How To Use Regret In A Sentence

  • One wrong thought may cause a lifelong regret
  • Often he found her quietly weeping, but they were never tears of accusation; only tears of regret.
  • We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment. Jim Rohn 
  • He has endured the pain and the regret. Times, Sunday Times
  • I am a violent man who has learned not to be violent and regrets his violence. John Lennon 
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  • I regret to say that we can't stay here any longer.
  • The hostage-takers Bowden spoke with expressed little regret at their seizure of the embassy, but most, like Mirdamadi, lamented the role they played in cementing the repressive rule of the clerics. Into the Den of Spies
  • Established couples let old regrets go and focus on a brilliant future together. The Sun
  • He left with few regrets, happy that his game on clay had never been better, although disappointed that, yet again, his best was not good enough to beat a slightly underdone Nadal. Rafael Nadal boxed clever to beat Roger Federer in French Open | Kevin Mitchell
  • Greek weekly "Proto Thema", an unregretted and shameless Akin stated that he killed Solomou and would do it again if needed. OpEdNews - Diary: Murdering Peace in Derynia
  • Coming back from a child-free brunch at our favourite cafe earlier today, A asked me if I regretted his getting a vasectomy. November « 2009 « oh frabjous day!
  • We regret to announce the death of our chairman, Alfred Sidebottom.
  • So take care of them while they are there and avoid the sorrow and regret you will have when they are gone. The Sun
  • When she had said this she looked at Vinicius with astonishment and regret, for he had disaccustomed her to similar outbursts; and he set his teeth, so as not to tell her that he would have given command to beat such a brother with sticks, or would have sent him as a compeditus Quo Vadis: a narrative of the time of Nero
  • At an emotional news conference, members of the women's eight apologised for breaking national Olympic rules and expressed regret at condemning their team mate.
  • I left school at 16, but I've had a great life and I have no regrets.
  • Please send us your gardening problems; we regret that we cannot respond individually to readers, but we will try to answer your queries in this column.
  • But my biggest fear in life is regretting things. Times, Sunday Times
  • The Little Sparrow," "Je Ne Regrette Rien", the tragic fate of her boxer-lover, do we really need to crank that victrola one more time -- haven't we had enough? Paris Then, Paris Now: James Wolcott
  • He gave me an once-over, slowly letting his gaze survey me up and down, and I felt my cheeks heat up, regretting my stupid retort.
  • A lack of contrition would be, for example, if the defendant was purporting to express regret for his crimes in the courtroom, but simultaneously sending anonymous tweets to the effect that the trial is a sham, the judge is bought off, etc. The Volokh Conspiracy » More on the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Subpoena to Twitter, Demanding Identification of Anonymous Critic of Corbett’s
  • “You’re right,” she said, regretting having lobbied so hard for what was described as the feel-good chick flick of the year. The Owl and Moon Cafe
  • The decision could be one he lives to regret.
  • The way of the life is to walk on your own, no matter how to choose, as long as it is your own choice, there is no right and wrong, more do not need to regret.
  • A man is not old as long as he is seeking something. A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams. 
  • I have no regrets about moving here. Times, Sunday Times
  • I only regret that I don't have some witty repartee to entertain myself as I write this review, but I think I'm still in shock.
  • He admitted he had feelings for me and had no regrets about what happened. The Sun
  • She said it was regrettable that a policeman, who had taken an oath, had come before the court and deliberately misled the court.
  • Hmph. I not only sneer at the ornateness of the furniture, I sneer at the people who purchase such trash, and in fact, it is so distasteful, I regret I must extend that sneer to include the entire nation. Rare Michael Jackson Portrait By Andy Warhol Up For Sale
  • It expands on his concerns over the intimate relationship between the fund and private financiers, but now regrets naming a particular person to illustrate them.
  • ‘He apologised and was really regretful even though he was not involved in the actual attack,’ he said.
  • We had quite a useful meeting but regretfully at that stage the damage had been done.
