Responsibility (quotes)


What does it mean to take responsibility?


Responsibility is about being answerable for something within your power


Taking responsibility for your life means you refuse to make excuses or blame others…

  • Accepting complete responsibility for your life means that you refuse to make excuses or blame others for anything in your life that you’re not happy about. You refuse, from this moment forward, to criticize others for any reason. You refuse to complain about your situation or about what has happened in the past. You eliminate all your if-onlys and what- ifs and focus instead on what you really want and where you are going. Brian Tracy
  • I am responsible for my choices and actions. To be ‘responsible’ in this context means responsible not as the recipient of moral blame or guilt, but responsible as the chief causal agent in my life and behavior. Nathaniel Branden
  • Having accepted things as they are, I will take responsibility for my situation and for all those events I see as problems. Responsibility means not blaming anyone or anything for your situation, including yourself. Deepak Chopra
  • Responsible persons are mature people who have taken charge of themselves and their conduct, who own their actions and own up to them who answer for them. William J. Bennett
  • Opposites:  Victim mentalityBlamingExcuses

…  accepting that you are the author of your life

  • We ourselves are the authors of almost all our woes and griefs, of which we so unreasonably complain. Giacomo Casanova
  • It is better for you to take responsibility for your life as it is, instead of blaming others, or circumstances, for your predicament. As your eyes open, you’ll see that your state of health, happiness, and every circumstance of your life has been, in large part, arranged by you – consciously or unconsciously.  Dan Millman
  • We are exactly where we have chosen to be. Vernon Howard
  • I am completely and authentically, all that I choose to be, in this moment. I am aware of what I am choosing to be, I am honest about it, and I accept responsibility for it. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Your life is the fruit of your own doing. You have no one to blame but yourself. Joseph Campbell
  • Until a person can say deeply and honestly, “I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday,” that person cannot say, “I choose otherwise.” Stephen Covey
  • You create your own experience. Acknowledge and accept accountability for your life. Understand your role in creating results. Dr Phil McGraw
  • We are accountable only to ourselves for what happens to us in our lives. Mildred Newman
  • A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life. James Allen
  • The recognition of the law of the cause and effect, also known as karma, is a fundamental key to understand how you’ve created your world, with actions of your body, speech and mind. When you truly understand karma, then you realize you are responsible for everything in your life. It is incredibly empowering to know that your future is in your hands. Keanu Reeves
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The heavy price of the blame game


To blame is to place the responsibility for a fault onto someone else

  • Blame: Feel or declare that (someone or something) is responsible for a fault or wrong.  Oxford Dictionary
  • Blame: To say or think that someone or something did something wrong or is responsible for something bad happening.  Cambridge Dictionary
  • Blame: To place the responsibility for (a fault, error, etc.)
  • Blame: To hold responsible. Merriam Webster
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The urge to blame others can be strong

  • There’s nothing kills a man so soon as having nobody to find fault with but himself. George Eliot
  • The reason people blame things on previous generations is that there’s only one other choice. Doug Larson
  • There’s a man all over for you, blaming on his boots the fault of his feet. Samuel Beckett
  • We habitually erect a barrier called blame that keeps us from communicating genuinely with others, and we fortify it with our concepts of who’s right and who’s wrong. We do that with the people who are closest to us and we do it with political systems, with all kinds of things that we don’t like about our associates or our society. It is a very common, ancient, well-perfected device for trying to feel better. Blame others. Blaming is a way to protect our hearts, to try to protect what is soft and open and tender in ourselves. Rather than own that pain, we scramble to find some comfortable ground. Pema Chodron
  • The blame game was a favorite pastime in my addicted family. Mistakes were immediately followed by emotional exchanges over who was at fault. I often was blamed, and I learned to blame others just as readily. In my adult life, the blame game has become an obsession. Sometimes I blame others and then am consumed with anger and bitterness. Or I take the blame and am swept up in a cycle of guilt and shame. Both responses divert energy from solving the problem and getting on with life. Rokelle Lerner
  • Blame is a way to discharge pain and discomfort. Brené Brown
  • People of the world don’t look at themselves, and so they blame one another. Rumi

Blaming comes at a great price

  • Blame is not productive. Blame disguises and conceals. Blame alienates and separates. Blame is the killer of community, cooperation, and collaboration. Peter Rouse

Blaming is hugely disempowering …

  • When you hold someone responsible for what you experience, you lose power. Gary Zukav
  • When you blame others, you give up your power to change. Robert Anthony
  • When we blame, we give away our power. Greg Anderson
  • Blame is one of the surest ways to stay in a problem. In blaming another, we give away our power. Understanding this enables us to rise above the issue and take control of our future. The past cannot be changed. The future is shaped by our current thinking. Louise L. Hay
  • Placing the blame or judgment on someone else leaves you powerless to change your experience; taking responsibility for your beliefs and judgments gives you the power to change them. Byron Katie
  • Too often, our lives cease working because we cease working at life, because we are unwilling to take resonsibility for things as they are, and to work with our difficulties. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • If it’s never our fault, we can’t take responsibility for it. If we can’t take responsibility for it, we’ll always be its victim. Richard Bach
  • People spend too much time finding other people to blame, too much energy finding excuses for not being what they are capable of being, and not enough energy putting themselves on the line, growing out of the past, and getting on with their lives. Michael Straczynski

… because you relinquish your power to those you blame …

  • Whenever we seek to avoid the responsibility for our own behavior, we do so by attempting to give that responsibility to some other individual or organization or entity. But this means we then give away our power to that entity. M. Scott Peck

… keeping you stuck as you are …

  • By blaming yourself, you become stuck in old patterns, old emotions, and old ways of looking at life. Blame distracts you from looking at the facts, free from emotion. And so it keeps you from doing what needs to be done—making changes in how you look after your health, learning to handle your finances, packing up and moving, or forgiving someone. Stop telling yourself, I should have done this or I should have said that. What’s the point? Blame has never helped anyone achieve anything. The real question, then, is What can I do now? Ariane de Bonvoisin
  • Blame always involves trying to change everyone and everything, except for changing yourself. Able
  • When you blame others, you give up your power to change. Robert Anthony
  • Let there be no doubt: as long as you continue to blame others instead of assuming your responsibilities, you will make no meaningful and enduring change for the better. What kind of people are we, if we don’t have the character to own up to our own shortcomings and responsibilities? To have and enjoy certain liberties requires us to hold each other and ourselves accountable for our actions. Gary Ryan Blair
  • The man who is fond of complaining likes to remain amid the objects of his vexation. He will most strongly revolt against every means proposed for his deliverance. This is what suits him. He asks nothing better than to sigh over his position and to remain in it. Francois Guizot
  • Yes, there are times when something is legitimately not our fault. Blaming others, however, keeps us in a stuck state and is ultimately rough on our own self-esteem. Eric Allenbaugh
  • All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you. Wayne Dyer

