pretty issues and just focus on acting.”

― Mahesh Babu

“We don’t give importance to Page 3 or to appear at all the events. Our focus is on our kids and our home.”

― Mahesh Babu

“If I were to explore music, I’d want to just focus on that and make that my priority.”

― Maia Mitchell

“I’d love to start doing some films and really kind of pursue acting as much as possible. That’s really where my main focus is.”

― Maia Mitchell

“If you don’t focus on the future generation, it means you are destroying your country.”

― Malala Yousafzai

“I don’t pay attention to accolades or any of that stuff because I think it can serve as a distraction, so for me, I just focus on winning games, trying to make the playoffs.”

― Malcolm Brogdon

“Especially when you have a lot going on, you must find a way to unplug and focus on yourself.”

― Mandy Ingber

“I was born in L.A., so there’s a lot of focus on getting into great shape, and, for me, I found that when I started to be more loving to myself and find ways to get excited about my exercise routine, I got into shape easier and faster, and it became a lifestyle.”

― Mandy Ingber

“If you focus on what’s wonderful, that’s where the energy will go.”

― Mandy Ingber

“In an Indian kitchen, the focus is on getting the job or dish done right in whatever way possible; however, in a French kitchen there’s a clear hierarchy, and a chef has to know where their skills are and not go beyond them.”

― Manish Dayal

“Most of the people don’t know that one of the great qualities of caffeine is it allows you to absorb nutrients, and it does it quickly, and so when it does it quickly, you focus, and when you focus, you think you have energy.”

― Manoj Bhargava

“5-Hour Energy is not an energy drink, it’s a focus drink. But we can’t say that. The FDA doesn’t like the word ‘focus.’ I have no idea why.”

― Manoj Bhargava

“I always say it must not be an obsession to win the Champions League. It’s a very important title and beautiful to do it. But you must not try to win the Champions League and lose focus on the Premier League.”

― Manuel Pellegrini

“If you start thinking about eventualities, you lose your focus, and you can soon forget about it.”

― Marc-Andre ter Stegen

“I always had the old-school model that I’m going to work for as long as I’m relevant and focus on for-profit activities and someday when I retire I’m going to learn about philanthropy.”

― Marc Andreessen

“Vertical search engines that match your business, service or products with a target market offer you a higher conversion rate than traditional search engines. Because they have already qualified their interest by coming to a search engine with a specific focus, searchers will be more receptive to targeted advertising.”

― Marc Ostrofsky

“I always appreciate hard work, and every actor has a different process. I appreciate focus.”

― Marc Platt

“I try not to focus too much on the expectations there are of me.”

― Marco Asensio

“I used to focus a lot in Ozil. He has a lot of quality and a very elegant style of play.”

― Marco Asensio

“We focus so much on how immigrants can change America that we forget that America has always changed immigrants even more.”

― Marco Rubio

“Honestly, I don’t focus on what my writing is called. I don’t mean to sound artsy and pretentious, I just really can’t think of things in that way. For me, the point is telling a story that keeps people up past bedtime, while hopefully exploring ideas that resonate.”

― Marcus Sakey

“While I hold my own political views, it’s important not to get too wrapped up in individual candidates and personalities, but instead to focus on the real issues.”

― Marcus Samuelsson

“Science and fiction both begin with similar questions: What if? Why? How does it all work? But they focus on different areas of life on earth.”

― Margaret Atwood

“I want us to be judged by the impact we have on the health of the people of Africa and the health of women. Improvements in the health of the people of Africa and the health of women are key indicators of the performance of WHO. This is a health organization for the whole world… But we must focus our attention on the people in greatest need.”

― Margaret Chan

“Once an organization has a strong sense of mission, leaders can focus on trying new things.”

― Margaret Hamburg

“I don’t want to over generalize, but I believe that women are typically drawn to leadership styles that focus on consensus building, effective listening and working in teams. That’s certainly been my leadership style, and I think it’s been very successful.”

― Margaret Hamburg

“I was used to having a job – ballet was my job, and I felt like I needed something artistic to focus on after I quit.”

― Margaret Qualley

“Writing a novel is so hard, and there are so many problems that the last thing you’re thinking about is adapting this mess you have on your hands as a movie. You just want to get it to work as a novel. That’s your main focus.”

― Maria Semple

“To be honest, everything in my life outside of tennis is great. I’m doing amazing projects that, if I didn’t have time off, I wouldn’t be able to focus on.”

― Maria Sharapova

“Baking makes me focus. On weighing the sugar. On sieving the flour. I find it calming and rewarding because, in fairness, it is sort of magic – you start off with all this disparate stuff, such as butter and eggs, and what you end up with is so totally different. And also delicious.”

― Marian Keyes

“I focus on the individual and not seeing this great big monster, ‘the press.’”

― Marianne Faithfull

“We can always choose to perceive things differently. You can focus on what’s wrong in your life, or you can focus on what’s right.”

― Marianne Williamson

“I had to focus on some personal areas in my life with the little bit of privacy that I have.”

― Mario Vazquez

“I had been asked to start going out for roles here and there throughout my career, but I know that acting is a hard thing; it takes a lot of work, and I was traveling. I didn’t have the time to really focus on it, so I really waited for the right project to come along.”

― Marisa Miller

“Meisner technique was different than anything I’d ever experienced. It’s a really great way to be accountable to your craft and to yourself, but also it takes that kind of focus and dedication to learn anything.”

― Mariska Hargitay

“I needed to be in the bush. There I find solitude and beauty and purity and focus. That’s where my heart lies.”

― Mark Burnett

“Each of my records has a different focus, a different theme.”

― Mark Edwards

“We closely track the systems Boeing builds for us, and they’re some very capable systems. So that’s been my focus. It is something that I look at every month. I look at the metrics for all major combat systems and our platforms, which Boeing builds many, and they’re successful platforms.”

― Mark Esper

“There is something calming and emotionally restoring when you focus on gratitude for a known deed that helped you, instead of fear of the unknown.”

― Mark Goulston

“When you’re trying to persuade people, more often than not, they feel you’re being pushy. When you focus on influencing them, they’re much less defensive and open to hearing what you have to say.”

― Mark Goulston

“Wrestling isn’t like ballet; it’s not about practicing a routine. You need to focus. You need to concentrate. You need to know your craft.”

― Mark Henry

“Part of Washington keeping its promises is a focus on directing more dollars into our local classrooms.”

― Mark Kennedy

“We need to focus on issues where we all agree, which is spending discipline and control and making sure that government, both in Springfield and in Washington, doesn’t take more from your family budget.”

― Mark Kirk

“My heart is drawn to the small, out-of-the-way things that I can’t help but to give my focus and attention and care, ’cause they shut off what hijacks my brain and help to tune out what can cause me pain.”

― Mark Kozelek

“What people eat is not well documented. Food writers prefer to focus on fashionable, expensive restaurants whose creative dishes reflect little of what most people are eating.”

― Mark Kurlansky

“It should be clear by now that my focus here is not freedom of speech or the press. This freedom is all too often an exaggeration. At the very least, blind references to freedom of speech or the press serve as a distraction from the critical examination of other communications policies.”

― Mark Lloyd

“One of the problems of modern society, or the post-Internet age, is that there are so many things bombarding us that we could care about. I think it’s more important than ever to really get clear and focus on what’s worth caring about and what’s just noise or distraction.”

― Mark Manson

“We usually think of improving our life by adding stuff – like more things, more success, more friends. I think the starting place should be removing stuff – try a month without Instagram; try a week without looking at fashion pictures. See how that affects your life, your friendships, and your ability to focus on other things.”

― Mark Manson

“Nike is at its best when we focus on the future. Sport is in a constant state of progression. Athletes are expanding their potential every day – and so must we.”

― Mark Parker

“For me, teaching helps to reaffirm the right principles and values of acting. It helps me focus on the good stuff that can be easy to lose sight of because the business is so result-oriented.”

― Mark Pellegrino

“It’s a fascinating job, to come in and be the most interesting person in an episode. Whoever the guest star is, that’s the job – to maintain the interest and the focus for that 42 minutes or whatever, and it should be a huge relief to those people that are the leads in the shows.”

― Mark Sheppard

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”

― Mark Twain

“We make a significant effort at Oracle to focus the organization on making customers successful in how they deploy Oracle technology and transform their business through IT.”

― Mark V. Hurd

“All that running around in my underwear put money in my pockets. I can focus on working in interesting movies without having to worry about supporting myself.”

― Mark Wahlberg

“If I give dollars to some charity, nobody cares. I mean, it helps the charity, but nobody cares. But if the Dodgers do the same thing, they bring more focus to issues, and that makes it better.”

― Mark Walter

“Figuring out what the next big trend is tells us what we should focus on.”

― Mark Zuckerberg

“There are different ways to do innovation. You can plant a lot of seeds, not be committed to any particular one of them, but just see what grows. And this really isn’t how we’ve approached this. We go mission-first, then focus on the pieces we need and go deep on them and be committed to them.”

― Mark Zuckerberg

“We pay attention to every demographic in every country, so we’re going to focus on building things that teens are going to like, and we’re also going to focus on building things that other folks are going to like.”

― Mark Zuckerberg

“Focus on what you want to do. Don’t be scared to try stuff. You only live once. Get your mind towards what you want to do and you’ll achieve it. It makes it fun. You gotta take risks at times. Risks pay off.”

― Mark Zupan

“As long as I focus on what I feel and don’t worry about where I’m going, it works out. Having no expectations but being open to everything is what makes wonderful things happen. If I don’t worry, there’s no obstruction and life flows easily. It sounds impractical, but ‘Expect nothing; be open to everything’ is really all it is.”

― Marketa Irglova

“The idea of celebrity has always been very strange to me because it’s taking the focus away from the music and attaching it to a person. When we put someone on a pedestal or idolize them, we’re giving our own power away.”

― Marketa Irglova

“If I’m focusing on playing and enjoying the song, then it always goes well. I get lost in the song, and the performance is so much better. If the focus becomes not making a mistake, then it just feels rigid to me.”

― Marketa Irglova

“I’ve always been quiet in the dressing room before the game. I try to focus and give everything.”

― Marko Arnautovic

“We aren’t handicapped in any way except by what other people think. Focus on people’s abilities. I can’t be on ‘American Idol,’ but there’s all kinds of stuff I can do.”

― Marlee Matlin

“Black History Month could focus less on slavery and civil rights and more on the Harlem Renaissance and everything we have achieved. I want to know about the whole black experience.”

― Marley Dias

“Government does not have a revenue problem; government has a spending problem. Government does not have a revenue problem; government has a priority problem. It is time that we begin to fine tune our focus and decide what the priority of government ought to be.”

― Marsha Blackburn

“In our world, we have this huge focus on vicarious living – politicians, movie stars, athletes, coaches, all these people. What our research has shown very clearly is that people who are really happier and have more meaningful lives are people that focus on living their own lives.”

― Marshall Goldsmith

“When you work on your own life, you are less likely to hyper focus on the imperfections of your husband.”

― Martha Quinn

“Using social media to hurt and destroy is callous, acted out by cowards hiding behind computers. My advice is to ignore negativity. Focus on the love around.”

― Martin Garrix

“Education is a cause very close to me. What matters is encouraging my fans to focus on their education, because only an educated generation can ensure a better future. Even when I was on tour, I did my homework and studied.”

― Martin Garrix

“Margaret Thatcher was very good for the arts in so far as it gave people a real focus for something to be against.”

― Martin Parr

“Indeed, our everyday world presents intellectual challenges just as daunting as those of the cosmos and the quantum, and that is where 99 per cent of scientists focus their efforts. Even the smallest insect, with its intricate structure, is far more complex than either an atom or a star.”

― Martin Rees

“Most practising scientists focus on ‘bite-sized’ problems that are timely and tractable. The occupational risk is then to lose sight of the big picture.”

― Martin Rees

“And there are so many people in the third world suffering so horribly right now, and we are so focused on ourselves and our culture that a lot of things are showing up in our culture that are making it impossible for us to focus on others. We’re so self-focused.”

― Martin Sheen

“I’d like to focus on my life on creating new medicines for people who are suffering from rare disease.”

― Martin Shkreli

“I find personalized search convenient – I read stories on my Facebook feed, my Twitter feed, daily email services, and my iPhone’s Flipboard app, and would love to be able to focus my searches on just those particular services.”

― Marvin Ammori

“The Internet freedom issue we need to focus on is network neutrality.”

― Marvin Ammori

“The best way to build the best workforce is to focus on the largest talent pool you have.”

― Mary Dillon

“Going forward, I would love to work with directors like Rian Johnson and Joss Whedon; people like that who are doing big films but do have really independent voices. That’s kind of what I want to focus on, is always working with people with at least an independent point of view, even if it’s not an independent film.”

― Mary Elizabeth Winstead

“Writing requires an intense inner focus, and sometimes you need to express outward, physically or socially.”

― Mary Gaitskill

“When I first got sober, I hadn’t read anything for six or seven years. I didn’t have even that much focus.”

― Mary Gauthier

“Once I got my life sorted and started to get healthy, then I was able to focus on writing.”

― Mary Gauthier

“There is so much focus on being self-sufficient, and it makes it very difficult to ask for things. I’ve been crippled by this notion of high-functioning self-sufficiency. And I see it a lot in younger girls. Asking for help brings people closer in a way that I suspected but didn’t actually put into practice.”

― Mary H.K. Choi

“A calming place, where you can go to escape it all and just focus on your body, is so wonderful to have.”

― Mary Helen Bowers

“Rather than thinking about what not to eat, I like to focus on what I can eat to look and feel my best.”

― Mary Helen Bowers

“I find it’s better to focus on what’s in front of you and to keep putting one foot in front of the other.”

― Mary-Kate Olsen

“Despite the laserlike focus it generates, ‘Tetris’ has no clear endpoint and no easily defined opponents. Unlike with most other video games, you’re playing only against yourself, without any concrete goals other than to keep on fitting blocks into other blocks.”

― Mary Pilon

“Literally thousands of e-mails over the course of a book go out to people I’ve never met, people who might end up being the focus of a chapter.”

― Mary Roach

“It was a pleasure working with Q Entertainment. I don’t focus on working with one company but rather with multiple companies, and I look forward to working with others.”

― Masahiro Sakurai

“You have to focus more in Serie A, because in the Champions League, focusing happens automatically, as there are not as many matches, and they are all tough.”

― Massimiliano Allegri

“Thankfully, I have a very full life. I’m married with kids, so I have a lot of things to focus on, other projects either in post-production or pre-production, so you just do the best you can.”

― Matt Bomer

“I really just try to focus on my job, which is to be an actor, and outside that, the cards fall where they may, and on not getting caught up in how people react to certain things. That’s a death trap creatively.”

― Matt Bomer

“Live life to the fullest, and focus on the positive.”

― Matt Cameron

“I’m always looking at things and seeing how I can improve upon them. I think it’s my responsibility to focus on how I can do better, as opposed to what I’ve done well.”

― Matt Czuchry

“I was never that much a focus of interest that I became a ‘thing’ at an earlier point in my career. I’m aware of having become a ‘thing’ now, which doesn’t give me a lot of pleasure.”

― Matt Damon

“I think there is a certain charm to the hand drawn image that I like. My problem with CGI is that it’s so rich in texture that my eyes actually get tired. Everything is in focus down to the littlest leaf.”

― Matt Groening

“If you’re going to quit your job to focus on an idea, you get overly attached to that idea because you had it, and it’s the reason you quit your job. Plus, most ideas are bad.”

― Matt Mullenweg

“Environment plays a huge role in my ability to creatively focus and my mood – for better and worse.”

― Matt Mullenweg

“I really focus on making sure that we pass good policy. I don’t mind throwing my elbows around to get it done.”

― Matt Rosendale

“I try to use and, furthermore, strive to focus on the actual facts surrounding and impacting any issue.”

― Matt Rosendale

“A lot of the stories about urban America tend to be written on the margins. We focus a lot on these big global cities – New York, San Francisco – or we focus on cities that are having the toughest time – Detroit, Newark, Camden.”

― Matthew Desmond

“For ‘City of Ghosts,’ I really didn’t speak any Arabic. It obviously made it more difficult, but I also found it to be an advantage while shooting. It allowed me to focus on the emotion of the scene as opposed to just chasing dialogue.”

― Matthew Heineman

“The environmental movement’s focus on the Keystone XL pipeline issue really used to baffle me.”

― Matthew Yglesias

“I think most models, when they start out, are insecure. And you become the focus of a lot of people’s attention, so outside validation becomes too important.”

― Maud Adams

“I tend to focus on what I’m doing at the moment, and that takes up the entire span of my focus.”

― Maura Tierney

“What appealed to me was that the focus of ‘North Atlantic’ was more about performance rather than emoting, because I was at a point in life where it was nice not to have to emote all over the place.”

― Maura Tierney

“When you are next to Harry Kane, achieving all he is and scoring so many goals, it’s normal that the focus is on Harry Kane.”

― Mauricio Pochettino

“My only focus is to try to assess and to provide the players with better tools to perform.”

― Mauricio Pochettino

“There are times when being scandalous or provocative can help bring focus to issues of major concern.”

― Maurizio Cattelan

“The titles aren’t merely props in New Japan. They’re actually the focus of the company, and that’s how it should be if you’re going to be in this world, this business. After all, it is professional wrestling. It is presented as an athletic competition, and the titles should mean something.”

― Mauro Ranallo

“I don’t want to be jack of all, master of none. I want to focus completely and excel as an actor with every project.”

― Mawra Hocane

“A good designer has a lot in common with a good researcher. Both hunt for excellence and perfection. And you have to really focus on the details, and you don’t really know what the final result will be before you have it.”

― May-Britt Moser

“But then it hasn’t really been a focus of our government to make us an educated people.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“Find something you’re passionate about, and focus on it.”

― Mayte Garcia

“I’ve always had a foot in everything. As a kid, I was active in sports and theater. Now, I’m learning I have to focus a bit. I’m trying to get to next projects, like writing a screenplay. Once that comes together, I could put my mind to another book – maybe a fun kids’ book.”

― Maz Jobrani

“With fame comes opportunity, but in my opinion, it also includes responsibility – to advocate and share, to focus less on glass slippers and more on pushing through glass ceilings and, if I’m lucky enough, then to inspire.”

― Meghan Markle

“I’m so thankful to Fox News for the chance to be on ‘Outnumbered,’ but I’m leaving to focus on other things. I have no doubt the show will continue to do well and wish all my friends and colleagues at the network nothing but success.”

― Meghan McCain

“Jews focus on the Torah, the embodiment of God’s will; Christians, on an embodied God.”

― Meir Soloveichik

“We need a new Latin American policy that is bold – different. We need to focus on building civil society, focus on the lack of infrastructure. We need look at ways to foster economic opportunity. There needs to be a more comprehensive economic vision in the region.”

― Mel Martinez

“Our focus needs to be on freeing dissidents and continuing to support the opposition movement within Cuba – not rewarding Castro and subsidizing and strengthening his totalitarian regime.”

― Mel Martinez

“When I’m in the gym, I’m in the gym, and that is my focus. But when I’m not in the gym, I’m enjoying being a mom and taking care of those responsibilities .. They really do provide me with the balance that I need to be a more complete athlete.”

― Melanie Roach

“While all democratic systems are works in progress, ours started rather late and therefore has a longer distance to cover. But democratic transformation for us is not mimicking some facets of Western governance. The focus has been on building institutions of democratic governance.”

― Meles Zenawi

“You learn from your mistakes. Those moments they will come, and I will work and focus on it.”

― Memphis Depay

“Religions based on the principle of service and a focus on the less fortunate help a society deal with want.”

― Mercedes Schlapp

“Nothing will distract me from my focus, my galactic mind.”

― Metta World Peace

“My focus is on winning championships. I don’t focus on anything else.”

― Metta World Peace

“Gluten-free pasta is not a focus, which I would rather have gluten-free pasta. Hey, if I have to have regular pasta… It is what it is.”

