I think people would be happier if they admitted things more often. In a sense we are all prisoners of some memory, or fear, or disappointment—we are all defined by something we can’t change.
—  Simon Van Booy, The Illusion of Separateness

“And you will find in everyday life that there is a very clear distinction between people who always seem to be self-possessed and people who are dithering and nervous and don’t quite know how to react in any given situation—always getting embarrassed. Because they have their lives too strongly programmed! 

This is a common marriage argument: ‘You said you would do such-and-such a thing at such-and-such a time, and now you’ve changed your plans.’ [It’s] not that the change of plans really caused any inconvenience. [It’s] just the feeling that when you say you will do something at a certain time you ought to do it at that time come hell or high water! Well, that’s being very unadaptable. That’s being a stone, kind of sticky thing. 

If it after all doesn’t matter when we do it, and somebody is offended because the time has been changed, that’s simply because they are attached to punctuality as a fetish. This is one of the great problems. This causes many automobile accidents—men rushing home to be on time for dinner when they stayed late either working or they had to stop for a drink at some bar…

… or when the girl feels that she has a fussy husband and she feels she has to have the dinner ready at exactly a certain moment, she ruins the cooking! She’d rather be a faithful wife and a bad cook.

I hope I’m not treading on any toes!”

Apologizing does not always mean you’re wrong and the other person is right. It just means you value your relationship more than your ego.
Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound purpose larger than the self kind of understanding.
—  Bill Bullard
I see it all perfectly; there are two possible situations — one can either do this or that. My honest opinion and my friendly advice is this: do it or do not do it — you will regret both.
—  Soren Kierkegaard, Either/Or
Youth ends when egotism does; maturity begins when one lives for others.
—  Hermann Hesse