100+ Best Trying Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Trying is to attempt to do something. Profoundly inspirational trying quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

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Famous Trying Quotes

We tend not to use the biggest resource in healthcare – the patients themselves. So I’m trying to figure out possible uses for digital technologies like Facebook but also real-life social networks to improve healthcare provision. — Lucien Engelen

That professionalism comes from what I’ve watched people do on the set. I’m just trying to be as respectful to the environment, as they have been. I think I still act like a kid. I just try to be as professional as I can. — Haley Joel Osment

Most sketch aficionados have an enormous amount of respect for ‘Mr. Show.’ I didn’t have HBO back then, so I was always trying to find episodes. Bob Odenkirk and David Cross became celebrities, and Jay Johnston – who’s lesser known, but brilliant – deserves a lot of credit, too. — Nick Swardson

I don’t copy recipes without trying them out. I don’t reprint without trying them again. — Elizabeth David

I’m not trying to stump anybody… it’s the beauty of the language that I’m interested in. — Buddy Holly

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History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake. — James Joyce

Telling a story is like trying to eat grapes with a fork. It’s always trying to get away from you. And if you’re a good author, and you’ve challenged yourself, and you’re telling big stories, there’s more and more that’s trying to get away from you simultaneously. — Brent Weeks

The evil of storytelling is you’re trying to make the audience complicit in murder – ‘Kill the guy! Jump him!’ And then once you’ve done it, it’s like, ‘I’ve killed this guy, now what? — Bruno Heller

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

In Japan, I am famous in certain special circles – mainly as someone who is trying to break down and enlighten the conventions of Japanese art. — Takashi Murakami

Keep trying. Stay humble, Trust your instincts. Most importantly, act. When you come to a fork in the road, take it. — Yogi Berra

The Tea Party has very close affinities with independent third-party movements like the George Wallace movement. The Tea Party is still inchoate, still trying to figure out what it’s going to become. — Hampton Sides

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

It’s a never ending battle of making your cars better and also trying to be better yourself. — Dale Earnhardt

Try to leave the Earth a better place than when you arrived. — Sidney Sheldon

Football has very direct and strong connections to New Orleans. The game of football has served as a positive beacon in our city. It has given our citizens hope in tough, trying times. — Tom Benson

We are becoming able to see the pursuit of external power for what it is and the futility of trying to escape the pain of powerlessness by changing the world. When we look inward, not outward, we can dismantle the parts of our personalities that have controlled us for so long – such as anger, jealousy, vindictiveness, superiority, inferiority. — Gary Zukav

I’m just a simple man trying to make his way in the universe. — Temuera Morrison

The first play that I saw was ‘Cyrano,’ and I remember going home – I was like nine years old – and trying to learn the monologues. — Francois Arnaud

Ever since happiness heard your name, it has been running through the streets trying to find you. — Hafiz Persia

I want to be the voice of the people; black, white, everyday, oppressed people. A person trying to make it and to do it right. — Common

If you’re trying to write something that you don’t understand and embrace at the very core of you, it’s not going to turn out with quite the authenticity and passion it should have. — Terrence McNally

I’m an inveterate fox and not a hedgehog, so I always think you should try everything — Clifford Geertz

Critics have a job to do. I understand that. It’s not just to criticize. They’re trying to interpret art for the public. — Paul Emsley

How absurd and delicious it is to be in love with somebody younger than yourself. Everybody should try it. — Barbara Pym

I’m just trying to make a smudge on the collective unconscious. — David Letterman

I think there’s a stereotype of what a biker is, and I think that’s one of the reasons people are shocked when they find out that I ride. I’ve been trying to break down the stereotypes and inspire new riders. — Marisa Miller

Don’t you think it’s something strange that you rarely look at yourself in the mirror, except to do things like stand and ponder? I mean, in Shakespeare’s day, it was thought that the mirror would reveal something, that it is trying to tell you something – not just to tidy your hair, but something more. — Nicolas Roeg

Working moms elevate themselves above stay-at-home moms, and stay-at-home moms try to put down working moms. It’s a war in which both sides are trying to put the other one down. — Leslie Morgan Steiner

Every actor has an obsession with their hair. You can see it on set, and you start to realize it’s completely silly. I can be very obsessed by my hair, but all these hours spent trying to style it are useless, because ultimately, you can’t change your haircut. It’s all the same. — Louis Garrel

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

Problems emerge and some people try to sweep them under the rug. — Bill Condon

I think we’re struggling with trying to redefine various positions at this point in history. To allow freedom for women, freedom for men, freedom from those sharply defined gender roles. — Fred Ward

For ‘Inhuman,’ it’s a ‘chess game’ series. You have a lot of pieces moving different ways at once, and it’s about what they do on their own and what happens when they collide into one another. It’s about long-range planning, new character creation, and trying to really build things. — Charles Soule

