Focus quotes

  • I know that history is simultaneously a bloody mess and a collection of feats so inspiring and amazing they make you proud to share the same DNA structure with the rest of humanity. I know you'd better focus on the good stuff or you're screwed.
    -- A. J. Jacobs

    #Dna #History #Focus

  • Before you begin, sit for a moment and take a couple of deep breaths. You want to be calm and prepared to maintain mental focus
    -- Aaron Hoopes

    #Couple #Focus #Want

  • Focus too much on the near-term and you won't get tomorrow's customers, focus too much on the long-term and you won't get today's.
    -- Aaron Levie

    #Long #Focus #Today

  • 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

    #Thinking #Focus #Microsoft

  • I will do anything. Anything, Blaire, just to be near you. I can’t think about anything else. I can’t focus on anything. So never think you’re inconveniencing me. You need me, I’m there.
    -- Abbi Glines

    #Thinking #Focus #Needs

  • I never really wanted to write and wanted to focus on acting.
    -- Abby Elliott

    #Writing #Focus #Acting

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

    #Educational #Creating #Focus

  • No matter what happens, you can get through this day. Inhale. Focus on the word, 'relax. Exhale. Say, 'I can do this!' And then do it.
    -- Ace Antonio Hall

    #Focus #Relax #Matter

  • I was about one drink away from my limit, In came a black dress with a black body in it, She looked so timid, it took me a minute To get her in focus
    -- Aceyalone

    #Rap #Focus #Hip Hop

  • Focus attention and energy on making a difference in the lives of others, and success might follow as a by-product.
    -- Adam Grant

    #Differences #Focus #Making A Difference

  • I wanted the focus to be on my ability as a singer and as an entertainer - not on my private life.
    -- Adam Lambert

    #Focus #Singers #Ability

  • 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

    #Character #People #Focus

  • Film is a time capsule. If I have a lack of dedication or focus, it's permanently there as a negative reminder.
    -- Adrien Brody

    #Dedication #Focus #Acting

  • 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

    #Fire #Focus #Everyday

  • When you focus on the eternal, victorious Son of God, you break the devil's heart and render him powerless.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Heart #Son #Focus

  • You can ruin anything if you focus at it.
    -- Aimee Bender

    #Focus #Ruins

  • I only want to do better work. That's the focus of my life.
    -- Ajay Devgan

    #Focus #Want

  • 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

    #Focus #Albums #Guests

  • Good things happen when you narrow your focus
    -- Al Ries

    #Focus #Good Things #Things Happen

  • A laser is a weak source of energy. A laser takes [only] a few watts of energy and focuses them in a coherent stream of light. But with a laser, you can drill a hole in a diamond or wipe out cancer.
    -- Al Ries

    #Cancer #Light #Focus

  • Truly creative people care a little about what they have done, and a lot about what they are doing. Their driving focus is the life force that surges in them now.
    -- Alan Cohen

    #Bad Ass #People #Focus

  • As soon as you become aware that something is not working, immediately shift your focus to the desired result.
    -- Alan Cohen

    #Focus #Results

  • A rock band is a mysterious thing. Somehow, every once in a while, a few individuals bump into one another, and they look exactly right together and share a focus and an aspiration and the right balance of musical similarities and differences.
    -- Alan Light

    #Rocks #Differences #Focus

  • Focus on your potential instead of your limitations.
    -- Alan Loy McGinnis

    #Positive #Focus #Limitation

  • Review your goals twice every day in order to be focused on achieving them. “Focus on your potential instead of your limitations.
    -- Alan Loy McGinnis

    #Order #Goal #Focus

  • Acting is mostly about listening. If you just focus in on what the other person is saying, acting takes care of itself to quite a large extent.
    -- Alan Rickman

    #Focus #Listening #Theatre

  • The ego is nothing other than the focus of conscious attention.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Focus #Ego #Attention

  • FEMA has lost its focus, and Floridians know first-hand of the agency's shortcomings, .. Natural disaster preparedness and response programs have become trapped in a homeland security bureaucracy.
    -- Alcee Hastings

