Best 39 Apology Quotes

Apology quotes are a good way to learn about people's views on saying sorry and how different situations are handled by others.

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

An apology quote by Margaret Lee Runbeck alongside a cup of tea


Apology Quotes Made by Celebrities

The entertainment industry has been particularly forthcoming and has provided us with countless quotes about apologies. Some of the more interesting ones that we've found are in this first group.

An apology? Bah! Disgusting! Cowardly! Beneath the dignity of any gentleman, however wrong he might be. Steve Martin
The things two people do to each other they remember. If they stay together, it’s not because they forget; it’s because they forgive. Demi Moore
An apology might help, but you can change your life without one. Robin Quivers
You can always say sorry, But the real apology is when you hear the sadness in their voice and see the look in their eyes. And you realize that they have hurt themselves just as much. Kid Cudi
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
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. Bono
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

Even the queen of television herself needed to say sorry for defending James Frey, author of 'A Million Little Pieces'.

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

For lengthier celebrity apologies, videos, and our review of how well they fared with their mea culpas, visit our public apology pages.

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Quotes & Apologies from Authors and Thinkers

This next set of quotes about apologies come from renowned authors and profound thinkers.

Never apologize for showing your feelings. When you do, you are apologizing for the truth. Jose N. Harris
Pride and ego makes a mockery of an apology. Humility wins forgiveness without question…so break ‘yo’self’! T. F. Hodge
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
An apology is a lovely perfume; it can transform the clumsiest moment into a gracious gift. Margaret Lee Runbeck
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
Chocolate says "I'm sorry" so much better than words. Rachel Vincent
In this life, when you deny someone an apology, you will remember it at time you beg forgiveness. Toba Beta
I loved and adored you, but I drained you like a thirsty man at a spring. I loved what you could give me - your admiration, your acceptance, your love, your forgiveness. I forgot to love you for yourself. Jennifer Ashley
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

Political Apology Quotes

The apology quotes below are all politically related. For those interested in the more sordid side of politics, we also provide a complete listing of Bill Clinton's apologies following the Lewinsky affair.

Never ruin an apology with an excuse. Benjamin Franklin
Never make a defense or an apology until you are accused. King Charles I
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. Karl 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. Henry Kissinger

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