150 Should Have Been Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of should have been quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about when you give importance.

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The Most Famous Should Have Been Quotes (Best in 2024)

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The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have. — Louis E. Boone

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

Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be. — Marsha Petrie Sue

Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, “It might have been." — Kurt Vonnegut

There's no such thing as coulda, shoulda, or woulda. If you shoulda and coulda, you woulda done it. — Pat Riley

Shouda, coulda, and woulda won't get it done. — Pat Riley

It is better to be a has-been than a never-was. — Cecil Parkinson

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

Look in my face; my name is Might-have-been; I am also call'd No-more, Too-late, Farewell. — Dante Gabriel Rossetti

With the benefit of hindsight, had more care been taken, maybe this could have been avoided — Eason Jordan

Short Should Have Been Quotes

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  • Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. — Mark Twain
  • I am not fit for this office and should never have been here. — Warren G. Harding
  • I was too worried about the grades and I should have been more worried about learning. — Michelle Obama
  • I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific. — Lily Tomlin
  • Time is the ultimate currency and I should have been more tight-fisted with it. — Naval Ravikant
  • No dancer can watch Fred Astaire and not know that we all should have been in another business. — Mikhail Baryshnikov
  • Many a man has failed because he had his wishbone where his backbone should have been. — Ronald Reagan
  • I have been luckier than the law of averages should allow. I could never be so lucky again. — Jimmy Doolittle
  • When you get over the anxiety, you discover you should have been mad a long time ago. — Amy Clampitt
  • Had I cared for the comments of people, I should never have been a missionary. — Charles Studd

Top 10 Should Have Been Quotes

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Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. — Mark Twain

I am not fit for this office and should never have been here. — Warren G. Harding

Our heart's desire should be to worship God; we have been designed by God for this purpose. If we don't worship God, we'll worship something or someone else. — John Wimber

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

Ever since there have been men, man has given himself over to too little joy. That alone, my brothers, is our original sin. I should believe only in a God who understood how to dance. — Henri Matisse

When a pure devotee or spiritual master speak, what he says should be accepted as having been directly spoken by the Supreme Personality of Godhead in the Parampara System. — A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Academic institutions in Britain have been infiltrated for years by dangerous theocratic fantasists. I should know: I was one of them. — Maajid Nawaz

I don't go along with going to Moon first to build a launch pad to go to Mars. We should go to Mars from Earth orbit. We have already been to the Moon; we've already practiced. — Wally Schirra

I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific. — Lily Tomlin

Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest. — Georgia O'Keeffe

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Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. — Mark Twain

I Should Have Been More Specific Quotes

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I have always wanted to be somebody, but I see now I should have been more specific. — Lily Tomlin

All my life, I always wanted to be somebody. Now I see that I should have been more specific. — Jane Wagner

I've always wanted to be somebody, but I see now I should have been more specific. — Lily Tomlin

When I was growing up I always wanted to be someone. Now I realize I should have been more specific. — Lily Tomlin

I became a firefighter because I wanted to save people. But I should have been more specific. I should have named names. — Jodi Picoult

When You Give Importance Quotes

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It's important that we share our experiences with other people. Your story will heal you and your story will heal somebody else. When you tell your story, you free yourself and give other people permission to acknowledge their own story — Iyanla Vanzant

It’s important to go seek help when you need it, and to give help when other people need it. — Michael J. Massimino

The urge to quit is strongest just before breakthroughs occur. Those are the times when it's most important to stay focused and committed. You will encounter the urge to quit many times. Get over it. Quitting is not an option; always be prepared to give it one more day. — Matthew Barnett

Extraordinary results happen only when you give the best you have to become the best you can be at your most important work. — Gary W. Keller

It's no use saying do this, do that, don't do that ... it's very easy when children want something to say no immediately. I think it's quite important not to give an unequivocal answer at once. Much better to think it over. Then, if you eventually say no, I think they really accept it. — Prince Philip

When you have a certain fitness projection, it's going to give you an advantage. Having strength, stamina and speed is important because I'm working with dogs who can kill me. — Cesar Millan

I know how to dress for my body to give off illusions, and I like to teach women about it - it's important for women to have that power and that arsenal... tricks that make you feel good when you walk outside. — Tyra Banks

Women, I think we can feel like we need to do it all and be it all. What's important is that we do the best we can, and just make time for yourself because when you do make time for yourself, you give back more as a mother; you give back more to your work. — Miranda Kerr

We've got a support system that gives our players a wonderful opportunity to graduate. If they go to class and give good effort, they can graduate from this school, and I believe that's important when you go out recruiting. — Steve Spurrier

Don't give up your life because balance is important, but when you're young you have energy, use it! — Dana Bash

What Could've Been Quotes

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For even in hell, I still have faith, To one day be free with my father at the gates, But make no mistakes, I'll show you what time takes, To be a success on earth, mixed with all the hate, I stand on my pivot, my life you could not live it For the things that I've seen have been too damn explicit. — Kid Cudi

I've been designing since I was 8. I started sketching dresses I could wear when skating. I was always involved in all aspects of skating, not just the technique, the choreography, the music, but the visual aspects, too - what I should wear. — Vera Wang

I want to make a picture that could stand on its own, regardless of what it was a picture of. I've never been a bit interested in the fact that this was a picture of a blues musician or a street corner or something. — William Eggleston

I've been working at performing for five years now. I've been working in Australia and Spain and England. When I was only 15 or 16, 1 was performing in bars; I could have had legal problems, but it's also the only way to get to know what music is all about. — Andy Gibb

The selfish and usually pointless approach is to try to get both done simultaneously - accomplish your work at hand while begging forgiveness of those close to you while you're basically working in front of them during what could've been specifically 'quality time.' — Bob Saget

If you've ever been hungry then you'll never be full and I know what it's like to be hungry. When I was 13, I realized I could control my destiny through hard work. I had my hands and I was going to work my ass off, I was going to initiate and create some sort of change in my life. — Dwayne Johnson

Snakes are just very instinctive to me. I've been playing with snakes since before I could walk. It doesn't matter where or what it is, from the biggest to the most venomous. — Steve Irwin

I went to my 30th high school reunion, and I could tell who was gay and who was straight because the gay people were like, 'Sarah, you've been doing so much,' and the straight people were like, 'So, Sarah, what have you been doing? — Sarah Schulman

Have you been drinking this morning? How did you miss me? I swear I’ve fought old women with better reflexes. (Takeshi) The fact you fight old women tells me just how rusty you’ve become. What? Your ego needed the boost and they were the only ones you could find you could beat? (Savitar) — Sherrilyn Kenyon

Now, there are people that are Christian artists, because they have a purpose to be evangelical for Christ. I don't feel I've been called to that yet. Now, that could change. There's no telling what kind of call God will put on my life. — Scott Stapp

What's Important Quotes

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It's far more important to know what person the disease has than what disease the person has. — Hippocrates

The most important ingredient of leadership is character. Most of the proficiencies can be learned, but what's inside you is something that's difficult to change. — Jesse Robredo

Life is like a camera. Focus on what's important. Capture the good times. And if things don't work out, just take another shot. — Ziad K. Abdelnour

The most important thing is to have a good relationship with the bike... you have to understand what she wants. I think of a motorcycle as a woman, and I know that sounds silly, but it's true. — Valentino Rossi

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It's important to create what you desire to, not what people expect you to. — Shigeru Miyamoto

The most important thing in your life is not what you do; it's who you become. That's what you will take into eternity. — Dallas Willard

What's important is that you stay true to yourself. Because when you enter the real world, the most valuable thing you can bring is all your you-ness. The world doesn't need any more hot chicks or tough guys or smooth talkers - the world needs more you. And don't let anyone tell you otherwise. — Bo Burnham

Keep a good heart. That's the most important thing in life. It's not how much money you make or what you can acquire. The art of it is to keep a good heart. — Joni Mitchell

The only music minister to whom the Lord will say, 'Well done, thy good and faithful servant,' is the one whose life proves what their lyrics are saying, and to whom music is the least important part of their life. Glorifying the only worthy One has to be a minister's most important goal! — Keith Green

We need to remember what's important in life: friends, waffles, work. Or waffles, friends, work, it doesn't matter. But work is third. — Amy Poehler

Could Have Been Quotes

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Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph. — Haile Selassie

I guess if I'd had any sense, I'd have been a little scared [to register to vote] - but what was the point of being scared? The only thing they could do was kill me, and it kinda seemed like they'd been trying to do that a little bit at a time since I could remember. — Fannie Lou Hamer

I have frequently been questioned, especially by women, of how I could reconcile family life with a scientific career. Well, it has not been easy. — Marie Curie

(F)or 50 years, the well-meaning leftist agenda has been able to do to blacks what Jim Crow and harsh discrimination could never have done: family breakdown, illegitimacy and low academic achievement. — Walter E. Williams

No man is hurt but by himself. ...Literally by how he interprets what happens to him. If he focusses on how it could have been better, he will be hurt. If he focusses on how it could have been worse, he will be happy. The same is true for women too. — Diogenes

The day may come when the rest of the animal creation may acquire those rights which never could have been withholden from them but by the hand of tyranny. — Jeremy Bentham

The famous pipe. How people reproached me for it! And yet, could you stuff my pipe? No, it's just a representation, is it not? So if I had written on my picture “This is a pipe”, I'd have been lying! — Rene Magritte

We were in the Arabian Desert for nine months. And I was having the time of my life. It could have been an archeological expedition, a military expedition. — Peter O'Toole

But hey, man, if I summited K2 in winter, without oxygen, frost-nipped fingers are a small price to pay. It was worth it. Think about it, things could have been a lot worse. — Nirmal Purja

Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. — Barack Obama

Might Have Been Quotes

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It is never too late to be what you might have been. — George Eliot

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

It's pretty clear now that what looked like it might have been some kind of counterculture is, in reality, just the plain old chaos of undifferentiated weirdness. — Jerry Garcia

I have an almost complete disregard of precedent, and a faith in the possibility of something better. It irritates me to be told how things have always been done. I defy the tyranny of precedent. I go for anything new that might improve the past. — Clara Barton

I don't think I was awake for much of my childhood. I did a lot of napping. This might have been a defensive measure against encroaching depression. Until about the age of eleven or twelve, I had zero interests other than trying to steal gumballs from supermarket gumball machines. — Michael Ian Black

Man is an idiot. He doesn't know how to do anything without copying, without imitating, without plagiarizing, without aping. It might even have been that man invented generation by coitus after seeing the grasshopper copulate. — Augusto Roa Bastos

The war... was an unnecessary condition of affairs, and might have been avoided if forebearance and wisdom had been practiced on both sides. — Robert E. Lee

This world crisis came about without women having anything to do with it. If the women of the world had not been excluded from world affairs, things today might have been different. — Alice Paul

If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person you might have been. — Robert H. Schuller

The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn't have been complete without you. — Frederick Buechner

Should Have Known Quotes

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Today we know that World War II began not in 1939 or 1941 but in the 1920's and 1930's when those who should have known better persuaded themselves that they were not their brother's keeper. — Hubert H. Humphrey

It is utterly implausible that a mathematical formula should make the future known to us, and those who think it can would once have believed in witchcraft. — Jacob Bernoulli

The release of atomic power has changed everything except our way of thinking ... the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker. (1945) — Albert Einstein

What should I have known or written had I been a quiet, mercantile politician or a lord in waiting? A man must travel, and turmoil, or there is no existence. — Lord Byron

After we have made our requests known to Him, our language should be, "Thy will be done". I would a thousand times rather that Gods' will should be done than my own. — Dwight L. Moody

