A collection of the best responsibility quotes to inspire you to take ownership of your actions to change your life for the better.

If we want to improve our lives for the better, we must stop blaming other people for everything that goes wrong in our lives. We must stop making excuses and pointing fingers.

Because the only way to change your life and finally be happy is to take ownership of your life and be accountable for all your actions.

I hope these quotes about responsibility and accountability below will motivate and inspire you to finally have the courage to take responsibility for everything in your life.

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Wise Responsibility Quotes and Sayings

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

— John C. Maxwell

Character — the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life — is the source from which self-respect springs.

— Joan Didion

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

— Lana

Take responsibility of your own happiness, never put it in other people’s hands.

— Roy T. Bennett

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

— Mitt Romney

Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.

— Sigmund Freud

Pets are humanizing. They remind us we have an obligation and responsibility to preserve and nurture and care for all life.

— James Cromwell

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

— Adrienne Rich

Everybody is responsible for their own actions. It’s easy to point the finger at somebody else, but a real man, a real woman, a real person knows when it’s time to take the blame and when to take responsibility for their own actions.

— Marcus Smart

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 price of greatness is responsibility.

— Winston Churchill

Accept the terrible responsibility of life with eyes wide open.

— Jordan Peterson

People have forgotten this truth,” the fox said. “But you mustn’t forget it. You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed. You’re responsible for your rose.

— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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

— Chuck Palahniuk

Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.

— Noam Chomsky

Adopt responsibility for your own well-being, try to put your family together, try to serve your community, try to seek for eternal truth… That’s the sort of thing that can ground you in your life, enough so that you can withstand the difficulty of life.

— Jordan Peterson

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.

— Abraham Lincoln

If you hang out with chickens, you’re going to cluck and if you hang out with eagles, you’re going to fly.

— Steve Maraboli

Inspiring Responsibility Quotes

The greatest people are ‘great’ because they’re willing to admit their greatest faults.

— Craig D. Lounsbrough

Responsibility walks hand in hand with capacity and power.

— Josiah Gilbert Holland

Making someone responsible for your misery also makes them responsible for your happiness. Why give that power to anyone but yourself?

— Scott Stabile

To say you have no choice is to relieve yourself of responsibility.

— Patrick Ness

Take responsibility for yourself; it’s very rewarding.

— Amanda Green

Responsibility’s like a string we can only see the middle of. Both ends are out of sight.

— William McFee

You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstance, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.

— Jim Rohn

When a man points a finger at someone else, he should remember that four of his fingers are pointing at himself.

— Louis Nizer

You are never responsible for the actions of others; you are only responsible for you.

— Miguel Ruiz

To decide to be at the level of choice, is to take responsibility for your life and to be in control of your life.

— Arbie M. Dale

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If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams.

— Les Brown

The moment you take responsibility for everything in your life is the moment you can change anything in your life.

— Hal Elrod

The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it.

— Lou Holtz

The day you graduate from childhood to adulthood is the day you take full responsibility for your life.

— Jim Rohn

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

Until you accept responsibility for your life, someone else runs your life.

— Orrin Woodward

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

Accepting complete responsibility for your life means that you refuse to make excuses or blame others for anything in your life that you’re not happy about.

— Brian Tracy


Motivational Responsibility Quotes and Sayings

Accountability breeds response-ability.

— Stephen Covey

The right thing to do and the hard thing to do are usually the same.

— Steve Maraboli

Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. It is up to you to give [life] a meaning.

— Jean-Paul Sartre

A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury.

— John Stuart Mill

Like crying wolf, if you keep looking for sympathy as a justification for your actions, you will someday be left standing alone when you really need help.

— Criss Jami

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

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The function of freedom is to free someone else.

— Toni Morrison

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

— Albert Einstein

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

— George Bernard Shaw

Those who enjoy responsibility usually get it; those who merely like exercising authority usually lose it.

— Malcolm Forbes

If you build the guts to do something, anything, then you better save enough to face the consequences.

— Criss Jami

I must do something’ always solves more problems than Something must be done.’

— Unknown

You may believe that you are responsible for what you do, but not for what you think. The truth is that you are responsible for what you think, because it is only at this level that you can exercise choice. What you do comes from what you think.

— Marianne Williamson

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

— James Allen

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

— Abigail Van Buren

Eventually we all have to accept full and total responsibility for our actions, everything we have done, and have not done.

— Hubert Selby Jr.

All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you.

— Wayne Dyer

In dreams begin responsibilities.

— William Butler Yeats

More Responsibility Quotes and Quotes About Taking Ownership

When you think everything is someone else’s fault, you will suffer a lot. When you realize that everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy.

— Dalai Lama

No alibi will save you from accepting the responsibility.

— Napoleon Hill

Never point a finger where you never lent a hand.

— Robert Breault

You can’t dodge your responsibilities by saying they don’t exist!

— Douglas Adams

It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do for which we are accountable.

— Moliere

Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.

— Plato

A man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with — a man is what he makes of himself.

— Alexander Graham Bell

Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.

— Tony Robbins

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

— Stephen Covey

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.

No man is fit to command another that cannot command himself.

— William Penn

Everything changes for the better when you take ownership of your own problems.

— Robert Ringer

It is a painful thing to look at your own trouble and know that you yourself and no one else has made it.


Take responsibility — it’s where your powers live.

— Will Craig

It is only when you take responsibility for your life that you discover how powerful you truly are.

— Allanah Hunt

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

The secret ingredients to true happiness? Decisive optimism and personal responsibility.

— Amy Leigh Mercree

Every right implies a responsibility; Every opportunity, an obligation, Every possession, a duty.

— John D. Rockefeller

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