… keeping you stuck in failure and fault …

  • A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else. John Burroughs
  • It is easier to blame than do better. German Proverb
  • No one is a failure until they blame somebody else. Charles Jones
  • Success is never blamed. Thomas Fulller
  • The search for someone to blame is always successful. Robert Half
  • Fault always lies in the same place, my fine babies: with him weak enough to lay blame. Stephen King
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… keeping you stuck in the past …

  • We go to the past to lay the blame – since the past can’t argue. We go to our past selves to account for our present miseries. Glen Duncan
  • Although you should not erase your responsibility for the past, when you make the past your jailer, you destroy your future. It is such a great moment of liberation when you learn to forgive yourself, let the burden go, and walk out into a new path of promise and possibility. John O’Donohue
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… keeping you stuck in suffering and unhappiness …

  • The sad truth is that as long as you say, ‘It’s my mother’s fault, my husband’s fault, the government’s fault, my sixth- grade piano teacher’s fault…’ you won’t be happy. Marci Shimoff
  • If blame is one of the clouds obscuring your inner happiness, try it yourself. Rather than asking “Who’s to blame?” start asking “What can I learn from this? What is the gift in this for me?” Marci Shimoff
  • When you blame, you open up a world of excuses, because as long as you’re looking outside, you miss the opportunity to look inside, and you continue to suffer. Donna Quesada
  • We can actually put the essence of neurosis in a single word: blaming—or damning. If you would stop, really stop, damning yourself, others, and unkind conditions, you would find it almost impossible to upset yourself emotionally—about anything. Yes, anything. Albert Ellis
  • All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you. The only thing blame does is to keep the focus off you when you are looking for external reasons to explain your unhappiness or frustration. You may succeed in making another feel guilty about something by blaming him, but you won’t succeed in changing whatever it is about you that is making you unhappy. Wayne Dyer
  • Almost all unhappiness in life comes from the tendency to blame someone else. Brian Tracy
  • How wonderful to have someone to blame! How wonderful to live with one’s nemesis! You may be miserable, but you feel forever in the right. Erica Jong
  • As long as you think that the cause of your problem is “out there”—as long as you think that anyone or anything is responsible for your suffering—the situation is hopeless. It means that you are forever in the role of victim, that you’re suffering in paradise. Byron Katie
  • Your suffering is never caused by the person you’re blaming. Byron Katie
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… keeping you stuck in victimhood

  • Victims are, by definition, people who do not acknowledge responsibility for their actions and who blame outside forces. Morty Lefkoe
  • The victim mindset dilutes the human potential. By not accepting personal responsibility for our circumstances, we greatly reduce our power to change them. Steve Maraboli
  • Blame is the granddaddy of the victim behaviors. You cannot address problems until you stop blaming others or yourself. Blame is the opposite of problem solving, even when the content of the blame is justifiable. Blame is the essence of the victim experience, and this experience is the basis of immature social behaviors. When you feel like a victim, you pass off responsibility to others for solving your problems or you attempt to escape. James R. Baugh
  • Being a victim in life can serve you in some ways. You may have people pity you because your life is so horrible, and that pity can make you feel valued or good. You may receive attention from others for your victim behavior (even negative attention) and feel that it is the only way you can receive attention. It is much easier to blame, feel bad, and point the finger than it is to take responsibility for your own happiness and try to feel good.   Barrie Davenport
  • The victim mentality brings a payoff. When we are in the victim position, we get attention, sympathy and support from people. There is no need to take risks or responsibility.  Luminita D. Saviuc
  • The victim mentality is characterized by an attitude of blaming and complaining. Osiris Montenegro
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Blame distorts truth

  • Blame is yet another way to refuse the truth looming large right in front of us. Jeffrey Gardere
  • The trouble with blame is this all or nothingness, this black or whiteness. People are drawn to extremes. As soon as we have to study the gray areas, we lean to one side. Sharon Lamb
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Blame is bad for your health and healing

  • As opposed to authentic emotional reactions like sadness, anger, and fear, blame is a defensive stance that’s a deep and murky swamp. When you stumble into it, you become mired and lose control over your own health. Rick Foster and Greg Hicks
  • Blame is the number one recipe for disaster in your home! You will not heal if you leave that word in your vocabulary. Patrick Gorman
  • Blame keeps our happiness contingent on someone else. Blame is the wall between victimization and recovery. Victoria Secunda
  • It’s easy to point when you can’t heal it. Don Walk
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Blame lays excuses for laziness

  • Blame is just a lazy person’s way of making sense of chaos. Douglas Coupland
  • Blame is a lazy man’s wages. Danish proverb
  • A bad workman always blames his tools. English proverb
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Stop blaming others and take control of your life

  • When people are truly interested in why they do something, and personally committed to making a change, blame is irrelevant. Edward L. Deci
  • You are the master of your destiny. You can do it, you can undo it, and you can do it differently. Don’t ever, ever blame your environment on somebody else. Sri Swami Satchidananda
  • Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame. Erica Jong
  • Proactive people recognize that they are “response-able.” They don’t blame circumstances, conditions, or conditioning for their behavior. Stephen Covey
  • There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction; the moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you. K. Rowling
  • As long as you try your best, you are never a failure. That is, unless you blame others. John Wooden
  • You are responsible for your life. You can’t keep blaming somebody else for your dysfunction. Life is really about moving on. Oprah Winfrey
  • Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will – his personal responsibility. Albert Einstein
  • Everything you do in life, I don’t care, good or bad — don’t blame God, don’t blame the devil, don’t blame me, blame you. You control everything! The thoughts you think, the words you utter, the foods you eat, the exercise you do. Everything is controlled by you. Jack Lalanne
  • We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers – you can blame anyone, but never blame yourself. It’s never your fault. But it’s always your fault, because if you want to change, you’re the one who has got to change. It’s as simple as that, isn’t it? Katharine Hepburn
  • Your life is the fruit of your own doing. You have no one to blame but yourself. Joseph Campbell
  • If blame is one of the clouds obscuring your inner happiness, try it yourself. Rather than asking “Who’s to blame?” start asking “What can I learn from this? What is the gift in this for me?” Marci Shimoff

