Quotes on Responsibility

The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right. Henry David Thoreau Quote Details

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We defend freedom here or it is gone. There is no place for us to run, only to make a stand. And if we fail, I think we face telling our children, and our children's children, what it was we found more precious than freedom. Because I am sure that someday - if we fail in this - there will be a generation that will ask. Ronald Wilson Reagan Quote Details

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The price of greatness is responsibility. Sir Winston Churchill Quote Details

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Power flows to the man who knows how. Responsibilities gravitate to the person who can shoulder them. Elbert Hubbard Quote Details

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A man only begins to be a man when he ceases to whine and revile, and commences to search for the hidden justice which regulates his life. James Allen Quote Details

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My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment. Oprah Winfrey Quote Details

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A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else. John Burroughs Quote Details

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When you don't take responsibility, when you blame others, circumstances, fate or chance, you give away your power. When you take and retain full responsibility - even when others are wrong or the situation is genuinely unfair - you keep your life's reins in your own hands. Jeff Olson Quote Details

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Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him and to let him know that you trust him. Booker Washington Quote Details

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The right action of all of us is made up of the right action of each one of us. Unless each of us is determined to meet the duty that comes to us, we can have no right to expect that others will meet the duties that come to them. Calvin Coolidge Quote Details

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Life is the acceptance of responsibilities or their evasion; it is a business of meeting obligations or avoiding them. To every man the choice is continually being offered, and by the manner of his choosing you may fairly measure him. Ben Ames Williams Quote Details

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There is a price tag on human liberty. That price is the willingness to assume the responsibilities of being free men. Payment of this price is a personal matter with each of us. It is not something we can get others to pay for us. To let others carry the responsibilities of freedom and the work and worry that accompany them - while we share only in the benefits - may be a very human impulse, but it is likely to be fatal. Eugene Holman Quote Details

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The eight greatest words ever put together in the English language: America, America, God shed His grace on thee...

A part of that grace is a responsibility I believe each of us has: to make sure we provide those who follow us with the same opportunities you and I were given by those who preceded us. That's uppermost among all that I've tried to do as a coach - I and thousands of other coaches and teachers that kids across this country have been fortunate enough to have at some point in their lives.
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Your success and your happiness start with you. Zig Ziglar Quote Details

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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 Quote Details

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I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty. Nelson Rockefeller Quote Details

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Everybody's had disappointments, and anyone can rationalize his actions. But none of that matters. Blaming other people for your condition is a total waste of time. Betty Ford Quote Details

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The tragic truth is that the language of "victimization" is the true victimizer - a great crippler of young minds and spirits. To teach young people that their lives are governed - not by their own actions, but by socioeconomic forces or government budgets or other mysterious and fiendish forces beyond their control - is to teach our children negativism, resignation, passivity, and despair. Louis Sullivan Quote Details

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The search for a scapegoat is the easiest of all hunting expeditions. Dwight Eisenhower Quote Details

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Real freedom is not freedom from, but freedom for. Robert Youngs Quote Details

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Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. George Bernard Shaw Quote Details

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Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quote Details

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The problem with freedom is that it is a two-sided coin. On one side is the liberty to make decisions; on the other is responsibility. Charley Reese Quote Details

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Your future is up to you, not your employer. You have to get better in order for your circumstances to get better, and that must be done on your own time. Larry Winget Quote Details

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Few people will turn to themselves to take responsibility for their results until they have exhausted all opportunities to blame someone else. Larry Winget Quote Details

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Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else. Les Brown Quote Details

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You are where you are and what you are because of what you have done or failed to do. You are very much the architect of your own destiny. Brian Tracy Quote Details

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Liberty not only means that the individual has both the opportunity and the burden of choice; it also means that he must bear the consequences of his actions and will receive praise or blame for them. F. A. Hayek Quote Details

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You can choose to temporarily yield control of your life to others, whether it be to a company, a spouse, or simply to the pressures of daily living, but you can never give away your personal responsibility for the results. Whether you assume direct and conscious control over your life or merely react to events as they happen to you, you and you alone must bear the consequences. Steve Pavlina Quote Details

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Look at the weaknesses of others with compassion, not accusation. It's not what they're not doing or should be doing that's the issue. The issue is your own chosen response to the situation and what you should be doing. If you start to think the problem is "out there," stop yourself. That thought is the problem. Stephen Covey Quote Details

