Quotes and Sayings about Regret
"So often is the virgin sheet of paper more real than what one has to say, and so often one regrets having marred it."
- Harold Acton
"It is with deep regret that the determination to assemble Parliament has been so long delayed."
- Henry Addington
(Related: Determination, Deep, Parliament, Regret)
"Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be delightful, old age will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success."
- Louisa May Alcott
(Related: Age, Life, Success, Time, Work, Day, Old, Play, Will, Worth, Youth)
"My one regret in life is that I am not someone else."
- Woody Allen
(Related: Life, Regret)
"The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Accept life, and you must accept regret."
- Henri Frederic Amiel
(Related: Life, Man, Regret)
"I was a daydreamer, and there is a lot of history and geography and science I missed out on because I was in my head. And I regret that."
- Gillian Anderson
(Related: History, Science, Geography, Regret)
"I have a tendency to go through my life at full speed and as a one-man band, and so I don't generally stop and take in other people enough to develop many relationships. I'm starting to regret that a bit. I want to change it."
- Gillian Anderson
(Related: Change, Life, People, Regret, Relationships, Want)
"People only stutter at the beginning of the word. They're not afraid when they get to the end of the word. There's just regret."
- Laurie Anderson
(Related: People, Beginning, End, Regret, Word)
"There are no regrets in life, just lessons."
- Jennifer Aniston
"I think many experiences are bound to be failures, and sometimes I regret them before they even happen."
- Keren Ann
"I think it's very good to have regrets, to learn how to live with them."
- Keren Ann
"I'm often asked if I regret not going to Hollywood. I'm glad I didn't go, because if I had I wouldn't have my extended family, which is the fabric of my life. Only recently have I realised how special and unusual it is."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Family, Life, Hollywood, Regret)
"I do think it's important to live in the present because in that way you won't be living in a state of regret."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Living, Present, Regret, State)
"But I certainly made mistakes, for which I regret, I think most human beings in their lifetime make mistakes, mine ended up in two years prison - two very remarkable years from which I learnt a lot."
- Jeffrey Archer
(Related: Mistakes, Prison, Regret, Remarkable, Years)
"I have no regrets because I did everything by the book."
- Alexis Arguello
"The one thing I regret was that my work required an enormous amount of my time, and a lot of travel."
- Neil Armstrong
(Related: Travel, Work, Time, Regret)
"I try to live my life where I end up at a point where I have no regrets. So I try to choose the road that I have the most passion on because then you can never really blame yourself for making the wrong choices. You can always say you're following your passion."
- Darren Aronofsky
(Related: Life, Blame, Choices, End, Passion, Road, Wrong)
"I have no regrets about my life."
- Jane Badler
"I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done."
- Lucille Ball
"I regret the passing of the studio system. I was very appreciative of it because I had no talent."
- Lucille Ball
(Related: Talent, Regret)
"The only thing I regret about my past is the length of it. If I had to live my life again I'd make all the same mistakes - only sooner."
- Tallulah Bankhead
(Related: Life, Mistakes, Past, Regret)
"I never regret anything. Because every little detail of your life is what made you into who you are in the end."
- Drew Barrymore
(Related: Life, Detail, End, Regret)
"A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams."
- John Barrymore
(Related: Dreams, Man, Old)
"But 18 years after the passage of the Civil Liberties Act, there still remains unfinished work to completely rectify and close this regrettable chapter in our Nation's history."
- Xavier Becerra
(Related: History, Work, Act, Civil liberties, Nation, Years)
"No, I regret nothing, all I regret is having been born, dying is such a long tiresome business I always found."
- Samuel Beckett
(Related: Business, Dying, Nothing, Regret)
"When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us."
- Alexander Graham Bell
"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
(Related: Life, People, Worry)
"Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Regret, Speech, Will)
"That is why with enormous regret I have tendered my resignation to the prime minister today."
- David Blunkett
(Related: Regret, Resignation, Today)
"To give up yourself without regret is the greatest charity."
(Related: Charity, Regret)
"Man can and must prevent the tragedy of famine in the future instead of merely trying with pious regret to salvage the human wreckage of the famine, as he has so often done in the past."
- Norman Borlaug
(Related: Famine, Future, Man, Past, Regret, Tragedy, Trying)
"I acknowledge Shakespeare to be the world's greatest dramatic poet, but regret that no parent could place the uncorrected book in the hands of his daughter, and therefore I have prepared the Family Shakespeare."
- Thomas Bowdler
(Related: Family, Daughter, Regret, Shakespeare, World)
"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
(Related: Truth, Regret, Today)
"The Jews deserved to die. I have no regrets. If I had the chance I would do it again."
- Alois Brunner
"Music should probably provide answers in terms of lyrical content, and giving people a sense of togetherness and oneness, as opposed to being alone in their thoughts and dilemmas or regrets or happiness or whatever."
- Peabo Bryson
(Related: Happiness, Music, People, Thoughts, Answers, Being, Content, Giving, Oneness, Sense)
"I will never regret not denouncing apartheid."
- Zola Budd
(Related: Regret, Will)
"Never do today what you can do tomorrow. Something may occur to make you regret your premature action."
- Aaron Burr
(Related: Action, May, Regret, Today, Tomorrow)
"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
(Related: Time, Life, HusbFriend, Winning, Regret, Will)
"It's not like he called me up and asked me. They've never wanted to throw us into that world, and I think our decision probably shocked them. But I love my dad, and I think I'd regret it if I didn't do this."
- Jenna Bush
(Related: Love, Dad, Decision, Regret, World)
"The left side of my brain is telling me I want to sleep with every woman in the world and the other side of my brain is telling me I met this great girl and if I let that go I'm going to regret it."
- Scott Caan
(Related: Regret, Sleep, Want, Woman, World)
"I started with the firm conviction that when I came to the end, I wanted to be regretting the things that I had done, not the things I hadn't."
- Michael Caine
(Related: Conviction, End)
"In looking back, I see nothing to regret and little to correct."
