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Yardstick Quotes


"My yardstick is how somebody treats me." - Truman Capote

"Life will never surrender its secrets to a yardstick." - Dee Hock

"I have one yardstick by which I test every major problem - and that yardstick is: Is it good for America?" - Dwight D Eisenhower

"I have only one yardstick by which I test every major problem - and that yardstick is: Is it good for America?" - Dwight D Eisenhower

"the giver measures his gift with one yardstick, and the receiver measures it with another." - Laura Huxley

"If you are poor, shun association with him who measures men with the yardstick of riches." - Khalil Gibran

"The more successful you become, the longer the yardstick people use to measure you by." - Tom Landry

"Books are still the main yardstick by which I measure true wealth." - Tamora Pierce

"Without a yardstick sometimes the high points can be taken for granted." - Jasper Fforde

"Originality is what distinguishes art from craft. It is the yardstick of artistic greatness." - H. W. Janson

"The minister of the Gospel is really the yardstick by which the nation measures it's morals" - Jimmy Swaggart

"The minister of the Gospel is really the yardstick by which the nation measures it's morals" - Jimmy Swaggart

"We cannot measure Divine Providence by the yardstick of human mentality." - A.J. Cronin

"The freedom of speech is an important yardstick for a society's level of civilization." - Ai Weiwei

"When nobody around you seems to measure up, it's time to check your yardstick." - Bill Lemley

"Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected." - Steve Jobs

"That picture has become a sort of yardstick for everything else I've done." - Robert Hamer

"The minister of the Gospel is really the yardstick by which the nation measures its morals." - Jimmy Swaggart

"The predominant yardstick of your government is not human rights but national interests." - Breyten Breytenbach

"You can measure opportunity with the same yardstick that measures the risk involved. They go together." - Earl Nightingale

"If we want security, let us give security; if we want life, let us give life; if we want opportunities, let us provide opportunities. The yardstick we use for others will be the yardstick which time will use for us." - Pope Francis

"But our minds are bound to the yardstick of yesterday, today and tomorrow, and with that yardstick we try to inquire into the unknown, to measure that which is not measurable." - Jiddu Krishnamurti

"Success is not rightly measured by wealth, prestige and power. Success is measured by the yardstick of happiness." - Paramahansa Yogananda

"Success should be measured by the yardstick of happiness; by your ability to remain in peaceful harmony with cosmic laws." - Paramahansa Yogananda

"The great majority of men use their own short-sighted ideas as a yardstick for measuring the divine omnipotence." - Therese Of Lisieux

"Success should be measured by the yardstick of happiness; by your ability to remain in peaceful harmony with cosmic laws." - Paramahansa Yogananda

"The only yardstick for success our society has is being a champion. No one remembers anything else." - John Madden

"Personal dignity is to be measured with the yardstick of one's conscience, not with that of other people's judgement." - Fausto Cercignani

"To complain that man measures God by his own experience is a waste of time; man measures everything by his own experience; he has no other yardstick." - Dorothy L Sayers

"justice itself is a chimera, a delusion. Justice is not a flat yardstick, applied in equal measure to an equal situation." - Carson Mccullers

"I was guided by Allah (God) to give a yardstick to the voting public, particularly Black people as to what will set that candidate apart from others." - Louis Farrakhan

"There's always the tendency to transform the Church into an ethical agency, and of measuring the Church by the yardstick of social and cultural utility." - Karl Lehmann

"Our civilisation has lost this bond between times, and tends to measure time with a yardstick, bit by bit, from one point to another." - Lennart Meri

"I love that perhaps we don't see the things that are there because we have no yardstick to see things by, to compare them." - Nicolas Roeg

"Pick up a yardstick to measure your life against anyone else's, and you've just picked up a stick and beaten up your own soul." - Ann Voskamp

"To get the most from agricultural resources, poor farmers' needs must come first, guiding investment strategies and forming the yardstick for gauging results." - Sylvia Mathews Burwell

"Every individual ought to know at least one poet from cover to cover: if not as a guide through the world, then as a yardstick for the language." - Joseph Brodsky

"Do not take the yardstick of your ignorance to measure what the ancients knew, and call everything which you do not know lies. Do not call things untrue because they are marvelous, but give them a fair consideration." - Wendell Phillips

