125 I'm Sorry Quotes To Help You Find The Perfect Apology

Georgia Stone
Dec 12, 2023 By Georgia Stone
Originally Published on Feb 26, 2021
Edited by Jacob Fitzbright
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I am sorry is usually said to someone to whom we have wronged.

Often saying sorry is a good way to let go of your feelings. It is also human courtesy to apologize to someone if any harm is done to the other person.

Apology is a common gesture in our daily habits. Asking for forgiveness is often considered as a brave job since people hesitate and take pride in not apologizing.

So don't be egotistical and bury your pride and say sorry and read these sorry quotes. Sorry quotes have the right words that can help you apologize to your true friends or someone special and mean a lot with the apologies.

If you love our sorry quotes article, then do check out life is short quotes and cheer up quotes.

Best Apology Quotes

Here are some of the best apology and sorry quotes.

1."Is it meaningless to apologize? Never."

- Alan Moore, 'V For Vendetta'.

2. "Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got."

- Robert Brault.

3. "Never forget the nine most important words of any family - I love you. You are beautiful. Please forgive me."

- H. Jackson Brown Jr.

4. "And I felt sorry, and I have felt bad about what happened."

-Monica Lewinsky.

5. "I have learned that sometimes 'sorry' is not enough. Sometimes you actually have to change."

- Claire London, 'Can You Imagine?'

6. "If someone else's apology is a prerequisite for your healing, you may never get well."

- T. D. Jakes, 'Essay. Essence'.

7. "The heavens will not be filled with those who never made mistakes but with those who recognized that they were off course and who corrected their ways to get back in the light of gospel truth."

- Dieter F. Uchtdorf.

8. "Sorry I will never know my son... but he will know why I died and I hope he will understand I was trying to make a world in which he could live a happier life."

- J.K. Rowling, 'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows', 2007.

9. "Everything is my fault

I'll take all the blame."

-Nirvana, 'All Apologies', 1993.

10. "I'm sorry I was awful. I'm so full of terrors."

― Iris Murdoch, 'The Sacred And Profane Love Machine', 1974.

11. "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."

- Gilbert K. Chesterton.

Offended girl is looking bouquet of tulips in male hand with hesitation

12. "The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward."

- Steve Maraboli, 'Unapologetically You:'

13. "Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future."

- Paul Boese.

14. "Chocolate says 'I'm sorry' so much better than words."

- Rachel Vincent.

15. "There are some experiences in life they haven't invented the right words for."

- Lisa Kleypas.

16. "Never ruin an apology with an excuse."

- Kimberly Johnson.

17. "Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names."

John F. Kennedy.

Famous Apology Quotes

Enlisted below are some of the famous sorry quotes. You will love them if you ever wish to apologize.

18. "I have made terrible mistakes that have hurt the people that I cared about the most, and I am terribly sorry. I am deeply ashamed of my terrible judgment and my actions."

– Anthony Weiner.

19. "Right actions in the future are the best apologies for bad actions in the past."

- Tryon Edwards.

20. "I ask for your forgiveness. I feel so miserable that it's difficult even to say sorry."

― Hwang Woo Suk.

21. "The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."

- Mahatma Gandhi, 'All Men Are Brothers: Autobiographical Reflections'.

22."I am sorry for what has happened and I know that I need some help."

– Susan Smith.

23. "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.

24. "It is important that we forgive ourselves for making mistakes. We need to learn from our errors and move on."

- Steve Maraboli, 'Life, The Truth, And Being Free.'

25. "Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got."

―Robert Brault.

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

-George Michael.

27. "Apologies require taking full responsibility."

― Cathy Burnham Martin.

28. "Never apologize, mister, it's a sign of weakness."

- John Wayne.

29. "Forgiveness is the name of love practiced among people who love poorly. The hard truth is that all people love poorly. We need to forgive and be forgiven every day, every hour increasingly. That is the great work of love among the fellowship of the weak that is the human family."

- Henri J.M. Nouwen.

