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"If i had known better, I would have done better." - Kim Kardashian

"I just wrote about childhood as I had known it." - Beverly Cleary

"If I had known I would influence so many guitarists, I would have practiced more." - Ace Frehley

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

"I said nothing-I had' known Marya, and anyway, "listening quietly" was my general social strategy" - John Green

"If I had known they were going to do this, I would have become a shoemaker." - Albert Einstein

"If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith." - Albert Einstein

"I would not have taken off my coat and gone to work had I not known" - Charles Stewart Parnell

"If I had known it was harmless I would have killed it myself." - Philip K Dick

"I wish I'd known early what I had to learn late." - Richie Ashburn

"If i had known... i would have lingered over my coffee a little longer." - Mary Anne Radmacher

"Once again, I had that feeling of drowning when I had' even known I was in the pool" - Charlaine Harris

"If it had blown up, I would' have known a thing about it." - Oil Can Boyd

"But all the magic I have known I've had to make myself." - Shel Silverstein

"I have known countless people who were reservoirs of learning, but never had a thought." - Wilson Mizner

"It was not a triumphal return. Home, as I had known it, was gone." - Alison Bechdel

"If it had blown up, I wouldn't have known a thing about it." - Oil Can Boyd

"I had differences of opinion with President Obama and most well-known, of course, is Iran." - Benjamin Netanyahu

"If I had known being insane was so much fun, I'd have gone crazy long ago." - Phylicia Rashad

"I wish my 15-year-old self had known about my allure to the opposite sex!" - Benedict Cumberbatch

"I never had any desire to become a well-known actress." - Rebecca Miller

"Nick Abraham and I had known each other from Ryerson University." - Ari Millen

"If I had known how wonderful it would be to have grandchildren, I'd have had them first." - Lois Wyse

"Six months ago I had never been to England, and, certainly, I had never sounded the depths of an English heart. I had known the shallows." - Ford Madox Ford

"I wish I had known when I was in the White House what I know now about the Third World." - Jimmy Carter

"If I had known how much I hate auditioning, I doubt I would have become an actress." - Jaime Murray

"Almost without exception, the talented women I have known have believed they had less ability than they actually had. And almost without exception, the talented men I have known believed they had more." - Gregory Petsko

"Once again, I had that feeling of drowning when I hadn't even known I was in the pool" - Charlaine Harris

"I had to decide if I wanted to be known as a writer or a reader. I chose writer." - Nathan Lowell

"I had always known that I was Jewish - we celebrated the holidays, we went to a synagogue - but I had never known that I was supposed to feel ashamed about it." - Caroline Leavitt

"If I had read as much as other men I would have known no more than they." - Thomas Hobbes

"To paraphrase Oedipus, Hamlet, Lear, and all those guys, "I wish I had known this some time ago." - Roger Zelazny

"If it had not been for the Christians that I have known I might have been a Christian." - Mahatma Gandhi

"I'm fully aware had I stayed with my art, I would be well known, respected and most likely rich." - Betty Dodson

"I had the insane misconception that I was ready to conquer the known universe with Tahtivaeltaja. No mercy!" - Toni Jerrman

"I freed thousands of slaves. I could have freed thousands more, if they had known they were slaves." - Harriet Tubman

"In my work, I have never had any use for anything that I have known in advance." - Eduardo Chillida

"I kind of modeled Optimus Prime's voice out of many people I had known over the years, my family especially." - Peter Cullen

"I had never known her before and I had never loved her so much. The more we know the more we love, I thought." - Graham Greene

"I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Or, as it's known to Native Americans - Sarcastic You're Welcomesgiving." - Stephen Colbert

"Not even battling but just really known for rapping. Like I had songs up on Soundclick first, take it back." - Ab-Soul

"I had D minuses in chemistry and all of the sciences, and now I'm known as a molecular gastronomist." - Grant Achatz

"I have known many who could not when they would, for they had not done it when they could." - Francois Rabelais

"Bobby was one of the few people I had ever known who really wanted to do something for me." - Julie London

"Oh, if I had only known, if I had only been ready, our lives can really be the great adventure we so passionately want them to be." - Hortense Odlum

"The only thing I ever withheld from the KGB were the names of two agents whom I personally had known and handled and had a particular feeling for." - Aldrich Ames

"To evoke the classic period of Italian cinema in a little film seemed like a great, fun thing to do. I had relations to that period. I had known Fellini and I had known Antonioni. I had made a movie with Antonioni and I had visited Fellini in his studios. So, it seemed like something worthwhile doing. You bring yourself to that mythical cinema." - Wim Wenders

