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Top 500 Stephen R. Covey Quotes (2022 Update)
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Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The fire inside people is like a match; the way to ignite that flame is initially through friction, then other matches are lit through warmth.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Always surround yourself with people who are even more talented and competent than you.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The more deeply you understand other people, the more you will appreciate them, the more reverent you will feel about them. To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on holy ground.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “As human beings, we are responsible for our own lives. Our behavior is a function of our decisions, not our conditions. We can subordinate feelings to values.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “We are product of neither nature nor nurture; we are a product of choice, because there is always a space between stimulus and response. As we wisely exercise our power to choose based on principles, the space will become larger.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “We accomplish all that we do through delegation – either to time or to other people.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “As you care less about what people think of you, you will care more about what others think of themselves.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “It’s not what people do to us that hurts us. In the most fundamental sense, it is our chosen response to what they do to us that hurts us.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “True independence of character empowers us to act rather than be acted upon.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Principles are the territory. Values are maps.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Be sure that, as you scramble up the ladder of success, it is leaning against the right building.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Treat them all the same by treating them differently.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Involve people in the problem and work out the solution together.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Keep in mind that you are always saying “no” to something. If it isn’t to the apparent and urgent things in your life, it is probably to the most fundamental, highly important things.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “I win the private victory when I have made my mind up and commit to live by correct principles and to serve worthy purposes.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Almost all of the world-class athletes and other peak performers are visualizers. They see it; they feel it; they experience it before hey actually do it. They begin with the end in mind.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Make specific appointments with yourself to work on goals, and treat an appointment with yourself as you’d treat an appointment with anybody else.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Most people say their main fault is a lack of discipline. On deeper thought, I believe this is not the case. The basic problem is that their priorities have not become deeply planted in their hearts and minds.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The deepest desire of the human spirit is to be acknowledged.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Writing distills, crystallizes, and clarifies thought.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Our character is basically a composite of our habits.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “You basically get what you reward. If you want to achieve the goals and reflect the values in your mission statement, then you need to align the reward system with these goals and values.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “In effective personal leadership, visualization and affirmation techniques emerge naturally out of a foundation of well thought through purposes and principles that become the center of a person’s life.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Vital to quality of life is the ability to work together, learn from each other, and help each other grow.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Principles don’t die. They aren’t here one day and gone the next. They can’t be destroyed by fire, earthquake or theft. Principles are deep, fundamental truths, classic truths.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Being humble does not mean being weak, reticent, or self-effacing. It means recognizing principle and putting it ahead of self. It means standing firmly for principle, even in the fact of opposition.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The character ethic, which I believe to be the foundation of success, teaches that there are basic principles of effective living, and that people can only experience true success and enduring happiness as they learn and integrate these principles into their basic character.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “You can’t talk your way out of a problem you behaved your way into!”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The way we see things is the source of the way we think or the way we act.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “What does it matter how much we do if what we’re doing isn’t what matters most?”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “It’s better to be trusted than to be liked.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Principles are natural laws that are external to us and that ultimately control the consequences of our actions. Values are internal and subjective and represent that which we feel strongest about in guiding our behavior.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The first job of a leader-at work or at home-is to inspire trust. It’s to bring out the best in people by entrusting them with meaningful stewardships, and to create an environment in which high-trust interaction inspires creativity and possibility.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Trust is the glue that holds everything together. It creates the environment in which all of the other elements win-win stewardship agreements, self-directing individuals and teams, aligned structures and systems, and accountability can flourish.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Values determine behavior; Principles determine the consequences of behavior.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “It is possible to be busy-very busy-without being very effective.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The key to the ability to change is a changeless sense of who you are, what you are about and what you value.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “See every problem as an opportunity to exercise creative energy.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “One of the most important ways to manifest integrity is to be loyal to those who are not present. In doing so, we build the trust of those who are present.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Link yourself to your potential, not to your past.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “When we succumb to believing that we are victims of our circumstances and yield to the plight of determinism, we lose hope, we lose drive, and we settle into resignation and stagnation.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Most people define greatness through wealth and popularity and position in the corner office. But what I call everyday greatness comes from character and contribution.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Over time, I have come to this simple definition of leadership: Leadership is getting results in a way that inspires trust.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Remember that our reactions are a product of our perceptions, and our perceptions are a result of what is at the center of our life.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Opposition is a natural part of life. Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition – such as lifting weights – we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The key to motivation is motive.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “A long, healthy, and happy life is the result of making contributions, of having meaningful projects that are personally exciting and contribute to and bless the lives of others.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “In our personal lives, if we do not develop our own self-awareness and become responsible for first creations, we empower other people and circumstances to shape our lives by default.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Frustration is a function of our expectations, and our expectations are often a reflection of the social mirror rather than our own values and priorities.”
Stephen R. Covey Quote: “If you don’t choose to do it in leadership time up front, you do it in crisis management time down the road.”
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