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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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Possibly, I should have been a jazz singer from the beginning. Rita Coolidge
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I should have been smart enough to stay happy. But my ambition ruled my life. Eva Gabor
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I wonder whether if I had an education I should have been more or less a fool that I am. Alice James
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It is one thing to write as poet and another to write as a historian: the poet can recount or sing about things not as they were, but as they should have been, and the historian must write about them not as they should have been, but as they were, without adding or subtracting anything from the truth. Miguel De Cervantes
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Earthlings went on being friendly, when they should have been thinking instead. Kurt Vonnegut
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I should have been trying to build a career, rather than leaving it in the hands of somebody else. Ray Walston
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I should have been an abortion. The only reason I wasn't was that my father was a Christian. Neko Case
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I had to be a grown-up when I should have been a little boy, and now that I'm a grown-up my little-boyness has exploded out of me. I've lived my life backwards. Alan Cumming
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That men have an interest in knowing the world which surrounds them, and consequently that their reflection should have been applied to it at an early date, is something that everyone will readily admit. Emile Durkheim
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I was an 'Ironman' fan. It was in the '70s. I definitely liked comics and drew a lot of panels on my notebook when I should have been studying - probably why I ended up in the arts. Clark Gregg
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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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Every politician should have been born an orphan and remain a bachelor. Lady Bird Johnson
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My mother should have been Jewish. She could have taught a class on how to induce guilt. Lorna Luft
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I think it took me half a page of 'Wolf Hall' to think: 'This is the novel I should have been writing all along.' Hilary Mantel
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I should have been a much better artist if I could have studied more and amused myself less. Ida Rentoul Outhwaite
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But for my faith in God, I should have been a raving maniac. Mahatma Gandhi
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As a lawyer, as a private citizen, you see a lot of injustice. You see a lot of people who should have been punished and are not, and people who were punished wrongfully are not vindicated. Fiction is sort of a way to set the record straight, and let people at least believe that justice can be achieved and the right outcomes can occur. David Baldacci
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Even though the outcome wasn't the way it should have been, publicly I still feel in my heart I won the Sugar Ray Leonard fight. Marvin Hagler
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A lie was something you told because you were mean or a coward. A story was something you made up out of something that might have happened. Only you didn't tell it like it was, you told it like you thought it should have been. Betty Smith
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Behind their eyes the hope was sickening and in many, dead. They lived from event to event with a subtle terror of the gap between, filling up their lives with distractions to avoid the emptiness where curiosity should have been. Clive Barker
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For it would have been better that man should have been born dumb, nay, void of all reason, rather than that he should employ the gifts of Providence to the destruction of his neighbor. Quintilian
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I can see now that I should have been strong enough to conquer myself. Conrad Veidt
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If Albert Einstein was right, Cal Ripken should have been a CEO or politician rather than a shortstop, because Ripken led by example over and over... and over again. Don Yaeger
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Swallows have disappeared, bees are dying out because of pesticides that should have been banned long ago - it's a scandal. Brigitte Bardot
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No dancer can watch Fred Astaire and not know that we all should have been in another business. Mikhail Baryshnikov
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Job-wise, I did have a moment of panic that I should have been a doctor a few years ago, but I hate when people vomit. Kate Beckinsale
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Once I should have been, if not satisfied, partially, at least, contented with suffrage for the intelligent and those who have been soldiers; now I am convinced that universal suffrage is demanded by sound policy and impartial justice. Salmon P Chase
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I feel there should have been some recognition of the Spice Girls at this year's 25th anniversary. We flew the flag for Britain around the globe in the 1990s and we achieved a hell of a lot. Melanie Chisholm
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When you get over the anxiety, you discover you should have been mad a long time ago. Amy Clampitt
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I regret to this day that I never went to college. I feel I should have been a doctor. Ty Cobb
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I am no party man in this matter in any degree; and if I have any objection to the motion it is this, that whereas it is a motion to inquire into the manufacturing distress of the country, it should have been a motion to inquire into manufacturing and agricultural distress. Richard Cobden
