100+ Best Responsibility Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational responsibility quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.

Famous Responsibility Quotes

A citizen is a political and moral agent who in fact has a shared sense of hope and responsibility to others and not just to him or herself. — Henry Giroux

And then you have the responsibility and the duty of being good examples to youngsters, not smoke, training hard, go to bed early, don’t drink alcohol, don’t take drugs, it’s very important to have a policy for educating against doping. — Alberto Juantorena

Pets are humanizing. They remind us we have an obligation and responsibility to preserve and nurture and care for all life. — James Cromwell

I really care about this stuff, I care about movies, and you just have to be strong and don’t be stupid; freedom of choice is a big responsibility, and I’m lucky enough not to have to just take any movie to pay the rent, so there’s no need to be greedy. — Jonah Hill

Basically I am a private individual who has concerns about his country and who has resources that give me the privilege – and responsibility – to do something to help my country if I can. — Richard Scaife

Responsibility and respect of others and their religious beliefs are also part of freedom. — Horst Koehler

I believe I have a personal responsibility to make a positive impact on society. — Anthony Fauci

In the different voice of women lies the truth of an ethic of care, the tie between relationship and responsibility, and the origins of aggression in the failure of connection. — Carol Gilligan

I think there are huge lessons there, for young people who are getting started in life, as well as other people. And that is, to take responsibility for your own life. Only you are responsible for the course you take from there. — Story Musgrave

I believe that no man who holds a leader’s position should ever accept favors from either side. He is then committed to show favors. A leader must stand alone. — Mother Jones

My grandfather was a man, when he talked about freedom, his attitude was really interesting. His view was that you had obligations or you had responsibilities, and when you fulfilled those obligations or responsibilities, that then gave you the liberty to do other things. — Clarence Thomas

Daley may not feel a moral responsibility to eliminate discrimination but he has a legal obligation to do so. — Bobby Rush

Being lectured by the president on fiscal responsibility is a little bit like Tony Soprano talking to me about law and order in this country. — John F. Kerry

Power should be reserved for weightlifting and boats, and leadership really involves responsibility. — Herb Kelleher

There’s something magical about putting yourself into life. You’ve got to stand up and take responsibility for your own life and you cannot abandon that. — Bill Kurtis

If I’m working as an engineer for another band, the responsibility for brilliance pretty much rests on their shoulders. I think I’m pretty good, but I’m not good enough to turn a trout into a sausage, or the other way around. — Steve Albini

I am now the target of the most powerful man in this country, with an army of aides whose major responsibility today seems to be to attack me and get rid of me. — Gerald Walpin

What does it mean to be an American? While each of us may have our own specific answer to that question, we likely can agree on the basic principles of America: freedom, equal opportunity, and rights accompanied by responsibilities. — Ben Nelson

I hope that there’s a difference between being childish and childlike and that I’m the latter, if you take my meaning. I often sort of wonder. I don’t think I’m a terribly good grown-up; I don’t take responsibility easily or well in many areas of life. Finance and stuff like that, I’m absolutely appalling. — Graeme Base

What makes America special is that people come here, assimilate and become American with all of the rights and responsibilities citizenship bestows. — Zoe Lofgren

Broadcasters have a responsibility to serve the public interest and protect Americans from objectionable content, particularly during the hours when children are likely to be watching. — Bart Gordon

It’s our responsibility to pass on what we inherited, not to squander it, but to build on it. — Christine Gregoire

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

A lot of mainstream photographers seem not to think about what they’re doing or feel any responsibility toward anything. By the time they’re done, the models don’t have any trace of themselves left. This thing about looking young with no wrinkles or expression is all so boring, really. — Peter Lindbergh

Juggling work and parental responsibilities is no easy task, but I’m trying my best and just like everything else there are good days and there are bad days. — Ali Landry

The Holocaust illustrates the consequences of prejudice, racism and stereotyping on a society. It forces us to examine the responsibilities of citizenship and confront the powerful ramifications of indifference and inaction. — Tim Holden

The artist is not responsible to any one. His social role is asocial… his only responsibility consists in an attitude to the work he does. — Georg Baselitz

It means that through knowledge have come responsibility and hope, and through both, action. — Edward Livingston

Ants are good citizens: they place group interests first. — Clarence Day

After spending three years of my life looking into this, I am more convinced than ever that the U.S. government’s responsibility for the drug problems in South Central Los Angeles and other inner cities is greater than I ever wrote in the newspaper. — Gary Webb

Resolution 1441 does not give anyone the right to an automatic use of force. Russia believes that the Iraqi problem should be regulated by the Security Council, which carries the main responsibility for ensuring international security. — Igor Ivanov

For me, ‘Lamb’ started out as a further exploration of the phenomenon of faith and the responsibility of a messiah that I touched on in ‘Coyote Blue’ and ‘Island of the Sequined Love Nun,’ but it ended up being an exploration of the true meaning of sacrifice, loyalty, and friendship. — Christopher Moore

Gymnastics taught me everything – life lessons, responsibility and discipline and respect. — Shawn Johnson

Social-impact partnerships address our moral responsibilities to ensure that social programs actually improve recipients lives, and to do so in a fiscally prudent manner. — Todd Young

