Priorities Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old priorities quotes, priorities sayings, and priorities proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Action expresses priorities.     

Mahatma Gandhi

What may be done at any time will be done at no time.     

Scottish Proverb

Good things happen when you get your priorities straight.     

Scott Caan

Lack of time is actually lack of priorities.     

Timothy Ferris

What seems so necessary today may not even be desirable tomorrow.     

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.     

Stephen R. Covey

It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.     

Bruce Lee

The mark of a great man is one who knows when to set aside the important things in order to accomplish the vital ones.     

Brandon Sanderson

The Principle of Priority states (a) you must know the difference between what is urgent and what is important, and (b) you must do what's important first.     

Steven Pressfield

I learned that we can do anything, but we can't do everything... at least not at the same time. So think of your priorities not in terms of what activities you do, but when you do them. Timing is everything.     

Dan Millman

The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.     

Stephen Covey

Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.     

H. L. Hunt

Sometimes when you're overwhelmed by a situation - when you're in the darkest of darkness - that's when your priorities are reordered.     

Phoebe Snow

Nobody's life is ever all balanced. It's a conscious decision to choose your priorities every day.     

Elisabeth Hasselbeck

We don't drift in good directions. We discipline and prioritize ourselves there.     

Andy Stanley

Living in light of eternity changes your priorities.     

Rick Warren

Always concentrate on the most valuable use of your time. This is what separates the winners from the losers.     

Brian Tracy

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.     

John Wooden

Doing more things faster is no substitute for doing the right things.     

Stephen Covey

Forget about likes and dislikes. They are of no consequence. Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness.     

George Bernard Shaw

Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.     

Dale Carnegie

The life you have left is a gift. Cherish it. Enjoy it now, to the fullest. Do what matters, now.     

Leo Babauta

The most important thing in life is knowing the most important things in life.     

David F. Jakielo

Desires dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, and choices determine our actions.     

Dallin H. Oaks

You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage?pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically, to say ?no? to other things.     

Stephen R. Covey

Set aside time to plan how you will spend your time. Think about what's most important. Then do those things first.     

Frank Bettger

Do the duty which lies nearest to you. The second duty will then become clearer.     

Thomas Carlyle

The older I get the more wisdom I find in the ancient rule of taking first things first. A process which often reduces the most complex human problem to a manageable proportion.     

Dwight D. Eisenhower

No one is going to hand you an organizational chart. You have to hand it to yourself.     

Robert Genn