REGRET QUOTES

quotations about regret

Regret quote

Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.

AMBROSE BIERCE, The Devil's Dictionary

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Remorse is the poison of life.

CHARLOTTE BRONTË, Jane Eyre

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

JOHN O'DONOHUE, Anam Cara

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Men become cannibals of their own hearts; remorse, regret, and restless impatience usurp the place of more wholesome feeling: every thing seems better than that which is.

MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT SHELLEY, Lodore

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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, Sam Horn's Tongue Fu!

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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, Stellar Moments in Human History

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So it is with all life. A tedium that includes the expectation of nothing but more tedium; a regret, right now, for the regret I'll have tomorrow for having felt regret today.

FERNANDO PESSOA, The Book of Disquiet

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Of all sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these: "It might have been!"

JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER, "Maud Muller"

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Is it really so difficult to tell a good action from a bad one? I think one usually knows right away or a moment afterward, in a horrid flash of regret.

MARY MCCARTHY, My Confession

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

JOHN GRAY, Mars and Venus on a Date

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The most frequent cause of regret for what we have done is because its effects interfere with what we would do.

NORMAN MACDONALD, Maxims and Moral Reflections

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

RAFAEL SABATINI, Scaramouche

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Love lives in sealed bottles of regret.

SEÁN O'FAOLÁIN, Saturday Evening Post, August 13, 1966

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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, Either/Or: A Fragment of Life

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Something will be gathered from the tablet of the most faultless day for regret.

MRS. SIGOURNEY, attributed, Day's Collacon

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The best evidence of regret for wrong actions in the past, is right ones in the future; it is the best apology we can give to the world and to ourselves.

T. EDWARDS, attributed, Day's Collacon

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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.

GERALD LAWSON SITTSER, A Grace Disguised

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You won't regret the men you never killed, but you will regret the women you passed up.

BERNARD CORNWELL, The Winter King

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Regret, which is guilt without the neurosis, enables us ... to move forward instead of back.

JANE ADAMS, When Our Grown Kids Disappoint Us

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You'll never regret writing any letter out of love. However, it's a good idea to reread anything you've written in anger.

MARY MATALIN, Letters to My Daughters

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