200 Relationship Regret Quotes in Love and Life

Filed in Quote by on December 4, 2023

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Everyone has experienced one regret or the other in their life. It is part of what makes us human. Relationship regrets are one of those things. That is why we have compiled these relationship regret quotes for you, to help encourage you to move on.

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Regret Quotes

1. “Sometimes, forgetting is the best gift you can give yourself to let go of your regrets.”

2. “My dad used to say that living with regrets was like driving a car that only moved in reverse.” – Jodi Picoult

3. “Sometimes I want to go back in time and punch myself in the face.”

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4. No amount of guilt can change the past and no amount of worrying can change the future.” – Umar ibn Al-Khattab

5. “No man has no regrets, it is one of those things in life that we all have in common.”

6. “When we grow old, there can only be one regret – not to have given enough of ourselves.” – Eleonora Duse

7. “I wouldn’t say I regret anything. I would say I wish I did things better.” – Greg Oden

8. “Regret is such a terrible feeling but I don’t regret the love, the hurt, the moments…just regret I didn’t see this coming.”

9. “Never regret anything you have done with a sincere affection; nothing is lost that is born of the heart.” – Basil Rathbone

10. “Eventually, your decisions come to a bigger picture, and you will be happier for them.”

11. “Always tell someone how you feel, because opportunities are lost in the blink of an eye but regret can last for a lifetime.”

12. “The longer our trail of regrets, the more we tend to value the importance of making wise decisions.” – Bob Santos

13. “The first law of nature is self-preservation. Cut off that which may harm you. But if it is worth preserving, and is meaningful, nourish it and have no regrets. Ultimately, this is true living and love of self…from within.” – T.F. Hodge

14. “I have not an ounce of regret. Every link is so valuable in forming the chain that is my life. Who I am today is because of those links, and I wouldn’t change any of them.” – Alanis Morissette

15. Keep on being yourself and never regret anything in this world.

16. “I thought we were going to last forever, so why are you not here beside me?”

17. “Maybe someday, you will realize that what really matters is that you are done with it.”

18. “Do better things that will help you cover up or erase all the regrets you have in your life.”

19. “There comes a time when you can only revise what happened in your head.”

20. “Regrets are the worst things in this world, to wish for something impossible: to bring back time.”

21. Maybe tomorrow, things will be better if we stop judging others for the things they have.

22. “Relationships work best when you drop excess luggage from the past and live life forward with no regrets.”

23. “Forget about the regrets that you have right now and only think of the possibilities to come.”

24. “I am still wondering how I am ever going to live my life knowing you are not in it anymore.”

25. Do not blame anyone at all, do not regret things and live your life as you can.

26. “You were my what if, the one who got away, the person I wished could have stayed.”

27. “At one point in your life, you love this decision, you choose this, you wanted this.”

28. “One bad relationship could make you never fall in love again.”

29. “I don’t do regrets. Regrets are pointless. It’s too late for regrets. You’ve already done it, haven’t you? You’ve lived your life. No point wishing you could change it.” – Lemmy Kilmister

30. The key to not having regrets is to enjoy living your life to the fullest.

relationship regret quotes

31. “Spend some time with the people you love so that you would not have any regrets later on.”

32. “One day, you’re going to look back and think about us, and wonder why you let it slip away.”

33. “I just want to shut myself from the world and forget about the wrongs that I had done.”

34. “I am still wondering how I am ever going to live my life knowing you are not in it anymore.”

35. “Life is short to keep living it with regrets so try your best to make yourself forget.”

36. “You can’t blame someone for walking away if you didn’t do anything to make them stay.”

37. “Sometimes I am wishing for a time machine, to carry me back to the regrets of my life.”

38. Make sure that you will be smiling once you look back at your past.

39. “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

40. Life is going to be full of surprises, so keep being surprised and forget regrets.

41. The saddest things in the world are to live your life full of regrets and misunderstandings.

42. “Its like I’m waiting for you to realize what you let go of.”

43. “Everyone has regrets, for the things they did or the things that they chose not to do.”  

