Crab Cooker Quotes Covey

Crab looking up

“The main thing is to keep the main thing

the main thing.”

Was in Newport Beach, CA the other day.  Passed by the Crab Cooker Restaurant and this quote was painted on the outside wall.

I read it twice.  The first time thinking it was strange. ” The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing” and then the second time:  “Whoa that’s profound!”

(Verrrrrrrrrrrrrry clever and very astute for a Crab Cooker.  I knew that crabs were tasty but didn’t know that crabs were clever.)

 I wanted to remember it, repeating to myself 3 times“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”

 I Only had to remember 6 different words.

Today I sat down to type a highly provocative essay on how to identify what YOUR main thing is so you could keep it.

Now what were those 6 words?

The main thing is the thing to remain the main thing?
Mainly the main thing is the thing to remember?
The main thing is always the main thing for the main thing?
The thing that’s main is the main thing to be the main thing?
The main thing is being the main thing of main things?
Remember the Maine (I had long stopped counting the words)
I looked up the Crab Cooker web-site — main courses, main dishes, main street, no main things.

Crab looking out

I googled “sayings, the main thing”

Wadda ya know Stephen Covey said it.  THE Steven R. Covey who wrote The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People®

I’ve never read the book fearing that I have none of the habits of Highly Effective People and I would have to get some.

So I think I’ll just stay with The Main thing is Mainly the Thing and only have to memorize 5  different words instead of 6.

Stay tuned for the provocative essay . . .

Crab looking tasty

7 comments on “Crab Cooker Quotes Covey

  1. crab is a main thing
    we have a fishpond
    not with fishes
    but with crabs
    so I guess
    it isn’t a fishpond
    but a crabpond
    but then the main thing
    is not what the pond is called
    but what is inside.
    Like it doesn’t matter as much
    if the shell looks like human
    if what is inside is not humane
    but a crabby crab and stinky fish
    so the main thing
    is the substance that is inside
    especially if the outside
    looks substantial


  2. The rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain.
    Right now, that’s the only quote I remember with the word main it. I’ll have to come up with something more profound and/or provocative! 😉


    • Lorraine,
      The Rain in Spain
      Stays Mainly on the Plain
      Keep tab on the crab
      It will stab
      For a crab in the rain
      Isn’t served plain
      Unless it’s in Spain
      Where it’s beaten
      Then Eaten
      The remain
      Down the drain

      (so sorry, couldn’t help myself . . .)


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