161+ Best Accountability Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Accountability is not a one-time, sometime thing; it’s an all-time thing. Inspirational accountability quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

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Most Famous Accountability Quotes

Responsibility equals accountability equals ownership. And a sense of ownership is the most powerful weapon a team or organization can have. – Pat Summitt

Eventually we all have to accept full and total responsibility for our actions, everything we have done, and have not done. – Hubert Selby Jr.

Wisdom stems from personal accountability. We all make mistakes; own them… learn from them. Don’t throw away the lesson by blaming others. – Steve Maraboli

Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. – Lao Tzu

You are accountable for your actions, your decisions, your life; no one else is, but you. – Catherine Pulsifer

At the end of the day we are accountable to ourselves – our success is a result of what we do. – Catherine Pulsifer

When we are really honest with ourselves we must admit our lives are all that really belong to us. So it is how we use our lives that determines the kind of men we are. – Ceasar Chavez

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A duty dodged is like a debt unpaid; it is only deferred, and we must come back and settle the account at last. – Joseph Fort Newton

Accountability breeds response-ability. – Stephen R. Covey

In reality, we all have our lives, and the accountability for the achievement of our dreams and goals falls strictly on our own shoulders. – Thomas Matt

It is wrong and immoral to seek to escape the consequences of one’s acts. – Mahatma Gandhi

Leaders inspire accountability through their ability to accept responsibility before they place blame. – Courtney Lynch

To move the world, we must first move ourselves. – Socrates

Each day you are leading by example. Whether you realize it or not or whether it’s positive or negative, you are influencing those around you. – Rob Liano

I believe that accountability is the basis of all meaningful human achievement. – Sam Silverstein

My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you I the best place for the next moment. – Oprah Winfrey

In life we can have results or reasons. If you are not getting the results you want, your reasons are the lies that you keep telling yourself. – Harald Anderson

When it comes to privacy and accountability, people always demand the former for themselves and the latter for everyone else. – David Brin

It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. – Epictetus

Creating a culture of integrity and accountability not only improves effectiveness, it also generates a respectful, enjoyable and life-giving setting in which to work. – Tom Hanson

Accountability separates the wishers in life from the action-takers that care enough about their future to account for their daily actions. – John Di Lemme

We have a problem when the same people who make the law get to decide whether or not they themselves have broken the law. – Michel Templet

Good men are bound by conscience and liberated by accountability. – Wes Fessler

We are all responsible and accountable for what we do or say even if those behaviors occur in stressful times. – Byron Pulsifer

Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else. – Les Brown

When we fail to set boundaries and hold people accountable, we feel used and mistreated. This is why we sometimes attack who they are, which is far more hurtful than addressing a behavior or a choice. – Brené Brown

famous accountability quotes

To let oneself be bound by a duty from the moment you see it approaching, is a part of integrity that alone justifies responsibility. – Dag Hammarskjold

It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable. – Moliere

Your life is what your thoughts make it. – Marcus Aurelius

My experience is that accountability is an extremely powerful tool to align an organization toward its objectives. – Susan Gomez

Accountability is a statement of personal promise, both to yourself and to the people around you, to deliver specific defined results. – Brian Dive

Be accountable for doing the right things. This means ethical execution of the activities that will actually support the goals you have chosen for yourself. – Sam Silverstein

There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them. – Denis Waitley

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

A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for injury. – John Stuart Mill

A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody. – Thomas Paine

Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility. – Sigmund Freud

You can have no dominion greater or less than that over yourself. – Leonardo da Vinci

If I could give one tip for people – it’s not an exercise or nutrition regimen. It’s to walk your talk and believe in yourself, because at the end of the day, the dumbbell and diet don’t get you in shape. It’s your accountability to your word. – Brett Hoebel

Motivational Accountability Quotes

He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else. – Benjamin Franklin

…if a man is not faithful to his own individuality, he cannot be loyal to anything. – Claude Mckay

No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible. – Stanislaw Lec

Responsibility brings accountability. – Ken Robins

The benefits and possibilities that are created by being personally accountable are countless. – Jay Fiset

I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion. – Mia Hamm

It has always been my belief that a man should do his best, regardless of how much he receives for his services, or the number of people he may be serving or the class of people served. – Napolean Hill

The day you take complete responsibility for yourself, the day you stop making any excuses, that’s the day you start to the top. – O. J. Simpson

Accountability is a key concept in moving an organization forward, especially in a challenging business climate. – Cindy Tucker

Accountability is the measure of a leaders height. – Jeffrey Benjamin

The reason people blame things on the previous generation is that there’s only one other choice. – Doug Larson

Sometimes if you want to see a change for the better, you have to take things into your own hands. – Clint Eastwood

Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws. – Plato

I believe in the soul. Furthermore, I believe, it is prompt accountability for one’s choices, a willing acceptance of responsibility for one’s thoughts, behavior, and actions that makes it powerful. – Alice Walker

