Top 272 Figuring Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Figuring Quotes from famous people such as Colson Whitehead, Borns, Bella Abzug, Chip Esten, Mary Pilon, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

The terror of figuring out a new genre, of telling a ne

The terror of figuring out a new genre, of telling a new story, is what makes the job exciting, keeps me from getting bored, and I assume it keeps whoever follows my work from getting bored as well.
Colson Whitehead
My folks bought a baby grand piano and that’s where I did the majority of figuring out the songs I heard on the stereo.
I spend all day figuring out how to beat the machine and knock the crap out of the political power structure.
Bella Abzug
I had been in a band in college. You kind of need to make a choice between going the music route or going the acting route. I chose acting, figuring I could always do the music on my own.
Chip Esten
By the middle of the century, retirement culture – exemplified by timeshares in Florida, the golf industry, and AARP membership – was booming. Americans, it turned out, were pretty good at figuring out how not to do anything in their twilight years.
Mary Pilon
Comedy’s all math, figuring out the timing.
Jeffrey Wright
I love figuring people out.
Emma Corrin
I wish I had known that that process of figuring out what you’re good at, what you want to do, and where you want to have an impact is not a one-time exercise, but an ongoing one. Instead, I bought into success being an endpoint rather than a constant process.
Sallie Krawcheck
The soul of a woman is so important to maintain given all that is on our plates. Figuring out how to do it can be a little tricky. My prayer was, ‘Lord, please help me. How can I do it all and not be overwhelmed? How can I do it all and still be happy?’ His answer: Find the stolen moments of joy in all you do.
Niecy Nash
People are finally figuring it out that, at the end of the day, that WCW created some of the best talent in the history of the world. It was a great run.
Eric Bischoff
And I think that figuring out how to open the doors in yourself that make you worthy of love and capable of giving love is that ongoing conversation that I was most interested in exploring.
Rege-Jean Page
I was always interested in figuring things out. I’d do experiments, like combining things I found around the house to see what would happen if I put them together.
Alan Alda
Kind of making that leap from a team that wins occasionally to a team that wins the majority of the time, a lot of times just comes down with figuring out how tough it is to win, and then executing down the stretch to do it.
J. J. Redick
The wardrobe is always the last piece of the puzzle. When you step into the clothing, that’s the final step to figuring out that character.
Mia Wasikowska
I love my job and I love my children. It’s really about figuring out your schedules and getting everything down that you need to do and sticking to your plan.
Adriana Lima
I spent my late twenties and all of my thirties figuring out what I was supposed to be doing and where my home was.
Faith Salie
I’m a very introverted person. Nothing that’s happened has changed that, but one of the reasons I write for teens is it’s a real privilege to have a seat at the table in the lives of young people when they’re figuring out what matters to them.
John Green
My whole life has been about figuring out the balance between knowing who I am and being who I am and accepting that people will come to me with all sorts of preconceptions.
Justin Trudeau
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
I got these big coffee table books about Chinese opera from the local library, and I loved looking through them. I loved studying the intricate costumes and figuring out how to ‘cartoonify’ them.
Gene Luen Yang
When you really start figuring things out as a quarterback, you realize you don’t have to be perfect every time, but you do have to be quick and decisive.
Aaron Rodgers
We’re in this transition period of figuring out how to deal with all the new technology that is out there, but television still proves to be the granddaddy of them all.
Jeff Zucker
Every summer I kept figuring out what I needed to work on to be productive the next season.
Derrick Favors
I love clothing and waking up every day and figuring out what I want to say with my clothing.
Cailee Spaeny
I think the human mind is fascinating. I love figuring out why people are doing what they do.
Danielle Fishel
As an academic, a great deal of my time is spent writing, with very little in meetings. In government, the premium is placed on figuring things out through discussing them with other people.
Cass Sunstein
I bought a book with guitar tabs and forced myself to learn. I would go to school and then come home and sit in my room for hours figuring out the songs.
John Gourley
I’m confident in who I am, and I’m not doing anything wrong. I’m just being myself: being comfortable with my body, comfortable with my sound, and I’m figuring out who I am.
Justine Skye
It’s really hard just making dinner as a single parent, but I’m figuring it out. I just have to be more focused and efficient with my little scraps of time that I do have.
Phil Elverum
Offense, defense – on both ends of the floor – figuring that out. I’ll keep watching the film and see where I can keep getting better.
Joe Ingles
Costume design is so important and really helpful, and I really love that aspect of character development, just figuring it out.
Katherine Waterston
The human race is fundamentally insane. If you put two

The human race is fundamentally insane. If you put two of us into a room together, we’re soon gonna start figuring out good reasons to kill one another.
Frank Darabont
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
During my time as a political strategist, one of the most vexing problems was figuring out why so many people vote against their perceived interests.
James Carville
But I think sometimes, coaching less is better. That’s the art of coaching, figuring out with each kid what is the right way to approach it?
Ryan Day
We were really into what Cliff Martinez did with ‘Drive;’ we were into what Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross were doing with David Fincher. When I read about how they worked with David Fincher, they’re composing hours and hours of music and then he’s working and figuring it out.
Matt Duffer
I think that’s part of the fun for us: we love looking at movies through the filter of a specific character – characters who aren’t the lead – and figuring out the film from their point of view.
Anthony Russo
The vast majority of small business owners want nothing to do with figuring out a website. They are neck-deep in their business trying to keep it going.
Andrew Yang
I thought that tackling aging and the mechanisms that promote life would be worth figuring out. I wanted to learn why it is that some people are healthier than others and why some people live to 110 and others only to 60 or 70.