"The point of the spiritual life is to realize Truth. But you will never understand the spiritual life, or realize Truth, if you measure it by your own yardstick." - Dainin Katagiri

"The trouble with institutional investors is that their performance is usually measured relative to their peer group and not by an absolute yardstick. This makes them trend followers by definition." - George Soros

"Security isn't what the wise person looks for; it's opportunity. And once we begin looking for that, we find it on every side. You can measure opportunity with the same yardstick that measures the risk involved. They go together." - Earl Nightingale

"Not the absorption capacity of the land, but the creative ability of a people, is the true yardstick with which we can measure the immigration potentialities of the land." - David Ben-Gurion

"For Castro, freedom starts with education. And if literacy alone were the yardstick, Cuba would rank as one of the freest nations on Earth. The literacy rate is 96 percent." - Barbara Walters

"I don't trust any white man who teaches Negroes to turn the other cheek or to be nonviolent, which means to be defenseless in the face of a very brutal, criminal enemy. No. That's my yardstick for measuring whites." - Malcolm X

"In my opinion, the entire field of investment management, involving hundreds of billions of dollars, would be more satisfactorily conducted if everyone had a good yardstick for measurement of ability and sensibly applied it." - Warren Buffett

"Critics and fans use the music of their youth as reference points. For years, people seriously wondered who "the next Beatles" were going to be, and classic rock bands were the de facto yardstick for rock quality." - Michael Azerrad

"Now that the generation that grew up on '80s indie-rock has attained influential positions in the culture, that music is the new yardstick. And that will shift yet again some day." - Michael Azerrad

"Films and filmmakers and actors are part of a strange art form, which is only measured by the yardstick of commerce. So it's a dichotomy; it'll always be so." - Shahrukh Khan

"I'm not particularly needy, and I'm not particularly anxious. I don't look for a director to tell me I'm doing a good job or that I'm great. I don't need to be stroked. It's more my own yardstick." - Cate Blanchett

"History uses a unit of measure for time that is different from that of the lifespan of the individual, whereas man is only too ready to measure the evolution of history by his own yardstick." - Gustav Stresemann

"Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people - your family, friends, and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way." - Barbara Bush

"Money has, as we know, no value in itself. It is a convenient yardstick for a large number of material values. But the health and life of an individual as well as the health of a nation cannot be measured by that yardstick. If we, entrusted with protecting and defending the health of the population, give in to a salesman's scale of values we are lost." - Karl Evang

"We measure the success of schools not by the kinds of human beings they promote but by whatever increases in reading scores they chalk up. We have allowed quantitative standards, so central to the adult economic system, to become the principal yardstick for our definition of our children's worth." - Kenneth Keniston

"How strange it is, Anna. Yesterday, I have filed in my mind as a good day, notwithstanding it was filled with mortal illness and the grieving of the recently bereft. Yet it is a good day, for the simple fact that no one died upon it. We are brought to a sorry state, that we measure what is good by such a shortened yardstick." - Geraldine Brooks

"One good yardstick as to whether a person might be the right one for you is this: in her presence, do you think your noblest thoughts, do you aspire to your finest deeds, do you wish you were better than you are?" - Ezra Taft Benson

"It is now 14 years since I first suggested that organic farming might have some benefits and ought to be taken seriously. I shall never forget the vehemence of the reaction.. much of it coming from the sort of people who regard agriculture as an industrial process, with production as the sole yardstick of success." - Prince Charles

"What is man that his welfare be considered? An ape who chatters of kinship with the archangels while he very filthily digs for groundnuts. And yet I perceive that this same man is a maimed God. He is condemned under penalty to measure eternity with an hourglass and infinity with a yardstick and what is more, he very nearly does it." - James Branch Cabell

"The way is infinitely long, nothing of it can be subtracted, nothing can be added, and yet everyone applies his own childish yardstick to it. Certainly, this yard of the way you still have to go, too, and it will be accounted unto you." - Franz Kafka

"A good column is one that sells paper. It doesn't matter how beautifully it is written and how much you admire the author... if it doesn't sell any papers, it's not a good column. It's a terrible yardstick to use, but in the newspaper business, that's the whole thing." - Herb Caen

"Change is a continuous process. You cannot assess it with the static yardstick of a limited time frame. When a seed is sown into the ground, you cannot immediately see the plant. You have to be patient. With time, it grows into a large tree. And then the flowers bloom, and only then can the fruits be plucked." - Mamata Banerjee

"I think as a filmmaker one should make all kinds of films. It is not that one should make only one kind of film. I love to see romantic films; I loved watching 'Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge,' 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.' If I make such films, I will make it with my yardstick, according to my parameters." - Madhur Bhandarkar

"There are simply two kinds of music, good music and the other kind ... the only yardstick by which the result should be judged is simply that of how it sounds. If it sounds good it's successful; if it doesn't it has failed." - Duke Ellington

"...the Muslims of recent times had fallen very short indeed of the ideals of their faith, ...nothing could be more erroneous than to measure the potentialities of Muhammad's message by the yardstick of present-day Muslim life and thought - just as he [Shaykh Mustafa al-Maraghi] said, 'it would be erroneous to see in the Christians' unloving behavior toward one another a refutation of Christ's message of love...'" - Muhammad Asad

"Money is not a part of the visible sector of the economy; people do not consume money. Money is not a physical factor of production, but rather a yardstick for measuring economic input, economic outtake and the relative values of the real goods and services of the economic world. Money provides a method of measuring obligations, rights, powers and privileges. It provides a means whereby certain individuals can accumulate claims against others, or against the economy as a whole, or against many economies." - Louis O. Kelso

"Having taught economics courses at private vocational schools and universities, I have always had a problem with GNP as a yardstick of prosperity. GNP is improved by increases in questionable activities such as consumption of cigarettes and the production of weapons. Moreover, a substantial increase in car accidents will favorably affect GNP because more funerals, hospital visits, car repairs, and new car purchases will result." - Ernie J Zelinski

"I think I need to spend some time with safari but what arrests my attention are salient, sadomasochism, saccadic, and salad days. I think I will go learn more about coral only to learn a lot more about corollary and counterturn and coffin nail. I go from magnificence to means to marquee to maniac to distyle, ductile, hindsight, shell game, veronica, yardstick, ball field, magpie, variegated, and close shave." - Dara Wier

"The dozens of people working on this at Digital Domain, they knew that you couldn't get away with almost photo real, because we had real real in the room. You have real real in the cut every four or five shots, so you have this constant yardstick built into the footage by virtue of there being no real robot there. So it became the standard of photo reality that the VFX team had to match." - Shawn Anthony Levy

"By looking upon themselves as human beings, their whiteness to them isn't the yardstick of perfection or honor or anything else. And, therefore, this creates within them an attitude that is different from the attitude of the white that you meet here in America, because then, and it, and it was in Mecca that I realized that white is actually an attitude more so than it's a color." - Malcolm X

"I have my own peculiar yardstick for measuring a man: Does he have the courage to cry in a moment of grief? Does he have the compassion not to hunt an animal? In his relationship with a woman, is he gentle? Real manliness is nurtured in kindness and gentleness, which I associate with intelligence, comprehension, tolerance, justice, education, and high morality. If only men realized how easy it is to open a woman's heart with kindness, and how many women close their hearts to the assaults of the Don Juans." - Sophia Loren

"I've certainly stayed a marginal figure, though I became a member of the "surveillance committee" fairly early on. I can actually live pretty well with this, because I'm allowed to work in peace - except when I have to give strings of interviews... And also, I've never sought a position of power in the music business. I became a teacher not so as to found a Kagel School, but to transmit knowledge. My work as a composer should be the only yardstick by which my contribution can be measured." - Mauricio Kagel

"Now, brethren, do not expect perfection in your choice of a mate. Do not be so particular that you overlook her most important qualities of having a strong testimony, living the principles of the gospel, loving home, wanting to be a mother in Zion, and supporting you in your priesthood responsibilities. Of course, she should be attractive to you.... And one good yardstick as to whether a person might be the right one for you is this: in her presence, do you think your noblest thoughts, do you aspire to your finest deeds, do you wish you were better than you are?" - Ezra Taft Benson