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It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of our responsibilities. Josiah Stamp Quote Details

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Your future depends on many things, but mostly yourself. Frank Tyger Quote Details

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Work and acquire, and thou hast chained the wheel of Chance. Ralph Waldo Emerson Quote Details

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As human beings, we are responsible for our own lives. Our behavior is a function of our decisions, not our conditions. We can subordinate feelings to values. Stephen Covey Quote Details

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Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he 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 Quote Details

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Freedom is but the negative aspect of the whole phenomenon whose positive aspect is responsibleness. In fact, freedom is in danger of degenerating into mere arbitrariness unless it is lived in terms of responsibleness. That is why I recommend that the Statue of Liberty on the East Coast be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast. Viktor Frankl Quote Details

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All things are created twice, but not all first creations are by conscious design. In our personal lives, if we do not develop our own self-awareness and become responsible for first creations, we empower other people and circumstances outside our Circle of Influence to shape much of our lives by default. We reactively live the scripts handed to us by family, associates, other people's agendas, the pressures of circumstance - scripts from our earlier years, from our training, our conditioning. Stephen Covey Quote Details

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The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools. Herbert Spencer Quote Details

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Successful people always begin the analysis of constraints by asking the question, "What is it in me that is holding me back?" They accept complete responsibility for their lives and look to themselves for both the cause and cure of their problems. Brian Tracy Quote Details

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Failure is nature's plan to prepare you for great responsibilities. Napoleon Hill Quote Details

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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 Quote Details

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When government accepts responsibility for people, then people no longer take responsibility for themselves. George Pataki Quote Details

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No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible. George Burns Quote Details

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You can delegate authority, but not responsibility. Stephen Comiskey Quote Details

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Character - the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life - is the source from which self respect springs. Joan Didion Quote Details

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Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors. Jonas Salk Quote Details

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If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders. Abigail Van Buren Quote Details

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Some of us have great runways already built for us. If you have one, take off! But if you don't have one, realize it is your responsibility to grab a shovel and build one for yourself and for those who will follow after you. Amelia Earhart Quote Details

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It is our responsibilities, not ourselves, that we should take seriously. Peter Ustinov Quote Details

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Stop asking "What should I do now?" That question only brings up what others expect of you. The shoulds are nothing but social programming.



Free people don't have shoulds. They have choices.
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You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish. I have no responsibility to be like they expect me to be. It's their mistake, not my failing. Richard Feynman Quote Details

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Don't let yourself be victimized by the age you live in. It's not the times that will bring us down, any more than it's society. When you put the blame on society, then you end up turning to society for the solution. Just like those poor neurotics at the Care Fest. There's a tendency today to absolve individuals of moral responsiblity and treat them as victims of social circumstance. You buy that, you pay with your soul. It's not men who limit women, it's not straights who limit gays, it's not whites who limit black. What limits people is lack of character. What limits people is that they don't have the fucking nerve or imagination to star in their own movie, let alone direct it. Tom Robbins Quote Details

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Recognize that the inevitable responsible party is the person who bears the consequences of what is done. Because of this, the RP must choose wisely when delegating responsibilities to others, and he must incentivize and manage them appropriately. There is no escaping that. For example, you are the inevitable RP for taking care of your health because you're the one who inevitably bears the consequences. If you're sick, you might choose to delegate the responsibility of figuring out what do to about it to a doctor. However, it is your responsibility to pick the right doctor because you will bear the consequences of that decision. While it is, of course, also the doctor's responsibility to handle the responsibilities that you delegate to him, you still need to make sure that his incentives are aligned with his responsibilities and that he is doing his job well. The inevitable responsible party can't delegate all his responsibilities away and expect good outcomes, even in cases in which he has no expertise. Ray Dalio Quote Details

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Men cannot be men—much less good or heroic men—unless their actions have meaningful consequences to people they truly care about. Strength requires an opposing force, courage requires risk, mastery requires hard work, honor requires accountability to other men. Without these things, we are little more than boys playing at being men, and there is no weekend retreat or mantra or half-assed rite of passage that can change that. A rite of passage must reflect a real change in status and responsibility for it to be anything more than theater. No reimagined manhood of convenience can hold its head high so long as the earth remains the tomb of our ancestors. Jack Donovan Quote Details

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