High Standards Quotes

High Standards Quotes by Eric Liddell, Hank Williams Jr., Nancy L. Zimpher, Jane Alexander, Patrice Motsepe, Barry Zito and many others.

As Christians, I challenge you. Have a great aim – have a high standard – make Jesus your ideal…make Him an ideal not merely to be admired but also to be followed.
Eric Liddell
Being a Williams is not easy in this business because the bar is set very high to achieve success. Daddy set some high standards for all of us.
Hank Williams Jr.
We make no apologies for setting high standards.
Nancy L. Zimpher
What we do is look for high standards of excellence in the arts.
Jane Alexander
One has to set high standards… I can never be happy with mediocre performance.
Patrice Motsepe
I’m not trying to be cocky, but I set such a high standard for myself. I’m not happy when I pitch seven innings and give up two runs and get a win.
Barry Zito
I have a lot of respect for the auto manufacturers. They make a product people live inside – and can die inside – so they are held to very high standards.
Shai Agassi
The food system is not a free market. In this country, we impose reasonably high standards of animal welfare – but we haven’t applied the same standards to food we import, so all we’re really doing is exporting cruelty from Britain elsewhere, and at the same time undermining our farmers.
Zac Goldsmith
My parents set high standards. It wasn’t okay if you got a B.
Buster Posey
Good parts just don’t fall off trees. I try to be very careful about what sort of projects I attack. There’s an audience out there that expects high standards from me.
David Jason
I have high standards I hold myself to, besides Christianity.
Jason David Frank
Miss Marple believes in justice and has very high standards. There is nothing you could say or do that would shock her.
Joan Hickson
But you need to strive to try and communicate and try and change things in a similar way. And then people can think that’s pretentious or whatever, but it’s your life’s work, and you’ve decided that. That’s what they made us believe. So we have a pretty high standard, which is at times great and at times not.
Jake Gyllenhaal
I think that, because I set such high standards for myself in my first season, it became an issue of me keeping up to those standards.
Scott Sinclair
Serena and I, we don’t have anything to prove … we still set a very high standard.
Venus Williams
Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars.
Les Brown
Again, the great number of cultivated men keep each other up to a high standard. The habit of meeting well-read and knowing men teaches the art of omission and selection.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I don’t have expectations with people, but I have very high standards for myself. The only time I get disappointed in life is when I disappoint myself.
It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.
W. Somerset Maugham
People can live up to high standards, but they can’t live up to perfection.
Temple Grandin
We had rising student achievement across the board because high standards, robust accountability, ending social promotion in third grade, real school choice across the board, challenging the teachers union and beating them is the way to go.
Jeb Bush
I sort of set myself really high standards which is good and bad. If I know that I’ve done all I can to prepare, that’s when I race the best and in ’09 I was going through a lot of emotional ups and downs and I was never as fit as I would have liked to have been. So I never felt comfortable.
Stephanie Rice
While it’s good that we maintain high standards for companies seeking to claim environmental leadership, I can’t help but ponder the hypocrisy of it all: how much more we expect of companies than of ourselves.
Joel Makower
I think a winner has to be a master of preparation, they have to be a master of connection, extremely competitive and have really high standards for themselves and the people around them.
Maya Moore
That’s the secret of how to enjoy writing and how to make yourself meet high standards,” said Mrs. Berman. “You don’t write for the whole world, and you don’t write for ten people, or two. You write for just one person.
Kurt Vonnegut
Cynics are – beneath it all – only idealists with awkwardly high standards.
Alain de Botton
I don’t think anybody has the right to a huge family. There’s already more people on the planet than our natural resources can even support, and if everybody were to have a high standard of living, we need three or four or five new planets to provide the resources. And this cannot be, so something has to change.
Jane Goodall
I’ve always held myself to high standards.
Nick Foles
As a coach, your high standards of performance, attention to detail and – above all – how hard you work set the stage for how your players perform.
Don Shula
A high standard of living is usually accompanied by a low standard of thinking.
Marya Mannes
As a former teacher, I have a high passion for quality student learning and high standards.
Kay Ivey
The music industry is an unforgiving place, and it shall unceremoniously show you the door if you can’t perform to high standards.
Asha Bhosle
A new, self-employed architect scientist is the one in all the world who may accelerate realization of a high-standard survival for all, as now completely practical within the scope of available technology.
R. Buckminster Fuller
I couldn’t say a specific thing, but the media is not really held to high standards anymore.
Scott Eastwood
Not everyone’s high standards have to be the same thing.
Aja Naomi King
How can you live the high life if you do not wear the high heels?
Sonia Rykiel
I don’t play fantasy baseball anymore now because it’s too much work, and I feel like I have to hold myself up to such a high standard. I’m pretty serious about my fantasy football, though.
