Apology Quotes

apology quotes

More people need to learn that it’s not weakness to apologize.  The stronger person always apologizes.  Hopefully these apology quotes can help you in some way:

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

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 the superglue of life.  It can repair just about anything. -Lynn Johnston

There’s one sad truth in life I’ve found
While journeying east and west –
The only folks we really wound
Are those we love the best.
We flatter those we scarcely know,
We please the fleeting guest,
And deal full many a thoughtless blow
To those who love us best.
-Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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. Wodehouse   (what about the people in-between?)

Never ruin an apology with an excuse. -Kimberly Johnson

Never make a defense or an apology until you are accused. -King Charles I

The only correct actions are those that demand no explanation and no apology. -Red Auerbach

The only good thing about punctuality is that is usually gets you an apology. -Unknown

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

Keep your words soft and tender because tomorrow you may have to eat them. -Unknown

Forgiveness is the sweetest revenge. -Isaac Friedmann

Remember, we all stumble, every one of us.  That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand. -Emily Kimbrough

Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so you apologize for truth. -Benjamin Disraeli

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

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

I don’t ask for an apology because it’s only tomorrow’s fish-and-chip paper. -Tracey Emin

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

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

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

What do you think of this?  Does someone owe you an apology?  Or are you always the first person to try and make amends…simply because you know it’s terrible to have that all hanging over your head?

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    • Amar Agarwala
    • December 14, 2010

    The quotes on Apology are truly wonderful and very inspiring. I believe that only a few people on earth know the meaning of apology or understand how to do it. For only a handful do it from the heart…the rest do is verbally. It reflects upon our fast eroding social values and moral thinking.


    • Amulya Kumar Mishra
    • December 15, 2010

    I appreciate the quotes on apology.

    • Lee
    • December 17, 2010

    Hello Shawn,

    Yesterday I lost a dear friend to cancer; it destroyed her body but not her soul. This insidious disease came back after seven years being cancer free, it took away everything that was beautiful and left its mark of pain and destruction. Anna use to be my neighbour was there for me when I fought cancer. I have to apologize to her; I could not be there for her as I now live too far away. They moved to the country four years ago and I don’t drive.

    I kept in touch with her husband through emails and the phone but the last time I saw her healthy and happy was my 60th birthday party. I did see her up until four months ago when they came to see a specialist where I live and stopped by for a visit. She already looked frail, but still could smile. How I wanted once again to run across the lawn in my night dress in the early morning, to have a cup of coffee and a chat over homemade cookies. I did not want them to move, I have missed her so and now I have to wait until my time will come and we can once again hug each other as best friends do.

    Do not wait to ever apologize, life is far too precious and time passes far too quickly. Nothing is worth waiting until it’s too late. Christmas will not be the same this year. Anna died on my brothers birthday, he has been gone since 1981 a victim of Agent Orange, he served in Vietnam. At least I was able to nurse him until he took his last breath.

    • Laurie
    • January 8, 2011

    Gotta love these quotes. I think my favorite is: When you realize you’ve made a mistake, make amends immediately. It’s easier to eat crow while it’s still warm. -Dan Heist

    • Shikha Pandey
    • February 28, 2011


    On saturday i.e 26th I was going through the quotes in different category, happen to like a poem which goes like

    Though u have no dime
    being a broke , is no crime

    Now, I am unable to get it, can you help me find it and email me the same please.

    I want my dad to read it, he is gonna feel much better

      • shawn
      • February 28, 2011

      Shikha, I did a search for the words “crime” and “dime”, but I can’t find the poem you’re talking about.

      But I have 51 poems in my blog, and so the best I can suggest to you is to search through the Poem category (or check the History in your browser). Here’s the link https://www.happypublishing.com/blog/category/poem/

      When you get to the bottom, just click “Previous Entries” if you haven’t found the poem on the first page.

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