- John C. Calhoun
(Related: Nothing, Regret)
"I took pleasure when I could. I acted clearly and morally and without regret. I'm very lucky."
- Jeanne Calment
(Related: Pleasure, Regret)
"I have no regrets. I've got my health."
- Naomi Campbell
"My major regret in life is that my childhood was unnecessarily lonely."
- Truman Capote
(Related: Life, Childhood, Lonely, Regret)
"I usually say I did the best I could with what I had. I have no major regrets."
- Stokely Carmichael
"I regret not doing a film that I was offered with Clark Gable because the script was not good enough."
- Leslie Caron
(Related: Film, Regret)
"I'm not regretful about dropping acid, but I could have stopped it a little sooner."
- David Carradine
"If you aren't in the moment, you are either looking forward to uncertainty, or back to pain and regret."
- Jim Carrey
(Related: Pain, Regret, Uncertainty)
"I was never looking back in regret. I never thought, Oh, why didn't I become an actress? or Why did I just go paddling along after John? I've always walked along right by his side, and he's always supported everything I do."
- June Carter Cash
(Related: Thought, Regret, Right)
"I do not allow myself vain regrets or foreboding."
- Mary Chesnut
"I regret that I wasn't the kind of person who could enjoy celebrity. It embarrassed me too much."
- Julie Christie
(Related: Celebrity, Regret)
"As I became very defined in my personal politics, I turned down some films that I slightly regret now; I'm not going to say what they were."
- Julie Christie
(Related: Politics, Now, Regret)
"It is to be regretted that few persons who have arrived at any degree of eminence or fame, have written Memorials of themselves, at least such as have embraced their private as well as their public life."
- Adam Clarke
(Related: Life, Fame, Public)
"I will not comment on or confirm what are alleged to be stolen State Department cables. But I can say that the United States deeply regrets the disclosure of any information that was intended to be confidential, including private discussions between counterparts or our diplomats' personal assessments and observations."
- Hillary Clinton
(Related: Information, State, states, United, Will)
"I regret to this day that I never went to college. I feel I should have been a doctor."
- Ty Cobb
(Related: College, Day, Regret)
"I do not regret the things I've done, but those I did not do."
- Rory Cochrane
"One of the characteristics of the dream is that nothing surprises us in it. With no regret, we agree to live in it with strangers, completely cut off from our habits and friends."
- Jean Cocteau
(Related: Dream, Friends, Habits, Nothing, Regret, Strangers, Surprises)
"My only regret is that I signed away the world rights and in America they've been far and away my most successful books, but I never saw a cent from any of it."
- Jonathan Coe
(Related: Successful, America, Books, Rights, Regret, World)
"But critics of the war have no reason to regret their views."
- Stephen Cohen
(Related: War, Reason, Regret)
"My only regret in life is that I didn't spend as much time with my kids as I now wish I had."
- Perry Como
(Related: Life, Time, Kids, Now, Regret)
"The discontented believe that their regrets are about the past."
- Mason Cooley
"Looking back, of course, it was irresponsible, mad, forlorn, idiotic, but if you don't take chances then you'll never have a winning hand, and I've no regrets."
- Bernard Cornwell
"The idea of regretting not doing this seemed insane to me. Sitting in the corner at a bar at age 60, saying: 'I could've been Bond. Buy me a drink.' That's the saddest place I could be. At least now at 60 I can say: 'I was Bond. Now buy me a drink.'"
- Daniel Craig
(Related: Age, Idea, Now)
"By the time I entered college, I had decided not to have children, a decision that was never regretted. Accordingly, I was careful to court only girls who wanted to have professional careers."
- Donald Cram
(Related: Time, Decision, Careers, Children, College, Court, Girls)
"Again like Williams, with the emphasis now regrettable, when a man makes a poem, makes it mind you, he takes the words as he finds them lying interrelated about him."
- Robert Creeley
(Related: Lying, Man, Mind, Now, Words)
"American history contains much matter for pride and congratulation, and much matter for regret and humiliation."
- Herbert Croly
(Related: History, American, Pride, Regret)
"I want to say that probably 24 hours after I told CBS that I was stepping down at my 65th birthday, I was already regretting it. And I regretted it every day since."
- Walter Cronkite
(Related: Birthday, Want)
"You can't be in the public eye without making mistakes and having some regrets and having people analyze everything you do."
- Sheryl Crow
(Related: People, Eye, Mistakes, Public)
"I don't spend a lot of time thinking about regrets because there's nothing I can do."
- Sheryl Crow
(Related: Time, Nothing, Thinking)
"I think I felt that I was very well known for my figure and needed to keep that up for my work. And I regret all of it. I felt fraudulent and very shameful."
- Jamie Lee Curtis
(Related: Work, Regret)
"The only things you regret are the things you don't do."
- Michael Curtiz
"You ask me if I will not be glad when the last battle is fought, so far as the country is concerned I, of course, must wish for peace, and will be glad when the war is ended, but if I answer for myself alone, I must say that I shall regret to see the war end."
- George Armstrong Custer
(Related: War, Peace, Battle, Country, End, Regret, Will)
"Those allies who failed to join us will regret it. They're making a mistake."
- Al D'Amato
(Related: Mistake, Regret, Will)
"My biggest regret is that I didn't teach my two children how to speak Spanish."
- Henry Darrow
(Related: Children, Regret)
"I do not regret one professional enemy I have made. Any actor who doesn't dare to make an enemy should get out of the business."
- Bette Davis
(Related: Business, Actor, Enemy, Regret)
"My presidential victory, if it had happened, would have been artificial in relation to the Socialist party. It may be that on my deathbed, I will come to regret my decision, but for the moment, I live at peace with it."
- Jacques Delors
(Related: Peace, Decision, Victory, May, Party, Regret, Will)
"I go to the movies a lot, and I regret when I see some actor that I used to like, to find them offering no more surprises."
- Catherine Deneuve
(Related: Movies, Actor, Regret, Surprises)
"Your regrets aren't what you did, but what you didn't do. So I take every opportunity."
