Personal Responsibility

It means a great deal, I think, to start off on a foundation which one has made for oneself.

Booker T. Washington, Up from Slavery

 

There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no independence quite so important, as living within your means.

Calvin Coolidge, Autobiography

 

If we keep our faith in ourselves, and what is even more important, keep our faith in regular and persistent application to hard work, we need not worry about the outcome.

Calvin Coolidge, Autobiography

 

Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.

Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 19, 1787

 

Surprisingly few men are lacking in capacity, but they fail because they are lacking in application.

Calvin Coolidge, Autobiography

 

Among a large class, there seemed to be a dependence upon the government for every conceivable thing. The members of this class had little ambition to create a position for themselves, but wanted the federal officials to create one for them. How many times I wished then and have often wished since, that by some power of magic, I might remove the great bulk of these people into the country districts and plant them upon the soil – upon the solid and never deceptive foundation of Mother Nature, where all nations and races that have ever succeeded have gotten their start – a start that at first may be slow and toilsome, but one that nevertheless is real.

Booker T. Washington, Up from Slavery

 

I have understood well that the duty of self-preservation rests solely with the American people.

Abraham Lincoln, letter to the Workingmen of England, January 19, 1863

 

Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him.

Booker T. Washington, Up from Slavery

 

Can you consent to wade through the vile mire of dependency, and owe the miserable remnant of that life to charity, which has hitherto been spent in honor?

George Washington, letter to the Officers of the Army, March 12, 1783

 

Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work.

Booker T. Washington, Up from Slavery

 

Any reward that is worth having only comes to the industrious.  The success which is made in any walk of life is measured almost exactly by the amount of hard work that is put into it.

Calvin Coolidge, Autobiography