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132 of 6,095 quotations related to Responsibility, showing Roosevelt to Winters

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Roosevelt, Theodore
Much has been given us, and much will rightfully be expected from us. We have duties to others and duties to ourselves; and we can shirk neither.

Mar. 4, 1905 - from his Inaugural Address
Sartre, Jean-Paul
We cannot withdraw our cards from the game. Were we as silent and as mute as stones, our very passivity would be an act.

1947 - from Situations
Schmidt, Stanley
Blaming 'society' makes it awfully easy for a person of weak character to shrug off his own responsibility for his actions.

Scruton, Roger
Where people take no responsibility for major decisions, they cease to expect politicians to behave any differently. Conversely, where the habit of responsible accounting endures, politicians are under pressure to behave like the rest of us.

Aug. 1998 - from "Christian Democracy and the Czech Republic", published in The New Presence
Shaw, George Bernard
When the master has come to do everything through the slave, the slave becomes his master, since he cannot live without him.

1921 - from Back to Methuselah
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.

1903 - from Man and Superman, "Maxims for Revolutionists: Crime and Punishment"
Shirer, William L.
No class or group or party in Germany could escape its share of responsibility for the abandonment of the democratic Republic and the advent of Adolf Hitler. The cardinal error of the Germans who opposed Nazism was their failure to unite against it. ....the 63% of the German people who expressed their opposition to Hitler were much too divided and shortsighted to combine against a common danger which they must have known would overwhelm them unless they united, however temporary, to stamp it out.

from The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
Solzhenitsyn, Alexander
European democracy was originally imbued with a sense of Christian responsibility and self-discipline, but these spiritual principles have been gradually losing their force. Spiritual independence is being pressured on all sides by the dictatorship of self-satisfied vulgarity, of the latest fads, and of group interests.

from From Under the Rubble
Spectator, The
The argument about minimising the role of the state in large areas of national life has most definitely not been won. While everyone is happy (in private if not in public) when his taxes are reduced, everyone complains at cuts in spending. The idea that people should take over responsibility for their own lives wherever possible is still considered reprehensible.

1988 - from an editorial
Stevenson, Adlai
We have confused the free with the free and easy.

The anatomy of patriotism is complex. But surely intolerance and public irresponsibility cannot be cloaked in the shining armour of rectitude and righteousness. Nor can the denial of the right to hild ideas that are different - the freedom of man to think as he pleases. To strike freedom of the mind with the fist of patriotism is an old and ugly subtlety.

Aug. 27, 1952 - from a speech to the American Legion Convention in New York
Szasz, Thomas Stephen
Liberty and responsibility are two sides of the same coin. No policy - public or private - can increase or decrease one without increasing or decreasing the other. Human behavior has reasons, not causes.

Thatcher, Margaret
Any set of social and economic arrangements which is not founded on the acceptance of individual responsibility will do nothing but harm. We are all responsible for our own actions. We cannot blame society if we disobey the law. We simply cannot delegate the exercise of mercy and generosity to others.

May 21, 1988 - from "Christianity and Wealth", a speech to the leaders of the Church of Scotland
Pennies don't fall from heaven - they have to be earned here on earth.

Nov. 01, 1979 - quoted in The Sunday Telegraph
Popular capitalism is on the march ... Of course, there will always be people who, in the name of morality, sneer at this and call it 'materialism'. But isn't it moral that people should want to improve the material standard of living of their families, by their own effort? Isn't it moral that families should work for the means to look after their old folk? Isn't it moral that people should save, so as to be responsible for themselves? ... And it is for Government to work with that grain in human nature to strengthen the strand of responsibility and independence: it benefits the family; it benefits the children; it is the essence of freedom.

1987 - from a speech to the Scottish Conservatives
Thomas, Clarence
There is a tendency among young upwardly mobile, intelligent minorities today to forget. We forget the sweat of our forefathers. We forget the blood of the marchers, the prayers and hope of our race. We forget who brought us into this world. We overlook who put food in our mouths and clothes on our backs. We forget commitment to excellence. We procreate with pleasure and retreat from the responsibilities of the babies we produce. We subdue, we seduce, but we don't respect ourselves, our women, our babies. How do we expect a race that has been thrown into the gutter of socio-economic indicators to rise above these humiliating circumstances if we hide from responsibility for our own destiny?

Jun. 09, 1985 - from a speech at Savannah State College
I was raised to survive under the totalitarianism of segregation, not only without the active assistance of government but with its active opposition ... Self-sufficiency and spiritual and emotional security were our tools to carve out and secure freedom. Those who attempt to capture the daily counseling, oversight, common sense, and vision of my grandparents in a governmental program are engaging in sheer folly. Government cannot develop individual responsibility....

1987 - from a speech to the Heritage Foundation
There are those things that at one time we all accepted as more important than our comfort or discomfort—if not our very lives: Duty, honor, country! There was a time when all was to be set aside for these.

Feb. 13, 2001 - from his Francis Boyer Lecture to the American Enterprise Institute
We all share a reasonable and, in many ways, admirable, reluctance to leave the safety and peacefulness of private life to take up the larger burdens and challenges of active citizenship. The price is high, and it is easier and more enjoyable to remain within the shelter of our personal lives and our local communities, rather than the larger state. To enter public life is to step outside our more confined, comfortable sphere of life, and to face the broader, national sphere of citizenship. What makes it all worthwhile is to devote ourselves to the common good.

Feb. 13, 2001 - from his Francis Boyer Lecture to the American Enterprise Institute
One might shut up when it doesn’t matter, but when it really counts, we are required to put up.

Feb. 13, 2001 - from his Francis Boyer Lecture to the American Enterprise Institute

Twain, Mark
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.

1894 - from Pudd'nhead Wilson
We are all self-made, but only the rich will admit it.

Every private citizen has a public responsibility.

attributed to Myra Daniels
The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm.

Swedish proverb
Everyone must row with the oars he has.

English proverb
Untermeyer, Louis
From compromise and things half done, Keep me with stern and stubborn pride; And when at last the fight is won, God, keep me still unsatisfied.

1914 - from "Prayer", published in Challenge
von Mises, Ludwig
Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders; no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way out for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore, everyone, in his own interests, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle. None can stand aside with unconcern; the interests of everyone hang on the result. Whether he chooses or not, every man is drawn into the great historical struggle, the decisive battle into which our epoch has plunged us.

from Socialism
Washington, George
[My terms in office] have been a uniform sacrifice of inclination to the opinion of duty, and to a deference for what appeared to be your desire.

Sep. 17, 1796 - from his farewell address
Watts, J.C.
Government can't ease all pain. In fact, government sometimes rubs the wound raw and makes the healing harder. ... we must, individually, all of us, accept our share of responsibility.

Feb. 2, 1997 - from his response to President Clinton's State of the Union address
Wharton, Edith
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

1902 - from Vesalius in Zante

Wilson, Harold
Everybody should have an equal chance - but they shouldn't have a flying start.

1963 - quoted in the London Observer
Winters, Robert H.  
You have perhaps heard the story of the four students, British, French, American, Canadian, who were asked to write an essay on elephants. The British student entitled his essay 'Elephants and the Empire.' The French student called his 'Love and the Elephant.' The title of the American student's essay was 'Bigger and Better Elephants,' and the Canadian student called his 'Elephants: A Federal or Provincial Responsibility?'