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Apology Quotes

Apology quotes are a good way to learn about people's views on saying sorry and how various situations can be handled.

While some of the quotes we list below are humorous and others profound, they all provide us with a little more insight into the world of apologies.

The entertainment industry has been particularly forthcoming with apologies. Some of the more interesting ones that we found are in this first group of quotes.

"There is no excuse, nor should there be any tolerance, for anyone who thinks or expresses any kind of anti-Semitic remark. I want to apologize specifically to everyone in the Jewish community for the vitriolic and harmful words that I said to a law enforcement officer the night I was arrested on a DUI charge."
Mel Gibson

"I regret that phone call (to the Larry King show). I made a mistake and I left the impression that the truth does not matter. And I am deeply sorry about that, because that is not what I believe. To everyone who has challenged me on this issue of truth, you are absolutely right."
Oprah Winfrey
(This apology quote is for defending James Frey, author of A Million Little Pieces)

"Distance does not decide who is your brother and who is not. The church is going to have to become the conscience of the free market if it's to have any meaning in this world - and stop being its apologist."

"I can wholeheartedly apologize for not being at all sorry. And it really is the least I can do."
April Winchell

"You must tell me who I might have hurt. I have to write them an apology."
Vivien Leigh

"I feel like this is a dream—I apologize for how I dressed some of you."
Ray Romano

"I hated Chris, my brother. I would pull his hair and kick him, until one day my father gave him permission to fight back. I'll be apologizing to him for the rest of my life." Stevie Nicks

"Why should I apologize because God throws in crystal chandeliers, mahogany floors, and the best construction in the world?"
Jim Bakker

"I never, ever want to apologize for a film. If it's bad I'll say it's my fault. And that's what I can say so far in all the films that I've done, that if you don't like it, it's entirely my fault."
Ken Burns

"I probably owe an apology to fans that have been supportive and have not wanted to believe any of this was true. It takes a little bit of the sheen off of the mystique."
George Michael

"If God doesn't destroy Hollywood Boulevard, he owes Sodom and Gomorrah an apology."
Jay Leno

"If you even dream of beating me you'd better wake up and apologize."
Muhammad Ali

"I won't apologize for ticket prices. I think we're well worth it. We consider ourselves in the elite touring acts, like the Stones, Elton John, Paul McCartney."
Glenn Frey

"I'm not a Hollywood basher because enough good movies come out of the Hollywood system every year to justify its existence, without any apologies."
Quentin Tarantino

"It seems that whatever we do is somehow beyond reproach - murder, rape, drunk driving—as long as we go on a TV show and apologize."
Eric Stoltz

Im sorry quotes

Now onto some apology quotes from renowned authors and profound thinkers.

"Every young sculptor seems to think that he must give the world some specimen of indecorous womanhood, and call it Eve, Venus, a Nymph, or any name that may apologize for a lack of decent clothing"
Nathaniel Hawthorne

"It is only fair to state, with regard to modern journalists, that they always apologize to one in private for what they have written against one in public."
Oscar Wilde

"Why must conversions always come so late? Why do people always apologize to corpses?"
David Brin

"A hero is someone we can admire without apology."
Kitty Kelley

"Genius goes around the world in its youth incessantly apologizing for having large feet. What wonder that later in life it should be inclined to raise those feet too swiftly to fools and bores."
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Below is a series of politically related apology quotes. We also provide a complete listing of Bill Clinton's apologies following the Lewinsky affair in our Famous Apology section.

"I would like to apologize for referring to George W. Bush as a deserter. What I meant to say is that George W. Bush is a deserter, an election thief, a drunk driver, a WMD liar, and a functional illiterate. And he poops his pants." Michael Moore

"If the Americans go in and overthrow Saddam Hussein and it's clean, he has nothing, I will apologize to the nation, and I will not trust the Bush administration again." Bill O'Reilly

"I rise today to offer a formal and heartfelt apology to all the victims of lynching in our history, and for the failure of the United States Senate to take action when action was most needed."
George Allen

"Nixon's grand mistake was his failure to understand that Americans are forgiving, and if he had admitted error early and apologized to the country, he would have escaped." Bob Woodward

"Vietnam should remind conservatives that whenever you put your faith in big government for any reason, sooner or later you wind up an apologist for mass murder."
arl Hess

"What would I have done if I'd been put to the test? Would I have risked my own life for people I hardly knew? Probably, I would have looked the other way at best or become another apologist for evil at worst."
Lionel Blue


We hope that you've enjoyed these apology quotes.... And in the words of Henry Kissinger...

"Accept everything about yourself—I mean everything... You are you and that is the beginning and the end - no apologies, no regrets."

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