An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown






I don't want to be a passenger in my own life.


Diane Ackerman (1948-, American poet, writer, naturalist)


Liberty cannot be caged into a charter and handed on ready-made to the next generation. Each generation must recreate liberty for its own times. Whether or not we establish freedom rests with ourselves.


Florence Ellinwood Allen


You must choose the thoughts and actions that will lead you on to success.


R. C. Allen (Canadian professor of Economic History at Oxford University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada)


History is a stern judge.


Svetlana Alliluyeva


I am one of those people who are blessed ... with a nature which has to interfere. If I see a thing that needs doing I do it.


Margery Allingham


To shun one's cross is to make it heavier.


Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)


I am responsible. Although I may not be able to prevent the worst from happening, I am responsible for my attitude toward the inevitable misfortunes that darken life. Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.


Walter Anderson (American trainer, author)


Each of us has the right and the responsibility to asses the roads which lie ahead and those over which we have traveled, and if the feature road looms ominous or unpromising, and the road back uninviting-inviting, then we need to gather our resolve and carrying only the necessary baggage, step off that road into another direction. If the new choice is also unpalatable, without embarrassment, we must be ready to change that one as well.


Maya Angelou (1928-, African-American poet, writer, performer)

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Independence is happiness.


Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906, American social reformer and women's suffrage leader)


Woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself.


Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906, American social reformer and women's suffrage leader)


What we say and what we do ultimately comes back to us so let us own our responsibility, place it in our hands, and carry it with dignity and strength.


Gloria Evangelina Anzaldua


No one will dare maintain that it is better to do injustice than to bear it.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


It is no use blaming the men -- we made them what they are -- and now it is up to us to try and make ourselves -- the makers of men -- a little more responsible.


Lady Nancy Astor (1897-1964, British politician)


If thou workest at that which is before thee... expecting nothing, fearing nothing, but satisfied with thy present activity according to Nature, and with heroic truth in every word and sound which thou utterest, thou wilt live happy. And there is no man who is able to prevent this.


Marcus Aurelius (121-12180, Roman emperor, philosopher)


The way to avoid responsibility is to say, "I've got responsibilities."


Richard Bach (1936-, American author)


The mould of a man's fortune is in his own hands.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


You take on the responsibility for making your dream a reality.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


God, Private Enterprise and government have made me what I am, and now they have to take some of the blame.


Joy Baluch


The less I behave like Whistler's mother the night before, the more I look like her the morning after.


Tallulah Bankhead (1903-1968, American actress)


I get a little angry about this high-handed scrapping of the look of things. What else have we to go by? How else can the average person form an opinion of a girl's sense of values or even of her chastity except by the looks of her conduct?


Margaret Culkin Banning


You wouldn't want to be caught wearing cheap perfume, would you? Then why do you want to wear cheap perfume on your conduct?


Margaret Culkin Banning


Do not blame anybody for your mistakes and failures.


Bernard M. Baruch (1870-1965, American financier)


Living by proxy is always a precarious expedient.


Simone De Beauvoir (1908-1986, French novelist, essayist)


A man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with -- a man is what he makes of himself.


Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922, Scottish-born American inventor of the telephone)


Debt is a trap which man sets and baits himself, and then deliberately gets into.


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


The difference between weakness and wickedness is much less than people suppose; and the consequences are nearly always the same.


Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington (1789-1849, Irish writer and socialite)


No one will improve your lot if you do not yourself.


Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956, German dramatist, poet)


If people concentrated on their responsibilities, others would have their rights.


Stuart Briscoe


Marriage is not just spiritual communication and passionate embraces; marriage is also three meals a day, sharing the workload, and remembering to carry out the trash.


Dr. Joyce Brothers (1927-, American psychologist, television and radio personality)


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


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


Accept the consequences of your actions in order to become the agent of your mental, physical, spiritual and material success.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


Lead me not into temptation; I can find the way myself.


Rita Mae Brown (1944-, American writer)


The important thing is to concentrate upon what you can do -- by yourself, upon your own initiative.


Harry Browne (1933-, American financial advisor, writer)


One faces the future with one's past.


Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973, American novelist)


We need to restore the full meaning of that old word, duty. It is the other side of rights.


Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973, American novelist)


We each build our own future. We are the architects of our own fortune.


Appius Claudius Caecus


All men, if they work not as in the great taskmaster's eye, will work wrong, and work unhappily for themselves and for you.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


An individual without information can't take responsibility. An individual with information can't help but take responsibility.'


Jan Carlzon (1941-, Swedish business executive, CEO of SAS)


When I saw something that needed doing, I did it.


Nellie Cashman


Every human being has a work to carry on within, duties to perform abroad, influence to exert, which are peculiarly his, and which no conscience but his own can teach.


William Ellery Channing (1780-1842, American Unitarian minister, author)


He will hew the line of right, let the chips fall where they may.


Roscoe Conklin


Nobody can do it for you.


Ralph J. Cordiner


Accountability breeds response-ability.


Stephen R. Covey (1932-, American speaker, trainer, author of "The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People")


The way to achieve happiness is to have a high standard for yourself and a medium one for everyone else.


Marcelene Cox (American writer)


Responsibility is the thing people dread most of all, tet it is the one thing in the world that develops us, giveing us manhood or womanhood fiber.


Frank Crane (American actor)


We are free up to the point of choice, then the choice controls the chooser.


Mary Crowley


Oh Lord, thou givest us everything, at the price of an effort.


Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519, Italian inventor, architect, painter, scientist, sculptor)


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 Depree (1924-, American furniture manufacturing company executive)


The willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life is the source from which self-respect springs.


Joan Didion (1934-, American essayist)


Women share with men the need for personal success, even the taste for power, and no longer are we willing to satisfy those needs through the achievements of surrogates, whether husbands, children, or merely role models.


Elizabeth Dole


If you don't like the way the world is, you change it.You have an obligation to change it.You just do it one step at a time.


Marian Wright Edelman


Good men prefer to be accountable.


Michael Edwardes (1930-, South African-born British industrialist)


To heal ourselves we also have to heal society.


Riane Eisler


For to the worker God himself lends aid.


Euripides (BC 480-406, Greek tragic poet)


I never really address myself to any image anybody has of me. That's like fighting with ghosts.


Sally Field (1946-, American actress)


There is no such thing as vicarious experience.


Mary Parker Follett (1868-1933, American author)


How we love to blame others for our misfortunes! Almost every individual who has lost money in stock speculation has on the tip of his tongue an explanation which he trots out to show that it wasn't his own fault at all.... Hardly one loser has the manliness to say frankly, "I was wrong."


B.C. Forbes


Those who enjoy responsibility usually get it; those who merely like exercising authority usually lose it.


Malcolm S. Forbes (1919-1990, American publisher, businessman)


You will find men who want to be carried on the shoulders of others, who think that the world owes them a living. They don't seem to see that we must all lift together and pull together.


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


I recommend that the Statue of Liberty be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the west coast.


Viktor E. Frankl (1905-1997, Austrian psychiatrist, author, "Man's Search for Meaning")


It is easier to live life through someone else than to become complete yourself.


Betty Friedan (1921-, American feminist writer)


All business depends upon men fulfilling their responsibilities.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


Responsibility is what awaits outside the Eden of Creativity.


Nadine Gordimer (1923-, South African author)


I love being single. It's almost like being rich.


Sue Grafton


It is not our circumstances that create our discontent or contentment. It is us.


Vivian Greene


It is better to be tied to any thorny bush than to be with a cross man.


Augusta Gregory


You must not change one thing, one pebble, one grain of sand, until you know what good and evil will follow on that act.


Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-, American author)


Much misconstruction and bitterness are spared to him who thinks naturally upon what he owes to others rather than what he ought to expect from them.


Madame Guizot


Everyone has a responsibility to not only tolerate another person's point of view, but also to accept it eagerly as a challenge to your own understanding. And express those challenges in terms of serving other people.


Arlo Guthrie (1947-, American artist)


Being black does not stop you.You can sit out in the world and say, "Well, white people kept me back, and I can't do this." Not so.You can have anything you want if you make up your mind and you want it.


Clara Mcbride Hale


No student ever pays the full cost of his education. We've all been helped by our college to achieve success, and we owe it to ourselves to put something back in the pot.


Janet Harris


Mistakes fail in their mission of helping the person who blames them on the other fellow.


Henry S. Haskins


Mistakes fail in their mission of helping the person who blames them on the other fellow.


Henry S. Haskins


We are each responsible for all of our experiences.


Louise L. Hay (American metaphysical teacher, lecturer, author)

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If you load responsibility on a man unworthy of it he will always betray himself.


August Heckscher


No alibi will save you from accepting the responsibility.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


You might well remember that nothing can bring you success but yourself.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


Fortunately the family is a human institution: humans made it and humans can change it.


Shere Hite


Fair play with others is primarily not blaming them for anything that is wrong with us.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


Responsibility walks hand in hand with capacity and power.


Josiah Gilbert Holland (1819-1881, American author)


I don't follow precedent, I establish it.


Fanny Ellen Holtzman


No man was ever endowed with a right without being at the same time saddled with a responsibility.


Gerald W. Johnson (1890-1980, American author)


Our responsibility is not discharged by the announcement of virtuous ends.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


Each is responsible for his own actions.


HL Hunt (American oil magnate)


The ability to accept responsibility is the measure of the man.


Roy L. Hunt


No man may make another free.


Zora Neale Hurston (1903-1960, American novelist)


A free man is as jealous of his responsibilities as he is of his liberties.


Cyril James


Any committee is only as good as the most knowledgeable, determined, and vigorous person on it. There must be somebody who provides the flame.


Lady Bird Johnson (1912, Texas' first First Lady)


Champions take responsibility.  When the ball is coming over the net, you can be sure I want the ball.


Billie Jean King (1943-, American tennis player)


Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility. In the final analysis, the only quality that all successful people have is the ability to take on responsibility.


Michael Korda (1919-, American publisher)


As novices, we think we're entirely responsible for the way people treat us. I have long since learned that we are responsible only for the way we treat people.


Rose Wilder Lane (1886-1968, American author and journalist)


No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.


Stanislaw J. Lec (1909-1966, Polish writer)


Intimate relationships cannot substitute for a life plan. but to have any meaning or viability at all, a life plan must include intimate relationships.


Harriet Lerner


I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


Psychologically I should say that a person becomes an adult at the point when he produces more than he consumes or earns more than he spends. This may be a the age of eighteen, twenty-five, or thirty-five. Some people remain unproductive and dependent children forever and therefore intellectually and emotionally immature.


Henry C. Link


As far as beauty is concerned, in order to be confident we must accept that the way we look and feel is our own responsibility


Sophia Loren (1934-, Italian film actress)


Trust in God and do something.


Mary Lyon


I guess more players lick themselves that are ever licked by an opposing team. The first thing any man has to know is how to handle himself.


Connie Mack


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