Regret Quotes


  • I regret everything. – Alexander Trocchi
  • I would much rather have regrets about not doing what people said, than regretting not doing what my heart led me to and wondering what life had been like if I’d just been myself. – Brittany Renée
  • 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
  • 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 for wallowing in.-Katherine Mansfield
  • Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.-Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons. – Jim Rohn
  • I see it all perfectly; there are two possible situations – one can either do this or that. My honest opinion and my friendly advice is this: do it or do not do it – you will regret both. – Søren Kierkegaard
  • My one regret in life is that I am not someone else. – Woody Allen
  • Regret is an odd emotion because it comes only upon reflection. Regret lacks immediacy, and so its power seldom influences events when it could do some good. – William O’Rourke
  • I have no regrets. I wouldn’t have lived my life the way I did if I was going to worry about what people were going to say. – Ingrid Bergman
  • There is nothing to regret – either for those who go or for those who are left behind – Eleanor Roosevelt
  • The follies which a man regrets most in his life, are those which he didn’t commit when he had the opportunity. – Helen Rowland
  • 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
  • Procrastination usually results in sorrowful regret. Today’s duties put off until tomorrow give us a double burden to bear; the best way is to do them in their proper time. – Ida Scott Taylor
  • It is with regret that I pronounce the fatal truth: Louis ought to perish rather than a hundred thousand virtuous citizens; Louis must die that the country may live – Maximilien Francois Robespierre
  • 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
  • Regret for time wasted can become a power for good in the time that remains, if we will only stop the waste and the idle, useless regretting. – Arthur Brisbane
  • Regrets are idle; yet history is one long regret. Everything might have turned out so differently. – Charles Dudley Warner
  • As you grow older, you’ll find the only things you regret are the things you didn’t do. – Zachary Scott
  • It’s better to act and to regret / Than to regret not to have acted. – Mellin de Saint-Gelais
  • A funny thing about regret is that it’s better to regret something you have done than something you haven’t. – Satan – Orbital


  • If we spend our time with regrets over yesterday, and worries over what might happen tomorrow, we have no today in which to live. – Anonymous
  • Regret is insight that comes a day too late. – Anonymous
  • Accept the pain, cherish the joys, resolve the regrets; then can come the best of benedictions – “If I had my life to live over again, I’d do it all the same”. – Anonymous
  • A man is not old until his regrets take the place of his dreams. – Proverb
  • To regret something is to hang yourself with your own noose. Mental suicide. – Anonymous
  • I already gave my best, and I have no regrets at all. – William Hung
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