Quotes with responsibility
If it's never our fault, we can't take responsibility for it. If we can't take responsibility for it, we'll always be its victim.
Running from Safety: An Adventure of the Spirit (1994)
I don't think I would have been a good mother. Being a parent brings immense responsibility. It's a Herculean task. It would be almost too much for me.
There cannot be true democracy unless women’s voices are heard. There cannot be true democracy unless women are given the opportunity to take responsibility for their own lives. There cannot be true democracy unless all citizens are able to participate fully in the lives of their country.
The chief lesson to be derived from the study of the past, is that it holds no simple lesson, and...the historian’s main responsibility is to prevent anyone from claiming that it does.
This is what I found out about religion: It gives you courage to make the decisions you must make in a crisis, and then the confidence to leave the result to a higher Power. Only by trust in God can a man carrying responsibility find repose.
Leadership is taking responsibility for enabling others to achieve shared purpose in the face of uncertainty.
When I first started under LSD, I found myself turning and turning on the couch. I said to the doctor, ‘Why am I turning around on this sofa?’ and he said ‘Don’t you know why?’ and I said I didn't have the vaguest idea, but I wondered when it was going to stop. ‘When you stop it,’ he answered. Well, it was like a revelation to me, taking complete responsibility for one’s own actions. I thought ‘I’m unscrewing myself.’ That’s why people use the phrase, ‘all screwed up.’
Speaking to a reporter about his experience taking LSD.
For many years I looked on movie writing as an amiable chore. It was a source of easy money and pleasant friendships. There was small responsibility.
Radical changes in world politics leave America with a heightened responsibility to be, for the world, an example of a genuinely free, democratic, just and humane society.
Definition of a baby: A loud noise at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
Quoted in Reith Lecture (1976)
We owe a responsibility not only to those who are in Israel but also to those generations that are no more, to those millions who have died within our lifetime, to Jews all over the world, and to generations of Jews to come. We hate war. We do not rejoice in victories. We rejoice when a new kind of cotton is grown, and when strawberries bloom in Israel.
Every kid around the world who plays soccer wants to be Pelé. I have a great responsibility to show them not just how to be like a soccer player, but how to be like a man.
Government is like a baby: an alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
During 1965 campaign for the governorship of California. Appears to be adopted from a similar Ronald Knox quotation.
The Government should assume the function of economic regulation only as a last resort, to be tried only when private initiative, inspired by high responsibility, with such assistance and balance as Government can give, has finally failed.
Commonwealth Club Address, San Francisco, CA on September 23, 1932
There is not in all America a more dangerous trait than the deification of mere smartness unaccompanied by any sense of moral responsibility.
Abilene, KS, May 2, 1903
Anyone who has taken the oath I have just taken must feel a heavy weight of responsibility. If not, he has no conception of the powers and duties of the office upon which he is about to enter, or he is lacking in a proper sense of the obligation which the oath imposes.
Inaugural Address (March 4, 1909). Opening paragraph.
I accept the responsibility as the highest military authority during the internal war. My subordinates followed my orders.
During trial for human rights violations related to deaths of prisoners under his rule, July 5, 2010
I believe in white supremacy, until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility. I don't believe giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people.
Interview with Playboy, May 1971