*If you aren’t willing to put some effort into crafting an excuse, just admit the truth and take your licks. You’ll be regarded better than you will if you do a poor job of excuse making.
*We love our pets easier than we do people. Animals are more honest and take less effort to understand.
Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are, to some extent, a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it, piece by piece, by thought, choice, courage and determination.
H. Jackson Browne