David Andrew Sinclair
Today brands are everything, and all kinds of products and services – from accounting firms to sneaker makers to restaurants – are figuring out how to transcend the narrow boundaries of their categories and become a brand surrounded by a Tommy Hilfiger-like buzz.
Tom Peters
What came up at age 49 is I realized that of all the things I’m interested in, the thing I’m most interested in is figuring out what makes people tick, why people think the way they do, why they act the way they do. And I realized that music is such a great way to investigate why people do what they do.
Yo-Yo Ma
We need to make sure we’re bringing in diverse voices and not expecting everyone to be a representation of their ethnicity or their age or their gender, but judge them individually and make sure that we’re figuring out who the person is and not just checking a box.
Megan Ganz
At least I want to be making films that are somehow born out of me that are stories I want to tell. The challenge is figuring out how to do it where you can make them personal, yet still deliver to an audience a film experience that is satisfying and emotional, and that’s what I’m trying to do.
Gavin O’Connor
I’m still figuring it all out, and I think everyone is. And that’s kind of the point is that there’s no fixed identity, especially for like people in the queer community. It’s going to be an ongoing journey, but yeah, I hope that sharing it helps people.
Emma Corrin
When you’re younger, it’s hard because you’re finding your identity, and then for 12 hours out of the day, you have to be a different person. So that’s a tricky phase – as far as figuring who you are out and then figuring out the people that you’re working with.
Hilarie Burton
You learn so much by having customers and figuring out what they want and keeping them satisfied.
Bre Pettis
Figuring out why people who choose not to do something don’t in fact do it is like attempting to interview the elves who live inside your refrigerator but come out only when the light is off.
Eileen Pollack
First time I looked at a Formula One car in person, I just stared at the cockpit, figuring I’d never get in there. The drivers wear the whole car like a tight-fitting suit.
Chris Hemsworth
There are many things that you can’t measure. But the great fun of what I do for a living is figuring out ways to measure things that people previously considered intangible.
Bill James
There are different ways to show and tell through Instagram. What’s right for one designer will be very different for another designer, and everyone’s going to be figuring things out, but it’s a great opportunity to use it for feedback.
Eva Chen
Figuring out how to eat healthfully on your own without your parents’ guidance is one of the hardest lessons you must learn when you leave home for college.
Daphne Oz
I just hear a beat and start mumbling words. I just hear sounds and rhythms, and it just kind of comes intuitively. Formatting a song, figuring out a flow, how I respond to the beat.
Lying under oath, and encouraging lies under oath, does go to the very heart and soul of what courts do. If we say we don’t care, let’s forget about courts, and we’ll just have other ways of figuring out how to handle disputes.
Ken Starr
I love reading poetry, and yet, at this point, the thought of writing a poem, to me, is tantamount to figuring out a trigonometry question.
Jhumpa Lahiri
When people say Jerry Lee Lewis invented rock n’ roll, they forget Little Richard. People talk about Elvis Presley and forget he was singing black music. I don’t blame Elvis. It was the music business figuring it could make more money from this music if it weren’t presented from the original source.
Ato Essandoh
I kind of like the challenge of jumping into totally different spaces and styles and figuring out how to fit in.
Hugo Weaving
Swapping a duvet cover is the most stressful chore in the world to me, and I haven’t figured out a way to do it without scuba diving into a giant sac of linen and figuring out if I’m tying the right knots in each corner.
Bowen Yang
I would rather deal with the vagaries of investing in Africa than in figuring out what the hell else Washington is going to do to the entrepreneur next.
Erik Prince
I started singing very early. I was six or seven years old, and I was singing along to TV commercials and figuring out, ‘Oh, hey, I can sing in tune. This is really cool.’ But the songwriting thing came much much later, when I was 19 years old.
I’ve been writing plays since the seventies and only came to moviemaking when I basically realized that I needed some money to pay the rent. I started to watch films with an eye to figuring out how to write them.
John Patrick Shanley
I grew up in a single-wide, three-bedroom mobile home with my family. And now I see them, like, half a dozen times a year. Figuring out how to come home and talk to them again and feel like myself has probably been the greatest challenge.
Brandi Carlile
Monsters will always exist. There’s one inside each of us. But an angel lives there, too. There is no more important agenda than figuring out how to slay one and nurture the other.
Jacqueline Novogratz
At 19, I was still figuring out how to throw a fastball

At 19, I was still figuring out how to throw a fastball.
Gio Gonzalez
Everyone is usually screwed up in some way and that is usually where the work comes in – figuring out how to make it believable and make it real to present someone’s problems that you don’t necessarily actually know anything about.
Anna Paquin
You have to find the balance of figuring out how can I be effective? How can I use my platform for good, you know, without jeopardizing everything so that I don’t have that platform anymore.
Rhiannon Giddens
What writing a poem really does – and what figuring how to perform effectively really does – is forces people to listen to you. It frames your thoughts in such a way that grabs people’s attentions and forces them to hear the things that you’re actually saying.
Daveed Diggs
No one likes doing chores. In happiness surveys, housework is ranked down there with commuting as activities that people enjoy the least. Maybe that’s why figuring out who does which chores usually prompts, at best, tense discussion in a household and, at worst, outright fighting.
Emily Oster
The hardest part about being a woman is figuring out what to wear.
Caitlyn Jenner
But figuring out Saddam Hussein was one our greatest mysteries. He marched to his own drummer and frequently as this unfolded he made decisions which were sometimes inexplicable to us and sometimes didn’t look very smart.
Brent Scowcroft
What I tell my kids is, ‘I’m preparing you for college and for life. So, having independence, knowing how to set your own boundaries, figuring out how to make that balance. We still have screen-time rules.’
Michelle Obama
Women are better at reading body language everywhere in the world. As a matter of fact, it’s associated with the female hormone estrogen. Women are better at figuring out of tone of voice, reading your face and posture and gesture.