Stop blaming yourself too

  • To accuse others for one’s own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one’s education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one’s education is complete. Epictetus
  • Everyone is responsible and no one is to blame. Will Schutz
  • Neither blame or praise yourself. Proverb
  • Some blame themselves to extort the praise of contradiction from others. Tyron Edwards
  • There is luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel no one else has a right to blame us. Oscar Wilde
  • Human beings sometimes find a kind of pleasure in nursing painful emotions, in blaming themselves without reason or even against reason. Isaac Asimov

Replace blame with forgiveness

  • Forgive: To stop feeling anger toward (someone who has done something wrong) : to stop blaming (someone) Merriam Webster
  • Forgiveness means you do not hold others responsible for your experience. Gary Zukav
  • Not to forgive is to yield oneself to another’s control… to be locked into a sequence of act and response, of outrage and revenge, tit for tat, escalating always. The present is endlessly overwhelmed and devoured by the past. Forgiveness frees the forgiver. It extracts the forgiver from someone else’s nightmare. Lance Morrow
  • Forgive Yourself. Self-forgiveness is not abdicating responsibility. It is seeing mistakes as opportunities for learning rather than as personal failure.   Tracy Ochester
  • Self-compassion. This quality of awareness cultivates love for yourself as you are, without self- blame or criticism.  Bob Stahl
  • We all feel the urge to condemn ourselves out of guilt, to blame others for our misfortunes and to fantasize about total disaster. Deepak Chopra
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Replace blame with love and understanding

  • When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look into the reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or our family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and arguments. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change. Thich Nhat Hanh
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The heavy price of making excuses


Making excuses frees one from taking responsibility

  • Excuse: An explanation that frees one from fault or blame. Merriam Webster
  • Excuse: seek to lessen the blame attaching to (a fault or offence); try to justify. Oxford Dictionary
  • An excuse is your irresponsible attempt to shift blame or accountability from yourself to someone or something else for something that otherwise would be considered your personal responsibility for happening or not happening depending upon the circumstances. Jerry Bruckner

Making excuses brings inevitable failure …

  • Go deep into your study of people, and you’ll discover unsuccessful people suffer a mind deadening thought disease. We call this disease excusitis. Every failure has this disease in its advanced form. And most ‘average’ persons have at least a mild case of it. David J. Schwartz
  • Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. George Washington Carver
  • Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure. Don Wilder and Bill Rechin
  • Pessimism is an excuse for not trying and a guarantee to a personal failure. Bill Clinton
  • I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse. Florence Nightingale
  • Excuses excuse us from fulfilling our potential. Rhonda Britten
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… sapping self-esteem and confidence …

  • When you make an excuse, you reduce your self-esteem and confidence. By admitting to your mistakes, you increase your power to take responsibility for your life and make it a success. Jerry Bruckner
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… blocking all chances of success

  • I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse. Florence Nightingale
  • No one ever excused his way to success. Dave Del Dotto
  • Success is a tale of obstacles overcome, and for every obstacle overcome, an excuse not used. Robert Braul
  • An excuse becomes an obstacle in your journey to success when it is made in place of your best effort or when it is used as the object of the blame. Bo Bennett
  • An excuse is a lie that we tell ourselves to sell ourselves and try to sell to others. And until we stand up and say no more excuses our greatest success will evade us. We need to take personal responsibility when things go wrong. Sam Silverstein
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Therefore relinquish all excuses

  • Never make excuses. Your friends don’t need them and your foes won’t believe them. John Wooden
  • He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else. Benjamin Franklin
  • Justifying a fault doubles it. French Proverb
  • We must exchange the philosophy of excuse – what I am is beyond my control – for the philosophy of responsibility. Barbara Jordan
  • Don’t make excuses, whine, complain, or blame anyone. Jerry Bruckner
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Taking responsibility brings strong rewards


The truth is that many dread responsibility

  • 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
  • Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility. Sigmund Freud
  • Fear, born of that stern matron, Responsibility. William McFee
  • Greatness is frightening. With it comes responsibility. Seth Godin
  • Liberty means responsibility. That’s why most men dread it. Antonio de Mendoza
  • Responsibility is the thing people dread most of all. Yet it is the one thing in the world that develops us, gives us manhood or womanhood fiber. Frank Crane

However, taking responsibility gives you great power over your life …

  • Stop blaming others. Take accountability for your own happiness and for your reactions to other people. When you stop blaming others, you will regain your sense of personal power. Richard Carlson
  • Up to a point a man’s life is shaped by environment, heredity, and movements and changes in the world about him. Then there comes a time when it lies within his grasp to shape the clay of his life into the sort of thing he wishes to be. Only the weak blame parents, their race, their times, lack of good fortune, or the quirks of fate.  Everyone has it within his power to say, “This I am today; that I will be tomorrow.  Louis L’Amour
  • The first step to healing is to take responsibility for my life. I do not get to choose what happens to me; however, I do have the ability to choose how I respond. Darren R. Weissman
  • Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life. Jackson Brown Jr.
  • Responsibility walks hand in hand with capacity and power. J.G. Holland
  • The ultimate folly is to think that something crucial to your welfare is being taken care of for you. Robert Brault
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… the power to respond to and influence the present …

  • Having accepted this circumstance, this event, this problem, responsibility then means the ability to have a creative response to the situation as it is now. All problems contain the seeds of opportunity, and this awareness allows you to take the moment and transform it to a better situation or thing. Deepak Chopra
  • I never blame anyone or anything for my situation, including myself. Having accepted this circumstance, I am able to have a creative response to the situation as it is now. Deepak Chopra

… and the power to create the future you want

  • When you stop blaming others for where you are in life, that is when you can start to manifest your dream life! Stephen Richards
  • The more you take responsibility for your past and present, the more you are able to create the future you seek. Celestine Chua
  • 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
  • What we call our destiny is truly our character and that character can be altered. The knowledge that we are responsible for our actions and attitudes does not need to be discouraging, because it also means that we are free to change this destiny. Anaïs Nin
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Taking responsibility allows you to significantly improve the quality of your life

  • The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.  Bob Moawad
  • People can live tremendously rich, blissful, ecstatic lives. But the first thing is, we have to accept our responsibility. Osho

Taking responsibility adds meaning and purpose to life

  • People who become conscious of the responsibility they bear toward a human being who affectionately waits for them, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away their lives. They know the “why” for their existence and will be able to bear almost any “how.” Victor Frankl
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Taking responsibility brings personal freedom

  • Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves. Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Self-reliance is the only road to true freedom and being one’s own person is its ultimate reward. Patricia Sampson
  • I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. Robert A. Heinlein
  • Who stops us from being free? We blame the government, we blame the weather, we blame our parents, we blame religion, we blame God. Who really stops us from being free? We stop ourselves. Don Miguel Ruiz
  • Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: you have no one to blame. Erica Jong
  • Your life is the sum result of all the choices you make, both consciously and unconsciously. If you can control the process of choosing, you can take control of all aspects of your life. You can find the freedom that comes from being in charge of yourself. Robert F. Bennett
  • Those who speak constantly of their right to freedom must understand that an irresponsible act does not bring greater freedom but only greater bondage to the action. One law of life says, “If we are to enjoy freedom, we must accept responsibility.”  A great awareness is expressed in this statement. John Marks Templeton
  • As long as you are free, you are free to select and choose alternatives, provided that you are willing to accept the responsibility for being free. And after you’ve tried your alternatives, and they don’t work as you would wish, don’t blame me. Blame your choice.  Try another alternative.  Leo Buscaglia
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Taking responsibility enhances judgement

  • Nothing strengthens the judgment and quickens the conscience like individual responsibility. Elizabeth Cady Stanton
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Taking responsibility enhances credibility

  • The more you are willing to accept responsibility for your actions, the more credibility you will have. Brian Koslow

Taking responsibility brings healing

  • There is tremendous healing power in taking responsibility for something right now in the present, but no healing value in looking back to the past to blame yourself or anyone else. Gay & Katie Hendricks
  • The first step to healing is to take responsibility for my life. I do not get to choose what happens to me; however, I do have the ability to choose how I respond. Darren R. Weissman
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Taking responsibility brings success

  • To achieve major success in life—to achieve those things that are most important to you—you must assume 100% responsibility for your life. Nothing less will do. Jack Canfield
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Taking responsibility brings self-respect

  • The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self- respect springs. Joan Didion
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Taking responsibility nurtures self-confidence

  • Taking responsibility nurtures self-confidence, and self-confidence can help you to be a more interesting and attractive person. And best of all, the more you believe in yourself, the more power you possess to attract your good.  John Marks Templeton
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Taking responsibility brings proactive action

  • Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Being proactive is about taking responsibility for your life. Stephen Covey
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Taking responsibility allows problems to be solved

  • Responsibility is the most powerful internal motivator for problem solving. When you remove it, all that remains is the lesser drive of self-preservation. If necessity is the mother of invention, then responsibility is its father. Mark A. Crouch
  • I must do something always solves more problems than “Something must be done.”
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Taking responsibility develops strength and character

  • Responsibility is the thing people dread most of all. Yet it is the one thing in the world that develops us, gives us manhood or womanhood fiber. Frank Crane
  • Character – the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life – is the source from which self-respect springs. Joan Didion
  • Character isn’t something you were born with and can’t change, like your fingerprints. It’s something you weren’t born with and must take responsibility for forming. Jim Rohn
  • Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, makes it his own. Charles de Gaulle
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Taking responsibility is a pre-requisite for being a fully mature adult; no longer a child

  • It is not size or age that separates children from adults. It is responsibility. Jules Feiffer
  • Becoming responsible adults is no longer a matter of whether children hang up their pajamas or put dirty towels in the hamper, but whether they care about themselves and others–and whether they see everyday chores as related to how we treat this planet. Eda Leshan
  • 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
  • Enough! It’s time to grow up. If we want to play adult games living our Dream – we must play by adult rules. One of the primary adult rules: We are individually responsible for our own lives. John-Roger and Peter McWilliams
  • Self-responsibility is the core quality of the fully mature, fully functioning, self-actualizing individual. Brian Tracy

Taking responsibility is a pre-requisite for greatness

  • The ability to accept responsibility is the measure of the man. Roy L. Smith
  • The price of greatness is responsibility. Winston Churchill
  • A superior man always assumes complete responsibility, knowing that, ultimately, he has no control at all and everything is out of his hands. He acts with impeccable courage and persistence, expecting nothing but the inherent feeling of completeness he enjoys in the fullest giving of his life. David Deida
  • Greatness is frightening. With it comes responsibility. Seth Godin
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Take responsibility for your life


Take responsibility for your life

  • Enough! It’s time to grow up. If we want to play adult games living our Dream – we must play by adult rules. One of the primary adult rules: We are individually responsible for our own lives. John-Roger and Peter McWilliams
  • Each of us has a responsibility for being alive: one responsibility to creation, of which we are a part, another to the creator a debt we repay by trying to extend our areas of comprehension.  Maya Angelou
  • Every person is responsible for all the good within the scope of his abilities, and for no more. Gail Hamilton
  • My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life but doing the best at this moment puts you I the best place for the next moment. Oprah Winfrey
  • What we say and what we do ultimately come back to us, so let us own our responsibility, place it in our hands, and carry it with dignity and strength. Gloria Evangelina Anzaldua
  • Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else. Les Brown
  • Enlightenment means taking full responsibility for your life. William Blake
  • If you want to be happy, successful and have peace of mind, then take control of your life. Determine your own set of values and core beliefs, and then live by them. Accept personal responsibility for everything that has happened, or that will happen, in your life. If there is something that you don’t like or that is causing you grief, change it. Get out of the victim mode and above all, never forget that you always have choices. Peter Jordaan
  • It’s time to care; it’s time to take responsibility; it’s time to lead; it’s time for a change; it’s time to be true to our greatest self; it’s time to stop blaming others. Steve Maraboli
  • The key is taking responsibility and initiative, deciding what your life is about and prioritizing your life around the most important things. Stephen Covey
  • To let life happen to you is irresponsible. To create your day is your divine right. Ramtha

Take responsibility for your choices …

  • To say you have no choice is to relieve yourself of responsibility. Patrick Ness
  • If we do admit that there is a choice, then we have to take responsibility. Responsibility for not choosing what we know in our hearts would be right for us. Or responsibility for the outcome of choosing what we do really want. Amanda Harvey
  • When you abandon making choices, you enter the vast world of excuses. Wayne Dyer
  • We need to teach the next generation of children from Day One that they are responsible for their lives. Mankind’s greatest gift, also its greatest curse, is that we have free choice. We can make our choices built from love or from fear. Elizabeth Kubler- Ross
  • I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
  • At any moment, you have a choice that leads you closer to your spirit, or, further away from it. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Choices may be unbelievably hard but they’re never impossible. To say you have no choice is to release yourself from responsibility and that’s not how a person with integrity acts. Patrick Ness
  • Choice of attention – to pay attention to this and ignore that – is to the inner life what choice of action is to the outer. In both cases, a man is responsible for his choice and must accept the consequences, whatever they may be. H. Auden
  • Live consciously—take responsibility for your choices and actions—respect the rights of others—and follow your own bliss. Nathaniel Branden
  • Once we realize that we do things by choice, we begin to accept greater responsibility for our own lives and to take more effective control over them. Hal Urban
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… for only then can you take the reins of life

