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

"I must do something" always solves more problems than "Something must be done."  ~Author Unknown

A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.  ~James Allen

If you mess up, 'fess up.  ~Author Unknown

"It's a question of discipline," the little prince told me later on.  "When you've finished washing and dressing each morning, you must tend your planet."  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, 1943, translated from French by Richard Howard

Responsibility:  A detachable burden easily shifted to the shoulders of God, Fate, Fortune, Luck or one's neighbor.  In the days of astrology it was customary to unload it upon a star.  ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, 1911

Responsibility's like a string we can only see the middle of.  Both ends are out of sight.  ~William McFee, Casuals of the Sea, 1916

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

Most of us can read the writing on the wall; we just assume it's addressed to someone else.  ~Ivern Ball

The great thought, the great concern, the great anxiety of men is to restrict, as much as possible, the limits of their own responsibility.  ~Giosué Borsi

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

Ef you take a sword an' dror it,
An' go stick a feller thru,
Guv'ment ain't to answer for it,
God'll send the bill to you.
~James Russell Lowell

Why do children want to grow up?  Because they experience their lives as constrained by immaturity and perceive adulthood as a condition of greater freedom and opportunity.  But what is there today, in America, that very poor and very rich adolescents want to do but cannot do?  Not much:  they can "do" drugs, "have" sex, "make" babies, and "get" money (from their parents, crime, or the State).  For such adolescents, adulthood becomes synonymous with responsibility rather than liberty.  Is it any surprise that they remain adolescents?  ~Thomas Szasz

With every civil right there has to be a corresponding civil obligation.  ~Edison Haines

When there is hell to pay, it is usually cheaper to pay it than to finance an endless purgatory.  ~Robert Brault,

I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.  ~John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

We have the Bill of Rights.  What we need is a Bill of Responsibilities.  ~Bill Maher

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?  A terrible thing:  no one to blame.  ~Erica Jong

The thorns which I have reap'd are of the tree
I planted; they have torn me, and I bleed.
I should have known what fruit would spring from such a seed.
~George Gordon, Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

When you blame others, you give up your power to change.  ~Author Unknown

The ultimate folly is to think that something crucial to your welfare is being taken care of for you.  ~Robert Brault,

Even when we know what is right, too often we fail to act.  More often we grab greedily for the day, letting tomorrow bring what it will, putting off the unpleasant and unpopular.  ~Bernard M. Baruch

The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own.  You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president.  You realize that you control your own destiny.  ~Albert Ellis

Duty is what one expects from others.  ~Oscar Wilde

For me the diamond dawns are set
In rings of beauty,
And all my ways are dewy wet
With pleasant duty.
~John Townsend Trowbridge

A new position of responsibility will usually show a man to be a far stronger creature than was supposed.  ~William James

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

You are not responsible for the programming you picked up in childhood.  However, as an adult, you are one hundred percent responsible for fixing it.  ~Ken Keyes, Jr.

Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him, and to let him know that you trust him.  ~Booker T. Washington

God has entrusted me with myself.  ~Epictetus

We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until... we have stopped saying "It got lost," and say "I lost it."  ~Sidney J. Harris

When others, a man begins to blame
He'll soon find himself alone,
The same.
~Nigel Bloomfield