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Quotes About Making Excuses

Updated on June 25, 2012
And what excuse do you have this time?
And what excuse do you have this time? | Source

I just finished a rather heavy hub about whether we have free will and I thought that a hub with quotes about making excuses would be a welcome change. I mean, I worked SO hard on the free will hub, and it was my longest hub ever, so I guess I do deserve a break. Hmmm... maybe I shouldn’t even be writing hubs at all. I should take a short holiday, rest, recharge and smell the roses for a while. Maybe I should take a longer holiday while I’m at it, I mean, a few extra days is really not going to matter that much in the long run, right?

Okay, now that we are all in the mood for making excuses, let’s get down to this hub about making excuses. As I normally do in hubs like this, I would take a selection of the best quotes on making excuses and give my own personal take on each of the quotes.

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them - George Bernard Shaw
I’m going to have to agree with the people who blame their circumstances. I mean, since you were never taught how to do business, you feel that you have to stay in that dead end job with a paltry salary Or since you have no looks, or talent, or skills, or resources, you feel that you have to stay with that womanizer husband since he pays the bills.

I agree with people who blame their circumstances because I agree that life is not fair. There will always be people who have it easier than you, or are more talented than you, or are luckier than you, or have more money than you, not through their own effort, but by simply being at the right place at the right time.

Life is not fair. Because of your circumstances, there will be things that you will never be able to achieve. You can wallow in self pity and blame your circumstances, or you can get up, and despite your circumstances, be the very best that you can be.

There's no excuse to be bored. Sad, yes. Angry, yes. Depressed, yes. Crazy, yes. But there's no excuse for boredom, ever - Karolvig Viggo Mortensen
Read what you will into this statement. For me, it is all about getting out there and living your life. It would involve getting a job, having friends, getting married, having kids, you know, the usual routine stuff. But it will also involve chasing your dreams, whether it is to be the President of the United States, or climbing Mount Everest, or sailing round the world. You might never be able to do it, but it is important to try. And along the way, there will be setbacks and disappointments. There will be quarrels and fights, and injuries and even a wrong turn or two.

Believe me, you have no excuse to be bored.

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
I’m afraid I’m guilty of this one. All too often I get caught in my little comfort zone and, mostly unconsciously, I will do whatever it takes to stay there. It’s not necessarily a bad place, and it’s a great place to be to rest and recharge, but the trick is to find a balance so that you do not spend too much time in your comfort zone.

Every vice has its excuse ready - Publilius Syrus
Remember this quote every time you feel like doing something that you know you shouldn’t, and you find yourself making an excuse for yourself why you should. And that includes excuses like, “Just this time”, “I was good the last time”, “Everybody’s doing it too”, “What feels so good can’t be bad”, and, my personal favorite, “I’ll start tomorrow”.

Look deep inside yourself.and ask if you are going to let your vice control you. Each time you make an excuse for the vice, that’s one point for the vice and no points for you. After a while, who do you think is in control, you or the vice?

The real man is one who always finds excuses for others, but never excuses himself - Henry Ward Beecher
At last, a quote that says good things about someone that makes excuses. I think this quote is about reserving judgement and blame as in most cases, we will never know the true circumstances and reasons behind the actions of others. It will be much better to give others the benefit of the doubt while keeping our own house in order.


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    • wandererh profile image

      David Lim 5 years ago from Singapore

      jaybird22 - Totally agree with you. And I would like to share a story about a girl who went to a car showroom and fell in love with a red Chevy. She just had to have it as she has never seen one in red and wanted to be the first to own one.

      When driving back from the showroom, she saw another red Chevy at the stop light. And as she was pulling into her neighbourhood, she saw another one parked in the driveway of a neighbour. And the next day, when she went to the supermarket, there was another one in the parking lot.

      So, it wasn't that she never saw a red Chevy before, but it was just that red Chevies won't in her consciousness before so her mind just ignored the Chevies when she saw them.

      Similarly, when you look for excuses, your mind just looks for a way out and not solutions. When you stop looking for excuses and your mind starts looking for solutions, I can practically guarantee that there will be a solution when once there was none.

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      jaybird22 5 years ago from New York

      As far as your first quote, I would agree that there will always be someone better, no matter what the subject. I would like to include the power of the mind. If people believe something, the results will be nothing different than what they believe. If someone is always making excuses as to why they never got a job or got ahead in life, they need to take a look in the mirror and realize that maybe it's because they lack desire and are always pointing the finger. They cannot control what other do but they can control their own destiny.

      Most people (like me) can't stand to be associated with people that feel everyone in life owes them something. Those people are termed "Negators". Successful people tend to surround themselves with other successful people. Although successful people might have been in the right place at the right time, they also usually have a positive attitude. A positive attitude goes a long way and can pick up slack for intelligence, looks, etc.

      Successful people usually cut Negators out of their personal circles. Negators give off bad energy. Who wants to be around someone that is always complaining and talking crap about everyone else? Not me!

      Good quotes and an easy read. Voted up.