180 Excuses Quotes to Help You Make Better Life Decisions

We’ve gathered these excuses quotes to inspire you to live your life without regrets, pretenses, and exemptions.

We can’t deny that at some point in our lives, we tend to make excuses. When you do this, you are lazy or don’t care about what you want to achieve. Sometimes, it is one of the reasons why until now, you still haven’t completed the goals you’ve put up.

If you want to achieve something, you need to stop making excuses. We hope that the quotes in this collection will rev you up and inspire you to take action right now.

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And don’t forget to check out these persistence quotes and courage quotes.

Best Excuses Quotes

1. “You can make money or you can make excuses. Your choice.” – John Addison

2. “It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.” – George Washington

3. “Most people don’t have that willingness to break bad habits. They have a lot of excuses and they talk like victims.” – Carlos Santana

4. “Leadership—leadership is about taking responsibility, not making excuses.” – Mitt Romney

5. “No excuses. Just do the work.” – Shalane Flanagan

6. “There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses—only results.” – Ken Blanchard

7. “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” – Benjamin Franklin

8. “When you’re good at making excuses, it’s hard to excel at anything else.” – John L. Mason

9. “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

10. “Do not try to excuse your faults, try to correct them.” – John Bosco

11. “The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” – Jordan Belfort

12. “Live with no excuses and love with no regrets.” – Montel Williams

13. “Several excuses are always less convincing than one.” – Aldous Huxley

14. “Rather than make excuses for their failures, resilient people learn from each mistake. They identify skills, ideas, and life lessons that can be gained from each failed opportunity.” – Amy Morin

Famous Excuses Quotes

15. “Ignorance of the law excuses no man from practicing it.” – Addison Mizner

16. “No matter how old you are now. You are never too young or too old for success or going after what you want.” – Pablo

17. “If you really want to do it, you do it. There are no excuses.” – Bruce Nauman

18. “You can have results or excuses. Not both.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

19. “No excuses. Play like a champion.” – Kelly O’Hara

20. “Your complaints, your drama, your victim mentality, your whining, your blaming, and all of your excuses have never gotten you even a single step closer to your goals or dreams. Let go of your nonsense. Let go of the delusion that you deserve better and go earn it! Today is a new day!” – Steve Maraboli

21. “Success is a tale of obstacles overcome, and for every obstacle overcome, an excuse not used.” – Robert Breault

22. “Goals live on the other side of obstacles and challenges. Be relentless in pursuit of those goals, especially in the face of obstacles. Along the way, make no excuses and place no blame.” – Ray Bourque

23. “Once your excuses are gone, you’ll simply have to settle for being awesome.” – Lorii Myers

24. “If it is important to you you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse.” – Jim Rohn

25. “Excuses are merely nails used to build a house of failure.” – Don Wilder

26. “A difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.” – Edward R. Murrow

27. “The best excuse is to have none.” – Ivan Panin

28. “Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.” – George Washington Carver

29. “At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets.” – Steve Maraboli

Quotes That Motivate You to Not Make Excuses

30. “There may be people that have more talent than you, but there is no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” – Derek Jeter

31. “Take responsibility for your last bad decision, and then let it go. Don’t blame others or make excuses for yourself.” – Deepak Chopra

32. “Don’t waste time on excuses. Just get it done.” – Ralph Marston

33. “Make an effort, not an excuse.” – Anonymous

34. “Do not limit yourself by finding an excuse. Only limit yourself by refusing to have an excuse.” – Catherine Pulsifer

35. “The fact that you can only do a little is no excuse for doing nothing.” – John le Carre

36. “We have 40 million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.” – Rudyard Kipling

37. “Some people use excuses to not accept responsibility, others use excuses as a way to justify.” – Catherine Pulsifer

38. “There is nothing as powerful as a made-up mind. Do not give yourself another excuse to put off making up your mind.” – Les Brown

39. “You can dance in the storm. Don’t wait for the rain to be over before because it might take too long. You can do it now. Wherever you are, right now, you can start, right now. This very moment.” – Israelmore Ayivor

40. “Beast Mode doesn’t make excuses. It doesn’t complain. Whatever you’re doing, go out there and get it done. Keep pushing. If I have a bad game, I think about what I have to do to return to form. Figure it out, go to sleep, and wake up a new man.” – Matt Kemp

