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140+ Regret Quotes About Life, Love, and More (2022)

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These regret quotes will inspire you to live a more meaningful and happy life, regardless of your mistakes in the past.

Life is too short to bemoan the past. We’ve gathered these regret quotes to inspire you to live the life you want so you won’t be sorry later. Please see the full list of regret quotes below to be inspired to man up and make the right choice and decision for your life.

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Best Quotes About Having Regrets

1. “I do not regret one moment of my life.” – Lillie Langtry

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

3. “Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity.” – H. Jackson Brown

4. “The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.” – G.K. Chesterson

5. “Unforgiving hearts die in regret.” – Anonymous

6. “I live a life that I never regret any decision.” – Ricky Rubio

7. “I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.” – Lucille Ball

8. “Have no regrets. The elderly usually don’t have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets.” – Anonymous

9. “Sometimes you just need to give it everything you have to not regret anything at all.” – Anonymous

10. “No man has no regrets, it is one of those things in life that we all have in common.” – Anonymous

11. “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

12. “We cannot always change what has happened to us, but we can change how we react and how we live in the future. Living with no regrets is living successfully.” – Dr. Ellen Taricani

13. “When tomorrow comes this day will be gone forever, but I shall hold something which I have traded for it. It may be no more than a memory, but if it is a worthy one I shall not regret the price.” – Anonymous

14“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 Renee

15. “Sometimes, forgetting is the best gift you can give yourself to let go of your regrets.” – Anonymous

16. “Sadly enough, the most painful goodbyes are the ones that are left unsaid and never explained.” – Johnathan Harnisch

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17. “Hold every person close to your heart because you might wake up one day and realize that you’ve lost a diamond while you were too busy collecting stones.” – Anonymous

Famous Regret Quotes

18. “When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” – Alexander Graham Bell

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19. “What would be awful would be to die and look back miserably, seeing only the bad things, the opportunities missed, or what could have been.” – Audrey Hepburn

20. “Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

21. “I don´t regret my past, I just regret the time I´ve wasted on the wrong people.” – Wiz Khalifa

22. “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.” – Henry David Thoreau

23. “It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you fail by default.” – J.K. Rowling

24. “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

25. “I’m trying to make myself better. But I don’t regret anything that I’ve gone through, because it makes me who I am.” – Nick Carter

26. “Who knows how long I’ve loved you, you know I love you still. Will I wait a lonely lifetime? If you want me to I will.” – The Beatles

27. “Opportunity is missed by people because It is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison

28. “I never regret anything. Because every little detail of your life is what made you into who you are in the end.” – Drew Barrymore

29. “No matter what you’ve done for yourself or for humanity if you can’t look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?” – Elbert Hubbard

Regrets Quotes About Making Mistakes

30. “If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.” – William J. Clinton

31. “I have done a lot of crazy things in my life, and I do not regret anything.” – Nora Fatehi

32. “Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.” – Victoria Holt

33. “Mistakes we make in the past sometimes keep us connected. Heartache sometimes keeps us connected.” – Jacqueline Simon Gunn

34. “Most of us have had regrets and recognize how they can hold us back or keep us stuck in life and relationships. Getting past ‘the Past’ is important for anyone desiring to live beyond mistakes and the problems they make.” – Ron Neff

35. “There is no point in regretting for things that have happened but it makes a big difference to think about a solution or idea to change the unexpected outcome or effects of the choices made.” – Lindsay Hallie

36. “Many people choose to dwell on their failures. This leads to unnecessary worrying, regret, shame, and stress. Instead of dwelling on the past, you can reflect on your experiences and use negative situations as a learning experience.” – Morris Pratt

Regret Quotes About Love and Relationships

37. “The essential sadness is to go through life without loving. But it would be almost equally sad to leave this world without ever telling those you loved that you love them.” – Anonymous

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38. “Never ignore a person who loves and cares for you, because one day you may realize that you’ve lost the moon while counting the stars.” – Anonymous