  • To decide, to be at the level of choice, is to take responsibility for your life and to be in control of your life. Abbie M. Dale
  • I am responsible for my choices and actions. To be ‘responsible’ in this context means responsible not as the recipient of moral blame or guilt, but responsible as the chief causal agent in my life and behavior. Nathaniel Branden
  • You are in control of your life. Don’t ever forget that. You are what you are because of the conscious and subconscious choices you have made. Barbara Hall
  • In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility. Eleanor Roosevelt

Take responsibility for changing the things you can

  • There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept responsibility for changing them. Denis Waitley
  • If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally. If you want to take responsibility for your life, you must choose one of those three options, and you must choose now. Then accept the consequences. No excuses. No negativity. No psychic pollution. Keep your inner space clear. Eckhart Tolle
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Take responsibility for yourself …

  • God has entrusted me with myself. Epictetus
  • I am responsible for me and must oversee with great sensitivity the impact of what I say or do on others. Barbara Jordan
  • I take care of myself, because I learned early on that I am the only person in life who’s responsible for me. Halle Berry
  • You have a solemn obligation to take care of yourself because you never know when the world will need you. Rabbi Hillel

… for all that you are …

  • Among the most important personal choices you can make is to accept complete responsibility for everything you are and everything you will ever be. This is the great turning point in life. Brian Tracy
  • Maturity is accepting the responsibility of being oneself, whatsoever the cost. Osho
  • I don’t think of myself as a poor deprived ghetto girl who made good. I think of myself as somebody who from an early age knew I was responsible for myself, and I had to make good. Oprah Winfrey

… for your personal growth and development …

  • Work on yourself first, take responsibility for your own progress. I Ching
  • 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.
  • You are the only one who can use your ability. It is an awesome responsibility. Zig Ziglar
  • You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. Jim Rohn
  • Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anyone else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Henry Ward Beecher
  • Straighten yourself. Buddha
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… for growing your talents

  • Talent is an accident of genes, and a responsibility. Alan Rickman
  • The most responsible, the most challenging, and, in the sense of being true to yourself, the most honorable thing to do is face up to the strength potential inherent in your talents and then find ways to realize it. Donald O. Clifton
  • Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you. Henri-Frédéric Amiel
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Take responsibility for being true to yourself

  • Our first responsibility in relationship is, therefore, to be true to ourselves. From this flows our responsibility to help the people we love to be true to themselves. The more authentic we are within ourselves, the more authentic we can be with those we love. Matthew Kelly
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Take responsibility for creating meaning in your life

  • There is something infantile in the presumption that somebody else has a responsibility to give your life meaning and point… The truly adult view, by contrast, is that our life is as meaningful, as full and as wonderful as we choose to make it. Dawkins
  • Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible. Viktor Frankl
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Take responsibility for your attitude

  • I am responsible. Although I may not be able to prevent the worst from happening, I am responsible for my attitude toward the inevitable misfortunes that darken life.  Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character.  Walter Anderson
  • The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up. John Maxwell
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Take responsibility for the thoughts you entertain

  • If we are not responsible for the thoughts that pass our doors, we are at least responsible for those we admit and entertain. Charles B. Newcomb
  • Men who reject the responsibility of thought and reason can only exist as parasites on the thinking of others. Ayn Rand
  • Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work. Adrienne Rich
  • You may believe that you are responsible for what you do, but not for what you think. The truth is that you are responsible for what you think, because it is only at this level that you can exercise choice. What you do comes from what you think. Marianne Williamson
  • Since you alone are responsible for your thoughts, only you can change them. Paramahansa Yogananda
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Take responsibility for the beliefs you hold

  • Our beliefs are so powerful that they color our entire world. We literally see what we believe, but we can–and most of us do–fail to take responsibility for what we see, especially what we see within.  Hugh Prather
  • Placing the blame or judgment on someone else leaves you powerless to change your experience; taking responsibility for your beliefs and judgments gives you the power to change them. Byron Katie
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Take responsibility for your perceptions


Take responsibility for your feelings and moods and how you respond to them

  • Take responsibility for your feelings to avoid blaming others. Notice when ‘blameshifting’ begins to leak into your speech. “I feel angry when you are twenty minutes late and you don’t call me” is much better than, “You make me so mad by being late.”   Clare Albright, Psy.D.
  • Take responsibility for your own mood, not your partner’s. You cannot control your partner’s mood. You can influence it, meaning with a strategic response you can increase the likelihood that it will improve, but that won’t happen if your strategy is simply to indulge your own emotional reaction. Alex Lickerman, M.D.
  • The best remedy for self-pity is responsibility. Roy L. Smith
  • We are dangerous when we are not conscious of our responsibility for how we behave, think, and feel. Marshall B. Rosenberg
  • Feelings are your guide. Trust your feelings and learn to express them, and do not blame anyone for how you feel. Barbara Marciniak
  • Let your feelings flow freely, accept each one of them, know that they are your feelings, and no one is to blame for them. Live from your essence and watch your feelings flow; only when you accept them can you understand the story of your life. Patricia Selbert
  • To know oneself is to try not to blame others for one’s troubles and moods; to have a sense of what’s going on inside oneself, and what actually belongs to the world. Alain de Botton
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Take responsibility for your own happiness and unhappiness

  • Take responsibility of your own happiness, never put it in other people’s hands. Roy T. Bennett
  • Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself – no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are… completely. Stacey Charter
  • If you have done something meritorious, you experience pleasure and happiness; if wrong things, suffering. A happy or unhappy life is your own creation. Nobody else is responsible. If you remember this, you won’t find fault with anybody. You are your own best friend as well as your worst enemy. Swami Satchidananda
  • Life will bring you pain all by itself. Your responsibility is to create joy. Milton Erickson
  • Wanting another’s approval makes you their hostage. It puts your happiness in their hands. The truth is you are 100% responsible for your own happiness.  Byron Katie
  • Tell everyone you know: “My happiness depends on me, so you’re off the hook.” And then demonstrate it. Be happy, no matter what they’re doing. Practice feeling good, no matter what. And before you know it, you will not give anyone else responsibility for the way you feel—and then, you’ll love them all. Because the only reason you don’t love them, is because you’re using them as your excuse to not feel good. Abraham-Hicks
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Take responsibility for the words and ideas you spread

