We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) British writer.
An excuse is worse than a lie, for an excuse is a lie, guarded.
Alexander Pope (1688-1744) English poet and satirist.
And oftentimes excusing of a fault doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.
Don't make excuses, make good.
Your letter of excuses has arrived. I receive the letter but do not 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 is a corn upon it.
Lord Byron (1788-1824) British poet.
He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist and philosopher.
Bad excuses are worse than none.
Thomas Fuller (1608-1661) British clergyman and author.
Apology is only egotism wrong side out.
Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894) American author and poet.