Best Quotes About Grit

Healthy children will not fear life if their elders have integrity enough not to fear death. -Erik Erikson

If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don't have integrity, nothing else matters. -Alan K. Simpson

Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office. -Dwight D. Eisenhower

The integrity of the game is everything. -Peter Ueberroth

Tension is the great integrity. -R. Buckminster Fuller

Integrity has been enhanced. -Paul Goldberger

I'd like to be played as a child by Natalie Wood. I'd have some romantic scenes as Audrey Hepburn and have gritty black-and-white scenes as Patricia Neal. -Gloria Steinem

Every man has the right to life, to bodily integrity. -Pope John XXIII

I'd like to introduce someone who has just come into my life. I've admired him for 35 years. He's someone who represents integrity, honesty, art, and on top of that stuff I'm actually sleeping with him. -Shirley MacLaine

No man can purchase his virtue too dear, for it is the only thing whose value must ever increase with the price it has cost us. Our integrity is never worth so much as when we have parted with our all to keep it. -Ovid

Integrity has no need of rules. -Albert Camus

Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful. -Samuel Johnson

Calamity is the test of integrity. -Samuel Richardson

Men of integrity, by their very existence, rekindle the belief that as a people we can live above the level of moral squalor. We need that belief; a cynical community is a corrupt community. -John W. Gardner

The impossible often has a kind of integrity which the merely improbable lacks. -Douglas Adams

Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values. -Ayn Rand

Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary. -Cecil Beaton

Don't worry so much about your self-esteem. Worry more about your character. Integrity is its own reward. -Laura Schlessinger

Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades. A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude, and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful. -Jacqueline Bisset

If everyone were clothed with integrity, if every heart were just, frank, kindly, the other virtues would be well-nigh useless. -Moliere

The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home. -Confucius

You can't, in sound morals, condemn a man for taking care of his own integrity. It is his clear duty. -Joseph Conrad

Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you. -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

My father was very strong. I don't agree with a lot of the ways he brought me up. I don't agree with a lot of his values, but he did have a lot of integrity, and if he told us not to do something, he didn't do it either. -Madonna Ciccone

Arguments of convenience lack integrity and inevitably trip you up. -Donald Rumsfeld

Nothing so completely baffles one who is full of trick and duplicity himself, than straightforward and simple integrity in another. -Charles Caleb Colton

Love is union with somebody, or something, outside oneself, under the condition of retaining the separateness and integrity of one's own self. -Erich Fromm

I never questioned the integrity of an umpire. Their eyesight, yes. -Leo Durocher

Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesn't blow in the wind or change with the weather. It is your inner image of yourself, and if you look in there and see a man who won't cheat, then you know he never will. -John D. MacDonald

A single lie destroys a whole reputation of integrity. -Baltasar Gracian

It is very east to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own. -Jessamyn West

You must consider the bottom line, but make it integrity before profits. -Denis Waitley

A building has integrity just like a man. And just as seldom. -Ayn Rand

To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity. -Douglas Adams

Honor your commitments with integrity. -Les Brown

Judges ought to be more leaned than witty, more reverent than plausible, and more advised than confident. Above all things, integrity is their portion and proper virtue. -Francis Bacon

If humanity does not opt for integrity we are through completely. It is absolutely touch and go. Each one of us could make the difference. -R. Buckminster Fuller

Integrity is the essence of everything successful. -R. Buckminster Fuller

Integrity is the first step to true greatness. Men love to praise, but are slow to practice it. To maintain it in high places costs self-denial; in all places it is liable to opposition, but its end is glorious, and the universe will yet do it homage. -Charles Simmons

The man who cannot believe in himself cannot believe in anything else. The basis of all integrity and character is whatever faith we have in our own integrity. -Roy L. Smith

Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity. -W. Clement Stone

Subtlety may deceive you; integrity never will. -Oliver Cromwell

A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise. -Aldo Leopold

I ran the wrong kind of business, but I did it with integrity. -Sydney Biddle Barrows

A life lived with integrity – even if it lacks the trappings of fame and fortune is a shining star in whose light others may follow in the years to come. -Denis Waitley

If love means that one person absorbs the other, then no real relationship exists any more. Love evaporates; there is nothing left to love. The integrity of self is gone. -Ann Oakley

Voting is the most precious right of every citizen, and we have a moral obligation to ensure the integrity of our voting process. -Hillary Clinton

It is time that we provide clarity for our seniors, informing them of the services available that will lower the costs of their prescription drugs and strengthen the overall integrity of the Medicare entitlement. -Olympia Snowe

The future may be made up of many factors but where it truly lies is in the hearts and minds of men. Your dedication should not be confined for your own gain, but unleashes your passion for our beloved country as well as for the integrity and humanity of mankind. -Li Ka-shing

To restore and keep the public's confidence in the integrity of their government, state government and its officials must be open, honest and transparent. -John Lynch

It is critical that Democratic candidates, whether they are in New Jersey, or Virginia, or anywhere, emphasize the fact that we can be trusted, and can bring fiscal integrity to our state, local, and national government. -Mark Warner

Integrity is the lifeblood of democracy. Deceit is a poison in its veins. -Edward Kennedy

I am most proud of my integrity and least proud of my cynicism. -Chloe Sevigny

In order to obtain the goal of returning to Palestine, all of us sometimes have to grit our teeth. -Yasser Arafat

It is often in the name of cultural integrity as well as social stability and national security that democratic reforms based on human rights are resisted by authoritarian governments. -Aung San Suu Kyi

The people I've been exposed to have been people of amazing integrity. -Amy Grant

We Bosniaks would for sure fight for integrity of Bosnia. -Alija Izetbegovic

I know what I did and how I accomplished it. I am proud of it and know that it was done with integrity. -Brady Anderson

Americans are rightly concerned about the security and the integrity of the nation's borders because the system is broken. Some are concerned about the possibility of terrorists crossing our borders and coming into our cities. -Chris Cannon

Be Impeccable With Your Word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love. -Don Miguel Ruiz

I will for ever, at all hazards, assert the dignity, independence, and integrity of the English bar; without which, impartial justice, the most valuable part of the English constitution, can have no existence. -Thomas Erskine

Film-makers should remain true to their principles and never compromise, there is a real revival in the British film industry but there is a danger that we will become colonial servants of Hollywood. We need to maintain our own integrity. -Mike Leigh

Integrity is so perishable in the summer months of success. -Vanessa Redgrave

Perhaps the surest test of an individual's integrity is his refusal to do or say anything that would damage his self-respect. -Thomas S. Monson

You are in integrity when the life you are living on the outside matches who you are on the inside. -Alan Cohen

Morality is a test of our conformity rather than our integrity. -Jane Rule

Integrity reveals beauty. -Thomas Leonard

And it is no less true, that personal security and private property rest entirely upon the wisdom, the stability, and the integrity of the courts of justice. -Joseph Story

My politics are of a practical kind – the integrity of the country, the supremacy of the Federal government, an honorable peace, or none at all. -Winfield Scott Hancock

Try to find the path of least resistance and use it without harming others. Live with integrity and morality, not only with people but with all beings. -Steven Seagal

Nothing more completely baffles one who is full of trick and duplicity, than straightforward and simple integrity in another. -Charles Caleb Colton

Actors say they do their own stunts for the integrity of the film but I did them because they looked like a lot of fun. -Steve Coogan

The important things are children, honesty, integrity and faith. -Andy Williams

I chose Sony Classics, not just because of their practical experience, not just because of their wisdom in marketing, but mainly because of their integrity. -Arthur Cohn

I've learned to try to sustain myself by holding on to the integrity of who I am. I'm not talking big diva. I'm quiet. I'm shy. And I became stronger when I stopped trying to be the person they wanted me to be. -Crystal Waters

It's hard to exaggerate the importance of preserving the financial integrity of Social Security. -Bill Delahunt

I want to say here and now, that I demand unshakable integrity of every State employee. -Charles Edison

It was a department where you had honesty and integrity stamped right on you when you came into the Los Angeles Police Department. If you violated that, or if you were a dishonest cop, you were terrible. We got rid of you as quickly as possible. -Daryl Gates

It's not like I'm taking 20 grand from the shows. I mean there's no record label, so this is a genuine thing. And I think most people can see that. I think that anyone who knows me, knows I do things with integrity. -Mike Peters

Does that mean we should give up? Probably. But there are two issues worth considering. The first is – is it really true that drugs destroy the integrity of the game? -Malcolm Gladwell

The statements of four witnesses of unquestioned integrity, traveling with me that day, attest that such comments were never made and confirm that it simply did not happen. -Paul Crouch

You can have information and ease of use and have artistic integrity at the same time. The art of being a good Web designer is getting yourself into that middle ground and treating it as a final destination instead of as a compromise. -Mike Davidson

Nashville used to have more integrity than just looking at the bottom line. -Crystal Gayle

We always felt that if you do something with quality and integrity, then it's going to come back to you. -Herb Alpert

That D.C. grand jury investigation of Abramoff can't go on forever. Eventually the lawyers at the Public Integrity Section will go to their bosses with some decisions about just who they want to indict. That's when Al Gonzales will have to show his cards. -Joshua Micah Marshall

There are also always those burnt, hard kernels at the bottom that don't pop. You know why they don't pop? They don't pop because they have integrity. -Marc Maron

It's easy to maintain your integrity when no one is offering to buy it out. -Marc Maron

We must do more to protect our neighborhoods and give integrity to our community plans. -Alan Autry

It's all about humanity, humility, and integrity. -Debra Wilson

I knew I wanted to be a journalist ever since I was a teenager. While it is interesting and gratifying to be on the business side and to see how that all works, the main reason I kept a business role here was to protect the editorial integrity of Salon. -David Talbot

However, I do firmly believe in maintaining the integrity of the animal. -Janine Turner

Attend with Diligence and strict Integrity to the Interest of your Correspondents and enter into no Engagements which you have not the almost certain Means of performing. -George Mason

Honesty, integrity, and accountability, the values, which should be the hallmark of this government, have instead been thrown under the bus by an arrogant majority, casualties in a misguided campaign to shield from accountability those who abuse this House. -Louise Slaughter

There's also a subplot about a guy who manages pop groups. Dave is a very ambitious boy, and he gets offered an audition but only wants to do it on his terms and conditions. He wants to maintain his integrity. -Neil Tennant

When you're actually making the film, you're constantly battling to maintain its integrity. -Ted Kotcheff

Ray had so much love of life and the music. He had so much integrity. He treated the music with so much dignity and respect. I spent four and a half years as a sideman with Ray Brown's trio. Music was his life, more so than anyone I could mention. -Benny Green

I care about being able to play. If you're playing with integrity in the music, then that's what matters. But it wasn't that great for me because it was kinda like going back into the old times without the guy. -Bill Kreutzmann

The band has always stayed close to its fans and not sold out. That's a very rare thing. I can see how rare that is having been outside of the band for eight years. Maiden has integrity. I think people appreciate that. -Adrian Smith

But my dad also was a remarkable man, a good person, a principled individual, a man of integrity. -Sidney Poitier

You gotta do it with class and integrity. If not, you're gonna drag yourself through the mud. -Solomon Burke

I think it's his perception of knowing how to make a record build, keeping the integrity of the song in the music and really adding a lot of musical elements to compliment my voice and to compliment the song. -Deborah Cox

I think my dad is this great, wonderful… man with a lot of integrity, who is fighting for things he believes in and is serious in what he wants to see happen and serious in helping people. -Vanessa Kerry

There are actually very few US politicians who have integrity and vision. -David Korten

I would always encourage people of any age not to be so quick to follow other people's truths but to search and follow your own moral code and live by your own integrity, and mostly just be brave. -Jewel

We have now recently launched the national integrity plan. -Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

We have also set up the national institute for ethics. This institute and also the implementation of the national integrity plan, that will certainly do the follow up that is necessary for this. -Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was indeed a vital instrument of democracy, ensuring the integrity and reliability of a democratic process that we as a Country hold so dear. -Charles B. Rangel

Attending that Convention and talking with those people and many others convinced me that I should become a blogger in my efforts to reform the government and uphold the integrity of the Constitution and the laws made in furtherance thereof. -John Jay Hooker

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

Tragedy in life normally comes with betrayal and compromise, and trading on your integrity and not having dignity in life. That's really where failure comes. -Tom Cochrane

I felt that to do this drug, I had to become someone totally different than I was. I had to compromise my integrity, my value system. I knew it was so wrong. -Kelli White

We've got a daunting enough task to provide a definitive account of what happened in 9/11, without fear or favor, something that will last and will survive criticism over time. And we think we can do that with integrity in a bipartisan report. -Richard Ben-Veniste

The guitar has a kind of grit and excitement possessed by nothing else. -Brian May

To maintain one's individuality, integrity, and true personality in the theatre is a big task. -Cyril Cusack

The same characters that keep reappearing, bigger than life, find their own integrity in doing what they do the way they do it, even if it causes their own deaths. -Robert Aldrich

Confounding people's expectations was a way to maintain integrity. -Lindsey Buckingham

There is an integrity to INXS, in the music, that makes it worthwhile. -Michael Hutchence

It's great to watch someone get the most out of what they can do, whether they're a beautiful performer or just a really gritty performer. It's something to behold. -John Turturro

If somebody thinks I have an integrity problem, then the honest thing to do is to tell me what they think it is and let me address it. -Janet Reno

But it must not be thought that I say this out of personal experience: for in the many years that I have been before the public my secret methods have been steadily shielded by the strict integrity of my assistants, most of whom have been with me for years. -Harry Houdini

I'm not in the advertising business, but I think it would be very nice if people went to see the film Hamlet, because it was made with love and integrity. -Julie Christie

Reviewers said Ghost Country was rich, astonishing and affecting in the way it blended comedy, magic, and a gritty urban realism in a breathtaking ride along Chicago's mean streets. -Sara Paretsky

I love the TV show, and if you make a bad movie it means you've soiled it. Just like if we made an advert. We were offered so many times and I'd say, look, this is the good thing, and you can't compromise that, because then you compromise the integrity of the characters. -Jennifer Saunders

It is up to you civilians to give a hand to show that we intend to take our responsibilities to maintain the integrity of our Empire, by giving the world proof that we have not all sold out to the Jew or Plutocrat. -John Amery

The architecture profession has lost a lot of its integrity, especially in the USA. The general architect here has no scruples, no ambitions. -Helmut Jahn

I am quite certain in my heart of hearts that modern music and modern art is not a conspiracy, but is a form of truth and integrity for those who practise it honestly, decently and with all their being. -Michael Tippett

That disturbs people when they know they didn't have the guts or integrity to stick to their dreams. -Sandra Bernhard

There's a lot of integrity with musicians; you really still aspire to grow, and be great, to be the best version of yourself you can be. -Sheryl Crow

They will sustain the constitution and laws and institutions of the United States, and be the champions of liberty and of that constitution when its integrity shall be threatened. -Lorenzo Snow

Once you get rid of integrity the rest is a piece of cake. -Larry Hagman

In Survivor and Finder's Fee, it is about what you would do if you could get away with it. Survivor is about your own integrity and where you draw your own ethical and moral lines. There are no rules. -Jeff Probst

If you don't have integrity, you have nothing. You can't buy it. You can have all the money in the world, but if you are not a moral and ethical person, you really have nothing. -Henry Kravis

As a cop, I dealt with every kind of bum and criminal. They all have more integrity than some Hollywood people. -Joseph Wambaugh

I admire Bruce Springsteen because he's a heroic person who has lots of integrity and has this incredible body of work that is so vital. -Elizabeth Wurtzel

I became a loner. I became a mountain man. A lot of those things are very good qualities and they help you do your work, help you be singular and keep the artistic integrity of your work intact, but they don't make it very easy to live your life. -John Milius

If you feel very deeply about something, it's not possible to sacrifice your integrity about that. -Trevor Nunn

In the commercial theater, I've been pretty fortunate. The producers that I've worked with have allowed me to define the artistic integrity, the artistic limits of the work. -Trevor Nunn

Some people, you have to grit your teeth in order to stay in the same room as them, but you get on and ask the questions you assume most of the people watching want to ask. -Morley Safer

You are faced with the choice: either my integrity remains intact and this is the work that ends up on the screen, or I have to leave, and I have to be known to have left. -Trevor Nunn

So ensuring the integrity of the data and integrity and validity of the connection is a very important element in any company's strategy that is moving towards a Web service paradigm. -John W. Thompson

In my heart of hearts, I know that whatever I do is going to have integrity, and I'm going to work really hard, and I know that fans are going to take to it. -Christy Romano

Integrity is integrity. I don't push it to the side because I'm talking to Julia Roberts. -Maria Menounos

We want to promote the great qualities of athletics – and maintain its integrity – all over the world. -Alberto Juantorena

So it's kind of nervous to be in this situation, but at the same time you look at all those actors and the work that they've done, I've been in bigger films than all of them and still kept my integrity and still kept my respect. -Shia LaBeouf

For better or worse, I've always tried to march to my own drum and tell it like it is, while preserving some integrity and style. God, I'm fabulous! -Michael Musto

I think copyright is moral, proper. I think a creator has the right to control the disposition of his or her works – I actually believe that the financial issue is less important than the integrity of the work, the attribution, that kind of stuff. -Esther Dyson

We have seen voters denied their rights in recent elections as they have been incorrectly purged from lists, their absentee votes not counted, and voting machine integrity and security not assured. -Marcy Kaptur

I'm convinced you can combine this with reporting integrity and accuracy. -Jack Brickhouse

If you look at the publishers I've worked with, generally, they're a great bunch. Creation is unlike any other publishing house you can think of. The people I've worked with have integrity and intelligence and, almost always, less money than ideas. -Peter Sotos

Speaking for myself, my very integrity as a human being needs to include my freedom to explore who I am both spiritually and sexually. Not just to explore – but to practice. -Malcolm Boyd

I wanted to make sure that the man who found the genie would not take terrible advantage of her, so he needed to be a person of integrity and honor – which is why I made the male lead an astronaut. The rest, as they say, is history. -Sidney Sheldon

That in affairs of very considerable importance men should deal with one another with satisfaction of mind, and mutual confidence, they must receive competent assurances concerning the integrity, fidelity, and constancy each of other. -Isaac Barrow

