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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.

Luckily for you, we’ve got a whole load of ideas on apology messages that you can use to say I’m sorry.

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.

Saying sorry for small annoyances

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

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.

Apologies messages for when you’ve ghosted someone

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

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 put our friendship above my mistake.
  2. George Bernard Shaw said: “Friends are the universe’s excuse for relatives.” I say, “This card is the excuse to my universe.” 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

An apology quote for a family member
  1. They say the best apology is to change your behaviour. Let’s spend time together again so that I can show you my new behaviour.
  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

An apology message for colleagues, your boss or superior
  1. My behaviour 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 behaviour 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 behaviour. I hope you can forgive me so we can continue to develop our good working relationship.

Apologizing for lying

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?

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
  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.

Looking for inspiration on what to write in a birthday card for your other half? 

We have the answer for all manner of relationships and all the things you could write to make their day extra special. Whether you are looking to embrace the love and romance or would rather keep it short or sweet, we have a whole host of romantic, funny, sentimental messages and more. We have also included some top tips for celebrating your loved one’s birthday.

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Writing a birthday card for your girlfriend, boyfriend or long-time partner

It is always important to remember our loved one’s birthdays, and a nice card can a great way to let them know just how much you care. However, finding the right words to express what you feel for them could be a challenge.

If you just need tips on how to write a birthday card for your girlfriend, boyfriend or life partner, discover the best ideas here. If you want quotes to copy and adjust, continue reading…

Romantic messages

A card full of special feelings and romantic sentiments is bound to make them feel all fuzzy inside. If you prefer to lay on the romance, you could consider writing something like:

  • You will always be the one for me.
  • One day a year is simply not enough to celebrate someone as awesome as you.
  • You mean the world to me!
  • I love you to the moon and back.
  • You deserve the world and more.
  • Every day you bring more happiness into my life!
  • There’s no better feeling than being with your best friend.
  • You are my happily ever after.
  • I hope your birthday is as special as you are!

Keeping it short and sweet

Not everyone likes to write too much on birthday cards and you may prefer to stick to the point with a short and simple message such as:

  • Your smile makes me smile!
  • All my love on your birthday.
  • I am happiest when I am with you.
  • Happy Birthday to the one I love.
  • Happy Birthday to the best boyfriend/ girlfriend in the world!
  • Today we celebrate you.
  • You are my soul mate, my partner and my most trusted friend.
  • I hope all your hopes and dreams come true.

Something funny

What to write in a birthday card to your partner could be funny like this 'Any excuse to eat cake' card

For you what to write in a birthday card for a partner could be all about the giggles. Put a smile on your loved one’s face with a funny birthday message such as:

  • Congratulations on becoming another year older- shame it’s not wiser!
  • Happy birthday to the only person to ever laugh at my jokes.
  • It’s better to be on the hill than under it!
  • They say that it is scientifically proven that people who have more birthdays live longer.
  • Regardless of how old you get, I will always be younger.
  • You are now officially too old to have individual candles for your cake. Enjoy retirement!
  • Happy Birthday from the best gift ever… (Me!)
  • When I’m as old as you, I hope that I am half as funny as you think you are.

Example birthday card messages

We know that the wording you use on a birthday card is important and there is much to consider when determining what to write on your partner’s birthday card. If you are looking for something that feels more personal, consider adapting one of these example birthday card messages for a girlfriend or boyfriend.

If you are looking to send your significant other an extra-special birthday card with a personalized message, we are confident you will find the ideal one amongst these example birthday card messages:

What to write in a birthday card for a new relationship – early days

An example of what to write in a birthday card for a new relationship
An example of what to write in a birthday card for a new relationship.

If you have yet to say the L-word to each other, you might prefer to not say it for the first time via a card. However, you could consider writing something like:

Dear Darling,

Sending birthday wishes to the sexiest man/ woman I know.  I am so happy that you are in my life and I am so excited for our future together.

Here’s to our first birthday of many together.

Best Wishes.

Long term love

An example of What to write in a birthday card for a long-term partner
Here’s what you could write to someone you’ve been with for a long time.

If you are madly in love and you want to write a heartfelt message to your long term lover, you could consider writing something like:

To my partner in crime,

You deserve recognition for more than one day a year. You are my rock, my best friend, and you get sexier by the minute.

 I am so thankful you were born, so let’s celebrate!

Love you always.

Fabulous fiancé/ fiancée

A sample message for a fiance on their birthday

When writing a birthday card for your wife or husband to be, you may want to include an extra special message about how excited you are for your upcoming nuptials.

To my fabulous fiancé/ fiancée

Here’s to many more happy birthdays together!

I am so lucky that you are choosing to become a grown-up with me and I can’t wait till I can call you my wife/ husband. 

You were my birthday wish and I hope you get yours!

Love you forever.

Birthday messages for your life partner

A sample text for a life partner's birthday card

If you are wondering what to write in a birthday card for your girlfriend, boyfriend or life partner, express your feelings and let them know you care with a message such as this one:

Dear you,

Sometimes I look at you and realise how lucky I am to be growing old together.

You still make me feel special after all these years together and I am blessed you chose to be my wife/ husband/ penguin.

You mean the world to me, my love!

Long distance love

Sample message of what to write in a birthday card to a long distance lover

Unfortunately, we cannot always spend our birthdays with those we love. If your love lives long distance, you could consider writing a message such as this:

My dearest (Name),

Even though we are miles apart, you are always in my mind and always in my heart.

I wish we could celebrate together but instead, you get this card! You mean the world to me and I am so excited to see you again.

Lots of Love!

And make sure to check out these ideas on celebrating a long-distance birthday!

Celebrating your partner’s birthday – 5 ideas

A man lights the Happy Birthday candles on a cake

Whether it is early days or a long term love, it is always nice to make their birthday extra special. Get inspired with our birthday celebration ideas for boyfriend, girlfriend, wife, husband or partner.

Some of our favourite ways to celebrate your significant other’s special day include:

#1 Intimate dinner party:

Whether you would prefer to invite family or friends or just have a meal for two, cook your special someone something special to make

#2 Picnic for two

Dine al fresco and enjoy a picnic for two in the great outdoors.

#3 Throw a party

If you want an extra special celebration for your partner’s milestone birthday, you could consider throwing them a party with all their nearest and dearest in attendance.

#4 Go on holiday

Whether you go for something fancy or just book a quiet weekend getaway, why not take your partner on a special birthday holiday? This would be a great idea for a special milestone birthday treat!

#5 Let them choose

It’s their birthday so why not give them a day of choosing exactly what you do! Whether it is watching a football match, going to the spa, or having a sofa day, you have to promise that they are in charge for the day – within reason of course!

Writing a birthday card for the one you love

Our top tips for making sure that their birthday card makes the best impression include:

  • Personalizing your message to them;
  • Including inside jokes or cutesy nicknames you have for each other;
  • Sharing your favourite memories from throughout the year;
  • Hinting at a birthday surprise you have planned for them;
  • Thinking about whether your partner would prefer something romantic or something more light-hearted.

Whether it is a new relationship brimming with potential or one built on years of shared memories, the message you include on a card can turn it from an everyday greeting to a sentimental memento. As a result, it can definitely be a challenge figuring out what to write on a birthday card for boyfriend, girlfriend, husband or wife. Hopefully we could help!

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