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It is a fact that, in the West, we live in a capitalist society, but that does not mean that we cannot be guided by the idea of a social conscience in our work. Yes, fashion design requires consumers to consume, but we can do our bit for society by running our companies in a socially responsible way, and by creating products that promote respect for social and environmental issues. There is also the possibility for power and influence to be a force for change.
Giorgio Armani - Design - Fashion - Environment - Influence - Consumer - Capitalism - Society - Companies - Responsibility - Products - Change - Respect

The political tradition of ancient thought, filtered in Italy by Machiavelli, says one thing clearly: every prince needs allies, and the bigger the responsibility, the more allies he needs.
Silvio Berlusconi - Responsibility - Partnership - Politicians

The only society that works today is also one founded on mutual respect, on a recognition that we have a responsibility collectively and individually, to help each other on the basis of each other's equal worth. A selfish society is a contradiction in terms.
Tony Blair - Responsibility - Help

At the heart of my politics has always been the value of community, the belief that we are not merely individuals struggling in isolation from each other, but members of a community who depend on each other, who benefit from each other's help, who owe obligations to each other. From that everything stems: solidarity, social justice, equality, freedom.
Tony Blair - Politicians - Responsibility - Help - Freedom

Too many leaders act as if the sheep.. their people.. are there for the benefit of the shepherd, not that the shepherd has responsibility for the sheep.
Ken Blanchard - Leadership - Responsibility

You see a lot over 30 years and you try to be professional and responsible. A lot of the interviews you do can be very haunting.
Wolf Blitzer - News
- Responsible

I think what we try to do is bring the news to our viewers in a very comprehensive responsible way.
Wolf Blitzer - News
- Responsible

You tell the people the stories the best you know. If there is something you don't know, you be up front and make that clear. You always give the aggrieved party the chance to respond before you publish or go to air. That's just my kind of old-fashioned news values.
Wolf Blitzer - News
- Responsible - Values

Taxes are not good things, but if you want services, somebody's got to pay for them so they're a necessary evil.
Michael Bloomberg - Business - Taxes - Responsibility

Everybody makes business mistakes. I mean, I take the responsibility, and I did. I was the captain of the ship and I took that responsibility.
Alan Bond - Mistakes - Business - Responsibility


America is an idea, but it's an idea that brings with it some baggage, like power brings responsibility. It's an idea that brings with it equality, but equality even though it's the highest calling, is the hardest to reach. The idea that anything is possible, that's one of the reasons why I'm a fan of America. It's like hey, look there's the moon up there, let's take a walk on it, bring back a piece of it. That's the kind of America that I'm a fan of.
Bono -
Action - America - Ideas - Responsible - Power - Encouragement

I could never be a politician because I think I'm too selfish, and I think I like to have fun.. the right to be irresponsible is a right I hold dear.
Bono -
Politicians - Responsible - Fun - Irresponsible

I resolved to stop accumulating and begin the infinitely more serious and difficult task of wise distribution.
Andrew Carnegie - Money - Responsibility - Philanthropy

Great American power and responsibility are not unprecedented, and have been used with restraint and great benefit in the past. We have not assumed that super strength guarantees super wisdom, and we have consistently reached out to the international community to ensure that our own power and influence are tempered by the best common judgment.
Jimmy Carter - Power
- Responsibility - Strength

People would ask me how I could stand the long campaigning, how I could stand being charged with the responsibilities of a great nation, one of the most powerful and difficult jobs in the world. It wasn't any more difficult than picking cotton all day or shaking peanuts.
Jimmy Carter - Power
- Responsibility - Jobs - Challenges

Whenever a warrior decides to do something, he must go all the way, but he must take responsibility for what he does. No matter what he does, he must know first why he is doing it, and then he must proceed with his actions without having doubts or remorse about them.
Carlos Castaneda - Warrior - Knowledge - Regret - Decisions
- Responsibility - Doubt - Action

You've got a job to do, and because you've got a job to do, you've got to focus on that, so you don't have time for personal considerations.
Dick Cheney - Job
- Focus - Responsibility

