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Wise Stephen Covey Quotes

May you find great value in these quotes by Stephen Covey.

Seek first to understand,
then to be understood.
- Stephen Covey

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The Main Thing is to Keep
The Main Thing The Main Thing.
- Stephen Covey

The nature of life is to be
a study of contrasts: joy/sadness, full/empty.
The Main Thing is to Keep The Main Thing The Main Thing.
- Stephen Covey

How different our lives are when we
really know what is deeply important to us,
and keeping that picture in mind,
we manage ourselves each day
to be and to do what really matters most
- Stephen Covey

 

Live out of your imagination, not your history.
- Stephen Covey

Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience,
independent will and creative imagination.
These give us the ultimate human freedom...
The power to choose, to respond, to change.
- Stephen Covey

Begin with the end in mind.
- Stephen Covey

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Effective leadership is putting first things first.
Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.
- 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

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

Our character is basically a composite of our habits.
Because they are consistent, often unconcious patterns,
they constantly, daily, express our character.
- Stephen Covey

There are three constants in life...
change, choice and principles.
- Stephen Covey

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

Public behavior is merely private character writ large.
- Stephen Covey

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

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

It's a fact that more people watch television and get
their information that way than read books.
I find new technology and new ways of communication
very exciting and would like to do more in this field.
- Stephen Covey

Know that the greatest fear is fear of the unknown.
Seek to meet the unknown with courage and a sense of adventure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

We travel, some of us forever, to seek
other states, other lives, other souls.
- Anais Nin

The essence of being human is that one
does not seek perfection.
- George Orwell

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Do not seek to bring things to pass
in accordance with your wishes,
but wish for them as they are,
and you will find them.
- Epictetus

What we seek we shall find; what we flee from flees from us.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We seek opinions that are likely to
support what we want to be true.
- Thomas Gilovich

All your anxiety is because of your desire for harmony.
Seek disharmony, then you will gain peace.
- Rumi

What each must seek in his life never was on land or sea.
It is something out of his own unique potentiality for experience,
something that never has been and never could
have been experienced by anyone else.
- Joseph Campbell

The means we use must be as pure
as the ends we seek.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek,
but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

While the laughter of joy is in
full harmony with our deeper life,
the laughter of amusement
should be kept apart from it.
The danger is too great of thus learning
to look at solemn things in a spirit of mockery,
and to seek in them opportunities for exercising wit.
- Lewis Carroll

Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind
a mental picture of yourself as succeeding.
Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade.
Your mind will seek to develop the picture...
Do not build up obstacles in your imagination.
- Norman Vincent Peale

Seek always to do some good, somewhere.
Every man has to seek in his own way to realize his true worth.
You must give some time to your fellow man.
For remember, you don't live in a world all your own.
Your brothers are here too.
- Albert Schweitzer

I constantly seek excellence
in all domains that truly matter to me.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself
that you have built against it.
- Rumi

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
- St. Francis of Assisi

We live in a wonderful world that is
full of beauty, charm and adventure.
There is no end to the adventures that we can have
if only we seek them with our eyes open.
- Jawaharlal Nehru

It is a sad commentary of our times when our young
must seek advice and counsel from "Dear Abby" instead of going to Mom and Dad.
- Abigail Van Buren

That's the motivation of an artist -
to seek attention of some kind.
- James Taylor

In our willingness to give that which we seek,
we keep the abundance of the universe circulating in our lives.
- Deepak Chopra

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
- The Buddha

If you seek truth, you will not seek
victory by dishonorable means,
and if you find truth, you will become invincible.
- Epictetus

Artists who seek perfection in everything are those
who cannot attain it in anything.
- Gustave Flaubert

Do not seek the because -
in love there is no because,
no reason, no explanation, no solutions.
- Anais Nin

You leave home to seek your fortune and,
when you get it, you go home and share it with your family.
- Anita Baker