"I have known no man of genius who had not to pay, in some affliction or defect, either physical or spiritual, for what the gods had given him." - Max Beerbohm

"... every writer I had ever known wrote his best work when he had his back up against the wall and thought he would never write another word." - Adam Langer

"I had known a couple of people who had died, but the loss of my mother contained something of the profoundly unknowable." - Andrew Solomon

"I have known no man of genius who had not to pay, in some affliction or defect either physical or spiritual, for what the gods had given him." - Max Beerbohm

"Before my mother's diagnosis with Alzheimer's, I had heard of the disease, but hadn't known anyone who had suffered from it." - Kevin Whately

"I had known there had been a serial killer on Mount Tamalpais, and it felt so incongruous in such a beautiful, peaceful spot." - Joyce Maynard

"I'd rather be known for my accomplishments, and for things that I really do take pride in, rather than known for this doll-like image I had when I was a child." - Mara Wilson

"Knowing what I now know I would never have done anything so fatuous; but then I never would have known what I know now had I not." - Stephen Fry

"I only knew a few people, literally a handful of people, al of whom had been in the Party long before I was, all of whom were known by the FBI and were known to the Committee." - Edward Dmytryk

"I feel that I am writing out of a full life. I am a rich man, rich in men known, in adventures had. I am rich with living." - Sherwood Anderson

"I first met Myra Henshawe when I was fifteen, but I had known her about ever since I could remember anything at all." - Willa Cather

"I have gone to [this bookshop] for years, always finding the one book I wanted - and then three more I had' known I wanted." - Mary Ann Shaffer

"During the year I stood there I had known was the loss of my heart. While I was in love I was the happiest man on earth." - L Frank Baum

"I know more than I can express in words, and the little I can express would not have been expressed, had I not known more." - Vladimir Nabokov

"Oh, if I had only known then what I know now, I would have stopped it last year when I was still young." - Anna Lee

"Hundreds would never have known want if they had not first known waste." - Charles Spurgeon

"Nonetheless, Scranton had travelled in space. He had known the loneliness of separation from all other human beings, he had gazed at the empty perspectives that I myself had seen." - J G Ballard

"Because of the way the business is structured, I have sometimes turned down scripts that I might otherwise have accepted had I known who was directing them." - Jack Nicholson

"I wish," he said, "I had known at eighteen what I know now - that there are some things on which one does not compromise." - Mary Balogh

"If I wasn't active and involved in different sports and just moving around, I wouldn't have even known that I had the potential to become an Olympian." - Allyson Felix

"I thought I knew what loneliness was before he found me, but I had no clue. You don't know what real loneliness is until you've known the opposite." - Rick Yancey

"If I had known it I would have told my son, I'd rather shoot you than let you join the SS. But I didn't know." - Wilhelm Keitel

"I got to star in my own movies. I even had my name above the title in some cases. But what am I known for? My bit part." - Evelyn Keyes

"When I came out, I told my stepmother Gladys, and she just said she had known for years and was glad I wasn't lying anymore." - Ian Mckellen

"I should have known growing up and not having any money ever that I should have kept every dollar that I had." - Heidi Montag

"I had a theoretical reverence and homage for beauty, elegance, gallantry, fascination but had I met those qualities incarnate in masculine shape, I should have known instinctively that they had nor could have sympathy with anything in me..." - Charlotte Bronte

"I can't say, over the miles, that I had learned what I had wanted to know because I hadn't known what I wanted to know. But I did learn what I didn't know I wanted to know." - William Least Heat-Moon

"It was the worst hurt he had ever known." - Jack London

"My grandfather had been a well-known judge in Berlin." - Arnon Goldfinger

"[Misquotation; not by Einstein.] If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker. [Apparently remorseful for his role in the development of the atom bomb.]" - Albert Einstein

"I didn't entertain the idea that my music would ever become available in any of the ways that I had previously known music to be available." - Nico Muhly

"The world was a cruder, more vulgar place than the one I had known. This was the language required to live in it, I supposed." - Alice McDermott

"I have never known a woman who, after her baby was born, was not overjoyed that I had not killed it." - Aleck Bourne

"Had I known that the Germans would not succeed in producing an atomic bomb, I would not have lifted a finger." - Albert Einstein

"I had known poverty firsthand, but there I learned how to fight its evil - along with the evil of racism - with a camera." - Gordon Parks

"If I"d only known which [photographs] would be very good and liked, I would' have had to do all the thousands of others." - Saul Leiter

"If I had known my own limitations, I never would have taken the risk, and the risk led to one my greatest artistic and personal experiences." - Natalie Portman

"If I had known what it would be like to have it all... I might have been willing to settle for less." - Jane Wagner