- Cameron Diaz
"Regrets are the natural property of grey hairs."
- Charles Dickens
"People ask if I regret not winning a Stanley Cup, but winning the series against the Soviet Union was the best. It was the greatest experience of my hockey career by far."
- Marcel Dionne
(Related: Experience, People, Winning, Career, Regret)
"Youth is a blunder; Manhood a struggle, Old Age a regret."
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Related: Age, Old, Regret, Struggle, Youth)
"When we grow old, there can only be one regret - not to have given enough of ourselves."
- Eleanora Duse
(Related: Old, Regret)
"We very much regret that our merger with Sprint was not allowed to proceed."
- Bernard Ebbers
"The one regret I have about my own abortions is that they cost money that might otherwise have been spent on something more pleasurable, like taking the kids to movies and theme parks."
- Barbara Ehrenreich
(Related: Money, Movies, Kids, Regret)
"To sum it all up, I must say that I regret nothing."
- Adolf Eichmann
(Related: Nothing, Regret)
"I very much regret that our administration has pushed the whole issue of Kosovo to the back burner."
- Eliot Engel
"The desire to get married, which - I regret to say, I believe is basic and primal in women - is followed almost immediately by an equally basic and primal urge - which is to be single again."
- Nora Ephron
(Related: Women, Desire, Regret)
"My wife who is non-Jewish regrets it all the time that I can say these terrible things about fellow Jews and she can't."
- Joseph Epstein
(Related: Time, Wife)
"It has always felt like a failure that Bjorn and I couldn't keep our family together. You never get it back, but to this day I don't regret splitting up. The reason behind our separation is one of those things I definitely don't want to go into!"
- Agnetha Faltskog
(Related: Family, Failure, Day, Reason, Regret, Separation, Want)
"That's why I ended up leaving school - because it required so much time, and it was such an excellent idea. I figured I would regret not going full force with this idea. It seemed we could make something of it."
- Shawn Fanning
(Related: Time, Idea, Force, Regret, School)
"Not that I regret saying what I believed to be the truth, but I regret anything that I might have written or spoken that could have been used in a way to help to foster that atmosphere out of which came the loss of life of Brother Malcolm."
- Louis Farrakhan
(Related: Life, Brother, Truth, Help, Loss, Regret, Saying)
"Tomorrow night is nothing but one long sleepless wrestle with yesterday's omissions and regrets."
- William Faulkner
(Related: Night, Nothing, Tomorrow, Yesterday)
"I felt that I ostracized myself by my behavior, by the past, by living with all the regrets of my mistakes, that I sort of wore a hair shirt and beat myself up most of the day thinking and regretting why did I make such a mistake? Why have I made so many mistakes?"
- Sarah Ferguson
(Related: Mistake, Behavior, Day, Hair, Living, Mistakes, Past, Thinking)
"One regret I have is that I did not learn more about what was happening very early, so that I could have tried to stop people from engaging in illegal activities."
- Fred F. Fielding
(Related: People, Regret)
"The truth is, I'm proud of the life I've lived so far, and although I've made my share of mistakes, I have no regrets."
- Carly Fiorina
(Related: Life, Truth, Mistakes)
"If in my fight I can encourage even some people to understand and to abandon policies they now so blindly follow, I shall not regret any punishment I may incur."
- Bram Fischer
(Related: People, Fight, May, Now, Punishment, Regret)
"I don't have a lot of regrets in my life."
- Cathy Freeman
"As someone who worked hard for a Labour victory in the 90s, do I regret it? Not really. It was bound to happen. And it'll happen with the next government, and the one after it. Because all governments serve us. They serve the filth."
- Stephen Fry
(Related: Government, Victory, Regret)
"I regret the whole worlds that will never come into existence, the children, the grandchildren, all the human possibilities that never were and never will be."
- Maggie Gallagher
(Related: Children, Existence, Possibilities, Regret, Will)
"I was about to get a degree in economics when I accepted that I'd be a lousy businessman, and if I didn't give acting a try I'd regret it for the rest of my life."
- Peter Gallagher
(Related: Life, Acting, Economics, Regret, Rest)
"Yes, the meeting of dear friends atones for the regret of separation; and like it so much enhances affection, that after absence one wonders how one has been able to stay away from them so long."
- Marguerite Gardiner
(Related: Absence, Affection, Friends, Meeting, Regret, Separation, Wonders)
"Having regrets and things, it just takes your time away."
- Leif Garrett
"I hate to be a failure. I hate and regret the failure of my marriages. I would gladly give all my millions for just one lasting marital success."
- J. Paul Getty
(Related: Success, Failure, Hate, Regret)
"We genuinely believe to this day that it was an honest genuine mistake and we never imagined the punishment would be eight months. The precedent dictated that it was unlikely to be that. We don't regret he played for that period."
- David Gill
(Related: Mistake, Day, Months, Punishment, Regret)
"With my time in the limelight, I regret that I didn't use it more to push vegetarianism. I support vegetarian options in the school lunch program."
- Bernhard Goetz
(Related: Time, Options, Regret, School, Support, Vegetarianism)
"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
(Related: Anticipation, Calamity, Future, Lies, Past, Present, Regret)
"A man has cause for regret only when he sows and no one reaps."
- Charles Goodyear
(Related: Cause, Man, Regret)
"Apologizes are pointless, regrets come too late. What matters is you can move, on you can grow."
- Kelsey Grammer
"My father died prematurely at the age of 52 when I was 24, and it is a recurring regret that he never lived to see me succeed beyond university and drama."
- Richard E. Grant
(Related: Age, Father, Drama, Regret, Succeed, University)
"Looking back, I have this to regret, that too often when I loved, I did not say so."
- David Grayson
"I have to say that I have no regrets about my decision to become a priest or about the major directions my ministry has taken me... I have been and am happy as a priest, and I have never been lonely... I could have used a bit more solitude."
