88 Excuses Quotes About Those Who Make Excuses

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We all make excuses, but at times they can be justified. However, there are some instants when these excuses can do nothing but disrupt you from chasing your goals and dreams.

If the root of these excuses is weaknesses and fears, there’s no doubt they will never bring any value to your life.

Nevertheless, take a look at these quotes about excuses and what makes someone adopt harmful and false excuses, even though they are aware that this behavior comes with a serious shortcoming.

88 Excuses Quotes About People Who Are Always Making Excuses  

Some of these are motivational quotes that will surely stop people from making excuses.

1. “Once your excuses are gone, you’ll simply have to settle for being awesome.” – Lorii Myers

2. “The only man who is really free is the one who can turn an invitation to dinner without giving any excuse.” –Jules Renard

3. “When you are good at making excuses, it is hard to excel at anything else.” – John L. Mason

4. “He that’s good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” – Benjamin Franklin

5. “Make efforts not excuses.” – Unknown

6. “Excuses are the tools with which persons with no purpose in view build for themselves great moments of nothing.” – Steven Grayhm

7.  “Maybe you do not like your job, maybe you did not get enough sleep, well nobody likes their job, and nobody got enough sleep. Maybe you just had the worst day of your life, but you know, there is no escape, there’s no excuse, so just suck up and be nice.” – AniDifranco

8. “99 percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.” –George Washington Carver

9. “It’s better to offer no excuse than a bad one.” –George Washington

10. “Never make excuses. Your friends do not need them and your foes will not believe them.” – John Wooden

11. “The real man is one who always finds excuses for others, but never excuses himself.” – Henry Ward Beecher

12.  “Tomorrow. It’s a mystical land wherein ninety-nine of all human achievement, productivity, and motivation is stored.” – Unknown

13. “Life changes for the better when you take action instead of making excuses.” – ATGW

14. “Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anyone else expects of you. Never excuse yourself.” – Henry Ward Beecher

15. “Do not make excuses, make something incredible happen in your life right now.” – Greg Hickman

16. “Most people who have not reached their potential have a long list of excuses for why they haven’t.” – Jason Harvey

17. “We have 40 million reasons for failure but not a single excuse.” – Rudyard Kipling

18. “You can make excuses or you can make progress. You Choose.” – Brian Tracy

19. “The people who find happiness are the ones who do not make excuses. If it is broken, they fix it, if it is wrong they make it right.” – Unknown

20. “An excuse is a way of promising ourselves that we will have the same issue again.” –  Henry Cloud

21. “An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie. For an excuse is a lie guarded.” – Alexander Pope

22. “Excuses will be there for you always, the opportunity will not.” – Anonymous

23. “Excuses are lies we tell ourselves so that it does not have to be our fault.” – Unknown

24. “Excuses are a powerful thing, one excuse can negate one-hundred opportunities.”-Bobby Darnell

25. “If you do not want to do something, one excuse is as good as another.” – Yiddish Proverb

26. “What we need to understand is that once we rely on using excuses as a way out, they take a life of their own.” – Peter Lopez Jr.

27. “There are only two choices: Make excuses or make progress.” – Unknown

28. “The day you take complete responsibility for yourself, the day you stop making any excuses, that’s the day you start to the top. – O. J. Simpson

29. “If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. But if it’s not, you’ll find an excuse.” – Anonymous

30. “Save the excuses, it is not about having time. It is about making time. If it matters, you’ll make time.” – Unknown

31. “We have more ability than willpower, and it’s often an excuse to ourselves that we imagine that things are impossible.” – Francois De La Rochefoucauld

32. “No one ever excused his way to success.” – Dava Del Dotto

33. “Sometimes, you do not have to hear their excuses or what they have said for themselves because their actions have already spoken the truth.” – Unknown

34. “The trouble with excuses, however, is that they become inevitably difficult to believe after they have been used a couple of times.” – Scott Spencer

35. “There’s always a perfectly good excuse, always a reason not to. The hardest freedom to win is the freedom from one’s excuses.” – Robert Brault

36. “The heart has its own reasons but the mind makes the excuses.” – Amit Abraham

37. “Excuses are the nails used to build the house of failure.” – Jim Rohn

38. “No fear. No limits. No Excuses.” – Unknown

39. “There’s no such thing as a list of reasons. There’s either one sufficient reason or list of excuses.” – Robert Brault

40. “Pessimism is an excuse for not trying and a guarantee to a personal failure.” – Bill Gates

41. “At the end of the day, let there be no excuses no explanations, no regrets.” – Steve Maraboli

42. “Two wrongs do not make a right, but they make a good excuse.” –Thomas Szasz (The 2ndSin)

43. “Whoever who wants to be a judge of human nature should study people’s excuses.” – Hebbel

44. “Excuses are seldom truthful, often handy, & rarely productive.” – Rhoberta Shaler

