Excuses Quotes (156) Spiritual Sayings

Summary: Definition of Excuses. From Middle English excusen, from Old French escuser, from Latin excūsō (“to excuse, allege in excuse, literally, free from a charge”) to release from guilt, shame, or punishment): forgive, let off the hook, let pass, pardon, unguilt.

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The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.
~ Confucius

True generosity is an offering; given freely and out of pure love. No strings attached. No expectations. Time and love are the most valuable possession you can share.
~ Suze Orman

In the egoic state, your sense of self, your identity, is derived from your thinking mind - in other words, what your mind tells you about yourself: the storyline of you, the memories, the expectations, all the thoughts that go through your head continuously and the emotions that reflect those thoughts. All those things make up your sense of self.
~ Eckhart Tolle

“At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets.”
~ Steve Maraboli,

“The heart has its reasons but the mind makes the excuses.”
~ Amit Abraham

"A creative block is the wall we erect to ward off the anxiety we suppose we'll experience if we sit down to work."
~ Eric Maisel

"Ignorance is no excuse, it's the real thing."
~ Irene Peter

"The person who really wants to do something finds a way; the other finds an excuse."
~ Sir John Marks Templeton

"If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse."
~ Jim Rohn

"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

"Never ruin an apology with an excuse."
~ Benjamin Franklin

"For many people, an excuse is better than an achievement because an achievement, no matter how great, leaves you having to prove yourself again in the future, but an excuse can last for life."
~ Eric Hoffer

"He who cannot dance claims the floor is uneven."
~ Hindu saying

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

"I will not take ‘but’ for an answer."
~ Langston Hughes

"Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses."
~ George Washington Carver

"Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can."
~ Martha Graham

"The trick is not how much pain you feel but how much joy you feel. Any idiot can feel pain. Life is full of excuses to feel pain, excuses not to live, excuses, excuses, excuses."
~ Erica Jong

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

I attribute my success to this - I never gave or took any excuse.
~ Florence Nightingale

Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.
~ George Washington Carver

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

To excuse what can really produce good excuses is not Christian charity; it is only fairness. To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable in you.
~ C. S. Lewis

I think there's no excuse for the American poetry reader not knowing a good deal about what is going on in the rest of the world.
~ James Laughlin

I am favor of cutting taxes under any circumstances and for any excuse, for any reason, whenever it's possible.
~ Milton Friedman

Never lie; never cheat; never steal. Don't whine; don't complain; don't make excuses.
~ John Wooden

You must be willing to take whatever pieces of life come your way and arrange them so that they work with and for you rather than against you. The key is to be willing. The willingness to arrange rather than complain or make excuses will pay off.
~ Wayne Dyer

Excuses are the crutches of the uncommitted.
~ A. R. Bernard

To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.
~ C. S. Lewis

I felt ashamed for what I had done. I don't have any excuses. I did what I did. I take full responsibility for myself and my actions. I wouldn't pawn this off on anybody. I'm sorry it happened. And I hurt people.
~ Louie Anderson

It happens to the best of them. You lay off singing and your throat gets out of practice. No excuses. I blew it.
~ Bobby Darin

People want a cop-out, listen I'm a realist and I talk about motivation, talk about all the things it takes to be greater or are important to win and people want to use excuses all the time.
~ Mike Ditka

I wanted to show that crime doesn't pay. If you are saved and accept the Lord, you cannot use that as an excuse to avoid punishment.
~ Robert Duvall

I had arranged a birthday party for him and my children, who are all Aquarians. Instead, we got married. I ran out of excuses. It was just us and my children.
~ Diane von Furstenberg

Love feels no burden, thinks nothing of trouble, attempts what is above its strength, pleads no excuse of impossibility; for it thinks all things lawful for itself, and all things possible.
~ Thomas a Kempis

I can excuse everything but boredom. Boring people don't have to stay that way.
~ Hedy Lamarr

If you really want to do it, you do it. There are no excuses.
~ Bruce Nauman

For like a poisonous breath over the fields, like a mass of locusts over Egypt, so the swarm of excuses is a general plaque, a ruinous infection among men, that eats off the sprouts of the Eternal.
~ Soren Kierkegaard

No excuses. No explanations.
~ Tony Dungy

If eyes were made for seeing, then beauty is its own excuse for being.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Not managing your time and making excuses are two bad habits. Don't put them both together by claiming you 'don't have the time'.
~ Robert Foster Bennett

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

Uncalled for excuses are practical confessions.
~ Charles Simmons

If it's important you'll find a way. If it's not, you'll find an excuse.
~ Ryan Blair

I just try to play tennis and don't find excuses. You know, I just lost because I lost, not because my arm was sore.
~ Goran Ivanisevic

I'm not going to say that every record I've put out was the greatest record in history, but I'd stand by even the bad ones. Don't make excuses, make hits.
~ Pete Waterman

