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Stephen R. Covey Quotes

American Speaker, Author of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People"

People can't live with change if there's not a changeless core inside them. The key to the ability to change is a changeless sense of who you are, what you are about and what you value.

Category: Change

It takes a great deal of character strength to apologize quickly out of one's heart rather than out of pity. A person must possess himself and have a deep sense of security in fundamental principles and values in order to genuinely apologize.

Category: Character

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

Category: Character

If you're proactive, you don't have to wait for circumstances or other people to create perspective expanding experiences. You can consciously create your own.

Category: Circumstance

In addition to self-awareness, imagination and conscience, it is the fourth human endowment-independent will-that really makes effective self-management possible. It is the ability to make decisions and choices and to act in accordance with them. It is the ability to act rather than to be acted upon, to proactively carry out the program we have developed through the other three endowments. Empowerment comes from learning how to use this great endowment in the decisions we make every day.

Category: Decisions

Interdependency follows independence.

Category: Dependence

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.

Category: Ethics

Lose/Win people bury a lot of feelings. And unexpressed feelings come forth later in uglier ways. Psychosomatic illnesses often are the reincarnation of cumulative resentment, deep disappointment and disillusionment repressed by the Lose/Win mentality. Disproportionate rage or anger, overreaction to minor provocation, and cynicism are other embodiments of suppressed emotion. People who are constantly repressing, not transcending feelings toward a higher meaning find that it affects the quality of their relationships with others.

Category: Feelings

Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us.

Category: Freedom

People who exercise their embryonic freedom day after day, little by little, expand that freedom. People who do not will find that it withers until they are literally ''being lived.'' They are acting out scripts written by parents, associates and society.

Category: Freedom

We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.

Category: Humankind

Live out of your imagination, not your history.

Category: Imagination

As a principle-centered person you try to stand apart from the emotion of the situation and from other factors that would act on you, and evaluate the options. Looking at the balanced whole--the work needs, the family needs, the other needs that may be involved, and the possible implications of the various alternatives -- you'll try to come up with the best solution taking all factors into consideration. We are limited but we can push back the borders of our limitations.

Category: Limitation

Love - THE FEELING - is a fruit of love, the verb.

Category: Love

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

Category: Management