In this page I'll give you some responsibility quotes to help keep you focused on protecting personal liberties and inspiring individual growth. We cannot propose to let freedom ring without taking up our own role in preserving that freedom. Our job is to live up to the words of Thomas Jefferson and always remember that:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
We'll start with the area where everything always starts. With the person we see in the mirror.
"Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else." Les Brown
"The moment you take responsibility for everything in your life is the moment you can change anything in your life." Hal Elrod
"Nothing will ever change while you point the finger of blame. Out of responsibility comes possibility." Author Unknown
"You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons or the wind. But you can change yourself." Jim Rohn
The happiest people in the world are those who feel absolutely terrific about themselves, and this is the natural outgrowth of accepting total responsibility for every part of their life. Brian Tracy
"Everything you do is based on the choices you make. It's not your parents, your past relationships, your job, the economy, the weather, an argument or your age that is to blame. You and only you are responsible for every decision and choice you make. Period" Author Anknown
"The victim mindset dilutes the human potential. By not accepting personal responsibility for circumstances, we greatly reduce our power to change them." Steve Maraboli
"There are two primary choices in life: To accept conditions as they exist, or to accept the responsibility for changing them." Denis Waitley
"Don't blame anyone or anything for your situations or problems. When you do that, you are saying that you are powerless over your own life-which is utter crap. An empowering step to reclaiming your life is taking responsibility." Jillian Michaels
"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else." Booker T. Washington
"If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders." Abigail Van Buren
"Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him and to let him know that you trust him." Booker T. Washington
"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first." Mark Twain
"The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That is when we truly grow up." John Maxwell, (author of one of the editions found in our list of classic books.)
"The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence." Denis Waitley
"Men who reject the responsibility of thought and reason can only exist as parasites on the thinking of others." Ayn Rand
"Nothing strengthens the judgment and quickens the conscience like individual responsibility." Elizabeth Cady Stanton
"Our awesome responsibility to ourselves, to our children, and to the future is to create ourselves in the image of goodness, because the future depends on the nobility of our imaginings." Barbara Harrison
Of course the wisdom above is from Abraham Lincoln. A responsibility quote that should be read in congress and at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C. everyday.
"Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other." Ronald Reagan
"With every civil right there has to be a corresponding civil obligation." Edison Haines
"We have the Bill of Rights. What we need is a Bill of Responsibilities." Bill Maher
"A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away." Barry Goldwater
"Christmas is the time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell government what they want and their kids pay for it." Richard Lamm
"Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt." Attributed to Herbert Hoover
"The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment." Robert M. Hutchins
"When government accepts responsibility for people, then people no longer take responsibility for themselves." George Pataki
"Morphine and state relief are the same. You go dopey, feel better and are worse off." Martin Fischer
"In a state-run society the government promises you security. But it's a false promise predicated on the idea that the opposite of security is risk. Nothing could be further from the truth. The opposite of security is insecurity, and the only way to overcome insecurity is to take risks. The gentle government that promises to hold your hand as you cross the street refuses to let go on the other side." Theodore Forstman
I'm sure I'll be adding to this list. You can draw inspiration and drive from short responsibility quotes such as these listed on this page. Zig Ziglar uses one on every page of his classic book, "Something Else To Smile About."
Our choice is in our choices, if that makes sense. What we read, the people with whom we associate and the risks we take determine if we live lives of quiet desperation or do great things. Do we remember Robert Kennedy paraphrasing some words by George Bernard Shaw?
“Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream things that never were and ask why not.”
So why not?