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150 Quotes That Inspire You To Take Responsibility For Your Life

Taking responsibility is one of the most important factors that define a person’s real character. It is an indication of the type of person you truly are. Responsibility is also about looking inside yourself and doing all you can to be the best person possible. Taking responsibility for things and truly owning them helps us get stronger. When you take complete responsibility for your life, you learn to deal with your life better, and you don’t feel overwhelmed by the negative experiences. In short, when you practice responsibility, you’re on your way to making your life the very best it can be!

To help you create a happy, healthy, and successful life. Below is our collection of best responsibility quotes and sayings from a variety of sources over the years that will inspire you as well. May these famous responsibility quotes encourage you to be a responsible person by accepting your actions’ consequences and making that your learning tool improve yourself.

150 Quotes to Inspire Responsibility

Top 10 Responsibility Quotes

“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

“Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home… it’s your responsibility to love it, or change it.” – Chuck Palahniuk

“Accept the terrible responsibility of life with eyes wide open.” – Jordan Peterson

“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” – John F. Kennedy

“No alibi will save you from accepting the responsibility.” – Napoleon Hill

“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

“The price of greatness is responsibility.” – Winston Churchill

“Leadership – leadership is about taking responsibility, not making excuses.” – Mitt Romney

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” – Abraham Lincoln

“A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.” – Bob Dylan

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“Responsibility is what awaits outside the Eden of Creativity.” – Nadine Gordimer

“Responsibility is the thing people dread the most of all. Yet it is the one thing in the world that develops us, gives us manhood or womanhood fiber.” – Dr. Frank Crane

“Responsibility is the price of greatness.” – Winston Churchill

“Responsibility is accepting that you are the cause & the solution of the matter.” – Anonymous

“Responsibility is a grace you give yourself, not an obligation.” – Dan Millman

“Exercising responsibility is a matter of constant interpretation, individual discretion and judgement. In other words, responsibility is not a finalised notion but rather an open one, subject to additions and alterations that change with time and place. One may encounter as many views on responsibility as there are periods of history, contexts, conventions, religions, laws, interpretations, not to speak of a variety of interests and objectives.” – Edith Sizoo

“I’m convinced that responsibility is some kind of psychological disease.” – Brandon Sanderson

“One of the older misunderstandings about responsibility is the idea that responsibility is a burden and that responsibility in business is largely a matter of liability for punishment. But responsibility is also a matter of pride and praise for a job well done. Responsibility is having a place in an organization and in a community as a full-fledged participant, and it is our responsibilities that also determine the perks and privileges of a position. There is nothing negative about responsibility–except when it is a responsibility unfulfilled or neglected.” – Robert C. Solomon

“Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each one of us individually.” – Dalai Lama

“Responsibility walks hand in hand with capacity and power.” – Josiah Gilbert Holland

“Responsibility’s like a string we can only see the middle of. Both ends are out of sight.” – William McFee

Taking Responsibility Quotes

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“The power behind taking responsibility for your actions lies in putting an end to negative thought patterns. You no longer dwell on what went wrong or focus on whom you are going to blame. You don’t waste time building roadblocks to your success. Instead, you are set free and can now focus on succeeding.” – Lorii Myers

“The key is taking responsibility and initiative, deciding what your life is about and prioritizing your life around the most important things.” – Stephen Covey

“Taking responsibility for oneself is by definition an act of kindness.” – Sharon Salzberg

“Peak performance begins with your taking complete responsibility for your life and everything that happens to you.” – Brian Tracy

“By taking responsibility for yourself, you can stop relying on others to take responsibility for you.” – Vironika Tugaleva

“A prig always finds a last refuge in responsibility.” – Jean Cocteau

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

“Accepting responsibility should be your default response to everything.” – Pia Silva

“Character – the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life – is the source from which self-respect springs.” – Joan Didio

“Eventually we all have to accept full and total responsibility for our actions, everything we have done, and have not done.” – Hubert Selby Jr.

“Concern yourself more with accepting responsibility than with assigning blame. Let the possibilities inspire you more than the obstacles discourage you.” – Ralph Marston

“It is only when you take responsibility for your life that you discover how powerful you truly are.” – Allanah Hunt

“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

“People think responsibility is hard to bear. It’s not. I think that sometimes it is the absence of responsibility that is harder to bear. You have a great feeling of importance.” – Henry Kissinger

“Take responsibility — it’s where your powers live.” – Will Craig

“The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most far-reaching consequence of submission to authority.” – Stanley Milgram

“There are two primary choices in life: To accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” – Denis Waitley.

