„I am not the type of person who thinks in terms of "if only" or "could have, would have, should have". It is what it is and everything happens for a reason. When a person thinks "if only I would have known such and such" it shows a certain amount of fear or lack of trust that everything is as it should be. I try to always do my best and if I look back and think I didn't do my best, then that is the only thing I acknowledge and then try to change. One of my favorite expressions is, "Everything is okay in the end and if it's not okay, it's not the end."“
" Charlene Wong: Everything is okay in the end and if it's not okay, it's not the end", in Lifeskate.com (15 December 2008) http://www.lifeskate.com/skate/2008/12/charlene-wong-everything-is-okay-in-the-end-and-if-its-not-okay-its-not-the-end.html
„Do you remember when you were young, and you’d stare at someone on-stage and think ‘Oh my God—he looked right at me?’ I do, so I have this kind of rescue-fantasy thing. When I see kids in the audience I think, ‘Okay, that’s me, and it would be kind of cool if the person on-stage would come down and save me.’ I’m not going to be able to save every one of them, but I’ll do my best, because I genuinely like kids. If I didn’t have my lust for my art, I probably would have ended up working with them.“
— Courtney Love American punk singer-songwriter, musician, actress, and artist 1964
On her teenaged fans, interview with The Georgia Straight (1999)
„So have I loitered my life away, reading books, looking at pictures, going to plays, hearing, thinking, writing on what pleased me best. I have wanted only one thing to make me happy, but wanting that have wanted everything.“
— William Hazlitt English writer 1778 - 1830
" My First Acquaintance with Poets http://www.blupete.com/Literature/Essays/Hazlitt/FirstAcquaintancePoets.htm" (1822)
The Plain Speaker (1826)
„What one thinks is possible might not always be so. I try to do my best but, finally, everything lies in God's hands. I consider my skills as a musician to be a blessing from God. Even today, before I perform, I am unsure of whether I will be able to move my audience. I leave everything to Him… He pulls the strings in my life.“
— A. R. Rahman Indian singer and composer 1966
A R Rahman: In tune with life
— Gillian Anderson American-British film, television and theatre actress, activist and writer 1968
Steve Pratt (April 14, 2007) "Straight talking", The Northern Echo, p. 18.
„I have made many things wrong in my life. I should have made many things better in my life, not only to Nastassja but many things. If someone said to me, 'You did everything wrong in your life,' I would say, 'Okay, maybe you're right.' But my way is the only way I can exist. I can feel and express things to understand how true somethings is. People in my life have tried to change me, and I have blown up even more violently and I said, 'What, do you really want to distort me?' What's left, you have to do it your way. I don't need a Bible to tell me I'm doing wrong a hundred million times in my life. Everything I did wrong in my life I am suffering a long time. It's coming back and back and back and back to me for years. I am not ashamed to tell myself what I am doing wrong, but there must always be a way to understand that's all I can do. What I want to say is I tried, okay, I tried, and I'm not breaking my head that it's not happened. It's like a growing plant. This tiny things is coming out, you can feel it coming out, it's breaking through, so it may be one day that she will understand many more things than she understands today. Nobody can come to me and say, 'Why haven't you seen this and why and why.“
— Klaus Kinski German actor 1926 - 1991
I know what I have to do.
As quoted in Denise Worrell (1989), Icons: Intimate Portraits.
„After such a close brush with mortality I feel that I have an obligation to destiny and want to do something with my life that will benefit mankind. I am not a writer but think the best thing I can do is try to report on and understand what is happening in the world.“
— Virgil John Tangborn 1920 - 1944
October 1, 1938
„The only person I do worry about, that I want to be a good person for, I think is my responsibility, is my sister. I'm going to be cool for you, okay. I like, I need to, I like being by myself right now. I think it's good for me.“
— Britney Spears American singer, dancer and actress 1981
Diane Sawyer interview http://sixtyminutes.ninemsn.com.au/sixtyminutes/stories/2003_11_23/story_1024.asp, 60 Minutes (23 November 2003)
— Jonathan Safran Foer, libro Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Fuente: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
„Today, I will try to remember to regret the past. I will think of how many mistakes I have made throughout my life. I will say to myself, "If only I could go back in time and make different choices, so that my life could be the way it should have been."“
— John S. Hall Poet, author, singer, lawyer 1960
Then I will remind myself that I cannot.
Quotes from Daily Negations (2007)
„As far as inspiration lyrically, umm…that's what I try to do, I try to delve into my own psyche, and how it reflects across the world. I have a lot of feelings of, I think like most people, of uh guilt and depression and anxiety and happiness, umm, all extreme emotions. That I think personally all bands from, or are spawned from I should say, love, which is the most important emotion there is. The most important power and feeling there is. You have to have something that you can count on, something that'll make you understand that eventually everything will be okay, and eventually you will fulfill yourself. Umm, but it is a process and an adventure. I think that the adventure is meant to be appreciated and, and adored. I think you have to adore even the worst moments of your life.“
— Nathan Leone American musician 1981
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— Anthony Doerr, libro La luz que no puedes ver
Fuente: All the Light We Cannot See
— Nicholas Sparks, libro El viaje más largo
Variante: If we'd never met, I think I would have known my life wasn't complete. And I would have wandered the world in search of you, even if I didn't know who I was looking for.
Fuente: The Longest Ride
„Women always think that when they have my shoes, my dress, my hairdresser, my makeup, it will all work the same way. They do not conceive of the witchcraft that is needed. They do not know that I am not beautiful but that I only appear to be at certain moments.“
— Anaïs Nin writer of novels, short stories, and erotica 1903 - 1977
June 1932 Henry and June
Diary entries (1914 - 1974)
„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 German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955
— Samuel Taylor Coleridge English poet, literary critic and philosopher 1772 - 1834
1 March 1834.
Table Talk (1821–1834)
Contexto: I am by the law of my nature a reasoner. A person who should suppose I meant by that word, an arguer, would not only not understand me, but would understand the contrary of my meaning. I can take no interest whatever in hearing or saying any thing merely as a fact — merely as having happened. It must refer to something within me before I can regard it with any curiosity or care. My mind is always energic — I don't mean energetic; I require in every thing what, for lack of another word, I may call propriety, — that is, a reason why the thing is at all, and why it is there or then rather than elsewhere or at another time.
— Thomas Bailey Aldrich American poet, novelist, editor 1836 - 1907
Leaves From a Notebook, Ponkapog Papers (1903) p. 29.
„I am not that person who walks in a room with my nose in the sky. I smile at people when I meet them, and I like photos of me when I'm smiling because they show my personality. I am always trying to have fun.“
— Heidi Klum German model, television host, businesswoman, fashion designer, television producer, and actress 1973
Interview by Kate Sullivan for Allure, April 2010
„Well, I'm not a yoga person. I've been told to try yoga. I just can't get myself to do yoga. I pray four or five times a day so it's about 10 minutes of total concentration… Also because when you're trying to focus only on God, you're trying to get everything else out of your head and just have that single focus. Trust me, it's very hard to do that four or five times a day. I mean, it's hard enough to do it once a day, but four or five times a day to just switch off the world and focus everything on God is difficult to do, and I do try to do that. I think that's one of the reasons yoga is not part of my routine and I feel this is better because I am actually being constructive, but in yoga I'm just going blank.“
— Sania Mirza Indian tennis player 1986
Fuente: Tennis Week "The Tennis Week Interview: Sania Mirza"