105 Regret Quotes To Move On From Past Mistakes

Looking for inspirational quotes about regretting your past mistakes? We have rounded up the best regret quotes, sayings, captions, status messages, (with images and pictures) to inspire you to do or say things which you need to in your life so that you do not regret it later.

Some of the things people regret the most in life are failed relationships, missed opportunities, love not expressed and mistakes of the past.

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Regret is a deep sorrow about something you did, or something you failed to do. These encouraging quotes on regrets will inspire you to make the most of life and the opportunities you get.

The fear of failure and the repentance of past mistakes fill you with a deep resentment. With regret you will always live your life in the past or future. So let go of your regrets, learn from your mistakes and take every chance to live life in the present.

If you’ve made some mistake or took a bad decision and looking for some motivation to help you feel better, let these inspirational regrets in life quotes and sayings serve as your useful guide.

10 Famous Regret Quotes And Sayings

  1. “Have more fear of regret than failure.” ― Thibaut

  2. “Fear is temporary. Regret is forever.” ― Dan Skinner                                                                                         

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    regret quotes

  3. “No pain is unbearable except that of regret.” ― Jan Cox Speas                                                               

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    quotes about regret

  4. “In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.” ― Lewis Carroll                                                       

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    regrets quotes

  5. “We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment.” ― Jim Rohn

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    life regret quotes

  6. “Don’t live your life regretting yesterday. Live your life so tomorrow you won’t regret today.” ― Catherine Pulsifer

  7. “Regrets only apply when we don’t learn from a situation. No sense looking back, look forward with new knowledge and no regret.” ― Catherine Pulsifer

  8. “Don’t allow yourself to become one who, nearing death, regrets what you might have done if only you had taken a few risks We each have a purpose in life.” ― Gillian Stokes

  9. “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

  10. “The longer our trail of regrets, the more we tend to value the importance of making wise decisions.” ― Bob Santos, Say Goodbye to Regret: Discovering the Secret to a Blessed Life

Best Quotes About Regret And Mistakes

Don’t carry the burden of sorrow and remorse fill you with bitterness. Feeling sorry and apologetic for your mistakes will only stop you from moving forward in life.

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Learning from failure is better than the pain of regret of not taking the chance. These wise words will help you to listen to your heart and live life on your terms.

  1. “Regret is the form of punishment itself.” ― Nouman Ali Khan

  2. “Never trade temporary pleasures for permanent regret.” ― Dave Willie

  3. “Regret is useless in life. It’s in the past. All we have is now.” ― Marlon Brando

  4. “Making a big life change is scary. But, know what’s scarier? Regret.” ― Zig Ziglar

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    quotes about regrets

  5. “If only. Those must be the two saddest words in the world.” – Mercedes Lackey

  6. “Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.” ― Victoria Holt

  7. “No space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused.” ― Charles Dickens

  8. “I’d rather regret the risks that didn’t work than the chances I didn’t take at all.” ― Simone Biles

  9. “It’s nice to look back on your life and see things as lessons, and not regrets.” – Rihanna

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

  11. “I would rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not.” ― Lucille Ball

  12. “Concentrating on negatives, regrets or second thoughts won’t change what has happened.” ― A C Aseh

  13. “Don’t waste your time in anger, regrets, worries, and grudges. Life is too short to be unhappy.” ― Roy T. Bennett

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

  15. “In the end… we only regret the chances we didn’t take, and the decisions we waited too long to make.” ― Lewis Carroll

  16. “We spend so much time being afraid of failure, afraid of rejection. But regret is the thing we should fear most.” ― Trevor Noah

  17. “Sometimes I wish life was written pencil so we could erase it and write it all over again.” ― Thisuri Wanniarachchi

  18. “Do not waste one moment in regret, for to think feelingly of the mistakes of the past is to re-infect yourself.” ― Neville Goddard

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

  20. “There are two kinds of guilt: the kind that drowns you until you’re useless, and the kind that fires your soul to purpose.” ― Sabaa Tahir

  21. “Life is too short to worry about stupid things. Have fun. Fall in love. Regret nothing, and don’t let people bring you down.” ― Unknown