We must be prepared to face our responsibilities and be willing to use force if necessary.
Dick Cheney - War
- Responsibility

You really do think about it institutionally; this is your job, and to some extent you benefit from having a job to do at a moment like this. You have things that you have to make happen. And you don't have time for the emotional reaction that might otherwise occur if somebody was just sitting there watching these events unfold and had no responsibilities.
Dick Cheney - Job - Focus - Responsibility - Politicians


The price of greatness is responsibility.
Winston Churchill - Responsibility -

Part of our essential humanity is paying respect to what God gave us and what will be here a long time after we're gone.
Bill Clinton - Responsibility - Encouragement

Let us all take more responsibility, not only for ourselves and our families but for our communities and our country.
Bill Clinton - Responsibility - Encouragement - Motivational

The challenges of change are always hard. It is important that we begin to unpack those challenges that confront this nation and realize that we each have a role that requires us to change and become more responsible for shaping our own future.
Hillary Rodham Clinton - Challenges
- Change - Responsibility - America - Encouragement

There cannot be true democracy unless women's voices are heard. There cannot be true democracy unless women are given the opportunity to take responsibility for their own lives.
Hillary Rodham Clinton - Responsibility - Woman - Truth - Opportunity


I must confess that I've never trusted the Web. I've always seen it as a coward's tool. Where does it live? How do you hold it personally responsible? Can you put a distributed network of fiber-optic cable "on notice"? And is it male or female? In other words, can I challenge it to a fight?
Stephen Colbert -
Internet - Responsible - Trust - Funny

We are not animals. We are not a product of what has happened to us in our past. We have the power of choice.
Stephen Covey - Change - Life - Responsibility - Decisions -

Many business leaders today view their jobs as entailing responsibility for the welfare of the wider community. These individuals do not define themselves as profit-making machines whose only reason for existing is to satisfy escalating expectation for immediate gain.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi - Business Ethics
- Leadership - Business - Profits - Jobs - Responsibility

Executives owe it to the organization and to their fellow workers not to tolerate nonperforming individuals in important jobs.
Peter Drucker
- Leadership - Responsibility - Work - Management

My passionate sense of social justice and social responsibility has always contrasted oddly with my pronounced lack of need for direct contact with other human beings and human communities.
Albert Einstein - People - Passionate - Social - Responsibility

To have security against atomic bombs and against the other biological weapons, we have to prevent war, for if we cannot prevent war every nation will use every means that is at their disposal; and in spite of all promises they make, they will do it. At the same time, so long as war is not prevented, all the governments of the nations have to prepare for war, and if you have to prepare for war, then you are in a state where you cannot abolish war.
Albert Einstein - Responsibility - War - Power - Governments - Insanity

The international equity question arises from the costs of climate change itself and mitigation varying greatly across countries. It is affected by the historical responsibility for current greenhouse gas emissions, which countries which were not responsible for what’s in the atmosphere now think are very important. Currently rich countries don’t think those issues are very important.
Ross Garnaut - Climate Change - World - Greenhouse - Emissions - History - Rich - Mitigation - Costs - Responsibility - Equity - Atmosphere


There is not going to be, we can be quite certain, there’s not going to be any action on reducing greenhouse gas emissions by China or India or Indonesia or Brazil unless all developed countries are making a major effort. It will still be a big job to get them in, even if we are all making the effort. But our making the effort is a necessary condition.
Ross Garnaut - World - Emissions - Greenhouse - Mitigation - Responsibility - China - India - Brazil - Indonesia - Challenges - Effort


Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.
Bill Gates - Parent - Funny - Boring - Responsibility - Bills - Self Awareness

We're responsible for the creation of the PC industry. The whole idea of compatible machines and lots of software.. that's something we brought to computing. And so it's a responsibility for us to make sure that things like security don't get in the way of that dream.
Bill Gates - Internet - Technology - Responsibility - Challenges

The scientists are virtually screaming from the rooftops now. The debate is over! There's no longer any debate in the scientific community about this. But the political systems around the world have held this at arm's length because it's an inconvenient truth, because they don't want to accept that it's a moral imperative.
Al Gore - Environmental - Crisis - Responsibility - Politicians - Ethics - Truth

