24 Motivational Quotes by Stephen R. Covey on Habits

Date and place of birth: October 24, 1932, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Date and place of death: July 16, 2012, Idaho, USA


Short Biography


Dr. Stephen R. Covey is a respected international leadership authority, family expert, educator, corporate consultant, and author who has dedicated his life to teaching principles-centered life and leadership.


Dr. Covey, in addition to being the author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which is known as "The Most Influential Book of the Twentieth Century in the Business World"; he is also the author of the books titled: The 8th Habit, First Things First and Principle-Centered Leadership.


In 2002, Forbes Magazine declared its book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People as "one of the best 10 books of all time in management". First Things First sold more than 2 million copies and became the best-selling time management book of all time, according to Simon&Schuster.

Stephen R. Covey Quotes


“We are free to choose our actions, but we are not free to choose the consequences of these actions.” /Stephen R. Covey
“We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.” /Stephen R. Covey
“Love is a verb. Love – the feeling – is the fruit of love the verb or our loving actions. So love her. Sacrifice. Listen to her. Empathize. Appreciate. Affirm her.” /Stephen R. Covey
“The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” /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
“That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly. It is dearness only which gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price on its goods.” /Stephen R. Covey
“If you want to have a more pleasant,cooperative teenager, be a more understanding, emphatic, consistent, loving parent.” /Stephen R. Covey
“All the well-meaning advice in the world won't amount to a hill of beans if we're not even addressing the real problem.” /Stephen R. Covey
“There's no better way to inform and expand you mind on a regular basis than to get into the habit of reading good literature.” /Stephen R. Covey
“My behavior is a product of my own conscious choices based on principles, rather than a product of my conditions, based on feelings.” /Stephen R. Covey
“I believe that there are parts to human nature that cannot be reached by either legislation or education, but require the power of God to deal with.” /Stephen R. Covey
“As you care less about what people think of you, you will care more about what others think of themselves.” /Stephen R. Covey
“Anytime we think the problem is out there, that thought is the problem. We empower what’s out there to control us.” /Stephen R. Covey
“The person who doesn’t read is no better off than the person who can’t read.” /Stephen R. Covey
“If my sense of security lies in my reputation or in the things I have, my life will be in a constant state of threat and jeopardy that these possessions may be lost or stolen or devalued.” /Stephen R. Covey
“When the trust account is high, communication is easy, instant, and effective.” /Stephen R. Covey
“The ability to subordinate an impulse to a value is the essence of the proactive person. Reactive people are driven by feelings, by circumstances, by conditions, by their environment. Proactive people are driven by values—carefully thought about, selected and internalized values.” /Stephen R. Covey
“We hear a lot about identity theft when someone takes your wallet and pretends to be you and uses your credit cards. But the more serious identity theft is to get swallowed up in other people's definition of you.” /Stephen R. Covey
“It's sometimes a painful process. It's a change that has to be motivated by a higher purpose, by the willingness to subordinate what you think you want now for what you want later.” /Stephen R. Covey
“You can buy a person's hand, but you can't buy his heart. His heart is where his enthusiasm, his loyalty is. You can buy his back, but you can't buy his brain. That's where his creativity is, his ingenuity, his resourcefulness.” /Stephen R. Covey

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