is being reliable and dependable.


“The greatest ability is dependability.”

Robert "Bob" Jones (1883-1968); American evangelist

“We are not creatures of circumstance; we are creators of circumstance.”

Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881); Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

“Parents can only give good advice or put [their children] on the right path, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.”

Anne Frank (1929-1945); diarist

“With great power comes great responsibility.”

Stanley Martin Lieber (born 1922); quote from Spiderman Movie (2002)

“It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do.”

Jean Baptiste Poquelin Molière (1622-1673); playwright

“You can pretend to care, but you can't pretend to show up. ”

George L. Bell (1927-2007); Civic leader; father of eight

“What we do today, right now, will have an accumulated effect on all our tomorrows. ”

Alexandra Stoddard Author

“When we no longer hold people responsible for their choices, civility and common sense will be diminished.”

Robert A. Levy

“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

“It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do.”

Moliere (1622-1673); French playwright, actor

“A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools. ”

Spanish Proverb

“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.”

Jane Howard

“Honor isn't about making the right choices. It's about dealing with the consequences.”

Midori Koto

“A man who lacks reliability is utterly useless.”

Confucius (551-479); philosopher

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

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950); playwright, Nobel Prize winner

“Responsibility finds a way. Irresponsibilty makes excuses!”

Gene Bedley National Educator of the Year

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

James Allen (1864-1912); writer

“Our children need our presence, not our presents.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968); minister, civil rights activist

“We must exchange the philosophy of excuse - what I am is beyond my control - for the philosophy of responsibility.”

Barbara Charline Jordan (1936-1996); U.S. member of Congress

“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble. ”

Helen Keller (1880-1968); author, lecturer, activist

“Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work.”

William Arthur Ward (1921-1994); author, educator, motivational speaker

“The price of greatness is responsibility.”

Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965); British statesman, prime minister, author, Nobel Prize winner

“Ability is a wonderful thing, but its value is greatly enhanced by dependability. Ability implies repeatability and accountability. ”

Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988); Novelist, short story author, essayist, screenwriter

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Nice information!!
abebe 3 months ago from Addis Ababa

I love this website, I use it all the time in my classroom when we talk about values. It has great videos too! Very short one but meaningful!
Arianna over 1 year ago from Mexico

I love this website! It is so good for kids and older to go to this website!
ivy over 1 year ago from utica

We need to leave behind: "I didn't know, I didn't understand, I didn't think" and take responsibility for our actions. It is time to take responsibility to know, to understand and to think for ourselves without blaming others or expecting others to do it for us.
Scott about 3 years ago from Dallas

My father had this saying: You can pretend to care but you can't pretend to show up. George L. Bell 1927-2007
Greg B over 4 years ago from Fruit Heights, UT

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