30. "Money, which represents the prose in life, and which is hardly mentioned in parlors without an apology, is, in its effects and laws, as beautiful as roses."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson, 'Nominalist And Realist, In Essays: Second Series'.

31. "An apology is a lovely perfume; it can transform the clumsiest moment into a gracious gift."

– Margaret Lee Runbeck.

32. "I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night."

- Khaled Hosseini, 'The Kite Runner'.

Best Quotes On Forgiveness

Here are the quotes on how to say sorry to someone you hurt along with apologizing to someone you love quotes and sayings:

33. "Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart."

- Corrie Ten Boom.

34. "No half-truths, no partial admissions, no rationalizations, no finger pointing, and no justifications belong in any apology."

― Cathy Burnham Martin.

35. "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.

36. "I am sorry that I have had to leave so many problems unsolved. I always have to make this apology, but the world really is rather puzzling and I cannot help it."

- Bertrand Russell, 'The Collected Papers Of Bertrand Russell'.

37. "Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it."

- Mark Twain.

38. "I'm sorry for the times I left you home

I was on the road and you were alone."

-Akon, 'Sorry, Blame It On Me', 2006.

39. "If I've done anything I'm sorry for, I'm willing to be forgiven."

– Edward Noyes Westcott.

40. "We are all mistaken sometimes; sometimes we do wrong things, things that have bad consequences. But it does not mean we are evil, or that we cannot be trusted ever afterward."

- Alison Croggon.

41. "It is not the absence of sin but the grieving over it which distinguishes the child of God from empty professors."  

- A.W. Pink.

42. "Any fool knows men and women think differently at times, but the biggest difference is this. Men forget, but never forgive; women forgive, but never forget."

- Robert Jordan.

43. "When you forgive, you love. And when you love, God's light shines upon you."

- Jon Krakauer, 'Into The Wild'.

44. "People have to forgive. We don't have to like them, we don't have to be friends with them, we don't have to send them hearts in text messages, but we have to forgive them, to overlook, to forget. Because if we don't we are tying rocks to our feet, too much for our wings to carry!"

- C. JoyBell C.

45. "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.

46. "I made a big mistake. It is indefensible and I am sorry."

-William J. Clinton.

47. "A sincere and warmly-expressed apology can produce the same effects as morphine on a suffering soul."

― Richelle E. Goodrich, 'Making Wishes', 2015.

48. "Life doesn't get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient."

- Steve Maraboli, 'Life, The Truth, And Being Free'.

49. "Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much."

- Oscar Wilde.

50. "I should have been much more responsible in how I handled myself and for that am sorry."

-Ryan Lochte.

Quotes On Repentance

Here are the finest quotes on repentance.

51. "But the man who is not afraid to admit everything that he sees to be wrong with himself, and yet recognizes that he may be the object of God's love precisely because of his shortcomings, can begin to be sincere."

- Thomas Merton, 'No Man Is An Island'.

52. "A man does not have to feel less than human to realize his sin; oppositely, he has to realize that he gets no special vindication for his sin."

- Criss Jami, 'Killosophy'.

53. "If you are renewed by grace, and were to meet your old self, I am sure you would be very anxious to get out of his company."

- Charles H. Spurgeon.

54. "Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies."

- Nelson Mandela.

55. "I am a patient man — always willing to forgive on the Christian terms of repentance; and also to give ample time for repentance. Still I must save this government if possible."

- Abraham Lincoln, 'Letter To Reverdy Johnson'.

56. "Nothing erases the past. There is repentance, there is atonement, and there is forgiveness. That is all, but that is enough."

- Ted Chiang, 'The Merchant And The Alchemist's Gate'.

57. "One very difficult aspect of sin is that my sin never feels like sin to me. My sin feels like life to me, plain and simple. My heart is an idol factory, and my mind is an excuse-making factory."

- Rosaria Champagne Butterfield.

58. "The proud do not change to improve, but defend their position by rationalizing. Repentance means change, and it takes a humble person to change."

