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

Struggling for the appropriate words to mend fences? Our I’m sorry quotes are your perfect start.

Norbert Juma
Published on May 11, 2020 6:30 AM EST
I'm Sorry Quotes for When You Can't Find the Right Words

Admitting your faults is the crucial first step towards making things right once again. 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.

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

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.

Also check out our list of inspirational forgiveness quotes as well as these sadness quotes that will inspire you to see light at the end of the tunnel.

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

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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

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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

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5. “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

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

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

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

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

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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

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12. “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

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

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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. “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

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. “Right actions in the future are the best apologies for bad actions in the past.”– Tyron Edwards

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

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

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

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51. “Never forget the nine most important words of any family- I love you. You are beautiful. Please forgive me.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.

52. “The art of a sincere and heartfelt apology is one of the greatest skills you will ever learn.”― Jeanette LeBlanc

53. “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.” – Gary Hopkins

54. “Sorry’ is, indeed, one of the most difficult and most powerful words in the English language, provided one can feel and say it at the same time.”― Uday Mukerji

55. “Smart people always say sorry, while the stupid ones just wait for the smart one to say sorry.” – Unknown

56. “Sorry, mom. Sorry, God.”― Chuck Palahniuk

57. “Just say “I’m sorry.” It’s not a tongue twister. It does not need repeating multiple times. The phrase is simple and short, easy to articulate. And the last time I checked, it sounded just as good—if not better—in a whisper. So just say it; say “I’m sorry.”― Richelle E. Goodrich

58. “A simple apology could fix a friendship that shouldn’t have ended in the first place. Don’t let your ego stop you from doing what’s right.” – Unknown

59. “Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got.”― Robert Brault

60. “Apologies aren’t meant to change the past, they are meant to change the future.”― Kevin Hancock

61. “Let me tell you that I did not like a single bit of what I did now that I had reflected on it.” – Unknown

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62. “A genuine apology is like an eleventh-hour rain on a dusty crop. Grossly overdue, but miraculously just in time.”― Jacqueline A Bussie

63. “Apology makes you self responsible while excuse makes you undependable.”― Prabakaran Thirumalai

64. “It is incredible how many hurts can be healed by the two words, ‘I’m sorry.”― Matshona Dhliwayo

65. “Apology doesn’t mean that you were wrong, or other person was right. Its mean that your relationship is valuable than your ego.”― Ain Eineziz

66. “Apology is not about saying I’m sorry, but it is about the meaning you put behind the apology and admitting that you are the wrong part.”― Unarine Ramaru

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67. “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

68. “Let us forgive each other — only then will we live in peace.” – Leo Tolstoy

69. “I betrayed your trust and created my life’s biggest disaster. But now I realize that your love in my life is all that matters. I am sorry.” – Unknown

70. “I never meant to cause you any sorrow. I never meant to cause you any pain.” – Price and the Revolution “Purple Rain”

71. “I never meant to hurt you nor see you in pains. And I’m so sorry for not being able to be there for you today. Please forgive me, my sweet friend.” – Unknown

72. “You can always say sorry, But the real apology is when you hear the sadness in their voice and see the look in their eyes. And you realize that they have hurt themselves just as much.” – Kid Cudi

73. “I overlooked your happiness in an attempt to make myself happy, only to realize that my happiness lies in yours. I am sorry, please forgive me.” – Unknown

74. “An apology is the super glue of life. It can repair just about anything.”
Lynn Johnston

75. “My heart has been leaking and bleeding since the day I hurt you. Please plug the holes with your forgiveness. I am sorry.” – Unknown

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76. “Everything is my fault, I’ll take all the blame.” – Nirvana
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77. “An apology is saying the right thing after doing the wrong thing.” ― Vikrant Parsai

78. “As humans, it is natural to make mistakes. I know that doesn’t give me an excuse for what I’ve done. But I hope you know that it was a mistake. I’m so sorry and I promise to do better by you.” – Unknown

79. “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.” – Demi Moore

80. “Holding a grudge doesn’t make you strong; it makes you bitter. Forgiving doesn’t make you weak; it sets you free.” – Dave Willis

81. “I believe forgiveness is the best form of love in any relationship. It takes a strong person to say they’re sorry and an even stronger person to forgive.” ― Yolanda Hadid

82. “Apologies require vulnerability.” ― Jennifer Thomas

83. “Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

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84. “I’m not perfect, I make mistakes, I hurt people. But when I say sorry, I mean it.” – Unknown

85. “Apologize quickly when you wrong someone, because I’m sorry has no value in the grave.” ― Lakesha Ruise

