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Quotations about Excuses

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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.  —ღ Terri, March 2021

The moment I make an excuse, I confess to many things. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912

If there is a hard-won ability I would wish to take into a second life, it is the ability to recognize tomorrow's regret in today's excuse. ~Robert Brault,

Excuses are reasons with a streak of jaundice. ~Henry Stanley Haskins, "New England's Accents," Meditations in Wall Street, 1940

It is always too hot or too cold for the man who wants to quit. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor

The only man who is really free is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving an excuse. ~Jules Renard

Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure. ~Don Wilder and Bill Rechin

Don't make excuses — make good. ~Elbert Hubbard

He who excuses himself accuses himself. ~Gabriel Meurier, Trésor des sentences

Several excuses are always less convincing than one. ~Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point

Maybe you don't like your job, maybe you didn't get enough sleep, well nobody likes their job, nobody got enough sleep. Maybe you just had the worst day of your life, but you know, there's no escape, there's no excuse, so just suck up and be nice. ~Ani Difranco

How strange to use "You only live once" as an excuse to throw it away. ~Bill Copeland

Don't do what you'll have to find an excuse for. ~Proverb

No one ever excused his way to success. ~Dave Del Dotto

Intensity of desire will always find a way, just as weakness of purpose will always find an excuse. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912

Excuses are the tools with which persons with no purpose in view build for themselves great monuments of nothing. ~Steven Grayhm

And oftentimes excusing of a fault
Doth make the fault the worse by the excuse,
As patches set upon a little breach
Discredit more in hiding of the fault
Than did the fault before it was so patch'd.
~William Shakespeare, King John, c.1596  [IV, 2, Pembroke]

Bad excuses are worse than none. ~Thomas Fuller

If your armor against the world is laziness and excuses, you're not protecting yourself from battle and injury — you've trapped yourself inside with them. ~Terri Guillemets

A lie is an excuse guarded. ~Jonathan Swift

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anyone else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. ~Henry Ward Beecher

If you don't want to do something, one excuse is as good as another. ~Yiddish Proverb

There is always a perfectly good excuse, always a reason not to. The hardest freedom to win is the freedom from one's excuses. ~Robert Brault,

We excuse our sloth under the pretext of difficulty. ~Marcus Fabius Quintilian

Whoever wants to be a judge of human nature should study people's excuses. ~Hebbel

There is no such thing as a list of reasons. There is either one sufficient reason or a list of excuses. ~Robert Brault,

We have more ability than will power, and it is often an excuse to ourselves that we imagine that things are impossible. ~François de la Rochefoucauld

Two wrongs don't make a right, but they make a good excuse. ~Thomas Szasz, The Second Sin

Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts. ~Edward R. Murrow

Pessimism is an excuse for not trying and a guarantee to a personal failure. ~Bill Clinton

I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse. ~Florence Nightingale

We weave our excuses around events.
Thin, poor quality cloth of justification
Poor substitutes for the heavy tribal blankets
Once we wove to wrap our children.
~Phillip Pulfrey, "Cloth," Beyond Me,

The trouble with always leaving yourself a way out is that you always take it. ~Robert Brault,

Destiny: A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure. ~Ambrose Bierce

Every vice has its excuse ready. ~Publilius Syrus

We are all manufacturers — some make good, others make trouble, and still others make excuses. ~Author Unknown

One of the most important tasks of a manager is to eliminate his people's excuses for failure. ~Robert Townsend

Success is a tale of obstacles overcome, and for every obstacle overcome, an excuse not used. ~Robert Brault,

An excuse is a skin of a reason stuffed with a lie. ~Billy Sunday

Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It's what separates us from the animals — except the weasel. ~The Simpsons, "Boy Scoutz 'n the Hood," 1993, written by McGrath, Canterbury, & Cohen  [S5, E8, Homer —tg]

The things you want to do are all up to you—
Excuses are sabotage.
~Terri Guillemets, 2002

Your letter of excuses has arrived. I receive the letter but do not admit the excuses except in courtesy, as when a man treads on your toes and begs your pardon — the pardon is granted, but the joint aches, especially if there is a corn upon it. ~Lord Byron

You can make excuses or you can get the job done, but you can't do both. ~Hap Holmstead, The Biggest Loser, episode 248, original airdate 2014 January 21st

Bad men excuse their faults; good men abandon them. ~Author Unknown

The explanation is always longer when there isn't any. ~Robert Brault,

He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else. ~Benjamin Franklin

It is wise to direct your anger towards problems — not people, to focus your energies on answers — not excuses. ~William Arthur Ward

Any excuse will serve a tyrant. ~Aesop

It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one. ~George Washington

We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse. ~Rudyard Kipling

The person who really wants to do something finds a way; the other person finds an excuse. ~Author Unknown

If you always make excuses to not follow through you deserve the weight of anxiety on your chest. ~Daniel, @blindedpoet, tweet, 2010

Of all Excuses this is most forbid:
"I did the Thing because the Others did."
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Explanations," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924

Justifying a fault doubles it. ~French Proverb

If God had intended me to make excuses for who I am, He would have given me better excuses. ~Robert Brault,

A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else. ~John Burroughs

The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours — it is an amazing journey — and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins. ~Bob Moawad

The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse. ~Benjamin Franklin

Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things. ~Russell Baker

Sometimes I wish I had a terrible childhood, so that at least I'd have an excuse. ~Jimmy Fallon

A true friend sees past your excuses to the real reason it's not your fault. ~Robert Brault,

Never ruin an apology with an excuse. ~Kimberly Johnson

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