- Andrew Greeley
(Related: Decision, Lonely, Solitude)
"So, I see technology as a Trojan Horse: It looks like a wonderful thing, but they are going to regret introducing it into the schools because it simply can't be controlled."
- Daniel Greenberg
(Related: Technology, Regret, Schools)
"So yes, I say things I regret constantly, and I just can't help it."
- Kathy Griffin
(Related: Help, Regret)
"I have to say I regretted giving up animated movies."
- Stanislav Grof
(Related: Movies, Giving)
"Chris Cooper once told me to never have any regrets. After Chris said that to me, I walk into every scene thinking, 'exhaust every possibility.' Once you get to a certain place, it's like you just deliver everything you've got. Don't have any regrets. It pops up in my mind over and over and over again."
- Jake Gyllenhaal
(Related: Possibility, Mind, Thinking)
"Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it."
- George Halas
"I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."
- Nathan Hale
(Related: Life, Country, Regret)
"Regrets and recriminations only hurt your soul."
- Armand Hammer
(Related: Soul, Hurt)
"Very few movies I've done I regret being involved in."
- Jared Harris
(Related: Movies, Being, Regret)
"Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable."
- Sydney J. Harris
(Related: Time, Regret)
"To liberate words means first to shatter their function as vehicles of idea, memory, hope, or regret."
- Thomas Harrison
(Related: Idea, Hope, First, Memory, Regret, Words)
"I have a lot of regrets, but I'm not going to think of them as regrets."
- Debbie Harry
"I certainly would have regretted not getting into wrestling. It's been very lucrative for me and I've been fortunate to get into it and make money and not do anything stupid where I invested in something that collapsed."
- Owen Hart
(Related: Money, Wrestling)
"The effort required by your endeavor now is not as hard as dealing with your regret later."
- Mike Hawkins
(Related: Effort, Now, Regret)
"The person whose doors I enter with most pleasure, and quit with most regret, never did me the smallest favor."
- William Hazlitt
(Related: Pleasure, Regret)
"I don't have nothing to regret at all in the past, except that I might've unintentionally hurt somebody else or something."
- Jimi Hendrix
(Related: Hurt, Nothing, Past, Regret)
"I have many regrets, and I'm sure everyone does. The stupid things you do, you regret... if you have any sense, and if you don't regret them, maybe you're stupid."
- Katharine Hepburn
(Related: Regret, Sense)
"Those of us who are today prepared to hazard our lives for the cause would regret having raised a finger, if we were able to organize only a new social system and not a more righteous one."
- Theodor Herzl
(Related: Cause, Regret, Today)
"I'd rather regret doing something than not doing something."
- James Hetfield
"I thought that by saying no and explaining my reasons my employer would abandon his social suggestions. However, to my regret, in the following few weeks, he continued to ask me out on several occasions."
- Anita Hill
(Related: Thought, Regret, Saying)
"I regret to say that we of the FBI are powerless to act in cases of oral-genital intimacy, unless it has in some way obstructed interstate commerce."
- J. Edgar Hoover
(Related: Act, Commerce, Intimacy, Regret)
"Prosecution I have managed to avoid; but I have been arrested, charged in a police court, have refused to be bound over, and thereupon have been unconditionally released - to my great regret; for I have always wanted to know what going to prison was like."
- Laurence Housman
(Related: Court, Police, Prison, Regret)
"When men are not regretting that life is so short, they are doing something to kill time."
- Edgar Watson Howe
(Related: Life, Men, Time)
"Now that we are cool, he said, and regret that we hurt each other, I am not sorry that it happened."
- William Henry Hudson
(Related: Hurt, Now, Regret)
"Please let me assure you, however, that the keen disappointment and regret which I feel in this regard serve only to enhance my profound appreciation of the great honor which you have done me; and my sincere gratitude for your generous action."
- Cordell Hull
(Related: Gratitude, Action, Appreciation, Disappointment, Honor, Regret)
"While I have some regrets that this is my last opportunity to deliver a State of the State address, I appreciate and am humbled by the opportunities this great state has given me."
- Jane D. Hull
(Related: Opportunity, State)
"War seems to be one of the most salutary phenomena for the culture of human nature; and it is not without regret that I see it disappearing more and more from the scene."
- Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt
(Related: War, Nature, Culture, Human nature, Regret)
"I already gave my best. I have no regrets at all."
- William Hung
"I did Polyester, and I don't regret one minute of it. It was wonderful."
- Tab Hunter
"I regret all of my books."
- Zora Neale Hurston
(Related: Books, Regret)
"I have always found that if I move with seventy-five percent or more of the facts that I usually never regret it. It's the guys who wait to have everything perfect that drive you crazy."
- Lee Iacocca
(Related: Facts, Regret)
"It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes."
- Andrew Jackson
"I am a Senator against my wishes and feelings, which I regret more than any other of my life."
- Andrew Jackson
(Related: Life, Feelings, Regret, Wishes)
"I would sincerely regret, and which never shall happen whilst I am in office, a military guard around the President."
- Andrew Jackson
(Related: Military, Office, President, Regret)
"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
(Related: Past, Regret, Want)
"I think I don't regret a single 'excess' of my responsive youth - I only regret, in my chilled age, certain occasions and possibilities I didn't embrace."
- Henry James
(Related: Age, Possibilities, Regret, Youth)
"Well, if you're talking about the current climate, there's a lack of content in American film because I think people are deeply confused about their emotions, and they don't regret certain aspects of their own foreign policy."
- Neil Jordan
(Related: People, Policy, American, Climate, Content, Emotions, Film, Foreign policy, Regret, Talking)
"It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret."
- Jackie Joyner-Kersee
"I have no regrets. I don't believe in looking back. What I am proudest of? Working really hard... and achieving as much as I could."
- Elena Kagan
"You make mistakes, but I don't have any regrets. I'm the kind of person who takes responsibility for it and deals with it. I learn from everything I do. I work very hard, I have so many things going on in my life. Get to know me and see who I am."
