80 Blame Shifting Quotes To Inspire You To Act Responsibly

Looking for famous quotes about shifting the blame? We have rounded up the best collection of blame shifting quotes, sayings, captions, status, (including images, and pictures) to inspire you to be responsible enough for your own mistakes and stop blaming others.

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People who shift the blame usually try to escape from their responsibility when you confront them for something. To be on the right path, one should have the courage to take onus of one’s action and not get into the blame game.

People may have this attitude of holding others accountable for their actions. This may be in respect to relationships, work, or personal life. But “passing the buck” everytime will not help you grow as a person.

Finding faults in others and not rectifying your own actions is a sign of a coward. Whenever things go wrong some people have a habit of holding others responsible for it. But life is what we make it and its all a result of what decisions we make for ourselves.

Hope these motivational quotes about blaming others will help you to be confident enough for your choices made in life.

These inspirational quotes about blame shifting are divided in two sections;

  • Blame Shifting Quotes
  • Blame Shifting Narcissist Quotes

If you are encouraged with these blame shifting quotes, then do read controlling relationship quotes and manipulative people quotes which you can relate to.

Blame Shifting Quotes

  1. “Hypocrites get offended by the truth.” – Jess C. Scott

  2. “If you don’t do your part, don’t blame God.” – Billy Sunday

  3. “When people are lame, they love to blame.” – Robert Kiyosaki                                             

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    blame shifting quotes

  4. “Blaming others will confine you to a life of mediocrity.” – ATGW

  5. “Blame-all and Praise-all are two blockheads.” – Benjamin Franklin

  6. “We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are.” – Anais Nin

  7. “Blaming others is nothing more than excusing yourself.” – Robin Sharma

  8. “Blame: No single raindrop believes it is responsible for the flood.” – Unknown

  9. “Life changing repentance begins where blame shifting ends.” – Timothy Keller

  10. “When you blame others, you give up your power to change.” – Robert Anthony

  11. “Why blame others? You are in charge of your life. Awaken to that fact.” – ATGW

  12. “Blame is just a lazy person’s way of making sense of chaos.” – Douglas Coupland

  13. “The superior man blames himself. The inferior man blames others.” – Don Shula

  14. “You’ll never get ahead by blaming your problems on other people.” – Willie Nelson

  15. “Avoid people who blame you for wanting the same things they ask for.” – Unknown

  16. “Great leaders don’t rush to blame. They instinctively look for solutions.” – Nina Easton

  17. “The only person who cannot be helped is that person who blames others.” – Carl Rogers

  18. “They are just angry because the truth you speak contradicts the lie they live.” – Unknown

  19. “Take charge of your own attitude. Don’t blame anyone else. You control you.” – Unknown                                                                                                                                     

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    don’t blame others for your mistakes quotes

  20. “You stabbed me and then pretended like you were the one who was bleeding.” – Unknown

  21. “Stop the blame game. Stop! Stop looking out the window and look in the mirror!” – Eric Thomas

  22. “Men are only clever at shifting blame from their own shoulders to those of others.” – Titus Livius

  23. “Your life is the fruit of your own doing. You have no one to blame but yourself.” – Joseph Campbell                                                                                                                       

    Quotes About Blame Shifting
    Quotes About Blame Shifting

  24. “Your life will never improve as long as you are blaming others for where and who you are.” – ATGW

  25. “When you blame and criticize others, you are avoiding some truth about yourself.” – Deepak Chopra

  26. “Making bad decisions is a part of life. Blaming others for your bad decisions is immature.” – Unknown

  27. “When you check your own mind properly, you stop blaming others for your problems.” – Thubten Yeshe

  28. “Before you start blaming people for your problems. Stop and think about who created them.” – Unknown                                                                                                 

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    blame shifting quotes images

  29. “You will never become who you want to be if you keep blaming everyone else for who you are.” – Unknown

  30. “Don’t blame other people for disappointing you, blame yourself for expecting way too much from them.” – Unknown

  31. “Relationships fail because people take their own insecurities and try and twist them into their partner’s flaws.” – Unknown

  32. “People who ruin their own lives have a strong tendency to blame other people when things go wrong.” – Daniel G. Amen

  33. “Blaming is a characteristic of losers. Winners take responsibility for their lives and make their dreams a reality.” – ATGW

  34. “The dream doesn’t lie in victimization or blame; it lies in hard work, determination and a good education.” – Alphonso Jackson

  35. “Take responsibility for your last bad decision, and then let it go. Don’t blame others or make excuses for yourself.” – Deepak Chopra

  36. “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.” – Unknown

  37. “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

  38. “You are responsible for your life. You can’t keep blaming somebody else for your dysfunction. Life is really about moving on.” – Oprah Winfrey

  39. “Stay away from people who can’t take responsibility for their actions and who make you feel bad for being angry at them when they do you wrong.” 