  • Nothing lasts forever, so live it up; drink it down, laugh it off, avoid the bullshit. Take chances and never have regrets because, at one point, everything you did was exactly what you wanted. Marilyn Monroe 
  • But his first match in temporary charge of the team will be tinged with regret. The Sun
  • The loss of jobs is highly regrettable.
  • Which smears the sense of guilt with a veneer of shame and regret. Times, Sunday Times
  • She instantly regretted giving up her beautiful, loose robe for such whorish attire.
  • Mirreen, in a statement issued to press, regretted that obscenity and immoral activities are on the rise.
  • Either way, you probably won't regret the effort you made to reconnect with an old friend.
  • Man's dearest possession is life. It is given to him but once, and he must live it so as to feel no torturing regrets for wasted years, never know the burning shame of a mean and petty past; so live that, dying, he might say: all my life, all my strength were given to the finest cause in all the world--the fight for the Liberation of Mankind.
  • As long as the conflict goes on here, it's logical to assume that the attitudes of all sides will harden, which is deeply regrettable. Top Israel Rabbis: Don't Sell Property To Non-Jews
  • We regret that we cannot deal with queries on individual cases.
  • Pain and regret cannot scrub me clean, no matter how much I wish it.
  • The Sana news agency quoted an unnamed official as expressing "regret" that Arab states had "completely ignored facts on the killing and sabotage committed by armed terrorist groups".
  • Oborne regrets the 'loss of self restraint' and his intention is to recreate it, or rather to again 'ostracise' and 'thrust beyond the outer margins of debate' those who dare to speak out about the impact of Islam on the British way of life. The British National Party
  • Your life only lasts for a few decades, so be sure that you don't leave any regrets. Laugh or cry as you like, and it's meaningless to oppress yourself.
  • She had never been much of a swordswoman and had never regretted it---till now. LIRAEL: DAUGHTER OF THE CLAYR
  • _The comedy of Wilmot successful: The wounded stranger seen at a distance: Oratory abandoned with regret: The dangers that attend being honest: A new invitation from Hector: A journey deferred by an arrest, and another accidental sight of the stranger_ The Adventures of Hugh Trevor
  • This distress is a cause of deep regret. Times, Sunday Times
  • Yet you are never far from reminders of the sadness and regret that suffuses the mind of the composer.
  • With deep regret he saw the base in the distance, not wanting this moment to end.
  • In life, we all have an unspeakable secret, an irreversible regret, an unreachable dream and an unforgettable love.
  • He said: 'It is very regrettable that an officer should apparently have disregarded a speed camera under these circumstances. Times, Sunday Times
  • We wish to express our deep regret over the passing of...
  • There is, regretfully, no space in this article to examine all these issues.
  • And though he acted with what seemed at the time like blitzkrieg aggressiveness, he regretted in later years that he hadn't moved even faster.
  • “The fact that a Dutch parliamentarian is refused entry to another EU country is highly regrettable,” Mr Verhagen said. Anti-Islamist politician Geert Wilders refused entry to Britain
  • A man is not old as long as he is seeking some-thing . A man is not old until Regrets take the place of dreams.
  • I regret to inform you that you have been unsuccessful in your application.
  • We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment. Jim Rohn 
  • Mrs Armstrong regrets that she cannot accept your kind invitation.
  • If you look at Obama's full quote -- which you can read right here -- it's very clear that Obama was not directly "regretting" the failure of the court to be "radical. McCain Campaign Falsely Claims Obama Described Court's Failure to Redistribute Wealth As "Tragedy"
  • She was right to go to the women, express her sincere regret and ask their forgiveness, but she was wrong to continue begging it once it was clear they would not give it.
  • The excesses committed during the unfortunate period are regrettable.
  • The Prime Minister expressed her regret at the failure of the talks.
  • Your life only lasts for a few decades, so be sure that you don't leave any regrets. Laugh or cry as you like, and it's meaningless to oppress yourself.
