Accountability Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old accountability quotes, accountability sayings, and accountability proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

There is not in all America a more dangerous trait than the deification of mere smartness unaccompanied by any sense of moral responsibility. Theodore Roosevelt
The corporation is the creature of the state. It should always be held accountable to some sovereign, and this accountability shoul be real and not a sham. Theodore Roosevelt
No one sets higher standards for students or higher accountability for teachers than effective teachers do--for it is teachers who suffer the most from a lack of accountability. Andy Baumgartner
At the end of the day we are accountable to ourselves - our success is a result of what we do. Catherine Pulsifer
When we are really honest with ourselves we must admit our lives are all that really belong to us. So it is how we use our lives that determines the kind of men we are. Ceasar Chavez
A duty dodged is like a debt unpaid; it is only deferred, and we must come back and settle the account at last. Joseph Fort Newton
My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you I the best place for the next moment. Oprah Winfrey
It is wrong and immoral to seek to escape the consequences of one's acts. Mahatma Gandhi
We have a problem when the same people who make the law get to decide whether or not they themselves have broken the law. Michel Templet
Good men are bound by conscience and liberated by accountability. Wes Fessler
There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them. Denis Waitley
When a man points a finger at someone else, he should remember that four of his fingers are pointing at himself. Louis Nizer
A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for injury. John Stuart Mill
He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else. Benjamin Franklin
...if a man is not faithful to his own individuality, he cannot be loyal to anything. Claude Mckay
No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible. Stanislaw Lec
I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion. Mia Hamm
It has always been my belief that a man should do his best, regardless of how much he receives for his services, or the number of people he may be serving or the class of people served. Napolean Hill
The day you take complete responsibility for yourself, the day you stop making any excuses, that's the day you start to the top. O. J. Simpson
Sometimes if you want to see a change for the better, you have to take things into your own hands. Clint Eastwood
Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws. Plato
Accountability breeds response-ability. Stephen R. Covey
We preach accountability. A player has to understand what he's doing and why. And we have to be responsible for improving them. Jeff Banister
Accountability separates the wishers in life from the action-takers that care enough about their future to account for their daily actions. John Di Lemme
God judges men according to the use they make of the light which He gives them. Joseph Smith
God gave burdens, also shoulders. Yiddish Proverb
The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit of doing them. Benjamin Jowett
If you let other people do it for you, they will do it to you. Robert Anthony
If you can't stand the heat, you'd better get out of the kitchen. Harry S. Truman
A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer. Dean Acheson
It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them. Alfred Adler
Never promise more than you can perform. Publilius Syrus
It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable. Moliere
Every person's work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of that person. Samuel Butler
It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities. Sir Josiah Stamp
Think of these things, whence you came, where you are going, and to whom you must account. Benjamin Franklin
Duties are not performed for duty's sake, but because their neglect would make the man uncomfortable. A man performs but one duty - the duty of contenting his spirit, the duty of making himself agreeable to himself. Mark Twain
Mankind must put an end to war, before war puts an end to mankind. John F. Kennedy
What you do, tells me everything about you. Jerry Fernandez
Life is not accountable to us. We are accountable to life. Denis Waitley
If a picture speaks a thousand words, your actions forever record what you believe in. Jerry Fernandez
Accountability is the measure of a leaders height. Jeffrey Benjamin
So then each of us will give an account of himself to God. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:13
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Edmund Burke
Our tradition calls for a commitment to accountability. This is not an assumption - this is a promise that I will be there for you; and I can count on you being there for me. Bob Ladouceur
Responsibility equals accountability equals ownership. And a sense of ownership is the most powerful weapon a team or organization can have. Pat Summitt
Leaders must develop a lower threshold for alibis and become better communicators and enforcers of what they want done. Holding people accountable to high standards and results is nothing to apologize for. Failing to stretch them to their potential is. Dave Anderson
On good teams coaches hold players accountable, on great teams players hold players accountable. Joe Dumars
It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. Epictetus
The greatest discovery of our generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. As you think, so shall you be. William James
Henceforth it is my duty to keep Thy commandments, and I now become responsible for my own actions and I alone am answerable for them to Thee. Haham Benjamin Artom
No ordinary work done by a man is either as hard or as responsible as the work of a woman who is bringing up a family of small children. Theodore Roosevelt
Reagan concluded that it's hard to hld the first lady actually responsible for what the administraton is doing because she's not really responsible. Leonard Kniffel
I have too much respect for the idea of God to make it responsible for such an absurd world. Georges Duhamel
As Christians we have an obligation to show others what God says about living self-controlled lives and being responsible for our moral actions, as God defines them. Billy Graham
God holds every man accountable for his rejection of Christ. Billy Graham
Every one of us is responsible for everyone else in every way. Everyone is really responsible for everyone and everything. Father Zossima
Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him, and to let him know that you trust him. Boooker T. Washington
Man's responsibility increases as that of the gods decreases. Andre Gide
None of us are responsible for our birth. Our responsibility is the use we make of life. Joshua Henry Jones
I believe that every right implies responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty. John D. Rockefeller
It is each person's responsibility to free himself from the errors of his time. Marguerite Yourcenar
I am here; I must do the best I can, and bear the responsibility of taking the course which I feel I ought to take. Abraham Lincoln
In your area of responsibility, if you do not control events, you are at the mercy of events. Harland Svare
An honest man is not accountable for the vice and folly of his trade, and therefore ought not to refuse the exercise of it. Michel de Montaigne
The most important thought I ever had was that of my individual responsibility to God. Daniel Webster
A wrong decision can make me very miserable. But I have trust in God. If you have this trust you don't have to worry, as you don't have sole responsibility. Alfred Thompson
Responsibility brings accountability. Ken Robins
I believe in the soul. Furthermore, I believe, it is prompt accountability for one's choices, a willing acceptance of responsibility for one's thoughts, behavior, and actions that makes it powerful. Alice Walker
Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else. Les Brown
To let oneself be bound by a duty from the moment you see it approaching, is a part of integrity that alone justifies responsibility. Dag Hammarskjold
When it comes to privacy and accountability, people always demand the former for themselves and the latter for everyone else. David Brin
A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody. Thomas Paine
As for the journey of life; at some point you will realize that you are the driver and you will drive! Steve Maraboli
A president cannot defend a nation if he is not held accountable to its laws. DaShanne Stokes
You will not experience dramatic change in your struggle as long as you use accountability to describe your sins instead of declaring your need for help in the midst of temptation. Heath Lambert
Big pay and little responsibility are circumstances seldom found together. Napoleon Hill
We are all responsible and accountable for what we do or say even if those behaviors occur in stressful times. Byron Pulsifer
Neither age nor experience matters when it comes to being personally accountable for any and all outcomes- no excuses whatsoever- be they positive or negative, nor shifting blame to other people or to external factors. Kory Livingstone
Accountability is a statement of personal promise, both to yourself and to the people around you, to deliver specific defined results. Brian Dive
Candor and accountability in a democracy is very important. Hypocrisy has no place. Alan Dershowitz
What we are missing, utterly and completely, in this government is accountability. Paul Hawken