I have known nothing the last thirty years save the struggle for human rights on this continent. If it had been a class of men whowere disfranchised and denied their legal rights, I believe I should have devoted my life precisely as I have done in behalf of my own sex. — Susan B. Anthony

[On John F. Kennedy:] ... now he is a legend when he would have preferred to be a man. — Jackie Kennedy

I can tell you, dearest friend, that if it became known how much friendship, love and a world of human and spiritual references I have smuggled into these three movements, the adherents of programme music - should there be any left - would go mad with joy. — Alban Berg

Now, I think that I should have known that he was magic all along. I did know it - but I should have guessed that it would be too much to ask to grow old with and see our children grow up together. So now, he is a legend when he would have preferred to be a man. — Jackie Kennedy

If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker. — Albert Einstein

Should Have Listened Quotes

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Someone else's vision will never be as good as your own vision of your self. Live and die with it 'cause in the end it's all you have. Lose it and you lose yourself and everything else. I should have listened to myself. — Georgia O'Keeffe

Have good trust in yourself, not in the One that you think you should be, but in the One that you are. — Taizan Maezumi

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition, we all have unique needs and should listen to our bodies. — Steven Gundry

We should always pray for help, but we should always listen for inspiration and impression to proceed in ways different from those we may have thought of. — John H. Groberg

Everybody should have his personal sounds to listen for - sounds that will make him exhilarated and alive or quiet and calm. — Andre Kostelanetz

Intelligent men have no need to listen to much talk, but should attend only to that which is profitable and guided by God's will. — Anthony the Great

I would say the referees have the toughest game to call. I would say that there's a lot of officiating done by announcers, local announcers. Sometimes you should listen to a game from both feeds, and you'd think you were listening to completely different games. — David Stern

One of the things that my parents have taught me is never listen to other people's expectations. You should live your own life and live up to your own expectations, and those are the only things I really care about it. — Tiger Woods

You really should be able to feel the higher power of music and be moved by it, rather than listening to me waffle on and having to explain it. — Maynard James Keenan

Anyone who ever studied mankind by listening to them was self-deluded. The first thing they should have done was to answer the question, "Can they report to you correctly on their behavior?" And the answer is, "No, the poor bastards cannot." — Bill Mollison

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More Should Have Been Quotes

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I felt then, as I feel now, that the politicians who took us to war should have been given the guns and told to settle their differences themselves, instead of organizing nothing better than legalized mass murder. — Harry Patch

It should not be believed that all beings exist for the sake of the existence of man. On the contrary, all the other beings too have been intended for their own sakes and not for the sake of anything else. — Maimonides

The winds that sometimes take something we love, are the same that bring us something we learn to love. Therefore we should not cry about something that was taken from us, but, yes, love what we have been given. Because what is really ours is never gone forever. — Bob Marley

By May, 1st, 1937, there should not be one single church left within the borders of Soviet Russia, and the idea of God will have been banished from the Soviet Union as a remnant of the Middle Ages, which has been used for the purpose of oppressing the working classes. — Joseph Stalin

For centuries, Jews have been unjustly treated and despised. It is time they were treated with justice and humanity. God wills it and the Church wills it. St. Paul tells us that the Jews are our brothers. They should also be welcomed as friends. — Pope Pius XII

J’aurais dû être plus gentille—I should have been more kind. That is something a person will never regret. You will never say to yourself when you are old, Ah, I wish I was not good to that person. You will never think that. — Khaled Hosseini

You should never be ashamed to admit you have been wrong. It only proves you are wiser today than yesterday — Jonathan Swift

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

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

We humans, unlike the machines we make, constantly question the design. We think it should have been better. Our biggest disagreement with the designer, and the reason many reject the concept, is rooted in the disapproval of the way he behaves. — Mo Gawdat

These left-overs from the former Young Turk Party, who should have been made to account for the millions of our Christian subjects who were ruthlessly driven en masse, from their homes and massacred, have been restive under the Republican rule. — Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

