Quotes About Responsibility

It is the woman – nearly always – in spite of all the advances of modern feminism, who still takes responsibility for the bulk of the chores, as well as doing her paid job. This is true even in households where men try to be unselfish and to do their share.

— A. N. Wilson

We lost our minds in the ’80s and ’90s we really as a society just felt that everyone could only care about themselves. There was no responsibility to discuss what’s going on in your town, your state, your nation. And it was a blast, it was really fun, but it doesn’t work.

— Adam McKay

My responsibility is to present things in a way that is realistic and true to the multifaceted world I’ve known… This is how I think the world is, not how it should be.

— Adrian Tomine

Teach success before teaching responsibility. Teach them to believe in themselves. Teach them to think, ‘I’m not stupid’. No child wants to fail. Everyone wants to succeed.

— Al Green

While Wall Street firms typically underwrite offerings in teams, the lead underwriter, or manager, of the offering has primary responsibility for selling the offering and reaps much of the fees and profit.

— Alex Berenson

As long as Rupert Murdoch has owned it, the ‘New York Post’ has been defined by its shamelessness and total lack of interest in taking responsibility for its worst errors and poor judgment.

— Alex Pareene

There are two important things to remember about ‘entitlements’: They are hugely popular programs for a very good reason, and actual sensible ‘reform’ would mean improving them, not sacrificing them at the altar of ‘fiscal responsibility.’

— Alex Pareene

I’m doing it, I took responsibility in my country and I’ve done it with my bare hands.

— Alexis Arguello

So, I have the responsibility of making sure that HUD functions and runs well.

— Alphonso Jackson

This is the 21st century, and we would all like to think racism is dead in America. Actually, that’s not the case: still there are some racial issues that are out across this nation, and so we have a responsibility as compassionate citizens of America, no matter what our ethnic group happens to be, to confront these issues when they arise.

— Alveda King

I’m looking for a Justice who appreciates the awesome responsibility that she will be given, if confirmed. A Justice who understands the gravity of the office and who respects the very different roles that the Constitution provides for each of the three branches of government.

— Amy Klobuchar

A voice is very intimate. It’s something of your own. So there’s always this fear, because you feel naked. There’s a fear of not reaching up to expectations. As you become more famous, people come and expect to hear something extraordinary, so you don’t want to disappoint them. I feel this sense of responsibility.

— Andrea Bocelli

I’m still not comfortable recommending that people eat saturated fat with abandon, but it’s clear to me that sugar, flour and oxidized seed oils create inflammatory effects in the body that almost certainly bear most of the responsibility for elevating heart disease risk.

— Andrew Weil

When you are younger, you are running on that pure naive adrenalin, you don’t have any real responsibility aside from making sure you get there and play. And there’s usually someone there to help you do that!

— Andy Taylor

I got the wake-up call that no one is policing our oceans. I wondered, how can I do anything? What really can I do to make things better? There are some perks to being a celebrity. My job is to be funny once in a while, but it’s my responsibility to make good use of it.

— Angela Kinsey

When a company is fairly certain of a profit margin that is substantial, it can assume responsibility for the clinical trials to develop a blockbuster drug.

— Anthony Fauci

Sometimes it is easy… to enhance your prestige by not exercising your responsibility, but that’s not been the tradition of the court.

— Anthony Kennedy

6 Times’ is an attempt to reinvestigate the social responsibility of sculpture. The body in question is a particular body, but it doesn’t really matter whose it is.

— Antony Gormley

As a Jew, it is my historic responsibility to defend the Jewish people. I feel this responsibility for the survival of the Jewish people. We’re not going to accept any decision by anybody else about security of the State of Israel. It is our role and only our role.

— Ariel Sharon

One must remember that the Jews have one, tiny country, the only place they have the right and capability to defend themselves by themselves. And it is our duty and my responsibility to see that we will never compromise about that.

— Ariel Sharon

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

As governor, my chief responsibility is to keep our state and people safe, which is why I have decided to oppose Arkansas being used as a relocation center for Syrian refugees.

— Asa Hutchinson

The security of the citizens of Israel, the future of the state of Israel, this is the Israeli government’s responsibility.

— Avigdor Lieberman

The responsibility of philanthropy rests with us. The wealthier we are, the more powerful we get. We cannot put the entire onus on the government.

— Azim Premji

If one has been blessed or have been fortunate enough to have got much more than normal wealth, it is but natural that one expects a certain fiduciary responsibility in terms of how that wealth is applied, used and leveraged for purposes of society.

— Azim Premji

The government, whether state or central, is elected. That means we have a responsibility to elect the right kind of leaders.

— A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Our responsibility is to captivate you for however long we’ve asked for your attention. That said, there is tremendous drama to be gotten from the great, what you would say, heavy issues.

— Aaron Sorkin

The whole question of fiduciary responsibility is a very old concept. You could make a movie about someone making that rule at any point in history, and within a few months, it will turn out to be timely.

— Alan Alda

The roots of the word ‘anarchy’ are ‘an archos,’ ‘no leaders,’ which is not really about the kind of chaos that most people imagine when the word ‘anarchy’ is mentioned. I think that anarchy is, to the contrary, about taking personal responsibility for yourself.

— Alan Moore

Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will – his personal responsibility in the realm of faith and morals.

— Albert Schweitzer

Freedom comes with a lot of responsibility. When you are by yourself, you have to develop a third eye.

— Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

As an elder of the Americas and of the rest of the planet, it is my responsibility to care for and protect, to the best of my ability, the young.

— Alice Walker

You know what may be the oddest thing about being a star? Stars have an effect on people. It’s a responsibility, and it’s frightening.

— Andie MacDowell

We Germans have a special responsibility to be alert, sensitive, and aware of what we did during the Nazi era and about lasting damage caused in other countries. I’ve got tremendous sympathy for that.

— Angela Merkel

I believe in recovery, and I believe that as a role model I have the responsibility to let young people know that you can make a mistake and come back from it.

— Ann Richards

If consumers were more empowered, they would take more responsibility for their health.

— Anne Wojcicki

It’s up to all of us, the consumers, to take charge of our health. It’s almost like voting. It’s your responsibility.

— Anne Wojcicki

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

— Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Of course, we also have the responsibility to win games and the difficulty in the job is to combine both.

— Arsene Wenger

I believe that writers have a responsibility to evolve the language, whether by introducing new words or new usages. Shakespeare alone is responsible for something like 3400 words and phrases.

— Adam Mansbach

The duty of responsibility placed on any MP is one of the greatest honours that can be bestowed and I for one don’t believe the Conservative Party would abuse that trust by selecting someone who did not have the goods to do the job, just for the sake of media coverage.

— Adam Rickitt

Michael Chertoff and the Department of Homeland Security, they have the primary responsibility of ensuring that our ports are secure.

— Alberto Gonzales

I feel that each and every one of us as individuals has a responsibility to one another. None of us would be here without the help of someone else – whether it be guardians, teachers, parents, relatives, etc. – someone contributed to your well being as a person. We’re all connected in so many different ways.

— Alonzo Mourning

The Chinese mom is not the helicopter mom. I would never do their homework for them. It’s all about: Take responsibility, don’t blame others. Be self-reliant. Never blame the teacher.

— Amy Chua

Long before the arrival of reality TV – before speed cameras, before recording angels on buses and lampposts – I felt I was living in a country that already knew how to watch itself. It was journalism that held the responsibility for seeing who we were and noticing what we did.

— Andrew O’Hagan

I mean, before this, I would have said playing Bill Gates, because I’m playing someone obviously who is alive and is the richest man in the world. That was a heavy responsibility.

— Anthony Michael Hall

My responsibility is, I’m always trying to look for new people of color or even artistic people who need a chance.

— Antoine Fuqua

Responsibility without power, the fate of the secretary through the ages.

— Ariel Dorfman

When we choose to have an abortion, we must do so understanding the full ramifications of what we are doing. Anything less feels to me to be hypocritical, a selfish abnegation of reality and responsibility.

— Ayelet Waldman

I think that’s why I’m an actor: so I can tell those stories without having to really live through those stories with real consequences and real stakes, real responsibility.

— Aaron Lazar

It is important to tell good stories. You can tell stories even if they are not huge, epic, and wonderful. You can still take the responsibility for being a scribe of your tribe.

— Ajay Naidu

And I think to be in NATO for the countries of our region, it means more guarantees for us, it means more responsibility for our common security, but it means fulfillment of all standards of civilized world, like protection of human rights and democratic mechanisms.

— Aleksander Kwasniewski

I see everybody arguing about what the value of music should be instead of what I think the bigger conversation is, which is that music has value, it’s subjective and we’re moving to a new era where the audience is taking more responsibility for supporting artists at whatever level.

— Amanda Palmer

I wouldn’t say the world is my parish, but my readers are my parish. And especially the readers that write to me. They’re my parish. And it’s a responsibility that I enjoy.

— Andrew Greeley

Referring the matter to a committee’ can be a device for diluting authority, diffusing responsibility and delaying decisions.

— Antony Jay

If troubled companies want to explain away 2008 as a ‘black swan,’ then someone should take responsibility for creating the oil slick that seems to have tarred the entire flock!

— Andrew Lo

Globalisation makes it clear that social responsibility is required not only of governments, but of companies and individuals. All sources must interact in order to reach the MDGs.

— Anna Lindh

I believe in having total clarity around our goals. I believe in creating these goals together as a group and making sure they’re aligned with Bob Iger’s goals for the Walt Disney Co. And more than anything, making sure people understand that they have a responsibility to one another.

— Anne Sweeney

The opposition may have the right to doubt every thing, but for myself, I call on opposition to practice its role within limits of objectively, responsibility and country interests.

— Ali Abdullah Saleh

I’m very proud to be a professional tennis player. I’m really happy to be doing something that I love. With this comes responsibility, and I am honored when I am told that I have inspired someone to play tennis.

— Ana Ivanovic

The top priority is leaving no child behind. We want accountability in the system, and we want schools to recognize they have a responsibility to teach students.

— Andrew Card

There is a great responsibility on the team to perform well, because our supporters and the whole of the country are expecting us to do just that.

— Andriy Shevchenko

When people disappoint you, it’s just as much your responsibility to be aware of it and what you don’t want.

— Angel Olsen

In Congress, I was a relentless advocate for fiscal responsibility.

— Ann Kirkpatrick

The composers could no longer direct all performances in person, and so the responsibility of interpreting their works in the spirit in which they had been conceived was placed upon conductors.

— Anton Seidl

As an Italian-American, I have a special responsibility to be sensitive to ethnic stereotypes.

— Al D’Amato

One of the things I would love for people to think about is social responsibility. If you are fortunate enough to be someone who owns land, I think you ought to be making the most efficient use of that land possible.

— Adam Dell

With wealth, one is in a position of responsibility. You must try to help others. It is as simple as that.

— Arpad Busson

When they come here, what we are looking for them to do is step up to the plate, take responsibility and get the big innings, the centuries – or take a lead with the ball.

— Andy Pick

I don’t know if I feel a responsibility to encourage women, I just do! Yes, I think all of us chicks should be inspired and create! In whatever way that inspiration comes, we should shine! Honestly, I feel the same way about men.

— Angela Bettis

Religion must mainly be a matter of principles only. It cannot be a matter of rules. The moment it degenerates into rules, it ceases to be a religion, as it kills responsibility which is an essence of the true religious act.

— B. R. Ambedkar

Achieving gender equality requires the engagement of women and men, girls and boys. It is everyone’s responsibility.

— Ban Ki-moon

I said that America’s role would be limited that we would not put ground troops into Libya that we would focus our unique capabilities on the front end of the operation, and that we would transfer responsibility to our allies and partners.

— Barack Obama

After 2014, we will support a unified Afghanistan as it takes responsibility for its own future.

— Barack Obama

I served seven years as the chair of the Princeton economics department where I had responsibility for major policy decisions, such as whether to serve bagels or doughnuts at the department coffee hour.

— Ben Bernanke

I generally leave the details of fiscal programs to the Administration and Congress. That’s really their area of authority and responsibility, and I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to second guess.

— Ben Bernanke

Quite frankly, having an uninformed populace works extremely well, particularly when you have a media that doesn’t understand its responsibility and feels more like it’s an arm of a political party. They can really take advantage of an uninformed populace.

— Ben Carson

You have to be responsible when you’re running an organization, and firing people who are your friends is part of that responsibility.

— Ben Horowitz

When people are desperate or wealthy, they turn to socialism only when they have no other alternative do they embrace the free market. After all, lies about guaranteed security are far more seductive than lectures about personal responsibility.

— Ben Shapiro

Capitalism requires individual responsibility and accountability. People are seen as atomized units in a capitalist system – they are either useful, or they are not. They are not seen racially or ethnically or religiously. They consume and they produce, and those are their only relevant characteristics.

— Ben Shapiro

A corporation’s responsibility is to the shareholders, not its retirees and employees. Companies are doing everything they can to get rid of pension plans and they will succeed.

— Ben Stein

Take personal responsibility. A lot of people go, ‘Well, I’ll get a dog because I have a kid and a kid needs a dog.’ And it doesn’t work out for that dog and the dog is on the street.

