67 Missed Opportunity Quotes in Life, Love and Business

A missed opportunity is a potentially advantageous opportunity or possibility that was overlooked or ignored when it was readily available.

It might be anything from a job offer to an investment opportunity to a new relationship or an opportunity to learn.

The importance of these possibilities is often appreciated only in retrospect, leading to sentiments of regret or disappointment. They do, however serve as valuable learning opportunities, motivating reflection on decision-making processes and promoting more proactive participation in the future.


Though a missed opportunity might appear to be unlucky at the time it may frequently act as a spur for personal and professional development.

Top 10 Missed Opportunity Quotes


While we stop to think, we often miss our opportunity. ~ Publilius Syrus.


A missed opportunity repentance only leaves behind. ~ Eve Berlin.


Nothing is so irretrievably missed as an opportunity we encounter every day. ~ Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach.


History is nothing if not an epic tale of missed opportunities. ~ Graydon Carter.


Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them. ~ Ann Landers.


Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss. ~ Eric Roth.


Don’t allow missed opportunities of the past interfere with the opportunities that are right before you. ~ Ryan Robbins.


Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them. ~ William Arthur Ward.


Missed opportunities were never superficial wounds; they cut straight to the bone. ~ Jodi Picoult.


We feel like if we miss a Sunday at church, that’s one thing, but we can’t miss an opportunity to help. ~ John Tesh.

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Famous Missed Opportunity Quotes

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.


Nothing is so often and so irrevocably missed as the opportunity which crops up daily. ~ Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach.

Jean-Baptiste Say may have coined the term ‘entrepreneur’ but he totally missed the opportunity to put it on a t-shirt and sell it. ~ Ryan Lilly.

When you experience a failure as a leader, don’t hide it – talk about it. Your missed opportunity will encourage others to take risks. ~ Naveen Jain.


Never look for this year’s birds in last year’s nests. ~ Miguel de Cervantes.

I’ve learned; That opportunity is never lost; someone will take the ones you miss. ~ Andy Rooney.

When you spin a globe and point to a city and actually go to that city, you build an allowance of missed opportunities on the back end. ~ Sloane Crosley.

Some of our important choices have a time line. If we delay a decision, the opportunity is gone forever. Sometimes our doubts keep us from making a choice that involves change. Thus an opportunity may be missed. ~ James E. Faust.


Opportunity is often missed because we are broadcasting when we should be tuning in. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

Three things cannot be retrieved: The arrow once sped from the bow; The word spoken in haste; The missed opportunity. ~ Ali, the Lion of Islam Idries Shah.

All the roads you regret for not going to the end represent the alternative lives you have missed! ~ Mehmet Murat ildan.


Opportunity is a bird that never perches. ~ Claude Maxwell MacDonald.

Why cry about missed opportunities when you have the ability to smile at opportunities lived? The past has created who you are NOW, where we learn and grow from the past, never resting upon previous achievements or allowing past failure to paralyze us in our current endeavor. All that was has created us to be the best we currently are for our greatest hour is about to arise! ~ Greg Plitt.

Best Missed Opportunities Quotes

You also need to show a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to impropriety. That’s one of the things, again, that Republicans left on the table as a missed opportunity. ~ Andrea Tantaros.


What is left unsaid gets in the way of the relationship. What is left unasked-for is a missed opportunity. ~ Thomas Leonard.

It is the missed opportunity that counts, and in a love that vainly yearns from behind prison bars you have perchance the love supreme. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

In war, where imperfect intelligence, the threat of a catastrophe, and the number of accidents are incomparably greater than any other human endeavor, the amount of missed opportunities, so to speak, is therefore bound to be greater. ~ Carl von Clausewitz.


Most people miss Opportunity because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. ~ Thomas A. Edison.

Four things come not back: The spoken word, The sped arrow, The past life, The neglected opportunity. ~ Arabian Proverb.

The whole point of all these conversations is to leave your mind empty, not full. If you go away with learning, you have missed the opportunity. ~ Mooji.

