I'm Sorry Quotes: 100 Ways to Apologize

It's not easy saying sorry, but it can help spark the resolution you're looking for.

Sometimes, the hardest thing about saying "I'm sorry" is finding the right words to do so. After all, apologies are nuanced, and different situations demand different scripts. In his book, On Apology, Aaron Lazare, MD, explains that saying "I'm sorry" also involves reaffirming and resetting the values held by both parties. Specifically outlining your offense and the way in which you plan to remedy the situation are important details to include. To help you break the ice, we've put together a list of 100 I'm sorry quotes. Use these lines to kick off the conversation, advance the apology, or just to fill in the blanks!

RELATED: 102 Sad Quotes on Love, Life, and Loneliness

Apology Quotes for The Next Time You Need to Say I'm Sorry

There's no shortage of ways to say I'm sorry. To prove it, we've put together a long list of apologies from songs, books, movies, and past politicians.

I'm Sorry Quotes For Her

sorry quotes: woman in purple shirt looking angry
Shutterstuck / Kraken Images
  1. "Lately, I have been distant from you. And it's killing me. I'm sorry, sweetheart."
  2. "Honey, I am so sorry for my awful behavior. I won't act that way again."
  3. "I am sorry for crossing the lines we established. I promise never to do that again."
  4. "I know I am not perfect and I make mistakes, but I am so glad that I have you to help me grow into the best version of myself."
  5. "I want to let you know that I see how what I did was wrong now that I've had time to reflect on it."
  6. "I never meant for things to spiral so out of control. I have made a huge mistake by hurting you. Please find it in your heart to forgive me."
  7. "More than what I did, I am ashamed of who I have become. Please forgive me, and I promise you will see the best of me soon."
  8. "Give me a chance to show that you are the most important thing in my life. I love you, and I am sorry."
  9. "I know I was wrong for claiming that I was right. I promise to always consider your perspective. Please accept my apology."
  10. "My lousy attitude has created an ugly stain on our relationship. I pray that time and forgiveness can wash it away. I'm sorry for being so bad to you."
  11. "I want nothing more than your forgiveness. It hurts me to see you cry. Please help me make this right."
  12. "My biggest mistake was letting my ego come in the way of a heartfelt apology. I am sorry, my love."

READ THIS NEXT: 70+ Amazing Life Quotes That Will Instantly Inspire You.

I'm Sorry Quotes From Literature

man writing 'i'm sorry' on notepad
Shutterstock / Bildagentur Zoonar GmbH
  1. "I'm sorry I was awful. I'm so full of terrors."― The Sacred And Profane Love Machine by Iris Murdoch
  2. "It's always too late for sorries, but I appreciate the sentiment."― The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  3. "Would 'sorry' have made any difference? Does it ever? It's just a word. One word against a thousand actions."― Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler
  4. "But sorry is the Kool-Aid of human emotions. […] True sorrow is as rare as true love." ― Carrie by Stephen King
  5. "Sorry, mom. Sorry, God." — Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk
  6. "I love you and I always will and I am sorry. What a useless word." — The Garden of Eden by Ernest Hemingway
  7. "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." — Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage by Jennifer Ashley
  8. "When you forgive, you free your soul. But when you say I'm sorry, you free two souls." — Look Into the Stillness by Donald L. Hicks
  9. "I am sorry for the pain I caused you, I feel so bad." – Love Letters From the Heart by Gabor Timis

