Someone I look up to recently relayed to me the importance of not letting the past unnecessarily weigh you down. The conversation made me reflect on my own past, the mistakes I feel I’ve made, and the instances that some might categorize as ‘regrets.’
Mistakes and regrets teach us about life and make us who we are.
They are something to learn and grow from, and they should not hold us back from living our lives. After all, we are just human and trying to figure out this thing called life through plenty of trial and error. Here are eight quotes that help inspire me to make the most out of my past and further my future self.
“A man’s mistakes are his portals of discovery.” ― James Joyce
“Make the most of your regrets; never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it till it comes to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh.” ― Henry David Thoreau
“Regret is mostly caused by not having done anything.” ― Charles Bukowski
“Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not. ” ― C.G. Jung
“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.” ― Richard Branson
“Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.” ― Oscar Wilde
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones that you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ― Mark Twain
“Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson