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Excuse Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Excuse

Please enjoy these Excuse Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

Well excuse me - we've got something
a little unusual going on here -
time travel, parallel universes,
or just a little common ordinary insanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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Many people excuse their own faults
but judge other persons harshly.
We should reverse this attitude
by excusing others' shortcomings
and by harshly examining our own.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Ignorance is no excuse, it's the real thing.
- Irene Peter

When I'm in London I do have the convenience of being
close to St James Park which is also good for me because
it gives me an excuse to get out and get some much needed exercise!
- David Blunkett

 

Born again?!
No, I'm not.
Excuse me for getting it right the first time.
- Dennis Miller

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

Man has no right to kill his brother.
It is no excuse that he does so in uniform:
he only adds the infamy of servitude to the crime of murder.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

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I am favor of cutting taxes under any circumstances and for any excuse,
for any reason, whenever it's possible.
- Milton Friedman

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you.
Never excuse yourself.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Personally, I have fond memories of playing
on slippery rocks on the banks of a rushing river
as a child and hitchhiking in college.
To those who say, "But times are different now,"
I reply that statistically life is much safer now
than in the 1950s, with regard to both crime and accidents.
What has changed is our attitudes.
In those years, a broken leg from falling off a swing
or the back of a tractor was just part of childhood -
an excuse for gathering autographs.
Today that broken leg would be a source
of outrage and probably lawsuits.
I long for a simpler time when life was taken less seriously.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

If I seem to boast more than is becoming,
my excuse is that I brag
for humanity rather than for myself.
- Henry David Thoreau

Give me six lines written by the most honorable of men,
and I will find an excuse in them to hang him.
- Cardinal Richelieu

However, don't let perfectionism become an excuse for never getting started.
- Marilu Henner

We cannot certainly, have any excuse either for taking
any thing that belongs to our masters without their leave,
or for being unfaithful in their business.
- Jupiter Hammon

Applause that comes thundering with such force you
might think the audience merely suffers the music as
an excuse for its ovations.
- Alfred Jarry

I just noticed recently that in one book after another
I seem to find an excuse to find some character who,
to put it idiotically simply, is allowed to talk crazy.
- Jonathan Lethem

Excuse me for harrowing you with this picture of war.
But I am very full of it at present.
- Edward Wadsworth

A Boss in Heaven is the best excuse for a boss on earth,
therefore If God did exist, he would have to be abolished.
- Mikhail Bakunin

I write my plays to create an excuse for full-tilt acting and performing.
- Eric Bogosian

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

There is no excuse for perjury - never,
never, never.
There is truth, and the truth demands respect.
- Kenneth Starr

You know that murder is wicked.
If you saw your master kill a man, do you suppose this
would be any excuse for you,
if you should commit the same crime?
- Jupiter Hammon

My biggest excuse to others and myself was that I had writer's block,
as if it was some kind of illness.
- Mary Garden

In France, everyone speaks French 'cause they think it's cool.
Gives 'em, gives 'em an excuse to smoke.
- Scott Thompson

Why should be elite, music? Excuse me.
Music must be for everybody.
- Luciano Pavarotti

An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie,
for an excuse is a lie guarded.
- Pope John Paul II

Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
- Aesop

Bacchus, n.: A convenient deity invented by the ancients
as an excuse for getting drunk.
- Ambrose Bierce

People like to let loose at rock concerts and it gives
them an excuse to do it in a way that is not destructive
to others and not really destructive to the band.
- James Young

Fishing, with me, has always been an excuse to drink in the daytime.
- Jimmy Cannon

Excuse my scribbling, it is late, and I have a poor candle.
- Henri Rousseau

We need to get some people in here.
There's no passion out there.
There's always an excuse.
Nobody wants to step up and be a pro.
- Jeff Malone

Cynical realism is the intelligent man's best excuse
for doing nothing in an intolerable situation.
- Aldous Huxley

How strange to use "You only live once" as an excuse to throw it away.
- Bill Copeland

Excuse me if I'm clinging on to life,
but my parents wove me from tight thread.
- Jeanne Calment

The idea of cultural relativism is nothing but an excuse to violate human rights.
- Shirin Ebadi

Names are what people sometimes use to excuse their
thoughts and actions towards you.
- Simon Travaglia

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

A whim, a passing mood, readily induces the novelist
to move hearth and home elsewhere.
He can always plead work as an excuse to get him out
of the clutches of bothersome hosts.
- C. S. Forester

Putting your hands in the earth is very grounding,
if you'll excuse the pun.
- John Glover

Being a woman is of special interest only to aspiring male transsexuals.
To actual women, it is simply a good excuse not to play football.
- Fran Lebowitz

I think it's a lame excuse for a lot of these rappers
to say they only call girls bitches or hos because they act like that.
It doesn't make them right.
- Queen Latifah

From a moral point of view, there is no excuse for terrorist acts,
regardless of the motive or the situation under which they are carried out.
- Jurgen Habermas

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

Religions that teach brotherly love have been used
as an excuse for persecution,
and our profoundest scientific insight is made into
a means of mass destruction.
- Bertrand Russell

I think there's no excuse for the American poetry reader
not knowing a good deal about what is going on in the rest of the world.
- James Laughlin

Kids are a great excuse for you to stop acting like one.
- Michael Madsen

Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy.
- Milan Kundera

As you get older, you don't really have any excuse to be stupid anymore,
to be in the dark.
- Deryck Whibley

I am in earnest - I will not equivocate -
I will not excuse - I will not retreat a single inch -
and I will be heard!
- William Lloyd Garrison

Being in a band you can wear whatever you want -
it's like an excuse for halloween everyday.
- Gwen Stefani

Love's an excuse to get hurt.
- Conor Oberst

And now, excuse me while I interrupt myself.
- Murray Walker

I was really excited to get to shave my head -
it's something I'd wanted to do for a while and now I had a good excuse.
It was nice to shed that level of vanity.
- Natalie Portman

Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade
the need to think and evaluate evidence.
Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of,
the lack of evidence.
- Richard Dawkins

The fact that drilling won't solve every problem is
no excuse to do nothing at all.
- Sarah Palin

The only excuse for war is that we may live in peace unharmed.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Smokers, male and female, inject and excuse idleness
in their lives every time they light a cigarette.
- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

As a young teenager I looked desperately for things
to read that might excuse me or assure me I wasn't the only one,
that might confirm an identity I was unhappily piecing together.
- Edmund White

There's no excuse for the young people not knowing
who the heroes and heroines are or were.
- Nina Simone

Temptation is a woman's weapon and man's excuse.
- H. L. Mencken

Research!
A mere excuse for idleness; it has never achieved,
and will never achieve any results of the slightest value.
- Benjamin Jowett

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

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

There's no excuse to be bored.
Sad, yes.
Angry, yes.
Depressed, yes.
Crazy, yes.
But there's no excuse for boredom, ever.
- Viggo Mortensen

The concept of the "good ol' days" must be one of our
society's biggest delusions,
top reasons for depression, as well as most often used
excuse for lack of success.
- Bo Bennett

Excuse the mess but we live here.
- Roseanne Barr

I don't get high, but sometimes I wish I did.
That way, when I messed up in life I would have an excuse.
But right now there's no rehab for stupidity.
- Chris Rock

You find me at work; excuse the dust on my blouse.
I sculpt my marble myself.
- Camille Claudel


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