- Kim Kardashian
(Related: Work, Life, Deals, Mistakes, Responsibility)
"Uncertainty is the worst of all evils until the moment when reality makes us regret uncertainty."
- Alphonse Karr
(Related: Reality, Regret, Uncertainty)
"Both of us are known for probably at times regrettable streak of independence."
- David Kay
"It's commonly said that people who've been ill in childhood and who've had an upset education never really regret that they do. It means that you don't look at the world in the way that other people do, and if you were inclined to be a writer, that's a help."
- John Keegan
(Related: Education, People, Childhood, Help, Regret, World, Writer)
"I see it all perfectly; there are two possible situations - one can either do this or that. My honest opinion and my friendly advice is this: do it or do not do it - you will regret both."
- Soren Kierkegaard
(Related: Advice, Opinion, Regret, Will)
"Accept everything about yourself - I mean everything, You are you and that is the beginning and the end - no apologies, no regrets."
- Henry A. Kissinger
(Related: Apologies, Beginning, End)
"I don't have to wait until the next morning to regret something I did that was kinda dumb."
- Bobby Knight
(Related: Dumb, Regret)
"I don't regret any decisions I've made in my life."
- Gladys Knight
(Related: Life, Decisions, Regret)
"Whatever the opposite of regret is best describes how I've always felt about that decision - it opened me up to a million creative opportunities I needed to experience away from the bull and distorting mirrors that fame engenders."
- David Knopfler
(Related: Experience, Decision, Fame, Regret)
"Looking back at it now, I really feel like it was a gift because I don't know if I have the talent to become a prima ballerina. It's such a hard job to have. I don't have any regrets about it."
- Diane Kruger
(Related: Talent, Job, Now)
"You can have immediate regrets, but if you look at stuff and say, 'Things happen for a reason', there's a fatalistic thing about it. Something will happen that will justify it in some way."
- Martin Landau
(Related: Reason, Will)
"Were it not better to forget than to remember and regret?"
- Letitia Landon
(Related: Forget, Regret)
"I do not regret one moment of my life."
- Lillie Langtry
(Related: Life, Regret)
"I never regretted what I turned down."
- Angela Lansbury
"Forget regret, or life is yours to miss."
- Jonathan Larson
(Related: Life, Forget, Regret)
"I made decisions that I regret, and I took them as learning experiences... I'm human, not perfect, like anybody else."
- Queen Latifah
(Related: Decisions, Learning, Regret)
"I shall have less cause to regret the carrying my intended purpose into effect, foreseeing that you may immediately fill with advantage, the vacancy which will presently happen."
- Henry Laurens
(Related: Purpose, Cause, Effect, May, Regret, Will)
"There's no regret. You can't regret. I mean, I've felt regret but I've also refused to allow regret to sow a seed and live in me because I don't believe it. You feel it, it's like guilt, it's like jealousy, it's like all those horrible things. You've just got to snip them and get them out, because they're no good."
- Jude Law
(Related: Guilt, Jealousy, Regret)
"I want to live my life so that my nights are not full of regrets."
- David Herbert Lawrence
(Related: Life, Want)
"My biggest regret in life is that I didn't hit John Denver in the mouth while I has the chance."
- Denis Leary
(Related: Life, Chance, Regret)
"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
(Related: Life, Light, Regret, Will, World)
"I had always thought of starting my own record company. I haven't regretted the decision - yet!"
- Julian Lennon
(Related: Thought, Decision, Company)
"Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind."
- C. S. Lewis
(Related: Regret, World)
"I have a beautiful son, I don't regret it, I'm very proud of the way that we handle our relationship and the way that we keep our son first and that's our priority."
- Nia Long
(Related: Son, First, Regret)
"I don't regret anything I ever do or say. I don't like to live my life being censored. I like to say what I feel, and I think people respect that because you're honest."
- Eva Longoria
(Related: Life, People, Being, Regret, Respect)
"There are people still in the Republican Party that I believe practice the communication of anger, of disappointment, of regret, of pain, of sorrow, of suffering. That's not what the American people want to hear."
- Frank Luntz
(Related: Anger, People, American, Communication, Disappointment, Pain, Party, Practice, Regret, Republican, Sorrow, Suffering, Want)
"When I am in the Scottish Parliament chamber, I often feel the need to sit for the entire debate. It's only courteous to listen to what everyone has to say, although I often find myself desperate to say something but too scared to stand up in case I regret it."
- Margo MacDonald
(Related: Debate, Parliament, Regret)
"I should not regret a fair and full trial of the entire abolition of capital punishment."
- James Madison
(Related: Punishment, Regret)
"Of course there are regrets. I shall regret always that I found my own authentic voice in politics. I was too conservative, too conventional. Too safe, too often. Too defensive. Too reactive. Later, too often on the back foot."
- John Major
(Related: Politics, Conservative, Regret, Voice)
"I inherited a sick economy and passed on a sound one. But one abiding regret for me is that, in between, I did not have the resources to put in place the educational and social changes about which I cared to much; I made only a beginning, and it was not enough."
- John Major
(Related: Beginning, Economy, Regret, Sound)
"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
(Related: Life, Energy, Regret, Waste)
"I'm sad to see the passing of the great drug warriors. I certainly did my part in that battle and I don't regret any of it."
- Marc Maron
(Related: Battle, Regret)
"Here I am, safely returned over those peaks from a journey far more beautiful and strange than anything I had hoped for or imagined - how is it that this safe return brings such regret?"
- Peter Matthiessen
(Related: Journey, Regret)
"My only regret about being gay is that I repressed it for so long. I surrendered my youth to the people I feared when I could have been out there loving someone. Don't make that mistake yourself. Life's too damn short."
- Armistead Maupin
(Related: Life, Mistake, People, Being, Gay, Regret, Youth)
"That's why I made decisions; they were tough decisions but we shouldn't feel bad at all - don't look back with any regrets, that's how I made decisions as governor."
- Scott McCallum
"Is it really so difficult to tell a good action from a bad one? I think one usually knows right away or a moment afterward, in a horrid flash of regret."
