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  • Because Mr. Mandelas early opponents invested so many resources into distorting the true nature of his advocacy, the singular historic moment millions now celebrate could have been tragically lost to guerrilla decontextualization.

  • How many a dispute could have been deflated into a single paragraph if the disputants had dared to define their terms

  • He'd woken up the next day in the city hospital with Magnus Bane staring down at him with an odd expression--it could have been deep concern or merely curiosity, it was hard to tell with Magnus.

    Cassandra Clare (2010). “Cassandra Clare: The Mortal Instrument Series (3 books): City of Bones; City of Ashes; City of Glass”, p.1216, Simon and Schuster
  • Scholars have been arguing for a long time whether the Soviet Union could have been turned into some kind of social democracy. I doubt it myself. I think what Gorbachev didn't quite understand, until it was too late, is that his efforts at change unleashed new, certrifical forces he hadn't counted on. He opened the door a crack and a huge wind blew it open.

    Thinking   Doors   Wind  
    "David Hoffman on 'The Dead Hand' and End of the Cold War". Live Q&As, September 21, 2009.
  • To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.

  • It often happens that things come into the mind in a more finished form than could have been achieved after much study.

    Writing   Mind   Study  
  • Is there anyone... who will maintain that the Party System could have been created by people particularly fond of truth?

    "What's Wrong with the World". Book of by G. K. Chesterton, Part Three: Feminism, or The Mistake About Woman, Ch. 11: The School for Hypocrites, 1910.
  • If I wanted to be famous, I could have been famous before. I mean, I produced a Frank Sinatra special - Elizabeth Taylor, with Michael Jackson, Gregory Peck, I won't even take a picture.

    Mean   Special   Wanted  
    "Love on the rocks". Interview with Stone Phillips, February 6, 2004.
  • When I moved into one of the worst inner-cities in America to do missionary work I had to do risk assessment, and It was a risk. My family could have been in danger, house could get robbed at any minute but I count it all as nothing compared to knowing Jesus it was all worth it at the end of the day.

  • There’s nothing more humbling than seeing your best quotes in a list, and thinking they could have been written by a coma patient with a keyboard and spasms.

    Dilbert Blog, Quotes, February 26, 2007.
  • I pulled out the manuscript [from the envelope] and a great big stiff cardboard finger sprung up. This is someone that was so certain they would be rejected, they would be getting their revenge in advance. I was lucky - it could have been a pipe bomb.

  • This is a sad, regrettable day that all of us wish could have been avoided.

    Nhl   Wish   Avoided  
    "NHL cancel remainder of the season". February 16, 2005.
  • They're the bigots and they're the intolerant ones. There is a way for them, if they wanted to convey a message to the new administration, there was a way to do it that they probably could have been hailed and applauded, but doing it the way they did it totally backfired because it's what you say, it didn't show respect, it seemed taking advantage of an opportunity and so forth. And it wasn't effective.

  • The chaotic situation in Libya is definitely creating a threat. Libya now connects the jihadists in Africa with those in the Middle East and in Afghanistan. This could have been avoided.

  • What if she was meant to be, or could have been, someone important in my life? I think that's what scares me: the randomness of everything. That the people who could be important to you might just pass you by. Or you pass them by.

    "Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You".
  • If surrender could have been brought about in May, 1945, or even in June or July, before the entrance of Soviet Russia into the [Pacific] war and the use of the atomic bomb, the world would have been the gainer.

    War   June   Russia  
  • There was a possibility I could have been under surveillance.

  • If I'd been easily discouraged, I could have been a one-hit wonder

  • I came out very strongly that we want a border, and the Mexican government probably convinced him that Donald Trump was saying not nice things about the border. And I think it worked out well. I don't think it was a positive, though. I think it was probably a neutral. I don't think it was negative, but it could have been a tremendous negative.

  • We've actually seen Black man murders [in] many a major city in the United States - New York City, St. Louis, Missouri, from Cleveland to Baltimore. It was those sorts of incidents that were very much prevalent in the forefront of that jury's conscience that allowed them to believe that this man [O.J. Simpson] could have been set up.

    New York   Believe   Men  
  • Tragedy is the difference between what is and what could have been.

  • If Wenger had strengthened in the window, Arsenal could have been stronger

  • When I arrived in France, it was very, very difficult. Not because I was in France - I could have been anywhere - but because I was so far, far away from my parents. I missed them so much.

    "The Premiership's French foreign legion" by Rob Draper, April 28, 2007.
  • That could have been his second yellow card - if he'd already got his first one of course

    Football   Yellow   Cards  
  • But that quickly faded, and he frowned. "You're bleeding," he said. "What happened?" Claire sighed and held up her wrist to show him the bandage. "Man, you would be so embarrassed if I said it was something else." Michael looked blank. "I'm a girl, Michael, it could have been all natural, you know. Tampons?

    Girl   Men   Bleeding  
    Rachel Caine (2007). “Midnight Alley: The Morganville Vampires”, p.84, Penguin
  • Carles Puyol is a Barcelona legend. He could have been playing every two weeks but he has shown dignity until the end.

    Two   Legends   Barcelona  
  • Polite conservationists leave no mark save the scars upon the Earth that could have been prevented had they stood their ground.

    Earth   Scar   Mark  
    "Today’s Environmental Activists Stand on David Brower’s Shoulders" by Peter Dreier, June 20, 2012.
  • The language of theism which was familiar to the people, gave Gandhi the advantage of easy communication with the people, but it is atheistic in principle. It could have been the starting point for the atheistic movement in the modern age.

  • My folks tried to make a preacher of me and missed by a narrow margin… I would have made a good one if I hadn’t fallen into the fatal folly of reading anything I could lay hands on. With just a touch more self confidence and a liberal helping of ignorance I could have been a famous evangelist.

  • You've always asked me to wait, as if we had time in abundance. But time is too precious, Perry. We've wasted years, when we could have been with each other. Don't you understand how much even one day of loving each other is worth? Some people are separated by distances they can never cross. All they can do is dream about each other for a lifetime, never having what they want most. How foolish, how wasteful to have love within your reach and not take it!" She clamped her teeth on her trembling bottom lip to steady herself

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