90+ Best Regret Quotes, And Sayings

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Your higher self never looks back. Everything valuable is in the now.– Andy Wang

Disappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal; it strengthens, tempers, and intensifies, but never destroys it.— Eliza Tabor

Regrets only apply when we don’t learn from a situation. No sense looking back, look forward with new knowledge and no regret. Catherine Pulsifer

Too many, Thomas thought. Too many by far. His joy dribbled away and turned into deep mourning for the twenty people who’d lost their lives. Despite the alternative, despite knowing that if they hadn’t tried to escape, all of them might’ve died, it still hurt, even though he hadn’t known them very well. Such a display of death—how could it be considered a victory?

Regret is a tough but fair teacher. To live without regret is to believe you have nothing to learn, no amends to make, and no opportunity to be braver with your life. – Brene Brown

Regret Quotes

The one thing I learned is to just give everything a shot. You don’t want to live in regret. – Chloe Kim

If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit. – William J. Clinton

Don’t waste your time in anger, regrets, worries, and grudges. Life is too short to be unhappy.

Your greatest regret at the end of your life will be the lions you didn’t chase. You will look back longingly on risks not taken, opportunities not seized, and dreams not pursued. Stop running away from what scares you most and start chasing the God-ordained opportunities that cross your path. – Mark Batterson

Our biggest regrets are not for the things we have done but for the things we haven’t done. – Chad Michael Murray

If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.– Henry David Thoreau

There is one common trait found in all greatness: how people use the space between stimulus and response. In short, how do people deal with adversity, setbacks, with suffering, heartache, disappointment, and injustice? – Stephen R. Covey

As for me, my thoughts were made up of remembrances, and they carried me up to the surface of the globe which I ought never to have taken leave.

In history as in human life, regret does not bring back a lost moment and a thousand years will not recover something lost in a single hour. – Stefan Zweig

We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future. – Steve Maraboli

I’ve got a stele we can use. Who wants to do me?

Your children make it impossible to regret your past. They’re its finest fruits. Sometimes the only ones. – Anna Quindlen

There are two kinds of guilt: the kind that drowns you until you’re useless, and the kind that fires your soul to purpose. – Sabaa Tahir

We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment.― Jim Rohn

Don’t live your life regretting yesterday. Live your life so tomorrow you won’t regret today. Catherine Pulsifer

Still, to my mind he overdid it, and I’d have liked to have a chance of explaining to him, in a quite friendly, almost affectionate way, that I have never been able really to regret anything in all my life. I’ve always been far too much absorbed in the present moment, or the immediate future, to think back.

In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take, the relationships we were afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make. – Lewis Carroll

We all do things we desperately wish we could undo. Those regrets just become part of who we are, along with everything else. To spend time trying to change that, well, it’s like chasing clouds. – Libba Bray

A regrettable choice of words muttered Magnus.

When someone you love says goodbye you can stare long and hard at the door they closed and forget to see all the doors God has open in front of you. – Shannon Adler

Have you ever hoped for something? And held out for it against all the odds? Until everything you did was ridiculous? – Ali Shaw

The principles of living greatly include the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and trial with humility.― Thomas S. Monson

Don’t live your life regretting yesterday. Live your life so tomorrow you won’t regret today. Catherine Pulsifer, Poems About Regret

I opened my mouth, and almost said something. Almost. The rest of my life might have turned out differently if I had. But I didn’t. I just watched it. Paralyzed.

We don’t have to be defined by the things we did or didn’t do in our past. Some people allow themselves to be controlled by regret. Maybe it’s a regret, maybe it’s not. It’s merely something that happened. Get over it. – Pittacus Lore

When one door closes another door opens, but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us. – Alexander Graham Bell

Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, It might have been.

Regret is mostly caused by not having done anything. – Charles Bukowski

Regret quotes that will help you realize what matters

There’s always a failure. And there’s always a disappointment. And there’s always loss. But the secret is learning from the loss, and realizing that none of those holes are vacuums.― Michael J. Fox

I have to laugh at the times I’ve knocked myself out over a tough spot only to find out afterward there was an easier way. Robert Franklin Leslie

Regret is a tough but fair teacher. To live without regret is to believe you have nothing to learn, no amends to make, and no opportunity to be braver with your life.

In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take, the relationships we were afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make. – Lewis Carroll

If only. Those must be the two saddest words in the world.

Time was passing like a hand waving from a train I wanted to be on.
I hope you never have to think about anything as much as I think about you.

