Quotes on Excuses

I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse. Florence Nightingale Quote Details

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Tradition is what you resort to when you don't have the time or the money to do it right. Kurt Alder Quote Details

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99% of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. George Washington Carver Quote Details

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People who are always making allowances for themselves soon go bankrupt. Mary Poole Quote Details

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Blaming destiny is a poor out for those who don't reach desired destinations. Malcom Forbes Quote Details

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It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one. George Washington Quote Details

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The thoughtless, the ignorant, and the indolent, seeing only the apparent effects of things and not the things themselves, talk of luck, of fortune, and chance. James Allen Quote Details

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Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anyone else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Henry Ward Beecher Quote Details

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When life does not go our way or we inadvertently make a mistake, it is so easy to make excuses, place blame on others, or argue that circumstances were against us. But we only progress in life to the extent that we take responsibility for our actions and attitudes, and put forth the initiative necessary to create our own circumstances. Stephen Covey Quote Details

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Everybody's had disappointments, and anyone can rationalize his actions. But none of that matters. Blaming other people for your condition is a total waste of time. Betty Ford Quote Details

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It is often merely for an excuse that we say things are impossible. Francois de La Rochefoucauld Quote Details

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Fixable but unfixed bad performance is bad character and tends to create more of itself, causing more damage to the excuse giver with each tolerated instance. Charlie Munger Quote Details

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Whining about how unfair life is does not help you succeed. Indeed, it saps your confidence and energy. Finding excuses for losing almost guarantees that you will lose. John T. Reed Quote Details

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By and large, life will give you what you deserve and it doesn't give a damn what you "like." So it is up to you to take full responsibility to connect what you want with what you need to do to get it, and then to do those things — which often are difficult but produce good results — so that you'll then deserve to get what you want.

That's just the way it is, so you might as well accept it. Once you accept that playing the game will be uncomfortable, and you do it for a while, it will become much easier (like it does when getting fit). When you excel at it, you will find your ability to get what you want thrilling. You'll see that excuses like "That's not easy" are of no value and that it pays to "push through it" at a pace you can handle. Like getting physically fit, the most important thing is that you keep moving forward at whatever pace you choose, recognizing the consequences of your actions. When you think that it's too hard, remember that in the long run, doing the things that will make you successful is a lot easier than being unsuccessful.
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