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270 Accountability Quotes for a Well-Lived Life

1. “Accountability breeds response-ability.” – Stephen R. Covey

2. “It is wrong and immoral to seek to escape the consequences of one’s acts.” – Mahatma Gandhi

3. “When it comes to privacy and accountability, people always demand the former for themselves and the latter for everyone else.” – David Brin

4. “Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.” – Sigmund Freud

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5. “It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.” – Moliere

6. “ inspire accountability through their ability to accept responsibility before they place blame.” – Courtney Lynch

7. “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 behavior or a choice.” –

8. “Accountability is the measure of a leader’s height.” – Jeffrey Benjamin

9. “A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody.” –

10. “The reason people blame things on the previous generation is that there’s only one other choice.” – Doug Larson

11. “The right thing to do and the hard thing to do are usually the same.” – Steve Maraboli

12. “Creating a culture of integrity and accountability not only improves effectiveness, it also generates a respectful, enjoyable, and life-giving setting in which to work.” – Tom Hanson

13. “The benefits and possibilities that are created by being personally accountable are countless.” – Jay Fiset

14. “It’s just that we’re all accountable for our own happiness. And being happy does matter. It’s up to each of us to find out what shape or form that takes.” – Peter Jennings

15. “You must be accountable constantly to those demands that are made on your time and it is only you that can allocate what time can be used for what purpose.” – Byron Pulsifer

16. “To be able to work at home successfully takes all of the following—motivation, perseverance, work, good habits, , balance, accountability, and action.” – Byron Pulsifer

17. “Accountability is—first and foremost—about being reliable. To get a good picture of your personal accountability, you may want to periodically ask yourself, ‘Can people count on me to do what I say I’ll do, as I said I would do it?’” – Henry J. Evans

18. “Maybe you’re not perfect, but you’re willing to actually look at yourself and take some kind of accountability. That’s a change. It might not mean that you can turn everything around, but I think there’s something incredibly hopeful about that.” – Brie Larson

19. “If you made the choice to get in there and fight, you have to accept accountability for whatever happens.” – Roy Nelson

20. “Implicit bias—our subconscious associations of race—permeates everything that we do, and we must pursue systemic accountability to fix it.” – Opal Tometi

21. “Acknowledgment of torture is not accountability for it.” – Yousef Munayyer

22. “Bahaism gives you a pluralistic view, and a lot of aspects of Hinduism give you a moral framework with no accountability other than the karmic system. There’s no linear movement or point of accountability toward God.” –

23. “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

24. “The time is always right to do what’s right.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

25. “Take accountability. Blame is the water in which many dreams and relationships drown.” – Steve Maraboli

26. “Anyone can possess, anyone can profess, but it is an altogether different thing to confess.” – Shannon L. Alder

27. “To be accountable means that we are willing to be responsible to another person for our behavior and it implies a level of submission to another’s opinions and viewpoints.” – Wayde Goodall

28. “Ownership—a commitment of the head, heart, and hands to fix the problem and never again affix the blame.” – John G. Miller

29. “Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, , empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” – Brené Brown

30. “You don’t have to worry about if you’re building your own.” – Kerry E. Wagner

31. “The only people that can ruin a relationship or make that relationship work are the two people in it.” – Rob Liano

32. “With such a worshipping wife, it was hardly possible that any natural defects in it should not be increased. The extreme sweetness of her temper must hurt his.” – Jane Austen

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33. “The time has come to carry accountability forward, to take it offline and into the real world. To share our lives with just a few people we really, truly, honestly trust.” – Craig Gross

34. “Building a family plan with and accountability for all members builds up the family and motivates each person to do their personal best everyday.” – Keith and Maya Traver

35. “If you try to take on changes on your own, it is easy not to keep yourself accountable. Try telling a close friend or family member what you’re doing and have them check in on you periodically.” – Kathy Stanton

36. “A friend can inspire enthusiasm as well as accountability, and that serves to challenge you.” – Deanna Cosso

37. “Becoming a good father is not automatic—it takes time and . We must be willing to invest in this job—our most important, second to being a husband—as any other career we might pursue. A father should present the fundamental qualities of leadership, responsibility, and accountability, as well as the capabilities of planning, disciplining, and loving. Fathering is a full-time job.” – Myles Munroe