When it’s gone, you’ll know what a gift love was. You’ll suffer like this. So go back and fight to keep it. – Ian McEwan

The past could always be annihilated. Regret, denial, or forgetfulness could do that. But the future was inevitable. – Oscar Wilde

In my experience working with a variety of people over several decades, far too many individuals choose to be anonymous members of the pack, therefore suffering from the inner remorse that makes them feel like failures, filled with conflict and resentment and wondering what the meaning of life is. Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace

Why could not I by that strong arm be slain, And lie by noble Hector on the plain?

The only thing worse than giving up is wishing that you hadn’t. – Rachel Hollis

Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can’t build on it; it’s only good for wallowing in. – Katherine Mansfield

The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, and how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated. And the only thing people regret is that they didn’t live boldly enough, that they didn’t invest enough heart, didn’t love enough. Nothing else really counts at all.

When it comes to regrets, it’s the dreams we didn’t go after that haunt us — the business we didn’t start, the book we didn’t write, the love we let slip away. When pursuing your dreams you won’t remember the bruises and failures, only the person you become. – Shane Parrish

Never regret trusting someone. It proves you have a heart. But if he turns out to be a lying worm, I’m not going to waste my time crying. Because I am way too fabulous for that. – Jude Watson

Don’t allow yourself to become one who, nearing death, regrets what you might have done if only you had taken a few risks We each have a purpose in life. Gillian Stokes

I can’t stand myself for doing it, but I do it anyway.

Have no regrets. The elderly usually don’t have regrets about what they did, but rather for things they did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets.

The only things I regret, and the only things I’ll ever regret are things I didn’t do. In the end, that’s what we mourn. The paths we didn’t take. The people we didn’t touch. – Scott Spencer

If I’m sincere today, what does it matter if I regret it tomorrow?

When I look at my life I realize that the mistakes I have made, the things I really regret, were not errors of judgment but failures of feeling. – Jeanette Winterson

Disenchantment, whether it is a minor disappointment or a major shock, is the signal that things are moving into transition in our lives.― William Throsby Bridges

While some people can’t wait until their retirement, others feel cheated that they have to retire at all. – Catherine Pulsifer

Living with regrets was like driving a car that only moved in reverse. – Jodi Picoult

Even as he laughed about it Holly could see the regret in his eyes. Regret for the things he never made time to do, the places he never saw, and sorrow for the loss of future experiences.

Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, ‘It might have been.’ – Kurt Vonnegut

Don’t live your life regretting yesterday. Live your life so tomorrow you won’t regret today. – Catherine Pulsifer

We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future.

What the heart has once owned and had, it shall never lose.

You can’t regret the life you didn’t lead. – Junot Díaz

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

If you put in little effort and expect big returns, you will be deeply disappointed. You don’t get apples by planting lemon seeds. Catherine Pulsifer

Everything I do is wrong. Do you think I don’t know that? I’ve screwed up my entire existence, and everyone who’s close to me gets screwed right along with me.

You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could’ve, would’ve happened…or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move on.

Don’t allow yourself to become one who, nearing death, regrets what you might have done if only you had taken a few risks We each have a purpose in life.

I see it all perfectly; there are two possible situations — one can either do this or that. My honest opinion and my friendly advice are this: do it or do not do it — you will regret both.

The longer our trail of regrets, the more we tend to value the importance of making wise decisions.

Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, ‘It might have been. – Kurt Vonnegut

When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes.

Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it. – George Halas

Your greatest regret at the end of your life will be the lions you didn’t chase. You will look back longingly on risks not taken, opportunities not seized, and dreams not pursued. Stop running away from what scares you most and start chasing the God-ordained opportunities that cross your path.

Regrets are not inherited. Regrets are those elements of life that seek to undermine our enthusiasm and our willingness to assume a life filled with new discoveries and the attainment of goals. Let not your regrets be your undoing but instead your vehicle to learn from what did not work.

One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.

The only regret I will have in dying is if it is not for love.

Heartbreak could be lived with if it weren’t accompanied by regret. – Laura Kasischke

It was one of those times you feel a sense of loss, even though you didn’t have something in the first place. I guess that’s what disappointment is- a sense of loss for something you never had.

It is often said that we should never regret the things that we do in life, just the things that we don’t. While that may be true, there are always situations that you may look back upon, usually in old age, and wonder if doing it differently would have made a difference.

I have no doubt you’ll miss me. You’ll probably die of boredom this winter and I’ll never get to Clara’s orchard

Your higher self never looks back. Everything valuable is in the now. – Andy Wang

Never regret anything from your past because one day, you’ll look back and thank it for hurting you so much that you decided to become a stronger human being.

I’ve got a bad case of the 3:00 am guilts – you know, when you lie in bed awake and replay all those things you didn’t do right? Because, as we all know, nothing solves insomnia like a nice warm glass of regret, depression, and self-loathing.

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