Second Chance Quotes

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Need a do-over for something important? These second chance quotes will help you get or give a second chance when you need it.

Unfortunately, we don’t always get things right the first time we try them. Whether it’s a relationship, a new skill, a work assignment, or any other kind of task, we often wish we could try it again.

Sometimes we try our best and want to do better. Other times we may make mistakes, poor decisions, or get unlucky. It’s these times when second chances give us an opportunity to redeem ourselves.

We may also be faced with the option to give someone else a second chance, even if we risk them messing up again. Whichever side you’re on, these second chance quotes are the place to start.

Top 10 Second Chance Quotes

Having a second chance makes you want to work even harder.

Tia Mowry

A man deserves a second chance, but keep an eye on him.

John Wayne
Rick Price quote "Every moment of your life is a second chance"
“Every moment of your life is a second chance.” – Rick Price

A second chance doesn’t mean anything if you didn’t learn from your first.

Anurag Prakash Ray

I’ve learned that life always offers us a second chance to prove yourself.

Maya Angelou

We all make mistakes, everybody should be given a second chance.   

Laila Gifty Akita

Life always offers you a second chance. It’s called tomorrow.

Dylan Thomas
Paolo Coelho quote "God always offers us a second chance in life"
“God always offers us a second chance in life.” – Paolo Coelho

If you are still breathing, you have a second chance.

Oprah Winfrey

We do not get redos, but we do get second chances.

Jeffrey Fry

More Second Chance Quotes

In case you never get a second chance: don’t be afraid! And what if you do get a second chance? You take it!

C. JoyBell C

Sometimes life gives you a second chance, or even two! Not always, but sometimes.

Dave Wilson

There are few things as powerful as the joy of someone who got a second chance and found their purpose.

Kim Reynolds

You are not always given a second chance and there are no guarantees.

Linda Becker
H Jackson Brown quote "Give people a second chance but not a third"
“Give people a second chance, but not a third.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Never be afraid to start over, it’s a new chance to rebuild what you want. You’re fortunate if you’re given a second chance.

Malika Nura

I want the world to know that everybody deserves a second chance.

El DeBarge

We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance.

Harrison Ford

To take that second chance, we need to notice where we are and be open to the possibility of growing.

Holly Elissa Bruno

There’s nothing as exciting as a comeback – seeing someone with dreams, watching them fail, and then getting a second chance.

Rachel Griffiths

If you ever get a second chance in life for something, you’ve got to go all the way.

Lance Armstrong

If somebody is gracious enough to give me a second chance, I won’t need a third.

Pete Rose

Let tomorrow be your second chance to prove that you are better than today and yesterday.    

Ritu Ghatourey

Every second a seeker can start over, for his life’s mistakes are initial drafts and not the final version.

Sri Chinmoy

Basically, a second chance is a “do over,” an opportunity to make an additional effort at accomplishing something or reaching a goal after you’ve failed at least once.

Robert Moskowitz
Patrice Evra quote "In life you always have a second chance"
“In life, you always have a second chance.” – Patrice Evra

A second chance doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. In many ways, it is the more difficult thing. Because a second chance means that you have to try harder. You must rise to the challenge without the blind optimism of ignorance.

Ling Ma

Easter is very important to me, it’s a second chance.

Reba McEntire

This has been my life. I have found it worth living, and would gladly live it again if the second chance were offered me.

Bertrand Russell

All discarded lovers should be given a second chance, but with somebody else.

Mae West

When God gives you a second chance, it’s not something you take for granted.

Lane Kiffin

I’ve been with my husband for seven years. With my husband and my son, I get my second chance in life to be loved and be happy.

Tonya Harding

One of the things I believe in most strongly is the power of a second chance.

John Fetterman

Every second we have a second chance to do something we haven’t done yet. That’s why it’s called a second and not a first.

Robert J. Braathe

Thank God you are still alive for many have died and are dying as I speak. You still have the opportunity to change and make things right whilst those that have died wish for that second chance.