― Metta World Peace

“When you play angry, you can’t focus.”

― Metta World Peace

“I could sit there and eat pasta all day long and not worry about it when I was younger, and now I really have to focus on making sure I set a good example for my kids.”

― Mia Hamm

“I feel like design school might ruin people, particularly if you’re a menswear designer, as there’s not much focus on business.”

― Michael Bastian

“The key to competing and surviving against Wal-Mart is to focus your business into a niche or pocket where you can leverage your strengths in the local marketplace.”

― Michael Bergdahl

“There is no accountability today… no willingness to focus on big ideas.”

― Michael Bloomberg

“Ideas are the easy part. I spend a lot of time batting them away, trying to keep them from distracting me from what I actually have to focus on and finish. A lot of times, they are a siren temptress beckoning me with the promise of a much shorter, simpler, more slender novel over the horizon, but of course that’s very dangerous.”

― Michael Chabon

“I would love to do more TV and do movies for the experience, but my ultimate focus is stand-up. It’s the number one thing that I love most because there is nothing like being with a live audience.”

― Michael Che

“My favorite is ‘The Last Coyote.’ I’m not saying that’s the best book I’ve written; I hope I haven’t written my best book yet, but that one was the first book I wrote as a full-time author, with my full-time focus. I have a nostalgic feeling about it.”

― Michael Connelly

“The customer reaction to Dell going private has been a lot more positive than I would have ever imagined. Customers see it as – ‘You don’t have to be distracted. Now you can totally focus on your business.’ So they see it as a positive.”

― Michael Dell

“CIA relies on a partner’s focus, linguistic agility, and cultural depth; in return, the partner benefits from CIA’s resources, technology, and global view.”

― Michael Hayden

“That’s the way I look at things – if you focus on the worst case scenario and it happens, you’ve lived it twice. It sounds like Pollyanna-ish tripe but I’m telling you – it works for me.”

― Michael J. Fox

“I come to work on time. I focus on my job. I bust my scenes out and everything else kind of happens from there.”

― Michael K. Williams

“When you write down your ideas you automatically focus your full attention on them. Few if any of us can write one thought and think another at the same time. Thus a pencil and paper make excellent concentration tools.”

― Michael LeBoeuf

“It is really important that focusing on things such as spelling, punctuation, grammar and handwriting doesn’t inhibit the creative flow. When I was at school there was a huge focus on copying and testing and it put me off words and stories for years.”

― Michael Morpurgo

“It’s good to focus on the universal suffering that goes on in any war. Whatever the right and wrongs of the war, there is always universal suffering.”

― Michael Morpurgo

“One of the great failings of our education system is that we tend to focus on those who are succeeding in exams, and there are plenty of them. But what we should also be looking at, and a lot more urgently, is those who fail.”

― Michael Morpurgo

“Yes we need enhanced border control. Yes we need to focus our efforts on those who pose a threat to our country. But let’s not fall into the trap set by the Tea Party and others who would tell you that every single undocumented individual is a drug smuggler, a terrorist, or a threat to the American way of life. That is simply not true.”

― Michael Nutter

“I’m like a decathlete who does all of the events he’s used to, but is being forced by certain circumstances to focus on three events, and being forced to focus on events that he wasn’t that interested in, and also weren’t his strongest events.”

― Michael Nyman

“Before I started writing about food, my focus was really on the human relationship to plants. Not only do plants nourish us bodily – they nourish us psychologically.”

― Michael Pollan

“When you realize the real pleasure in food comes in the first couple bites, and it diminishes thereafter, that’s a kind of reminder to focus on the experience, enjoy those first bites, and as you get into the 20th bite, you’re talking calories and not pleasure.”

― Michael Pollan

“When I’m on the field, I really don’t focus on fans. I just focus on my responsibility, which is the guy right across from me.”

― Michael Sam

“Well, I think anybody who’s had a baby can tell you that once you have a baby, they kind of become the main focus. I don’t think there’s gonna be a lot of room for anything else.”

― Michael Shannon

“I want to focus on each scene. I’m a real perfectionist, and I don’t want to feel like I didn’t consider every possible variation of a scene. I come from a theater background, so I’m used to a lot of repetition, and I’m used to really attacking something over and over and over again.”

― Michael Shannon

“I always say if I’m not good at something it’s just because I’ve not had time to focus on it… it’s just uncrafted, like a slab of rock that contains the statue of David within it.”

― Michael Sheen

“Being deeply knowledgeable on one subject narrows one’s focus and increases confidence, but it also blurs dissenting views until they are no longer visible, thereby transforming data collection into bias confirmation and morphing self-deception into self-assurance.”

― Michael Shermer

“Now, as the world’s scientists focus with increasing intensity on transforming the genetic codes of every living creature into information that can be used to treat and ultimately prevent disease, Shenzhen is home to a different kind of factory: B.G.I., formerly called Beijing Genomics Institute, the world’s largest genetic-research center.”

― Michael Specter

“Most people prepare for travels by reading about their destination; it always seemed an odd approach to me. I find it much easier and more pleasant to focus with the sights and smells of a place rattling around in my mind.”

― Michael Specter

“Let’s focus on how we can take someone who is being poorly educated in an American public school and how they are poorly trained for a job, and put in place those opportunities for them to get that education, give their parents choice in education, make it real for them.”

― Michael Steele

“All camps are hard, that’s what they’re intended to be. They make you focus when you’re tired, when you don’t feel like doing things, and to see how long you can retain and pay attention.”

― Michael Strahan

“But a large symphony orchestra basically is a repertory company and it has a very enormous repertoire and it is important for the performers to be able to know how to shift focus so that they instantly become part of the sound world that a particular repertoire demands.”

― Michael Tilson Thomas

“During the fall of my junior year, I interned in Intergovernmental Affairs in The White House with a focus on outreach to local elected officials. Although I hated the menial tasks the job required, it gave me a window into the power of local government.”

― Michael Tubbs

“I learn how to put myself in situations at practice that cause me to zone in on what I’m trying to accomplish at meets. I try to make my practice surrounding as close to competition pressure to focus on what I need to do on the big stage.”

― Michelle Carter

“I never focus on trying to beat somebody.”

― Michelle Carter

“There were the questions of what kind of First Lady I would be, what issues would I focus on. Those were the questions that were being pounded on me through the campaign. A lot of times, I wondered what in the world Barack was even getting us into.”

― Michelle Obama

“I’ve been painting off and on since I was in sixth grade. I don’t paint when I’m acting – I’m not really able to split my focus that way. I do it intensely when I’m doing it, but I’m reluctant to take myself too seriously as a painter because that would mean there would be pressure to be better than I am.”

― Michelle Pfeiffer

“The beauty of the Internet is there’s a niche market for everything, and if you can focus on it, you can build a sustainable and viable business of it.”

― Michelle Phan

“I look to a lot of artists who don’t focus on one medium, who you can’t pigeonhole.”

― Mickalene Thomas

“It is our job as always to focus on what we can control in the business.”

― Mickey Drexler

“I trained like an animal, but the thing is focus and concentration. When the bell rings it’s like when the little red light goes on over the camera. And I can usually nail my lines on the first or second take because I’m right there.”

― Mickey Rourke

“I always focus on what is next in my career.”

― Mickie James

“I focus on what I can do in this game. I don’t have speed. I’m not a guy who can have a stolen base. I wish I could, but I can’t.”

― Miguel Cabrera

“I try to just focus on what feels right to me when I am conceiving it, conceptualizing, designing, etc. and then talk it through with the team and listen to what they have to say. This kind of thing is a team effort, and working with a great team is the most important part of filmmaking for me.”

― Miguel Sapochnik

“There are comedians who focus on everything that is external. They focus on politics and the news, what’s going on in that city and that night.”

― Mike Birbiglia

“Food was always a focus for us, lyrically.”

― Mike D

“When I was in high school, I wasn’t thinking about getting a scholarship. I was thinking about trying to go and dominate. Same thing in college. I just have to focus on playing the best football I can.”

― Mike Daniels

“All I can think is that the owners of Chick-Fil-A have decided they have had enough, that they’re just going to focus on selling chicken sandwiches to as many people as they can, and they figure that keeping their views about marriage to themselves is better than having a bunch of angry activists on your doorstep.”

― Mike Gallagher

“Barack Obama seems intent on enrolling more people on food stamps. Mitt Romney’s focus is going to be on generating more jobs that will make food-stamps unnecessary for them.”

― Mike Huckabee

“Focus on doing the right things instead of a bunch of things.”

― Mike Krieger

“You build a program; culture is what makes it go. You have to invest in that culture every single day, and that’s my big-picture focus.”

― Mike McCarthy

“You play a team for the second time, you definitely have some familiarity. I think it’s beneficial for your players that they have some tape to look at of the opponent and can focus on the individual matchups that they have some current history to draw from.”

― Mike McCarthy

“It was by design that we mostly used pictures that you could not necessarily see what was going on, and that didn’t really focus in on the band, but instead focused in on a theme.”

― Mike McCready

“One of the things that Flipboard is great at is certainly looking at the news in a realtime format, which a lot of the personal news aggregators don’t really focus on, so you can see things right up to the minute.”

― Mike McCue

“I had always wanted to run my own show and focus solely on the writing, and that’s what ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ has been for me.”

― Mike O’Malley

“I believe we need to focus first and foremost – as Donald Trump has done with such force and such passion – on border integrity and building the wall.”

― Mike Pence

“There’s the drums, the music, the melodies, the lyrics, the production, the artwork: there are so many elements to making an album, and the drumming is just a very small fraction of what I focus on.”

― Mike Portnoy

“My focus is to try to appreciate the present moment more and more and more.”

― Mike Posner

“By working together to keep health at the center of our focus, as well as the national conversation, we can create the safe communities we all want and deserve.”

― Mike Quigley

“I bought my first dirt bike when I was 12, and I started racing motocross when I was 15 and started getting pretty successful. Then I started racing snowmobiles at 17 and decided I wanted to focus on that and see if I can make a career at it.”

― Mike Schultz

“While I recognize the great value and importance of prescription drugs and strongly support a continued U.S. focus on pharmaceutical research and development, our nation’s seniors cannot be asked to subsidize the drug costs of other wealthy industrialized nations any longer.”

― Mike Simpson

“It’s very important that you focus on winning games and being consistent down the stretch. I think that’s what we’re focused on. All of the other stuff about who wins and who loses and how many wins do we need, if we’re focusing on that, then that’s not good.”

― Mike Singletary

“I have a particular passion and focus on Alzheimer’s and diseases of dementia. There’s just so much scientifically that we don’t know, and we can know.”

― Miles D. White

“When I’m playing well because of my serve and trying to keep points shorter, I don’t need to worry about my opponent. All I need to do is focus on myself and have them adjust to me rather than me adjust to them. That’s when I play my best tennis.”

― Milos Raonic

“For me, writing a historical novel was really hard. I love history as a subject and majored in it in college. I think, in a way, my training made it worse for me because I knew how important it was to focus on document-based analysis, and I really didn’t want to get stuff wrong.”

― Min Jin Lee

“As women, we can over-think things so much that we silence our intuition and only focus on the reasons something won’t work.”

― Mindy Grossman

“We have to focus on what we can do. It has to be about experience; it has to be about unique product. It has to be about delivering our content as broadly as we can, and that’s been a huge effort on our part.”

― Mindy Grossman

“Yoga is at the core of my health and wellness routine; even if it’s only for 10 to 15 minutes I find it helps me to re-center and to focus as well as improve my overall core strength.”

― Miranda Kerr

“It’s kind of part of human nature to want to know the truth or want to be in on the secret. For stories that focus in on that – like whodunits – it’s easy to get drawn into.”

― Mireille Enos

“Girls are the future mothers of our society, and it is important that we focus on their well-being.”

― Miriam Makeba

“Whatever your opinion on it, ‘Sex And The City’ was undeniably a show that told stories where the main focus was on women and not on men.”

― Miriam Shor

“Sometimes when my mom finds a fun article and really wants me to read it, I will. But I prefer to just kind of focus on what I want to do and not really what other people are saying, because I don’t want that to affect me too much.”

― Missy Franklin

“I believe the biggest themes of life are put into the best focus when held up against the very sharp light of mortality.”

― Mitch Albom

“Sometimes we tend to focus more on the personalities and the conflicts, and it really caricatures the issues.”

― Mitchell Reiss

“It’s really important to create something, like with my creations as a musician. Just let it flow. Focus on how to deliver message to audience. Don’t get ego.”

― Miyavi

“I’m as much of a human being as the rest of the world. But if I don’t train, I don’t win. If I don’t focus, I don’t win. So I don’t have a choice: I just have to run.”

― Mo Farah

“Governance has been at the heart of the work of the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations and is a clear focus in its report, ‘Now for the Long Term.’”

― Mo Ibrahim

“When it comes to war, we focus more on the mainstream coverage of the event, rather than the event itself. People dying is never funny. Protest puppets are always funny.”

― Mo Rocca

“I keep my focus on the team and concentrate on the best possible match preparations.”

― Mohamed Salah

“For an artiste like me, it was very difficult to focus on studies with a beautiful campus around me.”

― Mohit Chauhan

“It is the performance of the business that matters. It is hard enough to figure out the future of the business. Do not try to figure out the future of the country or the world; focus on the business.”

― Mohnish Pabrai

“I think investors ought to focus on making sure that the stock is within their circle of competence, that it’s worth a lot more than it’s valued at – and once you have those two things, a stop-loss makes no sense.”

― Mohnish Pabrai

“The focus of tolerance education is to deal with the concept of equality and fairness. We need to establish confidence with children that there is more goodness than horror in this world.”

― Morris Dees

“I’m a passionate person. I’m a lot of things, like most people are. Most people are dynamic. The focus is not on me though, I’m a screen. The aim is to always keep myself in the position where the screen is clear.”

― Mos Def

“The Nation of Islam’s main focus was teaching black pride and self-awareness. Why should we keep trying to force ourselves into white restaurants and schools when white people didn’t want us? Why not clean up our own neighborhoods and schools instead of trying to move out of them and into white people’s neighborhoods?”

― Muhammad Ali

“I dismiss personal profit and focus exclusively on people and planet. That’s what I call social business: a nondividend company dedicated to solving human problems. You can go all the way, forgetting about personal profit, being single-minded about solving problems. The company makes profit, but profit stays with the company.”

― Muhammad Yunus

“We need to focus on the speed with which local governments can work with businesses.”

― Muhtar Kent

“Our established businesses of hydrocarbons, energy, and petrochemicals pretty much run on their own, with their own proven leaders. This has helped me focus almost exclusively on two things: Firstly, new businesses. And secondly, institutionalising what I call the Reliance Management System.”

― Mukesh Ambani

“Foreign journalists writing about Turkey like to focus on the most fundamental divide in Turkish society: the rift between religious conservatives and secularists.”

― Mustafa Akyol

“You have to know what you’re doing to help people and have an important stance in life. You can only do that by staying focused, and I can’t lose focus for a second.”

― Myles Garrett

“I don’t really understand why so many fantasy writers choose to focus on worlds that just seem strangely denuded. But to them, I guess it doesn’t seem strange. And I guess that’s their privilege. It isn’t mine.”

― N. K. Jemisin

“The primary difference that I have found between the system of education in India and other countries, particularly the U.S., is that they focus on problem solving and relating theories to reality around them. These two things are lacking in the education system in India.”

― N. R. Narayana Murthy

“My only focus is on our games and my performances – they are the most important things.”

― Naby Keita

“Stuff starts to feel stale comedically when you’re just rehashing things, so putting together a writers’ room where the majority is made up of people who have not been the focus of the story, it flips everything around.”

― Nahnatchka Khan

“It was nice to focus on things outside of my body. Music has always done that for me.”

― Nanci Griffith

“My focus – even before becoming CEO – has always been memorable and unique content. And one of the most important things we did to reinforce that was create A+E Studios.”

― Nancy Dubuc

“There needs to be a bigger focus on creative innovation versus business models and cash flow.”

― Nancy Dubuc

“Panna is focused on the intersection of premium video content and digital product to deliver great experiences. Given those are areas of focus for FYI, we are extremely excited to partner with Panna.”

― Nancy Dubuc

“I used to have to force myself to go, okay, nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing and then all of a sudden a thought of some where could come in. Now I can just focus and not think about anything. So, yeah, I guess I do that a lot.”

― Nancy Johnson

“Your opening should give the reader a person to focus on. In a short story, this person should turn up almost immediately; he should be integral to the story’s main action; he should be an individual, not just a type. In a novel, the main character may take longer to appear: Anna Karenina doesn’t show up in her own novel until chapter eighteen.”

― Nancy Kress

“My worry about this exclusive focus on Trump – the personality and how all of this is so unprecedented – is that then the solution seems to be, ‘Well, we’ll just get rid of Trump.’”

― Naomi Klein

“If – when someone asks me a question, if I could just focus on not joking, I think that would be great, because for some reason, I can’t.”

― Naomi Osaka

“There’s so much focus on celebrity these days; we’re in the Kardashian era, and it’s slightly scary.”

― Naomi Watts

“I am delighted to be joining ‘Guardian U.S.’s team as a weekly columnist, and to have the chance to address American and global current events on its distinguished platform. ‘Guardian U.S.’ brings the ‘Guardian’s hard-hitting investigative brand to a new focus on American news and opinion.”

― Naomi Wolf

“I’m quite confident with the way that I look but you find something else to focus on don’t you if, I mean I, I have body issues that’s my thing so you find something to focus on when you’re a perfectionist, I think.”

― Natalie Imbruglia

“A tendency to focus on art over business has meant that too many designers have failed to make the most of their critical acclaim.”

― Natalie Massenet

“I know it might seem a little superficial, but every actor has their thing. Some people focus on the walk, but for me, it’s all about the nails and the voice. Those are the two most important things.”

― Natalie Zea

“In the early 1970s in Atlanta, I attended what had formerly been an all-white school but had become a black school after integration and white flight. Perhaps because of this, the teachers created a curriculum that included a focus on African American literature and history year-round, not just in February.”

― Natasha Trethewey

“When there is an influenza threat, drop everything and focus on risks from influenza pandemics. When SARS spreads, focus on unknown respiratory diseases. This approach helps to quell public concern, but it’s a hugely inefficient way to deal with future risks.”

― Nathan Wolfe

“Great entrepreneurs focus intensely on an opportunity where others see nothing. This focus and intensity helps to eliminate wasted effort and distractions. Most companies die from indigestion rather than starvation, i.e., companies suffer from doing too many things at the same time rather than doing too few things very well.”

― Naveen Jain

“To nurture the sort of relationships that will truly help propel you towards accomplishing great things, you need to forget transactional networking and focus on having in-depth conversations with fewer people about subjects you really care about.”

― Naveen Jain

“Great entrepreneurs focus intensely on an opportunity where others see nothing.”

― Naveen Jain

“Cerner’s focus over the last 20 years has been to provide healthcare, predominately healthcare providers, with advanced clinical and management information systems. Our mission is to connect the appropriate persons, knowledge, and resources at the appropriate time and location to achieve the optimal health outcome.”

― Neal Patterson

“You learn at a certain point that you have to focus on the business side of music. After getting ripped off a couple of times, you figure out that you need to get a grip on it.”

― Neal Schon

“Businesses should focus on solving problems, putting the customer first, delivering value – not gimmicks – and growing in a sustainable manner.”

― Neil Blumenthal

“At Warby Parker, we moved our focus to promotion only after we’d spent time creating our product, a user-friendly website, and an on-the-ball customer experience team.”

― Neil Blumenthal

“Not enough books focus on how a culture responds to radically new ideas or discovery. Especially in the biography genre, they tend to focus on all the sordid details in the life of the person who made the discovery. I find this path to be voyeuristic but not enlightening.”

― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“The idea of taking what people call the ‘entertainment culture’ as a focus of study, including historical perspective, is not a bad idea.”