  40. “Stop pointing fingers and placing blame on others. Your life can only change to the degree that you accept responsibility for it.” – Dr. Steve Maraboli

  41. “Don’t blame your behavior on someone else. You are 100% responsible no matter how bad you are feeling or what’s happening in your life.” – Unknown

  42. “Every time you shift a blame on what you could have taken responsibility for, you deny yourself an opportunity to learn and grow.” – Unknown

  43. “Every time you shift a blame on what you could have taken responsibility for, you deny yourself an opportunity to learn and grow.” – Gugu Mona

  44. “For most people, blaming others is a subconscious mechanism for avoiding accountability. In reality, the only thing in your way is you.” – Dr. Steve Maraboli

  45. “He who blames others has a long way to go on his journey. He who blames himself is halfway there. He who blames no one has arrived.” – Chinese Proverb

  46. “Never blame another person for your personal choices – you are still the one who must live out the consequences of your choices.” – Caroline Myss

  47. “Stop blaming other people and circumstances for killing your dreams. The truth is; we tend to talk ourselves out of acting upon our dreams.” – Steve Maraboli

  48. “A bad mood is often the reason for blaming others; but very often blaming others causes bad feelings in us: the more we blame others, the worse we feel.” – Leo Tolstoy

  49. “It’s always easy to blame others. You can spend your entire life blaming the world, but your success and failures are entirely your own responsibility.” – Paulo Coelho

  50. “When you think everything is someone else’s fault, you suffer a lot. When you realize everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy.” – Dalai Lama

  51. “Everyone must take responsibility for themselves. Blaming your problems on the world will get you nowhere.” – Claire Shannon, Gratitude: Feel Grateful Today and Every Day

  52. “A person can’t heal as long as they are deflecting and blaming. One must accept responsibility for their own actions and make the shift necessary for growth.” – Sanjo Jendagi

  53. “To punish someone for your own mistakes or for the consequences of your own actions, to harm another by shifting blame that is rightly yours; this is a wretched and cowardly sin.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

  54. “We live in a culture of blame. People will blame anyone or anything for their misery sooner than take the responsibility to own it and make it better.” – Dr. Henry Cloud; Dr. John Townsend, It’s Not My Fault

  55. “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.” – Unknown

  56. “People with “cluster B” type personality disorders (controlling, abusive, manipulative) don’t question themselves. They don’t consider the possibility of the problem being theirs. They always blame someone else.” – Unknown

  57. “If the blame (if there is any) can be shifted from him to me, I shall help him and our cause by taking it. I desire, therefore, that all the responsibility that can be put upon me shall go there and shall remain there.” – James Longstreet

  58. “Something happened in the nineties. There was a shift. I don’t want to blame it on grunge or the rise of indie – but that was basically it. It was seen as dirty and kind of ignorant to have these ambitions, to want to be a big band.” – Brandon Flowers

  59. “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

  60. “Everybody is shifting blame. Nobody is willing to take responsibility. Until you take responsibility you cannot embrace your possibilities. If you become responsible for something then you are ready to take up the possibility that comes with it.” – Unknown

  61. “What’s missing is leadership in the White House. And the story that Barack Obama does tell, forever shifting blame to the last administration, is getting old. The man assumed office almost four years ago – isn’t it about time he assumed responsibility?” – Paul Ryan

  62. “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.” – George Bernard Shaw

  63. “There are many ways to cover up our sin. We may justify or minimize it by blaming circumstances and other people. However, real repentance first admits sin as sin and takes full responsibility. True confession and repentance begins when blame shifting ends.” – Timothy Keller

  64. “Stop blaming others for not giving you what you need. And stop basing your well-being on how others feel about you or what they have to offer you. Take the time to learn how you can be there for yourself. It’s no one’s job to silence the voices within you. You owe that to yourself.” – Najwa Zebian

  65. “Blaming is pointing out there, rather than in here, into your own mind, when you find yourself in a painful or uncomfortable experience. Blame means shifting the responsibility for where you are onto someone or something else, rather than accepting responsibility for your role in the experience.” – Iyanla Vanzant

