Best What If Quotes [2021]

What If Quotes

Reading is an important skill for young children. Reading books offers many benefits to children. It is vital to encourage them and make them understand. Many people are still unsure what “what if” means and how they can get there.

“What ifs” refers to inaction and predicting the future. These what-ifs involve wasting your energy on things that have not happened. They are about pretending to be psychic and being able to predict the future.

Looking for the quotes about what ifs? Penn Book will share the top “what if quotes’ with you in the article below.

What If Quotes

Jenny Han, To All the Boys I've Loved Before

“I’m always wondering about the what-ifs, about the road not taken.”

― Jenny Han, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

“That’s what a dare does. It taunts you to take a different direction, to do something you never thought you could do, to jump, knowing that a million consequences could be on the other side of that dare, but that if you don’t do it, you’ll always wonder. And sometimes wondering is worse than consequences.”

― Rebekah Crane, The Upside of Falling Down

“He shrugs. “Doesn’t help to waste my time thinking about would’ve-beens.”

Laila whispers, “He says to the girl with a mind full of them.”

― Kasie West, Pivot Point

“Then I wondered, what if?

What if he kissed me? What if he told me I was beautiful? What if he told me he loved me?

What would I say in return?”

― Markelle Grabo, The Elf Girl

“What if it’s as simple as one moment? One tiny thing, like that kiss on the rocks? What if I’d kissed him a little longer? Would he be alive right now? Or what if I’d stayed with him Friday night, what if I’d been with him… wherever he was?”

― Kristina McBride, One Moment

“Worrying is using your imagination to create something you don’t want.”

― Abraham Hicks

“You’ll never get anywhere if you go about what-iffing like that.”

― Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

“You can’t be overwhelmed by the what-ifs, or you’ll miss out on the best part.”

― Rebekah Crane, The Upside of Falling Down

“But if someone had slowed him down, just slightly interrupted his course, maybe he could have gotten through that one nightmarish moment; maybe he would never get that close to it again.”

― Frederick Barthelme, Elroy Nights

“And the What Ifs are the worst.”

― Susane Colasanti, Take Me There

“He sighed and knew that life was full of ‘if only’ for everyone”

― Colin Dexter, The Dead of Jericho

“Behind each door of what-if lies an unanswerable question that unhinges an infinite Rube Goldberg machine of probabilities. The life we have is the only one we will ever know, and even that with tenuous certainty.”

― Maria Popova, Figuring

“If Tony hadn’t been fearful, hadn’t counted on the approval of others for his own self-approval . . . and so on, through a succession of hypotheticals leading to the final one: so, for instance, if Tony hadn’t been Tony.”

― Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending

“We need to focus on what-is, not on what-ifs.”

― Ari Gunzburg, The Little Book of Greatness: A Parable About Unlocking Your Destiny

“This is our life; there’s no use in asking what if. No one could ever give you the answers. I try, I really do, but it’s hard for me to accept this way of thinking. I’m always wondering about the what-ifs, about the road not taken.”

― Jenny Han, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

“At times he felt that he had almost rather not be in love with her, for it brought him no peace. What was the use of it, if it was only going to be painful?”

― Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove

“You see, the what-ifs are as boundless as the stars.”

― Sally Gardner, Maggot Moon

“It’s a dangerous game to play what-if with the past.”

― Edith Eger, The Choice, The Librarian of Auschwitz, The Child of Auschwitz 3 Books Collection Set

“India’s political economy is replete with tales of how things did not happen. The lament is preceded by the ubiquitous ‘if only’, about how solutions were thought of but the ideas did not translate into action.”

― Shankkar Aiyar, Aadhaar: A Biometric History of India’s 12-Digit Revolution

“Never Kill your What Ifs,

But first, be Grateful for What Is”

― Wordions

“I am becoming better at releasing the “what-ifs” that clog my closets.”

― Lisa J. Shultz, Lighter Living: Declutter. Organize. Simplify.

“She nibbled on a couple of cucumber sandwiches and a slice of cold Welsh rarebit (the cheese had solidified and was a little chewy, just the way she liked it). She wondered what a picture of it would result in: a plate of iced biscuits with the power to cause sudden growth?”