39. “The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” – Henry Ward Beecher

40. “I don’t regret meeting you, I regret letting you into my heart only to have you break it.” – Rashida Rowe

41. “I am still wondering how I will live my life knowing you are not in it anymore.” – Anonymous

42. “The biggest regret you will ever concur is letting go of someone you love.” – Anonymous

43. “‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” – Alfred Lord Tennyson

44. “In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take, the relationships we were afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make.” – Lewis Carroll

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

46. “When the person we love gets out of our grasp, we tend to shed tears of regrets.” – Anonymous

47. “And perhaps some will never understand, it is mostly the farewells that unite us, and last in our memory forever, even more than the first meeting.” – Mimi Novic

48. “Surely the saddest thing in the world is falling out of love—if once one has ever fallen in.” – Willa Cather

49. “I wish I could turn back the clock. I’d find you sooner and love you longer.” – Anonymous

50. “Never take anyone for granted—we never seem to realize what we have until it is no longer ours then it becomes the only thing we want.” – Anonymous

51. “Looking back, I have this to regret that too often when I loved, I did not say so.” – David Grayson

52. “To love and win is the best thing; to love and lose, the next best.” – William Thackeray

53. “What the heart has once owned and had, it shall never lose.” – Henry Ward Beecher

54. “Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.” – Washington Irvin

55. “An act of love that fails is just as much a part of the divine life as an act of love that succeeds, for love is measured by fullness, not by reception.” – Harold Loukes

56. “Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.” – Kahlil Gibran

57. “When someone you love says goodbye you can stare long and hard at the door they closed and forget to see all the doors God has opened in front of you.” – Shannon Adler

58. “When you loved someone and had to let them go, there will always be that small part of yourself that whispers, “What was it that you wanted and why didn’t you fight for it?” – Shannon Alder

59. “There was once a love which I did not learn to cherish, it was only when I lost it that I felt extreme regret. There is no worse experience than such feeling.” – Anonymous

60. “When it’s gone, you’ll know what a gift love was. You’ll suffer like this. So go back and fight to keep it.” – Ian McEwan

61. “A moment in life, followed by an eternity of situations to grow from or regret—is the reality that love is not about winning or losing, but simply to survive.” – William E. Lewis

62. “Don’t regret knowing the people who came into your life. Good people give you happiness. Bad ones give you experience. The worst ones give you lessons and the best people give you memories.” – Anonymous

63. “Don’t make my mistake. Don’t let yourself be so angry that you stop loving. Because one day you’ll wake up from that anger, and the person you love will be gone.” – Dawson’s Creek

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64. “Trust before you love, know before you judge, commit before you promise, forgive before you forget and appreciate before you regret.” – Anonymous

65. “There’s this place in me where your fingerprints still rest, your kisses still linger, and your whispers softly echo. It’s the place where a part of you will forever be a part of me.” – Gretchen Kemp

66. “People should not judge failed love affairs as failed experiences but as part of the growth process. Something does not have to end well for it to have been one of the most valuable experiences of a lifetime.” – Ethel Person

67. “The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated. And the only thing people regret is that they didn’t live boldly enough, that they didn’t invest enough heart, didn’t love enough. Nothing else really counts at all.” – Ted Hughes

Regret Quotes About Opportunity

68. “Every opportunity missed is an opportunity for regret.” – Karl Kloppenborg

69. “Opportunity is a bird that never perches.” – Claude MacDonald

70. “We´ve all got a black book of missed opportunities.” – Jim Broadbent

71. “Stop worrying about missed opportunities and start looking for new ones.” – I M Pei

72. “Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.” – William Arthur Ward

73. “Missed opportunities were never superficial wounds; they cut straight to the bone.” – Jodi Picoult

74. “How much I missed, simply because I was afraid of missing it.” – Paulo Coelho

75. “Don´t live in regret over missed opportunities, for if you do, you will miss even more.” – Charbel Tadros