“Those who enjoy responsibility usually get it; those who merely like exercising authority usually lose it.” – Malcolm Forbes

“To say you have no choice is to relieve yourself of responsibility.” – Patrick Ness

“We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.” – George Bernard Shaw

“When you start to accept responsibility for the results you get in life, you also take back the power to change your future outcome.” – Kevin Ngo

“With great power there must also come … great responsibility!” – Stan Lee

“Your life begins to change the day you take responsibility for it.” – Steve Maraboli

“Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Social Responsibility Quotes

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“Society as a whole benefits immeasurably from a climate in which all persons, regardless of race or gender, may have the opportunity to earn respect, responsibility, advancement and remuneration based on ability.” – Sandra Day O’Connor

“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

“In the moral and social duties of life there are responsibilities resting upon us which, if neglected, become so great a burden that we fall under their oppressiveness.” – Annie E. Lancaster

“Everything which the real welfare of society requires, but which without tyranny could not be regulated by government, remains a responsibility on the conscience and honor of individuals.” – Brooks

“If an assumption of responsibility is made in ethics, it is assumed as a metaphysical theory and is thus open to the objections that can be made to any metaphysical statement.” – Moira Roberts

“Note that political responsibility is wholly vicarious and inescapable. Although one may not have participated in harm-doing, one still shares responsibility.” – Cassie Striblen

Personal Responsibility Quotes

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“You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstance, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.” – Jim Rohn

“The victim mindset dilutes the human potential. By not accepting personal responsibility for our circumstances, we greatly reduce our power to change them.” – Steve Maraboli

“The secret ingredients to true happiness? Decisive optimism and personal responsibility.” – Amy Leigh Mercree

“Personal responsibility leads to national transformation.” – Sunday Adelaja

“Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will – his personal responsibility.” – Albert Einstein

“Accepting personal responsibility for your life frees you from outside influences – increases your self-esteem – boosts confidence in your ability to make decisions – and ultimately leads to achieving success in life.” – Roy T. Bennett

“A lot of responsibility is learned over time and comes with experience. The best we can do is try our hardest and be self-aware.”

“If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams.” – Les Brown

“It is easy to ignore responsibility when one is only an intermediate link in a chain of action.” – Stanley Milgram

“Look at the word responsibility ‘response-ability’ the ability to choose your response. Highly proactive people recognize that responsibility. They do not blame circumstances, conditions, or conditioning for their behavior. Their behavior is a product of their own conscious choice, based on values, rather than a product of their conditions, based on feeling.” – Stephen Covey

“Men who reject the responsibility of thought and reason can only exist as parasites on the thinking of others.” – Ayn Rand

“Take responsibility for your own greatness, no one can take that courage walk for you.” – January Donovan

“Take responsibility for your own happiness. Do not expect people or things to bring you happiness, or you could be disappointed.” – Rodolfo Costa

“The best way to avoid responsibility is to say, I’ve got responsibilities.” – Richard Bach

“The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self-respect springs.” – Joan Didion

“Until you accept responsibility for your life, someone else runs your life.” – Orrin Woodward

Freedom And Responsibility Quotes

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“With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry his own weight, this is a frightening prospect.” – Eleanor Roosevelt, You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life

“When you choose freedom, you also choose responsibility.” – Richie Norton

“What is freedom? To have the will to be responsible for one’s self.” – Max Stirner

“Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.” – Sigmund Freud

“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

“Freedom is the will to be responsible for ourselves.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.” – Bob Dylan

“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.” – George Bernard Shaw

“One of the annoying things about believing in free will and individual responsibility is the difficulty of finding somebody to blame your problems on. And when you do find somebody, it’s remarkable how often his picture turns up on your driver’s license.” – P. J. O’rourke

Responsibility Quotes For Parents

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“Let us liberate ourselves from any form of control. Let us focus at the inner drum, where the rhythm aligns with that of our heart. The measure of responsibility equals to the need for evolution. Just listen, the inner child, let it whisper in your ear.” – Grigoris Deoudis

“If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.” – Abigail Van Buren

“It seems to me that a great deal of this type of censorship has to do with absolving parents of responsibility – parents who just plop their kids in front of the television and leave them there hour upon hour.” – John Irving

“Every parent knows this moment in a child’s age when he or she needs your attention in a very specific way because it’s the beginning and ending of the early life of imagination. It’s such a responsibility.” – Nicole Ari Parker

“My parents had job jars because my father would say, ‘Kids today have too much time, too much money and no responsibility. You’re going to have no time, no money and a lot of responsibility.’” – Denise Morrison