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So much of what we are currently seeing as far as human suffering and misery comes from diseases that should have been preventable but were not. Francis Collins
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As a director, I've been able to combine with what I've learned as an actor and as a producer: it melds quite nicely into what I feel like I should have been doing all along. Griffin Dunne
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I'm afraid I talk a lot, too much, perhaps. I should have been a lawyer or a college professor or a windy politician, though I'm glad I am not any of these. Tom Glazer
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The great mystery is not that we should have been thrown down here at random between the profusion of matter and that of the stars; it is that from our very prison we should draw, from our own selves, images powerful enough to deny our own nothingness. Andre Malraux
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Jewel,' he said, 'what lies before us? Horrible thoughts arise in my heart. If we had died before today we should have been happy. C S Lewis
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If I had been an Italian I am sure that I should have been whole-heartedly with you from the start to finish in your triumphant struggle against the bestial appetites and passions of Leninism." (Speech in Rome on 20 January, 1927, praising Mussolini) Winston Churchill
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Until recently, the question was 'Why can't a woman be more like a man?' It should have been changed to 'Why can't both sexes be more like the best parts of each other?' Instead, the pendulum swung to the 1960s feminist lapel button Adam Was a First Draft. True enough. So are we all. Warren Farrell
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Much more should have been achieved by a Labour Government in office and Labour pressure in opposition. Against the dogged resistance to change, we should have pitted a stronger will to change. I conclude that a move to the Left is needed. Anthony Crosland
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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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'Sex and the City' is about outsiders. Single girls as lepers, should have been married by now. It's the reason the whole thing took off. Michael Patrick King
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People look at me like I should have been like Malcolm X or Martin Luther King or Rosa Parks. I should have seen life like that and stay out of trouble, and don't do this and don't do that. But it's hard to live up to some people's expectations. Rodney King
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I always felt as a horn player, a jam session wasn't satisfying enough for me. I should have been a rhythm section player, actually. Lee Konitz
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I wanted to write about my mother as she should have been if she had not been messed up by World War I. Doris Lessing
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Bush is very clever. When the debate should have been about the deterioration of our cities and the lack of action by government, he sent in his idiot to make an outrageous statement about Murphy Brown. Tim Robbins
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Fahrenheit 9/11 took public domain information that should have been on the news every night and put it in a film that a lot of people went to see. But still Bush has never had to answer those charges. John Sayles
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My point was that removing Saddam should not have been our highest priority. Fighting terrorism should have been our number one concern, followed by the Palestinian peace process. Brent Scowcroft
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She was convinced that she could have been happy with him, when it was no longer likely they should meet. Jane Austen
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The bad press came because they thought I should fight more. I couldn't get the fights because if I would sign to fight one of King's guys I would be signed to him. I chose not to do that. In hindsight, that might have been a mistake. Gerry Cooney
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I'm not sure what the future holds but I do know that I'm going to be positive and not wake up feeling desperate. As my dad said 'Nic, it is what it is, it's not what it should have been, not what it could have been, it is what it is.' Nicole Kidman
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If any country was a mine-shaft canary for the reintroduction of cholera, it was Haiti - and we knew it. And in retrospect, more should have been done to prepare for cholera... which can spread like wildfire in Haiti... This was a big rebuke to all of us working in public health and health care in Haiti. Paul Farmer
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Procrastination is the bad habit of putting of until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday. Napoleon Hill
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Why it was that upon this beautiful feminine tissue, sensitive as gossamer, and practically blank as snow as yet, there should have been traced such a coarse pattern as it was doomed to receive; why so often the coarse appropriates the finer thus, the wrong man the woman, the wrong women the man, many years of analytical philosophy have failed to explain to our sense of order Thomas Hardy
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I learned to make things not matter, to put a seal on my hopes and place them on a high shelf, out of reach. And by telling myself that there was nothing inside those hopes anyway, I avoided the wounds of deep disappointment. The pain was no worse than the quick sting of a booster shot. And yet thinking about this makes me ache again. How is it that as a child I knew I should have been loved more? Is everyone born with a bottomless emotional resevoir? Amy Tan
