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Seek first to understand,
by Stephen Covey

Seek first to understand,
then to be understood.
- Stephen Covey

Related topics: Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology Service Love Inspiration Understanding

The Main Thing is to Keep
The Main Thing The Main Thing.
- Stephen Covey PHOTO

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

Begin with the end in mind.
- Stephen Covey

 

How different our lives are when we
really know what is deeply important to us,
and keeping that picture in mind,
we manage ourselves each day
to be and to do what really matters most
- Stephen Covey

The nature of life is to be
a study of contrasts: joy/sadness, full/empty.
The Main Thing is to Keep The Main Thing The Main Thing.
- 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

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Effective leadership is putting first things first.
Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.
- 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

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek,
but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try to understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget.
- Arundhati Roy

Know that the greatest fear is fear of the unknown.
Seek to meet the unknown with courage and a sense of adventure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
- St. Francis of Assisi

The means we use must be as pure
as the ends we seek.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
- The Buddha

Seek not outside yourself.
- A Course in Miracles

Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself
that you have built against it.
- Rumi

I constantly seek excellence
in all domains that truly matter to me.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Ask and it will be given to you;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
- Matthew 7:7

Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind
a mental picture of yourself as succeeding.
Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade.
Your mind will seek to develop the picture...
Do not build up obstacles in your imagination.
- Norman Vincent Peale

We travel, some of us forever, to seek
other states, other lives, other souls.
- Anais Nin

The essence of being human is that one
does not seek perfection.
- George Orwell

In our willingness to give that which we seek,
we keep the abundance of the universe circulating in our lives.
- Deepak Chopra

We seek opinions that are likely to
support what we want to be true.
- Thomas Gilovich

Seek home for rest, for home is best.
- Thomas Tusser

What we seek we shall find; what we flee from flees from us.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Seek always to do some good, somewhere.
Every man has to seek in his own way to realize his true worth.
You must give some time to your fellow man.
For remember, you don't live in a world all your own.
Your brothers are here too.
- Albert Schweitzer

That's the motivation of an artist -
to seek attention of some kind.
- James Taylor

Don't seek God in temples.
He is close to you.
He is within you.
Only you should surrender to Him
and you will rise above happiness and unhappiness.
- Leo Tolstoy

If you are walking to seek, ye shall find.
- Sommeil Liberosensa

What each must seek in his life never was on land or sea.
It is something out of his own unique potentiality for experience,
something that never has been and never could
have been experienced by anyone else.
- Joseph Campbell

While the laughter of joy is in
full harmony with our deeper life,
the laughter of amusement
should be kept apart from it.
The danger is too great of thus learning
to look at solemn things in a spirit of mockery,
and to seek in them opportunities for exercising wit.
- Lewis Carroll

Once you have seen the truth
you must make the decision to let go
of the pain, anger, and resentment you have been holding on to.
This requires you to take action.
If you are attached to your pain, resentment,
and self-righteousness, and addicted to your emotional reactions,
this will be a difficult step for you.
Taking action requires letting go of the very thing
you have been holding on to for so many years.
There is comfort in what we find familiar,
even if we are experiencing pain and suffering.
The pain and suffering itself becomes the familiarity we seek.
It takes absolute faith in yourself
plus courage, will, and discipline to let go.
But once you let go, it will be as if
the weight of the world has been taken off your shoulders.
In this process it is important to forgive
not just the others in our lives, but also ourselves.
For most people, giving ourselves
the gift of forgiveness is very challenging.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We fear the unknown,
perhaps more than we fear anything else,
and yet we are, at heart, adventurers.
We seek to expand our realm of knowledge and dominion.
Perhaps we are attempting to overcome and crush the unknown,
but our duel with the unknown is such a one-sided clash
that we must know in our hearts
that our adventure is no more than a child's game.
Perhaps we hope that the unknown
is like the darkness of a cave
and that the brief light of our adventurer's candle
can illuminate the entire cave.
Nonetheless, the path of the adventurer
is a path of joy, while the way of fear is one of suffering.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
- although attributed to St. Francis of Assisi,
this prayer first appeared (written in French) in 1912

All your anxiety is because of your desire for harmony.
Seek disharmony, then you will gain peace.
- Rumi

We live in a wonderful world that is
full of beauty, charm and adventure.
There is no end to the adventures that we can have
if only we seek them with our eyes open.
- Jawaharlal Nehru

Do not seek to bring things to pass
in accordance with your wishes,
but wish for them as they are,
and you will find them.
- Epictetus

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires.
Seek discipline and find your liberty.
- Frank Herbert

Do not seek the because -
in love there is no because,
no reason, no explanation, no solutions.
- Anais Nin

Whenever the pressure of our complex city life thins
my blood and numbs my brain,
I seek relief in the trail; and when I hear the coyote
wailing to the yellow dawn,
my cares fall from me - I am happy.
- Hamlin Garland

Let us seek to invoke the wonders of science ...
explore the stars, conquer the deserts,
eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths,
and encourage the arts and commerce.
- John F. Kennedy

Artists who seek perfection in everything are those
who cannot attain it in anything.
- Gustave Flaubert

It is curious to observe what different
ideals of happiness people cherish,
and in what singular places they look
for this well-spring of their life.
Many look for it in the hoarding of riches,
some in the pride of power,
and others in the achievements of art and literature;
a few seek it in the exploration of their own minds,
or in search for knowledge.
- Helen Keller

It is a sad commentary of our times when our young
must seek advice and counsel from "Dear Abby" instead of going to Mom and Dad.
- Abigail Van Buren

Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love,
of kindness, of understanding, of peace.
Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God -
the rest will be given.
- Mother Teresa

I seek a deeper truth, but I don't think I have to
go to a building designated for worship to find it.
- Ted Lange

If you seek truth, you will not seek
victory by dishonorable means,
and if you find truth, you will become invincible.
- Epictetus

Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer,
but the right answer.
Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past.
Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
- John F. Kennedy

As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench
the fire of love with words.
- William Shakespeare

Ordinary life does not interest me.
I seek only the high moments.
I am in accord with the surrealists,
searching for the marvelous.
- Anais Nin

You leave home to seek your fortune and,
when you get it, you go home and share it with your family.
- Anita Baker

All things at first appear difficult.
- Chinese proverb

Always be a first-rate version of yourself,
instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
- Judy Garland

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
- Anonymous

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do first things first, and second things not at all.
- Peter F. Drucker

To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.
- William Shakespeare

Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh, for the touch of a hand
and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In order to succeed, you must first be willing to fail.
- Anonymous

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

Nothing happens unless first a dream.
- Carl Sandburg

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Be gentle first with yourself.
- Lama Yeshe

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
- Samuel Johnson

Self-trust is the first secret of success.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

When we step on the battlefield, I will be
The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore

If at first you don't succeed, try try again.
- Proverb


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