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Quotes on RESPONSIBILITY
"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."
Editor-in-Cheif, Simon & Schuster
"The price of greatness is responsibility."
"The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it."
"Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off."
General Colin Powell
"You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself."
"The reason people blame things on the previous generation is that there's only one other choice."
"In the old days, words like sin and Satan had a moral certitude. Today, they're replaced with self-help jargon, words like dysfunction and antisocial behavior, discouraging any responsibility for one's actions.."
"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.
"Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses."
George Washington Carver
"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."
"In times like the present, men should utter nothing for which they would not willingly be responsible through time and eternity."
December 1, 1862 Message to Congress
"It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.
J. W. Goethe
"The essence of Vanderbilt is still learning, the essence of its outlook is still liberty, and liberty and learning will be and must be the touchstones of Vanderbilt University and of any free university in this country or the world. I say two touchstones, yet they are almost inseparable, inseparable if not indistinguishable, for liberty without learning is always in peril, and learning without liberty is always in vain.
John F. Kennedy, Remarks in Nashville at the 90th Anniversary Convocation of Vanderbilt University, May 18, 1963
"Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry is own weight, this is a frightening prospect.
"You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of..
"Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.
"We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
George Bernard Shaw
"In dreams begin responsibilities.
"Eventually we all have to accept full and total responsibility for our actions, everything we have done, and have not done.
Hubert Selby Jr., Requiem for a Dream
"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, Return to Love
"Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
"Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.
"Men who reject the responsibility of thought and reason can only exist as parasites on the thinking of others.
Ayn Rand, The Virtue of Selfishness