― Neil Postman

“I don’t want egos and personalities on the set that make it more difficult to make the film. I don’t want people who take the focus away from the movie and the ideas behind the movie.”

― Neill Blomkamp

“The focus on male politicians extends beyond clothes, legs, and pretty faces. It’s hard to find an article about former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich that doesn’t mention his mop.”

― Nell Scovell

“When I write, I feel like an optometrist, constantly flipping between lenses and asking, ‘Is this better? Is this?’ Slowly, the work comes into focus.”

― Nell Scovell

“I have trouble with any kind of focus or concentrating, or getting anything done at all, really.”

― Nellie McKay

“I will focus on being substantive and I will focus on Barack Obama.”

― Newt Gingrich

“My dad just wants me to dedicate myself to playing and to focus on the ball.”

― Neymar

“There are obviously times where I love to pig out and enjoy myself, but I always make sure to never lose my focus on being healthy.”

― Nia Jax

“Nowadays we have so many things that take our attention – phones, Internet – and perhaps we need to disconnect from those and focus on the immediate world around us and the people that are actually present.”

― Nicholas Hoult

“Focus in on the genre you want to write, and read books in that genre. A LOT of books by a variety of authors. And read with questions in your mind.”

― Nicholas Sparks

“At some point you start seeing the difference between what you really want, and what is your priority order. I feel that today I know what I want. That’s the problem with perspective, as well as focus and concentration.”

― Nick Cave

“I’m very lucky. I am one of those people who is able to go home, shut the front door and completely focus on the kids.”

― Nick Clegg

“Find things you’re passionate about, and find others who are as passionate as you are and will focus on giving you an opportunity to shine and to have your moment where you can be in front of others to show what you can do.”

― Nick Jonas

“I have ‘Focus’ on my phone, and I watch it every time I have a flight. Best movie ever… it’s because of Margot Robbie, by the way.”

― Nick Kyrgios

“My goal in the beginning was to buy my mother a house. Now I realize, okay, if I really focus and become a key player in business, then I can build an empire.”

― Nicki Minaj

“When I moved to L.A., I had no intention of really pursuing acting. I wanted to focus on stand-up. It’s crazy to me that my acting career took off much faster than my stand-up career.”

― Nico Santos

“Women boxers prefer to focus on the win rather than the bravado. We’ve come a long way. In the ’90s, you only ever saw women parading in heels and a bikini holding a scorecard. Now we’re owning it; we should get some male models in Speedos to do the ring walk.”

― Nicola Adams

“The debate around the ageing population should, in my view, focus much more on how we grow the active, working population.”

― Nicola Sturgeon

“I believe that as much as you take, you have to give back. It’s important not to focus on yourself too much.”

― Nicole Kidman

“There was no way to focus on the movement of the cable. If I looked down at the cable there was water moving everywhere. And if I looked up there was heavy mist blowing in front of my face. So it was a very unique, a weird sensation.”

― Nik Wallenda

“My focus stays on doing good films with notable characters.”

― Nikita Dutta

“Originally I had planned to write just a couple of children’s books and then, return the focus on adult literature. A funny thing happened along the way – I kept having new ideas, and then I looked up one day, and 30 years had passed!”

― Nikki Grimes

“I have no doubt that if we act with proper focus, we can protect our borders, our sovereignty, and our citizens, all while remaining true to America’s noblest legacies.”

― Nikki Haley

“What I’m trying to bring attention to is that human rights is a big important part of how to prevent conflict in the first place if we focus on how the governments are treating their people.”

― Nikki Haley

“I don’t think we should focus on what church that person walks into .. I think we need to focus on what they do when they walk out of church.”

― Nikki Haley

“We want to win all of our matches and focus on ourselves.”

― Niko Kovac

“Everywhere else in the day, my brain is in a thousand different places, but when I’m working out, I can only focus on the pain.”

― Nina Agdal

“Shamu the killer whale is Sea World’s Mickey Mouse; whales named Shamu are the star attractions of three parks and the focus of their marketing efforts.”

― Nina Easton

“You can’t just drop everything and focus on playing video games for a living.”

― Ninja

“The good news from the U.S. military survey of focus groups is that Iraqis do accept the Nuremberg principles. They understand that sectarian violence and the other postwar horrors are contained within the supreme international crime committed by the invaders.”

― Noam Chomsky

“Growing up, my parents were healthy eaters and starting to run and compete when I was 13, I knew the need to focus on what you need to eat. I remember going to grocery store myself and picking up fresh fruit and knowing early on the right foods to fuel my body.”

― Norah O’Donnell

“All of us show bias when it comes to what information we take in. We typically focus on anything that agrees with the outcome we want.”

― Noreena Hertz

“I have problems with this very extreme form of capitalism where the pendulum has swung so far in one direction, where the focus is completely on the short term, and no one is thinking about the consequences.”

― Noreena Hertz

“Email is having an increasingly pernicious effect. Not only is it having a perceptible effect on productivity, it’s skewing what it is we focus on. The immediate increasingly crowds out the important.”

― Noreena Hertz

“Conservatives want smaller government. They want to focus on market-based solutions wherever one can. They want to have as little regulation as possible. But in general, they recognize that government must play an important role for a society to operate.”

― Norman Ornstein

“Tennis is my life, obviously; I need to focus, I need to win. But it’s not the only thing. I’m not going to play forever.”

― Novak Djokovic

“People say that the most difficult part is scoring the goal. But what I have to do is get the player there. If you focus on the goal instead of the how, then suddenly the chances start to decrease.”

― Nuno Espirito Santo

“It’s not my job to rate managers. My focus is on me and my team.”

― Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

“It’s important players focus on what they have to do, while the fans keep believing and stay behind us.”

― Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

“Avoid the spectacle of technology and instead focus on technology and science solving real problems.”

― Om Malik

“A rule of thumb is that the best investors focus on losers, and the winners take care of themselves.”

― Omar Amanat

“One of the secrets of a successful life is to be able to hold all of our energies upon one point, to focus all of the scattered rays of the mind upon one place or thing.”

― Orison Swett Marden

“When I was filming, I imagined that Legolas was a meditative character who was very thoughtful and had a certain amount of depth to him. I started working on trying to find this focus that Legolas has, which wasn’t really like me.”

― Orlando Bloom

“I feel terrific – my mind, my energy, my focus continues to be what it always has been, and I have a renewed sense of purpose.”

― Oscar Munoz

“The best way to stay cool is to stay focused – you have to focus on your job. As soon as you take your eye off that, you will slip up, so you have got to have everything 100 per cent on what is in front of you.”

― Owen Farrell

“You cannot focus on things that are so far in the future when you’ve got things that you can’t take your eye off now.”

― Owen Farrell

“Your focus has to switch to being as good as you can be for your club.”

― Owen Farrell

“I’ve just been trying to improve – it’s a not a deliberate thing to focus on one thing.”

― Owen Farrell

“Win or lose, I always focus only on giving my 100%.”

― P. V. Sindhu

“I don’t focus on the scale. I focus on doing my job. The team staff and the program I’ve been working on, they’ve been touching on that, but I don’t focus on the scale.”

― Pablo Sandoval

“Foreign universities have two aspects – content and brand. If we focus on the brand, we could lose out on the content. The idea is to focus on the content.”

― Pallam Raju

“Focus comes a lot more easily when you desperately want the results of your own work – nobody else is going to do it for you.”

― Palmer Luckey

“I think everybody should focus on inner beauty.”

― Paloma Faith

“Let’s just focus on unity and love.”

― Pam Bondi

“I can only focus on doing what’s right.”

― Pam Bondi

“I focus a little more on pacing when I write books in the young adult category, and of course there’s the great American fear of anything sexual, so that’s somewhat backed off in YA.”

― Paolo Bacigalupi

“In the Champions League, you can focus on a single game and play in exactly the style you need.”

― Paolo Maldini

“My sister taught me addition and subtraction and multiplication and division, so by the time I got to school, I knew it all, and when we’d do the times tables, I was just focused on doing it faster than anybody else. I already had the information, so it just got me to focus on excellence.”

― Pardis Sabeti

“Many people have said we just need to add more products. Look at Oracle, look at SAP. Add ERP and inventory or compensation. Add all this stuff. What we realized is we’re the customer company. We’re the front office solution, and our customers would be really upset if we just added a whole bunch of stuff and lost focus.”

― Parker Harris

“After the dotcom boom blew up, it increased the focus on questions like, ‘Why should I trust you to help run my business? How do I know you’re not going to go away like every other company?’ That was hard. We had to keep proving ourselves.”

― Parker Harris

“We’re paying a lot of attention to the iPad. But we’re expanding that to a tablet focus.”

― Parker Harris

“I have employees that are, you know, other types of diversity, coming to me and saying ‘Well, why aren’t we focused on these other areas as well?’ and I said yes, we should focus them, but, you know, the phrase we use internally is, ‘If everything is important, then nothing is important.’”

― Parker Harris

“Chris Guest has his own form. It’s a way of working that is really intense, and you can commit a lot, and you focus a lot. You get to bring a lot. You get to bring things maybe you haven’t seen before. You’re asked to care a great deal for these people who you’re playing and create heart and empathy.”

― Parker Posey

“Most people who are on the inside of a technology have no idea what it’s like to look at from an end user’s point of view. This is why they have focus groups. I’m really familiar with this because I worked 10 years for Hallmark Cards in the U.S.”

― Pat Cadigan

“I’m real excited to turn my obsessive-type focus towards making the world a happier place.”

― Pat McAfee

“At the end of summer, I go on a detox because I know I need a clear mind for Fashion Week. You need a lot of energy, and the ability to focus, in preparation for this craziness. I go to the gym, too, just to make sure I have the endurance to keep up with everything.”

― Pat McGrath

“When I’m on set, I must focus on other people’s make-up, not on mine.”

― Pat McGrath

“I don’t aspire to have high approval ratings. I aspire, in light of my two predecessors, to be the most honest governor I can be. I’d rather focus on honesty than popularity.”

― Pat Quinn

“Violence may be a good focus to organize around, but we have to look at women’s lives in our entirety.”

― Patricia Ireland

“My entire history with the Navy have been trying to get the Navy to focus on families and child care and all the things that they were way behind in – housing, all of those things.”

― Patricia Schroeder

“In life, in the media, and everything, people focus way too much on founders.”

― Patrick Collison

“I’m sure at some point I will get back into coaching, but right now I need to focus completely on my kids.”

― Patrick Ewing

“Just try to focus one game at a time, not worry about points or anything like that. Worry about playing the right way and see what comes of it.”

― Patrick Kane

“Your focus should be on creating an environment where growth can occur and then letting nature take its course.”

― Patrick Lencioni

“Too often, companies focus on systems and structures that facilitate cultural change at the mid-management level, overlooking problems closer to the top.”

― Patrick Lencioni

“I’ve been in a room in Silicon Valley where on the wall they have 160 industries they think blockchain can disrupt. We picked six of them to focus on.”

― Patrick M. Byrne

“I try to just focus in on being in the same routine every single day.”

― Patrick Mahomes

“As a member of the House Intelligence Committee, I have made our nation’s response to cyberwarfare a primary focus.”

― Patrick Murphy

“There is an obsessive focus on speed at Google.”

― Patrick Pichette

“It’s important not to lose focus; so many things can happen. People try to build this fire between the clubs. The heat is going to get more and more.”

― Patrick Vieira

“It’s very hard to maintain focus in the gym.”

― Patrick Wilson

“I think modelling is a very difficult thing. It’s glamorous and fun, but underneath it all, you know your flaws, and those are what you focus on.”

― Pattie Boyd

“If I were to just focus on stand-up, I could actually, paradoxically enough, be home way more, because I would leave on a Friday, go do a couple theaters Friday, Saturday, maybe Sunday, come home.”

― Patton Oswalt

“Longevity of focus, I think, is the hardest part. You know it’s to have a vision and then try to hold that vision and not have it change.”

― Patty Jenkins

“If you think about making a difference in the community, my family has always had a strong interest in the arts. I’m always interested in finding ways to innovate… It’s a blend; it’s not a point focus.”

― Paul Allen

“I think what we’ve learned is that the terrorist threat is serious, but it shifts. You cannot make a single person the sole focus of your counterterrorism.”

― Paul Bremer

“Ribofunk indicates a focus on biology as the upcoming big science in the way that physics was for the last 50 or 100 years. If you look for a biological thread throughout science fiction, you can find it, but it’s a very small percentage of the total. That’s been changing in the last few years.”

― Paul Di Filippo

“I was one of those goofy kids whose year narrowed down to focus on Christmas from about September on. I guess I was like Ralphie in ‘A Christmas Story,’ in that I would get swept up into the anticipation of the holiday, watching the lights go up, hearing the songs in the stores, getting special Christmas issues of comics and all that.”

― Paul Dini

“That’s the thing about writing for a lot of the villains is that, as a writer, you kind of have to put the best part of your own personality aside and instead focus on whatever little strange quirks you may have in your personality.”

― Paul Dini

“I’ve always enjoyed people studying themselves in the mirror, and I also enjoy those ‘walk and feel bad’ shots. I like anything that isolates people and focuses them on themselves, or makes us focus on their faces as they’re going through something.”

― Paul Feig

“I think everybody, whether they have team goals or individual goals, I think everybody would like to be the MVP of the league. But that’s not what my focus is. My job is just to give everything that I have, play as hard as I can, and just try to win as much as possible. If that makes me the MVP, then so be it.”

― Paul George

“I get a lot of criticism for telling founders to focus first on making something great, instead of worrying about how to make money. And yet that is exactly what Google did. And Apple, for that matter. You’d think examples like that would be enough to convince people.”

― Paul Graham

“If, as is natural, you focus on the corruption and on those threatened institutions that are trying to prevent change – even though they don’t really know what they’re trying to prevent – then you can get pessimistic.”

― Paul Hawken

“I approach my interviews with the mindset of, exactly what are we selling? How can I sell it the hardest and the most effectively in the fewest words possible? And how can I make each word that I say mean as much as it possibly can? And I bring that perspective to the table because I used to focus a lot on the character that I had to play.”

― Paul Heyman

“By the end of the millennium, despite the continuing excitement of the field, almost thirty years of a detour from chemistry to medical imaging began to pall, and I changed my focus to a field of chemical research, just in time for my past to catch up with me in the form of a Nobel Prize. All detours should be so productive!”

― Paul Lauterbur

“Leadership is failing. And Donald Trump is going to take a holistic approach to how we focus on these things, and he’s not going to allow disparate activities in the communities to define everything.”

― Paul Manafort

“It has been the way of Rotary to focus thought upon matters in which members are in agreement, rather than upon matters in which they are in disagreement.”

― Paul P. Harris

“I discovered a long time ago that if I focus on doing the right thing for the long term to improve the lives of consumers and customers all over the world, the business results will come.”

― Paul Polman

“Everyone who feels stuck in the Obama economy is right to focus on the here and now. And I hope you understand this too, if you’re feeling left out or passed by: You have not failed, your leaders have failed you.”

― Paul Ryan

“Our focus continues to be on having the Saints in Louisiana… We’re trying to develop what we would regard as a new model for the Saints to operate in a rebuilt Louisiana.”

― Paul Tagliabue

“Macro-trading requires a high degree of skill, focus and repetition. Life events, such as birth, divorce, death of a loved one and other emotional highs and lows are obstacles to success in this specific field of finance.”

― Paul Tudor Jones

“I’m into being a dad, that’s where my focus is most of the time. I’m an actor that’s my job, but it’s not my life. I have a lot of other interests too.”

― Paul Walker

“To represent your country at a home Olympics is something special and I’m over the moon to be selected for Team GB. I was pleased to get the qualifying time in Berlin earlier this year and my sole focus is getting in the right shape for London.”

― Paula Radcliffe

“I’m so happy when someone does something original, and there’s no focus group or planning committee. If the cinema doesn’t get an injection of that once in a while, we’re in trouble.”

― Pawel Pawlikowski

“Focus on your product. A lot of people focus on the name of their brand or the legal aspects, but it’s more important to create your product. It’s why people join. It’s your vision. Without your product, nothing is going to happen.”

― Payal Kadakia

“I focus a fair amount of my time on ensuring that we have a good funnel of females coming into the company and then that we’re retaining that as well and making sure that we have comfortable environments for them to be successful in.”

― Peggy Johnson

“Bitcore was introduced to give a trusted platform to spur further bitcoin innovation, allowing BitPay to focus on what they do best: acquire merchants.”

― Perianne Boring

“Being the mayor of your hometown is the best job in America, partly because it’s relatively nonpartisan – we focus on results, not ideology.”

― Pete Buttigieg

“While the primary focus continues to be on religious minorities – the Christian religious minorities and the Jewish community – ISIS will also go after people who interpret and believe the Muslim faith differently than they do.”

― Pete Hoekstra

“I lived my life one way for 35 years, for me. And then the focus came in on what I really was.”

― Pete Maravich

“It’s not easy to retire at 31. In one respect I was glad I was done. But after a few years of having fun, I got a little restless. When you’re 33, 34, and you don’t have a focus, you can get kind of lost. As a man, you feel a little bit unfulfilled.”

― Pete Sampras

“I did it my way, and I have no regrets when I look back on my career that it was just a big focus for me.”

― Pete Sampras

“I don’t want to be knocked out. But the contact and the focus and the energy I get from sparring gives me energy to make movies, energy to be a dad, energy to be a friend, and, you know, makes me feel, probably, a lot younger and behave a lot younger than I am.”

― Peter Berg

“Trump has long been a fan of Vladimir Putin but seems to be unaware that Russia’s goal in Syria is simply the maintenance of its longtime ally President Bashar al-Assad in power. Indeed, Moscow has hitherto shown little appetite to focus on ISIS.”

― Peter Bergen

“The reality is that Trump’s focus on immigrants is to misconceive of the terrorist problem that exists in the United States.”

― Peter Bergen

“Sometimes on sets, I shut down, try to focus.”

― Peter Dinklage

“Our thoughts create our reality – where we put our focus is the direction we tend to go.”

― Peter McWilliams

“Maybe I’m less sensitive to these issues because I see that what people need first is economic security, and only when they have that can they afford to focus on human rights.”

― Peter Munk

“Job creators should be able to focus on their work – not on Washington’s busy-work.”

― Peter Roskam

“We must commit ourselves to an ‘all of the above’ energy approach, with a major focus on increasing domestic production and expanding alternatives fuels, while increasing efficiency and conservation standards.”

― Peter Roskam

“Once you’re on the pitch, you play for your team, and you want to win. During the year, you can play against friends – you can play against big friends and close friends – but once you are on the pitch, this friendship goes away, and you just focus on winning the game.”

― Petr Cech

“On film, you really have to focus on what you’re looking at. You’re imprinting a physical image.”

― Petra Collins

“I’ve always been a person who likes to take care of myself, but there is so much to do behind the scenes, and I love to just focus on the tennis.”

― Petra Kvitova

“If we focus on the minuses, we go down the spiral. But if we are able to focus on the pluses, we can become stronger and put more meaning into our life.”

― Petra Nemcova

“Let’s leave behind the predictable and stale debate between liberals and conservatives. Let’s take the resources that we have, and prioritize, and manage, and focus our energy on just doing things that count – on real results.”

― Phil Bredesen

“If you can get to the gym 4-5 days a week, that would be perfect. You can still do chest/tri’s, back/bi’s, legs, shoulders, and make the fifth day a cleanup day, meaning focus on body parts you may be weaker in.”

― Phil Heath

“As much as we pump iron and we run to build our strength up, we need to build our mental strength up… so we can focus… so we can be in concert with one another.”

― Phil Jackson

“With fiction, you can take something that bothers you, or that you don’t have in clear focus, and you can put it under as much stress as you want. Really get underneath the skin. With nonfiction, you’re restricted to what happened.”

― Phil Klay

“A takeover or a player doing something wrong can take the focus away from what the most important thing is, which is to play football.”

