— Arthur Miller, After the Fall
Quentin in After the Fall (1964) Act II
After the Fall (1964)
„I take full responsibility for what happened. That's why the person who was responsible went immediately.“
— Gordon Brown British Labour Party politician 1951
On the Damian McBride email scandal reported by The Daily Telegraph
" Brown 'sorry' over e-mail slurs http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/8002085.stm", BBC News, 16 April 2009
„I'm not in any way trying to pass blame to any other person. There are reasons why I did what I did, but I'm still the one who did it, and the responsibility, no matter the reasons, is still mine.“
— Sean Sellers American murderer 1969 - 1999
The Confession of My Crimes
„One person cannot be responsible for everything, even in their own lives. When we divide up responsibility according to what responsibility we want to have, we will no longer see this huge gap within society between those who take all the responsibility and those who take none.“
— Teal Swan American spiritual teacher 1984
„(on her DUI) I have a responsibility, and it's something that I did wrong, and if I could personally apologize to every single person that has lost a loved one from drunk driving I would. And unfortunately, I can't, but this is my way of paying my dues and taking responsibility and being an adult.“
— Nicole Richie American television personality, musician, actress, and author 1981
Fonte: Madden, Pregnancy Made Richie Change Her Ways http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=3433390 Interview with Diane Sawyer, August 2, 2007 (March 6, 2008)
„I tried to tell which was Randall, but I could not; in their gowns and masks, they all looked the same, impersonal, interchangeable. That was not true of course. One of those four men had responsibility for everything, for the contact of all sixteen workers present. And responsibility for the seventeenth person in that room, the man whose heart was stopped.“
— Michael Crichton, livro A Case of Need
A Case of Need (1968)
„As for the concept of collective guilt, I personally think that it is totally unjustified to hold one person responsible for the behavior of another person or a collective of persons.“
— Viktor E. Frankl, livro Man's Search for Meaning
Fonte: Man's Search for Meaning
„What I do in my personal life doesn't come under responsibility of media. I appreciate your efforts to keep me in the headlines.“
— Smriti Irani Indian politician 1972
Refusing to comment on her visit to an astrologer, as quoted in " Astrologer to Smriti Irani: You will be the President of India one day http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/smriti-irani-rajasthan-astrologer-bhilwara-zubin-irani-president/1/403443.html" India Today (24 November 2015)
„I would not give a fig for anybody's contempt for death. If its roots are not sunk deep in an acceptance of responsibility, this contempt for death is the sign either of an impoverished soul or of youthful extravagance.“
— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry French writer and aviator 1900 - 1944
Ch. II : The Men<!-- *** Livre de Poche n°68, p. 59 -->
Variant translation: To be a man is to be responsible: to be ashamed of miseries you did not cause; to be proud of your comrades' victories; to be aware, when setting one stone, that you are building a world.
Terre des Hommes (1939)
Contexto: To be a man is, precisely, to be responsible. It is to feel shame at the sight of what seems to be unmerited misery. It is to take pride in a victory won by one's comrades. It is to feel, when setting one's stone, that one is contributing to the building of the world.
There is a tendency to class such men with toreadors and gamblers. People extol their contempt for death. But I would not give a fig for anybody's contempt for death. If its roots are not sunk deep in an acceptance of responsibility, this contempt for death is the sign either of an impoverished soul or of youthful extravagance.
„I don't want to be, and it isn't part of my personality. I'm still going to be the same until I was today but with more responsibilities.“
— José Mourinho Portuguese association football player and manager 1963
Chelsea FC, Doctorate Honoris Causa degree award (23 March 2009)
„Death - by hanging! - that, at least, I did not deserve. The death part - all right, somebody has to stand for the responsibility. But that - that I did not deserve!“
— Alfred Jodl German general 1890 - 1946
To Dr. G. M. Gilbert, after receiving the death sentence and getting annoyed more at the method of execution, hanging. Quoted in "Nuremberg Diary" by G. M. Gilbert - History - 1995.
„We have to call it out…I believe in freedom of the press but everyone has a responsibility not to incite abuse and death threats.“
— Anna Soubry British politician 1956
Theresa May condemns abuse of MPs over Brexit https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-42385002 BBC News (19 December 2017)
— Alan Moore English writer primarily known for his work in comic books 1953
Contexto: Fascism is a complete abdication of personal responsibility. You are surrendering all responsibility for your own actions to the state on the belief that in unity there is strength, which was the definition of fascism represented by the original roman symbol of the bundle of bound twigs. Yes, it is a very persuasive argument: “In unity there is strength.” But inevitably people tend to come to a conclusion that the bundle of bound twigs will be much stronger if all the twigs are of a uniform size and shape, that there aren’t any oddly shaped or bent twigs that are disturbing the bundle. So it goes from “in unity there is strength” to “in uniformity there is strength” and from there it proceeds to the excesses of fascism as we’ve seen them exercised throughout the 20th century and into the 21st.
Now anarchy, on the other hand, is almost starting from the principle that “in diversity, there is strength,” which makes much more sense from the point of view of looking at the natural world. Nature, and the forces of evolution — if you happen to be living in a country where they still believe in the forces of evolution, of course — did not really see fit to follow that “in unity and in uniformity there is strength” idea. If you want to talk about successful species, then you’re talking about bats and beetles; there are thousands of different varieties of different bat and beetle.
„If I am assassinated, there is only one person responsible: the president of the United States. If, by the hand of the devil, these perverse plans succeed…forget about Venezuelan oil, Mr Bush. I will not hide, I will walk in the streets with all of you…but I know I am condemned to death.“
— Hugo Chávez 48th President of Venezuela 1954 - 2013
Hugo Chávez message to George Bush during his television/radio show ¡Aló Presidente! on Febraury 20, 2005. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2005/feb/22/venezuela.julianborger
„I'm not responsible for my child and who she's become, but I am responsible to her, and she is a wonderful person. I love her. I don't know if you need to know anything else, but that's all I need to know.“
— Andrew Solomon American journalist 1963
Ch. 11 Transgender, p 671.
Far from the Tree
„If I am assassinated, there is only one person responsible: the president of the United States. If, by the hand of the devil, these perverse plans succeed...forget about Venezuelan oil, Mr Bush. I will not hide, I will walk in the streets with all of you...but I know I am condemned to death.“
— Hugo Chávez 48th President of Venezuela 1954 - 2013
Hugo Chávez message to George Bush during his television/radio show ¡Aló Presidente! on February 20, 2005. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2005/feb/22/venezuela.julianborger
„I believe that the officers, and, especially, the directors, of corporations should be held personally responsible when any corporation breaks the law.“
— Theodore Roosevelt American politician, 26th president of the United States 1858 - 1919
1910s, The New Nationalism (1910)
Contexto: We have come to recognize that franchises should never be granted except for a limited time, and never without proper provision for compensation to the public. It is my personal belief that the same kind and degree of control and supervision which should be exercised over public-service corporations should be extended also to combinations which control necessaries of life, such as meat, oil, or coal, or which deal in them on an important scale. I have no doubt that the ordinary man who has control of them is much like ourselves. I have no doubt he would like to do well, but I want to have enough supervision to help him realize that desire to do well. I believe that the officers, and, especially, the directors, of corporations should be held personally responsible when any corporation breaks the law.
„I respect the view of every Scot and every person living in Scotland. And I do so with a clear sense of my own responsibility to lead change and to argue for what I believe is in the Scottish national interest.“
— Alex Salmond Scottish National Party politician and former First Minister of Scotland 1954
St Andrew's Day (November 30, 2007)