— Betty White

If everyone took personal responsibility for their animals, we wouldn’t have a lot of the animal problems that we do. I’m a big spay-and-neuter supporter. Don’t have babies if you’re not going to take care of those babies. We don’t need more. We just need to take care of the ones we have. Take responsibility and breathe kindness.

— Betty White

I love making movies, and being in any that I can be in. I’d like to be in those giant movies, as the fifth or sixth lead, and have three or four killer scenes. You don’t have the responsibility of the entire movie being on you. I like those roles. I’m shooting for the middle.

— Bill Burr

Although I don’t have a prescription for what others should do, I know I have been very fortunate and feel a responsibility to give back to society in a very significant way.

— Bill Gates

The fight against AIDS in China is already well underway. The Chinese government and other funders are providing major support, and they’ll continue to bear primary responsibility for delivering prevention and treatment.

— Bill Gates

The story behind ‘Check Point’ is what drew me in. The script had a couple of twists that I really did not see coming… To get out there and raise people’s awareness, I think there’s a big responsibility in that.

— Bill Goldberg

The most powerful nation on earth should be able to pass a fair, effective immigration law that combines compassion with responsibility and does not injure hard working Americans who are taxed up to here.

— Bill O’Reilly

We’re professional athletes. People know who we are, and if there’s some way we can help with a friend or someone in need, that’s a responsibility we have. I really strongly believe that.

— Bobby Orr

Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him.

— Booker T. Washington

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

For an adult, the world is constantly trying to clamp down on itself. Routine, responsibility, decay of institutions, corruption: this is all the world closing in.

— Bruce Springsteen

Being first outside the spacecraft would bring much more responsibility, and I really wasn’t looking for that.

— Buzz Aldrin

Family responsibility, yes, and always. Family bankruptcy due to the cruel rules of government, no.

— Barbara Mikulski

America must continue diplomacy, even as we continue the war, to expand the coalition of the willing to share the burden of war and to share the responsibility and the economic cost of rebuilding Iraq.

— Barbara Mikulski

Anger, and the self-righteousness that is both the cause and consequence of anger, tends to be easier on the psyche than personal responsibility.

— Barry Eisler

Psychologically, it’s always more pleasurable to blame others for our problems than it is to acknowledge our own responsibility.

— Barry Eisler

It’s really important to me to promote worthy causes. But not in a heavy, obligatory, responsibility way. I really admired that as a kid, learning about the ‘Elton John AIDS Foundation.’ And I was obsessed with The Indigo Girls. And they are the consummate activist group, always reaching out, especially to Native causes and things like that.

— Brandi Carlile

I believe you have a responsibility to comport yourself in a manner that gives an example to others. As a young man, I prayed for success. Now I pray just to be worthy of it.

— Brendan Fraser

The great thing about being a broadcaster is you have this incredible responsibility to the people that make it all happen, the people that turn on the television set.

— Bill Walton

Fiscal responsibility and government reform are going to be good themes for governing, well at any time, but particularly coming out of a recovery.

— Bob McDonnell

If we plant the right seeds, tomorrow will be better. If you put out good things, then you’ll get good things back. That’s part of our responsibility as entertainers.

— Ben Vereen

I went to acting school, and there were twenty other actors in my class who were exceptional. It’s hard for anybody to get work. When I was trying to get jobs, I felt a responsibility to be respectful of the opportunities and take challenging things that could be interesting both for me as an actor and for the audience.

— Billy Crudup

We as a Congress have a moral obligation to bring justice to the families of these victims. Furthermore, as a society based on laws, we have a responsibility to ensure that criminals don’t go unpunished.

— Bob Filner

I met with my lawyers. They gave me all the wrong advice. For a long time I refused to accept the child was mine. I should have met her, arranged a DNA test and accepted my responsibility.

— Boris Becker

In my country, at that time, being a champion of chess was like being a King. At that time I was a King – and when you are King you feel a lot of responsibility, but there is nobody there to help you.

— Boris Spassky

It is a high patriotic duty that we support and sustain the men who have been placed in position of difficulty, burden, responsibility, and even danger as the result of our suffrages.

— Bainbridge Colby

Of course, bankers were always interested in making money. But when bankers had clients, they bore some responsibility for the clients’ welfare.

— Barry Schwartz

I think it’s part of the responsibility of an artist to shock, to upset, to make people think differently, and to surprise people. And that’s where the good humor is, if there’s a surprise and there’s something unexpected. Something that’s not normal, not in the realm of general living expectations.

— Bill Plympton

Broadcasters have a responsibility to serve the public interest and protect Americans from objectionable content, particularly during the hours when children are likely to be watching.

— Bart Gordon

Obedience is detachment from the self. This is the most radical detachment of all. But what is the self? The self is the principle of reason and responsibility in us. It is the root of freedom, it is what makes us men.

— Bede Griffiths

As a citizen and someone who was a judge on the constitutional law court for 18 years, I feel whenever I can raise my voice with the hope of being heard I need to do it, but I wouldn’t assign a special wisdom and responsibility to writers.

— Bernhard Schlink

As the years went by, working on Broadway, I started seeing that I had a fan base and that they were mostly young girls. They are looking for someone that they can look up to, that they see as a role model. And I don’t take that lightly it’s a big responsibility.

— Bianca Marroquin

It’s my responsibility, and entirely my fault, Of course I regret it. It’s the kind of locker-room conversation we all use, but as prime minister I shouldn’t have used it.

— Brian Mulroney

You can delegate authority, but you cannot delegate responsibility.

— Byron Dorgan

It’s a big responsibility and great motiviation to be a Mexican fighter who is admired, and I thank God for the support I get from Mexicans on both sides of the border.

— Canelo Alvarez

I’ve always said that the better off you are, the more responsibility you have for helping others. Just as I think it’s important to run companies well, with a close eye to the bottom line, I think you have to use your entrepreneurial experience to make corporate philanthropy effective.

— Carlos Slim

I think that we have a responsibility to make certain that we are fiscally responsible in order to assure, frankly, future generations don’t have to pay our bills.

— Carol Moseley Braun

All dogs can become aggressive, but the difference between an aggressive Chihuahua and an aggressive pit bull is that the pit bull can do more damage. That’s why it’s important to make sure you are a hundred percent ready for the responsibility if you own a ‘power’ breed, like a pit bull, German shepherd, or Rottweiler.

— Cesar Millan

The War Powers Act requires presidents to seek the consent of the American people, through their representatives, before sending our troops into war. It is the responsibility of Congress to deliberate and consult with the executive branch before involving ourselves in a military conflict.

— Charles B. Rangel

Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, makes it his own.

— Charles de Gaulle

My parents taught me to approach the world critically, but also to approach it with a sense of responsibility.

— Chelsea Clinton

Pilots learn to use human skills to communicate information and make decisions collectively, which creates a shared sense of responsibility among the team for better outcomes.

— Chesley Sullenberger

A movie star is someone people look at and go, ‘I want to be like that person’. There’s the responsibility of desire. It’s not something I’m interested in trying. I would fail miserably at it, so why even bother?

— Christian Bale

Because I’m an older mom, I have a responsibility to my kids as well as myself. I want to be there for them.

— Christie Brinkley

The most important film I made, in terms of its subject and the great responsibility I had as an actor, was a film I did about the founder of Pakistan called ‘Jinnah.’

— Christopher Lee

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

When I was 18 I went to college for two years and didn’t work for a year which was essential for me, because my identity had been so influenced by my being an actor and I think I just needed to discover what it was to be myself, divorced from all that responsibility.

— Claire Danes

I was a serious kid to an absurd degree. I was overwhelmed with responsibility. You know, trying to play grown up. I overdid it.

— Claire Danes

I believe all Americans who believe in freedom, tolerance and human rights have a responsibility to oppose bigotry and prejudice based on sexual orientation.

— Coretta Scott King

You don’t have to be one of those people that accepts things as they are. Every day, take responsibility for changing them right where you are.

— Cory Booker

In life, you get one choice over and over again. That is to take conditions as they are or take responsibility for changing them.

— Cory Booker

When you decide to get involved in a military operation in a place like Syria, you’ve got to be prepared, as we learned from Iraq and Afghanistan, to become the government, and I’m not sure any country, either the United States or I don’t hear of anyone else, who’s willing to take on that responsibility.

— Colin Powell

I see a New York where people who are down on their luck can get back on the road to responsibility, a job and dignity.

— Carl Paladino

I have a strong sense of responsibility. I like to be directed, it’s true. If I didn’t like that, I’d do something else.

— Catherine Deneuve

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

I don’t personally feel a responsibility to be a role model, but as the actor, I do.

— Chris Colfer

I definitely had those moments, like any actor, when you get anxious and think, ‘When am I going to work again?’ But I would feel that way even when I had every offer in the world coming to me. Then I became a father and I felt a little more of the anxiety that came with the responsibility of being a parent.

— Chris O’Donnell

If you have a child, I said, you have a responsibility at least to stay alive.

— Christiane Amanpour

It’s our responsibility to pass on what we inherited, not to squander it, but to build on it.

— Christine Gregoire

Congressmember Weiner has shown just a pattern of reckless behavior, an inability to tell the truth, and what New Yorkers deserve is a mayor with a record of delivering for them, of vision, and a level of maturity and responsibility.

— Christine Quinn

Be the responsibility on their heads who raise this novel and extraordinary question of reception, going to the unconstitutional abridgment, as I conceive, of the great right of petition inherent in the People of the United States.

— Caleb Cushing

I live in a universe in which blame doesn’t exist. I don’t believe in being at fault I believe in taking responsibility for your actions. If I do something wrong, I take responsibility for it.

— Concha Buika

When God put everybody here, I don’t think that he had a master plan of a pecking order. That’s not what you see in the Bible. I disagree with that notion, so in my estimation, we’ve all been put on this planet to share it. It is our duty and our obligation and our responsibility to make sure that we’ve done so in the proper fashion.

— Corey Feldman

Sure, I’d take the responsibility of queen any day.

— Charisma Carpenter

I’m just becoming more and more aware of this truly profound responsibility that we carry as individuals. And it’s a responsibility not only to ourselves and to our families, but to the billions of people who still have to come in the future who will be dealing with our legacy.

— Chris Jordan

You know what I hate? I hate people who give me plants. The whole giving someone plants – it’s like giving someone a pet. I’m giving you responsibility, I’m giving you a thing that you now have to take care of for, like, a year until it dies, and then I’m giving you sadness and guilt.

— Chelsea Cain

You can’t just take an aspirin and sit around and have 12 donuts and think, ‘I took my aspirin so I’m not going to have a heart attack.’ It’s really important each person take personal responsibility for their health. You can’t keep thinking that someone else is going to take care of it. You have to be part of the solution.

— Corbin Bernsen

I have had to make a decision I may not agree with, but I am required to follow the letter of the law. It is not my job to think what is best… My responsibility is to decide what the law says and to decide to the law.

— Charles T. Canady

I think I would just want to say that I do view serving in government as an honor, and I do view it as a responsibility.

— Cheryl Mills

I think that when you are in the limelight it is part of your obligation to be a good role model. A lot of kids look up to you, and you are given a God-given talent, so it is your responsibility. It isn’t hard to deal with. I never have to think twice about doing anything.

— Curtis Joseph

Really, of all the important mission responsibilities assigned to United States Strategic Command by the president, none is more important than our responsibility to deter a strategic attack on the United States and our allies and partners.

— C. Robert Kehler

I will not be able to rule without you. You and I have the same responsibility. I do, as Bolivia’s number one servant. Servant – one who serves the nation, not one whom the nation serves.

— Carlos Mesa

Until we all start to take responsibility, until we do all we can to improve the character of our communities, we’ll never break the cycle of violence and indifference.

— Carrie P. Meek

I’d never felt afraid of pollution before and never wore a mask no matter where. But when you carry a life in you, what she breathes, eats and drinks are all your responsibility then you feel the fear.

— Chai Jing

Media corporations have a civic responsibility not only to prevent fraud and financial abuse, but also to not corrupt or degrade our culture.

— Charles W. Pickering

We have to be careful because if one day the world is short of energy, it will be our responsibility. Everybody will ask Total, ‘Why don’t you have more oil?’

— Christophe de Margerie

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

— Dan Quayle

The other day the President said, I know you’ve had some rough times, and I want to do something that will show the nation what faith that I have in you, in your maturity and sense of responsibility. He paused, then said, would you like a puppy?

— Dan Quayle

Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.

— Dalai Lama

Missionary work essentially is a priesthood responsibility, and all of us who hold the priesthood are the Lord’s authorized servants on the earth and are missionaries at all times and in all places – and we always will be.

— David A. Bednar

It was regarded as a responsibility of the BBC to provide programs which have a broad spectrum of interest, and if there was a hole in that spectrum, then the BBC would fill it.

— David Attenborough

There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.

— Denis Waitley

The word ‘iconic’ is used too frequently – an icon is a statue carved in wood. It was shocking at first, when I got that reference. It was a responsibility, and it’s impossible to live up to – you’re supposed to be dead, for one thing.

— Debbie Harry

The idea that you earn things – that you earn respect, that you earn income, responsibility, the vote, punishment… these ideas are anathema to the liberal mind.

