„Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.“

Letzte Aktualisierung 2. November 2021. Geschichte
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English writer and clergyman 1771 - 1845

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„It is not the things we do in life that we regret on our death bed. It is the things we do not.“

—  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.

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„I…regret…what I did. It was wrong. Very wrong. But regret is meaningless.“

—  N. K. Jemisin, buch The Broken Kingdoms

Quelle: The Broken Kingdoms (2011), Chapter 16 “From the Depths to the Heights” (watercolor) (p. 283)

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„We cannot know what John of Leyden felt
Under the Bishop's tongs – we can only
Walk in temperate London, our educated city,
Wishing to cry as freely as they did who died
In the Age of Faith. We have our loneliness
And our regret with which to build an eschatology.“

—  Peter Porter British poet 1929 - 2010

"The Historians Call Up Pain", first collected in Once Bitten, Twice Bitten (1961); cited from Edward Lucie-Smith and Philip Hobsbaum (eds.) A Group Anthology (London: Oxford University Press, 1963) p. 83.

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„The hardest thing I ever did was keep my temper at that time.“

—  George Marshall US military leader, Army Chief of Staff 1880 - 1959

A comment to a personal friend, about Joseph McCarthy's attacks upon his loyalty (which went so far as to call him a "traitor"), as quoted by Alistair Cooke, in Letter from America : General Marshall (16 October 1959), published in Memories of the Great and the Good (1999)

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„My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times building.“

—  Ann Coulter author, political commentator 1961

Deliberately provocative remark, as quoted in "Coultergeist" by George Gurley at The Observer (25 August 2002) http://www.observer.com/node/37827, the interviewer then told her that she should be careful, and she agreed: "You’re right, after 9/11 I shouldn’t say that." Later, in "An Interview With Ann Coulter" by John Hawkins (26 June 2003) http://rightwingnews.com/interviews/anncoulter.php, she also stated:
: McVeigh quote. Of course I regret it. I should have added, "after everyone had left the building except the editors and reporters."
2002

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„I think living well is the key: trying not to build up regrets for the things we didn't do in our lives; to try to live a regret-free life in which we feel satisfied in what we're doing; and to try to be kind to ourselves and not disappointed in ourselves.“

—  Irvin D. Yalom American psychotherapist and writer 1931

The grand old man of American psychiatry on what he has learnt about life (and death) in his still-flourishing career, The Independent http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/irvin-d-yalom-interview-the-grand-old-man-of-american-psychiatry-on-what-he-has-learnt-about-life-10134092.html

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„I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done.“

—  Lucille Ball American actress and businesswoman 1911 - 1989

Variante: I'd rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not.

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„There's no regret more painful than the regret of things that never were.“

—  Fernando Pessoa, buch Das Buch der Unruhe des Hilfsbuchhalters Bernardo Soares

Ibid., p. 111
The Book of Disquiet
Original: Ah, não há saudades mais dolorosas do que as das coisas que nunca foram!

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„We are all unkind from time to time. We all do things we desperately wish we could undo. Those regrets just become part of who we are, along with everything else. To spend time trying to change that, well, it's like chasing clouds.“

—  Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty

Variante: We all do things we desperately wish we could undo. Those regrets just become part of who we are, along with everything else. To spend time trying to change that, well, it's like chasing clouds.
Quelle: A Great and Terrible Beauty

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„I don't mind being arrested for putting on a free concert, but I don't want to be arrested for being a vandal. I am a vandal and I do regret what I did. I really do regret it. It was dumb.“

—  Bono Irish rock musician, singer of U2 1960

On reactions to his spray painting the fountain at the free concert he gave in San Francisco, in a Press conference (November 1987) http://www.u2source.com/2007/08/19/bono-press-conference-regarding-graffiti/
Kontext: It is fair to say that we overreacted a bit. … Its not really worth defending my action, I did it in the spirit of the concert, and I thought I did it in the spirit of the artist's work, and he agreed — but, in fact he didn't own his work anymore, as most artists are prone to, he'd sold it, and the City of San Francisco owned it, and they didn't like what I did at all. … Its a really wild thing, you know, you're in Rock n Roll band — you know, I happen to sell millions of records — people therefore think that makes you a responsible citizen — this is not true. … I think this is one of the more mild actions of tour-madness. … It's the music that is magical with U2. … I don't mind being arrested for putting on a free concert, but I don't want to be arrested for being a vandal. I am a vandal and I do regret what I did. I really do regret it. It was dumb.

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