James Stewart was so kind and considerate and had such personal integrity. -Brigitte Bardot

The Republican consciousness has no integrity and it falls apart once you check it out. If you're a Christian, why would you want to fry this dude? -Ken Kesey

It's a big challenge for me to keep my integrity and some of my privacy intact. -Sarah McLachlan

One truth is the swing of the sentence, the beat and poise, but down deeper it's the integrity of the writer as he matches with the language. -Don DeLillo

If you find yourself in a movie that you have questions about, it's not a compromise to your integrity. -Tim Robbins

I raise this objection to debate the process, and protect the integrity of the true will of the people. -Stephanie Tubbs Jones

The Commission has five commissioners from each side, plus three alternates, so all together sixteen members, people who are independent from the two governments, who have a lot of integrity, professional competence, and who have credibility in their respective countries. -Jose Ramos-Horta

One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised. -Chinua Achebe

The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty. -Zig Ziglar

Some persons are likeable in spite of their unswerving integrity. -Don Marquis

Confidence in others' honesty is no light testimony of one's own integrity. -Michel de Montaigne

The high road is always respected. Honesty and integrity are always rewarded. -Scott Hamilton

Integrity of life is fame's best friend, which nobly, beyond death, shall crown in the end. -John Webster

Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did it or not. -Oprah Winfrey

To be in this business and have tremendous integrity and only make distinguished choices is very tough. -Alec Baldwin

He who closes his ears to the views of others shows little confidence in the integrity of his own views. -William Congreve

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

Live with integrity, respect the rights of other people, and follow your own bliss. -Nathaniel Branden

President Ford was a devoted, decent man of impeccable integrity who put service to his country before his own self interest. He helped heal our nation during a time of crisis, provided steady leadership and restored people's faith in the presidency and in government. -Mark Udall

Necessity may well be called the mother of invention but calamity is the test of integrity. -Samuel Richardson

Men of integrity are generally pretty obstinate, in adhering to an opinion once adopted. -William Cobbett

A task becomes a duty from the moment you suspect it to be an essential part of that integrity which alone entitles a man to assume responsibility. -Dag Hammarskjold

Public confidence in the integrity of the Government is indispensable to faith in democracy; and when we lose faith in the system, we have lost faith in everything we fight and spend for. -Adlai Stevenson I

Brains, integrity, and force may be all very well, but what you need today is Charm. Go ahead and work on your economic programs if you want to, I'll develop my radio personality. -Gracie Allen

All musicians start out with ideals but hanging on to them in the face of media scrutiny takes real integrity. Tougher still is to live up to the ideals of your dedicated fans. -Billy Bragg

Selling drug secrets violates a trust that is fundamental to the integrity of both scientific research and our financial markets. -Chuck Grassley

The integrity of men is to be measured by their conduct, not by their professions. -Junius

Challenging the integrity of the non-proliferation regime is a matter which can affect international peace and security. -Mohamed ElBaradei

Requiring valid, photographic identification is a common sense step to ensure voter integrity and sound elections. -Sonny Perdue

My father is a man of impeccable character who has worked tirelessly for the United Nations for many years. His integrity is beyond reproach. -Kojo Annan

For many decades now – and certainly during my adult life in academe – the Western intellectual world has not been convinced that theology is a pursuit that can be engaged in with intellectual honesty and integrity. -Arthur Peacocke

I like to think I am well-mannered. If I have the option at a breakfast place, I'll go with the grits. That's how Southern I am. -Michael C. Hall

I would love to do more movies. I'd like to get into some theater, too, if I could, just to learn more. I want to do gritty performances that I'm proud of. It doesn't matter to me if four people see it or millions of people see it, as long as I perform in such a way that people go, 'Wow!' -Jason Dohring

I know that I and my office acted with the highest integrity as an independent inspector general should act. -Gerald Walpin

To have the opportunity to lead the Solicitor General's office is the honor of a lifetime. As you know, this is an office with a long and rich tradition, not only of extraordinary legal skill but also of extraordinary professionalism and integrity. That is due, in large measure, to the people who have led it. -Elena Kagan

You just have to stand and grit your teeth and know your poll numbers are going to go down – and mine have – but you gotta grit through it because the alternative is unacceptable. -Chris Christie

I have no desire to be president of the United States. Zero desire. I don't think that I would be electable. And there are far too many people that are far smarter than me to be president. I'd like to find one with some honor and integrity. I haven't seen them yet, but they'll show up. -Glenn Beck

I've been not only articulating the dissatisfaction with Albany, I've been acting on it. I've been very aggressive in bringing public integrity cases and public corruption cases and bringing cases against sitting legislators. -Andrew Cuomo

We all have the right of freedom of speech under the First Amendment. We all don't have to agree with one another on our opinions. Everyone in my circle, that I run around with, we all feel the same about God, country, integrity and character. -Luke Scott

Sticking with a marriage. That's true grit, man. -Jeff Bridges

My mother's love has always been a sustaining force for our family, and one of my greatest joys is seeing her integrity, her compassion, her intelligence reflected in my daughters. -Michelle Obama

I'm aware now over the last 5 or 10 years that when you do an accent, you really have to kind of get down to the nitty gritty and go into the phonetics of it, if necessary. Find out not just the sounds but the rhythms and the music – or lack thereof – in a particular accent. -Brendan Gleeson

It's interesting going between small parts and then bigger roles where you carry the film. If the writing is good, and if the people involved have integrity, then you'll do it, even if it's only five minutes on screen. -Brendan Gleeson

As a whole, investors should welcome attempts to safeguard the integrity of markets. You need very clear rules applied to markets. -Mohamed El-Erian

I'm kind of a good girl – and I'm not. I'm a good girl because I really believe in love, integrity, and respect. I'm a bad girl because I like to tease. I know that I have sex appeal in my deck of cards. But I like to get people thinking. That's what the stories in my music do. -Katy Perry

Highest of heights, I climb this mountain and feel one with the rock and grit and solitude echoing back at me. -Bradley Chicho

I believe in the power of intention to change the landscape of our society – and it is my intention to live an authentic life of compassion and integrity and action. Jamey Rodemeyer's life changed mine. -Zachary Quinto

It is my intention to live an authentic life of compassion and integrity and action. -Zachary Quinto

Through the inspiration of Vaclav's words, the courage of his dissidence and the integrity of his leadership, Czechoslovakia successfully transitioned from an authoritarian state to a free democracy at the heart of Europe. -Michael D. Higgins

We don't want to put a band-aid on our problems that we keep talking about in society; we want to get down to the nitty gritty and do some surgery. -Allan Houston

The more consistent a father can be or a mentor can be in the person's life and teach them principles of real solid manhood, character, integrity and leadership, the more consistent you can be in the person's life and teach them those things at a younger age, and then the better off they'll be. -Allan Houston

It's an honor to support such a worthy program. TURF aims to protect the integrity of tailgating and to keep game day family-friendly. -Boomer Esiason

If there's anything that's important to a reporter, it is integrity. It is credibility. -Mike Wallace

I like Dali and Magritte. I also like the Scottish artist John Byrne, another surrealist. -Billy Connolly

One, if you attack my integrity, I will defend myself. If you attack my patriotism, I will defend myself. If you come after my family, I will counter-attack viciously, I will destroy you. -Scott Ritter

Stone-ground grits are wonderful, but because they take so long to cook, I usually go with quick cooking grits – which I also love. But I never make the instant kind – some things a Southerner just won't do! -Paula Deen

All prizes have a role, if they are run with integrity and with a clear focus on reading and quality writing. I don't think any of them is necessary, but they all play an incredibly important role in building a body of literature, in introducing new authors to new readers, and extending reading. -Kate Mosse

Just because I believe in the identity and integrity of my country doesn't make a xenophobe or a nationalist. -Emir Kusturica

The point never to lose sight of is to be guided by the correct thing, as you see it. It's the only way to approach such profound matters and retain your integrity. -Charles Kennedy

I have to say that one of the most important things Scientology has given me is the ability to keep my integrity together. I understand how people can get into unethical situations, and Scientology has always helped me keep my head clear and be in present time. -Danny Masterson

We, as a league, must do a better job of protecting the integrity of the game and the safety of our players. -Mario Lemieux

Our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen volunteer to protect and defend this country and all its citizens, and do so with honor, integrity and excellence. Our nation continually asks them to do more and more, with less and less. -Allen West

My job is to protect the integrity of the NFL and to make sure the game is as safe as possible. -Roger Goodell

I think that that integrity is something that is important to voters. -Tammy Baldwin

There's also a lot of gritty Americana type of bands. I actually have a lot of Britpop on my iPod, too. -Jeff Vandermeer

I met my boyfriend, a pro poker player, at a tournament. He tried to dissuade me because it's a seedy gritty world. Listen, I've played till 4 in the morning. I've played with a half million dollars on the table. -Jennifer Tilly

I think the people who cast films tend to think of me in regard to strong women with integrity and a lot of it has been very good. -Joan Allen

If you speak your mind and if it is true what you're saying, then I think the integrity of what you're saying carries through. -Bill Cosby

The time has come for all evangelists to practice full financial disclosure. The world is watching how we walk and how we talk. We must have the highest standards of morality, ethics and integrity if we are to continue to have influence. -Billy Graham

We're going to be OK because of the American people. They have more grit, determination and courage than you can imagine. -Joe Biden

I mean, I'm married first of all to one of, if not the most wonderful women in the world. She is everything – funny, attractive, hard-working, she has integrity, she loves me to bits. -Seal

Honesty and integrity are absolutely essential for success in life – all areas of life. The really good news is that anyone can develop both honesty and integrity. -Zig Ziglar

I've had to take a lot of stick down the years but the one thing that really got to me was when someone questioned my integrity. It's the one thing that really grates with you. -Gordon Strachan

We learned about honesty and integrity – that the truth matters… that you don't take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules… and success doesn't count unless you earn it fair and square. -Michelle Obama

I've always tried to keep my integrity and keep my autonomy. -Annie Lennox

My business is the enforcement of the tax laws and the integrity of the tax code and making sure that trustees of charitable giving are true trustees. -Chuck Grassley

The debt-ceiling vote isn't about what will be done in the future; it is about the integrity of America's commitment to support the bonds we issue. Elected officials have an obligation to maintain that integrity, regardless of whether they voted for the programs that required the borrowing in the first place. -John Sununu

America is an idea. And it's the solemn responsibility of each 'temporary' president to protect and nurture that noblest of all ideas – with integrity. This man, Mitt Romney, has shown – not through his experience, but through his actions and words – that he is unqualified to carry out that responsibility. -Jennifer Granholm

I do support artists standing by their beliefs and walking with integrity. We have to find a better way to commercially exploit music while giving artists their proper respect. This cannot be done while taking their contributions for granted or trying to control the scope of their growth and power through threats and fear tactics. -Lauryn Hill

The time you spend alone with God will transform your character and increase your devotion. Then your integrity and godly behavior in an unbelieving world will make others long to know the Lord. -Charles Stanley

I don't have stylistic loyalty. That's why people perceive me changing all the time. But there is a real continuity in my subject matter. As an artist of artifice, I do believe I have more integrity than any one of my contemporaries. -David Bowie

Most software today is very much like an Egyptian pyramid with millions of bricks piled on top of each other, with no structural integrity, but just done by brute force and thousands of slaves. -Alan Kay

I can always tell if a band has a British rhythm section due to the gritty production. -Kanye West

The American people voted to restore integrity and honesty in Washington, D.C., and the Democrats intend to lead the most honest, most open and most ethical Congress in history. -Nancy Pelosi

Without Greece, it is not possible to preserve the integrity of the European phenomenon. -Evangelos Venizelos

Characters with no integrity are just as interesting as characters with lots of integrity. -Tommy Lee Jones

I think it's important to be with a guy who has a strong sense of integrity. That's how I was raised, and that's something I look for. -Emily VanCamp

I'm not getting to heaven on my integrity. I'm not getting to heaven on my goodness. -Rick Warren

I like the gritty parts of fashion, the design, the studio, the pictures. -Vera Wang

Like other countries in the world, China must uphold its own sovereignty, territorial integrity and development interests. At the same time, we are willing to properly handle differences and disagreements in state-to-state relations. -Hu Jintao

We are all equal children before our mother; and India asks each one of us, in whatsoever role we play in the complex drama of nation-building, to do our duty with integrity, commitment and unflinching loyalty to the values enshrined in our Constitution. -Pranab Mukherjee

I admired the work of photographers like Beaton, Penn, and Avedon as much as I respected the grittier photographers such as Robert Frank. But in the same way that I had to find my own way of reportage, I had to find my own form of glamour. -Annie Leibovitz

There is no higher value in our society than integrity. -Arlen Specter

Black men of integrity cannot make a deal with a politician and leave out the poor of the nation, all God's children. -Jesse Jackson

The time has come to return integrity, performance and dignity to New York and make it the Empire State once again. -Andrew Cuomo

My challenge to members on both sides of the aisle is to stand up and have the integrity to say that we have a dead U.S. agent; we have a Department of Justice that lied to Congress. -Jason Chaffetz

I'm a good girl because I really believe in love, integrity, and respect. -Katy Perry

I want to be remembered as somebody that tried to respect her integrity as an artist and as a person. And I don't want to be in any box. I don't want to be one thing. -Penelope Cruz

I like things that make you grit your teeth. I like tucking my chin in and sort of leading into the storm. I like that feeling. I like it a lot. -Daniel Day-Lewis

I'm doing something called 'Olivia Twisted,' that will start next year. There may be something in between, but right now, that's the one that I'm slated to do next year. That's a very ultra-modern version of 'Oliver Twist,' and it's female-driven. It's an action film, and it's kind of dark and gritty. -Ashley Greene

This weird thing happens when you're in a movie that has some level of success. People start offering you all kinds of things, and they just expect you to do them because they'll be good for your career. It's not about the project's integrity or anything like that. -Kristen Stewart

There used to be this real sense of community integrity in rock. It has really eroded. Everyone seems to be on their own now. -Tom Petty

If you can maintain that integrity in whatever you do, you can't go wrong. That's what I tell my kids, anyway. -George Foreman

We could say that people who eat grits, listen to country music, follow stock-car racing, support corporal punishment in the schools, hunt 'possum, go to Baptist churches and prefer bourbon to Scotch are likely to be Southerners. -John Shelton Reed

OK, in all seriousness, I would say I couldn't be in a relationship without equality, generosity, integrity, spirit, kindness and humor. And awesomeness. -Jennifer Aniston

Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people. -Dennis Prager

I deeply appreciate the people of Michigan. I love their grit. I love the way they face life. I love the family values they have. -Ernie Harwell

The reason I did fashion was it was the only way to get paid to do anything creative. You couldn't support yourself as an 'artist' – I hate that word. The only way you could be 'arty' was as a fashion photographer, because it still had a certain amount of integrity involved. -David Bailey

Good politics starts with empathy, proceeds to analysis, then sets out values and establishes the vision, before getting to the nitty-gritty of policy solutions. -David Miliband

In managers, I look for people who can get things done through other people. The most important thing for a good manager is that the people on his team feel like he or she has integrity. -Sam Wyly

I'm excited about going back to 'Today,' but, at odd moments, I'll grit my teeth in anxiety. I feel like a student before the start of school. I've got my new shoes and my book bag, but I'm not sure I'll remember how to do trigonometry. During my maternity leave, I haven't used many words of more than one syllable. -Jane Pauley

Heroes are never perfect, but they're brave, they're authentic, they're courageous, determined, discreet, and they've got grit. -Wade Davis

History has shown that one cannot legislate a culture of integrity. And yet, one of the paramount responsibilities and challenges of corporate leadership is to ensure such a culture. -Preet Bharara

Coming through the fire and through the storm of life with a strong man, my fiance Ashanti, whom I've been dating for eight months and two wonderful children beside me, I'm just so happy that I have been able to maintain my integrity and get to where I am today with the right energy around me. -Angie Stone

To compare Tensegrity with yoga or t'ai chi is not possible. It has a different origin and a different purpose. The origin is shamanic, the purpose is shamanic. -Carlos Castaneda

And as much as I love the gritty characters, I like to play all sorts of characters. I'm an actor. I love to create. -Brittany Murphy

If we want to create a viable, peaceful world, we've got to integrate compassion into the gritty realities of 21st century life. -Karen Armstrong

Don't walk through life just playing football. Don't walk through life just being an athlete. Athletics will fade. Character and integrity and really making an impact on someone's life, that's the ultimate vision, that's the ultimate goal – bottom line. -Ray Lewis

'Dark Blue' is ultimately a gritty crime drama, at its core. I don't think that is ever going to change. -Dylan McDermott

It's a sad indication of where Washington has come, where policy differences almost necessarily become questions of integrity. I came to Washington in the late '70s, and people had the ability in the past to have intense policy differences but didn't feel the need to question the other person's character. -Eric Holder

I was raised – professionally – in the Public Integrity Section. I started in 1976, stayed there for 12 years. It was formed after Watergate by then-head of the Criminal Division Dick Thornburgh, who ultimately became Attorney General. -Eric Holder

There is no higher claim to journalistic integrity than going to jail to protect a source. -Thomas Frank

My heroes are just everyday people who work hard, are honest and have integrity. -Jordin Sparks

I see myself as a creative being. My only fear is compromising my integrity. I guess that's a constant struggle. -Henry Hopper

I think a show can work anywhere if it's done honestly, with integrity, and with confidence. -Joey McIntyre

I have an obligation as a writer to tell a story as interestingly as possible, but with integrity and not inserting false drama… I'm looking to be subtle, but being a wordsmith does not interest me – I want to communicate. -Jonathan Coleman

My pet peeve and my goal in life is to somehow get an adjective for 'integrity' in the dictionary. 'Truthful' doesn't really cover it, or 'genuine.' It should be like 'integritus.' -Rashida Jones

I'm hungry for a cold and mean character. I'd love it if someone thought I could play gritty. I want to play a baddie – someone really scary. -Jessica Brown Findlay

Yeah, you know I don't ever see myself doing a super-gritty, hard-core drama. -Jenna Fischer

