What I try to do is to go into a poem -- and one writes them, of course, poem by poem -- to go into each poem, first of all without having any sense whatsoever of where it's going to end up.
What I try to do is to appreciate every job I have while I'm working on it.
What I try to do is the art of building, and the art of building is the art of construction; it is not only about forms and shapes and images.
What I try to do is that when I'm at home, I'm at home. We're working hard at putting away our devices and not taking calls. Sometimes, you have to, but I'll say, 'Look guys, I've got to take this call, but when I'm done, I'm all yours. I just need 20 minutes.'
What I try to do is tell my constituents that this is what I believe and this is why I made that vote. And I think that that makes more sense to people generally than trying to triangulate some political position.
What I try to do is reinvigorate strategies and clichés I find in Hollywood movies. At a certain point I had these huge folders, each one classified according to subject matter or genre: people with guns, people kissing, Indians and cowboys falling off horses, getting shot, getting shot with arrows -- almost every plot device. Then I cropped the cheap, recycled imagery to give exhausted images new meaning, or at least something other than their original meaning. I'm basically reassembling atoms to give them a meaning that's more au courant.
What I try to do is produce an atmosphere where musicians want to invest in what they do and give to the recording. I hire those musicians who I know will play something creative and interesting.
What I try to do is never to hurt anybody else and figure if I don't, then I'm not likely to get hurt myself.
What I try to do is make sure that the directors I'm working with are on the same page and want to do the same kind of films. You can really protect yourself as an actor if you work with really good people. It can hide a lot of flaws along the way.
What I try to do is live with myself and please me. If I can't do that, I can't please anybody else or live with anybody else.
What I try to do is factor in how people use computers, what people's problems are, and how these technologies can get applied to those problems. Then I try to direct the various product groups to act on this information.
What I try to do is defy expectations in terms of boundaries, whether it is high or low art, pop culture, or fine-art culture. My work is about reconciling myriad cultural influences and bringing them into one picture.
What I try to do is always get the newest, funniest people in anything.
What I try to do in the book is to trace the chain of relationships running from elementary particles, fundamental building blocks of matter everywhere in the universe, such as quarks, all the way to complex entities, and in particular complex adaptive system like jaguars.
What I try to do in a play is put a problem on stage, head-on, without evasion.
What I try to do for my readers is to pass on some of the things that I found out about being thirteen after doing it for forty years.
What I try to do as an actor is constantly find that, find ways to risk, find opportunities to fall on my face if it's going to be worth it, and then maybe I'll surprise myself.
What I try to do -- and I think this is the former librarian in me -- is to get primary source material.
What I try to do -- I mean 'try,' because you don't get there all the time -- is to have impact with content. It's those moments in which you're trying to bring people beyond filmed theater. If I have an ambition, it's that.