Sorry Quotes

Sorry Quotes to Help You Say Sorry Like You Mean It

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Have you ever felt so sorry that you couldn't sleep? Have you experienced extreme guilt for unknowingly hurting someone? Feeling sorry is a strong emotion, as it causes a feeling a worthlessness, shame, and depression. The only way around it is to make amends and apologize.

Alexander Pope said, "To err is human; to forgive, divine." It is natural for humans to make mistakes. But sometimes, the mistakes are so grave that it could take a lifetime to wipe off the scars. Civilizations have been destroyed by the errors of a few. History is replete with horrors of mass destruction: The Pearl Harbor attack, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Nazi concentration camps, the Vietnam War, and the attack on World Trade Center.

You cannot wipe the tears with just words. However, if the intent is sincere, and the remorse heartfelt, some wounds can be healed. Remorse should precede the apology. And the apology should be accompanied by remedial action. Here are some sorry quotes. If you have to say sorry, and you feel the remorse from the bottom of your heart, use these sorry quotes.


  • Monica Lewinsky
    And I felt sorry, and I have felt bad about what happened.
  • Dale Carnegie
    Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition, is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have.
  • Bjork
    Football is a fertility festival. Eleven sperm trying to get into the egg. I feel sorry for the goalkeeper.
  • Arthur Ransome
    Grab a chance and you won't be sorry for a might-have-been.
  • Leon Czolgosz
    I am not sorry for my crime.
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    Apologies only account for that which they do not alter.
  • David Herbert Lawrence
    I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself.
  • April Winchell
    I can wholeheartedly apologize for not being at all sorry. And it really is the least I can do.
  • Angela Merkel
    I feel sorry sometimes for these sportsmen and women who put in just as much effort as the footballers. For example, athletes train at least as hard as footballers but have to be happy if they can earn enough to finance a decent education.
  • Estelle Getty
    If love means never having to say you're sorry, then marriage means always having to say everything twice.
  • Wayne Newton
    There's no room in my life for feeling sorry for myself.
  • Lord Charles Beresford
    Very sorry can't come. Lie follows by post.
  • Aesop
    We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.
  • Dan Heist
    When you realize you've made a mistake, make amends immediately. It's easier to eat crow while it's still warm.
  • Mignon McLaughlin
    True remorse is never just a regret over consequence; it is a regret over motive.
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe
    The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and for deeds left undone.
  • Edgar Watson Howe, Country Town Sayings
    You can make up a quarrel, but it will always show where it was patched.
  • Margaret Laurence
    In some families, please is described as the magic word. In our house, however, it was sorry.
  • Robert Fulghum
    Play fair. Don't hit people. Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
  • Edward N. Westcott
    If I've done anything I'm sorry for, I'm willing to be forgiven.
  • Mccain Edwin
    The words are all gone, the time's been too long but it's not too late to say I'm sorry to a friend.
  • Demi Moore, Indecent Proposal
    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.
  • Claire London
    I have learned that sometimes "sorry" is not enough. Sometimes you actually have to change.
  • Gandhi
    The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
  • H. L. Mencken
    Wife: one who is sorry she did it, but would undoubtedly do it again.
  • Robert Burns
    I'm truly sorry man's dominion has broken Nature's social union.
  • Lionel Blue
    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.