— Bill Cosby American actor, comedian, author, producer, musician, activist 1937
„The only way to maintain a moderate sum of happiness in this life, is not to worry about the future or regret the past too much.“
— Mel Gibson American actor, film director, producer and screenwriter 1956
— Robin S. Sharma Canadian self help writer 1965
Zdroj: The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams Reaching Your Destiny
— Brigitte Bardot French model, actor, singer and animal rights activist 1934
„People in Russia say that those who do not regret the collapse of the Soviet Union have no heart, and those that do regret it have no brain. We do not regret this, we simply state the fact and know that we need to look ahead, not backwards. We will not allow the past to drag us down and stop us from moving ahead. We understand where we should move. But we must act based on a clear understanding of what happened..“
— Vladimir Putin President of Russia, former Prime Minister 1952
Interview with German television channel ARD and ZDF, May 2005. Kremlin, RU, http://archive.kremlin.ru/eng/speeches/2005/05/05/2355_type82912type82916_87597.shtml (May 2005)
2000 - 2005
„I believe that one of the things Christianity says is that sound doctrines are all useless. That you have to change your life.“
— Ludwig Wittgenstein Austrian-British philosopher 1889 - 1951
Or the direction of your life.
Zdroj: Culture and Value (1980), p. 53e
„I have a habitual feeling of my real life having past, and that I am now leading a posthumous existence.“
— John Keats English Romantic poet 1795 - 1821
Zdroj: Selected Letters
„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.“
— Tallulah Bankhead American actress 1902 - 1968
Tallulah: My Autobiography (1952)
— John Maynard Keynes British economist 1883 - 1946
At a King's College college feast, as quoted in 1949, John Maynard Keynes, 1883-1946, Fellow and Bursar, (A memoir prepared by direction of the Council of King’s College, Cambridge University, England), Cambridge University Press, 1949, page 37. This in turn quoted in Quote Investigator, " My Only Regret Is That I Have Not Drunk More Champagne In My Life https://quoteinvestigator.com/2013/07/11/more-champagne/", 2013-07-11
— Nathan Hale soldier for the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War 1755 - 1776
Last words before being hanged by the British as a spy, (September 22, 1776), according to the account by William Hull based on reports by British Captain John Montresor who was present and who spoke to Hull under a flag of truce the next day:
‘On the morning of his execution,’ continued the officer, ‘my station was near the fatal spot, and I requested the Provost Marshal to permit the prisoner to sit in my marquee, while he was making the necessary preparations. Captain Hale entered: he was calm, and bore himself with gentle dignity, in the consciousness of rectitude and high intentions. He asked for writing materials, which I furnished him: he wrote two letters, one to his mother and one to a brother officer.’ He was shortly after summoned to the gallows. But a few persons were around him, yet his characteristic dying words were remembered. He said, ‘I only regret, that I have but one life to lose for my country.’
Some speculation exists that Hale might have been repeating or paraphrasing lines from Joseph Addison's play Cato, Act IV, Scene IV:
How beautiful is death when earned by virtue.
Who would not be that youth? What pity is it
that we can die but once to serve our country.
See George Dudley Seymour, Captain Nathan Hale, Major John Palsgrave Wyllys, A Digressive History, (1933), p. 39.
Another early variant of his last words exists, as reported in the Independent Chronicle and the Universal Advertiser (17 May 1781):
I am so satisfied with the cause in which I have engaged, that my only regret is, that I have not more lives than one to offer in its service.
— Lisa Kleypas American writer 1964
Zdroj: Secrets of a Summer Night
„All my life, U have served the fatherland, the revolution and the people with all my heart and strength. If I should now depart from this world, I would have nothing to regret, except not being able to serve longer and more.“
— Ho Chi Minh Vietnamese communist leader and first president of Vietnam 1890 - 1969
„If we live a life full of regret, full of things we haven't done, if we've lived an unfulfilled life, when death comes along, it's a lot worse. I think it's true for all of us.“
— Irvin D. Yalom American psychotherapist and writer 1931
How to Die, The Atlantic, October 2017 Issue https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/10/how-to-die/537906/
— Randy Pausch American professor of computer science, human-computer interaction and design 1960 - 2008
CMU Graduation speech (2008)
Kontext: It is not the things we do in life that we regret on our death bed. It is the things we do not. I assure you I've done a lot of really stupid things, and none of them bother me. All the mistakes, and all the dopey things, and all the times I was embarrassed — they don't matter. What matters is that I can kind of look back and say: Pretty much any time I got chance to do something cool I tried to grab for it — and that's where my solace comes from.
„A regret understood by no one: the regret to be a pessimist. It's not easy to be on the wrong foot with life“
— Emil M. Cioran Romanian philosopher and essayist 1911 - 1995
The Book of Delusions (1936)
„Today, I will try to remember to regret the past. I will think of how many mistakes I have made throughout my life. I will say to myself, "If only I could go back in time and make different choices, so that my life could be the way it should have been."“
— John S. Hall Poet, author, singer, lawyer 1960
Then I will remind myself that I cannot.
Quotes from Daily Negations (2007)
„Right actions for the future are the best apologies for wrong ones in the past – the best evidence of regret for them that we can offer, or the world receive.“
— Tryon Edwards American theologian 1809 - 1894
Zdroj: A Dictionary of Thoughts, 1891, p. 483.