Barack Obama hopes his famous health care victory will mark him as a transformative president. History, however, may judge it to have been his missed opportunity to be one. ~ George Will.


Futures not achieved are only branches of the past: dead branches. ~ Italo Calvino.

Each minute we spend worrying about the future and regretting the past is a minute we miss in our appointment with life – a missed opportunity to engage life and to see that each moment gives us the chance to change for the better, to experience peace and joy. ~ Nhat Hanh.

I have always loved clothes, and the opportunity to design my own line could not be missed. It’s a dream job. ~ Jasmine Guinness.

I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed. ~ Michael Jordan.


Youth is a period of missed opportunities. ~ Cyril Connolly.

Every day I would wake up and think, ‘Today is another missed opportunity to do something important.’ After enough days like this, you start feeling like you are getting old, even when you are relatively young. We are all natural entrepreneurs, and being manacled to a desk job is not for us. ~ Brian Chesky.

If you don’t pay attention and if your imagination isn’t pretty much engaged, you’re going to miss things and you’re going to miss opportunities for it to be as compelling and as creepy as it can be. ~ Bruce Greenwood.


I always watch for the longest day in the year and then miss it. ~ F Scott Fitzgerald.

The euro is a great achievement. It’s a symbolic achievement. But, the European constitution was a missed opportunity. ~ Bernard-Henri Levy.

Every day that goes by and we don’t win a ballgame, that’s a missed opportunity for us to battle back. ~ Brett Gardner.

I never really look at life and worry about missed opportunities. ~ Clive Owen.


Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity. ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

I think I could look back through the past few years at missed opportunities and stuff, but one thing I have learned is not to dwell on missed chances or times where you have failed. ~ Michael Chang.

Powerful Missed Opportunity Quotes

Publishing companies and a great many authors have missed the opportunity to capitalize on the very real relationships they create with their readers. ~ Vantile Whitfield.


There’s no point whining about missed opportunities. ~ Martin Schulz.

Don’t be afraid of missing opportunities. Behind every failure is an opportunity somebody wishes they had missed. ~ Lily Tomlin.


Women should never go without earrings. Passing on them is an opportunity missed. ~ Jennifer Lopez.

I know not, sir, whether Bacon wrote the works of Shakespeare, but if he did not, it seems to me that he missed the opportunity of his life. ~ James M. Barrie.

The opportunity is not in being momentarily popular with the anonymous masses. It’s in being missed when you’re gone, in doing work that matters to the tribe you choose. ~ Seth Godin.

True regret is knowing you missed your only opportunity to be simply a good friend to someone that was exactly like you. ~ Shannon L. Alder.


We’ve all got a black book of missed opportunities. ~ Jim Broadbent.

The chance to be seen as a warm, witty guy is too good an opportunity for a politician to miss. ~ Robert Orben.


I don’t think you would have missed that putt, but in these circumstances, I would never give you the opportunity. ~ Jack Nicklaus.

He missed an invaluable opportunity to hold his tongue. ~ Andrew Lang.

Wise Missed Opportunity Quotes

The reality is that we have missed a lot of opportunities in Iraq because of a failed policy. ~ Marty Meehan.


Don’t get too comfortable with who you are at any given time – you may miss the opportunity to become who you want to be. ~ Jon Bon Jovi.

It may be tempting to look back and wring our hands over missed opportunities for change in the preceding decades. But, I’m not interested at looking in the rearview mirror except to learn. ~ Jennifer Granholm.


Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. ~ Thomas A. Edison.

An opportunity is like a train on the move. Once its doors have closed, it’s gone. But do stick around, another one will surely be on its way; carrying with it better opportunities. ~ Naide P Obiang.

I didn’t want to be one of those women who wake up at 63 years old and realize they’ve missed the window of opportunity for marriage and children. ~ Alanis Morissette.


All too often missed opportunities are in plain sight. ~ Germany Kent.

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.

So these were the 67 famous quotes about Missed Opportunities.

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