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There's folks 'ud stand on their heads and then say the fault was i' their boots.


Only losers and amateurs blame the cards. After all, cards don't care; they don't take sides, and they have no memory. They are blind justice holding her scales, and in the long run they'll tip evenly for the novice and the skilled alike.

LOU KRIEGER, More Hold'em Excellence

You can’t blame your opponents for applying a strategy that beats your brains out with regularity.

BILL CLINTON, speech at Campus Progress National Student Conference, July 13, 2005

One of the annoying things about believing in free will and individual responsibility is the difficulty of finding somebody to blame your problems on. And when you do find somebody, it's remarkable how often his picture turns up on your driver's license.

P.J. O'ROURKE, Rolling Stone, Nov. 1989

It is the act of an ill-instructed man to blame others for his own bad condition; it is the act of one who has begun to be instructed, to lay the blame on himself; and of one whose instruction is completed, neither to blame another, nor himself.

EPICTETUS, The Enchiridion

There's nothing kills a man so soon as having nobody to find fault with but himself.

GEORGE ELIOT, Silas Marner

The search for a scapegoat is the easiest of all hunting expeditions.

DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, At Ease: Stories I Tell to Friends

How wonderful to have someone to blame! How wonderful to live with one's nemesis! You may be miserable, but you feel forever in the right.

ERICA JONG, How to Save Your Own Life

Blame is the granddaddy of the victim behaviors. You cannot address problems until you stop blaming others or yourself. Blame is the opposite of problem solving, even when the content of the blame is justifiable. Blame is the essence of the victim experience, and this experience is the basis of immature social behaviors. When you feel like a victim, you pass off responsibility to others for solving your problems or you attempt to escape.

JAMES R. BAUGH, Six Hidden Motives That Defeat Your Goal

There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel that no one else has a right to blame us.

OSCAR WILDE, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Some blame themselves to extort the praise of contradiction from others.

TRYON EDWARDS, The World's Laconics

The absent always bear the blame.


We habitually erect a barrier called blame that keeps us from communicating genuinely with others, and we fortify it with our concepts of who's right and who's wrong. We do that with the people who are closest to us and we do it with political systems, with all kinds of things that we don't like about our associates or our society. It is a very common, ancient, well-perfected device for trying to feel better. Blame others. Blaming is a way to protect our hearts, to try to protect what is soft and open and tender in ourselves. Rather than own that pain, we scramble to find some comfortable ground.

PEMA CHODRON, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

I blame it on the rain. Milli Vanilli was ahead of their time.

JAROD KINTZ, The Titanic Would Never Have Sunk If It Were Made Out of a Sink

Aim to live without blame.

E. RICH, attributed, Day's Collacon

Some people's blameless lives are to blame for a good deal.


Blame is just a lazy person's way of making sense of chaos.

DOUGLAS COUPLAND, All Families are Psychotic

Blame is not productive. Blame disguises and conceals. Blame alienates and separates. Blame is the killer of community, cooperation, and collaboration.

PETER ROUSE, Every Relationship Matters

There's a man all over for you, blaming on his boots the fault of his feet.

SAMUEL BECKETT, Waiting for Godot

Your life is the fruit of your own doing. You have no one to blame but yourself.

JOSEPH CAMPBELL, The Power of Myth

We go to the past to lay the blame - since the past can't argue. We go to our past selves to account for our present miseries.

GLEN DUNCAN, Love Remains

There's enough grief in this world without always getting into whose fault it is.

LISA SAMSON, Hollywood Nobody

If at first you don't succeed, blame your parents.

MARCELENE COX, attributed, I Come First

The trouble with blame is this all or nothingness, this black or whiteness. People are drawn to extremes. As soon as we have to study the gray areas, we lean to one side.

SHARON LAMB, The Trouble with Blame

Blame is the lazy man's wages.


Keep alive the light of justice, and much that men say in blame will pass you by.

EURIPIDES, The Suppliant Women

They’d blame a castoff just for breathing. You could be good as gold and they’d still blame you.

PAOLO BACIGALUPI, The Drowned Cities

Sinful heart blames.

TOBA BETA, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

It's too easy to criticize a man when he's out of favour, and to make him shoulder the blame for everybody else's mistakes.

LEO TOLSTOY, War and Peace



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