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Sacha GuitryHonest women are inconsolable for the mistakes they haven't made.

—  Sacha Guitry, 1885-1957, French writer

Woody AllenMy one regret in life is that I am not someone else.

—  Woody Allen, 1935-, American actor & film director

Ambrose BierceSpeak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.

—  Ambrose Bierce, 1842–1914, American writer

John DrydenRepentance is but want of power to sin.

—  John Dryden, 1631-1700, English poet

Fernando PessoaThere's no regret more painful than the regret of things that never were.

—  Fernando Pessoa, 1888-1935, Portuguese poet & writer

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

—  Helen Rowland, 1875-1950, American journalist & humorist

Henry David ThoreauNever look back unless you are planning to go that way.

—  Henry David Thoreau, 1817-1862, American writer

Bob DylanPeople seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.

—  Bob Dylan, 1941-, American singer [Nobel 2016]

Jean Jacques RousseauRemorse sleeps during a prosperous period but wakes up in adversity.

—  Jean Jacques Rousseau, 1712-1778, Swiss-French philosopher


Ancient Greek

MenanderSilence alone is not an apology.

Μόνη σιγή μεταμέλειαν ου φέρει.

—  Menander, 4th cent. BC, Ancient Greek dramatist (New Comedy)

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Movie Quotes

Casablanca (1942)You'll regret it. Maybe not today, and maybe not tomorrow, but soon, and for the rest of your life.

—  from the film Casablanca (1942)

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