I've never seen a theater community to rival that of Chicago. Neither New York nor L.A. has the raw talent or integrity that Chicago theater has, and I think it's because Chicago doesn't have Broadway or the film and TV business to distract it. -Nick Offerman

The number one thing I look for in a man is integrity. A man who does what he says he's going to do. -Summer Glau

Whatever I lack in size and strength and speed, I kind of make up for in being grittier. When it comes to something like basketball I'm definitely not the best guy on the court, but I love elbowing and pushing people out or boxing them out. -Steven Yeun

Winter in the country is very white. There is black grit on all the shoulders of the roads and on the big mounds from the plows, and all the cars are filthy, but the fields are dazzling and untouched and pristine. -Susan Orlean

A lot of times, I think that what I do for a living has no integrity. 'Once Upon A Time' has changed that to a certain extent because the reaction we get from children out in the world is so fulfilling, I cannot even articulate it. There's nothing like being greeted as Snow White by a hyperventilating child versus Ginnifer Goodwin. -Ginnifer Goodwin

In some ways any film that you do has an artificiality about it. Even when you're doing the most kitchen-sinky, gritty, realistic scene you've still got 50 people standing around watching you with cameras and lights and things. -Michael Sheen

I grew up in Doraville, Georgia and I ate barbecued ribs and chicken fried steak, and all kinds of cheesy grits, you know, and I never even thought twice about it. -Kathy Freston

I was weaned on chicken-fried steak and hominy grits with goopy gravy all over. I loved meat and wore fur. -Kathy Freston

Anything I do has to have integrity, so if you just want to make music, it's not difficult finding support. The hard part for a publicist or manager is making a star. -Esperanza Spalding

I plan on having the credibility and integrity of being a part of an entertainment news program like 'E!,' in addition to being on the actor side as well. -Terrence J

I've never met a person who has more integrity than my husband. I respect that. There's his humor and intelligence, too, and he's really cute, all those things – but if you don't respect your partner, you'll get sick of him. -Michelle Pfeiffer

I want to be an artist, an actress with integrity, and that includes all kinds of parts. -Marilyn Monroe

Instead of taking a very high-paying type of law job or something that I might be able to do, I have been a legislator. That's what I do. I think it's an honorable profession – if you're honest and have integrity and work hard. -Russ Feingold

Our participation in the single market, and our ability to help set its rules is the principal reason for our membership of the EU. So it is a vital interest for us to protect the integrity and fairness of the single market for all its members. -David Cameron

We all seek approval, and our mother's seal is usually the most important. The nitty gritty is that we have to accept ourselves, even if it is just to be ready for the next cut-down. Mom's blessing or not. -Beth Ditto

I feel like when you do things with such a small budget, it actually makes you be more creative… and allows you to concentrate more on the story and the characters. I think that there is something about dirty, gritty and raw filmmaking that makes it feel a little more natural and makes it easier to connect with the action. -Oren Peli

Philadelphians are a gritty, tough people who will help you when you're down. -Michael Nutter

I can't think of anyone I admire who isn't fuelled by self-doubt. It's an essential ingredient. It's the grit in the oyster. -Richard Eyre

I've long since stopped worrying about how I'm portrayed in the press because ultimately it's not that important. Everyone who knows me knows I do what I do with the greatest integrity. -Mike Leigh

I'd love to venture into TV or do some gritty dramas – Guy Ritchie, that kind of thing. -Shayne Ward

I think it is better when people with their own businesses and means of income join politics as there is some degree of honesty and integrity. -Vijay Mallya

If you live a rebellious lifestyle, then you rebel against things because they go against your ideals and the integrity of who you are as a person. -Flea

It seems to me that if God calls us to anything it's to a life of integrity. -Gene Robinson

Once you realize that you're in something that you've always wanted and you don't want to lose it, you behave differently. And that means the integrity, the professionalism, and knowing what's right from wrong and still making choices that you probably wouldn't have made. -Paul Anka

Although some people think I am a romantic novelist I have always thought of myself as a rather gritty radical historian. -Philippa Gregory

I find infidelity interesting because it's so revelatory about people. It's this really silent thing. Everyone acknowledges it as a general practice, but nobody likes to go beyond that, to get down to the nitty-gritty. -Junot Diaz

Never, never, will I accept, on issues of integrity, comparisons with the Liberal party. -Pauline Marois

On my walks, that's when the good ideas come. The kind of hard, gritty work is when you're sitting at the computer and it's kind of intense and you're kind of in super control of it – the walks are when you let go. That's when the really big breakthroughs come in, and it's very strange. -Maria Semple

I have learned a great deal in my life, and DeMolay helped me to learn that character and integrity should be cornerstones in your life. As a Senior DeMolay, as a father, the best advice I could ever give would be to take the high road in life, and you will be able to build trusting relationships. -Larry Wilcox

Everything sells. Like integrity. Like democracy. Like truth. Like deeds. -Steven Weber

I had a friend write me that our music was being played at Gay Pride in New York, which is a big compliment. In the biggest city in the country with the most culture and the most grit – I love it. -Jennifer Nettles

I will be vigilant to protect the independence and integrity of the Supreme Court, and I will work to ensure that it upholds the rule of law and safeguards those liberties that make this land one of endless possibilities for all Americans. -John Roberts

A grateful world, nation and cadre of surgeons general who followed in his shadow are forever indebted to Surgeon General Koop's wisdom, fortitude, integrity and selfless service. -Richard Carmona

I really think the most important thing I do is to protect the dignity and the integrity of the Office of the Surgeon General. -Richard Carmona

I don't write anything that I haven't lived. In terms of integrity, you have to write what you live. And if you write beyond what you live, it is theory. And theory is not helpful. It is just not. -John Eldredge

Over time, grit is what separates fruitful lives from aimlessness. -John Ortberg

It's not just that individuals have lost faith in the integrity of their leaders, it's that they no longer believe society's most powerful institutions are acting in their interests. -Gary Hamel

If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don't have integrity, nothing else matters. -Harvey Mackay

The gritty indie films are a lot rarer than the films that aspire to fill multiplexes. -David Tennant

I certainly relate to Ygritte in the fact that she is so strong and also ruthless as well and I feel that especially within 'Game of Thrones,' I think that as a show, it is one of the frontrunners for showing dominant female characters and making sure that men answer to women rather than the other way around. -Rose Leslie

We believe in humility and integrity, the spirit of one people, bound together under God. We understand that the Constitution was written to control and regulate the government, not the people. -Allen West

The republic I fell in love with, the republic I risked my life to defend, the values I hold dear, the integrity that we all share – these do not know prejudice and they do not accept partiality. -Allen West

I don't want to talk too much about the nitty-gritty of writing. It's rather like a pressure cooker with a certain amount of pressure in it – the more you let out, the less you cook. -Vikram Seth

Work hard to achieve integrity in your work and your relationships with the people you work with. -Rebel Wilson

I always like to incorporate one or two chic accessories that contrast with the more gritty look of my daily uniform: a leather jacket and jeans. -Johan Lindeberg

Obviously as I'm getting older, I'm seeing changes in my body that I may not like… but I do love food, and I'm from the South. I'm not gonna lie, I eat fried chicken, I love macaroni and cheese, and I love grits. -Erin Andrews

One's appearance bespeaks dignity corresponding to the depth of his character. One's concentrated effort, serene attitude, taciturn air, courteous disposition, thoroughly polite bearing, gritted teeth with a piercing look – each of these reveals dignity. Such outward appearance, in short, comes from constant attentiveness and seriousness. -Yamamoto Tsunetomo

I want to play roles that I'm proud of, that I feel a certain integrity about, and I want to continue to be truthful in the work that I do. -Laz Alonso

Your main radio stations, the stations that get the most listeners, don't play anything that has any kind of integrity to it. -Robert Glasper

As an academic, what do you have? You have the quality of your work and the integrity with which you do it. -Ezekiel Emanuel

Soho is a gritty former mercantile area that has, of course, evolved into the most bourgeois neighborhood in New York. -Andre Balazs

If you truly believe something, and it's incorrect, that doesn't mean you don't have integrity. -Jim Brown

Power is the chance to impose your will within a social context, even when opposed and regardless of the integrity of that chance. -Max Weber

The most important thing for people to know about the governance of the Arctic is that we have a chance now to act to maintain the integrity of the system or to lose it. To lose it means that we will dismember the vital systems that make the Arctic work. It's not just a cost to the people who live there. It's a cost to all people everywhere. -Sylvia Earle

I will never forget the pleasure and instruction I derived from working with a true master of his art, such as Edward G. Robinson was – and is. Surely his record for versatility, studied characterization – ranging from modern colloquial to the classics – and artistic integrity is unsurpassed. -Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

I haven't changed my mind about modernism from the first day I ever did it… It means integrity; it means honesty; it means the absence of sentimentality and the absence of nostalgia; it means simplicity; it means clarity. That's what modernism means to me. -Paul Rand

I think it's very difficult, and it requires a tremendous amount of spiritual integrity and discipline, to not be a narcissist in a culture that encourages it every step of the way. -Alan Ball

Don't ever take a dramatic lesson. They will try to put your voice in a dinner jacket, and people like their hominy and grits in everyday clothes. -Dale Robertson

Storytelling is based on the word, being an honorable person of integrity is based on your word. -Jesse Williams

The role of business is to provide products and services that make people's lives better – while using fewer resources – and to act lawfully and with integrity. -Charles Koch

New Yorkers are real gritty and tough. -Raymond Kelly

When I interview someone, I know in the first two minutes if I like them or not. I find that if it's easy to talk to someone and I see an openness and honesty and integrity, then I usually hire them. -Bobbi Brown

If I have taught my sons anything in life, it is to have integrity – to always tell the truth, and I believe they have. -Leonard N. Stern

We have to start processing what we're really made of in America. American character is not dead. American integrity and honesty are not dead. When we're backed up against the wall against the largest corporations in the history of corporations, it's there. -Josh Fox

Without question, the single most important attribute of a successful entrepreneur is integrity. And that's not some philosophical or theoretical malarkey; it's hard-nosed fact. -David S. Rose

I try to find the right director who won't compromise his or anyone else's integrity, and yet be political enough to give the studio what they want, yet put up a fight to maintain that integrity. -Mickey Rourke

I'm me. I can't put on airs. I'm not a phony. I know the way I am hurts me more times than it helps. But somehow it's all tied up with my integrity, and my integrity is the last thing I'm going to let you take from me. -Tony Dorsett

I would love to be looked at some day – and I'm not ever saying I'm at this level – but I'd love to be mentioned in the same breath as a Bowie or an Eno. Those are the people that I admire artistically, their career trajectory, the integrity throughout their career, the bravery of their career. -Trent Reznor

Michael Pollan is a champion. In all ways. A man of great integrity, humor, and common sense and kindness. -Maira Kalman

At 3 years old, I was telling people that I was going to be a star. I never had a plan B. And I've never compromised my integrity to get what I have. -Jada Pinkett Smith

There's an integrity and a strength to women who have been raised in rough country. -Brenda Strong

There is a yearning for people to return to elementary moral virtues, such as integrity and commitment. We distrust people who have no centering of values. We greatly respect businessmen, for example, if they display those virtues, even if we don't necessarily agree with the people. -Geoff Mulgan

Get in theater, really work your craft. Get really, really good so that when people say your name, your name is associated with quality, with integrity. -Freddy Rodriguez

To be honest, I find most politicians very untrustworthy. When I listen to them talking – or rather, lying – I just feel there are very few politicians with integrity, so I never know who to bat for. -Jamie Sives

Whatever you perceive, you always make a story with yourself as the main character, and that dictates your life. Then when you read 'The Four Agreements', you hear another voice beneath the story, the voice that comes from your integrity, your spirit. -Don Miguel Ruiz

I love food: biscuits and gravy, cheese grits, spaghetti and meatballs, chicken-fried steak with white gravy… but my favorite dish is my wife's beanie weenie cornbread casserole. It's so good. It sounds stupid, but if you eat it, it's heaven. Of course, it's only something you can eat if you've got a lot of money. -Larry the Cable Guy

I love gritty drama. I'm passionate about films and drama that make you think – hard-hitting, gravelly characters. -Emma Rigby

Integrity means that you are the same in public as you are in private. -Joyce Meyer

I wouldn't say I'm personally trying to transition from comedy into drama. I don't look at things like, 'Oh, I need to do a drama now.' I get a lot of material sent to me, and if I feel like something has the creative integrity and the right director and the right whoever involved, the right actors and is a great story, then I do it. -Ashton Kutcher

Ossie Davis was a man with great integrity, great honor and someone who I feel has done us all a great service just by being on the Earth. -Bill Cobbs

I did not raise my son, Sam, to celebrate Mother's Day. I didn't want him to feel some obligation to buy me pricey lunches or flowers, some annual display of gratitude that you have to grit your teeth and endure. -Anne Lamott

If you want to open a supermarket chain and put your face all around the globe, selling your baby and your dog, if it makes you happy, who am I to disagree, as the song goes. But it's not for me. I've always tried to keep my integrity and keep my autonomy. -Annie Lennox

I was always impressed by Betty Ford and what she went through and how full of integrity she was, and how brave. I think Mrs. Reagan was a role model of my mother's generation, intelligent, very supportive of her husband. I am very different from my mom, but I admired her devotion. -Teresa Heinz

Lance Guest in 'The Last Starfighter' had such integrity and held himself to such a high standard that I just wanted to raise your own standard to meet it. He is a hard-working, giving actor. He made me feel secure and better in my role opposite him. -Catherine Mary Stewart

Who is my biggest inspiration? Wow… I really, without wanting to sound 'aw gee shucks,' I'd have to say my wife who taught a rather uptight Englishman what there is to be got out of life. Susan is my greatest inspiration. She has more integrity than anyone I know, and integrity is more important than anything for a happy and successful life. -Charles Shaughnessy

It has been an incredibly rewarding experience to work with so many dedicated SEC staff who strive every day to protect investors and ensure our markets operate with integrity. -Mary Schapiro

My mother was a secretary that elevated herself to having her own international company, my father elevated himself to an NBA player and perennial all-star. So I learned from my parents that it's about hard work, about both of them getting their education, putting people first and leading a life of integrity. -Brian J. White

Baseball is about talent, hard work, and strategy. But at the deepest level, it's about love, integrity, and respect. -Pat Gillick

The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively. -Bob Marley

The main rule to me is to honor God with your life. To life a life of integrity. Not be selfish. You know, help others. But that's really the essence of the Christian faith. -Joel Osteen

Human beings exist that have integrity, that know how to keep their mouth shut, that know the bigger picture, that don't sell out their friends. -Sandra Bullock

I have friends and family that are filled with massive amounts of integrity. And it shouldn't be an oddity. -Sandra Bullock

They will look at my career as the guy who gave it all but at the same time did it with integrity. That's what we all aim for – the respect of the game as well as the honesty that's played a part of that game. -Lou Brock

Sometimes I feel like the best role models and the people you should look up to most are the people who make mistakes because they show you how to overcome them and walk through that mistake with integrity and grace. -Jennifer Love Hewitt

'Celebrity Apprentice' has more integrity and is the most straightforward show I've ever seen. -Penn Jillette

There are both things in international law: the principle of territorial integrity and right to self-determination. -Vladimir Putin

I have to say that the most important thing Scientology has given me is the ability to keep my integrity together. -Christopher Gorham

It's very important to not repeat yourself. After 'Delhi Belly,' I was offered 40 'Delhi Belly's and you can't do that! So 'Revolver Rani' is dark and gritty with action, 'Sooper Se Oopar' is a big commercial love story, 'Santa Banta' is a 'theth' Punjabi comedy, 'Golu Aur Pappu' is a kids' film and 'Amit Sahni Ki List' is an urban romcom. -Vir Das

My people. I have given them a sense of individuality, integrity. I have not made them slaves of any god or any religion. Nor of any holy book or any priest. I have certainly not replaced their god. They are all a part of what I call my traveling circus. -Rajneesh

I did very extensive diligence on Al Jazeera English, the network from which Al Jazeera America is going to be derived, and it's really very clear that they have long since established a reputation for excellence and integrity and objectivity. -Al Gore

Real relationship is gritty and earthy, the stuff that life is made of. -Amy Grant

I had a certain career as an actor that I think was quite personal as well, and had a lot of integrity, but I wasn't writing my own things or directing my own movies. -Jodie Foster

I would love to do anything from a really gritty, interesting, indie type film, to that commercial, bigger stuff. -Meghan Markle

For me, my family and my faith have been what's really been my anchor, and grounding me, and helping me navigate through a lot of the things that really destroy marriages in Hollywood, and in your own personal integrity. -Kirk Cameron

Let me define a leader. He must have vision and passion and not be afraid of any problem. Instead, he should know how to defeat it. Most importantly, he must work with integrity. -A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

'Batman Begins' came out and it was really successful, and it had gritty naturalism. And suddenly… I can't tell you how many movies I was pitched where it was, 'We want to do what you did with 'Batman' but with 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,' or whatever. -David S. Goyer

Whether it's an $11 flip-flop or a $2 key ring or a $2,000 dress, they're all done with integrity. They're all done with a design sense. As long as the creativity exists, then I don't think it's a sellout. A sellout is putting your name on any piece of crap and then expecting people to buy it because it's got your name on it. -Marc Jacobs

This is the way I think about politics: We want two diametrically opposed things from a politician. On one hand we want them to be bastions of moral integrity, perfect people, saints. And on the other hand, we want them to be effective leaders. -Beau Willimon

It's really difficult to navigate attention and stardom and celebrity status and still try to maintain yourself and hold onto your intelligence and integrity. It's really challenging. -Shirley Manson

I think everyone must settle for what is in the parameter of their own rights. No one must have an evil intention toward the territorial benefit or integrity of other nations. -Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

The strongest thing that any human being has going is their own integrity and their own heart. As soon as you start veering away from that, the solidity that you need in order to be able to stand up for what you believe in and deliver what's really inside, it's just not going to be there. -Herbie Hancock

For me, a paragraph in a novel is a bit like a line in a poem. It has its own shape, its own music, its own integrity. -Paul Auster

There's nothing I hate more than gritty, linty, mysterious pocket schmutz in the cap of my lip moisturizer – or, even worse, on the applicator itself. I shudder at the thought. -Rachel Nichols