Nobody is bored when he is trying to make something that is beautiful, or to discover something that is true. — William Ralph Inge

When you start a company, it’s more an art than a science because it’s totally unknown. Instead of solving high-profile problems, try to solve something that’s deeply personal to you. Ideally, if you’re an ordinary person and you’ve just solved your problem, you might have solved the problem for millions of people. — Brian Chesky

While advances in scientific research have led to some new and exciting treatments that have enlarged and enhanced the quality and length of human life, we must not lose sight as to what we are trying to accomplish. — Nathan Ford

I don’t know if I can live on my income or not – the government won’t let me try it. — Bob Thaves

Fiction is a particular kind of rhetoric, a way of thinking that I think can be useful in your life. It asks you to image the world through someone else’s eyes, and it allows you to try to empathize with situations that you haven’t actually experienced. — Dan Chaon

As an actor, I’m always up for exploring and trying new things. — T. V. Carpio

I don’t think I do look like an A-Lister. I’m more interested in being comfortable in my own skin than trying to be somebody I’m not. Gimme jeans, an old T-shirt, cowboy boots and a baseball cap any day. — Nathan Parsons

I stopped thinking about it after trying to figure out what are the lessons learned, and there are so many. After I had basically sorted that out, I figured it’s time to really look at the future and not at the past. — Kalpana Chawla

That’s the thing about suicide. Try as you might to remember how a person lived his life, you always end up thinking about how he ended it. — Anderson Cooper

A woman should say: ‘Have I made him happy? Is he satisfied? Does he love me more than he loved me before? Is he likely to go to bed with another woman?’ If he does, then it’s the wife’s fault because she is not trying to make him happy. — Barbara Cartland

We’re trying to create people that are going to change the world. — Thomas Monaghan

If someone gave me the chance to create something, I put myself into it. I just want to try to do something that will last forever and that won’t leave people saying, ‘Gee, it could have been better, it could’ve been this, it could’ve been that. — Billy West

I’ve reached a point in life where it’s no longer necessary to try to impress. If they like me the way I am, that’s good. If they don’t, that’s too bad. — Corazon Aquino

So it just goes to show you that it was always the Hells Angels first. They were the originals and all other clubs try and imitate what the Hells Angels have already done. — Chuck Zito

Better that you should take the chance of trying something that is close to your heart, you think is what you want to write, and if they do not publish it, put it in your drawer. But maybe another day will come and you will find a place to put that. — Gay Talese

I think my motto is to always remain focused on what it is that you’re trying to accomplish. — Ashanti

My heroes, I couldn’t imagine them practicing. Like Bob Dylan, you know? Bob Dylan’s a very, very good guitar player, but it’s like he’s trying to hide it. I always loved this attitude. When you’re very good… it’s like being an athlete – and I always hated sports! — Laurent Brancowitz

I am doing everything humanly possible to try and get well, but lately things have just kept getting worse. — Daniel Johns

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

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

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

Of course it can be said of jails, too, that they try – by punishing the troublesome – to deter others. No doubt, in certain instances this deterrence actually works. But generally speaking it fails conspicuously. — Barbara Deming

The truth about filmmaking is you have all these ideas and you’re trying to convince everybody that they should buy into this idea, but at two o’clock in the morning when you’re all on your own you’re going, ‘Geez, I hope I know what I’m doing. I hope this idea is gonna work.’ — Gavid Hood

It is not my wish to lounge about the college and fatten on a fellowship all my days. I am always trying to look upon a college life as a medium not an end. — Thomas Edward Brown

My success was due to good luck, hard work, and support and advice from friends and mentors. But most importantly, it depended on me to keep trying after I had failed. — Mark Warner

Collecting intelligence information is like trying to drink water out of a fire hydrant. You know, in hindsight It’s great. The problem is there’s a million dots at the time. — Louis Freeh

That’s a tumor. It goes across my liver, up through my lungs, all the way around my heart. And when they were done trying to cut it out, nuke it out with radiation and chemotherapy it out, it left so much scar tissue that when I walk outside now in cold weather and take a deep breath, it feels like someone is stabbing me. — Eric Massa

I try to be me to the utmost. — Donald Glover

Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle. — Paulo Coelho

I’m trying to understand cosmology, why the Big Bang had the properties it did. And it’s interesting to think that connects directly to our kitchens and how we can make eggs, how we can remember one direction of time, why causes precede effects, why we are born young and grow older. It’s all because of entropy increasing. — Sean M. Carroll

About the use of language: it is impossible to sharpen a pencil with a blunt axe. It is equally vain to try to do it with ten blunt axes instead. — Edsger Dijkstra

I’m from Wisconsin so I always feel a little nauseous about begging and trying to trick people into liking me. — Dan Harmon