Helen Fisher
That’s what the right-wing is good at: figuring out the left wing.
Kathy Acker
In college – while figuring the things out that most people do in college – I had no game. No confidence. I had Birkenstocks. And overalls. A budding romance novel addiction. But no cool. No poise. I was trying on a thousand different personalities, but a lot of them were formed by the perceptions of others.
Molly O’Keefe
The key to me recovering from drug addiction was figuring out why I was so upset and why I hated myself so much. I realised it was all to do with the way I was viewed by other people.
Oliver Sykes
You can judge the fact that I like video games or wine or love basketball or like going fishing. You can judge all that. But there are certain things that you can’t, and I think people are figuring that out. Me, being from the old school, I figured that out early.
Channing Frye
In the pre-production process, I am emailing with the actors or jumping on the phone, and we’re sort of figuring out who the characters are and trying to build the relationship dynamic and things like that. Then, also, I am outlining.
Joe Swanberg
I’ve just grown up a lot and started to encounter some of the big decisions of life in terms of what career I wanted to do and figuring out personal relationships and things.
Lee Norris
There’s so many people who come to me here in L.A., promising me this and promising me that. What I’m learning is figuring out what’s real versus what’s just talk.
Ryan Garcia
I’ve always been really involved in figuring out who my audience is and how to reach them.
Adam Mansbach
We went from playing small clubs to quite big stages quite quickly, and a lot of the time, I felt like I was trying to catch up with myself. Figuring out how to take up space was an interesting journey.
Lauren Mayberry
The parenting books didn’t work for me; I got my parenting lessons from everything but the books! And it was about figuring things out. So every time I had a thought, I would put down my conclusions and thoughts.
Sonali Bendre
Being an only child, you just have a lot of time on your hands, figuring things out. Just doing music, man – music just came to me.
Luke James
I love making stuff. There’s a joy in having the first molecule of an idea, then testing it in front of audiences at secret shows that people only know about the day before. I videotape those, study them, enjoy being in the character and figuring out the movie.
Mike Myers
I like figuring out where I need to be mentally so that I’m not thinking about the camera and that it’s second nature. I want to get to a place where I can exist within the confines of what you can do with filmmaking and not have to think about it.
Anna Kendrick
Daddy was real gentle with kids. That’s why I expected so much out of marriage, figuring that all men should be steady and pleasant.
Loretta Lynn
Touring is a whole other animal for me and a whole other skill. But I’m having a lot of fun figuring all that out and switching it from internal to external and putting on a show.
Lia Ices
I learn every day what it means to love myself, and I’m constantly figuring out what makes me feel empowered.
Hayley Williams
When I was 13, I was just figuring out how to play ‘Eruption,’ poorly, by Eddie Van Halen.
Dierks Bentley
I learned to absolutely love the feeling of winning a tough match on a tough point or figuring out how to come back when I was down and win ugly. Walking off the court with a W just made me so happy.
Denis Shapovalov
My 20s were spent in a room, alone, mixing paints and figuring it all out.
Caio Fonseca
You’ve got to stay positive and go out and work as hard as you can to fix things, and there are going to be adjustments throughout your career, and hopefully it’s a long one, so figuring out how to stay out there and get people out is part of baseball.
Matt Harvey
My favorite part about working in theater is the rehearsal process. I absolutely love the rehearsal process. Working out the characters, figuring the character out, and the relationships between the different characters. I love all of that, which, unfortunately in film, you get very little opportunity to have.
Joseph Gatt
There’s a lot of new subject matter to learn. You start slowly peeling the onion and start figuring out how the policy and the politics intersect.
John Delaney
I think that every human - and this is something, you k

I think that every human – and this is something, you know, like, your years from 14 to, like, 23 are kind of, like, super, super existential, and you’re figuring out life.
Dove Cameron
There is an art to acting, and there are techniques that are acquired. You can be as emotional as you’d like, as a person, but figuring out ways that you can bring specific emotions at specific times and have them be true, and relating to someone as someone that they’re not, is a lot.
Zoe Bell
Learning what you don’t want to do is pretty valuable, it may be as valuable as figuring out what it is you do want to do.
Joe Flanigan
I found filmmaking to be a very practical art form. It’s about figuring out how to create within the very practical limitations/constraints of time, money, and large groups of collaborators.
Jeff Nichols
The first 10 years of my journey, I was still figuring out who I was, and then I had to redo it all over again when I became bigger. So instead of saying, ‘I’m gay and this is me,’ I started telling the story through my music.
Big Freedia
I used cartoons as diaries. I still do. They’re my way of figuring out the world, what’s happening to me or what I’m thinking about.
Bruce Eric Kaplan
More attention and thought goes into naming a character in ‘Call Of Duty’ than all the work that can go into certain movies. Blood and sweat and tears go into figuring out the names because they are so important. The call signs say a lot about you. The brotherhood that’s evoked by the name is quite profound.
Stephen Gaghan
Developing expendable rockets is always going to be painful and expensive. Throwing the whole rocket away on each attempt not only costs a lot, it also hampers figuring out just what went wrong because you don’t get the rocket back for inspection.
Henry Spencer
The trick, when you’re flirting, is figuring how to keep a balance between being engaging enough to retain someone’s attention and not seeming overly available. So you tease a person a little.
Neil Strauss
Anger can be a problem, but it has tremendous potential, too. It’s just figuring out what to do with it.
Sean Penn
When you’re a musician, one of the things that comes to you in the beginning that is quite unexpected is the reaction from your fans, and to the way your music plays an important part in their life in figuring things out.