Nate Silver
Fear is the strongest driving-force in competition. Not fear of one’s opponent, but of the skill and high standard which he represents; fear, too, of not acquitting oneself well. In the achievement of greater performances, of beating formidable rivals, the athlete defeats fear and conquers himself.
Franz Stampfl
The Bassbone is just what I have been looking for… I can maintain the integrity of two instruments on stage or in the studio with control over the balance and keep my high standards for my low notes!
Nathan East
Because of my tremendous respect for Bob Barker and for the show’s high standards of professionalism I consider this a tremendous honor that few announcers have ever been treated to. Both Rod’s and Johnny’s shoes are huge; I can’t think about filling them.
Randy West
Nobody owes anybody anything; it’s up to each individual to set high standards for himself or herself, and to set about working hard and creating a solid future.
Katharine Hepburn
I came over here and worked for rock magazines, and I worked for Rolling Stone, which has a very high standard of journalism, a very good research department.
Kurt Loder
I do support high standards, strong accountability, and local control.
Betsy DeVos
And with puppets, especially in our company, we sort of demand a very high standard of puppetry, so it’s a real technical skill.
Brian Henson
My dad always had very high standards for me, from day one.
Doug McMillon
But theres a huge blessing that comes from being a part of a show like The Cosby Show that sets such a high standard of quality – it touched so many people on so many different levels.
Malcolm-Jamal Warner
By cutting the red tape that comes out of Brussels, we will free our farmers to grow more, sell more, and export more great British food whilst upholding our high standards for plant and animal health and welfare.
Andrea Leadsom
Ueli Steck, I’m absolutely certain, had a very strong inner drive to keep pushing. He set very high standards for himself.
Reinhold Messner
I have very high standards for every part of life – my work, my relationships, food, love. I can’t just pretend.
Olivia Wilde
We all know that China is industrializing at a growth rate of 8 to 10 percent per year. China is on track to pass the U.S. as the largest economy in the world in 20 to 25 years, and China is determined to give its people a chance at this high standard of living that we enjoy.
John Olver
I’m a firm believer in quality > quantity, and I think it’s important to have high standards in any product creation product.
Joey Sturgis
I think we should see whether we are wise trying to educate everybody to a high standard the way we are trying to do now. There has to be a high level of education so everybody is literate, but whether university education is necessary for everyone is open to question.
Robertson Davies
I believe the time will come when the whole definition of pop music will change. It will get to the point where a song will not be a good song until it has a high level of creativity in writing and performance. In other words, in order to be popular, songs will have to meet these high standards.
Nina Simone
Conditions have changed, but we are still operating financially by the rules established during the Industrial Revolution-rules based on creating more material possessions. But our high standard of living has not led to a high quality of life-for us or for the planet.
Joseph R. Dominguez
As you live high standards publicly and privately, and even under great pressure adhere to them, you raise the vision of others.
Richard G. Scott
If you have self-respect, you will take satisfaction in being well groomed and will not allow yourself to perform shabbily. You will continue to work toward high standards and goals to serve others, to continue and to practice self-discipline. You will not compromise your standards or beliefs.
Marvin J. Ashton
I have extremely high standards.
Lisa Su
I’ve got high standards when it comes to boys. As my dad says, all girls should! I’m from the South – Tennessee, to be exact – and down there, we’re all about southern hospitality. I know that if I like a guy, he better be nice, and above all, my dad has to approve of him!
Miley Cyrus
Nothing is a hobby – each discipline is its own world with its own high standards. Of course, every artist has ‘minor works’ that they do, but I don’t think I have any ‘minor disciplines.’
Patti Smith
Set high standards for yourself and don’t settle for anything less. You are the best judge of yourself and your capabilities.
Tony Robbins
I do have impossibly high standards.
Kate Winslet
We do all, myself included, we tend to hold ourselves to pretty low standards. But when it comes to judging public figures or politicians or people we’ve never met, we tend to hold people to very high standards, and, if we held ourselves to those standards, we’d always fall short.
We have these impossibly high standards and we’ll probably never live up to our perfect fantasies of our future selves. But I feel like that’s okay.
Marina Keegan
To keep any great nation up to a high standard of civilization there must be enough superior characters to hold the balance of power, but the very moment the balance of power gets into the hands of second-rate men and women, a decline of that nation is inevitable.
Christian D. Larson
I do have high standards, but I don’t expect anything from anyone that I don’t expect from myself.
Olivia Newton-John
Have you set high standards in the past that make it clear what level of performance you demand?
Tom Peters
Results are a consequence of doing things well and having high standards, improving the detail of how we play.