- Mary McCarthy
(Related: Action, Regret, Right)
"It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary to put all the play and learning into childhood, all the work into middle age, and all the regrets into old age."
- Margaret Mead
(Related: Age, Work, Childhood, Learning, Middle age, Old, Play)
"Regrettably, it has become clear that torture of detainees in United States custody is not limited to Abu Ghraib or even Iraq. Since Abu Ghraib, there have been increasing reports of torture."
- Marty Meehan
(Related: Iraq, states, United)
"The difference between a moral man and a man of honor is that the latter regrets a discreditable act, even when it has worked and he has not been caught."
- H. L. Mencken
(Related: Act, Difference, Honor, Man)
"Of my four marriages, the one to Bob Levitt is the only one I don't regret."
- Ethel Merman
"I have no regrets in my life. I think that everything happens to you for a reason. The hard times that you go through build character, making you a much stronger person."
- Rita Mero
(Related: Life, Character, Reason)
"Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets."
- Arthur Miller
(Related: Hope, End, Right)
"There have been loads of times I have regretted meeting Paul because I was so happy in my old life."
- Heather Mills
(Related: Life, Meeting, Old)
"The regrets of yesterday and the fear of tomorrow can kill you."
- Liza Minelli
(Related: Fear, Tomorrow, Yesterday)
"I was a complete loon, but I don't regret a bit of it."
- Rhona Mitra
"We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us."
- Lucy Maud Montgomery
(Related: Future, Mistakes, Regret)
"I've no regrets. You take responsibility for your actions."
- Ron Moody
(Related: Actions, Responsibility)
"The day will come, however, when they will truly know the Unification Church and me. The day will come when the truth will be known and the message of love will be taught. On that day, their regret will be deep."
- Sun Myung Moon
(Related: Love, Truth, Church, Day, Deep, Regret, Will)
"I do not have time to sit down and regret anything although sometimes I wish I had been able to see more of my parents while they were alive and have done more for them."
- Roger Moore
(Related: Time, Parents, Regret)
"Of course I do not regret the Bond days, I regret that sadly heroes in general are depicted with guns in their hands, and to tell the truth I have always hated guns and what they represent."
- Roger Moore
(Related: Truth, Heroes, Regret)
"I'm very lucky, I'm happy with life because my experiences led me to do what I had to do. I don't have any regrets whatsoever."
- Van Morrison
"It's my responsibility, and entirely my fault, Of course I regret it. It's the kind of locker-room conversation we all use, but as prime minister I shouldn't have used it."
- Brian Mulroney
(Related: Conversation, Fault, Regret, Responsibility)
"The bed is a bundle of paradoxes: we go to it with reluctance, yet we quit it with regret; we make up our minds every night to leave it early, but we make up our bodies every morning to keep it late."
- Ogden Nash
(Related: Bed, Night, Regret)
"We believe that the vote would have been close. We regret that in the face of an explicit threat to veto by a permanent member, the vote-counting became a secondary consideration."
- John Negroponte
(Related: Consideration, Regret, Vote)
"I had the benefit of experiencing a hundred times more than the average kid. I don't look back with regret at all. It was the best life ever."
- Corin Nemec
(Related: Life, Regret)
"I don't know how many sacred cows there are today. I think there's a little confusion between humor and gross passing for humor. That's kind of regrettable."
- Bob Newhart
(Related: Humor, Confusion, Cows, Today)
"I don't really believe in regrets."
- Wayne Newton
"When I left school I went on trip around the world - I only got as far as Australia, but like a bloody fool I cut it short because of a girl. It's probably one of my big regrets in life."
- Ben Nicholson
(Related: Life, Fool, School, World)
"Those who give of themselves rarely regret it."
- Marvin Olasky
"Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves - regret for the past and fear of the future."
- Fulton Oursler
(Related: Fear, Future, Past, Regret)
"We crucify ourselves between two thieves: regret for yesterday and fear of tomorrow."
- Fulton Oursler
(Related: Fear, Regret, Tomorrow, Yesterday)
"Consequently, I won just about everything I set out to win, everything bar the World Cup, of course. But even now, I don't regret that, because I was part of a team which twice reached the semi-finals."
- Michel Patini
(Related: Now, Regret, World)
"I gave everything in my career so I have no regrets at all."
- Michel Patini
"I have absolutely no regret about my vote against this war. The same questions remain. The cost in human lives, the cost to our budget, probably 100 billion. We could have probably brought down that statue for a lot less."
- Nancy Pelosi
(Related: War, Questions, Regret, Vote)
"Speak when you are angry - and you'll make the best speech you'll ever regret."
- Laurence J. Peter
(Related: Regret, Speech)
"I regret and suffer those losses, but it's God's will. He will pardon me if I committed excesses, but I don't think I did."
- Augusto Pinochet
(Related: God, Regret, Will)
"No, I never went to college. Always regretted it, always envied people who did."
- Sydney Pollack
(Related: People, College)
"Leaving England was a painful decision, and we still have some regrets about it. However, at that time, the research environment for theoretical chemistry was clearly better in the U.S."
- John Pople
(Related: Time, Decision, EnglEnvironment, Research)
"I am the son of peasants and I know what is happening in the villages. That is why I wanted to take revenge, and I regret nothing."
- Gavrilo Princip
(Related: Son, Nothing, Regret, Revenge)
"Anyone who doesn't regret the passing of the Soviet Union has no heart. Anyone who wants it restored has no brains."
- Vladimir Putin
(Related: Heart, Regret)
"I was recently on a tour of Latin America, and the only regret I have was that I didn't study Latin harder in school so I could converse with those people."
- Dan Quayle
(Related: People, America, Regret, School, Study)
"We ran three cars last year. Unfortunately, as time went on, we did have to let a few people go, which we regretted, but just because of the situation."
- Bobby Rahal
(Related: Time, People)
"Never regret anything you have done with a sincere affection; nothing is lost that is born of the heart."