  • We are more connected than ever before, more able to spread our ideas and beliefs, our anger and fears. As we exercise the right to advocate our views, and as we animate our supporters, we must all assume responsibility for our words and actions before they enter a vast echo chamber and reach those both serious and delirious, connected and unhinged. Bill Clinton
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Take responsibility for doing what you love

  • One of your great responsibilities in life is for you to decide for yourself what you really love to do and then to throw your whole heart into doing that special thing very, very well. Brian Tracy
  • If there is any point at all to life, surely it is to live out our dreams, to serve, to follow our bliss, to release the music within us, play it with joy and to share it with others? Surely we have a responsibility to finally listen to – and honor – the siren calls of our souls, which have been silenced by our egos throughout our lives? How else can we connect with our essence, the source of our calling? Lance Secretan
  • While you are juggling all the responsibilities you have, don’t forget to make time for yourself to do what it is you love. Ashley Jacobs
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Take responsibility for your responses to what happens to you

  • Look at the word responsibility—’response-ability’—the ability to choose your response. Highly proactive people recognize that responsibility. They do not blame circumstances, conditions, or conditioning for their behavior. Their behavior is a product of their own conscious choice, based on values, rather than a product of their conditions, based on feeling. Stephen Covey
  • Proactive people recognize that they are “response-able.” They don’t blame circumstances, conditions, or conditioning for their behavior. Stephen Covey
  • I want to remind us all that the world is listening, all the time. How we are ripples out from us into the world and affects others. We have a responsibility – an ability to respond – to the world. Finding our particular way of living this responsibility, of offering who we are to the world, is why we are here. We are called because the world needs us to embody the meaning in our lives. God needs us awake. Oriah Mountain Dreamer

Take responsibility for your problems and solving them

  • 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
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Take responsibility for your mistakes and righting them

  • If you mess up, ‘fess up.
  • Mistakes fail in their mission of helping the person who blames them on the other fellow. Henry S. Haskins
  • When fools make mistakes, they blame it on Providence. American Proverb
  • When life does not go our way or we inadvertently make a mistake, it is so easy to make excuses, place blame on others, or argue that circumstances were against us. But we only progress in life to the extent that we take responsibility for our actions and attitudes and put forth the initiative necessary to create our own circumstances. Stephen Covey
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Take responsibility for your success and your failures

  • A man carries his success or his failure with him… he does not depend on outside conditions. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Not in time, place or circumstances, but in the man lies success. Charles B. Rouss
  • People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in cicumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them. George Bernard Shaw
  • You can’t hire someone else to do your push-ups for you. Jim Rohn
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Take responsibility for your future for it depends entirely on you

  • I was taught very clearly that I would have to depend entirely upon myself; that my future lay in my own hands. Darius Ogden Mills
  • Every man is the architect of his own future. Proverb
  • I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul. William Ernest Henley
  • We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future. George Bernard Shaw
  • You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. Abraham Lincoln
  • Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so. Noam Chomsky
  • The future is up for grabs. It belongs to any and all who will take the risk and accept the responsibility of consciously creating the future they want. Robert Anton Wilson
  • Zen Buddhists define their task as ‘infinite gratitude for the past. Infinite service to the present. Infinite responsibility to the future. Stewart Brand
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Take responsibility for your actions …

  • Your actions are your only true belongings. Allan Lokos
  • I am responsible for my choices and actions. To be ‘responsible’ in this context means responsible not as the recipient of moral blame or guilt, but responsible as the chief causal agent in my life and behavior. Nathaniel Branden
  • Each individual in fact has moral responsibility for the acts which he personally performs; no one can be exempted from this responsibility, and on the basis of it everyone will be judged by God himself. Pope John Paul II
  • Eventually we all have to accept full and total responsibility for our actions, everything we have done, and have not done. Hubert Selby Jr.
  • Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws. Plato
  • I must do something always solves more problems than “Something must be done.”
  • It is easy to ignore responsibility when one is only an intermediate link in a chain of action. Stanley Milgram
  • It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities. Sir Josiah Stamp
  • We are all responsible for how our energies are directed, whether we are we are conscious of it or not. John Nicholls
  • Actions have consequences…first rule of life. And the second rule is this: You are the only one responsible for your own actions. Holly Lisle
  • Being authentic means being true to your values, and beliefs regardless of what other people think, having the courage to be honest and real with yourself, choosing what you feel comfortable disclosing, and taking 100% responsibility for your thoughts and actions. Lorraine Cohen
  • Your actions are yours alone. You choose to make them or not make them and you are responsible for the effects of those actions. Jim M. Allen
  • Whenever a warrior decides to do something, he must go all the way, but he must take responsibility for what he does. No matter what he does, he must know first why he is doing it, and then he must proceed with his actions without having doubts or remorse about them. Carlos Castaneda
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… and the consequences of your actions

  • Self-respecting men and women think about the consequences of their actions–and are willing to take responsibility for them. Nathaniel Branden
  • Deal with the consequences of your actions, ’cause life ain’t no video game. Takayuki Ikkaku
  • While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions. Stephen Covey
  • It is wrong and immoral to seek to escape the consequences of one’s acts. Mahatma Gandhi
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Take responsibility for what you don’t do

  • It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do. Moliere
  • A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury. John Stuart Mill

Take responsibility for doing what is right

  • Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith let us to the end dare to do our duty as we understand it. Abraham Lincoln
  • Sign over the gates of hell: “Doesn’t mean you’re a bad person.” Robert Brault
  • The right thing to do and the hard thing to do are usually the same. Steve Maraboli
  • 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
  • Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws. Plato
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Take responsibility for what you know and don’t know


Take responsibility for your faults

  • In an honest way, take responsibility for your moral fault(s) and unskillfulness. Say in your mind or out loud (or write): I am responsible for ______ , _______ and _______ . Let yourself feel it. Then add to yourself: But I am not responsible for ______ , _______ and _______ . For example, you are not responsible for the misinterpretations or over-reactions of others. Let the relief of what you are not responsible for sink in. Dr Rick Hanson

