We make excuses all the time and while sometimes they are justified, there are moments when excuses do nothing but sabotage us from pursuing our most precious dreams and goals. When they are expressions of fear and weakness, it is obvious that excuses cannot bring value into our lives.
Check out these excuses quotes about what makes people cling to false and harmful excuses, even when this comes with serious downsides.
When you’re good at making excuses, it’s hard to excel at anything else. – John L. Mason
Making excuses is a self-sabotaging practice that stops us from fulfilling our potential. We make excuses when we don’t find within us the strength to act according to our ambitions and dreams. Excuses are obstacles that we create by ourselves.
Once your excuses are gone, you will simply have to settle for being awesome! – Lorii Myers
Giving up on excuses is scary, but it is the only way to force yourself to act. Once you get rid of all excuses, you are free to try things, make mistakes, and find your path. A successful person does not seek comfort in excuses.
Excuses are the tools with which persons with no purpose in view build for themselves great monuments of nothing. – Steven Grayhm
Excuses are the tools with which weak people build a safe and mediocre comfort zone for themselves. When you don’t have the courage to face life and seek greatness, you hide amid excuses to save your self-esteem.
Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. – George Washington Carver
Sometimes we fail due to unfortunate circumstances or bad luck, but other times we fail because we have the bad habit of making excuses when he hit obstacles, instead of working our way around them.
The real man is one who always finds excuses for others, but never excuses himself. – Henry Ward Beecher
A confident and brave man never seeks excuses for his failures or shortcomings. He takes full responsibility for his actions and his decisions, but he also has the compassion and wisdom to find excuses for those who fail him.
Don’t make excuses, make something incredible happen in your life right now. – Greg Hickman
Once you start making excuses for small things, you end up making excuses for everything. Your big goals and dreams will seem farther away. Instead of spending your energy to find the proper excuse not to do something, you can focus instead on cultivating motivation.
Never make excuses. Your friends don’t need them and your foes won’t believe them. – John Wooden
Our family and friends listen to our excuses, but they know which are honest or not. Our enemies, on the other side, will not believe our excuses and will do anything to use them against us. The best solution is avoid making excuses at all.
You can make excuses or you can make progress. You choose. – Brian Tracy
Excuses are things we tell ourselves when we are not ready to put in the work to achieve things. We need to get rid of excuses and risk it all, otherwise success will never come by. Excuses are paralyzing.
An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie; for an excuse is a lie guarded. – Alexander Pope
The difference between excuses and lies is rather shallow. However, excuses are more damaging than lies because they are like a virus that affects our mindset and our perception of life. Excuses make it seem like everything is impossible when actually everything is possible.
It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one. – George Washington
A bad excuse is a terrible thing because it puts a strain on our relationships and self-image. A bad excuse is a proof that we don’t respect ourselves and the people of whom we demand to believe our excuses.
Excuses are a powerful thing. One excuse can negate 100 opportunities. – Bobby Darnell
The worst thing about excuses is that they stop us from capitalizing on the opportunities around us. Opportunities became tangible only when we dare to go beyond excuses and preconceptions, and we let go of fears.
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.
Relying on excuses to avoid challenges and struggles is an attitude that can only harm us. The more we dwell on them, the more powerful our excuses become. They turn into self-deceiving agents that trap us in mediocrity.
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
The road to success starts when you get rid of all excuses. Success requires an outstanding ability to embrace responsibilities and to make the most of each opportunity, and excuses have no place there.
No one ever excused his way to success. – Dave Del Dotto
When people continue to make excuses for themselves, it is a clear sign that they are not ready for success. It takes a certain determination and strength to pursue your goals while excuses are exactly a lack of determination.
The trouble with excuses, however, is that they become inevitably difficult to believe after they’ve been used a couple of times. – Scott Spencer
Even the most self-deceiving excuses can seem rational at first, but the more we rely on them, the more we realize that they are feeble. When an excuse becomes difficult to believe, we can see in that a sign that it is time to move on and seek things that actually add value to our lives.
The heart has its reasons but the mind makes the excuses. – Amit Abraham
In many ways, excuses only act against us. Even when we feel deeply in our hearts that we should follow an inner call, the mind sabotages us by inventing excuses because excuses keep us in a state of comfortable numbness, where there is no risk and no challenge.
At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets. – Steve Maraboli
A well-lived life cannot be founded on excuses, regrets, and fears. If at the end of the day, we are not at peace with ourselves, we cannot find success, nor happiness. That is the main reason why excuses are such a big obstacle in our self-development.
Excuses are seldom truthful, often handy, and rarely productive. – Rhoberta Shaler
Excuses threaten our growth because they are convenient half-truths or lies that we tell ourselves to explain our weaknesses and fears. Moreover, excuses never produce anything except more fear. They are a negative value. You can make excuses or you can get the job done, but you can’t do both. – Hap Holmstead
There is a reason why many people fail to achieve things, despite having all the potential to succeed, and that reason is that they fall victims to their own excuses. Once you decide that your excuses are valid, all the roads to achievement are blocked.
Instead of excuses, take action; you’ll be surprised how often you accomplish what you thought was difficult. – Byron Pulsifer
It is difficult to get rid of all excuses through reasoning because our minds sometimes act against us. The only way to realize that our excuses are actually weak is to take action. As we progress in our actions, we learn how easy obstacles dissolve.
There is always a perfectly good excuse, always a reason not to. The hardest freedom to win is the freedom from one’s excuses. – Robert Brault
For every human action, there is a valid corresponding excuse, but that did not stop us from achieving so many great things. Excuses are always there, but it is up to us to find the motivation to fight them. Our true freedom reveals itself when excuses lose their power.
Where the heart is willing, it will find a thousand ways, but where it is unwilling, it will find a thousand excuses. – Chotu Dhiman
Whenever we find ourselves seeking excuses not to do a thing, maybe it’s better to accept that we really do not want to do that thing at all. We will always find countless excuses for things we don’t want to pursue while we will accept no excuse when it comes to things we care about.
If you really want to do it, you do it. There are no excuses. – Bruce Nauman
If you train your mind to engage in action and stop overthinking, you will realize that excuses stop having power over you. The ability to ignore your own excuses and counteract them with action makes you unstoppable.
I do not believe in excuses. I believe in hard work as the prime solvent of life’s problems. – James Cash Penney
Once you accept excuses, you will accept failure and compromise. Hard-work and diligence are the greatest weapons against the demoralizing weight of our excuses. There are solutions for each problem, but excuses don’t let us seem them.
If you don’t want to do something, one excuse is as good as another. – Yiddish Proverb
Excuses are interchangeable because ultimately, an excuse is important through its meaning, which is the lack of desire to do something. It does not matter what excuses we use, but it does matter if we let them stop us.
Excuses are useless. Results are priceless. – Ziad K. Abdelnour
With each new excuse, we work against our confidence, self-esteem, and self-worth. Each excuse is a refusal to take a step forward. No matter how we would look at them, excuses are negative. Only action is able to change the course.
I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse. – Florence Nightingale
Successful people have a different relation to their responsibilities. They accept that big goals require hard work, focus, and sacrifice but don’t accept the idea of making excuses. They value their time and energy and ask the same from others.
Any excuse will serve a tyrant. – Aesop
Excuses are so harmful because they can be manipulated to serve any purpose and can pinpoint to any direction. Excuses can be used to avoid doing things, but also to justify doing things that are not exactly right or moral. In any way, excuses always hide something suspicious behind them.
Excuses change nothing, but make everyone feel better. – Mason Cooley
The only positive thing about excuses is that, while they stunt our growth in the long-term, they make us feel good for a short while, just by allowing us to maintain a sense of security and comfort.
Excuses are the loser’s way out. They will mar your credibility and stunt your personal growth. – Alexander Pope
It may sound harsh, but excuses are just things that people who are already ready to lose cling to, in order to justify their lack of courage. Excuses destroy not only our credibility but also our self-trust. By relying too much on our excuses, we stop believing in the possibility of success.
Don’t make excuses. Make things happen. Make changes. Then make history. – Doug Hall
If you choose the path of excuses, you can only find regrets at the end of the road. To make history, to leave your mark on the world, and to matter to people, you have to give up the excuses that hold you back and act with confidence.