- Basil Rathbone
(Related: Heart, Affection, Nothing, Regret)
"He thinks with regret of the great days when he could at harvest time at least go down into Hungary and work on the big estates and bring back, as his wage, a side of bacon for the winter. That was wealth, to him."
- Douglas Reed
(Related: Time, Work, Wealth, Harvest, Regret, Wage, Winter)
"If you can play guitar and sing, you can probably get a gig down the road playing at a restaurant, but don't throw your life away chasing something that is so elusive it will only lead you to regret and may turn you bitter."
- Cliff Richard
(Related: Life, Guitar, May, Play, Regret, Road, Will)
"For my own part, I abandon the ethics of duty to the Hegelian critique with no regrets; it would appear to me, indeed, to have been correctly characterized by Hegel as an abstract thought, as a thought of understanding."
- Paul Ricoeur
(Related: Thought, Duty, Ethics, Understanding)
"I don't really believe in regret. I think you can always learn from the past, but I wouldn't want a different life."
- Molly Ringwald
(Related: Life, Past, Regret, Want)
"We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment."
- Jim Rohn
(Related: Discipline, Disappointment, Pain, Regret)
"The only time you really live fully is from thirty to sixty. The young are slaves to dreams; the old servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits."
- Theodore Roosevelt
(Related: Time, Dreams, Old, Senses)
"Falsity cannot keep an idea from being beautiful; there are certain errors of such ingenuity that one could regret their not ranking among the achievements of the human mind."
- Jean Rostand
(Related: Idea, Being, Errors, Mind, Regret)
"O love, if I regret the age when one savors you, it is not for the hour of pleasure, but for the one that follows it."
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
(Related: Age, Love, Pleasure, Regret)
"In his first 100 days, Mr. Obama has put the fate of his presidency in the hands of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He may come to regret that decision."
- Karl Rove
(Related: Leader, Decision, Fate, First, Majority, May, Presidency, Regret, Senate)
"The follies which a man regrets the most in his life are those which he didn't commit when he had the opportunity."
- Helen Rowland
(Related: Life, Opportunity, Man)
"Always Do Your Best. Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret."
- Miguel Angel Ruiz
(Related: Change, Circumstance, Regret, Self, Will)
"You have to be young to be able to do things like that. Now I'm more cautious. I'm proud that I was able to do what I did - psychologically it was a great wall to climb - but sometimes I regret it."
- Mathias Rust
(Related: Now, Regret)
"I regret what happened. I saw no other possibility to achieve my goal. It was not hooliganism."
- Mathias Rust
(Related: Goal, Possibility, Regret)
"It is to be deeply regretted that the clergymen would oppose an effort to teach the people the Bible truths; nevertheless, we find much opposition everywhere, and many clergymen will attempt to prevent the people from reading what is here written."
- Joseph Franklin Rutherford
(Related: People, Bible, Effort, Opposition, Reading, Will)
"The one thing I regret is that I will never have time to read all the books I want to read."
- Francoise Sagan
(Related: Time, Books, Regret, Want, Will)
"Once my heart was captured, reason was shown the door, deliberately and with a sort of frantic joy. I accepted everything, I believed everything, without struggle, without suffering, without regret, without false shame. How can one blush for what one adores?"
- George Sand
(Related: Heart, Blush, Joy, Reason, Regret, Shame, Struggle, Suffering)
"Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness."
- George Sand
(Related: Hesitation, Kindness, Regret, Treasure)
"It was a wonderful experience to play in the NFL, and I have no regrets. I truly will miss playing for the Lions. I consider the Lions' players, coaches, staff, management and fans my family. I leave on good terms with everyone in the organization."
- Barry Sanders
(Related: Experience, Family, Management, Coaches, Fans, Play, Will)
"We can come to look upon the deaths of our enemies with as much regret as we feel for those of our friends, namely, when we miss their existence as witnesses to our success."
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Related: Success, Enemies, Existence, Friends, Regret)
"I believe the war on terror is the vital discussion of this decade and of our generation, probably. To win the war on terror, you need a good offense and a good defense. On defense, I regret to say, basically, this administration has not come close to doing what is necessary."
- Charles Schumer
(Related: War, Defense, Regret, Terror)
"We are weak, writing is difficult, but for my own sake I do not regret this journey, which has shown that Englishmen can endure hardships, help one another, and meet death with as great a fortitude as ever in the past."
- Robert Falcon Scott
(Related: Death, Help, Journey, Past, Regret, Writing)
"But we have been to the Pole and we shall die like gentlemen. I regret only for the women we leave behind."
- Robert Falcon Scott
(Related: Women, Gentlemen, Regret)
"As you grow older, you'll find the only things you regret are the things you didn't do."
- Zachary Scott
"No, I don't regret anything at this point. That may change on the next phone call, but at the moment I don't regret anything."
- William Shatner
(Related: Change, May, Regret)
"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."
(Related: Depression, Future, Grief, Mind, Mistakes, Past, Regret, Will)
"I can honestly say that I regret nothing... like I said I have the best of both worlds."
- Kim Smith
(Related: Nothing, Regret)
"If I have any regrets, I could say that I'm sorry I wasn't a better writer or a better singer."
- Patti Smith
"Let us not bankrupt our todays by paying interest on the regrets of yesterday and by borrowing in advance the troubles of tomorrow."
- Ralph W. Sockman
(Related: Borrowing, Interest, Tomorrow, Yesterday)
"The aggregation of large fortunes is not at all a thing to be regretted."
- William Graham Sumner
"I often regret that I have spoken; never that I have been silent."
- Publilius Syrus
"Do I regret taking the company public? Yes and no. Yes, because it put us under enormous pressure for a young company to go public at that point in its history, something you never could have done in the old days."
- David Talbot
(Related: History, Company, Old, Pressure, Public, Regret)
"I have no regrets about launching Salon. For the life of me, I can't imagine doing anything else."
- David Talbot
"My part had three lines. I said, 'You look wonderful, sir,' three times. All my friends said, 'Do not take that role - and do not understudy. You'll regret it the rest of your life.' I did both of those things, and I've never regretted it once."
