15 Motivational Quotes to Stop Making Excuses

‘He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.’
March 23, 2017

Before you make your next excuse, ask yourself this: What can I do to improve?

Be honest with yourself about what you can do better, and you can free yourself of the blame and the denial that is sure to hold you back. Take responsibility for your actions, and you can live an incredible life of integrity. Make time to create positive momentum, and you will keep moving forward.

Related: Stop Making Excuses for Who and Where You Are

It is within your power to make big things happen. Use these 15 motivational quotes to get your mind right. (No excuses!)

15 Motivational Quotes to Stop Making Excuses

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


15 Motivational Quotes to Stop Making Excuses

2. “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” —Benjamin Franklin


15 Motivational Quotes to Stop Making Excuses

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


15 Motivational Quotes to Stop Making Excuses

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


15 Motivational Quotes to Stop Making Excuses

5. “We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.” ―Rudyard Kipling


15 Motivational Quotes to Stop Making Excuses

6. “Every vice has its excuse ready.” ―Publilius Syrus


15 Motivational Quotes to Stop Making Excuses

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


15 Motivational Quotes to Stop Making Excuses

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


15 Motivational Quotes to Stop Making Excuses

9. “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


15 Motivational Quotes to Stop Making Excuses

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


15 Motivational Quotes to Stop Making Excuses

11. “Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.” ―Edward R. Murrow


15 Motivational Quotes to Stop Making Excuses

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


15 Motivational Quotes to Stop Making Excuses

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


15 Motivational Quotes to Stop Making Excuses

14. “People with integrity do what they say they are going to do. Others have excuses.” ―Laura Schlessinger


15 Motivational Quotes to Stop Making Excuses

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

Related: Stop Using These 3 Excuses If You Want to Be Successful

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