To rightly recognize that men and women are equal under the law is perfectly removed from the fact that men and women are distinguishable beings that have been shaped by sex-specific evolutionary challenges. Accordingly, there is no reason to assume or expect that there should be equal representation of the two sexes across all contexts. — Gad Saad

I have been a witness, and these pictures are my testimony. The events I have recorded should not be forgotten and must not be repeated. — James Nachtwey

We need to remember that Ukraine is fourth from the bottom of 158 countries in the world that is corrupt. Russia is perhaps three or four places above them. This is not the liberal democracy, the shining example everyone says it is. I see no reason why we should fight with Russians over something they have been talking about for years. More important, the population in Ukraine is indistinguishable from their own. — Douglas Macgregor

I think you should be a child for as long as you can. I have been successful for 74 years being able to do that. Don't rush into adulthood, it isn't all that much fun. — Bob Newhart

Of course, everybody makes mistakes, and we've all been young and stupid. But people need to have a sense of respect, particularly in this business, because hundreds of people are ready to take your place at any time. Maybe some people should think about that. — Sophia Bush

People often say that humans have always eaten animals, as if this is a justification for continuing the practice. According to this logic, we should not try to prevent people from murdering other people, since this has also been done since the earliest of times. — Isaac Bashevis Singer

That your enemies have been created is God's doing; that they hate you and wish to ruin you is their own doing. What should you say about them in your mind? "Lord be merciful to them, forgive them their sins, put the fear of God in them, change them!" You are loving in them not what they are, but what you would have them to become. — Saint Augustine

The DRC is an illustration of why the catchall term developing world is far too broad-brush a way to describe countries that are not part of the modern industrialized world. The DRC is not developing, nor does it show any signs of doing so. The DRC should never have been put together; it has fallen apart and six million people have died there during wars that have been fought since the late '90s. — Tim Marshall

I should like to know who has been carried off, except poor dear me -- I have been more ravished myself than anybody since the Trojan war. — Lord Byron

When the first-rate author wants an exquisite heroine or a lovely morning, he finds that all the superlatives have been worn shoddy by his inferiors. It should be a rule that bad writers must start with plain heroines and ordinary mornings, and, if they are able, work up to something better. — F. Scott Fitzgerald

Iran's stance has always been clear on this ugly phenomenon (Israel). We have repeatedly said that this cancerous tumor of a state should be removed from the region. No one will allow a bunch of thugs, lechers and outcasts from London, America and Moscow to rule over the Palestinians. — Ali Khamenei

The refined simplicity should develop out of the complex. It would have been more logical if silent pictures had grown out of the talkie instead of the other way around. — Mary Pickford

God bless you if you have one child, but I don't think anybody should have just one child. Everybody needs a sibling. I have siblings, and I have so many amazing, precious memories with my siblings. I don't know what I would do if I had been an only child. — Sherri Shepherd

How highly should we honor the Macedonians, who for the greater part of their lives never cease from fighting with the barbarians for the sake of the security of Greece? For who is not aware that Greece would have constantly stood in the greater danger, had we not been fenced by the Macedonians and the honorable ambition of their kings? — Polybius

I mean, I haven't been around very long. I can't expect everyone to have seen 'The House Bunny'. Oh God. I am having such waves of internal embarrassment, which now I'm admitting on a tape recorder. This is so one of the things I should keep in my head. — Emma Stone

Those who have been too long at their labor, who have drunk too long at the cup of voluptuousness, who feel they have become temporarily inhumane, who are tormented by their families, who find life sad and love ephemeral......they should all eat chocolate and they will be comforted. — Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

But it's not easy. I've been thinking it over for years. While we loved each other we didn't need words to make ourselves understood. But people don't love forever. A time came when I should have found the words to keep her with me, only I couldn't. — Albert Camus

The pertinent question: if Americans did not want these wars should they have been compelled to fight them? — Frank Chodorov

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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