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The Quotable Books Series ...

If I Had My
Life to Live
Over . . .


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(sample quotations from the book)

If I had my life to live over, I wish I could be a great pianist or something. — Woody Allen, actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

The only thing I regret about my past is the length of it. If I had to live my life again, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner. — Tallulah Bankhead, actress

If I had my life to live over again, I would have waxed less and listened more. ... I would have cried and laughed less while watching television ... and more while watching real life. ... But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute of it ... look at it and really see it ... try it on ... live it ... exhaust it ... and never give the minute back until there was nothing left of it. — Erma Bombeck, humor columnist, Eat Less Cottage Cheese and More Ice Cream

I have never been able, really, to regret anything in all my life. I have always been far much too absorbed in the present moment or the immediate future to think back. — Albert Camus, existentialist novelist, The Stranger

Do you know my dream? I really want to become an aluminum-siding salesman. — Johnny Carson, talk show host

What a wonderful life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner. — Colette, novelist

If I had my life to life over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once a week; for perhaps the parts of my brain now atrophied would have thus been kept active through use. The loss of these tastes is a loss of happiness, and may possibly be injurious to the intellect, and more probably to the moral character, by enfeebling the emotional part of our nature. — Charles Darwin, English scientist, developer of theory of evolution

If Hollywood didn't work out, I was all prepared to be the best secretary in the world. — Bette Davis, actress

In my next life, I want to play another position. I want a different job. I want to own my own business, a stress-free job. Maybe I'll grow worms and sell them. — Kevin Duckworth, basketball player

If I had my life to live over again, I'd be a plumber. — Albert Einstein, physicist

If I were reincarnated, I'd want to come back a buzzard. Nothing hates him or envies him or wants him or needs him. He is never bothered or in danger, and he can eat anything. — William Faulkner, novelist, in an interview in Writers at Work

If I had my life to live over again, I'd live over a saloon. — W.C. Fields, actor and comedian

When I grow up, I want to be a little boy. — Joseph Heller, novelist

If I had my life to live over, I would try to make more mistakes. I would relax. I would be sillier than I have been this trip. I know of very few things that I would take seriously. I would be less hygienic. I would go more places. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I would eat more ice cream and less spinach. I would have more actual troubles and fewer imaginary troubles. — Don Herold, author

If I had my life to live over again, I would have a different father, a different wife, and a different religion. — John F. Kennedy, U.S. president

If only we could have two lives: the first in which to make one's mistakes, which seem as if they have to be made; and the second in which to profit by them. — D. H. Lawrence, novelist

If I had a chance to do things over again, I might not start singing. It was my husband Doolittle's idea. He pushed me out there, the booger. And I'm out there now, so I might as well make the best of it. — Loretta Lynn, country singer

If I hadn't started painting, I would have raised chickens. — Grandma Moses, artist

If I could live my life over again, there is one thing I would change. I would want to be able to eat less. — Luciano Pavarotti, opera singer

I've been given a second chance at life. I'm using it to do God's work. — Father Rodriguez, character in Eraser movie

If I had my life to live over, I would take more trips, pick more daisies, climb more mountains, swim more rivers, and watch more sunsets. I’ve had my moments, and if I had it to do over again, I’d try to have nothing else, just moments, one after the other. — Nadine Stair

If I could be reincarnated as a fabric, I would like to come back as a 38DD bra. — Jesse Ventura, Minnesota governor and pro wrestler

Here are the other seven books in the Illustrated Quotable Books section. Click on the titles to see sample quotations:

The Best Things in Life Are Free: My Favorite Quotations

How to Live Your Dreams

If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again

If God Intended Man to Smoke, He’d Have Set Him on Fire … and Other Conclusions of God’s Work

The Miracle of Life

Playing the Percentages: Lies, Damned Funny Lies, Statistics, and Everything in Between

When in Doubt, Kiss the Fish — And Other Extremely Wise Advice

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