55+ Taking Responsibility Quotes For Self-Reflection And Improvement

Moumita Dutta
Dec 12, 2023 By Moumita Dutta
Originally Published on Feb 01, 2021
Edited by Luca Demetriou
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A powerful position demands great responsibility, learning to accept our duty, and fulfilling our responsibility, all true signs of a leader.

In order to embark on your life's choices and decisions, one must learn to be responsible. A human being with a sense of right and wrong will have a better understanding of life.

Responsibility doesn't always connote a 'duty' or 'liability' in society, but to take personal responsibility. We, as social beings, interact and work with other individuals following social norms, it is thus the individual's responsibility to maintain peace and take responsibility.

In any self-improvement and motivational classes, it is first taught to accept our flaws and achievements, so we can be responsible for our choices. This process in life helps us to be more patient and understanding towards life and others.

If you are on a soul-searching path and 2020 has been a bizarre 12 months for you, this article is what you must read through. Also, look for  Zig Ziglar motivational quotes and self-improvement quotes.

Famous Motivational Quotes

The process of self-growth begins when we learn to deal with our circumstances responsibly without any blame game.

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

― Roy T. Bennett, 'The Light In The Heart', 2020.

2. “Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.”

― George Bernard Shaw, 'Man, And Superman', 1903.

3. “Man is nothing else but what he makes of himself.”

― Jean-Paul Sartre, 'Existentialism And Human Emotions', 1957.

4. “And a step backward, after making a wrong turn, is a step in the right direction.”

― Kurt Vonnegut, 'Player Piano', 1952.

5. “Victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan."

― John F. Kennedy in a news conference, 21 April 1961.

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

― Criss Jami, 'Killosophy', 2015.

7. “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.

8. “The price of greatness is responsibility.”

― Winston Churchill.

9. “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, 'On Liberty', 1859.

10. “In dreams begin responsibilities.”

― William Butler Yeats, 'Responsibilities And Other Poems', 1914.

11. “The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities and the responsibility that we all had. It wasn't the answer. It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility.”

― John Lennon.

12. “It is wrong and immoral to seek to escape the consequences of one's acts.”

― Mahatma Gandhi.

13. “Men who reject the responsibility of thought and reason can only exist as parasites on the thinking of others.”

― Ayn Rand, 'The Virtue Of Selfishness: A New Concept Of Egoism', 1964.

14. “Freedom is the will to be responsible for ourselves.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche, 'Twilight Of The Idols', 1889.

15. “It takes a great deal of courage to stand alone even if you believe in something very strongly.”

― Reginald Rose, 'Twelve Angry Men'.

Movie Quotes On Responsibility

Accept responsibility, it helps you attain a certain sense of freedom. Be a 'doer', not a 'blamer'. These are some inspirational responsibility quotes.

16. "Do, or do not. There is no 'try'."

– Yoda, 'Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back', 1980.

17. "Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it or learn from it."

– Rafiki, 'The Lion King', 1994.

18. "You can’t live your life for other people. You’ve got to do what’s right for you, even if it hurts some people you love."

– Nicholas Sparks, 'The Notebook', 1996.

19. "It is not our abilities that show what we truly are… it is our choices."

– Dumbledore, 'Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets', 2002.

20. "My momma always said, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.”

– Forrest Gump, 'Forrest Gump', 1994.

21. "After a while, you learn to ignore the names people call you and just trust who you are."

– 'Shrek', 2001.

22. "Every man dies, but not every man really lives."

–William Wallace, 'Braveheart', 1995.

23. "Great men are not born great, they grow great."

–Mario Puzo, 'The Godfather', 1969.

24. "Life is not the amount of breaths you take. It’s the moments that take your breath away."

–Alex Hitchens, 'Hitch', 2005.

25. "Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss."

–Benjamin Button, 'The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button', 2008.

26. "Our lives are not fully lived if we’re not willing to die for those we love, for what we believe."

–Martin Luther King Jr.

27. "But you know happiness can be found even in the darkest of times when one only remembers to turn on the light."

— Albus Dumbledore, 'Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban', 2004.

