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100+ Ways To Say "I'm Sorry

Updated on June 29, 2017
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I grew up in a small town called Whitesburg, Georgia. As a poor Woodard girl, I had to make my own living and opportunities.


Wait! I'm Sorry, please come back. I didn't mean it.

I'm Sorry

An actual relationship has fights, trust, pain, fears, arguments, jealousy, faith, and love.

Sometimes there are relationships in our lives that need healing, but we just don't know what to do? Try saying that you are sorry. Often apologizing gives you just as much relief as the person you are apologizing too.

A real apology will communicate three things: regret, responsibility, and remedy. With an open heart and courage, a simple "I'm sorry," can go a long way.

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

Loving Without Intentions

Show You Care

  • Don't play with others feelings
  • Don't take anybody for granted.
  • Be responsible for your actions

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

Give The Person You Hurt Some Space - You Need Space Too. Sometimes there is so much we feel but little we can say.

Speaking Without Egos

The streets made me. They stay at me. There's nothing that's gonna take away from my legacy. I'm sorry. It is what it is. I'm dying this way. With the crown on my head, nobody can take nothing away from me. It is what it is. I am who I am. Bottom line.

— Lil' Kim

Move Past It

The best relationship is the one in which yesterday's fight doesn't stop today's communication.

Send An Apology Text "Hey baby, thinking about you."

And I felt sorry, and I have felt bad about what happened.

— Monica Lewinsky

See Things Through Their Eye's. Just because you are right doesn't mean they are wrong.

I sit on a man's back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all possible means - except by getting off his back.

— Leo Tolstoy

Things You Can Say - "I'm Sorry" Is Understood.

  • I love you.
  • I don't want to fight anymore.
  • I get jealous when you give someone the kind of attention I want from you.
  • If I tell you my problems that mean I trust you.
  • I wish I could talk to you right now.
  • You are truly unique to me.
  • You are a great person, and you didn't deserve what I did.
  • I'm a jerk.
  • Please forgive me.
  • I don't know how you put up with me.
  • I will never do that again
  • I messed up.
  • I will make it up to you
  • Have I told you lately how good you look
  • Let me do that for you.
  • Here, sit in my chair and here’s the remote.
  • Excuse me while I get my foot out of my mouth.
  • I feel awful about it.
  • It is all my fault.
  • What I did was wrong.
  • I should have listened to you,
  • You were right.
  • What can I do to make it up to you?
  • You are beautiful when you are mad
  • It’s your world; I’m just in it.
  • That is no excuse for my behavior
  • My bad.
  • I feel like crap
  • You are the boss.
  • I wasn’t thinking.
  • I am an apology.
  • I am sincerely regretful
  • I’ll do your choirs for a week.
  • Let me take you to dinner.
  • I’ll take care of it.
  • It’s not your fault.
  • You did nothing wrong.
  • I take it back.
  • That came out wrong.
  • It sounds worse than it is.
  • I didn’t make myself clear.
  • You have every right to slap me.
  • I wasn’t serious
  • I was kidding
  • I’ll make it right
  • Give me another chance
  • You’re the best

No matter how many times you say you're sorry, somebody is not going to hear you. Pete Rose

— Pete Rose

All It Takes Is An Apology To Make Things Better

How does one know if she has forgiven? You tend to feel sorrow over the circumstance instead of rage, you tend to feel sorry for the person rather than angry with him. You tend to have nothing left to say about it all.

— Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Feel Bad About It, Then Do Something About It.

In the inner city, there's a mentality that the government owes you something. My breakthrough came when I stopped feeling sorry for myself and took responsibility for every part of my life. No more pity parties. I've gotta love me more than anybody else loves me.

— Mary J. Blige

Make Eye Contact. The eyes are the window to your soul

Sometimes Letting Go Is Saying "I'm Sorry"

When you know you are in an unhealthy relationship, it is best to end it.

If I don't seem as depressed or morose as I should be, sorry to disappoint you.

— Randy Pausch

A Kiss On The Cheek or A Hug

Laugh About It. Show you are sorry.

Hug A Pillow. Show you are remorseful.

Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition, is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have. Dale Carnegie

— Dale Carnegie

Prepare A Special Meal

Nothing says "I'm Sorry" Better Than A Bouguet Of Flowers

Because sorry to say, women run the house. They run the family. They hold things up. I mean, it's like you don't ever see your mom get sick because she handles everything. And it's kind of amazing I think to show people just how strong women are.

— Sophia Bush

Send A Balloon With Candy To Amend Any Relationship

Make Up With A Massage or Pedicure

I was very sorry when I found out that your intentions were good and not what I supposed they were.

— Sitting Bull

Sometimes We Just Need To Cry. Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Mostly I am sorry for the way I thought of other people. Like a good general, I had treated everyone who wasn't with me as against me.

— Lee Atwater


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      Albert Waldrop 10 months ago

      Great ideas, thank you