- Jeffrey Tambor
(Related: Life, Friends, Regret, Rest)
"I have always done my duty. I am ready to die. My only regret is for the friends I leave behind me."
- Zachary Taylor
(Related: Duty, Friends, Regret)
"Had we not pursued the hydrogen bomb, there is a very real threat that we would now all be speaking Russian. I have no regrets."
- Edward Teller
"It wouldn't be New Year's if I didn't have regrets."
- William Thomas
(Related: New year)
"I've never known a musician who regretted being one. Whatever deceptions life may have in store for you, music itself is not going to let you down."
- Virgil Thomson
(Related: Life, Music, Being, May)
"I don't go around regretting things that don't happen."
- Virgil Thomson
"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
(Related: Interest, Regret, Sorrow)
"I have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was born."
- Henry David Thoreau
"Nevertheless, China was unfortunately unable to understand Japan's real position, and it is greatly to be regretted that the Sino-Japanese War became one of long duration."
- Hideki Tojo
"Business wise, I have always learned valuable lessons so I don't regret any decisions I have made."
- Kiana Tom
(Related: Business, Decisions, Regret)
"I very much regret, in appearing before you at your request, to address you on the present state of the country, and the prospect before us, that I can bring you no good tidings."
- Robert Toombs
(Related: Country, Present, Regret, State)
"I've never regretted not making Linux shareware: I really don't like the pay for use binary shareware programs."
- Linus Torvalds
"Walt Disney got away with portraying me in the light that they were portraying me in. I have always been a fighter, so... But I have no regrets, man. It's just like God brought me through the drugs, I know he'll bring me through this."
- Ike Turner
(Related: God, Disney, Drugs, Light, Man)
"I'm not gonna try to defend, or undo what's been done. All I could say about whatever's been done, it's been done, and it's water under the bridge. I have no regrets of my life."
- Ike Turner
(Related: Life, Water)
"I regret not having had more time with my kids when they were growing up."
- Tina Turner
(Related: Time, Growing up, Kids, Regret)
"Later in my life, I'm going to look back and smile and be very fulfilled. I know that if I don't give it my all right now I'll regret it later. That's very important to me, because I've worked all my life to have this."
- Shania Twain
(Related: Life, Now, Regret, Right, Smile)
"My father died. It is still a deep regret to me this day that in choosing acting as my career I was forced to hurt him. He died too early to see I had done the right, the only thing."
- Conrad Veidt
(Related: Father, Acting, Career, Day, Deep, Hurt, Regret, Right)
"I have always believed, heretofore, in the doctrines of the Declaration of Independence, that all men are born free and equal; but of late it appears that some men are born slaves, and I regret that they are not black, so all the world might know them."
- Benjamin F. Wade
(Related: Men, Independence, Regret, World)
"I think you always have regrets."
- Clint Walker
"Regrets are idle; yet history is one long regret. Everything might have turned out so differently."
- Charles Dudley Warner
(Related: History, Regret)
"Mom never quit on me. My only regret is that she didn't live long enough to share some of the money and comforts my work in show business has brought me."
- Ethel Waters
(Related: Business, Mom, Money, Work, Regret)
"I don't have any regrets. When I quit college and moved to Los Angeles to become an actress, it was so that I would not look back and have any regrets."
- Amy Weber
"Last Friday night, I Twitted a photograph of myself that I intended to send as a direct message as part of a joke to a woman in Seattle. Once I realized I posted to Twitter I panicked, I took it down and said that I had been hacked. I then continued with that story, to stick to that story which was a hugely regrettable mistake."
- Anthony Weiner
(Related: Mistake, Night, Woman)
"I was trying to protect my wife, I was trying to protect myself from shame, and I really regret it."
- Anthony Weiner
(Related: Wife, Regret, Shame, Trying)
"He had to deal all at once with the packed regrets and stifled memories of an inarticulate lifetime."
- Edith Wharton
"The record company really pissed me off when they told me to lose weight. I couldn't be bothered with looking a certain way. So I left the business. I don't regret it."
- Kim Wilde
(Related: Business, Company, Regret, Weight)
"Most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes."
- Oscar Wilde
(Related: People, Common sense, Mistakes)
"There's no point regretting things. If you can't do the time, don't do the crime. Life's too short to worry about things I've said."
- Robbie Williams
(Related: Life, Time, Crime, Worry)
"If I am no longer disturbed myself, I will deal less with disturbed people, but I don't regret having concerned myself with them because I think most of us are disturbed."
- Tennessee Williams
(Related: People, Regret, Will)
"It is like writing history with lightning and my only regret is that it is all so terribly true."
- Woodrow Wilson
(Related: History, Regret, Writing)
"Regrettably, I do sometimes have to fight a tendency to be bitchy."
- Marie Windsor
"There have been trade-offs every day, every month, every year. There's a lot that I missed and I do have regrets in that area. But I have been able to bring to my family the richness of being a journalist."
- Judy Woodruff
(Related: Family, Being, Day, Richness, Trade)
"No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. She will not want new fashions nor regret the loss of expensive diversions or variety of company if she can be amused with an author in her closet."
- Mary Wortley
(Related: Company, Entertainment, Loss, Pleasure, Reading, Regret, Variety, Want, Will)
"To the fantastic mental illness of Rationalism, hard facts are regrettable things, and to talk about them is to create them."
- Francis Parker Yockey
(Related: Facts, Illness, Talk)
"A certain recluse, I know not who, once said that no bonds attached him to this life, and the only thing he would regret leaving was the sky."
- Kenko Yoshida
(Related: Life, Regret, Sky)
"Perfection is such a nuisance that I often regret having cured myself of using tobacco."
- Emile Zola
(Related: Perfection, Regret)
"In history as in human life, regret does not bring back a lost moment and a thousand years will not recover something lost in a single hour."
- Stefan Zweig
(Related: History, Life, Regret, Will, Years)