From taking responsibility for our own actions to letting ourselves off the hook sometimes, these quotes about blame are loaded with good life lessons & amazing advice. I think we all need to pay closer attention to them. Enjoy!
Quotes About Blame That Are Full of Valuable Lessons & Advice
The other day, I came across a quote that I really loved about not blaming others for your mistakes. I thought, “what a perfect topic!” Then, I saw one about not being so hard on yourself when things go wrong, and I loved that idea, too. Before I knew it, I was down a rabbit hole of blame quotes. I thought, “Why not put them all together?” I mean, as they say, there’s plenty of blame to go around! Below are my favorites, divided into categories for you.
Some of them remind us to take responsibility for our own actions and choices. Others urge us to stop blaming ourselves for every little mistake. ALL of them, though, are filled with valuable advice that I think we all need to hear sometimes. I hope you find them as inspiring as I did.
Quotes About Blaming Others for Your Mistakes
Let’s start with some general “stop blaming others and take responsibility for your own actions” quotes. After all, I think every single one of us is guilty of passing the buck from time to time.
1. You’re old enough to take the wheel…
This is one of my favorite “stop blaming your parents” quotes. If you’re reading this, you’re probably old enough to take that wheel now, so start steering yourself in the right direction. While you’re at it, forgive your parents for the times that they did steer you wrong. I’m sure they were really trying to do right by you.
2. Speaking of blaming your parents…
“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” ― Anne Frank
Even worse than blaming your parents for steering you wrong with bad advice is blaming them when you don’t follow their good advice.
3. You knew better…
If you know better, but do something anyway, there’s really no one else to blame but yourself!
4. Search your own past
“It’s easy to blame others for your situation. It’s much more productive to search your own past and find what caused your faults.” -Anonymous
If you never take responsibility for your own actions, you’ll never learn from your mistakes.
5. The easiest hunting expedition
“The search for a scapegoat is the easiest of all hunting expeditions.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
Pretty self-explanatory. We never have to look far to find someone else to blame (although if we’re being honest with ourselves, we really only have to look in the mirror).
6. You have to live with the consequences either way
You can blame others all you want, but in the end, it doesn’t really change the fact that you have to deal with the consequences on your own.
7. Blaming others is just plain lazy
“Blame is just a lazy person’s way of making sense of chaos.” -Douglas Coupland
Don’t take the easy way out. If you want to make sense of the chaos that is life, you’ll have to start by looking within.
8. Don’t play the victim
“Some people love being victims because they love being able to blame someone else. Accountability is too much for them. They don’t like being responsible for who they have become or where they are in life.” -Anonymous
Sadly, this is all too true. I know a few people who claim that the world let them down when in reality they let themselves down.
9. Stop blaming those who came before us
We blame the Silent Generation for being a bit too silent on some matters. The Boomers get blamed for wrecking the economy. Gen X is to blame for not caring enough to change the world. Millennials are to blame for businesses going under. Who knows what Gen Z’s kids will blame them for?
In the end, we’re all to blame for what’s going on in the world. Which brings us to…
10. We are society!
Society is nothing more than a collection of individuals. If each individual changes for the better, then the world as a whole will get better, too.
11. You only have one go at life
You’re entitled to very few things in this life. The rest is up to you. Since you also only get one life to live, make the best of it!
12. You are responsible for every decision that you make
“Everything you do is based on the choices you make. It’s not your parents, your past relationships, your job, the economy, the weather, an argument, or your age that is to blame. You and only you are responsible for every decision and choice you make, period.” -Unknown
In other words, you make your own destiny. So make it a good one!
13. Be responsible for your own dreams
Stop blaming others for killing your dreams. Find the courage to take the first step towards making them come true on your own.
14. Choose more wisely
“You made your choices to get where you are now in life, stop blaming others for your misfortune and choose wisely next time.” Leon Brown
You can either blame others for where you are in life, or you can learn from the past and make better choices in the future.
15. Blame keeps you stuck
“Blame doesn’t empower you. It keeps you stuck in a place you don’t want to be because you don’t want to make the temporary, but painful decision, to be responsible for the outcome of your own life’s happiness.” ― Shannon L. Alder
When you stop blaming others, you take back your own power. It may be hard at first, but ultimately it’ll lead you to the happiness you deserve.
16. You’re not a failure until you stop trying
By blaming someone else, we’re almost giving ourselves permission to stop trying, and you can succeed if you give up.
17. All blame is a waste of time
All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you. The only thing blame does is to keep the focus off you when you are looking for… reasons to explain your unhappiness or frustration. – Casey Stengel
Stop wasting time trying to decide who is at fault for something. Even if someone else is to blame, it doesn’t change anything.
18. It’s also a waste of energy
Blaming others takes time and energy from improving yourself.” -Anonymous
I’d rather use all of that time and energy to focus on ways that I can make the world- or at least my little slice of it- a better place.
19. Don’t give up your power to change
Do you really want to hand over all of your power that way? I know I don’t!
20. If you want to change, do it!
We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers – but never blame yourself. It’s never your fault. But it’s always your fault, because if you wanted to change you’re the one who has got to change. – Katharine Hepburn
You- and you alone- write your story. No one else can hold that pen. If you want to change, then change.
Don’t Blame Yourself Quotes
A little warning about this section, some of these quotes are a little hard to read because they deal with self-blame in response to trauma. I feel like they’re important, though. Perhaps more important than quotes about blaming others. I know far too many people who continue to blame themselves for something that was done to them, not because of them.