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires.
Seek discipline and find your liberty.
- Frank Herbert

If you are walking to seek, ye shall find.
- Sommeil Liberosensa

Don't seek God in temples.
He is close to you.
He is within you.
Only you should surrender to Him
and you will rise above happiness and unhappiness.
- Leo Tolstoy

Let us seek to invoke the wonders of science ...
explore the stars, conquer the deserts,
eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths,
and encourage the arts and commerce.
- John F. Kennedy

I seek a deeper truth, but I don't think I have to
go to a building designated for worship to find it.
- Ted Lange

Seek not outside yourself.
- A Course in Miracles

As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench
the fire of love with words.
- William Shakespeare

Ask and it will be given to you;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
- Matthew 7:7

Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love,
of kindness, of understanding, of peace.
Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God -
the rest will be given.
- Mother Teresa

Seek home for rest, for home is best.
- Thomas Tusser

Ordinary life does not interest me.
I seek only the high moments.
I am in accord with the surrealists,
searching for the marvelous.
- Anais Nin

It is curious to observe what different
ideals of happiness people cherish,
and in what singular places they look
for this well-spring of their life.
Many look for it in the hoarding of riches,
some in the pride of power,
and others in the achievements of art and literature;
a few seek it in the exploration of their own minds,
or in search for knowledge.
- Helen Keller

Whenever the pressure of our complex city life thins
my blood and numbs my brain,
I seek relief in the trail; and when I hear the coyote
wailing to the yellow dawn,
my cares fall from me - I am happy.
- Hamlin Garland

Once you have seen the truth
you must make the decision to let go
of the pain, anger, and resentment you have been holding on to.
This requires you to take action.
If you are attached to your pain, resentment,
and self-righteousness, and addicted to your emotional reactions,
this will be a difficult step for you.
Taking action requires letting go of the very thing
you have been holding on to for so many years.
There is comfort in what we find familiar,
even if we are experiencing pain and suffering.
The pain and suffering itself becomes the familiarity we seek.
It takes absolute faith in yourself
plus courage, will, and discipline to let go.
But once you let go, it will be as if
the weight of the world has been taken off your shoulders.
In this process it is important to forgive
not just the others in our lives, but also ourselves.
For most people, giving ourselves
the gift of forgiveness is very challenging.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try to understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget.
- Arundhati Roy

We fear the unknown,
perhaps more than we fear anything else,
and yet we are, at heart, adventurers.
We seek to expand our realm of knowledge and dominion.
Perhaps we are attempting to overcome and crush the unknown,
but our duel with the unknown is such a one-sided clash
that we must know in our hearts
that our adventure is no more than a child's game.
Perhaps we hope that the unknown
is like the darkness of a cave
and that the brief light of our adventurer's candle
can illuminate the entire cave.
Nonetheless, the path of the adventurer
is a path of joy, while the way of fear is one of suffering.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A name indicates what we seek.
An address indicates where it is.
A route indicates how we get there.
- Jon Postel

I didn't really seek attention.
I just wanted to play the game well and go home.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Catholic schools in our Nation's education have been
paramount in teaching the values that we as parents
seek to instill in our children.
- Joe Baca

It sets its face rightfully against the doctrines of
the Anarchist and the Communist,
who seek to solve the social problems not by patient endeavor,
but by brutal destruction.
- Henry Cabot Lodge

Square meals, not adventurous ones, are what you should seek.
- Bryan Miller

The real community of man is the community of those who seek the truth,
of the potential knowers.
- Allan Bloom

When we tire of well-worn ways, we seek for new.
This restless craving in the souls of men spurs them to climb,
and to seek the mountain view.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

What could I say to you that would be of value,
except that perhaps you seek too much,
that as a result of your seeking you cannot find.
- Hermann Hesse

We did not seek ideological confrontation.
- John Hume

He who has religion will speak poetry.
But philosophy is the tool with which to seek and discover religion.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel


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