Mistakes are human… and apologizing is too!

So you screwed up and offended someone with words, deeds or maybe even by ghosting them? The good news is mistakes are human, and with the right words and actions you can earn forgiveness. Because it’s important to own your mistakes and apologize for hurtful words, a rash infidelity, a loud argument or a rude remark.

In fact, on our blog you can find the right quotes for pretty much any occasion, from Happy Birthday to your partner to the perfect Instagram travel quote for your caption.

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Saying sorry for small annoyances

You did something wrong, and maybe it was just a small mistake, but you still regret it, and you want to set things right? Here are the genuine ‘I’m sorry’ messages that you’re looking for.

Apology message for small annoyances
  1. Let’s enjoy life together again. It’s too short to be angry for long.
  2. In case you’re looking for me, I went too far. And I apologize wholeheartedly.
  3. Sorry. How I behaved was unfair.
    I’m truly asking for your forgiveness and I hope you believe me.
  4. Assuming you accept this I’m sorry card and my apology itself, can I hug you again?

Sorry messages for your girlfriend or boyfriend

Relationships aren’t always easy, and you’re bound to put a foot wrong somewhere. But the important thing is how you handle your mistake. Apologizing is a great first step! Here are some of the best message for saying sorry to your boyfriend, girlfriend or partner.

An 'I'm sorry' quote you can use for partners
  1. I’m so sorry that I hurt you. I’m sending you this apology message in a card to let you know that I love everything about you, for always, every single day.
  2. I want nothing more than for you to forgive me so that I can whisper in your ear how much I love you.
  3. The perfect couple love, laugh, fight and trust. I broke your trust, so please let’s love, laugh and if it has to be then fight, to build the trust again.
  4. I’m sorry if I’m acting weirdly. I’m in love for the first time.

If you’re trying to find the right words to apologize for cheating, then make sure to read through these ‘I’m sorry for cheating’ tips and examples.

Apologies messages for when you’ve ghosted someone

Maybe it got too much, was going to fast, and you freaked out and stopped replying? If you’re sorry for ghosting someone, you can make it better by owning your mistake and apologizing – even if you don’t want to continue seeing that person.

Apology message for someone who has ghosted
  1. Sorry for not being able to talk about how I feel. Next time I’ll talk to you openly. Please accept my apology.

  1. I wanted to apologize for ghosting you after our great dates. That was immature and not nice of me. I hope you’re doing okay.

  1. You deserve someone better. Please excuse my immature handling of this situation. I thought it would be easier to do it this way, but it’s just inhuman.

  1. Sorry that I stopped responding to your calls and messages. That was very rude of me. I wish you the best for the future.

Apology quotes to friends

Friends have our backs. We have fun with them, but they are also the ones we go to with our problems, when we’re feeling guilty or regretful. Which is why it’s especially hard when we fall out with a best friend. Luckily, you can take the first steps to repairing the relationship by saying sorry to your friend.

An example for saying sorry to friends
  1. I am asking you if we are alright again, because for me, everything is better with you.

  1. You don’t have to forget everything straight away, but I’m asking you to forgive me. I don’t know what got into me and I am ashamed of what I did.

  1. It’s not easy to apologize. I hope you see my apology comes from the heart. And I hope you know I value our friendship more than it may have seemed when we argued. I’m sorry for hurting you.
  2. George Bernard Shaw said: “Friends are the universe’s excuse for relatives.” I say, “This card is the excuse for my behavior” Please forgive me.
  3. I screwed up a lot and you’re usually the first one I discuss stuff like this with. Please accept my apology, then we can talk about it together.

Examples for saying sorry to your family

Your family may love you unconditionally, but it doesn’t hurt to say sorry once in a while to keep your relationship healthy.

An apology quote for a family member
  1. They say the best apology is to change your behavior. Let’s spend time together again so that I can show you my new behavior.
  2. I’ll be the first to apologize – not because I want to be brave, but because I know that forgiveness takes strength. And you are incredibly strong. Let’s forget about that together.
  3. I am sorry that I sometimes cannot be relied on and that I say things without thinking. I am sorry if I fail you sometimes. Thanks for your understanding.

Find the perfect apology message for colleagues

Friction between you and your colleagues can hurt your work, performance and mental health. If you bear some of the responsibility, you might want to bite the bullet and just say sorry. And we have the perfect message to help you do just that!

