When you think of the word “responsibility”, what comes to mind? Getting your school assignments done on time? Helping your family with the daily chores? Watching out for your little brother or sister?
Responsibility definitely means all those things, but it means something more too. Responsibility is also about looking inside yourself and doing all you can to be the best person possible. And trying to see what you can do to help others. In short, when you practice responsibility, you’re on your way to making your life the very best it can be!
Here are some fantastic quotes about responsibility for kids and the tremendous impact it can have!
- “The time is always right to do what is right” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
- ‘I must do something’ always solves more problems than ‘Something must be done.’” – Author Unknown
- “If you mess up, ‘fess up.” – Author Unknown
- “When you blame others, you give up your power to change.” – Author Unknown
- “When a man points a finger at someone else, he should remember that four of his fingers are pointing at himself.” – Louis Nizer
- “Never point a finger where you never lent a hand.” – Robert Brault
- “If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams.” – Les Brown
- “Though I am not always responsible for what happens to me, I am responsible for how I handle what happens to me.” – Zig Ziglar
- “Winners take responsibility. Losers blame others.” – Brit Hume
- “In the final analysis, the one quality that all successful people have is the ability to take on responsibility.” – Michael Korda
- “A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.” – Bob Dylan
- “The price of greatness is responsibility.” – Winston Churchill
- “Mistakes are always forgivable is one has the courage to admit them.” – Bruce Lee
- “Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home… it’s your responsibility to love it, or change it.” – Chuck Palahniuk
- “Every person who has changed the world has taken responsibility for something that mattered not just to them, but to mankind.” – Mike Stutman
- “There are two primacy choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept responsibility for changing them.” – Denis Waitley
- “With great power comes great responsibility.” – Voltaire
- “Quit making excuses. Putting it off. Complaining about it. Dreaming about it. Whining about it. Crying about it. Believing you can’t. Worrying if you can. Waiting until you are older. Make a plan & just do it.” – Nike
- “Even a rat can take of itself.” – Walter Conklin
- “It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do.” – Moliere
- “Nothing will ever change while you point the finger of blame. Out of responsibility comes possibility.” – Lisa Villa Prosen
- “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” – Abraham Lincoln
- “Leadership is about taking responsibility, not making excuses.” – Mitt Romney
- “Every right implies a responsibility, every opportunity and obligation, every possession, a duty.” – John D. Rockefeller
Here are some IMK posts that demonstrate the benefits of responsibility.
- Abbie Jacobson – A Sweet Reward for a Selfless Act of Compassion
- John Orozco – No Gold, But Still a Champion By Any Measure
- Earth Day 2012 – Taking Care of Our Home and Preserving Our Future
- Let’s Move – Creating a Happier, Healthier Future for America’s Kids
- Brandon Hill – Empowering Success Through the Brotherhood
Topics for Discussion:
- Why is responsibility so important?
- What would the world be like if nobody practiced responsibility?
- Describe the most responsible person you know
- Visit the What You Can Do website to learn lots of terrific ways you can take responsibility!
- Visit the Post Goodness website to learn a great way to take action on the goodness that comes from responsibility!
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.