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





Do not rely completely on any other human being ... we meet all of life's greatest tests alone.


Agnes MacPhail


We have a Bill of rights. What we need is a Bill of responsibilities.


Bill Maher (1956, American TV talk-show host)


Anticipate charity by preventing poverty.


Rabbi Moses ben Maimon


Letting people be okay without us is how we get to be okay without them.


Merrit Malloy


So often we try to alter circumstances to suit ourselves, instead of letting them alter us.


Mother Maribel


We are responsible for actions performed in response to circumstances for which we are not responsible.


Allan Massie


Willfulness must give way to willingness and surrender. Mastery must yield to mystery.


Gerald G. May


We make our own criminals, and their crimes are congruent with the national culture we all share. It has been said that a people get the kind of political leadership they deserve. I think they also get the kinds of crime and criminals they themselves bring into being.


Margaret Mead (1901-1978, American anthropologist)


In the last analysis, the individual person is responsible for living his own life and for "finding himself." If he persists in shifting his responsibility to somebody else, he fails to find out the meaning of his own existence.


Thomas Merton (1915-1968, American religious writer, poet)


The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most far-reaching consequence of submission to authority.


Stanley Milgram


It is a great deal easier to do that which God gives us to do, no matter how hard it is, than to face the responsibilities of not doing it.


James R. Miller (American golfer)


I was taught very early that I would have to depend entirely upon myself; that my future lay in my own hands.


Darius Ogden Mills


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


Jean Baptiste Moliere (1622-1673, French playwright)


Learn to do thy part and leave the rest to Heaven.


John Henry Newman (1801-1890, British religious leader, prelate, writer)


We are accountable only to ourselves for what happens to us in our lives.


Mildred Newman (1920-, American psychoanalyst, psychologist)


I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse.


Florence Nightingale (1820-1910, British nurse)


Call on God, but row away from the rocks.


Indian Proverb (Sayings of Indian origin)


I will do anything except bear the responsibility of guarding a house that has two doors.


Puerto Rican Proverb


I'm calling on you today to help in the cause to enlarge the social responsibility of our citizens. The spirit that built this country still dwells in our people. They want to help -- we only need to ask them.


Ronald Reagan (1911-2004, American President (40th))


Whatever happens, take responsibility.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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When we have begun to take charge of our lives, to own ourselves, there is no longer any need to ask permission of someone.


George O'Neil (American anthropologist, author)


Enlightened people seldom or never possess a sense of responsibility.


George Orwell (1903-1950, British author, "Animal Farm")


The great law of denial belongs to the powerful forces of life, whether the case be one of coolish baked beans, or an unrequited affection.


Elizabeth Stuart Phelps (1844-1911, American writer)


Responsibility educates.


Wendell Phillips (1811-1884, American reformer, orator)


You have to do it yourself, no one else will do it for you. You must work out your own salvation.


Charles E. Popplestone


I will not surrender responsibility for my life and my actions.


John Enoch Powell (1912-1998, British statesman)


My father instilled in me that if you don't see things happening the way you want them to, you get out there and make them happen.


Susan Powter


If we blame others for our failures, then we should also give others credit for our successes.


American Proverb (Sayings of American origin)


You, yourself, must make the effort. The buddhas are only teachers.


Buddhist Proverb


Anything is better than a bad marriage.


Irish Proverb (Sayings of Irish origin)


Life is for one generation. A good name is forever.


Japanese Proverb (Sayings of Japanese origin)


How you run your life, that's how your clock will run.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


One word sums up probably the responsibility of any vice president, and that one word is to be prepared.


Dan Quayle (1947-, American politician, vice-president)


We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.


Ronald Reagan (1911-2004, American President (40th))


I made the decision. I'm accountable.


Janet Reno


The only way to get rid of responsibilities is to discharge them.


Walter S. Robertson


You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.


Jim Rohn (American businessman, author, speaker, philosopher)

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The thing women have got to learn is that nobody gives you power. You just take it.




The superior man blames himself. The inferior man blames others.


Don Shula (1930-, American football coach)


A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit.


Elton Trueblood


One must care about a world one will not see.


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, mathematician, essayist)


A chief is a man who assumes responsibility. He does not say, "My men were beaten," he says, "I was beaten."


Antoine De Saint-Exupery (1900-1944, French aviator, writer)


To be a man is to be responsible. It is to feel shame at the sight of what seems to be unmerited misery. It is to take pride in a victory won by one's comrades. It is to feel, when setting one's stone, that one is contributing to the building of the world.