― Phil Neville

“My colleagues have expressed confidence in my ability to articulate our conservative message and to provide new focus to our efforts in the General Assembly.”

― Philip E. Berger

“My focus is not on solving nature’s deeper mysteries. It is on using nature’s deeper mysteries to solve important societal problems.”

― Philip Emeagwali

“As I see it, my focus has never been on masculine power rampant and triumphant but rather on the antithesis: masculine power impaired.”

― Philip Roth

“To read a novel requires a certain amount of concentration, focus, devotion to the reading. If you read a novel in more than two weeks, you don’t read the novel, really.”

― Philip Roth

“My focus in the training sessions is always about movement to create openings and opportunities. When you don’t have the ball, you still need the discipline to know where you should be, who you should be marking, but when we have the ball, it is important to be able to move around.”

― Philippe Coutinho

“I focus, I invent, I transform, I challenge, I attempt, I observe, I perform.”

― Philippe Petit

“It is treacherous on a high wire to change your focus point and suddenly look down.”

― Philippe Petit

“I wasn’t losing my focus but I was getting tired of focusing. What I was focusing on was becoming too routine, too ritual, not something that was interesting, new and exciting.”

― Picabo Street

“I focus only on the work with my team-mates with Dortmund and Gabon.”

― Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

“We will continue to invest in high-growth areas… with a particular focus on digital, cloud, and security services.”

― Pierre Nanterme

“In Dublin, we open The Dock, our new multidisciplinary innovation R&D and incubation hub where all elements of our innovation architecture come to life. The Dock is a launch pad for our more than 200 researchers to innovate with clients and acquisition partners with a particular focus on artificial intelligence.”

― Pierre Nanterme

“PM Modi has provided visionary leadership with his focus on the welfare of the poor and inclusive nature taking along his whole team, including states, parties, all schools of thought, all sections of society.”

― Piyush Goyal

“Sometimes negative news does come out, but it is often exaggerated and manipulated to spread scandal. Journalists sometimes risk becoming ill from coprophilia and thus fomenting coprophagia: which is a sin that taints all men and women, that is, the tendency to focus on the negative rather than the positive aspects.”

― Pope Francis

“I’m quite into fitness, and I have a fantastic personal trainer who knows me, knows my body, knows when to push me, and knows when not to push me. She doesn’t make me do 20 burpees in a row and instead focuses on strengthening my core, telling me we need to focus on making me into ‘a tall giraffe’!”

― Poppy Delevingne

“I want to develop women-oriented films because, in most of the films, 70 per cent of the focus is on heroes and the rest on the heroine.”

― Prabhu Deva

“For true augmented reality, the display would have to dynamically focus, which would require additional hardware on the glasses to read your eye.”

― Pranav Mistry

“When I started playing music, people weren’t selling 5 million records. That was not the standard; that was not the focus.”

― Prince

“Hip-hop is very diverse, but if you only focus on one aspect of it, then what you get is this image of Black America that is completely contrary to what actually goes on.”

― Prince

“In order to generate extraordinary profits, you must have a focus that is beyond profits. You need to focus on how you serve your clients.”

― Punit Renjen

“The objectification of females is not a good thing! Not every rapper does this, but when the lyrics focus solely on the strip club, ‘poppin’ bottles’ and how many girls they can ‘tap,’ it distorts what kids are learning. I think if there was more of a female presence in hip hop we could break up the monotony. It’s all about balance.”

― Queen Latifah

“We need another revolution in the Arab world. We need an education revolution. If there’s one thing we need to focus on, it’s redesigning our educational systems.”

― Queen Rania of Jordan

“My advice to Republicans: Stop worrying about the ‘Hispanic’ vote. Focus on being true to your party platform, because the party that can deliver economic opportunity along with traditional family values will prevail with Hispanics – and most other Americans.”

― Rachel Campos-Duffy

“The focus has to be about making good work. I don’t ever want to be hired for a job because I’m a woman. And I don’t ever want to be recognized for a job because I’m a woman.”

― Rachel Morrison

“I didn’t realise until I did CBT that I was a perfectionist. Whenever you do anything, there are always going to be things that go wrong, it’s never going to be 100 per cent perfect. Because of how I was, I’d focus on those bits and always see the negative in anything.”

― Rachel Riley

“Why are we only talking about gender discrimination. We need to focus on the other kinds of discriminations in practice.”

― Radhika Apte

“Fashion is so mass-produced now; I hope there will come a refocus on how people see couture. And I would also hope for a new focus on the craft.”

― Raf Simons

“You just try to play tough and focus point for point. Sounds so boring, but it’s the right thing to do out there.”

― Rafael Nadal

“To build a digital media company, you have to focus equally on content and technology. In content, you have to focus equally on the written word and video.”

― Raghav Bahl

“At first, I didn’t focus that much on the Internet. I was more, ‘I’m going to write songs,’ and I’d have sung that song out in a club, pub, or a jam session or whatever 10 times before I recorded it. We live in an Internet age, and if you don’t embrace it, you get left behind a bit.”

― Rag’n’Bone Man

“I’ve got a massive opportunity here with a great bunch of players to represent England at a World Cup; that’s my biggest focus now.”

― Raheem Sterling

“I still believe the Lewinsky investigation was way off from the focus of what Whitewater was, which turned out to be nothing at the end of the process. And I think that there were people who were determined as political opponents to not allow his presidency to succeed.”

― Rahm Emanuel

“I want to challenge myself to see where my limit is and experiment with a lot of different films. A lot of artists from Asia focus too much on their Asian background. I don’t want to let go of my background, but to be a success in the U.S., which is my goal, I realize I need to surround myself with American filmmakers and producers.”

― Rain

“My brain is so anxiety-prone, like a pinball machine. If I don’t get up in the morning and focus my thinking, my breathing, and my being for about 12 minutes, I’m just a screwball all day long.”

― Rainn Wilson

“In the private sector, as the president of a small business, my focus has been on driving the growth of our business, not driving any partisan political agenda.”

― Raja Krishnamoorthi

“As a party, Democrats must focus on the pocketbook issues that our constituents care about every day when they wake up to go to work, drop off their kids at school, and tuck them into bed at night.”

― Raja Krishnamoorthi

“Before I leave for the office in the morning, I read the ‘Financial Times’ and the ‘Economist.’ The key articles I need to understand are there, after which I focus on prep for the day.”

― Rajeev Suri

“The challenge is always around culture. I think that’s often underestimated because people focus on the substance and the practical; soft steps go missing.”

― Rajeev Suri

“I’ve always wanted to be in journalism. I even started a course at Loughborough doing media studies. I like all sports, and I am keen on writing. But I thought that while I was still young, I ought to make a real go of it at badminton. So I have put all my focus on playing sport instead of writing about it.”

― Rajiv Ouseph

“My philosophy was that I never had focus groups.”

― Ralph Lauren

“The direction of your focus is the direction your life will move. Let yourself move toward what is good, valuable, strong and true.”

― Ralph Marston

“Take your mind off the problems for a moment, and focus on the positive possibilities. Consider how very much you are able to do.”

― Ralph Marston

“With a focus on records and making money, you tend to miss a good story.”

― Ram Charan

“I feel a man, when married, becomes more balanced. All the extra-curricular activities are done away with. The focus is on work and family.”

― Ram Charan

“I feel vulnerable because my mind – because of the stroke, my mind doesn’t focus. And then I feel vulnerable because I don’t understand the world around me.”

― Ram Dass

“My focus is mainly on education. I believe education made all the difference for me, and it is certainly going to make all the difference for other children, too.”

― Ram Shriram

“Stay externally focused – on your customers – and focus internally when you have to hire.”

― Ram Shriram

“I’m actually pretty shy in real life. But I guess in front of the camera, I focus.”

― Ranbir Kapoor

“One of the first jobs I did was a commercial, a local commercial on the Chinese channel here in Los Angeles, and the whole thing was in Cantonese, I think, and I didn’t have any lines, but I was kind of the focus of the commercial.”

― Randall Park

“The public education landscape is enriched by having many options – neighborhood public schools, magnet schools, community schools, schools that focus on career and technical education, and even charter schools.”

― Randi Weingarten

“I’ve heard from pre-K and kindergarten teachers alike that the Common Core is inappropriately pushing written literacy standards when the focus should be on the development of oral literacy skills. And that’s actually delaying the development of literacy.”

― Randi Weingarten

“The key measurement will not be how many people are watching the Univision network. But, believe me, I still think we are going to grow and are shooting for No. 1, and that spot is certainly on our radar. But engagement will be the focus and the main measure.”

― Randy Falco

“My focus is on my constituents.”

― Randy Hultgren

“There’s people who watch shows while they’re preparing their dinners, and they don’t want to focus, and they don’t want to be challenged, and whatever. And then there’s people who want to really sit down and get into a character in a world, and feel like they’re expanding, or they have complex relationships, or whatever.”

― Rashida Jones

“Being an actor, your focus is just on your craft and how to make it better, but production is a much bigger task – putting everything together.”

― Raveena Tandon

“If I did not have a de-stresser such as writing novels, I would lose focus at work.”

― Ravi Subramanian

“The problem with most of the want-to-be authors is that they are unable to focus. Either they have no idea of where to begin, or they have hundreds of ideas and don’t know which one to pick. Both scenarios leading to one result… they give up even before they start.”

― Ravi Subramanian

“I gave up tennis to study, but not before it had shown me how to focus and concentrate. It taught me self-discipline: I was playing four or five hours a day and doing five-mile runs. When I stopped, my energy had to be channelled into something else.”

― Ray Fearon

“The successful golfers – they’re like astronauts or pilots. They have that demeanor that they can focus and stay within that one moment and nothing distracts them. That’s not me.”

― Ray Romano

“Athletes who take to the classroom naturally or are encouraged to focus on grades should be able to do well in the classroom. I believe the reason you go to college is to get your degree. It’s not a minor league or an audition for the pros.”

― Rebecca Lobo

“I think every time I go in a game, I have added something positive. I have gotten a rebound or made a defensive play. That is what I try to focus on.”

― Rebecca Lobo

“I have about two manicures a year, maybe three haircuts. I used to get blowdries all the time, and I never did my own hair. Now I’m last in the queue – the focus is on my home.”

― Rebecca Loos

“You don’t write a book. You write a sentence and then a paragraph and then a page and then a chapter. Looking at writing 400 plus pages or seventy thousand odd words is incredibly daunting, but if you just focus on the immediate picture – say, 500 words – it’s not so overwhelming.”

― Rebecca Serle

“I was in film school as an undergrad with a focus on directing. Once I started working on shoots, I realized, ‘Oh, I really like this cinematography thing.’”

― Reed Morano

“During my tenure with Nintendo, we’ve pushed back development a number of times on key games – in the end, it’s always worth it – because our focus on quality is so strong.”

― Reggie Fils-Aime

“When the DS was first announced, our focus really was on communicating to consumers and to developers the innovation that’s in that unit: two screens, a touch screen, voice activation.”

― Reggie Fils-Aime

“I knew all this Beatles music. I knew the songs phonetically. It was like my whole experience of that music was out of focus, and somebody put the perfect glasses on me, and all of a sudden I could see everything.”

― Regina Spektor

“One of the metaphors that I use for start-ups is, you throw yourself off a cliff and assemble your airplane on the way down. If you don’t solve the right problem at the right time, that’s the end. Mortality puts priorities into sharp focus.”

― Reid Hoffman

“Governor Romney has a record of tremendous accomplishments. But he never asks for accolades. He just asks, ‘How can I help?’ That’s the mark of a true leader: A humble focus on getting the job done.”

― Reince Priebus

“Yes, we are a producer of cameras, but we understand that at the end of the day, you have to make photos in software. A lot of companies focus on the camera side, and a lot are on the software side. There’s a chasm between the two.”

― Ren Ng

“Catching the right fleeting moment, with the right focus, is a very difficult thing to do.”

― Ren Ng

“When a regular camera focuses physically, what the regular camera is doing is adjusting the lens relative to the sensor to bring different parts of the scene into focus.”

― Ren Ng

“DSLRs take beautiful pictures, but they are hard to focus.”

― Ren Ng

“On the personal side, I was rock climbing and taking pictures with my friends. We took all sorts of portrait and action pictures, and I was thinking at the time that these are inherently difficult to focus correctly.”

― Ren Ng

“Basically, with a regular camera, you have to take time or allow the camera to focus before you take the shot.”

― Ren Ng

“When scandals proliferate, human beings become so obsessed with their rivals that they lose sight of the objects for which they compete and begin to focus angrily on one another.”

― Rene Girard

“Our focus is to continue to pioneer branded entertainment online and consider opportunities as they come. We’re smart enough to know that we can’t bite the hand that feeds us and neglect our Internet presence.”

― Rhett McLaughlin

“I always wanted to make films that might change or at least focus people’s views.”

― Richard Attenborough

“Entrepreneurs are natural problem-solvers, which means that we always have ideas for new businesses popping into our heads. Having a lot of options is great, but sometimes it can be hard to focus on one when you are keen to move onto the next.”

― Richard Branson

“The big gamble in ‘Focus’ – it’s a Will Smith movie that dares to be small.”

― Richard Corliss

“Big-time directors and the studios that bankroll them prefer to dwell in the comfortable, familiar center, where mammon is God and the only divine word comes from focus groups.”

― Richard Corliss

“In the wake of the Great Recession, most business leaders have tended to focus on their enterprise and short-term performance. The time for that narrow focus is over.”

― Richard Edelman

“The tech company needs to win in the war for talent. This means much greater focus on the employee, not simply as cog in the machine, but vital member of a programming team in a race against time and competitors. Wall Street is up-or-out, dog-eat-dog, survival of the fittest.”

― Richard Edelman

“The U.N. and other international bodies, along with wealthier nations, could manage the unavoidable migration from poorer countries if there were greater focus on stopping the larger chaos created by leaders who finance and support terrorism in the name of Islam.”

― Richard Grenell

“Going forward, we are mindful of the challenges we face in the competitive retail landscape, but we have demonstrated that our concept of building compelling brands that focus on the customers’ lifestyles can produce superior results. We will not waver from that concept.”

― Richard Hayne

“Each feature I make is my focus at that time.”

― Richard King

“No other youth group like the Scouts has trained so many future leaders while at the same time being a nature organization with its outdoor focus.”

― Richard Louv

“Anytime money is your main focus, I think we all come to problems.”

― Richard Phillips

“If a vaccine works, then the vaccinators might conceivably set up what’s known as ring vaccinations around Ebola hot spots. In this technique, medical workers simply vaccinate everybody in a ring, miles deep, around a focus of a virus.”

― Richard Preston

“A greater focus on design in all new homes would make the best use of land, create homes and public spaces, and reinforce the structures of urban life.”

― Richard Rogers

“Our forward track must focus on including everyone, embracing everyone, and celebrating the beauty – and normalcy – of everyone’s differences.”

― Richelieu Dennis

“But the irony is that because the band isn’t the focus any more, it allows me the chance to enjoy being a member of Def Leppard much more.”

― Rick Allen

“Chasing the sensation. Whether it was drugs or sex or whatever. Those things had become my main focus in life.”

― Rick Allen

“We must shift the energy policy debate in America with an increased focus on alternative and renewable fuels and Congress must pass meaningful alternative fuels and incentive programs to help move the U.S. away from dependence on foreign oil.”

― Rick Renzi

“If you’re a battle rapper on the block, the emcee battle challenger, not writing your rhymes could really hurt you. When you’re an artist where maybe the focus is really the talent and the different things you bring to the game, I believe it’s more understandable.”

― Rick Ross

“I support Donald Trump because I believe he’s a businessperson that’s going to get the economy going, but also he’s going to focus on how we destroy ISIS.”

― Rick Scott

“I want the government to focus on the stuff we cannot yet do, like beginning to learn how we can live in space long enough to go to Mars or how to build and operate human communities on the Moon and Mars.”

― Rick Tumlinson

“My career, I look at it in a Darwinian framework. I’m going to do exactly what I want, and I’m going to survive, or I’m not. I’m not going to pander. I’m not going to change things. I’m not going to do focus groups. I’ll live and die by the sword. I don’t care. Because I couldn’t live with myself.”

― Ricky Gervais

“My career was full of struggles and dreams, disappointments and peaks and valleys. But there was no Twitter, no Facebook or TMZ. Young actors could make mistakes and not become the focus of tabloids.”

― Ricky Schroder

“Music helps me tell my story. That’s where I can really be heard. But there’s so much focus on the things that aren’t music.”

― Rihanna

“I think one key part of doing more with less is to be more strategic, to realize what the objectives you’re truly trying to accomplish are and then to drive with greater focus towards those objectives.”

― Risa Lavizzo-Mourey

“It’s difficult to have the Africa Cup of Nations during the season because you focus on the league, and then you go to Africa, then straightaway you come back and have to refocus in the league.”

― Riyad Mahrez

“Growing up in the mid-to-late ’90s in London, you start seeing the explosion of drum’n’bass and then the birth of U.K. garage and grime. I decided to focus a lot of my energies as an aspiring MC. It was a very natural way to express yourself as a kid from a certain kind of neighborhood.”

― Riz Ahmed

“I would love to switch on my TV and see a disabled person talking about something they are genuinely interested in or acting out a part that doesn’t just focus on their impairment.”

― RJ Mitte

“I think it’s almost an indulgence to focus on the dark side of things. And as you get older, you want to focus on the positive.”

― Rob Brydon

“In the late ’90s, the magazine formerly known as ‘The Wizard’ came after me strong and hard. I was the brunt of jokes for an entire staff of angry fanboys; as much as can be poured on was poured on. But I kept focus, as anyone in that situation should.”

― Rob Liefeld

“I learned to focus on what’s real rather than imagined; on not letting feelings drive the bus; on being courageous and honest; on putting my total effort into something and not worrying about the result.”

― Rob Lowe

“I made a conscious effort to focus on television so I could stay in Los Angeles, so I wasn’t on a location all over the world doing movies.”

― Rob Lowe

“If you focus on what people care about, you have ideas. And people are looking for solutions.”

― Rob Portman

“I’m on the Armed Services Committee, which gives me the opportunity to get involved on some of these international issues. My focus is, as you know, on the economic issues and budget issues.”

― Rob Portman

“I love films where the world seems to be going a bit faster and everything’s a bit brighter and more in focus.”

― Robbie Coltrane

“It’s nice that fans want to see me fight. It definitely helps and gets everyone excited. It gets the UFC excited, and they are quick to put me back in there. But I really just focus on myself and getting ready to fight.”

― Robbie Lawler

“I focus on making sure I’m sharp, and it doesn’t matter who I am fighting. I need to perform at my best and try to elevate my game to the highest level I possibly can, so that is what I concentrate on doing.”

― Robbie Lawler

“Advocates of unrestricted abortion do not want the public to focus on these undeniable facts of fetal development, but the facts cannot be ignored.”

― Robert Casey

“Historians evaluating George W. Bush’s first term will focus on foreign policy and, most of all, 9/11. I think they will criticize him for his early reaction, for not returning at once to Washington, D.C.”

― Robert Dallek

“Every shot is unique, even if it’s just a close-up, an insert of your hand. You’ve got to work with the guy behind the lens to get it right, focus in. Those are critical little nothing things, but you’ve got to work with the people who are trying to put it down, in order to get it.”

― Robert Forster

“Forth & Towne was a great test of a promising concept and an illustration of the innovative risks you need to take in our business. We made the tough decision to close the brand and focus our efforts on stabilizing the existing businesses.”

― Robert J. Fisher

“The problem is that once we focus on economic policy, much that is not science comes into play. Politics becomes involved, and political posturing is amply rewarded by public attention.”

― Robert J. Shiller

“By creating fantastic content and spending zero time on audience development, you are certain that you will not succeed on YouTube. You have to focus on audience development as much as you focus on creating content.”

