Responsibility

Quotations: Responsibility

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, French writer, aviator (1900-1944 )

Every right implies a responsibility, every opportunity an obligation, every possession a duty.
— John D. Rockefeller, Jr., entrepreneur (1839-1937)

Corporation, n.: An ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility.
— Ambrose Bierce, columnist (1842-1914)

Liberty means responsibility. That’s why most men dread it.
— George Bernard Shaw, Anglo-Irish dramatist and wit (1856-1950)

Our duty is to be useful, not according to our desires but according to our powers.
— Henri F. Amiel, Swiss writer (1821-1881)

Men’s minds are too ready to excuse guilt in themselves.
— Titus Livius, Roman historian and philosopher (59 BC-AD 17)

You can’t escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
— Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. president (1809-1865

Provision for others is the fundamental responsibility of human life.
— Woodrow Wilson, 28th U.S. president (1856-1924)

To protect those who are not able to protect themselves is a duty which every one owes to society.
— Edward Macnaghten

I am only one, but still, I am one. I cannot do everything but I can do something. And, because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do what I can.
— Edward Everett Hale, American clergyman and writer (1822-1909)

It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
— Chinese proverb

Responsibility is to keep the ability to respond
— Robert Duncan, American poet (1919-1988)

The question for each man to settle is not what he would do if he had the means, time, influence and educational advantages, but what he will do with the things he has.
— Hamilton Wright Mabee

The value of life is not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them; a man may live long yet very little.
— Michel de Montaigne, French essayist (1533-1592)

We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.
— Calvin Coolidge, 30th U.S. president (1872-1933)

Any mans life will be filled with constant and unexpected encouragement if he makes up his mind to do his level best each day.
— Booker T. Washington, American educator (1856-1915)

I long to accomplish some great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.
— Helen Keller, American social activist, public speaker and author (1880-1968)

A man can do only what he can do. But if he does that each day he can sleep at night and do it again the next day.
— Albert Schweitzer, French Nobel Peace Prize-winning mission doctor and theologian (1875-1965)

A sense of duty imprisons you.
— Jenny Holzer, American conceptual artist (b. 1950)

We demand entire freedom of action and then expect the government in some miraculous way to save us from the consequences of our own acts…. Self-government means self-reliance.
— Calvin Coolidge, 30th U.S. president (1872-1933)

In golf and in life, it’s the follow-through that makes the difference.
— Anonymous

We become just by the practice of just actions, self-controlled by exercising self-control, and courageous by performing acts of courage.
— Aristotle, ancient Greek philosopher

When you’re thirsty, it’s too late to think about digging a well.
— Japanese proverb

Teachers open the door, but you must walk through it yourself.
— Chinese proverb

Words are like spears: Once they leave your lips they can never come back.
— Yoruban proverb

If a link is broken, the whole chain breaks.
— Yiddish proverb

You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.
— Chinese Proverb

The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self-respect springs.
— Joan Didion, writer

I am a prince, and you are prince. Who will lead the donkeys?
— Arabian proverb

We travel together, passengers on a little spaceship, dependent on its vulnerable reserves of air and soil, all committed, for our safety, to its security and peace. Preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work and the love we give our fragile craft.
— Adlai Stevenson, 31st Governor of Illinois (1900-1965)

A civilization flourishes when people plant trees under which they will never sit.
— Greek proverb

Before you make any decision, consider its effect on the next seven generations.
— Hopi proverb

The most important fact about Spaceship Earth: an instruction book didn’t come with it.
— R. Buckminster Fuller, engineer, author, designer, inventor (1895-1983)

Choice of attention … 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.
— W.H. Auden, English-born American poet (1907-1973)

You are responsible for you.
— English proverb

Before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.
— Harper Lee, American writer

America is much more than a geographical fact. It is a political and moral fact – the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality.
— –Adlai Stevenson, Governor of Illinois (1900-1965)