Alexander Serebryakov

Opportunities multiply as they are seized.

Sun Tzu, The Art of War
Joel Osteen quote "I mean we all need a second chance sometimes"
“I mean we all need a second chance sometimes.” – Joel Osteen

They say everyone needs a second chance. I am willing to give you one provided you are ready to accept it.

Nidhi Saini

Her life was her major disappointment, her mistakes carved into every premature line in her face, but I wasn’t going to let her use my life as her second chance.

Malorie Blackman

No one can claim perfection, that’s why everyone needs a second chance ad infinitum.

Bangambiki Habyarimana

First impressions must be impressive because there’s not a second chance for making a first impression.

Vincent Okay Nwachukwu

Children are our second chance to have a great parent-child relationship.

Laura Schlessinger

People do make mistakes and I think they should be punished. But they should be forgiven and given the opportunity for a second chance. We are human beings.

David Millar

If you fail today there is always tomorrow to try again. You always have that second chance tomorrow.

Avina Celeste

Sometimes goodbye is a second chance.

Shinedown, Second Chance

I can’t tell whether a revived man would appreciate his second chance or yearn for the stolen serenity.

Ahmed Mostafa
"I don't think everyone should get a second chance"
“I don’t think everyone should get a second chance.” – Logan Paul

There is no going back in life, no return, no second chance. I cannot call back the spoken word or the accomplished deed.

Daphne Du Maurier

Quotes about Second Chances

As a Christian, I believe in redemption. And I believe in second chances.

Rand Paul

We all deserve second chances, but not for the same mistake.

Thabiso Owethu Xabanisa

Because this is what I believe – that second chances are stronger than secrets. You can let secrets go. But a second chance? You don’t let that pass you by.

Daisy Whitney

Second chances do come your way. Like trains, they arrive and depart regularly. Recognizing the ones that matter is the trick.

Jill A. Davis

We can’t run out of second chances…only time.

Robin Jones Gunn

Nothing erases the past. There is repentance, there is atonement, and there is forgiveness. That is all, but that is enough.

Ted Chiang

I will forever believe in second chances and forgiveness, because if it weren’t for those two things I would and should be dead.

Dedrick D. L. Pitter

We all deserve second chances, but not for the same mistake.

Thabiso Owethu Xabanisa

Sometimes there is no next time, no time-outs, no second chances. Sometimes it’s now or never.

Alan Bennett

I believe in second chances, but I don’t believe in third or fourth chances.

Selena Gomez
Dave Wilson quote "It's what you do with those second chances that counts"
“It’s what you do with those second chances that counts.” – Dave Wilson

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.

Carl Bard

Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.

Mary Tyler Moore

But second chances aren’t forever. Even miracles have an expiration date.

Robyn Schneider

Miracles were just second chances if you really thought about it — second chances when all hope was lost.

Kaya McLaren

Maybe that’s why there are grandkids, a second chance to get it right.

Terri Haynes Roach

Tomorrow when I awaken, the slate will be clean, and a new day will stretch before me.

Lori Hatcher

We’re given second chances every day of our life. We don’t usually take them, but they’re there for the taking.

Andrew M. Greeley

Our God of Grace often gives us a second chance, but there is no second chance to harvest a ripe crop.

Kurt Von Schleicher

There’s a crack in everything.  That’s how the light gets in.

Leonard Cohen

One More Chance

I check my pulse and if I can find it, I know I’ve got a chance.

Paul Newman

If you make mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down.

Mary Pickford
"There is no such thing as no chance"
“There is no such thing as no chance.” – Henry Ford

Whatever problems we had back then don’t exist anymore. It’s why we have this one more chance, and we can’t throw it away.

Michelle Maddow

When you are on your last straw, that means you have one more opportunity, use it to not give up doing good.

Hannah Garrison

Don’t be afraid to explore life. We are given one chance to enjoy all there is. Make your stay worthy of that one chance.

