Excuse Quotes

Quotes tagged as "excuse" (showing 1-30 of 106)
“Make improvements, not excuses. Seek respect, not attention.”
Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“Maturity is when you stop complaining and making excuses, and start making changes.”
Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“Do Not Lie to Yourself

We have to be honest about what we want and take risks rather than lie to ourselves and make excuses to stay in our comfort zone.”
Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Ned Vizzini
“I wanted to tell people, "My depression is acting up today" as an excuse for not seeing them, but I never managed to pull it off.”
Ned Vizzini, It's Kind of a Funny Story

Rick Riordan
“We were just looking at maps...”
Rick Riordan, The Battle of the Labyrinth

“You cannot solve a problem in the same frequency in which it was created.”
Lynn Grabhorn, Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting: The Astonishing Power of Feelings

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

Joan Lowery Nixon
“Life is not easy. We all have problems-even tragedies-to deal with, and luck has nothing to do with it. Bad luck is only the superstitious excuse for those who don't have the wit to deal with the problems of life. ”
Joan Lowery Nixon, In The Face of Danger

John  Adams
“A pleasant morning. Saw my classmates Gardner, and Wheeler. Wheeler dined, spent the afternoon, and drank Tea with me. Supped at Major Gardiners, and engag'd to keep School at Bristol, provided Worcester People, at their ensuing March meeting, should change this into a moving School, not otherwise. Major Greene this Evening fell into some conversation with me about the Divinity and Satisfaction of Jesus Christ. All the Argument he advanced was, 'that a mere creature, or finite Being, could not make Satisfaction to infinite justice, for any Crimes,' and that 'these things are very mysterious.'
(Thus mystery is made a convenient Cover for absurdity.)

[Diary entry, February 13 1756]”
John Adams, Diary and Autobiography of John Adams: Volumes 1-4, Diary (1755-1804) and Autobiography

George Carlin
“The God excuse, the last refuge of a man with no answers and no argument.”
George Carlin

Vera Nazarian
“Once upon a time, the Reindeer took a running leap and jumped over the Northern Lights.

But he jumped too low, and the long fur of his beautiful flowing tail got singed by the rainbow fires of the aurora.

To this day the reindeer has no tail to speak of. But he is too busy pulling the Important Sleigh to notice what is lost. And he certainly doesn’t complain.

What's your excuse?”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

John Brunner
“Don't bother explaining—I've heard all the excuses and the trouble is most of them are true.”
John Brunner, Children of the Thunder

Jacquelyn Frank
“It was never my intention to cause you pain. Whether you feel strongly or very little, that does not excuse thoughtless behavior." - Adam”
Jacquelyn Frank

Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
“It was there, in particular, that I confirmed the truth that love, which we cry up as the source of our pleasures, is nothing more than an excuse for them.”
Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, Les Liaisons dangereuses

Charles Dickens
“All other swindlers upon earth are nothing to the self-swindlers, and with such pretences did I cheat myself. Surely a curious thing. That I should innocently take a bad half-crown of somebody else's manufacture, is reasonable enough; but that I should knowingly reckon the spurious coin of my own make, as good money!”
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

H.L. Mencken
“It is the natural tendency of the ignorant to believe what is not true. In order to overcome that tendency it is not sufficient to exhibit the true; it is also necessary to expose and denounce the false. To admit that the false has any standing in court, that it ought to be handled gently because millions of morons cherish it and thousands of quacks make their livings propagating it—to admit this, as the more fatuous of the reconcilers of science and religion inevitably do, is to abandon a just cause to its enemies, cravenly and without excuse.”
H.L. Mencken, American Mercury

Toba Beta
“Excuse tries to justify.”
Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

Robin Brande
“I leaned my head back and closed my eyes. "We're supposed to be celebrating our two-week anniversary tonight."
"Uh, news for you, honey - two weeks is no anniversary."
"What should I tell him? I don't even want to go."
"Tell him you just got a new bra and it's shy around strangers.”
Robin Brande, Fat Cat

John C. Maxwell
“Advice is what we ask for when we already knew the answer but wish we didn't.”
John C. Maxwell, The 360 Degree Leader: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization

Kingsley Amis
“There was no excuse which didn't consist of inexcusable.”
Kingsley Amis, Lucky Jim
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Rebecca McNutt
“Bernie cursed and swore like a sailor sometimes, even around young children, to the point where he was kicked out of Disney World during a trip to Orlando, Florida one year. To boot, he’d jabbed a sewing needle into the helium Mickey Mouse balloons of at least twenty kids before a park worker dressed as Cinderella finally called security. “Disney’s a greedy, bloodsucking corporation,” was Bernie’s half-assed excuse. Tony wasn’t sure that even Bernie himself knew why he had an attitude like that.”
Rebecca McNutt, Bittersweet Symphony

Ryan Graudin
“Fear is not an excuse,” Yael told him. “Fear is being human.”
Ryan Graudin, Blood for Blood

“Suicide isn't the easy way out! That's just societies excuse so that they don't have to admit that they failed yet again.”
Anthony T. Hincks

Pam Malow-Isham
“Early tragedy is no excuse for cynicism and apathy.”
Pam Malow-Isham, Brilliant Words to Grow By: A Devotional Celebrating the Duality of Life

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“We sometimes hide our inability, impatience, or laziness behind the pretext of being realistic.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Death gives me an excuse to want to live.”
Anthony T. Hincks

“Don't blame me, I'm only a manifestation of everyone i have ever met”
Saahil Prem

“Excuses are lies which we tell ourselves before giving reason to others, we reason ourselves that we have done our best, gradually the reason becomes our belief & ultimately our truth, unknowingly we become responsible for closing the door that can lead us towards improvement.”
Shahenshah Hafeez Khan

Riley Redgate
“It's sad, the thought that everyone I know is so repressed, they have to get, like, oh my
God, totally wasted to have an excuse to act the way they want to act.”
Riley Redgate, Seven Ways We Lie

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