all is fair in love and war 
/ˈɔːl ɪz fˈɛɹ ɪn lˈʌv ænd wˈɔːɹ/
used to imply that in certain situations, such as relationships or conflicts, people may be willing to take any action to achieve their goals, even if it is not morally or ethically right
a bird never flew on one wing
/ɐ bˈɜːd nˈɛvɚ flˈuː ˌɑːn wˈʌn wˈɪŋ/
used as an excuse for indulging in an additional beverage, etc.
a bad / poor workman blames his tools
/ɐ bˈæd pˈʊɹ wˈɜːkmən blˈeɪmz hɪz tˈuːlz/
used to emphasize the importance of taking responsibility for one's actions and not blaming external factors for one's lack of competence or effort
the end justify the means
/ðɪ ˈɛnd dʒˈʌstɪfˌaɪz ðə mˈiːnz/
used to suggest that the desired outcome or goal of a particular action is more important than how it was achieved, even if that involves unethical or immoral methods
ignorance of the law is no excuse for breaking it
/ˈɪɡnɚɹəns ʌvðə lˈɔː ɪz nˈoʊ ɛkskjˈuːs fɔːɹ bɹˈeɪkɪŋ ɪt/
used to imply that being unaware of a law does not excuse someone from being punished for breaking it
finders keepers (,losers weepers)
/fˈaɪndɚz kˈiːpɚz lˈuːzɚz wˈiːpɚz/
used to suggest that if someone finds something that is not theirs, they are entitled to keep it, and that the original owner has no claim to it
desperate times call for desperate measures  
/dˈɛspɚɹət tˈaɪmz kˈɔːl fɔːɹ dˈɛspɚɹət mˈɛʒɚz/
used to imply that in times of extreme hardship or difficulty, it may be necessary to take unconventional or extreme actions in order to solve a problem or overcome an obstacle
excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure
/ɛkskjˈuːsᵻz ɑːɹ ðə nˈeɪlz jˈuːzd tə bˈɪld ɐ hˈaʊs ʌv fˈeɪlɪɹ/
used to imply that making excuses for one's failures is self-defeating and ultimately leads to a lack of progress and success
an excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded
/ɐn ɛkskjˈuːs ɪz wˈɜːs ænd mˈoːɹ tˈɛɹəbəl ðˌænə lˈaɪ fɚɹən ɛkskjˈuːs ɪz ɐ lˈaɪ ɡˈɑːɹdᵻd/
used to imply that an excuse is a form of dishonesty that is even more harmful than a lie because it is a deceptive attempt to justify or explain one's actions while avoiding accountability
a bad excuse is better than none
/ɐ bˈæd ɛkskjˈuːs ɪz bˈɛɾɚ ðɐn nˈʌn/
used to imply that even a weak excuse is better than not offering any explanation or justification
he who excuses himself, accuses himself
/hiː hˌuː ɛkskjˈuːsᵻz hɪmsˈɛlf ɐkjˈuːzᵻz hɪmsˈɛlf/
used to imply that when someone tries to explain or justify their actions or behavior, it can actually make them appear guilty or at fault, so taking responsibility is often better
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