Regret quotes

  • Every historian loves the past or should do. If not, he has mistaken his vocation; but it is a short step from loving the past to regretting that it has ever changed. Conservatism is our greatest trade-risk; and we run psychoanalysts close in the belief that the only "normal" people are those who cause no trouble either to themselves or anybody else.
    -- A. J. P. Taylor

    #Running #Regret #Past

  • On the rare occasions when I spend a night in Oxford, the keeping of the hours by the clock towers in New College, and Merton, and the great booming of Tom tolling 101 times at 9 pm at Christ Church are inextricably interwoven with memories and regrets and lost joys. The sound almost sends me mad, so intense are the feelings it evokes.
    -- A. N. Wilson

    #Regret #Memories #Night

  • No regrets. There is no time for that. Regret is boring.
    -- A. R. Rahman

    #Regret #No Regrets #Boring

  • If there is anything worth fearing in the world, it is living in such a way that gives one cause for regret in the end.
    -- A.C. Grayling

    #Regret #Giving #World

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

    #Regret #May #Today

  • One must always regret that law of growth which renders necessary that kittens should spoil into demure cats, and bright, joyous school-girls develop into the spiritless, crystallized beings denominated young ladies.
    -- Abba Louisa Goold Woolson

    #Girl #Regret #School

  • I dropped my phone on the floor and let the pain assail me. I'd given my heart away to someone who didn't want it. Even knowing that, I didn't regret it. I just wanted him to want me. I just wanted him to love me too.
    -- Abbi Glines

    #Pain #Regret #Heart

  • Don’t give up. You’ll regret it.
    -- Abbi Glines

    #Giving Up #Regret #Closure

  • Things worth having don't come easy," Woods said. "You have to fight for it until you're tired of fighting, and then you take a breather and fight some more." He squeezed my shoulder. "Don't give up. You'll regret it.
    -- Abbi Glines

    #Giving Up #Regret #Inspiration

  • Be content with what you have Be satisfied with your dwelling place to accommodate your enterprise, Restrain your tongue, And shed tears of regret regarding past sins you committed knowingly, and those you do not recognize.
    -- Abdullah, Son of Masud

    #Wisdom #Regret #Islamic

  • One is not allowed a grief for a life never lived. Yet one has buried the fruit of love, and a great deal of hope and many dreams.
    -- Abigail McCarthy

    #Dream #Regret #Grief

  • Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as well as you ever did. On the contrary, if you falter, and give up, you will lose the power of keeping any resolution, and will regret it all your life.
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #Perseverance #Giving Up #Regret

  • My VIP patients often regret so many things on their deathbeds. They regret the bitterness they'll leave in people's hearts. They realize the no money, no church service, no eulogy, no funeral procession no matter how elaborate, can remove the legacy of a mean spirit.
    -- Abraham Verghese

    #Regret #Heart #Mean

  • There's no regrets for me.
    -- Adam Lambert

    #Regret #No Regrets

  • Have we not all, amid life's petty strife, Some pure ideal of a noble life That once seemed possible? Did we not hear The flutter of its wings, and feel it near, And just within our reach? It was. And yet We lost it in this daily jar and fret, And now live idle in a vague regret; But still our place is kept, and it will wait, Ready for us to fill it, soon or late. No star is ever lost we once have seen, We always may be what we might have been.
    -- Adelaide Anne Procter

    #Stars #Regret #Wings

  • Regrets and Mistakes, they're Memories made
    -- Adele

    #Memories #Regret #Mistake

  • To sum it all up, I must say that I regret nothing.
    -- Adolf Eichmann

    #Regret #Evil #Regret Nothing

  • I will probably always cry myself to sleep, but knowing this, someday the tears won't be sad, or filled with regret. Maybe they will be joyful
    -- Adriana Trigiani

    #Regret #Sleep #Knowing

  • Who that has plodded on to middle age would take back upon his shoulders ten of the vanished years, with their mingled pleasures and pains? Who would return to the youth he is forever pretending to regret?
    -- Agnes Repplier

