100+ Best Standard Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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When I realized that nothing is perfect and no one is perfect, I was able to overcome my initial fears. I was holding myself to some weird standard that I was putting outside of myself, i.e., the director or casting director – they’re not expecting perfection. I had all these strange trappings I would put myself in. — Vinessa Shaw

For most jobs, especially those in the digital economy, there is no objective standard for being ‘qualified.’ If you and the team you’re working with think you’re qualified, you are. — Lisa Gansky

We weren’t afraid to mix some crazy styles into the standard rockabilly look. We also took a lot of different musical influences that were part of that era. — Brian Setzer

In the beginning, YouTube content wasn’t up to the same standard as traditional media. Now, people are using it as a launchpad. — Toby Turner

There are commercials that are funny, but you might forget the product. A standard commercial might hammer that point home better. — Todd Barry

Fact: If standard of living is your number one objective, quality of life almost never improves. But if quality of life is your number one objective, standard of living invariably improves. — Zig Ziglar

For decades, Wall Street has charged companies a standard fee of 7 percent to sell their shares to the public. — Alex Berenson

American musicians are very giving – they have the highest standard in the world – but they are also very demanding in their conditions. — Zubin Mehta

If we can become the de facto standard for image capture of unique perspectives around the world, we have a lot of growth ahead of us. — Nick Woodman

There are certain voices that you just associate with a big game, Super Bowl, or whatever it is. These voices are the ones I grew up listening to. The best I can say to them is, ‘Thank you.’ They set a standard of quality so high that the rest of us are way behind. — Scott Graham

I try not to wear foundation unless I have a giant pimple, which sometimes I do. For the red carpet, I may add a brighter colored lip and darker eyes. But my standard is blush and mascara. — Zoe Kravitz

People never improve unless they look to some standard or example higher or better than themselves. — Tryon Edwards

We need to enact a strong standard that will stop a terrorist or illegal alien from getting a driver’s license because border security is a major concern in a post-September 11th world. — Bill Shuster

A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful. — Jacqueline Bisset

I just think that if one is going to preach nonviolence and one is going to advocate for nonviolence, one’s standard should be consistent. — Ta-Nehisi Coates

People think of black English as ungrammatical, but it bears the same relationship to standard English as contemporary Hebrew does to ancient Hebrew. — John McWhorter

I don’t claim any moral or ethical high ground, but I also have chosen not to run for public office. Shouldn’t there be a higher standard of conduct for public officials? — Mark McKinnon

Life is a question without a standard answer. — Li Shufu

Society can take two roads – the road to genuine prosperity, or the road to artificial stimulus. The first results in a permanent higher standard of living for all; the latter creates an inflationary boom that cannot last. — Mark Skousen

The beliefs expressed in the Declaration of Independence remain a standard for our nation today. They also remain a standard for those nations across the globe striving to achieve democracy. — Paul Gillmor

Efficient spending and saving will give the family more security, more opportunities, more education, and a higher standard of living. — Ezra Taft Benson

Obama is like the kid brother whose only standard for judging his own achievements is the records his big brother set. — Elliott Abrams

‘Hallelujah’ is going to be a standard that our grandkids, our great-great grandkids will learn to sing in church. It’s one of those really, really special songs. — Brandi Carlile

There is no time and space limitation for public accountability on the Internet. Creative commonality is standard and does not resemble the authoritarian style of the dead communist experience. It seems that it is no longer society’s obligation to understand legislation; it is a duty for governments to be understood by their people. — Eduardo Paes

When people evaluate their life, they compare themselves to a standard of what a successful life is, and it turns out that standard tends to be universal: People in Togo and Denmark have the same idea of what a good life is, and a lot of that has to do with money and material prosperity. — Daniel Kahneman

I think a lot of people in America do not understand that the basis of true liberty can’t happen without an objective moral standard by which we live our lives. — Mike Huckabee

If they are willing to give women economic freedom in that home, if they are willing to live by the standard they wish women to live by, then homes will be preserves. — Agnes Macphail

In nine months, a group of children left alone with a computer – in any language – would reach the same standard as an office secretary in the West. — Sugata Mitra

By moving them vertically, a representative mean curve could be formed, and individual events were then characterized by individual logarithmic differences from the standard curve. — Charles Francis Richter

The ultimate test of the value of a political system is whether it helps that society to establish conditions which improve the standard of living for the majority of its people. — Lee Kuan Yew

I’m not gonna do the same, tired, standard ‘I was born in a log cabin…’ kind of book. There’s so much more I want to do. — Corey Taylor

