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An Apology Is the Superglue of Life. It Can Repair Just About Anything

Lynn Johnston? Apocryphal?

apology11Dear Quote Investigator: The Canadian cartoonist Lynn Johnston has crafted a wonderful metaphor equating the reparative quality of apologies to superglue. Her statement is very popular on the web, but no one seems to know the precise phrasing; also, I have never seen a solid citation. Would you please trace this quotation?

Quote Investigator: The widely-syndicated long-running comic strip “For Better or For Worse” was created, written, and drawn by Lynn Johnston. The strip published on May 31, 1994 depicted the character Sharon Edwards, a teacher, conversing with the character Elizabeth Patterson, a student. Patterson’s relationship with a friend had deteriorated because she had been preoccupied with a boyfriend. Edwards suggested that the friendship might be mended with an apology. Here are the final two panels of the four panel strip: 1


There’s nothing like an apology, Liz. — An apology is the superglue of life!
It can repair just about anything!!

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  1. 1994 May 31, The Ukiah Daily Journal, Syndicated Comic Strip: For Better Or For Worse by Lynn Johnston, Quote Page 12, Ukiah, California. (Newspapers_com)