Excuses Proverbs

Sayings about Excuses

Excuses are merely nails used to build a house of failure. ~ American Proverbs

Every excuse is good, if it works. ~ Italian Proverb

The fool’s excuse is bigger than the mistake he made. ~ Iranian Proverbs

The girl who can’t dance says the band can’t play. ~ Yiddish Proverbs

A lazy messenger is not short of excuses. ~ Yiddish Proverb

It is worse to excuse than to offend. ~ Indian Proverbs

Justifying a fault doubles it. ~ French Proverbs

The evildoer never lacks excuses. ~ Italian Proverbs

Since excuses were invented, no one is ever in the wrong. ~ Mexican Proverbs

He is a bad shot who cannot find an excuse. ~ German Proverbs

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

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

A bad worker blames his tools. Those who lose dreaming are lost. ~ Australian Proverbs

Every error has its excuse. ~ Polish Proverbs

The cat with cream on her whiskers should have a good excuse ready. ~ Russian Proverbs

Excuses are always mixed with lies. ~ Arabian Proverbs

The poor are excused from washing with soap. ~ Sudanese Proverbs

Where the heart is willing it will find a thousand ways, but where it is unwilling it will find a thousand excuses. ~ Romanian Proverbs

Accusing the times is but excusing ourselves. ~ English Proverbs

He who excuses himself accuses himself. ~ French Proverb

Where there is a will there is a way. Where there is no will there is an excuse. ~ Arabian Proverb

Quotations about Excuses

Bad people excuse their faults; wise people leave them. ~ Ben Johnston

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

Any excuse will serve a tyrant. ~ Aesop

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

There is no greater symphony of self-destruction than the beautifully poisonous melody found in our excuses. ~ Steve Maraboli

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

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

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

I’ve always wondered where explanations end and excuses begin. ~ Errol Morris

Nature has no compassion. Nature accepts no excuses and the only punishment it knows is death. ~ Eric Hoffer

The best excuse is to have none. ~ Ivan Panin

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

No doubt Jack the Ripper excused himself on the grounds that it was human nature. ~ A. A. Milne

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

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

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

Before we blame we should first see whether we cannot excuse. ~ Georg C. Lichtenberg

There is hardly any man so strict as not to vary a little from truth when he is to make an excuse. ~ George Savile

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

Never make excuses. Your friends don’t need them and your foes won’t believe them. ~ John Wooden

Love will find a way. Indifference will find an excuse. ~ Author Unknown

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

There is one excuse for every mistake a man can make, but only one. When a fellow makes the same mistake twice he’s got to throw up both hands and own up to carelessness or cussedness. ~ George Horace Lorimer

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

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

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

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

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

The longer the excuse the less likely it’s the truth. ~ Robert Half

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

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

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

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

Every vice has its excuse ready. ~ Publilius Syrus

He, who excuses himself, accuses himself. ~ Gabriel Meurier

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

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

There are a great many excuses that are worse than the offense. ~ H. W. Shaw

Don’t bother explaining–I’ve heard all the excuses and the trouble is most of them are true. ~ John Brunner

The excuses we make to ourselves when we want to do something are excellent material for soliloquies, for they are rarely made except when we are alone, and are very often made aloud. ~ Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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

An excuse has been defined as the skin of reason stuffed with a lie. ~ Michael Green

Once the “what” is decided, the “how” always follows. We must not make the “how” an excuse for not facing and accepting the “what.” ~ Pearl S. Buck

We weave our excuses around events. ~ Phillip Pulfrey

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

Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy. ~ Charlie McCarthy

Any excuse will serve when one has not a mind to do a thing. ~ Guicciardini

You can make excuses or you can get the job done, but you can’t do both. ~ Hap Holmstead

Excuses are your lack of faith in your own power. ~ Robert Anthony

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

Every life is its own excuse for being. ~ Elbert Hubbard

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

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

The sincere intention of doing a good action, and a good excuse for not doing it, are equivalent to its performance. ~ Yahya Khalid

Once your excuses are gone, you will simply have to settle for being awesome! ~ Lorii Myers

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

When you’re good at making excuses, it’s hard to excel at anything else. ~ John L. Mason

Excuses, criticisms, and superstitions are vitamins for haters, but poison for the successful. Rise above! ~ Steve Maraboli

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

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

What is the good of being a genius if you cannot use it as an excuse for being unemployed? ~ Gerald Barzan

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

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

A private excuse will not atone for a public insult. ~ Hamid

If you don’t like to make excuses or apologies, stop making promises. ~ Evan Esar

A bad excuse confirms a fault. ~ Al-Isfaraini

Never ruin an apology with an excuse. ~ Kimberly Johnson

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

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

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

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

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

Bad excuses are worse than none. ~ Thomas Fuller

Suggested readings : Excuses Begone! How to Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking

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