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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you could have won, you should have. Chuck Knox

Every puppy should have a boy. Erma Bombeck

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

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

They should have focused more on me. Sebastian Telfair

To restore a sense of reality, I think Walt Disney should have a Hardluckland. Jack Paar

The happiest memories are of moments that ended when they should have. Robert Breault

I should have no compassion on these witches; I should burn them all. Martin Luther

I always look back and say I should have made more. It should have been more lucrative, but it wasnt. Donald Dunn

I was too worried about the grades and I should have been more worried about learning. Michelle Obama

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

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

Dimitri should have been here with me. That's how it was supposed to have been. Richelle Mead

God picks us up where we are, not where we should have been Douglas Wilson

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

I was not really as good as I should have been. Eddie Albert

One should expect that the expected can be prevented, but the unexpected should have been expected. Norman Ralph Augustine

Possibly, I should have been a jazz singer from the beginning. Rita Coolidge

I don't think I should have been married... to anybody. Mercedes Mccambridge

I should have been a stuntwoman. Poppy Montgomery

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

Critics get a little carried away with what someone should have done, rather than what he did. Duke Ellington

Justice therefore demands that no one should do more ruling than being ruled, but that all should have their turn. Aristotle

Hell begins the day that God grants you the vision to see all that you could have done, should have done, and would have done, but did not do. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

No man should have a secret from his wife. She invariably finds it out. Oscar Wilde

One attraction in coming to the woods to live was that I should have leisure and opportunity to see the spring come in. Henry David Thoreau

If I had ever been set down in any one place and told I was to play there, and nowhere else, for the rest of my life, I should have chosen the Old Course at St. Andrews. Bobby Jones

A garden scheme should have a backbone - a central idea beautifully phrased. Edwin Lutyens

I'm a football guy at heart; maybe I should have played football for a living instead, because I play a lot of football videogames, I'm really into them. Jason Kidd

Heaven would that she these gifts should have, and I to live and die her slave. William Shakespeare

Any president that lies to the American people should have to resign. William J Clinton

Either god should have written a book to fit my brain, or he should have made my brain to fit his book. Robert Green Ingersoll

I had an abortion when I was 16. Because that's what I should have done. Otherwise I would now have a 20-year-old kid. Anyway, those are things that people shouldn't be dishonest about it. Chelsea Handler

Only the police should have handguns. William J Clinton

The old system where every child was locked away and set into nonstop, daily cut throat competition with every other child for silly prizes called grades is broken beyond repair. If it could be fixed it could have been fixed by now. Good riddance. John Taylor Gatto

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

There's many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher. Flannery O'Connor

Jimmy Stewart could have been a good golfer, but he speaks so slowly that by the time he yells 'Fore!' the guy he's hit is already in an ambulance on the way to the hospital. Bob Hope

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

Funerals and weddings were commonplace, and nothing could have been so interesting to them as the coming of the end of the world ... unless it had been a first-class circus. Edward Eggleston

Had I been brighter, the ladies been gentler, the Scotch been weaker, had the gods been kinder, had the dice been hotter, this could have been a one-sentence story: Once upon a time I lived happily ever after. Mickey Rooney

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

Why had I taken all those useless classes like bio and German when I should have been taking lipreading? Meg Cabot

And in that sliver of time, I felt the power around me coalesce, malice-hard and sharp as crystal. That this analogy occurred to me should have been a warning. N.K. Jemisin

Somebody who should have been born is gone. Anne Sexton

We should have been wiser; we should have died yesterday. Stephenie Meyer

We get ready for death by beginning to live life as we should have been living it all along. Ronald Rolheiser

Nature should have been pleased to have made this age miserable, without making it also ridiculous. Michel De Montaigne

Yes, he's like a rash for which there's no cure. It only goes away for a bit before returning unexpectedly to ruin every pleasurable experience. He should have been named Herpes rather than ZT. Or maybe just Herpes Z, since he's a very special irritant. (Arik) Sherrilyn Kenyon

Yes, I am white now,' said Gandalf. 'Indeed I am Saruman, one might almost say, Saruman as he should have been. J R R Tolkien

Yes, he's like a rash for which there's no cure. It only goes away for a bit before returning unexpectedly to ruin every pleasurable experience. He should have been named Herpes rather than ZT. Or maybe just Herpes Z, since he's a very special irritant. (Arik) Sherrilyn Kenyon

Anglo-Saxon barbarians. Arthur should have been made a Knight William W. Johnstone

I should have been glad to acquire some sort of idea of Hindu theology, ... but the difficulties were too great. Mark Twain

In two cases I did not fulfill my role as defense minister, in that I did not stop things that I was sure should have been stopped. Moshe Dayan

This person should have been aborted years ago. Richard Dawkins

The dead of Auschwitz should have brought upon us a total transformation; nothing should have been allowed to remain as it was, neither among our people nor in our churches. Above all, not in the churches. Johann Baptist Metz

If the poem can be improved by the author's explanations, it never should have been published. Archibald Macleish

If I had ever learnt, I should have been a great proficient. Jane Austen

Sneak out." He shrugged, as if that should have been a no-brainer. But that was easy for him to say. He was dead. What else could they do to him, take away his birthday? Rachel Vincent

You have many fine qualities that I admire. But you are out of time. You should have been born a century ago, when values such as yours meant something. Jasper Fforde

No, he hadn't just dragged her to California. He'd dragged her into a cursed eternity. A burden that should have been his alone to bear. Lauren Kate

I found after seventy years that I was not a lunatic but a moron.... I should have been able to do better. Ezra Pound

I think I missed my calling. I should have been an interior decorator. Victor Hugo

I'm a Gatorade athlete because dance is being recognized as a sport now. It always should have been, but now it is. It's very exciting. Stephen Boss



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