41. “Create a way, not an excuse.” – Anonymous

42. “Don’t make excuses, make good.” – Elbert Hubbard

43. “Life changes for the better when you take action instead of making excuses.” – Anonymous

44. “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.” – François La Rochefoucauld

Quotes That Push You to Stop Making Excuses

45. “If an apology is followed by an excuse or a reason, it means they are going to commit the same mistake again they just apologized for.” – Amit Kalantri

46. “An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie for an excuse is a lie guarded.” – Alexander Pope

47. “You can give in to the failure messages and be a bitter deadbeat of excuses. Or you can choose to be happy and positive and excited about life.” – A. L. Williams

48. “Excuses are a powerful thing. One excuse can negate 100 opportunities.” – Bobby Darnel

49. “It is wise to direct your anger towards problems, not people. To focus your energies on answers—not excuses.” – William Arthur Ward

50. “The trouble with excuses, however, is that they become inevitably difficult to believe after they’ve been used a couple of times.” – Scott Spencer

51. “Excuses are lies wrapped up in reasons.” – Howard Wright

52. “Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anyone else expects of you. Never excuse yourself.” – Henry Ward Beecher

53. “The ones who find happiness are the ones who don’t make excuses. If it’s broken, they fix it, if it’s wrong they make it right.” – Anonymous

54. “Excuses are the tools with which persons with no purpose in view build for themselves great monuments of nothing.” – Steven Grayhm

55. “People spend too much time finding other people to blame, too much energy finding excuses for not being what they are capable of being, and not enough energy putting themselves on the line, growing out of the past, and getting on with their lives.” – J. Michael Straczynski

56. “No fear. No limits. No excuses.” – Anonymous

57. “Never make excuses. Your friends don’t need them and your foes won’t believe them.” – John Wooden

58. “Put all excuses aside and remember this—you are capable.” – Zig Ziglar

59. “Instead of excuses, take action. You’ll be surprised how often you accomplish what you thought was difficult.” – Byron Pulsifer

Quotes That Tell You Why Making Excuses Is Not Helpful

60. “If you always make excuses to not follow through you deserve the weight of anxiety on your chest.” – Daniel

61. “Over time, our roller deck of excuses just grew bigger and bigger, but what makes matters worse is when we start believing them.” – Herby Fabius

62. “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.

63. “Excuses are a dime a dozen. For every reason something can be done, there are a dozen reasons why it can’t be done.” – Goodman

64. “Never ruin an apology with an excuse.” – Kimberly Johnson

65. “Where the heart is willing it will find a thousand ways, but where it is unwilling it will find a thousand excuses.” – Chotu Dhiman

66. “I have nothing in common with lazy people who blame others for their lack of success.” – Kobe Bryant

67. “Excuses are useless. Results are priceless.” – Ziad K. Abdelnour

68. “Excuses are for people who don’t want it bad enough.” – Anonymous

69. “A life that is defended by excuses has become comfortable in defeat, it has settled for mediocrity and is destined for failure.” – Oscar Bonga Nomvete

70. “Success occurs when your dreams get bigger than your excuses.” – Anonymous

71. “Don’t use your past as an excuse, excuse your excuses and take action now!” – Bernard Kelvin Clive

72. “The fact that you aren’t where you want to be, should be enough motivation.” – Anonymous

73. “Make excuses or make changes. The choice is yours.” – Anonymous

74. “Don’t make excuses and don’t talk about it. Do it.” – Melvyn Douglas

Powerful and Thought-Provoking Quotes About Excuses

75. “The truth is that killing innocent people is always wrong and has no argument or excuse. No matter how deeply believed, can ever make it right.” – Abdul Rauf

76. “For many people, an excuse is better than an achievement because an achievement, no matter how great, leaves you having to prove yourself again in the future, but an excuse can last for life.” – Eric Hoffer

77. “Excuses are nothing more than a reason to fail.” – Mac McGovern

78. “Excuses are used to justify leaving the scene of truth without changing.” – Orrin Woodward

79. “An excuse becomes an obstacle in your journey to success when it is made in place of your best effort or when it is used as the object of the blame.” – Bo Bennett

