Quotes About Missed Opportunities

A missed opportunity refers to a chance or prospect that could have led to a favorable outcome, but was overlooked, ignored, or not taken due to various reasons such as fear, hesitation, lack of information, or lack of readiness.

Missed opportunities can occur in various areas such as personal growth, career advancement, relationships, financial investments, and more. They are often associated with feelings of regret or disappointment.

However, they also serve as valuable lessons in decision-making and risk-taking, teaching us to be more proactive and responsive to future opportunities.

Quotes About Missed Opportunities

Quotes about missed opportunities can provide the much-needed perspective in these times.

They allow us to reflect on our past, present, and future decisions, serving as a reminder that there will always be another door opening, another opportunity waiting, even if one has been missed.

They help us nurture a mindset that focuses on learning and growth, rather than regret and missed chances. 


“Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.” – William Arthur Ward


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“Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.” – Louis E. Boone


“In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.” – Lewis Carroll


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“I held a moment in my hand, brilliant as a star, fragile as a flower, a tiny sliver of one hour. I dripped it carelessly, Ah! I didn’t know, I held opportunity.” – Hazel Lee


“Opportunity is often difficult to recognize; we usually expect it to beckon us with beepers and billboards.” – William Arthur Ward


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“A man must make his opportunity, as oft as find it.” – Francis Bacon


“Many an opportunity is lost because a man is out looking for four-leaf clovers.” – Unknown


“The future is not a gift – it is an achievement.” – Harry Lauder


“It is often hard to distinguish between the hard knocks in life and those of opportunity.” – Frederick Phillips


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“To dream by night is to escape your life. To dream by day is to make it happen.” – Stephen Richards


“We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


“For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: ‘It might have been!'” – John Greenleaf Whittier


“The door of opportunity won’t open unless you do some pushing.” – Unknown


“Opportunities do not come with their values stamped upon them. Everyone must be challenged. A day dawns, quite like other days; in it, a single hour comes, quite like other hours; but in that day and in that hour the chance of a lifetime faces us.” – Maltbie Babcock


“Great opportunities are not seen with your eyes. They are seen with your mind.” – Robert Kiyosaki


“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.” – Francis Bacon


“Most people miss opportunity because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison


“If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shades.” – Tom Peters


“We are continually faced with great opportunities which are brilliantly disguised as unsolvable problems.” – Margaret Mead


“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein


“Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.” – Victoria Holt


“Every missed opportunity is a blessing in disguise.” – Neale Donald Walsch


“Your regrets aren’t what you did, but what you didn’t do. So I take every opportunity.” – Cameron Diaz


“Regret for wasted time is more wasted time.” – Mason Cooley


“Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can’t build on it; it’s only good for wallowing in.” – Katherine Mansfield


“We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment.” – Jim Rohn


“There are only two times in life, now and too late.” – Unknown


“I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.” – Lucille Ball


“It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.” – Agnes Repplier


“Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” – George Herbert


“Regret is what we feel when we do something for ourselves that hurts the people who love us.” – Ai Yazawa


“Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.” – Henry David Thoreau


“Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.” – Sydney J. Harris


“The follies which a man regrets most in his life, are those which he didn’t commit when he had the opportunity.” – Helen Rowland


“There is no man so good, who, were he to submit all his thoughts and actions to the laws, would not deserve hanging ten times in his life.” – Michel de Montaigne


“Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves – regret for the past and fear of the future.” – Fulton Oursler


“He who spends time regretting the past loses the present and risks the future.” – Francisco de Quevedo


“One’s real life is so often the life that one does not lead.” – Oscar Wilde


“The biggest risk is not taking any risk. In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” – Mark Zuckerberg


“The only victories which leave no regret are those which are gained over ignorance.” – Napoleon Bonaparte


These quotes offer a range of perspectives on missed opportunities and regrets, reminding us that while we can’t change the past, we have the power to shape our future.


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