C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Every one of us shall give account of himself to God.


Responsibility walks hand in hand with capacity and power.

J. G. Holland.

Nature holds an immense uncollected debt over every man’s head.


And how his audit stands who knows, save Heaven?


Much misconstruction and bitterness are spared to him who thinks naturally upon what he owes to others, rather than what he ought to expect from them.

Madame Guizot.

Posterity pays for the sins of their fathers.

Quintus Curtius Rufus.

The plea of ignorance will never take away our responsibilities.


If the master takes no account of his servants, they will make small account of him, and care not what they spend, who are never brought to an audit.


We are a compound of both here and hereafter; we shall be made responsible for the actions of both while here. Anything beyond this is beyond our power to prove, and would be of no real value if we could.

B. R. Haydon.

Every human being has a work to carry on within, duties to perform abroad, influences to exert, which are peculiarly his, and which no conscience but his own can teach.