45. “Be stronger than your excuses.” – Unknown

46. “If you really want to do it. There are no excuses.” – Bruce Nauman

47. “Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.” – Edward R. Murrow

48. “A man can fail many times, he is not a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.” – John Burroughs

49. “You can make excuses or you can get the job done, but you cannot do both.” – Hap Holmstead

50. “It’s wise to direct your anger towards problems,not people, to focus your energies on answers,not excuses.” – William Arthur Ward

51. “Instead of excuses, take action; you will be surprised how often you accomplish what thought was difficult.” – Byron Pulsifer

52. “We’re all manufacturers. Some make good while others make trouble, and still, others make excuses.” – Anonymous

53. “Where the heart is willing it, will find a thousand ways, but where it’s unwilling it, will find a thousand excuses.” –  Chotu Dhiman

54. “Your excuses are just the lies your fears have sold you.” – Robin Sharma

55. “I don’t believe in excuses, I believe in hard work as the prime solvent of life’s problems.” – James Cash Penney

56. “The fact that you are not where you want to be should be enough inspiration.” – Unknown

57. “People with integrity do what they say are going to do. Others have excuses.”- Laura Schlesinger

58. “Excuses are useless. Results are priceless.” – Ziad D. Abdelnour

59. “Your letter of excuses has arrived. I receive the letter but don’t 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’s a corn upon it.” – Lord Byron

60. “It is wrong and immoral to seek to escape the consequences of one’s acts.” – Mahatma Gandhi

61. “I attribute my success to this; I never gave up or took an excuse.” – Florence Nightingale

62. “The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you cannot achieve it.” – Jordan Belfort

63. “Like crying wolf, if you keep looking for sympathy as a justification for your actions, you’ll someday be left standing alone when you really need help.” – Criss Jami

64. “Excuses change nothing, but make everyone feel better.” – Mason Cooley

65. “Your complaints, your drama, your victim mentality, your whining, your blaming, and all of your excuses have NEVER gotten you even a single step closer to your goals or dreams. Let go of your nonsense. Let go of the delusion that you DESERVE better and go EARN it! Today is a new day!” – Steve Maraboli

66. “Don’t you dare take the lazy way. It is too easy to excuse yourself because of your ancestry. Do not let me catch you doing it! Now look close at me so you’ll remember. Whatever you do, it will be you who do.” – John Steinbeck

67. “Do not make excuses. Make things happen. Make changes. Then make history.” – Doug Hall

68. “If you always make excuses to not follow through, you deserve the weight of anxiety on your chest.” – Daniel

69. “There’s a lie in between a promise and many excuses.” – Tota Beta

70. “If God had intended me to make excuses for who I am, He would have given me better excuses.” – Robert Brault

71. “Maturity is when you stop complaining and making excuse in your life. You realize everything that happens in life is as a result of the previous choice you have made and start making new excuses.” – Roy T. Bennett

72. “We may place blame, give reasons, and even have excuses but in the end, it’s an act of cowardice to not follow your dreams.” –   Steve Maraboli

73. “He did not seem to realize that three excuses were good as no excuse.” – Ann Brashers

74. “The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.” – Benjamin Franklin

75. “Never ruin an apology with an excuse.” – Kimberly Johnson

76. “Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them do not really progress at all, but just terrible things.” – Russell Baker

77. “The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours it’s an amazing journey and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.” – Bob Moawad

78. “Any excuse wills serve a tyrant.” – Aesop

79. “One of the most important tasks of a manager is to eliminate his people’s excuses for failure.” – Robert Townsend

80. “An excuse is a skin of a reason stuffed with a lie.” – Billy Sunday

81. “Success is a tale of obstacles, overcome, and every obstacle overcome an excuse not used.” – Robert Brault

82. “Bad men excuse their mistakes, good men unrestraint them.” – Anonymous

83. “He who excuses himself accuses himself.” – says Gabriel Meurier

84. “Destiny: A tyrant’s authority for crime and a fool’s excuse for failure.”- Ambrose Bierce

85. “Do you find yourself making excuses when you don’t perform? Shed the excuses and face the reality. Excuses are the loser’s way out. They will mar your credibility and stunt your personal growth.” – Alexander Pope

86. “A life that’s defeated by EXCUSES has become comfortable in defeat it has settled for mediocrity and is destined for failure.” – Oscar BongaNomvete

87. “An excuse becomes an obstacle in your journey when it’s in place of your best effort or when it’s used as the object of the blame.” – Bo Bennett

88. “Do not use your past as an excuse, excuse your excuses and take action now.” –  Berard Kelvin Clive

Final Thoughts

Excuses are the deceitful reasons which hold an individual back from their actions. Furthermore, excuses confine humans to their present situation.

May these quotes open your mind and motivate you to not become an excuse maker but instead a deed maker in order to achieve your goals and make your dreams come true.