Taking Responsibility For Your Actions – 50 Quotes

Taking Responsibility For Your Actions - 50 Quotes

Are you ready to take full responsibility for your life? If you want true success, and manifest the life of your dreams, then you need to take control of your thoughts, your mindset, your behavior, your actions, and also what you are not willing to do, think or behave like. To inspire you, I have collected 50 powerful taking responsibility quotes, and also included some original journal prompts, as well as an insightful video by Brendon Burchard, the author of High-Performance Habits.


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50 Taking Responsibility For Your Action Quotes


“The price of greatness is responsibility.” ― Winston Churchill James


  • “That’s just the way: a person does a low-down thing, and then he doesn’t want to take no consequences of it. Thinks as long as he can hide it, it ain’t no disgrace.”
    ― Mark Twain
  • “The price of greatness is responsibility.”
    ― Winston Churchill James
  • “In the end, the sum of my vices is all me.”
    ― Melina Marchetta
  • “No man can choose to serve only himself when he has something to offer his state. No one can put his own wishes above the needs of so many.”
    ― Megan Whalen Turner
  • “Political action means taking on responsibility. This cannot happen without power. Power is to serve responsibility.”
    ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • “The most important point to remember in developing self-confidence is to take responsibility for who we are. This empowers us. We can change anything, do anything, and be anything when we assume full responsibility for ourselves.”
    ― Rachael Bermingham
  • “You can either complain about how hard your life is, or you can realize that only you are responsible for it.”
    ― Glenn Beck
  • “Never let me hear you say it’s someone else’s fault. It often is, but you must never shirk your own responsibility … You can’t change others, but you can do something about a fault in yourself.”
    ― Anne Holm

  • “‎”If a person is not willing to take responsibility for themselves, it does not excuse them from not taking responsibility when their bad choices affect others.”
    ― L.M. Fields
  • “The only way we can change our world is to take responsibility for our part in it.”
    ― Rachael Bermingham
  • “In a justly ordered universe, where the loss of equipoise would mean total destruction, individual responsibility must be absolute.”
    ― James Allen
  • “A moment of brilliance is not good enough to pay for your mistakes, it’s taking responsibility”
    ― Mohamed Mohamed Adel
  • “It’s none of your concern what others say or think about you. Your happiness is your own responsibility.”
    ― Richelle E. Goodrich
  • “Our actions are like ships which we may watch set out to sea, and not know when or with what cargo they will return to port.”
    ― Iris Murdoch,
  • “Freedom is not the same as lack of accountability.”
    ― Kevin Powers
  • “Your success is your responsibility. Take the initiative, do the work, and persist to the end.”
    ― Lorii Myers


“Your success is your responsibility. Take the initiative, do the work, and persist to the end.” ― Lorii Myers


  • “Empowerment is being aware that there is no one to blame for my choices and actions; that I have a personal choice and responsibility for my life.”
    ― Steve Maraboli
  • “Along with individual responsibility goes some societal responsibility to enable young people and their parents to do what they need to do. Otherwise, what is a society?”
    ― Robert Reich
  • “It may sound reactionary, I know. But we can all feel it. We’ve changed the way we think of ourselves as citizens. We don’t think of ourselves as citizens in the old sense of being small parts of something larger and infinitely more important to which we have serious responsibilities. We do still think of ourselves as citizens in the sense of being beneficiaries–we’re actually conscious of our rights as American citizens and the nation’s responsibilities to us and ensuring we get our share of the American pie. We think of ourselves now as eaters of the pie instead of makers of the pie. So who makes the pie?

    Something has happened where we’ve decided on a personal level that it’s all right to abdicate our individual responsibility to the common good and let government worry about the common good while we all go about our individual self-interested business and struggle to gratify our various appetites.”
    ― David Foster Wallace

  • “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
  • “Stop blaming and start aiming.”
    ― Rob Liano
  • “Positive words left unsaid are like sachets of currency notes burnt in vain. Positive deeds left undone are like deep wells filled with soil to the brim. Do the undone, say the unsaid and turn the unturned.”
    ― Israelmore Ayivor
  • “Managing excuses means not excusing yourself from the responsibility you need to take with your thought, words, and actions.”
    ― Lorii Myers
  • “In you is the ability that will move you from nonentity and mediocrity to an entity of meteority. Take responsibility now!”
    ― Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha
  • The day we take responsibility for our actions, will be the day God walks through the door smiling”
    ― Zarina Bibi


“If you want your prayers answered, you get off your knees and do the one thing you’re praying someone else will do for you.” ― Shannon L. Alder


  • “If you want your prayers answered, you get off your knees and do the one thing you’re praying someone else will do for you.”
    ― Shannon L. Alder
  • “Just like in the eye of the storm there is always comfort within the chaos. Becoming aware of this, however, is your responsibility.”
    ― Gary Hopkins
  • “Get it Right today, for today will never come again”
    ― Seyi Ayoola
  • “Responsibilities fall heaviest on those willing to take the load.”
    ― Heather Day Gilbert
  • “To be part of a family, or any community, is to have duties and responsibility, to be bound by the rules of that group.”
    ― Robin Hobb
  • “A scientist has to be neutral in his search for the truth, but he cannot be neutral as to the use of that truth when found. If you know more than other people, you have more responsibility, rather than less.”
    ― Charles Percy Snow
  • “The immature person makes excuses to avoid the responsibility of his own potential. -Wade D. Sadlier”
  • “I saw the errors I had made and assumed full responsibility for everything.”
    ― Henry Miller
  • “We must take responsibility for ourselves, for who we become, for how we live each day.”
    ― Kitt Weagant

