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By imposing too great a responsibility, or rather, all responsibility, on yourself, you crush yourself.
... life is moral responsibility. Life is several other things, we do not deny. It is beauty, it is joy, it is tragedy, it is comedy, it is psychical and physical pleasure, it is the interplay of a thousand rude or delicate motions and emotions, it is the grimmest and the merriest motley of phantasmagoria that could appeal to the gravest or the maddest brush ever put to palette; but it is steadily and sturdily and always moral responsibility.
Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
One value that was sewn into the stitching of our character at a very early age had to do with our responsibility to help others....We were expected to be of assistance to our neighbors... “Being neighborly”... was synonymous with being kind, friendly, and helpful to our neighbors and something that we were encouraged to do on a regular basis through firsthand experience. It was a bit like mandatory community service.
My responsibility to myself, my neighbors, my family and the human family is to try to tell the truth.
Toni Cade Bambara
Sir Winston Churchill
We need to empower our people so they can take more responsibility for their own lives in a world that is ever smaller, where everyone counts...We need a new spirit of community, a sense that we are all in this together...
To decide, to be at the level of choice, is to take responsibility for your life and to be in control of your life.
Abbie M. Dale
Character, the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life, is the source from which self-respect springs.
I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.
Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman]
We must exchange the philosophy of excuse - what I am is beyond my control - for the philosophy of responsibility.
Barbara Charline Jordan
The only rule is, do what you really, impulsively, wish to do. But always act on your own responsibility, sincerely. And have the courage of your own strong emotion.
Stanley Martin Lieber