103 Best Apology Quotes and Sayings to Say I am Sorry

Apologies play an important role in maintaining good relationships, but they can be difficult to convey.

Sometimes the correct words escape us, leaving us unclear on how to put things right.


Through a collection of apology quotes and sayings, we shall investigate the power of apologies in this article.

These apology quotes that range from the words of prominent philosophers to the lives of ordinary people, provide insight into the art of expressing “I’m sorry.”

Top 10 Apology Quotes


An apology is a good way to have the last word. ~ Unknown *


I’m sorry, if you were right, I’d agree with you. ~ Robin Williams.


I am sorry I didn’t tell you the truth before. I was hoping I wouldn’t have to. ~ Anne Fortier.


Apology is only egotism wrong side out. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.


Apologies aren’t meant to change the past, they are meant to change the future. ~ Kevin Hancock.


Apologies bring people together. ~ Nick Smith.


If I’ve done anything I’m sorry for, I’m willing to be forgiven. ~ Edward Noyes Westcott.


Never make a defense or apology before you are accused. ~ King Charles I.


I am determined to offer an apology with my death. ~ Hideki Tojo.


Dear Child of God, I am sorry to say that suffering is not optional. ~ Desmond Tutu.

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Famous Apology Quotes

Never ruin an apology with an excuse. ~ Benjamin Franklin.

I am sorry to think that you do not get a man’s most effective criticism until you provoke him. ~ Henry David Thoreau.


Apologies are great, but they don’t really change anything. You know what does? Action. ~ Stella Young.

I should have been much more responsible in how I handled myself and for that am sorry. ~ Ryan Lochte.

I’m sorry for my inability to let unimportant things go, for my inability to hold on to the important things. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer.


I probably owe an apology to fans that have been supportive and have not wanted to believe any of this was true. ~ George Michael.

An apology is a statement of regret. As important as that is, apologizing differs from asking for forgiveness. ~ Marianne Clyde.

I was very sorry when I found out that your intentions were good and not what I supposed they were. ~ Sitting Bull.


An apology is only good if the person who receives does so in understanding and forgiveness. ~ Byron Pulsifer.

I am sorry for those that disagree with me because I know that they are wrong. ~ Woodrow Wilson.

I take full responsibility for myself and my actions. I wouldn’t pawn this off on anybody. I’m sorry it happened. ~ Louie Anderson.


Confession, apology, and forgiveness . . . were the tools friends used to break walls down into bridges. ~ Luke Skywalker.

I am sorry to tell you that I am getting very extravagant and spending all my money: and what is worse for you, I have been spending yours too. ~ Jane Austen.

Best Apology Quotes

Sorry, mom. Sorry, God. ~ Chuck Palahniuk.


I am sorry that so often the biggest obstacle to God has been Christians. ~ Shane Claiborne.

Sacrifice is at the heart of repentance. Without deeds, your apology is worthless. ~ Bryan Davis.

It is never too late to make things right. ~ Unknown *


There are some experiences in life they haven’t invented the right words for. ~ Lisa Kleypas.

I ask for your forgiveness. I feel so miserable that it’s difficult even to say sorry. ~ Hwang Woo Suk.

A sincere and warmly-expressed apology can produce the same effects as morphine on a suffering soul. ~ Richelle E. Goodrich.


My life is an apology for the life of my father. ~ Kristin Cashore.

Apologies require taking full responsibility. No half-truths, no partial admissions, no rationalizations, no finger pointing, and no justifications belong in any apology. ~ Cathy Burnham Martin.

Thought-Provoking Apology Quotes

Never forget the nine most important words of any family-I love you. You are beautiful. Please forgive me. ~ H. Jackson Brown Jr.


An apology given just to appease one’s conscience is self-serving and better left unspoken! ~ Evinda Lepins.

In order for there to be peace it may mean that a person needs to apologize for a wrong spirit, or attitude. ~ Stanford Murrell.


So many things that we never will undo I know you’re sorry, I’m sorry too. ~ Bob Dylan.

It is always so simple, and so complicating, to accept an apology. ~ Michael Chabon.

Apologies only account for that which they do not alter. ~ Benjamin Disraeli.

An apology is the superglue of life! It can repair just about anything! ~ Lynn Johnston.


Apologies require vulnerability. ~ Jennifer Thomas.

I’m sorry you’re angry is not an apology. ~ Lisa Lutz.

Wise Apology Quotes

Right actions in the future are the best apologies for bad actions in the past. ~ Tryon Edwards.


I don’t like it, and I’m sorry I ever had anything to do with it. ~ Erwin Schrodinger.

A businessman is the only man who is forever apologizing for his occupation. ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton.

The art of a sincere and heartfelt apology is one of the greatest skills you will ever learn. ~ Jeanette LeBlanc.


An apology for the devil: it must be remembered that we have heard one side of the case. God has written all the books. ~ Samuel Butler.

Forgive me for being so ordinary while claiming to know so extraordinary a God. ~ Jim Elliot.

Maturity is the ability to reap without apology and not complain when things don’t go well. ~ Jim Rohn.


