Falling in love is not at all the most stupid thing that people do – but gravitation cannot be held responsible for it.[Unsourced variants:]Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love. You can’t blame gravity for falling in love.[Sich verlieben ist nicht das Dümmste, was der Mensch tut – die Gravitation kann aber nicht dafür verantwortlich gemacht werden.]
I’m just getting settled as a responsible man – but if you split the elephant into little mouthfuls it will be fine.
You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his own improvement and, at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.
What we call our destiny is truly our character, and that character can be altered. The knowledge that we are responsible for our actions and attitudes does not need to be discouraging, because it also means that we are free to change this destiny. One is not in bondage to the past which has shaped our feelings, to race, inheritance, background. All this can be altered if we have the courage to examine how it formed us. We can alter the chemistry provided we have the courage to dissect the elements.
There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.
The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities and the responsibility that we all had. It wasn’t the answer. It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility.
The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.
Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him.
By imposing too great a responsibility, or rather, all responsibility, on yourself, you crush yourself.
An ethic of ultimate ends and an ethic of responsibility are not absolute contrasts but rather supplements, which only in unison constitute a genuine man — a man who can have the ‘calling for politics.’[Gesinnungsethik und Verantwortungsethik nicht absolute Gegensätze, sondern Ergänzungen, die zusammen erst den echten Menschen ausmachen, den, der den »Beruf zur Politik« haben kann.]