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

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

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

Whether I get adequate attention or not, people here do know the work I have been doing systematically and without compromise for over 40 years. I get tired of people making excuses for guys who don't continue the art because they can't make a living.
~ Bill Dixon

I respect my limitations, but I don't use them as an excuse.
~ Stephen R. Donaldson

I do not believe in excuses. I believe in hard work as the prime solvent of life's problems.
~ James Cash Penney

Don't use the past as an excuse to miss out on your future.
~ Alan Cohen

An excuse becomes an obstacle in your journey to success when it is made in place of your best effort or when it is used as the object of the blame.
~ Robert Foster Bennett

I am not the kind of woman who excuses her mistakes while reminding us of what used to be.
~ Gene Tierney

From a moral point of view, there is no excuse for terrorist acts, regardless of the motive or the situation under which they are carried out.
~ Jurgen Habermas

However, don't let perfectionism become an excuse for never getting started.
~ Marilu Henner

I just noticed recently that in one book after another I seem to find an excuse to find some character who, to put it idiotically simply, is allowed to talk crazy.
~ Jonathan Lethem

The small companies who feel that the majors are a threat, or are predators, will use that as an excuse for their eventual downfall. Dont blame others for your own inadequacies.
~ Greg Ginn

A real failure does not need an excuse. It is an end in itself.
~ Gertrude Stein

A whim, a passing mood, readily induces the novelist to move hearth and home elsewhere. He can always plead work as an excuse to get him out of the clutches of bothersome hosts.
~ C. S. Forester

Knowledge is more important than life. We've only one excuse for existing, to think, to find out, to learn.
~ Charles Lederer

Better a bad excuse, than none at all.
~ William Camden

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

Don't make excuses and don't talk about it. Do it.
~ Melvyn Douglas

Excuse me if I'm clinging on to life, but my parents wove me from tight thread.
~ Jeanne Calment

Ignorance of the law excuses no man.
~ John Selden

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

I think we live in an age of self empowerment and possibilities, the only excuse to not do something is yourself.
~ Ji Lee

We first fought... in the name of religion, then Communism, and now in the name of drugs and terrorism. Our excuses for global domination always change.
~ Serj Tankian

Obsession is a young man's game, and my only excuse is that I never grew old.
~ Michael Caine

Any excuse to live in New York and do art. Has to be one of the most rewarding experiences in the world.
~ Tommy Chong

Smokers, male and female, inject and excuse idleness in their lives every time they light a cigarette.
~ Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Ignorance of the law excuses no man from practicing it.
~ Addison Mizner

Why should be elite, music? Excuse me. Music must be for everybody.
~ Luciano Pavarotti

I was really excited to get to shave my head - it's something I'd wanted to do for a while and now I had a good excuse. It was nice to shed that level of vanity.
~ Natalie Portman

Good taste is the excuse I've always given for leading such a bad life
~ Oscar Wilde

Research ! A mere excuse for idleness; it has never achieved, and will never achieve any results of the slightest value.
~ Benjamin Jowett

A lie is an excuse guarded
~ Jonathan Swift

For many people, an excuse is better than an achievement because an achievement, no matter how great, leaves you having to prove yourself again in the future; but an excuse can last for life.
~ Eric Hoffer

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

Christ's crucifix shall be made an excuse for executing criminals.
~ William Blake

Cynical realism is the intelligent man's best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation.
~ Aldous Huxley

We must exchange the philosophy of excuse - what I am is beyond my control for the philosophy of responsibility.
~ Barbara Jordan

Being a woman is of special interest only to aspiring male transsexuals. To actual women, it is simply a good excuse not to play football.
~ Fran Lebowitz

Kids are a great excuse for you to stop acting like one.
~ Michael Madsen

I write my plays to create an excuse for full-tilt acting and performing.
~ Eric Bogosian

Every vice has its excuse ready.
~ Publilius Syrus

Applause that comes thundering with such force you might think the audience merely suffers the music as an excuse for its ovations.
~ Alfred Jarry

You know that murder is wicked. If you saw your master kill a man, do you suppose this would be any excuse for you, if you should commit the same crime?
~ Jupiter Hammon

The concept of the "good ol' days" must be one of our society's biggest delusions, top reasons for depression, as well as most often used excuse for lack of success.
~ Robert Foster Bennett

If two wrongs don't make a right, try three.
~ Laurence J. Peter

Two wrongs do not make a right; but three rights make a left.
~ George Lopez

Two wrongs don't make a right.
~ Roald Dahl

The trick is not how much pain you feel - but how much joy you feel
~ Erica Jong

I will be as harsh as truth, and uncompromising as justice... I am in earnest, I will not equivocate, I will not excuse, I will not retreat a single inch, and I will be heard.
~ William Lloyd Garrison

There's no excuse for the young people not knowing who the heroes and heroines are or were.
~ Nina Simone

The idea of cultural relativism is nothing but an excuse to violate human rights.
~ Shirin Ebadi

Religions that teach brotherly love have been used as an excuse for persecution, and our profoundest scientific insight is made into a means of mass destruction.
~ Bertrand Russell

