Being Sorry Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old being sorry quotes, being sorry sayings, and being sorry proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

And I felt sorry, and I have felt bad about what happened. Monica Lewinsky
I don't like it, and I'm sorry I ever had anything to do with it. Erwin Schrodinger
Being sorry is the highest act of selfishness, seeing value only after discarding it. Doug Horton
I have learned that sometimes "sorry" is not enough. Sometimes you actually have to change. Claire London
When a man has been guilty of any vice or folly, I think the best atonement he can make for it is to warn others not to fall into the like. Joseph Addison
True repentance also involves reform. Hosea Ballou
Repentance hath a purifying power, and every tear is of a cleansing virtue; but these penitential clouds must be still kept dropping: one shower will not suffice; for repentance is not one single action, but a course. Bishop Robert South
Repentance must be something more than mere remorse for sins: it comprehends a change of nature befitting heaven. Lew Wallace
To err is human; but contrition felt for the crime distinguishes the virtuous from the wicked. Vittorio Alfieri
I was very sorry when I found out that your intentions were good and not what I supposed they were. unknown
It is never too late with us, so long as we are still aware of our faults and bear them impatiently, of long as noble propensities, greedy of conquest, stir within us. Jacobi
I don't mind dying if I have to, but I'm damned if I want to pay for the guarantee. I'm sorry. Michael Landon
I am immensely contrite. And I'm sorry for the damage I've done. Jayson Blair
It's very hard for me to say I'm sorry... but I do. Joe Nichols
I took it all for granted, I'm sorry to say. Dorothy McGuire
I am sorry for what has happened and I know that I need some help. Susan Smith
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
The strongest proof of repentance is the endeavor to atone. Mary Elizabeth Braddon
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
True repentance has a double aspect; it looks upon things past with a weeping eye, and upon the future with a watchful eye. Bishop Robert South
Late repentance is seldom true, but true repentance is never too late. Ralph Venning
I Am Sorry for the pain I caused you, I feel so bad. Gabor Timis
So many things that we never will undo I know you're sorry, I'm sorry too. Bob Dylan
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
True remorse is never just a regret over consequence; it is a regret over motive. Mignon McLaughlin
The ability of a person to atone has always been the most remarkable of human features. Leon Uris
Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so you apologize for truth. Benjamin Disraeli
Right actions in the future are the best apologies for bad actions in the past. Tryon Edwards
When you realize you've made a mistake, make amends immediately. It's easier to eat crow while it's still warm. Dan Heist
Being sorry for myself is a luxury I can't afford. Stephen King
Slight sorrow for sin is sufficient, provided it at the same time produces amendment. Colton
If you would be good, first believe that you are bad. Epictetus
More people should apologize, and more people should accept apologies when sincerely made. Greg LeMond
To truly repent of a big thing, you have to go into it with your heart open and force yourself to deal with it at that level and to apologize to God. Bruce Wilkinson
To grieve over sin is one thing, to repent is another. F. W. Robertson
Let us be quick to repent of injuries while repentance may not be a barren anguish. Samuel Johnson
He who seeks repentance for the past, should woo the angel virtue for the future. Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Every one goes astray, but the least imprudent are they who repent the soonest. Voltaire
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
He who is sorry for having sinned is almost innocent. Seneca
We look to our last sickness for repentance, unmindful that it is during a recovery men repent, not during a sickness. Augustus Hare
People hardly ever do anything in anger, of which they do not repent. Samuel Richardson
Apologies are great, but they don't really change anything. You know what does? Action. Stella Young
Sincere apologies are for those that make them, not for those to whom they are made. Sincere apologies are for those that make them, not for those to whom they are made. Greg LeMond
The only correct actions are those that demand no explanation and no apology. Red Auerbach
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
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. Stephen Covey
Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of his way, but must accept his lot calmly, even if they roll a few stones upon it. Albert Schweitzer
Proper apologies have three parts: 1) What I did was wrong. 2) I feel badly that I hurt you. 3) How do I make this better? Randy Pausch
