Quotes on Might Have Been

Might have been a time when I loved her too but you take that away and you'll always be the one. Drake

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

No star is lost once we have seen, We always may be what we might have been. Adelaide Anne Procter

Facts are all accidents. They all might have been different. They all may become different. They may all collapse altogether. George Santayana

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

The world which credits what is done is cold to all that might have been. Alfred Lord Tennyson

I do not look back at what might have been. If I did that, playing golf would drive me crazy. Tiger Woods

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

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

Although atheism might have been logically tenable before Darwin, Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist. Richard Dawkins

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

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

If silicon had been a gas I should have been a major-general. James Whistler

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

But the might-have-been is but boggy ground to build upon. Herman Melville

You are nobody, and I might have been somebody, and the road to each of us is love. John Fante

I was a protestor. I was such a protestor that I regularly protested things that might have been good for me. Maria Dahvana Headley

If it had not been for the Christians that I have known I might have been a Christian. Mahatma Gandhi

We are nothing; less than nothing, and dreams. We are only what might have been... Charles Lamb

It is never too late to be who you might have been. It is always possible Steve Miller

What is, is, and what might have been could never have existed. Edward Gorey

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

Sometimes I wish I could have been a bit more relaxed, but then I wouldn't have been the same player. Steffi Graf

Again it might have been the American tendency in travel. One goes, not so much to see but to tell afterward. John Steinbeck

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

He was obviously dead. But since he was a vampire that wasn't as hopless a thing as it might have been. Patricia Briggs

I don't think anything might have been. What is, is. Edward Gorey

You do what you do and you pay for your sins and there's no such thing as what might have been. Tim Mcgraw

We might have been - these are but common words, and yet they make the sum of life's bewailing. Letitia Elizabeth Landon

Another occupation might have been better. F H Bradley

You can't afford to think about what might have been. You just be aware of what is. Noel Gallagher

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

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

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

Our suffering is caused by holding on to how things might have been, should have been, could have been. Stephen Levine

To while away the day contemplating evils that might have been is to poison the happiness we already have. Christopher Paolini

As she realized what might have been, she grew to be thankful for what was. Elizabeth Gaskell

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

In another time, in another place, I wonder who they might have been. Lauren Destefano

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

But still my fancy wanders free Through that which might have been. Thomas Love Peacock

Caroline Waverly: Sometimes we hurt more for what might have been than for what is. Nora Roberts

If we are ever to become what we might have been, we must cease being who we've become. Wendell Johnson

No man is obliged to be what he might have been. David Berlinski

Be what you are becoming without clinging to what you might have been; what you might yet be. Luce Irigaray

Grab a chance and you won't be sorry for what might have been Arthur Ransome

He was in the right place at the right time, but he might have been elsewhere on a different afternoon. Tony Gubba

The information-deprived general populace might have been surprised this week to see a lower paycheck. Monica Crowley

God sends the dawn that we might see the might-have-beens that still might be. Robert Breault

If the afternoon had been blue, there might have been less desire. Carlos Drummond de Andrade

There is no expert on what happiness is but many on what it might have been. Robert Breault

It might have been the hardest hit I took all day. Drew Brees

Hilary Clinton might have been a better pick than me. Joe Biden

I work continuously within the shadow of failure. For every novel that makes it to my publisher's desk, there are at least five or six that died on the way. And even with the ones I do finish, I think of all the ways they might have been better. Gail Godwin

It is the large aggregate of small things perpetually occurring that robs me of all my time. The expense of learning to read might have been spared in my education, for I never read. Hannah More

Progress might have been all right once, but it's gone on too long. Ogden Nash

That shot might not have been as good as it might have been John Motson

All I asked for was equality and independence. A rotating chairmanship might have been the answer. D. J. Enright

It's just the way things are. And you can't dwell on what might have been. You have to look at what is. Sophie Kinsella

But let's not speak of what might have been. Let us speak instead of what is. You are whole. Kate Dicamillo

We can't live our lives according to what might have been. We have to live by what is. Terry Goodkind

Christ, if he had been a woman, might have been nothing but a great complainer Florence Nightingale

No people ever lived by cursing their fathers, however great a curse their fathers might have been to them. Henry David Thoreau

If you did' believe it before - and it's easy to understand how you might have been sceptical on this point - if you did' believe it before, you can absolutely believe it now: New York City is the greatest city in the world. David Letterman

There's a tradition of reenactment in documentary which is about sort of illustrating what the past might have been like. Joshua Oppenheimer

Boethius might have been styled happy, if that precarious epithet could be safely applied before the last term of the life of man. Edward Gibbon

Had we been as free from all sins as we were from gluttony and drunkenness we might have been canonized for saints... John Smith

If Mozart had power tools, there's no telling how great his music might have been. Dave Barry

I think we had a Ben Webster/Gerry Mulligan record... that might have been it. We only had a few records in the house. Jon Gordon

If there'd been a better-balanced society, where there were other ways of making a decent living, I think it might have been different. That's not the way this setup work. W S Merwin

In a certain way, my work had set me up to be against lots of things. If there wasn't some sort of sanction for it in the public world, it might have been...it wouldn't have been tolerated, because people don't want things to get shaken up... Julian Schnabel

It might have been really cool back in the '50s when it was less populated but I don't know. John Leguizamo

Had I left those images hidden in the emotions, I might have been torn to pieces by them. Carl Jung

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

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

We can never know what might have been but what is to come is another matter entirely C S Lewis

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

The hardest memories are the pieces of what might have been. Deborah Smith

If I hadn't fought back, I might have been Gidget forever. Sally Field

For thence a paradox Which comforts while it mocks, - Shall life succeed in that it seems to fail: What I aspired to be, And was not, comforts me: A brute I might have been, but would not sink i' the scale. Robert Browning

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