"In France, everyone speaks French 'cause they think it's cool. Gives 'em, gives 'em an excuse to smoke."
"Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence."
"Terrorism can never be accepted. We must fight it together, with methods that do not compromise our respect for the rule of law and human rights, or are used as an excuse for others to do so."
"Having yet another vote on refinery legislation that uses high oil prices as an excuse to weaken environmental protections and to give more legislative gifts to the oil industry is misguided in the extreme."
"Being a woman is of special interest only to aspiring male transsexuals. To actual women, it is simply a good excuse not to play football."
"There is no excuse for perjury - never, never, never. There is truth, and the truth demands respect."
"I use filming as an excuse to take classes. I got my certification in sailing for 'Wedding Crashers,' and now I can handle a 26-foot boat. I played a seamstress once, so I took sewing classes. I love dipping into these other lives."
"Protecting the rights of even the least individual among us is basically the only excuse the government has for even existing."
"There may be people who have more talent than you, but there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do - and I believe that."
"Using the power of decision gives you the capacity to get past any excuse to change any and every part of your life in an instant."