101 Responsibility Quotes

Here we’ve put together an extensive collection of responsibility quotes to help you continue to be a good leader.

Leadership requires great responsibility, and being responsible is learning to be accountable to yourself.

responsibility quotes

Having responsibility for our lives, feelings, thoughts, and especially how we behave isn’t always easy, but following through, finishing what needs to be done, and doing it all with good intentions shows you are an excellent responsible leader.

Taking responsibility makes us more robust, and these quotes about responsibility are here to inspire, motivate you and remind you that you are strong and capable.

Responsibility Quotes

Start to reflect on your life after you accept, act, and take responsibility for your life. 

C. Payne

You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.

Jim Rohn

Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.

General Colin Powell
responsibility quotes

Take responsibility of your own happiness, never put it in other people’s hands.”

Roy T. Bennett

Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.

Noam Chomsky

Taking responsibility for yourself first, you can then take responsibility for who and what you are. 

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

Les Brown

Dare to take chances, follow your dreams, risk it all, fall in love, believe in yourself, ask questions, let go, make mistakes, start over, speak the truth, take responsibility, find happiness, live for today. 


Some naysayers will claim the sky is too blue, the grass too green, the air too fresh or the water too clean. But, let’s face it, respect for the environment is everyone’s responsibility. 

Catherine DeVrye

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

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
responsibility quotes

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

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

In times like the present, men should utter nothing for which they would not willingly be responsible through time and eternity.

Abraham Lincoln

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

You and I need to be the decision makers in our own lives and careers. It is also our responsibility to allow and encourage others to do the same. 

Jay Rifenbary

The Bible tells us that when we’re faithful in the little things that God gives us to do then He will bring increased blessings and responsibility into our lives. 

Bill Vincent

The child who is secure in the love of the parents while learning to be responsible, will journey on to become the kind of adult for whom the parents would have wished. 

Darryl Cross

Marriage is an exciting and eventful type of transition. Going from an independent individual to being responsible for someone else’s needs, wants, and wishes requires an enormous paradigm shift in thinking. 

Robert Mitchell,

The responsibility of tolerance lies with those who have the wider vision. 

George Eliot
quotes about responsibility

Accountability, is the state or condition of being accountable or responsible. That is right. We are responsible for what goes on in our heads. 

John Vaulkner

Your dignity’s inside you. Nobody can take something away from you you don’t give them.

Coach Don Haskins

By taking responsibility for yourself, you can stop relying on others to take responsibility for you.

Vironika Tugaleva

Quotes About Responsibility

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

Sigmund Freud

Men who reject the responsibility of thought and reason can only exist as parasites on the thinking of others.

Ayn Rand

Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry is own weight, this is a frightening prospect.

Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Lou Holtz

Remember, you are responsible for your future, so take charge and turn your life into whatever it is that you want it to be. 

Sharlene Snow

I’ll be honest with you that I’ve come to find that in my own life, but I’ve tried to accept my responsibility to myself, and responsibility for myself, and to face up to my difficulties. 

Francis Brennan

The ego’s responsibility is to ensure that for better or worse our inner will shall be realized and fulfilled. 

Remi Meyer

We live in a culture of blame. People will blame anyone or anything for their misery sooner than take the responsibility to own it and make it better. 

Dr. Henry Cloud; Dr. John Townsend

Personal responsibility leads to national transformation.

Sunday Adelaja

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

George Washington Carver
quotes on responsibility

The best place to solve a problem is on paper.

Jim Rohn

Our lives are not fully lived if we’re not willing to die for those we love, for what we believe.

Martin Luther King Jr.

There is always an alternative to the present urgency—and it’s not a vacation, it’s acknowledging deeper responsibility.

Stewart Brand

The essence of Vanderbilt is still learning, the essence of its outlook is still liberty, and liberty and learning will be and must be the touchstones of Vanderbilt University and of any free university in this country or the world.

I say two touchstones, yet they are almost inseparable, inseparable if not indistinguishable, for liberty without learning is always in peril, and learning without liberty is always in vain.

John F. Kennedy

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

Fully accepting, loving, and being yourself allows you to be 100% authentic. This means being fully responsible for yourself. 

John Felitto

Responsibility changes everything. The moment we decide that we are the ones who are capable of and responsible for changing things everything shifts. 

John B. Izzo

So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility, where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves but each other. 

President Barack Obama

If you believe that it is someone else’s responsibility to fix whatever needs fixing, you remain part of the problem, and, therefore, just a culpable as everyone else who believes someone else should shoulder the burden of initiating change. 

Byron Pulsifer

Responsibility Sayings

Taking responsibility is a commitment to own your life, to self-leadership, growth, and freedom. 

Christopher Avery

By choosing to take responsibility for your life, you will immediately gain an increased power to achieve your greatest potential. 

Skip Downing

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.

The only thing blame does is to keep the focus off you when you are looking for external reasons to explain your unhappiness or frustration.

You may succeed in making another feel guilty about something by blaming him, but you won’t succeed in changing whatever it is about you that is making you unhappy.”

Wayne Dyer

There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.

Steve Maraboli

There should be no boundaries to human endeavor. We are all different. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there’s life, there is hope.

Stephen Hawking

The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities and the responsibility that we all had. It wasn’t the answer. It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility.

John Lennon

Man is nothing else but what he makes of himself.

