Stephen Covey Sayings and Quotes

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


Be loyal to those who are not present. In doing so, you build the trust of those who are present.      

Stephen Covey

Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships.     

Stephen Covey

The more people rationalize cheating, the more it becomes a culture of dishonesty. And that can become a vicious, downward cycle. Because suddenly, if everyone else is cheating, you feel a need to cheat, too.     

Stephen Covey

Interdependent people combine their own efforts with the efforts of others to achieve their greatest success.     

Stephen Covey

While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions.     

Stephen Covey

In the last analysis, what we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do.     

Stephen Covey

Accountability breeds response-ability.     

Stephen Covey

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

Stephen Covey

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

Stephen Covey

Whatever is at the center of our life will be the source of our security, guidance, wisdom, and power.     

Stephen Covey

We are not a product of what has happened to us in our past. We have the power of choice.     

Stephen Covey

When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it. That's when you can get more creative in solving problems.     

Stephen Covey

Each of us tends to think we see things as they are, that we are objective. But this is not the case. We see the world, not as it is, but as we are - or, as we are conditioned to see it.     

Stephen Covey

Synergy is the highest activity of life; it creates new untapped alternatives; it values and exploits the mental, emotional, and psychological differences between people.     

Stephen Covey

Peace of mind comes when your life is in harmony with true principles and values and in no other way.     

Stephen Covey

It's amazing how confused and distracted and misdirected so many people are.     

Stephen Covey

You have to water the flowers you want to grow.     

Stephen Covey

If you want to have a more pleasant,cooperative teenager, be a more understanding, emphatic, consistent, loving parent.     

Stephen Covey

Interdependent people combine their own efforts with the efforts of others to achieve their greatest success.     

Stephen Covey

We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.     

Stephen Covey

A cardinal principle of Total Quality escapes too many managers: you cannot continuously improve interdependent systems and processes until you progressively perfect interdependent, interpersonal relationships.     

Stephen Covey

Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs.     

Stephen Covey

It takes a great deal of character strength to apologize quickly out of one's heart rather than out of pity. A person must possess himself and have a deep sense of security in fundamental principles and values in order to genuinely apologize.     

Stephen Covey

Stop setting goals. Goals are pure fantasy unless you have a specific plan to achieve them.     

Stephen Covey

Be loyal to those who are not present. In doing so, you build the trust of those who are present.     

Stephen Covey

We are the creative force of our life, and through our own decisions rather than our conditions, if we carefully learn to do certain things, we can accomplish those goals.     

Stephen Covey

While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions.     

Stephen Covey

Personal leadership is the process of keeping your vision and values before you and aligning your life to be congruent with them.     

Stephen Covey

In relationships, the little things are the big things.     

Stephen Covey

I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.     

Stephen Covey