  • But I digress (if not faff): the important point, at least for me, is that I went, I saw, I ate, I drank, but did so without regret or self-recrimination. Cheeseburger Gothic » Burger Lite 26 Feb
  • It is deeply regrettable that both before and since those two spills occurred, much more oil has been spilt due to illegality. Times, Sunday Times
  • It was a victory for them that must have been tinged with great regret as to what might have been. Times, Sunday Times
  • In regard to your request for information, I regret to inform you that I am unable to help you.
  • I only hope that no one was injured because of the brief and regretted irresponsible neglect of my Civic Duty in reporting that which I believe to be criminal.
  • Regrettably, he resorts to the familiar numbers game when he boasts that fewer than 300 state enterprises currently remain in the public sector.
  • How I regret my fervent desires to be blonde. Times, Sunday Times
  • If we don't act now, we'll live to regret it .
  • It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary to put all the play and learning into childhood, all the work into middle age, and all the regrets into old age. Margaret Mead 
  • We deeply regret our misguided support and apologize for our previous email.
  • Acknowledging the necessity to work with others; getting the guts to ask for help in order to preclude slamming one's head against the wall for extended amounts of time; finding two, three or even more ways to tackle a problem, whether it be literally in homework or otherwise in managing life and time; learning many, _many_ subtle things that you certainly won't regret learning as you tackle challenges in the future. Failing Students
  • Shocked by the weird question I hang up, but I immediately regret my automatic response.
  • Not truly living in the present moment and later regretting is like closing your eyes when a peacock is dancing, only to want to see it dance once it is gone. RVM 
  • ‘I very much regret that I am constrained so to do,’ he said.
  • They're going to regret firing me, you mark my words.
  • I can play the piano by ear, but I regret now that I never learned to read music properly.
  • `Not a lot to do now except check the acceptances against the regrets, so I have a final number for the caterers. THE AMBASSADOR'S WOMEN
  • It told of desolate, regretted things befallen happy cities long since in the prime of the world.
  • Regrettably we could find no sign of the man and the search was terminated.
  • He had wanted to take his own life but Severn confiscated a bottle of laudanum, a decision the artist later partially regretted.
  • We regret that we can not provide data or answer queries on articles or projects that are more than five years old.
  • There were times he'd look at her with genuine tenderness and regret, a look that made her heart leap with hope that things might be repairable after all.
  • A man is not old as long as he is seeking something. A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams. 
  • Their pagan and, we regret to say, anthropophagous habits laid them open to a certain amount of criticism. Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 156, June 4, 1919.
  • As the streets started to empty, Erwin began to regret his contretemps with Dolan. EVERVILLE
  • This situation would even have Chiang Kai-shek and Chiang Ching-kuo - so severely criticized by Su - sighing in regret over having lived in the wrong era.
  • I can play the piano by ear, but I regret now that I never learned to read music properly.
  • Regrettably, they have now become somewhat antonymous. Times, Sunday Times
  • The core of the diary is an account of violence and death and regret. Times, Sunday Times
  • He expressed his regret and says they are trying to determine exactly what caused what he called a freak fire. CNN Transcript Aug 25, 2007
  • Boyles regretted passing several does from a tower blind rashly dubbed ‘Muy Grande.’
  • I regret to have told him the thing.
  • They were full of regret at missed opportunities and wrong-headed policies, but they were not angry.
  • Luke has never done anything to hurt me or spite me, to anger me or make me regret myself.
  • It is with great regret that I accept your resignation.
  • Regrettably, it seems to have mesmerized my daughter, who responds with a mixture of fascination and horror.
  • I regret to inform you that your contract will not be renewed.
  • We regret that we are unable to answer multiple queries that do not comply with these instructions.
  • If lets me leave the athletic field, in my heart throughout will have such regret.
  • Rosa was impulsive and sometimes regretted things she'd done.
  • When she expressed her regret to me later, I told her that had she married him he would have abandoned her as soon as he became a star.