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Most men, no matter how well or badly dressed, carry overstuffed, beat up wallets that should have been replaced years ago. Why is that? Every time I see a guy take out a wallet anywhere, it looks like a piece of old melted chocolate cake-with strings. Jonathan Carroll
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I feel like I'm part of a generation of people who are stuck in the past and are really self-absorbed. I mean, we're actually taking pictures of ourselves and posting them on Facebook, and keeping in touch with people that should have been out of our lives 15 years ago. Diablo Cody
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An investigator starts research in a new field with faith, a foggy idea, and a few wild experiments. Eventually the interplay of negative and positive results guides the work. By the time the research is completed, he or she knows how it should have been started and conducted. Donald Cram
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Ah, Father! That's words and only words! Forgive! If he'd not been run over, he'd have come home today drunk and his only shirt dirty and in rags and he'd have fallen asleep like a log, and I should have been sousing and rinsing till daybreak, washing his rags and the children's and then drying them by the window and as soon as it was daylight I should have been darning them. What's the use of talking forgiveness! I have forgiven as it is! Fyodor Dostoevsky
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I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn. Henry David Thoreau
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But an escape less self-depreciating was taken by Lord Westbury, who, it is said, rebuffed a barrister's reliance upon an earlier opinion of his Lordship: "I can only say that I am amazed that a man of my intelligence should have been guilty of giving such an opinion". If there are other ways of gracefully and good-naturedly surrendering former views to a better considered position, I invoke them all. Robert H. Jackson
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The first reason for psychology's failure to understand what people are and how they act, is that clinicians and psychiatrists, who are generally the theoreticians on these matters, have essentially made up myths without any evidence to support them; the second reason for psychology's failure is that personality theory has looked for inner traits when it should have been looking for social context. Naomi Weisstein
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In fact, the influence of Schoenberg may be overwhelming on his followers, but the significance of his art is to be identified with influences of a more subtle kind-not the system, but the aesthetic, of his art. I am quite conscious of the fact that my Chansons madecasses are in no way Schoenbergian, but I do not know whether I ever should have been able to write them had Schoenberg never written. Arnold Schoenberg
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Augustine of Hippo used to say that, but for God's grace, he should have been capable of committing any crime; and it is when we feel this sincerely, that we are most likely to be really improving, and best able to give assistance to others without moral loss to ourselves. Henry Parry Liddon
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And then writing, it was like I just found it, you know? Like you just found your favorite flavor of ice cream, all of a sudden there it is. 'This is what I should have been doing for the last thirty years. What was I thinking?' So I was, then I was in and then I had to just keep going with it. Stephenie Meyer
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I believe that the purpose for which I and my fellow soldiers entered upon this war should have been so clearly stated as to have made it impossible to change them, and that, had this been done, the objects which actuated us would now be attainable by negotiation. Siegfried Sassoon
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Before, for me, peace could have been synonymous with boredom. Isabelle Adjani
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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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All at once we were madly, clumsily, shamelessly, agonizingly in love with each other; hopelessly, I should add, because that frenzy of mutual possession might have been assuaged only by our actually imbibing and assimilating every particle of each other's soul and flesh; but there we were, unable even to mate as slum children would have so easily found an opportunity to do so. Vladimir Nabokov
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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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You can't afford to think about what might have been. You just be aware of what is. Noel Gallagher
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I have come to think that life is a far more limited thing than those in the midst of its maelstorm realize. That light shines into the act of life for only the briefest moment-perhaps only a matter of seconds. Once it is gone and failed to grasp its offered revelation, there is no second chance. One may have to live the rest of one's life in hopeless depth of loneliness and remorse. In that twilight world, one can no longer look forward to anything. All that such a person holds in his hands is the withered corpse of what should have been. Haruki Murakami
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[Robin Stewart] was your man. True for you, you had withdrawn the crutch from his sight, but still it should have been there in your hand, ready for him. For you are a leader-don't you know it? I don't, surely, need to tell you?-And that is what leadership means. It means fortifying the fainthearted and giving them the two sides of your tongue while you are at it. It means suffering weak love and schooling it till it matures. It means giving up you privicies, your follies and your leasure. It means you can love nothing and no one too much, or you are no longer a leader, you are led. Dorothy Dunnett
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