Regret Quotes


I've got a stele we can use. Who wants to do me?"
"A regrettable choice of words," muttered Magnus.

City of Ashes

Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes

Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, "It might have been.

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.

Desperate    Life    Losing    Love    Nostalgia    Pain    Regret    Solitude

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.

Fear    Heart    Love    Regret

The feelings that hurt most, the emotions that sting most, are those that are absurd - The longing for impossible things, precisely because they are impossible; nostalgia for what never was; the desire for what could have been; regret over not being someone else; dissatisfaction with the world’s existence. All these half-tones of the soul’s consciousness create in us a painful landscape, an eternal sunset of what we are.

Hope    Longing    Pain    Regret    Yearning

If I'm sincere today, what does it matter if I regret it tomorrow?

Eventually something you love is going to be taken away. And then you will fall to the floor crying. And then, however much later, it is finally happening to you: you’re falling to the floor crying thinking, I am falling to the floor crying, but there’s an element of the ridiculous to it — you knew it would happen and, even worse, while you’re on the floor crying you look at the place where the wall meets the floor and you realize you didn’t paint it very well.

Crying    Love    Regret

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.

الندم هو صوت الفطرة لحظة الخطأ

Life    Mistake    Regret    Religion

I've got a bad case of the 3:00 am guilts - you know, when you lie in bed awake and replay all those things you didn't do right? Because, as we all know, nothing solves insomnia like a nice warm glass of regret, depression and self-loathing.

Well, it's true that I have been hurt in my life. Quite a bit. But it's also true that I have loved, and been loved. and that carries a weight of its own. A greater weight, in my opinion. It's like that pie chart we talked about earlier. in the end, I'll look back on my life and see that the greatest piece of it
was
love. The problems, the divorces, the sadness... those will be there too, but just smaller slivers, tiny pieces.

This Lullaby

Sarah Dessen

This Lullaby
Being loved    Faith    Love    Meaningful    Regret

We all do things we desperately wish we could undo. Those regrets just become part of who we are, along with everything else. To spend time trying to change that, well, it's like chasing clouds.

One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.

There was a long hard time when I kept far from me the remembrance of what I had thrown away when I was quite ignorant of its worth.

Great Expectations

Charles Dickens

Great Expectations

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.

I Am Number Four

Pittacus Lore

I Am Number Four

I wanted to tell her everything, maybe if I'd been able to, we could have lived differently, maybe I'd be there with you now instead of here. Maybe... if I'd said, 'I'm so afraid of losing something I love that I refuse to love anything,' maybe that would have made the impossible possible. Maybe, but I couldn't do it, I had buried too much too deeply inside me. And here I am, instead of there.

Not everything's perfect, especially in the beginning. And its all right to have a little bit of regret every once in a while. It's when you feel it all the time and can't do anything about it... that's when you get into trouble

Lock and Key

Sarah Dessen

Lock and Key

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

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

Life    Mistakes    Regret

I don't think I could love you so much if you had nothing to complain of and nothing to regret. I don't like people who have never fallen or stumbled. Their virtue is lifeless and of little value. Life hasn't revealed its beauty to them.

They send a person who can never stay," she whispered. "Who can never accept my offer of companionship for more than a little while. They send me a hero I can't help ... just the sort of person I can't help falling in love with."
...
As I sailed into the lake I realized the Fates really were cruel. They sent Calypso someone she couldn't help but love. But it worked both ways. For the rest of my life I would be thinking about her. She would always be my biggest what if.

Calypso    Cruel    Fates    Love    Percy jackson    Punishment    Regret

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.

Message in a Bottle

Nicholas Sparks

Message in a Bottle

There are so many things that I want so badly to tell you but I just can't.

It’s not that we have to quit
this life one day, but it’s how
many things we have to quit
all at once: music, laughter,
the physics of falling leaves,
automobiles, holding hands,
the scent of rain, the concept
of subway trains... if only one
could leave this life slowly!

Automobiles    Beauty    Carpe diem    Dying    Holding hands    Laughter    Leaves    Life    Loss    Music    Rain    Regret    Sorrow    Subway    Trains

Maybe it was the alcohol, maybe it was the truth, maybe I didn't want things to turn abstract, but I felt I should say it, because this was the moment to say it, because it suddenly dawned on me that this was why I had come, to tell him 'You are the only person I'd like to say goodbye to when I die, because only then will this thing I call my life make any sense. And if I should hear that you died, my life as I know it, the me who is speaking with you now, will cease to exist.