21. No matter what, it wasn’t your fault
I started with this one because it’s such an important message to anyone that suffered at the hands of an adult as a child. No matter what, it was NOT your fault.
22. A strange thing we do
“It is a strange thing we do, blaming ourselves when people hurt us, but we all do it.” ― Jodi Aman
We all need to stop blaming ourselves almost as much as we need to stop blaming other people.
23. Self-blame prevents you from healing
Trauma victims commonly blame themselves. Blaming oneself for the shame of being a victim is recognized by trauma specialists as a defense against the extreme powerlessness we feel in the wake of a traumatic event. Self-blame continues the illusion of control shock destroys, but prevents us from the necessary working through of the traumatic feelings and memories to heal and recover.” ― Sandra Lee Dennis
This one breaks my heart. Please, if you’re blaming yourself for something that someone else did to you, I urge you to talk to someone. There are some amazing trauma resources out there to help you begin the healing process.
24. You ARE good enough!
25. You deserved better
“I was a very lonely child and it’s funny but the first word that comes to my head is “starved”. I felt starved of affection, starved of love and I felt that it wasn’t OK to ask for it. Maybe there was a sense that if I deserved it, it would be there. There must be something I’d done which meant I didn’t deserve it.” ― Carol Lee
Please know that you never deserve to be treated badly by anyone. You ALWAYS deserve better.
26. We all suffer, but it doesn’t mean we’re to blame
“The first noble truth of the Buddha is that when we feel suffering, it doesn’t mean that something is wrong. What a relief. Finally somebody told the truth. Suffering is part of life, and we don’t have to feel it’s happening because we personally made the wrong move.” ― Pema Chödrön
Sometimes, things go wrong in life and it’s no one’s fault. Don’t look for someone to blame, and don’t blame yourself. Once you accept that sometimes life just plain stinks, you’ll be able to find the lessons in the pain and move forward.
27. Know in your heart that you’re not to blame
I knew that it was no fault of ours. We weren’t to blame, I thought to myself. I could let it go; I could set the burden down, I could be free. Except, of course, that knowing something in your head is different than feeling it in your heart. – Jennifer Weiner
Even when we rationally know that we’re not at fault, it’s hard to convince our hearts.
28. If you’re going to blame yourself, do it right
Sometimes, we know that we’re to blame and are willing to accept that. Unfortunately, we end up blaming ourselves for the wrong thing. If you’re not where you want to be in life, change your strategy.
29. Guilt keeps us stuck in the past
Guilt can be an unrelenting source of pain. It keeps us stuck in the past and prevents us from moving forward. We might hold a belief that we should feel guilty and condemn ourselves – not once, but over and over. Or, guilt may simmer in our unconscious. Either way, this kind of guilt is insidious and self-destructive and can sabotage our goals and relationships. It lowers our self-esteem and makes us easy targets for blame and manipulation. -Darlene Lancer
30. Pain is still pain
I can’t deny this is all my fault. I have no one else to blame for my life falling to pieces. But let me ask you this: is pain any less valid when it is self-inflicted? Doesn’t it hurt just as much?” ― Lang Leav, September Love
Okay, so maybe you’re to blame for your life not turning out the way you wanted. That doesn’t change the fact that it still hurts. So once you take responsibility, give yourself a break. Own your mistakes, learn from them, then let yourself off the hook.
“Blame No One” Quotes (Because Sometimes, It’s Really No One’s Fault)
These last quotes are actually my favorites of all. I strongly dislike the word “blame” in general because I feel like it puts too much focus on a problem and not enough on a solution.
31. Lose the capacity to blame
I really hope to one day reach this level of insight into humanity.
32. Start lifting yourself up
“If we always think the other guy is the reason for our lack of success, then it’s time to start planning ways to lift ourselves up, rather than planning ways to take him down.” ― Charles F. Glassman
Stop trying to figure out how to take down someone that you think is at fault for where you are in life and start working on bettering yourself instead.
33. Blame keeps us from being honest with ourselves
“All too often we have been pulled away from being honest with ourselves and drawn into a game of blaming others for bad situations. Just how crazy has our society become with playing ‘the blame game?’” Joseph E. McGuire
Much like that Wordle game people can’t stop talking about, the Blame Game seems to be something that everyone enjoys playing just a wee bit too much.
34. Remove all blame from your vocabulary
This inspired me to pay much more attention to how often I blame myself AND others.
35. Focus on fixing the problem
Focus on fixing the problem, never focus on the blame. Problems are only resolved when solutions are sought.”- Catherine Pulsifer
This goes along with what I said above about why I dislike the word so much.
36. No good comes from blame
“If you are looking to inspire people then blaming is the last thing you want to do. To inspire others, focus your attention on the solution not the blame. No good comes from blame, good comes from finding a way to correct the situation.”- Kate Summers
37. There are no winners in the blame game
Remember, when you point one finger on your hand, the rest point back at you.
38. There’s more than enough grief in this world
“There’s enough grief in this world without always getting into whose fault it is.” – Lisa Samson
I blame you, you blame me, we both blame someone else. It goes round and round, and just leads to more pain for everyone.
39. Let it go
You have to let it go. You can hold on to the hate and the love and even the bitterness, but you have to go of the blame. The blame is what’s tearing you down, babe.” ― Colleen Hoover
I think this last one beautifully sums up all of these quotes about blame, don’t you? In the end, focusing on who is at fault and holding onto those negative emotions is just going to tear us to pieces. Let it go and move forward.
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