44. “I don’t dwell in the past; I don’t wallow in old events and emotions. I don’t waste time on regret. No use going over and over the details of what already happened.” – Yanni

45. “Don’t waste your time in anger, regrets, worries, and grudges. Life is too short to be unhappy.” – Roy T. Bennett

46. “Never give up on something you really want. It’s difficult to wait but it’s more difficult to regret.”                                                                                                                  

47. “The past could always be annihilated. Regret, denial, or forgetfulness could do that. But the future was inevitable.” – Oscar Wilde

48. “As long as you are happy with your life, the regrets you have will feel small to the point that it would not matter at all.”

49. “The mistakes have been done, it can never be erased but it can definitely be buried under the ground.”

Relationship Regret Quotes

50. Never let yourself be alone with regrets because it is going to be the end of you.

51. “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

52. “One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.” – Shannon L. Alder

53. “Tell the person you love what you feel about him before you regret not doing so.”

54. “Regret should be handled swiftly, and you shouldn’t hold onto it. People spend their entire lives regretting what they didn’t do and what they should’ve done. Hey, man, you did what you did.” – John Mellencamp

55. “One day you’re going to remember me and how much I loved you and then you’re going to hate yourself for letting me go.”

56. “I wouldn’t say I regret anything. I would say I wish I did things better.” – Greg Oden

57. If I did this, then maybe this would have happened ruined every person in this world.

58. “The simple fact is: sometimes you do regret the people you let into your life.”

59. “Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.” – Victoria Holt

60. I hope to see you when I go to our favourite café when I sit at our favourite seat.

61. “I spent too long making someone a priority for whom I was only an option.”

62. “These tears are not of regret, they are of sadness for the people who could have been here.”

63. Sometimes, I still imagine you here beside me, loving me like you used to before.

64. “Think of mistakes as detours to your success; know that things will be better in the future.”

65. When regrets eat you up inside, you die not to the naked eye, but your soul does.

66. “Maybe the answer has been right in front of you all along, you just did not notice it.”

67. “My dad used to say that living with regrets was like driving a car that only moved in reverse.” – Jodi Picoult

68. “The one thing I learned is to give everything a shot. You don’t want to live in regret.” – Chloe Kim

69. You deserve the things you get because of your choices, so do not regret them.

relationship regret quotes

70. Regrets are like skeletons in the closet, taunting you every single day you wake up.

71. “Before you let someone go, make sure its a choice you won’t regret. Not everything can be undone.”                                                                                                          

72. “Wanting her is hard to forget, loving her is hard to regret, losing her is hard to accept, but letting go is the most painful.”

73. “Stop living with regrets, they are very bad roommates; they would never let you be at peace.”

74. “There is no need to lament on the bygone failures, instead concentrate on things that you can change and let other things take their own course.” – Robert Gallagher

75. I never wanted you to leave me, I never wanted you to be gone, but you left; you are not here.

76. “Having regrets is sad; it is a nightmare, something that keeps on coming back.”

77. “Make sure that you are going to be smiling once you decide to look back at your past.”

78. The day I first saw you, I knew you would be one of the biggest regrets of my life.

79. “It takes only a moment to say you love someone, but a lifetime of regret if you let the moment slip away.”

Love Hurts Quotes

80. “I would much rather have regrets about not doing what people said, than regretting not doing what my heart led me to and wondering what life had been like if I’d just been myself.” – Brittany Renee

81. “I have tons of regrets, but I think that’s one reason that pushes people to create things. Out of their angst, their regret, comes the best from artists, painters and writers.” – Sylvester Stallone

82. “Never regret anything because it was exactly what you wanted at one time.”                

83. “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

84. Maybe the answer has been right in front of you all along; you did not notice it.

85. “Tell her you love her now that you have the chance because you might regret not doing so later.”

86. “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

87. “Everyone has regrets, for the things they did or the things that they chose not to do.”                                                                                                                                           

88. “What is the point in regretting this if you have decided to do this?”

89. “I have no regrets about this relationship but I promise letting me go will be yours…”- Alexis Oden

90. “Forget about the future, what matters is the now, you need to make the right decision.”

91. “If you are afraid to take a chance, take one anyway. What you don’t do can create the same regrets as the mistakes you make.” – Iyanla Vanzant

92. “I still hope that there will come a time when I do not feel all these regrets I have.”

93. “Regret doesn’t remind us that we did badly. It reminds us that we know we can do better.” – Kathryn Schulz

94. In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.”

95. “If your past comes back, remember the things that you have right now and why they are worth it.”

96. “Just give it your all, just love what you are doing and the regrets can come later.”

