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Quotations about Apologies

In some families, please is described as the magic word. In our house, however, it was sorry. ~Margaret Laurence, "A Bird in the House," 1964

Perhaps the two most magic words in the English language are "I'm sorry." ~Joan Detz, It's Not What You Say, It's How You Say It, 2000

An apology is a good way to have the last word. ~Author unknown

He understood (what so many faultlessly polite people do not understand) that a stiff apology is a second insult. He understood that 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 (1874—1936), "The Real Dr. Johnson"

Sometimes the only successful apology will have to involve baking. ~Dr. SunWolf, @WordWhispers, tweet, 2017,

Never ruin an apology with an excuse. ~Kimberly Johnson, as quoted by The Reader's Digest, 1996

For every person who atones, a hundred others find regret sufficient. ~Robert Brault,

Thor apologize — which as we all know, solve everything with no consequence. ~Ghosts, "Traveling Agent," 2024, written by Skander Halim and Emily Schmidt  [S3, E9, Thorfinn]

True remorse is never just a regret over consequence; it is a regret over motive. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1963

Let love's apologies wait not 'til death's doorway. ~Terri Guillemets

A relationship becomes easier when you realize that you don't have to be the one at fault to be the one who's sorry. ~Robert Brault,

Never apologize for showing feeling, my friend. Remember that when you do so, you apologize for truth. ~Benjamin Disraeli, 1832

Tara Swart, neuroscientist, Forbes contributor and author of the book, The Source: Open Your Mind, Change Your Life says... "Apologizing when we have done something wrong is a real strength, but compulsive apologizing presents as a weakness at work and in personal relationships." It’s time for women to kick the apology habit and take their power back... ~Caroline Castrillon, "How Women Can Stop Apologizing And Take Their Power Back,", 2019

As I started to pay more attention to my apologies, I realized I was doling them out everywhere, even if I wasn't in the wrong... I eventually became frustrated with my inability to give up my meaningless apologies... "Thank you" was the solution I was looking for. In addition to being less self-deprecating, "thank you" signals gratitude, positivity, and recognition while emphasizing the receiver of the words, rather than the speaker. ~Chandler Plante, "I Started Saying 'Thank You' Instead of 'Sorry,' and It Changed My Life,", 2020

So if you really want to apologise to someone in an authentic way then make it about them. ~Jenny Marchal, "Why You Should Say 'Thank You' Instead Of 'Sorry' When You Do Something Wrong,", 2016

Apologizing. — A very desperate habit, — one that is rarely cured. Apology is only egotism wrong side out. Nine times out of ten, the first thing a man's companion knows of his shortcoming is from his apology. It is mighty presumptuous on your part to suppose your small failures of so much consequence that you must make a talk about them. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1859

It was certainly wrong to take French leave through the bay window — it was disrespectful in the first place, and as I am very sorry — no — I'm not sorry a bit!... I'm very sorry I can't feel sorry, and — and — good-night, Sir. ~Frederick William Robinson, Under the Spell, 1870  [This was, perhaps, the literary precursor of "Sorry, not sorry!" —tg]

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, 1958

The only good thing about punctuality is that it usually gets you an apology. ~Author unknown

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