5 poignant quotes about saying sorry to help Yaya Toure move on

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It's been a long time coming, but Yaya Toure has finally said sorry.

The Ivorian had been frozen out by Pep Guardiola because of contentious statements made by his agent Dimitri Seluk, leading the Manchester City boss to say he would not play again until he apologised.

And now, finally, the 33-year-old has done just that.

It's hard to apologise - it can leave you feeling small and humiliated.

So here are some quotes about saying sorry that might make Toure feel a little bit better about himself today.

1. "It is a good rule in life never to apologise. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them." PG Wodehouse

Yaya Toure playing for Manchester City
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2. "I'm sorry my existence is not very noble or sublime." Keanu Reeves

Manchester City's Yaya Toure stands dejected
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3. "I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself." DH Lawrence

Manchester City's Yaya Toure is dejected after a missed chance
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4. "An apology? Bah! Disgusting! Cowardly! Beneath the dignity of any gentleman, however wrong he might be." Steve Martin

Manchester City's Yaya Toure kneels dejected on the pitch
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5. "Three conditions are necessary for penance: contrition, which is sorrow for sin, together with a purpose of amendment; confession of sins without any omission; and satisfaction by means of good works." Thomas Aquinas

Yaya Toure lies on the pitch
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