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Responsibility

A man's work

In the morning, when you are sluggish about getting up, let this thought be present: "I am rising to a man's work."

~ Marcus Aurelius

Truman family motto

To do the right thing, to do the best we could, never complain, never take advantage, don't give up, don't be afraid. 

~ Family motto of Harry S. Truman, 33rd U.S. President

 

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything in the Universe.

~ John Muir

A man must do as he can when he cannot do as he would.

~ Thomas Draxe

The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise to the occasion. 
~ Abraham Lincoln

If the sky falls, hold up your hands.
~ Spanish proverb

Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only means.

~ Albert Einstein

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a Socialist. 

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a Trade Unionist. 

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out — because I was not a Jew. 

Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.

~ Martin Niemoller (1892-1984)
Protestant pastor who opposed the Nazi regime
and spent the last 7 years of Nazi rule in concentration camps

Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world. 

~ Jane Addams

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

~ William Shakespeare

There is no conflict between ‘profit and ‘social responsibility.’ To earn enough to cover the genuine costs which only the so-called ‘profit’ can cover, is economic and social responsibility — indeed, it is the specific social and economic responsibility of business. It is not the business that earns a profit adequate to its genuine costs of capital, to the risks of tomorrow and to the needs of tomorrow’s worker and pensioner that ‘rips off’ society. It is the business that fails to do so.

~ Peter Drucker