38. “True love does not only encompass the things that make you feel good, it also holds you to a standard of accountability.” – Monica Johnson

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39. “If we want unity, we must all be unifiers. If we want accountability, each of us must be accountable for all we do.” – Christine Gregoire

40. “What you do tells me everything about you.” – Jerry Fernandez

41. “Never promise more than you can perform.” – Publilius Syrus

42. “When I’m at the bottom looking up, the main question may not be, ‘How do I get out of this hole?’ In reality, the main question might be, ‘How do I get rid of the shovel that I used to dig it?’” – Craig D. Lounsbrough

43. “Accountability is a statement of personal promise—both to yourself and to the people around you—to deliver specific defined results.” – Brian Dive

44. “It is in your best interest to recognize that there is a difference between being responsible and taking responsibility. You have the freedom and power to choose.” – Christopher Avery

45. “To take responsibility for yourself as a leader and person, you need to learn to unlearn bad habits, and learn from your mistakes.” – Andrea Reibmayr

46. “I do support high standards, strong accountability, and local control.” – Betty DeVos

47. “Accountability is the glue that ties commitment to the result.” – Bob Proctor

48. “It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities.” – Josiah Stamp

49. “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” –

50. “Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

51. “Accountability separates the wishers in life from the action-takers that care enough about their future to account for their daily actions.” – John Dilemme

52. “We are all accountable for our actions; their effect and influence on our lives and the lives of others.” – Sameh Elsayed

53. “Intentions do not insulate us from the consequences of our actions.” – Jon D Harrison

54. “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

55. “Either you are stir-crazy for reform or you are crazy complacent and calling the doers crazy.” – Abhijit Naskar

56. “I believe the best way for teachers to deal with test-based accountability pressures—the way that benefits students—is to accept those pressures as a given, then plan and carry out instruction knowing that it will take place on an accountability-spotlighted stage.” – W. James Popham

57. “No individual can achieve worthy goals without accepting accountability for his or her own actions.” – Dan Miller

58. “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.” –

59. “Think of these things—whence you came, where you are going, and to whom you must account.” – Benjamin Franklin

60. “The pride of man hopes but to blame God for the evils of the world, and to praise himself for the good.” – Criss Jami

61. “Good men are bound by conscience and liberated by accountability.” – Wes Fessler

62. “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” – Siddhārtha Gautama

63. “Never compromise your values.” – Steve Maraboli

64. “Bravery is the choice to show up and listen to another person—be it a loved one or perceived foe—even when it is uncomfortable, painful, or the last thing you want to do.” – Alaric Hutchinson

65. “My good points are instilled by you and are your gifts. My bad points are my faults and your judgments on them.” – St. Augustine of Hippo

66. “ is a progressive thinker’s enemy; acceptance, awareness, accountability and action are the tools of the informed; of people who want change and do all they can to achieve it.” – Carlos Wallace

67. “An accountability partner is able to perceive what you can’t see when blind spots and weaknesses block your vision. Such a person serves as a tool in God’s hand to promote spiritual growth, and he or she watches out for your best interest.” – Charles Stanley

68. “Good men prefer to be accountable.” – Michael Edwardes

69. “Jesus understood the value of relationships, teamwork, and accountability. Effective ministry often erupts from small teams.” – Beth Beutler

70. “No one is perfect, and we all understand that. But when we decide to make that lifelong commitment, we need to weigh the cost and know God is holding us accountable for the commitments we make.” – Dr. Kenton D. Wiley

71. “I learned how I wanted to treat people—not only on my team, but in life. I learned the importance of accountability and being invested in every one of your teammates. I realized character could be as valuable as a home run, and my behavior and that attitude helped extend my career.” – David Ross

72. “Transparency increases credibility and accountability.” – Park Won-soon

73. “I have God, Jesus Christ. I’m Christian. I try to stay as grounded as I possibly can. And I have my parents that help me and my friends that are really great accountability partners to me.” – Christina Grimmie

74. “You see so many artists who are so talented end up living sad, empty lives. This industry takes so much out of you that without accountability and leaving God in the center, you can be left so empty and void.” – Stacie Orrico

75. “99% percent of all failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses.” – Carver

76. “You can make any promises as long as you are not going to be there to fulfill them.” – Pawan Mishra