Gareth Southgate
I set myself high standards, and when I drop below them, I’m not happy about it.
Andrew Robertson
Russia under President Putin is less democratic and less free today than when he assumed office. If Russia cannot fulfill its obligation to the G-8 and maintain a high standard of democratic governance then its membership should be suspended.
Vito Fossella
I set myself high standards on the pitch and I know I have not always lived up to them this season.
Rio Ferdinand
Being authentic can be a good thing in that often people who are fixated on that are also fixated on having very high standards, so they may maintain something they think has tremendous value. On the other hand, most of the kinds of music that I’ve been excited about are hybrid in their origins.
Edgar Meyer
Mel [Bochner] sets a very high standard. He expects only the best and most thoughtful and rigorous examinations, not only of the history of art but your own practice.
Kehinde Wiley
Please. She sighed. ‘Can’t a girl have high standards? I don’t want an ordinary boy.
Sarah Dessen
A smooth lecture… may be pleasant; a good teacher challenges, asks, irritates and maintains high standards – all that is generally not pleasant.
Paul Halmos
It’s OK for China to invent cancer drugs that cure patients in the United States. We want them to catch up. But as the leader, we want to keep setting a very, very high standard. We don’t want them to catch up because we’re slowing down or, even worse, going into reverse.
Bill Gates
Our audience holds us to an incredibly high standard of continuity and emotional authenticity. We don’t toy with that, but oftentimes we write stories, in order to spark debate. We’re very determined to always give the answer. We don’t want to leave a lot of things open to debate, at the end of the day.
Jeff Pinkner
Today the Secretary of State said that of the 247 candidates, so far 115 of them have been certified. How embarrassing is that? Imagine if you were turned down because you didn’t meet the high standards set by Larry Flynt and Gallagher.
Jay Leno
We have a high standard of living. … In Norway, we’ve tripled our income since 1970. In the rest of western Europe, income has merely doubled.
Jens Stoltenberg
Being a professional does not have a very high standard.
Terry Bozzio
Let us be about setting high standards for life, love, creativity, and wisdom. If our expectations in these areas are low, we are not likely to experience wellness. Setting high standards makes every day and every decade worth looking forward to.
Greg Anderson
Harman International’s dedication to research and development, as well as its strict adherence to quality manufacturing, are well known throughout the corporate world. The opportunity to lead a company with such high standards, worldwide reputation, and outstanding growth potential is extremely appealing.
Dinesh Paliwal
What is called a high standard of living consists, in considerable measure, in arrangements for avoiding muscular energy, for increasing sensual pleasure and enhancing caloric intake above any conceivable nutritional requirement.
John Kenneth Galbraith
I do have high standards. I look at everything I have done and think, ‘Why wasn’t that better?’ Part of my motivation is from crippling self-doubt – I have got to prove myself wrong.
Michael Palin
The challenge itself is to exceed certain high standards you’ve set for yourself.
Dimple Kapadia
Actually, I don’t really draw that well. It’s just that I don’t stop trying as quickly. I keep at it. I happen to have high standards and I try to meet them. I have to struggle like hell to make a drawing look good.
Milt Kahl
They love putting me in the ‘indie queen’ box. I had some high standards in my 20s that I don’t have anymore.
Parker Posey
In this age of globalization, instant real time media and television, everyone all over the world realizes that high energy usage equates with a high standard of living and wealth.
John Olver
Mother set impossibly high standards for us, creating tremendous pressures and undermining our ability to accomplish whatever modest aims we may have set for ourselves.
Katharine Graham
You get held to a high standard, almost an unmaintainable standard, in the public eye that you don’t even come close to touching.
Tiki Barber
Education standards need to be set at the state level. High standards are an important way to ensure that the education system we are funding is actually working and producing, at a minimum, what we would expect it to.
Doug Ducey
You’ve got to set high standards for yourself.
Marcus Giles
Whereas religions may serve a benign purpose by letting many people feel comfortable with the level of morality they themselves can attain, no religion holds its member to the high standards of moral responsibility that the secular world of science and medicine does!
Daniel Dennett
Maybe the standards should be higher to be an officer. People will say there area high standards, but clearly they’re not high enough.
Brandon Marshall
I think that I set such high standards for myself that sometimes I expect other people to live up to these standards, and it’s not fair because they’re not setting the same goals for themselves.
Rory Gallagher
The more efficient causes of progress seem to consist of a good education during youth whilst the brain is impressible, and of a high standard of excellence, inculcated by the ablest and best men, embodied in the laws, customs and traditions of the nation, and enforced by public opinion.
Charles Darwin
Keep your standards high, and any guy who is worth it will rise to meet them.