    #Pain #Regret #Years

  • There is only one thing about which I shall have no regrets when my life ends. I have savored to the full all the small, daily joys. The bright sunshine on the breakfast table; the smell of the air at dusk; the sound of the clock ticking; the light rains that start gently after midnight; the hour when the family come home; Sunday-evening tea before the fire! I have never missed one moment of beauty, not even taken it for granted. Spring, summer, autumn, or winter. I wish I had failed as little in other ways.
    -- Agnes Sligh Turnbull

    #Summer #Regret #Spring

  • It has always felt like a failure that Bjorn and I couldn't keep our family together. You never get it back, but to this day I don't regret splitting up. The reason behind our separation is one of those things I definitely don't want to go into!
    -- Agnetha Faltskog

    #Regret #Together #Want

  • Are you living everyday so that even if the end were to come you’d have to regrets?
    -- Ai Yazawa

    #Regret #Everyday #Ends

  • All that I have said up to now has merely been words. When people come to see me, I have to say something. But it is best not to speak about these matters too much. Better to begin practice without delay. I am like a good friend inviting you to go somewhere. Do not hesitate, just get going. You won't regret it.
    -- Ajahn Chah

    #Regret #Good Friend #Practice

  • I was recently on a tour of Latin America, and the only regret I have was that I didn't study Latin harder in school so I could converse with those people.
    -- Al Gore

    #Funny #Witty #Regret

  • Because the rhythm of conversation makes no allowance for dead periods, because the presence of others calls for continuous responses, we are left to regret the inanity of what we say, and the missed opportunity of what we do not.
    -- Alain de Botton

    #Regret #Opportunity #Allowance

  • There is a longing for a return to a time without the need for choices, free of the regret at the inevitable loss that all choice (however wonderful) has entailed.
    -- Alain de Botton

    #Regret #Loss #Choices

  • I have no regrets in my life even the crazy things I've been in. It all made me the I am today and I wouldn't change anything. I'm happy with who I am!
    -- Alan Cumming

    #Regret #Crazy #Who I Am

  • There's a lot of regrets about last year - maybe turning up was the biggest regret about it
    -- Alan Sugar

    #Regret #Years #Lasts

  • I don't regret either of my marriages - not for a minute.
    -- Alana Stewart

    #Regret #Minutes

  • I never regret anything I do. It's part of who I am now, and I like who I am now.
    -- Alanis Morissette

    #Regret #Who I Am #Never Regret

  • I see only with deep regret that God punishes so many of His children for their numerous stupidities, for which only He Himself can be held responsible; in my opinion, only His nonexistence could excuse Him.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Children #Regret #Stupidity

  • I have never belonged wholeheartedly to country or State, to my circle of friends or even to my own family... Such isolation is sometimes bitter, but I do not regret being cut off from the understanding and sympathy of other men. I lose something by it,to be sure, but I am compensated for it in being rendered independent of the customs, opinions and prejudices of others, and am not tempted to rest my peace of mind upon such shifting foundations.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Life #Country #Regret

  • People are terrified of other people or difficult projects because they tell themselves that they could fail or be rejected. Failure can lead to sorrow, regret, frustration and annoyance-all healthy feelings without which people couldn't exist.
    -- Albert Ellis

    #Regret #Frustration #People

  • I regret that I've been so busy with clinical work that I haven't been able to spend much time on experiments and outcome studies.
    -- Albert Ellis

    #Regret #Outcomes #Able

  • And we will move forward to our work, not howling out regrets like slaves whipped to their burdens, but with gratitude for a task worthy of our strength, and thanksgiving to Almighty God that He has marked us as His chosen people, henceforth to lead in the regeneration of the world.
    -- Albert J. Beveridge

    #Gratitude #Regret #Moving

  • I never thought that my creation, would allow brothers to kill brothers. (after seeing his invention being used in war, The Airplane) Alberto Santos-Dumont
    -- Alberto Santos-Dumont

    #Brother #Regret #War

  • Ask me that again next month, when you're all in Dhaka and I'm in Rome, watching Chelsea playing Lazio!
    -- Alec Stewart

    #Regret #Rome #Next

  • I don't regret any past. I am not there. I am not sorry not to make pictures, because I know one day I will do it. I intend to live 150 years.
    -- Alejandro Jodorowsky