77. “When a man points a finger at someone else, he should remember that four of his fingers are pointing at himself.” – Louis Nizer

78. “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” – Benjamin Franklin

79. “Rationally speaking, blaming one’s behavior on alcohol or drugs is like blaming the ladder by which you descended into a pit, or the staircase that took you down to a cellar, for what you found there.” – Graham Joyce

80. “Blaming, whining, deflecting accountability, risk aversion, and resistance to change are but a handful of symptoms of the adversity-beaten individual and organization.” – Paul G. Stoltz

81. “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

82. “It’s the big E-word—excuses. Excuses have a very cascading effect on future behavior. Success in one’s profession and fostering interpersonal relationships play a crucial part in how a person handles taking responsibility over making excuses.” – Anwar Williams

83. “There’s not a chance we’ll reach our full potential until we stop blaming each other and start practicing personal accountability.” – John Miller

84. “Perhaps nothing in our society is more needed for those in positions of authority than accountability.” – Larry Burkett

85. “Blame is the coward’s solution to his fear of accountability.” – Craig D. Lounsbrough

86. “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.” –

87. “Real leadership involves clear communication, personal accountability, and a zest for bringing out the best in everyone!” – Farshad Asl

88. “I think, sometimes, making yourself vulnerable before you are ready is exactly what can hold you accountable. Do what you fear.” – Brittany Burgunder

89. “What if we had to give an account each night before we went to sleep of the one thing that we did to make life brighter for someone else?” – Catherine Pulsifer

90. “Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.” – General Colin Powell

91. “The pressure of adversity is the most powerful sustainer of accountability.” – Criss Jami

92. “Accountability means to say what you do, do what you say.” – Pearl Zhu

93. “Power to people doesn’t mean power, it means responsibility.” – Abhijit Naskar

94. “Either you are accountable, or you ain’t human.” – Abhijit Naskar

95. “Big pay and little responsibility are circumstances seldom found together.” – Napoleon Hill

96. “There is only one real failure in life that is possible, and that is, not to be true to the best one knows.” – Farrar

97. “It means a lot. It means I’m accountable.” – Champ Bailey

98. “Be brave and take accountability for your thoughts and beliefs.” – Jennifer Hyman

99. “Being accountable is somewhat ingrained into the life of a first responder.” – Asa Don Brown

100. “The worst thing that can happen to you as a young person is to refuse to grow up. You refuse to grow up when you believe that someone else must take responsibility for your life and life circumstances.” – Saidi Mdala

101. “Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you’re grown up. Growing up means being patient, holding your temper, cutting out the self-pity, and quitting with righteous indignation.” – Brandon Stanton

102. “If you can prove you’re a victim, all rules are off. You can lash out at people. You don’t have to be accountable for anything.” – Brandon Stanton

103. “How can we resent the life we’ve created for ourselves? Who’s to blame, who’s to credit, but us? Who can change it, any time we wish, but us?” – Richard Bach

104. “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

105. “Be accountable for doing the right things. This means ethical execution of the activities that will actually support the goals you have chosen for yourself.” – Sam Silverstein

106. “If I could give one tip for people—it’s not an exercise or nutrition regimen. It’s to walk your talk and , because at the end of the day, the dumbbell and diet don’t get you in shape. It’s your accountability to your word.” – Brett Hoebel

107. “I had a difficult relationship with my parents, who died young, but they instilled self-discipline, and a sense of honor, and , and accountability. I’m grateful for that.” – Monty Don

108. “Dignity is the reward of holding oneself accountable to conscience.” – Wes Fesler

109. “To give real service, you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.” – Douglas Adams

110. “You are the reason for and bad luck; success and failure; happiness and pain. Your choices are responsible for your present. Don’t blame someone else for your sufferings or failures.” – Sanjeev Himachali

111. “You steadily grow into becoming your best as you choose to be accountable and accept responsibility for improvement.” – Steve Shallenberger

112. “For most people, blaming others is a subconscious mechanism for avoiding accountability. In reality, the only thing in your way is you.” – Steve Maraboli

113. “Try holding yourself accountable to yourself. If you had to give yourself a daily, weekly, or monthly report, would you be proud to talk about what you had done, or would you need to be prettying up things, bullshitting, or lying to keep your job?” – Loren Weisman