As a public official and being so highly visible, I have a responsibility to make it very clear that those people who will have cancer at one point in their lives will be able to function. — Lindy Boggs

Implicit in true freedom of spirit lies a proud and virile will. Such glorious power of free will to choose, envisages beneficent social responsibility as manifest and welcome. — Louis Sullivan

Governmental intervention and personal responsibility are not mutually exclusive issues, but they do frame a ‘do it ourselves’ vs. ‘what are you doing for us’ debate. For the black community, that’s a debate that’s been raging at least as far back as the W.E.B. Du Bois, Booker T. Washington philosophical grudge matches. — John Ridley

Sometimes it is easy… to enhance your prestige by not exercising your responsibility, but that’s not been the tradition of the court. — Anthony Kennedy

We only live once, and how would you want to be remembered? I have kids. I have, due to my job, a probably higher responsibility to do good things in my life. But also, since I was a kid, I love doing things out of context, helping friends, being different, being a special kind of man is important for me. — Gilles Marini

Extremism can flourish only in an environment where basic governmental social responsibility for the welfare of the people is neglected. Political dictatorship and social hopelessness create the desperation that fuels religious extremism. — Benazir Bhutto

The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant. — Max de Pree

There is a severe horse overpopulation crisis caused by overbreeding in the racing industry. It’s time for that industry to accept responsibility for its castoffs and take dramatic action to protect a species that has so loyally served humankind. — Jane Velez-Mitchell

Every therapeutic cure, and still more, any awkward attempt to show the patient the truth, tears him from the cradle of his freedom from responsibility and must therefore reckon with the most vehement resistance. — Alfred Adler

For years now I have been talking about personal responsibility and accountability, both in our private lives and in the halls of government. Those are important principles here in Idaho, and they will form the basis of this administration. — Butch Otter

This position is untenable, and there can be no pause in the agitation for full political power and responsibility until these are granted to all the women of the nation. — Florence Kelley

I’ve a problem with the word charity because I think that NGOs, as I prefer calling them, really do take the work of moral and social responsibilities that ought to be taken on by governments. — Emma Thompson

I think the difference between finding happiness, or moments of happiness, is how you choose to interpret things. That’s a rather shocking responsibility. That we’re responsible for our own happiness. It’s not those around us. — Natascha McElhone

The NYPD has too urgent a mission and too few officers for us to waste time and resources on broad, unfocused surveillance. We have a responsibility to protect New Yorkers from violent crime or another terrorist attack – and we uphold the law in doing so. — Raymond Kelly

Freedom is our most precious commodity and if we are not eternally vigilant, government will take it all away. Individual freedom demands individual responsibility. — Lyn Nofziger

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

I was raised to believe that we all have a civic duty and a responsibility as Americans to improve our neighborhoods and our nation. — Paul Cook

You see, without hard work and responsibility, there is no American Dream. Hard work lays the foundation. Our solidarity makes work pay – for all of us. For the greater good. That’s what our vision of shared prosperity is all about. — Richard Trumka

My dad would tell me bedtime stories, and he used to always leave them open-ended and finish at a crucial point with the words, ‘dream on’. Then it was my responsibility to finish the story as I was drifting off to sleep. We would call them dreaming stories. — Hannah Kent

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

The people of America need personal responsibility and freedom, not dependency on the government. — George Allen

The Taliban and its backers bear the responsibility for the consequences of this outrageous act. — Amanullah Khan

One of the biggest challenges is for women to find an organization thats willing to accept them back after they leave the work force to raise children without taking a cut in compensation and responsibility. — Diane Garnick

No police department should hire more quickly than they can assimilate the people that they bring in, and we did. I take responsibility for it. It was the first opportunity I had to hire, and I wanted to do it, and I take responsibility. — Daryl Gates

The truth is we need to build an economy going forward with all of us, when we all move forward and the payment of a national debt is not the responsibility of one group of Americans versus another. — Paul Sadler

We have responsibilities for others, not just across space but across time. We have responsibilities to people who came before us. They left us a world of institutions, ideas or possibilities for which we, in turn, owe them something. One of the things we owe them is not to squander them. — Tony Judt

My dog and two cats are such a vital part of my life. To say that I am their owner doesn’t reflect at all the profound bond and responsibility that I have towards them. — Tiffani Thiessen

The United Nations remains our most important global actor. These days we are continuously reminded of the enormous responsibility of the Security Council to uphold international peace and stability. — Anna Lindh

Leadership – leadership is about taking responsibility, not making excuses. — Mitt Romney

An expert is somebody who is more than 50 miles from home, has no responsibility for implementing the advice he gives, and shows slides. — Edwin Meese

So many people would like to have guidance from God because obviously, if you have a word from God, it’s the best possible thing. But they don’t relate that to life as a whole. Often they want guidance as a way of opting out of the responsibility of making decisions. — Dallas Willard

That’s something I learned in art school. I studied graphic design in Germany, and my professor emphasized the responsibility that designers and illustrators have towards the people they create things for. — Eric Carle

I always feel a responsibility to the people I write about. I feel obligated to portray them in the way they feel is proper. — Heather Graham Pozzessere