- Ezra Taft Benson, 'The Teachings Of Ezra Taft Benson'.

59. "Chronic remorse, as all the moralists are agreed, is a most undesirable sentiment. If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean."

- Aldous Huxley, 'Brave New World'.

60. "According to Islamic principles, when a man is accused of heresy, he is given the choice between repentance and punishment."

- Naguib Mahfouz

Bible Verses On Apology

The Bible has often provided numerous apology quotes and we have collected some of the best here.

61. "I acknowledged my sin to You,

And my iniquity I did not hide;

I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the Lord";

And You forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah."

- Psalm 32:5.

62. "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

- 1 John 1:9.

63. "For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death."

- 2 Corinthians 7:10.

64. "And Peter said to them, 'Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'"

- Acts 2:38.

65. "Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working."

- James 5:16.

66. "Say to Joseph, 'Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.' And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father."

- Genesis 50:17.

67. "Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, 'I repent,' you must forgive him."

- Luke 17:3-4.

Other Apology Quotes

Here are some of the coolest apology quotes.

68. "I believe that what so saddens the reformer is not his sympathy with his fellows in distress, but, though he be the holiest son of God, is his private ail. Let this be righted, let the spring come to him, the morning rise over his couch, and he will forsake his generous companions without apology."

- Henry David Thoreau, 'The Writings Of Henry David Thoreau'.

69. "It would appear, from the best examples, that the proper way of beginning a preface to one's work is with a humble apology for having written at all."

- Ellen Glasgow, 'A Certain Measure: An Interpretation Of Prose Fiction'.

70. "Give a civil servant a good case and he'll wreck it with clichés, bad punctuation, double negatives and convoluted apology."

- Alan Clark.

71. "If this advertisement be not sufficient, I can only protrude my wormlike tendrils of apology, craving forbearance on the grounds that a writer must write about what he knows, and since I know nothing about any subject it scarcely matters where I dabble."

- William T. Vollmann, 'Butterfly Stories: A Novel'.

72. "Apology reminds us that each person, including ourselves, deserves to be respected and treated fairly."

- Beverly Engel, 'The Power Of Apology: Healing Steps To Transform All Your Relationships'.

73. "In public, as well as in private expences, great wealth may, perhaps, frequently be admitted as an apology for great folly.

- Adam Smith, 'The Wealth Of Nations'.

74. "Apologizing, — a very desperate habit, — one that is rarely cured. Apology is only egotism wrong side out. Nine times out of ten, the first thing a man's companion knows of his shortcomings is from his apology."

- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., 'The Professor At The Breakfast Table'.

75. "It is destiny phrase of the weak human heart! 'It is destiny' dark apology for every error! The strong and virtuous admit no destiny."

- Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 'The Last Of The Barons'.

76. "It will never do to plead sin as an excuse for sin, or to attempt to justify sinful acts by pleading that we have an evil heart. This instead of being a valid apology, is the very ground of our condemnation."

- Archibald Alexander, 'Practical Truths'.

77. "If God does not judge America, He will have to send a letter of apology to Sodom and Gomorrah."

- Ruth Graham, 'Special People'.

78. "As an apology for this prematurity it may be said that the end of all discoveries being communication, we can never be too ready in giving facts and observations, whatever we may be, in reasoning upon them."

- William Herschel.

79. "There is no better test of a man's ultimate chivalry and integrity than how he behaves when he is wrong.... A stiff apology is a second insult.

- G. K. Chesterton, 'The Common Man'.

80. "What's any artist, but the dregs of his work? the human shambles that follows it around. What's left of the man when the work's done but a shambles of apology."

- William Gaddis, 'The Rush For Second Place: Essays And Occasional Writings'.

81. "I will not deny but that the best apology against false accusers is silence and sufferance, and honest deeds set against dishonest words."

- John Milton, 'Apology For Smectymnuus'.

