Responsibility Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old responsibility quotes, responsibility sayings, and responsibility proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Those who enjoy responsibility usually get it; those who merely like exercising authority usually lose it.     

Malcolm Forbes

Men must necessarily be the active agents of their own well-being and well-doing... they themselves must in the very nature of things be their own best helpers.     

Samuel Smiles

Responsibility is the price of greatness.     

Winston Churchill

Accountability breeds response-ability.     

Stephen Covey

If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams.     

Les Brown

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 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

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

If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.     

Abigail Van Buren

A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.     

James Allen

The willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life is the source from which self-respect springs.     

Joan Didion

Responsibility's like a string we can only see the middle of. Both ends are out of sight.     

William McFee

Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.     

Anne Frank

Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. It is up to you to give [life] a meaning.     

Jean-Paul Sartre

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.     

Michael Korda

The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it.     

Lou Holtz

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.     

Wayne Dyer

We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.     

George Bernard Shaw

Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.     

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities.     

Josiah Charles Stamp

Responsibility walks hand in hand with capacity and power.     

Josiah Gilbert Holland

Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will - his personal responsibility.     

Albert Einstein

I must do something' always solves more problems than Something must be done.'     


When a man points a finger at someone else, he should remember that four of his fingers are pointing at himself.     

Louis Nizer

A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.     

Bob Dylan

With great power comes great responsibility.     


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

It is easy to ignore responsibility when one is only an intermediate link in a chain of action.     

Stanley Milgram

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

Abraham Lincoln

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.     

George Bernard Shaw