We must exchange the philosophy of excuse–what I am is beyond my control–for the philosophy of responsibility.
Barbara Charline Jordan
Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him.
Booker T. Washington
Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than raising of the next generation.
C. Everett Koop
Dedication and responsibility, Far beyond the laws governed by man, Releases the power within you, To attain all the wisdom of the universe.
We create the world in which we live; if that world becomes unfit for human life; it is because we tire of our responsibility.
One word sums up probably the responsibility of any vice president, and that one word is ‘to be prepared’.
I was taught very early that I would have to depend entirely upon myself; that my future lay in my own hands.
Darius Ogden Mills
I am only one, But still I am one. I cannot do everything, But still I can do something; And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
Edward Everett Hale
Forming characters Whose Our own or others Both. And in that momentous fact lies the peril and responsibility of our existence.
Nothing strengthens the judgment and quickens the conscience like individual responsibility.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
If there is any responsibility in the cycle of life it must be that one generation owes to the next that strength by which it can come to face ultimate concerns in its own way.
Erik H. Erickson
The most dangerous aspect of present-day life is the dissolution of the feeling of individual responsibility. Mass solitude has done away with any difference between the internal and the external, between the intellectual and the physical.
Government is an unnecessary evil. Human beings, when accustomed to taking responsibility for their own behavior, can cooperate on a basis of mutual trust and helpfulness.
To mature means to take responsibility for your life, to be on your own. Psychoanalysis fosters the infantile state by considering that the past is responsible for the illness.
We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
George Bernard Shaw
Enlightened people seldom or never possess a sense of responsibility.
No man was ever endowed with a right without being at the same time saddled with a responsibility.
Gerald W. Johnson
If you don’t accept responsibility for your own actions, then you are forever chained to a position of defense.
You have given me a great responsibility to stay close to you, to be worthy of you and to exemplify what you are.
James Earl Jimmy Carter, Jr.
Character – the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life – is the source from which self respect springs.
In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility-I welcome it.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and the highest responsibility
There are plenty of recommendations on how to get out of trouble cheaply and fast. Most of them come down to this Deny your responsibility.
Lyndon B. Johnson
A man who enjoys responsibility usually gets it. A man who merely likes exercising authority usually loses it.
Malcolm Stevenson Forbes
Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility… in the final analysis, the one quality that all successful people have… is the ability to take on responsibility.
I am here to accept responsibility for that which I did. I will not accept responsibility for that which I did not do.
Oliver L. North
There are always those who think they know what is your responsibility better than you do.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on.
There were many ways of not burdening one’s conscience, of shunning responsibility, looking away, keeping mum. When the unspeakable truth of the Holocaust then became known at the end of the war, all too many of us claimed that they had not known anything about it or even suspected anything.
Richard von Weizscker
There is nothing like a coup de foudre and absorption in family responsibility for maturing the male and pulling his scattered wits together.
Sir V Pritchett
Punishment is now unfashionable… because it creates moral distinctions among men, which, to the democratic mind, are odious. We prefer a meaningless collective guilt to a meaningful individual responsibility.
I believe that all of us have the capacity for one adventure inside us, but great adventure is facing responsibility day after day.
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
William Reece Smith, Jr.