An apology message for colleagues, your boss or superior
  1. My behavior was unprofessional and inappropriate for the situation. However, I will learn from this mistake and in the future I will be better in everyday working life. To our future work together!
  2. Please excuse my behavior last week / month. Your criticism was completely justified and I should have reacted differently to it.

  1. I don’t want to be one of those colleagues who would most like to be tax-deductible – as an extraordinary burden. Therefore, I sincerely apologize for my recent wrongdoing.

  1. I didn’t mean to offend you with my behavior. I hope you can forgive me so we can continue to develop our good working relationship.

Apologizing for lying

Lying can of course be hurtful, but recognizing this and apologizing, can go a long way towards repairing any damage a lie caused. Luckily, you can find a great apology message for this just below!

A sample sorry quote for when you've lied to someone
  1. I know how you feel right now: You have placed your trust in me and I trampled on it. But I would like to make amends if you’ll let me.
  2. Honesty is for strong people. Weak people have to lie. Please forgive me for being weak and lying. From now on I will always be honest with you and become a strong person by your side.
  3. I can’t even say it was a white lie. It was just a stupid mistake and I am so sorry.

  1. After this whole stupid thing, I would like to ask you for a blank page so we can start writing a new story for us.

  1. I want to prove to you that you can trust me – in the big and the small things. It starts with this excuse that I use to pave the way for an honest relationship. Please forgive me.

Looking for more casual apology message examples?

Sometimes the situation calls for an apology that is a little more casual… Here are some examples of how to apologize for you.

A more casual apology quote to ask for forgiveness
  1. Let’s deal with this like we deal with dirty dishes: Either sponge over it or just forget the whole thing until something grows over it.
  2. SORRY
    YES
    SORRY
  3. Did you know that I like words that nobody uses today? They are: Please, thank you and sorry. I dedicate the latter to you!
  4. I’m sorry I’m not perfect and I haven’t been working on it. But you are perfect to me and I could still learn from you if you let me.

Did you find the right phrase or message to say sorry?

I wholeheartedly wish you the courage to formulate your apology message. And by the way, you can find more sayings to past into your apology cards in the free MyPostcard app.

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Hiya, I’m Maud. I’m an English girl who's moved to Berlin - because who wouldn’t fall in love with a country which has words like ‘Kummerspeck’ hidden around every corner... I love traveling and finding out the quirks of each country - and what better way to remember them than on a postcard?

65 Comments

    • Maud Arnold Reply

      Hey Toty, sorry to hear you two aren’t getting along. Hopefully, a genuine apology will set things right!
      Good luck!
      Maud

        • Maud Arnold Reply

          Hey Francis,
          Thanks for your comment. I’d recommend you try apologizing simply and honestly, using and personalizing one of the apology messages above. Offering to have an open conversation about the issue is a good idea, so that your partner can get all of their feelings out in the open, and move past it.
          All the best,
          Maud

      • Hey, I need help really help. I was to drunk in my girls friend’s birthday party and cut my hand with a knife trying to open a bottle of wine and I was to drunk I could not behave her friends hates me now and she said I broke everything in her she don’t want to do anything with me. What to do? Help

        • Maud Arnold Reply

          Hello Hass,
          That sounds like a really hard situation – I hope your hand is alright! Remember, we all make mistakes, and you’ve already taken the first step by taking accountability for what happened. In your apology make sure to include your recognition that you’re accountable, try to avoid making excuses, and ask her to forgive you. You might like to try committing to drinking less (or not drinking) at future events, depending on how often the problem has happened – but only if you can really stick to this. Try these grand gestures for saying sorry to make your apology even better!
          All the best,
          Maud

  1. How can I apologize to my Ex girlfriend after I have broken 💔 her heart promised her to marry her

    • Maud Arnold Reply

      Hey Ibrahim,
      That’s a difficult one, and depends a lot on your relationship and history together. Honesty is key here. If she is ready to hear from you, make sure to explain how you arrived at this point, how you’re feeling now and what you’re looking for out of your relationship now. Part of a good apology involves knowing why you’re apologizing, and whether you feel genuine about it. At the same time, try to understand how she is feeling, and what she needs from you now – the best way to find out is to listen to her.
      I hope this helps a little! Just remember to speak from the heart and leave her space to respond.
      Best wishes,
      Maud

  2. Austin nacion Reply

    How can I apologize to my girlfriend if I saw other women and she saw me seeing this girl?