114. “We are all responsible and accountable for what we do or say even if those behaviors occur in stressful times.” – Byron Pulsifer

115. “To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end in life.” – Spinoza

116. “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

117. “Exercise. It made me accountable to myself by teaching me how to feel strong. But I don’t mean just on the outside. It got to me in a deeper way by showing me how to have a healthy relationship with myself.” – Stacey Griffith

118. “Remember that you are unique. If that has not been fulfilled, then something wonderful has been lost.” – Martha Graham

119. “You are the only one responsible for your actions and must understand that you will be held accountable. Actions that move you towards a goal or the accomplishment of a specific achievement must be positive, not negative, and must be of your own choice and not those of any other person no matter who they are.” – Byron Pulsifer

120. “The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it.” –

121. “Wisdom stems from personal accountability. We all make mistakes—own them, learn from them. Don’t throw away the lesson by blaming others.” – Steve Maraboli

122. “Where there is no accountability, there will also be no responsibility.” – Sunday Adelaja

123. “Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge is , for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires a profound purpose larger than the self kind of understanding.” – Steve Maraboli

124. “Regardless of the complexity around us or the briskness of the winds of change that may attempt to drive us off course, taking initiative, being consistent and having others count on us to do what we say will we do—true accountability—sets people apart, particularly if we intend to make the most of what we do, and who we are, in service to others.” – Zara F. Larsen

125. “When people say, ‘If I only knew then what I know now,’ makes me wonder why they aren’t using that wisdom now.” – Rob Liano

126. “Accountability is the state or condition of being accountable or responsible. That is right. We are responsible for what goes on in our heads.” – John Vaulkner

127. “My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” – Oprah Winfrey

128. “We need, first of all, for there to be accountability, for there to be somebody who is responsible for enforcing standards and holding people’s feet to the fire.” – Jennifer Granholm

129. “Grace does not cancel out our responsibility or accountability for the things God has given us to do.” – Mike Bickle

130. “Responsibility equals accountability equals ownership. And a sense of ownership is the most powerful weapon a team or organization can have.” – Pat Summitt

131. “On good teams, coaches hold players accountable. On great teams, players hold players accountable.” – Joe Dumars

132. “If you are building a culture where honest expectations are communicated and peer accountability is the norm, then the group will address poor performance and attitudes.” – Henry Cloud

133. “The only way we succeed as a group is not simply following directions, but in keeping each other accountable for our actions.” – A.J. Darkholme

134. “Make yourself accountable and your employees will hold themselves to a high standard.” – David J. Greer

135. “Each day you are leading by example. Whether you realize it or not or whether it’s positive or negative, you are influencing those around you.” – Rob Liano

136. “The benefit of truly accountable leaders is that they are able to create effective structures where their staff know what is expected of them, and can improve the business for customers.” – Jane Storm

137. “In the years I’ve been thinking and talking about leadership, I’ve come to realize that the desperate need for accountable leaders is the fundamental challenge organizations are facing today.” – Vince Molinaro

138. “Individuals and teams have a sense of ownership, and are focused, disciplined and collaborative, while holding each other accountable for outcomes.” – Di Worrall

139. “Teams keep leaders accountable for the goal. Individuals connected to no one can change the goal without accountability.” – John C. Maxwell

140. “To function effectively, a business requires leaders who are accountable for driving success.” – Barry Linetsky

141. “Simple organizational structure and clear accountability are necessary conditions for the exercise of effective leadership.” – John Adair

142. “In a fast-changing and increasingly complex world, accountability of leaders is acquiring a renewed focus.” – R. Gopalakrishnan

143. “Accountability is a two-way street. As a leader, you want to know that you can count on people to do what they said they would do. Likewise, your colleagues want to know that they can count on you as the leader to do what you have promised them.” – Greg Bustin

144. “The best kind of accountability on a team is peer-to-peer. Peer pressure is more efficient and effective than going to the leader, anonymously complaining, and having them stop what they are doing to intervene.” – Patrick Lencioni

145. “The price of greatness is responsibility.” – Winston Churchill

146. “Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility. In the final analysis, the one quality that all successful people have is the ability to take on responsibility.” – Michael Korda

