Free will and responsibility

Albert Einstein - Theoretical physicist

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results. 

Martin Luther King, Jr. - American Christian minister and activist

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: 'If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?' But... the good Samaritan reversed the question: 'If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?

Pope Francis - First Jesuit pope

If we see someone who needs help, do we stop? There is so much suffering and poverty, and a great need for good Samaritans.

Abraham Lincoln - American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th president of the United States

People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. 

Ken Wilber - American philosopher and writer on transpersonal psychology and his own integral theory, a systematic philosophy which suggests the synthesis of all human knowledge and experience.

Between life’s stimuli and our habitual responses exists choice.

Ernest Holmes - American New Thought writer, teacher, and leader

God gives some more than others because some accept more than others.

Darren Hardy - American author, keynote speaker, advisor, and former publisher of SUCCESS magazine

In essence, you make your choices, and then your choices make you.

Marie Forleo - American entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author

If it’s important enough, I’ll make the time. If not, I’ll make an excuse.

Mark Divine - Creator and founder of SEALFIT and The Unbeatable Mind Academy

Always meet your commitments. Do more than is expected of you. Do things faster than expected. Achieve better results than expected. Do all of the above with integrity and with little fanfare.

Byron Katie - American speaker and author

You move totally away from reality when you believe that there is a legitimate reason to suffer.

Friedrich Nietzsche - German philosopher, whose critiques of contemporary culture, religion, and philosophy centered on a basic question regarding the foundation of values and morality

Will – that is the name of the liberator and joy-bringer.

William Glasser - American psychiatrist

Good or bad, everything we do is our best choice at that moment.

Tal Ben-Shahar - American and Israeli teacher, and writer in the areas of positive psychology and leadership

One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. 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.

John Calvin Maxwell - American author, speaker, and pastor who has written many books, primarily focusing on leadership

The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That's the day we truly grow up.

Anthony Moore - Author, writer, coach

Choose success over mediocrity.
Choose learning instead of entertainment.
Choose personal growth instead of jealousy.
Choose what you want, not what anyone else wants.

Albert Ellis - American psychologist and psychotherapist who founded Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.

Vernon Linwood Howard - American spiritual teacher, author, and philosopher

We are exactly where we have chosen to be.

David Kent Reynolds - Author and the founder of Constructive Living. He was a faculty member at the UCLA School of Public Health, the University of Southern California School of Medicine and the University of Houston

Talk, talk, talk. How often it is used to back away from reality.

James Clear - Author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Atomic Habits, which has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide

You don’t have to be the victim of your environment. You can also be the architect of it.

Matthew Kelly - One of the great thought leaders of our time. His enormous success as an author, speaker, and business consultant is the result of his comprehensive worldview which springs forth from the single idea that we are each here to become the-very-best-version-of-ourselves

God does not want to control you, or stifle you, or manipulate you, or force you to do anything you don't want to do. Quite the opposite. God will let you do whatever you want to do, whenever you want to do it, with whomever you want to do it, and as often as you want to do it. When was the last time God stopped you from doing anything?

Jordan B. Peterson - Canadian professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, a clinical psychologist, and YouTube personality

To stand up straight with your shoulders back is to accept the terrible responsibility of life, with eyes wide open. It means deciding to voluntarily transform the chaos of potential into the realities of habitable order. It means adopting the burden of self-conscious vulnerability, and accepting the end of the unconscious paradise of childhood, where finitude and mortality are only dimly comprehended. It means willingly undertaking the sacrifices necessary to generate a productive and meaningful reality (it means acting to please God, in the ancient language).

Jordan B. Peterson - Canadian professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, a clinical psychologist, and YouTube personality

When you have something to say, silence is a lie.