Quotes on Should Have Been

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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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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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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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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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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From the latter he is defended by being well armed and having good allies, and if he is well armed he will have good friends, and affairs will always remain quiet within when they are quiet without, unless they should have been already disturbed by conspiracy; and even should affairs outside be disturbed, if he has carried out his preparations and has lived as I have said, as long as he does not despair, he will resist every attack. Niccolo Machiavelli
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Being myself a warm zealot for the attainment & enjoiment by all mankind of as much liberty as each may exercise without injury to the equal liberty of his fellow citizens, I have lamented that in France the endeavors to obtain this should have been attended with the effusion of so much blood. Thomas Jefferson
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I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific. Lily Tomlin
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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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When we were told that by freedom we understood free enterprise, we did very little to dispel this monstrous falsehood. Wealth and economic well-being, we have asserted, are the fruits of freedom, while we should have been the first to know that this kind of happiness has been an unmixed blessing only in this country, and it is a minor blessing compared with the truly political freedoms, such as freedom of speech and thought, of assembly and association, even under the best conditions. Hannah Arendt
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Alfred Nobel - pitiable half-creature, should have been stifled by humane doctor when he made his entry yelling into life. Greatest merits: Keeps his nails clean and is never a burden to anyone. Greatest fault: Lacks family, cheerful spirits, and strong stomach. Greatest and only petition: Not to be buried alive. Greatest sin: Does not worship Mammon. Important events in his life: None. Alfred Nobel
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It is much to be lamented that a man of Franklin's general good character and great influence should have been an unbeliever in Christianity, and also have done as much as he did to make others unbelievers. Benjamin Franklin
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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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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 suppose one should have an integrated personality, but I've never really seen the point. Colm Toibin
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All my life, I just felt that I should have finished my education. Gretchen Wilson
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If you could have won, you should have. Chuck Knox
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Every puppy should have a boy. Erma Bombeck
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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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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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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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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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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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I have always believed that I should have had no difficulty in causing my rights to be respected. Eli Whitney
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Everybody should have an equal chance - but they shouldn't have a flying start. Harold Wilson
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I think everybody should have a great Wonderbra. There's so many ways to enhance them, everybody does it. Christina Aguilera
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I think all kids should have something they feels is theirs. Clare Balding
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But no one should have the right to manipulate my films in the first place. Dario Argento
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They should have focused more on me. Sebastian Telfair
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To restore a sense of reality, I think Walt Disney should have a Hardluckland. Jack Paar
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The happiest memories are of moments that ended when they should have. Robert Breault
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I should have no compassion on these witches; I should burn them all. Martin Luther
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I always look back and say I should have made more. It should have been more lucrative, but it wasnt. Donald Dunn
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I was too worried about the grades and I should have been more worried about learning. Michelle Obama
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His statement to himself should have been 'I possess this now,therefore I am happy' , instead of what it so Victorianly was: 'I cannot possess this forever, therefore I am sad. John Fowles
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I have been treated better than I should have been-not by life in general nor by the machinery of things but by women. Charles Bukowski
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I should have been a stuntwoman. Poppy Montgomery
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I was not really as good as I should have been. Eddie Albert
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One should expect that the expected can be prevented, but the unexpected should have been expected. Norman Ralph Augustine
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I don't think I should have been married... to anybody. Mercedes Mccambridge
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Its better to be second while everyone is saying You should have been first than be first when everyone says You should be second. Karina Smirnoff
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Dimitri should have been here with me. That's how it was supposed to have been. Richelle Mead
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God picks us up where we are, not where we should have been Douglas Wilson
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Possibly, I should have been a jazz singer from the beginning. Rita Coolidge
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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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People of faith should be able to have confidence in their right to freely express and live their beliefs. Donald Wuerl
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I'm a grown man. You know, I've been in a lot of scrapes, but I never felt like I got so - there are probably a lot of things I should have done that I didn't do. James Stockdale
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I mean, I didn't - I should have demanded attention of the boss maybe, or something like that that might have backfired. This I would just take as it came. James Stockdale
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Politicians wishing to set a better tone should have the discipline to avoid televised cage matches. John Sununu
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The basic notion was the idea that the loudspeaker should have a voice which was unique and not just an instrument of reproduction, but an instrument unto itself. David Tudor
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Every dressing room should have a few proper bottles of bubbly. Tony Vincent
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You should have high expectations for yourself and others should come second. Florence Welch
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We should have gone over years before that. I always wanted to and I think most of the band did. Roy Wood
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Is it not rather what we expect in men, that they should have numerous strands of experience lying side by side and never compare them with each other? George Eliot
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I'd rather wear jewels in my hair than anywhere else. The face should have the advantage of this brilliance. Hedy Lamarr
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We have now just enshrined, as soon as I sign this bill, the core principle that everybody should have some basic security when it comes to their healthcare. Barack Obama
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One of my movies was called 'True Lies.' It's what the Democrats should have called their convention. Arnold Schwarzenegger
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I've got volumes on how not to behave. I've got more information now than a guy should have at my age. Charlie Sheen
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Every family should have the right to spend their money, after tax, as they wish, and not as the government dictates. Let us extend choice, extend the will to choose and the chance to choose. Margaret Thatcher
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