I'm Sorry Quotes

Quotations can truly enhance an apology. The selection of 'I'm sorry quotes' below relate to the more common approaches a sincere apology should take. They are not a quick way of apologizing to someone for a mistake you've made and should never replace an apology even when the quote is about being sorry.

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A perfect apology always requires that the majority of it be in your own words and 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. Unknown Author

will help convey to the recipient, especially when it comes to love, 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. It tells the recipient that your relationship is too important to not talk things over.

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. François 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

And if you've acted like a fool and are feeling ashamed, then use this quote by Shakespeare to convey how sorry you are and that you're aware of your poor behavior.

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 adding something to your apology that explains the importance and risks involved in trusting someone instead of using a typical 'I'm sorry quote'.

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

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Use quotations to support your apology, what you are thinking, or what you have to say. Stay away from the types of '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.

And when it comes to love...

If you love and get hurt, love more.
If you love more and hurt more, love even more.
If you love even more and get hurt even more, love some more until it hurts no more... William Shakespeare

See our list of quotes on being sorry and our collection on forgiveness.