  • I'm thankful for what it's given me, and regretful for what it's taken.
  • The point is that it is not possible, regretfully, in the world in which we live, for us to guarantee anyone's safety, civilian or military.
  • A look of vexation or a word coldly spoken, or a little help thoughtlessly withheld, may produce long issues of regret. Architects of Fate or, Steps to Success and Power
  • You mustn't allow a golden opportunity to slip through your fingers or you will regret it later.
  • Why regret that I lived miserably yesterday. Rather, why not commit and resolve to live happily today. RVM 
  • I already regretted having ever con - sented to take charge of it. Sole Music
  • The separation between the disciplines of biology and cosmology may be philosophically regrettable but it is built into the structure of modern science. Infinite in All Directions
  • He tells Young that he regrets his "spoilt and brattish" behaviour when he won a Bafta in 2008 for Gavin & Stacey. James Corden says he was a castaway long before Desert Island Discs
  • The decision of Government to send reinforcements to Ireland was mentioned as a prelude to the information from Vienna of the birth of a son to the Princess Nikolas: and then; having conjoined the two entirely heterogeneous pieces of intelligence, the composer adroitly interfused them by a careless transposition of the prelude and the burden that enabled him to play ad libitum on regrets and rejoicings; by which device the lord of Earlsfont might be offered condolences while the lady could express her strong contentment, inasmuch as he deplored the state of affairs in the sister island, and she was glad of a crisis concluding a term of suspense thus the foreign-born baby was denounced and welcomed, the circumstances lamented and the mother congratulated, in a breath, all under cover of the happiest misunderstanding, as effective as the cabalism of Prospero's wand among the Neapolitan mariners, by the skilful Irish development on a grand scale of the rhetorical figure anastrophe, or a turning about and about. Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith
  • ‘I always come here when I want to be alone,’ I said, immediately regretting my words.
  • His tiredness caused him to make a regrettable error.
  • When it became clear that Frey had lied, she invited him back on her show and in what was riveting, headline-making television, she came after him with a fiery vengeance that she later regretted - so much so that, years later, in 2008, she called Frey to apologize. Now it's Oprah's moment
  • Regrettably, neither these nor any other conflicts emerge with any conviction from 7:84's dull and disappointing production.
  • ‘Nevertheless it was a serious attack, with dreadful injuries and that of course is something he regrets immensely,’ she said.
  • York probably regretted batting first on a grassy track as Harrogate's quickies, Dave Pennett and Khalid Hussain, made swift inroads so that the visitors were reduced to 59-7 after 27 overs.
  • The feeling at Anfield is that this was a regrettable, avoidable incident rather than a serious one. Times, Sunday Times
  • Regretting now his faint-heartedness in not letting her know beforehand by some means that he was about to make a new start in the world, and coming to dwell near her, Christopher rang the bell to make inquiries. The Hand of Ethelberta
  • Surprisingly, she didn't feel nervous, or regretful about her actions. ROSES ARE FOR THE RICH
  • A quick splash at the water's edge might seem like the best way to cool your tired feet when the sun's out – but chiropodist Fred Beaumont warns that if you go barefoot, it's something you could live to regret. The inside track ... on paddling
  • Or should I be regretting her absence and sparing a prayer for her? ABSOLUTE TRUTHS
  • If people, of their own free will, choose to take dangerous drugs for recreational reasons that is regrettable.
  • I think I could go a long time without boring myself, though I deeply regret the absence of fishes and shellfishes, beans, apples, mushrooms, olive oil, garlic, herbs, sugar, peppers and spices. Desert Island Potato Salad
  • But regretfully, it is only a short visit for him as he leaves here on Sunday, to catch the plane to Vancouver where he has another showing.
  • When she had been a little accustomed to me, she would not part with me; I have been so happy as to make myself useful to her and her children; and in acquitting myself as far as I could of my debt of gratitude, I have found the best and only defence against that regret and anguish which devoured me. The Old Manor House
  • Appointees interviewed repeated a familiar theme: They all loved their jobs but are beating a retreat without regret.
