Never apologize?

“Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” – Love Story, 1970.

After 50 years of marriage, I have violated that definition many times.

One of Jethro Gibbs’ seven rules from NCIS is “Never say you’re sorry.” “I’m sorry” is a phrase that loses meaning when over-used, like the word awesome and the word stuff.

Is there an art to apologizing? Can you make it sincere, or do you “throw it out there” as a one-size-fits-all response to everyday interactions?

According to, by taking responsibility, we validate the feelings of those we may have harmed or upset. Never apologizing may wo...


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