Responsibility Quotes

Most popular responsibility quotes

Responsibility educates.
In Dreams Begin Responsibilities.


Responsibility is the price of freedom.
The price of greatness is responsibility.


To be a man is, precisely, to be responsible.
No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.


A heavy burden does not kill on the day it is carried.
— African proverb

African proverbs proverbs

To give up responsibility for our lives is not healthy.
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.


Rank does not confer privileges; it entails responsibilities.
Liberty means responsibility.  That is why most men dread it.


Man's responsibility increases as that of the gods decreases.
Responsibility is what awaits outside the Eden of Creativity.
Responsibilities gravitate to the person who can shoulder them.
The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.

human nature

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.

action wisdom

It is our responsibilities, not ourselves, that we should take seriously.
Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.


Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.


If anyone thinks he has no responsibilities, it is because he has not sought them out.
Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility.


People need responsibility. They resist assuming it, but they cannot get along without it.
Nothing strengthens the judgment and quickens the conscience like individual responsibility.
If you can put the question, "Am I or am I not responsible for my acts" then you are responsible.
It is not size or age or childishness that separates children from adults.  It is "responsibility."
There can be no true response without responsibility; there can be no responsibility without response.
We are responsible for actions performed in response to circumstances for which we are not responsible.
Some shrugged their shoulders as if to shake off whatever chips of responsibility might have lodged there.
It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.
I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity an obligation; every possession a duty.

possessions rights

The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most far-reaching consequence of submission to authority.


It is impossible to get the measure of what an individual can accomplish unless the responsibility is given him.
It is easier to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities.
Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him, and to let him know that you trust him.
Character—the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life—is the source from which self-respect springs.

character self-respect

No matter how lofty you are in your department, the responsibility for what your lowliest assistant is doing is yours.
There are all kinds of flights from responsibility. There is a flight into death, a flight into sickness, and finally a flight into stupidity.
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.

brotherhood of man

Whatever the cost in personal relationships, we discover that our highest responsibility, finally, unavoidably is the stewardship of our potential—being all that we can be.


People think responsibility is hard to bear. It's not. I think that sometimes it is the absence of responsibility that is harder to bear. You have a great feeling of impotence.
Responsibility, n.  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.
By attempting to avoid the responsibility for our own behavior, we are giving away our power to some other individual or organization.  In this way, millions daily attempt to escape from freedom.
We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until we move from the passive voice to the active voice—that is, until we have stopped saying "It got lost," and say, "I lost it."

Adulthood growing up

Every therapeutic cure, and still more, any awkward attempt to show the patient the truth, tears him from the cradle of his freedom of responsibility and must therefore reckon with the most vehement resistance.

changing people

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.  The wish, however, must be implemented by deeds.

blame weakness

We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It's easy to say "It's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem." Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.