39 Quotes About Messing Up and Being Sorry


An apology can go a long way when it comes to repairing a relationship and making mends where harm has been done. These quotes about messing up and being sorry will encourage you to enter a road of recovery.

“A businessman is the only man who is forever apologizing for his occupation.”

“A hero is someone we can admire without apology.”

“Accept everything about yourself – I mean everything, You are you and that is the beginning and the end – no apologies, no regrets.”

“An apology can be a wonderful thing so long as it is infrequent and from the heart. However, beware of the person who justifies bad behavior with apologies. For them it is a means to an end, and quite often at your expense.”

“An apology given just to appease one’s conscience is self-serving and better left unspoken.”

“An apology is a good way to have the last word.”

“Apologies only account for that which they do not alter.”

“Apologizing does not always mean that you are wrong and the other person is right. It just means that you value your relationship more than your ego.”

“Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.”

“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.”

“Forgiving is not forgetting. It’s letting go of the hurt.”

“I am sorry for being a nag and continuously telling you what to do. It’s just that I’m uber protective when it comes to you. Sorry.”

“I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.”

“I confess that what I said what a lie, but that doesn’t make me a liar. Just because we’re going through a rough patch, doesn’t mean our love will expire.”

“I understand the concept of being the bigger person but I do not understand why some people apologize to others when they weren’t wrong.”

“I’m a bit too protective about you, that’s all there is to this mess. I promise I’ll keep a tab on my jealousy, to restore our love’s happiness.”

“I’m sorry.’ The two most inadequate words in the English language.”

“If it’s a good idea, go ahead and do it. It’s much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.”

“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.”

“It is never too late to make things right.”

“It takes a great deal of character strength to apologize quickly out of one’s heart rather than out of pity. A person must possess himself and have a deep sense of security in fundamental principles and values in order to genuinely apologize.”

“It will never do to plead sin as an excuse for sin, or to attempt to justify sinful acts by pleading that we have an evil heart. This instead of being a valid apology is the very ground of our condemnation.”

“Keep your words soft and tender because tomorrow you may have to eat them.”

“More people should apologize, and more people should accept apologies when sincerely made.”

“Never apologize for having high standards. People who really want to be in your life will rise up to meet them.”

“Never make a defense or an apology until you are accused.”

“Never ruin an apology with an excuse.”

“Nothing wrong with apologizing, but saying I’m sorry does nothing when you continue to make the same mistakes.”

“Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.”

“Saying sorry to someone is hard… but putting your pride down for someone is the hardest.”

“The ability of a person to atone has always been the most remarkable of human features.”

“The most profound apologies are never heard by the ears, they’re felt through the heart. So put your hand on my heart and just feel it weeping out in regret.”

“The only good thing about punctuality is that it usually gets you an apology.”

“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.”

“When a person tells you that you hurt them, you don’t get to decide that you didn’t.”

“When you realize you’ve made a mistake, make amends immediately. It’s easier to eat crow while it’s still warm.”

“Would ‘sorry’ have made any difference? Does it ever? It’s just a word. One word against a thousand actions.”

“You can make up a quarrel, but it will always show where it was patched.”

“You said you never wanted to see me hurt. Did you close your eyes then when I cried?”

There are many reasons that prevent people from making amends and apologizing to another for any wrong doing or harm that has happened.

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