147. “Some want to be exempt. They do not want to excel, they do not want to exert. They want to be considered excellent, for desiring to be held exempt, from all accountability.” – Justin K. McFarlane Beau

148. “Accountability and self-responsibility are critical to our success in personal, professional, and public life. However, we often look for those character traits in others, rather than inculcating them in ourselves.” – Vishwas Chavan

149. “Today, we enforce accountability so that our future generation can act accountable out of their own free will without the support from superficial regulatory institutions.” – Abhijit Naskar

150. “If you think someone or something other than yourself is responsible for your happiness or success, I’d guess you’re not that happy or successful.” – Rob Liano

151. “Most goals people set are not achieved because they are not held accountable for them. When goals are made in private, they tend to fall off because people stop being motivated, stop focusing, and stop prioritizing.” – Bola Onada Sokunbi

152. “Break the riddle of accountability, the thinking goes, and you will have solved one of the thorniest issues in modern business.” – Mihnea Moldoveanu

153. “Some think success is all about choices and personal responsibility. Yes, those are real, but it’s so much more complicated than that.” – Robert H. Frank

154. “Accountability is the issue! If you can’t find a way to get people to be accountable, you’re going to find it hard to make anything else work, let alone your business.” – Robert Lebow

155. “Consumer accountability drives quality and efficiency.” – Pete Hoekstra

156. “The keys to brand success are self-definition, transparency, authenticity, and accountability.” – Simon Mainwaring

157. “Having authority implies accountability. If you reject the blame for failures under your watch, people reject your leadership.” – Rick Warren

158. “Even if I have to stand alone, I will not be afraid to stand alone. I’m going to fight for you. I’m going to fight for what’s right. I’m going to fight to hold people accountable.” – Barbara Boxer

159. “People think responsibility is hard to bear. It’s not. I think that sometimes it is the absence of responsibility that is harder to bear. You have a great feeling of impotence.” – Henry A. Kissinger

160. “Understanding the true meaning of accountability makes us strong and enables us to learn.” – Sameh Elsayed

161. “If you can’t stand the heat, you’d better get out of the kitchen.” – Harry S. Truman

162. “We have to endure the discordance between imagination and fact. It is better to say, ‘I am suffering,’ than to say, ‘This landscape is ugly.’” – Simone Weil

163. “He had learned that close-held secrets could often be cracked by going all the way to the top and there making himself unbearably unpleasant. He knew that such twisting of the , for he understood the psychopathology of great power.” – Robert A. Heinlein

164. “At times, it is difficult to see the through the trees, and other tragedies have come and gone, but the main thing that I have learned is that I am accountable for my thoughts, my words, my actions, and my inactions.” – Scott Schwab

165. “If a man is not faithful to his own individuality, he cannot be loyal to anything.” – Claude McKay

166. “Accountability in friendship is the equivalent of love without strategy.” – Anita Brookner

167. “Accountability only works if you want it to.” – Dillon Burroughs

168. “If one meets a powerful person—Adolf Hitler, Joe Stalin, or Bill Gates—ask them five questions: ‘What power have you got? Where did you get it from? In whose interests do you exercise it? To whom are you accountable? And how can we get rid of you?’” – Tony Benn

169. “You may believe that you are responsible for what you do, but not 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

170. “Restoring responsibility and accountability is essential to the economic and fiscal health of our nation.” – Carl Levin

171. “On one side of accountability is courage, on the other is freedom.” – Jean Hamilton-Fford

172. “If you , you’re going to cluck. And if you , you’re going to fly.” – Steve Maraboli

173. “A president cannot defend a nation if he is not held accountable to its laws.” – DaShanne Stokes

174. “If every time we choose a turd, society, at a great expense, simply allows us to redeem it for a pepperoni, then not only will we never learn to make smart choices, we will also surrender the freedom to choose, because a choice without consequences is no choice at all.” – Tom Robbins

175. “Each and every human who is accountable for their society is the reformer.” – Abhijit Naskar

176. “Government regulation is an imperfect substitute for the accountability and trust built into a market in which food producers meet the gaze of eaters and vice versa.” – Michael Pollan

177. “Until our world decides that every human matters—that everyone has a right to food and safety and freedom and healthcare and equality, it is the obligation of those privileged to have food and safety and freedom and healthcare and equality to fight tirelessly for those who do not.” – R.L. Knost

