Quotes on Might Have Been

You can't afford to think about what might have been. You just be aware of what is. Noel Gallagher
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Might have been a time when I loved her too but you take that away and you'll always be the one. Drake
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We must find our duties in what comes to us, not in what might have been. George Eliot
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I'd love to be in Paul McCartney's shoes for a day. I'd love to pick up a guitar and write songs like he does. Or to experience what it might have been like to be a Beatle for a day. Tom Felton
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Be who you are, said the Duchess to Alice, or, if you would like it put more simply, never try to be what you might have been or could have been other than what you should have been. Lewis Carroll
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Such is life and life is such and after all it isn't much. First a cradle. Then a hearse. It might have been better, but it could have been worse. Norman Wisdom
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I would have been a much more popular Wolrd Champion if I had always said what people wanted to hear. I might have been dead, but definitely more popular. Jackie Stewart
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The only true measure of success is the ratio between what we might have done and what we might have been on the one hand, and the thing we have made and the things we have made of ourselves on the other. H G Wells
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No star is lost once we have seen, We always may be what we might have been. Adelaide Anne Procter
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Facts are all accidents. They all might have been different. They all may become different. They may all collapse altogether. George Santayana
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We can't afford to waste tears on might-have-beens. We need to turn the tears into sweat that can take us to what can be. Denis Waitley
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The world which credits what is done is cold to all that might have been. Alfred Lord Tennyson
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An Olympic medal won't define my whole life, although it might look like it to onlookers. When I look back, I should have been able to get an Olympic medal. Paula Radcliffe
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If I had known what it would be like to have it all - I might have been willing to settle for less. Lily Tomlin
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As a kid, I might have been psycho, I guess, but I used to throw golf balls in the trees and try and somehow make par from them. I thought that was fun. Tiger Woods
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My heart hath often been deeply afflicted under a feeling that the standard of pure righteousness is not lifted up to the people by us, as a society, in that clearness which it might have been, had we been as faithful as we ought to be to the teachings of Christ. John Woolman
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I was Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. As you know, there are twelve banks and they have their citizens board, and I got elected to the Fed Chairmanship for the Federal Reserve Kansas City Bank back in the mid-'90s. It might have been 1995-'96. Herman Cain
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But in another world, another life, probably growing up in another country, I might have been more of a dancer. Hugh Jackman
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I do not look back at what might have been. If I did that, playing golf would drive me crazy. Tiger Woods
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As one gets older being sad and miserable can become a bit of a habit. To counteract this, she suggests making a point of savoring such things as the tastiness of a piece of fruit, or other small things we might have been prone to overlook during our younger, busier days. Rumer Godden
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Mr. Meant-to has a friend, his name is Didn't-Do. Have you met them? They live together in a house called Never-Win. And I am told that it is haunted by the Ghost of Might-have-Been. Marva Collins
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Although atheism might have been logically tenable before Darwin, Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist. Richard Dawkins
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Not that I regret saying what I believed to be the truth, but I regret anything that I might have written or spoken that could have been used in a way to help to foster that atmosphere out of which came the loss of life of Brother Malcolm. Louis Farrakhan
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Take stock of your thoughts and behavior. Each night ask yourself, when were you negative when you could have been positive? When did you withhold love when you might have given it? When did you play a neurotic game instead of behaving in a powerful way? Use this process to self-correct. Marianne Williamson
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As a little kid, not only is my dad Jo-Jo White, but M. L. Carr is involved in the family, Red Auerbach is my godfather, and my stepmother was an Olympic-caliber sprinter. Athletes were all around. I happened to be a natural athlete. If I wasn't, it might have been hell. But I never got any pressure from my mom and dad to be an athlete. Brian J White
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Sure, losing an election hurts, but I've experienced worse. And at an age when every day is precious, brooding over what might have been is self-defeating. In conceding the 1996 election, I remarked that "tomorrow will be the first time in my life I don't have anything to do." I was wrong. Seventy-two hours after conceding the election, I was swapping wisecracks with David Letterman on his late-night show. Bob Dole
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What was done with the seed saved from the India Hemp last summer? It ought, all of it, to have been sewn again; that not only a stock of seed sufficient for my own purposes might have been raised, but to have disseminated the seed to others; as it is more valuable than the common Hemp. George Washington
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In another situation, and in an active station in life, I should have been keenly occupied, and the founding of an order would have never come into my head. Adam Weishaupt
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I failed to fulfill what should have been an interesting role. I couldn't take their formula and bring what I had, my humor, my ideas, and make it my own. Dianne Wiest
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My marriage had been impulsive. That marriage should have been short-lived instead of the 23 years it spanned. Joseph Barbera
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If silicon had been a gas I should have been a major-general. James Whistler
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In the matter of a difficult question it is more likely that the truth should have been discovered by the few than by the many. Rene Descartes
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What is, is, and what might have been could never have existed. Edward Gorey
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But the might-have-been is but boggy ground to build upon. Herman Melville
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You are nobody, and I might have been somebody, and the road to each of us is love. John Fante
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I was a protestor. I was such a protestor that I regularly protested things that might have been good for me. Maria Dahvana Headley
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If I'd had a great level of success early on, who knows how I would have responded. I might have been a complete jerk. Steve Carell
