We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Next Thing Quotes from Lupita Nyong’o, Dusty Hill, Diana Nyad, Kamisese Mara, Dominic Fike. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.
That’s such a powerless place for me to think about: what is working against me. I don’t think of what I don’t have; I think of what I do and use that to get the next thing.
We got word that Mick Jagger heard our first album and liked it. And he wanted us to open for the Stones in Hawaii. That just blew us away. But the next thing I heard was that Stevie Wonder opened for them here in the States and actually got booed at one show. So I was scared to death.
The most venomous animal that lives in the ocean is the box jellyfish. And every one of those barbs is sending that venom into this central nervous system. So first I feel like boiling hot oil I’ve been dipped in. And I’m yelling out, ‘Fire! Fire! Fire! Fire! Help me! Somebody help me!’ And the next thing is paralysis.
He said there is 80 of us, ready to come down and the next thing I knew is that Jo Brown dashed in and said your family has already moved and you have to move, the boat is ready to take you out. I didn’t have time to ask, even ask a question.
I’ve had a couple tapes out and they weren’t really tapes, it was just some songs that I had made, and then I would throw them together as a compilation and put a name on it. And then when I would release my next thing, I would just delete it.
Pay attention to them kids, don’t let your feelings be hurt because they taking your place. They supposed to. But if you wanna stay around with them, you ain’t got to copy ’em. Just get the ones that’s real young, too young to even be copying yet, because you know they gonna be the next thing.
I go, and I do my work, and I try to do the best I can, and I collect my money, and I go home, and then I go on to the next thing. That’s my attitude.
I don’t really listen to my work. If I have to DJ and I play something, I hear it. But I don’t sit quietly and listen to my work; I’m always off to do the next thing.
This is probably an asset that my wife hates, where you compartmentalize. Most times, I think it’s an asset, where you can just sort of feel like you chop off one part of your brain to do the next thing that you’ve got to do.
I love making records, and part of really doing that and being happy about it is just that each time I’ve done something, I come to terms with what maybe is wrong with it, and then I move on to the next thing.
I have no credentials. I have no money. I literally come from a poor place. I was a servant. I dropped out of college. The next thing you know I’m writing for the ‘New Yorker,’ I have this sort of life, and it must seem annoying to people.
I am in that position where I finish something, it goes out, and I’m onto the next thing. I finish it, it goes out, onto the next thing.
I’m addicted to the deal, to the next thing. It’s irresistible.
You’ll see more and more perfection of that – computer as servant. But the next thing is going to be computer as a guide or agent.
I used to feel unsafe right in the moment of an accomplishment – I felt the ground fall from under my feet because this could be the end. And even now, while everyone is celebrating, I’m on to the next thing. I don’t want to get lost in this big cushion of success.
When I am doing something I give it 100 per cent. I work on it, do it and go onto the next thing.
I’m always looking to move on to the next thing.
I’m always looking to the next thing. There are always hurdles, whether it’s the White House dinner or hosting charity events or that night’s show: Until they’re over, I worry, then I move right on to the next thing. It’s hard for me to enjoy the moment. I’m just thinking about not failing.
I turned from my wicked ways and embraced Jesus. The next thing I knew, good times had come my way.
It’s weird. I don’t really have goals. I just try to make sure I’m enjoying what I’m doing. Once I start to get sick of it, the next thing becomes obvious.
My history has been to grow the roots as deeply as you can before going on to the next thing. That’s why it took 10 years to go from Union Square Cafe to Gramercy Tavern, and another 10 years to go from Blue Smoke’s first location to its second, and five to go from Shake Shack 1 to Shake Shack 2.
I haven’t got as much money as some folks, but I’ve got as much impudence as any of them, and that’s the next thing to money.
What’s funny is that by the time everyone plays the game – you know, we finish it, and then it takes a long time to make copies and ship it and get on the shelves – we probably haven’t worked on it for a month, two months. So, we’ve already taken our break, and then we’re on to the next thing.
You can’t ever create defensively. You just have to create the next thing that really speaks to you.
