Quotes

Sunday, May 26, 2019 – Finding Fault

The great thought, the great concern, the great anxiety of men is to restrict, as much as possible, the limits of their own responsibility. ~ Giosué Borsi

Responsibility: A detachable burden easily shifted to the shoulders of God, Fate, Fortune, Luck or one’s neighbor. In the days of astrology it was customary to unload it upon a star. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary, 1911

Ninety percent of politics is deciding whom to blame. ~ Meg Greenfield

Whenever we seek to avoid the responsibility for our own behavior, we do so by attempting to give that responsibility to some other individual or organization or entity. But this means we then give away our power to that entity. ~ M. Scott Peck

Duty is what one expects from others. ~ Oscar Wilde

This is a do-it-yourself test for paranoia: you know you’ve got it when you can’t think of anything that’s your fault. ~ Robert M. Hutchins

It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities. ~ Josiah Charles Stamp

An idea isn’t responsible for the people who believe in it. ~ Don Marquis

Belief is a moral act for which the believer is to be held responsible. ~ Lillian Hellman

I am responsible only to God and history. ~ Francisco Franco

The man with the ball is responsible for what happens to the ball. ~ Branch Rickey

Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors. ~ Jonas Salk

There are always those who think they know what your responsibility is better than you do. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have too much respect for the idea of God to make it responsible for such an absurd world. ~ Georges Duhamel

Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame. ~ Erica Jong

When you cease to exist, then who will you blame? ~ Bob Dylan

Most of us can read the writing on the wall; we just assume it’s addressed to someone else. ~ Ivern Ball

Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, and makes it his own. ~ Charles de Gaulle

If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives. ~ C. S. Lewis

Desire and force between them are responsible for all our actions; desire causes our voluntary acts, force our involuntary. ~ Blaise Pascal

Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote. The relative positions to be assumed by man and woman in the working out of our civilization were assigned long ago by a higher intelligence than ours. ~ Grover Cleveland

Every woman needs one man in her life who is strong and responsible. Given this security, she can proceed to do what she really wants to do – fall in love with men who are weak and irresponsible. ~ Richard Needham

In passing, also, I would like to say that the first time Adam had a chance he laid the blame on a woman. ~ Nancy Astor

By imposing too great a responsibility, or rather, all responsibility, on yourself, you crush yourself. ~ Franz Kafka

Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility. ~ Ambrose Bierce

It is criminal to steal a purse, daring to steal a fortune, a mark of greatness to steal a crown. The blame diminishes as the guilt increases. ~ Friedrich Schiller

No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible. ~ Stanislaw Lev

We believe that to err is human. To blame it on someone else is politics. ~ Hubert H. Humphrey

Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who’ll get the blame. ~ Bertrand Russell

The search for a scapegoat is the easiest of all hunting expeditions. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

The man who can smile when things go wrong has thought of someone else he can blame it on. ~ Robert Bloch

The search for someone to blame is always successful. ~ Robert Half

I never blame myself when I’m not hitting. I just blame the bat, and if it keeps up, I change bats. After all, if I know it isn’t my fault that I’m not hitting, how can I get mad at myself? ~ Yogi Berra

If you ever have to steal money from your kid, and later on he discovers it’s gone, I think a good thing to do is to blame it on Santa Claus. ~ Jack Handy

To counter the avoidance of intellectual challenge and responsibility, we must reduce the domination of certainty in education. ~ William Glasser

We praise or blame as one or the other affords more opportunity for exhibiting our power of judgment. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Sometimes I lie awake at night and ask why me? Then a voice answers nothing personal, your name just happened to come up. ~ Charles Schulz

Blame is for God and small children. ~ Dustin Hoffman

Our proper bliss depends on what we blame. ~ Alexander Pope

The nice thing about being a celebrity is that, if you bore people, they think it’s their fault. ~ Henry A. Kissinger

To carry a grudge is like being stung to death by one bee. ~ William Walton

The trouble with this country is that there are too many people going about saying, “The trouble with this country is….” ~ Sinclair Lewis

I envy people who drink. At least they have something to blame everything on ~ Oscar Levant

We confess to little faults only to persuade others that we have no great ones. ~ La Rochefoucauld

There is luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel no one else has a right to blame us. ~ Oscar Wilde

Blame someone else and get on with your life. ~ Alan Woods

Better reality than a dream: if something is real, then it’s real and you’re not to blame. ~ Umberto Eco

Blame is just a lazy person’s way of making sense of chaos. ~ Doug Coupland

If people don’t like Marxism, they should blame the British Museum. ~ Mikhail Gorbachev

The reason people blame things on previous generations is that there’s only one other choice. ~ Doug Larson

There’s man all over for you, blaming on his boots the fault of his feet. ~ Samuel Beckett

A man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault. ~ John Henry Newman

Man is condemned to be free, because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. ~ Jean-Paul Sartre

You must not blame me if I do talk to the clouds. ~ Henry David Thoreau

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