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The price of greatness is responsibility. Winston Churchill
I don't think I would want the responsibility for enforcing the death penalties. There's always the inevitable question of whether someone you gave the order to execute might truly have been innocent. Jesse Ventura
Do you realize the responsibility I carry? I'm the only person standing between Richard Nixon and the White House. John F. Kennedy
Blame is for God and small children. Dustin Hoffman
It is the duty of man to raise up man. Jose Marti
Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war. John Adams
I am responsible only to God and history. Francisco Franco
Our culture peculiarly honors the act of blaming, which it takes as the sign of virtue and intellect. Lionel Trilling
Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility. G. M. Trevelyan
They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. Andy Warhol
Liberty exists in proportion to wholesome restraint. Daniel Webster
To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves. Virginia Woolf
... equal responsibilities are less popular than equal rights. Binyamin Applebaum
Tunisia, which is dear to all of us, is going through difficult circumstances, exceptional circumstances, that necessitate exceptional measures to face them and prevent a worse situation Our security forces are in a full alert status, but we do have weaknesses as our prime minister admitted. We are not blaming anyone, but we are calling for everyone to feel and act responsibly. If such incidents happen again, the state will collapse. It is the duty of the president to take a stance. Beji Caid Essebsi
It is through the European that civilization arrives ... precisely because of their superiority, the civilized people our responsible for an evolving world. Georges-Louis Leclerc de Buffon
The Colorado River System is changing rapidly. We have a responsibility to reassess the fundamental precepts of how we have managed the river. Daniel P. Beard
It is the responsibility of journalists to be ethical. Religion is a very sensitive issue, and I think no truly professional cartoonist in the world would ever try to pick on a religion like this. There’s an informal code of ethics among cartoonists in the media, and it includes two kinds of censorship: one is self-censorship; the other is professional censorship. Religion is one of the very important things that we should respect and not criticize …. We cannot tolerate any disparagement of the Prophet. Shujaat Ali
If any question why we died, Tell them, because our fathers lied. Rudyard Kipling
Everyone, without distinction as to economic and social conditions, has the right to the preservation of his health through the highest standards of food, clothing, housing and medical care which the resources of the State and community can provide. The responsibility of the State and community for the health and safety of its people can be fulfilled only by provision of adequate health and social measures United Nations
The President of the United States has more than the responsibility for the people of this country. He has the responsibility of providing hope for the people of the world. Andrew Card
A British nobleman is a free man, and therefore has a right to adopt any country which is endeavoring to reestablish the rights of aggrieved humanity Thomas Cochrane
Not but that crimes of a strictly legal character fall within the scope of the power…; but that it has a more enlarged operation, and reaches what are aptly termed political offences, growing out of personal misconduct or gross neglect, or usurpation, or habitual disregard of the public interests, in the discharge of the duties of political office Joseph Story
By the liberal interpretation of the term ‘high misdemeanor’ which the Senate has given, there is now no difficulty in securing the removal of a judge for any reason that shows him unfit William Howard Taft
According to the weight of opinion, impeachable offenses include, not merely acts that are indictable, but serious misbehavior which may be considered as coming within the category of high crimes and misdemeanors Charles Evans Hughes
Impeachment is not confined alone to acts which are forbidden by the Constitution or Federal statutes. The better sustained and modern view is that the provision for impeachment in the Constitution applies not only to high crimes and misdemeanors as those words were understood at common law but also acts which are not defined as criminal and made subject to indictment, and also to those which affect the public welfare. Thus an official may be impeached for offenses of a political character and for gross betrayal of public interests. Also for abuses or betrayal of trusts, for inexcusable negligence of duty, for the tyrannical abuse of power, or, as one writer puts it, for “a breach of official duties… House of Representatives
Unmindful of the solemn duties of his office, and contrary to the sacred obligation, did conduct himself in a manner highly arbitrary, oppressive, and unjust. House of Representatives
… the use of office for direct or indirect personal monetary gain House of Representatives
… being a man of loose morals and intemperate habits House of Representatives
The occasion for the exercise of impeachment will arise from acts of great injury to the community. James Iredell
The President must certainly be punishable for giving false information to the Senate. He is to regulate all intercourse with foreign powers, and it is his duty to impart to the Senate every material intelligence he receives. If it should appear that he has not given them full information, but has concealed important intelligence which he ought to have communicated, and by that means induced them to enter into measures injurious to their country, and which they would not have consented to had the true state of things been disclosed to them, — in this case, I ask whether, upon an impeachment for a misdemeanor upon such an account, the Senate would probably favor him. James Iredell
A President could be impeached only for an error of the heart, and not of the head. James Iredell
If the President be connected, in any suspicious manner, with any person, and there be grounds to believe he will shelter him, the House of Representatives can impeach him. James Madison
It is the President upon whom the Constitution devolves, as head of the executive department, the duty to see that the laws be faithfully executed; but as he cannot execute them in person, he is allowed to select his agents, and is made responsible for their acts within just limits. So complete is the presumed delegation of authority in the relation of a head of department to a President, that the Supreme Court of the United States have decided that an order made by a head of department is presumed to be made by the President himself. Andrew Johnson
If the president were to displace from office a man whose merits require that he should continue in it… he will be impeachable by this House before the Senate, for such an act of mal-administration; for I contend that the wanton removal of meritorious officers would subject him to impeachment and removal from his own high trust. James Madison
I think it absolutely necessary that the President should have the power of removing his appointees from office; it will make him, in a peculiar manner, responsible for their conduct, and subject him to impeachment himself, if he suffers them to perpetrate with impunity high crimes or misdemeanors against the United States, or neglects to superintend their conduct, so as to check their excesses. James Madison
The executive power is better to be trusted when it has no screen. Sir, we have a responsibility in the person of our President; he cannot act improperly, and hide either his negligence or inattention; he cannot roll upon any other person the weight of his criminality; no appointment can take place without his nomination; and he is responsible for every nomination he makes…. Add to all this, that officer is placed high, and is possessed of power far from being contemptible, yet not a single privilege is annexed to his character; far from being above the laws, he is amenable to them in his private character as a citizen, and in his public character by impeachment James Wilson
If he be not impeachable whilst in office, he will spare no efforts or means whatever to get himself reelected. William Richardson Davie
Shall any man be above Justice. Above all shall that man be above it, who can commit the most extensive injustice. When great crimes were committed I am for punishing the principal as well as the Coadjutors George Mason
Those that the Muslims killed were not really killed by them. It was Allah who did the killing. Muhammad
A guilty party is being sought. Such action is a favorite means of consolation in the face of calamity. Karel Capek
There is no entitlement without a duty. Nicolas Sarkozy
Conspiracy theories are the way Muslims avoid facing up to their responsibility to be self-critical. Tariq Ramadan
Indian Railways is the responsibility of Lord Vishwakarma. So is the safety of passengers... It is His duty, not mine. I have been forced to don His mantle. Lalu Prasad Yadav
The question is, do corporate executives, provided they stay within the law, have responsibilities in their business activities other than to make as much money for their stockholders as possible? And my answer to that is, no they do not. Milton Friedman
If you take out uncovered meat and place it outside … or in the back yard without a cover, and the cats come over and eat it, whose fault is it---the cat’s or the uncovered meat? Taj Aldin Al Hilali
If fathers wish to educate their daughters beyond what is customary, for want of trained older women and on account of the extreme negligence which has become women's sad lit, since well-educated older women are unavailable, they are obliged to bring in men teachers to give instruction in reading, writing, and arithmetic, playing musical instruments, and other skills…. As a result of this, many fathers prefer leaving their daughters in a barbaric, uncivilized state to exposing them to an evident danger such as familiarity with men breeds. All of which would be eliminated if there were older women of learning Juana Ines de la Cruz
