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62 Wise Regret Quotes to Help You Move On (LIFE)

Top 17 Most Famous Regret Quotes (BEST)

“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 is a tough but fair teacher. To live without regret is to believe you have nothing to learn, no amends to make, and no opportunity to be braver with your life. - Brene BrownPin
Regret is a tough but fair teacher. To live without regret is to believe you have nothing to learn, no amends to make, and no opportunity to be braver with your life. – Brene Brown
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. - Stefan ZweigPin
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. – Stefan Zweig
Don’t live your life regretting yesterday. Live your life so tomorrow you won’t regret today. - Catherine PulsiferPin
Don’t live your life regretting yesterday. Live your life so tomorrow you won’t regret today. – Catherine Pulsifer
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 CarrollPin
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
The only thing worse than giving up is wishing that you hadn’t. - Rachel HollisPin
The only thing worse than giving up is wishing that you hadn’t. – Rachel Hollis
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.Pin
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.
Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, 'It might have been.' - Kurt VonnegutPin
Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, ‘It might have been.’ – Kurt Vonnegut

“You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could’ve, would’ve happened…or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move on.”

Tupac Shakur
Letting go is hard but being free is beautiful. - Wilder PoetryPin
Letting go is hard but being free is beautiful. – Wilder Poetry

“Your greatest regret at the end of your life will be the lions you didn’t chase. You will look back longingly on risks not taken, opportunities not seized, and dreams not pursued. Stop running away from what scares you most and start chasing the God-ordained opportunities that cross your path.”

Mark Batterson
We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. - Martin Luther King Jr.Pin
We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. – Martin Luther King Jr.
Don’t waste your time in anger, regrets, worries, and grudges. Life is too short to be unhappy. - Roy T. BennettPin
Don’t waste your time in anger, regrets, worries, and grudges. Life is too short to be unhappy. – Roy T. Bennett
Your higher self never looks back. Everything valuable is in the now. - Andy WangPin
Your higher self never looks back. Everything valuable is in the now. – Andy Wang
Looking back, I have this to regret... that too often when I loved, I did not say so. - David GraysonPin
Looking back, I have this to regret… that too often when I loved, I did not say so. – David Grayson
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 McewanPin
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
Moving on is easy. It's staying moved on that's trickier. - Katerina Stoykova KlemerPin
Moving on is easy. It’s staying moved on that’s trickier. – Katerina Stoykova Klemer

20 Most Inspiring Regret Quotes to Help You Move Forward in Life

“There is nothing I’ve been through in my life that I regret, or that I would go back and change. I feel like everything that happened – personally and professionally – I went through for a reason, and I learned from those things.”

Sheryl Swoopes
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 ThoreauPin
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
It's better to look ahead and prepare, than to look back and regret. - Jackie Joyner KerseePin
It’s better to look ahead and prepare, than to look back and regret. – Jackie Joyner Kersee

“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
Sure, you wish you did some things differently. But there is no sense in becoming burdened with regret over things you have no power to change. - RihannaPin
Sure, you wish you did some things differently. But there is no sense in becoming burdened with regret over things you have no power to change. – Rihanna
I made decisions that I regret, and I took them as learning experiences… I'm human, not perfect, like anybody else. - Queen LatifahPin
I made decisions that I regret, and I took them as learning experiences… I’m human, not perfect, like anybody else. – Queen Latifah
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 BellPin
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
When I look at my life I realize that the mistakes I have made, the things I really regret, were not errors of judgement but failures of feeling. - Jeanette WintersonPin
When I look at my life I realize that the mistakes I have made, the things I really regret, were not errors of judgement but failures of feeling. – Jeanette Winterson
Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets. - Arthur MillerPin
Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets. – Arthur Miller

“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
One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself. - Shannon L. AlderPin
One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself. – Shannon L. Alder
Forget regret, or life is yours to miss. - Jonathan LarsonPin
Forget regret, or life is yours to miss. – Jonathan Larson
Never regret yesterday. Life is in you today and you make your tomorrow. - L. Ron HubbardPin
Never regret yesterday. Life is in you today and you make your tomorrow. – L. Ron Hubbard