— Dennis Prager

Women as mothers grapple with corresponding contradictions. The adoration they feel for their grown daughters, mixed with the sense of responsibility for their well-being, can be overwhelming, matched only by the hurt they feel when their attempts to help or just stay connected are rebuffed or even excoriated as criticism or devilish interference.

— Deborah Tannen

Being more aware creates responsibility. What does responsibility mean? It means the ability to respond. The more conscious you are in your ability to respond, the more creative you’ll be.

— Deepak Chopra

The fashion industry has a responsibility to represent a healthy image of women, but to start weighing them and putting them against a wall and making them feel like animals? No.

— Diane von Furstenberg

Needless to say, innumerable challenges exist in all areas of governance, and much more needs to be done to help the Afghan government assume full responsibility for addressing the concerns of ordinary Afghan citizens.

— David Petraeus

The tragedy is that political leaders failed so badly at delivering what Iraqis clearly wanted – and for that, a great deal of responsibility lies with Prime Minister Maliki.

— David Petraeus

In the best of all worlds, the producers would take some responsibility for the kinds of things they’re putting out. Unfortunately, they don’t.

— Dick Van Dyke

Don’t be a bottleneck. If a matter is not a decision for the President or you, delegate it. Force responsibility down and out. Find problem areas, add structure and delegate. The pressure is to do the reverse. Resist it.

— Donald Rumsfeld

When you are the first of anything, there is a bigger responsibility put on you.

— Don Lemon

If you rely on the media for your information, to educate yourself about the candidates and what issues are facing the country, then you get just part of the equation. I think it’s important that we as citizens of this democracy take the responsibility to get as much information as possible before we go into the voting booth.

— Donna Brazile

Corporate responsibility extends not only to the customers, the resources and the workers of the present, but also to those of the future.

— Donella Meadows

We had people of all backgrounds coming together – all races, all creeds, all colors, all status in life. And coming together there was a kind of quiet dignity and a kind of sense of caring and a feeling of joint responsibility.

— Dorothy Height

As a former board member for Teach For America, I understand that every child has the ability to learn and that, no matter their circumstances at home, we have a duty and a responsibility to educate them and to do it well.

— Doug Ducey

If you’re old enough to father a child, then you’re old enough to accept financial responsibility for that child. If you don’t want your embarrassing, unlawful, and irresponsible behavior going viral, man up and pay up.

— Doug Ducey

Aaah, summer – that long anticipated stretch of lazy, lingering days, free of responsibility and rife with possibility. It’s a time to hunt for insects, master handstands, practice swimming strokes, conquer trees, explore nooks and crannies, and make new friends.

— Darell Hammond

It would be dangerous territory if I wasn’t practising what I preach which is to always accept responsibility, always accept the consequences of your actions.

— David Blunkett

We have a moral responsibility to stand up to Donald Trump, and that’s what we’re going to do.

— David Brock

Congruence, integration, responsibility and integrity are the values that I stand for.

— Debbie Ford

Aretha Franklin was as important to the civil-rights movement as Malcolm X and Medgar Evers. Artists can choose to take on the tremendous amount of responsibility we have, or choose to ignore it.

— D’Angelo

As designers, we have a great responsibility.

— Dieter Rams

If kids can have some sort of social responsibility, that’s cool. But if they’re not actually having social responsibility, and they’re kind of hiding behind it, that’s kind of useless, or even worse.

— Diplo

I believe as a born-again Christian that once you’ve had a chance to drink from the well, it becomes your responsibility to replenish the well.

— Daniel Baldwin

I have a responsibility to the people who work for me, the manufacturers I work with. There is no point to clothes that don’t sell.

— Dries van Noten

And they understand that to be an effective member of a democracy, you have to accept responsibility.

— Daniel Greenberg

You know, I have a responsibility to my team that if I’m going to be on the floor, then I have to make a difference.

— Derek Fisher

This does make me very very careful, particularly in the second draft, to get it right, because you do feel that somebody in the future who may be extremely important for everybody, is going to have me behind them, and this is a responsibility, a huge one.

— Diana Wynne Jones

It was a question of helping a man prepare in the way that suits him best. The theory is if you give a man responsibility for his own actions, then it is up to him to accept that responsibility.

— David Gower

As a Michigan senator, I feel a special responsibility to protect the Great Lakes. They are not only a source of clean drinking water for more than 30 million people but are also an integral part of Michigan’s heritage and its economy.

— Debbie Stabenow

My job is not to frighten children, but sometimes addressing fears and concerns within the safe boundaries of a picture book can fill me with an awesome responsibility to be as truthful and transparent as possible.

— Debi Gliori

I think people have a responsibility, if they write a letter, to make sure that they saw it themselves and it’s not hearsay.

— Diane English

All your acts affect all the people, people that you don’t even know. So we have to live with responsibility. We have to live knowing that we’re not the only ones here and you’re affecting somebody else always.

— Diego Luna

I agree with the British Legion that we have a responsibility to support our troops and support their families, particularly when we are asking people to do very difficult and dangerous things for our security.

— Des Browne

Between an uncontrolled escalation and passivity, there is a demanding road of responsibility that we must follow.

— Dominique de Villepin

In a multipolar world, there must be more powers capable of taking responsibility, the U.S. and Europe must be able to unite to achieve peace in the Middle East.

— Dominique de Villepin

I can’t convince you to put the drink down if you’re an alcoholic, you have to want to do that. I can’t convince you to stop eating the cookies when you’re a diabetic. You have to do that. And that takes responsibility.

— Don Young

When you’re doing characters from famous novels, you have a responsibility as an actor to make it what the writer intended. And then you add and expand from there to create a three-dimensional performance.

— David Suchet

The trouble is that right now I want to put as much work into football as I can. It’s very important for me to get off to a good start. By the same token, I feel a responsibility to handle the media and those sort of things.

— Doug Flutie

I think there’s something unfortunate about the attention that performers get in our media, but the weight of government propaganda is so heavy that anyone with a different point of view who has access to the media has a responsibility to use it.

— David Clennon

As it has for America’s other indigenous peoples, I believe the United States must fulfill its responsibility to Native Hawaiians.

— Daniel Akaka

Playing someone who has a mental illness, the responsibility to not stuff it up is really strong. You have to get it right. Not just for the people who are sufferers, but for the people who care about them – their loved ones.

— Debra Lawrance

In India, the eldest has the most responsibility and the crown goes to him. The crown could go to a person with the most talent. But how could ‘most talent’ be determined? So Indian society settled on age.

— Devdutt Pattanaik

Individual companies now have the voluntary responsibility of recalling their own products. While many companies have acted properly and swiftly to recall contaminated goods, the delay between the identification of tainted foods and the company’s decision to recall those foods leads to the needless sickness of too many Americans.

— Diana DeGette

Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally. If you want to take responsibility for your life, you must choose one of those three options, and you must choose now. Then accept the consequences.

— Eckhart Tolle

The percentage of actors employed is pretty small, and if you’re lucky enough to have a good run at it, you do have a sense of responsibility.

— Eddie Redmayne

At a certain point, you realize you have a responsibility more behind yourself and your need for adrenaline. I’m glad I did things in my 20s that were more reckless.

— Eddie Vedder

I look at modern life and I see people not taking responsibility for their lives. The temptation to blame, to find external causes to one’s own issues is something that is particularly modern. I know that personally I find that sense of responsibility interesting.

— Edward Zwick

In my position as prime minister, I bear the highest responsibility for decisions.

— Ehud Olmert

I believe in the democratization of the arts. What do I mean by that? I think museums, with some exceptions, have a responsibility to educate a much broader public.

— Eli Broad

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

How the woman movement has elevated woman’s work, since it has raised the standard of qualification in many fields and increased the feeling of responsibility in all!

— Ellen Key

You know, I think that allowing somebody, one mere person to believe that he or she is like, the vessel you know, like the font and the essence and the source of all divine, creative, unknowable, eternal mystery is just a smidge too much responsibility to put on one fragile, human psyche. It’s like asking somebody to swallow the sun.

— Elizabeth Gilbert

When people feel like, ‘Lenders weren’t fair with me I don’t have any responsibility to be fair with them.’ If we go far enough down that line, much of the fabric of our economy starts to unravel.

— Elizabeth Warren

The ideal feminist world shouldn’t be one where women suppress their human instincts for attention and desire. We shouldn’t be weighed down with the responsibility of explaining our every move. We shouldn’t have to apologize for wanting attention, either. We don’t owe anyone an explanation.

— Emily Ratajkowski

It’d be stupid for me to sit here and say that there aren’t kids who look up to me, but my responsibility is not to them. I’m not a baby sitter.

— Eminem

You have a responsibility as a locally elected deputy, but you also have a responsibility as the head of government.

— Enda Kenny

I just think that the older you get, the more you appreciate the responsibility of politics.

— Enda Kenny

I don’t take myself too seriously, but I take the job very seriously, and I expect people to do the job that they’re given because this is about all our people, young and old, and it’s an enormous responsibility.

— Enda Kenny

When all the original blues guys are gone, you start to realize that someone has to tend to the tradition. I recognize that I have some responsibility to keep the music alive, and it’s a pretty honorable position to be in.

— Eric Clapton

Jean-Paul Sartre, the existentialist philosopher who celebrated the anguish of decision as a hallmark of responsibility, has no place in Silicon Valley.

— Evgeny Morozov

As Attorney General, my most important responsibility is keeping New Yorkers safe by enforcing the laws that protect our people from harm. But another fundamental part of my job is to seek to advance the basic American principle of equal justice under law.

— Eric Schneiderman

Just as we demand that people take responsibility for their actions, we as a society must take responsibility for fighting injustice.

— Eric Schneiderman

There is in every child at every stage a new miracle of vigorous unfolding, which constitutes a new hope and a new responsibility for all.

— Erik Erikson

When you are part of a megachurch, you have no responsibility to anybody else.

— Eugene H. Peterson

Yes, look, social class is definitely an issue in Britain, it is definitely an issue and I think that most people across the country would sympathise with the idea that there are lots of people with talent and ability all across this country who want to make more of themselves and part of the responsibility of government is to make that happen.

— Ed Miliband

As a player, that’s not your responsibility to comment and to give your opinion on another player. As a quarterback, I don’t want another quarterback tweeting about my performance or judging me in that way.

— Eli Manning

For you, the state is an entity with purposes of its own that the people can be required to serve. For us the word is only a label for the arrangements by which we the people delegate to some among us responsibility for things that concern us in common.

— Elliot Richardson

An expert is somebody who is more than 50 miles from home, has no responsibility for implementing the advice he gives, and shows slides.

— Edwin Meese

The Supreme Court, of course, has the responsibility of ensuring that our government never oversteps its proper bounds or violates the rights of individuals. But the Court must also recognize the limits on itself and respect the choices made by the American people.

— Elena Kagan

I think that if there are positions that you can’t argue… then the responsibility is probably to resign. If one’s own conscience is opposed to the requirements and responsibilities of the job, then it’s time to leave the job.

— Elena Kagan

The fact of the matter is I always have a really high sense of responsibility to the reader, whether it’s a few readers that I get or a lot of readers, which I was lucky enough to get with ‘Olive.’ I feel responsible to them, to deliver something as truthful and straight as I can.

— Elizabeth Strout

Although the attorney general is a part of the president’s team, you’re really separate and apart. You have a special responsibility as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer. There has to be a distance that you keep – between this department and the White House.

— Eric Holder

When you are 25, 30, you know, you have no responsibility, no mortgage, no kids, no retirement to think about, nothing.

— Eric Ripert

I’ve worn a lot of humdingers in my time, but as a model it’s my duty – my responsibility – to bring life to any garment. That can be challenging when it comes to high fashion, where the creations can be very eccentric, but I’ve gained a reputation for being the go-to girl who can pull it off.

— Erin O’Connor

Frankly, right is right and wrong is wrong, particularly when a parent is talking to a child. A bright line around moral responsibility is very important.

— Edgar Bronfman, Jr.

When the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.

— Edith Hamilton

We would be billionaires, but we took responsibility for Summa’s failure.

— Edwin Soeryadjaya

All political parties share in the responsibility to rid our society of anti-Semitism, but we cannot achieve that objective with political posturing or empty promises of action never to be fulfilled.

— Ephraim Mirvis

That’s something I learned in art school. I studied graphic design in Germany, and my professor emphasized the responsibility that designers and illustrators have towards the people they create things for.

— Eric Carle

In order to fully realise our aspirations, we must create in the masses of the people the sense of sacrifice and responsibility that has been the characteristic of the anarchist movement throughout its historic development in Spain.

— Federica Montseny

I use that as my responsibility on the show, to be the pragmatist.

— Fisher Stevens

This position is untenable, and there can be no pause in the agitation for full political power and responsibility until these are granted to all the women of the nation.

— Florence Kelley

Each generation of the church in each setting has the responsibility of communicating the gospel in understandable terms, considering the language and thought-forms of that setting.

— Francis Schaeffer

Once you’re playing someone, you shouldn’t be judging them in any way. That’s what being an actor is – it’s having empathy for people that are different from yourself. Once you’ve committed to that person, your responsibility is to tell that story.

— Felicity Jones

I begin my reign with profound emotion at the honour of accepting the Crown, aware of the responsibility it entails and with the greatest hope for the future of Spain.