A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.
~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

To offer the complexities of life as an excuse for not addressing oneself to the simpler, more manageable (trivial) aspects of daily existence is a perversity often indulged in by artists, husbands, intellectuals -- and critics of the Women's Movement.
~ Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

There's no excuse for the young...
~ Nina Simone

We cannot certainly, have any excuse either for taking any thing that belongs to our masters without their leave, or for being unfaithful in their business.
~ Jupiter Hammon

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

Bacchus, n.: A convenient deity invented by the ancients as an excuse for getting drunk.
~ Ambrose Bierce

When I'm in London I do have the convenience of being close to St James Park which is also good for me because it gives me an excuse to get out and get some much needed exercise!
~ David Blunkett

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

Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy.
~ Milan Kundera

Born again?! No, I'm not. Excuse me for getting it right the first time.
~ Dennis Miller

It is often merely for an excuse that we say things are impossible.
~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The real man is one who always finds excuses for others, but never excuses himself.
~ Henry Ward Beecher

The only excuse for war is that we may live in peace unharmed.
~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

Temptation is a woman's weapon and man's excuse.
~ H. L. Mencken

Love's an excuse to get hurt.
~ Conor Oberst

I don't get high, but sometimes I wish I did. That way, when I messed up in life I would have an excuse. But right now there's no rehab for stupidity.
~ Chris Rock

Man has no right to kill his brother. It is no excuse that he does so in uniform: he only adds the infamy of servitude to the crime of murder.
~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

As you get older, you don't really have any excuse to be stupid anymore, to be in the dark.
~ Deryck Whibley

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

There's no excuse to be bored. Sad, yes. Angry, yes. Depressed, yes. Crazy, yes. But there's no excuse for boredom, ever.
~ Viggo Mortensen

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

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

Bad excuses are worse than none.
~ Thomas Fuller

And oftentimes excusing of a fault doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.
~ William Shakespeare

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

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

If I seem to boast more than is becoming, my excuse is that I brag for humanity rather than for myself.
~ Henry David Thoreau

An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie; for an excuse is a lie guarded.
~ Alexander Pope

Never excuse yourself.
~ Henry Ward Beecher

An excuse is a lie guarded.
~ Jonathan Swift

Today's excuses are tomorrow's regrets dressed in disguise.
~ Steven Furtick

Excuses change nothing, but make everyone feel better.
~ Mason Cooley

Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
~ Aesop

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

Excuse me while I kiss the sky.
~ Jimi Hendrix

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

The trick is not how much pain you feel--but how much joy you feel. Any idiot can feel pain. Life is full of excuses to feel pain, excuses not to live, excuses, excuses, excuses.
~ Erica Jong

People with integrity do what they say they are going to do. Others have excuses.
~ Laura Schlessinger

Why can't we summon the ingenuity and courage of the generations that came before us? The dinosaurs never saw that asteroid coming. What's our excuse?
~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

Many people excuse their own faults but judge other persons harshly. We should reverse this attitude by excusing others' shortcomings and by harshly examining our own.
~ Paramahansa Yogananda

Using the power of decision gives you the capacity to get past any excuse to change any and every part of your life in an instant.
~ Tony Robbins

Nothing is impossible; there are ways that lead to everything, and if we had sufficient will we should always have sufficient means. It is often merely for an excuse that we say things are impossible.
~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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

I don't think writing or co-writing my songs makes me a better singer, but I haven't really got an excuse not to do it as I've got too many opinions!
~ Sophie Ellis Bextor

Know that once we have received Jesus, we can't continue to live our old sinful lifestyle. Now that we have His Holy Spirit living in us, guiding us, and transforming us, we have no excuse.
~ Stormie Omartian

I have a choice: Do I want to align with the GREATEST VISION OF MYSELF or Do I want to align with my EXCUSES?
~ Debbie Ford

Cancer's like the ultimate excuse. Who's gonna say, 'Oh, no, you have to show up for this one?' 'Hey, I got cancer. I can't be there.' It's the ultimate eraser.
~ Melissa Etheridge

Generally my songs are just some riffs slung together as an excuse for a guitar solo.
~ J Mascis

Truth can be sliced a hundred different ways, and it will still remain true, but falsehood shrinks into the shadows, hoping never to be tested, with excuses aplenty.
~ Chris Johnson

This is how they justify not wanting to strive for self-improvement. It's how they explain their continued inaction. It's just an excuse. There are plenty of video clips on the Internet showing what I really look like. Some people even spread rumors about me and retouch my pictures to hurt me. But I don't take them seriously. I'm even flattered! It's what success is like. I'm happy I seem unreal to them, it means I'm doing a good job,
~ Valeria Lukyanova

Good excuses rarely collect dust. We use them, and use them, and use them.
~ Andy Stanley

In a thing, they can create a pretext coined hundreds of excuses , but the truth is only one.
~ Khem Veasna


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