    • Maud Arnold Reply

      Hey Austin,
      This sounds like a tough situation. In this kind of case, it’s all about making sure your apology is genuine and heartfelt and respecting the reaction of your girlfriend – whether she accepts your apology or not. How you apologize depends a lot on your relationship and history together. But before you do, think about what you want now out of the relationship and allow this to inform your words – do you want to get back together or are you simply looking for forgiveness. Part of a good apology involves knowing why you’re apologizing, and whether you feel genuine about it. At the same time, try to understand how she is feeling, and what she needs (or doesn’t need!) from you now – the best way to find out is to listen to her.
      Good luck!
      Maud

      • Gideon Joel Reply

        I offended my girlfriend and broke the trust, how Can I get her trust back?

        • Maud Arnold Reply

          Hey Gideon,
          I’m sorry you’re having a hard time with this! I’d suggest a genuine apology using one of our quotes or something from the heart. Remember, building back trust will take time, but a good apology is a good start!
          All the best,
          Maud

          • Joel mary

            I offended my boyfriend
            How can I win his heart back

          • Maud Arnold

            Hi Joel,
            An apology straight from the heart can go a long way, if the problem is addressed, and you two are able to move forwards.
            Good luck!
            Maud

    • Maud Arnold Reply

      Hey Josephine,
      Of course, it always depends on your relationship and personalities how you apologize. That said, there are a couple of tips that apply to everyone: Make sure your boyfriend is ready to hear your apology – listen to him if he tells you he needs space or time. Second, make sure you’ve thought about what you want (do you want to stay together?) and be prepared that he may no longer want the same thing. And third, make sure you’re speaking from the heart and genuinely feel sorry for what you did, and that the apology centers on this, not other side issues for now.
      I hope this can help!
      Good luck,
      Maud

      • How do I deal with a man who never liked calling? Every time he promises to call he fails.

  3. Nana AbdoulN Reply

    Hello ma’am! How do i apologize for what i don’t know the offense? My boyfriend said he love and care for me but i took him for granted, when i don’t even know what i did he ask me to sit and think i will know what i did, but i can’t think of anything.

    • Maud Arnold Reply

      Hey Nana,
      It sounds like your boyfriend thinks you have taken him for granted – a nice way to apologize if this is the case, could be to write down all of the reasons you love or appreciate him and give it to him (or even send it to him in a postcard!) This way, he’ll feel more appreciated and you may be able to start an open conversation about any other problems.
      Good luck,
      Maud

    • Maud Arnold Reply

      Hey Samuel,

      A genuine apology from the heart should do the trick here. It might help you to write out your apology (with the help of our messages above) in advance, so you know what you want to say (or simply give him the end postcard). Make sure you recognize and show your dad what it is you’re sorry for, and then apologize properly with the words.
      Your dad loves you and a real apology will earn his forgiveness!

      Good luck!
      Maud

      • Hi i told my boyfriend something bad that we will breakup because he jokes about me plz how do I say sorry

        • Maud Arnold Reply

          Hey Aisha,

          If you didn’t mean what you said, you can simply apologize for it sincerely with the help of the ideas in this article. Explain that the words came out in the heat of the moment because you were upset, and you apologize for them and make sure he knows you don’t really want to break up. Apologize fully, *before* talking about the issue of the jokes and how that makes you feel.
          If you did mean it, but you’re sorry for how it came out, you can explain this too, and apologize for saying it in this way, instead of talking it through. It’s a good rule to apologize fully first, but you should address the fact that the jokes about you are a dealbreaker issue you take seriously, and that you will need to solve to keep your relationship healthy.

          I hope my take on this can help,
          Maud

        • tell him you are really sorry and not to let the pass judge the present

  4. What to say to a sister after you gave an opinion about a family issue.

    • Maud Arnold Reply

      Hey Leslie,
      This depends a lot on the context and whether you stand by what you said, and whether it was your place to say anything. If you regret what you said, then a good apology in order. Make sure to show her that you recognize what you said was wrong and to remind her you love her. Try adapting one of our apology quotes to get your message across!
      Best wishes,
      Maud

  5. I slept with my best friend he had a girlfriend but they weren’t working out we developed feelings for each other had sex and I lost his child I got upset with him blocked him a few times avoided him a few times and now we are at the same place I can’t speak to him and it hurts like hell.

