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Quotations:  I’m Sorry



"I'm sure I'm very sorry," was all Alice could say... ~Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, 1871


In some families, please is described as the magic word. In our house, however, it was sorry. ~Margaret Laurence, "A Bird in the House," 1964


R. E. MORSE  A veteran General who commands the largest army in the world. ~Charles Wayland Towne


Most of what is said under excitement is regretted when we become ourselves again. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882


...time past was time past. You just couldn't get hold of the things you had done and turn them right again. Such power might be given to the gods, but it was not given to men and women... ~Stephen King, The Stand, 1978, stephenking.com


Sometimes the only successful apology will have to involve baking. ~Dr. SunWolf, @WordWhispers, tweet, 2017, professorsunwolf.com


The saddest five words in the English language are:  I wish I would have. ~Ray M. Smythe, So You Decided To Teach, 2011


Sooner or later we realize that we will only be offered imperfect people to love. ~Dr. SunWolf, @wordwhispers, tweet, 2016, professorsunwolf.com


Sometimes, we need a few people in our lives who will calmly call our bluff. ~Dr. SunWolf, professorsunwolf.com


Real friends are those who, when you've made a fool of yourself, don't feel that you've done a permanent job. ~Erwin T. Randall, quoted in The Reader's Digest, 1955


Forgive, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace. ~Author unknown


If the most beautiful words in the English language are "I love you," then I submit that high on the list for the number two spot is "I forgive you."  ~G. Avery Lee (1916–2008), "The Second Most Beautiful Words," Affirmations of a Skeptical Believer, 1991


Let love's apologies wait not 'til death's doorway. ~Terri Guillemets


My dear, don't let the sun go down upon your anger; forgive each other, help each other, and begin again to‑morrow. ~Louisa May Alcott, Little Women, "Jo Meets Apollyon," 1868


When you realize you've made a mistake, make amends immediately. It's easier to eat crow while it's still warm. ~Dan Heist, as quoted by The Reader's Digest, 2000


Never ruin an apology with an excuse. ~Kimberly Johnson, as quoted by The Reader's Digest, 1996


Please be patient. God has not finished with me yet. ~Author unknown


The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone. ~Harriet Beecher Stowe


They say the world is round, and yet
      I often think it square;
So many little hurts we get
      From corners here and there.
But one great truth in life I've found,
      While journeying to the West:
The only folks who really wound
      Are those we love the best...
The choicest garb, the sweetest grace
      Are oft to strangers shown;
The careless mien, the frowning face
      Are given to our own.
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, "Life's Scars," 1896


If you speak when angry, you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret. ~Groucho Marx  [quoteinvestigator.com]


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? ~Stephen Levine


Regrets —
      those ghosts
      of actions
      that haunt
      our thoughts
~Terri Guillemets


It is hard to exist. Man is a knot into which relationships are tied... ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Flight to Arras, 1942, translated from the French by Lewis Galantière


As important as shared memories is the silent agreement that certain things never happened. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


A relationship will eventually turn love inside out. And the test is whether you can love from both sides. ~Terri Guillemets, "The next day," 1989


Sticks and stones are hard on bones.
Aimed with angry art,
Words can sting like anything,
But silence breaks the heart.
~Phyllis McGinley, "A Choice of Weapons," 1950s


There are times when two people need to step apart from one another, but there is no rule that says they have to turn and fire. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


One's friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human. ~George Santayana


a torn heart
takes courage
to forgive
~Terri Guillemets, "Forgive with a brave heart," 2019, blackout poetry created from Rafe Martin, Birdwing, 2005, page 183


But oh! the blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearlessly on any subject; with whom one's deepest as well as one's most foolish thoughts come out simply and safely. Oh, the comfort — the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person — having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away. ~Dinah Maria Craik, A Life for a Life, "Chapter XVI: Her Story," 1859


The heart always has the pardoning-power. ~Madame Swetchine, translated by Harriet W. Preston


A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud. I am arrived at last in the presence of a man so real and equal, that I may drop even those undermost garments of dissimulation, courtesy, and second thought, which men never put off, and may deal with him with the simplicity and wholeness with which one chemical atom meets another. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Friendship"


A lovers' quarrel is always about every quarrel you ever had. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Your friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you. ~Elbert Hubbard, c. 1908


Guilt is a blanket of stones. ~Terri Guillemets


...The sting which Remorse in the bosom can plant,
And all the sad ills which, in Misery's train,
Come to sicken the heart, and to madden the brain.
But is there no sunshine to burst through the gloom?...
~Henry Heavisides (1791–1870), "Man Was Made to Mourn"





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