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Published Thursday, October 23, 2014 @ 8:18 PM EDT
Oct 23 2014

A faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets.
-Arthur C. Clarke

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

A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.
-John Barrymore

Beware of starting what you may later regret.
-Publilius Syrus

Fools live to regret their words, wise men to regret their silence.
-Will Henry

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

I always look for a woman who has a tattoo. I see a woman with a tattoo, and I'm thinking, okay, here's a gal who's capable of making a decision she'll regret in the future.
-Richard Jeni

I bequeath all my property to my wife on the condition that she remarry immediately. Then there will be at least one man to regret my death.
-Heinrich Heine

I only regret getting caught. I don't regret anything else.
-Heidi Fleiss

I regret that, in our attempt to establish some standards, we didn't make them stick. We couldn't find a way to pass them on to another generation, really.
-Walter Cronkite

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

I want to live my life so that my nights are not full of regrets.
-D.H. Lawrence

I'm really glad that our young people missed the Depression, and missed the great big war. But I do regret that they missed the leaders that I knew. Leaders who told us when things were tough, and that we would have to sacrifice, and these difficulties might last awhile. They didn't tell us things were hard for us because we were different, or isolated, or special interests. They brought us together and they gave us a sense of national purpose.
-Ann Richards

If the chance ever comes to you to fall in love, grab it, every time. You might always live to regret it, but you won't find anything to beat it, and you won't know if it will come to you once more.
-Joseph Heller

In middle age we are apt to reach the horrifying conclusion that all sorrow, all pain, all passionate regret and loss and bitter disillusionment are self-made.
-Kathleen Norris

In the life of each of us, I said to myself, there is a place remote and islanded, and given to endless regret or secret happiness.
-Sarah Orne Jewett

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

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

Never regret something that once made you smile.
-Amber Deckers

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

Never regret. If it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's experience.
-Eleanor Hibbert

Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it's too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.
-Oscar Wilde

Oh, Lord, it is not the sins I have committed that I regret, but those which I have had no opportunity to commit.
-Sheykh Ghalib

Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for things we did not do that is inconsolable.
-Sydney J. Harris

Regret for wasted time is more wasted time.
-Mason Cooley

Regrets are illuminations come too late.
-Joseph Campbell

Some die because they feel everything, others because they feel nothing. Some are fools because they suffer no regrets, and others because they do.
-Baltasar Gracián

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

The follies a man regrets most in his life are those which he didn't commit when he had the opportunity.
-Helen Rowland

The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Accept life, and you must accept regret.
-Henri Frédéric Amiel

The only thing I regret about my past is the length of it. If I had to live my life again, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner.
-Tallulah Bankhead

To regret one's own experiences is to arrest one's own development.
-Oscar Wilde

We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us.
-Lucy Maud Montgomery

You may regret your silence once, but you will regret your words often.
-Ian Gabirol

Your children make it impossible to regret your past. They're its finest fruits. Sometimes the only ones.
-Anna Quindlen

Youth is a blunder; Manhood a struggle; Old Age a regret.
-Benjamin Disraeli


(October 24 is also the birthday of Moss Hart and Stephen Covey.)

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