The only correct actions are those that demand no explanation and no apology.
I have no regrets. I wouldn’t have lived my life the way I did if I was going to worry about what people were going to say.
A good wife always forgives her husband when she’s wrong.
Be grateful to the man who cares nothing for your remorse. You are his equal.
A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake
The more a man knows, the more he forgives.
When we can recognize and forgive ignorant actions of the past, we gain the strength to constructively solve the problems of the present.
Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.
Friends are God's way of apologizing for your family.
The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-create Your World Your Way
Never contradict. Never explain. Never apologize. (Those are the secrets of a happy life!).
Letter to The Times of London, September 5, 1919.
Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee And I’ll forgive Thy great big one on me.
Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.
In a family argument, if it turns out you are right, apologize at once!
Apologizing – a very desperate habit, – one that is rarely cured. Apology is only egotism wrong side out. Nine times out of ten, the first thing a man's companion knows of his shortcomings is from his apology. It is mighty presumptuous on your part to suppose your small failures of so much consequence that you must make a talk about them.
The Professor At The Breakfast Table (1906)
Never explain — your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyhow.
The Motto Book (1907)
Classic remorse, as all the moralists are agreed, is a most undesirable sentiment. If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrongdoing. ROLLING IN THE MUCK IS NOT THE BEST WAY OF GETTING CLEAN.
An apology is the superglue of life. It can repair just about anything.
Friends are God's apology for relations.
Humility leads to strength and not weakness. It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them.
If, after I depart this vale, you ever remember me and have thought to please my ghost, forgive some sinner and wink your eye at some homely girl.
"Epitaph" from Smart Set (December 1921)
An apology? Bah! Disgusting! Cowardly! Beneath the dignity of any gentleman, however wrong he may be.
America's finest - our men and women in uniform, are a force for good throughout the world, and that is nothing to apologize for.
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
To err is human, to forgive divine.
An Essay on Criticism
To inquire if and where we made mistakes is not to apologize. War is replete with mistakes because it is full of improvisations. In war we are always doing something for the first time. It would be a miracle if what we improvised under the stress of war should be perfect.
Apology is a lovely perfume; it can transform the clumsiest moment into a gracious gift.
Carry the battle to them. Don't let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive and don't ever apologize for anything.
Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.
We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely.
The Preface To ‘The Picture Of Dorian Gray’, 1891
Always forgive your enemies, nothing annoys them so much.
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.
Never apologize and never explain - it's a sign of weakness.
Screenplay for the 1949 film She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, written by Frank S. Nugent and Laurence Stallings.