If you're Obama, can you imagine being lectured to about honesty and integrity from a convicted perjurer, Bill Clinton? My gosh, folks, I mean, literally how far has one fallen when that is the case? -Rush Limbaugh

When I go home, I try to raise my children with honesty and integrity and teach them to take care of the world and of each other. -Kevin Bacon

I'm a good girl because I really believe in love, integrity, and respect. I'm a bad girl because I like to tease. -Katy Perry

A good cult delivers on its promises. A good cult nourishes the needs of its members, has transparency and integrity, and creates provisions for challenging its leadership openly. A good cult expands the freedoms and well-being of its members rather than limits them. -Philip Zimbardo

Within the confines of the lecture hall, no other virtue exists but plain intellectual integrity. -Max Weber

I do my best work when I feel conviction to say something through the character I play. Always I want to have integrity and not compromise that. -Lupita Nyong'o

I would say I'm more traditional than I am superstitious. I don't, for example, have to do things ritually before the game in order to feel comfortable going to the game. But I don't think I'm naturally a football player. I don't have that grit and that killer instinct. -Troy Polamalu

Our traditions have been waking up on Christmas morning and feasting on a southern breakfast. I'm from the South. We eat grits and biscuits and gravy and eggs with Ritz crackers and country ham, bacon, you name it. -Leigh-Allyn Baker

I don't think of myself as a role model for others, but I like to live my life by my own integrity. So, in that sense, I might be a positive influence. I do believe you should get over your insecurities and just try to be the best you can. -Lily Cole

Fashion moves so quickly that, unless you have a strong point of view, you can lose integrity. -Alice Temperley

I am not going to take a role because there's money. It might extend my checkbook, but not my integrity. -Gina Rodriguez

A tiger does not shout its tigritude, it acts. -Wole Soyinka

Bob Harras' personal and creative integrity is respected and renowned throughout the comic book industry. As an editor, he provides invaluable insight into storytelling and character. -Jim Lee

No writer for the press, however humble, is free from the burden of keeping his purpose high and his integrity white. -John Boyle O'Reilly

It must be said that it is challenging to balance uncompromising artistic integrity with commercial requirements, but I've also come to learn that couture clients are adventurous and particularly unpredictable in their taste. -Stephane Rolland

I got down to business and started writing furiously. I wore my fingers down to a callous state writing with every Tom, Dick and Harry around the world, including a chap named Charlie who plays for a man named Bob, to wrestle my emotions and bring out the raw grit hiding in my tightly guarded sub-conscious. -Gin Wigmore

Honest communication is built on truth and integrity and upon respect of the one for the other. -Benjamin E. Mays

For breakfast I have grits, because I'm a Southern girl! -Shanola Hampton

If I'm doing something in fashion, I will try to respect the 'laws' of the business, but I will try to keep my integrity and my respect for the designers and for my readers. -Carine Roitfeld

There are a lot of artists that come and go very quickly, and I understand why just because someone has a No. 1 doesn't necessarily mean they should be up for best male or female categories. I understand that Aria are protecting the integrity of what Aria is, but I do think that pop music isn't recognised enough. -Ricki-Lee Coulter

The greatest asset, even in this country, is not oil and gas. It's integrity. Everyone is searching for it, asking, 'Who can I do business with that I can trust?' -George Foreman

There are a lot of guys who are successful, they make a lot of big money, I mean millions overnight with a contract, and they don't understand the evaporation. It evaporates. You're always back to square one. I found that out, so integrity is how I do business. That's my main asset. -George Foreman

The most important thing is that you honor that musical integrity, whether you make music that sounds like ABBA or you make music that sounds like Void. -Dave Grohl

I love getting to bounce around and explore so much. I love Scandinavia. I love Spain. It's so mystical and romantic, yet it's gritty. -Jason Mraz

Integrity is incredibly important to me. As long as you're authentic, you can do no wrong. -Timm Sharp

If art is singular expression, then by nature, the best art is controversial. But when art stirs debate for reasons besides its artistic integrity, that's when things get bent. -John Ridley

I admire people who have that integrity, who know how to peacefully move through a situation – and it's reflected in how they deal with things like loss. -Patrick Wang

Liberals want to live downtown. All over America – in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Georgetown – there are crowds of liberals living in the gritty, ugly, dirty neighborhoods sensible people are trying to flee. -P. J. O'Rourke

With integrity, you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity, you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt. -Zig Ziglar

Honesty and integrity are by far the most important assets of an entrepreneur. -Zig Ziglar

It is true that integrity alone won't make you a leader, but without integrity you will never be one. -Zig Ziglar

I would love to do a good gritty drama, a romantic role. I tend to play bad guys for some reason. -Will Rothhaar

Integrity is the core of our character. Without integrity, we have a weak foundation upon which to build other Christlike characteristics. -L. Lionel Kendrick

Although skin color is undoubtedly the most salient signal of racial identity in America, other actual or imagined bodily features have also been seen as distinctive markers of Negritude. These include the shapes of heads, feet, lips, and noses as well as the texture of hair. -Randall Kennedy

Frankly, seeing my plays with an audience is something I do with gritted teeth; I find the experience very difficult. I love the moment when you have just the dress rehearsal, when no one's there; that's kind of the peak to me. When people start filing in, I like to file out. -Richard Greenberg

You can't have integrity for breakfast, but try and keep it because it is perhaps the single most important word that defines not just writers but all human beings. -F. Sionil Jose

I think that every enduring story that has expressions over multiple periods, that role of being the keeper of the integrity of the vision is a very important role. -Chris Meledandri

My parents were both born and raised in the Depression. They instilled great values about integrity and the importance of hard work, and I've taken that with me to every job. -Mary Barra

I've heard it said that umpires are necessary evil. Well, we are necessary, but we are not evil. We are hard-working and dedicated people whose primary interest is to make sure the game is played fairly. We are the integrity of the game. -Doug Harvey

The integrity of the game is the umpires. Nobody else. The entire integrity of the game is the umpires. -Doug Harvey

I still want to do a romantic comedy or a western or a gritty independent film… there's so much that I still want to do. -Laura Vandervoort

At the end the day because I believe so strongly in leadership, what I look for first, what I try to assess, is integrity. -Kenneth Chenault

For me, integrity is the consistency of words and actions. Part of the way that you do that is to ask people questions on some of the most difficult issues that you confront. 'Take me through where you felt you had to compromise your values.' -Kenneth Chenault

I need to hold onto my soul and my integrity, and I can't compromise that. -Megan Fox

A group is as healthy as its 'social contract' is clear; a congregation as faithful as its covenant is mutually understood; a pastor as effective as the pastor's and people's commitment to trust and integrity is honored, guarded, and fulfilled. -David Augsburger

What you can do with visual effects is enhance the look of the character, but the actual integrity of the emotional performance and the way the character's facial expressions work, that is what is going to be created on the day with other actors and the director. -Andy Serkis

I don't think people should be fed mesclun salad and chicken breast. My grandmother would serve grits and oxtail stew at a formal dinner, and if you didn't like it, well then you ate more beans or you went home and ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. -Marjorie Gubelmann

Because you've done the horrible jobs, it gives you an even grittier determination to succeed. -Rob James-Collier

My grandfather was an amazing man. You talk about character and integrity, everyone who knew him, whether they agreed with him or not, said, 'George Romney is a good man, and he sticks to his principles: a man of honesty and hard work, integrity.' -Tagg Romney

You just couldn't be in George Romney's presence without some of his goodness and integrity wearing off on you. -Tagg Romney

I'll bring my grits when I travel, because I get so hungry on the road. -Dolly Parton

Right after 9-11, as far as I know, one newspaper in the United States had the integrity to investigate opinion in the Muslim world: the 'Wall Street Journal.' -Noam Chomsky

Moral authority comes from following universal and timeless principles like honesty, integrity, treating people with respect. -Stephen Covey

I've got a wonky nose. Is it classical, is it not? That's what's hard work, getting down into the nitty-gritty of who are the human beings behind the front of what they present? -Ciaran Hinds

I have my dark side like anybody, you know, depression, anxiety… and I write about gritty, real-life stuff. -Art Alexakis

I remember opening up my first vinyl and seeing the incredible artwork it had. There's nothing like it. You also get that true gritty sound on vinyl that really makes a rock record sound great, which CDs can never achieve. -Nikki Sixx

Parents have no greater responsibility in this world than the bringing up of their children in the right way, and they will have no greater satisfaction as the years pass than to see those children grow in integrity and honesty and make something of their lives. -Gordon B. Hinckley

A fish is more valuable swimming in the sea maintaining the integrity of oceanic eco-systems than it is on anyone's plate. -Paul Watson

I glory in the fact that a human being has multiple talents and exercises them all with a degree of integrity and artistic proficiency. That's what I do. -Theodore Bikel

My intent is not to inflame Muslims but to entertain readers of great thrillers. At the end of the day, I want people to see a good protagonist struggle against serious odds and do so with courage and honor and integrity. -Brad Thor

The good name of the United Nations is one of its most valuable assets – but also one of its most vulnerable. The Charter calls on staff to uphold the highest levels of efficiency, competence and integrity, and I will seek to ensure to build a solid reputation for living up to that standard. -Ban Ki-moon

In the end, there is no absence of irony: the integrity of what is sacred to Native Americans will be determined by the government that has been responsible for doing everything in its power to destroy Native American cultures. -Winona LaDuke

For a long time, it was hard for me to get my work done in Chicago. Silk Road gave me opportunities to do shows like 'Golden Child' – shows that nobody else seemed interested in. And they bring an artistic integrity to the work that matches anything you'll find at a bigger theatre. -David Henry Hwang

I, of course, owe everything to my mother, because my father died when I was only nine days of age; and the marvelous teachings, the faith, the integrity of my mother have been an inspiration to me. -Heber J. Grant

To me, integrity means always doing what is right and good, regardless of the immediate consequences. It means being righteous from the very depth of our soul, not only in our actions but, more importantly, in our thoughts and in our hearts. -Joseph B. Wirthlin

Integrity, a firm adherence to the highest moral and ethical standards, is essential to the life of a true Latter-day Saint. -Joseph B. Wirthlin

I think vampires are different from human beings, but they're sentenced to eternity on this planet. They have the same confusion about love and permanence, integrity, and denial. These qualities really are the same in vampire characters as in humans. I think they're universal themes. -Alexandra Cassavetes

If you have a federal government that's not enforcing the law and does not preserve the integrity of its own borders, then naturally, states are going to take matters into their own hands. -Pat Toomey

Any skills that I have, I couldn't really make money with them. I would like to think that maybe I would be doing something in psychology or something of that nature because I love that vein of medicine – the getting down and getting nitty-gritty. -Ian Harding

I never feel like I've been pushed towards a certain thing, but now, at 26, I do feel like I have integrity over my output, you know? There's a fine line between saying, 'You can't tell me what I can and can't do,' and taking on board people's opinions. -Cassie Ventura

In 'Mirror Mirror,' I played Prince Charming's side kick Renbock, who was pretty dandy, hapless and innocent. Other than that I've tended to play the complete opposite! I've played gritty, hard characters, generally tough people. -Robert Emms

'Last Resort,' to me, is very much about finding truth and integrity in an extraordinary situation. -Jessy Schram

I love playing serious! That's a relief for me. It means something. It sounds dead corny and cheesy, but on a day-to-day basis, you can't just let loose and cry. So as an actress playing those gritty roles, I can play it quite decently. -Lauren Socha

In my life, I'm just looking for that life of integrity that my father had. I have a good heart; I'm not a heartbreaker. -Johnathon Schaech

I like showing the gritty truthful dark side of humanity. -Jake Busey

I take the responsibility of playing another ethnicity very, very seriously, and I promise myself and those people that I will represent them with as much dignity and integrity as I can muster. -Cliff Curtis

What we try to do at Disney and through Disney character voices is really maintain the integrity of our classic characters at all costs. So Ariel needs to be me for every project, and if there are any other Ariels floating around out there, it's not necessarily Disney. -Jodi Benson

What I look for in a project or partner is integrity and character; I love the concept of family entertainment and crosses over the generations, where you can sit kids with their grandparents and everyone has a good time. Those are the qualities that I want to bring to viewers. -Jodi Benson

If you can prove a guy did cheat, then I don't believe he belongs. I don't believe that there are any guys that did cheat, in that respect, that are in the Hall of Fame. So I think opening up the doors to guys that admittedly cheated or are proven that they did cheat, it kills the integrity of what the Hall of Fame stands for. -Barry Larkin

I think that if Hollywood has a problem, it constantly underestimates the intelligence and integrity of fans. -Matthew Davis

I painted with my husband a portrait of a naked Serge Gainsbourg draped with a French flag, and it hangs in our bedroom. I love gritty and dark art like what the German couple Herakut does. -Stephanie Szostak

Motherhood is nitty and gritty and brutal and wonderful, but everything I read is about the wonderful parts. Sometimes, you're really in the trenches! -Constance Marie

Especially with Facebook and Instagram and Twitter, I can't tell necessarily the nitty gritty of what you're really up to. I'm just seeing the performance of all the work you're doing and the look you're giving; it's very hard to get to the center. It's very hard to see what's what. -Casey Wilson

I'm terrified of getting what I'm not deserving of, feeling that I've got something for nothing… at the expense of brilliant starving writers all over the world. But I have to hope these people who are helping me have integrity. -Nick McDonell

I love challenging films, really. I'd prefer to do some gritty, challenging roles. That would be awesome and really fun. -Charlie Rowe

If you actually get down to the nitty-gritty of the average Pakistani, the average Indian, the average whoever, what you really do know emotionally is that they're exactly the same. -Bryan Callen

I believe family first. Blood is thicker than water. I grew up like that, and I want to continue to keep that goal in my heart. Just family first! Just honesty, integrity, and respect. All of that. I live by the code of those things. If you do that you'll be fine. -Cory Hardrict

My heart is in independent film-making. For me, it's where the fun, gritty storytelling is being told. -Aaron Paul

Integrity is an ecosystem. -Michael Leunig

Citizens, regardless of their political inclinations, carry a devout sense of their shared culture and its temperament – and, having contributed to it all their lives, hold decent and reasonable hopes for its continued integrity. -Michael Leunig

With a sequel, you always worry for its integrity. -Tim Curry

If you make that decision, that you'll always follow that rule, then your commitment to do it sinks into your heart, and when you realize the benefits of having integrity time after time, it really changes your heart, not just your head. -Clayton M. Christensen

I don't – you know, I'm very disillusioned with our political system. If we don't wake up in America and realize that we have to vote out of our courage and integrity for candidates who reflect our own beatitudes, and not the beatitudes of the war machine and the corporations, we are – we're doomed. -Cindy Sheehan

My integrity had been called into question; I was being called a liar, and I am not a liar. And I just think it is time that we stop viewing public figures as fair game. -David Blunkett

When you've got good writing, you can kind of give up all the research, in a way, and start just following the emotional integrity of the journey of your character. -Linus Roache

Our economy is increasingly dependent on the success and integrity of the financial markets. -Michael Douglas

England in the late 1940s was famously grim. As I remember it, London back then was a very dirty place, from coal dust and smoke, from the grit stirred up every day by the jackhammers still clearing out rubble from the Blitz. -Alexander Cockburn

We do need a return to individual integrity, self-reliance, and old-fashioned gumption. We really do. -Robert M. Pirsig

Joe Gibbs helped define what the Washington Redskins stand for – integrity, hard work, determination, winning and championships. -Daniel Snyder

I grew up in the Justice Department. I served 12 years as a line lawyer in the public integrity section. This department under me will not have any kind of political interference. I will not allow political interference in the Justice Department. Those who might attempt to do that will be rebuffed. -Eric Holder

I've been around a long time, and when I was at the top of the hill, I was very ahead of my time! Evidence of that is that my music is still current today – you know, rappers sample it all the time. So, rather than compromise my artistic integrity, I concentrated on movies. -Isaac Hayes

Men and women who sell their birthright for a mess of pottage will tell you that their demise began with something small, with some seemingly insignificant breach of integrity that escalated. The little things do matter. It is not possible to profess righteousness while flirting with sin. -Sheri L. Dew

There are no clear boundary lines between what is physiological, what is psychological, and what is spiritual. Those are language domains that make sense and have integrity but overlap significantly. -John Ortberg

We look to our pastors and priests and rabbis and counselors of all kinds to testify of the enduring principles upon which our society is built: honesty, charity, integrity and family. -Mitt Romney

My father and mother had tremendous integrity, and obviously that affected me. -David Green

Abe Krok was a man of integrity who made a unique contribution to Mamelodi Sundowns and to South African football. -Patrice Motsepe

I'm not a Saban guy, because I don't like liars, and I think he lied. I think he lied to the Miami Dolphins and to the fans of Miami, and he left. And it's pretty simple: I think integrity is very important; if you don't have integrity, I don't know how you can be successful. -Ron Jaworski

I've heard New York actors say Chicago actors intimidate them because apparently we're the real nitty-gritty actors who're in a town where being onstage doesn't necessarily get you anything except your craft. -Scott Adsit

Anyone who thinks Peter Jackson would fall for market forces around him rather than artistic integrity doesn't know the guy or the body of his work. -Ian Mckellen

I just wanted to be an artist. I didn't care how or what; I just wanted to express my artistic integrity, and I wanted the world to have a vision of what I was seeing in my mind. -Rita Ora

It was always that detail that drove me. Ever since I was a little kid, I used to get into the nitty gritty… when I was drawing army tanks or monsters, I'd do every nut and rivet, and I'd do every scale on the dragon's back. It was just the way I was built. -Graeme Base

I've just written a very gritty, non-magical take on the King Arthur legend, 'Here Lies Arthur,' and I'm currently toying with some other historical ideas, as well as working with the illustrator David Wyatt on some sequels to my Victorian space opera 'Larklight.' -Philip Reeve

Childhood doesn't have to be perfect, and children don't have to be beautiful. From a bit of grit may grow a pearl, and if pearl production doesn't materialise, the outcome will still be preferable to the shallowness of vanity. -Laurie Graham

I think leadership is more than just being able to cross the t's and dot the i's. It's about character and integrity and work ethic. -Steve Largent