I'm Sorry Quotes From Songs

man begging woman for forgiveness
Shutterstock / Voyagerix
  1. "I don't know why, I made you cry. I'm sorry sweetheart and yet though you shouldn't be lenient with me, I hope you'll forgive and forget." — "What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorry" by Frank Sinatra
  2. "Everything is my fault, I'll take the blame." — "All Apologies" by Nirvana
  3. "So many things that we never will undo I know you're sorry, I'm sorry too." – "Mississippi" by Bob Dylan
  4. "Oh I'm sorry for blaming you for everything I just couldn't do, and I've hurt myself from hurting you." — "Hurt" by Christina Aguilera
  5. "Hello from the outside. At least I can say that I've tried to tell you I'm sorry for breaking your heart." — "Hello" by Adele
  6. "It's sad, so sad. Why can't we talk it over. Oh it seems to me that sorry seems to be the hardest word." — "Sorry Seems to Be The Hardest Word" by Elton John
  7. "I never meant to cause you any sorrow. I never meant to cause you any pain." — "Purple Rain" by Prince
  8. "I'm sorry Ms. Jackson, I am for real. I never meant to make your daughter cry, I apologize a trillion times." — "Ms. Jackson" by Outkast
  9. "Is it too late now to say sorry?" — "Sorry" by Justin Bieber
  10. "I'm sorry, so sorry that I was such a fool. I didn't know love could be so cruel." — "I'm Sorry" by Brenda Lee
  11. "If I could turn back time, if I could find a way. I'd take back those words that have hurt you. And you'd stay." — "If I Could Turn Back Time" by Cher
  12. "Please forgive me, I know not what I do. Please forgive me, I can't stop loving you. Don't deny me, this pain I'm going through. Please forgive me, if I need you like I do. Please believe me, every word I say is true." — "Please Forgive Me" by Bryan Adams

RELATED: 75 Relationship Quotes to Reignite Your Love

I'm Sorry Quotes From Movies

young woman asking for forgiveness
Shutterstock / File 404

  1. "For what it's worth, I'm sorry for everything." — The Mule
  2. "People do bad things; if you're lucky, you get a chance to set it right, but most of the time it goes unpunished." — The Equalizer II
  3. "I'm stupid. You're smart. I was wrong. You were right. You're the best. I'm the worst. You're very good-looking. I'm not attractive." — Happy Gilmore
  4. "You should apologize to her. You may not live to get another chance." — Venom
  5. "I'm a horrible person. You have every right to hate me. You should hate me. I want you to hate me! I insist that you hate me! I'm scum, I'm garbage, I'm vermin, and I'm sorry." — In & Out
  6. "Everybody's sorry for something." — Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark
  7. "I'm sorry I brought this upon you, my boy. I'm sorry that you must carry this burden." — Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  8. "Master, I've disappointed you. I haven't been very appreciative of your training. I've been arrogant, and I apologize." — Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
  9. "Sorry if I ever took a snap at you. Fish gotta swim. Birds gotta eat." — Finding Nemo
  10. "Sorry. I… I'm sorry for the way I am. I didn't mean for things to go so wrong." — A Bug's Life

Thoughtful Apology Quotes

couple hugging and finding forgiveness
Shutterstuck / Fizkes
  1. "When you realize you've made a mistake, make amends immediately. It's easier to eat crow while it's still warm." — Dan Heist
  2. "The only correct actions are those that demand no explanation and no apology." — Red Auerbach
  3. "An apology is a lovely perfume; it can transform the clumsiest moment into a gracious gift." — Margaret Lee Runbeck
  4. "Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got." — Robert Brault
  5. "The ability of a person to atone has always been the most remarkable of human features." — Leon Uris
  6. "Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future." — Paul Boese
  7. "Let us forgive each other—only then will we live in peace." — Leo Tolstoy
  8. "It is incredible how many hurts can be healed by the two words, 'I'm sorry.'"― Matshona Dhliwayo
  9. "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
  10. "True remorse is never just a regret over consequence; it is a regret over motive." – Mignon McLaughlin
  11. "Sacrifice is at the heart of repentance. Without deeds, your apology is worthless." — Bryan Davis
  12. "Any good apology has three parts: First, I'm sorry. Second, It's my fault. Third, What can I do to make it right? Most people forget the third part." — Unknown
  13. "True friends stab you in the front." — Oscar Wilde
  14. "Forgiveness is the sweetest revenge." – Isaac Friedman
  15. "I am sorry I didn't tell you the truth before. I was hoping I wouldn't have to." — Anne Fortier
  16. "You can make up a quarrel, but it will always show where it was patched." — Edgar Watson Howe
  17. "Apologies are great, but they don't really change anything. You know what does? Action." — Stella Young
  18. "A sincere and warmly expressed apology can produce the same effects as morphine on a suffering soul."― Richelle E. Goodrich