― Robert Kyncl

“Because YouTube is focused on a lot of different types of content at the same time, it has many opportunities, and the hardest thing is to figure out which ones you shouldn’t do, and focus on the ones you should.”

― Robert Kyncl

“There’s a lot of movies that aren’t all about Christmas, or where Christmas isn’t the focus, but have that spirit of Christmas in them. I love that sequence in ‘Auntie Mame,’ where she’s in the department store, sewing at Macy’s, and she doesn’t know how to do anything but fill out a form as ‘cash on delivery!’”

― Robert Osborne

“The focus of entertainment is taking away from what the public needs as news. I think investigative journalism will always be important and always find its way, be it on the Internet or wherever.”

― Robert Redford

“It is well known that the Nobel Committees bring world opinion to a focus, and that fact still further enhances the prestige attaching to the Prizes.”

― Robert Robinson

“That the more authoritarian organizations survive and prevail goes generally unnoticed because people focus on the objectives of organizations, which are many and varied, rather than on their structures, which lend to be similar.”

― Robert Shea

“When there is a voice in a piece of music, we tend to focus on the voice. That is probably something from when we were babies and we depended on hearing our mother’s voice.”

― Robert Wyatt

“Although racism does, of course, occur in individual acts, these acts are part of a larger system that we all participate in. The focus on individual incidences prevents the analysis that is necessary in order to challenge this larger system.”

― Robin DiAngelo

“It just felt like the right time to focus on solo material.”

― Robin Gibb

“Three hours of focused time on the projects that will really add value and uplift your career are so much better than 10 hours where you are constantly being interrupted and taken off your focus.”

― Robin S. Sharma

“A lot of folks focus on using Twitter as a marketing tool. They’ll have a bump that says something like ‘Tweet about the NewTeeVee show! Use the hashtag #newteevee.’ And that’s great – folks should definitely do that. What gets us really excited, though, is when they go an extra step and start to transform tweets into TV content.”

― Robin Sloan

“You’re only going to get better when you work hard and you focus on what you’re doing.”

― Robinson Cano

“I can now focus on a huge audience through TV, books, cookware and foods.”

― Rocco DiSpirito

“A successful economic development strategy must focus on improving the skills of the area’s workforce, reducing the cost of doing business and making available the resources business needs to compete and thrive in today’s global economy.”

― Rod Blagojevich

“The focus is on the Middle East, so there are a lot of eyes on the battlefield. But there are other things that are happening around the world, in Northern Africa, things happen in the Southern Hemisphere and in Central and South America.”

― Rodney Frelinghuysen

“I don’t have any focus groups on talent and programming. If I need five people in a mall to be paid $40 to tell me how to do my job, I shouldn’t do my job.”

― Roger Ailes

“The emergence of the Atomic Age brought the previously inchoate and ‘free-floating’ anxiety of many people into sharp focus.”

― Rollo May

“’A.D.’ will focus on life after the crucifixion and the dangers that the disciples faced in the aftermath of Jesus’ resurrection.”

― Roma Downey

“I like to smile a lot before going in the car. I make jokes, even on the grid, and then I can still manage to focus when it counts.”

― Romain Grosjean

“To be fair, my analysis failed to spell out Obama’s first-term accomplishments, although I did acknowledge his ‘enormous skills’ and tried to focus readers on the distinction between good and great presidencies.”

― Ron Fournier

“White House operatives went to great lengths to show Obama shifting focus from wars abroad to domestic issues at home.”

― Ron Fournier

“On the last drafts, I focus on the words themselves, including the rub of vowels and consonants, stressed and unstressed syllables. Yet even at this stage I’m often surprised. A different ending or a new character shows up and I’m back to where I began, letting the story happen, just trying to stay out of the way.”

― Ron Rash

“Even though intense focus on Iran’s nuclear program has presumably increased the volume of intelligence gathered about it, it remains true that intelligence officers tend to rely heavily on a few trusted sources.”

― Ronen Bergman

“The Olympics will be great for the growth of golf on a global scale, but my focus right now is on being the best player I can be, trying to win Major Championships and contributing to what will hopefully be a victorious European side at the forthcoming Ryder Cup Matches against the USA.”

― Rory McIlroy

“I never focus on success; I only focus on listening to my online community and being consistent.”

― Rosanna Pansino

“And I kind of said to myself if I get my voice back I’m not going to take back the old anxiety about it and just focus on the limitations. I’m really going to enjoy it.”

― Rosanne Cash

“My focus isn’t Hollywood; my focus is using Hollywood as an example. Because what happens here does happen everywhere. It’s just a really concentrated and tense version here.”

― Rose McGowan

“I just focus on getting better every day, putting things right in training and then hopefully what I’m doing right in training I’m doing to show in games as well.”

― Ross Barkley

“With social games, I bring my friends, and maybe they’ll bring a friend or two, and when you’re playing a game, you don’t need to focus on trying to come up with things to talk about.”

― Ross Butler

“I had that laser focus, identified what I wanted when I was a kid, and never let anything get in my way. If you look on paper at who I am and what I sound like, and what I look like, you wouldn’t say, ‘Go into broadcasting.’ It’s just what I wanted to do – I knew that I could do it, and I never let anyone tell me that I couldn’t.”

― Ross Mathews

“There are so many funny people and so many talented people, but the one thing nobody else has is my take on the world. So, when I’m developing my show, that’s going to be the focus.”

― Ross Mathews

“What I’m primarily responsible for is products. Everything is developed with my personal involvement. Second is client communication. Everything to do with product and consumer is my primary focus. I also deal with everything which relates to investment and partnership. Distribution, finance, administration, I don’t do.”

― Roustam Tariko

“When you focus the spotlight so much on one person, I think it’s very, very dangerous.”

― Roy Hodgson

“While I do commend the Administration on its commitment and focus on high school reform, I believe that we must focus on graduation as the key accountability measure.”

― Ruben Hinojosa

“I was the person, I think, who first said the evening of September 11 that we shouldn’t hold this against the Arab community, the Muslim community. We should focus on the individuals and that groups that were involved and not participate in group blame.”

― Rudy Giuliani

“I want to carve out a serious period of time to focus on the next opera without any distractions. And to do that you need money.”

― Rufus Wainwright

“I’ve written songs for Shirley Bassey, Marianne Faithfull, and Linda Thompson. I sort of focus on these wonderful, aging divas. But maybe that’s because I think I’m Christina Aguilera.”

― Rufus Wainwright

“My focus is on love and inclusiveness.”

― RuPaul

“When writing for the page, the focus is on the design – how the words appear on the page. I try to make it as direct and simple as possible.”

― Rupi Kaur

“My dear brothers and sisters, the joy we feel has little to do with the circumstances of our lives and everything to do with the focus of our lives.”

― Russell M. Nelson

“While musical experts of the world focus on what choir members can do, I would like to focus on what choir members can be.”

― Russell M. Nelson

“I view investors as our partners and stakeholders in the company. They are trying to build financial models. What I try to focus on is helping them understand how we think.”

― Ruth Porat

“When you’re on set all day, and you don’t look people in the eye, it’s really relaxing. Normally when you talk to someone, a lot of the conversation is in the body language and in the eye contact and stuff. And if you don’t do that, if you just listen to the words, it’s quite relaxing, because there’s just one thing to focus on.”

― Ryan Cartwright

“As players, you just play for the club. I love Man United, I’m going to play for Man United, and that’s what my focus is on.”

― Ryan Giggs

“We only have so much energy for our work, for our relationships, for ourselves. A smart person understands this and guards it carefully. Meanwhile, idiots focus on marginal productivity hacks and gains while they leak out energy each passing day.”

― Ryan Holiday

“We want things to go perfectly, so we naturally tell ourselves that we’ll get started once the conditions are right or once we have our bearings, when, really, it would be better to focus on making do with how things actually are.”

― Ryan Holiday

“Things are moving pretty quick, and of course, the whole focus is training and getting ready and being able to prepare to be on the world’s stage and hopefully do the United States proud.”

― Ryan Lochte

“I’m going to focus on speed, doing little things like my turns and my starts – just speed.”

― Ryan Lochte

“I want to design my own clothing line. I’m very into fashion. It’s something I really want to focus on when swimming is over.”

― Ryan Lochte

“Whenever success does come, I enjoy it for a moment but then put it to the side and focus on the main objective.”

― Ryan Sessegnon

“For me, the reason I keep working out and want to get bigger and focus on staying fit is because when you do fall it’s easier to tighten up and not get hurt. I also wrestle, and that helps me a lot with taking a fall. A lot of what I do at the end of they day are things that will help me to not get hurt.”

― Ryan Sheckler

“I’ve been in baseball my whole life, so I understand there’s a lot in baseball that is out of your control, and you have to focus on the things you can control.”

― Ryne Sandberg

“What we know for sure from our work and from others’ is that mice have a life span of 1,000 days, dogs have 5,000 days, and we humans have 29,000 days. Recognizing that the duration is limited, and aging is inevitable, focus the attention on enhancing the quality of the days you have.”

― S. Jay Olshansky

“Hezbollah is in Syria and Iraq and Yemen, so people should not focus on Hezbollah that it’s a Lebanese entity only, but it’s something regional.”

― Saad Hariri

“We could do so much if we concentrated on the business community and created jobs. If we make this our focus, a stronger economy and politics will follow.”

― Saad Hariri

“You can do anything as long as you have the passion, the drive, the focus, and the support.”

― Sabrina Bryan

“If you want to be successful when you play, you have to be free in your mind, and that happens if you know that everything is taken care of – you just focus on the football.”

― Sadio Mane

“A core focus of our effort is based on the recognition that our customers have varying needs, and one of their most important needs is to have choice.”

― Safra A. Catz

“I know firsthand the complexities of leading an enterprise through business and technology transformation. It takes intense focus, a strong drive, and a clearly communicated vision to inspire and take an organization from where they are, to where they need to be – or where they want to go.”

― Safra A. Catz

“I wanted to study to be a petroleum engineer and get my engineering degree and fight in the UFC at the same time. But unfortunately, to be the best I can be at the UFC, I needed all focus to be there, and more focus, also.”

― Sage Northcutt

“People focus on the labels when they are not sure what they mean. What people call socialism these days is Eisenhower Republicanism!”

― Saikat Chakrabarti

“My personal belief in doing Brand New Congress is that the movement needs something to focus on that’s constructive.”

― Saikat Chakrabarti

“The more completely we focus our attention on our Creator and Lord, the less chance there is of our being distracted by creatures.”

― Saint Ignatius

“In Idaho, we hope to see educators using Khan Academy to individualize their instruction. Instead of a one-size-fits-all lesson, teachers will be able to focus their attention on specific students who are struggling while the rest of the class engages with material appropriate for them.”

― Sal Khan

“Women bring some great qualities to work. We bring risk-awareness. We bring a greater focus on relationships. We bring more holistic decision-making than gentlemen do. We bring a more long-term perspective than gentlemen do. We tend to look for meaning and purpose in our jobs to a greater degree than gentlemen do.”

― Sallie Krawcheck

“I don’t want to look old and worn, but what can you do? My real focus is being an actor. I care more about having the opportunity to play roles that I haven’t played than I care if my neck looks like someone’s bedroom curtains.”

― Sally Field

“After doing a juice cleanse, I’m motivated to eat healthier and not emotionally. Cleansing is like my meditation. It makes me stop, focus and think about what I’m putting into my body. I’m making a commitment to my health and hitting the reset button.”

― Salma Hayek

“I want to focus on the importance of supporting marriage. I always speak about the need to respect everyone’s human dignity – regardless of their sexual orientation. I think strengthening marriage is something that benefits everyone.”

― Salvatore J. Cordileone

“The hard part of running a business is that there are a hundred things that you could be doing, and only five of those actually matter, and only one of them matters more than all of the rest of them combined. So figuring out there is a critical path thing to focus on and ignoring everything else is really important.”

― Sam Altman

“In the aftermath of September 11, it has been made clear to us that our foreign policy can no longer afford to narrowly focus on short-term benefits. For our nation’s long-term security, we must be active in promoting American values abroad through our foreign policy.”

― Sam Brownback

“I want to take a close look at the SBA to see what works, what doesn’t, what is duplicative, and what isn’t even being utilized. We’ll focus on what they do well and strengthen those areas.”

― Sam Graves

“The SBA should be redirected to focus on its core missions of capital access, contracting, and counseling, while reducing duplication, overlap, and wasteful spending. Doing so will greatly improve its ability to better advocate for small businesses.”

― Sam Graves

“Removing government-created obstacles to small business growth is what Washington should be addressing, and this focus should start with removing the herculean impediments to job creation found in the health care law.”

― Sam Graves

“Running backwards down the stairs, holding the camera, trying to focus on what’s in front of you is difficult, and you need to be able to protect the camera.”

― Sam Hargrave

“I’ve always wanted to do my best to make sure it’s clear that I want to keep the focus on my music.”

― Sam Hunt

“I’ve studied a technique called the Sanford Miesner technique, that teaches you how to focus. It’s mainly about daydreaming. And the technique’s really about imaginary circumstances. Using your imagination to sort of daydream about stuff. It makes you emotional in a scene.”

― Sam Rockwell

“I’m interested in the acting and staging of specific emotions, and so I work with actors. It’s a small proportion of what I do, but it’s always what people seem to focus on.”

― Sam Taylor-Johnson

“You help families focus on the future through their children.”

― Sam Worthington

“When I am on the pitch, I don’t focus on the opposition fans. I am focused on doing my best for the team.”

― Samir Nasri

“We need for America to get back to basics and focus on the middle class’s quality of life. Healthcare reform is vital to restoring that standard of living.”

― Sander Levin

“It was better for me when I was joined at the court by a second woman. When I was there alone, there was too much media focus on the one woman, and the minute we got another woman, that changed.”

― Sandra Day O’Connor

“I always remind my team to take a step back and ask themselves, ‘Why are we doing this?’ For us, 100% of the time, it is to better serve our patients, consumers, and customers. This is a great question to come back to when your team is losing focus; it reduces stress and mobilizes people to get excited about the collective possibility.”

― Sandra E. Peterson

“Maintaining good health should be the primary focus of everyone.”

― Sangram Singh

“I’m not a part of the glamour industry. I would like to focus on my game, and there are minimal chances of me getting into films.”

― Sania Mirza

“One, we committed to put about 650 people in the field to focus totally on customer satisfaction.”

― Sanjay Kumar

“I love team sports – they give me something to focus on rather than the fact that I can’t breathe or my muscles are aching.”

― Sanjeev Bhaskar

“Acting is my first focus, but at the core, I’m a storyteller, and however that comes out is fine with me.”

― Santino Fontana

“I’m never gonna be somebody who’s gonna fall down from the sky on a trapeze. That’s not me. I really want to make sure that my focus stays on connecting with the audience.”

― Sara Bareilles

“I love the intimacy of making movies. The focus is deeper and much more intense than musical theatre.”

― Sarah Brightman

“I have these surreal moments where I’m like, ‘I’m pregnant with Jake Gyllenhaal’s baby’ and ‘I’m telling Robert Pattinson that he smells of sex.’ But you’re acting, so the focus is on the work.”

― Sarah Gadon

“I think when you focus on the work, it becomes a simpler pursuit.”

― Sarah Gadon

“It was important to focus on working-class women because we so rarely focus, particularly in period films, on the working people. The suffragettes brought together women of all classes, which was one of the striking things about the movement.”

― Sarah Gavron

“It’s an important tool to focus where we’re excavating. It gives us a much bigger perspective on archaeological sites. We have to think bigger, and that’s what the satellites allow us to do.”

― Sarah Parcak

“The Thames Torso murders almost fell into my lap. After deciding to use a real historical crime as the focus for the book, I went to Google and searched for unsolved murders in Victorian London, and they basically popped out at me about halfway down the first results page.”

― Sarah Pinborough

“I discovered that Robert Todd Lincoln was there for each of the first three assassinations. I wanted to write about the Lincoln Memorial, so when I found out he had attended its dedication, that helped focus it further.”

― Sarah Vowell

“My focus will always be crime, but it might not always be fiction, nor always for adults, nor books entirely in prose. That’s a lot of ground to cover, so I might as well begin.”

― Sarah Weinman

“I prefer film and that’s what I think I’m gonna put my focus on.”

― Sasha Alexander

“We still live in a country where there’s disproportionate violence faced by our community, especially trans people and trans people of color. I think activism within the queer community continues to need to focus on those issues first.”

― Sasha Velour

“When we considered what to do with the graphics capability of the Wii, we put more attention and focus on the ability to create new experiences rather than the quality of the graphics.”

― Satoru Iwata

“I never think in terms of how we can compete against the other companies; rather, our primary focus is to make consumers feel the uniqueness and attractiveness of our products.”

― Satoru Iwata

“We never try to think in terms of any competitive product or company. If you do that, you just focus on a certain narrow area. Rather, we should think much more broadly.”

― Satoru Iwata

“The opportunity ahead for Microsoft is vast, but to seize it, we must focus clearly, move faster, and continue to transform.”

― Satya Nadella

“I have an acquired taste for language, yet it is seldom an actual focus of mine.”

― Saul Williams

“The downfall of the industry seems to actually be good for art. I think the industry will find their way once the focus shifts from its greed-based origins, downsizes, and begins to support creative visions that speak to our times and shifting ideals.”

― Saul Williams

“I’m happiest when I have something to focus my energy on.”

― Scarlett Johansson

“Scientists will eventually stop flailing around with solar power and focus their efforts on harnessing the only truly unlimited source of energy on the planet: stupidity. I predict that in the future, scientists will learn how to convert stupidity into clean fuel.”

― Scott Adams

“I see my share of loons. I just performed with someone who had a meltdown on stage. He needed focus, and he was ‘stealing it’ and just being crazy and selfish and childish and having a great time doing it – to the detriment of everybody else.”

― Scott Adsit

“I think comedians should focus on what makes them happy, what art form fulfills them the most. Don’t be calculated about it and say, ‘Okay, I’m gonna tweet, and I’m gonna podcast, and I’m gonna do standup, and one of those things is going to lead me to my own TV show.’ I don’t think that should be the goal.”

― Scott Aukerman

“Our focus is still on country, but, really, on whatever music our artists are making.”

― Scott Borchetta

“So I think instead of focusing on the competition, focus on the customer.”

― Scott Cook

“Be dramatically willing to focus on the customer at all costs, even at the cost of obsoleting your own stuff.”

― Scott Cook

“My focus is definitely on the racing.”

― Scott Dixon

“I feel that once you go into rehearsal, you need to focus on the show in the room.”

― Scott Ellis

“I went to the University of Maryland for a year and was considering maybe, you know, being a medical doctor but decided my other interest was maybe flying airplanes in the Navy and just kind of changed my mind and changed schools and changed majors and decided to focus a hundred percent on that.”

― Scott Kelly

“EPA can and should now focus on getting real results in the fight for clean air, land, and water.”

― Scott Pruitt

“The secret to ‘Year One’ is that it’s a Jim Gordon story. It’s a great Bruce Wayne story, don’t get me wrong, but Jim Gordon is the focus of that book. To me, that’s the stronger emotional arc. It’s not that the Bruce Wayne stuff isn’t masterful, because it is, but it’s Jim’s book.”

― Scott Snyder

“You try to make the most of each day. I’m not big into setting real specific goals. I think, really, if you just focus on every day – and I know that’s the oldest cliche in the book, but it really is true. Day 1 of camp means just as much as Day 17 of camp. If you really try to focus on each and every one of those days, long-term.”

― Scott Tolzien

“I kind of peak at how far I can push my body, and then I run out of determination for the habit and start easing off. It’s really just a lack of focus and discipline.”

― Sean Astin

“Most of the characters in ‘The Little Rascals’ were living in poverty, but they decided to focus on the joy of being a kid: the humor, the heart, the resilience.”

