"Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes."
~ The Picture of Dorian Gray
by Oscar Wilde
With memory set smarting like a reopened wound, a man's past is not simply a dead history, an outworn preparation of the present: it is not a repented error shaken loose from the life: it is a still quivering part of himself, bringing shudders and bitter flavors and the tinglings of a merited shame.
by George Eliot
But with the morning cool repentance came.
~ Rob Roy
by Sir Walter Scott
"There is no refuge from memory and remorse in this world. The spirits of our foolish deeds haunt us, with or without repentance."
~ Mrs. Falchion
by Gilbert Parker
"Youth is a blunder; Manhood a struggle; Old Age a regret."
by Benjamin Disraeli
Yet if he upbraided her in his hurry, it was to repent bitterly his temper the next instant, and to feel its effects more than she, temper being a weapon that we hold by the blade.
~ The Little Minister
by James M. Barrie
It was a long and gloomy night that gathered on me, haunted by the ghosts of many hopes, of many dear remembrances, many errors, many unavailing sorrows and regrets.
~ David Copperfield
by Charles Dickens
May night had fallen soft and warm, enwrapping with its grape-bloom colour and its scents the billion caprices, intrigues, passions, longings, and regrets of men and women.
~ The Forsyte Saga
by John Galsworthy
"Married in haste, we may repent at leisure."
~ The Old Bachelor
by William Congreve
"We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us."
~ Anne Of Avonlea
by Lucy Maud Montgomery