28. "You'll have bad times, but it'll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren't paying attention to."

— Sean, 'Good Will Hunting', 1997.

29. "Nothing happens to anyone that he is not fitted by nature to bear."

— Maximus, 'Gladiator', 2000.

30. "Remember, Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."

— Andy Dufresne, 'Shawshank Redemption', 1994.

Must Take Personal Responsibility Quotes

There will be always responsibility you cannot change, find your path through the inspirational quotes listed here.

31. "No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world."

– John Keating, 'Dead Poets Society', 1989.

32. "Why do we fall, sir? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up."

– Alfred, 'Batman Begins', 2005.

33. "There should be no boundaries to human endeavor. We are all different. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there’s life, there is hope."

– Stephen Hawking, 'The Theory Of Everything', 2014.

34. "Love is co-operation rather than competition."

– Wayne Dyer.

35. "There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty."

― Steve Maraboli, 'Unapologetically You: Reflections On Life And The Human Experience', 2013.

36. "The walls we build around us to keep out the sadness also keep out the joy."

-Jim Rohn.

37. "The best place to solve a problem is on paper."

-Jim Rohn.

38. "Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry his own weight, this is a frightening prospect."

– Eleanor Roosevelt.

39. "There is always an alternative to the present urgency – and it’s not a vacation, it’s acknowledging deeper responsibility."

– Stewart Brand.

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

– Sigmund Freud.

Self-Motivation Quotes About Change

The choices we make shape our lives, broaden your horizon with our selected inspirational quotes. Life is all about taking chances and being responsible. You can also custom-make these quotes into refrigerator magnets, it will be a refreshing way to start your day.

41. "Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses."

– George Washington Carver.

42. "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.

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

– George Bernard Shaw.

44. "Personal responsibility leads to national transformation."

– Sunday Adelaja.

45. "You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of."

– Jim Rohn.

46. "By taking responsibility for yourself, you can stop relying on others to take responsibility for you."

– Vironika Tugaleva, 'The Art Of Talking To Yourself', 2017.

47. "When you hold a grudge, you want someone else’s sorrow to reflect your level of hurt but the two rarely meet."

― Steve Maraboli,' Unapologetically You: Reflections On Life And The Human Experience', 2013.

48. "The beautiful journey of today can only begin when we learn to let go of yesterday."

― Steve Maraboli, 'Unapologetically You: Reflections On Life And The Human Experience', 2013.

49. "Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice."

– Wayne Dyer.

50. "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. The only thing blame does is to keep the focus off you when you are looking for external reasons to explain your unhappiness or frustration.

You may succeed in making another feel guilty about something by blaming him, but you won’t succeed in changing whatever it is about you that is making you unhappy."

– Wayne Dyer.

Taking Responsibility For Your Actions Quotes

Quotes about taking responsibility for your actions help you to be self-reliant and stay motivated. Learn to deal with your circumstances and giving less power to your insecurities and vulnerabilities. Allow your mind to soak up these inspirational quotes into your routine.

51. "I don’t want to survive. I want to live."

-The Captain, 'Wall-E', 2008.

52. "The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all."

- The Emperor, 'Mulan', 1998.

53. "I know what I have to do now. I’ve got to keep breathing because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?"

-Chuck, 'Cast Away', 2000.

54. “Two little mice fell in a bucket of cream. The first mouse quickly gave up and drowned. The second mouse, wouldn’t quit. He struggled so hard that eventually he churned that cream into butter and crawled out.”

-Frank Abagnale Sr, 'Catch Me If You Can', 2002.

55. “Your dignity’s inside you. Nobody can take something away from you you don’t give them.”

-Coach Don Haskins, 'Glory Road', 2006.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for taking responsibility quotes then why not take a look at forgive yourself quotes, or taking action quotes.

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Written by Moumita Dutta

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

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Moumita DuttaBachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

A content writer and editor with a passion for sports, Moumita has honed her skills in producing compelling match reports and stories about sporting heroes. She holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Calcutta University, alongside a postgraduate diploma in Sports Management.

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