Responsibility Quotes

It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011
farm under stormy sky

All that was made or begun with that power will crumble, and he will be maimed for ever, becoming a mere spirit of malice that gnaws itself in the shadows, but cannot again grow or take shape. And so a…

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A man of truth must also be a man of care

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

This was the first and last instance of my carelessness in school. I have faint recollection that I finally succeeded in getting the fine remitted. The exemption from exercise was of course obtained, as my father wrote himself…

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Humanity either makes, or breeds, or tolerates all its afflictions, great or small

Thursday, May 27th, 2010
index cards

If I was the hot-tempered old autocrat some of you people pretend I am, I should have been tickling you up with a thunderbolt long ago. But I happen to have this democratic fad as badly as any one – Free Will is what

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I know this – a man got to do what he got to do

Monday, September 14th, 2009
dust bowl

Casey said gently, “Sure I got sins. Ever’body got sins. A sin is somepin you ain’t sure about. Them people that’s sure about ever’thing ain’ ain’t got no sin – well, with that kind of son-of-a-bitch, if I was God I’d kick their ass right…

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Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009
The Scream, by Edvard Munch

This disaster of the Cherokees, brought to me by a sad friend to blacken my days and nights! I can do nothing; why shriek? Why strike ineffectual blows? I stir in it for the sad reason that no other mortal will move, and if I do not…

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Once you’re on to yourself, there’s an implicit responsibility to change for the better

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

But I frankly couldn’t have lost the weight without all that soul searching or whatever you want to call it: navel-gazing, self-actualization, a fantastic voyage up your own butt – yes, to the heart of darkness! The dream of self-improvement is integral to the American…

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You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.

Sunday, April 5th, 2009
African fox

“Men have forgotten this truth,” said the fox. “But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.” You are responsible for your rose…”

“I am responsible for my rose,” the little prince repeated, so that he would be sure to…

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When you’ve finished getting yourself ready in the morning, you must go get the planet ready

Sunday, March 8th, 2009
the earth from space

Now there were some terrible seeds on the planet that was the home of the little prince; and these were the seeds of the baobab. The soil of that planet was infested with them. A baobab is something you will never, ever be able to get rid of if you attend to it too late.

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