What are some good sayings for regretting something? Other Ways to Say “Once bitten twice shy.”


There are many sayings and proverbs about regret across the world. It’s a very common emotion, and it has happened to every person at least a couple of times. Almost every country has a variety of the saying “Once bitten, twice shy.”

Here are a couple of examples from different cultures:

1. There is no repentance after death

this is a proverb from Russia, which says that you can’t regret if you die because of your bad decision

2. Regretting the past is like chasing the wind 

another one from Russia and this one talks about how you shouldn’t regret the past because it’s already done

3. All of Earth’s treasures can’t bring back the last moment 

this proverb from France talks also about how it’s impossible to take back the past, so regretting it is not useful

4. Perform good deeds; you will not regret them 

a saying from Morocco which talks about how being kind can make sure you have little regrets in life 

5. Remorse is worse than a beating 

this saying from Greece talks about how regret can hurt more than physical pain

6. He who hesitates regrets 

a saying from Albania which tells us to take our chances and not regret missing out

7. Regret, like a tail, comes at the end

an Ethiopian proverb that makes sure we remember that we can’t escape regret if we do something stupid 

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