  • In a 1988 essay titled ‘Maps, Knowledge and Power’ he regrets that cartographic history has been dominated to date by a technicist teleology of evolving accuracy.
  • Je regrette d'avoir acheté mon appareil que cette annee! pinku-tk Diary Entry
  • Kent the narrator is wise to the flaws of his younger self, if not exactly regretful.
  • I stood inthralled until, even as he was talking, the clock struck three, when he rose up, and moving slowly across the floor, barely visible, murmured regretfully that he must be off, with which he faded away down the back stairs. Ghosts I Have Met and Some Others
  • It was accepted by the respondent that his managerial performance exhibited regrettable lapses and the tribunal can only wholeheartedly agree.
  • Michael Burkard's latest book - full of revenants, revisitations, and regrets - is similarly lingering and resonant.
  • It is deeply regrettable that the British Government refused to support this proposal. Times, Sunday Times
  • I instantly regret my indiscretion and beg him to keep the news to himself.
  • There was a hint of regret at the mention of two that got away. Times, Sunday Times
  • The authors would like to express regret in the inadvertent omission of these acknowledgements.
  • He regretted the lost opportunity to apologize to her.
  • You can also claim the time and love you need to make life better all round with no regrets or guilt. The Sun
  • Opportunity is a source of damage, failing, regret or remorse for those who abuse or misuse it. Dr T.P.Chia 
  • Paul Lewis regrets he cannot respond individually to readers' queries, but he will discuss some of the issues raised in his column.
  • Rachel hid her amused smirk behind her mug, immediately regretting the leaving of her fan in the carriage.
  • Susan put on a show of regret all day.
  • They say at the end of your life, you regret the stuff you didn't do more than the stuff that you did.
  • He expressed great regret and said that surgeons would attempt to reverse the operation.
  • Regret is the type of emotion that makes you think of past times and think how stupid and juvenile you were because of the choices you made.
  • She regretted the words the moment she uttered them.
  • This report was published in good faith but we regret any confusion which may have been caused.
  • Man's dearest possession is life. It is given to him but once, and he must live it so as to feel no torturing regrets for wasted years, never know the burning shame of a mean and petty past; so live that, dying, he might say: all my life, all my strength were given to the finest cause in all the world--the fight for the Liberation of Mankind.
  • I came to regret my unconsidered remarks.
  • Lyra is wonderful as an independent prospector who learns from being burned; while intriguingly he does not regrets his actions but is burned more so as his obsidian and her amethyst is a fiery PSI heart and soul matching . Obsidian Prey-Jayne Castle « The Merry Genre Go Round Reviews
  • like a fertile ground for learning, as long as hard work, there will be many of the fruit; if lazy work, when other people jump when the harvest dance, you have a regret.
  • With deep regret he decided that he would have to abort his part of the mission.
  • I have a tinge of regret that I didn't accept her offer.
  • His actions betray little sense of regret. Times, Sunday Times
  • In the first month of his new program, ever-aware Gandolo imprisoned the matriarchal Rotomor Gang and the triplet harridan sisters that commanded it, hung the notorious filcher Scynod of the Prehensile Feet, and chased a boisterous company of apes-turned-highwaymen from the Regretful Tomb Way all the way across the river Snat. GANDOLO OF THE WATCHFUL EYE • by Bill Ward
  • The fact that the expedition is to be a joint one causes some regrets of another kind at home. The Joint Expedition to Mexico
  • Nabokov, of course, would have taken delight in using "scutch"; I suppose I'd go with "I feel in my gut the Fate tugging the thread" for phonetic and associational reasons, but I would regret losing the specificity of the technical term. languagehat.com: SCUTCH.
  • Don't go off at half cock and accept any offer you'll regret later.
  • Her expression changing to one of regret, Harstad squeezed his arm. Star Trek: Typhon Pact Paths of Disharmony
  • Do you regret not being sexually promiscuous in high school?
