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Quotations about Responsibility
If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders. ~Abigail Van Buren
"I must do something" always solves more problems than "Something must be done." ~Author Unknown
A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life. ~James Allen
If you mess up, 'fess up. ~Author Unknown
"It's a question of discipline," the little prince told me later on. "When you've finished washing and dressing each morning, you must tend your planet." ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, 1943, translated from French by Richard Howard
Responsibility: A detachable burden easily shifted to the shoulders of God, Fate, Fortune, Luck or one's neighbor. In the days of astrology it was customary to unload it upon a star. ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, 1911
Responsibility's like a string we can only see the middle of. Both ends are out of sight. ~William McFee, Casuals of the Sea, 1916
The willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life is the source from which self-respect springs. ~Joan Didion
Most of us can read the writing on the wall; we just assume it's addressed to someone else. ~Ivern Ball
The great thought, the great concern, the great anxiety of men is to restrict, as much as possible, the limits of their own responsibility. ~Giosué Borsi
We need to restore the full meaning of that old word, duty. It is the other side of rights. ~Pearl Buck
Ef you take a sword an' dror it,
An' go stick a feller thru,
Guv'ment ain't to answer for it,
God'll send the bill to you.
~James Russell Lowell
Why do children want to grow up? Because they experience their lives as constrained by immaturity and perceive adulthood as a condition of greater freedom and opportunity. But what is there today, in America, that very poor and very rich adolescents want to do but cannot do? Not much: they can "do" drugs, "have" sex, "make" babies, and "get" money (from their parents, crime, or the State). For such adolescents, adulthood becomes synonymous with responsibility rather than liberty. Is it any surprise that they remain adolescents? ~Thomas Szasz
With every civil right there has to be a corresponding civil obligation. ~Edison Haines
I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty. ~John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
We have the Bill of Rights. What we need is a Bill of Responsibilities. ~Bill Maher
Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame. ~Erica Jong
The thorns which I have reap'd are of the tree
I planted; they have torn me, and I bleed.
I should have known what fruit would spring from such a seed.
~George Gordon, Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage
When you blame others, you give up your power to change. ~Author Unknown
Even when we know what is right, too often we fail to act. More often we grab greedily for the day, letting tomorrow bring what it will, putting off the unpleasant and unpopular. ~Bernard M. Baruch
I don't see the point of being a human being if you're not going to be responsible to your fellow human beings. Selfishness thefts away the human and reduces you to just a being. ~Candea Core-Starke
The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny. ~Albert Ellis
Duty is what one expects from others. ~Oscar Wilde
For me the diamond dawns are set
In rings of beauty,
And all my ways are dewy wet
With pleasant duty.
~John Townsend Trowbridge
A new position of responsibility will usually show a man to be a far stronger creature than was supposed. ~William James
Mistakes fail in their mission of helping the person who blames them on the other fellow. ~Henry S. Haskins
You are not responsible for the programming you picked up in childhood. However, as an adult, you are one hundred percent responsible for fixing it. ~Ken Keyes, Jr.
Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him, and to let him know that you trust him. ~Booker T. Washington
God has entrusted me with myself. ~Epictetus
We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until... we have stopped saying "It got lost," and say "I lost it." ~Sidney J. Harris
It is easy to ignore responsibility when one is only an intermediate link in a chain of action. ~Stanley Milgram
When a man points a finger at someone else, he should remember that four of his fingers are pointing at himself. ~Louis Nizer
Whether or not you have children yourself, you are a parent to the next generation. If we can only stop thinking of children as individual property and think of them as the next generation, then we can realize we all have a role to play. ~Charlotte Davis Kasl, Finding Joy, 1994
Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility. ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The commands of democracy are as imperative as its privileges and opportunities are wide and generous. Its compulsion is upon us. ~Woodrow Wilson
No man was ever endowed with a right without being at the same time saddled with a responsibility. ~Gerald W. Johnson
Those who are unwilling to invest in the future haven't earned one. ~H.W. Lewis, Technological Risk, 1990
Dr. Miller says we are pessimistic because life seems like a very bad, very screwed-up film. If you ask "What the hell is wrong with the projector?" and go up to the control room, you find it's empty. You are the projectionist, and you should have been up there all the time. ~Colin Wilson
We all participate in weaving the social fabric; we should therefore all participate in patching the fabric when it develops holes. ~Anne C. Weisberg, Everything a Working Mother Needs to Know, 1994
We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future. ~George Bernard Shaw
Last modified 2007 Nov 03 Sat 13:45 PDT