80. “An excuse is a skin of a reason stuffed with a lie.” – Billy Sunday

81. “Nobody is impressed with how good your excuses are.” – Anonymous

82. “We have more ability than willpower, and it is often an excuse to ourselves that we imagine that things are impossible.” – François de la Rochefoucauld

83. “Don’t look for excuses to lose. Look for excuses to win.” – Chi Chi Rodriguez

84. “Be stronger than your excuses.” – Anonymous

85. “Any excuse will serve a tyrant.” – Aesop

86. “I am sure you would agree that nothing would be worse than to one day stand before God and discover that because you made room for excuses you failed to fulfill your divine destiny.” – T. Adam McFaddin

87. “Waiting for my real life to start is no excuse to waste the life I have right now.” – Susane Colasanti

88. “Don’t you dare take the lazy way. It’s too easy to excuse yourself because of your ancestry. Don’t let me catch you doing it! Now, look close at me so you will remember. Whatever you do, it will be you who do.” – John Steinbeck

89. “You can find excuses for anything, or you can find solutions and work towards them, which in the end will bring happiness.” – Byron Pulsifer

Quotes That Inform You About the Pros and Cons of Making Excuses

90. “The origin of every excuse is the failure to do something.” – Andy Anderson

91. “You can make a million excuses for why something didn’t go well, but ultimately, just fix it and get on with it. Be a solutions person.” – Emily Weiss

92. “I attribute my success to this—I never gave or took any excuse.” – Florence Nightingale

93. “Tomorrow. A mystical land where 99% of all human productivity, motivation, and achievement is stored.” – Anonymous

94. “If you don’t want to do something, one excuse is as good as another.” – Yiddish Proverb

95. “Excuses will always be there for you, opportunity won’t.” – Anonymous

96. “Today’s excuses are tomorrow’s regrets dressed in disguise.” – Steven Furtick

97. “God’s plan for enlarging His kingdom is so simple—one person telling another about the Savior. Yet we’re busy and full of excuses. Just remember, someone’s eternal destiny is at stake. The joy you’ll have when you meet that person in heaven will far exceed any discomfort you felt in sharing the gospel.” – Charles Stanley

98. “There is a lie in between a promise and many excuses.” – Toba Beta

99. “Pity that consequences are determined not by excuses but by actions!” – George Eliot

100. “Being honest with myself is something I like. I am happy that I don’t make excuses when I make a mistake. This is a good way to improve in the fastest way.” – Charles Leclerc

101. “To rush into explanations is always a sign of weakness.” – Agatha Christie

102. “There are only two options—make progress or make excuses.” – Anonymous

103. “Excuses destroy success every time.” – Jon Taffer

104. “Maturity is when you stop complaining and making excuses in your life. You realize everything that happens in life is a result of the previous choice you’ve made and start making new choices to change your life.” – Roy T. Bennett

Quotes Filled With Insights About Making Excuses

105. “Save the excuses. It’s not about having time. It’s about making time. If it matters, you will make time.” – Anonymous

106. “I could point out that it isn’t always easy knowing who you are and what you want because then you have no excuse for not trying to get it.” – David Levithan

107. “We may place blame, give reasons, and even have excuses. But in the end, it is an act of cowardice to not follow your dreams.” – Steve Maraboli

108. “Excuses are lies we tell ourselves so that it doesn’t have to be our fault.” – Anonymous

109. “People that learn quickly only focus on the information and skills that matter. Excuses don’t matter, and they are thought viruses.” – Kevin Horsley

110. “I don’t feel my best right now, but at the same time, I’m not trying to find any excuses or anything.” – Johan Santana

111. “Even if there are instances in which it can be mistaken by onlookers, never fool yourself into using misunderstood genius as an excuse to be a fool.” – Criss Jami

112. “Don’t make excuses, make something incredible happen in your life right now.” – Greg Hickman

113. “The heart has its reasons but the mind makes the excuses.” – Amit Abraham

114. “I. Hate. Excuses. Excuses are a disease.” – Cam Newton

115. “The cross solved our problem by first revealing our real problem, our universal pattern of scapegoating and sacrificing others. The cross exposes forever the scene of our crime.” – Richard Rohr