There can be no fundamental distinction between what is morally right and what is politically right. Martin Buber
People have been paying their premiums for years and the insurance companies just raped them. Spike Lee
Responsibility's like a string we can only see the middle of. Both ends are out of sight. William McFee
The buck stops here. Anonymous
Unless we connect directly with the earth, we will not have the faintest clue why we should save it…. Only if we understand the beauty of nature will we love it, and only if we become alerted to learn about the planet's disease processes can we decide to live our lives with a proper sense of ecological responsibility. Helen Caldicott
Duties and rights are reciprocal Adam Weishaupt
It is not a man's duty, as a matter of course, to devote himself to the eradication of any, even the most enormous wrong; he may still properly have other concerns to engage him; but it is his duty, at least, to wash his hands of it, and, if he gives it no thought longer, not to give it practically his support. Henry David Thoreau
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
Never, not once, have I disobeyed my Emperor’s wishes on all things. Hideki Tojo
The perfect bureaucrat … is the man who manages to make no decisions and escape all responsibility. Brooks Atkinson
Being responsible, I will direct, and will be responsible for nothing that I do not direct. William Pitt the Younger
After long thinking, I was convinced that the obligation of responsibility before God and before the people make it incumbent upon me that I should go to the far corners of the world, even to Jerusalem to address members of the Knesset and acquaint them with all the facts surging in me, then I would let you decide for yourselves.... Anwar Sadat; Mohamed Anwar El-Sedat
We had a responsibility to represent all people whose 1st Amendment rights were at risk David Goldberger
It is our responsibility not to make charges we can't substantiate James F. Leonard
We regard education as a means of safeguarding the family from too great a reliance upon the state rather than as a means for the state to take over the responsibilities of the family. Jack Wiseman
The Emperor was responsible for the war. Hitoshi Motoshima
What's everybody's work is nobody's work. Portuguese Proverb
The goat which has many owners will be left to die in the sun. Haitian Proverb
When anyone dies from a preventable disease in New York City, it’s my fault. Thomas R. Frieden
Responsibility means nothing if you do not have a forum in which to exercise it. Michael Dyson
Mankind's salvation lies exclusively in everyone's making everything his business, in the people of the East being anything but indifferent to what is thought in the West, and in the people of the West being anything but indifferent to what happens in the East. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
If we permit ourselves to be ill served, to be served by corrupt and incompetent and inefficient men, then on our own head must the blame rest. Theodore Roosevelt
Affirmative action and forced integration are responsible for the almost complete destruction of private property and the erosion of freedom of contract, association, and disassociation. Hans-Hermann Hoppe
We’ve got to hold our government responsible for providing the kinds of supports that parents need. Barack Obama
The Sovereign has, under a constitutional monarchy such as ours, three rights—the right to be consulted, the right to encourage, the right to warn. Walter Bagehot
If you do not accept the yoke of the Church and the King of Spain, I will make war on you everywhere in every way that I can. The death and destruction will be your fault. Francisco Pizarro
Ask not what your country can do for you——ask what you can do for your country. John F. Kennedy
The House of Lords, an illusion to which I have never been able to subscribe--responsibility without power, the prerogative of the eunuch throughout the ages. Tom Stoppard
Justice is the constant and perpetual wish to render to every one his due. Justinian I
Do not lay trust on a lazy man to run an important errand for you, because a lazy person will not feel responsible to do the job given to him Jewish Proverb
A great nation cannot throw off the responsibilities which its past history and its position in the world have imposed upon it. Evelyn Baring
That monarch whose subjects are carried off by robbers from his kingdom, while they loudly call for help, and he and his servants are quietly looking on, is a dead and not a living king. The highest duty of a King is to protect his subjects, for the king who enjoys the rewards, just mentioned, is bound to discharge that duty. Manu
You may be the most liberal, Liberal Englishman, and yet you cannot fail to see the categorical difference between the responsible and the irresponsible classes. D. H. Lawrence
Corruption is responsible in large measure for the broken promises, the dashed hopes and the shallow dreams that have characterized the existence of the multitude of Nigerians in the last few decades. The choice before us is clear: We either go to war against corruption in all its ramifications or we shall soon be totally consumed by this hydra-headed dragon. Nigerian Roman Catholic Church Secretariat
To Perpetual Peace Immanuel Kant
It’s the toughest decision a president has to make, by far. There is no passing the buck, no sharing the responsibility. It is a terribly lonely decision. George W. Bush
A problem is that if all of us are collectively responsible for a big world goal, then no single agency or politician is held accountable if the goal is not met. Collective responsibility for world goals works about as well as collective farms in agriculture, and for the same reason. William Easterly
These cartoons are indeed offensive to the belief of Muslims. We all fully recognize and respect freedom of the press and expression, but it must be coupled with press responsibility. Inciting religious or ethnic hatreds in this manner is not acceptable. Kurtis Cooper
The insult has been established now by everybody, Muslim and non-Muslim, and everybody condemns the cartoonist and condemns the cartoon, ... However, God said, and the messenger Mohammed said, whoever insults a prophet, he must be punished and executed. This man should be put on trial and if it is proven he must be executed. ... If anybody insults the prophet, he will have to take a punishment. If countries refuse to put people on trial for insulting Mohammed they must face the consequences... Mohammed Omar
An excuse is sometimes more ugly than guilt. Arab Proverb
Man has responsibility, not power. Anonymous
13 Dead. 0 Responsible. Anonymous
Do not loiter where there is a dispute, for in the dispute they will have you as an observer. Then you will be made a witness for them, and they will involve you in a lawsuit to affirm something that does not concern you Anonymous
Less government, more individual responsibility and a better world Anonymous
[Writing of Harry Truman:] The 1947 assumption of responsibility in the Eastern Mediterranean, the 1948 grandeur of the Marshall Plan, the response to the blockade of Berlin, the NATO defense of Europe in 1949, and the intervention in Korea in 1950—all those constituted expanded action in truly heroic mold. All of them required rare capacity to decide and act. Dean Acheson
To leave positions of great responsibility and authority is to die a little. Dean Acheson
When you say fiscal responsibility, it seems to me that you really mean rich people keeping their money. Alice Adams
When you say fiscal responsibility, it seems to me that you really mean rich people keeping their money. Alice Adams
Politically, it may not be the right thing to do, but sometimes proceeding with one's responsibilities can have personal costs. David Axelrod
What the proprietorship of these papers is aiming at is power, and power without responsibility—the prerogative of the harlot throughout the ages. Stanley Baldwin
Divided responsibility is no responsibility. Ludwig Bamburger
You are living well, eating and drinking off the property of Israel, and care nothing about your brethren. Simon Bar Kokhba
Our national leaders could learn some good habits and important lessons from city hall to take the place of the various gimmicks being used in Washington to duck federal budget responsibility. Alan Beals
The most striking defect in our system of government is that it divides political power and thereby conceals political responsibility. Carl Becker
No one wants to be at the wrong end of finger-pointing. Robert S. Bennett
Boards are screens. What “the Board” does is the act of nobody; and nobody can be made to answer for it. Jeremy Bentham
It is unconscionable to permit a foreign government to avoid responsibility for acts of terrorism while it benefits from U. S. commerce. Howard Berman
If we accept and acquiesce in the face of discrimination, we accept the responsibility ourselves. We should, therefore, protest openly everything ... that smacks of discrimination or slander. Mary McLeod Bethune
We cannot fly from our world duties. Albert J. Beveridge
Corporation. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility. Ambrose Bierce
A decent society is not based on rights. It is based on duty. Our duty to one another. To all should be given opportunity; from all responsibility demanded. Tony Blair
My responsibility is not to the public. It is to the chairman alone. John Blandford
When statesmen forsake their own private conscience for the sake of their public duties, they lead their country by a short route to chaos. Robert Bolt
It is infinitely easier to suffer in obedience to a human command than to accept suffering as free, responsible men. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Individualism degenerates into disease without limits. William W. Bradley
We too often prefer the individual thrill to collective responsibility. William W. Bradley
I don't want to get into the blame game. That's not my job. Nicholas Brady
With great power goes great responsibility. Paul Bremer
If everyone in government would refuse to sign everything they couldn't read, everything would grind to a screeching halt. Edmund G. Brown Jr.
