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Jade Small
Jade Small
January 15, 2024 ·  4 min read

15 Quotes About Regret to Help You Let Go

It’s essential for us to learn to let go to move forward and live our best life. Holding onto grudges, pain, anger, and the mistakes we’ve made in life can prevent us from reaching our full potential. Learning to let go allows us to focus on the present moment. It can also give us the strength to leave unhealthy relationships, stop bad habits, and remove limiting beliefs holding us back. Letting go is easier said than done. If you are looking for some inspiration, consider these quotes about regret.

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1. Don’t regret the past – keep moving on

 This quote is about living in the present instead of dwelling in the past. “Let’s dare to promote ourselves to better ‘us’ by working hard and moving forward instead of regretting and rewinding the past.” – Pantea Kalhor

2. Past decisions have been helpful even if you don’t realize it

This quote is similar to the first one. It also speaks about not overthinking decisions you’ve made in the past. “Stop fretting about past decisions. They have provided valuable wisdom. Go forward without fear or regret.” – Paul Martens

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Mistakes are inevitable, not regrettable

We, humans, are mistake-making machines. This is our flaw, but also the best method for learning what not to do. “Don’t regret your mistakes. You’ll always make mistakes. The better you are, the less mistakes you make. The only way to get better is to thoroughly analyze your mistakes.” – James Altucher

4. Regret can annihilate

We can reframe our memory of the past, but the future will happen regardless. “The past could always be annihilated. Regret, denial, or forgetfulness could do that. But the future was inevitable.” – Oscar Wilde

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5. Don’t regret a past you cannot change

Everyone wishes they could go back in time to change something that went wrong. However, that’s an unrealistic daydream. We should learn to accept where we are to move forward. “We all do things we desperately wish we could undo. Those regrets just become part of who we are, along with everything else. To spend time trying to change that, well, it’s like chasing clouds.” – Libba Bray

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6. Never regret being yourself

We should strive to live our authentic selves instead of the person society expects us to be. “One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.” – Shannon L. Alder

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7. The oddest emotions

“Regret is an odd emotion because it comes only upon reflection. Regret lacks immediacy, and so its power seldom influences events when it could do some good.” – William O’Rourke

8. “Regret does not bring back a lost moment,”

“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

9. We cannot change our past regrets

“Sure, you wish you did some things differently. But there is no sense in becoming burdened with regret over things you have no power to change.” – Rihanna

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10. There is no place like the present

“If you aren’t in the moment, you are either looking forward to uncertainty, or back to pain and regret.” – Jim Carrey.

11. Are you in control?

Wishing we could take back something we said or did can be debilitating. So many of us are controlled by the fears of our past that it controls us. “We don’t have to be defined by the things we did or didn’t do in our past. Some people allow themselves to be controlled by regret. Maybe it’s a regret, maybe it’s not. It’s merely something that happened. Get over it.” – Pittacus Lore

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12. Cast your eyes forward

Catherine says we only regret what we haven’t learned from.  “Regrets only apply when we don’t learn from a situation. No sense looking back, look forward with new knowledge and no regret.” – Catherine Pulsifer

13. “We all make mistakes”

You are a product of your progress, not your mistakes. “We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here now with the power to shape your day and your future.” – Steve Maraboli

14. Do not regret the closed door

According to Alexander, when we let go, we make room to grow further.  “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

15. No more brooding

If you focus too much on your failures, you will not see the positive opportunities coming your way. “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.” – Swami Sivananda

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