Category Archives: EXCUSES

“A man is not called wise because he talks and talks again; but if he is peaceful, loving and fearless then he is in truth called wise.” Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha.


“The Yen Buddhists are the richest religious sect in the universe. They hold that the accumulation of money is a great evil and a burden to the soul. They therefore, regardless of personal hazard, see it as their unpleasant duty to acquire as much as possible in order to reduce the risk to innocent people.”

― Terry Pratchett, Witches Abroad


Never ruin an apology with an excuse.

~Kimberly Johnson

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The spot check inventory. Steps one through nine have sensitized us to see the truth about our own behaviour and the manner in which the rest of the world, especially people, respond to our actions. Having developed this awareness, we come to see, during each moment of each day, what is really going on. In other words, we are living in the truth of the moment. We have, in addition to a new awareness, also developed some measure of ability to actually control our actions. No longer are we simply sleep-walking under the direction of old habits—habits, the way we think and act when we are not thinking about what we are doing, and our elaborate delusions. The process of exchanging good habits for destructive old habits is, unfortunately, laborious.

Finley Peter Dunne Alcohol is necessary for a man so that he can have a good opinion of himself, undisturbed by the facts.

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Six SANITY Steps for Regaining a Healthy Relationship with Adult Children

S = STOP the Enabling and STOP the Flow of Money
A = ASSEMBLE a Support Group
N = NIP Excuses in the Bud
I = IMPLEMENT Rules and Boundaries
T = TRUST Your Instincts
Y = YIELD Everything to God

The truly free man is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving an excuse.”

― Jules Renard, The Journal of Jules Renard

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Eat only what you can handle. Never eat too much, not only will you feel ill, you will look impolite and greedy. However, don’t eat too little, and whatever you do, don’t abandon a dish. It could seem incredibly impolite if you are served food which you then don’t touch. If you are served something you dislike, try to eat it anyway, to be polite. If you are served something you are allergic to, politely tell the hostess this, preferably before she puts it on your plate.

Fiction was invented the day Jonah arrived home and told his wife that he was three days late because he had been swallowed by a whale..”

― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

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“I feel sorry for anyone who is in a place where he feels strange and stupid.”
― Lois Lowry, The Giver

If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”

― Carl Sagan, Cosmos

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“I don’t get high, but sometimes I wish I did. That way, when I messed up in life I would have an excuse. But right now there’s no rehab for stupidity. ”

― Chris Rock

When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock, And you hear the kyouck and gobble of the struttin’ turkey-cock, And the clackin’ of the guineys, and the cluckin’ of the hens, And the rooster’s hallylooyer as he tiptoes on the fence; O, it’s then’s the times a feller is a-feelin’ at his best, With the risin’ sun to greet him from a night of peaceful rest, As he leaves the house, bareheaded, and goes out to feed the stock.

James Whitcomb Riley 1849-1916


The marks of the sluggard or idler are

(1) Loves not difficulties : will not plough by reason of cold, Prov. 20. 4 ;

(2) loves not disturbance, though death’s handwriting may be on the wall;

(3) enjoys not the good in hand ; roasts not what was taken in hunting, Prov. 12. 27 ;

(4) his way hedged with thorns, Prov. 15. 19 ; such were the ten tribes — too lazy to go up to Jerusalem, i Kings 12.28;. so with the servant in the parable of the talents;

(5) allows weeds on his fields, Prov. 24. 30 ;

(6) desires onlybut makes no efforts ; so Balaam wished the death of the righteous, but led not the life of the righteous, Nimi. 23. 10;

(7) makes no progress, turns as a door on the hinges. Prov. 26. 14 ;

(8) makes excuses ; there is a lion in the way, Prov. 22. 13.


"Eastern Proverbs and Emblems Illustrating Old Truths"

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Mothers’ Excuses: Mother for me made excuses When I was a little lad; Found some reason for my conduct When it had been very bad. Blamed it on a recent illness Or my nervousness and told Father to be easy with me Every time he had to scold.


Edgar Albert Guest

1881-1959, written in 1920—Excuses

Francois De La Rochefoucauld.
Nothing is impossible; there are ways that lead to everything, and if we had sufficient will we should always have sufficient means. It is often merely for an excuse that we say things are impossible.

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I get no kick from champagne. Mere alcohol doesn’t thrill me at all, So tell me why should it be true That I get a kick out of you. Cole Albert Porter 1891 – 1964 Anything Goes 1934. I Get a Kick Out of You

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Sun Before the Long Wait

Jill Jones

Break gods on the steps under a forgotten sun
unwind what goes along, and what is led
fears that can’t approve or anxieties listen
time toughs the excuses out
having been released from the long wait.

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Shall we count offences or coin excuses, Or weigh with scales the soul of a man ?

"The Swimmer" : Adam Lindsay Gordon

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If there is light in the soul,
There will be beauty in the person.
If there is beauty in the person,
There will be harmony in the house.
If there is harmony in the house,
There will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation,
There will be peace in the world.
(Chinese Proverb)

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