It is important that we get our people back, but your greater responsibility is to protect the honor and dignity of our country and its foreign policy interests. Zbigniew Brzezinski
Public life is a situation of power and energy; he trespasses against his duty who sleeps upon his watch as he that goes over to the enemy. Edmund Burke
I did irresponsible things when I was young and irresponsible. George W. Bush
I take personal responsibility for everything I say. George W. Bush
We are all responsible for our actions and our failures to act. George W. Bush
Before September 11, 2001, it was responsible for more American deaths than any other terrorist organization. Daniel Byman
Christians must be conscious of their specific and proper role in the political community; they should be a shining example by their sense of responsibility and their dedication to the common good Catholic Church
The more the power of men and women increases, the greater is their responsibility as individuals and as members of the community. Catholic Church
The priority of work over capital places an obligation in justice upon employers to consider the welfare of the workers before the increase of profits. Catholic Church
The right to private property is inconceivable without responsibilities to the common good. Catholic Church
The fact that a man is to vote forces him to think. John Jay Chapman
My words are my own, and my actions are my ministers.' Charles II
Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Unless you believe that the future can be better, it’s unlikely you will step up and take responsibility for making it so. If you assume that there’s no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. Noam Chomsky
Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right than to be responsible and wrong. Winston Churchill
It is time to break the bad habit of expecting something for nothing from our Government or from each other. Let us all take more responsibility not only for ourselves and our families but our communities and our country. Bill Clinton
When one has come to accept a certain course as duty he has a pleasant sense of relief and of lifted responsibility, even if the course involves pain Charles Horton Cooley
I strongly believe in the principle of accountability and responsibility. It is the foundation of leadership. John Dalton
Tom Clarke is dead. He has not our responsibilities. Nobody will ever know what he would do for the situation did not arise for him. But is has risen for us and we must face it with our intelligence and conscious of our responsibility. Eamon de Valera
If the law supposes that ... the law is a ass – a idiot. Charles Dickens
If you accept the privilege of public service, you had better understand the responsibilities of public service. Michael Dukakis
I have to send people out to get killed. Allen Welsh Dulles
We do ourselves in and expect society to pick up the tab. David Durenburger
One of the nice things about being out of office is not being responsible for what you say. Lawrence Eagleburger
Every bird that falls from the sky is not necessarily our responsibility. Lawrence Eagleburger
Strong rights presume strong responsibilities. Amitai Etzioni
What the poor did to the poor was the business of the poor, not the business of the proper people who ran the city. Howard Fast
People who want to own a gun should have to pass a written exam that shows they know how to use the gun, that they’re intelligent enough and responsible enough to handle a gun. Rudolph W. Giuliani
It is not because woman is lacking in responsibility, but because she has too much of the latter that she demands to know how to prevent conception. Emma Goldman
Today, not a numerous, but an active part of the German people are beginning to realize, not that they have been led astray, not that bad times await them, not that the war may end in defeat, but that what is happening is sin and that they are personally responsible for each terrible deed that has been committed - naturally, not in the earthly sense, but as Christians. Helmuth James von Moltke
Who takes the blame: the leader who talks of poverty but lives in luxury, or the poor who choose a leader of that type? Gora; Shri Goparaju Ramachandra
Letting someone else take the blame ... every politician does that if they can, every politician. Martha Griffiths
In a democracy, power implies responsibility. Felix Frankfurter
Don't try to shift your responsibilities on to somebody else. Helen H. Gardener; Alice Chenoweth Day
The tradition of our Navy mandates that senior officials bear the ultimate responsibility for their command. H. Lawrence Garrett III
Am I my brother's keeper? Book of Genesis
God knows that I detest slavery, but it is an existing evil, for which we are not responsible, and we must endure it, and give it such protection as is guaranteed by the constitution, till we can get rid of it without destroying the last hope of free government in the world. Millard Fillmore
He who cannot dance puts the blame on the floor. Hindu Proverb
Your Majesty, you also bear responsibility for this defeat. What apology are you going to make to the heroic spirits of the imperial founder of your house and your other imperial ancestors? Kiichiro Hiranuma
To err is human. To blame somebody else is politics. Hubert Horatio Humphery
The story of America is the story of an ever widening circle of human care and responsibility. Henry Hyde
Bill Janklow speeds when he drives. Shouldn’t, but he does. William Janklow
No matter how lofty you are in your department, the responsibility for what your lowliest assistant is doing is yours. Bessie Rowland James
As a soldier, I know that the commander is responsible for every man and every thing. The words "I apologize" may sound banal. But I cannot find any other words. Wojciech Jaruzelski
There are plenty of recommendations on how to get out of trouble ... deny your responsibility. Lyndon B. Johnson
I do not believe I can physically and mentally carry the responsibilities of the bomb, and the world, and the Negroes and the South and so on and so forth. Lyndon B. Johnson
The President is responsible to the public for the conduct of the person he has nominated and appointed. James Madison
To have clemency, it is necessary to admit guilt. Nicola Mancini
The Presidential function is difficult and full of responsibility. It calls from the incumbent a plenitude of his physical vigor. I am aware I am no longer strong enough for the task. Wherefore, I resign. Tomas G. Masaryk
I am responsible but not guilty! Emilio E. Massera
Had there been the threat of Nuremburg-style trials for members of the apartheid state security establishment we would never have undergone a peaceful change. Thabo Mbeki
You can duck responsibility within your committee; you can blame somebody else's committee, you can disappear behind the facade of your party allegiance ..., or you can blame it on the other House; and if none of those happens to ... work, you can dump it on the shoulders of bureaucracy and red tape ... Gale W. McGee
Every executive function, whether superior or subordinate, should be the appointed duty of some given individual. It should be apparent to all the world who did everything, and through whose default anything was left undone. Responsibility is null when nobody knows who is responsible. Nor, even when real, can it be divided without being weakened. John Stuart Mill
Everyone who receives the protection of society owes a return for the benefit. John Stuart Mill
The individual is not accountable to society for his actions, insofar as these concern the interests of no person but himself. John Stuart Mill
There should not be several departments independent of one another to superintend different parts of the same natural whole. John Stuart Mill
There will be no morality in the world unless the Emperor abdicates as quickly as circumstances permit…. The Emperor bears responsibility for being extremely negligent in the performance of his duties. He permitted the behavior of the military cliques and for many years did not do what he should have done. Tatsuji Miyoshi
The most dangerous aspect of contemporary life is the dissolution of the feeling of individual responsibility. Eugenio Montale
Some call it power; I prefer to call it responsibility. William 'Bill' Morris
It was important that the Japanese accept responsibility for their savage behavior during the war [World War II], [but] responsibility was a question of morality and morality was a matter of religion. Japanese worship nature, but have no religious or philosophical moral basis . Hitoshi Motoshima
A leader should not be obstinate, but must think of the people. Hosni Mubarak
It may not have been fair, but it changed history. Rupert Murdoch
Jury service is a duty as well as a privilege of citizenship; it is a duty that cannot be shirked on a plea of inconvenience or decreased earning power. Frank Murphy
The direct primary is the salvation of American politics. It vests responsibility where it belongs—in the people. Fiorello H. La Guardia
The worst effect of student violence has been to excite liberals who assume that behind every act of violence there is a condition of injustice, and who take it as their guilty responsibility to eradicate the cause. William Letwin
Governments are elected by people; corporations are not. Governments that must answer to the people; corporations must answer only to their boards. David Lewis
I who am not a specially brave man have had to sustain the sinking courage of these professional fighters in critical times. When it was proposed to station [Gen. Henry W.] Halleck here in general command, he insisted, to use his own language, on the appointment of a general-in-chief who should be held responsible for results. We appointed him and all went well enough until [John] Pope's death, when he broke down—nerve and pluck all gone—and has ever since evaded all possible responsibility—little more since then than a first-rate clerk. Abraham Lincoln
A modern democracy cannot allow its citizens to be exonerated Mario Vargas Llosa
He surprised me. I need a day to surprise him. John F. Kennedy
In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility. I welcome it. John F. Kennedy
Political action is the highest responsibility of a citizen. John F. Kennedy
If I've done anything wrong, I believe it's his fault. Jay C. Kim
Power without responsibility, the prerogative of the harlot throughout the ages. Rudyard Kipling
