act of censuring, holding responsible, making negative statements about an individual or group
Blame is the act of censuring, holding responsible, making negative statements about an individual or group that their action or actions are socially or morally irresponsible, the opposite of praise.
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- In love, no one can harm anyone else; we are each of us responsible for our own feelings and cannot blame someone else for what we feel.
- Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes (2003), p. 90
- Children whose families break up, their father and mother divorce, often feel personally to blame for the break-up of their parents, so traumatic is it for them. They think they did not love their parents enough, or they were not ‘good’, or they did ‘wrong things’. It is absolutely nothing to do with the child at all, of course. It is the sensitivity of a child not to blame their father or mother but to blame themselves for the fact that the father and mother no longer live together. That is related to self-forgiveness.
People will not forgive themselves because they attach themselves to the result of their actions. You cannot alter the past. The past is the past. What you can alter is your attachment to the past.
- Benjamin Creme, The World Teacher for All Humanity, (2007)
- You made me cry,
when you said goodbye
Ain't that a shame
My tears fell like rain
Ain't that a shame
You're the one to blame
- Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew, Ain't That a Shame (1955)
- The genuine scientist is not moved by praise or blame.
- Albert Einstein, as quoted in Einstein and the Poet: In Search of the Cosmic Man (1983) by William Hermanns, p. 66. From a series of meetings Hermanns had with Einstein in 1930, 1943, 1948, and 1954, during which he took notes on what Einstein said (though it's unclear if he recorded the exact phrasing or filled in words from memory).
- ὢ πόποι, οἷον δή νυ θεοὺς βροτοὶ αἰτιόωνται.
ἐξ ἡμέων γάρ φασι κάκ' ἔμμεναι· οἱ δὲ καὶ αὐτοὶ
σφῇσιν ἀτασθαλίῃσιν ὑπὲρ μόρον ἄλγε' ἔχουσιν.
- If we find fault with others
We ourselves are also in the wrong.
When other people are in the wrong, we should ignore it,
For it is wrong for us to find fault.
By getting rid of the habit of fault-finding
We cut off a source of defilement.
- Love responsibility. Say: "It is my duty, and mine alone, to save the earth. If it is not saved, then I alone am to blame.
Love each man according to his contribution in the struggle. Do not seek friends; seek comrades-in-arms.
- Nikos Kazantzakis, The Saviors of God (1923), First Step : The Ego. Written in 1923; Published in English as The Saviors of God : Spiritual Exercises (1960) as translated by Kimon Friar; Excerpts later published in The Rock Garden : A Novel (1963)
- Now there's no point in placing the blame
And you should know I'd suffer the same
- Madonna and Patrick Leonard, Frozen (February 23, 1998) from the album Ray of Light (March 3, 1998)
- If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches.
- Rainer Maria Rilke (Date of death)
- When bad fortune occurs, the unresourceful, unimaginative man looks about him to attach the blame to someone else.
- There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ouselves we feel that no one else has the right to blame us.
- Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), Chapter 8.