Regret Sayings and Quotes

Making mistakes is part of being human. From not spending enough time with loved ones, to eating one spicy burrito too many, we all have regrets. The trick is to learn from past missteps and move on. Don’t let regret get you down. Below you’ll find a collection of wise, inspirational and humorous regret quotes.


Too late we awake to regret—but what tears / Can bring back the waste to our hearts and our years?     

Letitia Elizabeth Landon

Regret is an uneven hand, a rough palm at the cheek - tender and calloused.     

Lorna Dee Cervantes

Regret is just life's aftertaste.     

Amy Harmon

Never regret what you don't write.     

Abraham Lincoln

Regret leads to overeating and naps.     

Mason Cooley

Regret is an appalling waste of time.     

Katherine Mansfield

Regrets are born of paths never taken.     

Michael Dell

Regret is a form of punishment itself.     

Nouman Ali Khan

Regret is just perfectionism plus time.     

B. J. Novak

A highway of regret… / an avenue of denial.     

Kurt Philip Behm

Regret is the most tiresome of companions.     

Richard Paul Evans

Regrets are the natural property of grey hairs.     

Charles Dickens

Regrets over the past should chasten the future.     

James Ellis

A ton of regret never makes an ounce of difference.     

Grenville Kleiser

Regrets never sit well, with those that never forget.     

Anthony Liccione