116. “He who excuses himself accuses himself.” – Gabriel Maurier

117. “An excuse is a way of promising ourselves that we will have the same issue again.” – Henry Cloud

118. “A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.” – John Burroughs

119. “Don’t make excuses. Make things happen. Make changes. Then make history.” – Doug Hall

Excuses Quotes That Will Make You Think About Your Decisions

120. “You must not give up. Once you give up, you have failed and there are no excuses for failure. It’s important to realize that every day you wake up you have another chance, you’ve given another opportunity. Life is granted on purpose and for a purpose. Find your purpose daily and live life to the fullest and never give up.” – M.D. Eger

121. “I refuse to allow the excuses in my mind to grow into giants that keep me from living up to my full potential.” – Shaun King

122. “Excuses are the loser’s way out. They will mar your credibility and stunt your personal growth.” – Alexander Pope

123. “Misfortune is no excuse for cruelty.” – Ned Vizzini

124. “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

125. “Michael Jordan taught me after our game of one-on-one—a loss is not a failure until you make an excuse. When excuses are no longer an option, you can focus your attention on the job you have to do, and not why it didn’t get done.” – Don Yaeger

126. “An excuse is nothing more than a self-imposed roadblock.” – C.C. Chapman

127. “It is wrong and immoral to seek to escape the consequences of one’s acts.” – Mahatma Gandhi

128. “It’s not the time to look for excuses.” – Rafael Nadal

129. “No one ever excused his way to success.” – Dave Del Dotto

130. “Excuses change nothing, but make everyone feel better.” – Mason Cooley

131. “Excuses only make you feel comfortable staying where you are.” – James B. Richards

132. “I do not believe in excuses. I believe in hard work as the prime solvent of life’s problems.” – James Cash Penney

133. “I found it easier to get rich than I did to make excuses.” – Jim Rohn

134. “Winners make commitments, losers make excuses.” – John Schuerholz

Quotes About How Not Making Excuses Will Transform Your Life for the Better

135. “The moment you tell everyone you have a mental disorder, in order to excuse your behavior.” – Shannon L. Alder

136. “The real man is one who always finds excuses for others, but never excuses himself.” – Henry Ward Beecher

137. “Most people who haven’t reached their potential have a long list of excuses for why they haven’t.” – Jason Harvey

138. “It doesn’t matter if you come from the inner city. People who fail in life are people who find lots of excuses. It’s never too late for a person to recognize that they have potential in themselves.” – Ben Carson

139. “Peace is a question of will. All conflicts can be settled, and there are no excuses for allowing them to become eternal.” – Martti Ahtisaari

140. “Your excuses are just the lies your fears have sold you.” – Robin Sharma

141. “There are no excuses in fighting. You can be playing a team sport and have a good game, and you can lose. In fighting, it’s all on me. If I go out there and lose, then it’s my fault. I like that.” – Alexander Volkanovski

142. “Any excuse will do when you need an excuse because it really doesn’t matter. You won’t be of much use to those who require people that get it done no matter what.” – Byron Pulsifer

143. “No excuses and no sob stories. Life is full of excuses if you’re looking. I have no time to gripe over misfortune. I don’t waste time looking back.” – Junior Seau

144. “No nonsense. No excuses.” – Anonymous

145. “The only good excuse is that you have none.” – Byron Pulsifer

146. “Don’t let yourself make excuses for not doing the things you want to do.” – Sam Altman

147. “Bad excuses are worse than none.” – Thomas Fuller

148. “Uncalled for excuses are practical confessions.” – Charles Simmons

149. “If you make no excuses, there’s nothing holding you back.” – Travis Browne

Wise and Informative Quotes About Excuses

150. “Action expresses priorities.” – Mohandas Gandhi

151. “Being a big guy, you face certain challenges. Over time, though, women found excuses to find me attractive.” – Rick Ross

152. “Not looking for excuses is the right thing to do. I have made a lot of mistakes, and I still make mistakes, but I am not ashamed to look for the reasons behind those mistakes.” – Gianluigi Buffon

153. “Two wrongs don’t make a right, but they make a good excuse.” – Thomas Szasz