Jean-Paul Sartre
responsibility sayings

You may believe that you are responsible for what you do, but not for what you think. The truth is that you are responsible for what you think, because it is only at this level that you can exercise choice. What you do comes from what you think.

Marianne Williamson

In the old days, words like sin and Satan had a moral certitude. Today, they’re replaced with self-help jargon, words like dysfunction and antisocial behavior, discouraging any responsibility for one’s actions..

Don Henley

Skills can be taught and developed, but attitudes are difficult to change and ultimately are the responsibility of each person. 

Gary Schulz

We must govern our own lives, and when our thoughts and actions become destructive it is our responsibility to alter or abolish them and to institute new habits as the foundations for a freer, happier life. 

Brendon Burchard

While you may have many other responsibilities in life like your family, work, school or relationships, you should also learn to relax and play. 

Christopher Michaels

Accepting complete responsibility for your life means that you refuse to make excuses or blame others for anything in your life that you’re not happy about. 

Brian Tracy

Each one of us is responsible for the world – each one of us must give a hand to build our world in a humane manner, crossing faith, fate and family. 

Abhijit Naskar

Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.

Wayne Dyer

The walls we build around us to keep out the sadness also keep out the joy.

Jim Rohn

You can’t live your life for other people. You’ve got to do what’s right for you, even if it hurts some people you love.

Nicholas Sparks

Motivational Responsibility Quotes

Men who reject the responsibility of thought and reason can only exist as parasites on the thinking of others.

Ayn Rand

And a step backward, after making a wrong turn, is a step in the right direction.

Kurt Vonnegut

In dreams begin responsibilities.

W.B. Yeats

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

Doug Larson

Faith is no irresponsible shot in the dark. It is a responsible trust in God, who knows the desires of your hearts, the dreams you are given, and the goals you have set. He will guide your paths right. 

Robert Schuller

As a man, you need to be aware that marriage requires your involvement at every step of the way and that you cannot shy from responsibility.

Barney Fraser

What is ‘the blame game’ you ask? Well, simply put, it’s not accepting responsibility and blaming others for outcomes that you don’t care for in your life. 

Joseph E. McGuire

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

Mahatma Gandhi

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

Hubert Selby Jr.

If you build the guts to do something, anything, then you better save enough to face the consequences.

Criss Jami

The price of greatness is responsibility.

Winston Churchill

The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence. 

Denis Waitley

A leader’s most important responsibility is identifying the biggest challenges to forward progress and devising a coherent approach to overcoming them. 

Richard Rumelt

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

1 Thess. 5: 11

Take responsibility for yourself; it’s very rewarding. 

Amanda Green

If you can take responsibility for your own life, then you will begin to realize that you can change it.

H. K. Abell

Victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan.

John F. Kennedy

It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous.

I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized.

If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.

J. W. Goethe

Inspirational Responsibility Quotes

Take responsibility, trust and have faith in yourself that you can offer the world something that no one has ever known. 

Paul Martens

The fundamental principle of coaching spirit is the belief that a person has great potential and as a coach, it is your responsibility to nourish that potential so they can achieve the combined goals. 

Brad Peterson,

Until the great mass of people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other’s welfare, social justice can never be attained. 

Helen Keller

We are the only ones responsible for what goes on in our lives. We can make excuses and blame others, but we are responsible to and for ourselves. 

Iyanla Vanzant

The game is my life. It demands loyalty and responsibility, and it gives me back fulfillment and peace. 

Michael Jordan

No matter who betrays or rejects you, only you can take responsibility for your mental attitude.

John Hagee

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

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Washington Carver

If you are a Christian and happen to become wealthy, you have a biblical responsibility to be rich in good deeds, to be generous to others and to make sure that your hope is within Jesus Christ and not in your money. 

Matthew Paulson

Responsibility is a grace we give ourselves. It is not something imposed from outside of us. We have a say in how our life goes. 

Kristen Moeller, 

Accepting responsibility for your actions, WINNING
Always having an excuse for your actions, LOSING. 

Catherine Pulsifer

Happiness is your responsibility. If you depend or wait for other people to make you happy you will always be disappointed. 

Byron Pulsifer

Now, when I feel I am not measuring up in life, I ask what it would take to make me feel good, and I do it. I take responsibility for my own emotional and spiritual work and allow others to do the same whatever way they choose. 

Patricia Heller

To achieve life mastery and be worthy of a life well lived, we must take action, ownership, and responsibility for our choices. 

Will Craig

Deliberately take the responsibility to change your life because you can; yes you can! 

Okorote Emmanuel

When you hold a grudge, you want someone else’s sorrow to reflect your level of hurt but the two rarely meet.

Steve Maraboli

Love is co-operation rather than competition.

Wayne Dyer

No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.

John Keating

After a while, you learn to ignore the names people call you and just trust who you are.


21 is the age of responsibility. Give it a few months and you will be wondering why you were in such a hurry to get here. 


If you will analyze those who cry no opportunity you will find that they are using this as an alibi for their own unwillingness to assume responsibilities and use their minds. 

Andrew Carnegie

Take responsibility for your own learning and for the learning of those around you. 

Don Meyer

Luck is nor more than what we create and without taking responsibility for our own lives, our own destiny, luck will fail us. 

Byron Pulsifer

There is always an alternative to the present urgency – and it’s not a vacation, it’s acknowledging deeper responsibility.

Stewart Brand

Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation. 

C. Everett Koop

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