— Felipe VI of Spain

Whether it is a super PAC or not, I have been blessed with wealth, and I think I have responsibility to use it properly.

— Foster Friess

France is the bridge between northern Europe and southern Europe. I refuse any division. If Europe has been reunified, it’s not for it to then fall into egotism or ‘each for one’s own’. Our duty is to set common rules around the principles of responsibility and solidarity.

— Francois Hollande

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

— Frank Crane

By imposing too great a responsibility, or rather, all responsibility, on yourself, you crush yourself.

— Franz Kafka

Our responsibility for BLM lands is multiple-use, meaning a variety of needs and uses.

— Gale Norton

Well, it’s a humor strip, so my first responsibility has always been to entertain the reader… But if, in addition, I can help move readers to thought and judgment about issues that concern me, so much the better.

— Garry Trudeau

Rather than waiting to restore fiscal responsibility after we pass legislation, we must work to ensure we remain committed to it as we draft legislation.

— Gary Miller

What does it mean to be a conservative? I don’t even know anymore. I know what it means to me. It means to me, personal responsibility. That if I’ve done something wrong, its up to me to pay the price. It’s up to me to make it right.

— Glenn Beck

When government accepts responsibility for people, then people no longer take responsibility for themselves.

— George Pataki

The people of America need personal responsibility and freedom, not dependency on the government.

— George Allen

The saying in business is that, ‘You hire for skills and you fire for behavior.’ And one would argue that in order to move up in career, to be promoted, to take on additional responsibility, in many ways that’s linked more to the attitudes and behaviors that you carry rather than what you know technically about a given subject.

— Gerald Chertavian

As a public figure, you have to maintain a certain demeanor. We also have responsibility to the public, but of course, I’m not perfect. I have a lot of flaws my husband can tell you that, my friends, even. They know who I am.

— Grace Poe

There’s only one cook in the kitchen, only one chef. I let the soloists do their thing – you’ve gotta let a man do a solo the way he wants – but as far as picking the tunes and working on the arrangements, I take full responsibility for it.

— Gregg Allman

I’ve grown up with girls that are like Precious. I’ve grown up with people that are like everyone that I read about in that book. And so years later, when I was given the role, I just felt a huge responsibility to show the reality of that situation and to show that we’re not making it up.

— Gabourey Sidibe

I think that the idea that I’m writing for many more people than I ever imagined has created a certain general responsibility that is literary and political. There’s even pride involved, in not wanting to fall short of what I did before.

— Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A baby comes with such responsibility. Once you become a mother, you always have a guilt trip. You always try to do the best, but you feel you can always be better.

— Gal Gadot

Chess helps you to concentrate, improve your logic. It teaches you to play by the rules and take responsibility for your actions, how to problem solve in an uncertain environment.

— Garry Kasparov

I see the demographics increasing, and by that I mean the notion of social acceptance is growing, not decreasing I think the notion of fiscal responsibility is growing, not decreasing. And Republicans seem to be moving further away from those two categories than closer.

— Gary Johnson

The responsibility for good government lies not just with governments themselves but also with every other part of the system they operate in, including media, non-governmental organisations and the public.

— Geoff Mulgan

The idea of introducing the Seven Seas is absolutely to challenge Aquaman on an emotional and personal level. His responsibility is unification of the world, and that just became a lot more complex when he learns about the fall of Atlantis and the splintering of the kingdoms.

— Geoff Johns

Until I got older, I never dreamed of what a demanding responsibility it is to keep food in the pantry, to keep clothing neat and presentable, to buy all that is needed to keep a home running.

— Gordon B. Hinckley

So another challenge for our generation is to create global institutions that reflect our ideas of fairness and responsibility, not the ideas that were the basis of the last stage of financial development over these recent years.

— Gordon Brown

Your ability as republican volunteers, to rise to this challenge will mean that the two governments and others cannot easily hide from their obligations and their responsibility to resolve these problems.

— Gerry Adams

Latinos don’t go out and support their own films, but at the same time, it’s not their responsibility.

— Gina Rodriguez

When accepting a responsibility, imagine that it’s something that you’ll have to do next week. That way you don’t agree to something just because it seems so far off that it doesn’t seem onerous.

— Gretchen Rubin

Smaller government, more individual responsibility, more individual control creates more Republicans. More state power and ownership and control and top-down decision-making creates more Democrats.

— Grover Norquist

Writing for children, you do bear a responsibility to not include overt or graphic adult content that they are not ready for and don’t need, or to address adult concepts or themes from an oblique angle or a child’s limited viewpoint, with appropriate context, without being graphic or distressing.

— Garth Nix

In a civilized society, all crimes are likely to be sins, but most sins are not and ought not to be treated as crimes. Man’s ultimate responsibility is to God alone.

— Geoffrey Fisher

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

— G. M. Trevelyan

There’s something unique about the United States, a sense of individual rights and freedoms, and a sense of social and civic responsibility that we contributed to so much of the world. We lost that mission in the 1980s and 1990s, when we entered a gilded age, and the culture of individualism became a culture of avarice.

— George Hickenlooper

To help all created things, that is the measure of all our responsibility to be helped by all, that is the measure of our hope.

— Gerald Vann

I am now the target of the most powerful man in this country, with an army of aides whose major responsibility today seems to be to attack me and get rid of me.

— Gerald Walpin

For me, documentary photography has always come with great responsibility. Not just to tell the story honestly and with empathy, but also to make sure the right people hear it. When you photograph somebody who is in pain or discomfort, they trust you to make sure the images will act as their advocate.

— Giles Duley

As federal lawmakers, we have a responsibility to set a precedent for energy efficient practices.

— Greg Walden

After spending three years of my life looking into this, I am more convinced than ever that the U.S. government’s responsibility for the drug problems in South Central Los Angeles and other inner cities is greater than I ever wrote in the newspaper.

— Gary Webb

Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there.

— Gary Snyder

In the summer of 1965 I was invited to join Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and returned to academic life as professor with the added responsibility of becoming also Department Chairman.

— George Andrew Olah

Not only must Americans admire Israel, there can be no doubt that we have an interest in, and special responsibility for, that valiant nation.

— George Ball

I appeal to the responsibility of the blocs and the major powers, not to seek security in the arms race, but rather in a meeting for joint disarmament and arms limitations.

— Gustav Heinemann

My dad would tell me bedtime stories, and he used to always leave them open-ended and finish at a crucial point with the words, ‘dream on’. Then it was my responsibility to finish the story as I was drifting off to sleep. We would call them dreaming stories.

— Hannah Kent

Responsibility has become the fundamental imperative in modern civilization, and it should be an unavoidable criterion to assess and evaluate human actions, including, in a special way, development activities.

— Hans Jonas

When I was seventeen, I worked as a counsellor at a co-ed sleep-away camp for eight weeks. I loved it but it could be harrowing – it was far too much responsibility for someone my age.

— Harlan Coben

I’ve always found it not only easy, but enjoyable. It’s necessary for us to reach out and I’m speaking for myself here. I certainly have a sense of responsibility to reach out to these people in the theatre who might look to someone like me for some guidance.

— Harvey Keitel

I got successful awfully quick, and I wanted it… But I do think there is responsibility to move the musical theater form forward. I think you always have to be aware of the work that came before and build on that.

— Harold Prince

There’s no lack of talent out there. I suspect there is a lack of creative guidance, and that would not be solely the responsibility of a director but also a producer.

— Harold Prince

It took me so many years to move out. I’m definitely a bit of a Peter Pan, reluctant to grow up. It all seemed really nice at home-why change it? Part of me would prefer not to have any responsibility whatsoever.

— Helena Bonham Carter

Absolute liberty is absence of restraint responsibility is restraint therefore, the ideally free individual is responsible to himself.

— Henry Adams

My preference is for the Federal Reserve to be the systemic risk regulator, because the responsibility for identifying and limiting potential problems is a natural complement to its role in monetary policy.

— Henry Paulson

Those who cannot think or take responsibility for themselves need, and clamor for, a leader.

— Hermann Hesse

The novelist has a responsibility to adhere to the facts as closely as possible, and if they are inconvenient, that’s where the art comes in. You must work with intractable facts and find the dramatic shape inside them.

— Hilary Mantel

Dignity does not come from avenging insults, especially from violence that can never be justified. It comes from taking responsibility and advancing our common humanity.

— Hillary Clinton

Well I think in a marriage you have to be honest and ask yourself, you know, what is my role? What is my responsibility?

— Hillary Clinton

Developed countries should support developing countries in tackling climate change. This not only is their responsibility, but also serves their long-term interests.

— Hu Jintao

It is my firm belief that I have a link with the past and a responsibility to the future. I cannot give up. I cannot despair. There’s a whole future, generations to come. I have to keep trying.

— Hussein of Jordan

I stand on the sidewalk watching it because the responsibility is mine and I must, I take a very firm hold on the handles of the baby carriage and I wheel it into the traffic.

— Grace Abbott

Australians just don’t see that many Australian films, but it’s also our responsibility as filmmakers and the responsibility of the funding bodies to remember that audiences want to be entertained, and people are entertained in lots of different ways.

— Georgina Haig

What office is there which involves more responsibility, which requires more qualifications, and which ought, therefore, to be more honorable, than that of teaching?

— Harriet Martineau

The responsibility of commanding the invasion fell to me, and the task was assigned to my Army Group.

— Gerd von Rundstedt

You can be an idiot and survive because you just go to McDonalds for your food, and you go to work and do some sort of inane job, which is nobody taking any responsibility – it’s always up the line – and then you watch the Super Bowl, and that’s it. But in the old days, you really had to know how your world works. You don’t need that anymore.

— Harry Kroto

The capacity of man himself is only revealed when, under stress and responsibility, he breaks through his educational shell, and he may then be a splendid surprise to himself no less than to this teachers.

— Harvey Cushing

I grew up riding horses since I was eight. I rode English style and competed every weekend. I had two horses, Scout and Camille, and they were my babies. It taught me a lot about responsibility and commitment. I hope horses will always be in my life.

— Halston Sage

I ask every man and woman occupying a place of responsibility whose duty it is to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ to live it and keep the commandments of God, so that their example will teach it.

— Heber J. Grant

I think I was brought up with an innate sense of responsibility because my dad was in the Foreign Office where you were in somebody else’s country, and you were aware of your behaviour. And my mum worked for the NHS, so you were aware of your responsibility to your country.

— Helen McCrory

We have so many rich people in Switzerland. They should take more responsibility for the general public. There is almost no tradition of philanthropy here anymore, unlike in the U.S.

— Hansjorg Wyss

Money brings a lot of responsibility as to what you’re going to do with it, and I’ve given quite a bit of thought to that.

— Harold Simmons

Only when we realize that there is no eternal, unchanging truth or absolute truth can we arouse in ourselves a sense of intellectual responsibility.

— Hu Shih

At one time I thought he wanted to be an actor. He had certain qualifications, including no money and a total lack of responsibility.

— Hedda Hopper

As an actor, I’m very much a company person. And this also goes through my life: I have a dread of responsibility. I like someone else to be in charge.

— Ian Holm

If you put too much pressure on the Palestinian Authority, it will collapse – it will disappear – and Israel will have to formally re-occupy the West Bank and assume responsibility for the Palestinians there. The United States doesn’t want that. Israel doesn’t really want that.

— Ian Lustick

I have a wide spectrum, a wide demographic. I have the young girls, I have the gay community, I have many regular theatergoers. I do feel a tremendous responsibility and pride to be a role model for some of these young people.

— Idina Menzel

Many photographers feel their client is the subject. My client is a woman in Kansas who reads Vogue. I’m trying to intrigue, stimulate, feed her. My responsibility is to the reader. The severe portrait that is not the greatest joy in the world to the subject may be enormously interesting to the reader.

— Irving Penn

I think you have a moral responsibility when you’ve been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently.

— J. K. Rowling

The moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you.

— J. K. Rowling

Besides entertainment and action, I want to educate. You know, as a producer or director, we do have a responsibility to society.

— Jackie Chan

In philosophy, you have to reckon with the implicit level of an accumulated reserve, and thus with a very great number of relays, with the shared responsibility of these relays.

— Jacques Derrida

I’m always pushing for human responsibility. Given that chimpanzees and many other animals are sentient and sapient, then we should treat them with respect.

— Jane Goodall

A crucial responsibility of any central bank is to control inflation, the average rate of increase in the prices of a broad group of goods and services.

— Janet Yellen

I know that being seen as a role model means taking responsibility for all my actions. I am human, and of course, sometimes I make mistakes. But I promise that when I fall, I get back up.

— Jennifer Lopez

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

Congress has the responsibility to ensure that any international trade agreement entered into by the United States must serve the national interest, not merely the interests of those crafting the proposal in secret.

— Jeff Sessions

I think we have a high responsibility to base any criticisms that we have on a fair and honest statement of the facts, and that nominees should not be subjected to distortions of their record, taking things they’ve done out of context.

— Jeff Sessions

I think it’s an actor’s responsibility to change every time. Not only for himself and the people he’s working with, but for the audience. If you just go out and deliver the same dish every time… it’s meat loaf again… you’d get bored. I’d get bored.