‘Meadowland’ was the reason I got ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ and probably my experience in cinematography helped. Everything was like a stepping stone to the next thing.
It’s easy to quit. It’s easy to not get something that you want and just say, ‘Well, that didn’t work out,’ and move on to the next thing.
I’m always reading and looking around for the next thing.
The problem with feature filmmaking is that it offers you this mirage of being able to achieve perfection, as the theory of it is that you have control of every part of the film, though in reality, it is as inexact as the next thing in your life.
Even if what you’re working on doesn’t go anywhere, it will help you with the next thing you’re doing. Make yourself available for something to happen. Give it a shot.
My goal has always been not to look forward to the next thing, but to relish and celebrate the successes I have at the moment. Whether it’s landing a part in a student film or having a good day in acting class, I never discredit anything.
If you build a Model T and you can see the Camry, you don’t spend time tinkering with the T; you go straight to the next thing. Once you build the Camry, you can see the Ferrari, so you go straight to that.
I’m always hungry for the next thing. I’m never resting on my laurels.
My roots are in music. But Eileen Ford saw my high school graduation picture, and next thing I knew I was on a plane to New York. That’s what threw a monkey wrench in it. The modeling.
I’ve always liked to learn how to do things – I’m a hobby person. So I’ll learn something at a beginner’s level, then usually move on to the next thing.
I was shooting for ‘Maaya’ when I got a call from John Abraham’s office. They told me about the film and asked if I could audition. But since I was shooting, I recorded my audition and sent them the tapes. The next thing I know, I was on board.
I don’t have a favorite part. My current part is my favorite part. And when I do the next thing, that will be my favorite part.
A lot of the time, when I’m choreographing, I’m not thinking about what movement look best next to the next movement – I’m actually thinking about what song and what sound sounds right next to the next thing. So kind of choreographing as if I’m always making a mix tape, so to speak.
Teaching has made me realize that a lot of my fast playing is the musical equivalent of, ‘Umm… umm… uhh…’ – it’s like when you’re trying to think of the next thing to say that actually has meaning, you fill space. ‘Umm’ has about the same meaning as my fast playing.
I’m a very direct person just generally. I don’t use a lot of words unnecessarily. I try to get to the heart of the issue, address it and go on to the next thing.
I used to have this jersey, it was a Kenyon Martin jersey, with a little grease stain on it, I didn’t think anyone else could see it. I looked down to my jersey and I was like, ‘OK, I’m good.’ Next thing I know I’m seeing all these pictures of myself with a big ol’ grease stain.
My career keeps shifting; I keep doing the next thing and it keeps growing.
Some people are serial entrepreneurs and want to just move on to the next thing. They just want to clean the slate and start from scratch. I feel that sometimes, too, and the way that we do that here is we build things inside Shutterstock: we launch new products all the time.
Anything that is good influences the next thing. It’s inevitable. I believe that Hollywood influences the comics, and the comics influence Hollywood – it’s a cycle.
I’m not a materialistic person at all, but I always want the next thing; I’ve got a nice toolbox, but I still want another set of spanners.
As soon as it sounds fine, I’m on to the next thing, man.
I don’t like to look back, and I’m always worried about the next thing rather than resting on the laurels or the degradations of the last thing.
Everything about the music industry takes away from you as an artist. They’re always wondering what the next thing is: ‘What do you have?’ It’s a very introverted process.
It’s one thing getting the job of Doctor Who, which is wonderful. And then the next thing they say to you is, ‘We’re going to announce it live on television!’ And you think, ‘That’s not exactly what I thought I was signing up for!’
My brother’s friend worked at a TV station, so we went in; the producer of a show asked if I wouldn’t mind taking some photos for his wife, who was a talent agent. Next thing I know, I’m enroute to the agency.
The next thing that happened to me was that I, we, were living in Paris where I then grew up.
Creating a set list is like making a running order for an album. Certain things get pitted against one another that make more sense. One song sets another one off, or it might diminish it. You’re just constantly looking for the next thing that’s gonna make sense in a particular place.
