49 Responsibility Quotes (Mastering Accountability)

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Top Responsibility Quotes

Taking care of your mental and physical health is just as important as any career move or responsibilityPin
Taking care of your mental and physical health is just as important as any career move or responsibility. Mireille Guiliano
We do not have to accept the world as we find it. And we have a responsibility to leave our world a better place and never walk by on the other side of injusticePin
We do not have to accept the world as we find it. And we have a responsibility to leave our world a better place and never walk by on the other side of injustice. Ed Miliband
What is a fear of living It's being preeminently afraid of dying. It is not doing what you came here to do, out of timidity and spinelessness. The antidote is to take full responsibility for yourself - for the time you take up and the space you occupyPin
What is a fear of living? It’s being preeminently afraid of dying. It is not doing what you came here to do, out of timidity and spinelessness. The antidote is to take full responsibility for yourself – for the time you take up and the space you occupy. If you don’t know what you’re here to do, then just do some good. Maya Angelou
Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watchingPin
Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching. Thomas Jefferson
It's in responsibility that most people find the meaning that sustains them through life. It's not in happiness. It's not in impulsive pleasurePin
It’s in responsibility that most people find the meaning that sustains them through life. It’s not in happiness. It’s not in impulsive pleasure. Jordan Peterson Responsibility Quotes
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it todayPin
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. Abraham Lincoln
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 'howPin
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

Best Personal Responsibility Quotes

Rule your mind or it will rule youPin
Rule your mind or it will rule you. Horace
I'm not perfect; I make mistakes all the time.  All I can do is try my best to learn from my mistakes, take responsibility for them, and do a better job tomorrowPin
I’m not perfect; I make mistakes all the time.  All I can do is try my best to learn from my mistakes, take responsibility for them, and do a better job tomorrow.  Lana 
I believe life is a series of near misses. A lot of what we ascribe to luck is not luck at all. It's seizing the day and accepting responsibility for your future. It's seeing what other people don't see And pursuing that visionPin
I believe life is a series of near misses. A lot of what we ascribe to luck is not luck at all. It’s seizing the day and accepting responsibility for your future. It’s seeing what other people don’t see And pursuing that vision. Howard Schultz
Everybody is responsible for their own actions.  It's easy to pont the finger at somebody else, but a real man, a real woman, a real person knows when it's time to take the blame and when to take responsibility for their own actionsPin
Everybody is responsible for their own actions.  It’s easy to pont the finger at somebody else, but a real man, a real woman, a real person knows when it’s time to take the blame and when to take responsibility for their own actions.  Marcus Smart
The ability to accept responsibility is the measure of the manPin
The ability to accept responsibility is the measure of the man. Roy L. Smith
We all have a responsibility to try and make this world better, whether it's through our work, the causes we champion, the way that we treat people, or the values we impart to the next generationPin
We all have a responsibility to try and make this world better, whether it’s through our work, the causes we champion, the way that we treat people, or the values we impart to the next generation. Daniel Lubetzky Responsibility Quotes
The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That's the day we truly grow upPin
The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up.John C. Maxwell
You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for his own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most usefulPin
You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for his own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful. Marie Curie
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 ofPin
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. Jim Rohn
The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independencePin
The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence. Denis Waitley
One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes... and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibilityPin
One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes… and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility. Eleanor Roosevelt
Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally. If you want to take responsibility for your life, you must choose one of those three options, and you must choose now. Then accept the consequencesPin
Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally. If you want to take responsibility for your life, you must choose one of those three options, and you must choose now. Then accept the consequences. Eckhart Tolle

