To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.
The man who looks back upon his past life and says, ‘I have nothing to regret,’ has lived in vain. The life without regret is the life without gain. Regret is but the light of fuller wisdom, from our past, illumining our future. It means that we are wiser today than we were yesterday. This new wisdom means new responsibility, new privileges; it is a new chance for a better life. But if regret remain merely ‘regret,’ it is useless; it must become the revelation of new possibilities, and the inspiration and source of strength to realize them. Even omnipotence could not change the past, but each man, to a degree far beyond his knowing, holds his future in his own hands.
William George Jordan, The Kingship of Self-Control (1898)
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