― Sean Baker

“I think most of our eyes are trained to background being completely out of focus, but you can’t do that with an iPhone unless you manipulate it quite a lot in post. You have to accept the fact that your film is going to look a little different on the big screen. Even though the resolution holds up, it does have something very different about it.”

― Sean Baker

“Some have said I focus on marginalized communities, but it’s not like that was my mission statement. I’ve just told stories that interest me, and that I’m not seeing enough of, on groups of people and subcultures that are often not seen.”

― Sean Baker

“I think everybody’s got different methods of working which suit the particular individual. Mine is to sort of play the part, and give 100%, to concentrate and focus on it while I’m actually working, but then leave it behind until the next day.”

― Sean Bean

“I wouldn’t say I’m a Method actor, but I do try to focus very deeply on what character I’m playing, and everything else goes out the window. I forget about everything. I try to get everything else out of my head.”

― Sean Bean

“All this focus on my private life is the most unappealing aspect of being an actor. I don’t like it, but it goes with the territory, and I have to put up with it. I certainly don’t set out to attract attention.”

― Sean Bean

“My focus has kind of been on teenagers, you know, and I think we’ve got a huge crisis right now in America, among our teens.”

― Sean Covey

“The number one focus of the American people has been jobs and the economy.”

― Sean Spicer

“We need to shift our focus from the debates about redistributing refugees within the E.U. and should concentrate more on external border protection.”

― Sebastian Kurz

“Our national focus will be security, with the goal of ‘a Europe that protects.’”

― Sebastian Kurz

“We need a change of course in the European Union. The most important is the focus on the big questions and a European Union that steps back on the small questions.”

― Sebastian Kurz

“If you focus on the single question of who knows best what students need in the workforce, it’s the people already in the workforce. Why not give industry a voice?”

― Sebastian Thrun

“I don’t care too much what happened in the past. I prefer to focus on what is coming next and I am really looking forward to it.”

― Sebastian Vettel

“If the boat started shaking, we stayed on course and didn’t lose focus. That made the difference.”

― Sebastian Vettel

“One cost, for the lonely: If you want to be interesting, the one thing you shouldn’t do is really focus on the fact that ‘I want this person to like me.’ That’s going to make you very uninteresting. But the lonely, they just can’t help but focus on that.”

― Sendhil Mullainathan

“The E.U.’s Eastern Partnership programme is designed to bind the so-called focus states tightly to itself, shutting down the possibility of co-operation with Russia.”

― Sergei Lavrov

“When one loses, it’s easy to focus on the refereeing decisions.”

― Sergio Ramos

“I want to be judged harshly because that forces me to really sit down and focus.”

― Seth Grahame-Smith

“The biggest thing I take away from the Army is that work ethic and being able to focus and put your eyes on a goal.”

― Shaggy

“For me, I always feel that I’m not sure what’s going to happen next year or what’s going to happen the year after or what’s in the future. So I really kind of just focus on the project at hand and try to do the best that I can. And that, for me, is as much as I can control.”

― Shahzia Sikander

“I actually started modelling when I was about eight years old, and then, when I went to high school, I stopped to concentrate on schoolwork because I was in an accelerated program, so it was just really time for me to sit down and focus on my studies.”

― Shanina Shaik

“I am very driven. I work really hard, whether it’s acting or my charity or even poker. When I focus on something I give it my all.”

― Shannon Elizabeth

“We’re just going to come out and play. We know that we’re supposed to win all the games, but if we don’t, we just have to take the next game and focus on what we did wrong in the game before and just try to do better at the next game.”

― Shaquille O’Neal

“We will primarily focus on affordable housing, water supply and transport infrastructure, as these are critical for Mumbai. Infrastructure deficit is an issue in all urban areas.”

― Sharad Pawar

“My biggest aspiration is to inspire people to do good. I believe that our wish for a harmonious world begins and ends with doing good. To inspire and empower people to focus on goodness, I wrote a new book called ‘Activate Your Goodness: Transforming the World through Doing Good.’”

― Shari Arison

“In 2015, I told my band that I was taking a break so I could focus on my home life, go back to school, and try to remember what it was like to feel like a human being again.”

― Sharon Van Etten

“I try to focus on the melodies and try to make everything else minimal. The melody and the lyrics are most important to me.”

― Sharon Van Etten

“We are living in tumultuous times, and our focus should be fighting against the oppression and injustices that are against us – not battling those who are on the same side of seeking justice and peace.”

― Shaun King

“I’m trying to stay as calm as possible and focus one day at a time, but when reality sets in, I feel everything: anxiety, excitement, nerves, pressure and joy.”

― Shawn Johnson

“The focus should be on the music and not my sexuality.”

― Shawn Mendes

“When I started, you didn’t focus so much on production, certainly not – gosh – down to the finest little detail of how you shifted your eyes or how you turned to somebody. A lot of the shots were far away from a still camera. There weren’t as many close-ups and intimacy.”

― Shawn Michaels

“My sole focus as far back as I can remember was all about my dream to become a singer.”

― Sheena Easton

“Just do your schoolwork, focus on a sport if you’re good at it, do what I did.”

― Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

“It takes a lot of hard work to stay committed and focus on what I wanted to achieve.”

― Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

“I actually started making tank tops under the name Kitty Moon many, many years ago, but I just didn’t have the time to fully devote to it. Now that we don’t go on the road as much, I have a better ability to focus on a line; that’s why I started Total Skull.”

― Sheri Moon Zombie

“At Facebook, we try to be a strengths-based organization, which means we try to make jobs fit around people rather than make people fit around jobs. We focus on what people’s natural strengths are and spend our management time trying to find ways for them to use those strengths every day.”

― Sheryl Sandberg

“When I create a game, I try to focus more on the emotions that the player experiences during the game play.”

― Shigeru Miyamoto

“I like to keep myself fit at the pace of the game. I just focus on my process, including my fitness, skills, and fielding.”

― Shikhar Dhawan

“IPL is a platform for players to get noticed and maybe make it to the Indian team, but the focus should be on performance rather than thinking about India selection.”

― Shikhar Dhawan

“If we focus on processes, the results will automatically take care of themselves.”

― Shikhar Dhawan

“Yoga did not just help me with my body, I became fitter from within. It helped me to focus better. In the movies, we may look very glamourous and fit, but believe me, not many of us are actually fit from within. Yoga has helped me achieve that.”

― Shilpa Shetty

“In focusing towards the outer world, we celebs forget to focus on our inner well-being. We don’t lead perfect lives, and only when we learn to have peace with our family members can we have peace in life.”

― Shilpa Shetty

“Most people make poor partners because their mental script has a defect. They believe focus means looking after their own interests. It’s a script error.”

― Shiv Nadar

“Since its inception, HCL’s core focus area has been technology and product development, and hence, we continued to remain in the high end of technology throughout the ’90s.”

― Shiv Nadar

“Only your work is your hands, and I focus on that.”

― Shruti Haasan

“I have always been a fan of Mahesh Manjrekar’s work. I like the way he tells his stories. He manages to focus on aspects of human beings and of society, which we don’t often see in cinema.”

― Shruti Haasan

“The more you hesitate in a game, the more your chance of getting hit. Your focus isn’t there. When you hesitate, usually you’re in trouble.”

― Sidney Crosby

“Listening is active. At its most basic level, it’s about focus, paying attention.”

― Simon Sinek

“I’m trying not to focus on the height of my opponent, just to play my tennis and to open the angles because it’s the most important.”

― Simona Halep

“For me, every tournament is important, and I feel that if I don’t go into them with 100 per cent focus, I will not be ready for the Grand Slams.”

― Simona Halep

“For me, I don’t think about size – I focus more on being powerful and confident.”

― Simone Biles

“For me to compete at the highest level, training and living a healthy lifestyle is an everyday focus for me, and I’m excited to be a part of the Everyday Awesome team!”

― Simone Biles

“Most people would focus on concentrating more, and I can’t do that. It almost makes me overthink a lot of my things. I have to focus on not thinking.”

― Simone Biles

“Rage has such focus. It can’t go on forever, but it’s invigorating.”

― Siri Hustvedt

“I am what you might call abstractly anti-capitalist. For instance, I am suspicious of the old leftists who focus all their hatred on the United States. What about Chinese neo-colonialism? Why are the left silent about that? When I say this, it annoys them, of course. Good!”

― Slavoj Zizek

“Earlier, I would never focus on how I looked because I thought I was just ‘OK.’ So my focus was on being well-read, good in studies, school captain. My personality depended on what I read, not on some magical genetic thing.”

― Sobhita Dhulipala

“We don’t see a lot of LGBTQ representation in period dramas because there was so much shame around it at the time. The stories that we tell about that time don’t tend to focus explicitly on those sorts of characters, which is nonsense because they existed.”

― Sophie Rundle

“If you focus your energy on the camera, it takes away from the time you have to focus on the performances.”

― Spike Jonze

“I don’t focus on happiness as a goal or an end.”

― Srikumar Rao

“Being obsessed by goals is bad for you. You should set goals, even ambitious goals, regularly. But focus on them only to the extent that they give you direction.”

― Srikumar Rao

“Hydro, wind, solar, and biomass energy have economic impact across the state and, with collaboration and focus, can become engines of prosperity for more Georgians.”

― Stacey Abrams

“Theory did a great work pant, and everyone was doing denim. But no one was making a trouser sexy, or the focus of an outfit… So, that’s what I set out to do.”

― Stacey Bendet

“I’m very career-driven, so my focus and my energy has been into that.”

― Stacy Keibler

“You have to make sacrifices. You have to work out, to be relaxed in your mind, to focus on what you’re doing.”

― Stan Wawrinka

“Once you are on court, everything is different. I focus on the match.”

― Stan Wawrinka

“Earnings don’t move the overall market; it’s the Federal Reserve Board… focus on the central banks, and focus on the movement of liquidity… most people in the market are looking for earnings and conventional measures. It’s liquidity that moves markets.”

― Stanley Druckenmiller

“The very fact that doctrine is hewn from bitter controversy and tested through time is sufficient reason to make them a focus of theology.”

― Stanley Hauerwas

“I think it is a mistake to focus – as we most often do – only on the sacrifice of life that war requires. War also requires that we sacrifice our normal unwillingness to kill.”

― Stanley Hauerwas

“I’m really trying to focus myself on playing tennis, and I think that’s really important.”

― Stefan Edberg

“The first thing you have to do is take everything with a grain of salt. You know, you’ve gotta just look at the goal, focus on what you gotta do and take one step at a time as a whole, as every performance being that’s it, that’s one objective, and let’s just move forward and work on that.”

― Stefano Langone

“Designing kids clothes is something personal to me because I’m a mother. So to be able to see my kids wearing something I’ve designed is very fulfilling. With the kids’ collection, we really try to focus on great quality with an accessible price point in styles that appeal to both parents and kids.”

― Stella McCartney

“People can say you’re fat because you’re filling a void, or you eat for all these emotional reasons. I said, ‘I don’t need to focus on this anymore. It doesn’t matter why I’m fat. Let’s fix it.’”

― Stephanie Klein

“What woman wouldn’t want to be pursued in a flattering, non-physically threatening way by a gorgeous, fascinating, intelligent man? Being wanted, desired, being the focus of a man’s aspirations, his goal, his grail – the one companion he must have to live contentedly – is one of the most universal and fundamental of female wishes.”

― Stephanie Laurens

“I think it’s one of the secret sauces to our success, if you will, is that our fans are a part of our show. They engage, they chant, they cheer, they boo. There’s a problem when they don’t react. So, in essence, every live event is like a focus group. So we are getting that real-time feedback from them in the arena.”

― Stephanie McMahon

“We need to focus on being one Baltimore.”

― Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

“Stop overanalyzing how you ‘feel’ about your job and focus on being great at it. That will lead to bigger and better opportunities.”

― Stephanie Ruhle

“I wanted to be Brooke Shields, and my mother was an aspiring photographer, so I was, of course, the only one who would sit still long enough for her to get things in focus, and I loved doing that.”

― Stephanie Seymour

“I remember doing a little student film where we had a guy that couldn’t pull focus. We ended up spending three times the amount of time shooting this thing as opposed to if the guy could’ve just pulled focus.”

― Stephen Amell

“Our focus is on outputs rather than inputs.”

― Stephen Cambone

“This party will not take its position based on public opinion polls. We will not take a stand based on focus groups. We will not take a stand based on phone-in shows or householder surveys or any other vagaries of pubic opinion.”

― Stephen Harper

“As publishers focus on blockbusters, they steadily lose interest in little-known authors from other countries.”

― Stephen Kinzer

“I like to understand, very specifically, what it is I’m seeing, and where it is and where it’s going, and a lot of that is just hitting the mark and following the dotted line. But that’s good, too because there’s concentration and focus that’s involved in that.”

― Stephen Lang

“I think the focus of the media changes. At the moment the more electronic stuff like trip-hop was the flavor of the month, just a little while ago. It all depends on the angle, from which point of view you see it.”

― Stephen Malkmus

“I write in public libraries and sometimes coffee shops. I can’t write at home and gave up trying long ago. I need activity around me that I’m forced to block out. It helps me focus.”

― Stephen McCauley

“How do you focus on jobs and creating opportunities for the next generation if it’s just essentially a war on public employees and others?”

― Steve Bullock

“I always encourage people in the early parts of their career to focus on writing. If you can communicate clearly, if you can articulate a thought, if you can write a great story, then you’re going to be successful.”

― Steve Capus

“At the end of the day, my focus will be to make the ‘Evening News’ as strong from an editorial perspective as it possibly can be.”

― Steve Capus

“For me, at least, all of my career goals, all of my focus, everything just shifted and the importance was my children, and that’s where all the joy came from as well.”

― Steve Carell

“I enjoyed high school and college, and I think I learned a lot, but that was not really my focus. My focus was on trying to figure out what businesses to start.”

― Steve Case

“Our customers, system, and shareholders are best served when we direct our focus and energy towards executing against these critical customer expectations.”

― Steve Easterbrook

“When our folks focus on exactly what is needed to succeed in the restaurants, they should be able to lead themselves to restaurateur level.”

― Steve Ells

“I have moments where I miss my old self. But I think anyone can get caught up in what we used to have. But at the same time, we can choose to focus on the beauty of now.”

― Steve Gleason

“Firms that claim domain focus are late movers.”

― Steve Jurvetson

“I do lament how many investors focus on all the short-term sugar buzz of some marginal improvement in something – nothing history books are ever going to be written about. In many cases, these are quick and easy ways to make money.”

― Steve Jurvetson

“My focus is that firearms are handled safely and that we can continue to enjoy them here in North America.”

― Steve Kanaly

“Our focus on melanin and people’s skins – can’t we talk about the diversity of ideology? Can’t we look at people for their minds and what they can contribute? And I’d like to see us go more toward a respect for people’s ability to contribute, and I actually want to get to a society where we disregard race.”

― Steve King

“I want my kids to have passion for life, to really have a passion for life. I think when you have a passion for something, you can overcome obstacles, if you float through life without having anything to hold on to or get you fired up emotionally and to focus on, I think it’s really hard to overcome things.”

― Steve Nash

“My main focus in sobriety has been to replace fear with faith or love.”

― Steve-O

“There’s been a sea change in our focus on corporate ethics. We’ve made more progress in the last three years than the previous 30.”

― Steve Odland

“When we started NFL Films, there were no focus groups, there were no demographic studies, there were no surveys. Every decision that we made, we made with our hearts, not with our heads. And, in the very beginning, we really didn’t even have a business plan.”

― Steve Sabol

“I worked with such concentration and focus and I had hundreds of obscure engineering or programming things in my head. I was just real exceptional in that way.”

― Steve Wozniak

“I feel so lucky. When an actor that has been struggling for so long makes the transition into being an actor full-time, it is the most amazing feeling. It’s just sort of like a 3,000-pound weight gets lifted from you, and you’re able to mostly focus on just being an artist, which is an amazing, blessed luxury I have.”

― Steve Zissis

“Occasionally, I would focus on a particular school project and become obsessed with, what seemed to my mother, to be trivial details instead of apportioning the time I spent on school work in a more efficient way.”

― Steven Chu

“We are strangely biased, as individuals and media institutions, to focus on big sudden changes, whether good or bad – amazing breakthroughs, such as a new gadget that gets released, or catastrophic failures, like a plane crash.”

― Steven Johnson

“As people get older, they get married, have kids. I’m not married. I don’t have kids, so I’m able to focus 100 percent on this.”

― Steven Lopez

“I learned to focus my energy on high-quality, long-term projects rather than lower-quality projects with quicker payoffs.”

― Steven Pinker

“I try to focus on the stuff that I can control and let go of the other stuff.”

― Steven Soderbergh

“I believe in 3D for certain kinds of films. I certainly believe in using 3D for all things in animation because animation has such clarity and so much depth of focus. It worked great with ‘Avatar’ because 70 percent of that film is animated.”

― Steven Spielberg

“Do you want to be an artist and a writer, or a wife and a lover? With kids, your focus changes. I don’t want to go to PTA meetings.”

― Stevie Nicks

“I think I’m a focus for international attention.”

― Sting

“I’m trying to focus on my job. I don’t think that being famous is a job. My job is composing, singing, performing, but not being a star.”

― Stromae

“I want people to focus on listening, not the image. And I want to play to everyone: rednecks, dubstep kids, punk rockers, and people who like as-real-as-it-gets country music.”

― Sturgill Simpson

“Having reached the halfway mark in the alphabet, my prime focus is on writing each new book as well as I can.”

― Sue Grafton

“I focus on the writing and let the rest of the process take care of itself. I’ve learned to trust my own instincts and I’ve also learned to take risks.”

― Sue Grafton

“I missed the Olympic team in 1996 – missed making the team. I tried to make a comeback in my sport, and soon after the Olympic trials, Johann Olav Koss, who is a Norwegian speed-skater, called me up and asked me to be a part of Olympic Aid. Now Olympic Aid is Right to Play. It’s a wonderful, narrow focus.”

― Summer Sanders

“I just need to focus on myself. I think nobody should focus on others, whether they actually have a problem with Chinese swimming or not.”

― Sun Yang

“When you sit down and focus on the matches and series that took place during the 12 month period it strikes you just how broad the talent pool is in international cricket is today.”

― Sunil Gavaskar

“I have three focus areas: security, developer tools, and wearable Internet/Internet of Things.”

― Sunil Nagaraj

“I have never chosen my next job. I focus on what’s in front of me, and serendipity steps in.”

― Susan Brooks

“We live in an abundant universe. Everything we need to take care of ourselves, those things are all around us. Don’t focus on that economy. Don’t believe that there’s not enough for you.”

― Susan L. Taylor

“In the old world, people used to have to go to focus groups and ask people what they thought. Now, people are writing all over the Web what they think about things.”

― Susan Wojcicki

“Simplifying the tax code and reducing administrative burdens will save small businesses money and time and let owners and employees focus less on paperwork and more on how to operate in this tough economy.”

― Suzan DelBene

“I’m not a very fancy person. I’ve been a writer a long time, and right now ‘The Hunger Games’ is getting a lot of focus. It’ll pass. The focus will be on something else. It’ll shift. It always does. And that seems just fine.”

― Suzanne Collins

“Focus on eating real, whole, natural foods. As I love to say, if you can pick it, pluck it, milk it, or shoot it, you can eat it!”

― Suzanne Somers

“We tend to focus on assets and forget about debts. Financial security requires facing up to the big picture: assets minus debts.”

― Suze Orman

“Focus on what you have.”

― Suze Orman

“If you are worried about job security and do not have an adequate emergency fund (ideally eight months’ worth of living expenses stashed away in a federally insured bank or credit union), you need to focus more on saving money than paying down the balance on your credit cards.”

― Suze Orman

“When you have too much month for you paycheck, then what you need to do is realize that there is abundance all around you and focus on the abundance and not your lack and as night follows day abundance will come to you.”

― Sydney Madwed

“By that I mean, I think that it is true that politics and political heroes have to satisfy our need to be greater than mortal in some way, and that’s led them into creating illusions, sound bites, focus groups that tell you what to do.”

