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Inspirational and Insightful Quotations #62 --- Dependability

Updated on May 15, 2011

Quotations on Dependability

Without dependability one's ability may be a liability instead of an asset.

—Woodrow Wilson, quoted by Napoleon Hill, Houston Post, Houston, Texas, Aug. 23, 1956.

To doubt the honesty of others is, often, the evidence of one’s own dishonesty. A trusting man is worthy of being trusted.

—Joel Halbert Gambrell, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, Nov. 3, 1904.

Reliability is a quality that one holds for the convenience of other men. Reliability is that in you which lends you worth in the lives of others. It is important that men should know just what to expect of you. Life is fluid and uncertain. The sun and moon and the stars go His appointed way. We learn to live by knowing that at given times the earth turns its cheek to the sun and swings evenly on its axis. So it is with character; there is no peace, no progress, where there is unreliability. It makes a chaotic world in which each man checks the other instead of helping him.

—Louise Collier Willcox, Delineator, New York, N.Y., August 1915.

No man can be truly great who is not absolutely honest and sincere. He may be brilliant, but brilliancy will not of itself bring greatness. Men may admire him, but they will not trust him. Whatever endowments or qualifications a man may have, he must also possess the crowning one of integrity if he becomes actually great.

—J. Benjamin Lawrence, Southern Baptist Home Missions, Atlanta, Ga., May 1945.

Dependability is the base upon which all confidence rests in full security. Confidence may be termed the active result of basic dependability.

—Robert E. Hicks, Specialty Salesman Magazine, Atlanta, Ga., March 1932.

Dependability is that quality of sureness which makes folks know that the task assigned will be accomplished, that the promise made will be kept, a golden quality–but to be effective it must be accompanied by at least a moderate amount of something to give and a pleasant manner of giving.

—Clarissa A. Beesley, Young Woman’s Journal, Salt Lake City, Utah, November 1925.

Dependability is more important than talent. Dependability is a talent, and it is a talent all can have. It makes no difference how much ability we possess if we are not responsible and dependable.

—Floy L. Bennett, Saints' Herald, Independence, Mo., Oct. 12, 1953.

The only people who count are those who can be counted on.

—Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., Jan. 19, 1908.

One does not need to be brilliant to be dependable.

—Roy L. Smith, Christian Advocate, Chicago, Ill., Feb. 26, 1948.

If you are a man of dependability, you are worth more than if you were clever.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Jan. 24, 1930.

Dependability is sincerity plus will power.

Dependability is merely an outcropping of character.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Aug. 15, 1930.

A good way to be in line for promotion is to get the reputation for dependability.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Sept. 20, 1933.

There is nothing dependable that is not backed by character.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Feb. 7, 1934.

Men who impress the world as most dependable are seldom heard boasting of their dependability.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., April 4, 1934.

Cultivate dependability and you will always have responsibilities.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., March 31, 1936.

We are sure to get opportunities as we show ourselves capable of being trusted.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., April 20, 1936.

The man of dependability is never a drug on the market.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., April 8, 1938.

If a man is not faithful in minor matters, he is not to be trusted in major matters.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., June 24, 1938.

The farthest from success are those who are unworthy of trust.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., June 30, 1941.

A mature person has the capacity (and the willingness) to bear heavy responsibilities. He carries more than his share of the load in any job that requires teamwork. And what job doesn't?

Reliability is the quality that makes you a good risk in school, home, professional career, of community citizenship. It means that other people--your superiors, your companions, and those who may work under you--learn to count on you in a pinch.

It's not only being a consistent performer in the ordinary routine affairs where there is no special strain. Far more important, it's the sense of responsibility that rises to the occasion in times of emergency. When people say of you: "We don't have to worry about Jack; he's always in there pitching," then you are both reliable and responsible.

Remember the saying of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount: "Whosoever shall compel thee to go one mile, go with him twain." Reliability is something like that. The man whom the world depends on is the one who gives more than he is asked or required to do in any common enterprise. He's no clock-watcher, forever trying to get by with the least possible effort. He's ashamed to give less than 100 percent of himself to his job--and then something extra for good measure. He's the first to volunteer for any specially ticklish or dangerous mission, without constantly asking, "What's in it for me?"

Some people have the idea that if they offer to wash the biggest pile of dirty dishes, they'll always get stuck with them. They're afraid that everybody will take advantage of them and think they're a soft touch for all the tough and nasty jobs. Well, it's true that those who show they are not afraid of responsibility will always have plenty to do. (That's because there are so few of them.) But they have their compensations. It's more fun to be dependent on than to be a leaner.

Senior Scholastic, New York, N.Y., April 7, 1947.

Dependability is a fundamental virtue, without which all of the nobler and finer qualities of character are greatly discounted, and without it the complicated society in which we live could not be maintained.

It is the mark of an enlightened, self-disciplined man; it is the quality which gives intrinsic value to personality, and constitutes an integral part of sound character. The very civilization in which we live rests upon it. Scarcely a day passes over our heads in which we are not called upon to put it into practice. The commonest days in the commonest lives require its constant application, but when great occasions arise it assumes very high levels and calls for the exercise of the supremest virtues, involving the honor and testing the integrity of men of the purest and loftiest motives. It shines in loyalty, manifests itself in patriotism, and rises to the heroic in individual and national honor. These are strong statements, but a little reflection will show that they are not overdrawn. As civilization advances, society grows in complication, and we become more and more dependent upon one another. A very simple comparison will make this point clearer. In a complicated piece of machinery every wheel and cog must fit and do the part assigned it, if the machinery runs properly. One may have a richly jeweled watch encased with gold, but if it is not a reliable timepiece, it is valueless as a watch. Dependability is the mainspring to society. Without it the social machinery cannot run.

Untruthfulness, intemperance, irresponsibility, are all friends of failure, the common foe of dependability, which is the cardinal virtue in the lives of men of enduring worth. You may have the vision, the imagination, the resources, the energy to do colossal things; but if you have not that commonplace quality of dependability, your fondest dreams cannot be fulfilled, your finest possibilities can never be realized.

—Bryant S. Hinckley, Some Essentials of Character, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1927.

Reliability is the greatest greatness.

Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle, Clarksville, Tenn., Feb. 22, 1928.

The ability in greatest demand is reliability.

Lehi Sun, Lehi, Utah, Sept. 8, 1927.

A person who inspires confidence is one who carries a fine attitude. Wholesome attitude radiates trust, and trust is that quality of life that is fundamental in dependability, and dependability is more to be desired than a brilliant mind.

—Joseph Quinney, Jr., Thoughts, Provo, Utah, date of publication not known.

Reliability is a most wonderful virtue. We should cultivate it. We should be consistent about the things we do, so that others will know they can count on us. But more important, we want to be able to count on ourselves. The greatest pain is to have to disappoint one's self.

—Sterling W. Sill, Laws of Great Salesmanship, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1955.

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