Regret Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old regret quotes, regret sayings, and regret proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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

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.     

William O'Rourke

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

Regrets are idle; yet history is one long regret. Everything might have turned out so differently.     

Charles Dudley Warner

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

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

Jacki Joyner-Kersee

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

Regret for wasted time is more wasted time.     

Mason Cooley

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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