  22. “”What is your biggest regret?” “That I have said no to so many things in life just because I wasn’t sure of them”.” ― The Random Stories

  23. “Never regret anything that has happened in your life, it cannot be changed, undone or forgotten so take it as a lesson learned and move on.” ― Unknown

  24. “At the end of your life you want to look back and have no regrets! To do this you need to start living today with your end in mind.” ― Father Larry Richards

  25. “Guilt, resentment, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of non-forgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence.” ― Eckhart Tolle

  26. “We all make mistakes in life that’s true. Some little, some big, some simple and some more complex. Some mistakes we regret forever.” ― Rashard Royster, Mistakes

  27. “Let’s dare to promote ourselves to better ‘us’ by working hard and moving forward instead of regretting and rewinding the past.” ― Pantea Kalhor, Rules of Change For the Better

  28. “We cannot always change what has happened to us, but we can change how we react and how we live in the future. Living with no regrets is living successfully. ” ―Dr. Ellen Taricani

  29. “To not live in regret or fear that my past determines the beauty or success of my future, has been one of my life’s greatest lessons.” ― Kendra Tillman, You Are Stronger Than You Think

  30. “One of the biggest fears that a lot of people have is the fear of missing out, of regret. “I could have done this” or “I wish I would have done that.”” ― Ben Gothard, Achieve Greatness: How to Find Your Purpose

  31. “If you’re always dragging yourself down with the past, how is God going to lift you up in the future?” ― Stephen Arterburn, Regret-Free Living: Hope for Past Mistakes and Freedom From Unhealthy Patterns

  32. “We all make mistakes, htruggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here noe with the power to shape your day and your future.” ― Steve Maraboli

  33. “Regret is a universal emotion. We all make wrong or foolish choices, or something or someone does something hurtful to us, and we regret it.” ― Dave Ferguson; Jon Ferguson, Starting Over: Your Life Beyond Regrets

Deep Quotes About Life Regrets

  1. “Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.” ― George Halas

  2. “A life without regret would be no life at all.” ― Hannibal Lecter

  3. “I may regret the way we ended, but I will never regret what we had.” ― Drake

  4. “Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, “It might have been.” ― Kurt Vonnegut

  5. “You can choose a life of prolonged regret or a life of optimism and fulfillment. It’s your call.” ― Erwin W. Lutzer

  6. “A thousand times I was ready to regret and take back my rash statement – yet it had been the truth.” ― Hermann Hesse

  7. “My biggest regret could be summed up in one word, and that’s procrastination.” ― S. J. Thompson, I Hate the Way I Procrastinate

  8. “I have to laugh at the times I’ve knocked myself out over a tough spot only to find out afterwards there was an easier way.” ― Robert Franklin Leslie

  9. “Never regret being a good person, to the wrong person. Your behavior says everything about you, and their behavior says enough about them.” ― Mave & Angel

  10. “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

  11. “Have no regrets. The elderly usually don’t have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets.” ― Unknown

  12. “When we handle it properly, regret can make us better. Understanding its effects hones our decisions, boosts our performance, and bestows a deeper sense of meaning.” ― Daniel H. Pink

  13. “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

  14. “I would much rather have regrets about not doing what people said, than regretting not doing what my heart led me to and wondering what life had been like if I’d just been myself.” ― Brittany Renée

  15. “Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as well as you ever did. On the contrary, if you falter, and give up, you will lose the power of keeping any resolution, and will regret it all your life.” ― Abraham Lincoln

  16. “Most of us have had regrets and recognize how they can hold us back or keep us stuck in life and relationships. Getting past “the Past” is important for anyone desiring to live beyond mistakes and the problems they make.” ― Ron Neff

  17. “There is one common trait found in all greatness: how people use the space between stimulus and response. In short, how do people deal with adversity, with setbacks, with suffering, heartache, disappointment, and injustice?” ― Stephen R. Covey

  18. “Regrets are not inherited. Regrets are those elements of life that seek to undermine our enthusiasm and our willingness to assume a life filled with new discoveries and the attainment of goals. Let not your regrets be your undoing but instead your vehicle to learn from what did not work. With every misstep or mistake comes the opportunity to rise above; to learn; and to achieve.” ― Byron Pulsifer