Mankind is a single body and each nation a part of that body. We must never say 'What does it matter to me if some part of the world is ailing?' If there is such an illness, we must concern ourselves with it as though we were having that illness. Kemal Ataturk
Partnership implies that the individual has responsibilities as well as rights. Tony Blair
We have responsibility that when somebody hurts, government has got to move. George W. Bush
Civilization is not inherited; it has to be learned and earned by each generation anew; if the transmission should be interrupted for one century, civilization would die, and we should be savages again. Will Durant; Ariel Durant
The word of a private person involves in misfortune only a single human being, while that of sovereigns can create calamities for entire nations. The question may therefore be summed up thus: Is it better that a nation should perish, or that a sovereign should break his treaty? Who can be stupid enough to hesitate in answering this question? Frederick II
If conspirators meet in the house of a tavern-keeper, and these conspirators are not captured and delivered to the court, the tavern-keeper shall be put to death. Hammurabi
If conspirators meet in the house of a tavern-keeper, and these conspirators are not captured and delivered to the court, the tavern-keeper shall be put to death. Hammurabi
doing what is right is easy. The problem is knowing what is right Lyndon B. Johnson
Here on earth, God’s work is our own. John F. Kennedy
I am a combat leader. As such I am responsible for everything that is done in my unit. I just wish that our civilian leaders would accept the same kind of responsibility. Paul Rieckhoff
My responsibilities as the governor are more than my neighbor’s and my family. George Ryan
Our elites, including me, have opted out of their responsibilities when it comes to defense. Frank Schaeffer
I have an obligation to the people of Illinois, to the Senate and to myself to leave the Senate while I am still eager to serve, not after I tire of serving. Paul Simon
In the past, public health officials could argue that they were protecting people from external threats: carriers of contagious diseases, fumes from the local glue factory, contaminated water, food poisoning, dangerous quack remedies. By contrast, the new enemies of public health come from within; the aim is to protect people from themselves rather than each other. Jacob Sullum
it does not make any difference whether it were the Republican or Democratic Party. It is the business of the party in power to face the American Nation, stand responsible for the conduct of its administration, and to give the people of this Nation a prosecution in this case that will restore the confidence of the people not in the party in power merely, or any party, but in their Government, in the integrity of their public officials. Hatton William Sumners
All rights of the Armenians to live and work on Turkish soil have been completely cancelled, and with regard to this the Government takes all responsibility on itself, and it has commanded that even babes in the cradle are not to be spared. Mehmet Talaat Pasha; Talaat Bey
We hear with sorrow, by the report of the Provincial judges, that you the Fathers of the State, who ought to set an example to your sons (the ordinary citizens), have been so remiss in the payment of taxes that on this first collection nothing, or next to nothing, has been brought in from any Senatorial house. Thus a crushing weight has fallen on the lower orders, who have had to make good your deficiencies and have been distraught by the violence of the tax gatherers …. Now then, oh Conscript Fathers, who owe as much duty to the Republic as we do, pay the taxes for which each of you is liable. Theodoric; Cassiodorus
A single Executive may be responsible, but a numerous one cannot be responsible. James Wilson
Governments have a responsibility for the health of their peoples which can be fulfilled only by the provision of adequate health and social measures. World Health Organization; WHO
This relationship between freedom and responsibility has not always been clearly understood. Some ideologies have placed greater importance on the concept of individual freedom, while others on the unquestioning commitment to the social group. Without a proper balance, unrestricted freedom is as dangerous as imposed social responsibility. Great social injustices have resulted from extreme economic freedom and capitalist greed, while at the same time cruel oppression of people's basic liberties has been justified in the name of communist ideals and society's interests. Either extreme is undesirable. Oscar Arias
The more freedom we enjoy, the greater the responsibility we bear, toward others as well as ourselves. The more talents we possess, the bigger the responsibility we have to develop them to their fullest capacity. Oscar Arias
The Americans are out, and as far as I’m concerned, in Rwanda, that ought to be the end of it. Bob Dole
We as citizens should hold our government accountable for word and deed. Valerie Plame
History had unexpected duties in store for us. Dick Cheney
Everything is a circle. We are each responsible for our own actions. It will come back. Betty Laverdure
God puts no nation in supreme place which will not do supreme duty. God keeps no nation in supreme place which will not perform its supreme duty … William McKinley
Our nation, frustrated by its desire for full employment and political responsibility, is becoming a huge land of individuals who roam stranding in place, one eye on the television and the other on their passports. Fatima Mernissi
We are responsible for what we do, and also for the influence of our example. Daniel O'Connell
The government of England is one of the wisest in Europe, because there is a body there that examines this government continually and that continually examines itself. Charles de Montesquieu
Do not you know that people's sin fall upon the prince, and the prince's sin falls upon the people? Cyprian of Moscow
Because of a few, disasters come upon a whole people, and because of the evil deeds of one, many have to taste their fruits. Basil I
Art is not a pastime, it is a duty with respect to the people, a public affair Max Hermann Pechstein
It's misleading to suppose there's any basic difference between education & entertainment. This distinction merely relieves people of the responsibility of looking onto the matter. Marshall McLuhan
Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people Hugo Black
We are told that during times of crisis we must trust the president. Democracy is not about trust; it is about distrust. It is about accountability, exposure, open debate, critical challenge, and popular input and feedback from the citizenry. It is about responsible government. We have to get our fellow Americans to trust their leaders less and themselves more, trust their own questions and suspicions, and their own desire to know what is going on. Michael Parenti
We must not antagonize everyone. We must win their hearts and minds. We must win them to our side, not by begging for help from them, but by the honorable way that we struggle to help ourselves. We must not strengthen the enemy by pushing everyone into their camps through irresponsible and un-Islamic acts Mohamad Mahathir
It is no part of my job as Chancellor of the Exchequer to put before the House of Commons proposals for the expenditure of public money. The function of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, as I understand it, is to resist all demands for expenditure made by his colleagues and, when he can no longer resist, to limit the concession to the barest point of acceptance. Philip Snowden Ickornshaw; 1st Viscount Snowden
The healing of a nation is a slow process that requires patience. It begins with truth telling, the confession of wrong-doing, the genuine respect for forgiveness and the willingness to accept the consequences of one's actions. Petero Mataca
The attempt to discover and promulgate the truth is nevertheless an obligation upon all scientists, one that must be persevered in no matter what the rebuffs—for otherwise what is the point in being a scientist? Peter Medawar
For too long it was assumed that you could completely separate out flows of money from responsibilities and accountabilities in service delivery. This flawed assumption is central to understanding many of the failures. Lant Prichett
Make your judges responsible. Impeach them. Impeachment of a judge would be a very healthful thing in these times William Howard Taft
There are, perhaps, few men who can for any great length of time enjoy office and power without being more or less under the influence of feelings unfavorable to the faithful discharge of their public duties … They are apt to acquire a habit of looking with indifference upon the public interests and of tolerating conduct from which an unpracticed man would revolt. Office is considered a species of property, and government rather as a means of promoting individual interests than as an instrument created solely for the service of the people. Andrew Jackson
All European monarchs ought to be the first servant of the state. Frederick II
Members of Congress will pay attention to members of their own districts. David R. Obey
Responsibility is the product of definite social arrangements. Charles Frankel
Democratic government is responsible government—which means accountable government--and the essential problem in contracting out is that responsibility and accountability are greatly diminished. Arthur Miller
I pity the poor soul who will have to run this program. Sargent Shriver
We have found that equivocation by the parents has contributed to eventual drug experimentation American Medical Association
Kill! Kill! Lawrence must be cleansed, and the only way to cleanse it is to kill! William Clarke Quantrill
In taking the offensive I have to select that season when I can catch the fiends; and if a village is attacked and women and children killed, the responsibility is not with the soldiers, but with the people whose crimes necessitated the attack. Philip Henry Sheridan
I will back you with my whole authority... I will say nothing and do nothing to restrain our troops from doing what they deem proper on the spot, and will allow no mere vague general charges of cruelty and inhumanity to tie their hands, but will use all the powers confided to me to the end that these Indians, the enemies of our race and of our civilization, shall not again be able to begin and... carry out their barbarous warfare. William Tecumseh Sherman
