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EXCUSES
[ Also see Alibis Apologies Justification ]

Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
      - Aesop

Several excuses are always less convincing than one.
      - Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point (ch. 1)

Excuse my dust.
      - Dorothy Rothchild Parker (Mrs. Alan Campbell)

An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie; for an excuse is a lie guarded.
      - Alexander Pope

Oftentimes, excusing of a fault
  Doth make the fault the worse by the excuse;
    As patches, set upon a little breach,
      Discredit more in hiding of the fault,
        Than did the fault before it was so patched.
      - William Shakespeare

Two wrongs don't make a right, but they make a good excuse.
      - Thomas Szasz,
        The Second Sin--Social Relations

An excuse for sin is a statement of the circumstances under which a man did wrong. When we say, "I could not help it; circumstances were too much for me," do our hearts believe it to be true? We say, "My temperament, my inherited appetite, business exigencies, irresistible pressure," as though we were compelled to do wrong. The first man in the long line of apologetic succession said, "The woman tempted me," but did not say, "and made me eat." Whatever he might wish implied, he could only say, "And I did eat." No unconsenting soul can be made to sin, and so sin is inexcusable.
      - Unknown


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