People like to pigeonhole. People like to label – not just books and movies, but everything in their life. If people want to call me ‘literary horror,’ I guess that’s fine. What I’m trying to do is be both thrilling and thought-provoking. — Benjamin Percy

I think nowadays, women are breaking the borders or the boundaries and also trying to give a new interpretation in terms of impact you can have to the society. — Yang Lan

I’m involved in quite a few ministries as a bridge builder, trying to match generous givers and donors to other ministries. Based on my past, I’m also involved in mainly the prison ministry. I go to jails and prisons and share my story, trying to give them some hope. — Lex Luger

You can’t please everybody. You’d be crazy if you’re trying to. So take some time out to do some things for yourself. — Nas

Don’t try to be what you’re not. If you’re nervous, be nervous. If you’re shy, be shy. It’s cute. — Adriana Lima

We think we control our environment, but in fact, it’s our environment that controls us. We can’t change the world. The only thing we can change is ourselves, by trying to get a better understanding of our own messed-up wiring. — Guy Spier

I’m a moderate. I hang out in the middle. I vote against my party with some regularity and try to compromise. It doesn’t appear right now that the Republican Party is welcoming moderates any more. — Claire McCaskill

When I wrote the eight fairy tales that appear in ‘Horse, Flower, Bird’ I was working toward a completely new form of artistic expression, trying to create a new kind of tale that also felt vintage: innocent and childlike, but haunted. I tried to write a picture-less picture book. — Kate Bernheimer

I try to work and enjoy life, and that’s about all. — Curtis Armstrong

In falling over in heels while trying to look attractive, you don’t just hurt your body, you bear the humiliation of injuring your very soul. Physical pain? Whatever, bring it on. But the humiliation? Oh, you have seen to the very weakest part of me. — Kate Reardon

Men do not fail; they give up trying. — Elihu Root

I’m trying to take all the media attention with a grain of salt. It is nice, but you are never as great as people say you are. And you’re never as bad as others say you are. — Kelly Olynyk

I mean, what is racism? Racism is a projection of our own fears onto another person. What is sexism? It’s our own vulnerability about our potency and masculinity projected as our need to subjugate another person, you know? Fascism, the same thing: People are trying to untidy our state, so I legislate as a way of controlling my environment. — Gary Ross

I try to keep an open mind but I’m so tired of the mediocrity. — Clea Duvall

I don’t know if I was popular in high school. My school was actually not really clique-y, which was nice. I went to a very artsy school, so everyone was kind of friends with each other. I was trying to be popular more, like, in junior high and elementary school and dealt with all that backstabbing and drama. — Lili Simmons

Hatred, intolerance, poor hygienic conditions and violence all have roots in illiteracy, so we’re trying to do something to help the poor and the needy. — Abdul Qadeer Khan

How strangely do we diminish a thing as soon as we try to express it in words. — Maurice Maeterlinck

All art to me is an empathetic act. Whoever’s telling a story is trying to transfer emotion into someone else. — Elliot Ackerman

They make Spy Kids, they make Scream, they make A Scary Movie. This doesn’t do that, so it could be a very bad marriage. I’m trying to keep this potential nightmare quiet because we’re just finishing editing. — Terry Gilliam

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

My dream concept is that I have a camera and I am trying to photograph what is essentially invisible. And every once in a while I get a glimpse of her and I grab that picture. — Leonard Nimoy

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

My strong belief – in being in blogging before Twitter – is that in trying to create more information out there, in trying to create the democratization of media in general, is that the more voices there are out there then the likelihood is that the truth bubbles up to the top. — Evan Williams

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

Even now I try to make each page compelling for the readers to get absorbed in the book. — Chetan Bhagat

I can only say that in life when you have the greatest expectations and you try to do things the right way, it doesn’t always work out. — Brad Grey

Things develop in front of my camera, and then I will try to do the best out of it. I am close, but in most of the scenes, I am trying not to be seen. I think that’s the trick. I think it starts in your heart, goes to the head, and the head puts it into the finger. — Anja Niedringhaus

Things will absolutely go wrong. In a healthy team, as soon as things go wrong, that information should be surfaced. Trying to hide or obscure bad news creates an environment of distrust or lack of transparency. — Steven Sinofsky

Don’t try to be different. Just be good. To be good is different enough. — Arthur Freed

‘Orphans’ reflects unconscious elements in myself that were, at the time, indigestible and butting up against each other in my psyche; issues I wasn’t really in touch with but was trying to put into a dramatic framework. — Lyle Kessler

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

It’s not about failure; it’s about trying something and risking something for attaining your goal — Carol Alt

I’m not trying to be some kind of underground renegade. — Alex Winter

The world is not made up of particles and waves and beams of light with a definite existence. Instead, the world works in a much more exploratory way. It is aware of all the possibilities at once and trying them out all the time. That is a hard thing to picture. — Neil Turok

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