My love of maple syrup. I’ve been known to knock back a can over a couple days: A swig here, a swig there, and next thing you know it’s gone. It’s a habit I have to stave off. I don’t want to lose all my teeth.
Limitlessness is important for me; I want to be able to use every opportunity to push me forward onto the next thing.
I’ve always moved by my heart. I’ve moved by the spirit of what I feel was right for me next. I always pray and ask God: ‘What’s the next thing? What am I supposed to do next?’
I was on the computer one night, ‘Raw’ came on and I saw a women’s match. I thought, huh, I could do that. Next thing you know, I was knee-deep in wrestling.
If you don’t get something, don’t spend your time wallowing. Just move on and then speak up for the next thing, and hope that you’re involved in that.
I get all dressed up with that Marianne Faithfull face, and the next thing I know, I’m blurting out things that I shouldn’t, trying to get attention when, really, I’ve got everybody’s attention already.
When I was younger and I’d get into scraps, someone would throw a punch, but next thing you know it’s on the ground.
I told my mother I wanted to be an actress, and the next thing I know is that I’m studying in a very expensive film school.
If you have good songs and a real desire to make music, the next thing to do, instead of approach record companies, is to get yourself a really good manager because then it allows you to focus on your profession of being a musician. Then they can focus on the darker art of the record label and the music industry.
I get great satisfaction from trying to get better and trying to do the next thing as well as I can.
I don’t want to risk my personal sanity or happiness, or my family, or the love of my life. That’s a mistake. And I think a lot of people make that mistake, they’re always kind of, like, seeking out the next thing that’s gonna happen.
I have a short attention span. And when I’m in the middle of one thing, I’m then drawn to the next thing.
When I was younger, I was emulating David Letterman. David Letterman would yell out of his office window with a megaphone, and the next thing I’m doing is standing on the roof of a parking garage with a megaphone.
I’ve always been really good at staying busy. Even while I’m working, I’m looking at what the next thing is.
I used to play a lot of tennis and then, next thing you know, same thing with tennis. That banging on the knees, the jarring, twisting motion – I couldn’t do it. All of a sudden, every time I played, my knee would swell up.
In a few years, we might not still be into Instagram, but hopefully I’ll be into the next thing and have fun do it.
No one remembers this because it’s the whipping boy, but ‘The Single Guy’ was very well-reviewed and watched, and then the central concept became attacked by the very people who were putting it on. And then the next thing you know you’re running in fear, and everyone stops being funny.
Before moving onto the next thing, make sure you continue to nurture the first thing. Get a good team around you because it’s difficult to do multiple things on your own.
Now, there are sometimes making a connection between one section and another that sometimes you do want to see the pattern because it helps you to lead into the next thing – it’s a rhetorical thing, where you just see how the pattern has to go into the next thing.
I would go visit my mom on Sundays, and my brother was working on stuff. I’d go in there and sing a little melody, then we started working with words and the next thing you know it was just born organically without really trying.
I just kind of assumed that you do a movie and then you leave and you hop onto the next thing. I never thought that people are actually buddies.
The next thing I knew, I was out of the service and making movies again. My first picture was called, GI Blues. I thought I was still in the army.
I’m trying to focus on my job as I see it, which is to write the next thing and to remain, to the degree that I ever was, a noticer.
I never look back, ever. I’m always looking ahead, working on the next thing.
It’s such a cycle. You’ll see a rapper drop a song, and next thing you know, he’s gone.
I cannot outline. I do not know what the next thing is going to happen in the book until it comes out of my fingers.
When one thing ends, you put it away and start from scratch on the next thing.
Don’t forget to celebrate. When I was first coming up, everything was so serious – we were always rushing to get to the next thing – that we didn’t take the time to say, ‘Man, look what we did just now.’
When I was at Duke, I finally had an avocado – accidentally – on a turkey sandwich. I was hooked. Next thing I know, I couldn’t get enough guacamole.
