In some families, please is described as the magic word. In our house, however, it was sorry.
An apology is a good way to have the last word.
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.
An apology is the superglue of life. It can repair just about anything.
Apologizing - a very desperate habit - one that is rarely cured. Apology is only egotism wrong side out.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., The Professor at the Breakfast-Table
It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them.
~P.G. Wodehouse, The Man Upstairs
Never ruin an apology with an excuse.
True remorse is never just a regret over consequence; it is a regret over motive.
~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960
It's easier to apologize than ask for permission.
Never make a defense or an apology until you are accused.
~King Charles I
The only correct actions are those that demand no explanation and no apology.
A relationship becomes easier when you realize that you don't have to be the one at fault to be the one who's sorry.
~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
The only good thing about punctuality is that it usually gets you an apology.
Apology is a lovely perfume; it can transform the clumsiest moment into a gracious gift.
~Margaret Lee Runbeck