Regret Quotes

Jonathan Safran Foer

Time was passing like a hand waving from a train I wanted to be on.
I hope you never have to think about anything as much as I think about you.

Roman Payne

It’s not that we have to quit this life one day, it’s how many things we have to quit all at once: holding hands, hotel rooms, music, the physics of falling leaves, vanilla and jasmine, poppies, smiling, anthills, the color of the sky, coffee and cashmere, literature, sparks and subway trains... If only one could leave this life slowly!

George Gordon Byron

I will keep no further journal of that same hesternal torch‐light ; and, to prevent me from returning, like a dog, to the vomit of memory, I tear out the remaining leaves of this volume...

Ram Mohan

Regret fills your heart, only if you do not give your best to accomplish something.

Marilynne Robinson

How I wish you could have known me in my strength.

Amit Kalantri

You can not have empty or neutral mind, as long as you work the mind will contain dreams, if you stop working it will contain regrets.

Amit Kalantri

You may not appreciate the presence of good health, but you will definitely regret the absence of good health, because health is happiness.

Michael Bassey Johnson

Don't show a friend your gift, or your bag of money if you still want to maintain your relationship, but if nay, go on, and all you'll see is hate and jealousy, and you'll fight with him in the street like a dog and all you'll feel is regret.

Nino Varsimashvili

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. Those wounds can't be healed!

Clint Van Winkle

Unfortunately, just like bullets, you can never get words back once they have been sent out into the world.

Nina LaCour

You might be looking for reasons but there are no reasons.. Nina LaCour
You might be looking for reasons but there are no reasons.

Nicholas Sparks

If you simply ignored the feeling, you would never know what might happen, and in many ways that was worse than finding out in the first place. Because if you were wrong, you could go forward in your life without ever looking back over your shoulder and wondering what might have been.

Soren Kierkegaard

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.

Angelina Jolie

You'd think, 'What if I make a mistake today, I'll regret it'. I don’t believe in regret, I feel everything leads us to where we are and we have to just jump forward, mean well, commit and just see what happens.

Kazuo Ishiguro

Poor creatures. What did we do to you? With all our schemes and plans?

Stephen King

I wouldn't have missed a single minute of it, Not for the whole world.

Jonathan Safran Foer

The mistakes I've made are dead to me. But I can't take back the things I never did.

Ali Shaw

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

Samuel Beckett

No, I regret nothing, all I regret is having been born, dying is such a long tiresome business I always found.

Gretchen McNeil

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

Colleen Hoover

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.

Joseph Conrad

Droll thing life is - that mysterious arrangement of merciless logic for a futile purpose. The most you can hope from it is some knowledge of yourself - that comes too late - a crop of inextinguishable regrets.

Junot Díaz

You can't regret the life you didn't lead.

Jonathan Larson

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

Holly Black

The moment she was cursed, I lost her. Once it wears off- soon- she will be embarrassed to remember things that she said, things she did, things like this. No matter how solid she feels in my arms, she is made of smoke.

Henry David Thoreau

Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.

Hermann Hesse

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


Sister - if all this is true, what could I do or undo?. Sophocles
Sister - if all this is true, what could I do or undo?

Kohta Hirano

I need just be a bayonet, a bayonet named Diving Punishment. I wish I'd been born a storm. Or a menace. Or a single grenade. No heart, no tears, just as a terrible gale'd have been good. If [by doing this] I become that, then so be it.

Bamigboye Olurotimi

The fools will forever pay the wise for the things that takes only wisdom to do successfully.

E.M. Forster

The advance of regret can be so gradual that it is impossible to say "yesterday I was happy, today I am not.

Thisuri Wanniarachchi

Sometimes I wish life was written pencil so we could erase it and write it all over again.

Claire Holden Rothman

Happiness is a strange thing. It is something I tend to recognize only after it has passed, when I realize I miss it.

Jean Webster

It isn't the great big pleasures that count the most; it's making a great deal out of the little ones-I've discovered the true secret of happiness, Daddy, and that is to live in the now. Not to be for ever regretting the past, or anticipating the future; but to get the most that you can out of this very instant.

Karen Salmansohn

Your mission: Be so busy loving your life that you have no time for hate, regret or fear.

Sarah MacLean

..he wanted her.
And at another time, as another man, he would have her. Without hesitation. As lover. . . as more.

Philip K. Dick

The cries of the dead are terrible indeed; you should try not to hear them.