“I related so much to the responsibility of being a parent, the responsibility of “did you screw your kid up,” the responsibility of letting your own parents down.” – John Krasinski

“When parents neglect their responsibility to correct and discipline their children society suffers. The results are crimes and harm committed against others.” – Ellen J. Barrier

“Anybody who has children and children who are well feels a sense of responsibility towards parents and kids and families that are struggling and that aren’t well.” – Annette Bening

“I’m part of the tribe who have said goodbye to one parent and are feeling a sense of responsibility for the one who remains – in my case, my mother. How do I make her time smoother, happier? How do I try to ease her, a widow, away from the dark well of grief without dishonoring the necessity of that grief?” – Patti Davis

“Having children truly ends adolescence. We are all either parents or children: responsibility-takers or those who demand from others.” – Ben Shapiro

“I think we make our own luck. Our parents give us life, but what we do with that life is our own responsibility.” – Meg Cabot

“There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction; the moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you.” – J.K. Rowling

“Men and women have defined roles, and it’s the responsibility of a parent to make sure they know which way to go; otherwise, a child would feed themselves with their feet without the correct guidance.” – Monica Johnson

“Education begins at home and I applaud the parents who recognize that they – not someone else – must take responsibility to assure that their children are well educated.” – Ernest Istook

“Since the conception of our country, America has held that parents, not schools, teachers, and certainly not courts, hold the primary responsibility of educating their children.” – John Doolittle

“When you become a parent, that’s a whole new level of life intruding. Nobody tells you how boring and time-sucking it’s going to be! Or how the responsibility feels like an airbag going off in your life.” – Maria Semple

“Part of our responsibility as parents, as adults, is to set examples for children. But we have to like children in order to be really happy fulfilled adults.” – Bobby McFerrin

“I think that discipline is so much of an important part of being a parent. Because it’s very, very important to teach your children to take responsibility for their actions.” – Cheryl Ladd

“My parents never condescended to me. As a child, I always sat at the head of our dinner table. I was always given a lot of responsibility.” – Claire Danes

“Parents do bear some of the responsibility if they don’t talk to their kids, are never around, even deny their kids the love that young girls often crave when they decide to have a baby.” – Barbara Delinsky

“I believe that the fight against crime starts in the home. Parents must take responsibility for their children and show them love and guidance from an early age so they learn to respect the rights of others.” – Blanche Lincoln

“Being a grownup means assuming responsibility for yourself, for your children, and – here’s the big curve – for your parents.” – Wendy Wasserstein

“Children… are our legacy. Our responsibility. They are our destiny and we are theirs. The extent to which we fail as parents, we fail as Gods children.” – Dirk Benedict

“We gotta figure out a way to pay our teachers more. They’re like surrogate parents away from home. They have such a huge responsibility and they’re underappreciated and underpaid.” – Justin Timberlake

“Honestly, I don’t know if I’d want to be an educator. I find teachers to have more responsibility, in a way, than being a parent. You’re molding hundreds of minds every year.” – Eva Amurri

“The Food Network and the Cooking Channel have so many viewers. And, because there’s no violence, some of that audience is children. So, I think we have a responsibility to educate parents how to produce healthy meals for their families.” – Robert Irvine

“Children… are our legacy. Our responsibility. They are our destiny and we are theirs. The extent to which we fail as parents, we fail as God’s children.” – Dirk Benedict

“Being a teenager is chaotic because you’re kind of coming into your own, but you’re not an adult; you’re fighting with your parents over responsibilities and freedom.” – Troian Bellisario

“I was the oldest child, and both my parents worked, so I had a great deal of responsibility from a very young age.” – Suzanne Vega

“I would expect illegal alien parents to take care of their children. If it means the kids go back home with them, that’s what happens. If it means there are legal relatives in the United States that can take care of them, that can happen to. But I believe it’s the parents responsibility to take care of the kids.” – Mo Brooks

“Along with individual responsibility goes some societal responsibility to enable young people and their parents to do what they need to do. Otherwise, what is a society?” – Robert B. Reich

“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” – Anne Frank

“Role modeling is the most basic responsibility of parents. Parents are handing life’s scripts to their children, scripts that in all likelihood will be acted out for the rest of the children’s lives.” – Stephen Covey

“My parents taught me to approach the world critically, but also to approach it with a sense of responsibility.” – Chelsea Clinton

“When you have parents who are a little out of their minds, somebody has to take responsibility.” – Shannon Woodward

“We share responsibility. It’s important to have a good spouse; that’s where I sympathize with single parents.” – Hunter Tylo