82. "Our systems, perhaps, are nothing more than an unconscious apology for our faults, a gigantic scaffolding whose object is to hide from us our favorite sin."

- Henri-Frédéric Amiel.

83. "My life is not an apology, but a life. It is for itself and not for a spectacle."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson, 'Essays And Poems Of Emerson'.

84. "Apology sends the clearest signal that we have the strength of character to reconcile ourselves with the truth."

- John Kador, 'Effective Apology: Mending Fences, Building Bridges, And Restoring Trust'.

85. "So far there has been no philosopher in whose hands philosophy has not grown into an apology for knowledge."

- Friedrich Nietzsche, 'The Complete Works Of Friedrich Nietzsche'.

86. "Maybe tips act as a magnet for all our insecurities. Maybe they're the final exam on our ability to survive on our own; will we leave too much out of nervous apology for our lives, or not enough, out of sheer incompetence?"

- Barbara Holland, 'One's Company'.

87. "That is an apology, not an explanation; and apologies only account for that which they do not alter."

- Benjamin Disraeli, 'Speech In The House Of Commons'.

88. "The water vessel, taken as a vessel only, raises the question, 'Why does it exist at all?' Through its fitness of construction, it offers the apology for its existence."

- Rabindranath Tagore, 'The English Writings Of Rabindranath Tagore'.

89. "I practiced all the arts of apology, evasion, and invisibility, to which procrastinators must sooner or later be reduced."

- Maria Edgeworth, 'Popular Tales'.

90. "Church is a moment in time when the kingdom of God draws near, when a meal, a story, a song, an apology, and even a failure id made holy by the presence of Jesus among us and within us."

- Rachel Held Evans, 'Searching For Sunday: Loving, Leaving, And Finding The Church'.

Apology For Him And Her

Enlisted below are some of the best apology quotes for him and sorry quotes for her, if you know the origin of these quotes please do let us know!

91. "I value our relationship more than I value my ego. I should have apologized way before today. I'm so sorry."

- Unknown. *

92. "I was mean with my words, I know, but you will forgive me because I have repented of my words and reactions. I don't wish to exist without you."

- Unknown. *

93. "My lies may have been the dark clouds in our relationship, but your forgiveness is the silver lining. I am sorry, my love."

- Unknown. *

94. "Who is right or wrong doesn't matter. What matters is what we share and enjoy together. I don't wish to let go of you ever in my life. So I apologize first. I am sorry."

- Unknown. *

95. "I overlooked your happiness in an attempt to make myself happy, only to realize that my happiness lies in yours. I am sorry, please forgive me."

- Unknown. *

96. "What am I without your love? What's my life going like without you? I am so sorry for all I've done. Please forgive me."

- Unknown. *

97. "The homepage of our relationship cannot be currently displayed because of a server error. Can we please click on the refresh button and start over again? I am sorry."

- Unknown. *

98. "I made a mistake, and I'm sorry. We have spent and shared many special moments. Give us a chance to enjoy such moments again."

- Unknown. *

99. "If I had a time machine, I would go back to that awful time and punch myself in the stomach! I am sorry, I will never do it again."

- Unknown. *

100. "Forgive me one last time, and I promise to make up for it. Make me your beloved, and I will treat you like a king forever."

- Unknown. *

I'm Sorry For Your Loss Quotes

Here are some of the finest I'm sorry for you quotes which are generally used for condolences.

101. "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you."

- Isaiah 43:2.

102. "They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; for the Lamb Who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every teat from their eyes."

- Revelation 7:16-17.

103. "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God."

- 2 Corinthians 1:3-4.

104. "God is our refuge and strength. A very present help in trouble."

- Psalm 46.1

105. "If you are ever feeling overwhelmed and alone, please remember this beautiful Bible verse: 'I will lift up my eyes to the hills. From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.'"

- Psalm 121: 1-2.

Apology Quotes From Songs

A lot of sorry quotes can be found from songs and here are some of the finest.