I have to grit my teeth sometimes, knowing I am going to be written about. But I think it is my life, and I don't want to get people interested in debating it. But I do feel that if you are going to put yourself about as a public person on a television screen, there's a curiosity. -Jonathan Dimbleby

I think the years on 'The Donna Reed Show,' the years from 14 to 19, were so incredibly important. Donna Reed was simply an extraordinary woman, a woman of great strength, kindness, integrity and compassion. I am not trying to make her sound like a saint, but she had the most profound influence on me. I carry her with me today. -Shelley Fabares

The main thing in measuring integrity is someone's motive and intent, not how many records they sell. Our intent in Ministry was never to be big. We just wanted to make enough money to live and to buy a studio, which we have done in Austin. -Al Jourgensen

Golf is a game of ego, but it is also a game of integrity: the most important thing is you do what is right when no one is looking. -Tom Watson

I like films that are gritty and hard-hitting and suspenseful. Thrillers, too. -Domhnall Gleeson

I wish to reiterate solemnly China's continued firm support to Pakistan in its efforts to uphold independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity. -Li Keqiang

We can find a great sector or business, but we're investing so early that unless there's this tenacious grit, determination, resourcefulness, ability to evolve, it won't work. -Dan Levitan

Chew on this: Human teeth can detect a grain of sand or grit 10 microns in diameter. A micron is 1/25,000 of an inch. If you shrank a Coke can until it was the diameter of a human hair, the letter O in the product name would be about 10 microns across. -Mary Roach

I was probably unusually close to my parents, so I do what I can now to preserve the integrity of their memory. The Holocaust deserves to be remembered. -Norman Finkelstein

Hollywood is difficult to navigate if you have integrity, so I opted not to work if there wasn't enough to do in a role, which doesn't have to do with the role's size. -Robin Wright

When my main character in 'Heat' climbs the tower, the highest diving platform, hoping to resume competitive diving after an injury, I am there with her, sensing the cold grit under her instep. The details are what matter – they are the experience. -Michael Cadnum

Westerns are cool, man. I'm big on Westerns. I just love the grittiness. -Ramon Rodriguez

It's so easy for shows to be gritty and handheld and shaky and really tight in people's faces. -Cary Fukunaga

Having drive is a big part of success, along with integrity. You need to have a clear vision of what you want and take the steps to achieve it, even if that sometimes means playing gigs in tiny clubs. -Vonda Shepard

If you say, 'I listen to pop,' you picture this kind of perfect, colorful, polished song. I want to have that, but when you open it, you see this gritty dark – kind of like dancing your tears away. Disguise the sadness in a pop beat. -Tove Lo

I'm always about having integrity with my fans and staying true to what I say. -Tinashe

I try to keep my integrity. I don't want to be in 'Hello!' or on 'Celebrity Big Brother.' -Aidan Gillen

Adopting big-business practices is one thing, and adopting agribusiness practices that would dilute the meaning of 'organic' is another. On the whole, I think we're doing a pretty good job of preserving the integrity of organic foods. -Nell Newman

My first movie, 'Thirteen,' and it was very real – almost too real. It was very gritty, with raw human emotion. I'd love to do something like that again. -Catherine Hardwicke

I was a young film student around the time of the new wave in film in the 1970s; old Hollywood was naff and over. For me, as a film student, I was going to see French and Italian cinema; American cinema was 'Easy Rider' and 'Taxi Driver.' Everything was gritty. -Gillian Armstrong

A sport has its own built-in integrity – doesn't need an artificial one. -Chris Crutcher

Reliable numbers about the amount of dirty money around the world are difficult to come by. But according to an estimate by the nonprofit Global Financial Integrity group, $1 trillion vanishes from the developing world's economies every year. -Sri Mulyani Indrawati

I have read books that are so cliched and lazy, my eyes have bled. But I also have read books marketed under the chick-lit umbrella that are so honest, clever and gritty that I've wanted to give up writing and paint walls instead. -Jojo Moyes

The grittier, the dirtier, the worse I can look, the happier I am. It takes the pressure off. -Douglas Booth

Congruence, integration, responsibility and integrity are the values that I stand for. -Debbie Ford

Every person has a different view of another person's image. That's all perception. The character of a man, the integrity, that's who you are. -Steve Alford

The thing is, fairytales were once a very gritty way for people to dialogue about aspects of life. -Isobelle Carmody

I don't believe in any Greatest Generation. I believe in great events. They sweep ordinary people up, expose them to extremes of human behavior and unimaginable tests of integrity and courage, and then deposit them back on the home front. -Phil Klay

I used ribosomes from very, very robust bacteria under very, very active conditions and found a way – I actually took advantage of research done before me at the Weizmann, the same institute I am now – how to preserve their activity and their integrity while they crystallized. -Ada Yonath

Reggae music is a music of integrity; reggae's consciousness was built on a message. My music speaks of love, equality and spirituality, and I would hope that one finds this integrity in my music. -Stephen Marley

When reggae was introduced to the world, it was a voice of the oppressed, a music with integrity that you can enjoy holistically. Throughout the years, what has become commercial kind of strayed from the integrity. -Stephen Marley

Nothing reflects so much honor on a workman as a trial of his work and its endurance of it. So it is with God. It honors Him when His saints preserve their integrity. -Charles Spurgeon

One of the greatest boons that can ever come to a human being is to be born on a farm and reared in the country. Self-reliance and grit are oftenest country-bred. -Orison Swett Marden

Intelligence, integrity and courage are the great pillars that support the State. Above all, the citizens of a free nation should honor the brave and independent man – the man of stainless integrity, of will and intellectual force. -Robert Green Ingersoll

Most people who are successful don't keep their money. One of the rarest things in the world is to maintain success and integrity – the kinds of things that seem so easy just starting out. But that's the human predicament. -Sophie B. Hawkins

We managed to prepare a cell-free system which was active when suitably supplemented, and this was a novel result since the process of oxidation was believed to require the integrity of the cells. -Luis Federico Leloir

One thing I have always promised is to be open and transparent and to treat employees and partners with respect and integrity. -Brian Krzanich

I love watching the Oscars and seeing everybody saying all that 'it's an honour just to be nominated' rubbish. Then you see their faces when the split screen comes up as the winner is announced – the losers are all smiling through gritted teeth and looking as if they just swallowed half a pound of soor plooms. -John Niven

I am undependable. You might get gritty contemporary with one book, science fiction, magical realism, or high fantasy with another. -Mary E. Pearson

My mother is chairman of a bank called the Indo-Zambia Bank. It's a joint venture between Zambia and India. My father runs Integrity Foundation, an anticorruption organization. -Dambisa Moyo

If I were asked to say the most important things that lead to a successful life, I should say that, first of all, was integrity – unimpeachable integrity. -Charles M. Schwab

Michel duCille has been an editor of indelible integrity, decency, and a deep sense of humanity. Michel stood by me during the highlights and shadows of my life. We began our careers together as interns at 'The Miami Herald.' His photography over the years embodied the concerned journalist, which carried over to his work in management. -Carol Guzy

The 2008 economic crisis and Great Recession forced widespread restructuring throughout the U.S. economy – not unlike a company gritting its teeth through a lifesaving bankruptcy. -Roger Altman

I aspire to a poetry of great formal integrity, deep passion and high intellect, and I have many models for how to do that. -Edward Hirsch

I'm looking for the best person irregardless of political party, of race or religion, or color of their skin. Those things don't matter to me. I want someone who's qualified, who has a qualification to character and the integrity to do the things that have to be done to save this world. -Edward Brooke

I had made my reputation on integrity. -Edward Brooke

I thank God that I left office the same way I came in: with integrity. -Najib Mikati

For me, writing post-apocalyptic novels isn't so much about exploding helicopters and fifty-megaton doomsday bombs as it is about the pleasure of dealing with the best of everything that makes us human: cleverness, grit, loyalty, and self-sacrifice. -Jeff Carlson

I have been in 'Star Wars' since I was 20. And they're not just doing some goofy sequel, like, to service the hunger of it. It actually has been thought out and it has integrity and they took it seriously, which they didn't have to do, you know? It's hard to do, given the appetite and the angles from which everybody's coming at it. -Carrie Fisher

I don't have heroes, exactly, but I do have people I hold in high respect. Ronald Reagan, for example, stood for ideals that I value: integrity, patriotism and a fundamental belief in goodness and capabilities of mankind. -Diane Hendricks

The interesting thing is that everyone in golf is just nice. You learn a lot about people playing golf: their integrity, how they play under pressure. -Donald Trump

Our brand of democracy is hard. But I can promise that a year from now, when I no longer hold this office, I'll be right there with you as a citizen – inspired by those voices of fairness and vision, of grit and good humor and kindness that have helped America travel so far. -Barack Obama

In most cases, it's slight and often unintentional gaps in integrity that hold leaders, their employees, and their companies back. Despite their potential, these leaders harm their employees and themselves. -Travis Bradberry

Every leader has the responsibility to hone his or her integrity. Many times, there are integrity traps that have a tendency to catch well-meaning leaders off guard. -Travis Bradberry

Being a good leader requires remembering that you're there for a reason, and the reason certainly isn't to have your way. High-integrity leaders not only welcome questioning and criticism – they insist on it. -Travis Bradberry

Humans are creatures of habit. If you quit when things get tough, it gets that much easier to quit the next time. On the other hand, if you force yourself to push through it, the grit begins to grow in you. -Travis Bradberry

Negative emotions will challenge your grit every step of the way. While it's impossible not to feel your emotions, it's completely under your power to manage them effectively and to keep yourself in a position of control. When you let your emotions overtake your ability to think clearly, it's easy to lose your resolve. -Travis Bradberry

My integrity means more to me than any fame or money. When I say something, I want people to take it to the bank that I mean it and believe in it. -Tim Tebow

Leh has few of what Europeans regard as travelling necessaries. The brick tea which I purchased from a Lhassa trader was disgusting. I afterwards understood that blood is used in making up the blocks. The flour was gritty, and a leg of mutton turned out to be a limb of a goat of much experience. -Isabella Bird

With her grace and grit, and the will to lead change, Misty Copeland is truly a ballerina for our time. -Heather Watts

Now that we have a true leader who stands for family and has a loving relationship with his wife, maybe black men and women will follow their example. We have a lot of faith and trust in President Obama because his integrity thus far has shown us a new level of manhood, fatherhood and husbandhood. -Tasha Smith

I cannot with any real integrity perform songs I've done for 25 years. I don't need the money. What I need is to feel that I am not letting myself down as an artist and that I still have something to contribute. -David Bowie

I don't think it's any secret that the public has lost confidence in the state government, and there's a lot of work that needs to be done on issues related to public integrity. -Eric Schneiderman

For more than a century, states have sought to protect the integrity of the democratic process at the state and local level by regulating corporate spending in elections. -Eric Schneiderman

Good governance with good intentions is the hallmark of our government. Implementation with integrity is our core passion. -Narendra Modi

I ought to be more hardboiled; I'd like to be. I don't think I have it in me. To write in clipped sentences. To employ gritty metaphor in the introduction of sultry blondes… I can't do it, so why bother trying? -Jesse Kellerman

When I eat biscuits, I also eat grits. -Taylor Hicks

As PM, you have got to do everything from chairing the Cabinet to ceremonial things. You have also got to do the nitty gritty. I do get stuck into the detail. -David Cameron

The First Nations Financial Transparency Act insulted the integrity of the very people in our communities who guide our economic policy and act as our mediators with provincial and federal governments. -Eden Robinson

One way to test a picture's integrity is to turn it upside down – a technique used not only by connoisseurs but also by artists trying to see their work with a fresh eye. -Peter Landesman

As so many writers know, the experience of creating an imaginary world is closer to dreaming than it is to normal, grit-your-teeth work. It's preconscious rather than conscious. Ideas fall into your head, and the book writes you, rather than the other way around. -David Ignatius

Overall, I'm happy how 'Original Sin' has come together. It's an amalgam of all I've done at Marvel, mixing the gritty, violent 'Punisher Max' stuff with the zany, light-hearted 'Wolverine & The X-Men' work. -Jason Aaron

Ralph Miliband was a socialist intellectual of great integrity. He belonged to a generation of socialists formed by the Russian revolution and the Second World War, a generation that dominated left-wing politics for almost a century. -Tariq Ali

I can assure you that during my tenure as his employee, Bob Ney was the hardest working man in Ohio and Washington. I can further assure you the work that he did and the decisions he made were done with integrity and the highest regard for his office and those he served. -Corey Lewandowski

Kindness, tolerance, integrity, modesty, generosity – these are attributes that events permit us. They are our holiday moods, and we are as proud of them as of the fine clothes we have hung away to wear on occasions. -Ben Hecht

Integrity is a very important and an almost indispensable virtue that all leaders must possess. This is especially true in the Philippine context because we Filipinos really respond to leadership by example. -Grace Poe

Obviously, the Philippines or any regional state can never match Chinese defense spending, but we will have to develop minimum deterrence capabilities that allow us to resist and inflict sufficient retaliation if China continues to undermine Philippine territorial integrity. -Miriam Defensor-Santiago

Apprenticeships are the real nitty-gritty way of creating an efficient, skillful and vibrant workforce. -Sean Bean

Lewis Booth and Derrick Kuzak represent the very best of Ford and our culture and built a legacy of leadership, integrity and commitment to excellence that will benefit us for years to come. -William Clay Ford, Jr.

For somebody who comes from Europe, I can only say if we give up this principle of territorial integrity of countries, then we will not be able to maintain the peaceful order of Europe that we've been able to achieve. -Angela Merkel

The G7 – and earlier, the G8 – were a group of countries that shared the same values with regard to freedom and democracy, and through the annexation of Crimea, Russia made it clear at a certain point that these values of keeping the peace, integrity of the borders of a country were not being respected. -Angela Merkel

You have to have integrity. -Michelle Yeoh

From 'Midnight Cowboy' to 'Taxi Driver' is a brief era whose grit, beauty, and violence has been quite mythologized. -Rachel Kushner

We are tired of having our integrity impugned. We are tired of having our sincerity questioned. We are tired of having our intelligence insulted. -Terry Sanford

I believe we need to focus first and foremost – as Donald Trump has done with such force and such passion – on border integrity and building the wall. -Mike Pence

I don't really want to repeat myself. For the most part, I always want to be doing something new. But there aren't a lot of gritty roles out there for women, and they are so fun to play, everyone wants them. -Rachel McAdams

Because I've been so blessed with a background in nursing and spent so much time with patients at a really intimate, vulnerable time in their lives, the one lesson I've learned is that you never turn down a challenge where you can keep your creative integrity and your heart and soul and your sense of self. -Bonnie Hunt

If you can maintain your standards and your integrity and you fail, it's OK. It's when you sell out and you fail that you feel pretty sick inside. -Bonnie Hunt

I have never believed in the fallacy that the federal government can buy its way out of economic troubles through needless spending. For that reason, I am proud to oppose 'stimulus' packages and endless corporate bailouts, which will do little but weaken the long-term integrity of the American economy. -John Fleming

The integrity of our government, our Republic, fundamentally relies on the principle that no person, not even the president or the nation's chief law enforcement officer, is above our laws. -Paul Gosar

The integrity of the federal procurement system needs to be protected so that the public has confidence in government contracts, and small businesses have every opportunity to compete. -Sam Graves

I trust the integrity of the British government and the British soldiers. -Ehud Olmert

In Wyoming, the beauty of our mountains is matched only by the grit of our people. -Liz Cheney

I'm chuffed to be getting gritty stuff. -Ben Hardy

Integrity is something I strive for in every part of my life. -Lizzie Armitstead

I see the first 'Bourne' movie as really kind of a fulcrum in changing the modern action film, where things are really gritty and really character-driven. Think about how the entire Bond franchise was completely radicalized by Bourne. -Aisha Tyler

Nuclear talks are not about nuclear capability. They are about Iranian integrity and dignity. -Mohammad Javad Zarif

I would say to you, have faith in yourself – believe in what you are doing, and, most important, be a person of integrity. It is totally up to you, and no one else, how your life evolves. -Jon Huntsman, Sr.

Integrity is critical to our lives – and to our dreams of achievement. We must remember that without integrity, nothing else matters and that with integrity, nothing else matters. -Jon Huntsman, Sr.

I think the history of the world suggests if one studies the Romans, and one studies the early Greeks, and one studies the history of the world, they all eventually falter if they don't come back to the basic aspect of integrity and honor and feelings of love one for another. -Jon Huntsman, Sr.

I have tremendous respect for Christopher Darden, and I recognize him as an individual of integrity, who did his job to the best of his ability, and I want to tell him thank you. Thank you for enduring hatred from his own community, for being ostracized and called an Uncle Tom and a sellout. -Sterling K. Brown

I like high fantasy as much as the next guy, but I also like a bit of grit and grime with my faux-medieval trappings. -Antony Johnston

Lots of countries, like Israel, live with terrorism every day, and it doesn't impact their integrity. The big threat to America is the way we react to terrorism by throwing away what everybody values about our country – a commitment to human rights. America is a great nation because we are a good nation. -Robert Kennedy, Jr.