"If I had known what it would be like to have it all... I might have been willing to settle for less." - Lily Tomlin

"In the effort to tell a whole story, to see it whole and clear, I have had to imagine more than I have known." - Wendell Berry

"My adolescence was a kind of motorway pile-up. I wish I had known that one day the geek would inherit the Earth." - Peter Capaldi

"I have been known to hang out and party back in the day. I had a weekend that lasted a few years." - Vanilla Ice

"I never would have agreed to the formulation of the Central Intelligence Agency back in forty-seven, if I had known it would become the American Gestapo." - Harry S Truman

"Is there no Latin word for Tea? Upon my soul, if I had known that I would have let the vulgar stuff alone." - Hilaire Belloc

"I prefer Princess. I would love to be known as a diva later on in life when I've had far more experiences." - Deborah Cox

"When your first marriage goes into tragedy, you become very battle-scarred... I even thought of suicide. Luckily, I had known some happy marriages." - Paul Engle

"I took to wearing a black tie known as the Ascot, with long drooping ends. I had seen pictures of painters, sculptors, poets, wearing this style of tie." - Carl Sandburg

"When I saw Virginia Woolf, somewhere between the first and second acts, someone I had known as my mother became somebody else." - Kiefer Sutherland

"If I had known what it would be like to have it all - I might have been willing to settle for less." - Lily Tomlin

"As to the pretty girls who went past, from the day on which I had first known that their cheeks could be kissed, I had become curious about their souls. And the Universe had appeared to me more interesting." - Marcel Proust

"I never meant to hurt you, Isabel. Had I known what I would find when I came north, I would never have agreed to Leighton's request... That is a lie. Had I known that I would find you when I came north, I would have come years ago." - Sarah Maclean

"I was a new person then, I knew things I had not known before, I knew things that you can know only if you have been through what I had just been through." - Jamaica Kincaid

"Conversion for me was not a Damascus Road experience. I slowly moved into an intellectual acceptance of what my intuition had always known." - Madeleine L'Engle

"If I'd only known which [photographs] would be very good and liked, I wouldn't have had to do all the thousands of others." - Saul Leiter

"I have known people throughout my years of playing where maybe they had a gig, but then lost the gig because they didn't really move forward with them." - Tony Palermo

"Whatever we had is over. It died the minute I walked downstairs and realized the world I'd always known was a lie.- Blaire Wynn" - Abbi Glines

"My lips till then had only known The kiss of mother and of sister, But somehow, full upon her own Sweet, rosy, darling mouth, - I kissed her." - Edmund Clarence Stedman

"When was the turning point in my life, after which summers suddenly seemed to me to be different from the ones I had known up to then?" - Patrick Modiano

"No, I think that if he had known he would be president, he would have started dying his hair, like, 10 years ago. Now it's too late." - Michelle Obama

"...we were back at home, and I had returned to that reassuring but profoundly unsatisfactory state known as 'being in one's right mind." - Aldous Huxley

"It took me as long as I had known him to get rid of all of his words. Like turning an hourglass over." - Jonathan Safran Foer

"I have known some magnificent young people who died very young but had wonderful lives and inspired many people by their short existence." - Lurlene Mcdaniel

"I have always known that writing fiction had little effect on the world; that if it did, young men would not have gone to war after The Iliad." - Andre Dubus

"As far as a career legacy, I just want to be known as the guy everyone had to watch for, constantly." - Denny Hamlin

"I'd been painting rats for three years before someone said 'that's clever it's an anagram of art' and I had to pretend I'd known that all along." - Banksy

"Conversion for me was not a Damascus Road experience. I slowly moved into an intellectual acceptance of what my intuition had always known." - Madeleine Lengle

"Obviously, you know, I am known as an action director, and being a film editor previously had been a great advantage for me as an action director." - John Glen

"America's always had a real passion for lunatic movements. That's one of the things we're probably known for around the world, I would imagine." - Matt Taibbi

"I've always known, before I had a record deal, that the thing is to go out and put on the show. I've been doing that from day one." - Flo Rida

"I can't imagine there has ever been a more gratifying time or place to be alive than America in the 1950s. No country had ever known such prosperity." - Bill Bryson

"Yes, I was a fool, but I was in love, and though I was suffering the greatest misery I had ever known I would not have had it otherwise for all the riches of Barsoom. Such is love, and such are lovers wherever love is known." - Edgar Rice Burroughs

"Had I known but yesterday what I know today, I"d have taken out your two grey eyes and put in eyes of clay. And had I known but yesterday you"d be no more my own, I"d have taken out your heart of flesh and put in one of stone." - Carolyn Parkhurst