Ed Westwick
I found with poetry that I couldn’t keep it up. I was too vulnerable. Maybe I was too aware of the audience. And I had impossibly high standards that I could never approach. So there was always a sense of being a failure, and of being vulnerable.
Jonathan Santlofer
The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.
Ray Kroc
It was a staggering moment when I first heard the news. Lennon was a most talented man and above all, a gentle soul. John and his colleagues set a high standard by which contemporary music continues to be measured.
Frank Sinatra
Financial institutions, the corporate world and civil society – all must uphold high standards of probity in their working. Only a genuine partnership between the Government and its people can bring about positive change to create a just society.
Pratibha Patil
When you lose for the All Blacks it’s not a nice feeling. Expectations on us are pretty high. We have high standards and we know if we’ve let ourselves or let the jersey down.
Beauden Barrett
I remember making ‘Mr. Show,’ thinking, ‘Man this stuff is really funny to me.’ I don’t know if anyone else will love it, but I know I’m going to still watch it in 15 years if I’m still alive and laugh really hard. Even though we had very high standards, we were trying to excite and please ourselves.
Bob Odenkirk
If we’re serious about building an economy that lasts, we have got to get serious about education. We are going to have to pick up our games and raise our standards.
Barack Obama
I want to write songs with meaning. I have high standards for my work.
Brett Dennen
Golf is a game of integrity. And golf is a game of forgiveness. I think the high standards of golf remind people of how lucky they are, or how fortunate they are, to be able to play the game.
George W. Bush
The moment I realised that my history was an excuse for nothing, was the moment I was freed from my history. The great danger of history is that we use it as an excuse and remain trapped in it. I cannot blame my history for anything, and therefore I have to have high standards for myself.
Stefan Molyneux
You cannot apply your high standards to a country [Egypt] burdened with decades of autocratic rule. Our democracy is still in its infancy.
Mohamed ElBaradei
I can’t help it! I’m just a woman with high standards!
Josie Maran
The Leadership Training Institute of America trains and equips young men and women to be leaders with high standards of personal morality and integrity.
Michael C. Burgess
I hold myself to a very high standard, and I hold my contributions to that same high standard. I will not accept any contributions that are illegal, inappropriate or tainted.
Kevin Shelley
I don’t have high standards in taste; I prefer soju over wine.
Kim Woo-bin
Rarely do schools acknowledge the power of peer culture in defining standards, and rarely do they take advantage of this power as an engine for quality. When students themselves are in charge of projects that they care about, peer pressure can become a powerful force for high standards.
Sandy Berger
I’m really shallow when I come to guys. I only date really good-looking, well-endowed guys, with great bodies. My friends are always going on at me. I’m like. ‘I can’t help it! I’m just a woman with high standards!’
Josie Maran
I am a perfectionist, and I set high standards.
Dimitar Berbatov
We were told, no, you don’t do. There was this high standard of morals and a sense of responsibility. That didn’t mean that everybody stuck to those laws, but we were cognizant of the importance of trying to live up to that code.
David C. Driskell
There are no big things, only a logical accumulation of little things done at a very high standard of performance.
John Wooden
On a professional side, you’ve got a tough problem to fix, Geoff Miller’s going to do it, and he’s always going to do it to very high standards, and he’s always going to be on the side of right. He’s always talking about ‘what right looks like’ – just a phrase he would always use.
Jack Keane
High standards generally — about workmanship and creation of objects, about what is owed in friendship, about the quality of art and much else — far from being snobbish, are required to maintain decency in life.
Joseph Epstein
Inertia is comforting, and Americans will be extremely reluctant to make any change that might affect their high standard of living.
Deepak Chopra
I have very high standards for myself and my career.
Ryan Kwanten
A cultivated and decent man cannot be vain without setting a fearfully high standard for himself, and without despising and almost hating himself at certain moments.
Fyodor Dostoevsky
You should shoot for high standards, and believe they’re obtainable.
Buster Posey
If you are of the truth, if you have learned the truth, if you see the sanctity of the truth, then speak truth. We are not called to be deceivers or liars. God is a God of truth, and His people are called to have an enormously high standard of truth.
R. C. Sproul
You can truly grieve for every officer who’s been lost in the line of duty in this country, and still be troubled by cases of police overreach.
Jon Stewart
There isn’t really any Common Core any more. Each state is able to set the standards for their state. They may elect to adopt very high standards for their students to aspire to and to work toward. And that will be up to each state.
Betsy DeVos
You can have calmness of mind at all times by the practice of yoga. You can have restful sleep. You can have increased energy, vigour, vitality, longevity, and a high standard of health. You can turn out efficient work within a short space of time. You can have success in every walk of life.