― Sydney Pollack

“Other genres are plot-driven, but the entire focus of a romance novel is on the characters and their arcs.”

― Sylvia Day

“It’s very important to focus on the music first. That’s always number one. But after that, it’s extremely important to just have fun with what you’re doing.”

― Synyster Gates

“If I’m proud of one thing in my playing, it’s being able to slow it down and focus on the melody.”

― Synyster Gates

“It’s so hard for me to focus on things for a long time that I’m not incredibly passionate about.”

― SZA

“A company logo may be the last thing cost-conscious CEOs focus on when they’re looking to jump-start growth. Which is perhaps why it took more than two decades for White Mountain Footwear, a privately held shoe manufacturer based in Lisbon, N.H., to finally give its own emblem some serious thought.”

― Tahl Raz

“In Japan, I focus mostly on sending messages through Twitter, trying to spread my minority way of thinking.”

― Takashi Murakami

“I like to do really realistic paintings, which requires so much focus; like, if I have to go to the bathroom or change a song, I can’t; I’m so in it.”

― Tali Lennox

“When I look at the arc of my career, my focus is on lyricism, right? I own that.”

― Talib Kweli

“I appreciate being able to give back to charities I care about such as the American Diabetes Association – my older sister passed away from diabetes – and Figure Skating in Harlem, which teaches young girls about confidence, focus and goal-setting.”

― Tamara Tunie

“Understand that the time in the audition is your time. Really own it and take control of it. And do what you prepared. Focus on really executing what it is that you intended to do.”

― Tamara Tunie

“I just think there are enough hours in the day. If you just focus and dedicate yourself and approach each task as it presents itself, you can accomplish a lot.”

― Tamara Tunie

“I knew I had to get my grades so that I could focus on football.”

― Tammy Abraham

“I actually shoot. I enjoy target practice. I find it really zen. You focus on nothing but the target. You have to control your breathing. It’s all part of my years in the military, where I was taught to become a marksman but also to respect my weapon.”

― Tammy Duckworth

“I don’t want to be moaning about getting older or being overweight. I just want to focus on being happy and healthy.”

― Tamzin Outhwaite

“I don’t view my memory as accurate or static – and, in autobiographical fiction, my focus is still on creating an effect, not on documenting reality – so ‘autobiographical,’ to me, is closer in meaning to ‘fiction’ than ‘autobiography.’”

― Tao Lin

“When we allow distractions to wobble us away from ourselves, that’s when our intuition starts to fade and our focus dulls.”

― Tara Stiles

“When we focus mostly on our immediate needs, wants, and desires, we may achieve some of them but hardly feel satisfied. When we feel connected to ourselves on a deeper level, we get happy. We feel safe.”

― Tara Stiles

“In my experience, ‘SNL’ has Lorne Michaels, who is, you know, the captain of the ship and gives the show direction and a singular focus, whereas ‘MadTV’ – even in my 13 episodes there – had maybe one too many cooks and was a bit more chaotic creatively.”

― Taran Killam

“For every Harvey Weinstein, there’s three or four thousand other pastors, coaches, teachers, uncles, cousins, and stepfathers who are committing the same crimes. We have to keep that in focus and we have to keep talking about it.”

― Tarana Burke

“I just get focused on whatever is in front of me. When I was filming Crossroads, it had all my focus. Now I’m all focused on finishing my recording so I can get that out. It’s just day by day.”

― Taryn Manning

“The focus of my research is how secular movements originated in West Asian countries and subsequently changed to pan-Islamic movements. The role of Western countries in this aspect is also a part of the research.”

― Taslima Nasrin

“We do long-form-style improv. Our focus was characters and telling a long arc story over about an hour and a half. It was closer to a one-act play than one-off sketches.”

― Tatiana Maslany

“I try not to focus on fame; I don’t even really know what it means exactly because it’s so fleeting.”

― Taylor Momsen

“Tabloids are going to focus on my shoes and not my music; that’s just what they do.”

― Taylor Momsen

“I look for absurdly simple plots so that I can simply focus on the characters. Having an understanding of what dialogue’s easy to say and hard to say – I think that that’s helpful, too.”

― Taylor Sheridan

“When you’re one-dimensional, someone can just focus on that and really stop that.”

― Taysom Hill

“When you’re in a place, the details you focus on are different than details you focus on when you’re writing about it.”

― Tea Obreht

“We need to conceptualize; we need to articulate conservative domestic policy with a laser focus on opportunity, on easing the means of ascent up the economic ladder.”

― Ted Cruz

“What I have been talking about for many years is opportunity conservatism, that every policy should focus like a laser on easing the means of ascent up the economic ladder.”

― Ted Cruz

“My focus has been and will continue to be on doing my job.”

― Ted Cruz

“We need to focus on building up our own nation and creating jobs here at home.”

― Ted Deutch

“Energy legislation in Congress and the focus on energy legislation is first and foremost about creating good jobs. In Florida, where solar and biofuel and wind and so many other areas are important and so many in the private sector continues to pursue these, we need policies that will encourage that.”

― Ted Deutch

“We ought to be able to forgo the constant need to raise money and just focus on working together to solve the problems this country faces.”

― Ted Deutch

“Many of my constituents are in their 80s, 90s, even 100, and our focus is ensuring that their needs can be provided for.”

― Ted Deutch

“It’s not a cis-man becoming a cis-woman. It’s a trans person just being who they want to be. This is how I’ve always felt, and this is who I’ve always been. But so much focus is put on the transition or the change because it’s so visible. But that’s not even what it is… That’s who that person’s been and who they are now.”

― Teddy Geiger

“I think the world should unite and focus on strong health systems to prepare the whole world to prevent epidemics – or if there is an outbreak, to manage it quickly – because viruses don’t respect borders, and they don’t need visas.”

― Tedros Adhanom

“You want to get to the top of the cliff. But that’s not what you focus on immediately. You focus on the next ledge just beyond your reach, because you need to do one clever thing to get up there. And then, once you get there, you do it again. A lot of this is rather boring and not very glamorous. But you can’t jump cliffs in a single bound.”

― Terence Tao

“I’m always amazed by writers who say, ‘Oh you know I had a half hour so I sat down and wrote a little bit.’ I just need a real big chunk of time to sit down and focus. That’s my process.”

― Terence Winter

“I feel like I’m a stay-at-home mom, which I was for the five years before this. She’s absolutely been my focus. That’s the choice I made. Desperate Housewives is perfect for me. I get to go back to work and still be able to take my daughter to school and pick her up.”

― Teri Hatcher

“You can’t focus on yourself. You need to focus on what you’re doing for others, and then you can start to heal.”

― Terri Irwin

“I am someone who tunes into more ethical journalism, and I’m not someone who dwells a lot on the negative, so I think I’d rather focus on the positive and forge ahead.”

― Terri Irwin

“Fantasy allows you bend the world and the situation to more clearly focus on the moral aspects of what’s happening. In fantasy you can distill life down to the essence of your story.”

― Terry Goodkind

“I don’t think I could play a character that I couldn’t relate to somehow. I’m not unfamiliar with frustration, anger, shame, helplessness and a load of other emotions that make up our psycho-soup. I try to focus on that frustration, that sense of unfairness, and multiply it.”

― Terry O’Quinn

“I always focus on myself in what I want, where I want to go, who I want to reach, which message I want to put out, how I want to dress.”

― Thalia

“The bad experiences make you stronger and makes you focus on the next project.”

― Thalia

“It stinks to give up a good player. But if you think that way, you’ll never make any trades. You have to focus on what you’re getting back.”

― Theo Epstein

“I focus a lot on my voice because I want it to be an instrument as well. I want my voice to add color.”

― Theophilus London

“I always tell myself, ‘When I’m working on my record, I won’t cut my hair.’ I get so focused on the music that I’m not really going to the hair shop and getting cut up. I just have one thing to focus on.”

― Theophilus London

“I have grown used to the focus on my clothes and my shoes.”

― Theresa May

“Women often focus more on delivery – what is the outcome going to be rather than what are the interactions people have in order to get there.”

― Theresa May

“We want to go further than preventing people from becoming terrorists and focus on a broader approach to counter-extremism – both violent and non-violent.”

― Theresa May

“It’s very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying; it allows us to clear our minds, focus, and find creative solutions to problems.”

― Thich Nhat Hanh

“Anger is like a storm rising up from the bottom of your consciousness. When you feel it coming, turn your focus to your breath.”

― Thich Nhat Hanh

“If you just focus on producing good outcomes, all that other stuff sorts itself out.”

― Thom Tillis

“Instead of focusing on this sort of defeatist mentality where we’ve gotta up the minimum wage, why don’t we focus on creating better-paying jobs?”

― Thom Tillis

“In Washington, I will focus on creating a climate that helps create jobs and opportunities for Americans.”

― Thom Tillis

“A focus on regulatory overreach, things that the benefit doesn’t outweigh the cost, is probably the single greatest opportunity we have for having a positive impact on job creation.”

― Thom Tillis

“The future, for us, is not in bold and big deals. It is in selective deals, and I prefer to focus on one accretive target worth around €2 bn. than several deals worth €200 m.”

― Thomas Buberl

“Tomorrow I will have new competitors such as Google, Microsoft, and Facebook coming into my garden. I’d rather focus on the competition of tomorrow than combine with the competition of today.”

― Thomas Buberl

“These days, of course, the focus of talk about popular liberation through products is mostly associated with the Internet. I’ve been collecting computer ads and ads dealing with Internet industries.”

― Thomas Frank

“The studio does projects all over the world, and in each place, we focus on trying to make a project specific to that place. We take a different perspective everywhere we work – our passion is public projects, wherever they are.”

― Thomas Heatherwick

“Clarity affords focus.”

― Thomas Leonard

“I’ve long been interested in the role of ‘minor characters’ in major events. This has been the focus of a lot of the fiction and nonfiction I’ve written.”

― Thomas Mallon

“I’m a lazy guy. I can’t focus for too long. I’d rather hear a record that has no filler.”

― Thomas Mars

“I can focus on what seems to be the most boring things for days at a time.”

― Thomas Massie

“There’s nothing like desperation to sharpen your sense of focus.”

― Thomas Newman

“What we are doing is increasing our focus on cash flow, return on investment, and value creation.”

― Thomas O. Staggs

“Finding the real joy of Christmas comes not in the hurrying and the scurrying to get more done, nor is it found in the purchasing of gifts. We find real joy when we make the Savior the focus of the season.”

― Thomas S. Monson

“The major championships have always been a special focus in my career, and as a professional, I think Augusta is where I need to be.”

― Tiger Woods

“My main focus is on my game.”

― Tiger Woods

“You can focus on things that are barriers or you can focus on scaling the wall or redefining the problem.”

― Tim Cook

“Companies that get confused, that think their goal is revenue or stock price or something. You have to focus on the things that lead to those.”

― Tim Cook

“The right focus for the U.S. is on advanced manufacturing – something that requires innovation.”

― Tim Cook

“We’re very simple people at Apple. We focus on making the world’s best products and enriching people’s lives.”

― Tim Cook

“I learned that focus is key. Not just in your running a company, but in your personal life as well.”

― Tim Cook

“We have to make sure, at Apple, that we stay true to focus, laser focus – we know we can only do great things a few times, only on a few products.”

― Tim Cook

“I’ve always felt if my nose were more crooked, critics would focus more on my acting.”

― Tim Daly

“As far as income goes, there are three currencies in the world; most people ignore two. The three currencies are time, income and mobility, in descending order of importance. Most people focus exclusively on income.”

― Tim Ferriss

“While others may get distracted, I will continue to focus on the problem of unemployment and seek to help create good, high-paying jobs for Arkansans.”

― Tim Griffin

“When people are left out, we’re naturally going to focus on that, if it’s 47 million people who don’t have health insurance, if it’s 23,000 people who die every year because they lack access to health care for something that’s easily treatable.”

― Tim Kaine

“I want to make sure that Hillary Clinton is the next president of the United States because we need Secretary Clinton’s focus on making sure that we build an America where our values of inclusion and opportunity for everyone are the values that bring us together.”

― Tim Kaine

“I’ve played historical characters before, and I think the trap of all of them is if you try to do an impression. If that’s what you’re working on when you’re doing a scene, then your focus is on the wrong thing.”

― Tim Matheson

“In fiction workshops, we tend to focus on matters of verisimilitude largely because such issues are so much easier to talk about than the failure of imagination.”

― Tim O’Brien

“When writing, I’m not thinking about war, even if I’m writing about it. I’m thinking about sentences, rhythm and story. So the focus, when I’m working, even if it’s on a story that takes place at war, is not on bombs or bullets. It’s on the story.”

― Tim O’Brien

“We focus sometimes too much on the minimum wage, and we should be talking about living wages and middle class wages and pensions and benefits and the kind of thing that people in the industrial Midwest talk about all the time.”

― Tim Ryan

“I think our failure as a caucus has been not to focus on economic issues. I think we – and I’m supportive of all the issues that – that we talk about, but you need an economic – a robust, economic message that – that covers everybody.”

― Tim Ryan

“Our position should not be on how to eliminate the competition at all expenses, but we should focus on what we’re going to do in order to make sure that Americans turn to the road of prosperity with the trajectory of capitalism, because making a profit is not an evil.”

― Tim Scott

“I take President Obama at his word that he is a Christian and was born here in America. Now, it’s time that we focus on the real issues facing this country.”

― Tim Walberg

“I’m someone who doesn’t like to talk about money, prefer to focus about what I do on the pitch.”

― Timothy F. Cahill

“I just focus and concern myself with playing as I can.”

― Timothy Weah

“I’ve learned in my life that I have to focus on the things that I can control and what I can control is what comes out of my mouth and how I respond to people.”

― Tina Smith

“I would like to say, and I think I am truthful, and I think I am honest when I say that I love doing Ghost. And if I didn’t feel as passionate as I am and have been, about it, wanting to focus, basically, all my time on it, I don’t wanna do it.”

― Tobias Forge

“To be honest, prestige is probably the last thing I focus on.”

― Toby Emmerich

“Ashley Cheng, who I’ve worked with for 20 years, he’s the studio head in Rockville now. He manages more of the day-to-day stuff. I can focus creatively on what we’re doing now and what we should be doing in the future.”

― Todd Howard

“We didn’t start at ‘Fallout 3’ and think about how to add to that. We take a step back and think, ‘Okay, if we look at all the ‘Fallout’ games, what would a new one feel like?’ So the focus is not ”Fallout 3′ plus this’. Then we start really digging into the world.”

― Todd Howard

“Most people didn’t have the bandwidth to download whole albums. And so it brought back this cherry picking idea that the audience would focus on certain songs and possibly be the impetus behind what eventually got on AM radio: the single or whatever.”

― Todd Rundgren

“The well-being and welfare of children should always be our focus.”

― Todd Tiahrt

“I’m a libertarian-conservative. I believe the state should focus on defending lives, rights, and property instead of depriving its citizens of their God-given liberties.”

― Todd Young

“Modern media has a real tendency to focus on the divisions rather than the commonalities.”

― Todd Young

“No, I have to really focus, especially when I’m writing because I wanna be good at it.”

― Tom Araya

“The policy issue is this: the TSA should focus less on big data commercial background checks of passengers, which have proven unpopular and unreliable, and more time on securing flights by screening passengers for weapons and explosives.”

― Tom Bossert

“I really focus on my jeans and sweaters for them to fit really well. There was a time that wasn’t the case.”

― Tom Brady

“The best teachers, one hopes, don’t shout at their students – because they are skilled at wooing as well as demanding the best efforts of others. For the ancient Greeks and Romans, this wooing was a sufficiently fine art in itself to be the central focus of education.”

― Tom Chatfield

“Republicans should simply focus on first principles and give the American people what they want – an honest party dedicated to common sense, fiscal responsibility and limited government. If we govern to save the country, we’ll do well as a party.”

― Tom Coburn

“Once upon a time we did not focus on a president’s private life.”

― Tom Ford

“There are many designers who have much greater talent as a designer than I do, but they may not have my drive, they may not work as hard, they may not have the focus, the desire… You have to have a talent because, at the end of the day, if the pants you design don’t make someone’s butt look great, they’re not going to buy them.”

― Tom Ford

“If you have fewer teenagers having children, they could focus more on their vocational development.”

― Tom Golisano

“From day one, my focus as a new-breed appropriator was to look for areas where we could save taxpayer dollars.”

― Tom Graves

“Our responsibility is to focus on the House. The Senate’s the Senate.”

― Tom Graves

“Work hard to do what’s right, keep our future generation in focus and the future of our country in focus.”

― Tom Graves

“I’m not one who wants to micromanage the Capitol Police whatsoever. However, if they see or feel that there are some greater opportunities to provide the same, if not better, safety and security for folks, I think Capitol Police should explore all those options – but not just focus that from a cost perspective.”

― Tom Graves

“Whenever I do something, I tend to focus on it and spend all of my time and energy on it.”

― Tom Green

“If you look at classic Hollywood films, they tend to shoot close-ups on quite long lenses and the background it out of focus. You know, it’s just a mush.”

― Tom Hooper

“Yes, with Le Mans, obviously, the approach needs to be different. You have a race only once a year, so in the whole focus, the whole energy, you know that you cannot change the world and have a race two weeks later.”

― Tom Kristensen

“I’ve got so much going on in my day job. And I’ve been around politics enough to know all the swirl that’s fit to print, and so I focus on the reality of the here and now.”

― Tom Perez

“Ignoring negative things that need to be changed is destructive and does nothing to alleviate negativity. Instead, we should focus on the way we’re treating other people in our brief interactions with them.”

― Tom Rath

“Don’t worry about breaks every 20 minutes ruining your focus on a task. Contrary to what I might have guessed, taking regular breaks from mental tasks actually improves your creativity and productivity. Skipping breaks, on the other hand, leads to stress and fatigue.”

― Tom Rath

“If we can get people to focus on fruits and vegetables and more healthy foods, we’ll be better in terms of our healthcare situation.”

― Tom Vilsack

“If I’m doing a scene that requires a lot of focus, I’ll just take myself away and do what I have to do.”

― Tom Weston-Jones

“I tend to walk through life sort of looking through a pair of binoculars, and I focus on certain things and push out the rest.”

― Tommy Caldwell

“As soon as central contracts came in, it meant that girls could give up their jobs. The main focus was football, and that’s what it has to be.”

― Toni Duggan

“In England and Germany, perhaps, there is more of a focus on the physical side of the game, in breaking down the opposition’s play, especially against the lower placed sides.”

― Toni Kroos

“Microsoft is committed to the ubiquity of the Skype experience – communication across every device and every platform will remain a primary focus.”

― Tony Bates

“If recycling is the future, then we must focus our efforts on mitigating negative impacts to our community while protecting our environment.”

― Tony Cardenas

“My focus has been on being a good congressman, and there is so much other work to do.”

― Tony Cardenas

“My outlines can be 10-20 pages in length and focus primarily on the physical active plot over the emotional plot.”

― Tony DiTerlizzi

“To help you focus, to help you really understand what you’re doing, you have to say no a lot. When you say yes to everything, you get distracted. When you say no, you have to get the one thing you’re doing really right.”

― Tony Fadell

“We have a pretty tough schedule coming up. We have to stay strong mentally and must focus on getting better.”

― Tony Parker

“My focus is on comfort, so I tend to keep it simple and casual – both during and after the basketball season.”

― Tony Parker

“One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.”

― Tony Robbins

“Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.”

― Tony Robbins

“I think in 2016 I’m going to focus on performing a lot more and doing as many shows as I can. There’s plans to tour more, and that’s where my heart is – doing the live shows.”

― Tori Kelly

“I was actually signed at a very young age – I was 12 – and one thing led to another, and I ended up in a mutual split from the label. But it was probably the best thing that could have ever happened, because I was able to kind of leave the industry side of it for a minute and focus on the independent side.”