Regret Quotes On The Things We Didn’t Do In Life

  1. “Try now or regret forever.” ― Unknown                                                                                                       

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    regret quotes images

  2. “Don’t regret the past, just learn from it.” ― Ben Ipock

  3. “The regrets most people have in their old age are for the things they never did.” ― N.C. Harley

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

  5. “To any entrepreneur: if you want to do it, do it now. If you don’t you’re going to regret it.” ― Catherine Cook

  6. “The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.” ― Harriet Beecher Stowe

  7. “If you ever react with anger, it will overtake you. You will say something or do something you regret.” ― Rhonda Hart

  8. “Live in the present tense, facing the duty at hand without regret for the past or worry over the future.” ― William de Witt Hyde

  9. “Worry often times becomes a guilt-trip and then feeds into regret as a way that one “should have” done this or that.” ― DA Southern

  10. “Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true.” ― Robert Brault

  11. “My regrets in life are: Being too damn nice, apologizing when I didn’t do anything wrong, and make unworthy people a priority.” ― Unknown

  12. “If you put in little effort and expect big returns, you will be deeply disappointed. You don’t get apples by planting lemon seeds.” ― Catherine Pulsifer

  13. “What does God want you to do with your regrets instead? Admit your guilt… Accept Christ’s forgiveness… Forgive yourself, and focus on the future.” ― Rick Warren

  14. “Repent – To regret the wrong actions we have done or our failure to do things we should have done, and to turn from such behavior, seeking God’s forgiveness.” ― Jo Swinney, Walking with the Bible

Quotes About Regretting Past Mistakes

Carrying the burden of the mistakes of past not only fills you with regret and guilt, it also robs you of your happiness in the present moment.

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These deep quotes will help you heal and forgive your ownself to let go and live in the present.

  1. “Never despair, keep pushing on!” ― Sir Thomas Lipton

  2. “You will never regret doing the right thing.” ― Unknown

  3. “Forget regret, or life is yours to miss.” – Jonathan Larson

  4. “There’s only one stupid mistake that changes everything.” ― Unknown

  5. “I wish I could go back to the day we met and just walk away.” ― Unknown

  6. “If you don’t let your past die, then it won’t let you live. Period.” ― Perry Noble

  7. “Regret is such a short word… and yet it stretches on forever.” ― Ranata Suzuki                                             

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    regret mistakes quotes

  8. “Love feels like sorrow, sounds like sadness… tastes like regret.” ― Ranata Suzuki

  9. “Having regrets is sad; it is a nightmare, something that keeps on coming back.” ― Unknown

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

  11. “We limit ourselves through regret, hostility and guilt. Yet none of this controls us.” ― Brian M. Heater

  12. “If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.” ― Chinese Proverb

  13. “The price of fear is often regret for what could have been.” ― Brian Cagneey, Fear: The 7 Laws Of Fear

  14. “My goal in life is to make decisions that minimize regrets. I don’t regret anything I’ve done.” ― Juke Pavelka

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

  16. “I don’t regret you but sometimes I wish time could have stopped before the moment I met you.” ― Unknown

  17. “If we fill our hours with regrets over the failures of yesterday. . .we have no today in which to be thankful.” ― Unknown

  18. “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

  19. “A woman will do any and everything to make her marriage work. That’s why she almost never regrets it when it’s time to walk away.” ― Unknown

  20. “In the end… We only regret the chances we didn’t take, the relationships we were afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make.” ― Lewis Carroll

  21. “Once you see there is a solution to every obstacle that stands in your way, you’ll be left with no more excuses for not getting everything you want in your life.” ― Mark Black

  22. “Did you know the #1 regret that people have on their death bed is that they wish they’d had the courage to live a life true to themselves, and not what others expected of them?” ― Rachel Rofe, Take Control Of Your Life

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Learning from your mistakes, moving on, and forgiving yourself is important for your mental well-being. Stop repenting and reliving your past mistakes, instead release them, let them go, and move on.

Below you’ll find our collection of inspirational, wise, and encouraging regret quotes, regret sayings, and regret proverbs, collected from a variety of sources over the years.

Everyone makes mistakes, but hanging on to those regrets and clinging on to your past mistakes will just upset your present.

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