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Blame

  • ... my parents ... had decided early on that all of the problems in my family had somehow to do with me. All roads led to Roseyville, a messy, chaotic town where, as parents, they were required to visit, but could never get out of quick enough or find a decent parking place.

  • ... there's folks 'ud stand on their heads and then say the fault was i' their boots.

  • ... the point of educating instead of blaming seems to me very important. For nothing stultifies one more than being blamed. Moreover, if the question is, who is to blame?, perhaps each will want to place the blame on someone else, or on the other hand, someone may try to shield his fellow-worker. In either case the attempt is to hide the error and if this is done the error cannot be corrected.

    • Mary Parker Follett,
    • in L. Urwick, ed., Freedom and Co-ordination: Lectures in Business Organisation ()
  • I praise loudly; I blame softly.

    • Catherine the Great,
    • in A. Lentin, ed., Voltaire and Catherine the Great: Selected Correspondence ()
  • I was thinking of my patients, and how the worst moment for them was when they discovered they were masters of their own fate. It was not a matter of bad or good luck. When they could no longer blame fate, they were in despair.

    • Anaïs Nin,
    • 1935, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, vol. 2 ()
  • When he could not understand a thing he straight way condemned it. Simplicity itself!

  • Someone has said that it requires less mental effort to condemn than to think.

  • As the medieval mind blamed God for human suffering, so the modern mind blames 'the system' for the industrial blight and plague of technology.

    • Jennifer Stone,
    • "Notes from the Back of Beyond," in Wormwood Review ()
  • ... he was certainly in the mood in which a man feels that he has been let down, and casts about him for someone to take the blame.

  • If a man does a foolish thing once, he'll hear of it all his life.

  • ... if something bad happens to me or to others with whom I identify, it is owing to brute luck, but if it happens to anyone else, it is owing to unwise choices.

  • ... the man who slurs / Some other man is guiltier / Of just the same misdeed, I'm sure, / That he maintains the other is.

    • Christine de Pisan,
    • "Tale of the Rose" (1402), in Thelma S. Fenster and Mary Carpenter Erler, eds., Poems of Cupid, God of Love ()
  • Good women always think it is their fault when someone else is being offensive. Bad women never take the blame for anything.

  • In the blame game, everybody loses, and nobody changes.

  • ... black sheeps express everyone else's anger and pain. It's not that they have all the anger and pain — they're just the only ones who let it out. Then the other people don't have to.

  • Only when we stop holding others accountable for all of our troubles can we truly be free.

  • A bad workman blames his tools.

  • To accuse is so easy that it is infamous to do so where proof is impossible!

  • We live in a blame culture — we want to know whose fault it is, and how they're going to pay. In our personal, social, and political worlds, we do a lot of screaming and finger-pointing, but we rarely hold people accountable. How could we? We're so exhausted from raging and raving that we don't have the energy to develop meaningful consequences and enforce them.