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Bad excuses are worse than none.

THOMAS FULLER, Gnomologia

Oftentimes excusing of a fault
Doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, King John

I've always wondered where explanations end and excuses begin.

ERROL MORRIS, New York Observer, Sep. 29, 2003

He who excuses himself accuses himself.

FRENCH PROVERB

When you're good at making excuses, it's hard to excel at anything else.

JOHN L. MASON, You're Born an Original Don't Die a Copy

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

ROBERT TOWNSEND, Further Up the Organization

Several excuses are always less convincing than one.

ALDOUS HUXLEY, Point Counter Point

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

ERIC HOFFER, Reflections on the Human Condition

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

GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER, as quoted in Roy B. Zuck's The Speaker's Quote Book

The best excuse is to have none.

IVAN PANIN, Thoughts

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

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

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

SOREN KIERKEGAARD, Purity of Heart

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

LORII MYERS, No Excuses

A bad excuse confirms a fault.

AL-ISFARAINI, attributed, Day's Collacon

If you don't like to make excuses or apologies, stop making promises.

EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes

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

AMERICAN PROVERB

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

STEVE MARABOLI, Unapologetically You

The girl who can't dance says the band can't play.

YIDDISH PROVERB

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

MICHAEL GREEN, Illustrations for Biblical Preaching

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, The Waste Books

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

GEORGE SAVILE, Moral Thoughts and Reflections

Whoever wants to be a judge of human nature should first study people's excuses.

HEBBEL, attributed, Words of Wisdom and Quotable Quotes

Never make excuses. Your friends don't need them and your foes won't believe them.

JOHN WOODEN, Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court

The evildoer never lacks excuses.

ITALIAN PROVERB

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

YAHYA KHALID, attributed, Day's Collacon

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

STEVE MARABOLI, Unapologetically You

The longer the excuse the less likely it's the truth.

ROBERT HALF, attributed, The Peace Officer's Companion

To rush into explanations is always a sign of weakness.

AGATHA CHRISTIE, The Seven Dials Mystery

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

THOMAS SZASZ, The Second Sin

The archer that shoots ill has a lie ready.

SPANISH PROVERB

There are a great many excuses that are worse than the offense.

H. W. SHAW, attributed, Day's Collacon

Never ruin an apology with an excuse.

KIMBERLY JOHNSON, attributed, Quote Unquote

He is a bad shot who cannot find an excuse.

GERMAN PROVERB

Your explanation is good, but your herring doesn't fry, as we say in Ramaldah.

ANDREW ASHLING, The Invisible Chains

Good excuses rarely collect dust. We use them, and use them, and use them.

ANDY STANLEY, Enemies of the Heart

Bad men excuse their faults; good men will leave them.

BEN JONSON, Catiline

The dog ate my notebook with all my good excuses.

MINDEE ARNETT, The Nightmare Affair

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

ALEXANDER POPE, On Various Subjects

No one ever excused his way to success.

DAVE DEL DOTTO, attributed, Quotable Quotes


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