Regrets Quotes

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Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

José Saramago
“If I'm sincere today, what does it matter if I regret it tomorrow?”
José Saramago, Blindness

Ned Vizzini
“I'm done with those; regrets are an excuse for people who have failed.”
Ned Vizzini, It's Kind of a Funny Story

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

Sarah Ockler
“Would 'sorry' have made any difference? Does it ever? It's just a word. One word against a thousand actions.”
Sarah Ockler, Bittersweet

Leonard Cohen
“Children show scars like medals. Lovers use them as a secrets to reveal. A scar is what happens when the word is made flesh.”
Leonard Cohen, The Favorite Game

Lemony Snicket
“One of the most difficult things to think about in life is one’s regrets. Something will happen to you, and you will do the wrong thing, and for years afterward you will wish you had done something different.”
Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

Shannon L. Alder
“When you give yourself permission to communicate what matters to you in every situation you will have peace despite rejection or disapproval. Putting a voice to your soul helps you to let go of the negative energy of fear and regret.”
Shannon L. Alder

Nicola Yoon
“You're not living if you're not regretting.”
Nicola Yoon, Everything, Everything

Salman Rushdie
“Now I know what a ghost is. Unfinished business, that's what.”
Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses

Chloe Neill
“You can run. You can keep running to the ends of the earth. But I won’t be far behind you.”


“No. I will never be far behind you.” He tipped up my chin so that I could do nothing else but look back into his eyes. “Do the things you need to do. Learn to be a vampire, to be a warrior, to be the soldier you are capable of being. But consider the possibility that I made a mistake I regret—and that I’ll continue to regret that mistake and try to convince you to give me another chance until the earth stops turning.”
Chloe Neill, Hard Bitten

Nicholas Sparks
“Everyone wanted to believe that endless love was possible. She'd believed in it once too, back when she was eighteen. But she knew that love was messy, just like life. It took turns that people couldn't foresee or even understand, leaving a long trail of regret in its wake. And almost always, those regrets led to the kinds of what if questions that could never be answered.”
Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me

C.G. Jung
“Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent.”
C.G. Jung

Haruki Murakami
“People die all the time. Life is a lot more fragile than we think. So you should treat others in a way that leaves no regrets. Fairly, and if possible, sincerely. It's too easy not to make the effort, then weep and wring your hands after the person dies.”
Haruki Murakami, Dance Dance Dance

Bill Watterson
“In the short term, it would make me happy to go play outside. In the long term, it would make me happier to do well at school and become successful. But in the VERY long term, I know which will make better memories.”
Bill Watterson, It's a Magical World: A Calvin and Hobbes Collection

Gayle Forman
“Whoever said that the past isn't dead had it backward. It's the future that's already dead, already played out.”
Gayle Forman, Where She Went

Irvine Welsh
“You were what you were and you are what you are. Fuck that regrets bullshit.”
Irvine Welsh, Porno

Sarah Addison Allen
“People always say life is too short for regrets. But the truth is, it's too long.”
Sarah Addison Allen, The Peach Keeper

Shannon L. Alder
“The true definition of mental illness is when the majority of your time is spent in the past or future, but rarely living in the realism of NOW.”
Shannon L. Alder

Lang Leav

Timing is irrelevant when two people are meant for each other. It's what I once believed.

But we met during a time when I was such a mess, when I still had so much to figure out. How could I have known how crucial every word, every action was or how losing you would be something I would always regret?

If only you could have met me now, how different it would be. How much I have changed. How I have grown. I learned so much from all the mistakes I made with you. I just wish I had made them with someone else.”
Lang Leav, Lullabies

Paulo Coelho
“I could have.What does this phrase mean? At any given moment in our lives, there are certain things that could have heppened but, didn't. The magic moments go unrecognized, and then suddenly, the hand of destiny changes everything.”
Paulo Coelho

Omar Khayyám
“This world
that was our home
for a brief spell
never brought us anything
but pain and grief;
its a shame that not one of our problems
was ever solved.
We depart
with a thousand regrets
in our hearts.”
Omar Khayyám

Fleur Adcock
“There are worse things than having behaved foolishly in public.
There are worse things than these miniature betrayals,
committed or endured or suspected; there are worse things
than not being able to sleep for thinking about them.
It is 5 a.m. All the worse things come stalking in
and stand icily about the bed looking worse and worse and worse.”
Fleur Adcock

Steven Erikson
“One day, perhaps, you will see for yourself that regrets are as nothing. The value lies in how they are answered.”
Steven Erikson, House of Chains

Meša Selimović
“Čovjek je proklet, i žali za svim putevima kojima nije prošao.”
Meša Selimović, Death and the Dervish

Anna Quindlen
“Your children make it impossible to regret your past. They're its finest fruits. Sometimes the only ones.”
Anna Quindlen, Black and Blue

Mark Vonnegut
“It's regrets that make painful memories. When I was crazy I did everything just right.”
Mark Vonnegut, The Eden Express: A Memoir of Insanity

Jojo Moyes
“Don’t you think it’s actually harder for you . . . to adapt, I mean? Because you’ve done all that stuff?’
‘Are you asking me if I wish I'd never done it?’
‘I’m just wondering if it would have been easier for you. If you’d led a smaller life. To live like this, I mean.’
‘I will never, ever regret the things I've done. Because most days, if you’re stuck in one of these, all you have are the places n your memory that you can go to.’ He smiled. It was tight, as if it cost him. ‘So if you’re asking me would I rather be reminiscing about the view of the caste from the minimart, or that lovely row of shops down off the roundabout, then, no. My life was just fine, thanks.”
Jojo Moyes, Me Before You

Sherrilyn Kenyon
“You aren’t old enough to have such regrets.”
“Pain doesn’t respect age, my lady.”
Sherrilyn Kenyon, Styxx

Anna Godbersen
“We see our sins reflected everywhere: in the pallor of our intimates’ faces, in the scratching of tree branches against windows, in the strange movements of everyday objects. These may be messages from God or tricks of the eye, but in neither case are we permitted to ignore them.”
Anna Godbersen, The Luxe

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