— Johnny Depp

Back then, I didn’t have a big organization around me. I was just a kid with a guitar, traveling around. My responsibility basically was to the art, and I had extra time on my hands. There is no extra time now. There isn’t enough time.

— Joni Mitchell

Take responsibility about what you have on your TV, and about what you are out there supporting.

— Jada Pinkett Smith

Although individual states have primary responsibility for conducting fair and impartial elections, the FBI becomes involved when paramount federal interests are affected or electoral abuse occurs.

— James Comey

A lot of times, people feel that if they forgive the person who hurt them, then they will continue to take advantage of them or not take responsibility for what they did wrong.

— Joyce Meyer

There is a responsibility that goes with winning the Nobel Prize, and the responsibility is that if you have a forum, you should use it wisely.

— James Heckman

If you are a Northern Irish actor, maybe subconsciously more than consciously, you do have an instinctive responsibility at some point to tackle the recent history of where we have come from. It’s not only a responsibility, but a privilege.

— James Nesbitt

Of course, plenty of people don’t think that guaranteeing affordable health insurance is a core responsibility of government.

— James Surowiecki

I believe musicians have a duty, a responsibility to reach out, to share your love or pain with others.

— James Taylor

Art to me is a humanitarian act and I believe that there is a responsibility that art should somehow be able to effect mankind, to make the word a better place.

— Jeff Koons

My responsibility isn’t to paint a flattering portrait my responsibility is to paint a real portrait, a true portrait.

— Jhumpa Lahiri

I felt unworthy to play Jesus. I just accepted the responsibility and said, ‘What actor wouldn’t want to play this role?’

— Jim Caviezel

A new sense of shared international responsibility is unmistakable in the voices of the United Nations and its agencies, and in the civil society of thousands of supra-national NGOs.

— John Charles Polanyi

Yeah, all those things, responsibility, pressure. It’s a bit stressful. I try and come to terms with it by not thinking about it.

— Joe Strummer

And I don’t want to begin something, I don’t want to write that first sentence until all the important connections in the novel are known to me. As if the story has already taken place, and it’s my responsibility to put it in the right order to tell it to you.

— John Irving

We do take seriously our responsibility, and growing ability, to educate people about healthy eating and giving them greater access to nourishing and affordable fresh food.

— John Mackey

What influences our behavior, and what our level of responsibility is, are very complex issues. And anytime we try to make this simplistic, we don’t serve people well.

— John Ortberg

It is by these, the people, that I have been clothed with the high powers which they have seen fit to confide to their Chief Executive, and been charged with the solemn responsibility under which those powers are to be exercised.

— John Tyler

If the history of the Day of Atonement has anything to say to us now it is: never relieve individuals of moral responsibility. The more we have, the more we grow.

— Jonathan Sacks

You know, comedy’s hard. With drama, you have a responsibility to the emotional truth, but with comedy, you have emotional truth and you have technique on top of it.

— Julianne Moore

My greatest responsibility is to acknowledge the mistakes and the shortcomings of the country in which I live, to acknowledge my privileges, and to try to make it a better place.

— Junot Diaz

I’m not a ‘messiah’ coming to change Washington. I don’t come with a political background, so I think it’s part of my responsibility to raise my hand and say ‘Why?’ Folks don’t just want smaller government they want an efficient small government.

— James Lankford

If the blame (if there is any) can be shifted from him to me, I shall help him and our cause by taking it. I desire, therefore, that all the responsibility that can be put upon me shall go there and shall remain there.

— James Longstreet

But without a caring society, without each citizen voluntarily accepting the weight of responsibility, government is destined to grow even larger, taking more of your money, burrowing deeper into your lives.

— Jeb Bush

I believe we have a responsibility, even if our job is to lead a nonprofit organization, as private citizens to be good citizens and to make our voices heard.

— Jerry Falwell, Jr.

As the president of a university community of nearly 15,000 students and 7,000 faculty and staff, I take very seriously my responsibility to keep our campus safe in an increasingly dangerous world. The concealed carry policy has worked well for us.

— Jerry Falwell, Jr.

Since I carry my father’s name, I believe it is my responsibility to use that name as he would have to support the causes that were so dear to his heart. Dad strongly supported Huckabee when no one thought that he had any chance to succeed in the presidential race.

— Jerry Falwell, Jr.

My father spent all those years building his brand. I happen to be his namesake, and I also happen to be the president of the largest Christian university. I think I have a responsibility to be a good citizen. The least I can do is to lend my name and whatever influence I have to make a difference politically.

— Jerry Falwell, Jr.

Mentorship is an incredibly huge responsibility. And you need to choose your mentors carefully, just like mentors choose their apprentices carefully. There has to be trust there, on a very deep level.

— Jimmy Chin

People become actors because they want to hide, and it’s not easy to talk about myself. I accept that a certain responsibility goes with being an actor in the public eye, but I haven’t found a comfortable way to deal with it.

— Jimmy Smits

My responsibility is to try to tell true stories. To me a true story is always hopeful, but never simply, uncomplicatedly happy.

— John Green

Horrible bosses may be one of the reasons why we decide to leave a company, but they can also teach us how not to lead teams when we have that responsibility.

— John Rampton

Governmental intervention and personal responsibility are not mutually exclusive issues, but they do frame a ‘do it ourselves’ vs. ‘what are you doing for us’ debate. For the black community, that’s a debate that’s been raging at least as far back as the W.E.B. Du Bois, Booker T. Washington philosophical grudge matches.

— John Ridley

I think the bigger the movie is, the harder it is to maintain the idea of an auteur. You’re servicing something beyond just your own vision. Whenever there’s a lot of money on the line, it is your responsibility to make sure that you’re doing your best to have people not lose their money and to actually win by betting on it.

— Jon Favreau

There is no free lunch, so if you’re playing with the big train set – on big movies – it’s a lot of money they’re entrusting you with, and you have to get that money back for them. I don’t take that responsibility lightly.

— Jon Favreau

When people buy, rescue, or otherwise acquire a dog from unscrupulous breeders or amateur rescue groups, they are making a decision with ethical consequences. They have a profound responsibility to consider their actions to gauge the dog’s behavior, to train it thoroughly and rigorously, to protect other humans and dogs from harm.

— Jon Katz

We already know that anonymous letters are despicable. In etiquette, as well as in law, hiring a hit man to do the job does not relieve you of responsibility.

— Judith Martin

For me, socialism has always been about liberty and solidarity, but also about responsibility.

— Jacques Delors

Those of us in public office and those of us who aspire to public office have a responsibility to be reasonable, fact-based, in our rhetoric and to not suggest things that are unreasonable, to whip up a lot of emotion in public, which can lead to government overreach, fear, suspicions, and prejudice.

— Jeh Johnson

We think it would be safer if the Bank of England had responsibility for solvency regulation of UK-based banks, as well as having an overall duty to keep the system solvent. Otherwise, there could be dangerous delays if a banking crisis did hit.

— John Redwood

My teachers helped guide and motivate me but the responsibility of learning was left with me, an approach to learning which was later reinforced by my experiences at Amherst.

— Joseph Stiglitz

I tried to be as thorough as I can, but there is a responsibility that we all have, especially with something like AA which is dependant on anonymity. Once you start banging on about it the whole time, you are potentially damaging the whole concept of it.

— Jack Dee

Historically, the responsibility for voting on the debt limit has gone to the party in the majority.

— Jacob Lew

I have a responsibility as an elected governor to govern and when I say govern, that means to make sure that our citizens are safe and we need the federal government to step up and do their job. They need to secure our borders.

— Jan Brewer

And now, since I’ve been governor since last January, I have written numerous letters to the administration in regards to securing our borders with absolutely no response. So we have been facing this crisis, and it’s devastating the people of Arizona. And I feel as governor I have a responsibility to protect the citizens.

— Jan Brewer

But short films are not inferior, just different. I think the short gives a freedom to film-makers. What’s appealing is that you don’t have as much responsibility for storytelling and plot. They can be more like a portrait, or a poem.

— Jane Campion

We are on the lookout for criminal and terrorist activity but we do not – nor will we ever – monitor ideology or political beliefs. We take seriously our responsibility to protect the civil rights and liberties of the American people, including subjecting our activities to rigorous oversight from numerous internal and external sources.

— Janet Napolitano

I’m not going to worry about any outside pressure or distractions or any of the things that comes with being the #1 pick. I know there is responsibility that comes with it, but I’m ready to get after it.

— Jared Goff

My responsibility is to make judgments about hard, complex issues that I believe to be right.

— Jeff Fortenberry

A person has the right, and I think the responsibility, to develop all of their talents.

— Jessye Norman

I am the constitutionally and legitimately elected sheriff, and I absolutely refuse to surrender my responsibility to the federal government.

— Joe Arpaio

Our responsibility as filmmakers is to make things that are fresh, unique and original.

— Joel Silver

I think there’s a responsibility more as an artist to try and push in the direction you think comedy should go… The biggest thing I could do for the art that I love was keeping it art: keeping it special, keeping it honest, keeping it truthful.

— Jerrod Carmichael

I think the International Criminal Court could be a threat to American security interests, because the prosecutor of the court has enormous discretion in going after war crimes. And the way the Statute of Rome is written, responsibility for war crimes can be taken all the way up the chain of command.

— John Bolton

I think the rule should be that if we’re going to take actions overseas that result in the deaths of people, the United States should take responsibility for that.

— John O. Brennan

You know, President Obama feels very strongly that the government has a responsibility to engage with the American people, as well as with the world community.

— John O. Brennan

No matter how dark things may get in a story, I feel it’s the responsibility of the storyteller to leave the audience with at least a shred of hope.

— Josh Radnor

We have a responsibility to protect public housing residents from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, especially the elderly and children who suffer from asthma and other respiratory diseases.

— Julian Castro

Men don’t want any responsibility, and neither do I.

— Julie Christie

If you’re playing any real person, live or dead, you certainly have a responsibility to produce that reputation in some way.

— Jim Broadbent

When you become active in the system and communicate to your representatives, and they don’t vote in accordance with your values, your responsibility is to support candidates who will.

— Joan Blades

If you can’t handle the responsibility of a hit single, don’t write one.

— Joe Elliott

I think the composer and production staff of an opera have a real responsibility to use visual elements of all kinds to make clear to the American audience, at any rate, exactly what is going on.

— John Eaton

I grew up pretty fast. I had more responsibility than most 9-year-olds, and I’ve always been independent.

— Jamie-Lynn Sigler

Shortly after we arrived in Baghdad, we had another conversation with the ambassador. He said that he wanted us to give him the timeline, because we had 90 days to get these prisons operational and transfer responsibility back to the Iraqis.

— Janis Karpinski

That policy was abandoned very quickly, and the military police were tagged with the responsibility of conducting training, which they did. We were not equipped or set up with personnel to recruit new Iraqi guards.

— Janis Karpinski

If you are charged with this responsibility of enhancing interrogations, or using soldiers to enhance interrogations to find Saddam, and you’re above the law for all practical purposes, you might try some unusual techniques. Now we know that, in fact, they did.

— Janis Karpinski

As the lead of a movie, you really set the tone off-camera as well, and that’s a really big responsibility.

— Jenna Fischer

In true-life dramas, you have to do so much research. It’s a big responsibility to make sure things are as correct as possible. In ‘Robin Hood’, you have more artistic license – it’s all action, adventure and reaction. This gives everyone a chance to make their characters their own and to make them believable.

— Joanne Froggatt

I would never abdicate, nor would I expect any other governor to abdicate, the responsibility to protect the people of my state.

— Joe Manchin

Presidents do not go into war lightly. It’s a tremendous responsibility in making decisions, and I know Bush must deeply believe this is the only course.

— Julie Nixon Eisenhower

In the more recently disclosed field of history in the ancient Near East, however, there has been no such sense of responsibility displayed by historians either in Europe or America.

— James Henry Breasted

Although I agree that wild horses are a symbol of the American West, I also believe that it is the responsibility of Congress to ensure that these animals are managed, protected, and controlled in an effective manner.

— Jon Porter

I wrote ’33 Men’ in eight weeks. Not only was it a combination of simultaneously writing and interviewing, but as I dug deeper into the miners’ story, I found the key to their success was the ability to place their individuality on the back burner and bring forward the sense of a collective group responsibility.

— Jonathan Franklin

But, you know, once you’re in government, very often you need to shoulder responsibility. I hope the new Spanish government will think about this and will therefore act accordingly. I really and sincerely hope so.

— Jose Maria Aznar

In fact, since no one’s been interested in my work, I took the responsibility recently to invest in my own work, so I’m producing a concert that was done at the Vision Festival in May.

— Joseph Jarman

The Moodies is a responsibility to deliver the goods every night onstage and to do it sincerely otherwise, it doesn’t work. You’ve got the three guys left in the Moodies that really want to do it onstage, so I think we’re truer to the old records now than we ever were.

— Justin Hayward

Once you walk off the set, if you’re an actor, the rest isn’t your responsibility, which I like a lot. I’m not responsible for the final product, which is why it’s always a pleasure when you see it’s in the hands of the people afterwards putting it together.

— Justin Kirk

Dogs are more of a responsibility than kids – you can send a kid off to their grandparents or a nanny, but with a dog you can’t do that.

