Quotes by Stephen Covey


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

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

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.
– 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
Actually I did not invent the seven habits, they are universal principles and most of what I wrote about is just common sense. I am embarrassed when people talk about the Covey Habits, and dislike the idea of being some sort of guru.
– Stephen Covey
Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.
– 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
I am personally convinced that one person can be a change catalyst, a transformer in any situation, any organization. Such an individual is yeast that can leaven an entire loaf. It requires vision, initiative, patience, respect, persistence, courage, and faith to be a transforming leader.
– Stephen Covey
I'm convinced that we can write and live our own scripts more than most people will acknowledge. I also know the price that must be paid. It's a real struggle to do it. It requires visualization and affirmation. It involves living a life of integrity, starting with making and keeping promises, until the whole human personality the senses, the thinking, the feeling, and the intuition are ultimately integrated and harmonized.
– Stephen Covey
If we keep doing what we're doing, we're going to keep gettingwhat we're getting.
– Stephen Covey
In the last analysis, what we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do.
– 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
Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.
– Stephen Covey
Most people struggle with life balance simply because they haven't paid the price to decide what is really important to them.
– 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
Public behavior is merely private character writ large.
– Stephen Covey
The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.
– Stephen Covey
The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.
– 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
We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.
– Stephen Covey