Saying “I’m sorry” is never easy. One must be humble so saying the word becomes sincere. There are many ways to express your apology through words and actions, and saying it sincerely makes a big difference in its acceptance. If you’re running out of words, reading some sorry or apology quotes can help.
Check out the best apology quotes and contemplate each meaning as it applies to your everyday life.
Sacrifice is at the heart of repentance. Without deeds, your apology is worthless.Bryan Davis
When you apologize make sure that you mean it and always be sincere when you are apologizing. You should keep accepting that you are saying sorry because you are accepting that it is your fault.
An apology is a lovely perfume; it can transform the clumsiest moment into a gracious gift.Margaret Lee Runbeck
Whenever you do something bad or something that hurts other people, all you have to do is say sorry because one sorry can change everything. Sorry for whatever you did wrong can lead to forgiveness and more thoughtful memories in the future.
The only correct actions are those that demand no explanation and no apology.Red Auerbach
If you have done something wrong and if you’re sorry but you don’t want to apologize then show it through your actions.it is always the best to show you are what you feel through actions, not words.
Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got.Robert Brault
To be worry-free you must know how to accept an apology. You must know how to forgive, to live a peaceful life with a peaceful mind.
Never make a defense or an apology until you are accused.King Charles I
In life, you must not get yourself too low, learn to know when to apologize and when not to. Don’t bother defending yourself when you know it’s not your fault.
My life is an apology for the life of my father.Kristin Cashore
A father will do everything just to give his son a beautiful life, a father provides everything for his son even if he has nothing left for himself.
Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.J.R.R.Tolkien
Having faith in yourself is the best thing to do when you already have a path so that you can overcome all the difficulties and problems you face. Once you encounter a problem that you cannot solve then lose your faith then all your hard work is worthless and meaningless. It is better to believe in yourself and have faith in yourself.
‘I’m sorry you’re angry’ is NOT an apology.Lisa Lutz
Remember not to say sorry just because a person is angry, say sorry because it’s your fault. Don’t ever say sorry just to please and calm someone.
You can make up a quarrel, but it will always show where it was patched.Edgar Watson Howe
You can always start up a fight but remember that all you’re covering will eventually come out.
Never apologize, mister, it’s a sign of weakness.John Wayne
Most say that apologizing is a sign of weakness, well most agree that it’s really in a man’s ego.
My husband doesn’t apologize. Even to MeClaire Underwood, House of Cards
Boys usually don’t say it verbally but believe me they show, and it’s one of the cutest things.
I am determined to offer an apology with my death.Hideki Tojo
Some people are ready to die just to pay for their sins, then you’ll realize after death that they really mean it.
Apologies are great, but they don’t really change anything. Do you know what does? Action.Stella Young
For actions speaks louder than words, you don’t just say sorry, you show sorry. Your sorry doesn’t change anything unless you, yourself change a thing.
If an apology is followed by an excuse or a reason, it means they are going to commit same mistake again they just apologized for.Amit Kalantri
Some people apologize for concepts in their minds but nothing in their hearts. When you apologize, you mean you are accepting what you’ve done and you are not doing it again.
Apologizing does not always mean you’re wrong and the other person is right. It just means you value your relationship more than your ego.Mark Matthews
To be in a much stronger relationship, you must know how to lower down your ego and you must know how to accept your faults. They say that saying sorry is a sign of weakness but it’s not, it just shows that you are strong enough to accept your mistake.
Maturity is the ability to reap without apology and not complain when things don’t go well.Jim Rohn
Having the ability to move on and forgive without getting an apology and not complaining is maturity.
The ability of a person to atone has always been the most remarkable of human features.Leon Uris
A lot of people nowadays don’t even know how to say sorry, because of their ego and pride, also because they say that it is a sign of weakness. But the truth is they are not strong enough to lower down their pride. Fewer and fewer people know how to apologize, so if you have one then better keep and treasure them.