— Jason Gann

While we all respect the solemn responsibility of our law enforcement officers to protect the public, we must also safeguard the rights of Missourians to peaceably assemble and the rights of the press to report on matters of public concern.

— Jay Nixon

I’ve learned that being a superhero isn’t all glitz and glamour. We think if we have a special power, our problem will go away. It’s just a new set of problems. Being a superhero alienates you and separates you from humanity. As Spiderman famously said, ‘With great power comes great responsibility.’

— Josh Keaton

When a government goes to war, particularly a democracy, it is the most solemn and awesome responsibility of our leaders – to decide to send our kids to go off and kill and die for us.

— Joe Wilson

In the one defence, briefly, we accept responsibility but deny that it was bad: in the other, we admit that it was bad but don’t accept full, or even any, responsibility.

— J. L. Austin

To newspapers and publishing houses I urge the use of fact over fiction, freedom of the press, and responsibility at all times.

— Joely Richardson

But September 11 marked a big change in the sense that the public was suddenly interested, and as a professor at a public university I felt a responsibility to respond to all of the inquiries about the Islamic world.

— Juan Cole

I believe that the far-right and the far-left can be equally insane – but there’s no question that in the first years of the Obama administration, the far-right has been far crazier. In part, this comes from parties being out of power – without the responsibility of governing to ground them, the activists and the ideologues take over.

— John Avlon

Well if you were asking my personal opinion on that I think the answer can only be yes but it was missed. Much as I know I’m responsible for a lot of things, I can’t wear any responsibility for that.

— John Anderson

I was terrified of being a teacher. To stand in front of a classroom, the responsibility is boggling. Imagine! Standing in front of people!

— John Glover

We have investigative staff who are charged by law and this committee under the Constitution of the United States has a responsibility, taxpayers’ money, and an agency which we fund from the government, they bought weapons, we believe and we think that – I don’t know who did what.

— John Mica

Saying ‘no’ to very bad legislation is not wrong. In fact, when the American people tell you that they don’t want the health care bill, you’ve got a responsibility to say no.

— Jon Kyl

The American Dream, the idea of the happy ending, is an avoidance of responsibility and commitment.

— Jill Robinson

In my fifties, I was still in creation mode. Now I have more of a responsibility to step back and mentor and offer wisdom, offer sign posts on the path.

— Jodie Evans

Being wrong on facts, that’s something you have a real responsibility to correct. But being wrong in the fun sports way is part of the interplay.

— Joe Posnanski

As a writer, my only responsibility is to tell a compelling story.

— Jay Asher

And, if there was any responsibility in refusing to obey, he was willing to accept it.

— John Bigelow

I think every journalist understands when they are the beneficiary of hot information that, yes, they have a scoop, but they’re also being used. Part of your responsibility as a journalist is to tell the story of why that information is coming to you, consistent with the ground rules of your sourcing.

— John Hockenberry

We have a responsibility as a state to protect our most vulnerable citizens: our children, seniors, people with disabilities. That is our moral obligation. But there is an economic justification too – we all pay when the basic needs of our citizens are unmet.

— John Lynch

Though neglectful of their responsibility to protect science, scientists are increasingly aware of their responsibility to society.

— John Polanyi

I knew you had to go in and audition and maybe they’d hire you, and that’s where you start. I had a good understanding about press: that it’s the actor’s responsibility to publicize his or her films.

— Laura Dern

All the things that most kids hated, I loved. I loved that things were asked of me and that, much to my surprise, I was able to do them. I loved the 10 o’clock bedtime. I loved the responsibility.

— Laura Linney

Most people don’t want to get married. Being married, that’s a responsibility.

— Lamar Odom

As a nation we have the right to decide our own affairs, to mould our own future. This does not pose any danger to anybody. Our nation is fully aware of the responsibility for its own fate in the complicated situation of the contemporary world.

— Lech Walesa

Lying at the root of the social agreements of 1980 are the courage, sense of responsibility, and the solidarity of the working people. Both sides have then recognized that an accord must be reached if bloodshed is to be prevented.

— Lech Walesa

If we wish to free ourselves from enslavement, we must choose freedom and the responsibility this entails.

— Leo Buscaglia

My only responsibility as a playwright and a storyteller is to give you the time of your life in the theatre. I just happen to think that with Hamilton’s story, sticking close to the facts helps me. All the most interesting things in the show happened.

— Lin-Manuel Miranda

If you want to use a cliche you must take full responsibility for it yourself and not try to fob it off on anon., or on society.

— Lewis Thomas

You know, the commander-in-chief’s first responsibility is look out for those in uniform who fight the wars.

— Lindsey Graham

We’ve been helping you out in Alaska in considerable ways, and you’re walking away from the responsibility, and we’re not going to allow that.

— Lisa Murkowski

We all have a responsibility to protect endangered species, both for their sake and for the sake of our own future generations.

— Loretta Lynch

Those who store, package, and sell the food we serve our families have a responsibility to maintain basic standards of cleanliness in their facilities.

— Loretta Lynch

The single despot stands out in the face of all men, and says: I am the State: My will is law: I am your master: I take the responsibility of my acts: The only arbiter I acknowledge is the sword: If any one denies my right, let him try conclusions with me.

— Lysander Spooner

I feel very lucky that when I’m burnt out of acting, I take to the pen, and I write something I want to direct. And then, when I’m tired of taking on too much responsibility as a director, I then look for an acting gig. And I’ve made it very clear that I’m interested in voiceover work. I mean, I’m always looking for voiceover gigs. I love that.

— Lake Bell

You are dealing with people who have taken the responsibility of killing their own because they think that they are right, they think that they are serving the interests of their people. They not going to give that up easily, just because you’ve shown up.

— Lakhdar Brahimi

I love to sit down on a beanbag at the end of the day and watch my fish. It’s therapeutic, isn’t it? They’re alive, and I’m keeping them alive. I like the responsibility.

— Luke Evans

The set of ’12 Years a Slave’ was an extremely joyous one! We all recognized that we were making a powerful, necessary and beautiful film, and we weren’t about doing it without that sense of responsibility, and we recognized that we needed each other to tell this story. We also knew we needed to hold each other up as we told the story.

— Lupita Nyong’o

Philanthropic dollars are precious resources, so it’s our responsibility to consider how we use them carefully. Yet few of us spend enough time doing so.

— Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

It’s a moral absolute: If you are going to make a human being, you have a fundamental responsibility to that person – to honestly disclose exactly who they are and where they come from.

— Lynn Coady

This is not necessarily the answer people want, but ultimately, I think writing is an amoral process. Your ultimate responsibility is to the truth of the story you’re trying to tell.

— Lynn Coady

I think, as writers, our first responsibility is to writing an honest story. Tell the story you want to tell, without pulling your punches.

— Lynn Coady

I become the face of the company, and that’s a responsibility.

— Lynn Good

I think what both Republicans and Democrats need to do and the leaders on both sides is to recognize that if sequester takes place, it would be disastrous for our national defense and very frankly for a lot of very important domestic programs. They have a responsibility to come together, find the money necessary to de-trigger sequester.

— Leon Panetta

If the Iraqis fail to implement the reforms, if they fail to get a handle on the violence, there’s nothing the United States can do, militarily or otherwise, that can solve those problems. They have to assume the primary responsibility to govern themselves.

— Leon Panetta

As a member of Congress, I believe it is the responsibility of those elected to represent the people at every level of government to ensure that our government works to ensure that every person who wants gainful employment has it.

— Leonard Boswell

You’ve got to take responsibility for your own actions. We all know people who reach rock bottom. However much that they’re told that what they’re doing is harming their own life or whatever, you cannot make someone do it unless that person reaches the point where they know that they have to deal with it themselves.

— Lesley Manville

At the end of the day, I’m reading the news. I’m not digging ditches. I’m not fighting fires. It’s a long day, and it’s a lot of responsibility, and it can be a little bewildering sometimes with the schedule. But, you know, it’s a job, and they pay me well to do a job.

— Lester Holt

I think, first of all, every time you want to play somebody who is real is always challenging and always scary, because you are given a responsibility of someone’s real life.

— Liya Kebede

It is our responsibility, but not burden, to be champions.

— Lin Dan

At its most basic the democratic contract is a simple one: the right to vote comes with a responsibility to society, through tax payments and citizenship.

— Lucy Powell

He or she must be successful in economic terms, but always within an ethical framework. Whether his or her constituency is a corporation and its shareholders or the customers in a small and privately held business, his or her first responsibility is to serve that constituency.

— Lee R. Raymond

We can never protect the rights by only thinking about our rights. By performing the universal responsibility with a compassionate mind, you can protect your own right and that of others.

— Lobsang Tenzin

We have a moral responsibility to save wild places like the arctic refuge for future generations, and that is why our country has remained committed to its protection for nearly 50 years.

— Lois Capps

Germany’s hierarchical reverence for seniority may have something to do with the fact that everything here happens relatively late. Germans start school at six, graduate in their late 20s, and get their first proper jobs in their 30s. Adolescence can go on a long time. It is rare for anyone to achieve responsibility before their 50s.

— Luke Harding

Freedom is our most precious commodity and if we are not eternally vigilant, government will take it all away. Individual freedom demands individual responsibility.

— Lyn Nofziger

Learn to take responsibility for emotions, and to manage energies, always working within present resources.

— Lillian Russell

As a public official and being so highly visible, I have a responsibility to make it very clear that those people who will have cancer at one point in their lives will be able to function.

— Lindy Boggs

I am a very strict mother, and as a mother, it’s my responsibility to guide my kids and tell them to go how far and no further. There should be rules and guidelines for the kids, and they should know their limits.

— Kajol

I was a scapegoat. The media had to put responsibility on somebody, and I was chosen. They felt free to say that because someone was thin they were anorexic, which is ridiculous.

— Kate Moss

My skin still crawls if you call me a movie star. I get embarrassed. I think, don’t be ridiculous. Maybe it’s because I’m British. To me, Julia Roberts that’s a movie star. But when people do call me one, that, I think, is an enormous compliment but, my God, is that a responsibility!

— Kate Winslet

The second is the structure and source of cults. They have always haunted me, and I wanted to explore the fundamental notion of giving up responsibility to an outside power.

— Katherine Dunn

Non-fiction is a big responsibility. Rationality. Facts. The urgent need to reflect some small aspect of reality. But fiction is a private autism, a self-referential world in which the writer is omnipotent. Gravity, taxes, and death are mere options, subject to the writer’s fancy.

— Katherine Dunn

When Demetrie got sick, we knew it was our responsibility to take care of her and pay her medical bills. And we embraced that. But the tricky part is, like so many families in the South, we also expected her to use a separate bathroom, to use separate utensils.

— Kathryn Stockett

The public needs art – and it is the responsibility of a ‘self-proclaimed artist’ to realize that the public needs art, and not to make bourgeois art for a few and ignore the masses.

— Keith Haring

I take full responsibility for what happened at Enron. But saying that, I know in my mind that I did nothing criminal.

— Kenneth Lay

Too many leaders act as if the sheep… their people… are there for the benefit of the shepherd, not that the shepherd has responsibility for the sheep.

— Ken Blanchard

We know that in order for us to turn this around, it doesn’t matter how many coaches they bring in here, assistants, weight trainers, whoever, we’re the ones that are going to have turn it around. And I think just took that responsibility on ourselves.

— Kevin Garnett

If you’re lucky enough to do well, it’s your responsibility to send the elevator back down.

— Kevin Spacey

It’s what I tell my daughters: Know that your birthright is to shine your light, and don’t let anybody deny you of that right. Take responsibility for your life.

— Kimberly Elise

Culture changes because of musicians and actors and actresses. There’s a responsibility there. You may ignore the responsibility. You may choose to be a bad role model. But, you are a role model nonetheless.

— Kirk Cameron

There is an actor’s responsibility in presenting the emotional content of the lyrics to an audience. But whether you do that in a straightforward fashion or an ironic fashion or a blase fashion is all about opportunities, and singers are missing opportunities as artists if they don’t pay attention to the lyric.

— Kurt Elling

While I drew, and wept along with the terrified children I was drawing, I really felt the burden I am bearing. I felt that I have no right to withdraw from the responsibility of being an advocate.

— Kathe Kollwitz

It’s really fun to go back and forth from acting projects to directing projects. You don’t have as much responsibility when you’re acting, but you have more fun. But then you miss having that responsibility, and so you go back and torture yourself and make a movie.

— Katie Aselton

I feel a responsibility to continue creating complex roles for black women, especially young black women.

— Katori Hall

We think we have a responsibility. And I think it’s important for all of us in the Western world to realize that we’ve all been blessed a lot and if you go to these parts they don’t have a lot, even before the tsunami.

— Kevin Rollins

I think, in terms of corporate philosophy, I’ve always believed that you’ve got to treat people in a very very egalitarian manner in the sense I like to treat people on a one-to-one basis. And I like people to take on a lot of responsibilities because I think with a sense of responsibility also comes a sense of purpose.

— Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Corporate social responsibility is measured in terms of businesses improving conditions for their employees, shareholders, communities, and environment. But moral responsibility goes further, reflecting the need for corporations to address fundamental ethical issues such as inclusion, dignity, and equality.

