“Hello, darling. Sorry about that. Sorry about the bony elbows, sorry we lived here, sorry about the scene at the bottom of the stairwell and how I ruined everything by saying it out loud. Especially that, but I should have known. You see, I take the parts that I remember and stitch them back together to make a creature that will do what I say or love me back.”
(Erich Segal (b. 1937), U.S. author. Love Story (film) (1970).
The words (spoken by Ali McGraw) were used to promote the movie; in Segal's novelization of the film (he also wrote the screenplay), the words appear as "Love means not ever having to say you're sorry." (ch. 13). Many variations have been coined over the years, for example, "Vasectomy means not ever having to say you're sorry." (Attributed to Larry Adler).)