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Love means never having to say you're sorry

"Love means never having to say you're sorry." is a line from the novel and 1970 film Love Story starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal. The quote appears twice in the film. Once toward the middle when MacGraw's character Jennifer Cavilleri says it, and again as the last line in the film, repeated by O'Neal's character Oliver Barrett IV as a tribute to Jennifer.

The quote is parodied:

  • towards the end of the 1972 screwball comedy What's Up, Doc?, which also stars Ryan O'Neal. Barbra Streisand's character coos that "Love means never having to say you're sorry" while batting her eyelashes, and O'Neal's character responds, deadpan, "That's the dumbest thing I ever heard."
  • in The Simpsons episode "Catch 'Em if You Can", where the Simpson family watch Love Story; when the line is spoken Lisa objects, "No it doesn't!"
  • in an episode of Rugrats, and spoken by Angelica Pickles: "Being bad means never having to say you're sorry."
  • in Warren Ellis's comic Doktor Sleepless, when the good Doktor says, "Hate means never having to say you're sorry."
  • In issue #55 of Marvel Comics Micronauts series, when the liberated Prisonworld inmates ask what it is to be free, one of the answers given by the Micronauts(Bug) is "Freedom is never having to say you're sorry."

The quote was voted #13 in the American Film Institute's AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes, a list of top movie quotes.

In Other Media

  • John Lennon said, "Love means having to say you're sorry every fifteen minutes.
  • In Season 3 of the Showtime series Weeds, the drug dealer 'U-Turn' says "Thug means never having to say you're sorry," after Nancy apologizes for breaking something of Heylia and Conrad's.
  • In Season one of Everybody hates Chris when Chris Rock is narrating he said "My Parent Made Me Realise love is never having to say kiss my ass"

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