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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
The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.Harriet Beecher Stowe
Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can't build on it; it's only good for wallowing in.Katherine Mansfield
People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.Bob Dylan
Let's not burden our remembrance with a heaviness that's gone.William Shakespeare
To regret deeply is to live afresh.Henry David Thoreau
You'll seldom experience regret for anything that you've done. It is what you haven't done that will torment you. The message, therefore, is clear. Do it! Develop an appreciation for the present moment. Seize every second of your life and savor it. Value your present moments. Using them up in any self-defeating ways means you've lost them forever.Wayne Dyer
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
Footfalls echo in the memory down the passage which we did not take towards the door we never opened into the rose-garden.T. S. Eliot
Regrets are the natural property of gray hairs.Charles Dickens
Remorse, the fatal egg that pleasure laid.William Cowper
There is no man, however wise, who has not at some period of his youth said things, or lived in a way the consciousness of which is so unpleasant to him in later life that he would gladly, if he could, expunge it from his memory.Marcel Proust
People have to face regrets. Becoming mature means learning to accept what you cannot change, facing unresolved sorrows and learning to love life as it really happens, not as you would have it happen. When someone attaches unkindness to criticism, she's angry. Angry people need to criticize as an outlet for their anger. That's why you must reject unkind criticism. Unkind criticism is never part of a meaningful critique of you. Its purpose is not to teach or to help, its purpose is to punish. Life isn't supposed to be an all or nothing battle between misery and bliss. Life isn't supposed to be a battle at all. And when it comes to happiness, well, sometimes life is just okay, sometimes it's comfortable, sometimes wonderful, sometimes boring, sometimes unpleasant. When your day's not perfect, it's not a failure or a terrible loss. It's just another day.Barbara Sher
Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.Arthur Miller
We rarely repent of having eaten too little.Thomas Jefferson
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
Make the most of your regrets; never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it till it come to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh.Henry David Thoreau
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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
It's not what your are, it's what you don't become that hurts.Oscar Levant
I believe that he was really sorry that people would not believe he was sorry that he was not more sorry.