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.”