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50 I’m Sorry Quotes for When You Can’t Find the Right Words

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These “I’m sorry” quotes will help you apologize in a way that reflects how you truly feel.

Nobody is perfect. We all make mistakes and do things that hurt other people at some point in our lives. That’s why it’s important to acquire the ability to acknowledge your mistakes and apologize for your wrongs, even if you didn’t do it on purpose.

When you apologize, it shows the recipient that you recognize the pain you caused them and are willing to make things right again. It opens the way to forgiveness and has the potential to restore a damaged and broken relationship.

A genuine apology can make both parties feel better. When you say “sorry” in a caring way, it gives relief to your heart and mind. It lightens the baggage of hard feelings against someone or the sense of guilt within.

Although taking responsibility for your mistakes can be hard, you should not say “I’m sorry” just for the sake of it. A genuine apology should come from the heart.

To highlight the power of apologizing and to help you find the right words to express your remorse, here are some thoughtful “I’m sorry” quotes.


50 I’m sorry quotes for when you can’t find the right words


1.) “I don’t like it, and I’m sorry I ever had anything to do with it.” –  Erwin Schrodinger


2.) “But you know all about that, being sorry and having no words to say something when you know you should but you just can’t.” – Heather Gudenkauf


3.) “I’m not very good at saying sorry, but I apologize.“ – Chris Kurtz


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4.) “Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.” – Paul Boese


5.) “I am immensely contrite. And I’m sorry for the damage I’ve done.” – Jayson Blair


6.) “I felt ashamed for what I had done. I don’t have any excuses. I did what I did. I take full responsibility for myself and my actions. I wouldn’t pawn this off on anybody. I’m sorry it happened. And I hurt people.” – Louie Anderson


7.) “A sincere and warmly-expressed apology can produce the same effects as morphine on a suffering soul.”― Richelle E. Goodrich


8.) “It’s very hard for me to say I’m sorry… but I do.” – Joe Nichols


9.) “I have made terrible mistakes that have hurt the people that I cared about the most, and I am terribly sorry. I am deeply ashamed of my terrible judgment and my actions.” – Anthony Weiner


10.) “I am sorry for what has happened and I know that I need some help.” – Susan Smith


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11.) “An apology is a lovely perfume; it can transform the clumsiest moment into a gracious gift.”– Margaret Lee Runbeck


12.) “When you forgive, you free your soul. But when you say I’m sorry, you free two souls.“ – Donald L. Hicks


13.) “Be the hero of hearts; learn to say I’m sorry.”― Richelle E. Goodrich


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14.) “Apologies aren’t meant to change the past, they are meant to change the future.“ – Kevin Hancock


15.) “I’m sorry.” Once again, those were the words. And now, anytime someone says I’m sorry, I’m going to think of her.”― Jay Asher


16.) “Saying sorry to someone is hard… but putting your pride down for someone is the hardest.” – Cristina Orante


17.) “An apology is the superglue of life! It can repair just about anything!!”― Lynn Johnston


18.) “It isn’t always to apologize for your mistakes but doing so shows a person with a strong sense of self.” – Byron Pulsifer


19.) “Not admitting a mistake is a bigger mistake.” ~ Robert Half


20.) “What is past is past, there is a future left to all men, who have the virtue to repent and the energy to atone.” – Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton


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21.) “I want to say to each of you, simply, and directly, I am deeply sorry for my irresponsible and selfish behavior I engaged in.” – Tiger Woods


22.) “The hero isn’t the one who is right, but the one who steps forward to take the blame – deserved or not – and apologize to save a relationship.” – Richelle E. Goodrich


23.) “And I felt sorry, and I have felt bad about what happened.” – Monica Lewinsky


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24.) “He who is sorry for having sinned is almost innocent.” – Seneca


25.) “Apologies bring people together.” – Nick Smith


26.) “I am sorry for the pain I caused you, I feel so bad.” – Gabor Timis


27.) “I believe that when you’re wrong, own it and apologize, and so I do and put it on the equivalent of my front page.” – Peter Coyote


28.) “Mistakes are always forgivable if one has the courage to admit them.” ~ Bruce Lee


29.) “Chocolate says “I’m sorry” so much better than words.” ~ Rachel Vincent


30.) “In this life, when you deny someone an apology, you will remember it at time you beg forgiveness.” ~ Toba Beta


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31.) “Never believe you’re so great or important, so right or proud, that you cannot kneel at the feet of someone you hurt and offer a humble, sincere apology.”― Richelle E. Goodrich


31.) “I’m sorry my existence is not very noble or sublime.” – Keanu Reeves


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32.) “An apology is a lovely perfume; it can transform the clumsiest moment into a gracious gift.” – Margaret Lee Runbeck


33.) “So many things that we never will undo I know you’re sorry, I’m sorry too.” – Bob Dylan


34.) “True remorse is never just a regret over consequence; it is a regret over motive.” – Mignon McLaughlin


35.) “You must tell me who I might have hurt. I have to write them an apology.”~ Vivien Leigh


36.) “Apologies are great, but they don’t really change anything. You know what does? Action.” – Stella Young


37.) “The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to forget is the happiest.”~ Author Unknown


38.) “The only correct actions are those that demand no explanation and no apology.” ~ Red Auerbach


39.) “Forgiveness is the sweetest revenge.” ~ Isaac Friedmann


40.) “The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway.” ~ Henry Boye


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41.) “Never ruin an apology with an excuse.“ – Benjamin Franklin


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42.) “Truly saying sorry is never easy to do, and when you are, you just hope it’s not too late.” – Justin Tranter


43.) “More people should apologize, and more people should accept apologies when sincerely made.”– Greg LeMond


44.) “Saying ‘I’m sorry’ is saying ‘I love you’ with a wounded heart in one hand and your smothered pride in the other.”― Richelle E. Goodrich


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


46.) “I’m sorry.’ The two most inadequate words in the English language.” – Beth Revis


47.) “What I want to say is that I’m sorry. There’s no excuse for what I did. I will understand if you will never speak to me again, but I hope you will give me another chance to fix this.” – Unknown


48.) “Proper apologies have three parts: 1) What I did was wrong. 2) I feel bad that I hurt you. 3) How do I make this better?” – Randy Pausch


49.) “To err is human, but contrition felt for the crime distinguishes the virtuous from the wicked.” – Vittorio Alfieri


50.) “Admitting a mistake is not a weakness; on the contrary, it shows an openness of your heart. It takes guts to say sorry. Only a strong and well-balanced individual with the clarity of mind can do so effortlessly. Taking responsibility for your actions requires and develops your self-control. You become your own person.“ – Vishwas Chavan


Did you enjoy these I’m sorry quotes?

By itself, saying I’m sorry might not be enough to make everything all right again. However, it is the right thing to do. It does a lot of good.

Sometimes along with an apology, you might need to demonstrate that you’ll do better. Besides, the offended party may not yet be ready to accept your apology, which means you need to allow time to heal the wounds.

All in all, learning to apologize is the vital first step in the healing process. Hopefully, these I’m sorry quotes have reminded you why saying “sorry” is important.

Did you enjoy these I’m sorry quotes? Which of the quotes was your favorite? Tell us in the comment section below.

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