Quotes about Blame

And these vicissitudes come best in youth; For when they happen at a riper age, People are apt to blame the Fates, forsooth, And wonder Providence is not more sage. Adversity is the first path to truth: He who hath proved war, storm, or woman's rage, Whether his winters be eighteen or eighty, Has won experience which is deem'd so weighty.

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

The Traveler and His Dog A Traveler about to set out on a journey saw his Dog stand at the door stretching himself. He asked him sharply: Why do you stand there gaping? Everything is ready but you, so come with me instantly. The Dog, wagging his tail, replied: O, master! I am quite ready; it is you for whom I am waiting. The loiterer often blames delay on his more active friend.


The Two Dogs A man had two dogs: a Hound, trained to assist him in his sports, and a Housedog, taught to watch the house. When he returned home after a good day's sport, he always gave the Housedog a large share of his spoil. The Hound, feeling much aggrieved at this, reproached his companion, saying, It is very hard to have all this labor, while you, who do not assist in the chase, luxuriate on the fruits of my exertions. The Housedog replied, Do not blame me, my friend, but find fault with the master, who has not taught me to labor, but to depend for subsistence on the labor of others. Children are not to be blamed for the faults of their parents.


Where grows?--where grows it not? If vain our toil, We ought to blame the culture, not the soil.

Alexander Pope

And through the hall there walked to and fro A jolly yeoman, marshall of the same, Whose name was Appetite; he did bestow Both guestes and meate, whenever in they came, And knew them how to order without blame.

Edmund Spenser

Take your life in your own hands and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.

Erica Jong

A bad workman always blames his tools.

Erica Proverb

A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.

John C. Maxwell

A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.

John Burroughs

A man always blames the woman who fools him. In the same way he blames the door he walks into in the dark.

Henry Louis Mencken

A man may fail many times but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.

J. Paul Getty

An expert is someone called in at the last minute to share the blame.

Sam Ewing

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

Dwight Morrow

Blame is for God and small children.

Dustin Hoffman

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

Friedrich Nietzsche

Blame is safer than praise.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our proper bliss depends on what we blame.

Alexander Pope

I praise loudly, I blame softly

Catherine the Great

Man blames fate for other accidents but feels personally responsible for a hole-in-one.

Martha Beckman

When you blame others, you give up your power to change. -Dr. Robert Anthony.

Dr. Robert Anthony

One of the most striking parts of the Day of Atonement is that of the scapegoat. The high priest placed both his hands on the head of a goat and confessed all the sins of the nation. Then the goat carrying the sins of the people is sent off into the wilderness. But it is not just a piece of history! There is in the modern world a quest for scapegoats though with one enormous difference. Whenever there is an accident or a tragedy, there is a search for someone to blame. Often all the modern means of communication join in; accusations, resignations, demands for compensation and the rest. If a guilty person is found, then an orgy of condemnation and vilification. Rarely a sense of, there but for the grace of God go I. Instead of dealing gently with one another's failure because of our own vulnerability to criticism, there is the presumption that we are in a fit condition to judge and to condemn. The enormous difference? The original scapegoat followed a confession of the sins of the people. There was no blaming of someone else, but an admission of guilt and a quest for the forgiveness of God. The goat wasn't hated, but was a dramatic picture of the carrying away sins. It was the very opposite of a selfrighteous victimisation of someone else. Ever since 200 A.D., Christians have seen the scapegoat as a picture of Jesus. As it was led out to die in the wilderness bearing the sins of the people, so he was crucified outside Jerusalem for our sins. We are to be both forgiven and forgiving people.

David Bronnert

Feast of Irenæus, Bishop of Lyons, Teacher, Martyr, c.200 It was my generation, and the generation that preceded me, that forgot. The younger generation is not primarily to be blamed. Those who are struggling today, those who are far away and doing that which is completely contrary to the Christian conscience, are not first to be blamed. It is my generation, and the generation that preceded me, who turned away. Today we are left, not only with a religion and a church without meaning, but... with a culture without meaning.

Francis Schaeffer

Feast of Catherine of Siena, Mystic, Teacher, 1380 God is often faulted for creating a world full of suffering and evil. The issue is complex, both philosophically and theologically; but surely it is inappropriate to blame God for a problem He did not initiate, and [that is] in fact, one which He has sought to alleviate, at great cost to Himself. God sent His Son to inaugurate the Kingdom and to "destroy him who has the power of death, that is, the devil" (Heb. 2:14). God is not the cause of suffering and sickness; He is its cure! Jesus' ministry and death guarantee this.

George Mallone

Thus neither the praise nor the blame is our own.

William Cowper

A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner, so if one's life is cold and bare he can blame none but himself.

Louis L'amour

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