    #Agency #Hands #Focus

  • 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

    #Religious #Moving #Focus

  • We are very focused this time and our preparation has been better. We maybe made one or two mistakes last time, but not this time.
    -- Alex Ferguson

    #Mistake #Two #Focus

  • 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

    #College #Focus #Magic

  • Beginners focus on analysis, but professionals operate in a three dimensional space. They are aware of trading psychology their own feelings and the mass psychology of the markets.
    -- Alexander Elder

    #Space #Focus #Psychology

  • Successful trading depends on the 3M`s - Mind, Method and Money. Beginners focus on analysis, but professionals operate in a three dimensional space. They are aware of trading psychology their own feelings and the mass psychology of the markets. Each trader needs to have a method for choosing specific stocks, options or futures as well as firm rules for pulling the trigger - deciding when to buy and sell. Money refers to how you manage your trading capital.
    -- Alexander Elder

    #Successful #Space #Focus

  • When you focus on the consumer, the consumer responds.
    -- Alexander Wang

    #Focus #Consumers

  • I don't know what your damage is, but in case you've failed to notice,we're in a bit of trouble here. Can you focus on something other than trying to get into my pants?" His lips curled. " I can multitask.
    -- Alexandra Ivy

    #Focus #Trying #Pants

  • When you focus on life, on enjoying and connecting with other people, that's when work comes. When you focus on work, you can never work. I'm always going through waves of that.
    -- Alia Shawkat

    #People #Focus #Wave

  • 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

    #Turkeys #Goal #Focus

  • Some people like to focus on other aspects of my life, but first and foremost I am a dedicated and top swimmer.
    -- Amanda Beard

    #People #Focus #Firsts

  • Running gave me a focus to start looking after myself, to eat properly, and focus on building up my strength.
    -- Amanda Burton

    #Running #Focus #Building

  • As an actor, my main focus is finding good writing and attacking a good role.
    -- Amanda Peet

    #Writing #Focus #Roles

  • My focus is to not focus too much on one genre.
    -- Amanda Seyfried

    #Focus #Too Much #Genre

  • Maybe with boxing and good focus, I can fix myself and make my mother proud.
    -- Amnat Ruenroeng

    #Mother #Boxing #Focus

  • Why don’t you focus on where you’re going and less on where you came from?
    -- Amy Harmon


  • 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

    #Focus #Kind

  • 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

    #Positivity #Focus #Should

  • There's only, like, five perfectly symmetrical people in the world, and they're all movie stars, and they should be, because their faces are very pleasing to look at, but the rest of us are just a jangle of stuff, and 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

    #Stars #People #Focus

  • A massive amount of quantity with a deliberate focus on improvement leads to the knowledge and experience of how to make quality.
    -- An Na

    #Focus #Quality #Improvement

  • You have to focus on what you are doing, not just as a photographer, but as a human being.
    -- Anders Petersen

    #Focus #Photographer #Humans

  • Life takes its path and sometimes there are people to blame. Of course there are bad people in this world. Good, bad, it happens unfortunately. But in a way I think if there was more focus on the good, more good would happen.
    -- Andrea Corr

    #Thinking #People #Focus

  • Here is the prime condition of success: Concentrate your energy, thought and capital exclusively upon the business in which you are engaged. Having begun on one line, resolve to fight it out on that line, to lead in it, adopt every improvement, have the best machinery, and know the most about it.
    -- Andrew Carnegie

    #Fighting #Focus #Energy

  • 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

    #Focus #United States #Needs

  • Dance improves your ability to concentrate because your brain has to work in so many ways. You're being stretched physically and mentally. You've got to focus on the steps and you have to communicate and interact with people.
    -- Andrew Stone

    #People #Focus #Brain

  • Whatever we focus our attention on is what will dominate our thoughts (Proverbs 23:7). If our thoughts are dominated by the things of this world then we are going to get worldly results in our lives. We need to focus on God to get godly results.
    -- Andrew Wommack

    #Godly #Focus #Needs

  • Whatever you focus upon, increases......When you focus on the things you need, you'll find those needs increasing......A grateful perspective brings happiness and abundance into a person's life.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Grateful #Perspective #Focus

  • Whatever you focus upon, increases.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Focus #Increase

