Pointing Fingers

Sunday, June 6, 2021 – Pointing Fingers

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

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

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

Blame is for God and small children. ~ Dustin Hoffman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 who 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one. ~ George Washington

He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else. ~ Benjamin Franklin

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

Do not make excuses, whether it’s your fault or not. ~ George Patton

To rush into explanations is always a sign of weakness. ~ Agatha Christie

Two wrongs don’t make a right, but they make a good excuse. ~ Thomas Szasz

Every vice has its excuse ready. ~ Publilius Syrus

An excuse is a skin of a reason stuffed with a lie. ~ Billy Sunday

There is no such thing as a list of reasons. There is either one sufficient reason or a list of excuses. ~ Robert Brault

Several excuses are always less convincing than one. ~ Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point

Give me six lines written by the most honorable of men, and I will find an excuse in them to hang him. ~ Cardinal Richelieu

Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things. ~ Russell Baker

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

We excuse our sloth under the pretext of difficulty. ~ Marcus Fabius Quintilian

Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts. ~ Edward R. Murrow

Destiny: A tyrant’s authority for crime and a fool’s excuse for failure. ~ Ambrose Bierce

Never make excuses. Your friends don’t need them and your foes won’t believe them. ~ John Wooden

The heart has its reasons but the mind makes the excuses ~ Amit Abraham

Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy. ~ Milan Kundera

A real failure does not need an excuse. It is an end in itself. ~ Gertrude Stein

For many have but one resource to sustain them in their misery and that is to think, “Circumstances have been against me, I was worthy to be something much better than I have been. I admit I have never had a great love or a great friendship; but that is because I never met a man or a woman who were worthy of it; if I have not written any very good books, it is because I had not the leisure to do so; or, if I have had no children to whom I could devote myself it is because I did not find the man I could have lived with. So there remains within me a wide range of abilities, inclinations and potentialities, unused but perfectly viable, which endow me with a worthiness that could never be inferred from the mere history of my actions.” But in reality, and for the existentialist, there is no love apart from the deeds of love; no potentiality of love other than that which is manifested in loving; there is no genius other than that which is expressed in works of art. ~ Jean-Paul Sartre

Anyone can have an off decade. ~ Larry Cole

Sometimes I wish I had a terrible childhood, so that at least I’d have an excuse. ~ Jimmy Fallon

Winning excuses everything. ~ Cam Newton

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

Excuse me while I kiss the sky. ~ Jimi Hendrix

A werewolf tossed me against a giant packing crate while I was trying to rescue a frightened young girl who’d been kidnapped by an evil witch and a drug lord. ~ Patricia Briggs

Excuse my scribbling, it is late, and I have a poor candle. ~ Henri Rousseau