Regret Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Regret quotes and Regret sayings, and Regret proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind. "

C. S. Lewis

"Do not spend your youth, wandering, lost in your field of daydreams; you may wake up-spending the rest of your life-stranded on the path of regretful nightmares."

Lucas Hunter

"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

"It’s better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret."

Jacki Joyner-Kersee

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

Rita Mero

"Never look back and regret, look back and smile at what you have learned."

Michelle C. Ustaszeski

"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

"Consider mistakes nothing more than detours on the way to success. Learn from them, and then go on."

Cindy Francis

"Regrets are the tears of choicesnot made and of good deeds left undone."

Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"When we lose one we love, our bitterest tears are called forth by the memory of hours when we loved not enough."

Maurice Maeterlinck

"Every man is guilty of all the good he didn’t do."


"Spend time with those you love. One of these days you will say either, “I wish I had,” or “I’m glad I did.”"

Zig Ziglar

"They say you should not suffer through the past. You should be able to wear it like a loose garment, take it off and let it drop."

Eva Jessye

"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."


"Often regret is very false and displaced, and imagines the past to be totally other than it was."


"Remorse is the poison of life."

Charlotte Bronte

"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 should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us."

Lucy Maud Montgomery

"Nobody gets to live life backward. Look ahead, that is where your future lies."

Ann Landers

"I have always found that each step we take in life is to be regretted-if we once begin to wonder how many other steps might have been possible."

John Oliver Hobbes

"Let the dead Past bury its dead!"

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many-not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some."

Charles Dickens

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

Mercedes Lackey

"We have to let go of all blame, all attacking, all judging, to free our inner selves to attract what we say we want."

Joe Vitale

"Regret is … an unavoidable result of any loss, for in loss we lose the tomorrow that we needed to make right our yesterday or today."

Gerald Lawson Sittser

"For of all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these: ‘It might have been!"

John Greenleaf Whittier

"Something you need most might be something you turn away from, something you turn away from might be something you regret, and something you regret, in the end, might cost you the one chance you ever had."

Brian Judge

"Looking back, I have this to regret, that too often when I loved, I did not say so."

David Grayson

"Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience."

Victoria Holt

"Only in your imagination can you revise."

Fay Wray

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