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Very frequently, feminine activity also expresses itself in what is largely a retrospectively oriented pondering over what we ought to have done differently in life, and how we ought to have done it; or, as if under compulsion, we make up strings of causal connections. We like to call this thinking; though, on the contrary, it is a form of mental activity that is strangely pointless and unproductive, a form that really leads only to self-torture.
The only causes of regret are laziness, outbursts of temper, hurting others, prejudice, jealousy, and envy.
If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.
You always feel when you look it straight in the eye that you could have put more into it, could have let yourself go and dug harder.
When one door closes another opens. But we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we fail to see the one that has opened for us.
No doing without some ruing.
Nobody gets to live life backward. Look ahead, that is where your future lies.
Were it not better to forget Than to remember and regret?
Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.
Always repenting of wrongs done will never bring my heart to rest.
Should-haves solve nothing. It's the next thing to happen that needs thinking about.
The error of the past is the success of the future. A mistake is evidence that someone tried to do something.
Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can't build on it; it is good only for wallowing.
I have always found that each step we take in life is to be regretted-if we once begin to wonder how many other steps might have been possible.
If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
"The horror of that moment," the King went on, "I shall never forget." "You will, though," the Queen said, "if you don't make a memorandum of it."
Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many-not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
They say you should not suffer through the past. You should be able to wear it like a loose garment, take it off and let it drop.
Your past is always going to be the way it was. Stop trying to change it.
The only thing I regret about my past is the length of it. If I had to live my life again, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner.
There is no greater sorrow than to recall a happy time in the midst of wretchedness.
We should have no regrets. ... The past is finished. There is nothing to be gained by going over it. Whatever it gave us in the experiences it brought us was something we had to know.
One must never lose time in vainly regretting the past or in complaining against the changes which cause us discomfort, for change is the essence of life.
Yesterday's errors let yesterday cover.
This is another day! Are its eyes blurred with maudlin grief for any wasted past? A thousand thousand failures shall not daunt! Let dust clasp dust, death, death; I am alive!
Whatever with the past has gone, the best is always yet to come.
Hindsight is always zo/20.


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