Take joint responsibility for the collective good


Responsibility for the well-being of society does not just lie with governments

  • The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most far-reaching consequence of submission to authority. Stanley Milgram
  • Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each of us individually. Peace, for example, starts within each one of us. When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us. The Dalai Lama
  • The commands of democracy are as imperative as its privileges and opportunities are wide and generous. Its compulsion is upon us. Woodrow Wilson
  • Yes, our greatness as a nation has depended on individual initiative, on a belief in the free market. But it has also depended on our sense of mutual regard for each other, of mutual responsibility. The idea that everybody has a stake in the country, that we’re all in it together and everybody’s got a shot at opportunity. Americans know this. We know that government can’t solve all our problems – and we don’t want it to. But we also know that there are some things we can’t do on our own. We know that there are some things we do better together. Barack Obama

We all share a joint responsibility for the well-being of all of humanity …

  • Each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity. Marie Curie
  • You cannot build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his or her own improvement, and at the same time show a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful. Marie Curie
  • To fully be a human being is to take full responsibility for one’s part in the co-creation of the world. Joel Federman
  • We are not put here on earth to fool around. There is work to be done. There are responsibilities to be met.  Humanity needs the abilities of every man and woman. Alden Palmer
  • If all of us acted in unison as I act individually there would be no wars and no poverty. I have made myself personally responsible for the fate of every human being who has come my way. Anaïs Nin
  • The sooner we learn to be jointly responsible, the easier the sailing will be. Ella Maillart
  • Love and compassion and a sense of universal responsibility are the sources of peace and happiness. The Dalai Lama
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… for weaving together an integrated and interdependent community

  • We all participate in weaving the social fabric; we should therefore all participate in patching the fabric when it develops holes — mismatches between old expectations and current realities. Anne C. Weisberg
  • We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude and bond. Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Let’s create an integrated global community where we have shared benefits and responsibilities, and we don’t fight because of our differences. Bill Clinton
  • Our mission in this new century is clear. For good or ill, we live in an interdependent world. We can’t escape each other. Therefore, we have to spend our lives building a global community of shared responsibilities, shared values, shared benefits. Bill Clinton
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Take responsibility for giving back

  • Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more. Tony Robbins
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Take responsibility for serving those in need

  • Volunteering is not a choice, it’s a responsibility. Ashley E. Hyder
  • To live the full life, one must have the courage to bear the responsibility of the needs of others – one must want to bear this responsibility. Aung San Suu Kyi
  • Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other’s welfare, social justice can never be attained. Helen Keller
  • Empowerment gives birth to responsibility; this responsibility is to serve. We need to serve where we find ourselves; wherever we are. Andrew DaPassano
  • Acting responsibly is not a matter of strengthening our reason but of deepening our feelings for the welfare of others. Jostein Gaarder
  • 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
  • Poverty, the racial divide and social injustice do not impact only those who suffer most visibly. Alleviating poverty and injustice is a responsibility we must never forget or abandon. Marc Morial
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Take individual responsibility for contributing to the collective good

  • Changing mass consciousness is an individual responsibility. Dennis Weaver
  • No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible. Voltaire
  • The challenges of change are always hard. It is important that we begin to unpack those challenges that confront this nation and realize that we each have a role that requires us to change and become more responsible for shaping our own future. Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • All good men and women must take responsibility to create legacies that will take the next generation to a level we could only imagine. Jim Rohn
  • It seems to me that any full grown, mature adult would have a desire to be responsible, to help where he can in a world that needs so very much, that threatens us so very much. Norman Lear
  • It’s the flock, the grove, that matters. Our responsibility is to species, not to specimens; to communities, not to individuals.  Sara Stein
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Take joint responsibility for the well-being of the planet

  • The forests are dying, the rivers are dying, and we are called to act. To return Earth to harmony is to restore the harmonious principles within ourselves and to act as responsible caretakers – to save the forests and the waters for future generations.   Dhyani Ywahoo
  • Surely we have a responsibility to leave for future generations a planet that is healthy, inhabitable by all species. Sir David Attenborough
  • The problems we face today, violent conflicts, destruction of nature, poverty, hunger and so on, are human- created problems which can be resolved through human effort, understanding and the development of a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood. We need to cultivate a universal responsibility for one another and the planet we share. 14th The Dalai Lama
  • Our house is burning down and we are blind to it. The earth and humankind are in danger and we are all responsible. It is time to open our eyes. Jacques Chirac
  • 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
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Take responsibility for the well-being of other species

  • As custodians of the planet it is our responsibility to deal with all species with kindness, love and compassion. Richard Gere
  • We must not forget that mankind depends largely on animals, therefore we have a responsibilty for their welfare. If we destroy them – we destroy ourselves. Begum Aga Khan
  • Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life. The Dalai Lama

Take responsibility for your children by teaching them to be responsible

  • If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders. Abigail Van Buren
  • You are 100 percent responsible for how your children turn out. And you accomplish that by teaching them that they are 100 percent responsible for how they turn out. Peter Keostenbaum
  • Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation. Everett Koop
  • Perhaps we have been misguided into taking too much responsibility from our children, leaving them too little room for discovery. Helen Hays
  • Role modeling is the most basic responsibility of parents. Parents are handing life’s scripts to their children, scripts that in all likelihood will be acted out for the rest of the children’s lives.  Stephen Covey
  • The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence. Denis Waitley
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Allow people the freedom to be responsible for their own lives

  • Taking on responsibilities that properly belong to someone else means behaving irresponsibly toward yourself. You need to know where you end and someone else begins.  You need to understand boundaries. You need to know what is and is not up to you, what is and is not in your control, what is and is not your responsibility.  Nathaniel Branden
  • To be responsible has nothing to do with others. And yet it is deeply engraved into your minds that you are responsible for others and that others are responsible for you.  It is the major factor operating in your relationships.  You are responsible for others.  You have to fulfil their expectations.  You are guilty if you fail.  You are to blame.  It’s your fault.  You suffer from guilt, blame, resentment and the heavy burden of responsibility as a direct result of accepting responsibility for others. All you have to do is declare yourself not responsible for others and these feelings are dissolved immediately.  Then why will you not do it?  Because you cannot declare yourself free of responsibility for others without declaring others free of responsibility for you.  Leonard Jacobson
  • Be understanding and compassionate, but not responsible for others. Stephen C. Paul
  • Having accepted things as they are, I will take responsibility for my situation and for all those events I see as problems. Responsibility means not blaming anyone or anything for your situation, including yourself. Deepak Chopra
  • When someone really hears you without passing judgment on you, without trying to take responsibility for you, without trying to mold you, it feels damn good. Carl Rogers
  • Live and let live