Alfred Tennyson

Dear as remembered kisses after death,
And sweet as those by hopeless fancy feign'd
On lips that are for others; deep as love,
Deep as first love, and wild with all regret;
O Death in Life, the days that are no more!

Christopher Buecheler

I could kill you a thousand times over Abraham, but we would never be even. You took everything I had.

Shilpa Agarwal

If only certain things had been preventable, his life would have unfurled in front of him as intended, like a lush Oriental carpet. No surprises, no detours. Just a thick tapestry of days and nights that at the end of his time on earth, he could roll up and proudly claim as his own.

John Le Carré

A dead man is the worst enemy alive, I thought. You can't alter his power over you. You can't alter what you love or owe. And it's too late to ask him for his absolution. He has beaten you all ways.

Stephen Kelman

Mr. Frimpong is the oldest person from church. That's when I knew why he sings louder than anybody else: it's because he's been waiting the longest for God to answer. He thinks God has forgotten him. I only knew it then. Then I loved him but it was too late to go back.

Toba Beta

Men didn't have any idea about regret
before God felt so once after created us.

Jennifer Elisabeth

I look out into the water and up deep into the stars. I beg the sparkling lanterns of light to cure me of myself - my past and the kaleidoscope of mistakes, failures and wrong turns that have stacked unbearable regret upon my shoulders.

Brock Clarke

Oh no," I said, because if our life is just one endless song about hope and regret, then "oh no" is apparently that song's chorus, the words we always return to.

Erica Goros

I am forever grateful for not knowing - What would have been. WHAT WILL BE holds none of those bittersweet pangs and it is lit w joy.

Dave Eggers

I should probably get a stone. A stone would be good. A stone would save me, would salvage all the damage we had already done, all the things we had given up or lost.

Olivia Cunning

Would you like to sit?" Kellen asked her.
"You'd better do it soon," Owen whispered close to her ear, "or I'm going to bend you over that table and break the club's no-penetration-in-the-lounge rule.

Omar Khayyam

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Look in my face; my name is Might-have-been;
I am also call'd No-more, Too-late, Farewell

Buky Ojelabi

Don't ever regret your good deeds even when its abused. Don't lose heart you will be
Don't ever regret your good deeds even when its abused. Don't lose heart you will be vindicated and obtain favor with God and man.

Karen Quan

Look up, always. Look back, never.

Karen Quan

I had a dream that I saw shooting stars with you. Two things that will come close to never happening: Seeing shooting stars, and being with you.

Chad Michael Murray

Our biggest regrets are not for the things we have done but for the things we haven't done

Steve Toltz

Regrets came up and asked me if I’d like to own them. Declined them for the most part but took a few just so I wouldn’t leave this relationship empty handed.

Jonathan Franzen

It took hours to turn the clock back 30 seconds.

Mithat Terje

Kontrolsüzdüm. Kelimeleri telaffuz edişimden bile anlaşılıyordu kırgınlığım. Habersiz gidişine duyduğum dindirilemez öfke yeniden baş gösteriyordu. Hesap sormak için değil, beni öldürmesi için gelmiş gibiydim.

Lena Dunham

I know that when I am dying, looking back, it will be women that I regret having argued with, women I sought to impress, to understand...

Ryan Lilly

A life spent at the edge of the pier is a life full of regret, a life full of fear.

Gerard Way

i dont love you... like i loved you... yesterday.

Bamigboye Olurotimi

Sometimes we hold on to the good and the better for a very long time that we don't even know when we allowed the best to slip away from our hands.

Mary Downing Hahn

Time doesn't run backward, you know, and things that have been done can't be undone, no matter how hard you wish.

Matthew Donnelly

If you have trouble getting motivated always remember that time is going to pass either way and that eventually regret is going to make its way around.

Roman Payne

From all that I saw,
and everywhere I wandered,
I learned that time cannot be spent,
It only can be squandered.

Iyanla Vanzant

If you are afraid to take a chance, take one anyway. What you don't do can create the same regrets as the mistakes you make.

Ted Hughes

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.

Matthew Donnelly

The day I started fearing regret is the day I decided to never stop.

Mark Allen Smith

And he had a theory about fear. It was all about regret. If you make what you want out of life and don't bullshit yourself about your choices, then there are no regrets, and a man without regret isn't afraid of anything.

Carla H. Krueger

I hate going back. I’d rather live at the bottom of my river of black, dragged this way and that by the forces that be, than go back there. Those forty-eight hours took twenty years to drown.