I've always said that the better off you are, the more responsibility you have for helping others. Just as I think it's important to run companies well, with a close eye to the bottom line, I think you have to use your entrepreneurial experience to make corporate philanthropy effective.
Carlos Slim Helu - Responsibility - Philanthropy
- Help - Entrepreneurial - Companies

To my mind, you cannot speak about the need for leadership within our communities without being prepared to take on responsibility yourself. It’s not enough to point the finger at those who have let us down and to expect others to come forward and fix our problems. Nor can anyone afford to call themselves a leader unless they truly have the interests of our community at heart. Too many people like to think they are leaders and too many are identified by the media as leaders who are not really leaders at all.
Jackie Huggins - Leadership - Responsibility - Problems - Media

It's a very Aboriginal thing to do, to give younger people greater responsibilities within the community as they become able to take those responsibilities on. It is a culturally appropriate transfer of roles that involves respect in both directions.. from the younger to the older and the older to the younger.
Jackie Huggins - Respect - Indigenous - Responsibility

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
Aldous Huxley - Decisions - Responsibility

I not only could not stifle controversy among your readers.. I welcome it. This Administration intends to be candid about its errors; for as a wise man once said: "An error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it." We intend to accept full responsibility for our errors; and we expect you to point them out when we miss them.
John F. Kennedy - Controversy - News - Press - Mistakes - Responsibility - Journalism - JFK Speech

The right to private property meant at the same time the right and duty to be personally concerned about your own well-being, to be personally concerned about your family's income, to be personally concerned about your future. This is hard work.
Mikhail Khodorkovsky - Money - Responsibility - Work

When everyone gets something for nothing, soon no one will have anything, because no one will be producing anything.
Charles Koch - Socialism - Products - Responsibility

Citizens who over-rely on their government to do everything not only become dependent on their government, they end up having to do whatever the government demands. In the meantime, their initiative and self-respect are destroyed.
Charles Koch - Government - Responsibility - Respect - Socialism

Repeatedly asking for government help undermines the foundations of society by destroying initiative and responsibility. It is also a fatal blow to efficiency and corrupts the political process.
Charles Koch - Government - Responsibility - Society - Politics

I was taught from a young age that involvement in the public discourse is a civic duty. Each of us has a right.. indeed, a responsibility, at times.. to make his or her views known to the larger community in order to better form it as a whole. While we may not always get what we want, the exchange of ideas betters the nation in the process.
David Koch - Politics - Responsibility - Opinions - Community

The only way to meet pressing social needs and be fiscally responsible is to cut the runaway Pentagon budget, which now almost equals the military spending of all other countries in the world combined.
Dennis Kucinich - Military - Social - Pentagon - Responsibility - Budget - Spending - Crazy

I take responsibility for what happened at Enron, both good and bad. But I cannot take responsibility for criminal conduct that I was unaware of.
Kenneth Lay - Responsibility
- Mistakes

I threw my whole life and lived my life in a certain way to make sure that I would never violate any law.. certainly never any criminal laws.. and always maintained that most important to me was my integrity, was my character, were my values.
Kenneth Lay - Truth - Responsibility


Business social responsibility should not be coerced; it is a voluntary decision that the entrepreneurial leadership of every company must make on its own.
John Mackey - Business Ethics - Responsibility
- Leadership - Entrepreneurial - Companies

I became a vegan and at the same time I realized, gosh, Whole Foods has got to create a higher standard here. I think it will ultimately be a good business decision because I think our customers expect us, want us to pave this path.
John Mackey - Customers - Business
- Business Ethics - Responsibility - Decisions

If you have a few hundred followers and you let some of them molest children, they call you a cult leader. If you have a billion, they call you Pope.
Bill Maher - Criticism -
Christianity - Religion - Children - Responsibility - Crazy

I personally hold Tony Blair more responsible for this war (in Iraq) than I do George Bush. The reason is, Blair knows better, Blair is not an idiot. What is he doing hanging around this guy?
Michael Moore - Politicians - War - President - Responsibility