I take my fundamental cue from John Coltrane that says there must be a priority of integrity, honesty, decency, and mastery of craft. -Cornel West

In expressing so completely his own type, Mr. Yeats presents us with the case for integrity. If we can express eventually our own scholastic mentality in verse, I believe that our art will lead us not towards, but away from, English art. -Austin Clarke

Man is a being of a mixed nature; and, as there is no integrity without its flaws, so is there no man so knavish but that in some things he may be trusted. -William Godwin

No man knows the value of innocence and integrity but he who has lost them. -William Godwin

It's easy to assume that just because you make something in small volumes, not using many tools, that there is integrity and care – that is a false assumption. -Jonathan Ive

'Luther' is raw and brutal like 'Game Of Thrones,' but it's coincidence. If I'm drawn to anything, it would be the writing. Choosing a project is an organic process where I'm taken in by the character and storyline, not the genre, whether fantasy or gritty and raw. -Rose Leslie

As chief elections officer, it's my job to protect the integrity of the ballot. -Kate Brown

Talent alone gets you nowhere. You really have to have the grit, and you gotta have a love for people. -Zac Brown

The NFL goes to great lengths to protect what it calls 'the integrity of the game.' The same should be said for us as individuals. Integrity, the truthful interaction of word and deed, not only creates leaders in the locker room who are worthy of being followed; it is also vital for success at home. -Benjamin Watson

The last thing I want is for people to say that the music is nice. It's not nice. It sounds good, but it's got grit, and it's got edge. It never veers into sweet. -Lukas Forchhammer

With my trumpet voice, I love gritty, plunger, growly sounds. But vocally, I love Anita O'Day – a raspier but definitely softer sound. Part of the fun has been finding vehicles or writing for both of those sounds. -Bria Skonberg

What does it take to be the first female anything? It takes grit, and it takes grace. -Meryl Streep

Hillary Clinton has taken some fire over 40 years of her fight for families and children. How does she do it? That's what I want to know. Where does she get her grit and her grace? Where do any of our female firsts, our pathbreakers, where do they find that strength? -Meryl Streep

Young kids should probably not play tackle football. I know this intellectually, but emotionally, I'm conflicted. I love this sport. I grew up playing and adoring football. I love the brotherhood, teamwork, athletic grace that borders on superhuman, grit, pressure and, yes, contact. I love the contact. -Peter Berg

I like grit. I like love and death. I'm tired of irony. -Jim Harrison

I try to make music with emotion and integrity. And authenticity. You can feel when something's authentic, and you can feel when it's not: you know when someone's trying to make the club record, or trying to make the girl record, or trying to make the thug record. It's none of that. It's just my emotions. -Jay-Z

Rule number one in negotiating anything with Missy is never try and run me over. Never push me, because I am a very strong woman. I'm nice, but I'm very strong. When it gets down gritty, I can get grittier. Never, ever underestimate me. -Missy Elliott

The Adequate Protest demands far more than protests. It calls for Great and Daring Leaps of Integrity and Courage to See. -Mary Daly

I love a good breakfast – grits and eggs, French toast, turkey bacon. My grandmother on my father's side used to make tea cakes, and her breakfasts were unbelievable. There was fresh ham, and she would go out to the yard to get fresh eggs. She lived in rural Louisiana, and we'd spend summers with her. -Tyler Perry

I believe in honesty and integrity, having a belief system that you've thought through and then stick to. I believe in being creative and contributing, and I believe in taking a stand against injustice that you encounter in everyday life and not being idle in that respect. -Talulah Riley

I feel really fortunate to come from a home that was always supportive and stemming from creativity, integrity and building character. -Nick Jonas

I remember, growing up as a kid, history class was very washed-over. They didn't really get into the gritty bits of slavery. It's a very, very small section in the history books. It's not something they really touch on directly with American curriculums. -Aldis Hodge

I have supported civil rights activity in my state. I have done my job with integrity, equality, and fairness for all. -Jeff Sessions

I had hoped that going to Hiroshima would reveal something small, gritty, and precise to countervail the epic quality of historical accounts. -Lydia Millet

They use the word 'integrity' in describing a Hall of Famer in the logo of the Hall of Fame, and I think there are gonna be quite a few players that are not going to get in. -Ryne Sandberg

Our job as directors is to really give the audience a sense that all this exists in a universe somewhere. Even if it's a slightly more stylized or comedic world than we live in, it's still really important that it has an authenticity and integrity to it. -Josh Gordon

Johnny Cash's legacy, I think if it was one word, it would be 'integrity.' He was the original wild man and grew from that guy that was doing all the crazy things that you read that rock n' rollers do to being someone who was like the father of our country, you know. He was a guest at the White House. He was Billy Graham's friend. -Kris Kristofferson

I think when I was younger, I used to sort of long to be a part of films that were really gritty and hardcore in a way. -Toni Collette

I wore Armani Prive to Cannes, and that was incredible. The craftsmanship is something I never understood until I wore it: the structure, the integrity of the fabrics, the colours, how things photograph. -Sarah Gadon

Dishonesty, lack of integrity catches up with you. -Dawn Steel

I'm not Mary Poppins, but I think I functioned with integrity. -Dawn Steel

I was born and raised in the Midwest, where people were taught that decency and integrity and community were all important values. We were democrats with a little 'd.' -Theresa Rebeck

The action comedy 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl' raises one of the most overlooked and important cinematic questions of our time: Can a movie maintain the dramatic integrity of a theme park ride? -Elvis Mitchell

I think that what we do out on the field is oftentimes a little bit better than what men do. I don't think that we flop around as much. I think we're tough. I mean, I've got battle wounds on my legs from the turf and sliding. And we're gritty. And we're feisty. And I think that I would never back down from a guy. -Carli Lloyd

I'm a man who makes his own decisions and sticks with them; I think there's a lot of integrity in that. -Bill Goldberg

Dad had great people investing in his life at a young age. His mother, his stepfather, his Boy Scout leader, his football coach. That's where integrity is planted, like seeds that are harvested later. -Steven Ford

Integrity is essential and irreplaceable. It is the most valuable asset for a person, a company, or a society seeking to build and progress. -Rex Tillerson

In the business world, we can point to instances when a lack of integrity has bankrupted entire companies – in sectors as different as finance, telecommunications, manufacturing, and energy. -Rex Tillerson

Throughout my life and career, I have continually been impressed with the importance of integrity – whether it was growing up as a Boy Scout, working in one of my first jobs as a university janitor, or being a leader in a Fortune 500 company. -Rex Tillerson

Your personal integrity, once established and earned, people don't have to think about it. They know. They know you. They know you'll do the right thing every time. -Rex Tillerson

'Before I Ever Met You' was the first one to come out and that just dives into the grit, and it's pretty graphic about a relationship. For my first song, it was very special the way it happened, because I didn't really hold anything back, and people responded to it. -Banks

I have nothing left but my integrity. -Jeannette Rankin

We now occupy the proud attitude of a sovereign and independent Republic, which will impose upon us the obligation of evincing to the world that we are worthy to be free. This will only be accomplished by wise legislation, the maintenance of our integrity, and the faithful and just redemption of our plighted faith wherever it has been pledged. -Sam Houston

I had three intentions when I became a wrestler. One was to keep my integrity. Two was to give pro wrestling a more respectable image. And three was to be a role model to Jewish kids, who may not have thought they could do what I do. -Bill Goldberg

A faithful woman can become a devoted daughter of God – more concerned with being righteous than with being selfish, more anxious to exercise compassion than to exercise dominion, more committed to integrity than to notoriety. And she knows of her own infinite worth. -Russell M. Nelson

'The Iliad' includes some snappy sports reporting, and writers ever since have been probing athletes for signifiers, for metaphor amped by grit under pressure. -Katherine Dunn

We go to Europe, and they think we're totally prejudiced 'cause we hang the bars and stripes. But for us, the bars and stripes doesn't mean we want to see anybody in slavery or anything like that. It's just our heritage. To us, the bars and stripes means grits, 'y'all,' and the beauty of the South. There's no prejudice at all in that with us. -Johnny Van Zant

I have very little respect for the integrity of the trading on the exchange in most stocks. And I have particular disdain for the fact that the SEC has failed to deal with high-frequency traders who are doing nothing more than taking advantage of inside information, a buy or a sell order, because of technology advantages. -Steve Wynn

The most important thing about my life is this integrity, and you can't lie to yourself. -Christopher Guest

I didn't grow up seeing faces of patriots, emotional and raw and gritty, who looked like me. -Corey Hawkins

The media has zero integrity, zero intelligence, and no hard work. You're the opposition party. Not the Democratic Party. You're the opposition party. The media's the opposition party. -Steve Bannon

For those of you who pray, I ask that you pray that I will always judge with wisdom and integrity as a faithful servant of the law. -Charles T. Canady

The president, it seems to me, stands out as the one person in our system who is in a unique position where the checks on any lack of integrity there are more important than for anyone else in the system of government. -Charles T. Canady

There needs to be somebody that looks out for what's best for the game, not what's best for the Big 10 or what's best for the SEC or what's best for Jim Harbaugh, but what's best for the game of college football – the integrity of the game, the coaches, the players, and the people that play it. -Nick Saban

Honesty and integrity is an important part of our character, my character. -Nick Saban

To preserve our sovereign integrity, we must prove to them nobody need tell us how to hold a clean and democratic election. -Ferdinand Marcos

No one ever wants fight of the night. Every fight I've gone in, I want knockout of the night. I want to be in and out quick. Sometimes, these guys just have a lot of grit – they're highly trained, and I just can't get them out of there, so I get fight of the night. -Robbie Lawler

My first book was on the grittier side of life. A week before being published, I realized all of my main characters come from single households. That was something that, when I lived in South Bronx, that's what it was like. -Adam Silvera

When people say, 'Who are you?' I'm a sculptor and a painter. That's how I define myself. The acting is fun, and I hope to leave behind a couple things in my life of dramatic integrity and art. -Michael Horse

You have to make your choices however you see fit and just keep your integrity as best you can. -Michael Pena

Some days I want to get the boob job, some days I want to get the eye lift. Then other days, I'm like, 'Absolutely not! Have some integrity!'… But it's all about what makes you happy. -Diane Lane

A lot of recent comic book adaptations have gone two ways: either they're striving for some kind of realism, like 'Iron Man' or 'The Dark Knight,' or they're very stylised and gritty, like 'Sin City' and '300.' -Edgar Wright

I have refused money sometimes for a film. I have refused films when I felt that it was not for me. When it was just a job or just about making money, I said no. I wanted to make every film count, and when you are true to yourself, this gives you a certain integrity and a certain reputation. -Raoul Peck

On long car rides, we would always listen to the 'Blues Brothers' soundtrack and try to emulate everything that Aretha Franklin was doing. There was soul and grit in it that I think a kid from the suburbs really needed. -Phillipa Soo

Tom Brady is a person of great integrity and is a great ambassador of the game both on and off the field. -Robert Kraft

If something appeals, something appeals. I don't think I'm particularly calculated about it. I know I have an alarm bell that goes off in my head where something feels like it has no creative integrity to it at all, and it's just about making money. -Taron Egerton

The way the textbook works is you have gains from trade that should be distributed across all the trading partners. As soon as one bad actor like China massively cheats, they win at the expense of us; they win at the expense of Europe, and over time, it threatens the entire integrity of the global financial system and the global trading system. -Peter Navarro

A man should never pretend to be someone he's not to impress a woman. There is nothing sexier than an authentic man with integrity. Be who you are from the start. No games. -Mikaela Hoover

The people I don't like to work with are people like me. I need people who can complement my skill set, people who can do the nitty gritty with me. -Mark Cuban

Working hard to fulfill a dream or instinct and learning over time it doesn't work, doesn't mean a career is over and a reputation killed. When a reputation is killed, it's when failure comes as a result of loss of integrity or judgement… breaking of laws. -Bob Iger

Fidelity, Bravery, and Integrity set the expectations for behavior; they set a standard for our work. More than just a motto, for the men and women of the FBI, Fidelity, Bravery, and Integrity is a way of life. -Robert Mueller

I wrote 'Channel Orange' in two weeks. The end product wasn't always that gritty, real-life depiction of the real struggle that happened. -Frank Ocean

When I first used Auto-Tune, I never used it to sing. I wasn't using it the way T-Pain was. I used it to rap because it makes my voice sound grittier. -Future

Appointments to the higher judiciary must be through transparent processes, which ensure that persons of impeccable integrity and high competence are appointed to these positions. -Kapil Sibal

We made 'Wretched and Divine,' and as much as I love it, it's a pretty sparkly record – it's a record that could be done as a play because it's very theatrical with no grit. -Andy Biersack

There's no place for Depeche Mode and the Sisters of Mercy in the music I make with my band. If I was a fan, I wouldn't want to hear that on a Black Veil Brides record. It was important for me and for the integrity of the band not to tarnish it. -Andy Biersack

There's a kind of integrity to being an observer of a culture. I think Canadians have that privilege innately. We are, like, the observers of the American culture. -Luke Macfarlane

The movies I like watching the most are these sort of cinema verite, handheld films where you really get gritty with people. But I also have this strange affinity for old Rock Hudson/Doris Day movies and things that sort of pop out where you see the frames, where you have these 2D animation moments and split-screens and things like that. -James Gunn

I'm really a big fan of HBO and Showtime shows, so I wouldn't mind being on an edgy show… where I could challenge myself to do gritty stuff – a homeless guy or just some guy with a lot going on who's got problems. It's more fun to do as an actor. -Randy Wayne

There are really four 'headlines' for me: honesty, integrity, hard work, and what I call a 'can-do' attitude. You could call that 'can-do' attitude optimism, but it is not Pollyannaish optimism. Rather, it is a 'we'll figure it out' type of mentality. -Dylan Taylor

Touring itself – and I was very young, and a lot of it I did by myself – it's lonely, but it does give you some kind of spine, I think. It does give you some kind of grit. -Julie Andrews

The parenting style that is good for grit is also the parenting style good for most other things: Be really, really demanding, and be very, very supportive. -Angela Duckworth

Being gritty doesn't mean not showing pain or pretending everything is O.K. In fact, when you look at healthy and successful and giving people, they are extraordinarily meta-cognitive. They're able to say things like, 'Dude, I totally lost my temper this morning.' That ability to reflect on yourself is signature to grit. -Angela Duckworth

We have found a direct correlation between grit and positive emotions, but the fact that I have no evidence that grit is bad for you doesn't mean it's not. It's always a possibility that in the future researchers will discover a downside to grit. -Angela Duckworth

Most teachers, when surveyed, say that it is part of their job to help students develop things like grit. This is especially true at the elementary and middle school levels. They feel it's part of their vocation to teach other things that are not formally academic content. -Angela Duckworth

There haven't been genetic studies on grit, but we often think that challenge is inherited but grit is learned. That's not what science says. Science says grit comes from both nature and nurture. -Angela Duckworth

I think the very idea of character, of developing not just grit, but empathy and curiosity, emotional intelligence – you know, the things that I want my own daughters to develop – the idea that we're going to get there through rewards and punishments seems completely at odds with the idea of character itself. -Angela Duckworth

One thing that's true of gritty people is they love what they do, and they keep loving what they do. So they're not just in love for a day or a week. People who are really gritty – they're still interested. -Angela Duckworth

I know a lot of CEOs who are looking for three- to four-year varsity athletes – not necessarily because these people are going to be doing pushups or spiking volleyballs in the workplace, but because they're looking for that continuity, that person who was gritty about something. -Angela Duckworth

I would be surprised if my girls ended up as women without grit. I really would. -Angela Duckworth

I think the questions on the grit scale about not letting setbacks disappoint you, finishing what you begin, doing things with focus, I think that those are things I would aspire to or hope for for all our children. -Angela Duckworth

At various points, in big ways and small, we get knocked down. If we stay down, grit loses. If we get up, grit prevails. -Angela Duckworth

Grittier students are more likely to earn their diplomas; grittier teachers are more effective in the classroom. Grittier soldiers are more likely to complete their training, and grittier salespeople are more likely to keep their jobs. The more challenging the domain, the more grit seems to matter. -Angela Duckworth

I now have Grit Scale scores from thousands of American adults. My data provide a snapshot of grit across adulthood. And I've discovered a strikingly consistent pattern: grit and age go hand in hand. Sixty-somethings tend to be grittier, on average, than fifty-somethings, who are in turn grittier than forty-somethings, and so on. -Angela Duckworth

To me, the most shocking thing about grit is how little we know, how little science knows, about building it. Every day, parents and teachers ask me, 'How do I build grit in kids? What do I do to teach kids a solid work ethic? How do I keep them motivated for the long run?' The honest answer is, I don't know. -Angela Duckworth

The reason why I think Reddit is still around and some of our competitors are not is because we were really adamant about maintaining the integrity of the site. -Alexis Ohanian

Ultimately, I think it takes a certain grit and determination to constantly re-prove to people that you're just as dedicated, just as determined, and just as capable as the entrepreneurs around you who may better fit the physical pattern – but on the flipside, women who succeed often become razor sharp through the process. -Kathryn Minshew

Pixar has the integrity to not rush. -Holly Hunter

Throughout my career, I have lived by the principles of personal honor and professional integrity. -Stanley A. McChrystal

I care about the integrity of the game. -Jake Arrieta

It's interesting too, that the coach of that Georgia Tech team who led his valiant warriors to those 222 points was none other than John Heisman. Yes, he whom the Heisman trophy is named for, an award that honors that college player who best exemplifies excellence and integrity. -Frank Deford

I have no interest in feeling like a trophy. Money itself has never been attractive to me; instead, I prefer ambition and integrity. -Erin Foster

Your peers will respect you for your integrity and character, not your possessions. -David Robinson

I want you to think about your grandfather's integrity and grit when you're staring at the ceiling of your barracks room, but I also want you to think a little deeper. -David Robinson

Parents today are self-absorbed. They don't care what anyone thinks or even what their children think. There is less focus on discipline, integrity, boundaries, fairness, honesty and spirituality. -GloZell

The compelling drive to get at the truth is what improves us all as psychologists and is part and parcel of intellectual integrity. But I do urge that we not let the drive for honesty put blinders on us and cut off our range of vision so that we miss the very thing we set out the understand – namely, the living human being. -Rollo May

Politics is challenging for everyone's integrity… I have to wake up with myself every morning, and I have to be OK with the person I wake up with. If I string together too many days of waking up with a person I'm not happy to be, I have a lot bigger things at stake in my life than an election or a job. -Betsy Hodges

Integrity is the distinctive Santoni trait. Their attention for the longevity of good product matches the widely-felt need for fashion that's less superficial and volatile. -Marco Zanini

Donald Trump Jr. is a very honest, very high-integrity person. I have known him for a long time. I have an enormous amount of respect for him. -Anthony Scaramucci

In 1987, I had my first opportunity to provide 'advice and consent' on a Supreme Court nominee. At that time, I stated that the qualifications essential for evaluating a nominee for the bench included 'integrity, character, legal competence and ability, experience, and philosophy and judicial temperament.' On that test, Elena Kagan fails. -John McCain

I felt a responsibility to Simon and to our kids to be able to live with integrity and not have some strange split psychology of 'This is who my dad is at home, and this is who he is to the public.' -Matt Bomer