The top quark was discovered in 1995, and since then, the Higgs has become our obsession because the standard model was incomplete without it. — Fabiola Gianotti

For the standard of Christian life was to be strained to a higher pitch; more fasting was required, and more careful separation from the manners and enjoyments of the world; celibacy and martyrdom had great value set upon them, and second marriages were prohibited. — Robert Rainy

How the woman movement has elevated woman’s work, since it has raised the standard of qualification in many fields and increased the feeling of responsibility in all! — Ellen Key

When I came to New York after high school in 1959 and started to meet musicians, ‘Hot House’ was like a standard jam session tune. — Chick Corea

Everyone in England knows about Burberry, and it kind of represents a standard of being well-dressed… But the nice thing is, they have a lot of clothes, so I still feel like myself whenever I’m wearing their clothes. — Tom Odell

Thus, the standard library will serve as both a tool and as a teacher. — Bjarne Stroustrup

The producers of ‘The Hobbit’ take the welfare of all animals very seriously and have always pursued the highest standard of care for animals in their charge. — Peter Jackson

Unsurprisingly, an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) – once a luxury for room-sized computer installations – is now a standard item both in home offices and all the networked tiers above, protecting servers and online service providers, Internet backbones, phone companies, and even cable TV networks. — Charles Platt

I get very involved with my things, and they are not standard equipment. — Iris Apfel

In my fifty years of experience and memory, I have seen the most amazing increase in the standard of living of a people ever achieved anywhere in the world. This is why I am so sure that our system of free competition and industrial development is sound and must be preserved. — Charles E. Wilson

True love does not only encompass the things that make you feel good, it also holds you to a standard of accountability. — Monica Johnson

‘That’s What She Said’ is not Hollywood’s standard picture of women: preternaturally gorgeous, wedding obsessed, boy crazy, fashion focused, sexed up ‘girl’ women. These are real women, comically portrayed, who are trying to wrestle with the very expectations of womanhood that Hollywood movies set up. — Carrie Preston

Government has never increased the standard of living of one single human being in civilization’s history. For some reason that simple truth has evaded everybody. — Steve Wynn

Crony capitalism is much easier than competing in an open market. But it erodes our overall standard of living and stifles entrepreneurs by rewarding the politically favored rather than those who provide what consumers want. — Charles Koch

We believe that business is the engine that drives the car. You’ve got to build your business base. That means creating more jobs, better paying jobs – that’s how you raise your standard of living. That’s how you raise your quality of life. That’s what funds all the other services people want from government. — John Hoeven

The IronClad is faster than most thumb drives but far slower than a standard hard drive. Boot up, application launch and other Windows operations feel sluggish, though still usable. — Barton Gellman

Having a band was part of my heart’s desire, musically. Within myself, I was saying that, ‘Not until you have a band for yourself can you maintain the standard of your songs,’ and the sound become a foundation. You don’t have to feel around for two or three weeks for the sound because the foundation is already built. — Burning Spear

It does not have to be that the greatest generation is behind us. It does not have to be that our children will have a lower standard of living. It will be that way if we choose to believe that. I choose not to believe that. — Glenn Beck

The very first time I ever heard anything of mine on the radio, I was in New Jersey, and I was in my teens. I did my first record, which was an old standard called ‘My Mother’s Eyes.’ It was the old Georgie Jessel theme. I heard it on local radio out of Newark. And it was very exciting! — Frankie Valli

The stability of global financial markets is a public good. If governments fail to protect this public good, then those who suffer are the working people of the world whose jobs, whose homes, and whose standard of living depends on it. — Kevin Rudd

One of the things that’s pretty unique about nu shu, when you look especially at these old letters and stories that have been saved, is that there are certain lines that are very standard that are used again and again. It’s almost like a formula in a sense, so that these certain lines come up again and again. — Lisa See

I’ve had teachers that inspired me, yes. I think teachers play a really important role in people’s lives. I had one teacher in particular who helped me through high school and really instilled a confidence in me by just holding me up to a standard I wasn’t holding myself up to. — Shaun Sipos

It has been said that the position of woman is the test of civilization, and that of our women was secure. In them was vested our standard of morals and the purity of our blood. — Charles Eastman

We’ve gone from a world in which Starbucks set a cutting-edge standard for mass-market design to a world in which Starbucks establishes the bare minimum. If your establishment can’t come up with an original look, customers expect at least some sleek wood fixtures, nicely upholstered chairs, and faux-Murano glass pendant lights. — Virginia Postrel

