Regrets Sayings and Quotes

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


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

I would rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not.

Lucille Ball

Live in the present tense, facing the duty at hand without regret for the past or worry over the future.

William De Witt Hyde

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

Harriet Beecher Stowe

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

Mercedes Lackey

Some choices we live not only once but a thousand times over, remembering them for the rest of our lives.     

Richard Bach

A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.

John Barrymore

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

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

Remorse is virtue's root; its fair increase are fruits of innocence and blessedness.     

William Cullen Bryant

Remorse. Never yield to remorse, but at once tell yourself: remorse would simply mean adding to the first act of stupidity a second.

Friedrich Nietzsche

At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets.     

Steve Maraboli

Never regret. If it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's experience.     

Victoria Holt

I regret that it takes a life to learn how to live.     

Jonathan Safran Foer

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

Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves - regret for the past and fear of the future.

Fulton Oursler

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

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 Ren_e

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 Smith

Forget regret, or life is yours to miss.

Jonathan Larson

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

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

John O'Donohue

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

Is it really so difficult to tell a good action from a bad one? I think one usually knows right away or a moment afterward, in a horrid flash of regret.

Mary Mccarthy

The What-ifs and the should-have's will eat your brain.     

John O' Callaghan

Don't let the past steal your present.

Terri Guillemets

Don't let yesterday use up too much of today.

Will Rogers

I think I don't regret a single 'excess' of my responsive youth--I only regret, in my chilled age, certain occasions and possibilities I didn't embrace.     

Henry James

To feel today what one felt yesterday isn't to feel - it's to remember today what was felt yesterday, to be today's living corpse of what yesterday was lived and lost.     

Fernando Pessoa