Take accountability… Blame is the water in which many dreams and relationships drown. – Steve Maraboli

What you do, tells me everything about you. – Jerry Fernandez

A wrong decision can make me very miserable. But I have trust in God. If you have this trust you don’t have to worry, as you don’t have sole responsibility. – Alfred Thompson

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves. – William Shakespeare

Individuals and teams have a sense of ownership, and are focused, disciplined and collaborative, while holding each other accountable for outcomes. – Di Worrall

We preach accountability. A player has to understand what he’s doing and why. And we have to be responsible for improving them. – Jeff Banister

God judges men according to the use they make of the light which He gives them. – Joseph Smith

God gave burdens, also shoulders. – Yiddish Proverb

The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit of doing them. – Benjamin Jowett

If you let other people do it for you, they will do it to you. – Robert Anthony

If you can’t stand the heat, you’d better get out of the kitchen. – Harry S. Truman

An honest man is not accountable for the vice and folly of his trade, and therefore ought not to refuse the exercise of it. – Michel de Montaigne

People are more inclined to pass the buck than they are to take responsibility. The fact is, though, passing the buck doesn’t build your character or give you the opportunity to learn from your mistakes. – Marshall Goldsmith

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

The pride of man hopes but to blame God for the evils of the world, and to praise himself for the good. – Criss Jami

Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses. – George Washington Carver

Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off. – General Colin Powell

quotes on accountability

Each player must accept the cards life deals him: but once they are in hand, he alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game. – Voltaire

It is in your best interest to recognize that there is a difference between being responsible and taking responsibility. You Have the Freedom and Power to Choose. – Christopher Avery

The worst thing that can happen to you as a young person, is to refuse to grow up. You refuse to grow up when you believe that someone else must take responsibility for your life and life circumstances. – Saidi Mdala,

A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer. – Dean Acheson

It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them. – Alfred Adler

Never promise more than you can perform. – Publilius Syrus

You are the reason of your own good-luck and bad-luck; success and failure; happiness and pain. Your choices are responsible for your present. Don’t blame someone else for your sufferings or failures. – Sanjeev Himachali

Every person’s work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of that person. – Samuel Butler

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

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

Think of these things, whence you came, where you are going, and to whom you must account. – Benjamin Franklin

Duties are not performed for duty’s sake, but because their neglect would make the man uncomfortable. A man performs but one duty – the duty of contenting his spirit, the duty of making himself agreeable to himself. – Mark Twain

Mankind must put an end to war, before war puts an end to mankind. – John F. Kennedy

Life is not accountable to us. We are accountable to life. – Denis Waitley

If a picture speaks a thousand words, your actions forever record what you believe in. – Jerry Fernandez

If we want unity, we must all be unifiers. If we want accountability, each of us must be accountable for all we do. – Christine Gregoire

When accountability is present, people keep their eyes on a very clear prize. They know what they are working toward and how they are going to get there. – Henry J. Evans

So then each of us will give an account of himself to God. – Thessalonians

And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. – Hebrews

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. – Edmund Burke

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

Understanding the true meaning of accountability makes us strong and enables us to learn – Sameh Elsayed

Deep Accountability Quotes

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. – Thomas Jefferson

The price of greatness is responsibility. – Winston Churchill

On good teams coaches hold players accountable, on great teams players hold players accountable. – Joe Dumars

You can make any promises as long as you are not going to be there to fulfill them. – Pawan Mishra

The first step to creating a wealthy life is starting from wherever you are today. That self-honesty takes the highest level of personal accountability. – Loral Langemeier

Our tradition calls for a commitment to accountability. This is not an assumption – this is a promise that I will be there for you; and I can count on you being there for me. – Bob Ladouceur

Leaders must develop a lower threshold for alibis and become better communicators and enforcers of what they want done. Holding people accountable to high standards and results is nothing to apologize for. Failing to stretch them to their potential is. – Dave Anderson

You will not experience dramatic change in your struggle as long as you use accountability to describe your sins instead of declaring your need for help in the midst of temptation. – Heath Lambert

top accountability quotes

Accountability is the glue that bonds commitment to results. – Will Craig

Restoring responsibility and accountability is essential to the economic and fiscal health of our nation. – Carl Levin

If you are building a culture where honest expectations are communicated and peer accountability is the norm, then the group will address poor performance and attitudes. – Henry Cloud

As for the journey of life; at some point you will realize that you are the driver and you will drive! – Steve Maraboli

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s just that we’re all accountable for our own happiness. And being happy does matter. It’s up to each of us to find out what shape or form that takes. – Peter Jennings

The greatest discovery of our generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. As you think, so shall you be. – William James

Where there is no accountability, there will also be no responsibility. – Sunday Adelaja

Some want, to be exempt. They do not want to excel, they do not want to exert. They want to be considered excellent, for desiring to be held exempt, from all accountability. – Justin K. McFarlane Beau

