20 Quotes to Inspire Accountability

What comes to mind when you think of accountability? One thing I have realised more and more over the years is in order for the world to change we have to change and this means taking responsibility and being accountable to ourselves.

Yes, accountability for everything in our lives – thoughts, feelings and behaviours. I know this is not easy sometimes, however I have found we have to go within and find the places that are stuck to release them and then we have the choice of how we respond, just like Victor Frankl indicated, “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom”.


20 Quotes to Inspire Accountability

I hope the following quotes inspire you to move towards 100% accountability for your life and well-being.

  1. “At the end of the day we are accountable to ourselves – our success is a result of what we do.” ~ Catherine Pulsifer
  2. “There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” ~ Denis Waitley
  3. “The reason people blame things on the previous generation is that there’s only one other choice.” ~ Doug Larson
  4. “Accountability breeds response-ability.” ~ Stephen Covey
  5. “It is wrong and immoral to seek to escape the consequences of one’s acts.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
  6. “You may believe that you are responsible for what you do, but not for what you think. The truth is that you are responsible for what you think, because it is only at this level that you can exercise choice. What you do comes from what you think.” ~ Marianne Williamson
  7. “If you let other people do it for you, they will do it to you.” ~ Robert Anthony
  8. “When we fail to set boundaries and hold people accountable, we feel used and mistreated. This is why we sometimes attack who they are, which is far more hurtful than addressing a behaviour or a choice.” ~ Brené Brown
  9. “We hardly ever realize that we can cut anything out of our lives, anytime, in the blink of an eye.” ~ Carlos Costeneda
  10. “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
  11. “In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
  12. “Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses.” ~ George Washington Carver
  13. “Responsibility equals accountability equals ownership. And a sense of ownership is the most powerful weapon a team or organisation can have.” ~ Pat Summitt
  14. “Accountability is the measure of a leaders height.” ~ Jeffrey Benjamin
  15. “Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.” ~ Sigmund Freud
  16. “In dreams begin responsibilities.” ~ W.B. Yeats
  17. “In reality, we all have our lives, and the accountability for achievement of our dreams and goals falls strictly on our own shoulders.” ~ Thomas Matt
  18. “Eventually we all have to accept full and total responsibility for our actions, everything we have done, and have not done.” ~ Hubert Selby Jr.
  19. “The time is always right to do what is right” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
  20. “When a man points a finger at someone else, he should remember that four of his fingers are pointing at himself.” ~ Louis Nizer


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