154. “If you have passion, there is no need for excuses because your enthusiasm will trump any negative reasoning you might come up with. Enthusiasm makes excuses a nonissue.” – Wayne Dyer

155. “Excuses are the crutches of the uncommitted.” – A. R. Bernard

156. “We need to hear the excuses men make to themselves for their worthlessness.” – Margaret Fuller

157. “When I was younger, I was always taught not to make excuses.” – Derek Jeter

158. “Excuses cost a dime and that’s why the poor could afford a lot of it.” – Robert Kiyosaki

159. “Winning excuses everything.” – Cam Newton

160. “Negative thinking is subtle and deceptive. It wears many faces and hides behind the mask of excuses. It is important to strip away the mask and discover the real, root emotion.” – Robert H. Schuller

161. “If you want to be rich, don’t allow yourself the luxury of excuses.” – Robert Kiyosaki

162. “Pay attention, people! There’s no excuse for making the same mistakes that others have made. If you do, it’s your own fault and you should expect no sympathy, no compassion.” – Donald Trump

163. “There is no excuse for bad manners, except fast reflexes.” – Steven Brust

164. “A lot of people assume that women of a certain age who are not unattractive have no excuse for not having a perfect life. But you can have emotional baggage that is dragging you down like cement blocks tied to your feet.” – Olivia Wilde

More Excuses Quotes You Can Read When You Need Advice

165. “We have no excuse to deviate from the paths of righteousness. If we hold fast to the iron rod, we cannot be deceived.” – William Grant Bangerter

166. “You are equally responsible for your place in the culture, and you must make a contribution, and you must accept responsibility for what goes down on your watch. You have no excuse if you are a conservative not to be concerned about the environment. You are equally responsible.” – Martin Sheen

167. “Poverty and war have no excuse.” – Vanna Bonta

168. “There is, of course, no complete solution. But we can do something. The chief means open to us is education. There is no excuse for letting another generation be as vastly ignorant, or as devoid of understanding and sympathy, as we are ourselves.” – C.P. Snow

169. “Nature has no compassion. Nature accepts no excuses and the only punishment it knows is death.” – Eric Hoffer

170. “There’s no excuse to hit a woman. Ever. Not even in a movie role, because you might really like it. And then what?” – Terrence Howard

171. “There are no excuses. There are no good reasons.” – Eric Thomas

172. “There will be no surprises, there will be no excuses, we will do what we’ve said we will do.” – Tony Abbott

173. “I think I do have a sort of terrible propensity for boredom and for being bored, even though I am absolutely of the opinion that one shouldn’t be bored and that there is no excuse for it and that it is a personal failing.” – Geoff Dyer

174. “As opposed to living the rich life and consuming as much as possible, people have to take a step back. Instead of buying the biggest diamond or having 18 cars, do other things. Buying the biggest thing is outdated and there is no excuse for it.” – Andrew Ferenc

175. “There is no excuse for doing anything which is not strikingly beautiful.” – William Morris

176. “We have such a finite amount of hours on this planet, and there is just no excuse for living a mundane, predictable life in life.” – Masiela Lusha

177. “Speak out. Educate. Do not be intimidated by the apologists, and do not let extreme racism be mainstreamed.” – Christine Pelosi

178. “We should never shy away from the challenges that face us out of fear of failure or an unwillingness to battle the odds. We should confront our problems head-on and make no excuses.” – Kyle Maynard

179. “But ignorance of the law is no excuse. A person is guilty even if he breaks the law unknowingly.” – Walther Funk

180. “You have to be kind to people. Treat them decently. There’s no excuse for not.” – Ben Affleck 

Do You Have a Habit of Making Excuses?

Excuses are the things standing between you and your goal. Making excuses is the easiest way to escape from your responsibility. And maybe, you are doing it because you are afraid or not confident to do the things you want to do.

Making excuses will hold you from moving forward. And as time passes by, if you keep doing it, you’ll find yourself stuck and unable to take action towards your goals.

To avoid this kind of setback, you must empower yourself. We hope that this collection was able to inform you that excuses will not improve your life. Remember, life moves forward no matter what we do, so let’s do our best to keep up and thrive.

Which of these excuses quotes are your favorites? Are there any other quotes you’d like us to add? Let us know in the comments section.


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