Humble Apology Quotes

man with his hand to his face, saying i'm sorry
Shutterstock / File 404
  1. "I'm not very good at saying sorry, but I apologize." – Chris Kurtz
  2. "Not admitting a mistake is a bigger mistake." – Robert Half
  3. "Mistakes are always forgivable if one has the courage to admit them." – Bruce Lee
  4. "Be the hero of hearts; learn to say I'm sorry."― Richelle E. Goodrich
  5. "I am immensely contrite. And I'm sorry for the damage I've done." – Jayson Blair
  6. "It isn't always easy to apologize for your mistakes but doing so shows a person with a strong sense of self." – Byron Pulsifer
  7. "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 Bulwer-Lytton
  8. "Right actions in the future are the best apologies for bad actions in the past."– Tyron Edwards
  9. "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
  10. "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
  11. "It's very hard for me to say I'm sorry… but I do." – Joe Nichols
  12. "The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to forget is the happiest." – Unknown
  13. "The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway." – Henry Boye

I'm Sorry Quotes About Pride

sorry quotes: portrait of man looking arrogant
Shutterstock / Dreams Come True
  1. "Apologies require taking full responsibility. No half-truths, no partial admissions, no rationalizations, no finger-pointing, and no justifications belong in any apology." — Cathy Burnham Martin
  2. "Apologizing does not always mean you're wrong and the other person is right. It just means you value your relationship more than your ego." ― Mark Matthews
  3. "If an apology is followed by an excuse or a reason, it means they are going to commit [the] same mistake again they just apologized for." — Amit Kalantri
  4. "Never ruin an apology with an excuse." – Benjamin Franklin
  5. "A stiff apology is a second insult… The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt." — Gilbert K. Chesterton
  6. "More people should apologize, and more people should accept apologies when sincerely made."— Greg LeMond
  7. "Saying sorry to someone is hard… but putting your pride down for someone is the hardest." – Cristina Orante
  8. "Apologize! That's the least you can do to try to make right something you have wronged." ― Sanhita Baruah
  9. "Apology is only egotism wrong side out." — Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

Funny I'm Sorry Quotes

man saying i'm sorry
Shutterstock / Rachata Teyparsit
  1. "Nothing says you're sorry like a dead bunny." ― Patricia Briggs
  2. "If I've done anything I'm sorry for, I'm willing to be forgiven." – Edward Noyes Westcott
  3. "I am sorry for those that disagree with me because I know that they are wrong." — Woodrow Wilson
  4. "I'm sorry, if you were right, I'd agree with you."— Robin Williams
  5. "If you're going to do something tonight that you'll be sorry for tomorrow morning, sleep late." — Henny Youngman
  6. "Never make a defense or apology before you are accused." — King Charles I
  7. "Chocolate says 'I'm sorry' so much better than words." – Rachel Vincent
  8. "'I'm sorry.' The two most inadequate words in the English language." – Beth Revis
  9. "An apology is the superglue of life! It can repair just about anything!"― Lynn Johnston
  10. " Apology accepted. End of story." — Brad Goreski

Famous Apologies

Apology quotes: President Bill Clinton in front of American Flag
Shutterstock / Joseph Sohm
  1. "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
  2. "I probably owe an apology to fans that have been supportive and have not wanted to believe any of this was true." — George Michael
  3. "I am a simple man who comes from a village, and villagers like us speak our mind. Now, in the process, if unknowingly my words came across as disrespectful or insulting, then I am deeply sorry. I don't want to hurt anyone." — Arijit Singh
  4. "I ask the people of Connecticut for their forgiveness, I should have paid more attention to people around me and people that I trusted but I am sorry for my actions and take full responsibility." — John G. Rowland
  5. "You're my backbone. You're a blessing. You're a piece of my heart. You're the air I breathe. And you're the strongest person I know, and I'm so sorry for having to put you through this and having to put our family through this." – Kobe Bryant
  6. "Indeed I did have a relationship with Miss Lewinsky that was not appropriate. In fact, it was wrong … I misled people, including even my wife. I deeply regret that." — Bill Clinton
  7. "It starts with this… I'm sorry Taylor." — Kanye West
Filed Under