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Excusing Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Excusing

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

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

Related topics: Wisdom Criticism Critical Blame

The more we love our friends, the less we flatter them;
it is by excusing nothing that pure love shows itself.
- Moliere

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

Well, I'm not excusing the fact that planning and preparedness
was not where it should be.
We've known for 20 years about this hurricane,
this possibility of this kind of hurricane.
- Michael Chertoff

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The world used us as an excuse to go mad.
- George Harrison

We must exchange the philosophy of excuse -
what I am is beyond my control for the philosophy of responsibility.
- Barbara Jordan

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

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

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

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

I wanted to show that crime doesn't pay.
If you are saved and accept the Lord,
you cannot use that as an excuse to avoid punishment.
- Robert Duvall

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

Protecting the rights of even the least individual
among us is basically the only excuse the government has for even existing.
- Ronald Reagan

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

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

Destiny: A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure.
- Ambrose Bierce

An excuse becomes an obstacle in your journey to success
when it is made in place of your best effort or when
it is used as the object of the blame.
- Bo Bennett

God's only excuse is that he does not exist.
- Stendhal

Obsession is a young man's game, and my only excuse
is that I never grew old.
- Michael Caine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When the magistrate says 'That's not a good enough reason my man.'
He said 'Excuse me,
could I ask you? Have you taken an oath of allegiance to the Monarch?'
- Anthony Holden

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

There's no excuse for skimping on national defense
when the country is at war.
- Bill Nelson

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

Once you begin to explain or excuse all events on racial grounds,
you begin to indulge in the perilous mythology of race.
- James Earl Jones

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

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

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

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

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

Christ's crucifix shall be made an excuse for executing criminals.
- William Blake

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

Using the power of decision gives you the capacity
to get past any excuse to change any and every part
of your life in an instant.
- Tony Robbins

The small companies who feel that the majors are a threat,
or are predators, will use that as an excuse for their eventual downfall.
Don't blame others for your own inadequacies.
- Greg Ginn

Excuse the mess but we live here.
- Roseanne Barr

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

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

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

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

Knowledge is more important than life.
We've only one excuse for existing, to think,
to find out, to learn.
- Charles Lederer

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

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

Excuse me while I kiss the sky.
- Jimi Hendrix

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

The absent are never without fault.
Nor the present without excuse.
- Michael Caine

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

Everybody in Hollywood was in Around the World in 80 Days.
If you weren't, you left town and made up an excuse.
- Cesar Romero

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

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

Better a bad excuse, than none at all.
- William Camden

I still get nervous on dates.
I'll be sitting at dinner with a guy and I have to
excuse myself and go to the bathroom because I can't breathe.
- Shannen Doherty

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


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