Quotations About / On:
I believe that he was really sorry that people would not believe he was sorry that he was not more sorry.
(Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 193 (1951).)
Love means never having to say you're sorry.
(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).)
If it is once again one against forty-eight, then I am very sorry for the forty-eight.
(Margaret Thatcher (b. 1925), British Conservative politician, prime minister. quoted in Daily Telegraph (London, Oct. 25, 1989).
Referring to the 1989 Commonwealth Conference.)
A sympathetic look always makes me feel sorry for myself.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).)
No one has the right to be sorry for himself for a misfortune that strikes everyone.
(Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. Epistulae ad Familiares, VI, 2, 2.)
I'm really sorry that I cheated so much, but I guess that's just the way things are.
(Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), Russian. Lolita Haze (James Mason), Lolita, saying goodbye to Humbert Humbert as she is now married and pregnant (1962).)
Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
(Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Pudd'nhead Wilson and Those Extraordinary Twins, ch. 6 (1894).)
I am always sorry when any language is lost, because languages are the pedigree of nations.
(Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in James Boswell, Tour to the Hebrides, September 18, 1773 (1785).)
Science fiction writers, I am sorry to say, really do not know anything. We can't talk about science, because our knowledge of it is limited and unofficial, and usually our fiction is dreadful.
(Philip K. Dick (1928-1982), U.S. science fiction writer. "How to Build a Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later," introduction, I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon (1986).)
I don't know much about death and the sorriest lesson I've learned is that words, my most trusted guardians against chaos, offer small comfort in the face of anyone's dying.
(Alison Hawthorne Deming (b. 1946), U.S. poet. Temporary Homelands, "Inside the Wolf," p. 60, Mercury House, San Francisco (1994).)