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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.

Author: Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Profession: British Poet

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

Author: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Profession: American Scientist, Publisher, Diplomat

Bad excuses are worse than none.

Author: Thomas Fuller (1608-1661)

Profession: 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.

Author: Barbara Grizzuti Harrison (1941)

Profession: American Author, Publicist

Apology is only egotism wrong side out.

Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

Profession: American Author, Wit, Poet

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

Author: Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Profession: British Author of Prose, Verse

He who excuses himself, accuses himself.

Author: Gabriel Meurier


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

Author: A. A. Milne (1882-1956)

Profession: British Born American Writer

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

Author: Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

Profession: British Poet, Critic, Translator

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

Author: Yiddish Proverb

Profession: Sayings of Yiddish Origin

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

Author: Yiddish Proverb

Profession: Sayings of Yiddish Origin

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

Author: William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Profession: British Poet, Playwright, Actor

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

Author: Thomas Szasz (1920)

Profession: American Psychiatrist

Don't make excuses, make good.

Author: Source Unknown