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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.

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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.