Anyone can possess, anyone can profess, but it is an altogether different thing to confess. – Shannon L. Alder

Big pay and little responsibility are circumstances seldom found together. – Napoleon Hill

Intentions do not insulate us from the consequences of our actions. – Jon D Harrison

Good men are bound by conscience and liberated by accountability. – Wes Fessler

The only way we succeed as a group is not simply following directions, but in keeping each other accountable for our actions. – A.J. Darkholme

Accountability and self-responsibility are critical to our success in personal, professional and public life. However, we often look for those character traits in others, rather than inculcating them in ourselves. – Vishwas Chavan

It is what it is, but it will become what you make it. – Abraham Lincoln

Talent is part of the equation, but when you combine talent with accountability and authenticity, it is tough to beat. – David Ross

To function effectively, a business requires leaders who are accountable for driving success. – Barry Linetsky

No one is perfect, and we all understand that, but when we decide to make that lifelong commitment, we need to weigh the cost and know God is holding us accountable for the commitments we make. – Dr. Kenton D. Wiley

To be accountable or to be a victim is one of those elemental decisions that everyone needs to make. Simply, the former leads you to a happier and more rewarding life. – Rob Pitfield

The notion of accountability has emerged as a human tool to motivate people – do what you’re supposed to do or you’ll be held to account. – Art Horn

To take responsibility for yourself as a leader and person; you need to learn to unlearn bad habits, and learn from your mistakes. – Andrea Reibmayr

Where there is no accountability, there will also be no responsibility. – Sunday Adelaja

You steadily grow into becoming your best as you choose to be accountable and accept responsibility for improvement. – Steve Shallenberger

Make yourself accountable and your employees will hold themselves to a high standard. – David J. Greer

Open collaboration encourages greater accountability, which in turn fosters trust. – Ron Garan

I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul. – William Ernest Henley

Accountability means to say what you do, do what you say. – Pearl Zhu

For most people, blaming others is a subconscious mechanism for avoiding accountability. In reality, the only thing in your way is YOU. – Steve Maraboli

On one side of accountability is courage, on the other is freedom. – Jean Hamilton-Fford

To be accountable means that we are willing to be responsible to another person for our behavior and it implies a level of submission to another’s opinions and viewpoints. – Wayde Goodall

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

With a company full of accountable people, extraordinary things, even the entirely unexpected, tend to happen. – Roger Connors

Blame is the coward’s solution to his fear of accountability. – Craig D. Lounsbrough

Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not something to be waited for, but rather something to be achieved. – William Jennings Bryan

The time has come to carry accountability forward, to take it offline and into the real world. To share our lives with just a few people we really, truly, honestly trust. – Craig Gross

Accountability is – first and foremost – about being reliable. To get a good picture of your personal accountability, you may want to periodically ask yourself, Can people count on me to do what I say I’ll do, as I said I would do it? – Henry J. Evans

Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right. – Henry Ford

Accountability crumbles silos, boosts teamwork and collaboration, strengthens camaraderie, creativity, resiliency, agility, trust, and communication. – Mike Evans

Ownership: ‘A commitment of the head, heart, and hands to fix the problem and never again affix the blame. – John G. Miller

Building a culture in which people take accountability to deliver on its promises is hard work and can be difficult to accomplish. Only when every person is held accountable to themselves, their peers, and their shared possibility can the impossible become possible. – Ginger Graham

We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them. – Khalil Gibran

Blaming, whining, deflecting accountability, risk aversion, and resistance to change are but a handful of symptoms of the adversity-beaten individual and organization. – Paul G. Stoltz

To achieve life mastery and be worthy of a life well lived, we must take action, ownership, and responsibility for our choices. Our date with destiny is not about reaching a final destination. It is about how fully we live the journey. – Will Craig

Don’t get up from the feast of life without paying for your share of it. – W. R. Inge

Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be. – Eleanor Roosevelt

The benefit of truly accountable leaders is that they are able to create effective structures where their staff know what is expected of them, and can improve the business for customers. – Jane Storm

Neither age nor experience matters when it comes to being personally accountable for any and all outcomes- no excuses whatsoever- be they positive or negative, nor shifting blame to other people or to external factors. – Kory Livingstone

Everything can be taken from a person but one thing: the last of human freedoms-to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances…to choose one’s own way. – Victor Frankl

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned about habit development is that you need accountability to stick to a major goal. It’s not enough to make a personal commitment. – S. J. Scott

Truly accountable leadership is the only way to build an organization that can not only survive in our increasingly complicated world but also grow and thrive. – Vince Molinaro

As you think, so shall you become. – Bruce Lee

Experience is not what happens to a man, it is what a man does with what happens to him. – Aldous Huxley

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. – Maria Robinson

The corporation is the creature of the state. It should always be held accountable to some sovereign, and this accountability shoul be real and not a sham. – Theodore Roosevelt

What we are missing, utterly and completely, in this government is accountability. – Paul Hawken

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