“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
Your children make it impossible to regret your past. They’re its finest fruits. Sometimes the only ones. - Anna QuindlenPin
Your children make it impossible to regret your past. They’re its finest fruits. Sometimes the only ones. – Anna Quindlen
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 CarterPin
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
If only. Those must be the two saddest words in the world. - Mercedes LackeyPin
If only. Those must be the two saddest words in the world. – Mercedes Lackey
We all do things we desperately wish we could undo. Those regrets just become part of who we are, along with everything else. - Libba BrayPin
We all do things we desperately wish we could undo. Those regrets just become part of who we are, along with everything else. – Libba Bray
Regret is like tears seeping through closed eyelids. - Galway KinnellPin
Regret is like tears seeping through closed eyelids. – Galway Kinnell
I don’t regret anything. I did everything absolutely correctly. - Vladimir PutinPin
I don’t regret anything. I did everything absolutely correctly. – Vladimir Putin

15 Motivation Regret Quotes to Encourage You to Start a New Life

“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
Life is too short, time is too precious, and the stakes are too high to dwell on what might have been. - Hillary ClintonPin
Life is too short, time is too precious, and the stakes are too high to dwell on what might have been. – Hillary Clinton
I would rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not. - Lucille BallPin
I would rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not. – Lucille Ball

“A couple of words that somebody said to somebody many years ago is not who they are today. You regret it, you apologize, you make it right, you move on and you live your life according to the values of what you have.”

Diana Taylor
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 J. HarrisPin
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 J. Harris
The longer our trail of regrets, the more we tend to value the importance of making wise decisions. - Bob SantosPin
The longer our trail of regrets, the more we tend to value the importance of making wise decisions. – Bob Santos
Never regret anything you have done with a sincere affection; nothing is lost that is born of the heart. - Basil RathbonePin
Never regret anything you have done with a sincere affection; nothing is lost that is born of the heart. – Basil Rathbone
Spend time with those you love. One of these days you will say either, 'I wish I had,' or 'I'm glad I did.' - Zig ZiglarPin
Spend time with those you love. One of these days you will say either, ‘I wish I had,’ or ‘I’m glad I did.’ – Zig Ziglar

“The first law of nature is self-preservation. Cut off that which may harm you. But if it is worth preserving, and is meaningful, nourish it and have no regrets. Ultimately, this is true living and love of self… from within.”

T.F. Hodge
The one thing I learned is to just give everything a shot. You don’t want to live in regret. - Chloe KimPin
The one thing I learned is to just give everything a shot. You don’t want to live in regret. – Chloe Kim
I have not an ounce of regret. Every link is so valuable in forming the chain that is my life. Who I am today is because of those links, and I wouldn't change any of them. - Alanis MorissettePin
I have not an ounce of regret. Every link is so valuable in forming the chain that is my life. Who I am today is because of those links, and I wouldn’t change any of them. – Alanis Morissette

“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.”

Mary Oliver
The only regret I will have in dying is if it is not for love. - Gabriel García MárquezPin
The only regret I will have in dying is if it is not for love. – Gabriel García Márquez
I wouldn't say I regret anything. I would say I just wish I did things better. - Greg OdeniPin
I wouldn’t say I regret anything. I would say I just wish I did things better. – Greg Odeni
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. - Rita MeroPin
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. – Rita Mero

Top 10 Regret Quotes to Help You Heal & Move On (REJUVENATE)

“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
You can never regret anything you do in life. You kind of have to learn the lesson from whatever the experience is and take it with you on your journey forward. - Aubrey O'DayPin
You can never regret anything you do in life. You kind of have to learn the lesson from whatever the experience is and take it with you on your journey forward. – Aubrey O’Day
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 StarPin
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

“People always ask me, ‘What is it that you regret?’ And I say, ‘nothing, because I could not buy what I’ve learned.’ And I apply those things to my life I learn. And hopefully, hopefully it helps me to be a better human in the future and make better choices.”

Katy Perry
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 ShecklerPin
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
We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us. - Lucy Maud MontgomeryPin
We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us. – Lucy Maud Montgomery
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 TaricaniPin
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
Never regret. If it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's experience. - Victoria HoltPin
Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience. – Victoria Holt
No amount of guilt can change the past and no amount of worrying can change the future. - Umar ibn Al-KhattabPin
No amount of guilt can change the past and no amount of worrying can change the future. – Umar ibn Al-Khattab
I never regret anything. Because every little detail of your life is what made you into who you are in the end. - Drew BarrymorePin
I never regret anything. Because every little detail of your life is what made you into who you are in the end. – Drew Barrymore
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