Children, although for the most part under the unwritten discipline of home, are not to be regarded as outside the control of public regulation. For the education of children is a matter of more than private interest; it concerns the State, which indeed regards the right training of the young as, in certain aspects, within its proper sphere. I would wish to see this responsibility extended. Petrus Paulus Vergerius
That’s like blaming the witch for the witch hunt. Mark Shields
If there should be blame, it should rest with this office. Ronald Reagan
Even if you’re on the right track, you can get run over if your not going fast enough. Mark Twain
Yet all the poor commonly lay the blame on the Evil Government, excusing their own sloth, and luxury, as if their private goods forsooth were wasted by public exactions. Thomas Hobbes
abortion opponents love little babies as long as they are in somebody else’s uterus. Joycelyn Elders
We are ourselves history and share the responsibility for world history and our position in it. But we gravely lack awareness of this responsibility. Hermann Hesse
The houses were built to sell. That they killed the tenants was no concern of the builder’s. Jacob Riis
A man can't get rich if he takes proper care of his family American Indian proverb
In order to ensure prompt and effective action by the United Nations, its Members confer on the Security Council primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security, and agree that in carrying out its duties under this responsibility the Security Council acts on their behalf. United Nations
The rulers of the exchange of mankind's goods have failed, through their own stubbornness and their own incompetence, have admitted their failure, and abdicated. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Destiny has laid upon our country the responsibility of the free world's leadership. Dwight D. Eisenhower
He who holds the ladder is as bad as the thief. German Proverb
We Coloreds have taken a vote and decided that we don’t cotton to that whole emancipation thing. Freedom means having to work for real, think for ourselves, and take consequences along with the rewards. That is just far too much to ask of us Colored People and we demand that it stop Mark Williams
This country, our tradition, permits you to be a bigot, but it also requires you to take responsibility for your bigotry. The fact that you could hide behind a mask allows you to be a bigot without being responsible. Abraham H. Foxman
I don’t want to see the issue of Black reparations for slavery close the door to historic memory and continuing responsibility. Glenn Loury
The rights of free speech and free press do not carry with them the right to advocate the right to advocate the destruction of the very government that protects the freedom of an individual to express his views. Richard Nixon
Separation of powers was designed to affix responsibility, not to evade it. Anthony Kennedy
The responsibility of a public official is to make the country work! Lee H. Hamilton
With regard to what is done in drunkenness, this state, voluntarily contracted, does not hinder the imputation of a bad action. Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui
Right therefore and obligation are, as logicians express it, correllative terms; one of these ideas necessarily supposes the other; and we cannot conceive a right without a corresponding obligation. Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui
The greatest crime of the War…. All of the terrible inequities of the past year and a half, including the crowning iniquity of the wholesale slaughter of the Armenians, can be traced to the … criminal responsibility of Germany (which) must be shared by the neutral powers headed by the United States for their failure to protest when the initial wrong was committed. Theodore Roosevelt
The government is now unable to restrain the horrible massacres that have made that country a graveyard….Armenia is to be redeemed! Woodrow Wilson
I am convinced that everyone can develop a good heart and sense of responsibility with or without religion. Tenzin Gyatso; Dalai Lama
As everybody likes to be honored, so people imagine that God also wants to be honored. They forget that the fulfillment of duty towards men is the only honor adequate to him. Immanuel Kant
A minister of state is excusable for the harm he does when the helm of government has forced his hand in a storm; but in the calm he is guilty of all the good he does not do. Voltaire
Lofty posts make great men greater still, and small men much smaller. Jean de la Bruyere
Power shows the man. Pittacus of Mytilene
I would rather have a Scot come from Scotland to govern the people of this kingdom well and justly than that you should govern them ill in the sight of all the world Louis IX
The question is whether personal freedom is worth the terrible effort, the never-lifted burden and risks of self-reliance? Rose Wilder Lane
Most politicians will not stick their necks out unless they sense grass-roots support ... neither you nor I should expect someone else to take our responsibility. Katharine Hepburn
We have a new set of Congressmen who have really come to burn the House down. Luis Gutierrez
The National Socialist Revolution is not simply the taking of power in the state by one party from another, but brings a complete revolution of our German existence. Henceforth every matter demands decision, and every act demands responsibility. Martin Heidegger
It was not lust for honor, nor a seeking after fame, nor blind obstinacy nor power-seeking that demanded of the Fuhrer [Adolf Hitler] our resignation from the League of Nations, but simply the clear determination to be unconditionally responsible to ourselves in enduring and mastering our own destiny. Martin Heidegger
If you ask, "Am I my brother's keeper?" The answer is, "You are. William Randolph Hearst
I am heartedly tired of this life of bondage, responsibility, and toil. Rutherford B. Hayes
Do your duty and leave the rest to God. Pierre Corneille
The whole world and every human being in it is everybody's business William Saroyan
For the modern criminal it is a great good fortune to be able to count somewhere among his ancestry or other relations a criminal, a lunatic, or just a mere drunkard, for in a court of law that will win him a lighter penalty or, not seldom, an acquittal. Things have come to such a pass that there is hardly a criminal case nowadays where that sort of defense is not put forward. Vilfredo Pareto
Responsible citizenship comes from direct participation in the conduct of the government, and imposes equal responsibility upon every citizen. If we could quicken and increase appreciation of this responsibility, and every citizen were made to feel its weight and importance, it would go far toward improving our political and national life. William McKinley
Corporations are people. Mitt Romney
If a man dies of hunger, all the people of the district are responsible for his death Khalil Abdel-Karim
a drunken Democrat who the Republicans dragged out of the Galena gutter, besmeared with the blood of his countrymen slain in domestic broil, ... rules ... over the prostrate ruins of Washington's Republic. Harper's Weekly
After Emancipation, it was the plain duty of some one to assume this group leadership and training of the Negro laborer. I will not stop here to inquire whose duty it was—whether that of the white ex-master who had profited by unpaid toil, or the Northern philanthropist whose persistence brought on the crisis, or the National Government whose edict freed the bondmen; I will not stop to ask whose duty it was, but I insist it was the duty of some one to see that these workingmen were not left alone and unguided, without capital, without land, without skill, without economic organization, without even the bald protection of law, order, and decency,—left in a great land, not to settle down to slow and careful internal development, but destined to be thrown almost immediately into relentless and sharp competition with the best of modern workingmen under an economic system where every participant is fighting for himself, and too often utterly regardless of the rights or welfare of his neighbor. W. E. B. Du Bois
Man is very vain; he likes to feel that he is responsible for all the favorable things that happen, and he is innocent of all the unfavorable happenings R. Buckminster Fuller
I accept the responsibility but not the blame. Let me explain the difference. Those who are to blame lose their jobs. Those who are responsible do not. David Frye
If I missed once, I might never catch up again. Elizabeth II
Police officers and firefighters simply have no right to recuse themselves from having to protect persons of whose activities they disapprove for religious (or any other) reasons Richard A. Posner
I accept the responsibility but not the blame. Let me explain the difference. Those who are to blame lose their jobs. Those who are responsible do not. David Frye
Gentlemen, all power is, or ought to be, accomplished by responsibility. Tyranny is irresponsible power. This definition is equally true, whether the power be lodged in one or many; — whether in a despot, exempted by the form of government from the control of the law; or in a mob, whose numbers put them beyond the reach of the law. Idle, therefore, and absurd, to talk of freedom where a mob domineers! George Canning
Congress does investigations better than they do any thing else. Let them do that…. The people of Louisiana don’t want anyone’s head. They want everyone’s help. Mitch Landrieu
Our task is to be responsible for our speech, acts and political standpoint. These must be in conformity with the people's ideas and interests Khmer Rouge
But in a world of high tension and disorder, in a world where stable civilization is actually threatened, it becomes the responsibility of each nation which strives for peace at home and peace with and among others to be strong enough to assure the observance of those fundamentals of peaceful solution of conflicts which are the only ultimate basis for orderly existence. Franklin D. Roosevelt
In the neighborhood that most of us grew up in, parenting is not going on …. I’m talking about these people who cry when their son is standing there in an orange jumpsuit. Where were you when he was 2? Where were you when he was 12 … and where is his father, and why don’t you know where he is? William Cosby