106. "And it's goodbye again, I'm sorry to be leavin' you

Goodbye again, as if you didn't know

It's goodbye again, and I wish you could tell me

Why do we always fight when I have to leave."

- John Denver, 'Goodbye Again'.

107. "If you won't leave me, then I won't go

And if you can't see me, guess I'm a shadow

If I say sorry, would you let go?"

It's the only thing we know."

- Bob Moses, 'The Only Thing We Know'.

108. "I didn't mean to treat you so bad

You shouldn't take it so personal

I didn't mean to make you so sad

You just happened to be there, that's all."

- Bob Dylan, 'One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later)'.

109. "I didn't mean to hurt you

I'm sorry that I made you cry

Oh my I didn't want to hurt you

I'm just a jealous guy."

- John Lennon, 'Jealous Guy'.

110. "No alibi's

I said I was sorry

She said I've heard it before

Some come on over here boy

I've been bad."

- Lynyrd Skynyrd, 'Do It Up Right'.

Apology Quotes From Movies

Here are the best apology quotes from movies.

111. "I guess what I'm trying to say is, I'm sorry I ruined your birthday."

talking to Roger

- Edwina Cutwater, 'All Of Me'.

112. "If you are really apologizing, you may be my dream girl. I heard those footsteps and I'm like, right somebody nuts is coming back to be more nuts and now an apology, you might be my dream girl."

- Matty, 'How Do You Know'.

113. "People do bad things; if you're lucky, you get a chance to set it right, but most of the time it goes unpunished. This ain't one of them times."

- Robert McCall, 'The Equaliser 2'.

114. "Dimitri: Look I think we got off on the wrong foot.

Anastasia: Well, I think we did, too. But I appreciate your apology.

Dimitri: Who said anything about an apology?"

- 'Anastasia'.

115. "I'm a horrible person. You have every right to hate me. You should hate me. I want you to hate me! I insist that you hate me! I'm scum, I'm garbage, I'm vermin, and I'm sorry."

- Howard Brackett, 'In And Out'.

Greeting Card Apology Quotes

These quotes can be beautifully written on greetings card and can make anyone happy. As they are generally from greeting cards, we do not know the origin of these quotes, if you know please get in touch!

116. "You can say sorry in over 1000 ways. Only when it comes from the heart, does it matter?"

- Unknown. *

117. "A simple apology could fix a friendship that shouldn't have ended in the first place. Don't let your ego stop you from doing what's right."

- Unknown. *

118. "I trust fate and I believe in love, which is why I know you'll accept my apology. I'm sorry."

- Unknown. *

119. "Smart people always say sorry, while the stupid ones just wait for the smart one to say sorry."

- Unknown. *

120. "I'm sorry I can't be the perfect girl you want me to, but all I can really do is try."

- Unknown. *

121. "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."

- Unknown. *

122. "Regret, heartbreak, and sadness have stolen my life's happiness. I am sorry for letting you down, but I promise to erase your frowns."

- Unknown. *

123. "Fools say sorry, wise men will prove they are sorry."

- Unknown. *

124. "An apology is a good way to have the last word."

- Unknown. *

125. "I'm not perfect, I make mistakes, I hurt people. But when I say sorry, I mean it."

- Unknown. *

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for sorry quotes then why not take a look at life goes on quotes, or asking for help quotes?

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Written by Georgia Stone

Bachelor of Arts specializing in French with Film Studies, Bachelor of Arts (Year Abroad) specializing in Literature, History, Language, Media, and Art

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Georgia StoneBachelor of Arts specializing in French with Film Studies, Bachelor of Arts (Year Abroad) specializing in Literature, History, Language, Media, and Art

Georgia is an experienced Content Manager with a degree in French and Film Studies from King's College London and Bachelors degree from Université Paris-Sorbonne. Her passion for exploring the world and experiencing different cultures was sparked during her childhood in Switzerland and her year abroad in Paris. In her spare time, Georgia enjoys using London's excellent travel connections to explore further afield.

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