We're starting with our own carbon footprint. Not nothing. But much of what we're doing is already, or soon will be, little more than the standard way of doing business. We can do something that's unique, different from just any other company. We can set an example, and we can reach our audiences. Our audience's carbon footprint is 10,000 times bigger than ours. That's the carbon footprint we want to conquer.
Rupert Murdoch - Carbon - Responsibility - Business - Media - Influential - Encouragement - Companies

Becoming carbon neutral is only the beginning. The climate problem will not be solved by one company reducing its emissions to zero, and it won't be solved by one government acting alone. The climate problem will not be solved without mass participation by the general public in countries around the globe.
Rupert Murdoch - Climate Change - Responsibility - Carbon - Problems - Companies - Solutions - World

News Corporation, today, reaches people at home and at work... when they're thinking... when they're laughing... and when they are making choices that have enormous impact.
The unique potential.. and duty.. of a media company are to help its audiences connect to the issues that define our time.
Rupert Murdoch - Responsibility - Media - Influential - Encouragement - Companies - Thinking - Help

We need to push ourselves to make as many reductions as possible in our own energy use first.. and that takes time. But we must do this quickly.. the climate will not wait for us.
Rupert Murdoch - Climate Change - Responsibility - Action - Renewable Energy


We're not a manufacturer, or an airline, but we do use energy. Printing and publishing newspapers, producing films, broadcasting television signals, operating 24-hour newsrooms. It all adds carbon to the atmosphere.
Rupert Murdoch - Climate Change - Responsibility - Carbon - Media - Companies - News

Climate change and energy use are global problems. News Corp is a global company. Our operations affect the environment all over the world.
Rupert Murdoch - Climate Change - Responsibility - Global Warming - Media - World - Problems - Environmental

I have to admit that, until recently, I was somewhat wary of the (global) warming debate. I believe it is now our responsibility to take the lead on this issue.
Rupert Murdoch - Global Warming - Responsibility - Environmental - Leadership


Sometimes you just got to give yourself what you wish someone else would give you.
Dr Phil - Responsibility
- Encouraging

We must never forget our responsibilities as politicians to our country and its citizens. We must always remain humble before our people.
Angela Merkel - Politicians - Responsibility - People

The buck stops with me, but I can tick off dozens of very good senior executives that are responsible for hundreds or thousands of people who work for me.
Rupert Murdoch - Management - Responsibility - Employee - Leadership

If you know what's going on and know how society can be improved and happiness advanced, you tend to focus on how to get things done that will help health, safety, opportunity, justice, accountability of powerful institutions to the people they are supposed to serve.
Ralph Nader - Help - Responsibility
- Improvement

It's hard to do it because you have got to look people in the eye and tell them they're irresponsible and lazy. And who's going to want to do that? Because that's what poverty is, ladies and gentlemen. In this country (USA), you can succeed if you get educated and work hard. Period.
Bill O'Reilly - Poverty
- Responsible - Lazy - America - Success - Education

I'm calling for all responsible Americans to fight back and punish Pepsi for using a man who degrades women, who encourages substance abuse, and does all the things that hurt particularly the poor in our society. I'm calling for all Americans to say, hey Pepsi, I'm not drinking your stuff. You want to hang around with Ludacris (a rap singer that Pepsi planned to use for advertising), you do that, I'm not hanging around with you. Am I wrong to do that?
Bill O'Reilly - Poverty
- Responsible - America - Encouragement - Advertising

I never think about my best interests. I think about what's the right thing to do in a situation.
Clive Palmer - Responsibility - Thinking - Positive


I've got enough money in my life to retire now and do nothing. But I've got a duty and obligation to see if we can create more jobs in this state, and the government's got an obligation to approve projects and to assess them for the benefit of the people of Queensland.
Clive Palmer - People - Australia - Politics - Money - Rich - Responsibility - Government - Obligation - Retirement


We don't need a weakened government but a strong government that would take responsibility for the rights of the individual and care for the society as a whole.
Vladimir Putin - Government - Weakness -
Responsibility - Strength - Society