You’ve got a reputation and it stinks….Since Detroit is more than 80 percent Black, it can’t be the white man’s fault. It’s not what he’s doing to you. It’s what you’re not doing. William Cosby
Government has a final responsibility for the well-being of its citizenship. If private cooperative endeavor fails to provide work for willing hands and relief for the unfortunate, those suffering hardship from no fault of their own have a right to call upon the Government for aid; and a government worthy of its name must make fitting response. Franklin D. Roosevelt
A minister of state is excusable for the harm he does when the helm of government has forced his hand in a storm; but in the calm he is guilty of all the good he does not do. Voltaire; Francois-Marie
I'm all for gun control, I just define it a little differently. If you can put 2 rounds into the same hole from 25 meters, that's gun control! If you're going to own a gun, you have an obligation to know what you're doing with it. When the Constitution gave us the right to bear arms, it also made us responsible for using them properly. It's not fair of us as citizens to lean more heavily on one side of that equation than on the other. So I support waiting periods and training requirements for gun ownership, and I like the idea that is shouldn't be incredibly easy to get guns. Jesse Ventura
The ruler will be interrogated not only about his own unjust deeds but also about those of his staff Mohammed Al-Ghazali Al-Saqqa
To admit error and cut losses is rare among individuals, unknown among states. Barbara Tuchman
What did they know, when did they know it, and what did they do about it. William S. Cohen
Here on earth God’s work must truly be our own. Robert Kennedy
A leader who doesn’t hesitate before he sends his nation into battle is not fit to be a leader. Peter Medawar
Secularization is the process by which certain responsibilities pass from ecclesiastical to political authorities. Harvey Cox
Optimism is a duty. The future is open. It is not predetermined. No one can predict it, except by chance. We all contribute to determining it by what we do. We are all equally responsible for its success. Karl Popper
It is a great law of social development that the movement from slavery to freedom is also a movement from security to insecurity of maintenance. Arnold J. Toynbee
To a reluctant admission of the necessity for State action, we join a burning belief in duty. Arnold J. Toynbee
If words of command are not clear and distinct, if orders are not thoroughly understood, the general is to blame. Sun Tzu
I am not a U. S. company and I don’t make decisions on what is good for the United States. Lee R. Raymond
We have good soldiers but crummy generals. Leo Bosner
We have usurped many of the powers we once ascribed to God. Fearful and unprepared, we have assumed lordship over the life or death of the whole world — of all living things. The danger and the glory and the choice rest finally in man. The test of his perfectibility is at hand. Having taken Godlike power, we must seek in ourselves for the responsibility and the wisdom we once prayed some deity might have. Man himself has become our greatest hazard and our only hope. John Steinbeck
We are the dominant power. And that imposes on us a responsibility to be actually concerned with the well-being of the world. George Soros
Absolute authority will be delegated. Full responsibility will be assumed. Those who succeed will receive advancement and satisfaction of desire. Those who fail will die. E. E. Smith
We are responsible not only for what we do but also for what we could have prevented. Peter Singer
Some will not look on suffering because it creates responsibility. Fulton J. Sheen
Wealth is a form of power in our society. With great power comes great responsibility. If you have too much wealth, ipso facto, you have too much power -- therefore you have too much responsibility -- and you're a kind of dictator. William Woodard Self
Our responsibility is much greater than we might have supposed, because it involves all mankind. Jean-Paul Sartre
Society is much like the ostrich with its head in the sand. It will not look at facts and face the responsibility of its own stupidity. Margaret Sanger
Scientists, therefore, are responsible for their research, not only intellectually but also morally. This responsibility has become an important issue in many of today's sciences, but especially so in physics, in which the results of quantum mechanics and relativity theory have opened up two very different paths for physicists to pursue. They may lead us - to put it in extreme terms -- to the Buddha or to the Bomb, and it is up to each of us to decide which path to take. Fritjof Capra
The Church emphasis responsibility more than rights. Timothy Dolan
Most people in an organization try very hard to do what the leadership wants them to do. That places a tremendous responsibility on leaders. Jay S. Fishman
The true test of civilization is, not the census, nor the size of cities, nor the crops,—no, but the kind of man the country turns out. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Somebody’s got to start paying a price around here! Lindsey Graham
The negro is no model of virtue or manliness. He loves idleness, he has little conception of right and wrong, and he is improvident to the last degree of childishness. He is a creature,--as some of our own people will do well to keep carefully in mind,--he is a creature just forcibly released from slavery. The havoc of war has filled his heart with confused longings, and his ears with confused sounds of rights and privileges: it must be the nation's duty, for it cannot be left wholly to his late master, to help him to a clear understanding of these rights and privileges, and also to lay upon him a knowledge of his responsibilities. He is anxious to learn, and is very tractable in respect to minor matters; but we shall need almost infinite patience with him, for he comes very slowly to moral comprehensions. Sidney Andrews
… the always unfortunate general is always a culpable one Benjamin Rush
The Spanish Inquisition sought to avoid direct responsibility for the burning of heretics by handing them over to the secular arm; to burn them itself, it piously explained, would be wholly inconsistent with its Christian principles. Few of us would allow the Inquisition thus easily to wipe its hands clean of bloodshed; it knew quite well what would happen. Equally, where the technological application of scientific discoveries is clear and obvious — as when a scientist works on nerve gases — he cannot properly claim that such applications are "none of his business," merely on the ground that it is the military forces, not scientists, who use the gases to disable or kill. John Passmore
Conservatives are fond of telling us what a wonderful, happy, prosperous nation this is. The only thing that matches their love of country is the remarkable indifference they show toward the people who live in it. Michael Parenti
For the things we [scientists] are working on no amount of protesting or fiddling with politics will save our souls. The accident that we worked out this terrible thing [nuclear weapons] should not give us the responsibility of having a voice in how it is to be used. The responsibility must in the end be shifted to the people as a whole and that can only be done by making the facts known. Edward Teller
When we got organized as a country and we wrote a fairly radical Constitution with a radical Bill of Rights, giving a radical amount of individual freedom to Americans, it was assumed that the Americans who had that freedom would use it responsibly. That is, when we set up this country, abuse of people by Government was a big problem. So if you read the Constitution, it's rooted in the desire to limit the ability of — Government's ability to mess with you, because that was a huge problem. It can still be a huge problem. But it assumed that people would basically be raised in coherent families, in coherent communities, and they would work for the common good, as well as for the individual welfare. Bill Clinton
I think I have a good deal of my Uncle Theodore in me, because I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Eleanor Roosevelt
Liberty is often a heavy burden on a man. It involves that necessity for perpetual choice which is the kind of labor men have always dreaded. Oliver Wendell Holmes
It [liberty] is not the ruthless, the unbridled will; it is not freedom to do as one likes. That is the denial of liberty, and leads straight to its overthrow. A society in which men recognize no check upon their freedom soon becomes a society where freedom is the possession of only a savage few; as we have learned to our sorrow. Learned Hand
Anyone who is both clever and lazy is qualified for the highest leadership duties, because he possesses the intellectual clarity and the composure necessary for difficult decisions. One must beware of anyone who is stupid and diligent -- he must not be entrusted with any responsibility because he will always cause only mischief.[ Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord
Man is condemned to be free. Jean-Paul Sartre
The eyes of the world are on you. Dwight D. Eisenhower
I know how prone we are to censure and how ready to blame others for the non-fulfillment of our expectations. This is unbecoming in a generous people, and I grieve to see its expression. The general remedy for the want of success in a military commander is his removal. I have been prompted by these reflections more than once since my return from Pennsylvania to propose to Your Excellency the propriety of selecting another commander for this army. Robert E. Lee
Power invariably means both responsibility and danger. Theodore Roosevelt
Responsibility is a unique concept... You may share it with others, but your portion is not diminished. You may delegate it, but it is still with you... Hyman Rickover
Whereas religions may serve a benign purpose by letting many people feel comfortable with the level of morality they themselves can attain, no religion holds its members to the high standards of moral responsibility that the secular world of science and medicine does! Daniel Dennett
False opinions are like false money, struck first of all by guilty men and thereafter circulated by honest people who perpetuate the crime without knowing what they are doing Joseph de Maistre
