The only man who is really free is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving an excuse.
Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure.
~Don Wilder and Bill Rechin
Don't make excuses - make good.
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.
How strange to use "You only live once" as an excuse to throw it away.
Don't do what you'll have to find an excuse for.
No one ever excused his way to success.
~Dave Del Dotto
Excuses are the tools with which persons with no purpose in view build for themselves great monuments of nothing.
And oftentimes excusing of a fault
Doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.
Bad excuses are worse than none.
A lie is an excuse guarded.
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.
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.
There is no such thing as a list of reasons. There is either one sufficient reason or a list of excuses.
~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
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.
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, www.originals.net
Destiny: A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure.
Every vice has its excuse ready.
We are all manufacturers - some make good, others make trouble, and still others make excuses.
One of the most important tasks of a manager is to eliminate his people's excuses for failure.
Success is a tale of obstacles overcome, and for every obstacle overcome, an excuse not used.
~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
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.
Bad men excuse their faults; good men abandon them.
He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.
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.
We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.
The person who really wants to do something finds a way; the other person finds an excuse.
If you always make excuses to not follow through you deserve the weight of anxiety on your chest.
Justifying a fault doubles it.
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.
The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.
Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things.
Sometimes I wish I had a terrible childhood, so that at least I'd have an excuse.
Never ruin an apology with an excuse.