Responsibility, Duty

“You can’t escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” — Abraham Lincoln, 19th-century American president

“Provision for others is the fundamental responsibility of human life.” — Woodrow Wilson, 20th-century American president

“To protect those who are not able to protect themselves is a duty which every one owes to society.” — Edward Macnaghten

“I am only one, but still, I am one. I cannot do everything but I can do something. And, because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do what I can.” — Edward Everett Hale

“It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.” — Chinese proverb “Responsibility is to keep the ability to respond” — Robert Duncan

“Our duty is to be useful, not according to our desires, but according to our powers.” — Henry F. Amiel

“The question for each man to settle is not what he would do if he had the means, time, influence and educational advantages, but what he will do with the things he has.” — Hamilton Wright Mabee

“The value of life is not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them; a man may live long yet very little.” — Michel de Montaigne, 16th-century French man of letters and essayist

“We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.” — Calvin Coolidge, 20th-century American president

“Any man’s life will be filled with constant and unexpected encouragement if he makes up his mind to do his level best each day.” — Booker T. Washington, 19th-century American educator

“I long to accomplish some great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.” — Helen Keller, 20th-century American social activist, public speaker and author

“A man can do only what he can do. But if he does that each day he can sleep at night and do it again the next day.” — Albert Schweitzer, 20th-century German Nobel Peace Prize- winning mission doctor and theologian

“A sense of duty imprisons you.” — Jennie Holzer, 20th-century American artist

“We demand entire freedom of action and then expect the government in some miraculous way to save us from the consequences of our own acts…. Self-government means self-reliance.” — Calvin Coolidge, 20th-century American president