  • Her smile was slightly sad and regretful, almost pitying as she continued speaking.
  • He chaffingly congratulated me on my tracking powers, and expressed regret that I had not made my appearance earlier, so that we might have arranged a race; and by the time we had finished lunch, I was as completely convinced as I had ever been of anything in my life, that he had no connection whatsoever with the Pirate. The Motor Pirate
  • You can deny it all you want and put on your somber face and cry your crocodile tears when decrying the results you have invoked and "preyed" for; but, your only regret is that the the real target was not hit. Redskins Insider Podcast -- The Washington Post
  • I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country. 
  • The words fell out of his mouth in a clumsy, awkward fashion that instantly made him regret talking at all.
  • I very much regret the injuries he sustained," he said.
  • I ended up settling for a mushroom soup instead of a main course - though I could have had fish - and didn't regret it.
  • Mercury Energy says it regrets what it calls the tragic circumstances surrounding the death and will investigate further. CNN Transcript May 30, 2007
  • Any sort of throwaway line of this nature is to be regretted. Times, Sunday Times
  • I regret to inform you that you have been unsuccessful in your application.
  • What is your biggest regret in life? Times, Sunday Times
  • In regard to your request for information, I regret to inform you that I am unable to help you.
  • He sang poetic songs of love and regret in a warm, expressive voice laced with debonair Gallic charm. Times, Sunday Times
  • There is thus nothing much surprising, even if there is something more than a little regrettable from the standpoint of principle, about the narrow-almost - (but-not-quite) - to-the-point-of-nothingness opinion today. Balkinization
  • I don't regret stepping out of the security of marriage.
  • Team captain Susanthika Jayasinghe did not appear to regret her unceremonious exit from the 200 metres sprint, but appeared more worried about the controversies surrounding the athletes.
  • Ill health removed the pleasures of dissipation for him, and there was nothing to assuage his guilt and regret.
  • Even the already infamous trip to Cuba in the movie's final third works in the sense that it's incredibly moving, tapping as it does into the mess of feelings and regret surrounding 9/11 and the perpetually denied dream of universal siblinghood. Gerry Canavan
  • If you regret not buying a trendy fall jacket before winter came along, you still have another chance with this brown shearling jacket.
  • After a brief introduction, the music becomes a sensuous waltz, filled with regret.
  • Regretfully, I must decline.
  • Calling all guitar heroes: I know I'm going to regret this, but I just printed out the tabs for the intro to Smoke on the Water.
  • That thought, which completes the voluntary disherison of the mother, adds to the misery of her last moments and fills them with such a flood of remorse and regret that, notwithstanding her determination to be brave, she weeps and weeps. The Nabob, Vol. 2 (of 2)
  • The one thing I regretted was posting the letter, not getting it hand-delivered somehow. GO!
  • One regrettable aspect of modern living is the loss of seasonality.
  • He came over and sat by my chair, a look of mournful regret on his open honest little face.
  • Misha wasn't buying it — and as the greatest regret of Viko's current incarnation was "chickening out" or his leap from the top of one of the buildings in Albany's Egg Plaza the summer after 8th grade and opting, instead, for a "pity me, save me" fake suicide attempt in his parent's mansion in Loudonville , he felt the time had come at last to do the deed. Case History #1 from The Karmic Adjustment Bureau files:
  • I was there with her at the party, but then stupidly, and very regretfully, I left.
  • My dad probably viewed it as a way of surreptitiously dosing us with cricket rules, and regrets it to this day.
  • He sang poetic songs of love and regret in a warm, expressive voice laced with debonair Gallic charm. Times, Sunday Times
  • A more profound regret is his continuing absence from the best rides at the big meetings. Times, Sunday Times
  • a strange ring of regret and longing such as Almira had never listened to. The Strange Adventures of Mr. Middleton
  • It was a regrettable incident but I now consider the matter closed.

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