quotes on regret

quotes on regret


If you are looking for the 100 best and most inspirational QUOTES ON REGRET then you have come to the right place!

Back when I was a teenager I heard the quote: it’s better to do something and regret it than regret not doing it.

At that time, I was too young to understand how a person could be saddled with the burden of regret.

But sure enough it became evident with age and time.

If you suffer from regret and want to learn how to get over it, read ahead!


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Without further ado here they are; the TOP 100 most inspirational QUOTES ON REGRET:


1 – Regret is an appalling waste of energy, you can’t build on it – it’s only good for wallowing in. Katherine Mansfield

2 – Regret is a form of punishment itself. Nouman Ali Khan

3 – At the end of the day let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets. Steve Maraboli

4 – Never regret something that once made you smile. Mark Twain

5 – Making a big life change is pretty scary. But know what’s even scarier? Regret.

6 – 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

7 – Never look back in regret – move on to the next thing. Richard Branson

8 – I believe that what we regret most are our failures of courage, whether it’s the courage to be kinder, to show up, to say how we feel, to set boundaries, to be good to ourselves. For that reason, regret can be the birthplace of empathy. Brene Brown

9 – I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.

10 – Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience. Victoria Holt



11 – Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets. Arthur Miller

12 – The cost of not following your heart is spending the rest of your life wishing you had.

13 – I regret those times when I’ve chosen the dark side. I’ve wasted enough time not being happy. Jessica Lange

14 – The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and for deeds left undone.

15 – Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things 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. Jackson Brown Jr.

16 – Forget regret or life is yours to miss. Jonathan Larson

17 – The regret of my life is that I have not said “I love you” often enough. Yoko Ono

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

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

20 – Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. Do not repeat them in the future. Swami Sivananda



21 – If I’m sincere today, what does it matter if I regret it tomorrow? Jose Saramago

22 – I’d rather regret the risks that didn’t work out than the chances I didn’t take at all. Simone Biles

23 – Never regret anything because at one time it was exactly what you wanted.

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

25 – When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way. Paulo Coelho

26 – A great source of calamity lies in regret and anticipation; therefore a person is wise who thinks of the present alone, regardless of the past or future. Oliver Goldsmith

27 – Regret is an odd emotion because it comes only upon reflection. Regret lacks immediacy, and so its power seldom influences events when it could come good. William O’Rourke

28 – 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

29 – The only thing I regret about my past is the length of it. If I had to live my life again I’d make all the same mistakes – only sooner. Tallulah Bankhead

30 – Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forget about the ones who don’t and believe that everything happens for a reason.



31 – Fear is temporary. Regret is forever.

32 – Life’s trials will test you, and shape you, but don’t let them change who you are. Aaron Lauritsen

33 – Ah, it’s my longing for whom I might have been that distracts and torments me. Fernando Pessoa

34 – 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

35 – Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves – regret for the past and fear of the future. Fulton Oursler

36 – We cannot always change what has happened to us, but we can change how we react and how we live in the future. Living with no regrets is living successfully. Dr. Ellen Taricani

37 – Self-reflection is a much kinder teacher than regret is. Prioritize yourself by making a habit of it.  Andrena Sawyer

38 – Regret: the saddest word in the English language. Tonya Hurley

39 – Don’t regret knowing the people who came into your life. Good people give you happiness. Bad ones give you experience. The worst ones give you lessons and the best people give you memories.

40 – If we spend our time with regrets over yesterday and worries over what might happen tomorrow, we have no today in which to live. Thomas Sowell


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41 – Nothing lasts forever, so live it up, drink it down, laugh it off, avoid the bullsh#t, take chances and never have regrets, because at one point everything you did was exactly what you wanted.

42 – Stop fretting about past decisions. They have provided valuable wisdom. Go forward without fear or regret. Paul Martens

43 – I have tried to live my life with no regrets. Because regrets will become guilt in some cases, and guilt eats away at your sanity. James Hauenstein

44 – At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child or a parent. Barbara Bush

45 – Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable. Sydney J. Harris

46 – It’s better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret. Jackie Joyner-Kersee

47 – Life is too short for grief. Or regret. Or bullshit. Edward Abbey

48 – Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. Ralph Waldo Emerson

49 – There is no point in regretting for things that have happened but it makes a big difference to think about a solution or idea to change the unexpected outcome or effects of the choices made. Lindsay Hallie

50 – Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today. John Wooden



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51 – Remorse is the poison of life. Charlotte Bronte

52 – I think to regret is useless in life. It belongs to the past. Marlon Brando

53 – If it felt good when you did it don’t regret it.