It would be an outrage against civilization if he were sent to jail for an act which was the product of a diseased brain Voltairine de Cleyre
I now read the newspaper each day and say “Isn’t that interesting” and then go on to other things because I no longer have the responsibility. Condoleeza Rice
There is no such thing as society…There are individuals, men and women, and there are families. Margaret Thatcher
Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders; no one is relieved of his share of responsibility … Ludwig von Mises
… who would vindicate your right of unrestrained suffrage, or of choosing what representatives you liked best, merely that you might elect the creatures of your own faction, whoever they might be, or him, however small might be his worth, who would give you the most lavish feasts and enable you to drink to the greatest excess? John Milton
… should the management of the republic be entrusted to persons to whom no one would willingly entrust the management of his private concerns: and the treasury of the state be left to the care of those who had lavished their own fortunes in an infamous prodigality? John Milton
A well-governed appetite is the greater part of liberty. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
We cannot long protect liberty if our leaders continue to act like mere bystanders in the work of government. Jonathan Turley
The citizens of any particular country must be assigned the primary responsibility for judging their own leaders. The potential for abuse is simply too great, when judges wander across national borders. Jonathan Rauch
What do you say to the last man who died from a mistake. John Kerry
Whenever a freeborn person, a freedman, or a slave, is known to have committed any unlawful act by the order of his patron or his master, said patron or master shall be held liable for all satisfaction and composition for the same; for he who obeys the orders of his superior, cannot be considered guilty, because it is evident that he did not commit the act by his own will, but under the command of one possessing authority over him. Visgoths
No one can be responsible for every congressman or every member of his own party. Thomas S. Foley
It is easy to protect the rights to responsible citizens; only a democracy will protect the rights of those who are deemed irresponsible. Lewis D. Eigen
The case still seems overwhelmingly strong that Germany bore principal blame [for WWI]. Even if it did not conspire to bring war about, it declined to exercise its power to prevent the outbreak of restraining Austria. Even if Berlin did not seek to contrive a general European conflagration, it was willing for one, because it believed it could win. Max Hastings
I will send not a man nor a dollar for the wicked purpose of subduing my sister Southern states. Beriah Magoffin
Grant has immense responsibilities upon him, should he fail here, his past reputation will be dimmed, and he shelved again; but if he succeeds now, he will be in the flood tide of success at the death of the rebellion; and will stand peerless in the annals of American Generals. Samuel Emerson Opdycke
We cannot escape history. We of this Congress and this administration, will be remembered in spite of ourselves.... The fiery trial through which we pass, will light us down, in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation. Abraham Lincoln
This need of a symbol, something to look up to, to trust, to rely on, is a very deep need in human nature. On it in the past has been built every theory of government. Kings grew out of it; dictators grow out of it today; and the real test of Democracy is whether we can feel this way about our leaders and yet keep enough reliance in ourselves to preserve the individual responsibility that must exist in every citizen if democracies are to endure. Eleanor Roosevelt
The issue is not growth verses fiscal responsibility. We need both! Barack Obama
It is the essence of responsibility to put the public good ahead of personal gain. Robert Kennedy
Anything which tends to bring a greater sense of responsibility to individuals should be encouraged. Eleanor Roosevelt
... the even more fundamental task that lies before the leader of a democracy is to bring to the people the realization that true democracy is the effort of the people individually to carry their share of the burden of government. Eleanor Roosevelt
I have been deeply touched by the small contributions which have been sent to me to transmit to the Democratic campaign fund. They represent more sacrifice perhaps than larger sums of money and are often accompanied by letters which make one realize even more keenly the weight of responsibility on a man who has the confidence of so large a part of a nation such as ours. Eleanor Roosevelt
Must we always do our duty? If so, how are we always to know what is our duty? Eleanor Roosevelt
a direct admission that we are responsible for negligence which might have resulted in the assassination of the President [JFK]. Cartha DeLoach
We must bear a good deal of responsibility for it. The way he was killed make it particularly abhorrent…. I should not have given my consent to it. John F. Kennedy
Freed from the burden of executive branch responsibility after the 2008 [presidential] defeat, Republicans began to lose touch with the real world of foreign policy. Daniel Drezner
I’m going to keep on working to get rid of the sequester. You get up and do your jobs every day; let’s make sure Washington gets up and does its job. And what makes me frustrated is sometimes the very folks who say they stand with our military proudly are the same ones who are standing in the way of fixing the sequester. It’s important to look at deeds and not words. Barack Obama
The wealthy have a responsibility to invest in addressing inequality. This is especially true when constraints on others are so great. Bill Gates
Civilian control of the military is an inviolable principle, which means that civilians should bear the chief responsibility when the military is misdirected. James Dobbins
More than any other people on Earth, we bear burdens and accept risks unprecedented in their size and their duration, not for ourselves alone but for all who wish to be free. John F. Kennedy
Whoever can, should. Michael Walzer
Members of my family don’t get it…. The further away you’re removed from this chair [the King’s throne] the more of a prince or princess you are … the more you believe in absolute monarchy. Abdullah II
A President finds that his job has shrunk to cajoling a recalcitrant Congress, exhorting and indifferent public, and reconciling warring factions in an administration—where he takes the blame for actions over which he has no control and that he probably would have opposed had he been given any advance notice of them. David Frum
Whenever I look at TV and I see the weapon I invented to defend my motherland in the hands of these bin Ladens I ask myself the same question: How did it get into their hands? …. I didn't put it in the hands of bandits and terrorists and it's not my fault that it has mushroomed uncontrollably across the globe. Can I be blamed that they consider it the most reliable weapon? Mikhail Kalashnikov
Congress has the Constitutional responsibility to deal with the problem and Congress punted. Arlen Specter
When one has genuinely chosen a course for oneself it cannot be possible to hold another responsible for it. Germaine Greer
The President has full responsibility, which cannot be shared, for military decisions in a world in which the difference between safety and cataclysm can be a matter of hours or even minutes. J. William Fulbright
You must be a power on earth, and must therefore accept all the consequences of this position Lajos Kossuth
Say what you say plainly, and then take responsibility for it Ai Weiwei
A skilled commander seeks victory from the situation and does not demand it of his subordinates. Sun Tzu
It's not hard to stand behind one's successes. But to accept responsibility for one's failures... that is devilishly hard Vaclav Havel
Let us admit that most of us writers feel an essential aversion to politics. By taking such a position, however, we accept the perverted principle of specialization, according to which some are paid to write about the horrors of the world and human responsibility and others to deal with those horrors and bear the human responsibility for them Vaclav Havel
A bird of Unmindfulness flutters o'er ale feasts Viking Proverb
We join a mass movement to escape individual responsibility, or, in the words of the ardent young Nazi, "to be free from freedom." It was not sheer hypocrisy when the rank-and-file Nazis declared themselves not guilty of all the enormities they had committed. They considered themselves cheated and maligned when made to shoulder responsibility for obeying orders. Had they not joined the Nazi movement in order to be free from responsibility? Eric Hoffer
The people who generated great personal wealth in the process of creating this mess [the Great Recession]—bankers and financiers who invented products like mortgage-backed securities and credit default swaps—are now actively eschewing any responsibility for that problem by blaming the state for their mistakes. Mark Blyth
Capitalism, even 150 years ago, was more inclusive; there was more of a sense of social responsibility…. Today the system doesn’t seem to be as fair or inclusive. It doesn’t seem to be helping broader society. Dominic Barton
In times like the present, men should utter nothing for which they would not willingly be responsible through time and eternity. Abraham Lincoln
I feel that a period of service to the nation would be good for all of us, though I hope it will not be a purely military period. I have a great appreciation for the need for discipline and basic training in military methods, but above all, I believe we must develop the realization of every individual's responsibility in a democracy for his government. To me any period of training should stress this very clearly and should include service to the community. I believe both boys and girls should receive such training. Eleanor Roosevelt
I hope the women of the United States will awaken to the full sense of the influence which they can wield if they accept the responsibility which all power implies. Eleanor Roosevelt
it’s very easy to blame people. Ariel Sharon