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If it had not been for the Christians that I have known I might have been a Christian. Mahatma Gandhi
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We are nothing; less than nothing, and dreams. We are only what might have been... Charles Lamb
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It is never too late to be who you might have been. It is always possible Steve Miller
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There's a part of me that wishes I'd never said one single solitary word on any subject publicly. Then I could have been the tortured poet, and there's so much mileage in that. But it's too late to stop now. Richard Thompson
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In practical terms the South Pointing Chariot was a simple direction finder. It could have been made to point in any direction - north, south, east or west. Kit Williams
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My father was a great innovator in public life, but when it came to raising his daughters, no one could have been more conservative. Rose Kennedy
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My philosophy in life, where I was trying to get, could have been a little bit different. Joe Namath
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Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. Barack Obama
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Would I swap what I have achieved as a cook if I could have been as successful as a footballer? Definitely. Gordon Ramsay
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Sometimes I wish I could have been a bit more relaxed, but then I wouldn't have been the same player. Steffi Graf
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Again it might have been the American tendency in travel. One goes, not so much to see but to tell afterward. John Steinbeck
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James Edward Oliver might have been one of the great mathematicians of his time had he not been absolutely wanting in the power of continuous work. Simon Newcomb
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We might have been - these are but common words, and yet they make the sum of life's bewailing. Letitia Elizabeth Landon
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He was obviously dead. But since he was a vampire that wasn't as hopless a thing as it might have been. Patricia Briggs
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Another occupation might have been better. F H Bradley
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I don't think anything might have been. What is, is. Edward Gorey
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You do what you do and you pay for your sins and there's no such thing as what might have been. Tim Mcgraw
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The alleged menace of universal suffrage having been avoided by the absolute suppression of the negro vote, the spirit of mob murder should have been satisfied and the butchery of negroes should have ceased. Ida B Wells
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The last man in the world who should have been criticized was the American soldier. They should have criticized me. William Westmoreland
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There was a great complexity to my father. He was a devoted family man. But, in the same breath, he simply was not suited to an anchored life. He should have been somebody who had a backpack, an old map, a bit of change in his pocket and that was it - roaming the world. Christian Bale
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When I heard the Pixies for the first time, I connected with that band so heavily I should have been in that band - or at least in a Pixies cover band. Kurt Cobain
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The Metropolis should have been aborted long before it became New York, London or Tokyo. John Kenneth Galbraith
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I should have been thinking more about my family, how I raised my children, how I maintained life's work, so to speak. Joe Namath
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When I was sixteen, I danced before an audience without music. At the end someone suddenly cried 'its Death and the Maiden'. But that was not my intention; I was only endeavoring to express my first knowledge of the underlying tragedy in all seemingly joyous manifestation. The dance according with my comprehension, should have been called 'Life and the Maiden'. Isadora Duncan
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Failure does not exist. Failure is simply someone else's opinion of how a certain act should have been completed. Once you believe that no act must be performed in any specific other-directed way, then failing becomes impossible. Wayne Dyer
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We must beware of one who is in a passion against us as of one who has once sought our life; for the fact that we still live is due to the absence of power to kill, - if looks could kill, we should have been dead long ago. Friedrich Nietzsche
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Our suffering is caused by holding on to how things might have been, should have been, could have been. Stephen Levine
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For all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these, 'It might have been'. John Greenleaf Whittier
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To while away the day contemplating evils that might have been is to poison the happiness we already have. Christopher Paolini
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As she realized what might have been, she grew to be thankful for what was. Elizabeth Gaskell
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So much paperwork to read! So much paperwork to push away! So much paperwork to pretend he hadn't received and that might have been eaten by gargoyles. Terry Pratchett
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In another time, in another place, I wonder who they might have been. Lauren Destefano
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She gave me this look - she might have been watching from a lifeboat as the ship went down. Or maybe it was the other way around. Haruki Murakami
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But still my fancy wanders free Through that which might have been. Thomas Love Peacock
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Caroline Waverly: Sometimes we hurt more for what might have been than for what is. Nora Roberts
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If we are ever to become what we might have been, we must cease being who we've become. Wendell Johnson
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No man is obliged to be what he might have been. David Berlinski
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Be what you are becoming without clinging to what you might have been; what you might yet be. Luce Irigaray
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If I hadn't fought back, I might have been Gidget forever. Sally Field
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I could have been on a path that led to different, more traditional teen romance, and 'Nip/Tuck' shook me loose from any generalization I might have been forced into. It helped me understand I wanted to take on things that were edgier, more challenging and riskier. Seth Gabel
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If you put a ten dollar bill under the rug instead of spending it, that is capital formation. It represents ten dollars' worth of something that might have been immediately consumed, but wasn't. Garet Garrett
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We can never know what might have been but what is to come is another matter entirely C S Lewis
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You can't dwell on what might have been...and it's not fair to condemn him for something he hasn't done. Wendelin Van Draanen
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