Further thoughts on responsibility

The following is a collaboration of miscellaneous quotes on responsibility.  For additional thoughts on the importance of responsiblity in the life of a young person, check-out “What’s the big deal about young people being responsible” and “Are you living your part?”

Abigail Van Buren,

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

Booker T. Washing,

Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him, let him know that you trust him.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer,

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

And my favorite of all is from Theodore Roosevelt,

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat. 

It is not the critic that counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.  The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly, who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds.


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