1. Make the most of your regrets; never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it till it comes to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh.
2. Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves – regret for the past and fear of the future.
3. Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.
4. Regret of neglected opportunity is the worst hell that a living soul can inhabit.
5. Life is too short, time is too precious, and the stakes are too high to dwell on what might have been.
6. Regret is an appalling waste of energy, you can’t build on it – it’s only good for wallowing in.
7. A man has cause for regret only when he sows and no one reaps.
8. It’s not what your are, it’s what you don’t become that hurts.
9. Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.
10. Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.
11. One doesn’t recognize the really important moments in one’s life until it’s too late.
12. The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.
13. A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.
14. 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.
15. Regrets are idle; yet history is one long regret. Everything might have turned out so differently.
16. Forget regret, or life is yours to miss.
17. For of all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these: ‘It might have been!
18. 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.
19. Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.
20. If only. Those must be the two saddest words in the world.
21. We have to let go of all blame, all attacking, all judging, to free our inner selves to attract what we say we want.
22. 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.
23. Often regret is very false and displaced, and imagines the past to be totally other than it was.
24. Remorse is the poison of life.
25. 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.
26. We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us.
27. Nobody gets to live life backward. Look ahead, that is where your future lies.
28. 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.
29. Let the dead Past bury its dead!
30. Looking back, I have this to regret, that too often when I loved, I did not say so.
31. Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many-not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
32. 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.
33. We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment.
34. Every man is guilty of all the good he didn’t do.
35. 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.
36. 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.
37. Never look back and regret, look back and smile at what you have learned.
38. Regrets only apply when we don’t learn from a situation. No sense looking back, look forward with new knowledge and no regret.
39. When we lose one we love, our bitterest tears are called forth by the memory of hours when we loved not enough.
40. Consider mistakes nothing more than detours on the way to success. Learn from them, and then go on.
41. 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.
42. Regrets are the tears of choices not made and of good deeds left undone.
43. 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.
44. The mistakes I’ve made are dead to me. But I can’t take back the things I never did.
45. It is human nature to want to go back and fix things or change things that we regret.
46. Only in your imagination can you revise.
47. Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back.
48. Regrets are idle; yet history is one long regret. Everything might have turned out so differently.
49. Spend time with those you love. One of these days you will say either, “I wish I had,” or “I’m glad I did.”
50. It’s better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.
51. Regret for wasted time is more wasted time.
52. If we spend our time with regrets over yesterday, and worries over what might happen tomorrow, we have no today in which to live.
53. I’ve got a bad case of the 3:00 am guilts – you know, when you lie in bed awake and replay all those things you didn’t do right? Because, as we all know, nothing solves insomnia like a nice warm glass of regret, depression and self-loathing.
54. Our biggest regrets are not for the things we have done but for the things we haven’t done.
55. Regretting the moments I took for granted, / Moments when I was eaten by pride and hatred. / What if I had told you what I feel? / Would it change my life’s wheel?
56. When we grow old, there can only be one regret – not to have given enough for ourselves.
57. Regret is like a mountain-top from which we survey our dead life, a mountaintop on which we pause and ponder, and very often looking into the twilight we ask ourselves whether it would be well to send a letter or some token.
58. Regret is like tears seeping through closed eyelids.
59. But when the time comes / When our last breath is drawn / When our soul and body is numb / Do we regret out what we did before we are gone?
60. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a child, a friend, or a parent.