    #Sorry #Regret #Past

  • When it’s all said and done I would like to look back and think that I help to make modelling a possibility for a greater number of people. I don’t do things that I will regret in the future. I tend to err on the side of caution. Not to mention the fact that the present world I reside in would not have been possible without my past. I am most proud of being able to represent my family and community with honour and dignity.
    -- Alek Wek

    #Regret #Past #Thinking

  • To be a good trader, you need to trade with your eyes open, recognize real trends and turns, and not waste time or energy on regrets and wishful thinking.
    -- Alexander Elder

    #Regret #Real #Eye

  • The biggest fear I have is to die with regrets, and of course that will come true.
    -- Alexander Payne


  • September: it was the most beautiful of words, he’d always felt, evoking orange-flowers, swallows, and regret.
    -- Alexander Theroux

    #Beautiful #Regret #Flower

  • I have no regrets because I did everything by the book.
    -- Alexis Arguello

    #Regret #Book #No Regrets

  • Democratic communities have a natural taste for freedom: left to themselves they will seek it, cherish it, and view any deprivation of it with regret. But for equality their passion is ardent, insatiable, incessant, invincible: they call for equality in freedom; and if they cannot obtain that, they still call for equality in slavery.
    -- Alexis de Tocqueville

    #Regret #Passion #Equality

  • In my flowery dreams there's always you. I do not regret it one bit.
    -- Alfred de Musset

    #Dream #Regret

  • 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!
    -- Alfred Lord Tennyson

    #Sweet #Regret #First Love

  • A moment of patience in a moment of anger prevents a thousand moments of regret.
    -- Ali ibn Abi Talib

    #Regret #Moments #Thousand

  • Young people believe that regret is something you will never feel if you simply do as you please, but sometimes it is a matter of degree.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Regret #Believe #People

  • The Jews deserved to die. I have no regrets. If I had the chance I would do it again.
    -- Alois Brunner

    #Regret #Chance #Jew

  • Uncertainty is the worst of all evils until the moment when reality makes us regret uncertainty.
    -- Alphonse Karr

    #Regret #Reality #Evil

  • I have no regrets about not having children. I still wait for the pang of guilt, but I have none. I tune into the television show Nanny 911 occasionally which reminds me how much patience and love it take to be a good parent.
    -- Amanda Donohoe

    #Children #Regret #Waiting

  • Life is very short, try everything you've dreamed about (within the perimeters of sanity and the law) and regret nothing. Oh, and don't forget the sunscreen.
    -- Amber Benson

    #Regret #Law #Trying

  • But there's no way to avoid regret. Don't let anybody tell you different. Regret is just life's aftertaste. No matter what you choose, you're gonna wonder if you shoulda done things different. I didn't necessarily choose wrong. I just chose. And I lived with my choice, aftertaste and all.
    -- Amy Harmon

    #Regret #Choices #Different

  • But she never looked back with regret. There were so many ways for things to get better. -Jing-mei
    -- Amy Tan

    #Regret #Get Better #Way

  • I don't have any regrets. When I quit college and moved to Los Angeles to become an actress, it was so that I would not look back and have any regrets.
    -- Amy Weber

    #Regret #College #Looks

  • I looked at it [revolver] as if it reminded me of a crime I had committed with an irrepressible smile such as rises sometimes to people’s lips in the face of great catastrophes which are beyond their grasp, the smile that comes at times on certain women’s faces while they are saying they regret the harm they have done. It is the smile of nature quietly and proudly asserting its natural right to kill.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Regret #People #Done

  • I dont really believe in regret or mistakes. I try to take everything as it is, be comfortable with myself.
    -- Analeigh Tipton

    #Regret #Mistake #Believe

  • Live to the fullest, with no regrets in your heart
    -- Anamika Mishra

    #Regret #Heart #No Regrets

  • Yet, every now and then, there would pass a young girl, slender, fair and desirable, arousing in young men a not ignoble desire to possess her, and stirring in old men regrets for ecstasy not seized and now forever past.
    -- Anatole France

    #Girl #Regret #Past

  • Of all earthly creatures, humans alone have the power to choose. One must never lose time in vainly regretting the past nor in complaining about the changes which cause us discomfort, for change is the very essence of life.
    -- Anatole France

    #Change #Regret #Life Changing

  • My biggest regret is rolling in regret. It is best to pick yourself up , dust yourself off and move on.
    -- Andie MacDowell

