"There was a long hard time when I kept far from me the remembrance of what I had thrown away when I was quite ignorant of its worth."
"The best of all would be the strongest student, yes? Wisest? Most learned in the ways of the Force? Best of all, Dooku would be! Our greatest student! Our greatest failure."
— Yoda, Star Wars
Tony: See, that's the problem here. It's that you can't see things from my perspective. Because it's predicated on the premise that superheroes make mistakes. And you're Captain America. You don't make mistakes.
Steve: (flashing back to Bucky) I...think I make mistakes.
"I have failed you, Zamasu. We both did."
— Gowasu, Dragon Ball Super
"Jackie had a good-even honest-response to publishers eager for her to write "the story of your life which has been so fascinating to so many people." "I know it has," she would say. "At least I know people say so but how can I write about it if I've forgotten it all?" But she had not forgotten that after the first bullet was fired at Dallas, Jack had said, "I've been hit." Since he wore a corset for his bad back all she needed to have done was pull him onto the car floor but she reacted too slowly in the shock of the moment... The rest seems to have been confusion."
—Gore Vidal on Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Point to Point Navigation
"I'm sorry, Moondancer. I've faced magical creatures, the end of Equestria, all sorts of things! But seeing how my actions affected you, that was one of the worst feelings I've ever had."
—Twilight Sparkle, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
And now Krypton's lost forever. There was nothing I could do to save it, but it feels like I'll be trying to make up for that the rest of my life.
I failed him... in life. I won't fail him in death.
I wasn't there when Mary died. I was too scared, so I went to the pub instead. "What will be will be, Frank," she said, "and I just want you to face it with me." And I didn't. But I will now. I will face it with you now, Mary...
—Frank Appleton, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture
We failed Tokyo. The Council failed Tokyo. I failed. We failed the city in every part of our mission statement. To admit less is pride and folly. Fault is what we assign others. Responsibility is what we assign ourselves. I do not know if we can make amends.
—Arturo Castiglione, The Secret World
You remember that time we was up in Bosnia? We took down them Serb bad boys? All our guys were gettin' chopped up all around us and there was blood everywhere. I never though I was gonna make it out of there and I know you didn't and you didn't either. Kinda feelin' like... dead too, ya know? My heads all very, very black place. Didn't believe in shit. Just goddamn Dracula black. I remember I got this bottle of this local shit they have over there. That Silvits... I think that's what it was called. And I ain't feelin' no pain now... and I come up on this, uh... I come up on this overland bridge, and I see this... I see this... I see this woman standing there, ya know? And she's, uh... I stepped out and she saw me, and she's just lookin' right... right in my eyes. And I was lookin' right in her eyes, and I knew what she was gonna do. She looked at me, and I knew she was gonna jump. You know what I did, man? I just turned around I kept walkin' until I heard that splash and she was gone. [crying] After... after taking all them lives, she was one that I could have saved, but I didn't, and uh... What I realized later on was, uh, if I'd have saved that woman, I might have... I might have saved what was left of my soul, ya know.
— Tool, The Expendables
"I couldn't protect Credo. To this day, I hate myself for not having enough strength. But this time is different. I swear! I'M NOT LETTING YOU DIE!"
— Nero, Devil May Cry 5
"I visit her grave as often as I can. I leave bouquets of rosemary and rue, and I tell her that I'm sorry, and I promise her that next time I'll do better. Next time someone makes me a hero, I'll save them."
— October "Toby" Daye, October Daye : Rosemary and Rue