97. There comes a time when you can only revise what happened in your head.

98. “One day, you’re going to look back and think about us, and wonder why you let it slip away.”

99. History is nothing but regret, of the things we can never change, of the times that are done.

100. “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

101. “I hate how regret messes people up, makes them drive mad, makes them unhappy of their life.”

102. “Life is going to be full of surprises, so keep being surprised and forget regrets. The mistakes have been made, they can never be erased, but they can be buried under the ground.”

103. Every step that you take towards life is something that can be regretted, so be careful.

104. “You were my what if, the one who got away, the person I wished could have stayed.”

105. Think about it this way: the mistakes you made have helped mould you into a stronger person.

106. Take every failure as an experience, and you will never have an ounce of regret in your life.

107. “People usually do not recognize what is important in their life until it is already too late.”

108. “If you keep on regretting the things that are done, you will just keep on wasting your time.”

109. “Regret doesn’t remind us that we did badly. It reminds us that we know we can do better.” – Kathryn Schulz

110. “The biggest regret in relationship is not feeling happy about it and realizing it after so many years.” – Hrishikesh Zinjarde

111. “It hurts a lot when things are not going how you want it. I have quite a robust relationship with regret. You don’t know what the alternative would have been.”

112. “The biggest regret you will ever concur is letting go of someone you love.”

113. “You can’t blame someone for walking away if you didn’t do anything to make them stay.”

114. I still wish that you were here during those rainy days when I miss the warmth of your hugs.

115. “I made a mistake, now I’m living with the consequences. I regret it, I really do. And I’m sorry.”

116. “One day you’re gonna remember me, and remember how much I loved you…then you’re gonna regret letting me go.”- Drake

117. “That feeling of regret when time passes and you realize you’ve let the wrong person go…”

118. “I’m trying to make myself better. But I don’t regret anything that I’ve gone through, because it makes me who I am.” – Nick Carter

119. “I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.” – Lucille Bal Whenever the door opens, I am still hoping to see your face and your smile once again.

120. I have quite a robust relationship with regret. You simply don’t know what the alternative would have been.

Death Bed and Dying Quotes

121. “Don’t let today’s disappointments cast a shadow on tomorrow’s dreams. Keep moving forward.”

122. “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

123. “To heal a wound you need to stop touching it.”

124. “Sometimes your heart needs more time to accept what your mind already knows.”

125. “Just be patient, breathe. Wait for your time, keep grinding.”

126. “The past could always be annihilated. Regret, denial, or forgetfulness could do that. But the future was inevitable.” – Oscar Wilde

127. “No amount of regret can change the past. No amount of anxiety can change the future.”

128. “We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell

129. “Don’t let your past dictate who you are, but let it be a lesson that strengthens the person you’ll become.”

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130. “Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. if it’s bad, it’s experience.” – Jean Plaidy

131. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss

132. “Sometimes you have to forget what you want to remember what you deserve.”

133. “Sometimes good things fall apart so that better things can fall together.”

136. “Every breakup is an opportunity to do it right the next time.”

137. “At some point you have to let go of what you thought should happen and live what is happening.”

138. “In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take, relationships we were afraid to have, and the decisions we waited to long to make.”

139. “You never know what you have until you lose it, and once you lost it, you can never get it back.”

140. “I’m something you’ll regret losing, I can promise you that much.”

141. “People say you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone … truth is, you knew what you had, you just thought you’d never lose it.”

142. “One day you’ll regret everything you did to lose her.” – Nicole Clements

143. “Fear is temporary. Regret is forever.”

144. “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb

145. “I try to live again screaming silently for my lost dreams.”

146. “I hate that I’m still hoping.”

147. “If you follow your heart, you’re never going to regret anything, even if you completely mess up constantly.” – Kristen Stewart

148. “The cost of not following your heart, is spending the rest of your life wishing you had.”

149. “Don’t live with regrets. Follow your heart more than your head. Follow your intuition more than expectations from those close to you.”

Regret Quotes on Wasting Time

150. “A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.” – John Barrymore

151. “It’s insecurity that is always chasing you and standing in the way of your dreams.” – Vin Diesel

152. “If I follow my dream and it shatters – I can accept having to regret that. But I don’t want to regret not pursuing it in the first place.” – Tsugumi Ohba

153. “Regret for wasted time is more wasted time.” – Mason Cooley

154. “Isn’t it pathetic how we waste so much time on certain people and in the end, they prove that they weren’t even worth a second of it?”