With ___________ comes responsibility


With freedom comes responsibility

  • A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with freedom. Bob Dylan
  • Responsibility is the price of freedom. Elbert Hubbard
  • Liberty means responsibility. That’s why most men dread it. Antonio de Mendoza
  • To have and enjoy certain liberties requires us to hold each other and ourselves accountable for our actions. Gary Ryan Blair
  • Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility. Sigmund Freud
  • I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom. Bob Dylan
  • Whoever will be free must make himself free. Freedom is no fairy gift to fall into a man’s lap. What is freedom? To have the will to be responsible for one’s self. Max Stirner
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With rights, comes responsibility

  • If people concentrated on their responsibilities, others would have their rights. Stuart Briscoe
  • No man was ever endowed with a right without being at the same time saddled with a responsibility. Gerald W. Johnson
  • I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty. John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
  • People tend to forget their duties but remember their rights. Indira Gandhi
  • The commands of democracy are as imperative as its privileges and opportunities are wide and generous. Its compulsion is upon us. Woodrow Wilson
  • We have a choice: to spend a lot of time fighting for what we know is right, or to just accept what we know is wrong. We must stand up for our rights and for the rights of others, even if most people say we can’t win. Susan Polis Schutz
  • We have the Bill of Rights. What we need is a Bill of Responsibilities. Bill Maher
  • We live in the age of “Everything Has Rights.” Now, I’m not denying that the concept of rights is valid, but I wonder … whatever happened to obligations? One rarely hears the term anymore. Indeed, have you ever heard of a “human obligations movement?” … The very ideal that holds a democracy together the willingness to make personal sacrifice for the common good is going quickly by the wayside. John K. Rosemond
  • We need to restore the full meaning of that old word, duty. It is the other side of rights. Pearl Buck
  • With every civil right there has to be a corresponding civil obligation. Edison Haines
  • With great rights come great responsibilities. To those whom much has been given, much will be asked (time, talent, and treasure). David C. Hill

With power, leadership and rank comes responsibility

  • Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility. Louis Armstrong
  • The responsibility of the great states is to serve and not to dominate the world. Harry Truman
  • A chief is a man who assumes responsibility. He says, “I was beaten,” he does not say “My men were beaten.”  Antoine de Saint- Exupery
  • A manager is responsible for the application and performance of knowledge. Peter F. Drucker
  • It is the responsibility of leadership to provide opportunity, and the responsibility of individuals to contribute. William Pollard
  • It is, after all, the responsibility of the expert to operate the familiar and that of the leader to transcend it. Henry Kissinger
  • Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well. Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit. John C. Maxwell
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With trust comes responsibility

  • Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him, and to let him know that you trust him. Booker T. Washington
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Beware the enemies of responsibility



  • Frozen in fear, you avoid responsibility because you think your experience is beyond your control. This stance keeps you from making decisions, solving problems, or going after what you want in life. David Emerald
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  • Blame is responsibility’s archenemy.
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  • The man who is fond of complaining likes to remain amid the objects of his vexation. He will most strongly revolt against every means proposed for his deliverance. This is what suits him. He asks nothing better than to sigh over his position and to remain in it. Francois Guizot
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Final thoughts


Surrendering responsibility to a higher power

  • Give up the feeling of responsibility, let go your hold, resign the care of your destiny to higher powers, be genuinely indifferent as to what becomes of it all and you will find not only that you gain a perfect inward relief, but often also, in addition, the particular goods you sincerely thought you were renouncing. William James

Making others responsibility through delegating

  • A good system of delegation will give your people enthusiasm and build teamwork. A bad system will give your staff the feeling that you are merely dumping your menial, unpleasant tasks onto others. The difference is the amount of responsibility you assign. David Rohlander
  • Delegating responsibility does not relinquish personal accountability. Jeffrey Benjamin
  • It’s amazing how someone’s IQ seems to double as soon as you give them responsibility and indicate that you trust them. Timothy Ferriss
  • You can delegate authority, but you can never delegate responsibility for delegating a task to someone else. If you picked the right man, fine, but if you picked the wrong man, the responsibility is yours — not his. Richard E Krafve
  • Delegation

Making others responsible through advice

  • Man is never less sincere than when he asks, or offers, advice. When he asks it, he seems to defer to the wisdom of his friend, but really, he seeks approval of his own opinion, and to make his friend responsible with him for his actions. Duc de La Rochefoucauld
  • As a general rule…people ask for advice only in order not to follow it; or if they do follow it, in order to have someone to blame for giving it. Alexandre Dumas
  • Advice

On a lighter note

  • A baby is a loud noise at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other. Ronald Knox
  • An expert is somebody who is more than 50 miles from home, has no responsibility for implementing the advice he gives, and shows slides. Edwin Meese III
  • Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility. Ambrose Bierce
  • Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other. Ronald Reagan
  • I’m sure that we can handle this situation maturely just like the responsible adults that we are. Isn’t that right Mr. Poopy Pants? Leslie Nielsen
  • If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month. Theodore Roosevelt
  • It’s always seemed to me that flirtation is a man’s device for avoiding responsibility. He can say whatever he wants and knows he won’t be taken seriously. G. Vandagriff
  • It’s good to know that if I behave strangely enough society will take full responsibility for me. Ashleigh Brilliant
  • Liberal: A man who feels it’s his responsibility to spend a Conservative’s money.
  • Man blames most accidents on fate – but feels a more personal responsibility when he makes a hole-in-one on the golf course.
  • Most of us can read the writing on the wall; we just assume it’s addressed to someone else. Ivern Ball
  • Never point a finger where you never lent a hand. Robert Brault
  • No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible. Voltaire
  • 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
  • Sleep is death without the responsibility. Fran Lebowitz
  • Some people grow under responsibility, others merely swell. Hubbell
  • The last person who quit or was fired will be held responsible for everything that goes wrong – until the next person quits or is fired. Sixth Law of Office Murphology
  • The perfect bureaucrat everywhere is the man who manages to make no decisions and escape all responsibility. Brooks Atkinson
  • The search for a scapegoat is the easiest of all hunting expeditions. Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • To me, drink responsibly means don’t spill the wine.
  • Too many people confine their exercise to jumping to conclusions, running up bills, stretching the truth, bending over backward, lying down on the job, sidestepping responsibility and pushing their luck.
  • Two wrongs don’t make a right, but they make a good excuse. Thomas Stephen Szasz