A clean, hard-fought wrestling match is the most honest of athletic contests. There is no technological interventions, no teammates to blame, no panel of judges to bias the score. In wrestling, you compete or you quit. No alibis. I like that

— Dan Gable

Terrific Alibi quotations

It's the notion that there is no perfection - that there is a broken world and we live with broken hearts and broken lives but still there is no alibi for anything. On the contrary, you have to stand up and say hallelujah under those circumstances.

Looking up is the biggest alibi ever invented to explain a terrible shot.

By the time you look up, you've already made the mistake.

It is necessary to fall in love... if only to provide an alibi for all the random despair you are going to feel anyway.

You can do anything if you have enthusiasm.

Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars.

All I know is just what I read in the papers, and that's an alibi for my ignorance.

You can do anything if you have enthusiasm.

The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.

We are living in the era of premeditation and the perfect crime.

Our criminals are no longer helpless children who could plead love as their excuse. On the contrary, they are adults and the have the perfect alibi: philosophy, which can be used for any purpose - even for transforming murderers into judges.

The biggest pests are the people who use altruism as an alibi.

What they passionately wish is to make themselves important.

Conscription is an impediment to achieving the forces Australia needs.

It is an alibi for failing to give proper conditions to regular soldiers. We will abolish conscription forthwith. By abolishing it, Australia will achieve a better army, a better-paid army - and a better, united society.

Think and then act. Never act and then alibi.

Success requires no explanations. Failure permits no alibis.

We lie to ourselves in order that we may still have the excuse of ignorance, the alibi of stupidity and incomprehension, possessing which we can continue with a good conscience to commit and tolerate the most monstrous crimes.

Handicaps can be converted into stepping stones on which one may climb toward some worthy goal, unless they are accepted as obstacles, and used as alibis.

The test of policy is how it ends, not how it begins.

Foreign policy is the art of establishing priorities. Demonization is not a policy; it is an alibi for the absence of one. The test is not absolute satisfaction but balanced dissatisfaction.

A sports expert is the guy who writes the best alibis for being wrong

Where's your sense of adventure? It died under mysterious circumstances.

My sense of self-preservation found the body, but assures me it has an airtight alibi. -Captain Tagon & Captain Andreyasn

Thought is a process of exaggeration.

The refusal to exaggerate is not infrequently an alibi for the disinclination to think or praise.

Optimism has always seemed to me the cunning alibi of egoists, anxious to cover up their state of chronic self-satisfaction. They are optimists in order to avoid pitying other men and their misfortune. ~~ Yet pity is a vexed question.

Quart of whiskey a day for months working hard on a long poem.

Wife hiding bottles, myself hiding bottles. Murderous and suicidal. Many hospitalizations, many alibis.

No alibi will save you from accepting the responsibility.

'Home Alone' was a movie, not an alibi.

Both gangs have been bad sports, so see if at least one can't redeem themselves by offering no alibis, but cooperate with the winner, for no matter which one it is the poor fellow is going to need it.

For the West, the demonization of Vladimir Putin is not a policy;

it is an alibi for the absence of one. Putin is a serious strategist – on the premises of Russian history. Understanding US values and psychology are not his strong suits. Nor has understanding Russian history and psychology been a strong point among US policymakers.’

If you pick up a golfer and hold it close to your ear, like a conch shell, and listen, you will hear an alibi.

There are whole years for which I hope I'll never be cross-examined, for I could not give an alibi.

Some persons' letters seem almost framed to afford a series of alibis for their personality.

Well, demonization itself can help ... to provide an alibi. You succumb to the Devil incarnate, and as a result you're not guilty yourself.

You must have a love, a great love, to ensure an alibi at unjustified despairs that conquer all of us

An alibi is a reason with a bad reputation.

No innocent person ever has an alibi.

You can do anything if you have enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars. With it, there is accomplishment. Without it there are only alibis.

People always ask me, "Where were you when Kennedy was shot?" Well, I don't have an alibi.

What is a photograph? For me, a fragment of quick-silver, a lucid dream, a scribbled note from the subconscious to be deciphered, perhaps, over years. It is a monologue trying to become a conversation, an offering, an alibi, a salute.