Mark Hook

If there’s even a slight chance at getting something that will make you happy, risk it. Life’s too short and happiness is too rare.

A.R. Lucas

Chance is not a word to toss in the air. It’s a word to take in, a word to give yourself.

Michelle Muriel

Everyone has a past. I have mine, you have yours, and we have ours. No matter what it takes, I will prove to you that our past, no matter how hurtful, didn’t ruin the future we could have.

Melissa Foster

I hate New Year’s Eve. One more chance to remember that you haven’t yet done what you wanted. And to pretend it doesn’t matter.

Gregory Maguire

It’s about second chances, Neil. Second, third, fourth, whatever, as long as you get at least one more than what anyone else wanted to give you.

Nora Sakavic

You clutch your comfortable excuses, saying, Someday I’ll be brave, it won’t take a lot, just give me one more chance and this time I’ll grab it.

James Alan Gardner

Second chances? I’d give anything for just one chance. One chance to make you happy. One chance to show you I care. And one chance to earn your love and make you believe that true love still exists. So before you go giving out second chances, just remember that some people would do anything for just one chance.

Nicholas Beichley
"Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat"
“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

In the space between chaos and shape, there was another chance.

Jeanette Winterson

Nobody owes anybody a living, but everybody is entitled to a chance.

Jack Dempsey

You get as many chances as you want; as many as you dare to make for yourself.

Edward Bloor

Last Chance Quotes

We never really learn from the first mistake or the second or third. It only hits us when we’re given the last chance.

Wiz Khalifa

Childhood is Last Chance Gulch for happiness. After that, you know too much.

Tom Stoppard

Cats are our last best chance to have a dysfunctional relationship.

John Bush

The oceans are the planet’s last great living wilderness, man’s only remaining frontier on earth, and perhaps his last chance to produce himself a rational species.

John Culliney

Marriage is our last, best chance to grow up.

Joseph Barth

Life ends so fast, so take your chance, and make it last.

Chuck Schuldiner

We still have a choice today: nonviolent coexistence or violent co-annihilation. This may well be mankind’s last chance to choose between chaos and community.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The chance which now seems lost may present itself at the last moment.

Jules Verne
Cynthia Voigt quote "You could say that all of life is a series of last chances"
“You could say that all of life is a series of last chances.” – Cynthia Voigt

In front of him stood the woman of his dreams, giving him one last chance to kiss her. Reason didn’t stand a chance.

Tan Redding

If they say ‘you have your last chance to look at the world,’ I wish that look would be from Çamlıca of Istanbul.

Alphonse de Lamartine

The first half of life consists of the capacity to enjoy with the chance; the last half consists of the chance without the capacity.

Mark Twain

Look, I want to love this world as though it’s the last chance I’m ever going to get to be alive and know it.

Mary Oliver

Don’t give up. Normally it is the last key on the ring that opens the door.

Paolo Coelho

Now is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It won’t last forever. We must take it or leave it.

C.S. Lewis

The way I see it, you have to take every chance you get because there may not be another one.

Mary-Kate Olsen
Terry Pratchett quote "Last hopeless chances have got to work"
“Last hopeless chances have got to work.” – Terry Pratchett

You shouldn’t miss opportunities to live life. It could always be your last chance.

Robyn Carr

Did these second chance leave you ready to seek another opportunity to get something right?

Redemption isn’t always a religious concept. We often desire to redeem ourselves to others by getting second chances and correcting our mistakes, or having the grace to give others second chances, too.

So whether you need to do something better, get something back, or try again, our second chance quotes show it’s never too late to try. And don’t be afraid to afford the same opportunity to others who may need it too.

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Quincy Seale

Quincy is KIM's editor, and has collected and shared inspiring quotes and stories since 2005. Quincy holds an MBA from the University of Dundee and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh, and lives in San Antonio with his wife Natalie, son Alex, and his dog Oban.