Regret Proverbs

By | August 29, 2015

Sayings about Regret

There is no repentance after death. ~ Russian Proverb

Regretting the past is like chasing after the wind. ~ Russian Proverb

The unfaithful woman has remorse, the faithful one has regret. ~ Chinese Proverb

All of the Earth’s treasures can’t bring back a lost moment. ~ French Proverb

Perform good deeds; you will not regret them. ~ Moroccan Proverb

A few moments of misplaced values can mean a lifetime of regret. ~ Saying

The first half of life is spent in longing for the second, the second half in regretting the first. ~ French Proverb

It’s no shame to look into the warm spring sun and regret a lost limb. ~ Norwegian Proverb

He who believes his wife too much will regret it in the end. ~ French Proverb

Remorse is worse than a beating. ~ Greek Proverb

Better to be safe than sorry. ~ American Proverb

Haste and hurry can only bear children with many regrets along the way. ~ Senegalese Proverb

A gypsy only tells the truth once in his life but he regrets it afterwards. ~ Gypsy Proverb

He who hesitates, regrets. ~ Albanian Proverb

Regret, like a tail, comes at the end. ~ Ethiopian Proverb

After a foolish deed comes remorse. ~ Kenyan Proverb

Quotations about Regrets

Saying about regrets

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. ~ Katherine Mansfield

The worst thing you can do is to try to cling to something that’s gone, or to recreate it. ~ Johnette Napolitano

Accept the pain, cherish the joys, resolve the regrets; then can come the best of benedictions, “If I had my life to live over, I’d do it all the same.” ~ Joan McIntosh

People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent. ~ Bob Dylan

Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable. ~ Sidney J. Harris

Go to the effort. Invest the time. Write the letter. Make the apology. Take the trip. Purchase the gift. Do it. The seized opportunity renders joy. The neglected brings regret. ~ Max L. Lucado

The past will not tell us what we ought to do, but… what we ought to avoid. ~ Jose Ortega Y Gasset

Only in your imagination can you revise. ~ Fay Wray

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

The biggest thing in today’s sorrow is the memory of yesterday’s joy. ~ Kahlil Gibran

Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets. ~ Arthur Miller

You’ll seldom experience regret for anything that you’ve done. It is what you haven’t done that will torment you. ~ Wayne Dyer

When the past has taught us that we have more within us than we have ever used, our prayer is a cry to the divine to come to us and fill us with its power. ~ Rudolph Steiner

Let’s not burden our remembrance with a heaviness that’s gone. ~ William Shakespeare

I demolish my bridges behind me… then there is no choice but forward. ~ Firdtjof Nansen

My one regret in life is that I’m not someone else. ~ Woody Allen

Let the dead Past bury its dead! ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

There is no man, however wise, who has not at some period of his youth said things, or lived in a way the consciousness of which is so unpleasant to him in later life that he would gladly, if he could, expunge it from his memory. ~ Marcel Proust

A great source of calamity lies in regret and anticipation; therefore a person is wise who thinks of the present alone, regardless of the past or future. ~ Oliver Goldsmith

Nobody who ever gave his best, regretted it. ~ George Halas

The follies which a man regrets most are those which he didn’t commit when he had the opportunity. ~ Helen Rowland

If we always look back, we lose sight of what’s ahead. ~ Justin Sims

To regret deeply is to live afresh. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Regrets are the natural property of gray hairs. ~ Charles Dickens

Never look for the birds of this year in the nests of the last. ~ Miguel De Cervantes

The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone. ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe

Make the most of your regrets; never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it till it come to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Judgement comes from experience, and great judgement comes from bad experience. ~ Robert Packwood

The most painful thing to experience is not defeat but regret. ~ Leo Buscaglia

Nostalgia: When you find the present tense and past perfect. ~ The Lion

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. ~ John Oliver Hobbes

I have no regrets because I know I did my best — all I could do. ~ Midori Ito

Better by far you should forget and smile, than that you should remember and be sad. ~ Christina Rosetti

One doesn’t recognize the really important moments in one’s life until it’s too late. ~ Agatha Christie

It’s not what your are, it’s what you don’t become that hurts. ~ Oscar Levant

I have no regrets, I wouldn’t have lived my life the way I did if I was going to worry about what people were going to say. ~ Ingrid Bergman


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