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86. “I have learned that sometimes “sorry” is not enough. Sometimes you actually have to change.” – Claire London

87. “I love my children. That will never change. I have prayed to them for forgiveness and hope that they will forgive me. I never meant to hurt them!!” – Susan Smith

88. “I’m not perfect. Remember that, and try to forgive me when I fail you.” – Elizabeth Lowell

89. “God forgive me if I do wrong in following with ardor the strongest instincts of my nature.” – Julia Ward Howe

90. “Please forgive me for laughing when you fall. I’m so sorry but I never cared at all.” – Five Finger Death Punch

91. “I hope that people learn from my mistake and I hope that the fans forgive me.” – Rafael Palmeiro

92. “An apology is only good if the person who receives does so in understanding and forgiveness.” – Byron Pulsifer

93. “And throughout all eternity, I forgive you and you forgive me.” – William Blake

94. “When I say, ‘I’m sorry,’ it’s because I regret something.” – Luis Suarez

95. “We are deeply sorry for the loss of anything – from your luggage to, of course, a loved pet.” – Oscar Munoz

I’m sorry quotes to help you own up and apologize

96. “Play fair. Don’t hit people. Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.” – Robert Fulghum

97. “Forgive me for being so ordinary while claiming to know so extraordinary a God.” – Jim Elliot

98. “I am much chastened and profoundly remorseful. I can only hope that the Almighty and those whom I have wronged will forgive me my trespasses.” – Jack Abramoff

99. “In order for there to be peace it may mean that a person needs to apologize for a wrong spirit, or attitude.” – Stanford Murrell

100. “I hope when I’m on my deathbed, people forgive me, because there is a lot to forgive.” – Christopher Buckley

101. “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

102. “Your sins are great? Just tell the Lord: Forgive me, help me to get up again, change my heart!” – Pope Francis

103. “An apology is a statement of regret. As important as that is, apologizing differs from asking for forgiveness.” – Marianne Clyde

104. “Forgiveness is the final form of love.” – Reinhold Niebuhr

105. “Just because I am a celebrity doesn’t mean I can’t say, ‘Sorry.'” – Karan Patel

Thought I’m sorry quotes and sayings

106. “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!” – Unknown

107. “Sorry is a small word for the huge mistake I’ve made. But I’m ready to pay the price for my actions—just forgive me.” – Unknown

108. “A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.” – William Hazlitt

109. “Your forgiveness is the only thing that can save me. Because without you, I feel dead on the inside.” – Unknown

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110. “If I’ve done anything I’m sorry for, I’m willing to be forgiven.” – Edward N. Westcott

111. “I am ready to die just to have your forgiveness because my life is pointless without you in it.” – Unknown

112. “I am sorry so sorry, I wish I could go back and change this.” –
Thomas Williams

113. “I know I broke your heart and I want you to know that hurting you has also torn my heart apart. I am sorry, my loved one.” – Unknown

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

115. “There are no words that could express my regret for hurting you. I am truly sorry for letting you down.” – Unknown

Other inspirational I’m sorry quotes

116. “I write how sorry I am for not contacting her sooner, but I was afraid, a coward, and I am trying to be braver now. I try and try and try every day, all day long.” – Nick White

117. “I have no reason to have done what I did to you. No excuses to give. However, I do have a thousand apologies waiting to be heard. Please give me a call back.” – Uknown

118. “I truly apologies for hurting your feelings, all these happens unintentional. You know it is not of my character to make you go through any pain. I will never let it happen again.” – Uknown

119. “I know I try your patience and you’ve probably grown tired of it. I just hope you will forgive me and give me another chance to be a better partner to you. I’m so very sorry.” – Uknown

120. “Everything that happen is my fault, find a place in your heart to truly forgive me, I’m sorry.” – Uknown

121. “I will scream I’m sorry from the top of the highest mountain until my voice is sore and weak. I want the world to know how much I mean it.” – Uknown

122. “You are so special to me, I would intentionally hurt, I’m so sorry fall everything that happen.” – Uknown

123. “I never meant to for you to see this side of me. I want to apologize, because that’s not who I usually am. I promise you will see change.” – Uknown

124. “I will correct my mistake, please forgive me.” – Uknown

125. “I’m not very good with words… This you know. But I know how to tell you I’m sorry and truly mean it. So, I’m sorry, okay? I’m really, really sorry.” – Uknown

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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    Ochoa

    April 9, 2020 at 10:07 AM

    These quotes helped me say sorry to my teacher for wrong doings.

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