Priority Quotes

Reading and keeping priority quotes around is just one tool to help you focus on what is important. These inspirational sayings are a call to action, especially when you have something you would rather not do. If you want to de-stress and see the lighter side of life, nothing beats reading some uplifting sayings.

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Mahatma Gandhi was spot on with this quote, “action expresses priorities”. It is only by doing something that you begin to prioritize and get things done. Inactivity can be one of the biggest stressors around as you worry about not accomplishing something that you really need to do.

Sarah Ban Breathnach in the book, Simple Abundance: A daybook of Comfort and Joy puts it well, “If you take it out, put it back; If you open it, close it; If you throw it down, pick it up; If you take it off, hang it up. This simply four step approach can relieve stress and help in organizing a home or other space."

Some Popular Quotes

Some popular priority quotes that have been around a long time and continue to inspire and motivate include:

  • Desires dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, and choices determine our actions.” (Dallin H. Oaks – Author/Religious Leader)
  • You can get control of your tasks and activities only to the degree that you stop doing some things and start spending more time on the few activities that can really make a difference in your life.” (Brian Tracy – Personal Success Speaker)
  • The key is not prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” (Stephen Covey – Keynote Speaker/Author)
  • You need to prioritize. If you can’t get to everything or do everything, that’s okay.” (Julie Chen – TV Personality)

Finding unusual priority quotes or sayings is one way to ensure that they stick and provide the motivation you need. Not only are unusual quotes more likely to hit home, they can provide a good source of humor. Quotes that fit this criteria are:

  • It’s not so much how busy you are, but why you are busy. The bee is praised, the mosquito is swatted.” (Mary O’Connor - Author)
  • It’s fantastic knowing you’re going to die; it really makes having priorities and trying to follow them very real to you.” (Susan Sontag – Writer/Film maker)
  • In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.” (Lee Iacocca - Businessman).


One of the benefits of priority quotes is that it helps to reduce stress by helping you become a skilled organizer. If you do not organize, even the smallest task can seem unattainable and overwhelming. Some quotes that highlight this are:

  • Don’t agonize. Organize.” (Florence Kennedy – feminist/Civil Rights Activist)
  •  “Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not mixed up.” (A. A. Milne - Author)
  • Organizing ahead of time makes the work more enjoyable. Chefs cut up the onions and have the ingredients lined up ahead of time and have them ready to go. When everything is organized you can clean as you go and makes everything so much easier and fun.” (Ann Burrell – Chef/TV Personality)
  • Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.” (Stephen Covey - Keynote Speaker/Author)
  • Have a time and place for everything, and do everything in its time and place, and you will not only accomplish more, but have far more leisure than those who are always hurrying.” (Tryon Edwards – Theologian)

When it comes to learning to prioritize, one of the secrets of success is learning how to organize. Many priority quotes online teach the value of organizing. While some do not specifically use the word “priority” or “prioritizing”, the fact that they get you to do something better or do something to make life less stressful is important.

As motivational speaker, Denis Waitley said, “Don’t be a time manager, be a priority manager. Cut your major goals into bite-sized pieces. Each small priority or requirement on the way to ultimate goal become a mini goal in itself.

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