  66. “Human nature was all about shifting blame… and responsibility. How else could you explain concentration camps and genocide and all the awful things people did to each other every day? They just carried on life and pretended like the evil didn’t exist, as long as it was happening out of their direct view.” – Rachel Caine

  67. “Blame-shifting, framing, and false accusations are mainstay abuse tactics for sociopaths. If you are being subjected to any of these, it’s highly likely you’re dealing with a sociopath. That’s particularly the case when false accusations are being directed towards government authorities in order to get you in trouble with police, courts, CPS, or other agencies that often side with sociopaths.” – Unknown

  68. “One of the less attractive aspects of human nature is our tendency to hate the people we haven’t treated very well; it’s much easier than accepting guilt. If we can convince ourselves that the people we betrayed or enslaved were subhuman monsters in the first place, then our guilt isn’t nearly so black as we secretly know that it is. Humans are very, very good at shifting blame and avoiding guilt.” – David Eddings

  69. “Toxic people blatantly deny their own manipulative behavior and ignore evidence when confronted with it. They become dismissive and critical if you attempt to disapprove their fabrications with facts. Instead of them actually addressing their inappropriate behavior, somehow it always becomes your fault for being “sensitive” and “crazy”. Toxic people condition you to believe that the problem isn’t the abuse itself, but instead your reactions to their abuse.” – Unknown

  70. “Narcissists will purposely give us the silent treatment when we try talking to them about something. When we ask them why they aren’t responding, the Narcissists will simply state, “I’m not going to argue with you.” Say what? What just happened there! How did it go to being our fault? How did they spin that around? You see, that’s their way of deflecting any and all responsibility off of them and blame shifting us. They want us to think everything is our fault so we end up apologizing to them!” – Unknown

Blame Shifting Narcissist Quotes

Blame shifting or “blaming the victim” is an emotionally abusive behavior by people who face difficulties in taking responsibility for their problems. Abusers try to evade responsibility and pass it on to others.

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Blame game is a form of manipulation where one tries to exert or take control over one’s partner which results in emotional unrest in a relationship.

  1. “The narcissist blames his her behavior on something that you are or aren’t doing.” – Melanie Tonia Evans

  2. “A narcissist doesn’t break your heart, they break your spirit. That’s why it takes so long to heal.” – Unknown

  3. “Philosophy of Narcissism 101: “Sit for a spell and listen to my list of why all my faults are all your fault”.” – Unknown

  4. “A narcissist will not, they just blame everything on everybody else, then move onto someone unaware of their manipulation.” – Unknown

  5. “Blame-shifting is a natural human reaction. It happens on the smallest to the largest scale.” – H G Tudor, Your Fault : Blame and the Narcissist

  6. “Narcissist Abuse: Blame shifting: You ask the abuser to make more time for the relationship and they tell you that you are always too busy with your friends lately for them.” – Unknown

  7. “Narcissists cannot ever admit to any wrongdoing. Why would they? In their eyes, they don’t ever do anything wrong. They think they don’t make mistakes. What they do is blame others. It’s called blame shifting.” – Unknown

  8. “Victim Blaming: Narcissists believe themselves to be above the rules and above the law. When called out on their unethical, immoral or even criminal behavior, they react by discrediting the victim to others, portraying them as unbalanced, unstable or weak.” – Unknown

  9. “A defense mechanism narcissists use that involves condemning others for their own emotions, traits, reactions, and behaviors. A narcissist projects without being provoked. Although the narcissist may project their positive attributes onto you (mirror image), most of the time they are scraping the mud off of themselves and smearing it onto you. Everything they say precisely describes them, but it mind screws you so bad it may leave you asking yourself the question, “Am I the narcissist?”” – Unknown

  10. “The narcissist, successfully changes the topic and diverts your attention by pointing the finger at you, nd you suddenly find yourself on the defensive end of the conversation stick. The narcissist will raise questions about any and all of your real, or perceived faults, and pummel you. You, in turn, instinctively defend yourself, and the narcissist, just like magic, makes the original topic of their bad behavior disappear and escapes having to take any accountability for their actions. Then your blamed for creating problems and drams, in the relationship.” – Unknown


Shifting the blame is also a form of defense mechanism which people resort to. People who always shift the blame usually switch the context completely and respond in a way that puts the focus back on you, making you feel guilty. A severe level of blame shifting can lead to domestic abuse and emotional abuse.

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