76. “Most people miss great opportunities, because of their misperception of time. Don´t wait! The time will never be just right.” – Stephen C. Hogan

77. “Don´t be afraid of missing opportunities. Behind every failure is an opportunity somebody wishes they had missed.” – Lily Tomlin

Regrets Quotes on How to Let Go of the Past

78. “Stop fretting about past decisions. They have provided valuable wisdom. Go forward without fear or regret.” – Paul Martens

79. “I don’t dwell in the past; I don’t wallow in old events and emotions. I don’t waste time on regret. No use going over and over the details of what already happened.” – Yanni

80. “The past is done, do not let it continue to your future, do not let it decide the now.” – Anonymous

81. “There is no need to lament on the bygone failures, instead concentrate on things that you can change and let other things take their own course.” – Robert Gallagher

82. “Never regret anything from your past because one day, you’ll look back and thank it for hurting you so much that you decided to become a stronger human being.” – Faith Star

83. “Regret, remorse, sorrow all emotions that can result in negative feelings. Only you can change your emotions to positive ones, you cannot change the past but you can change the future” – Catherine Pulsifer

84. “It is not the experience of today that drives a person mad, it is the remorse or bitterness of something which happened yesterday and the dread of what tomorrow may bring.” – Anonymous

85. “We all do things we desperately wish we could undo. Those regrets just become part of who we are, along with everything else. To spend time trying to change that, well, it’s like chasing clouds.” – Libba Bray

86. “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 Harris

87. “The only things I regret, and the only things I’ll ever regret are things I didn’t do. In the end, that’s what we mourn. The paths we didn’t take. The people we didn’t touch.” – Scott Spencer

88. “First, imagine taking the potentially regret-producing path of inaction. Then imagine what the very best outcome would be were you to take this risk. By picturing both scenarios in advance, you can avoid the regret of what might have been.” – Wayne Dyer

89. “We don’t have to be defined by the things we did or didn’t do in our past. Some people allow themselves to be controlled by regret. Maybe it’s a regret, maybe it’s not. It’s merely something that happened. Get over it.” – Pittacus Lore

Regret Quotes for Him and Her

90. “There comes a time when you can only revise what happened in your head.” – Anonymous

91. “I thought we were going to last forever, so why are you not here beside me?” – Anonymous

92. “Tell the person you love what you feel about him before you regret not doing so.” – Anonymous

93. “Looking back, I have this to regret, that too often when I loved, I did not say so.” – Ray Stannard Baker

94. “I will never regret loving you, only believing you loved me too.” – Anonymous

95. “I still wish that you were here during those rainy days when I miss the warmth of your hugs.” – Anonymous

96. “Wanting her is hard to forget, loving her is hard to regret, losing her is hard to accept, but letting go is the most painful.” – Anonymous

97. “I don’t regret loving you. I don’t regret trusting you. I regret giving you the power to hurt me in a way that I’ll never be able to be find again!” – Abhishek Tiwari

98. “Never regret anything you´ve done with a sincere affection; nothing is lost that is born of the heart.” – Basil Rathbone

99. “I don’t regret telling you I love you, because I meant it, but I regret being stupid enough to say it when I knew you wouldn’t say it back.” – Anonymous

100. “Wanting him is hard to forget, loving him is hard to regret, losing him is hard to accept, but even with all the hurt I’ve felt, letting go is the most painful yet.” – Anonymous

101. “Letting go doesn´t mean that you don´t care about someone anymore. It´s just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself.” – Deborah Reber

102. “I realize there’s something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they’re experts at letting things go.”– Jeffrey Mc Daniel

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Regret Quotes That Will Change Your Perspective

103. “Forget regret, or life is yours to miss.” – Jonathan Larson

104. “Hurting people you love is the heaviest kind of regret.” – Charlotte Eriksson

105. “The longer our trail of regrets, the more we tend to value the importance of making wise decisions.” – Bob Santos

