„I was responsible for everything so I accept responsibility and blame but show me, comrade, one document proving that I was personally responsible for the deaths.“

—  Pol Pot

As reported by David Ashley (1995) and quoted in Brother Number One (1999) by David P. Chandler
Attributed

Übernommen aus Wikiquote. Letzte Aktualisierung 3. Juni 2021. Geschichte
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Generalsekretär der kommunistischen Partei Kambodschas 1925 - 1998

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„I am responsible for everything … except for my very responsibility, for I am not the foundation of my being.“

—  Jean Paul Sartre, buch Being and Nothingness

Part 4, Chapter 1, III
Being and Nothingness (1943)
Kontext: I am responsible for everything … except for my very responsibility, for I am not the foundation of my being. Therefore everything takes place as if I were compelled to be responsible. I am abandoned in the world … in the sense that I find myself suddenly alone and without help, engaged in a world for which I bear the whole responsibility without being able, whatever I do, to tear myself away from this responsibility for an instant.

Gordon Brown Foto

„I take full responsibility for what happened. That's why the person who was responsible went immediately.“

—  Gordon Brown British Labour Party politician 1951

On the Damian McBride email scandal reported by The Daily Telegraph
" Brown 'sorry' over e-mail slurs http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/8002085.stm", BBC News, 16 April 2009
Prime Minister

İsmail Enver Foto

„You are greatly mistaken. We have this country absolutely under our control. I have no desire to shift the blame onto our underlings and I am entirely willing to accept the responsibility myself for everything that has taken place.“

—  İsmail Enver Turkish military officer and a leader of the Young Turk revolution 1881 - 1922

In reply to US Ambassador Morgenthau who was deploring the massacres against Armenians and attributing them to irresponsible subalterns and underlings in the distant provinces. Quoted in "The burning Tigris: the Armenian genocide and America's response" - Page 374 - by Peter Balakian - History - 2003.

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„I accept responsibility for U-boat warfare from 1933 onward, and of the entire navy from 1943 on, but to make me responsible for what happened to Jews in Germany, or Russian soldiers on the east front — it is so ridiculous all I can do is laugh.“

—  Karl Dönitz President of Germany; admiral in command of German submarine forces during World War II 1891 - 1980

To Leon Goldensohn, July 14, 1946, from "The Nuremberg Interviews" by Leon Goldensohn, Robert Gellately - History - 2004.

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Arthur Miller Foto

„I am bewildered by the death of love. And my responsibility for it.“

—  Arthur Miller, After the Fall

Quentin in After the Fall (1964) Act II
After the Fall (1964)

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„I do not accept a religion of fear; My God will not hold me responsible for the actions that necessity imposes.“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

Quelle: Attributed in posthumous publications, Einstein and the Poet (1983), p. 89
Kontext: The God Spinoza revered is my God, too: I meet Him everyday in the harmonious laws which govern the universe. My religion is cosmic, and my God is too universal to concern himself with the intentions of every human being. I do not accept a religion of fear; My God will not hold me responsible for the actions that necessity imposes. My God speaks to me through laws.

Yanni Foto

„I believe we're responsible for everything that happens to us.“

—  Yanni Greek pianist, keyboardist, composer, and music producer 1954

Yanni in Words. Miramax Books. Co-author David Rensin

Benazir Bhutto Foto

„As I’ve said before, this is not the life I chose; it chose me … But I accepted the responsibility and I’ve never wavered in my commitment.“

—  Benazir Bhutto 11th Prime Minister of Pakistan 1953 - 2007

Destiny’s daughter (2007)
Kontext: My father always would say, "My daughter will go into politics? My daughter will become prime minister", but it’s not what I wanted to do. I would say, "No, Papa, I will never go into politics." As I’ve said before, this is not the life I chose; it chose me … But I accepted the responsibility and I’ve never wavered in my commitment.

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„The chaos caused was on a grand scale and I take responsibility. Comrades, you must all analyse your own responsibility. If you have to ***, ***! If you have to fart, fart! You will feel much better for it.“

—  Mao Zedong Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China 1893 - 1976

Speech At The Lushan Conference http://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/mao/selected-works/volume-8/mswv8_34.htm (23 July 1959)

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„As poets we tend to not like the word “responsibility. I think it’s one of the major responsibilities of the poet.“

—  Juan Felipe Herrera American writer 1948

We prefer “freedom”, we want to be as free as we can, but freedom and responsibility can go together. We’re responsible because we’re writers, and we’ve been at this all our lives…

On the poet having both responsibility and freedom in “Interview with Juan Felipe Herrera” https://gulfstreamlitmag.com/archives/online-archives/current-issue-4/features/interview-with-juan-felipe-herrera/ (Gulf Stream, 2015)

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„I cannot shift the blame for Chechnya, for the sorrow of numerous mothers and fathers. I made the decision, therefore I am responsible.“

—  Boris Yeltsin 1st President of Russia and Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR 1931 - 2007

Interview on Russian television (2000), as quoted in the BBC Obituary (23 April 2007) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/6584481.stm
2000s

Edward R. Murrow Foto

„…if what I say is responsible, I alone am responsible for the saying of it…“

—  Edward R. Murrow Television journalist 1908 - 1965

RTNDA Convention Speech (1958)

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