Pride and ego makes a mockery of an apology. Humility wins forgiveness without question…so break ‘yo’self’!T. F. Hodge
Don’t even bother saying sorry if it’s just because of your pride and ego don’t make a fool out of someone’s face.
A stiff apology is a second insult…. The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt.G. K. Chesterton
If you’re apologizing it must not have meant, it must be true and comes from your heart because a simple word is equal to a thousand stabs. It is not easy to be healed but a sincere apology that comes from your heart is enough to heal it.
Accept everything about yourself – I mean everything, You are you and that is the beginning and the end – no apologies, no regrets.Henry Kissinger
Many people nowadays are bound by their insecurities about their flaws, people need to accept what you have and what you are, you are beautiful and no matter what people tell you, you are unique, you are beautiful in your way. People must remember that we are perfect to be imperfect.
I understand the concept of being the bigger person but I do not understand why some people apologize to others when they weren’t wrong.Unknown
Some people just apologize even when they aren’t wrong, maybe the other party just has all the ego in the world. Well, no one can beat you when you have the mindset of always being right and others are always wrong.
Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.Emily Kimbrough
Just being alone is not happiness but if you’re with others then that’s true happiness because you can help each other when someone falls, when someone is broken then you can help them rise and you can fix each other like broken glass.
Never apologize for showing your feelings. When you do, you are apologizing for the truth.Jose N. Harris
We apologize because we did something wrong, not because we express what we feel. When showing what you feel, it’s either you get hurt or you get lucky, but whatever happens, never say sorry for expressing your feelings.
I believe that things should be let go once they are discussed. Apology accepted. End of story.Brad Goreski
When you accept an admission of guilt then it’s time for you to forget about it and leave it in the past. Whatever happens do not bring it up again, for it’s already left in the past.
It is always so simple, and so complicating, to accept an apology.Michael Chabon
Accepting an apology depends on what is done, yes it is very simple to accept an apology what’s complicated is the forgiving and forgetting part.
Some people accidentally walk on your feet and apologize, while others walk all over your heart and don’t even realize.Unknown
The people who accidentally hurt who are the ones who always say sorry to you, but the people who hurt you don’t even care to say a word, they don’t even realize that you’ve been hurt.
An apology given just to appease one’s conscience is self-serving and better left unspoken!Evinda Lepins
Sometimes you just need to say sorry to someone to calm them down.
More people should apologize, and more people should accept apologies when sincerely made.Greg LeMond
Nowadays you don’t know when an apology is fake or not, so you should make sure that the apology you are accepting is sincere. Don’t let yourself be fooled by a fake apology.
Right actions in the future are the best apologies for bad actions in the past.Tyron Edwards
When you don’t have the opportunity to apologize for what you’ve done in the past, make sure to make things right in the future.
An apology might help, but you can change your life without one.Robin Quivers
We’ve said that maturity is the ability to move on without an apology, so you just have to move on and let go of what happened to make your life better or change for the better.
The only good thing about punctuality is that it usually gets you an apology.Unknown
This is when you get ahead of people and know what would be their next, then oftentimes you get apologies because you already know what would be their next.
You can always say sorry, But the real apology is when you hear the sadness in their voice and see the look in their eyes. And you realize that they have hurt themselves just as much.Kid Cudi
Saying sorry means you regret what you’ve done, that you’ve hurt someone, say sorry because you’re hurt for hurting others not because you want yourself to be cleared.
Delusion and denial does not equal an apology.Carole Radziwill
Delusion and denial are all selfless act it is equal to pride and ego.
A meaningful apology is one that communicates three R’s: regret, responsibility, and remedy.Beverley Engel, The Power of Apology: Healing Steps to Transform All Your Relationships
When you say sorry that means you regret what you’ve done, you take responsibility for the outcome, and you’re willing to find solutions to make things right.
When anger and bitterness overpower your goodness, you can neither apologize nor forgive.Balroop Singh
Don’t let anger and bitterness suppress the goodness in you if you ever feel like this is happening to you better ask for forgiveness, not just for others that you’ve hurt but also for yourself.
