Excuse me, please

Following the lines of a previous post, I recently had a bout of bad excuses both on my side and on the side of others. So here’s a list of quotes on excuses (from the quotegarden).

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

Several excuses are always less convincing than one. ~Aldous Huxley

Two wrongs don’t make a right, but they make a good excuse. ~Thomas Szasz

It is wise to direct your anger towards problems — not people, to focus your energies on answers — not excuses. ~William Arthur Ward

In a different vein, I once had a copy of Dogbert’s Clues for the Clueless, and it covered the evolution of the phrase “Excuse me”.

  • Long ago: Excuse me was a form of apology, “Excuse me, kind sir, for my rudeness.”
  • Not so long ago: Excuse me becomes a method for telling people to get out of the way, “Excuse me, coming through.”
  • Modern: Excuse me becomes a sarcastic remark. “Well, excuse me.”
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