Apology is only egotism wrong side out.
We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.
He who excuses himself, accuses himself.
No doubt Jack the Ripper excused himself on the grounds that it was human nature.
An excuse is worse than a lie, for an excuse is a lie, guarded.
The girl who can't dance says the band can't play.
If you don't want to do something, one excuse is as good as another.
And oftentimes excusing of a fault doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.
Two wrongs don't make a right, but they make a good excuse.
Don't make excuses, make good.
It is good rule in life to never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them.
Your letter of excuses has arrived. I receive the letter but do not admit the excuses except in courtesy, as when a man treads on your toes and begs your pardon -- the pardon is granted, but the joint aches, especially if there is a corn upon it.