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On Responsibility -- Various (Adams, Maher, Phillips, Ford, Johnson, Eliot, Stevenson, Reagan, Shaw

We have the Bill of Rights.  What we need is a Bill of Responsibilities.
    ~ Bill Maher, commedian and commentator, 1995

Absolute liberty is absence of restraint; responsibility is restraint; therefore, the ideally free individual is responsible to himself.
    ~ Henry Brooks Adams

Responsibility educates.
    ~ Wendell Phillips

You will find men who want to be carried on the shoulders of others, who think that the world owes them a living. They don't seem to see that we must all lift together and pull together.
    ~ Henry Ford II

No man was ever endowed with a right without being at the same time saddled with a responsibility.
    ~ Gerald W. Johnson

The responsibility of tolerance lies in those who have the wider vision.
    ~ George Eliot

America is much more than a geographical fact. It is a political and moral fact --the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom,
responsible government, and human equality.

    ~ Adlai Stevenson

Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
    ~ Ronald Reagan, Saturday Evening Post, 1965

Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature.
    ~ Tom Robbins

We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until we move from the passive voice to the active voice -- that is, until we stop saying "It got lost," and say "I lost it."
    ~ Sydney J. Harris

Helped are those who create anything at all, for they shall relive the thrill of their own conception and realize a partnership in the creation of the Universe that keeps
them responsible and cheerful.

    ~ Alice Walker, Temple of my Familiar, 1989

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

Responsibilities gravitate to the person who can shoulder them.
    ~ Elbert Hubbard

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
    ~ Publilius Syrus


He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own.
    ~ Confucious


After ecstasy, the laundry.
    ~ Zen Proverb

My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.
    ~ Oprah Winfrey

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

When the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.
    ~ Edith Hamilton

We don't care. We don't have to. We're the phone company.
    ~ Lily Tomlin’s Ernestine
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