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
All successful people these days seem to be neurotic. Perhaps we should stop being sorry for them and start being sorry for me - for being so confounded normal. Deborah Kerr
There's a difference between remorse and repentance. Remorse is being sorry for being caught. Repentance is being sorry enough to stop. Greg Laurie
Only insofar as you enjoy being sorry, my dear, which, while it is a considerable amount, occurs only after the fact, thus making it a singularly ineffective deterrent, yes? Jacqueline Carey
Repentance is being sorry enough to quit your sin. Albert Martin
Don't feel sorry for no one if they dont feel sorry for you Christian Omar Ortiz
When you are drowned by your sorry state and you feel as if you are carried away from the road that leads to your desires you should know that you are the one responsible for being led away from the right path. Stephen Richards
Not admitting a mistake is a bigger mistake. Robert Half
A sincere and warmly-expressed apology can produce the same effects as morphine on a suffering soul. Richelle E. Goodrich
Mistakes are always forgivable if one has the courage to admit them. Bruce Lee
When you forgive, you free your soul. But when you say I’m sorry, you free two souls. Donald Hicks
I have always believed that life is too short for rows and disagreements. Even if I think I'm right, I would prefer to apologize and remain friends rather than win and be an enemy. Maeve Binchy
Repentance is being sorry for what you've quit doing. Helen Eisenberg
Sorry—two little syllables, yet even children have a difficult time saying it. Martha Bolton
When admitting you are wrong, you gain back the control others took away from you when making you lose it. That's why you must say sorry. It represents a change of attitude but not really a change of personality. The changes in the personality come later on, when, by controlling yourself better, you don't express anger. Because saying sorry means nothing but anger means a lot. Robin Sacredfire
Sorry means you feel the pulse of other people's pain as well as your own, and saying it means you take a share of it. And so it binds us together, makes us trodden and sodden as one another. Sorry is a lot of things. It's a hole refilled. A debt repaid. Sorry is the wake of misdeed. It's the crippling ripple of consequence. Sorry is sadness, just as knowing is sadness. Sorry is sometimes self-pity. But Sorry, really, is not about you. It's theirs to take or leave. Craig Silvey
Never ruin an apology with an excuse. Benjamin Franklin
I was born in very sorry circumstances. My mother was sorry and my father was sorry as well. Norman Wisdom
Somebody tries to say, 'I'm sorry, I'm so sorry.' People say that to me. There's no language for it. Sorry doesn't do it. I think you should just hug people and mop their floor or something. Toni Morrison
That reflexive maternal guilt ... emerges at the infant's first wail: "I'm sorry. I'm sorry. ... I'm sorry I can't keep you perfectly full, perfectly dry, perfectly free from gas and fear, perfectly, perfectly happy." Nancy Mairs
Go ahead and do it. It is much easier to apologize than it is to get permission. Grace Hopper
Several excuses are always less convincing than one. Aldous Huxley
To the man-in-the-street, who, I'm sorry to say, / Is a keen observer of life, / The word 'Intellectual' suggests straight away / A man who's untrue to his wife. W. H. Auden
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. D. H. Lawrence
Being middle class means always having to say you're sorry. Tony Parsons
We are never sorry when we do our best. We are only sorry when we do not. Todd Whitaker
Most powerful words: "Thanks" and "Sorry." Jennifer Egan
Apologizing when you have hurt someone who really matters to you takes nothing away from you. Even if it was unintentional, it's so easy to just apologize and move on. Try not to say "I'm sorry, but ..." and make excuses for yourself. Learn how to make a sincere apology, and you can avoid breaking down the trust in your friendships and relationships. Taylor Swift
I came back from a campfire / Can you smell the fire on me / I found it in my own tears / Got up off my knees / Heard something in my ear / No use in being sorry / Impossibilities / Have no place in me / So I've heard from my place / Of vulnerabilities. Thatcher Sunday
Greyer than gloom on a rainy afternoon / Sadder than being sorry for me / Finer than finding my tail again / I'll be here for all of thee / It's comforting to know / It's comforting to know / You only get a few good friends in this life / Who are devoted and true / And right here in this now and near / It's clear that it's all of you. Carly Simon
Somebody tries to say, 'I'm sorry, I'm so sorry.' People say that to me. There's no language for it. Sorry doesn't do it. I think you should just hug people and mop their floor or something. Ella Wheeler Wilcox