    • Maud Arnold Reply

      Hey Lorie,
      This sounds like an incredibly hard situation! But if you still feel like you can’t talk to him, but want him to know you’ll get there eventually, why don’t you send him a short message explaining that you’re hurting too much to talk at the moment, but you still want him to be in your life, and will reach out when you’re ready. This might take the pressure off and help you both to heal.
      Best wishes,
      Maud

  6. Karungi Hakeem Reply

    How do i respond to my girlfriend after she has genuinely apologized and i need her to feel special after words fight. Thanks

    • Maud Arnold Reply

      Hey Karungi,
      Now that she’s apologized, make sure to accept her apology sincerely, and using affirmative words to tell her what she means to use. Small gestures can go a long way, like sending a physical love letter, giving her a small gift (e.g. photos of your favorite time together) or simply telling her how much she means to you.
      Lots of luck,
      Maud

  7. Jalen Jones Reply

    How do I tell my gf friend m very sorry for hurting her after I lied to her now she mad at me and idk what to do how can I write her a good paragraph for her to tell her I love her and I’m sorry

    • Maud Arnold Reply

      Hi Jalen,

      I’m sorry you’re having a hard time! It’s a great start to your apology that you already know how you hurt her and what you’re apologizing for – make sure to recognize this in your apology postcard. Start by apologizing using one of our apology ideas in this article, and then tell her you love her, and tell her how you will earn back her trust (and then make good on that!)

      Good luck,
      Maud

    • Maud Arnold Reply

      Hey Tobest, best of luck – a sincere apology can go a long way!

  8. Please, my girlfriend is a Scorpio, she doing everything about Scorpio, she hard to deal with, but I love her. How can I manage her.

  9. Pls I need advise because have broken the trust my boss and her family have for me by putting me in a work and i mess things up

    • Maud Arnold Reply

      Hey Adesina,
      We all mess up some times! The important thing is apologizing from the heart and changing things. Try using on of our apology quotes to help you communicate your apology.
      Best wishes
      Maud

  10. I offend my boyfriend and i don’t think his going to forgive me what can i do

    • Maud Arnold Reply

      Hey Mariam,

      A genuine apology can mean a lot! Try using one of our apology quotes to formulate what you want to say!

      Best of luck,
      Maud

  11. Hey.i pranked on my wife and she really get mad on me and she is saying is okay but something is missing

    • Maud Arnold Reply

      Hi Elias,
      It sounds like your wife is still not okay with your actions and needs this to be recognized. Try bringing up the topic or sending a postcard, and adapting one of our apology quotes to make her feel heard.
      Best of luck,
      Maud

    • Maud Arnold Reply

      Hey Precious,
      Sorry to hear you are having a hard time! If he needs some time, it’s best to listen to him, and ask him to let you know when he is ready. In the meantime, you can think about how to respectfully apologize and address why he is hurting. Use the quotes from this article to help you, but remember it should come from you.
      I hope you can fix things!
      Maud

  12. My girlfriend is angry and hurting for seeing hugging another girl…so how do I apologize

    • Maud Arnold Reply

      Hi Sim,
      Thanks for your comment! It sounds like you need to have a think about what commitments you want to include in your apology going forward, and why your girlfriend is angry and hurt, so that you can recognize this in your apology too. Then you can use our apology quotes to frame your ‘I’m sorry’.
      Wishing you luck,
      Maud

  13. Hi Maud,

    How to say sorry to my 27 years daughter we had argument regarding her boyfriend is not a right perosn for her. He is traying to brain washing her about me and my family and we are very
    worry about her also she not talking to us like before.How to handle this situation.
    what kind of advise should i give to her,
    Thank you

    • Maud Arnold Reply

      Hi Nita,
      That’s a tough situation! I think here you need to think about what you’re apologizing for – it sounds like you stick by your opinion, so ask yourself what exactly you are sorry for, and how you can focus on that in your apology. In your situation, I would apologize for overstepping the line, explain that you’re acting out of concern and that you will try to respect her decision (even if you don’t think it’s the right one), and that your door is always open. It’s important not to make her feel like she can’t come to you, *particularly* if you’re right about the situation with her boyfriend. Unfortunately, if she won’t hear your advice right now, giving it unasked might drive her further away – so I’d recommend just leaving the door open to her to come to you when she needs it.
      I hope my thoughts on this help you a little!
      Maud

  14. me and my freind were texting each other and i was saying bad words to her how do say im sorry

    • Maud Arnold Reply

      Hey Malia,

      Using one of our apology messages and adapting it to what you said should do the trick here. Try explaining that the words were said in the emotional moment, and that wish you hadn’t said them, and you’re sorry. Your friendship will get through this!