178. “Once the citizens take responsibility, politicians will lose their job.” – Abhijit Naskar

179. “If people in the position of power are not made to be accountable, then, ungodliness, injustice, and oppression will continue to be the order of the day in the society.” – Sunday Adelaja

180. “The worth of a person lies in their responsibleness for society, not in their economic or intellectual caliber.” – Abhijit Naskar

181. “This is the problem with the population—everybody wants all the freedom in the world, but none of the responsibility that goes along with it. And such a society is no more advanced than a bunch of cave people.” – Abhijit Naskar

182. “There is no civilization without accountability.” – Abhijit Naskar

183. “What is socialism if not an ordinary sense of responsibility towards society!” – Abhijit Naskar

184. “Concerns about accountability measures are especially relevant because quantitative evaluation has come to permeate social life. If it seems difficult to escape talk of accountability and assessment, it is because these ideas are now far more common than in the past.” – Wendy Nelson Espeland

185. “Open collaboration greater accountability, which in turn fosters trust.” – Ron Garan

186. “Corporations are like protean bacteria; you hit them with accountability and they mutate and change their names.” – Doug Anderson

187. “The individual is not accountable to society for his actions in so far as these concern the interests of no person but himself.” – John Stuart Mill

188. “Trust brings a higher level of communication and a higher level of commitment and accountability.” – Bruce Arians

189. “Transparency is key to reciprocal accountability, which we use to be both free and smart. It is the miracle tool that enables us to question the lies of monsters.” – Davin Brin

190. “A lot of people say there’s no such thing as ‘cancel culture’ and then you name an example and they’re like, ‘That person deserved it,’ so then there is cancel culture, but it works in its accountability.” – Thomas Chatterton Williams

191. “Trust, honesty, humility, transparency, and accountability are the building blocks of a positive reputation. Trust is the foundation of any relationship.” – Mike Paul

192. “Hold everybody accountable? Ridiculous!” – W. Edwards Deming

193. “It was accountability that Nixon feared.” – Bob Woodward

194. “If you let others do it for you, they will do it to you.” – Robert Anthony

195. “Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.” –

196. “There are a lot of black-hearted, mean-spirited bastards in the world. It’s important that we hold them to account. But always remember that you might be the most black-hearted and mean-spirited in the lot, so hold yourself the most accountable of all.” – Darren Shan

197. “In reality, we all have our lives, and the accountability for of our dreams and goals falls strictly on our own shoulders.” – Thomas Matt

198. “To be concerned only about one’s own life, is to deny that anyone else is worthy. However, you cannot be held accountable for someone else’s life, or how they feel or react to a variety of different circumstances or situations.” – Byron Pulsifer

199. “My experience is that accountability is an extremely powerful tool to align an organization toward its objectives.” – Susan Gomez

200. “Don’t get up from the feast of life without paying for your share of it.” – W. R. Inge

201. “I believe that accountability is the basis of all meaningful human achievement.” – Sam Silverstein

202. “To achieve life mastery and be worthy of a life well-lived, we must take action, ownership, and responsibility for our choices. Our date with destiny is not about reaching a final destination. It is about how fully we live the journey.” – Will Craig

203. “We all create the person we become by our choices as we go through life. In a real sense, by the time we are adults, we are the sum total of the choices we have made.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

204. “Life is not accountable to us. We are accountable to life.” – Denis Waitley

205. “When the people become involved in their government, the government becomes more accountable, and our society is stronger, more compassionate, and better prepared for the challenges of the future.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

206. “People are more inclined to pass the buck than they are to take responsibility. The fact is, though, passing the buck doesn’t build your character or give you the opportunity to learn from your mistakes.” – Marshall Goldsmith

207. “For those of you who hand out the drinks, or serve drinks, you also have a responsibility. Maybe if the decision on alcohol consumption was a shared illegal activity in that accountability reached beyond the drunk driver, this malady, this lack of good judgment would start to change.” – Byron Pulsifer

208. “Democracy must be built through open societies that share information. When there is information, there is enlightenment. When there is debate, there are solutions. When there is no sharing of power, no rule of law, no accountability, there is abuse, corruption, subjugation and indignation.” – Atifete Jahjaga

209. “Camaraderie doesn’t happen by accident; developing a strong sense of trust, accountability, and togetherness around team goals requires intentional effort.” – Don Yager