    #Regret #Moving #Dust

  • And on that evening when we grow older still we'll speak about these two young men as though they were two strangers we met on the train and whom we admire and want to help along. And we'll want to call it envy, because to call it regret would break our hearts.
    -- André Aciman

    #Regret #Heart #Men

  • Life will throw everything but the kitchen sink in your path, and then it will throw the kitchen sink. It's your job to avoid the obstacles. If you let them stop you or distract you, you're not doing your job, and failing to do your job will cause regrets that paralyze you more than a bad back.
    -- Andre Agassi

    #Life #Jobs #Regret

  • I had six silly tattoos done when I was young and I bitterly regret them. I've thought about laser surgery, but that leaves a scar, so I'm just leaving them.
    -- Andre Benjamin

    #Tattoo #Regret #Silly

  • The urge is always with me to retouch yesterday's canvas with today's paintbrush and cover the things that fill me with regret,
    -- Andrew Davidson

    #Regret #Yesterday #Today

  • I lost my moral compass and I have done terrible things that I very much regret.
    -- Andrew Fastow

    #Regret #Done #Moral

  • I have to say that I have no regrets about my decision to become a priest or about the major directions my ministry has taken me... I have been and am happy as a priest, and I have never been lonely... I could have used a bit more solitude.
    -- Andrew Greeley

    #Lonely #Regret #Taken

  • I would sincerely regret, and which never shall happen whilst I am in office, a military guard around the President.
    -- Andrew Jackson

    #Regret #Military #Office

  • I don't really have any regrets because if I choose not to do something there is usually a very good reason. Once I've made the decision I don't view it as a missed opportunity, just a different path.
    -- Andrew Lincoln

    #Regret #Opportunity #Views

  • The regrets in the theatre have always been the shows that you know ought to have worked but for one reason or another haven't.
    -- Andrew Lloyd Webber

    #Regret #Theatre #Reason

  • In Jones's experience, the decision to turn one's life around in a different direction rarely arrived with fireworks and marching bands. Often, the decision came with tears and regret. Then, almost impossibly, the power of forgiveness would fill an unseen void, allowing a new day's optimism and sense of purpose to take hold and point that life in a new direction.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Regret #Optimism #New Day

  • Of course it does, Jomes answered earnestly. Many of life's treasures remain hidden from us simply because we never search for them. Often we do not ask the proper questions that might lead us to the answer to all our challenges. We are so caught up in fear and regret, that hope seems a foolish endeavor. Proof of hope, however, is not only possible, it is an overlooked law of the universe.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Regret #Law #Challenges

  • Without courage we will simply accumulate a collection of good ideas and regrets.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Regret #Ideas #Collections

  • There's only one movie in my career I've had regrets with cutting it shorter, and I think some scenes maybe I shouldn't have cut.
    -- Ang Lee

    #Regret #Cutting #Thinking

  • 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.
    -- Angelina Jolie

    #Regret #Mistake #Believe

  • I thought that by saying no and explaining my reasons my employer would abandon his social suggestions. However, to my regret, in the following few weeks, he continued to ask me out on several occasions
    -- Anita Hill

    #Regret #Suggestions #Saying No

  • Fate, I respect a lot. I never regret anything.
    -- Anita Pallenberg

    #Regret #Fate #Never Regret

  • I'm really glad that our young people missed the Depression, and missed the great big war. But I do regret that they missed the leaders that I knew. Leaders who told us when things were tough, and that we would have to sacrifice, and these difficulties might last awhile. They didn't tell us things were hard for us because we were different, or isolated, or special interests. They brought us together and they gave us a sense of national purpose.
    -- Ann Richards

    #Regret #War #Sacrifice

  • Already she could feel the stunning weight of a lifetime of regret for letting him go, and she knew that it was enought to bury her alive.
    -- Anna Godbersen

    #Regret #Alive #Weight

  • Your children make it impossible to regret your past. They're its finest fruits. Sometimes the only ones.
    -- Anna Quindlen

    #Children #Regret #Past

  • I feel that I've worked with a lot of interesting people, and I have no regrets. I'm just curious about what I might have done if I'd had people in my life then who did explain what the publicity game was.
    -- Annabella Sciorra