  • I possess the greatest power ever bestowed upon mankind, the power of choice. Today, I choose to persist without exception. No longer will I live in a dimension of distraction, my focus blown hither and yon like a leaf on a blustery day. I know the outcome I desire. I hold fast to my dreams. I stay the course. I do not quit.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Dream #Choices #Focus

  • The people that tell you what you enjoy is wrong, or come in your life and tell you what you're wearing is wrong are miserable because they focus on the things that they don't like.
    -- Andy Biersack

    #People #Focus #Miserable

  • Please remember, that even in your darkest moments, you still have the choice to focus your energy on the positive and create a better life.
    -- Andy Biersack

    #Choices #Focus #Energy

  • You have to understand what it is that you are better at than anybody else and mercilessly focus your efforts on it.
    -- Andy Grove

    #Focus #Effort

  • A corporation is a living organism; it has to continue to shed its skin. Methods have to change. Focus has to change. Values have to change. The sum total of those changes is transformation.
    -- Andy Grove

    #Business #Focus #Skins

  • You can't focus on other people's careers. Everybody is different.
    -- Andy Murray

    #Careers #People #Focus

  • We can’t change every little thing that happens to us in life, but we can change the way that we experience it. That’s the potential of meditation, of mindfulness. You don’t have to burn any incense, and you definitely don’t have to sit on the floor. All you need to do is to take 10 mins out a day to step back; to familiarise yourself with the present moment so that you get to experience a greater sense of focus, calm and clarity in your life.
    -- Andy Puddicombe

    #Focus #Meditation #Mindfulness

  • 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

    #Children #Focus #Helping

  • 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

    #Thinking #Focus #Purpose

  • I think anybody can take a good picture. My idea of a good picture is one that's in focus and of a famous person doing something unfamous. It's being in the right place at the wrong time.
    -- Andy Warhol

    #Thinking #Ideas #Focus

  • Years ago when I was in a cover band and we were playing dances, that was quite a different thing. You were there as part of an event. When you're a songwriter, you are the event. So it's a little bit of a different focus.
    -- Andy Wilkinson

    #Writing #Years #Focus

  • 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

    #Home #Kids #Focus

  • My distraction's my defense against this lack of inspiration Against this slow deflation Yeah the further the horizon The more it holds my gaze The foreground's out of focus but you know I kinda hope it's just a phase Just a phase.
    -- Ani DiFranco

    #Inspiration #Focus #Defense

  • Instead of focusing on my looks I focus on the character that I am playing.
    -- Anil Kapoor

    #Character #Focus #Looks

  • Cancer is just a word that creates fear. Forget about that word, and let's just focus on balancing your body. All illnesses are just symptoms of imbalance. No illness can remain when your entire system is in balance.
    -- Anita Moorjani

    #Cancer #Focus #Balance

  • Kate Otto, like so many in her generation, is committed to being a good global citizen and doing her part to make the world a better place. Everyday Ambassador is a refreshing approach which encourages collaborative work with focus, empathy, humility and patience to better affect positive change in communities throughout the world.
    -- Ann Veneman

    #Humility #Focus #Empathy

  • Simplicity is ultimately a matter of focus.
    -- Ann Voskamp

    #Focus #Simplicity #Matter

  • The streams which would otherwise diverge to fertilize a thousand meadows, must be directed into one deep narrow channel before they can turn a mill.
    -- Anna Brownell Jameson

    #Art #Focus #One Deep

  • You have to focus on your dreams, even if they go beyond common sense.
    -- Anna Sui

    #Dream #Common Sense #Focus

  • In today's world you have to interact. You can't be some difficult, shy person who is not able to look somebody in the face; you have to present yourself. You have to know how to talk about your vision, your focus and what you believe in.
    -- Anna Wintour

    #Believe #Focus #Vision

  • That's what you realized when you got older. When you were little, you thought you were just too young to understand the answers and that when you got older things would come into focus. Then you had to finally face the truth: There were no answers.
    -- Anne Frasier

    #Focus #Answers #Littles

  • I want to take my focus off myself and focus on God. It's like setting your spiritual compass so no matter which way you turn during the day, whatever comes up, then my thoughts go back to Him and whatever He said that morning.
    -- Anne Graham Lotz