210. “The main reasons for the growth and institutionalization of corruption are a culture of secrecy with lack of transparency and weak institutions for securing the accountability of public servants—such as the Vigilance bodies, the criminal investigative agencies, and the judiciary.” – Prashant Bhushan

211. “We are demanding police transparency and accountability so we can build trust and work together to make our communities safer.” – Malcolm Jenkins

212. “I believe the processes of good governance have gone astray. Specifically, there is an erosion of transparency, independence, and accountability.” – Tan Cheng Bock

213. “Independence of Judiciary means independence from Executive and Legislature, but not independence from accountability.” – Prashant Bhushan

214. “Capitalism requires individual responsibility and accountability. People are seen as atomized units in a capitalist system—they are either useful or they are not. They are not seen racially or ethnically or religiously. They consume and they produce, and those are their only relevant characteristics.” – Ben Shapiro

215. “Even the government understands that the environmental is so big that no single agency can handle it. It needs collaboration among all the stakeholders—companies, governments, NGOs, and the public. Public accountability will be the ultimate driving force.” – Ma Jun

216. “Many of the benefits from keeping terrorism fear levels high are obvious. Private corporations suck up massive amounts of Homeland Security cash as long as that fear persists, while government officials in the National Security and Surveillance State can claim unlimited powers and operate with unlimited secrecy and no accountability.” – Glenn Greenwald

217. “If torture is going to be administered as a last resort in the ticking-bomb case, to save enormous numbers of lives, it ought to be done openly, with accountability, with approval by the president of the United States or by a Supreme Court justice.” – Alan Dershowitz

218. “Expenditures have gone rampant in Puerto Rico—lack of accountability, total lack of accountability.” – Ricardo Rossello

219. “I feel an independent accountability commission should audit all government services.” – Imran Khan

220. “I don’t think anybody in the entertainment industry or in politics is surprised by the fact that those worlds are rife with promiscuity and irresponsibility—certainly a lack of accountability.” – James Spader

221. “We are reinventing ourselves as a company. Compaq is taking ownership of its customer relationships and accountability of our customer’s needs.” – Eckhard Pfieffer

222. “I have observed private and proprietary colleges, like the University of Phoenix, and the market they serve. And I found it intriguing the way in which they are trying to deliver the product, with more accountability, for a price.” – Roy Romer

223. “For me to do my job effectively, we need to continue to earn public confidence. That involves transparency and accountability.” – Elizabeth Etsy

224. “Great companies have high cultures of accountability, it comes with this culture of criticism I was talking about before, and I think our culture is strong on that.” – Steve Ballmer

225. “If a business has to be told that it needs more focus, accountability, and decisiveness, there is a bigger problem at hand.” – Brad Garlinghouse

226. “The United States stands at the pinnacle of world power. This is a solemn moment for the American democracy. For with primacy in power is joined an awe-inspiring accountability for the future.” – Winston Churchill

227. “When people feel accountable and included, it is more fun.” – Alan Mulally

228. “Democratic accountability means that governments must be popularly accepted, with citizens empowered to replace corrupt or incompetent rulers.” – Raghuram Rajan

229. “You can’t talk about leadership without talking about responsibility and accountability. You can’t separate the two. A leader must delegate responsibility and provide the freedom to make decisions, and then be held accountable for the results.” – Buck Rodgers

230. “Because of my upbringing, I believe in things like limited government, fiscal responsibility, and personal accountability. I believe in the wisdom of our founders and the sanctity of our Constitution.” – John Thune

231. “A heck of a lot more accountability comes from individuals or the church doing it than the government, that signs off on helping people at 5 o’clock, because it comes from the heart, not from a badge or a mandate.” – Doug LaMalfa

232. “The details of what the Fed did were kept secret until a provision in the Dodd-Frank Act that I sponsored required the Government Accountability Office to audit the Fed’s lending programs during the financial crisis.” –

233. “I’m offering solutions to address rising healthcare prices by adding transparency to our drug pricing, clearing the backlog on pending drug applications at the FDA, and providing oversight and accountability within the healthcare industry.” – Mike Braun

