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





Your letter of excuses has arrived. I receive the letter but do not admit the excuses except in courtesy, as when a man treads on your toes and begs your pardon -- the pardon is granted, but the joint aches, especially if there is a corn upon it.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Bad excuses are worse than none.


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


To offer the complexities of life as an excuse for not addressing oneself to the simpler, more manageable (trivial) aspects of daily existence is a perversity often indulged in by artists, husbands, intellectuals -- and critics of the Women's Movement.


Barbara Grizzuti Harrison (1941-, American author, publicist)


Apology is only egotism wrong side out.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


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


Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936, British author of Prose, Verse)


He who excuses himself, accuses himself.


Gabriel Meurier


No doubt Jack the Ripper excused himself on the grounds that it was human nature.


A. A. Milne (1882-1956, British born American writer)


An excuse is worse than a lie, for an excuse is a lie, guarded.


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


A bad worker blames his tools. Those who lose dreaming are lost.


Australian Proverb


Where the heart is willing it will find a thousand ways, but where it is unwilling it will find a thousand excuses.


Dayak Proverb


Since excuses were invented, no one is ever in the wrong.


Mexican Proverb (Sayings of Mexican origin)


If you don't want to do something, one excuse is as good as another.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


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


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


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


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


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


Thomas Szasz (1920-, American psychiatrist)


Don't make excuses, make good.


Author Unknown


It is good rule in life to never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them.


Sir P(elham) G(renville) Wodehouse (1881-1975, British novelist)


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