What is it about people that cause them to make excuses for everything; for every action (or inaction), for every mistake, for every character flaw, for every fault? Is it so hard for us to take responsibility for our own lives? I went about searching for what other people have to say about excuses, and came up with some great quotes to share.
People spend too much time finding other people to blame, too much energy finding excuses for not being what they are capable of being, and not enough energy putting themselves on the line, growing out of the past, and getting on with their lives.
~ J. Michael Straczynski
I will freely admit that we are all, to some extent, a product of our environment. We learned some basic values and behaviors (good and bad) from our parents and other adults as children. Some of us may not have been given a solid foundation on which to build our lives. We may have had limited opportunities because of where we lived. But as we aged, we should have learned and grown. We should have looked around to see all the great men and women who came from humble beginnings. We should have recognized that our past does not determine our future; that is, unless we allow it to. When we make no attempt to try to climb out of the box of our past and move forward, we remain stuck there for a lifetime. Rather than accusing others of holding you back, shake those people off your back (be they in your past or your present). When you lighten the load, you will find the way gets a little easier.
Bad men excuse their faults; good men abandon them.
~ Author Unknown
How many people do you know who are constantly making excuses for bad habits or bad behaviors? When we come to the realization that the things we are doing are wrong; when we know that our actions are hurtful to ourselves and to others, we should stop doing those things. PERIOD! Those that know better ought to do better.
Excuses are the tools with which persons with no purpose in view build for themselves great monuments of nothing.
~ Steven Grayhm
This one is directed to all those who have no purpose, no goals, no ambitions and no dreams. It is so sad to see people in this state of mind; people so afraid of failure that they never even try. They settle for little or nothing out of life and leave a legacy of mediocrity. I for one do not want to be a person who travels this road of life and leaves not one footprint.
The person who really wants to do something finds a way; the other person finds an excuse.
~ Author Unknown
I first heard of this quote through a friend. I wanted to find out who said it so I could try to meet that person and shake their hand. It rings so true in my life with some of the people I know (myself included). I have always been a person who, when faced with an obstacle, tries to find a way either over it or around it. But there are others who let the obstacle become a full-on roadblock that stops them dead in their tracks. What is most upsetting is that often there is just a little bump in the road and if these people were so motivated to step a few feet to the right or left, they could easily get past. The trouble is that they never wanted to accomplish the task in the first place, so this bump makes it convenient for them to give up.
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 is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.
~ Bob Moawad
This gets down to the real nitty-gritty; the meat of the issue. I am almost ashamed to say that it took me many years to come to this realization. I spent way too much time expecting other people to make me happy or to help me reach my goals. But do you know what I found out? You are not going to come across very many people in your lifetime who actually believe in your dream. They may say they do, but they are skeptical. They won’t expend any energy in supporting your efforts because they fully expect you to fail. When we fully take responsibility for our choices, where we want our lives to lead and what we want to accomplish, we become free.