— Klaus Schwab

At the state level, we must take a careful look at what went wrong and make sure it never happens again. The buck stops here, and as your governor, I take full responsibility.

— Kathleen Blanco

When we first started ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ I would get incredibly nervous because it’s such a big show and I was just out of graduate school. I’d come in and have this huge responsibility for the one line that everyone hopes will bring down the house.

— Kunal Nayyar

My first child, I think I was completely shell shocked. I was ecstatic but in shock that I was now responsible completely for another life and it was my co-creation and how did I manage that?! I was in awe that I had actually done what millions of other women had done, given birth and now an added responsibility of ‘mommy’ in my life ahead!

— Kylie Bax

Being on a major network television show is like long-distance running: You have to pace yourself and maintain your energy level and your morale. There’s the role you’re playing on the show, and there’s also your behind-the-scenes responsibility to the crew, the guest actors and the fans – not to mention your own life as a mom.

— Kathryn Erbe

The greatest threats to North Dakota are policies coming out of Washington, D.C. I see it every day and feel a sense of responsibility to do something about it.

— Kevin Cramer

I believe that we are at a very low level of consciousness, and we do not know how to treat each other as human beings. We are caught up in our own lives, our own needs, our own ego gratification. I feel a strong sense of responsibility in delivering that message.

— Madonna Ciccone

A sense that with the blessings that God bestowed upon this land, came the responsibility to make the world a better place.

— Marco Rubio

For me, this is a familiar image – people in the organization ready and willing to do good work, wanting to contribute their ideas, ready to take responsibility, and leaders holding them back, insisting that they wait for decisions or instructions.

— Margaret J. Wheatley

I am astonished but not discouraged by my enormous responsibility. Devoted both from affection and duty to the cause of the people, I shall combat with equal ardor aristocracy, despotism, and faction.

— Marquis de Lafayette

It surprises me how much children like me, you know? If they look at me as an example, I have a big responsibility.

— Mario Balotelli

Shifting toward management meant greater responsibility and influence, but it also meant giving up programming day-to-day in my role, which was hard because it took me out of my comfort zone.

— Marissa Mayer

I live in a kind of controlled awareness. I wouldn’t call it fear, but it’s an awareness. I know I have a responsibility to behave in a certain way. I’m able to do that.

— Mary Tyler Moore

We all have a responsibility to advance the process of reconciliation, and as a political leader, I am committed to leading from the front and to continue to take bold and significant steps.

— Martin McGuinness

I don’t know if the European Union contributes a great deal to espionage. At the union level, they talk about commerce and privacy. But to keep citizens safe, that remains a responsibility back in national capitals.

— Michael Hayden

Responsibility demands action, and dealing with the immediate threat must naturally be a top priority.

— Michael Hayden

Our laws demand that a corporation have a fiduciary responsibility with shareholders to maximize profits. They are legally required to make as much money as possible, any way possible within ‘the law.’

— Michael Moore

We have rights in America. In tandem with those rights, we have responsibility. Whatever type of journalist we are, whether it be in the entertainment business, or as professional journalists, we always have the consequences of the way we present fact and information.

— Mike Pence

Being the only African American at this level in American Ballet Theater, I feel like people are looking at me, and it’s my responsibility for me to do whatever I can to provide these opportunities in communities to be able to educate them.

— Misty Copeland

Leadership – leadership is about taking responsibility, not making excuses.

— Mitt Romney

Mr. Chairman, delegates. I accept your nomination for President of the United States of America. I do so with humility, deeply moved by the trust you have placed in me. It is a great honor. It is an even greater responsibility.

— Mitt Romney

Laws were changed and regulations repealed until an Enron can set sail without responsibility, supervision, or accountability.

— Molly Ivins

Islam expect every Muslim to do this duty, and if we realise our responsibility time will come soon when we shall justify ourselves worthy of a glorious past.

— Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Whenever we seek to avoid the responsibility for our own behavior, we do so by attempting to give that responsibility to some other individual or organization or entity. But this means we then give away our power to that entity.

— M. Scott Peck

The focus of Congress is on keeping the nation secure – and it doesn’t see that food security is an essential part of that responsibility. Instead of putting more food on the tables of America, they are busy finding ways to take it away.

— Madeleine M. Kunin

What an unappealing responsibility that is to lumber any prospective lover with: the need to be a saviour, not simply an equal partner.

— Mariella Frostrup

It is our job, our responsibility as their representatives to help them. If we choose not to do that, we should not be their representatives.

— Marcia Fudge

My mother goes crazy over babies. Some people just do. They love ’em! I never have. Babies scare me more than anything. They’re tiny and fragile and impressionable – and someone else’s! As much as I hate borrowing stuff, that is how much I hate holding other people’s babies. It’s too much responsibility.

— Margaret Cho

People blame me because these water mains break, but I ask you, if the water mains didn’t break, would it be my responsibility to fix them then?

— Marion Barry

Photography is, by its nature, exploitative. It’s whether you use this process with a sense of responsibility or not. I feel that I do so. My conscience is clear.

— Martin Parr

As CEO, I accept responsibility for the irregularities that have been found in diesel engines and have therefore requested the Supervisory Board to agree on terminating my function as CEO of the Volkswagen Group.

— Martin Winterkorn

I’m not saying everybody has a social responsibility of what art they create, but art should be open-ended. I just feel there’s a lack of consciousness and understanding of impact and reach. Just maybe, for a second, just think of the effect you could have with a lyric.

— Mary Lambert

When there’s no one you can point to, or when something goes wrong, it’s your fault – that level of responsibility and accountability is pretty interesting.

— Matt Mullenweg

There is no moderator or ombudsman online, and while the transparency of the web usually means that information is self-correcting, we still have to keep in mind the responsibility each of us carries when the power of the press is at our fingertips and in our pockets.

— Matt Mullenweg

I think it’s really important for the independent web to have a platform, and to the extent that WordPress can serve that role, I think it’s a great privilege and responsibility.

— Matt Mullenweg

The joy of being a consumer is that it doesn’t require thought, responsibility, self-awareness or shame: All you have to do is obey the first urge that gurgles up from your stomach. And then obey the next. And the next. And the next.

— Matt Taibbi

I was raising a child full time, sharing the responsibility with his mom. He lived with me half the time, so I chose not to go away and make certain movies.

— Michael Keaton

You need to be proactive, carve out time in your schedule, and take responsibility for being the healthiest person you can be – no one else is going to do it for you.

— Mehmet Oz

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 presidency is an independent office and the Irish people whom I appreciate so much and I take with such responsibility have given a very clear mandate on a very clear set of ideas to me, as the ninth president.

— Michael D. Higgins

You just have to know what your responsibility is to the movie, and live up to that, and be considerate of the other actors in the scene… I have never been competitive in that way – I always want my leading ladies to be as good as they possibly can be.

— Michael Douglas

You have to be doing things that matter – responsibility, but also responsibility with epic and beautiful and noble tasks.

— Michelle Bachelet

I feel that a great coach is one that has a vision, sets a plan in place, has the right people in place to execute that plan and then accepts the responsibility if that plan is not carried out.

— Mike Singletary

China is completely lacking in self-awareness and as someone who has stepped outside that society, I have a responsibility to write about it as I see it.

— Ma Jian

For Republicans, accepting responsibility means accepting punishment for Democrats, it means only an admission of error and a suggestion they’ll do better in the future. This double standard must end.

— Monica Crowley

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

I mean, I felt terrible. And in the beginning, I mean, I was completely devastated. I mean, can you imagine the kind of guilt that you would feel, and the responsibility?

— Monica Lewinsky

In the hands of a passive-aggressive person who wants to abdicate responsibility for things, texting is a great tool. You can really go nuts.

— Mallory Ortberg

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

The only people that can make peace are the parties to the conflict, and just as they are responsible for the conflict and its consequences, so should they be given responsibility and recognition for the peace.

— Martti Ahtisaari

Perhaps it’s a curse, but when you are a Lutheran, you have a sense of responsibility.

— Martti Ahtisaari

Americans have the right to say what they believe. But with that right comes the responsibility to respect our neighbors, respect law enforcement, and obey the laws.

— Max Baucus

When people start to write articles about what might be wrong with the ‘Today’ show you know where you should point the finger, point it at me because I have been there the longest. And it’s my responsibility.

— Matt Lauer

I think anybody in our – in the, in the national security apparatus has, has got to take full cognizance of their responsibility for the safeguarding of classified information.

— Michael Mullen

The responsibility of political philosophy that tries to engage with practice is to be clear, or at least accessible.

— Michael Sandel

It just seems that you were talking positively about McDonald’s, that they are… attempting this healthy lifestyle, and yet when we’re talking right now… it seems that you’re saying they need to make more responsibility.

— Maria Bartiromo

Ever since college, I have been a libertarian – socially liberal and fiscally conservative. I believe in individual liberty and personal responsibility.

— Michael Shermer

Our livelihood is intimately tied to the food we eat, water we drink and places where we recreate. That’s why we have to promote responsibility and conservation when it comes to our natural resources.

— Mark Udall

The name ‘The Beach Boys’ is controlled by Brother Records Inc., which was founded by the original members of the Beach Boys and whose sole shareholders voted over a decade ago to grant me an exclusive license to tour as ‘The Beach Boys.’ With it, I’ve felt a great responsibility to uphold, honor and further our legacy.

— Mike Love

I always feel this huge responsibility to the script when it arrives, keeping it confidential.

— Miranda Otto

The American people expect more from Congress. They expect fiscal responsibility and common sense. They expect us to return to the pay-as-you-go budget rules that we had enacted in the past that helped us establish a surplus, however briefly.

— Melissa Bean

But in this Congress, accountability is just a catch phrase, usually directed elsewhere. Demands to personal responsibility or corporate accountability abound, but rarely congressional accountability or fiscal responsibility.

— Melissa Bean

It sounds really over the top to say you’re responsible for the city of New York, but I do feel responsibility to the city of New York, to this country, to people everywhere. So many people were affected by the events of September 11, and I feel this is one of the ways that that event will be understood and defined.

— Michael Arad

I played with a lot of great players before. They’re all the same. They take a lot of responsibility for their own play, put a lot of pressure on themselves to perform and to play well.

— Mark Messier

I have the ability and to have access to and to learn more in different areas in wellness and health because I have the door open to me to any doctor, any scientist, any hospital, any study around the world. I believe it’s my responsibility to share that information with others.

— Montel Williams

I’m involved in everything from a nutraceutical company to a pharmaceutical company to a medical device company. My whole world revolves around health, and I feel it’s my responsibility, in a way, and I say it this way, and I don’t take this lightly.

— Montel Williams

There’s a responsibility to represent female MMA that comes with being the champion, just as there’s a responsibility to represent and promote the show when you coach TUF.

— Miesha Tate

For me to train and get ready for racing, I can’t just sit in the gym all the time and that’s the way it is. Responsibility starts and stops with me. My main gig is grand prix driving, that’s what I do and I need to keep that in the forefront of my mind.

— Mark Webber

Any young man coming of age has a lot to go through. Peter Parker certainly has a lot of responsibility, and without doubt, so does Pippin – his role, his life, and how he is going to perform it. It’s all about choices and how we make them.

— Matthew James Thomas

There is nothing here that’s broken that can’t be fixed, but it won’t happen on its own. It’s going to require a huge lift by the entire country of the United States of America and people on the ground taking personal responsibility for themselves. You cannot take it as a fait accompli that the city’s going to come back.

— Mitch Landrieu

Shareholder activism is not a privilege – it is a right and a responsibility. When we invest in a company, we own part of that company and we are partly responsible for how that company progresses. If we believe there is something going wrong with the company, then we, as shareholders, must become active and vocal.

— Mark Mobius

We are gifted with freedom, but with that freedom comes the reality of the unknown and the responsibility to be aware of our surroundings and on guard against those who would do us harm.

— Mike Crapo

Though the views of members of the House and Senate are as divergent as the people we represent, we bear the responsibility to work through our political differences and get things done. That’s our job.

— Martha Roby

I’m one of those people where, the more responsibility I have, the better I become. The more I rise up to it. The less responsibility I have, the more I can easily devolve.

— Matthew Davis

I fought for the values of responsibility, and I’m not a man who does not accept his responsibilities.

— Nicolas Sarkozy

When two human beings get together, they’re co-present, there is built into it a certain responsibility we have for each other, and when people are co-present in family relationships and other relationships, that responsibility is there. You can’t just turn off a person. On the Internet, you can.

— Neil Postman

And then when they picked me as premiere, I don’t think I feel, you know, different. For me, the position mean responsibility, but that’s all.

— Nguyen Cao Ky

I think the difference between finding happiness, or moments of happiness, is how you choose to interpret things. That’s a rather shocking responsibility. That we’re responsible for our own happiness. It’s not those around us.

— Natascha McElhone

Ken Lay has, does and will continue to accept responsibility for the fall of Enron. He was the man at the controls. But failure is not a crime.

— Michael Ramsey

When our executive producer, Julie Plec, told me I was going to become a hybrid I got really excited. Because there’s a lot of responsibility that comes with that, especially in our world of ‘The Vampire Diaries’ where Tyler is the first successful hybrid that’s made.