― Liz Braswell, Unbirthday

“As I sat next to him on the piano bench, I said, “What if I’d never walked into the music store . . .”

Sam smiled gently and looked at me as he played the keys on the piano ever so softly. And then he said, “But you did.”

I decided that was my answer to questions of fate. I could go around asking myself what if x hadn’t happened, and the answer would always be, “But it did.”

― Taylor Jenkins Reid, One True Loves

“You’re worried about what-ifs. Well, what if you stopped worrying?”

― Shannon Celebi, Driving Off Bridges

“What if the endings are just a fresh start? Maybe it just depends on the way you look at it.”

― Ivy Oakes, What if Stars Don’t Die

“One of the problems of being a storyteller is the cultivated ability to extrapolate; in every situation, all the what-ifs come to me.”

― Madeleine L’Engle, The Summer of the Great-Grandmother

“Do you think I’ll let it go, that I’ll hide from it because you, who’s anything but a coward, are afraid of what-ifs?”

― Nora Roberts, The Collector

What kind of future would they have

“If… if back then in the past, Dia didn’t summon him during that stormy night and attended the following year’s ball…”

—what kind of future would they have?

When she wondered about such things, it was as if her chest would burst.

In the last 13 years, she had lived along with despair, Dia acknowledged that she had indeed ruined her future with her own hands.

However, the sharp pain that ran through her chest—she didn’t feel it for the first time.

…It’s been a long time since that ball.

It felt awkward to walk around while clutching her painful chest everywhere she went.

She wondered if her footsteps of today were still steeped in the blood of that night.

That stormy night…”

― Sakurase Ayaka (桜瀬彩香), The Kingdom of Everlasting Night and the Last Ball

“Who would you be if you had somehow avoided every tenacious impediment in the invisible bacterial obstacle course of your daily life? Or what if, through some miracle of science…there was a way to cleanse the detritus that has cumulatively contaminated your genes since before you were even born? Who would you be today? Would you be the same person; the same unique individual? Or would you be something more?”

― Ezra Claytan Daniels, Upgrade Soul

“That taught us how to block a sword with two knives. But what if an ax man’s coming at me?”

Gilan looked suspicious. “An ax man? I don’t recommend trying to block an ax with two knives.”

But Will wouldn’t take no for an answer. “But what if he’s charging at me?” Horace walked over.

Gilan looked away. “Uh…shoot him.”

Horace intervened. “Can’t, his bowstring’s broken.”

Gilan gritted his teeth. “Run and hide.”

Will kept on him. “There’s a sheer cliff behind me.”

Horace caught on. “There’s a sheer cliff behind him, and his bowstring’s broken. What should he do?”

Gilan thought for a moment. “Jump off the cliff, it’ll be less messy that way.”

― John Flanagan, The Burning Bridge

“I was never allowed to have any pets. Sometimes I think a puppy might have changed everything.”

― Ottessa Moshfegh, My Year of Rest and Relaxation

“You’ll always be my favorite “What If”.”

― Nitya Prakash

“But what if you’re wrong?

What if there’s more?

What if there’s hope you never dreamed of hoping for?

What if you jump?

And just close your eyes?

What if the arms that catch you, catch you by surprise?

What if He’s more than enough?

What if it’s love?”

― Nichole Nordeman

“Imagine how more exciting our lives would be if we lived a nightmare, a walking Jason, an article about a deformed Leather Face, a HELL raising Cenobite, an expressionless white-masked Halloween killer, an actual sighting of flying lights, or even a proven haunted town named Silent Hill”

― Dean Mackin


I was born the day

I thought:

What is?

What was?


What if?


I was transformed the day

My ego shattered,

And all the superficial, material

Things that mattered

To me before,

Suddenly ceased

To matter.


I really came into being

The day I no longer cared about

What the world thought of me,

Only on my thoughts for

Changing the world.”

― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“Leaders do not play a “what if game”. They believe it will be and work it to be! Success is scarce because fear is common.”