Rob Halford
I think you can go from being not very funny to working really hard for 10 years and figuring out how to make a living on the road, but I don’t think you can rise much above that.
Amy Schumer
Talking-head shows are just a camera, a sound guy, and then a PA writing down what you say and a producer asking you questions. And you’re just supposed to rephrase the question and add a joke to it. Figuring out how to do that was super hard.
Nicole Byer
As we get further into our career we’re figuring out how to become more efficient as artists, and doing so many different things is testament to our cohesiveness as the Roots.
Black Thought
I do have a lot of difficulty figuring out what I want to be working on, but what’s the alternative? To be one of those people who has a million things they want to do, and then never does any of them? And then where will you be?
Cyndi Lauper
It’s of course important to mention that when DJing, I’m building my own story through the music. I’m figuring out what song to play next, what song to play after that, and how the two will blend together. How the emotion is going to develop from one song to another. So I first build that storyline.
Steve Aoki
Math, it’s a puzzle to me. I love figuring out puzzles.
Maya Lin
Last year I was 16, it was my first round of releasing music. Since then I’ve been working more on having an identity as an artist and really figuring out what it is that I want to talk about and how I want to sound.
Loren Gray
It’s writing songs within the structure of telling a story, so it becomes a platform for diverse songwriting, for a writing process that’s broader than just figuring out a song. You’re also dealing with always pushing the story forward, with casting the voices, with the orchestration, with the arrangements.
Alan Menken
Of course, the opposite of white privilege is not blackness, as many of us seemed to think then; the opposite of white privilege is working to dismantle that privilege. But my particular hip-hop generation proved to be very serious about figuring it all out and staying engaged.
Adam Mansbach
I knew I had a lot to offer, and it was just about finding my niche and figuring it out.
Paul George
It wasn’t so much figuring out my voice comedically, because that was always pretty clear. It was more about performing and being a good, watchable performer.
Neal Brennan
I’m still figuring out why people would want to look at me. Maybe it’s generic beauty, but it’s weird to be valued for something I was born with.
Josie Maran
It’s always nice to do the flashbacks. That’s what’s so great about ‘Scandal’ is that we get to do flashbacks and then keep figuring out and discovering more things about our characters that make them fuller.
Guillermo Diaz
The Internet is about giving the consumer exactly what they want, whether there’s an audience of one or 1,000 or 10,000, and then figuring out how to make money on it later.
Jason Calacanis
Management is getting people together to figure out how to transform inputs into outputs. In the process of figuring out the process of how people work together, you’ve got to figure out who’s got what responsibilities, and how do they work together.
Clayton M. Christensen
You travel with the hope that something unexpected will happen. It has to do with enjoying being lost and figuring it out and the satisfaction. I always get a little disappointed when I know too well where I’m going, or when I’ve lived in a place so long that there’s no chance I could possibly get lost.
Andrew Bird
To me that’s what Jobs was about. He said at the end of the movie, ‘When you realize that the world was created by people no smarter than you, your life will change.’ That, to me, is a message for right now and people figuring out what they’re going to do with themselves.
Joshua Michael Stern
I’m 19. I’m in the process of growing up and figuring out where I’m supposed to be in my life. But it is kind of weird when I realize that other people look to me as inspiration.
Bea Miller
I very much want to be in the business of creating content, of doing stories all over the world rather than figuring out what the business model is for ‘Newsweek’ on the iPad, although that’s very important work as well.
Fareed Zakaria
I’m always just grinding and figuring out what adjustment I need to make and how to tweak my swing to where I want it to be for that game and that pitcher.
J. D. Martinez
It's night by night, just figuring out watching film on

It’s night by night, just figuring out watching film on different passes I can make, and the ball will find you and it comes back to you, but it opens up the floor for other guys too.
Tobias Harris
It’s very juicy to twirl your mustache and figure out why people do the horrible things that they do. It’s not just because they are evil, but because that’s how they somehow explain the world to themselves and justify themselves. It’s always interesting figuring out how that happens.
Zeljko Ivanek
The best thing that I got was rehearsing with my father. It was always about the process of figuring things out, and trying something new, and having another take on something and keeping it alive.
Jake Gyllenhaal
My sweet spot is figuring out how to make a product that people love and how to refine it to make them love it more. All the rest is business noise.
Nolan Bushnell
The way I do things is I take it one day at a time. Don’t try to put too much pressure or stress on myself figuring out what somebody else is going to do. Just worry about what I got to do.
Trevor Ariza
The first sort of big present I remember getting from Santa Claus was quite a small telescope that I remember going into our backyard with my parents and figuring out how to assemble, and staring at the night sky, just for hours, with both of my parents.
Chelsea Clinton
Every stage of filmmaking’s important while you’re doing it, so I spend most of my time figuring out how to tell the story. I have all these stories and ideas, but it’s how to tell the story.
Richard Linklater
I think everyone goes through it in university, figuring out whether or not they’re doing the right course. I guess I’m the same, but in music.
Nina Nesbitt
My mom bought a computer in the ’80s to do accounting, and she was so smart at computers that we spent all our time with them. My childhood was sitting on the floor of her office and figuring out how to program with my mom.
Brianna Wu
I never believed I could write anything. No way – write a whole story? Figuring out all that plotting and symbolism? How do you foreshadow things?
Carol Berg
Figuring out what to wear is much easier if you first think about what effect you want to create.
Tracy Reese
The simplest way of understanding justice is giving people what they deserve. This idea goes back to Aristotle. The real difficulty begins with figuring out who deserves what and why.
Michael Sandel
I think my faith as a Muslim is very important. One of the core values is that you are always trying to build consensus. So when it comes to figuring out if something is permissible or not in Islam, it’s usually a discussion, and people have to come to a consensus in order for something to be approved.
