Quotes for
the Journey:

Responsibility



  
If people concentrated on
their responsibilities, others
would have their rights.

Stuart Briscoe

   

Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job.  It lies with each of us individually.  Peace, for example, starts within each one of us.  When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us.       -The Dalai Lama

   

A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the "why" for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any "how."       -Viktor Frankl

   
I am responsible.  Although I may not be able to prevent the worst from happening, I am responsible for my attitude toward the inevitable misfortunes that darken life.  Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character.       -Walter Anderson
   

Each of us has a responsibility for being alive:  one responsibility to creation, of which we are a part, another to the creator a debt we repay by trying to extend our areas of comprehension.       -Maya Angelou

   
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.        -Helen Keller
    
Nothing strengthens the judgment and quickens the conscience like individual responsibility.       -Elizabeth Cady Stanton

  
You are not responsible for the programming you picked up in childhood.  However, as an adult, you are one hundred percent responsible for fixing it.       -Ken Keyes, Jr.
   
The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own.  You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president.  You realize that you control your own destiny.      -Albert Ellis
   
I don't see the point of being a human being if you're not going to be responsible to your fellow human beings.  Selfishness thefts away the human and reduces you to just a being.      -Candea Core-Starke
   
For nothing is fixed, forever and forever and forever, it is not fixed; the earth is always shifting, the light is always changing, the sea does not cease to grind down rock.  Generations do not cease to be born, and we are responsible to them because we are the only witnesses they have.  The sea rises, the light fails, lovers cling to each other, and children cling to us.  The moment we cease to hold each other, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.       -James Baldwin
   
Becoming responsible adults is no longer a matter of whether children hang up their pajamas or put dirty towels in the hamper, but whether they care about themselves and others--and whether they see everyday chores as related to how we treat this planet.       -Eda Leshan
   
You must create your own world.  I am responsible for my world.      -Louise Nelson
   
People need responsibility.  They resist assuming it, but they cannot get along without it.      -John Steinbeck
   
Few things help individuals more than to place responsibility upon them, and to let them know that you trust them.      -Booker T. Washington
   
Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.      -Eleanor Roosevelt
   
Responsibility is the thing people dread most of all.  Yet it is the one thing in the world that develops us, gives us manhood or womanhood fiber.       -Frank Crane
    
The price of greatness is responsibility.      -Winston Churchill
   
To be responsible has nothing to do with others.  And yet it is deeply engraved into your minds that you are responsible for others and that others are responsible for you.  It is the major factor operating in your relationships.  You are responsible for others.  You have to fulfill their expectations.  You are guilty if you fail.  You are to blame.  It's your fault.  You suffer from guilt, blame, resentment and the heavy burden of responsibility as a direct result of accepting responsibility for others.  All you have to do is declare yourself not responsible for others and these feelings are dissolved immediately.  Then why will you not do it?  Because you cannot declare yourself free of responsibility for others without declaring others free of responsibility for you.        -Leonard Jacobson
   
We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.      -George Bernard Shaw

     

If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.       -Abigail Van Buren
   
The willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life is the source from which self-respect springs.       -Joan Didion
   
I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.       -John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
   

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Taking on responsibilities that properly belong to someone else means behaving irresponsibly toward yourself.  You need to know where you end and someone else begins.  You need to understand boundaries.  You need to know what is and is not up to you, what is and is not in your control, what is and is not your responsibility.     -Nathaniel Branden, Self-Esteem Every Day
  
Taking responsibility nurtures self-confidence, and self-confidence can help you to be a more interesting and attractive person.  And best of all, the more you believe in yourself, the more power you possess to attract your good. . . . Those who speak constantly of their right to freedom must understand that an irresponsible act does not bring greater freedom but only greater bondage to the action.  One law of life says, "If we are to enjoy freedom, we must accept responsibility."   A great awareness is expressed in this statement.     -John Marks Templeton, Worldwide Laws of Life
  
Responsibility walks hand in hand with capacity and power.     -J.G. Holland
   

  
What we say and what we do ultimately come back to us, so let us own our responsibility, place it in our hands, and carry it with dignity and strength.     -Gloria Evangelina Anzaldua
  
People can live tremendously rich, blissful, ecstatic lives.  But the first thing is, we have to accept our responsibility.     -Osho, Discourses
  
We are not put here on earth to fool around.  There is work to be done.  There are responsibilities to be met.  Humanity needs the abilities of every man and woman.     -Alden Palmer
  
Duties are what make life most worth living.  Lacking them, you are not necessary to anyone.     -Marlene Dietrich
  

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