― Israelmore Ayivor, Leaders’ Ladder

“What if the dog fetches the stick back because it thinks you enjoy the throwing?”

― Sanhita Baruah

“I am becoming better at releasing the “what-ifs” that clog my closets.”

― Lisa J. Shultz, Lighter Living: Declutter. Organize. Simplify.

“you may regret your actions…. oh how many times I wonder if that time I don’t do or do this things may be different…. but its all just that an ‘if’ no matter how many times you regret or cry over it, it won’t change…. not one bit so don’t let yesterday take up more of today than what it already has…. let it go instead of regretting it learn from it…. instead of constantly thinking what if’s get over it…. like what Oogway have said “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called present. ” today is a gift because we can learn from our mistakes and be better, tomorrow is a mystery because we don’t know what we know is just our past so we have to make use of it and learn from it”

― ChubbyChicken

“Everyone wanted to believe that endless love was possible. She’d believed in it once too, back when she was eighteen. But she knew that love was messy, just like life. It took turns that people couldn’t foresee or even understand, leaving a long trail of regret in its wake. And almost always, those regrets led to the kinds of what-if questions that could never be answered.”

― Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me

“I keep having this fantasy about some wide river or channel I’m on the bank of. I can look up, and on the far side is another, better self, holding hands with Mercer—that’s his name, my ex—and both of them are watching me flail over here, watching me from the life I’m supposed to have had. When did it become impossible to get there from here? When did that bridge get burned?”

― Garth Risk Hallberg, City on Fire

“I was never really about the money. Every business I’ve ever started has been more of a curiosity and a kind of “What if…”

― Blake Mycoskie

“It’s fun to think of the what-if. Scary, but fun. It’s like, I thought this door was closed before, but here it is open just the tiniest crack. What if?”

― Jenny Han, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Katherine Brickley, The Blossom Shoppe

“What if everyone knew what a flower could do?”

― Katherine Brickley, The Blossom Shoppe

“What if I had been a pebble, or a stone, or a tree or a dog! What if I had been a cloud or a drop of rain! What if I had not been born! I would have loved to be anything but a human being. To live is to suffer. You are responsible for my being here.”

― Mubashar Nawaz and Khurram Shahzad

“Here you sit on your high-backed chair

Wonder how the view is from there

I wouldn’t know ’cause I like to sit

Upon the floor, yeah upon the floor

If you like we could play a game

Let’s pretend that we are the same

But you will have to look much closer

Than you do, closer than you do


And I’m far too tired to stay here anymore

And I don’t care what you think anyway

‘Cause I think you were wrong about me

Yeah what if you were, what if you were


And what if I’m a snowstorm burning

What if I’m a world unturning

What if I’m an ocean, far too shallow, much too deep

What if I’m the kindest demon

Something you may not believe in

What if I’m a siren singing gentleman to sleep


I know you’ve got it figured out

Tell me what I am all about

And I just might learn a thing or two

Hundred about you, maybe about you

I’m the end of your telescope

I don’t change just to suit your vision

‘Cause I am bound by a fraying rope

Around my hands, tied around my hands


And you close your eyes when I say I’m breaking free

And put your hands over both your ears

Because you cannot stand to believe I’m not

The perfect girl you thought

Well what have I got to lose


And what if I’m a weeping willow

Laughing tears upon my pillow

What if I’m a socialite who wants to be alone

What if I’m a toothless leopard

What if I’m a sheepless shepherd

What if I’m an angel without wings to take me home


You don’t know me

Never will, never will

I’m outside your picture frame

And the glass is breaking now

You can’t see me

Never will, never will

If you’re never gonna see


What if I’m in a crowded desert

Too much pain with little pleasure

What if I’m the nicest place you never want to go

What if I don’t know who I am

Will that keep us both from trying

To find out and when you have

Be sure to let me know


What if I’m a snowstorm burning

What if I’m a world unturning

What if I’m an ocean, far too shallow, much too deep

What if I’m the kindest demon

Something you may not believe in

What if I’m a siren singing gentleman to sleep



― Emilie Autumn

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