It's all about the fruit. A crumble should maintain the integrity of the fruit. -Sherry Yard

I'm not paralyzed with fear, but I realize it is important to live as if there's no tomorrow, always trying to maintain your integrity and have no regrets. -Sissy Spacek

The U.S. needs legislation to protect the public's right to free speech and a free press, to protect it from the actions of the executive branch, and to promote the integrity and transparency of the U.S. government. -Chelsea Manning

Hard work isn't enough. And more work is never the real answer. The sort of grit you need to scale a business is less reliant on brute force. It's actually one part determination, one part ingenuity, and one part laziness. -Reid Hoffman

Some people mistake grit for sheer persistence – charging up the same hill again and again. But that's not quite what I mean by the word 'grit.' You want to minimize friction and find the most effective, most efficient way forward. You might actually have more grit if you treat your energy as a precious commodity. -Reid Hoffman

The business of America is business, but it's about high-integrity business. It's about a business where you keep your word, where you make square deals. -Reid Hoffman

I hold no economic interest in any company in this industry; however, I do hold and use digital currency for my personal use. I strive to keep myself non-biased and work with the highest integrity. -Perianne Boring

Leaders must exemplify integrity and earn the trust of their teams through their everyday actions. When you do this, you set high standards for everyone at your company. And when you do so with positive energy and enthusiasm for shared goals and purpose, you can deeply connect with your team and customers. -Marillyn Hewson

Each year, Labor Day gives us an opportunity to recognize the invaluable contributions that working men and women make to our nation, our economy and our collective prosperity. It gives us a chance to show gratitude for workers' grit, dedication, ingenuity and strength, which define our nation's character. -Tom Perez

Golf, to its foundation, is a game of integrity and one that encourages us to give back, kind of be ambassadors, role models, I guess, for kids – whether they like golf or not. -Jordan Spieth

'Bosch' itself – it has a huge fanbase already from the Michael Connelly books, so it was definitely intriguing because you know going in that there's all those people who will want to watch it, and I knew it was going to be a down-and-dirty, gritty, no-make-up part, so that was scary and yet so exciting. -Annie Wersching

I've had the honor and privilege of knowing Jeff for over 25 years. He's been a dear friend and a mentor, and there is no finer person in public service than Jeff Sessions. He's conducted himself with the greatest integrity of any public official I've ever met. -Luther Strange

It's frustrating when people question your integrity. -Luther Strange

When I was attorney general, we had the strongest public integrity unit in the country. -Luther Strange

As a former NCAA basketball player, many of the skills I now rely on as a leader took root on the basketball court: teamwork, integrity, and resilience are just some of the traits I've carried over into my professional game. -Cathy Engelbert

Golf instills incredible values, including collaboration, competitiveness, and integrity. -Cathy Engelbert

We share the USTA's vision to promote and expand the game of tennis. I have been playing the game since I was 6 years old with my dad and five brothers, so I know firsthand how it teaches life lessons: integrity, dedication, and competitiveness. -Cathy Engelbert

I loved baseball. I was a pitcher. I loved being on the mound because I also loved being at the center of the action, the cat and mouse battle with the batter on every pitch. You had to develop grit. -John Hickenlooper

I'm pretty gritty. -Amy Hood

I've always wanted to work in America because of those brilliant east-coast political movies of the '70s and '80s – great scripts, wonderful performances, gritty urban parable. -Andrew Lincoln

From the start, the promise of Jurgen Klinsmann as manager of the U.S. men's national team was revolution: gritty, plodding American soccer would give way to attacking flair; the parade of journeymen would end; an era of skilled stylists would begin. -Franklin Foer

Openness, respect, integrity – these are principles that need to underpin pretty much every other decision that you make. -Justin Trudeau

Much like my father instilled in us many of the values and traditions that my brothers and sisters and I still carry forward, P.C. Richard and Son is a family run business – now with four generations having worked toward providing customers with honesty, integrity and reliability. We are proud to be associated with such a beautiful family business. -Rohan Marley

Cyborg represents not just people who are differently abled: he is also a representation of the black community and people of colour within the Justice League. Being able to don both those mantles with the integrity which that character would need to be portrayed and was adhered to was something that was very important. -Ray Fisher

While 'Outlander' is a brilliant period show, Claire represents so many qualities of a 10th century modern-day woman: someone who is forging her own path, fighting for what she believes, and doing so with integrity. -Caitriona Balfe

There are lots of come-from-behind wins, games getting tied in the last period, teams going on to win. That, I think, tells the best story. Whether or not some teams have more grit, better chemistry, or more luck or more skill, it's still within the parameters. I think that makes for great storytelling and great interest for our fans. -Gary Bettman

I don't worry about the integrity of the game. Our players are professionals. -Gary Bettman

We're concerned how gambling and betting affects the NHL game and changes the perception of and challenges the integrity of the NHL game. -Gary Bettman

We don't worry about the integrity of our game. I'm more focused on the atmosphere in the arena, and that's something we're comfortable with going forward. -Gary Bettman

Iggy Pop is a pure Michigan product – gritty, smart, but not afraid of looking stupid or foolish. His father was once a high school English teacher. I love Iggy as a physical entity, sinewy, twisty – even in old age – an embodiment of rock and roll history. -David Means

First Lady Michelle Obama – I admire her confidence, integrity, intelligence, compassion, and her overall vibe – she is such an inspiration. -Daya

When done with heart, commitment, and integrity, every job is equally important. -Yolanda Hadid

I can sleep fine at night knowing that even though my honesty might not translate very diplomatically, the words I speak have good intent, and I live my life with great integrity. -Yolanda Hadid

On TV, the nitty-gritty of trials takes place between commercial breaks, whereas, of course, reality is infinitely more complex. True crime also makes us more empathetic. -Robert Rinder

To go from 'Generation Kill,' which is a very real, dark, gritty series, to 'True Blood,' which is flamboyant, crazy, way out there… I couldn't ask for two better jobs. -Alexander Skarsgard

I think people are very interested when a creator is really trying to do something new and do it with integrity and honesty, when it gives them something they can connect with and has an emotional core. -Roy Price

In building a management team, I look for integrity, loyalty, vision, and a willingness to think outside of the box, and challenge the status quo. I also look for people who have a good sense of humor and who value and empower their team. -Shari Redstone

I'm pretty transparent and clear about things. The things I do and the way I act are no different than I would expect of others. Mostly it's about being very clear about what we are trying to do and communicating a lot and showing absolute consistency and integrity about what I say and do. -Diane Greene

The very foundation of our democracy depends on the integrity of our elections. -Brad Schneider

If we were all to chase every squirrel that comes running along in the form of a personal dispute or a mischaracterization of someone, or someone's integrity or intent, we'd be very busy doing that and not focusing on the government, on that which we need to reform internally. -Mike Lee

Success doesn't motivate me as much as integrity does. Everyone loses. I enjoy the pressure of showing up every single day, being focused, putting forth my best effort, getting the best out of my teammates, and enjoying the journey. -Becky Sauerbrunn

Engagement and integrity are the two most fundamental aspects of building trust; lead from the front by evolving your company strategy, then live your values every day. -Richard Edelman

Our commitment to integrity, our commitment to diversity and inclusion, to respecting our teammates – that's what makes this business work. -Dennis Muilenburg

When the norm is decency, other virtues can thrive: integrity, honesty, compassion, kindness, and trust. -Raja Krishnamoorthi

I'm a former prosecutor. And for me, the integrity of the justice system is all about the fact that these men and women go to work every day to be there for our country. -Amy Klobuchar

When I go to work, I don't want to make depressing, gritty, urban stories that are depressing to watch. I want to give people something to enjoy. When people think I'm a control freak and an ogre – which I am – it's only because I want my work to be accessible and Everyman, in a way. -Ricky Gervais

Jessica Jones isn't dressed in a sexy outfit to turn people on. She's gritty. She's a human being. -Carrie-Anne Moss

You can have integrity with your art, but worrying about integrity doesn't pay the bills. -Taika Waititi

I'm grateful to be successful, and I'm grateful that we can make a living, and I hope we can maintain our integrity forever. That's really my only dream. The notion of bigness or smallness, I feel like that comes and goes in such waves that are kind of out of my control. -Jim James

Perhaps there's a lot of quality television that's not right for the individual who needs questions answered in each episode, and perhaps reality television may be a better option. With the integrity of HBO and their drive to tell stories, it takes time to arrive at any sort of answers. -Amanda Warren

Are we a people who put politics over integrity? Or are we a country of voters and leaders, men and women, husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, colleagues, humans who care about treating each other with basic dignity? -Faith Salie

I had all these raw, gritty rock records that really inspired me sonically, and so I think everything I listen to when I started writing my own songs kind of came out naturally, and it created this new sound. -Aubrie Sellers

I was always drawn to darker sounds, things with an edge and a little bit of grit, things that have a lot of emotion and a lot of drive. -Aubrie Sellers

Any nation that does not emphasize integrity will always fail. -Yemi Osinbajo

The values of integrity and hard work are necessary for the development of our nation. -Yemi Osinbajo

It will be wrong of us to approach our grievances by threatening to disobey the laws or by threatening the integrity of our nation. -Yemi Osinbajo

A lot of companies have nice-sounding cultural values like integrity, respect, and excellence, but if those values don't map to specific behaviors, then they quickly get lost. Instead, we see what's called a 'halo effect' where leaders tend to overvalue certain attributes and undervalue others. -Peggy Johnson

Torture can destroy the social fabric of communities, degrade a society's institutions, and undermine the integrity of its political systems. -Peter Maurer

I want to live my life moving forward with integrity and pride. -Dan Amboyer

I want people to have learned from me. When you watch movies that we grew up on, they teach you life lessons about friendship, brotherhood, integrity, but it's still funny and something you can watch as a family. I want to bring that back to our culture in general. -Jason Mitchell

We are determined to build a society defined by decency and integrity that does not tolerate the plunder of public resources nor the theft by corporate criminals of the hard-earned savings of ordinary people. -Cyril Ramaphosa

Integrity delivers better lives. -Jose Angel Gurria

I have a degree in journalism, which is something that I make very clear very frequently just so people are aware of it. I went to school to write… Editorial integrity is very important to me. -Leandra Medine

On 'City Music', I wanted there to be grit, and I wanted it to be loose, and I wanted there to be mistakes. -Kevin Morby

I definitely love when things get gritty and they get a bit dirty! -Elliot Knight

We love 'X-Force.' It allows us to be a little grittier. -Lauren Shuler Donner

Millennials get a bad rap sometimes about their grit and perseverance. -Andrew Yang

As important as hustle is, grit and resilience are equally as important because there's a lot of rejection in our business. -Troy Carter

As long as we deliver services with the highest level of quality and integrity, I'm happy. -Punit Renjen

I think the biggest thing to being an elite-level bobsledder is grit. You have to really want it. It's a very blue-collar sport. We do a lot of the work ourselves; we sand the runners, we wash the sled, we help maintain the sled. Obviously, we have a sled mechanic that travels with us, but a lot of the work we do ourselves. -Lauren Gibbs

Trump is doing the country a disservice making things up about the integrity of our elections. -Jason Kander

You can protect the integrity of elections without stopping anyone from voting. -Jason Kander

I find it hard to not like music if it has passion behind it and good integrity. Only if it's made for the wrong reasons and shows a lack of respect for its audience will I find something to dislike. -Jack Garratt

I wanted to create a body of work that I was proud of. It's come from honesty and integrity, without forcing anything from myself, the ideas had to come instinctively and organically. Whether that translates to people in that way, it's kind of out of my hands now. -Jack Garratt

I was a huge pop music fan as a kid, but the bands I was into were like 5ive and N-Sync. It was like watching a cartoon. There was so much going on, and the production was so well mixed. Stevie Wonder was able to give you those melodies and production but back it up with such creative integrity and real musicianship and artistry. -Jack Garratt

I think there's so much honor and integrity and beauty in being able to be who you are. -Sara Bareilles

With a wedding gown, I have to make sure that people fall in love with it and that the details are very specific and special. There has to be a big story behind it and a great deal of integrity when it comes to the design. -Jenny Packham

Integrity means there is not a real-life you and an internet you. The two are one and the same. If you're not kind on the Internet, you're not kind. -Glennon Doyle Melton

People that have integrity violations should be fired, not coached. How many integrity violations does it take to ruin the reputation of your company? Just one. You don't coach integrity violations. You fire them. -Marshall Goldsmith

My dad was a man of integrity who taught me to always do the right thing even when nobody is watching. He ran a trucking company, and watching how he operated his business instilled a drive and work ethic that stuck with me. -Rob Stone

One of the pivotal moments for me was realizing that our 'food with integrity' approach at Chipotle was satisfying my passion. That's about bringing the best quality, sustainably-raised ingredients to everyone: chicken without antibiotics; beef without hormones. These ingredients were only available in high-end restaurants, not mainstream places. -Steve Ells

As I've probably said before, television exposes writers to far more of the nitty-gritty than film does. -Travis Beacham

Especially when I'm heckled, that's a sticky situation because I don't defuse it… I really envy guys who have a grittier onstage presence and can really go after someone. I used to teach preschool. -Josh Gondelman

Meat consumption is a part of our evolutionary heritage; meat production has been a major component of modern food systems. Carnivory should remain, within limits, an important component of a civilization that finally must learn how to maintain the integrity of its only biosphere. -Vaclav Smil

Leadership flows from inner character and integrity of ambition, which inspires others to lend themselves to your organization's mission. -Frances Hesselbein

With my own material, I like maintaining lyric integrity. I like having sophisticated lyrics, and maybe that's not down-the-middle Top 40 pop, but it reflects my style, my life, the way I speak, and the way I tell what's happening with my life emotionally, so in that way, it's authentic to me. -Chelsea Lankes

Muscles are fleeting. Bodies give out. But integrity, honor? The confidence to be oneself, to follow one's heart? The compassionate drive to help others, even at great risk? That's strength. -Marjorie Liu

In boxing, as with other government-regulated activity, the integrity of public records should be preserved. -Thomas Hauser

Integrity matters. What our fans think matters. -Jay Chandrasekhar

'The Interceptor' has an excitement and grittiness to it, but it's also very entertaining. It lives in this sphere of a slightly heightened reality where, although you completely identify and recognise all the characters in it, they're fun and exciting to watch. -O. T. Fagbenle

'The Interceptor' is gritty but also entertaining. The action is great as well. -O. T. Fagbenle

All Southern cooks have tried their hands at shrimp and grits, and each one has his or her own version of the dish. My mom used to season her shrimp with garlic and onion and just prepare the grits with a little salt and pepper. -Gina Neely

My integrity is something I hold dear. -Luvvie Ajayi

As a senator, I will prioritize overturning the current system and restoring openness and integrity to our government to return power to the people. -Conner Eldridge

There is no doubt that Republican control of the Senate is the only way to preserve the Constitutional integrity of our Supreme Court, realign our military's force structure, and ensure the basic freedoms and liberties that make ours the greatest country in the world. -Todd Wilcox

Where I come from, real men stand up and face their opponents with honor and integrity. -Todd Wilcox

When I joined the Marines, I went to Quantico for training. One of the first things I learned is that you can drop out of a run, a couple runs. You can fail the test or a couple tests in a row, and they'd give you a second try. But if you lied about anything, you were gone that afternoon. That's how important integrity is in the military. -Seth Moulton

Distributed ledger technologies have the potential to help governments to collect taxes, deliver benefits, issue passports, record land registries, assure the supply chain of goods, and generally ensure the integrity of government records and services. -Mark Walport

In the future, we will probably see cyber operations that change or manipulate electronic information to compromise its integrity instead of simply deleting the access to it. -James Clapper

Coming out of Juilliard, I honestly was expecting and willing to be breaking my neck, hustling, and being unemployed for a decade, two decades. I was gritting my teeth, but I was so down to do that. -Alex Sharp

Stay true to your integrity, and if you're doing something that you feel like doesn't represent your integrity, speak up. You have to say that. If you're doing something that doesn't make you feel good, you probably shouldn't be doing it. -Rumer Willis

Transparency is one of our core principles, We treat the food with integrity. We don't commodify it beyond recognition. -Daniel Lubetzky

We need a president with experience and the wisdom and the grit to stand up to bullies who tell women that they should be punished for making their own decisions. -Tony Goldwyn

I don't fear being outspoken. The only thing I fear is losing my sense of integrity or losing sight of the values on which I guide my life. So I don't think it's particularly brave or unusual for me to speak out. -Constance Wu

Having a superpower has nothing to do with the ability to fly or jump, or superhuman strength. The truest superpowers are the ones we all possess: willpower, integrity, and most importantly, courage. -Jason Reynolds

You're used to seeing values listed on waiting-room walls. Communication, integrity, excellence, and respect. Those were actually Enron's values. -John Collison

I just think that you have to approach anything you do with a huge amount of integrity – I don't really care where it comes from, whether it's a children's piece or an adult piece. -Marianne Elliott

If you represent your country and millions of people are watching, it comes through a lot of grit and hard work. -Michelle Kwan

In many ways, the South can be very traditional and confining. And what is interesting to me is how women find their way around it. Those obstacles create an amazing sense of humor, of fun, and, ultimately, of integrity. The fiercest and savviest women I have ever known are the women I grew up with. -Connie Britton

Whether or not your candidate wins, the crucial importance is the integrity of our voting system. You have to engage in the process in order to change it. -Brandon Victor Dixon

I don't feel like I've ever subscribed to the stereotypical notion of success. I've always equated success with having integrity, conducting yourself with compassion and honesty, and following your heart despite whether or not you ever make any money at it. -Lela Loren

Fantastic Negrito is a persona, an incarnation in my third phase. -Fantastic Negrito

'Fantastic' is self-explanatory, you know? And the 'Negrito' is a way to open up blackness to everyone – you know, make it playful, international. It's extremely positive in my view; it's my affair with this music. -Fantastic Negrito

I don't mind being the voice of the New Oakland to maintain the integrity and edge of it. Old Oakland and New Oakland is one and the same. It's connected. I aspire to be the bridge between both. -Fantastic Negrito

I became Fantastic Negrito, and I felt like there was a rawness and an honesty in that music that I could relate to. That I was ready, finally, in my life to be that honest with myself. -Fantastic Negrito