106. “If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them and half as much money.” – Abigail Van Buren

107. “Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent.” – C.G. Jung

108. “No human on his deathbed ever regretted having spent too much time with his children.” – George Stamatis

109. “Your children make it impossible to regret your past. They’re its finest fruits. Sometimes the only ones.” – Anna Quindlen

110. “What hurts more; the pain of ‘what ifs’, or the pain of rejection?” – Izey Odiase

111. “If we don’t deal with the roots of our regrets, if we don’t make the choice to start over, the costs of what we’re missing out on can be enormous and will accrue exponentially over time.” – Dave Ferguson

Regret Quotes About Family

112. “In time of test, family is best.” – Burmese Proverb

113. “Let us make one point, that we meet each other with a smile when it is difficult to smile. Smile at each other, make time for each other in your family.” – Mother Teresa

114. “The best inheritance a parent can give to their children is a few minutes of their time each day.” – M. Grundler

115. “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

116. “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

117. “I have learned that I should be careful with the words I choose to say when I am angry because later, those words always leave a huge wound of regrets in my heart besides hurting the loved ones.” – Nino Varsimashvili

118. “Sometimes the best families are the ones God builds using unexpected pieces of our hearts.” – Melanie Shankle

119. “Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forget about the ones who don’t, and believe that everything happens for a reason.” – Anonymous

120. “That’s what people do who love you. They put their arms around you and love you when you’re not so lovable.” – Deb Caletti

121. “Parents were the only ones obligated to love you; from the rest of the world you had to earn it.” – Ann Brashares

122. “Think of your family today and every day thereafter, don’t let the busy world of today keep you from showing how much you love and appreciate your family.” – Josiah

123. “Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs. The ones you accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile, and who love you no matter what.” – Anonymous

124. “Love your family. Spend time, be kind, and serve one another. Make no room for regrets. Tomorrow is not promised and today is short.” – Anonymous

125. “Everyone needs a house to live in, but a supportive family is what builds a home.” – Anthony Liccione

126. “Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what. If you don’t listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won’t tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff.” – Catherine M. Wallace

127. “Many times, the decisions we make affect and hurt our closest friends and family the most. I have a lot of regrets in that regard. But God has forgiven me, which I am very thankful for. It has enabled me to forgive myself and move forward one day at a time.” – Lex Luger

128. “A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.” – Agatha Christie

129. “At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more race, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with your family.” – Barbara Bush

130. “You can kiss your family and friends goodbye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.” – Frederick Buechner

131. “Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible—the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family.” – Virginia Satir

132. “Our most basic instinct is not for survival but for family. Most of us would give our own life for the survival of a family member, yet we lead our daily life too often as if we take our family for granted.” – Paul Pearsall

Regret Quotes About Life

133. “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” – Nathan Hale

134. “I regret living in my reality, which I now realize did not exist.” – Ey C.

135. “A great source of calamity lies in regret and anticipation; therefore a person is wise who thinks of the present alone, regardless of the past or future.” – Oliver Goldsmith

136. “Life is short to keep living it with regrets so try your best to make yourself forget.” – Anonymous

137. “Life is too short to hold regrets. Once it’s done, you cannot regret it.” – Kay Kay Menon

138. “Never regret yesterday. Life is in you today and you make your tomorrow.” – L. Ron Hubbard

139. “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

140. “Life is going to be full of surprises, so just keep being surprised and forget regrets.” – Anonymous

141. “Regrets are not inherited. Regrets are those elements of life that seek to undermine our enthusiasm and our willingness to assume a life filled with new discoveries and the attainment of goals. Let not your regrets be your undoing but instead your vehicle to learn from what did not work.” – Byron Pulsifer

142. “People die all the time. Life is a lot more fragile than we think. So you should treat others in a way that leaves no regrets. Fairly, and if possible, sincerely. It’s too easy not to make the effort, then weep and wring your hands after the person dies.” – Haruki Murakami

143. “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

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