Stephen R. Covey Sayings and Quotes

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


Our greatest joy and our greatest pain comes in our relationships with others     

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The most important ingredient we put into any relationship is not what we say or what we do, but what we are.     

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The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.     

Stephen R. Covey

When the trust account is high, communication is easy, instant, and effective.      

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But until a person can say deeply and honestly, "I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday," that person cannot say, "I choose otherwise.      

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To judge individuals before understanding them is a form of human rejection and feeds upon itself.     

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Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.     

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

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

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Priority is a function of context.     

Stephen R. Covey

Seek first to understand and then to be understood.     

Stephen R. Covey

Accountability breeds response-ability.     

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Accountability breeds response-ability.     

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Trust is the highest form of human motivation. It brings out the very best in people. But it takes time and patience.     

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Role modeling is the most basic responsibility of parents. Parents are handing life's scripts to their children, scripts that in all likelihood will be acted out for the rest of the children's lives.     

Stephen R. Covey

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

Stephen R. Covey

The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.     

Stephen R. Covey

Fundamentally, we are a product of choice, not nature (genes) or nurture (upbringing, environment).     

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

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Make small commitments and keep them. Be a light, not a judge. Be a model, not a critic. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem.     

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Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.     

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We may be very busy, we may be very efficient, but we will also be truly effective only when we begin with the end in mind.     

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Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.     

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The ability to manage well doesn't make much difference if you're not even in the right jungle.     

Stephen R. Covey

Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.     

Stephen R. Covey

But until a person can say deeply and honestly, “I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday,” that person cannot say, “I choose otherwise.     

Stephen R. Covey

The ability to subordinate an impulse to a value is the essence of the proactive person.     

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Proactive people carry their own weather with them.     

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When mutual understanding and respect are present, the spirit of synergy inevitable starts to develop.     

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To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on holy ground.     

Stephen R. Covey