We've poured our poisons into the world as though it were a bottomless pit.. and we go on gobbling them up. It's hard to imagine how the world could survive another century of this abuse, but nobody's really doing anything about it. It's a problem our children will have to solve, or their children.
Daniel Quinn - Nature
- World - Insanity - Greed - Problems - Environmental - Responsibility

I came to realize that my money problems, worries, and shortages largely began and ended with the person in my mirror. I realized also that if I could learn to manage the character I shaved with every morning, I would win with money.
Dave Ramsey - Learning - Problems - Money - Responsibility

Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.
Tony Robbins - Life - Gift - Responsibility - Opportunity

Don't blame the marketing department. The buck stops with the chief executive.
John D. Rockefeller - Marketing - Responsibility - CEO - Blame

Next to doing the right thing, the most important thing is to let people know you are doing the right thing.
John D. Rockefeller - Marketing - Responsibility

The most important thing for a young man is to establish a credit.. a reputation, character.
John D. Rockefeller - Responsibility - Finance

They (the Rothschilds) have never dreamed of being ashamed of their wealth nor of disguising their way of life, no more than they have ever failed to assume their roles and responsibilities as Jews.
Guy de Rothschild - Jewish -
Wealth - Rich - Money - Responsibility

According to an old French motto, Noblesse oblige - one must live up to one's name. The Rothschilds' condition of life has imposed on them a second motto: Richesse oblige - one must live up to one's fortune.
Guy de Rothschild - Wealth -
France - Family

On the whole, my family had always adopted a reserved attitude toward Zionism; my great-uncle Edmond had acted on his own in generously supporting Jewish Palestine, for reasons more humanitarian and religious than political. But the devastation caused by the war and the extermination of six million Jews radically changed all of our former attitudes. The idea of a Jewish homeland acquired an intense emotional appeal; I myself became an ardent Zionist..
Guy de Rothschild - Jewish - Zionism
- Support - Human Rights - War - Humanitarian - Killed - Israel - Palestine - Conflict - Religion - Politics

Although one never really knows what one's associates think of one deep down, I believe I was easy to work with, even though I have the reputation of being authoritative. Still, I've always delegated responsibility and authority to other; I've always listened to opposing views and suggestions with an open mind.
Guy de Rothschild - Management - Leadership - Delegate - Responsibility - Listening - Authority


Politics is about power. It is about the power of the state. It is about the power of the state as applied to individuals, the society in which they live and the economy in which they work. Most critically, our responsibility in this parliament is how that power is used: whether it is used for the benefit of the few or the many.
Kevin Rudd -
Politics - Power - Social - Economy - Responsibility

I'm not perfect, I'm not an angel, but I try to live a certain way because it brings honour and respect to my mother. I tell people that when they look at me, they're looking at nothing but a big, overgrown, tough mama's boy. That's who I am.
Mr T - Values
- Responsibility

We’re responsible for the fortunes of the company but this is a bone-dry situation in terms of access to credit. Nobody can operate on that basis unless you have large cash balances, which we don’t. My concern is that the government doesn’t appear to care about manufacturing.
Ratan Tata - Tata Group - Responsibility - Companies - Credit - Government - Manufacturing

I make money because I have to pay for everything apart from my school fees. My mother even makes me pay my own telephone bill.
Ivanka Trump - Money - Responsibility

The expert in battle seeks his victory from strategic advantage and does not demand it from his men.
Sun Tzu - Leadership - Winning
- Battle - Victory - Strategy - Responsibility

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 - Responsibility - Encouragement - Life

I don't think of myself as a poor deprived ghetto girl who made good. I think of myself as somebody who from an early age knew I was responsible for myself, and I had to make good.
Oprah Winfrey - Responsibility - Motivational - Self Help - Rich - Poverty

I didn't want to say "No" because I didn't want people to think I'm not nice. And that, to me, has been the greatest lesson of my life: to recognize that I am solely responsible for it, and not trying to please other people, and not living my life to please other people, but doing what my heart says all the time.

Oprah Winfrey - Responsibility - Life - Self Help

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