  • “ You are the only common denominator in everything that has happened to you in life, be it good or bad. To learn/grow from these experiences, you must accept the role you played in each of them. ”
    ― AC Anderson
  • “Liberty is freedom constrained only by our responsibility to respect the equal rights of others.”
    ― Dave Champion
  • “Serving and attempting to inspire others is a responsibility, not a choice.”
    ― Bill Courtney
  • “Responsibility and duty are different things, you can sacrifice your responsibility for your duty but you cannot sacrifice your duty for your responsibility.”
    ― Amit Kalantri
  • “It’s easy to make a mess when you’re not the one who has to clean it up.”
    ― Criss Jami


“Serving and attempting to inspire others is a responsibility, not a choice.” ― Bill Courtney


  • “You are never responsible for the actions of others; you are only responsible for you.”
    ― Miguel Ruiz
  • “Realize that maturity does not come with age but with acceptance of responsibility.”
    ― Michelle McKinney Hammond
  • “Practical management of your time includes taking responsibility of your choices.”
    ― Julie Connor
  • “if we want individuals to take responsibility for their actions we must first establish a rational, effective and empowering means of separating individual responsibility from that of the collective.”
    ― Daniel Waterman
  • “Living off others is a form of bondage—for if you take from a person his responsibility to care for himself, you also take from him the opportunity to be free.”
    ― Cameron C. Taylor
  • “You are responsible for doing what good you can with what you have, and any good is better than none.”
    ― Bryant McGill

  • “Don’t make excuses; accept responsibility.
    You must take responsibility for how you respond to everything that happens in your life; whether you cause it or not. Making excuses is a weak response!”
    ― Michelle Word Hollis
  • “All hate is the result of people refusing to take responsibility for their own lives.”
    ― Marty Rubin
  • “You are born with infinite possibilities. Take responsibility for turning these possibilities into reality, and you will be bestowed with success, love, and eternal peace.”
    ― Vishwas Chavan
  • “Authenticity is not a metaphysically distinctive way of being human; it is just a way of taking responsibility for what one has already been given.”
    ― Peter E. Gordon
  • “With privilege comes responsibility, you must understand that. People expect us to lead by example and we shall not disappoint them.”
    ― Ben Elton


Taking Personal Responsibility Video:


Taking Responsibility – Journal Questions:

  • Are you willing to let go off the choices that will hinder your personal growth?
  • What have you blamed others for, that you can take responsibility (at least partially) for right now?
  • What mindset do you need to adapt to the particular goals that you have, and how can you work on getting into that mindset, starting today?


Recommended Reading:

38 Quotes About Being Impatient

Inspirational Quote Of The Day: Impatience – Are You Always In A Hurry?

Mindfulness Podcast: How to Be Happy Now, While Manifesting A Brighter Tomorrow – Using Mindfulness and Gratitude


  1. It can be difficult to get control of one’s life, so what better way to do so than with an inspirational quote? I can always use an inspirational quote and you’ve provided some really good ones here. One of my favorite historical figures is Winston Churchill his quote here belongs at the top for sure. With so many other exceptional quotes here it’s difficult to narrow them down, but the overall point is a great one, that only we are capable of controlling our lives. This is a really positive and also helpful message. I’m looking forward to reading more!

  2. I these are very inspirational quotes, I find that the common aspect is that you basically can’t change others but the only person you can change is yourself. I had heard some of these before but a lot I hadn’t, where did you come across all of these quotes? It was good reading, I will remember this the next time I try to blame others for something that I could make better myself. 

  3. Hello there! These quotes are second to none as they have their own special way of motivating you to take responsibility for your actions. I fell in love with Lorii Myers’s quote that says ” Your success is your responsibility, take the initiative and do the work”  These will become my watchword from now on! 


  4. Your guide for taking responsibility for your action is awesome for everyone. While reading it give me motivation and the responsibility for my own work. I enjoy all and implement in my life to get better results. I like “Political action means taking on responsibility. This cannot happen without power. Power is to serve responsibility.”― Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Thanks for sharing the motivation with responsibility.

  5. wow, excellent post.
    Responsibility is a big deal to know for yourself.
    Thank you very much for sharing this post with us. Taking responsibility for actions – 50 quotes I very much enjoyed.

    I agree with you, I have to control my own thoughts, my mindset, my behavior, my activities and what I am not willing to do, think or do in order to manifest a true success and my dream life.
    It is my responsibility to adapt to specific goals
    Need to have a mindset. And I can work on that mentality from today.

    Your post will help me take responsibility and be responsible. I hope others will benefit from reading your post.

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      Thank you, Tasmia – I can already tell that you are one of those people who have the right growth mindset that is important in order to succeed – wishing you much success – blessings! 

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