A person can apologize endlessly, and even if you forgive them, sometimes you can’t forget the pain they’ve caused you.Nishan Panwar
In some cases, you accept apologies, you forgive them but you can never forget what they’ve done because they’ve already left a hole in you, that only time can heal or maybe not.
Never apologize for having high standards. People who really want to be in your life will rise up to meet them.Suman Rai
This thing is very common to people nowadays, they feel sorry for having high standards that they hurt some people that would like to enter their life. This is your nature and doesn’t be sorry for that, people who would like to enter your life must raise themselves.
Any good apology has 3 parts: 1) I’m sorry 2) It’s my fault 3) What can I do to make it right? Most people forget the third part.Unknown
Before apologizing, make sure that you are sorry, that you accept that it’s your fault, and you are willing to make it right. Don’t ever forget even just one part of this because you’ll ruin everything.
It isn’t always to apologize for your mistakes but doing so shows a person with a strong sense of self.Byron Pulsifer
When you are apologizing you are also willing to show that you regret what you’ve done and you are not apologizing just because you’ve done something wrong.
The art of a sincere and heartfelt apology is one of the greatest skills you will ever learn.Jeanette LeBlanc
A sincere and heartfelt apology is one of the traits a human should have. It is either learned, observed, or taught to us while we are still a little kid. It makes us human.
Nothing wrong with apologizing, but saying I’m sorry does nothing when you continue to make the same mistakes.Unknown
Showing regret is like telling everyone that you are not going to make the same mistake again. There’s no use of apologizing when you continue to make the same mistake again.
I wish for you the wisdom to realize that forgiveness has nothing to do with an apology.Steve Maraboli
An apology is different from forgiveness because an apology is saying sorry but it can be half meant while forgiveness is letting go of the burden or conflict that comes from your heart and you mean it.
Apology doesn’t mean that you were wrong, or that the other person was right. It means that your relationship is valuable than your ego.Ain Eineziz
All of us have our ego and pride. We cannot deny that but if this concerns your relationship with others then we can let down our guard. We can do anything just to save this relationship that we value most.
A sincere and warmly-expressed apology can produce the same effects as morphine on a suffering soul.Richelle E. Goodrich
An apology that comes from the heart is like a cure for your life. It means everything to the person you’re apologizing to. It can change the perspective of what the person sees you. It is a lifesaver in all aspects of life.
Apologies aren’t meant to change the past, they are meant to change the future.Kevin Hancock
The past, the present, and the future are all interconnected with each other with what happened in the past it can affect the future but it is better to let go of the past and make it a lesson in your life and just continue to look forward without regret.
An apology is saying the right thing after doing the wrong thing.Vikrant Parsai
Most of us believe that when you do the wrong thing you must apologize or say sorry for doing. You must clear your name after doing such.
For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.Unknown
Don’t consume your time being mad or annoyed, always be happy and you’ll never lose a second of your precious time.
Mistakes are always forgivable if one has the courage to admit them.Bruce Lee
We all make mistakes in our life but do we have the courage to admit it. Not all people have the courage to admit it that’s why it is better to admit it earlier than sooner, the mistakes that take too long to admit is unforgivable but a mistake that takes sooner to admit is forgivable.
Saying sorry to someone is hard… but putting your pride down for someone is the hardest.Cristina Orante
If you have pride it is not easy to let it down. If you cannot just let it down for someone especially the one you care about then you’re not human you are just a heartless and selfless bitch, you only care about yourself and your image you are heartless.
In some families, please is described as the magic word. In our house, however, it was sorry.Margaret Laurence
We differ in family structure, some of us are structured with pleasing and some are structured with apologies.
Would ‘sorry’ have made any difference? Does it ever? It’s just a word. One word against a thousand actions.Sarah Ockler
Sorry is just a word it does not prove anything but if through action then it proves everything It is always best to prove it than saying sorry because a sorry does not change something but the action does.