    #Spiritual #Morning #Focus

  • When I first thought about becoming Jane Austen I had to forget about the fear, or at least choose something else to focus on because it was becoming paralysing, I couldn't focus. I felt frightened, not so much by her fans' reaction to my performance but that I would be playing someone who I think is a legend, who I respect and admire so much. I didn't want to fail, so I was putting a lot of pressure on myself.
    -- Anne Hathaway

    #Thinking #Focus #Fans

  • 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

    #Jobs #Focus #Leader

  • 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

    #Dark #Focus #Soul

  • I want to try and stay focused on the next game. I'm pretty good at doing that, but to be there right now, it has been a blessing up to this point. Being here in Montreal and being healthy and playing with this group of guys.
    -- Anthony Calvillo

    #Blessing #Games #Focus

  • Having gathered all power to itself, [the State] has become the sole focus of all conflict, and it must construct totalitarian defences to match its total exposure.
    -- Anthony de Jasay

    #Focus #Democracy #Conflict

  • President Bush broke the law and lied to the American people when he unilaterally authorized secret wiretaps of U.S. citizens. But rather than focus on this constitutional crisis, Attorney General Gonzales is cracking down on critics of his friend and boss. Our nation is strengthened, not weakened, by those whistle-blowers who are courageous enough to speak out on violations of the law.
    -- Anthony Romero

    #Law #People #Focus

  • I could never focus on my upper body as a skater, so I'm enjoying having symmetrical upper and lower body muscle.
    -- Apolo Ohno

    #Focus #Body #Symmetrical

  • Companies die because their managers focus on the economic activity of producing goods and services, and they forget that their organizations' true nature is that of a community of humans.
    -- Arie de Geus

    #Change #Organization #Focus

  • It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.
    -- Aristotle Onassis

    #Inspirational #Light #Focus

  • What do I mean by concentration? I mean focusing totally on the business at hand and commanding your body to do exactly what you want it to do.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Mean #Hands #Focus

  • Just see how it glints and sparkles. Of course it is a nucleus and focus of crime. Every good stone is. They are the devil
    -- Arthur Conan Doyle

    #Focus #Devil #Nucleus

  • 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

    #Space #Focus #Design

  • 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

    #Party #Years #Focus

  • 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

    #Thinking #Eight #Focus

  • I think it's so important, as young women, to have relationships, especially when you're in your early 20s. But it's always so important to focus on yourself.
    -- Ashley Tisdale

    #Thinking #Focus #Important

  • Sometimes, girls focus too much on relationships - like, "I need a boyfriend!" But you should really just focus on yourself. But it will all come together when you least expect it.
    -- Ashley Tisdale

    #Girl #Focus #Together

  • Google[x]'s Focus on the Physical World
    -- Astro Teller

    #Focus #Google #World

  • The true focus of revolutionary change is never merely the oppressive situations that we seek to escape, but that piece of the oppressor which is planted deep within each of us.
    -- Audre Lorde

    #Focus #Pieces #Revolutionary

  • 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

    #Writing #Awards #Focus

  • The past does not haunt us. We haunt the past. We allow our minds to focus in that direction. We open memories and examine them. We reexperience emotions we felt during the painful events we experienced because we are recalling them in as much detail as we can.
    -- Augusten Burroughs

    #Memories #Past #Focus

  • Reading takes solitude and it takes focus.
    -- Augusten Burroughs

    #Reading #Focus #Solitude

  • After careful consideration, we have decided that for our next fiscal year, we'll issue guidance on comparable store used unit sales and on earnings per share only for the full fiscal year. We will no longer issue quarterly guidance. This decision reflects our continuing focus on longer-term store, sales, and earnings growth and on return on invested capital, and our recognition that the performance in shorter-term periods can be more volatile than over the longer term. As we report our quarterly results, we plan to comment on how our performance is tracking against our annual guidance.
    -- Austin Ligon

    #Years #Issues #Focus

  • So many women today have become so focused on their children, they've developed these romantic entanglements with their children's lives, and the husbands are secondary. They're left out. And the romantic focus is on the children.
    -- Ayelet Waldman

    #Children #Husband #Focus