Sunday, December 7, 2008 – Blame


We believe that to err is human. To blame it on someone else is politics. ~ Hubert H. Humphrey


Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who’ll get the blame. ~ Bertrand Russell


The man who can smile when things go wrong has thought of someone else he can blame it on. ~ Robert Bloch


The search for someone to blame is always successful. ~ Robert Half


All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you. The only thing blame does is to keep the focus off you when you are looking for external reasons to explain your unhappiness or frustration. You may succeed in making another feel guilty about something by blaming him, but you won’t succeed in changing whatever it is about you that is making you unhappy. ~ Wayne Dyer


When you cease to exist, then who will you blame? ~ Bob Dylan


I never blame myself when I’m not hitting. I just blame the bat, and if it keeps up, I change bats. After all, if I know it isn’t my fault that I’m not hitting, how can I get mad at myself? ~ Yogi Berra


No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible. ~ Stanislaw Lev


If you ever have to steal money from your kid, and later on he discovers it’s gone, I think a good thing to do is to blame it on Santa Claus. ~ Jack Handy


Never explain – your friends don’t need it, and your enemies won’t believe you anyhow. ~ Elbert Hubbard


We praise or blame as one or the other affords more opportunity for exhibiting our power of judgment. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


We are not innocent children victimized by a big bad world; if our world is big and bad, we made it that way. This is what the Buddha taught. The “other” is the child’s boogeyman, the projection of our own fears onto a terrifying object of our imagination, which in turn terrorizes us. Our ignorance is not seeing that we are the other. We cannot afford to confuse innocence with this ignorance. Violence is not a permanent, immutable, fixed object. It is a state of mind, an expression of ignorance, with no more solid substance than a cloud. We cannot make a frontal attack on violence. Even protecting ourselves from it fuels its boogeyman existence. But the Buddha taught that we can change. This was his good news: that there is a way to alleviate suffering by freeing our minds from greed, anger, and ignorance. ~ Helen Tworkov


Sometimes I lie awake at night and ask why me? Then a voice answers nothing personal, your name just happened to come up. ~ Charles Schulz


Blame is for God and small children. ~ Dustin Hoffman


Our proper bliss depends on what we blame. ~ Alexander Pope


To carry a grudge is like being stung to death by one bee. ~ William Walton


A man may fall many times but he won’t be a failure until he says someone pushed him. ~ Elmer G. Letterman


A man can become so accustomed to the thought of his own faults that he will begin to cherish them as charming little “personal characteristics.” ~ Helen Rowland


The trouble with this country is that there are too many people going about saying, “The trouble with this country is….” ~ Sinclair Lewis


I envy people who drink. At least they have something to blame everything on ~ Oscar Levant


We confess to little faults only to persuade others that we have no great ones. ~ La Rochefoucauld


We’ve been through so much together, and most of it was your fault. ~ Ashleigh Brilliant


What I do now is all my dad’s fault, because he bought me a guitar as a boy, for no apparent reason. ~ Rod Stewart


Responsibility: A detachable burden easily shifted to the shoulders of God, Fate, Fortune, Luck or one’s neighbor. In the days of astrology it was customary to unload it upon a star. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary, 1911


An idea isn’t responsible for the people who believe in it. ~ Donald Robert Perry Marquis


Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. ~ Jean-Paul Sartre


If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month. ~ Theodore Roosevelt


There is luxury in self reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel no one else has a right to blame us. ~ Oscar Wilde


You must not blame me if I do talk to the clouds. ~ Henry David Thoreau