85+ Best Regret Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Regret is to feel sorry about a situation, especially something sad or wrong or a mistake that you have made. Inspirational regret quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

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Famous Regret Quotes

One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself. Shannon L. Alder

Have more fear of regret than failure. Thibaut

Our biggest regrets are not for the things we have done but for the things we haven’t done. Chad Michael Murray

The pain of inaction stings longer than the pain of incorrect action. James Clear

There are two kinds of guilt: the kind that drowns you until you’re useless, and the kind that fires your soul to purpose. Sabaa Tahir

Always Do Your Best. Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret. Don Miguel Ruiz

Have you ever hoped for something? And held out for it against all the odds? Until everything you did was ridiculous? – Ali Shaw

Never regret anything that made you smile. Mark Twain

Life is about choices. Some we regret, some were proud of. Some will haunt us forever. ‘Black Rain’ was very much about choices. The message – we are what we chose to be. Graham Brown

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

We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment. Jim Rohn

Regret is mostly caused by not having done anything. Charles Bukowski

Life is about choices. Some we regret, some were proud of. Some will haunt us forever. ‘Black Rain’ was very much about choices. The message – we are what we chose to be. Graham Brown

One day of effort is one day of bliss; One day of sloth is a hundred years of regret. Awa Kenzô

The past could always be annihilated. Regret, denial, or forgetfulness could do that. But the future was inevitable. Oscar Wilde

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Sad Regret Quotes

The greatest freedoms are freedom from regret, freedom from fear, freedom from anxiety, and freedom from sorrow. Thich Nhat Hanh

Never regret trusting someone. It proves you have a heart. But if he turns out to be a lying worm, I’m not going to waste my time crying. Because I am way too fabulous for that. Jude Watson

Never regret anything you have done with a sincere affection; nothing is lost that is born of the heart. Basil Rathbone

Let us prepare our minds as if we’d come to the very end of life. Let us postpone nothing. Seneca

There is one common trait found in all greatness: how people use the space between stimulus and response. In short, how do people deal with adversity, with setbacks, with suffering, heartache, disappointment, and injustice? Stephen R. Covey

Living with regrets was like driving a car that only moved in reverse. Jodi Picoult

It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterwards. Baltasar Gracián

You can’t regret the life you didn’t lead. Junot Díaz

Avoid things the best version of yourself will regret. Shane Parrish

Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, ‘It might have been. Kurt Vonnegut

You should never regret anything in life. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience. Victoria Holt

Heartbreak could be lived with if it weren’t accompanied by regret. Laura Kasischke

Never regret anything you have done with a sincere affection; nothing is lost that is born of the heart. Basil Rathbone

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

Don’t live your life regretting yesterday. Live your life so tomorrow you won’t regret today. Catherine Pulsifer

If I’m sincere today, what does it matter if I regret it tomorrow? José Saramago

I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done. Lucille Ball

We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future. Steve Maraboli

If you aren’t in the moment, you are either looking forward to uncertainty, or back to pain and regret. Jim Carrey

There was a long hard time when I kept far from me the remembrance of what I had thrown away when I was quite ignorant of its worth. – Charles Dickens

I have to laugh at the times I’ve knocked myself out over a tough spot only to find out afterwards there was an easier way. Robert Franklin Leslie

Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets. Arthur Miller

Regret is not a proactive feeling. It is situated in disappointment, sorrow, even remorse. It merely wishes things were different without an act to cause a difference. However, repentance is different. Repentance is an admission of, hatred of, and turning away from sin before God. Monica Johnson

In my experience working with a variety of people over several decades, far too many individuals choose to be anonymous members of the pack, therefore suffering from the inner remorse that makes them feel like failures, filled with conflict and resentment and wondering what the meaning of life is. Dr. Wayne

Discipline weighs ounces and regret weighs tons. Jim Rohn

Not everything’s perfect, especially in the beginning. And its all right to have a little bit of regret every once in a while. It’s when you feel it all the time and can’t do anything about it… that’s when you get into trouble. Sarah Dessen

