Apologetic Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old apologetic quotes, apologetic sayings, and apologetic proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Never apologize for showing your feelings. When you do, you are apologizing for the truth.     

Jose N. Harris

A meaningful apology is one that communicates three R's: regret, responsibility, and remedy.     

Beverly Engel

Apologies are great, but they don't really change anything. You know what does? Action.     

Stella Young

Apology is not for the faint of heart, but then, neither is life.     

John Kador

Apologetic explanations do not develop unless there is a reality that has to be explained and defended. Jesus was undeniably a figure of history.     

John Shelby Spong

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

Being sorry is the highest act of selfishness, seeing value only after discarding it.     

Douglas Horton

An apology might help, but you can change your life without one.     

Robin Quivers

Apology calls for a willingness to sacrifice on behalf of the wronged party and the inherent value of the relationship, not for what it brings to you but for what you can bring to it.     

John Kador

Apology is not about saying I'm sorry, but it is about the meaning you put behind the apology and admitting that you are the wrong part.     

Unarine Ramaru

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

Toba Beta

Would sorry have made any difference? Does it ever? It's just a word. One word against a thousand actions.     

Sarah Ockler

An apology is the super glue of life. It can repair just about anything.     

Lynn Johnston

Apology makes you self responsible while excuse makes you undependable.     

Prabakaran Thirumalai

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

Apology is both transactional, in that it restores what has been broken to what it was before, and transformational, in that it creates opportunities that didn't exist before.     

John Kador

Apology may start as a feeling, a desire to make matters right, but it requires a commitment to move that desire into practice, to actually take on the great courageous task of showing compassion to others.     

John Kador

More people should apologize, and more people should accept apologies when sincerely made.     

Greg LeMond

Apology is a lovely perfume; it can transform the clumsiest moment into a gracious gift.     

Margaret Lee Runbeck

If you don't feel apologetic for slavery, if you don't feel apologetic for colonialism, if you feel proud of it then say that.     

Jesse Jackson

An apology given just to appease one's conscience is self-serving and better left unspoken!     

Evinda Lepins

Apology doesn't mean that you were wrong, or other person was right. Its mean that your relationship is valuable than your ego.     

Ain Eineziz

Apologizing a very desperate habit one that is rarely cured.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

Apologizing - a very desperate habit - one that is rarely cured. Apology is only egotism wrong side out.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

A person can apologize endlessly, and even if you forgive them, sometimes you can't forget the pain they've caused you.     

Nishan

We value apology in the abstract, but turn our backs on it in practice.     

John Kador

Apologies only account for that which they do not alter.     

Benjamin Disraeli

An apology can be a wonderful thing so long as it is infrequent and from the heart. However, beware of the person who justifies bad behavior with apologies. For them it is a means to an end, and quite often at your expense.     

Gary Hopkins

Apology may be scorned, but it retains its inherent value.     

John Kador