― Tori Kelly

“Obviously, the goal is to maximize my own potential, whatever that may be. That’s all I focus on.”

― Torrey Smith

“You need to keep something for yourself. As a writer, I feel that even more strongly. I feel like I need to be able to freely observe the world. That’s the way I like to move through the world; I don’t need to be the focus of attention. If I am, it impairs my ability to write and to do what I do.”

― Tracy Chapman

“There’s a time and place for everything, and my focus is music. So that’s what I prefer to spend most of my time doing, and not talk about making music.”

― Tracy Chapman

“If you just focus on making singles, you lose the personality of the record. Because everything is not meant to go to radio.”

― Tracy Lawrence

“The economy made me focus on designing more must-haves.”

― Tracy Reese

“We lack social awareness because we’re so focused on what we’re going to say next – and how what other people are saying affects us – that we completely lose sight of other people. This is a problem because people are complicated. You can’t hope to understand someone until you focus all of your attention in his or her direction.”

― Travis Bradberry

“I’m always thinking I’m messing up. I did a lot of classes. I can’t stand being on stage or the only one talking in a room, so class really helped me deal with that. It doesn’t really get any easier, but it helps you focus on the acting.”

― Travis Fimmel

“It’s just about keeping the momentum going, and it doesn’t matter whether it’s Champions League or Premier League or whatever trophy you’re going for, you’ve got to focus on the opponent that lies ahead.”

― Trent Alexander-Arnold

“You have to go out there and focus on yourself and not who you are up against.”

― Trent Alexander-Arnold

“There are some guys out here that can really play golf, but it has not been their focus for that long.”

― Trent Dilfer

“Our focus should be on the more than 70 cures and treatments that have been successfully produced from other forms of stem cell research that do not destroy a human life.”

― Trent Franks

“Whatever I’m doing at that moment, I try to only focus on that because I’m already ADD.”

― Trevor Jackson

“Many women are pear-shaped and tend to wear jeans that are too loose. They need to focus on what jeans will re-proportion their body.”

― Trinny Woodall

“We also had good software in the key categories and more focus on the gameplaying capability, so more of the marketing effort was targeted at game customers.”

― Trip Hawkins

“Before I walk onto the stage, it’s about the centrality of Jesus and just really keeping a focus on Jesus as opposed to ourselves.”

― Trip Lee

“I don’t spend time wondering what might be next; I just focus on trying to savor every day.”

― Trisha Yearwood

“You have to focus hard on recording songs that you believe in.”

― Trisha Yearwood

“It can be easy to buy into anything. I would lose focus if I went with that attitude of wanting to be famous.”

― Tristan MacManus

“Whatever fame or success we have right now came strictly from us playing. As long as we focus on music and not trying to be stars, I think we’ll be okay.”

― Trombone Shorty

“A lot people ask me, ‘How do I become a voice actor?’ and, well, first of all, drop the ‘voice’ because you don’t know what mechanics you’ll have to employ. If you can just focus on the acting, then the rest will come.”

― Troy Baker

“To be Biblically balanced is to let our theology and preaching be proportioned by the Bible’s radically disproportionate focus on God’s saving love for sinners seen and accomplished in the crucified and risen Christ.”

― Tullian Tchividjian

“We need to end our country’s counterproductive regime change war policies that have undermined our national security, destroyed so many countries, and taken so many lives. We must instead focus on investing in and rebuilding our communities right here at home.”

― Tulsi Gabbard

“My view is that, as management, the focus has to be on having a strategy and executing it. As you do the strategy and execution, it is important to communicate it consistently.”

― Uday Kotak

“As we were all growing up, there used to be a very big mantra in India which was called ‘export or perish.’ There was a long period when we used to focus on import substitution.”

― Uday Kotak

“I am big believer that increase the size of the cake is as at least as important as distribution of the cake. To increase the size of the cake, you need to focus on progress.”

― Uday Kotak

“Motherhood definitely took the focus off of my work. And I didn’t mind. I had a few panics when I thought that if I wanted to work I couldn’t get a job anymore and then I would get one once in a while and it would make me feel better.”

― Uma Thurman

“My concentration with players is the next match, focus only to work for the next match and how we can win.”

― Unai Emery

“I choose to focus on my work so that I can turn my dreams into reality.”

― Urvashi Rautela

“When I was younger, I always wanted to impress, to be good for my country, to make them feel good, and sometimes that meant I didn’t focus on myself enough. I learned I had to put myself first. And it’s fine because I want for me the same thing that they want for me, which is to win.”

― Usain Bolt

“I’m hands-on with everything. From music to a car to remodeling a house – anything. People don’t know that stuff, though, ’cause I put all my focus into music and being mysterious a little bit.”

― Valee

“My focus is my preparation, my good condition, and every time, I go forward and forward, and nothing can stop me.”

― Valentina Shevchenko

“Stop working so hard at being interesting and focus on what’s outside yourself. There are universes out there that need to be explored. And, an interested person is extremely interesting.”

― Valerie Harper

“What do we do to just rebuild and focus on creating a big and inclusive tent, where we’re focusing on making sure every child gets that fair shot, that every woman gets to compete on a level playing field, that we are true to the core values of our country, and we’re making sure that we honor those values?”

― Valerie Jarrett

“I honestly think the reason I’ve been able to improve year by year is work. Work with the team, work with my ability, focus on all the single details.”

― Valtteri Bottas

“When I was 12 there was a big shift in mindset and I realised that if I want to get something out of it then I need to work hard and focus all my energy just for this sport and that’s when I started training and taking things more seriously. I became a lot more self-critical and analysed the driving more and more, and that was when I was 12.”

― Valtteri Bottas

“I focus on organic foods and I also don’t eat any wheat or gluten.”

― Valtteri Bottas

“I try to focus on each day and try to be the best I can be today.”

― Vanessa Kirby

“Space is as infinite as we can imagine, and expanding this perspective is what adjusts humankind focus on conquering our true enemies, the formidable foes: ignorance and limitation.”

― Vanna Bonta

“I knew the ribosome was going to be the focus of Nobel prizes. It stands at the crossroads of biology, between the gene and what comes out of the gene. But I had convinced myself I was not going to be a winner.”

― Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

“I don’t focus on what I’m up against. I focus on my goals and I try to ignore the rest.”

― Venus Williams

“Right now, I’m at the top of the world in my game so my focus isn’t on when I’m going to end. My focus is on playing the best tennis that I can, and there is no end to that.”

― Venus Williams

“At home, our focus has always been academics and playing.”

― Vicky Kaushal

“Olafur Eliasson is also one of the most visionary artists I’ve ever met. He is from Denmark and Iceland, and his focus is nothing less than the entire universe.”

― Victor Pinchuk

“Focus on something that you have a passion for and hone that skill; it will make you feel confident about your ability.”

― Victoria Justice

“We only have a certain amount of energy for each day. If we use it for the wrong purpose, if we focus on the negative or dwell on whoever hurt us, then we’re not going to have the energy we need for the right purposes.”

― Victoria Osteen

“I just look at all the fruit and all the people’s lives that are being changed and are being touched. And that’s what we really focus on because we hear – every day we get mail, we visit with people, and their lives are being changed.”

― Victoria Osteen

“If we focus on loving others the way God does, scripture says that we will be fulfilling His whole law.”

― Victoria Osteen

“When things don’t go our way, we get to choose how we will respond. We get to choose our perspective. Will you focus on what you didn’t get, or what you did get?”

― Victoria Osteen

“If you focus on the actions of others and allow them to constantly upset you, then you are handing your peace over to them and giving away your power.”

― Victoria Osteen

“In London it’s easy not to be the focus of attention, especially when Sting lives in the house just behind you.”

― Victoria Wood

“I like the detail work of telling a story in small pieces, as is done in movie-making, and also the long leap of faith needed to see a theatre performance through each night. Both require focus and self-discipline.”

― Viggo Mortensen

“I want to focus on football and just go on the pitch to do my thing.”

― Vincent Janssen

“Our focus is not on exit. In fact if you talk to any of my entrepreneurs, I’m generally saying, ‘Don’t sell the company,’ when other investors want to sell. I’d much rather focus on building long-term value in building companies rather than worrying about exits.”

― Vinod Khosla

“In life, you know, they do this in focus groups; if you were in such and such circumstance, what would you do? Well, you never know what you’re going do unless you’re faced with it.”

― Viola Davis

“My priority is cricket. Everything that I get apart from it is a result of the effort on the field. Everything else follows. I am pretty aware of my priorities, and I don’t really focus on things that are not as important to me as cricket.”

― Virat Kohli

“I don’t really read a lot of newspapers. I don’t pay attention to what is being said or written about me. I’ve had lots of experiences in the past when I got too much into it. That sort of diverts your focus.”

― Virat Kohli

“The most important message is to let me just focus on making the most beautiful normcore clothes, but as luxurious as possible.”

― Virgil Abloh

“As the American public continues to focus more intensely on illegal immigration and securing the nation’s borders, the number of members of the House Immigration Reform Caucus continues to grow.”

― Virgil Goode

“I’m a conservative, but with a focus on average people. For instance, I support Social Security and Medicare.”

― Virgil Goode

“When you play with the best in the world, it is important that you not lose focus. You must be fully focused. Even a minor error could result in a massive defeat.”

― Viswanathan Anand

“I’ll focus on my training, no matter who I fight.”

― Vitor Belfort

“The worst thing for a politician is to try and cling to power by every possible means, and focus only on that.”

― Vladimir Putin

“Cultural industries will be the next engine for growth after real estate, and Wanda will make cultural industries our long-term focus.”

― Wang Jianlin

“While I was a student at The Cooper Union, they discouraged too much of a focus on any one medium, and it helped me try new and different things.”

― Wangechi Mutu

“Men’s competitive team sports focus on the balance between individual achievement and team achievement with the emphasis on team achievement.”

― Warren Farrell

“Without husbands, women have to focus on earning more. They work longer hours, they’re willing to relocate and they’re more likely to choose higher-paying fields like technology.”

― Warren Farrell

“To let the people know there was life beyond Shirley Dean, we decided to focus on voter registration; each day I set up my card table somewhere in the district, signed people up, and passed out noses.”

― Wavy Gravy

“My earliest books focus almost entirely on psychological tools to help readers employ effective commonsense approaches to problems. There are no references to God or a higher self in the first 15 or so years of my publishing history.”

― Wayne Dyer

“It’s easier to poke holes in an idea than think of ways to fill them. And it’s easier to focus on the 100 reasons you shouldn’t do something rather than the one reason you should.”

― Wendy Kopp

“Certain people have certain ways of focusing on things, and some arrange their lens to a pinhole in order to focus only on their goal. Others have a giant lens, and they take in the whole panorama. I was that pinhole kind of person.”

― Wendy Whelan

“My art form is my child, and that’s what I give my focus to.”

― Wendy Whelan

“So much is made about the beginnings of ballet careers, the rosebud, and then once the petals and leaves start falling off, is it beautiful anymore? Some people think it is; some people don’t. The expectation is to focus on the very beautiful parts, not the ending.”

― Wendy Whelan

“My job is to kind of nudge them. Who said it, where, like, ‘90% of the job is casting,’ so all I do is try to come to set and focus on getting all the best shots to cover the story; that’s really it.”

― Wes Ball

“The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that hurt people hurt people, and kindness is just as contagious. So if you can focus your efforts on engineering kindness, it will prevail.”

― Whitney Wolfe Herd

“I see in Communism the focus of the concentrated evil of our time.”

― Whittaker Chambers

“I can deal with the media; I can deal with some of the criticism I get and still focus on what I need to do.”

― Wilfried Zaha

“I’ve always had, when I needed it, an extreme amount of focus that I could put into something. That has served me well.”

― Will Ferrell

“The Iraqi National Guard needs to become a reality in order to give hope to the Sunni population, and Sunni leaders that have been the focus of political prosecution should be included in the discussions of Iraq’s political future.”

― Will Hurd

“People are looking for fame or a focus, and I can’t provide that.”

― Will Oldham

“I had to focus and create a character in Bagger Vance, not just do my ‘Will Smith’ thing and get paid.”

― Will Smith

“It is wise to direct your anger towards problems – not people; to focus your energies on answers – not excuses.”

― William Arthur Ward

“We don’t focus as much in schools on educational knowledge which requires thinking and application, as we do on acquiring facts.”

― William Glasser

“We focus upon pairs of words very often which are the same in some areas and different in other areas.”

― William Labov

“Our focus must be on making America the best place on earth to do business.”

― William M. Daley

“My advice to many ICOs is to start reading about startups and focus on the product, customer, and market as soon as the sale is over. And don’t get distracted by post-ICO euphoria and the price of ETH or BTC.”

― William Mougayar

“The token itself is not your new business model. What the token enables for you and for your users is the key part to focus on.”

― William Mougayar

“When we get involved in the ratings, then we’re doing the network’s job. We need to focus on our work.”

― William Petersen

“In examining the potential of individuals, we must focus on their strengths and not just their mistakes. We cannot be limited by what they may have spilled in the kitchen.”

― William Pollard

“You got to be interested in other things. If you focus on one thing, you’re going to eventually – like, you’re going to get bored with it, or you’re going to get burned out on it.”

― Willie Cauley-Stein

“Focus on your opinion of yourself and not the opinion others have of you.”

― Winnie Harlow

“I don’t think it’s good to focus on being celebrated but to celebrate yourself.”

― Winnie Harlow

“I’ve been pretty focused my entire life, and now that I have a family, I’m just going to keep that focus, but it’s going to be a family focus.”

― Wiz Khalifa

“I always train and prepare with highest concentration and focus on my next opponent. To me, it does not matter what his name is.”

― Wladimir Klitschko

“Military dictatorship, you can focus on it, you can fight it directly. It’s a band of power-driven people.”

― Wole Soyinka

“On the one hand I follow a vocation because I have an ability that I should exercise, but I want to use it for a reason, because I don’t see that the freedoms that I enjoy are God-given realities. So I have a very healthy, activist general tension in me which feels that no, this is not gratuitous, it is important to keep this in focus.”

― Wolfgang Tillmans

“You have to focus on what you’re passionate about. For me it’s the forests and of course, because I’m concerned about the forests, I’m concerned about the way paper is made.”

― Woody Harrelson

“When you’re an athlete, you’ve got the horse blinders on pretty thick. Your exploration of other things in life tends to be limited because you have to have such a focus on what you’re doing. I wasn’t a good enough player to stray from that focus and still keep my ability.”

― Wyatt Russell

“A military is built to fight. Our military must regard combat capability as the criterion to meet in all its work and focus on how to win when it is called on.”

― Xi Jinping

“I think that we get so distracted with our smartphones… It takes your body and your brain time to switch between tasks. If we can focus on what we’re doing, we’ll be more productive at that task.”

― Yael Cohen

“The Holocaust changed our perception of morality not only because we discovered that morality is the only thing that can stand up to the ultimate evil, but also because it shifted the focus from society to the individual.”

― Yair Lapid

“Yes, I do come with certain reservations, and I’m not OK with certain things, but rather than focusing on what I don’t want to do, I focus on what I do want to do, and I bring that energy, and that happens.”

― Yami Gautam

“I want to improve my bunker, fairway and putting status because that’s been my weakness over the last three years. If I can just focus on this, then everything else will come.”

― Yani Tseng

“People are trying to grab every part of you, so it’s really hard to focus.”

― Yani Tseng

“I’m not an expert when it comes to technology, but what changed things for me was autofocus. I used to have to throw away half my pictures because it was so difficult to get the focus right.”

― Yann Arthus-Bertrand

“As an actor you’re used to being the focus of attention.”

― Yasmine Bleeth

“Before we come to a challenging situation, before the universe squeezes us, how much of our effort is geared toward the reason we came to this world? The more focus we have on the front end, the less focus we end up needing on the back end.”

― Yehuda Berg

“The way I perceive an album to sound and the way I put out mixtapes are two different energies. There’s a different focus; there’s a different sound.”

― Yelawolf

“I always have music playing in my studio when I design. It really gets me in the mood and allows me to focus.”

― Yigal Azrouel

“I need to focus on other things before I carry on in Bollywood. I can’t be doing what I’ve done in ‘Lungi Dance’ and now the song ‘Party With Bhootnath’ with Bachchan over and over again. I’ve to reinvent myself for Bollywood.”

― Yo Yo Honey Singh

“The emotive power of hummus all over the Middle East cannot be overstated, being the focus of some serious tribal rivalries.”

― Yotam Ottolenghi

“I feel like the phone was in my way. So I got rid of the phone to focus.”

― Young Thug

“I can let go of a lot of stuff, but I focus on things I think I should, like dancing, because it takes 100 percent concentration on every step.”

― Yuan Yuan Tan

“I feel very honoured and humbled to have people think, ‘If Yuna can break through, then why can’t we?’ It takes a lot of work, but I tell people to just have that focus. Always be humble and a learner, practice and do research.”

― Yuna

“I’m uncomfortable with the focus on the poet and not on the poem.”

― Yusef Komunyakaa

“Censorship no longer works by hiding information from you; censorship works by flooding you with immense amounts of misinformation, of irrelevant information, of funny cat videos, until you’re just unable to focus.”

― Yuval Noah Harari

“What I try to focus on is not to try to stop the march of technological progress. Instead, I try to run faster. If Amazon knows you better than you know yourself, then the game is up.”

― Yuval Noah Harari

“For many centuries, even thousands of years, patriotism worked quite well. Of course, it led to wars an so forth, but we shouldn’t focus too much on the bad.”

― Yuval Noah Harari

“My faith has really been the biggest asset of my career. It has grounded me and let me focus on what’s important.”

― Yvonne Orji

“I would love to explore film seeing as I have prominently been on television. It would be nice to change it up and focus on film a little bit.”

― Yvonne Strahovski

“We’re not just going to take some songs from a focus group in Nashville where people are sitting around in a circle having appointments trying to write catchy songs so they can sell them to a band like us.”

― Zac Brown

“Yes, Heathrow is the U.K.’s busiest airport, but new runways or a new airport are not the answer. It is far better to focus on improving capacity.”

― Zac Goldsmith

“I just focus on taking a deep breath, staying calm, and not trying to make the situation bigger than it is.”

― Zach Ertz

“Big hits are part of the game. So, paramount to every time I train is just to focus on staying healthy and doing everything I can to stay healthy.”

― Zach Ertz

“To talk to people, I have to spend energy talking to them. If I expend my energy on talking to people and making friends, it takes away from the energy I could focus on getting ready to pitch.”

― Zack Greinke

“The eyes get lost in 3-D. With 3-D, your eyes are looking for the plane of focus, right? And the problem is, when you do quick cuts, your eyes can’t find it.”

― Zack Snyder

“I can’t focus when there’s too many things around. Whenever I used to go to the office, I used to always say, ‘Tidy up.’”

― Zaha Hadid

“I focus my energy on what I believe in.”

― Zak Bagans

“The exorcisms I performed and conducted mainly focus on the Catholic ways.”

― Zak Bagans

“Both World War II and the subsequent Cold War gave America’s involvement in world affairs a clear focus. The objectives of foreign policy were relatively easy to define, and they could be imbued with high moral content.”

― Zbigniew Brzezinski

“I’ve written everywhere – in hotel rooms, cafes, airports, and planes all around the world. Now I have a home office, and the wi-fi is really bad down there, which is great. If I make a date with myself to write from, say, 6 A.M. to 10 A.M. on a Saturday, the fact that no emails come in helps me focus.”

― Zoe Foster Blake

“I’ve found all of my apartments on Craigslist. I’ve got good Craigslist luck. I just sit on my couch and really focus on it, and I’ve gotten really lucky that way.”

― Zoe Kravitz

“I do focus my energy on music, but it’s just the way that the industry works. I kind of have to take what I can get when it comes to acting and show up so they’ll hire me. And music I get to do when I have time. It’s not that I focus less, it’s just the way it works.”

― Zoe Kravitz
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