54 – Do not waste one moment in regret, for to think feelingly of the mistakes of the past is to re-infect yourself. Neville Goddard

55 – A conscience without regrets ~ to live life without having to say you’re sorry. E.A. Bucchianeri

56 – I have no regrets in my life. I think that everything happens to you to a reason. The hard times that you go through build character, making you a much stronger person. Rita Mero

57 – Living in regret will become your biggest regret. Bill Johnson

58 – Most of us have had regrets and recognize how they can hold us back or keep us stuck in life and relationships. Getting past “the Past” is important for anyone desiring to live beyond mistakes and the problems they make. Ron Neff

59 – I don’t do regrets. Regrets are pointless. It’s too late for regrets. You’ve already done it, haven’t you? You’ve lived your life. No point wishing you could change it. Lemmy Kilmister

60 –Regret of neglected opportunity is the worst hell that a living soul can inhabit. Rafael Sabatini



61 – Make the most of your regrets; never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it till it comes to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh. Henry David Thoreau

62 – My biggest regret could be summed up in one word and that’s procrastination. Ron Cooper

63 – The mistakes I’ve made are dead to me. But I can’t take back the things I never did. Jonathan Safran Foer

64 – 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

65 – Regrets are the tears of choices not made and of good deeds left undone. Jonathan Lockwood Huie

66 – Life is such a chance that lies in your hands; beautiful and enjoy or lose and regret. Ehsan Sehgal

67 – Don’t do something today, you know you will regret tomorrow, think before you act.

68 – If only. Those must be the two saddest words in the world. Mercedes Lackey

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

70 – Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy – the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation. Eric Hoffer



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

72 – Many people choose to dwell on their failures. This leads to unnecessary worrying, regret, shame, and stress. Instead of dwelling on the past, you can reflect on your experiences and use negative situations as a learning experience. Morris Pratt

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

74 – My advice to other disabled people would be concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well, and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit as well as physically. Stephen Hawkings

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

76 – You really didn’t see the sadness or the longing unless you already knew it was there. But that was the trick, wasn’t it? Everyone had their disappointment and their baggage; only, some people carried it in their inside pockets and not on their backs. Maggie Stiefvater

77 – The past is a great place and I don’t want to erase it or to regret it but I don’t want to be its prisoner either. Mick Jagger

78 – 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

79 – Every man is guilty of all the good he didn’t do. Voltaire

80 – If you have no regrets from the life you have lived, your biggest regret should be the life you haven’t lived. Robert Sauber



81 – Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets. Arthur Miller

82 – Regrets. I have no regrets. Even if I could, I would not change anything in my past. Rather, I look back with gratitude because if it were not for my past, I would not be who I am today.

83 – There’s always failure. And there’s always 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

84 – 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

85 – At the end of the day let there be no regrets, only a desire to do more tomorrow than you did today.  Noel DeJesus

86 – Never regret anything you have done with a sincere affection; nothing is lost that is born of the heart. Basil Rathbone

87 – Never regret anything that has happened in your life, it cannot be changed, undone or forgotten. So take it as a lesson learned and move on.

88 – 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. Faith Star

89 – We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us. Lucy Maud Montgomery

90 – 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



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

92 – Being safe doesn’t mean you won’t be sorry. Katerina Stoykova Klemer

93 – 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. Deb Caletti

94 – It’s not what you are; it’s what you don’t become that hurts. Oscar Levant

95 – Regret swallows broken men whole. Acceptance builds them anew. Sarah Noffke

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

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

98 – I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done. Lucille Ball

99 – We all feel wistfulness or regret about roads not taken. Deborah Tannen

100 – For of all the sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these: “it might have been!” John Greenleaf Whittier

101 – A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams. John Barrymore



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