— Michael Trevino

Sachin is the soul of Mumbai Indians, and I am sure he will guide Bhajji as he takes on the responsibility of captaining Mumbai Indians.

— Nita Ambani

Now, I’m getting a little older, got more responsibility, I don’t need to be depressed.

— Noah Hathaway

I think the greater responsibility, in terms of morality, is where leadership begins.

— Norman Lear

We all, as engineers, doctors, have a big responsibility to bring smiles on the faces of suffering humanity.

— N. R. Narayana Murthy

Let’s just do what is right for the American people. And those of us who are involved in politics and government know that our responsibility is to the American people, that we have a responsibility to find our common ground, to seek it and to find it.

— Nancy Pelosi

All religions and all communities have the same rights, and it is my responsibility to ensure their complete and total protection. My government will not tolerate or accept any discrimination based on caste, creed and religion.

— Narendra Modi

When the party gives me a responsibility, I must do it with complete dedication. God has given me the ability, which I utilise to its optimum.

— Narendra Modi

What is a master but a master student? And if that’s true, then there’s a responsibility on you to keep getting better and to explore avenues of your profession.

— Neil Peart

Where globalization means, as it so often does, that the rich and powerful now have new means to further enrich and empower themselves at the cost of the poorer and weaker, we have a responsibility to protest in the name of universal freedom.

— Nelson Mandela

The end of the world is on people’s minds. We have the power to destroy or save ourselves, but the question is what do you do with that responsibility.

— Nicolas Cage

I have a responsibility, and it’s something that I did wrong, and if I could personally apologize to every single person that has lost a loved one from drunk driving I would.

— Nicole Richie

When people have hearing loss, I think they often take that burden and pass it on to their friends and family, and we make them scream and yell at us so we can hear! But I think it’s better to take responsibility and wear hearing aids!

— Norm Crosby

We expect forty-year-olds to have grown up at some point, and to be engaged and adult and take responsibility, and doing nothing would seem to go against that.

— Noah Baumbach

Occupying armies have responsibilities, not rights. Their primary responsibility is to withdraw as quickly and expeditiously as possible, in a manner determined by the occupied population.

— Noam Chomsky

The old-fashioned idea is that responsibility falls upon those who borrow and lend. Money was not borrowed by campesinos, assembly plant workers, or slum-dwellers. The mass of the population gained little from borrowing, indeed often suffered grievously from its effects.

— Noam Chomsky

I would feel no hesitation in saying that it is the responsibility of a decent human being to give assistance to a child who is being attacked by a rabid dog, but I would not intend this to imply that in all imaginable circumstances one must, necessarily, act in accordance with this general responsibility.

— Noam Chomsky

Responsibility, I believe, accrues through privilege.

— Noam Chomsky

Every vote should carry a serial number, so that responsibility for harmful or careless use of the vote can be traced. Concealed voting should be outlawed.

— P. J. O’Rourke

All company bosses want a policy on corporate social responsibility. The positive effect is hard to quantify, but the negative consequences of a disaster are enormous.

— Noreena Hertz

In a free country, government is a dull and onerous responsibility. It is a parent-teacher conference.

— P. J. O’Rourke

I feel like there’s such a responsibility, when you make a film, to enlighten people, to make them think, to make them laugh, or even just to be entertaining.

— Parker Posey

The people around the nation, but specifically in Arizona where operation Fast and Furious was carried out, deserve more from their president and their attorney general. I will not rest until full answers are given about this project, justice is served for those responsible, and Attorney General Holder takes responsibility for his role.

— Paul Gosar

Businesses who are members of Businesses for Social Responsibility or the Social Venture Network are internalizing costs on a voluntary basis and therefore raising their costs of doing business, but their competitors are not required to.

— Paul Hawken

As an artist, I used to think that my responsibility was to do good work. But I had to learn from the ’70s on that being a public figure presents another aspect of responsibility.

— Patti Smith

When I’m writing a book, I don’t have any responsibility to anyone. I’m solitary. I’m writing on my own. I write by hand. And I write every day. I mean, it’s part of my daily discipline.

— Patti Smith

We believe that the government has an important role to create the conditions that promote entrepreneurship, upward mobility, and individual responsibility.

— Paul Ryan

We will not spend four years blaming others, we will take responsibility.

— Paul Ryan

Only by taking responsibility for oneself, to the greatest extent possible, can one ever be free, and only a free person can make responsible choices – between right and wrong, saving and spending, giving or taking.

— Paul Ryan

While President Obama shirks his responsibility to advance solutions to our fiscal challenges, he can no longer hide from the merciless math of the balance sheet. Conservatives have made certain of that.

— Paul Ryan

I feel that we have a responsibility to try to do everything we can to protect species, and the best way to do that is to uphold international conservation law.

— Paul Watson

I didn’t invent the fear of sharks it’s as old as mankind, and that – to take that responsibility would mean that Mario Puzo should take the blame for the Mafia.

— Peter Benchley

I believe that in this new world that we live in, we often have a responsibility, you know, to actually go beyond the thou shalt nots – that is, the not harming others – and say we can help others and we should be helping others.

— Peter Singer

The success that Pantera had, I could have never, ever forecasted or predicted, and I always felt a responsibility to try to pay even a bit of it forward.

— Phil Anselmo

We have responsibility for ONC and the HITECH act. We’ve spent tens of billions on non-interoperable products. It may be time for us to look closer at the activities of vendors in the space, given the possibility that fraud is being perpetrated on the American people.

— Phil Gingrey

A lot of mainstream photographers seem not to think about what they’re doing or feel any responsibility toward anything. By the time they’re done, the models don’t have any trace of themselves left. This thing about looking young with no wrinkles or expression is all so boring, really.

— Peter Lindbergh

The poverty one still sees in America today is more shocking to me than anything I have seen in Ethiopia or Calcutta or Manila, and has made me, as someone living in a society of great wealth and someone who’s never had to worry about the next meal, think seriously about what universal responsibility really means.

— Pico Iyer

In the name of freedom, there has to be a correlation between rights and duties, by which every person is called to assume responsibility for his or her choices, made as a consequence of entering into relations with others.

— Pope Benedict XVI

To me, its seems necessary to rediscover – and the energy to do so exists – that even the political and economic spheres need moral responsibility, a responsibility that is born in man’s heart and, in the end, has to do with the presence or absence of God.

— Pope Benedict XVI

I think there’s a social responsibility that comes with a public platform. Because of the position that I’ve been put in, I think it’s important to use my voice to do as much as I can.

— Priyanka Chopra

All of the characters in my films, they share one commonality. It doesn’t matter whether they are good or bad, it doesn’t matter whether they are smart or stupid, these characters all take responsibility for their own behavior. I’m much the same.

— Park Chan-wook

People who really try to be conscious of what they have done, who take responsibility, to me these kinds of people are heroes.

— Park Chan-wook

As free citizens in a political democracy, we have a responsibility to be interested and involved in the affairs of the human community, be it at the local or the global level.

— Paul Wellstone

I love what I do, and I love the audience, and I love the fact that I get to do it, and I love, I love our craft very, very, much, and it’s a noble craft. We have a responsibility to it, and to the audience, and to the playwright, and to the message. I won’t ever care less.

— Patti LuPone

Fame is a delicate and dangerous creature I saw people who didn’t honor it, who refused to take responsibility for it, get destroyed by it. I also saw that stardom in and of itself was empty.

— Patrick Dempsey

I believe that successfully addressing our national security needs while protecting our basic freedoms and civil liberties requires continual Congressional oversight, and I will continue to work to assert the role of this body in carrying out this grave responsibility.

— Patrick J. Kennedy

I think the black community is no different from any other community. We need to take responsibility for how we live together. We need to be personally responsible for keeping our streets clean, our schools safe, and our houses peaceful.

— Pearl Cleage

Iraq has become, for better or for worse, the front on the war on terrorism, and so we’ve got to do this, and I can understand why congressmen and senators would take their responsibility seriously, but I think in the end we’ll get the money.

— Paul Bremer

From the beginning, the Mac has been about Apple taking responsibility for the whole thing: hardware, software, how applications can work, and, increasingly, Internet services.

— Phil Schiller

As the BBC approaches the final phase of decisions about its future, it will be important for those involved to be established in post and ready to take responsibility for implementation of the outcome.

— Pauline Neville-Jones

If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.

— Pauline Phillips

If I had political responsibility, I would want to prepare for a plan B that would foresee that the European currency union, that the eurozone, no longer necessarily consists of 17 member states. And that means to make provisions so that other countries are not pulled into the maelstrom through contagion.

— Peer Steinbruck

Parliament of the country is the repository of the sovereign will of the people, and its successful functioning is a joint responsibility of both the government and the Opposition.

— Pratibha Patil

All the people in Korea are cheering me like I’m a gold medalist or something, so I have a responsibility to my country.

— Psy

I never understood why movies don’t have to be as responsible, or the responsibility stops with Rated R. I feel like music, you gotta – you put the sticker on it, you make the clean version, then you’re explaining yourself, and then you have to do charities to offset what you just said. No one else has to do this!

— Pusha T

BP has finally acknowledged what the American people have been saying for weeks: It must take responsibility for its reckless conduct, clean up the Gulf and compensate the countless victims of the disaster it caused.

— Peter Welch

A timeline for bringing U.S. troops home that is negotiated with the Iraqi government would also boost the Iraqi government’s legitimacy and claim to self-rule, and force the Iraqi government to take responsibility for itself and its citizens.

— Peter DeFazio

It’s absolutely not acceptable for people to argue that, if we are going to do anything about climate change at all, well, the responsibility lies solely with the individual.

— Peter Garrett

Crim has baggage: expectation, history, responsibility.

— Pat Mastelotto

You always try to work for your audience, to entertain them, but that being said, obviously, within the studio system you feel the sense of responsibility to the bank.

— Phillip Noyce

When somebody’s calling you ‘Mommy,’ it’s a wonderful thing. But also to have that responsibility and to know that you and your partner have this little thing that’s totally relying on you – and it made me, I suppose, less selfish. Not that I was mega-selfish to start with, but it’s lovely having that responsibility. It’s scary.

— Phyllis Logan

The truth is we need to build an economy going forward with all of us, when we all move forward and the payment of a national debt is not the responsibility of one group of Americans versus another.

— Paul Sadler

No, I’m not coaching. It’s a huge responsibility to coach somebody.

— Oksana Baiul

It’s almost a responsibility for all the people of the United Kingdom, regardless of race, color or creed, and an understanding that you have an individual connection with each and every one.

— Prince Andrew

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

Britain is one of the biggest arms dealers in the world, after the States. There’s a lot of money in weapons deals. We sell weapons, and our responsibility ends as soon as they leave the country they’re unpacked, and then before you know it, they’re spread around the world.

— Paul Conroy

Strauss’ water activities, which highlight both its social responsibility and commitment to the environment, meet a genuine need of people around the world today.

— Ofra Strauss

We have filmmakers who make films with some kind of responsibility and take cinema seriously like Shyam Benegal, Govind Nihalani, Prakash Jha. But now these people also take stars… Without stars they cannot work.

— Om Puri

I’m black, I don’t feel burdened by it and I don’t think it’s a huge responsibility. It’s part of who I am. It does not define me.

— Oprah Winfrey

Films are very influential, and I especially feel a responsibility to tell stories that have been pushed aside. Being able to shed light on issues that need to be brought to the world.

— Q’orianka Kilcher

I feel like, as a celebrity, I have a responsibility to tell important stories.

— Q’orianka Kilcher

We feel very honored to have been offered the responsibility to host this great event, Berlin is a wonderful city that is developing at a tremendous rate, and this decision means that we can now prepare to welcome the world’s best athletes to a fascinating place.

— Otto Schily

The more a nation gets into darkness, the more it’s going to hate the light. The more it’s going to run from the light. And we have a generation of people who have given themselves to darkness, and they’ve embraced atheism, because it gets them away from moral responsibility to God.

— Ray Comfort

Over a period of time, if you have a successful show, then you have a devoted audience. I feel you owe something to them. That goes for everybody – writers, camera operators, actors, studio executives, etc. Sadly, I’ve realized it’s a responsibility that very few people live up to.

— Raymond Burr

Germany remains among the few countries in Europe to acknowledge, officially and nationally, its responsibility for the crimes it led against our people.

— Reuven Rivlin

The exact meaning of irony is so narrow that the word is hardly worth using in its broad, current definition, it’s a euphemism for sarcasm. ‘I’m not being sarcastic I’m being ironic.’ No, you’re not. You’re evading the responsibility for being sarcastic.

— Richard Corliss

Robb Stark was a young man not expecting anything, thinking his life is going to be on one path, and then he’s pushed. More weight and responsibility get put onto him more demands are made of him. For me, as an actor, there are parallels to that.

— Richard Madden

It’s an awesome responsibility, not only to maintain the level of success the NFL has, but to build on that.

— Roger Goodell

You can only avoid responsibility for so long. The catalyst ended up being the law coming down and finally saying, ‘You guys suspended judgement and that’s fine, because we’re not.’

— Rosario Dawson

If there’s anything about someone’s life that’s important enough to make a movie about it, I have to take responsibility to get all of it right. It’s a huge responsibility.

— Russell Crowe
Quotes About Responsibility

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