More Responsibility Quotes

Responsibility educatesPin
Responsibility educates. Wendell Phillips
Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibilityPin
Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility. Peter Drucker
Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunityPin
Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity. Khalil Gibran
A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedomPin
A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.  Bob Dylan Responsibility Quotes
Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home... it's your responsibility to love it, or change itPin
Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home… it’s your responsibility to love it, or change it. Chuck Palahniuk
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 his own weight, this is a frightening prospectPin
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 his own weight, this is a frightening prospect. Eleanor Roosevelt
We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our futurePin
We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future. George Bernard Shaw
A good society is characterised not just by liberty but by mutual respect and responsibility. When this breaks down it takes a lot more than police officers to put things rightPin
A good society is characterised not just by liberty but by mutual respect and responsibility. When this breaks down it takes a lot more than police officers to put things right. David Lammy
Responsibility is the price of freedomPin
Responsibility is the price of freedom. Elbert Hubbard
If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreamsPin
If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams. Les Brown
The responsibility of tolerance lies with those who have the wider visionPin
The responsibility of tolerance lies with those who have the wider vision. George Eliot
There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing themPin
There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them. Denis Waitley
Climate change knows no borders.  It will not stop before the Pacific Islands and the whole of the international community here has to shoulder a responsibility to bring about a sustainable developmentPin
Climate change knows no borders.  It will not stop before the Pacific Islands and the whole of the international community here has to shoulder a responsibility to bring about a sustainable development.  Angela Merkel
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 responsibilityPin
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. Eleanor Roosevelt
The most important thing about global warming is this. Whether humans are responsible for the bulk of climate change is going to be left to the scientists, but it's all of our responsibility to leave this planet in better shape for the future generations than we found itPin
The most important thing about global warming is this. Whether humans are responsible for the bulk of climate change is going to be left to the scientists, but it’s all of our responsibility to leave this planet in better shape for the future generations than we found it. Mike Huckabee
The price of greatness is responsibilityPin
The price of greatness is responsibility. Winston Churchill Quotes
All religions and all communities have the same rights, and it is my responsibility to ensure their complete and total protection. My government will not tolerate or accept any discrimination based on caste, creed and religionPin
All religions and all communities have the same rights, and it is my responsibility to ensure their complete and total protection. My government will not tolerate or accept any discrimination based on caste, creed and religion. Narendra Modi
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 attainedPin
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
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer.  Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past.  Let us accept our own responsibility for the futurePin
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer.  Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past.  Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.  John Kennedy 

Summary

“Look at the word responsibility—“response-ability”—the ability to choose your response. Highly proactive people recognize that responsibility. They do not blame circumstances, conditions, or conditioning for their behavior.” ― Stephen R. Covey

Responsibility can be viewed as a burden or as a means to improve our lives.  One can look at a responsibility such as having to work as a necessary evil to earn an icome, or as a way to have a positive impact on others and earn the means to providing for the needs of your family.

To be able to fufill your exteranl responsibilites to your family, your employer, your community, and the world as a whole, you must first develop personal responsibility. Here are a few characteristics that exemplify someone with a well developed sense of personal responsibility:

  • They personify civility and believe that disputes with others should be settled amicably and respectfully.
  • Self-control over their impulses, feelings, and desires. 
  • A strong locus of control.  Locus of control is the extent to which a person feels they have the ability to direct their own life. People with a poor feeling of control see difficulties as defining their lives rather than as chances to grow stronger, wiser, and more resilient.
  • They are honest with others as well as with themselves.  That includes assuming accountability when they have made a mistake or done something wrong.
  • They don’t engage in immoral behavior.  At times that may mean questioning and or defying authority when they are directed to do something that is morally wrong.

Eveyone’s view of both personal responsibility and responsibility to others are influenced by others, but ultimately end up being defined internally.  We are able to make our own decisions as to what we should and should not be responsible for, however, we are not free to decide what the consequences will be for our decisions.

We can choose to fulfill or not to fulfill our societial.  However, if we don’t meet responsibilites such as doing our job to the best of our abilities, not paying our bills, or not obeying traffic laws, we cannot chose the consequences–we must suffer them.

Social responsibilities of businesses are debated between those that feel that society as a whole are not stakeholders for a business who should strive for profit above all else.  The main ways that business organizations practice social responsibility are through 

Conducting business in an environmentally friendly way, adhering to ethical labor practices, promoting volunteerism, and philanthropic initiatives.

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