Antoine De Saint-Exupery (1900-1944, French aviator, writer)


I am responsible for everything except for my very responsibility, for I am not the foundation of my being. Therefore everything takes place as if I were compelled to be responsible. I am abandoned in the world... in the sense that I find myself suddenly alone and without help, engaged in a world for which I bear the whole responsibility without being able, whatever I do, to tear myself away from this responsibility for an instant.


Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980, French writer, philosopher)


Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.


Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980, French writer, philosopher)


We do not know what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are -- that is the fact.


Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980, French writer, philosopher)


It is a painful thing to look at your own trouble and know that you yourself, and no one else, has made it.


Sophocles (495-406 BC, Greek tragic poet)


Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will -- his personal responsibility.


Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965, German born medical missionary, theologian, musician, and philosopher)


We build statues out of snow, and weep to see them melt.


Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832, British novelist, poet)


The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves.


Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851, British novelist)


I don't remember, I didn't do it. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it


Joe Simmons


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 (1947-, American football player)


Men must necessarily be the active agents of their own well-being and well-doing... they themselves must in the very nature of things be their own best helpers.


Samuel Smiles (1812-1904, Scottish author)


It is time in the West to defend not so much human rights as human obligations.


Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918-, Russian novelist)


The salvation of mankind lies only in making everything the concern of all.


Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918-, Russian novelist)


The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves.


Sophocles (495-406 BC, Greek tragic poet)


What fate can be worse than to know we have no one but ourselves to blame for our misfortunes!


Sophocles (495-406 BC, Greek tragic poet)


Nothing strengthens the judgement and quickens the conscience like individual responsibility.


Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902, American social reformer and women's suffrage leader)


Nothing happens by itself. It all will come your way, once you understand that you have to make it come your way, by your own exertions.


Ben Stein (1944-, American professor, writer)


Nothing happens by itself. It all will come your way, once you understand that you have to make it come your way, by your own exertions.


Ben Stein (1944-, American professor, writer)


You are the product of your own brainstorm.


Rosemary Konner Steinbaum


Responsibilities gravitate to the person who can shoulder them.


Tom Stoppard (1937-, Czech playwright)


I long to put the experience of fifty years at once into your young lives, to give you at once the key to that treasure chamber every gem of which has cost me tears and struggles and prayers, but you must work for these inward treasures yourselves.


Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896, American novelist, antislavery campaigner)


Only you can hold yourself back, only you can stand in your own way. Only you can help yourself.


Mikhail Strabo


Bear one another's burdens.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


Unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Luke 12:48


As human beings, we are endowed with freedom of choice, and we cannot shuffle off our responsibility upon the shoulders of God or nature. We must shoulder it ourselves. It is up to us.


Arnold Toynbee (1852-1883, British economic historian and social reformer)


The happiest people in the world are those who feel absolutely terrific about themselves, and this is the natural outgrowth of accepting total responsibility for every part of their life.


Brian Tracy (1944-, Canadian-born American trainer, speaker, author, businessman)

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A man carries his success or his failure with him, it does not depend on outside conditions.


Ralph Waldo Trine (1866-1945, American author)


I am learning that if I just go on accepting the framework for life that others have given me, if I fail to make my own choices, the reason for my life will be missing. I will be unable to recognize that which I have the power to change.


Liv Ullmann


Be more aware of responsibility than you are of your rights.


Author Unknown


Freedom is a package deal -- with it comes responsibilities and consequences.


Author Unknown


From my tribe I take nothing. I am the maker of my own fortune.


Author Unknown


It is not yours to finish the task, but neither are you free to take no part in it.


Author Unknown


Life's heaviest burden is to have nothing to carry.


Author Unknown


No individual raindrop ever considers itself responsible for the flood.


Author Unknown


None of us are responsible for all the things that happen to us, but we are responsible for the way we act when they do happen.


Author Unknown


The burden one likes is cheerfully carried.


Author Unknown


Here is where some entrepreneurs fail. They are filled with creative juices and total commitment to their business, but too often they don't understand that they must also be managers, administrators, even gofers -- at least for a while.


Lillian Vernon


Life is not accountable to us. We are accountable to life.


Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

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You must accept responsibility for your actions, but not the credit for your achievements.


Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

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They always say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.


Andy Warhol (1930-, American artist, filmmaker)


Provision for others is a fundamental responsibility of human life.


Woodrow T. Wilson (1856-1924, American President (28th))


A human being's first responsibility is to shake hands with himself.


Henry Winkler (1945-, American actor, comedian)


In dreams begin responsibility.


William Butler Yeats (1865-1939, Irish poet, playwright.)


I know that no one can really stop me but myself and that really no one can help me but myself.


Peter Nivio Zarlenga (American businessman, founder of Blockbuster Videos)


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