Ilhan Omar
I think I’m still figuring out how to be a little less selfish.
Anthony Kiedis
That’s a part of success: figuring out what success means to you.
Elvis Mitchell
When it comes right down to it, developing a critical sensibility about parenting isn’t really about disapproval; it’s about honing your own sensibilities, figuring out how you want to parent.
Adam Mansbach
As a dad I’m emotionally dedicated but I’m not ‘figuring out their life plans’. But of course as I’m telling them about the rights of wrongs I’m thinking back to what I was like at their age.
Peter Mullan
If you’re going to spend most of your time in your democracy figuring out how to get oil by intervening into other people’s countries and insuring that you follow it with military might, we think there’s an alternative. Which would be renewable energy.
Winona LaDuke
I think intuition can be a form of answered prayer. You do the best you can – thinking, figuring, planning – and then you pray.
Conrad Hilton
I did improv in junior high school. Figuring out my comedic timing helped my confidence in talking to the bullies and talking to people in class. If I could make them laugh, then I was in; I was OK.
Josh Groban
Contest skating is about figuring out the hardest tricks you can do that you can also land every time. It doesn’t matter if it’s a kickflip back lip or a kickflip front board or a hardflip. Any trick you feel really confident in and you can land any time, those are the tricks you bring to the contest.
Nyjah Huston
Putting labels on entire groups of people makes things much simpler. If all New Yorkers are pushy, or all politicians are dishonest, we don’t have to do the hard work of figuring out who’s who.
Robert J. Waldinger
If you’ve experienced cheating in a new marriage, the real work is not obsessively combing through all the details of what happened, but rather figuring out if your relationship is worth saving.
Emily V. Gordon
I spend a lot of time in the gym working on moves, working on difficult shots, figuring out ways to create space, becoming a tough-shot taker and a tough shot maker, especially down the stretch.
C. J. McCollum
I spent my whole life figuring out how to get out of work. I would say I was intelligent, but intelligent in a very surreptitious, invisible way.
Bruce Davison
I think the more important task for a young person than developing a personal brand is figuring out what she’s great at, what she loves to do, and how she can use that to leave an imprint in the world. Those are tough questions, but essential ones. Answer those – and the personal brand follows.
Daniel H. Pink
I don’t think I’ll ever feel perfectly balanced, but I feel like I’m figuring it out, and I’m surrounded by really wonderful people that want to see me succeed and be happy. Life is wild.
Sharon Van Etten
All of us are born with certain gifts, and the secret to success is figuring out what your gift is and using it in a way that benefits others.
As a viewer, I’m personally less interested in the damaged, white, middle-class male figuring out his dreams and more interested in maybe an underdog figuring out how they’re going to survive in a world that doesn’t necessarily invite them in.
Mackenzie Davis
There are different angles you have to work with as a hitter. Figuring out with my body what helps me get into those angles… is a constant discovery.
Ben Zobrist
I just remember that pivotal moment when you’re a young adult, and you realize that these authority figures are human beings, too, and they’re figuring out their lives just as you are, and they’re flawed.
Gia Coppola
French cooking is really the result of peasants figurin

French cooking is really the result of peasants figuring out how to extract flavor from pedestrian ingredients. So most of the food that we think of as elite didn’t start out that way.
Michael Pollan
Design is about creating spaces for people to enjoy and of course, creating moments where you elevate the spirit, but ‘design for good’ is figuring out a program that not only creates better spaces, but creates jobs, creates new industry and really kind of raises the conversation about how we rebuild.
Cameron Sinclair
That can be the most painstaking aspect of being a teen, figuring out what the world really looks like. If you find someone in a book, you know you’re not alone and that’s what’s so comforting about books.
Laurie Halse Anderson
For most developers, that kind of situation – a player figuring out how to do something that the designer didn’t intend – to most developers, that’s a bug. For me, that’s a celebration.
Warren Spector
Being a parent can be overwhelming at times, but it’s something we’re figuring out as we go.
Lacey Chabert
It’s strange to play outdoors, especially in the daytime. But we’re figuring it out. The rules are different for festival shows – how you talk to the crowd, how you can try to get them involved. Things are just a little different, and I think we’ve learned to adapt our show.
Andrew Dost
My biggest problem in middle school was catty girls, cliques, and trying to figure out if I wanted to be a part of one of those, just figuring out who I was and all that.
Lindsey Shaw
Figuring out what your players do well and finding a system that will work effectively for them gives you the best chance of winning.
Tom Thibodeau
What if every relationship you’ve ever been in, is someone slowly figuring out they didn’t like you as much as they hoped they would?
James Acaster
Giving in to your ego is one of the oldest stories in the showbiz book. But so is figuring out how to stay vivid.
Margo Jefferson
I got lucky when I was a teenager when we were booking bands at university. Those gigs were the greatest two hours in my life and there was nothing else I wanted to do. I knew my passion early, which is always the tough part of life, figuring out what makes you tick.
Michael Rapino
I think a lot of people think being in the kitchen is being really serious, and especially that baking is very serious, very straitlaced. For me, it’s about figuring out your voice, finding your personality, and getting in the kitchen to explore.
Christina Tosi
I did Kannada when I was in college. I wasn’t even sure of what I was doing. I started figuring out my career in acting when I began doing Telugu and Tamil films.
Catherine Tresa
I used to be an obsessive outliner – figuring that writing without an outline was like jumping off a cliff and building a parachute on the way down.
Robin Wasserman
When I started doing things on my own, I was figuring – remember, it was a very nascent market. And there was a lot that was unknown about the renewable marketplace in 2004, early 2003, when I was planning on it.
