Quintessential Quotes – Ruminations on Regret

Regrets… we’ve all had a few.  Disappointed by what could have been, what should have been, by what may never come to pass.  Regret can derail your joy, lock you in the disappointment and sadness of yesterday’s missed opportunities. It is a thief of the present moment.  As painful as regret may be, there are lessons to be learned.  Below are some insightful ruminations on the subject of regret.

“Never regret your past.  Rather, embrace it as the teacher it is.”  Robin Sharma

“I think the only advice I can give you on how to live your life well is, first off, remember… it’s not the things we do in life that we regret on our deathbed, it is the things we do not.”  Randy Pausch

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

“I don’t regret anything, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t look back and think, ‘What was I thinking?'”  David Beckham

“Regret is the worst human emotion.  If you took another road, you might have fallen off a cliff.  I’m content.”  William Shatner

“Sometimes over things that I did, movies that didn’t turn our very well – you go, ‘Why did you do that?’  But in the end, I can’t regret them because I met amazing people.  There was always something that was worth it.”  Robin Williams

“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

“We must all suffer from one of two pains:  The pain of discipline or the pain of regret.  The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.”  Jim Rohn

“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


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