When you realize you've made a mistake, make amends immediately. It's easier to eat crow while it's still warm.
Keep your words soft and tender because tomorrow you may have to eat them.
Never ruin an apology with an excuse.
In some families, please is described as the magic word. In our house, however, it was sorry.
True remorse is never just a regret over consequence; it is a regret over motive.
~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960
There's one sad truth in life I've found
While journeying east and west -
The only folks we really wound
Are those we love the best.
We flatter those we scarcely know,
We please the fleeting guest,
And deal full many a thoughtless blow
To those who love us best.
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and for deeds left undone.
~Harriet Beecher Stowe, Little Foxes, 1865
Forgiveness is the sweetest revenge.
An apology is a good way to have the last word.
An apology is the superglue of life. It can repair just about anything.
The only correct actions are those that demand no explanation and no apology.
Apology is a lovely perfume; it can transform the clumsiest moment into a gracious gift.
~Margaret Lee Runbeck
Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.
Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand.
It's easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission.
If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?
For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
Not the fastest horse can catch a word spoken in anger.
It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
True friends stab you in the front.
Friendship isn't a big thing - it's a million little things.
The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway.
You can make up a quarrel, but it will always show where it was patched.
~Edgar Watson Howe, Country Town Sayings, 1911