Saying sorry to someone is hard… but putting your pride down for someone is the hardest. ~ Cristina Orante.

If you’re going to do something tonight that you’ll be sorry for tomorrow morning, sleep late. ~ Henny Youngman.

Truly saying sorry is never easy to do, and when you are, you just hope it’s not too late. ~ Justin Tranter.


I am sorry my life is so marred and maimed by extravagance. But I cannot live otherwise. ~ Oscar Wilde.

When you apologize for your mistakes and subsequently make an effort to correct them, you not only impart to your offspring the importance of taking responsibility for your actions, but also demonstrate the opportunity to learn from such mistakes. ~ Bethany Bridges.

In some families, please is described as the magic word. In our house, however, it was sorry. ~ Margaret Laurence.


A meaningful apology is one that communicates three R’s: regret, responsibility, and remedy. ~ Beverly Engel.

I’m sorry I was awful. I’m so full of terrors. ~ Iris Murdoch.

When you forgive, you free your soul. But when you say I’m sorry, you free two souls. ~ Donald L. Hicks.

I Am Sorry Quotes


True remorse is never just a regret over consequence; it is a regret over motive. ~ Mignon McLaughlin.

Life is so short. Grudges are a waste of time. Laugh when you can, apologize when you should, and trust God with what you cannot change. ~ Nicky Gumbel.

It isn’t always to apologize for your mistakes but doing so shows a person with a strong sense of self. ~ Byron Pulsifer.

Great Apology Quotes

I am sorry I have not learnt to play at cards. It is very useful in life: it generates kindness, and consolidates society. ~ Samuel Johnson.


The ability of a person to atone has always been the most remarkable of human features. ~ Leon Uris.

I am sorry for what has happened and I know that I need some help. ~ Susan Smith.

I am sorry for men who do not read the Bible every day. I wonder why they deprive themselves of the strength and pleasure. ~ Woodrow Wilson.

I am the type of person who believes an apology should be sincere and from the heart. ~ Camille Grammer.


If God doesn’t destroy Hollywood Boulevard, he owes Sodom and Gomorrah an apology. ~ Jay Leno.

Apologies have the power to heal humiliations and grudges, remove the desire for vengeance, and generate forgiveness on the part of the offended parties. ~ Aaron Lazare.


Is it too late to say I’m sorry now? ~ Justin Bieber.

Any good apology has 3 parts: First, I’m sorry. Second, It’s my fault. Third, What can I do to make it right? Most people forget the third part. ~ Unknown *

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.

Chocolate says ‘I’m sorry’ so much better than words. ~ Rachel Vincent.


Pride and ego makes a mockery of an apology. ~ T.F. Hodge.

Mostly I am sorry for the way I thought of other people. Like a good general, I had treated everyone who wasn’t with me as against me. ~ Lee Atwater.

My husband doesn’t apologize. Even to Me. ~ Claire Underwood.

Profound Apology Quotes

An apology is a lovely perfume; it can transform the clumsiest moment into a gracious gift. ~ Margaret Lee Runbeck.


I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me. ~ Barack Obama.

I want to say to each of you, simply, and directly, I am deeply sorry for my irresponsible and selfish behavior I engaged in. ~ Tiger Woods.

For what it’s worth, I’m sorry for everything. ~ Clint Eastwood.

In this life, when you deny someone an apology, you will remember it at the time you beg forgiveness. ~ Toba Beta.


I hope when I’m on my deathbed, people forgive me, because there is a lot to forgive. ~ Christopher Buckley.

Apologize quickly when you wrong someone, because I’m sorry has no value in the grave. ~ Lakesha Ruise.


I laugh as much as I can and cry when I have to, without apology. I think that’s happy. ~ Maya Angelou.

I am sorry to upset my colleagues by saying we wasted four years in opposition, but if you do get so badly defeated as a party you do have to face up to some painful facts and you do have to change. ~ Kenneth Clarke.

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future. ~ Paul Boese.

Insightful Apology Quotes

Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got. ~ Robert Brault.


Let us forgive each other – only then will we live in peace. ~ Leo Tolstoy.

Apologize! That’s the least you can do to try to make right something you have wronged. ~ Sanhita Baruah.

An apology is saying the right thing after doing the wrong thing. ~ Vikrant Parsai.


I am sorry to say that sometimes matters of very small importance waste a good deal of precious time. ~ William Whipple.

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.

I am sorry my decisions do not meet with your approval, but nevertheless, they are mine, and the consequences are also mine. ~Rachel Caine.

I’ve made apologies to people I needed to, but I can’t apologize to people I don’t know for things they don’t understand. ~ Sienna Miller.

So these were the 103 top quotes about Apology.

If you like these quotes and sayings, then you can also read my other posts on Death quotes and Brother quotes.

References and Sources

  1. I’m Sorry Quotes: 100 Ways to Apologize – Best Life
  2. 61 I’m Sorry Quotes to Personalize Your Apology – Proflowers
  3. 101 “I’m Sorry” Quotes To Apologize To Your Partner
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