Without busking, there is no Fantastic Negrito. -Fantastic Negrito

You have a person there in Senator McCain that has an integrity in him and will stand up for the political process. -Joe Kennedy III

I think that 'Straw Dogs' as a story is eminently re-makable. It can be modernized and Americanized without a problem and without giving up any artistic integrity. -Rod Lurie

I think the thing that makes Indiana basketball special is that they have incredible teams, both college teams and pro teams, and they're all about grit. -Andy Mineo

I have always been drawn to strong and interesting women, people who have navigated that world before you and maintained their integrity and sense of self. -Janet McTeer

I'm definitely someone who's really picky about who I work with and how I want things to go, because I have a high standard of integrity for my music. I want it to be genuine. -Natalie Prass

I fought with integrity and heart and determination like no fighter has ever done. -Tito Ortiz

I want to be remembered as a fighter with integrity. A fighter who did it this way, who has respect because he wanted to push the envelope for the fighters. -Tito Ortiz

I just try to make as much money as possible. However I can do it. With as much integrity as I can have. -Kurt Vile

'Defenders' seems to have a really gritty, hard, uncomplicated vibe about it. Somehow, we made everything sound stronger and more precise than on 'Screaming Vengeance' through Tom Allom's amazing mixing skills. -Rob Halford

We try to not write stories based on reaction. We try to write them based on character integrity as we understand it and observe it. -Peter Paige

Integrity and being ethical is one of Affectiva's core values. This means we hold the highest standards for all we do, especially in our science and products. -Rana el Kaliouby

No single solution or actor can deal with the complex and interrelated challenges to electoral integrity arising from manipulated data, hate speech, and fake news. These phenomena are not new; they have been part of electoral cycles since the advent of democracy. -Kofi Annan

I have been public on this, and I firmly, firmly believe that this notion of accountability for what you promise as a leader is as important as your integrity. -Sergio Marchionne

Before the word 'resignation' became a euphemism for being fired, it connoted a sense of public integrity and personal honor. -Bret Stephens

We should never again have an attorney general capable of saying virtually nothing as the law of major intelligence programs and the integrity of his department's work in overseeing these programs are assailed over a protracted period of time. -Benjamin Wittes

Secret courts require great faith that the Justice Department – and future Justice Departments – will act with integrity. -Benjamin Wittes

Shrimp and grits is a dish that I enjoy from North Carolina. It's one of those dishes that is so rich in flavor and texture. -Ayesha Curry

The golden age was when people were starting to understand what hip-hop was and how to use it. I was lucky to come up then. Everybody wanted to be original and have substance; it was somewhat conscious… There was an integrity that people respected. -Rakim

New York is responsible for bringing that raw, that real gritty hip-hop, because we… originated it. -Rakim

Brooklyn just got that energy to me that's so hip-hop and so New York City. You know, New York City is the grittiest city in the world. -Statik Selektah

Being a Moon Child is about believing in integrity, love, and unity. -Kerli

I'm very true to the old punk ethics of honesty and truthfulness and integrity… and still be authentic. -Viv Albertine

Somebody like CM Punk, who stands up and says he's completely sober – he doesn't even take a drink of champagne in a toast because that's just not him – he's a man that's completely full of integrity; you've got to respect that. -Rob Van Dam

I don't believe a champion is the biggest, baddest, meanest dude in the world. I think the champion is like a warrior; it's like the head knight or lead samurai: humble men of integrity, respect, and honor that treat people kindly. -Jon Jones

Know what's important and what isn't. Have the wisdom to know the right thing to do, the integrity to do it, the character to stand up to those who don't, and the courage to stop those who won't. -Mark Goulston

I think maybe the most important thing that we have to say is that people don't often talk about network executives being brave. You don't talk about them as having integrity and a higher purpose, because it's a job… except for Bob Greenblatt. He is a theatre person. He loves and understands it. -Craig Zadan

I was baptised a Catholic and, although I'm not a churchgoer now, I do have a strong sense of the integrity of doing what you believe to be true. -Joseph Fiennes

I've always been an artist who's about being real and about telling the truth and making music with integrity and talking about something. -Santigold

I'm trying so hard to do something that means something and has integrity and cares about talent. -Santigold

My favorite bands are Hank Williams Jr. and Led Zeppelin. When it's rock, it's '70s rock, and when it's country, it's '70s country. For me, it's the grit and dirt of music that I love so much. -Shooter Jennings

A lot of the things I loved the most growing up were, on the surface, kind of challenging or impenetrable. I loved Andy Kaufman, and half his shows, people would walk out in a rage. I love punk rock, which is notoriously music that doesn't always sound very inviting or appealing but, I think, unquestionably has the most heart, the most integrity. -Chris Gethard

Being a top performer – whether it's in business or on the athletic field – requires grit and tenacity, as well as the continuous desire to become better. -Amy Morin

We've had Obama for eight years, who, to me, is a model of integrity, sensitivity, empathy. He's wise, he's patient, he maintains his composure, and I would have voted for him again. -Max Joseph

The thing I really love about 'Saturday Night Fever' is that the movie is a gritty drama. Most people just remember the amazing, whimsical fantasy dance scenes, but then, when you watch it again, it's raw. -Max Joseph

I've served Ohioans starting as a county prosecutor in 1976 for, for 30 years. I think they know my integrity. I think they know my honesty. I think they knew who, who I am. -Mike DeWine

Lifelong wrestling fans who are discovering NXT and being like, 'Wait, this is the kind of wrestling I used to like,' or, 'I like this' – it's succinct. It's an hour long. You've got some great wrestlers, and you've got great storytelling, and it's simple, and it's gritty. -Sami Zayn

Chicago was a big influence on all three of us growing up. I admire their musical integrity. When the opportunity came up to produce them, I couldn't let it go by. -Jay DeMarcus

To make any endeavor truly successful, integrity, inspiration, and insight are integral. -Jaggi Vasudev

Integrity is about pursuing bigger goals that are beyond your personal success. If people see you only for yourself, they will not trust you. And, without trust, no growth and success are possible. -Jaggi Vasudev

Everyone knows Aamir to be a perfectionist. But only those who have worked with him can vouch for his integrity. I had the privilege of doing one of my most important films, 'Mangal Pandey: The Rising' with Aamir. -Amisha Patel

Although it may be true that the notion of teaching virtues such as honesty or integrity arouses little controversy, it is also true that vague consensus on the goodness of these virtues conceals a great deal of actual disagreement over their definitions. -Lawrence Kohlberg

It is an honor for me to accept the position of men's artistic director for Louis Vuitton. I find the heritage and creative integrity of the house are key inspirations and will look to reference them both while drawing parallels to modern times. -Virgil Abloh

Writing is such a 'pretend' profession. Nobody is counting on you at all. You can't 'pretend' to be a lawyer or a teacher. It takes a lot of grit to continue. -MacKenzie Bezos

'Chicago Fire' has been a wonderful outlet for me. We're thrown into the gritty streets of Chicago working among actual first responders. They're a wonderful bunch, and the sense of community among Midwesterners is very similar to Australians. -Jesse Spencer

I have seen my dad working with utmost sincerity and integrity, the sacrifices he made. I have also seen the rewards: if you give your best, you get your worth. -Vicky Kaushal

Looking back, when I was fourteen, I aspired to… be the best believer, husband, father, businessman, and man of integrity that I can be. -Steven Crowder

My father (like most fathers) always taught me that a man is someone who stands by his principles, someone who lives with integrity and puts his family before himself. That last one is important, because as a young boy, it's your pops who provides you with security. -Steven Crowder

If people feel misled or deceived, then sorry that they feel that way, but I believe that's more due to their definition and construct of race in their own minds than it is to my integrity or honesty, because I wouldn't say I'm African American, but I would say I'm black, and there's a difference in those terms. -Rachel Dolezal

This world is always working against a sense of honor, cleanliness, integrity. -Yoel Romero

I really like the grittiness of early Amon Tobin – I'm a huge fan of his old music, and I tried to borrow from it, not emulate it. I don't love my own original work. -Deadmau5

You have to have a certain amount of grit in your sound, and having real synths and talking certain elements outside your computer can help with this. -Deadmau5

When you're on a show that is so free with the body and nudity, you get a guest director every episode, and you want to make sure that they're not trying to one-up each other. It will take away the integrity of our show and the character if you're just gratuitously showing boobs. -Shanola Hampton

There's a very fundamental basic value system that I think America was built upon, and that's mutual respect, honor, integrity and concern for our environment and the right to clean water. And we have moved away from it. -Erin Brockovich

I think it's a lack of journalistic integrity to print things with anonymous sources. -Will Muschamp

In Belgium, we know the U.S. culture through the television, but it's not the truth. It's interesting to see that Philadelphia is really industrial. I love industrial cities. Everybody hates them, but I think they're the best places to be creative. The more gritty it is, the more I love it. -Stromae

I instilled in my children the importance of good values in business: hard work, determination, integrity, and optimism. -Henry Sy

Sometimes games may not go the way you plan it, and sometimes you have to do the dirty, gritty stuff well – you have to tackle; you have to run. I learned that when I was young, and it is a good feeling to work hard for the team, to get the ball back. -Jesse Lingard

I hope to make an impact not only on the field, in the community, in the locker room. But on the field, catching the ball, returns, running the ball, getting the tough gritty yards, being able to make those special plays and being a great teammate, that's what I hope to have. -Saquon Barkley

The young generation is willing to experiment more. Firstly, they are less motivated by money and compensation, unlike the previous two generations. Secondly, integrity and governance are very important issues for them. -Kumar Mangalam Birla

Hillary Clinton is a non-starter and lacks the integrity to lead this nation, but Trump has a long way to go to earn the support of many – me included. -Mike Coffman

The carer of the disabled person is always in the background. People don't want to hear about the sleaze and the nitty-gritty and the hardship. -Jane Hawking

Bill Clinton is just as gross as Donald Trump – so much so that the Clinton campaign can't really back Trump into a corner on his integrity or mistreatment of women because Bill's personal history is so damn awful. -Shaun King

I make movies on gritty topics like crime, the underworld, and horror. I don't make movies with good-looking people in good-looking locales. -Ram Gopal Varma

I have this sort of heuristic view that journalism, we possibly offer hope because the world is clearly run by total nincompoops more than ever… Not that journalism is always wonderful – it's not – but at least we offer some way out, some integrity. -Seymour Hersh

I really like Pete Dunne. His grittiness and aggressiveness is something I want to learn from and something I wish I could be a little more of in the ring. -Bayley

The more balls that I hit, it's going to get better and better. Once I get a bit more confidence in my ball striking, that's when we can get down to the nitty gritty parts of the game. -Ashleigh Barty

Many in the Somali community are excited to vote and support candidates who have shown an ability to lead with integrity and not use props and gatekeepers to get their votes. -Ilhan Omar

'RuPaul's Drag Race' is a show about love, art, passion, acceptance, and the quest for finding America's next drag superstar. No show on the telly box has more grit than these queens. -Michelle Visage

'RuPaul's Drag Race'… is very little about boys who dress up in girls' clothing: it's very much about grit, integrity, heart, power of perseverance, and the power of love. It's also opening a dialogue up about the persecution and the marginalization of trans people, of queer people, of gender non-binary and gender fluid people. -Michelle Visage

If you don't believe I'm a professional, do not sign me. And if you've signed me on a certain belief, don't question my integrity. -Sushmita Sen

My goal is really to just make people laugh with integrity, like, with something that I still find funny. -Ali Wong

We are extremely concerned that early voting totals may have been leaked in Bladen County as reported by 'The Charlotte Observer.' This action by election officials would be a fundamental violation of the sense of fair play, honesty, and integrity that the Republican Party stands for. -Robin Hayes

Of course I have said, till I am blue in the face – people don't lack goals, passion, grit, or drive – they lack leadership! -Dan Pena

The future has both gritty and savage and clean and 'techno-hip.' I think it's a very realistic point of view. -Gina Torres

Materialistic progress alone does not guarantee national security. What is essential is the character and integrity of the country's citizens. -Subramanian Swamy

The funny thing was, with IT, I was never really a tech type of person: I was better with people, good at dealing with people. I had technical experience; I knew the nitty gritty. I could never be a programmer or anything, but I knew my way around. -Sheamus

I think that communalism is the cancer of our society, and if we have to protect the humanity and the unity and integrity of this country, then we will have to fight the communal forces. -Mamata Banerjee

There's no honor in faking an injury. There is no integrity, because you are lying about it. -Ben Askren

When I'm thinking of sports, when I'm thinking of a boy growing up and being a man, I'm thinking of three things – honor, integrity, and toughness. -Ben Askren

I love down-and-dirty and grit. But I do think that my favorite dramas are ones that are dark comedies because I think that the only way the audience and the actor can really go as dark and deep as you may want to go is if there's some levity added to it. -Jessica Rothe

The soldiers who serve in uniform at the front are our real heroes. They fight a battle every day to protect the integrity of the nation. -Nana Patekar

I am humble enough to understand there are many people who know much more than I do on many subjects, so I listen to them. Integrity is also critical to leadership, so I believe there must always be alignment between what you think, say, and do. -Ajay Piramal

'The Last Kingdom''s got its roots in history, and it's a lot grittier. It doesn't have the 'Game of Thrones' gloss. -Alexander Dreymon

Documentaries require an enormous amount of grit and empathy – and that is something women are incredibly strong at. -Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

Many companies claim they have core values, but typically what they're referring to are generic beliefs: having integrity, making a profit, responding to customers and so on. These values only have meaning when they're defined in terms of how people behave and are ranked to set priorities. -Ken Blanchard

Let eternal vigilance be the price of liberty and integrity of the country hereafter. -Kiran Bedi

They call me the Magic Man because I'm a classy fighter, a master of my craft, a good-looking Italian kid from Brooklyn who came through a dark and gritty life to find something magical. -Paulie Malignaggi

The black market poses a greater risk to the integrity of sports than open, visible, and regulated betting. -Matt Gaetz

I'm very concerned about the integrity of the vote and the ballot, and that's why we've got to secure our cyberdefenses. -Matt Gaetz

I believe that economics is based on scarcity of markets. And it's possible to monetize your art without compromising the integrity of it for commerce. -Nipsey Hussle

Not to name names, but a lot of pop female artists you see, they don't write their own songs. Lot of top male artists and boy band artists, they don't write their own songs. They're just a product. They sell, they sell, they sell. They don't care about musical integrity, any of that kind of stuff. -Duff McKagan

I am really irked by healthy NBA players resting. I really don't understand it. Players in the past have played all season for years. I just don't love it. I feel like it hurts the integrity and competitiveness of the game. It's got nothing to do with the TV partners; it's about cheating the fans. -Molly Qerim

Slipknot is about integrity and reality! -Shawn Crahan

The way that I've been raised and the things I've had to do has given me grit that is unmatchable unless you were beside me. -Lacey Evans

If the rules aren't going to protect the integrity of the game, then they're wrong. -Tony Finau

I only believe in making movies with integrity. -Pooja Bhatt

I live by honor. I live by integrity. I live by 'never quit.' It's not a cool T-shirt phrase for me. -Dakota Meyer

I have been known to do a lot of glamorous, glossy songs in A-lister set-ups. This was unlike that. 'Blackmail' is a gritty film, so the song is also very different from what I have done before. -Urmila Matondkar

I think that the campaign that Fox Searchlight has thrown for 'Sound of My Voice' honors the film's roots and the film's integrity, and I don't think it overwhelms the film at all. -Zal Batmanglij

Pervasive 'whites-only' policies and hateful narratives could not be further from the values that underpin our Armed Forces: those of integrity, respect for others, and having the bravery to do the right thing. -Amber Rudd

As the U.K. prepares to leave the E.U., we have an opportunity to leverage our reputation for integrity and fair play as we establish new trading relationships. -Amber Rudd

I fight if I need to, I dance if I need to, yet I won't compromise my integrity and pride. -Arnel Pineda

Standup is a tough job and a gritty job. -Iliza Shlesinger

The Bush administration opened several lines of attack against the rule of law and the integrity of an independent Justice Department. The scandals are so famous that they've been reduced to shorthand: Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, NSA, Attorneygate. -Ari Melber

The concept of getting out of my routine, mixing it up, and pushing myself to live the grittiest life is something I try to incorporate every day. -Jesse Itzler

What Australians expect of leaders is a bit of integrity. -Anthony Albanese

I don't want to get into predicting how Judge Gorsuch would vote on the Supreme Court as a Justice Gorsuch. But I will say that those of us who've seen him in court as a judge, those of us who have worked with him as I have on a appellate rules committee, understand that this is a man who brings independence and integrity to the job. -Neal Katyal

I'll be honest, when I first started pro wrestling, everybody else did clotheslines better than me. They did everything about pro wrestling better than me. But when it comes to fighting, getting nitty and gritty, I'm the man. -Matt Riddle

People that don't know Owen Hart or just know his passing… what a great guy above anything – a family man, father, husband – but he had more integrity in his pinky than most people had in their entire body. -Jeff Jarrett

As far as people, I've always loved Tony Iommi's sound, just the grittiness that was in that era of metal where it wasn't too fuzzy, and you could still hear the guitar and the fingers, but it still had this chunky, meat-and-potatoes sound to it. -Lzzy Hale

My father's death has given me a lot. It has given me a lifelong love of women, of their grittiness and hardness – traits that we are not supposed to value as feminine. It has also given me a love of men, of their vulnerability and tenderness – traits that we do not foster as masculine or allow ourselves to associate with masculinity. -Aisling Bea

People confuse integrity with the idea of a high moral standing. I think integrity is saying you're going to do something and doing it. -Stephanie Ruhle

Soft playing destroys the integrity of the game of poker, and it's wrong – flat out wrong. -Daniel Negreanu

For years, my state of Washington tried to pass its own state Dream Act. Many Republicans weren't interested. But some thought differently after they met Dreamers and heard stories that revealed their courage, grit, and determination. It is the same determination that built America and will help it continue to thrive. -Jay Inslee

We should be working for protecting unity and integrity of the country… We should all strive to maintain a conducive atmosphere among the different communities. -Rajnath Singh

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