There are winners and there are losers. And as much as we would like to help the losers, if we do it in the way that directs the limited capital of the society to support the low-productivity parts of the economy, it means that the rest of the economy – our overall standard of living – will not rise as much as it could. — Alan Greenspan

We believe that there’s a double standard out there. You can show all kinds of other horrifying images, but you can’t show abortion. We’re not going to accept that. — Mark Harrington

I travel often, so my routine is always getting scrambled. But on a standard sort of day, I get up at 6, pack lunches, hustle the kids off to school, then brew a pot of coffee and head downstairs to the dungeon, as I call it: my cobwebby office in the basement. — Benjamin Percy

We need for America to get back to basics and focus on the middle class’s quality of life. Healthcare reform is vital to restoring that standard of living. — Sander Levin

My eldest sister Beth is a doctor who studied at Harvard and Columbia and played basketball for Harvard. She set the athletic and academic standard for the rest of us to follow. — Abby Wambach

If you were to hold me to a standard of, ‘What are you doing, singing about a scratch-off ticket at your level of success?’ then my music’s gonna be ridiculous. — Brad Paisley

The standard way to record a meeting is to list people’s names, the topics, and action items. The visual way is to doodle a rectangle (the table) populated by figures (the participants) sitting around the table with their comments as cartoon word balloons. — Tom Wujec

A trustee is held to something stricter than the morals of the market place. Not honesty alone, but the punctilio of an honor the most sensitive, is then the standard of behavior. — Benjamin N. Cardozo

I get asked a lot what the key is to creating a hit show, and I have a standard answer: Do everything right, and then get lucky 10 ways. — Christopher Lloyd

If you’re going to have a satisfactory standard of living, you’re going to have to be competitive in this world. And you can’t be competitive if you don’t have a good education. — Bob McNair

You could imagine a language exactly like English except it doesn’t have connectives like ‘and’ that allow you to make longer expressions. An infant learning truncated English would have no idea about this: They would just pick it up as they would standard English. — Noam Chomsky

We have got this Damocles’ sword of Standard and Poor’s hanging over us, with the commitment they have made to review Britain’s credit rating in the summer of 2010 after the general election. Everybody in Britain has a vital interest in ensuring that the triple A credit rating agency is maintained. — Philip Hammond

Black English is simpler than standard English in some ways; for example, it often gets by with just ‘be’ and drops ‘am,’ ‘is,’ and ‘are.’ That’s because black English arose when adult African slaves learned the language. — John McWhorter

I will live by the standard of reason, and if thinking in accordance with reason takes me to perdition, then I will go to hell with my reason rather than to heaven without it. — Robert Green Ingersoll

We believe that the poorest nations of the world continue to look to Ireland to set the global standard for commitment to development aid, … We also believe that there is a substantial support among the Irish people for a compelling and world-leading target, which will express their commitment to a more just and compassionate world. — Sean Brady

I miss the standard of the New York Philharmonic’s playing very much. It has certainly been a high point in my life. — Zubin Mehta

I have met parents all over the world, and they all just want to raise their kids to a higher standard than they were raised with. — Michael Mullen

If workmen are denied any increase in real wages and they can look forward only to a better standard of living through reduction of prices, progress for them is terribly slow, and they become impatient and dissatisfied. — Charles E. Wilson

When a company is not being guided by the products they make and what the customers need, but by how they can manipulate the system – get regulations on their competitors, or mandates on using their products, or eliminating foreign competition – it just lowers the overall standard of living and hurts the disadvantaged the most. — Charles Koch

It’s well proved economics that if a country which is rich and a country that is poor come together in global trade, sooner or later the standard of living of the poor country will go up towards that of the rich country. — N. R. Narayana Murthy

Most high-income people in our country do not realize that their incomes are being subsidized by their protection from competition from highly skilled people who are prevented from immigrating to the United States. But we need such skills in order to staff our productive economy, so that the standard of living for Americans as a whole can grow. — Alan Greenspan

The performance features are standard stability control and anti-lock brakes. And because the vehicle is based on a commercially available model, other features like active cruise control can easily be added. — Gary Caille

There was Pauline de Rothschild, who I thought was very fabulous, and Millicent Rogers, the Standard Oil heiress, very chic, very clever, very original. I admired both those women very much. And I had a great example with my mother, who was extremely chic. — Iris Apfel

What happens with smaller businesses is that they give in to the misconception that their site is secure because the system administrator deployed standard security products – firewalls, intrusion detection systems, or stronger authentication devices such as time-based tokens or biometric smart cards. But those things can be exploited. — Kevin Mitnick