"I had known that I'd wanted to be an actor from a very early age, but I had always known that I wanted to have a dual career. I wanted to be an actor, and I also at that time wanted to be a rock star." - Billy Burke

"It was actually fun to write [memoir], because I went back to interview people my parents had taught or who had worked with them, and I learned a lot about them that I hadn't known." - Condoleezza Rice

"I'd known that I had the capacity to love, that I enjoyed seeing other people be happy, that I had a real awe and wonder about the beauty of this world." - Tara Brach

"The puppet characters were combinations of people I had known and to some degree aspects of my own personality. Weird was based on someone I knew in Chicago. Dirty Dragon was based on a good friend I had in Indianapolis." - William Jackson

"He looked like such a Republican. He dressed like Pee-Wee Herman. But had I known what he had done when I was reading about him, I might have thought different." - Matthew Bright

"Had I known that the heart breaks slowly, dismantling itself into unrecognizable plots of misery... had I known yet I would have loved you, your brash and insolent beauty, your heavy comedic face and knowledge of sweet delights, but from a distance I would have left you whole and wholly for the delectation of those who wanted more and cared less." - Maya Angelou

"I was known for throwing knives." - D'arcy Wretzky

"I haven't known life to be happier." - Brad Pitt

"I have known some wonderful men." - Gloria Allred

"I've always known I was adopted." - Emily Procter

"I've always known I wanted a family." - Charlize Theron

"I have no known marketable skills." - Donald E Westlake

"Had I known but yesterday what I know today, I'd have taken out your two grey eyes and put in eyes of clay. And had I known but yesterday you'd be no more my own, I'd have taken out your heart of flesh and put in one of stone." - Carolyn Parkhurst

"It was my duty to have loved the highest; It surely was my profit had I known: It would have been my pleasure had I seen. We needs must love the highest when we see it, Not Lancelot, nor another." - Alfred Lord Tennyson

"Can't you make them stop?' I asked her that day, wondering if there was anything in this woman I could speak to, if she had ever run joyfully over grass, or had watched flowers, or known delight or love." - Shirley Jackson

"... but to remain historically accurate, I would have had to leave out an important question that I felt needed to be addressed, which is, 'What if Jesus had known kung fu?" - Christopher Moore

"As I got older, I had a bunch of friends that were various teen stars. I've always known people in the spotlight and people who just grew up in LA and had nothing to do with the industry." - Troian Bellisario

"I had known loneliness before, and emptiness upon the moor, but I had never been a NOTHING, a nothing floating on a nothing, known by nothing, lonelier and colder than the space between the stars. It was more frightening than being dead." - Peter Carey

"[On her father's death:] Gone was the person who had known me better than anyone else on earth and who had loved and admired me unconditionally since the day I was born." - Jane Brody

"I began to feel that all the people I'd ever known who had died or left me had not in fact gone away, but continued to live on inside me just as this man's wife lived on inside him." - Arthur Golden

"I have known great things and wonderful persons, and I have known homage" - Lillie Langtry

"I have known great things and wonderful persons, and I have known homage." - Lillie Langtry

"I would rather my films be well-known than I be well-known." - Patrice Leconte

"If I have known much trouble in my youth, I have also known much joy." - Clara Schumann

"I learned a lot about my parents, who were both teachers. I had known that my parents were very strongly in favor of education. I had known that they had an impact on a lot of people, but people came out of the woodwork who have said, "You know, without your father, I would never have gone to college," very successful people. And so I learned how widespread their educational evangelism really was." - Condoleezza Rice

"He had always known what I did not know and what, when I learned it, I was always able to forget. But I did not know that then, although I learned it later." - Ernest Hemingway

"I also grew to love Nancy Reagan in a certain way. I learned more - certainly I learned more bad stuff that I had known about in greater detail, but I also got a lot of empathy." - Cynthia Nixon

"I've always known, all my life, that I was going to be something special. I never knew what it was, but I always had that feeling. I think my mother installed it when I was a little guy." - Tommy Chong

"I have always known that it comes from deep within myself. I always knew what sound I wanted, and how I wanted to play. I knew everything, it just had to be developed." - Michael Schenker

"I wish I'd known from the beginning that I was born a strong woman. What a difference it would have made! I wish I'd known that I was born a courageous woman; I've spent so much of my life cowering. How many conversations would I not only have started but finished if I had known I possessed a warrior's heart? I wish I'd known that I'd be born to take on the world; I wouldn't have run from it for so long, but run to it with open arms." - Sarah Ban Breathnach

"If I had known that this movie would bring so much craziness, I don't know if I would have said 'yes' to the Twilight Saga. I never asked to be a poster-boy." - Robert Pattinson



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