Apologizing Sayings and Quotes

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

Apologizing does not always mean that you are wrong and the other person is right. It just means that you value your relationship more than your ego.     


It's easier to apologize than ask for permission.     


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

Lynn Johnston

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

Greg LeMond

You can't spend your life apologizing.     

Jude Law

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

Leon Uris

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

The best way to have the last word is to apologize.     

Joyce Meyer

When you realize you've made a mistake, make amends immediately. It's easier to eat crow while it's still warm.     

Dan Heist

Nothing wrong with apologizing, but saying I'm sorry does nothing when you continue to make the same mistakes.     


It is polite to apologize, but it is more polite not to do anything calling for an apology.     

Vikrant Parsai

When an apology is due, give it freely, then follow your apology with action.     

Judy Ford

Apologizing - a very desperate habit - one that is rarely cured.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes

It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them.     

P.G. Wodehous

Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so you apologize for truth.     

Benjamin Disraeli

To apologize is to lay the foundation for a future offense.     

Ambrose Bierce

Apologies are pointless, regrets come too late. What matters is you can move on, you can grow, you can do better in the future.     

Kelsey Grammer

To apologize for what you most wanted to do, to concede that it was obnoxious, boring, 'vulgar and unsafe' --- that was the worst thing.     

Alan Hollinghurst

One cannot apologize for something fundamental, and a child feels and knows this as well and as deeply as any sage.     

Hermann Hesse

It never hurts to apologize, especially if you don't mean it.     

Jim Bouton

Apologize quickly when you wrong someone, because I'm sorry has no value in the grave.     

Lakesha Ruise

Apologize! That's the least you can do to try to make right something you have wronged.     

Sanhita Baruah

Never apologize and never explain-it's a sign of weakness.     

John Wayne

When someone says that it's too late for apologize then you have to do it anyway because it's your duty.     

P_teris Bit_ns

I apologize for apologizing.Thank you.     

Rick Riordan

The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to move forward is the happiest.     


Never ruin an apology with an excuse.     

Benjamin Franklin

Never apologize when you are right unless it is to your wife.     

Byron Pulsifer

It takes a great deal of character strength to apologize quickly out of one's heart rather than out of pity. A person must possess himself and have a deep sense of security in fundamental principles and values in order to genuinely apologize.     

Walt Whitman

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

Evinda Lepins