155. “I regret those times when I’ve chosen the dark side. I’ve wasted enough time not being happy.” – Jessica Lange

156. “Regret for time wasted can become a power for good in the time that remains, if we will only stop the waste and the idle, useless regretting.” – Arthur Brisbane

157. “If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.” – Bruce Lee

158. “Sometimes there is no next time, no time-outs, no second chances. Sometimes it’s now or never.” – Alan Bennett

159. “At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more race, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with your family.” – Barbara Bush

160. “Life is lived in time. Therefore he who wastes time, wast’s life.” – Vincent N.

161. “Time isn’t the main thing, it’s the only thing.” -Miles Davis

162. “I regret the time I’ve wasted with the wrong people.”

163. “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.” Bonnie Ware

164. “The tragedy of life is not death but what we let die inside of us while we live.” – Norman Cousins

165. “It’s not the things we do in life that we regret on our death bed, it is the things we do not.” – Randy Pausch

166. “No one ever said on their deathbed, “I wish I spent more time at the office.””

167. “You cannot just waste time. Otherwise you’ll die to regret it.” -Harriet Doerr

168. “The sad thing is that I leave with so much to say.” – Bartok

169. “It’s weird, all you think about when you’re young is gaining your independence, but when those final hours come, people want to go home.” – Kathryn Craft

170. “At the end, life will hold us responsible for all the blessings that we refused to acknowledge.” – Amit Kalantri

171. “Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live.” – Henry Van Dyke

172. “The trouble is, you think you have time.” – Buddha

173. “Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.” – Victoria Holt

174. “You were my what if, the one who got away, the person I wished could have stayed.”

175. “Everyone has regrets, for the things they did or the things that they chose not to do.

176. “I mean, if the relationship can’t survive the long term, why on earth would it be worth my time and energy for the short term.” – Nicholas Sparks

177. “Lack of communication can spell the demise of any relationship.”

178. “The hottest love has the coldest end.” – Socrates

179. “Second chances are a myth. If you were not good enough for them the first time, do not give them another chance to hurt you.”

Regrets on Lost Dreams

180. “The one who loves the least, controls the relationship.” – Robert Anthony

181. “In a relationship, give it your best shot but never give the other person the opportunity to hurt you. Sometimes they treat us badly because we give them that option.”

182. “A relationship without trust is like a car without gas, you can stay in it all you want, but it won’t go anywhere.” – Michael J Herbert

183. “You can only clap with two hands. If a relationship is not working, introspect to see where you may have been at fault.”

184. “Love cannot live where there is no trust.” – Edith Hamilton

185. “Trust must be earned and not given away freely at the sight of pretty gifts and beautiful words.”

186. “The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.” – Ernest Hemingway

187. “Never trust anyone blindly, make sure they have had ample time and opportunities to earn your trust.”

188. “A bad relationship is like standing on broken glass, if you stay you will keep hurting. If you walk away, you will hurt but eventually you will heal.” – Autumn Kohler

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189. “Before diving into a committed relationship, take your time to assess the person you want to invite into your life.”

190. “A bad relationship will make you feel more alone than when you were single.”

191. “The way a person handles altercations and arguments tells tons about their character.”

192. “Let go of those who are already gone.”

193. “People often let slip their honest opinion of you when they are angry. If they choose a time of conflict to be mean to you, understand that they may not be the one for you.”

194. “It is better for someone to break your heart once by leaving your life, than for them to stay in your life and break your heart continually.” – Terry Mark

195. “Your partner should love and accept you the way you are. If they want you to change, know that it is not unhealthy.”

196. “Relationships based on obligation lack dignity.” – Wayne Dyer

197. “If the person you like lays down a set of criteria that you must meet to be worthy of their love, do yourself a favor and find someone who can love you unconditionally.”

198. “The death of one relationship always starts with small arguments and then the suspicions.”

199. “It is said that you should not go shopping when you are hungry because you end up buying all the wrong things. Similarly you should not enter into a relationship when you are lonely, you often make the wrong choice. If you keep adjusting and adjusting, know that you are in a wrong place.”

200. “Sometimes, we just fall in love with the wrong people.”

CSN Team.

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