An Apology Without Change


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If you have no idea if your apology will be accepted or forgiveness will be offered, saying you are sorry can help to cleanse your soul.

1. Apologizing does not always mean that you are wrong and the other person is right. It just means that you value your relationship more than your ego.

2. It’s easier to apologize than ask for permission.

3. An apology is the superglue of life. It can repair just about anything.

4. More people should apologize, and more people should accept apologies when sincerely made.

5. You can’t spend your life apologizing.

6. The ability of a person to atone has always been the most remarkable of human features.

7. 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.

8. The best way to have the last word is to apologize.

9. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, make amends immediately. It’s easier to eat crow while it’s still warm.

10. Nothing wrong with apologizing, but saying I’m sorry does nothing when you continue to make the same mistakes.

11. It is polite to apologize, but it is more polite not to do anything calling for an apology.

12. When an apology is due, give it freely, then follow your apology with action.

13. Apologizing – a very desperate habit – one that is rarely cured.

14. 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.

15. Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so you apologize for truth.

16. To apologize is to lay the foundation for a future offense.

17. Apologies are pointless, regrets come too late. What matters is you can move on, you can grow, you can do better in the future.

18. To apologize for what you most wanted to do, to concede that it was obnoxious, boring, ‘vulgar and unsafe’ — that was the worst thing.

19. One cannot apologize for something fundamental, and a child feels and knows this as well and as deeply as any sage.


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