234. “There is no time and space limitation for public accountability on the Internet. Creative commonality is standard and does not resemble the authoritarian style of the dead communist experience. It seems that it is no longer society’s obligation to understand legislation; it is a duty for governments to be understood by their people.” – Eduardo Paes

235. “The principle of the Communist Party of Vietnam is collective leadership with accountability and responsibility of the individual, which can never become authoritarian.” – Nguyen Phu Trong

236. “The CARFA Act is about accountability in the federal government—making sure that taxpayers are getting their money’s worth and not being defrauded. This is a bipartisan concept, and it is worthy of broad support across the Congress.” – Sam Brownback

237. “Having enjoyed enormous powers, including the power of contempt, without any accountability, the higher judiciary has over the years, trampled the toes of many persons and institutions, particularly the media.” – Prashant Bhushan

238. “We must continue to raise our voices until there is full accountability, including police reform, as well as justice for us all and not just a privileged few.” – Meena Harris

239. “We must perfect a worldwide system of accountability for nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons.” – Richard Lugar

240. “The top priority is leaving no child behind. We want accountability in the system, and we want schools to recognize they have a responsibility to teach students.” – Andrew Card

241. “Americans deserve an attorney general that will be honest with them. They deserve an attorney general who will uphold the basic standards of political independence and accountability.” – John Cornyn

242. “We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.” –

243. “I believe that all of us have gangster proclivities and greedy orientations that need accountability. That’s why democracies are necessary. We have to have institutions to try to curtail the use of arbitrary power so that our greedy orientations and gangster-like proclivities don’t get out of hand.” – Cornel West

244. “The accountability of state legislators is so much more than federal legislators.” – Rob Woodall

245. “In life, we can have results or reasons. If you are not getting the results you want, your reasons are the lies that you keep telling yourself.” – Harald Anderson

246. “Accountability is a key concept in , especially in a challenging business climate.” – Cindy Tucker

247. “The first step to creating a wealthy life is starting from wherever you are today. That self-honesty takes the highest level of personal accountability.” – Loral Langemeier

248. “To be accountable or to be a victim is one of those elemental decisions that everyone needs to make. Simply, the former leads you to a happier and more rewarding life.” – Rob Pitfield

249. “The notion of accountability has emerged as a human tool to motivate people—do what you’re supposed to do or you’ll be held to account.” – Art Horn

250. “With a company full of accountable people, extraordinary things—even the entirely unexpected—tend to happen.” – Roger Connors

251. “Accountability crumbles silos, boosts teamwork and collaboration, strengthens camaraderie, creativity, resiliency, agility, , and communication.” – Mike Evans

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252. “At the end of the day, we are accountable to ourselves. Our success is a result of what we do.” – Catherine Pulsifer

253. “Building a culture in which people take accountability to deliver on its promises is hard work and can be difficult to accomplish. Only when every person is held accountable to themselves, their peers, and their shared possibility can the impossible become possible.” – Ginger Graham

254. “One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned about habit development is that you need accountability to stick to a major goal. It’s not enough to make a personal commitment.” – S. J. Scott

255. “Truly accountable leadership is the only way to build an organization that can not only survive in our increasingly complicated world but also grow and thrive.” – Vince Molinaro

256. “Accountability is where the cowardice of my teetering self-image is wrangled into submission by the force of my ethics.” – Craig D. Lounsbrough

257. “Accountability is the only real beginning to change.” – Daniel Abbott

258. “Accountability is the line of control between human and animal behavior.” – Abhijit Naskar

259. “Forgiveness is telling ourselves that the ‘wrong’ that we did will not impede the ‘right’ that we can do.” – Craig D. Lounsbrough

260. “When accountability is present, people keep their eyes on a very clear prize. They know what they are working toward and how they are going to get there.” – Henry J. Evans

261. “There are two primary choices in life—to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” – Denise Waitely

262. “No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.” – Stanislaw Lem

263. “Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.” – Plato

264. “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

265. “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

266. “Candor and accountability in a democracy is very important. Hypocrisy has no place.” – Alan Dershowitz

267. “Every one of us is responsible for everyone else in every way. Everyone is really responsible for everyone and everything.” – Father Zossima

268. “In dreams begin responsibility.” – W.B. Yeats

269. “We hardly realize that we can cut anything out of our lives, anytime, in a blink of an eye.” – Carlos Castaneda

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