Regret is scarier than change. Mel Robbins

Don’t allow yourself to become one who, nearing death, regrets what you might have done if only you had taken a few risks We each have a purpose in life. Gillian Stokes

Never do today what you can do tomorrow. Something may occur to make you regret your premature action. Aaron Burr

The mistakes I’ve made are dead to me. But I can’t take back the things I never did. Jonathan Safran Foer

The greatest fault in life is that it is always unfinished, that something is being postponed. Seneca

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 good for wallowing in. Katherine Mansfield

Do not regret growing older; it is a privilege denied to many. Unknown

Forget regret, or life is yours to miss. No other path, no other way, no day but today. Jonathan Larson

Failure hurts but passes quickly. Regret hurts forever. Shane Parrish

At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent. Barbara Bush

While some people can’t wait until their retirement, others feel cheated that they have to retire at all.. Catherine Pulsifer

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. Soren Kierkegaard

Life Regret Quotes

When it comes to regrets, it’s the dreams we didn’t go after that haunt us – the business we didn’t start, the book we didn’t write, the love we let slip away. When pursuing your dreams you won’t remember the bruises and failures, only the person you become. Shane Parrish

I want to undo this. To make it right. But I have no idea how. I don’t seem to know how to open up to people without getting the door slammed in my face. So I do nothing. Gayle Forman

Regret is counterproductive. It’s looking back on a past that you can’t change. Questioning things as they occur can prevent regret in the future. Colleen Hoover

I’m living with every step. I can’t live with regret. The past is the past. I’m not worried about it. I can’t change it. I can’t fix it. It is what it is. I’m just living. Ryan Sheckler

If you put in little effort and expect big returns, you will be deeply disappointed. You don’t get apples by planting lemon seeds. Catherine Pulsifer

The pain of trying and failing is intense and over rather quickly. The pain of failing to try, on the other hand, is less intense but never really goes away. Shane Parrish

Everybody was sorry. Sorry was easy. Sorry was for suckers. Gretchen McNeil

There are two ways to achieve calm: one is to never do what you regret, the other to never regret what you do. August Strindberg

If you had to relive your life exactly as it was, same successes and failures, same happiness, same miseries, same mixture of comedy and tragedy, would you want to? Was it worth it? Gavin Extence

I don’t want to be 80-years-old and in a quiet moment of reflection, thinking back over my life, and cataloging a bunch of major regrets. Jeff Bezos

Four things do not come back: the spoken word, the sped arrow, the past life, and the neglected opportunity. – Ted Chiang

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 good for wallowing in. Katherine Mansfield

Regret is a universal emotion. We all make wrong or foolish choices, or something or someone does something hurtful to us, and we regret it. Dave Ferguson

Avoiding regret is more important to life satisfaction than increasing accomplishments. Shane Parrish

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

Look to your own means, leave everything that isn’t yours alone. Make use of what material advantages you have, don’t regret the ones you were not allowed. Epictetus

In that moment I understood that the cruelest words in the universe are if only. Lisa See

Most failures are one-time costs. Most regrets are recurring costs. The pain of inaction stings longer than the pain of incorrect action.

Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness. George Sand

I say things I regret constantly, and I just can’t help it. Kathy Griffin

Life is simple: Make choices and don’t look back. Sung Kang

Sensitive people either love deeply or they regret deeply. There really is no middle ground because they live in passionate extremes. Shannon L. Alder

Your higher self never looks back. Everything valuable is in the now. Andy Wang

Regrets are pointless. It’s too late for regrets. You’ve already done it, haven’t you? You’ve lived your life. No point wishing you could change it. Lemmy Kilmister

Regret feels a 1000x worse than failure. Preethi Kasireddy

A thousand times I was ready to regret and take back my rash statement, yet it had been the truth. Hermann Hesse

No amount of guilt can change the past and no amount of worrying can change the future. Umar ibn Al-Khattab

There is no more disastrous mania, no more dangerous whim, than the speculation over roads not taken. Juan Gabriel Vásquez

I’m too old to recover, too narrow to forgive myself. Lillian Hellman

The advance of regret can be so gradual that it is impossible to say ‘Yesterday I was happy, Today I am not. E.M. Forster

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