    #Regret #Games #People

  • To regret the exchange of earthly pleasures for the joys of Heaven, is as if the grovelling caterpillar should lament that it must one day quit the nibbled leaf to soar aloft and flutter through the air, roving at will from flower to flower, sipping sweet honey from their cups, or basking in their sunny petals. If these little creatures knew how great a change awaited them, no doubt they would regret it; but would not all such sorrow be misplaced?
    -- Anne Bronte

    #Sweet #Regret #Fear

  • Dead people receive more flowers than the living ones because the regret is stronger than gratitude.
    -- Anne Frank

    #Gratitude #Regret #Flower

  • Try Jesus, you won't regret it, a billboard read.
    -- Anne Tyler

    #Jesus #Regret #Trying

  • This is the book I never read ~ These are the words I never said ~ This is the path I'll never tread ~ These are the dreams I'll dream instead
    -- Annie Lennox

    #Dream #Regret #Book

  • [When I die], I will decidedly not be regretting missed opportunities for a good time. My regrets will be more along the lines of a sad list of people hurt, people let down, assets wasted and advantages squandered.
    -- Anthony Bourdain

    #Hurt #Regret #Opportunity

  • I don't want to be anything else other than what I am. I can say that with passion. No regrets...
    -- Anthony Hopkins

    #Regret #Passion #No Regrets

  • She knew this man's smile, his gentle ways of love, but not his godlike fury in the storm. She might snare him in a fragile net of music, love and flowers, but, at each departure, he would break forth without, it seemed to her, the least regret.
    -- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    #Regret #Flower #Men

  • I have had a fairly long life, above all a very happy one, and I think that I shall be remembered with some regrets and perhaps leave some reputation behind me. What more could I ask? The events in which I am involved will probably save me from the troubles of old age. I shall die in full possession of my faculties, and that is another advantage that I should count among those that I have enjoyed. If I have any distressing thoughts, it is of not having done more for my family; to be unable to give either to them or to you any token of my affection and my gratitude is to be poor indeed.
    -- Antoine Lavoisier

    #Gratitude #Regret #Thinking

  • Strauss admits to being obsessed by his mother's rejection, and with the resultant rents in self-esteem. The Game echoes with disturbingly abusive comments leveled at his adolescent self, a self he feels was unacceptable. With bravado, he expresses regret that he didn't rack up more sexual conquests in his teens; in person, he expresses a truer regret that he was intimidated by life itself.
    -- Antonella Gambotto-Burke

    #Mother #Regret #Self Esteem

  • There is no reason to regret that I cannot finish the church. I will grow old but others will come after me. What must always be conserved is the spirit of the work, but its life has to depend on the generations it is handed down to and with whom it lives and is incarnated
    -- Antonio Gaudi

    #Regret #Church #Generations

  • Rather than regret for what I have written, I feel regret for what I shall never be able to read.
    -- Antonio Tabucchi

    #Regret #Able #Feels

  • Winning does not always mean coming in first...real victory is in arriving at the finish line with no regrets because you know you've gone all out.
    -- Apolo Ohno

    #Sports #Regret #Real

  • My mantra has always been to have zero regrets in life. Everything I do at one speed, I go all-out.
    -- Apolo Ohno

    #Zero #Regret #Speed

  • I don’t regret any of the decisions I’ve made in my life. Because with every choice I’ve made, I’ve learned something new.
    -- Ariana Grande

    #Regret #Choices #Decision

  • To each their own. One must live each day so that there are no regrets.
    -- Arina Tanemura

    #Regret #No Regrets #Each Day

  • Regrets and recriminations only hurt your soul.
    -- Armand Hammer

    #Hurt #Regret #Soul

  • Regret for time wasted can become a power for good in the time that remains, if we will only stop the waste and the idle, useless regretting.
    -- Arthur Brisbane

    #Positive #Regret #Useless

  • A faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets.
    -- Arthur C. Clarke

    #Faith #Truth #Regret

  • Others, one suspects, are afraid that the crossing of space , and above all contact with intelligent but nonhuman races, may destroy the foundations of their religious faith . They may be right, but in any event their attitude is one which does not bear logical examination for a faith which cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets.
    -- Arthur C. Clarke

    #Religious #Attitude #Regret