35 Quotes About Regretting a Decision


There are many regrettable moments in life we may go through and experience. From small things to big lifelong decisions, here are some encouraging quotes about regretting a decision to offer you new perspectives.

“A man has cause for regret only when he sows and no one reaps.”

“A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.”

“Consider mistakes nothing more than detours on the way to success. Learn from them, and then go on.”

“For of all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these: ‘It might have been!”

“Forget regret, or life is yours to miss.”

“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.”

“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.”

“If only. Those must be the two saddest words in the world.”

“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.”

“It is human nature to want to go back and fix things or change things that we regret.”

“It’s not what your are, it’s what you don’t become that hurts.”

“Life is too short, time is too precious, and the stakes are too high to dwell on what might have been.”

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

“Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back.”

“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.”

“Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves – regret for the past and fear of the future.”

“Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.”

“Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.”

“Nobody gets to live life backward. Look ahead, that is where your future lies.”

“Often regret is very false and displaced, and imagines the past to be totally other than it was.”

“One doesn’t recognize the really important moments in one’s life until it’s too late.”

“Only in your imagination can you revise.”

“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many-not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”

“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.”

“Regret is an appalling waste of energy, you can’t build on it – it’s only good for wallowing in.”

“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.”

“Regret of neglected opportunity is the worst hell that a living soul can inhabit.”

“Regrets are idle; yet history is one long regret. Everything might have turned out so differently.”

“Regrets only apply when we don’t learn from a situation. No sense looking back, look forward with new knowledge and no regret.”

“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.”

“The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.”

“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.”

“We have to let go of all blame, all attacking, all judging, to free our inner selves to attract what we say we want.”

“We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regretor disappointment.”

“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.”

It can be hard to get past a difficult time in your life and a life changing moment you may end up later regretting. Find some peace and comfort in your life will help you to let go of the past.