Taylor Rhodes

I'd felt the pop of the needle sliding into my veins, like a fang into flesh. I'd been enveloped in the golden haze where nothing is wrong even when everything is falling apart. A dance with a hypodermic fiend, my hands in the claws of a vulture.

Michael Bassey Johnson

You only know me as an ordinary human being, with flesh, blood and bones, but there is something about me too hard for you to decipher, for if i let you, you will ever regret knowing me.

Sumit Lakhani

I like to live in 'fear'
becauSe, you are ready to face
any unexpected thing to become
and you have 'no regret' for it.

Simon Van Booy

We all have different lives, Martin believes – but in the end probably feel the same things, and regret the fear we thought might somehow sustain us.

Amit Kalantri

One thing I will surely miss is that I couldn't read all the good books in this lifetime.

Amit Kalantri

For my success I am immensely grateful to God, my parents, my family, my friends, my teachers and to the books I read.

Roman Payne

I’ve seen knives pierce the chest,
Children dying in the road
Crawling things hooked and baited,
Rapists bound and then castrated,
Villains singed in public square.
Yet none these sights did make me cringe
Like when my Love cut all her hair.

Bryant McGill

Beneath your burdensome regrets and who you think you are through the lens of past mistakes, there is someone beautiful who wants to emerge.

Puerto Rican Princess

Sometimes it took death for me to see life, don't live with regrets keep your head high.
In a world filled with beauty I don't want to blink twice; soak up every moment because you can't stop time.

Cassandra Giovanni

Go take a shower, you smell like good sex and unnecessary regret.

Alberto Caeiro

I don’t regret anything I was before because I still am.
I only regret not having loved you.
Put your hands in mine
And let’s be quiet, surrounded by life.

Ransom Riggs

Maybe I could use a little metal on the inside, I thought. If I'd kept my heart better armored, where would I be now?
Easy - I’d be at home, medicating myself into a monotone. Drowning my sorrows in video games. Working shifts at Smart Aid. Dying inside, day by day, from regret.

Leah Braemel

Don't overthink things. Sometimes you can convince your head not to listen to your heart. Those are the decisions you regret for the rest of your life." Faith Barnett From Texas Tangle

Charles Frazier

He tried to name which of the deadly seven might apply, and when he failed he decided to append an eighth, regret.

Anne Fortier

We are now left to choose between danger and regret, neither of which can restore the lives we have lost.

Kevin Powers

I've come to accept that parts of life are constant, that just because something happens on two different days doesn't make it a goddamn miracle.

Shahrukh Ahmad

I do have a reason for my insanity. I fear regret.

Shahrukh Ahmad

I do have a reason of my insanity. I fear regret.

Unknown Author

The cost of not following your heart is spending the rest of your life wishing you had.

Todd Stocker

Most people's greatest regret is not living the life they knew they could live.

Oche Otorkpa

I am constantly reminded that we are a products of the choices we make

Rachel Joyce

The regrets about all she had let go flooded her. Where had all that enterprise gone? All that energy? Why had she never traveled? Or had more sex when she could? She had bleached and annihilated every waking moment of the last twenty years. Anything, rather than feel.

Natalie Valdes

Grief, regret, pain, and of course anger. Another loss. And when you compare this one loss to the hundreds and maybe thousands that occur people stop thinking they matter. It does matter though. Every loss matters.

Richard Paul Evans

There is one day that has brought me unspeakable pain, & the effects of that day continue to cover & erode my world like rust. I suspect that someday the rust will eat through the joists & posts of my life & I will topple, literally as well as figuratively.

Robin Hobb

Despite my pain, I felt not the regret of an ending, but the foreboding of a beginning.

Holley Gerth

What I do know is that there are two kinds of pain in this life: risk and regret. I'd rather live with the first than the second.

Volatalistic Phil

Because any guilt the size
of a speck of dust, or shame,
can crush even the best of men,
in mountains of weight

Theresa Smith

I felt like an integral part of my being had just been ripped out of me, only to have it replaced with something that did not belong.

Cassandra Giovanni

I know I’m the one who has shattered the perfection that was our souls as one.

Jitendra Bhardwaj

We only understand the true love of our lives when we bound ourself within the boundries of right and wrong.

Jim Carrey

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

Richelle E. Goodrich

Truly there are different kinds of pain.  But the most agonizing is the pain of regret, for which there is no lasting relief and no remedy.

Lang Leav

Do you know what it is like,
to lie in bed awake;
with thoughts to haunt
you every night,
of all your past mistakes.

Knowing sleep will set it right -
if you were not to wake.

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