There is no common standard for education about diagnosis. Distinguishing between bipolar depression and major depressive disorder, for example, can be difficult, and mistakes are common. Misdiagnosis can be lethal. Medications that work well for some forms of depression induce agitation in others. — Kay Redfield Jamison

For most people, their wealth accrues slowly, and at any given point they say, ‘Okay, I should kick up my standard of living because now I’ve earned slightly more wealth.’ I went from the dorm room to having a billion dollars. — Dustin Moskovitz

I really care about people, and I would need someone to also genuinely value other human beings and want to be connected with people in the world and to know about other cultures. That might not be a high standard for someone else, but for me, it’s really important to try and stick to that. — Aja Naomi King

A standard ‘well woman’ checkup can last as little as 10 minutes, hardly time for any in-depth discussions. — Virginia Postrel

Ronald Reagan was long thought to be the most conservative of Republicans. And by any standard today he is the most popular Republican in modern history. Yet he raised taxes 11 times, supported a ban on assault rifles and the Brady Bill, which mandated background checks, and established amnesty for 3 million undocumented workers. — Mark McKinnon

Because of the terrorist threat, the FBI and CIA have become as important as the military in preserving our freedom. Yet while thanking our military is standard practice in American life, no one thinks of thanking the FBI, the CIA, or the rest of the intelligence community for keeping us safe since 9/11. — Ronald Kessler

For ‘Death Magnetic,’ I used what I always use, which is my standard touring rack, which is filled with some Boogie stuff and a Marshall that I’ve had forever. — Kirk Hammett

Writing a novel – unlike operating a piece of heavy machinery, say, or cooking a chicken – is not a skill that can be taught. There is no standard way of doing it, just as there is no means of telling, while you’re doing it, whether you’re doing it well or badly. And merely because you’ve done it well once doesn’t mean you can do it well again. — Robert Harris

When I turned 11, my dad decorated a room at the Standard hotel in Los Angeles in a ’60s, Austin Powers style. There was human bowling: You run inside a giant inflatable ball and try to knock down pins. To this day, adults say it was one of the craziest parties they’ve ever been to. — Zoe Kravitz

The way I look at myself, the biggest achievement in my eyes – forget winning trophies or scoring in World Cups – is that I’m still at a top club playing at a really high standard having been almost two different players. — Michael Owen

There are so many different ways to lead. The most important thing is to be genuine. To have people around you trust you, trust in what you stand for and who you are. And I think that if people watch you day in and day out and believe in your motives and they believe that you set a high standard for yourself. — Steve Nash

Expanding background checks will help create a uniform standard for all gun purchases and prevent criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from obtaining powerful weapons. — Gabrielle Giffords

Countries that are agricultural can, at a low standard of living, sustain themselves. You can be self-sufficient; the money economy is a relatively insignificant part of the total economy. Singapore never was an agricultural country. — Lee Kuan Yew

The BBC is the greatest broadcaster in the world. It’s the standard that everyone measures themselves against. If we lose the BBC, it won’t be quite as bad as losing the royal family, but an integral part of this country will have gone. But then, I’m an old guy. — Terry Wogan

The standard rumor at the time was that Rumsfeld, as chief of staff, had persuaded President Ford to appoint George H.W. Bush as director of Central Intelligence, assuming that that got rid of a potential competitor for the presidency. — Bobby Ray Inman

You need a certain standard of literacy, moral and ethical values, to be able to run a one man, one vote system. — Lee Kuan Yew

It is standard practice for corrupt leaders who are seeking a certain political outcome to hype or manipulate a terror threat or a threat of violent domestic subversion. While sometimes the threat is manufactured, frequently the hyped threat is based on a real danger. — Naomi Wolf

Anytime you want to hear about graph partitioning, I will be glad to tell you what I know about graph partitioning. It remains a standard problem. I think it’s an interesting problem, because it shows up in a variety of guises in real life. — Brian Kernighan

I worry about growing income inequality. But I worry even more that the discussion is too narrowly focused. I worry that our outrage at the top 1 percent is distracting us from the problem that we should really care about: how to create opportunities and ensure a reasonable standard of living for the bottom 20 percent. — Sendhil Mullainathan

When we think of the ideal, we do not add virtue to virtue, but think of Jesus Christ, so that the standard of human life is no longer a code, but a character. — E. Stanley Jones

It’s hard to bring up your children on benefit. It’s easier if you can do part- time work, or even full-time work, and actually have a better standard of living, and that’s the direction in which we are going. — Harriet Harman

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