An ‘enabling society’ is one where individuals have declared rights and can achieve their full potential, where a sense of community thrives in the open acceptance of duties, obligations and responsibly for others, and where effort is respected no less than altruism is encouraged. David Anthony Llewellyn Owen
The responsibility for all these acts falls first of all on the deported people. Mehmet Talaat Pasha; Tallat Bey
A democratic state too gentlemanly to learn all it can about threats us a state that betrayed its most fundamental responsibilities. David Frum
Considering mankind's indifference to freedom, their easy gullibility and their facile response to conditioning, one might very plausibly argue that collectivism is the political mode best suited to their disposition and their capacities. Under its regime, the citizen, like the soldier, is relieved of the burden of initiative and is divested of all responsibility, save for doing as he is told. Albert J. Nock
A degree of silence envelops [George] Washington’s actions; he moved slowly; one might say that he felt charged with future liberty, and that he feared to compromise it. It was not his own destiny that inspired this new species of hero: it was that of his country; he did not allow himself to enjoy what did not belong to him; but from that profound humility what glory emerged! Search the woods where Washington’s sword gleamed: what do you find? Tombs? No; a world! Washington has left the United States behind for a monument on the field of battle. Francois Rene de Chateaubriand
The whole world and every human being in it is everybody's business. William Saroyan
What I did, I did after very full deliberation, and under a heavy and solemn sense of responsibility. I can only trust in God that I have made no mistake. Abraham Lincoln
Freedom requires civil responsibility. Ralph Nader
Our ethical values point one way, towards intergenerational responsibility, but our political system points another, towards the short-term horizon of the next election. We should consider introducing agents who can vote in a far-seeing and impartial way. Thomas Wells
I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. Robert A. Heinlein
Man must assume responsibility for the direction of his life and destiny. Felix Adler
Failure is almost never at the cost of those responsible. John Kenneth Galbraith
Leadership in the field, and especially during the hurried organization of the urgently needed new units, must not depend on seniority, meaning age. George C. Marshall
The decision had my approval; it was discussed in the cabinet; it was approved by the President. The only trouble with you is that you don't have the perspicacity of a columnist. Now get out of here. George C. Marshall
I'm not going to censor you fellows. I'm just leaving it up to each man's sense of responsibility. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Nobody must keep a commitment to do impossible things. Ancient Roman Proverb
Different as they may be from my parents' generation, today's new Americans still bring with them the same old fashioned family values: discipline, a sense of responsibility, an eagerness to work—to achieve ... Mario Cuomo
A society in which men recognize no check upon their freedom soon becomes a society where freedom is a possession of a savage few. Learned Hand
Freedom must be enjoyed and men must not lose their nature, and be driven by their keepers like the beasts of the field, but neither must they be so enamored of self-rule as to admit of no paramount directors and governors. The public rights and privileges for which they should contend are not the power of self-rule, nor even the immediate and palpable direction of the measures of their government, the great aim and boast of purely republican forma; but the privileges of peaceful criticism on their government, the power of subsequent censure, the acknowledgment in the rulers of a delegated, rather than an original authority, and a reference of their measures to the interest of the community. These are the points for which they should contend, the points which, as a government is more or less perfect, are more or less accomplished and secured. William Smyth
The good ruler is a protector; one who carries his subjects in his arms, who unites them, who brings them together. He rules. He takes responsibilities... Bernardino de Sahaguin
There’s blood on many hands tonight. Those that incited violence on this street under the guise of protest, that tried to tear down what New York City police officers did every day…. That blood on the hands starts on the steps of City Hall in the Office of the Mayor. Patrick Lynch
In the American family, most of the time, at age 18, the responsibility ends—not the parenthood but the support. In Latin families, the responsibility never ends. Marcelo Claure
To fight evil one must also recognize one's own responsibility. The values for which we stand must be expressed in the way we think of, and how we deal with, our fellow humans. Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard
Impeachment of the Chief Executive is essential to avoid political assassination when the Executive has rendered himself obnoxious Benjamin Franklin
I’m an executive now. I have to be a bigger leader, more responsible leader, more careful about how I say things…. John Kasich
I liked my old job better. Abdullah II
If you are planning on entering the field of law enforcement, be sure you understand that you WILL be held to a higher standard. This is not unjust, but a necessary fact. Those who are chosen to uphold the constitution and must do so with responsibility and that means they must live their lives as an example Kristen Ziman
Wealth managers not only exploit gaps in legal systems but they also seek to influence legislation, especially in offshore tax havens, to the benefit of their clients. In doing so they preserve and even increase wealth inequality and help undermine the legitimacy of governments that tolerate their wealthy citizens’ evasion or avoidance of the financial responsibilities that every one else must meet—a form of shirking made much easier by modern communications technology. Richard N. Cooper
There may be no escape from the political aspects of setting the record straight on any genocide, and the Armenian Genocide more than most other mass killings has been the victim of deliberate, sustained falsication. Historians are embedded in those politics no matter how faithfully they attend to the obligations of their craft. Ronald Grigor Suny
We see in Africa the way it builds up historical resentments, people’s sense that they cannot place faith in the system. Over time, people who hear this message can come to believe that they do not have a stake in the state or have a responsibility to obey the rule of law that they are told no longer exists. When you start to delegitimize your system, including your electoral systems, your media and the police in different ways, then you start to have people genuinely questioning the value of the system. It takes a generation to rebuild that trust. This is not something that gets done in a year or two. Nic Cheeseman
At Domini, we believe it's possible to make money and make a difference at the same time. Amy Domini
The world does not owe any man a living, but we all owe one another a living. Henry Ford
In fact, for blacks who have education and who have not succumbed to a new lifestyle—the grievances, and the coarseness represented by rap music—it’s gotten tremendously better. What’s disheartening, though, is that when you study ethnic groups around the world, the ones that are lagging behind are those where their leaders always tell the same story: that it’s other people holding you back, and that therefore you need to stand against those other people and resist their culture. But that culture may be the key to success. Thomas Sowell
Dear Mr. President, Congratulations on a remarkable run. Millions have placed their hopes in you, and all of us, regardless of party, should hope for expanded prosperity and security during your tenure. This is a unique office, without a clear blueprint for success, so I don't know that any advice from me will be particularly helpful. Still, let me offer a few reflections from the past 8 years. First, we've both been blessed, in different ways, with great good fortune. Not everyone is so lucky. It's up to us to do everything we can (to) build more ladders of success for every child and family that's willing to work hard. Second, American leadership in this world really is indispensable. It's up to us, through action and example, to sustain the international order that's expanded steadily since the end of the Cold War, and upon which our own wealth and safety depend. Third, we are just temporary occupants of this office. That makes us guardians of those democratic institutions and traditions -- like rule of law, separation of powers, equal protection and civil liberties -- that our forebears fought and bled for. Regardless of the push and pull of daily politics, it's up to us to leave those instruments of our democracy at least as strong as we found them. And finally, take time, in the rush of events and responsibilities, for friends and family. They'll get you through the inevitable rough patches. Michelle and I wish you and Melania the very best as you embark on this great adventure, and know that we stand ready to help in any ways which we can. Good luck and Godspeed. Barack Obama
It is with no pleasure that I have dipped my hands in the corruption here exposed. Somebody must show that the Afro-American race is more sinned against than sinning, and it seems to have fallen upon me to do so. Ida B. Wells
Nobody in this section of the country believes the threadbare old lie that Negro men rape white women. Lynching is an excuse to get rid of Negroes who were acquiring wealth and property and thus keep the race terrorized and ‘the nigger down,’ ” she wrote in a journal. Ida B. Wells
I did what every American would have done. My neighbor would have done the same thing—Any Jewish, Christian, Sikh, Muslim…. I'm not a hero, the cops are the hero. Harinder Baines
Do you know that Negroes are 10 percent of the population of St. Louis and are responsible fro 58% of its crimes? We’ve got to face that. And we’ve got to do something about our moral standards. We know that there are many things wrong in the white world, but there are many things wrong in the black world, too. We can’t keep on blaming the white man. There are things we must do for ourselves. Martin Luther King Jr.

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