Genuine apologies can be both hard to express and hard to accept. They need to be heartfelt and sincere, without the need to make excuses.
“Proper apologies have three parts: 1) What I did was wrong, 2) I feel bad that I hurt you, 3) How do I make this better?” Randy Pausch
They don’t always come naturally.
As Elton John sings, “sorry seems to be the hardest word”.
If you want to truly apologize for something you have said or done, the following quotes can help inspire you.
Quotes About Apologies
“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
“An apology is saying the right thing after doing the wrong thing.” Vikrant Parsai
“A meaningful apology is one that communicates three R’s: regret, responsibility, and remedy.” Beverley Engel
“Never ruin an apology with an excuse.” Benjamin Franklin
“To err is human, to forgive divine” Alexander Pope
“The art of a sincere and heartfelt apology is one of the greatest skills you will ever learn.” Jeanette LeBlanc
“If an apology is followed by an excuse or a reason, it means they are going to commit the same mistake again they just apologized for.” Amit Kalantri
“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
“Never believe you’re so great or important, so right or proud, that you cannot kneel at the feet of someone you hurt and offer a humble, sincere apology.” Richelle E. Goodrich
“Never forget the nine most important words of any family – I love you. You are beautiful. Please forgive me.” H. Jackson Brown Jr.
“I wish for you the wisdom to realize that forgiveness has nothing to do with an apology.” Steve Maraboli
“Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got.” Robert Brault
“It is always so simple, and so complicating, to accept an apology.” Michael Chabon
“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
“An apology is a lovely perfume; it can transform the clumsiest moment into a gracious gift.” Margaret Lee Runbeck
“An apology given just to appease one’s conscience is self-serving and better left unspoken!” Evinda Lepins
“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.” Bruce Lee
“Maturity is the ability to reap without apology and not complain when things don’t go well.” Jim Rohn
“An apology might help, but you can change your life without one.” Robin Quivers
“When anger and bitterness overpower your goodness, you can neither apologize nor forgive.” Balroop Singh
“The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway.” Henry Boye
“Apologies are great, but they don’t really change anything. You know what does? Action.” Stella Young
Fake Apology Quotes
“Never apologize, mister, it’s a sign of weakness.” John Wayne
“It’s easier to apologize than ask for permission.” Unknown
“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
“I’m sorry, if you were right, I’d agree with you.” Robin Williams
Funny Apology Quotes
“Friends are God’s apology for relations.” Hugh Kingsmill
“True friends stab you in the front.” Oscar Wilde
“An apology is a good way to have the last word.” Unknown