“Work at our responsibility as parents as if everything in life counted on it.” – Gordon B. Hinckley

“People in China have a range of strong views about how children should be protected when they go online and whether the responsibility should be with the government, with parents, or somebody else.” – Rebecca MacKinnon

“Part of our responsibility as parents, as adults, is to set examples for children. But we have to like children in order to be really happy fulfilled adults” – Bobby McFerrin

Family Responsibility Quotes

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“Let us not shrink from the responsibility which comes down upon the age in which we live. The great and mighty problem of the universe has been given to the whole human family for its solution.” – O. M. Mitchell

“The moment you take responsibility for everything in your life is the moment you can change anything in your life.” – Hal Elrod

“To decide to be at the level of choice, is to take responsibility for your life and to be in control of your life.” – Arbie M. Dale

“Having family responsibilities and concerns just has to make you a more understanding person.” – Sandra Day O’Connor

“The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.” – Denis Waitley

Husband Responsibility Quotes

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“Your responsibility as a father and a husband transcends any other interest in life.” – Boyd K. Packer

“I think if you’re going to be in a relationship with someone, you need to be able to share the responsibility, the knowledge, the worry. It’s not like it was when our parents or their parents were having lives where the mom just baked bread, and the husband worried about it, and the wife didn’t know there was any problem.” – Laura Wasser

“After I started to understand the spiritual dimension of life, I understood the responsibilities you have as a husband, a father, a friend and a hockey player.” – Paul Henderson

“Priesthood lessons are regularly devoted to topics of family leadership, and quorum leaders everywhere are feeling more and more their responsibility to teach and train their quorum members to be better husbands and fathers.” – Joseph B. Wirthlin

“Just as men must give up economic control when their wives share the responsibility for the family’s financial well-being, women must give up exclusive parental control when their husbands assume more responsibility for child care.” – Augustus Y. Napier

“Headship is the divine calling of a husband to take primary responsibility for Christlike, servant leadership, protection, and provision in the home.” – John Piper

“As time goes on you are given responsibility and other things to deal with. You become a husband and a father and there’s another shirt of stuff.” – Mike Ness

“There are wives who are very involved with their husbands’ offices and really take their responsibility seriously in terms of issues and things like that. I was never very comfortable with being part of that.” – Niki Tsongas

“The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up.” – John C. Maxwell

Responsibility Quotes For Work

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“Work on yourself first, take responsibility for your own progress.” – I Ching

“Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work.” – Adrienne Rich

“If you want to change something about yourself, you need to be willing to take full responsibility for yourself. If you are going to hide behind stories and excuses, it won’t work!” – Akiroq Brost

“One of the things about having positions of responsibility is that with that comes even more responsibility.” – Bill Haslam

“Stop pointing fingers and placing blame on others. Your life can only change to the degree that you accept responsibility for it.” – Steve Maraboli

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

“I’m not perfect; I make mistakes all the time. All I can do is to try my best to learn from my mistakes, take responsibility for them, and do a better job tomorrow.” – Lana

“You create everything that happens to you…. If you want to be really successful, and I know you do, then you will have to give up blaming and complaining and take total responsibility for your life–that means all your results, both your successes and your failures. That is the prerequisite for creating a life of success. It is only by acknowledging that you have created everything up until now that you can take charge of creating the future you want.” – Jack Canfield

Responsibility Bible Quotes

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“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” – Colossians 3:23-24

“Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall.” – Second Peter 1:10

“But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load.” – Galatians 6:4-5

“For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.” – Romans 14:10, 12

“For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died. So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil.” – Romans 14:15-16

“We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry.” – Second Corinthians 6:3

“Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.” – Proverbs 28:13

Responsibility And Accountability Quotes

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“No man was ever endowed with a right without being at the same time saddled with a responsibility.” – Gerald W Johnson

“There’s not a chance we’ll reach our full potential until we stop blaming each other and start practicing personal accountability.” – John G. Miller

“Taking personal accountability is a beautiful thing because it gives us complete control of our destinies.” – Heather Schuck

“It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do for which we are accountable.” – Moliere

“Distributing responsibility is an effective way to build proficiencies, increase personal accountability, and test how people handle their newfound freedom.” – David Kahn

“Blame is the coward’s solution to his fear of accountability.” – Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Accountability breeds response-ability.” – Stephen Covey

Final Thoughts

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Responsibility for everything in our lives – thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Accepting responsibility for your own actions makes life more fulfilling. Hopefully, the above inspirational quotes about responsibility remind you of that!

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Originally published December 21, 2020, updated December 21, 2020

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