Great Covey Quotes

Here are some classic Covey Quotes.  I’ll keep adding to them along the way.

“Holding people to the responsible course is not demeaning; it is affirming.”

“Never use the word promise unless you are totally prepared to pay whatever the price is to keep it.”

“Accountability breeds response-ability.”

“It is one thing to make a mistake, and quite another thing not to admit it.  People will forgive mistakes, because mistakes are usually of the mind, mistakes of judgement.  But people will not easily forgive the mistakes of the heart, the ill intention, the bad motives, the prideful, justifying coverup of the first mistake.”

“All of us are interested in things outside of our stewardship, and we should be, but the most important way to do anything about them is to magnify our own stewardship.”

“Nothing destroys trust faster than making and breaking a promise.  Conversely, nothing builds trust more than keeping a promise.”

“Sheltering people from natural consequences teaches irresponsibility.”

“The cause of almost all relationship difficulties is rooted in conflicting or ambiguous expectations around roles and goals.”

“To improve any situation, you must improve.  To change your wife, you must change.  To change the attitude of your husband, you must change you attitude.  To win more freedom, you must be more responsible, must exercise more discipline.”

“To raise obedient children, you and I as parents must be more obedient to certain laws and principles.”

“To rebuild broken-down relationships, we must first of all study our own hearts to discover our own responsibilities, our own faults.  It is easy to stand at the sidelines and pick at others’ weaknesses.  This process serves only to feed our own pride and to justify ourselves.”


Russ Cline, 2013  A “Covey” Believer

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