Vinod Khosla
I’ve always wanted to play a superhero. It was just about figuring out which one I could actually play.
Joivan Wade
We’ll be examining and auditing and reviewing all of the programs of the department and really figuring out what is the core mission and how can the federal department of education really support and enhance the role of the departments in the states.
Betsy DeVos
The biggest hurdle is figuring out who your friends are. Your real friends.
Eleanor Mondale
There’s some things that you learn as you’re shooting, and as you’re editing that are key, because when you start you don’t have the brain that can finish it. You don’t really know what it is, and that’s the key job; figuring out what you actually have, not what you’re dreaming of having.
Mike Mills
I just like the obstacle course of figuring out something.
I think that most people will spend their whole life not figuring out what they’re meant to do, or figuring out what they’re meant to do on their way to do something else. So I just feel lucky that I know what I love to do. Everything else figures itself out.
Andy Kindler
Whether it’s the experiments on ‘MythBusters’ or my earlier work in special effects for movies, I’ve regularly had to do things that were never done before, from designing complex motion-control rigs to figuring out how to animate chocolate.
Adam Savage
I’m trying figuring out how to be the best person I can be. But it’s been a process of trial and error.
David Arquette
I grew up in a very loving but very broken family, and I suppose that’s why I’m drawn to telling stories about well-intentioned people who are doing their best – but are not always successful – in figuring out how to maneuver through this complicated, bumpy and broken world.
Peter Hedges
The global capitalist project, which we are all a part of, leaves people behind. I don’t know what the answers are – I don’t think any actor does – but figuring it out through entertainment can be very useful.
Brian Gleeson
I object to the hegemony of form in contemporary architecture. We have very advanced technological tools, but ultimately, we create buildings exactly like we used to before: We send the drawings to an engineer and let him struggle with figuring out how to build it.
Neri Oxman
For all their expertise at figuring out how things work, technical people are often painfully aware how much of human behavior is a mystery. People do things for unfathomable reasons. They are opaque even to themselves.
Gary Wolf
When I started playing the game I was just worried about making that next tackle. Especially as a rookie, you’re figuring out what you’re doing and where you’re supposed to be going, what the defense is, and trying not to make mistake.
Brian Urlacher
I think at some point I would like to meet my dad. He’s in prison in the U.S. for life, so it’s about figuring out where he is stationed and making time to see him.
DeAndre Yedlin
Have a goal. Know where you want to end up. Knowing where you want to end up is a lot easier than figuring out how to start and how to get there. You will figure out how to get there. Do not chart your career. Trust me; you do not want to chart your career.
Gary Cohn
We have the time now to actually find ourselves before we settle down and marry and have kids. But for someone like Daphne, her only way of finding herself and figuring out who she is is through getting married.
Phoebe Dynevor
Playing football helped me a lot. Just reading the quar

Playing football helped me a lot. Just reading the quarterback’s eyes and reading receivers, figuring out what they want to do.
Kawhi Leonard
Often the most important moment in the design process is figuring out what the right question is.
Thomas Heatherwick
I don’t have to spend a lot of time figuring out, ‘Gosh, I wonder how guys feel,’ because most every piece of art I look at invites me into that experience.
Laeta Kalogridis
‘First things first’ might be a cliche, but it’s a useful one that means prioritizing what matters most to you and believing there is no wrong answer. When it comes to figuring this out for yourself, the careful binary of work or life entirely misses the point.
Stacey Abrams
The big news already broke. The file-sharing and all that stuff, it’s a done deal. And I think figuring out how to make that a fair exchange for the people that make music is still an issue.
Liz Phair
Figuring out how to scale the very human art of personalization is difficult, but I believe that it is also the key to building a lasting connection with customers for the long term.
Katrina Lake
I realized that lab research was the perfect path for me. It allowed me to spend every day figuring out mysteries/puzzles that have to do with what make us alive. What could be a bigger mystery or puzzle?
Bonnie Bassler
Real love is figuring out how someone wants to be loved and loving them in that way.
Jay Shetty
Perth is not industry-heavy, so just figuring out how to get into the industry was tough. Eventually, I found out what a U.S. agent was, and so I got a U.S. agent.
Josephine Langford
Movies don’t look hard, but figuring it out, getting the shape of it, getting everybody’s character right and having it be funny, make sense and be romantic, it’s creating a puzzle. Yes, having been a writer for so long, I have an awareness of when things are going awry, but it doesn’t mean I know how to fix them.
Nancy Meyers
My dad grew up as a computer programmer, so he always had random computer software, and I started opening up editing software at age 12 and figuring out how to build websites.
Eva Gutowski
‘Shortcomings’ was me figuring out who I am.
Adrian Tomine
I like to write music. And I think exploring with lyrics and figuring out how to make complete songs is fun. I think I have a take on it. I don’t know if it’s great, but it’s an interesting take. It’s original.
Stone Gossard
In the initial season of a show, you’re figuring out your character and their life and their background and you’re putting together all the chapters of the book.
Sophia Bush
I think that if there’s some innovative entrepreneurs out there who can help teach people how they can cost-effectively help themselves and their planet, I think everybody would be for it. That’s going to be the challenge – figuring a way to get the marketplace and commerce to teach us consumers another way.
Ricky Schroder
I was pretty gung-ho about music and pursuing that and figuring that whole thing out, so I was wide-eyed and ready to go when I moved to Nashville. I never looked back.
Sam Hunt
I look like I’m not listening, but I’m actually listening. I like listening to everything, observing everybody, just taking everything in, and then, in my mind, figuring out what’s good for me and what’s bad for me.
Joel Embiid
I am not this big celebrity, but it gets really crazy. You have to go through the nuts of blowing up, in a sense, and then figuring out how to live your life with that.
