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I'm Sorry Quotes

Quotations, especially 'I'm sorry quotes' are often thought of as a quick way of apologizing to someone for a mistake you made. The problem is that a quote in itself does not constitute a proper apology even when the quote is about being sorry.

A perfect apology always requires that it be tailored to the recipient and the situation.

Using quotes in apologies, whether they be verbal or written, should help convey a single idea or concept—making the apology more profound or heartfelt.

They will enhance your apology and show the recipient that you have given a great deal of thought to the situation by taking the time to find a suitable quote that expresses your sentiments or how you feel about the situation.

A quote such as,

"A bend in the road is not the end of the road... unless you fail to make the turn."
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will help convey to the recipient that you are sorry and want to move forward with the relationship.

If you are looking to have an open discussion with the person you hurt then add this quote to your apology.

"Anger ventilated often hurries toward forgiveness; and concealed often hardens into revenge." 
Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

If the cause of the infraction was the result of your being insincere, presumptuous, or otherwise thoughtless then these quotes may be suitable to your situation.

"We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves."
Fran├žois Duc de La Rochefoucauld

"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are." 
e.e. cummings

"We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us."
Marcel Proust

"The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool."

William Shakespeare


Trust is often an issue when we make mistakes. Forgiveness is also often dependant on trust. So think about substituting your 'I'm sorry quotes' with quotations that explain the importance and risks of trusting someone.

"To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved."
George MacDonald

"The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him."
Henry Lewis Stimson

"Mistrust makes life difficult. Trust makes it risky."
Mason Cooley

Im sorry quotes

Use quotations to support your apology, what you are thinking, or what you have to say. Stay away from 'I'm sorry quotes' that apologize for someone else's mistake and are appropriate to someone else's situation.  Quotes can be an effective tool for saying sorry but make sure that you use them wisely.

See our list of interesting quotes on apologies and apologizing.

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