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

Friendship    Love    Reason    Regret    Suicide

They were involved in that awkward procedure of getting to unknow each other.

The World According to Garp

John Irving (Author)

The World According to Garp
Awkard    Final    Leaving    Regret

Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can't build on it; it's only good for wallowing in.

Over the last couple of years, the photos of me when I was a kid... well, they've started to give me a little pang or something - not unhappiness, exactly, but some kind of quiet, deep regret... I keep wanting to apologize to the little guy: "I'm sorry, I've let you down. I was the person who was supposed to look after you, but I blew it: I made wrong decisions at bad times, and I turned you into me.

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

And I want to tell you about everything but I can't because I couldn't stand for you to have that look on your face all the time. I just need you to look at me and think that I'm normal. I just really need that from you.

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.

Heart of Darkness

Joseph Conrad

Heart of Darkness
Identity    Life    Regret

I've never regretted it.
Questioned
it? Sure. But never regretted."

"Is there a difference?" I ask.

"Absolutely. 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. I questioned a lot about my relationship with your father. People make spontaneous decisions based off of their hearts all the time. There's so much more to relationships than just love.

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.

Lang leav    Mistakes    Peace    Regret    Sadness    Sleep

When someone you love says goodbye you can stare long and hard at the door they closed and forget to see all the doors God has open in front of you.

Beginnings    Choices    Doors    Endings    Faith    Future    Giving up    Goals    God s plan    Goodbyes    Hope    Letting go    Love    Moving on    Plans    Regret    Sorrow

No trouble ever got fixed late at night," he said. "Midnight is for regrets.

Bad    Regret    Trouble

The only victories which leave no regret are those which are gained over ignorance.

regret is mostly caused by not having
done anything.

Bukowski    Death    Life    Love    Poem    Poetry    Regret    Regrets    Truth

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

Hope    Life    Regret

Ah, it's my longing for whom I might have been that distracts and torments me!

Dreams    Longing    Regret    Self

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!

Hope and Despair

Roman Payne

Hope and Despair
Beauty    Death    Dying    Life    Loss    Love    Regret    Sorrow    Time

We were never lovers, and we never will be, now. I do not regret that, however. I regret the conversations we never had, the time we did not spend together. I regret that I never told him that he made me happy, when I was in his company. The world was the better for his being in it. These things alone do I now regret: things left unsaid. And he is gone, and I am old.

When you start thinking about what your life was like 10 years ago--and not in general terms, but in highly specific detail--it's disturbing to realize how certain elements of your being are completely dead. They die long before you do. It's astonishing to consider all the things from your past that used to happen all the time but (a) never happen anymore, and (b) never even cross your mind. It's almost like those things didn't happen. Or maybe it seems like they just happened to someone else. To someone you don't really know. To someone you just hung out with for one night, and now you can't even remember her name.

The past could always be annihilated. Regret, denial, or forgetfulness could do that. But the future was inevitable.

Over the years I'd lodged him in the permanent past, my pluperfect lover, put him on ice, stuffed him with memories and mothballs like a hunted ornament confabulating with the ghost of all my evenings. I'd dust him off from time to time and then put him back on the mantelpiece. He no longer belonged to earth or to life. All I was likely to discover at this point wasn't just how distant were the paths we'd taken, it was the measure of loss that was going to strike me--a loss I didn't mind thinking about in abstract terms but which would hurt when stared at in the face, the way nostalgia hurts long after we've stopped thinking of things we lost and may never have cared for.

Never regret trusting someone. It proves you have a heart. But if he turns out to be a lying worm ... I'm not going to waste my time crying. Because I am way too fabulous for that.

Amy    Cahill    Gomez    Ian    Kabra    Nellie    Regret

Hindsight, I think, is a useless tool. We, each of us, are at a place in our lives because of innumerable circumstances, and we, each of us, have a responsibility (if we do not like where we are) to move along life's road, to find a better path if this one does not suit, or to walk happily along this one if it is indeed our life's way. Changing even the bad things that have gone before would fundamentally change who we are, and whether or not that would be a good thing, I believe, it is impossible to predict.
So I take my past experiences... and try to regret nothing.
-Drizzt Do'urden

Sea of Swords

R.A. Salvatore

Sea of Swords

My dad used to say that living with regrets was like driving a car that only moved in reverse.

House Rules

Jodi Picoult

House Rules

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

Never Let Me Go

Ishiguro Kazuo

Never Let Me Go

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

Cold Mountain

Charles Frazier

Cold Mountain
Regret    Sin    South    War

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