57 Regret Quotes to Move on in Life

Regret is a feeling of sorrow or disappointment over past actions, often stems from poor decisions, lack of self-control, or neglect of personal obligations.

While everyone experiences regret, the key lies in handling it constructively.

We can either let past mistakes hinder our progress or learn from them and move on. Inspirational regret quotes serve as valuable guides, aiding in understanding and overcoming regret.


They encourage us to draw lessons from our missteps, thereby reducing the probability of repeating them.

Sharing these regret quotes with others can also inspire them to confront their own regrets and move forward.

Here are some amazing quotes about regret.

Regret Quotes


Regret is a form of punishment itself. Nouman Ali Khan.

Never look back in regret – move on to the next thing. Richard Branson.

Live fast, fight hard, no regrets! John Cena.

In a world where death is the hunter, my friend, there is no time for regrets or doubts. There is only time for decisions. Carlos Castaneda.

It is not the things we do in life that we regret on our deathbed. It is the things we do not. Randy Pausch.

Never regret anything that makes you smile. Audrey Hepburn.

There are no regrets in life, just lessons. Jennifer Aniston.

Best Regret Quotes

I made decisions that I regret, and I took them as learning experiences… I’m human, not perfect, like anybody else. Queen Latifah.

Never regret anything you have done with a sincere affection; nothing is lost that is born of the heart. Basil Rathbone

I often regret that I have spoken; never that I have been silent. Publilius Syrus

Never do today what you can do tomorrow. Something may occur to make you regret your premature action. Aaron Burr

You can never regret anything you do in life. You kind of have to learn the lesson from whatever the experience is and take it with you on your journey forward. Aubrey O’Day

The one thing I learned is to just give everything a shot. You don’t want to live in regret. Chloe Kim

Speak when you are angry – and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret. Laurence J. Peter

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. Henry David Thoreau

At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent. Barbara Bush.

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Top Regret Quotes

If you don’t set goals, you can’t regret not reaching them. Yogi Berra

To admit regret is to understand that we are fallible – that there are powers beyond us. To admit regret is to lose control not only of a difficult past but of the very story we tell about our present. To admit sincere and abiding regret is one of our greatest but unspoken contemporary sins. David Whyte

As far as I’m concerned, I regret nothing. Miyamoto Musashi

Making a big life change is pretty scary. But know what’s even scarier? Regret. Zig Ziglar

I have always done my duty. I am ready to die. My only regret is for the friends I leave behind me. Zachary Taylor

If you aren’t in the moment, you are either looking forward to uncertainty, or back to pain and regret. Jim Carrey

It was my duty to shoot the enemy, and I don’t regret it. My regrets are for the people I couldn’t save: Marines, soldiers, buddies. I’m not naive, and I don’t romanticize war. The worst moments of my life have come as a SEAL. But I can stand before God with a clear conscience about doing my job. Chris Kyle

Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. Do not repeat them in the future. Swami Sivananda

Wise Regret Quotes

Get correct views of life, and learn to see the world in its true light. It will enable you to live pleasantly, to do good, and, when summoned away, to leave without regret. Robert E. Lee

I regret not having had more time with my kids when they were growing up. Tina Turner

Our biggest regrets are not for the things we have done but for the things we haven’t done. Chad Michael Murray

Regret is mostly caused by not having done anything. Charles Bukowski

Living with regrets was like driving a car that only moved in reverse. Jodi Picoult

You can’t regret the life you didn’t lead. Junot Díaz

If I’m sincere today, what does it matter if I regret it tomorrow? José Saramago

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

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 – Colleen Hoover

Regrets are pointless. It’s too late for regrets. You’ve already done it, haven’t you? You’ve lived your life. No point wishing you could change it. Lemmy Kilmister

Uncertainty is the worst of all evils until the moment when reality makes us regret uncertainty. Alphonse Karr

Great Regret Quotes

Regrets are idle; yet history is one long regret. Everything might have turned out so differently. Charles Dudley Warner

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

It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret. Jackie Joyner Kersee

Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it. George Halas

Worrying about past regrets does nothing to change the past. Your future is where your focus should be. Catherine Pulsifer

Regret doesn’t remind us that we did badly. It reminds us that we know we can do better. Kathryn Schulz

When I look at my life I realize that the mistakes I have made, the things I really regret, were not errors of judgement but failures of feeling. Jeanette Winterson

The one thing I regret was that my work required an enormous amount of my time, and a lot of travel. Neil Armstrong

The only regret I will have in dying is if it is not for love. Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

To give up yourself without regret is the greatest charity. Bodhidharma

My one regret in life is that I am not someone else. Woody Allen.

The past is a great place and I don’t want to erase it or to regret it, but I don’t want to be its prisoner either. Mick Jagger

Profound Regret Quotes

It’s better to look ahead and prepare, than to look back and regret. Jackie Joyner-Kersee

As long as you feel good in something, it doesn’t matter what other people think. You just have to own it. You’ll never regret wearing something you really love. Lucy Boynton.

I am what I am. I don’t regret anything. Kamaru Usman.

I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done. Lucille Ball

Never regret yesterday. Life is in you today and you make your tomorrow. L. Ron Hubbard

I do not regret the things I’ve done, but those I did not do. Rory Cochrane

I never regret anything. Because every little detail of your life is what made you into who you are in the end. Drew Barrymore

I’d rather regret doing something than not doing something. James Hetfield

Don’t regret another birthday, the good news is that you are alive and can celebrate it. Catherine Pulsifer.

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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