Vanessa Carlton
For me, doing all the TV stuff and having the experience directing, knowing what you want to make is 90% of it. The rest of it is just guiding everybody on that one path. But, figuring out the path is the difficult part.
Genndy Tartakovsky
People didn’t like me; I was loud and aggressive. People can take it from a 42-year-old, but when you’re a little kid, and people are like, ‘You’re loud and awful,’ you think, ‘I guess I am awful,’ so writing and figuring out how to put things into words was the way I felt better.
Ariel Levy
Though I was nominated for awards for films like ‘Tezaab’ and ‘Apna Sapna Money Money’ but I never won an award. Now I am not even nominated for any awards but still I attend the award functions as I love being there despite figuring prominently in a lot of leg pulling that goes around in the award ceremonies.
Chunky Pandey
What podcasts can do in order to liven up the talk show area of TV is bring new personalities and unique worldviews into the fray in a way that’s not going to be filtered through the whole Q-rating thing. I think there’s a whole new layer of doing things that TV is behind the Internet in figuring out.
Julie Klausner
I started working at a time when most of my friends were still figuring their lives out.
Ekta Kapoor
Figuring out what the next big trend is tells us what we should focus on.
Mark Zuckerberg
If I wasn’t a writer, I would probably be a watchmaker. I like putting puzzles together, and that is what a watch is, figuring out how all the gears and everything else works together. I’m patient and good at focusing on a single task.
Karin Slaughter
I was born in Canada, and then my dad played pro soccer in England and then also on an island off the coast of Portugal. So we lived there for, like, 10 years. And then we moved to Minnesota. So I feel like I’ve experienced a lot of different cultures, and I’m still figuring out who I am.
Kylie Bunbury
I always find myself gravitating toward stories of transformation, and one of those periods is teenage life. When teenagers are figuring out who they are and have one foot in childhood and the other in adulthood – I think that’s a really mythic moment to tell stories about.
R. J. Cutler
But a lot of that kind of work is done pre-flight, coordinating efforts with the flight directors and the ground teams, and figuring out how you’re going to operate together.
Leroy Chiao
I pride myself in figuring out how to elevate a dish with a little preserved lemon or, then, a sprinkle of Maldon salt.
Meghan Markle
None of the established museums were treating cartoons seriously. It was considered a lesser art or no art at all, just a way to sell newspapers. Even the syndicates who were dedicated to the cartoons were throwing them out, figuring they had no value after they were printed.
Mort Walker
What’s exciting to me is figuring out something that has eluded us for so long: How do we make sure every single person can see a doctor in this country? That’s really exciting to me.
Beto O’Rourke
I have to be a lot more calculating because I'm a very

I have to be a lot more calculating because I’m a very private person. I actually really struggle with the attention; I’m generally a pretty shy kind of a person. So it’s tough figuring out how to manage it. But there are ways of managing it, and you just have to be smart.
Emily Watson
As soon as you start figuring out what you’re going to do, something will interrupt it.
Gary Cole
I’ve always been driven, and I like the creative aspect of figuring things out.
Amy Purdy
Yeah, I consider myself an unpredictable player. A player that’s flashy here and there and then is maybe conservative here and there and I think when it comes to dressing, it’s me figuring out that balance of when to be flashy or when to be super simple with maybe flashy shoes.
D’Angelo Russell
There are times when you need to pitch a fit and other times when you need to apply Catholic guilt, and it’s just figuring out which is the most appropriate approach and then implementing it.
Lisa Murkowski
I think high school’s very difficult. You’re figuring out your own power and your effect on other people. You look back and see how you spent so much energy on figuring out things with your parents or your peers.
Kelly Rutherford
I have my moments of insecurity and figuring out what’s going on and what I’m supposed to do, but if you don’t push yourself, you’re not growing, so where do you go?
Selena Gomez
For a lot of people going through their first love, you’re both still figuring yourself out.
When people start to think they’re figuring out ‘The Vampire Diaries,’ it switches on you.
Kat Graham
Time management is probably the biggest thing I’ve had to learn to deal with being on the PGA Tour, whether it be media or figuring out how many weeks to play in a row. That’s been the biggest adjustment, coming from amateur and college golf.
Rickie Fowler
One of the challenges of innovation is figuring out how to wipe your mind clean about what you should be doing at any given moment, and not having a religious attachment to what’s gotten you there thus far.
Andrew Mason
Figuring out a way to balance the Boxer story with the Chinese Christians was difficult.
Gene Luen Yang
See, unlike most hackers, I get little joy out of figuring out how to install the latest toy.
Jamie Zawinski
In the Garden of Eden, figuring out what to wear was easy and the fig leaves were environmentally friendly. Today, it’s much harder to find clothes that don’t have some kind of negative impact on the planet.
Tatiana Schlossberg
I happen to love engineering. I love figuring things out in a spatial sense, that whole realm of working with mechanical parts, and the relationship of the parts, and things like ratios and the speeds of particular objects.
Arthur Ganson
I’ve been adjusting to what it means to be a songwriter, figuring out what I like about it and what I don’t like about it and what it means to me as opposed to other people.
Lucy Dacus
Historically, figuring out what to do to the tax code has been almost as contentious a political issue as judicial appointments.
Kevin Hassett
I’m not much of a visionary guy when it comes to figuring out how to go about my career.
Lee Isaac Chung
Eleven million people in America work in the restaurant industry – and then when you start figuring in the farmers, the cheese makers, the wine people, all the other industries that support the restaurants, you’re talking about a much bigger number.
Philip Rosenthal
The highlight of my day is figuring out where I’m going to order dinner from in Los Angeles. As horrible as everything is, it’s the golden age of takeout. Restaurants are not splitting their focus between serving customers in-store and delivery and takeout.