  15. I cheated on my boyfriend some months back, and when I was confronted with it I told him the truth and he agreed to still stay and make things right.. But of late his level of distrust in me is getting higher and it leads to constant fights and quarrels, I’ve tried to fix things up between us but it seems it isn’t working, he recently told me we are loosing ourselves due to the constants fight and quarrels please I need help on how to fix my relationship 🙏

    • Maud Arnold Reply

      Hey Annie,

      This sounds really stressful for you both. From what you’ve said, it seems like your boyfriend hasn’t been able to forgive you yet, so it’s probably difficult to rebuild any trust until that happens. I’d suggest you sit down together and talk this through. Did you apologize to him or do you still need to show/tell him this? Ultimately, it will come down to whether you’re willing to apologize for and accept the hurt you caused your boyfriend, and whether he is able to accept your apology and forgive you. It may take time to built back the trust, and you should talk about how you can do this together regularly.

      I hope things get better soon!
      Maud

    • Maud Arnold Reply

      Hey Vera,
      Try one of our apology messages and make sure to personalize it to your situation. In an apology, it is important to recognize in words what you are apologizing for, so that the other person feels like you have made the first step to understand and own what upset them. For instance, if your BF told you he felt disrespected, or embarassed etc., you can address this when you say you’re sorry.
      Just remember to apologize from the heart, and I’m sure he’ll forgive you!
      Maud

  16. Hey my friend is acting strange to me and I don’t know what I did to him but he doesn’t want to talk to me he has been ghosting me and I’m not comfortable with it

    • Maud Arnold Reply

      Hi Jay,
      That sounds like it’s really tough for you. Your friend could be acting strange for any number of reasons, so make sure you remember it’s not necessarily something you have or haven’t done! I think your instinct to talk to him is right, and if he isn’t willing to talk about it yet, you may have to decide what your own boundaries are, in terms of how long you are willing to wait, and how much of this behavior you are able to handle until then.
      Sending you good vibes,
      Maud

    • Maud Arnold Reply

      Hello! It sounds to me like you don’t need to apologize in this situation! If you think there is something that is causing communication issues, though, it might be best to ask for a face-to-face conversation to work through the issue together. Instead of apologizing, try asking what the best way to reach him is, as you would like to work more efficiently.
      Good luck!
      Maud

  17. My girlfriend read a text in my phone with my friend, I was saying to my friend, I was going to use her and dump her. She’s breaking up with me but I want her. I never meant what I wrote with my friend

    • Maud Arnold Reply

      Hey Richard,

      That’s an awkward one! To me, it sounds like you guys need to sit down and really talk about it. In your apology, try to help her understand why you sent that text, and be vulnerable, avoiding excuses, with your feelings. She may need to understand what you were thinking when you sent the text, in order to believe that this was the lie, as opposed to the relationship itself.

      Best of luck,
      Maud

  18. this is to my ex best friend :(: Hey im sorry for bothering you and you can ignore this or whatever but I’m truly asking for your forgiveness and I hope you will accept it. Im sorry that all of this shit happened im sorry you almost got in trouble because of me im sorry im stupid and make dumb decisions that cost people i love to get in trouble to. I will do anything kai you dont know how much you mean to me and i would do anything for you. Like i said im really sorry but i was hurt by feeling replaced and still am but our friendship has always been strong enough and weve gotten through some tough shit. You dont know how much you have helped me by just talking about shit I dont tell anyone, you know more about me than literally anybody and i trust you more than anyone and I really wanna be best friends again and ngl im kinda crying typing this you can send this to people and laugh or whatever or ask other ppl if you should forgive me, but im really sorry for everything and i miss you and hope that you will forgive me and become friends again. Ive been getting my stuff together lately and havent gotten in trouble in 3 weeks. I even got my tv back and I am getting my door back too. I understand that you might think that you get in trouble when we are friends but kai u cant lie the thing you got in trouble for wasnt my idea or my fault. I told you to hide that video and im sorry you got caught but you cant blame me for it anymore. And maybe you thought you were about to get in trouble with the phone thing you werent, my dad thought you were somebody else and no one was even going to text your parents. After all this stupid shit I hope you can pls forgive me and we can start over. You helped me so much over the summer to get stuff off my mind and ngl you and olivia and Lily were the main reasons why I never tried to harm myself over the summer because I felt like i was genuenly cared for and i will always care for you. I hope you can forgive me and this can be over with :/ it kinda sucks you not coming up to me with new drama or showing me dudes you think are fine but look like roaches no offense lmao

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