Not My Fault!

Sunday, March 29, 2020 – Not My Fault!

Blame someone else and get on with your life. ~ Alan Woods

Ninety percent of politics is deciding whom to blame. ~ Meg Greenfield

No blame should attach to telling the truth. But it does, it does. ~ Anita Brookner

I call the discourse of power any discourse that engenders blame, hence guilt, in its recipient. ~ Roland Barthes

A man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault. ~ John Henry Newman

It has been the great fault of our politicians that they have all wanted to do something. ~ Anthony Trollope

This is a do-it-yourself test for paranoia: you know you’ve got it when you can’t think of anything that’s your fault. ~ Robert M. Hutchins

The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Truly it is an evil to be full of faults; but it is a still greater evil to be full of them and to be unwilling to recognize them, since that is to add the further fault of a voluntary illusion. ~ Blaise Pascal

Better reality than a dream: if something is real, then it’s real and you’re not to blame. ~ Umberto Eco

Heaven has given to every human being the power of controlling his passions, and if he neglects or loses it, the fault is his own, and he must be answerable for it. ~ John Quincy Adams

The price of greatness is responsibility. ~ Winston Churchill

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. ~ George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

It is wrong and immoral to seek to escape the consequences of one’s acts. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility. ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

What is an anarchist? One who, choosing, accepts the responsibility of choice. ~ Ursula K. Le Guin

Freedom is the will to be responsible for ourselves. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols

Any party which takes credit for the rain must not be surprised if its opponents blame it for the drought. ~ Dwight Morrow

It is criminal to steal a purse, daring to steal a fortune, a mark of greatness to steal a crown. The blame diminishes as the guilt increases. ~ Friedrich Schiller

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

The reason people blame things on previous generations is that there’s only one other choice. ~ Doug Larson

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

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

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

Most of us can read the writing on the wall; we just assume it’s addressed to someone else. ~ Ivern Ball

Quarrels would not last long if the fault was only on one side. ~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Blame is just a lazy person’s way of making sense of chaos. ~ Doug Coupland

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

If people don’t like Marxism, they should blame the British Museum. ~ Mikhail Gorbachev

In passing, also, I would like to say that the first time Adam had a chance he laid the blame on a woman. ~ Nancy Astor

In short, Luck’s always to blame. ~ Jean De La Fontaine

Blame is for God and small children. ~ Dustin Hoffman

Children usually do not blame themselves for getting lost. ~ Anna Freud

I’m not sure if you can blame everything on the American way of life, but the United States is big. So, if you have a lot of people there, the percentage of stupid people is bound to be higher. ~ Stephen Malkmus

There’s man all over for you, blaming on his boots the fault of his feet. ~ Samuel Beckett

In praise there is more obtrusiveness than in blame. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Praise out of season, or tactlessly bestowed, can freeze the heart as much as blame. ~ Pearl S. Buck

Telling lies is a fault in a boy, an art in a lover, an accomplishment in a bachelor, and second-nature in a married man. ~ Helen Rowland

It is almost always a fault of one who loves not to realize when he ceases to be loved. ~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld

A man’s mother is his misfortune, but his wife is his fault. ~ Walter Bagehot

I blame my mother for my poor sex life. All she told me was “the man goes on top and the woman underneath.” For three years my husband and I slept in bunk beds. ~ Joan Rivers

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

Only nature knows how to justly proportion to the fault the punishment it deserves. ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

People who think they’re generous to a fault usually think that’s their only fault. ~ Sydney J. Harris

The nice thing about being a celebrity is that, if you bore people, they think it’s their fault. ~ Henry A. Kissinger

The only cure for vanity is laughter, and the only fault that is laughable is vanity. ~ Henri Bergson

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

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

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

Never try to tell everything you know. It may take too short a time. ~ Norman Ford

I’m just trying to make a smudge on the collective unconscious. ~ David Letterman

My only fault is that I don’t realize how great I really am. ~ Muhammad Ali

Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. ~ Oscar Wilde

I criticize by creation – not by finding fault. ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

It is another’s fault if he be ungrateful, but it is mine if I do not give. To find one thankful man, I will oblige a great many that are not so. ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I think if someone gets kicked in the face it is their fault. They watched the foot come towards their face. ~ Kevin Hart

It is not my fault that certain so-called bohemian elements have found in my writings something to hang their peculiar beatnik theories on. ~ Jack Kerouac

It is not Kafka’s fault that his wonderful writings have lately turned into a fad, and are read by people who have neither the ability nor the desire to absorb literature. ~ Hermann Hesse

Everything is my fault when you’re me. I don’t know why. ~ Machine Gun Kelly

“People have forgotten this truth,” the fox said. “But you mustn’t forget it. You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed. You’re responsible for your rose.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

I’m not interested in anybody’s guilt. Guilt is a luxury that we can no longer afford. I know you didn’t do it, and I didn’t do it either, but I am responsible for it because I am a man and a citizen of this country and you are responsible for it, too, for the very same reason. ~ James Baldwin