Philip Rosenthal
I have always loved story – I escaped within it as a child, I read every day, I love figuring out the complex layers of an author’s work.
Kirsten Prout
Worker and worker protections, figuring out how someone can have a better shot in a global marketplace, has always been the stepchild of trade.
Steve Bullock
I love biting off more than I can chew and figuring it out.
Jordan Peele
I’m not the kind of person to jump into a relationship with a guy. I do a lot of figuring out about the person and his background, what he wants, and why he is interested in me.
Sofia Richie
I was trying to write an autobiography using prints and patterns that reference emotional, psychological, and personal development in my work, as a person growing up, figuring out who I was. I used fabrics to stand in for occurrences.
Jim Hodges
If your customer base is aging with you, then eventually you are going to become obsolete or irrelevant. You need to be constantly figuring out who are your new customers and what are you doing to stay forever young.
Jeff Bezos
I’m just constantly figuring out new ways to reinvent myself.
Ludwig Goransson
I don’t have many hobbies or talents other than cooking, but I’ve always been good at figuring out a city.
Roy Choi
Ideas are not – ideas come at me all the time; it’s just the way I’m wired. It’s just a matter of focusing it in and figuring out what to do with that.
Gail Simone
For television worth watching, Trump should debate Karl Rove, and both should be tasked with figuring out how to unite Republicans.
Mercedes Schlapp
Precision, directness, and quickness are what human beings are good at. What we have never been good at – in our past, at least – is figuring out the impact, the consequences, of what our skills have allowed us to do.
Sue Hubbell
As a navigator, I started studying astronomy because so

As a navigator, I started studying astronomy because sometimes you’re not able to use the equipment, so you’d have to do it the old-fashioned way, figuring out what you were seeing in the sky.
Melvin Van Peebles
In comics, you have to imagine what happens. I really loved it; I loved collecting. I loved following the adventures and figuring out what was going to happen next. I was a huge X-Men fan; I was a huge Spider-Man fan, and, to large degree, I remain one. It’s literature for me; it’s art.
Ta-Nehisi Coates
If a guy is skilled at anything, that’s attractive. There’s something very primal about that and, sure, it can be as simple as figuring out the tip quickly. It’s really cool when a guy tips 20 percent quickly and effortlessly so that when the check comes, he opens it and signs his name and done.
Danica McKellar
I’m always looking for instances of people doing things for and with each other for pleasure, for passion, for camaraderie, from kindness. It’s the anthropology of people figuring how to punctuate life with the lyrical.
Debra Granik
Truly, the challenges we face are not Democratic challenges or Republican challenges. In fact, they are not political challenges at all; they are fiscal challenges, and educational challenges, and the challenges of figuring out how to take care of each other.
Christine Gregoire
There I was limited to what happened the same way I am with Riel. It doesn’t feel like a great burden to have your story, to some degree, set. I am enjoying figuring out what I think is the most dramatic way of telling this set of historical facts.
Chester Brown
Something I can’t stress enough is the massive importance of work experience. It’s the only way to find out what work is really like when you’re figuring out what path to take and to get an understanding of what it takes to achieve your career ambitions.
Jameela Jamil
If it were the Clinton people, they’d be sitting around figuring out how to pull themselves out. Instead the president is continuing to go around the country and peddling Social Security, which the needle is not moving on.
Gwen Ifill
Producing is figuring out how to make each character have a distinct voice, how to make the story twist and turn – that’s the biggest challenge.
Lauren Shuler Donner
You learn from playing against the best players and the best teams, and we’re going to keep fighting and figuring out ways to beat them.
Scott Brooks
These women were taking over these former manufacturing warehouses in SoHo and figuring out a way to be fashionable and viable without money. It’s hard to imagine a life like that in Manhattan now – there’s something romantic about it.
Rachel Kushner
You have to have this straddling balance of realizing that games are incredibly complex. You can have an idea of where you want to go with something, the structure of something, but the actual moment to moment figuring all this out-it unravels over the course of, in ‘God of War”s case, about five years.
Cory Barlog
We ended up realizing that’s not an economical way to create creatures, putting people in green leotards and figuring it out later. You can maybe do that if you’re making ‘Avatar,’ but we need to know what the creatures look like before we turn on the camera.
D. B. Weiss
The reason that I like ‘Game of Thrones’ is because it’s based on all these royal families. And it’s cutthroat – just like hip-hop. It’s all about positioning and figuring out who’s going to last.
Mannie Fresh
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
Physics is really figuring out how to discover new things that are counterintuitive, like quantum mechanics. It’s really counterintuitive.
Elon Musk
When you start with next to nothing, all you’ve got is a lot of thought, a lot of innovation, figuring new ways to do things without using a lot of money.
John Paul DeJoria
Just figuring it out for 30 years – 30 years… I think I’m ready now to expand – to grow.
Wendy Liebman
I liked the challenge of designing and building things, figuring out how something works and how to make it better or apply it in a different way.
Grant Imahara
In middle school, you’re figuring out how you’re affecting people, and sometimes you’re affecting people negatively. And what sucks is that it can affect people for their whole lives. I didn’t realize I was a part of that.
Lucy Dacus
I’ve played against Griezmann several times in Spain. He’s not very tall but he’s very adept at figuring out where the ball will be.
I tell women to stop learning how to keep a man and make him happy, and to try figuring out what they want from a relationship, to trust their own instincts and not worry about pleasing someone else.
Drew Pinsky
I’m interested in figuring out what freedom songs would sound like in 2016.
Jamila Woods
I feel like at 18, you’re half of someone else, as opposed to all of yourself. You’re still figuring yourself out.
Cody Simpson