We all have a responsibility, and since I’ve been so wonderfully blessed, I really want to share and to make life at least a little better. So every chance I get to share the gospel or uplift people, I will take full advantage of that opportunity. — Gladys Knight

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

We have a moral responsibility to save wild places like the arctic refuge for future generations, and that is why our country has remained committed to its protection for nearly 50 years. — Lois Capps

Every right implies a responsibility; Every opportunity, an obligation, Every possession, a duty. — John D. Rockefeller

There’s something unique about the United States, a sense of individual rights and freedoms, and a sense of social and civic responsibility that we contributed to so much of the world. We lost that mission in the 1980s and 1990s, when we entered a gilded age, and the culture of individualism became a culture of avarice. — George Hickenlooper

I think it is the responsibility of anyone involved in politics to always think of what Japan can do to contribute more to the peace and stability not just of Japan and the region but of the entire world. — Shinzo Abe

In the ever-evolving society we live in, it is the responsibility of all of us, as individuals and as Americans, to rid ourselves of this culture of violence. — Kurt Schrader

We can believe what we choose. We are answerable for what we choose to believe. — John Henry Newman

To give up the task of reforming society is to give up one’s responsibility as a free man. — Alan Paton

One word sums up probably the responsibility of any vice-president, and that one word is ‘to be prepared’. — Dan Quayle

An idea isn’t responsible for the people who believe in it. — Don Marquis

I felt ashamed for what I had done. I don’t have any excuses. I did what I did. I take full responsibility for myself and my actions. I wouldn’t pawn this off on anybody. I’m sorry it happened. And I hurt people. — Louie Anderson

Businesses should be focused on business, and social responsibility should be government responsibility. — Terry Gou

As federal lawmakers, we have a responsibility to set a precedent for energy efficient practices. — Greg Walden

With freedom comes responsibility, and I can think of no responsibility greater than putting on a U.S military uniform and standing in the gap between an enemy threat and civilian life. — Zach Wamp

This year has been full of lessons learned and soul searching and realizing I’m an adult. It’s time to take responsibility and not take the easy way out. — Nicole Richie

I am not ‘in pursuit of truth.’ It is not my ‘quarry.’ I am of my human nature a thinker, and conscious of need, responsibility of thinking-speaking with truth. I do not go about hunting ‘truths.’ — Laura Riding

I’m very good at delegating – people work much better when they have a real sense of responsibility. But at the same time, I don’t like surprises. I don’t pore over every shoot, but I do like to be aware at all times of what’s going on. — Anna Wintour

My responsibility is to try to tell true stories. To me a true story is always hopeful, but never simply, uncomplicatedly happy. — John Green

As a developer, it’s a great feeling knowing you have made an impact. There’s also a lot of responsibility that goes with that: you have to really put the city’s needs first. It’s not all about making money. — Stephen M. Ross

Everything is so fast, and everybody wants to be stars and stuff, they’re taking the music out of the schools and kids wanting to play instruments, that whole piece of it is gone. Nobody is taking responsibility to push these kids to want to do it. Nobody’s reaching their hand out to it, and it’s pretty sad. — Liv Warfield

One thing I think kids need to do is more chores, and take care of their own rooms. Responsibilities are really important to start them with. If they have animals, they have to feed them and care for them. That’s the only way I think I could do it. — Faith Ford

I’m definitely a vintage collector. I have a wardrobe of core basics that I like to spice up with different colors, new accessories, and I love to try on new things to invite something different. I find, with every new stage of my life, my self-image shifts with new duties and responsibilities, and so does my fashion style. — Camila Alves

Money brings a lot of responsibility as to what you’re going to do with it, and I’ve given quite a bit of thought to that. — Harold Simmons

The most meaningless term in the English language is ‘I take full responsibility.’ When a politician utters those words it means absolutely nothing. — Bernard Goldberg

We must remind Americans that the promise of opportunity remains unbroken – that every person in this great nation can succeed through hard work, courage and personal responsibility. — Brian Sandoval

One has a responsibility to clean up one’s space and make it livable as far as one’s own resources go. That includes not only material resources, but psychological resources: the commitment of time and a portion of your mind to something when you’d rather be doing something else. — Wole Soyinka

Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility. — Peter Drucker

My responsibility is always and everywhere the same: to see in my brother more even than the personality and manhood that are his. My task is always and everywhere the same: to see Christ himself. — Trevor Huddleston

Being on a major network television show is like long-distance running: You have to pace yourself and maintain your energy level and your morale. There’s the role you’re playing on the show, and there’s also your behind-the-scenes responsibility to the crew, the guest actors and the fans – not to mention your own life as a mom. — Kathryn Erbe

As far as writing or directing a film, I’ve worked with enough people who have done that that I know it’s just a whole other level of responsibility and chaos and murder that I could not see happening. For now, I’m just going to see what comes. I know what I like and what direction I have. — Zak Orth

My role model was my grandfather. He instilled in me the feeling that no matter how successful you are you have a responsibility to help others. — Kevin Johnson

I am, indeed, a king, because I know how to rule myself. — Pietro Aretino

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