To have a man who can flirt is next thing to indispensable to a leader of society.
I kept buying bucket hats. Next thing I knew, I felt like I didn’t look right without one.
Don’t be so hard on yourself. Make something simple a few times until you ‘master’ it and move on to the next thing. Take a cooking class! Buy a cookbook that specializes in foods or a cuisine you enjoy.
I thought I could never write a proper book; I’d never done it before. But I thought I could write a sequence. Then I had a chapter. The next thing I knew I was turning acting down.
I made some flippant remark about not wanting my son to grow up with an American accent, and the next thing I knew, there were people in America suggesting I head back to Britain if I was unhappy at such a prospect.
I was at this model search with a friend, supporting her, and next thing you know I ended up in it.
So the next thing I assume I’ll be hearing from Republicans, they want to change rules some way, as they do on the House when you get a problem with ethics, they just change the rules.
I’m constantly working. I am constantly going to the next thing.
With photography, you zero in; you put a lot of energy into short moments, and then you go on to the next thing.
I’ve figured out what to do so far, but it’s always the next thing you come to where the man with the bucket of ice cold water is waiting – whoosh! in your face. That’s why you work with directors who know what to tell you to do.
There’s a personal story of my own that I will write at some point, and it’s a film that I will happily make. It could very well be the next thing I do, unless someone shows me something great.
It’s like whether you’re in a huge movie or you’ve just recorded an incredible album you’ve got to do the next thing, and that’s part of being an artist.
I was always on to the next thing. I didn’t celebrate all the little moments in my career that I should have done, I always focused on what was next, how could I do better.
When I was 17, my main goal was to be in a band and travel the world. I ended up getting to do that with my old band Hey Monday. I got to see the world and learn how to tour, and the next thing I knew, I was on ‘The Voice.’ So it was just a crazy, crazy ride.
In this country, if a woman wants to work, she has very little choice. After you cross the age suitable for a heroine, there is nothing in the middle; the next thing you do is you become a mother.
It’s weird what a last name will do. I changed it to ‘Milian,’ and next thing you know, I was working and getting auditions and stuff, and it was crazy.
The Dawn Wall and the Fitz Traverse were super-satisfying climbs. But I will always be searching for the next thing – the need to accomplish and explore are just woven into the fabric of who I am.
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’
In New Jersey, we won in ’95, but after that for four years we never had a sniff at it. The next thing you know we went on a run of three Stanley Cup Finals in four years in 2000, 2001 and 2003.
In Hollywood, you play a mom, and the next thing you know, you’re on ‘The Golden Girls.’ They age you so fast.
I believe in life that you know that everything prepares you for the next thing – whether it’s a hit, whether it’s not a hit, whether it’s a… your failures are your accomplishments because it makes you prepared for whatever it is that you are going to do next.
Anytime you finish a climb, there’s always the next thing you can try.
If Prince decided that he liked you, or he liked your art or what you brought to the table, it wasn’t something that ended. It was a continuation of that thing until he went to the next thing.
Next thing you know they’ll take your thoughts away.
It’s funny: ‘Next Thing’ was written in a time of my life when I was actually really naive and thought that I was wise.
The great thing about jamming is that you come in with zero preconceptions. Someone might want to play something that suggests something else to you, and the next thing you know you’re on a 20-minute adventure.
In the first Spider-Man, at the end of the movie, Peter Parker had to deny himself a relationship with a girl that he’s in love with. The very next thing that happens is that he’s swinging through the city.
That’s the media now. They get lazy. Rumors become fact. Some blogger says something, next thing you know, it’s in ‘USA Today.’
The Supreme Court ruled that disabled golfer Casey Martin has a legal right to ride in a golf cart between shots at PGA Tour events. Man, the next thing you know, they’re going to have some guy carry his clubs around for him.
If you come to my house, you won’t see a wall of trophies or things like that. I’m sort of ‘on to the next thing’ all the time.
Once you achieve one goal, you should be looking forward to trying to build onto the next thing, and not just getting comfortable with what you’re doing.