An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Yes, there are times when something is legitimately not our fault. Blaming others, however, keeps us in a stuck state and is ultimately rough on our own self-esteem.


Eric Allenbaugh (American author, "Wake-Up Calls")


Yes, there are times when something is legitimately not our fault. Blaming others, however, keeps us in a stuck state and is ultimately rough on our own self-esteem.


Eric Allenbaugh (American author, "Wake-Up Calls")


When we blame, we give away our power.


Greg Anderson (American author, "The 22 Non-Negotiable Laws of Wellness")


When you blame others, you give up your power to change.


Dr. Robert Anthony (American educator)


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


Samuel Beckett (1906-1989, Irish dramatist, novelist)


There can be no doubt that the average man blames much more than he praises. His instinct is to blame. If he is satisfied, he says nothing; if he is not, he most illogically kicks up a row.


Arnold Bennett (1867-1931, British novelist)


A man can get discouraged many times but he is not a failure until he begins to blame somebody else and stops trying.


John Burroughs (1837-1921, American naturalist, author)


Why kick the man downstream who can't put the parts together because the parts really weren't designed properly?


Philip Caldwell (American business executive, CEO of Ford Motor Co.)


I praise loudly, I blame softly.


Catherine II of Russia (1729-1796, Russian empress)


All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you. The only thing blame does is to keep the focus off you when you are looking for external reasons to explain your unhappiness or frustration. You may succeed in making another feel guilty about something by blaming him, but you won't succeed in changing whatever it is about you that is making you unhappy.


Wayne Dyer (1940-, American  psychotherapist, author, lecturer)

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Those see nothing but faults that seek for nothing else.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


The search for someone to blame is always successful.


Robert Half (American businessman, founder of Robert Half & Associates)


The easiest thing to do, whenever you fail, is to put yourself down by blaming your lack of ability for your misfortunes.


Kenneth Hildebrand (1944-, American author)


No one is a failure until they blame somebody else.


Charles "Tremendous" Jones (American motivational speaker, author)


No one to blame! That was why most people led lives they hated, with people they hated. 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. You may be fragmented, but you feel absolved of all the blame for it. Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.


Erica Jong (1942-, American author)


Take your life in your own hands and what happens? A terrible thing: no one is to blame.


Erica Jong (1942-, American author)


A man may fall many times, but he won't be a failure until he says someone pushed him.


Elmer G. Letterman


Whatever side I take, I know well that I will be blamed.


Louis XIV (1638-1715, French king from 1643-1715)


They have a right to censure that have a heart to help.


William Penn (1644-1718, British religious leader, founder of Pennsylvania)


To find a fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.


Plutarch (46-120, Greek essayist, biographer)


Blame is a lazy man's wages.


Danish Proverb (Sayings of Danish origin)


One does harm, and another bears the blame.


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


Don't blame God for creating the tiger -- instead, thank him for not giving it wings.


Ethiopian Proverb (Sayings of Ethiopian origin)


We must remember not to judge any public servant by any one act, and especially should we beware of attacking the men who are merely the occasions and not the cause of disaster.


Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919,  American President (26th))


Think how many blameless lives are brightened by the blazing indiscretions of other people.


Saki (1870 - 1916, British (Burmese-born) short story author)


Sometimes I lie awake at night and ask why me? Then a voice answers nothing personal, your name just happened to come up.


Charles M. Schulz (1922-, American cartoonist, creator of "Peanuts")


When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don't blame the lettuce. You look into the reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or our family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and arguments. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.


Thich Nhat Hanh (1926-, Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher)


The fault finder will find faults even in paradise.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


Our culture peculiarly honors the act of blaming, which it takes as the sign of virtue and intellect.


Lionel Trilling (1905-1975, American critic)


Everything I do you blame on me.


Author Unknown


If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.


Author Unknown


If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.


Author Unknown


Neither blame or praise yourself.


Author Unknown


It's easy to point when you can't heal it.


Don Walk (American minister)


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


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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