I’m sorry, if you were right, I’d agree with you.Robin Williams
Say sorry when you know you’ve done something, accept it, admit it and be sorry like you mean it.
Saying ‘I’m sorry’ is saying ‘I love you’ with a wounded heart in one hand and your smothered pride in the other.Richelle E. Goodrich
A sincere sorry comes with a pinch in the heart and a covered high pride on the other. When you say sorry sincerely it comes from the heart and from a pride that has been lowered down.
It is incredible how many hertz can be healed by the two words, ‘I’m sorry.’Matshona Dhliwayo
A sincere apology is just like a cure in your life with just these 2 words it can make you whole again it can complete you you can look forward again.it can set you free.that’s why a sincere I’m sorry is a lifesaver in life.
I love you and I always will and I am sorry. What a useless word.Ernest Hemingway
Even the sweetest words can be useless when you atone for saying and showing what they mean.
When you forgive, you free your soul. But when you say I’m sorry, you free two souls.Donald L. Hicks, Look into the Stillness: A Spiritual Journey through Inspirational Quotes
It’s always better to say sorry and forgive than doing just one thing. When you forgive you only let go of the pain within you but not the pain of the other person. Better forgive and say sorry to free yourself and the other person from the pain.
By the time most people say ‘I’m sorry’ it is already too late.Ken Poirot
Most of us know that regretting doesn’t come first, it’s always in the end. And sorry is always attached with regret. And sometimes when you finally realize that you’ve done something wrong it’s too late for you to apologize.
It’s not that ‘sorry’ doesn’t mean anything; it just doesn’t mean anything when some people say it… Don’t be one of those people.Steve Maraboli
Don’t be one of those people that play and fake being sorry. Be true and don’t fool someone.
I’m not very good at saying sorry, but I apologize.Chris Kurtz
No man is good at saying sorry, the only thing that matters is you know how to bow down whenever you did something wrong.
Be the hero of hearts; learn to say I’m sorry.Richelle E. Goodrich
Saying sorry sincerely is one of the things that give you warm hugs in your heart. You feel the hugs inside when sorry is very sincere.
Saying sorry to someone is hard… but putting your pride down for someone is the hardest.Christina Orante
Relationships are often broken just because of pride, well yes saying sorry is hard but putting your pride down is an impossible thing for others. For people, try putting your pride down then you’ll realize that saying sorry is not that hard as you thought.
He who is sorry for having sinned is almost innocent.Seneca
Your sins are being washed when you admit that you’re wrong and when you are sincerely sorry for what you’ve done.
Chocolate says I’m sorry” so much better than words.Rachel Vincent
Chocolates are sweeter than the words coming from someone’s mouth.
Smart people always say sorry, while the stupid ones just wait for the smart one to say sorry.Unknown
Notice that the people who always say sorry are the clever ones while the people who wait to hear sorry from someone are the ones who are stupid.
I have learned that sometimes sorry” is not enough. Sometimes you actually have to change.Claire London
A sorry is useless when the right actions are not there. When you say sorry. Automatically you are going to change something.
Apologize quickly when you wrong someone, because ‘I’m sorry’ has no value in the grave.Lakesha Ruise
It is better to apologize sooner than later because we do not know what tomorrow holds. It is either death or life that’s why we make up for all the mistakes you’ve made by your actions or by saying a sincere I’m sorry to that person.
Play fair. Don’t hit people. Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.Robert Fulghum
Always remember to stay fair no matter what, don’t be biased even if it’s between a family and a stranger. Always say sorry when you know you are wrong even to strangers.
Now you’re more aware of how to express yourself by contemplating the quotes shared above. Hopefully, you’re able to get some insights on how to show your sincere apology and make the other person happy. Don’t be shy to be detailed in your apology statement because it’s one way to show the person that you are truly sorry for whatever pain or harm you’ve caused.