60 What if Quotes to Open up a World of Possibilities

The world is made up of endless possibilities, so let these what if quotes inspire you to take chances and believe in yourself!

We all have what-ifs in our lives. These what-ifs are usually the questions that come to our minds whenever we face difficulties and need to decide whether to persevere or retreat. It also appears whenever we are stuck between the fear of failure and the possibility of success.

But, one thing we should understand is that there is no correct answer to any of these questions. All you need to do is to get it done instead of regretting it and asking yourself many times, “What if I did it?”

You shouldn’t worry about failing. It’s okay. Even if you fail, at least you already know the answer and can move on with your life.

Sometimes, we need to take chances instead of getting a headache thinking about what-ifs. You can read this collection to help you when you are still wondering about everything.

Our complete list below will open your mind and give you the courage to move ahead with your life—free from fear and doubt.

Let’s begin.

And don’t forget to check out these try again quotes and rise above quotes.

Best What if Quotes

1. “‘What’ and ‘if’ are two words as non-threatening as words can be. But put them together side-by-side, and they have the power to haunt you for the rest of your life. What if? What if? What if?” – Anonymous

2. “But what if I fail of my purpose here? It is but to keep the nerves at strain, to dry one’s eyes and laugh at a fall, and baffled, get up and begin again.” – Robert Browning

3. “Never kill your what-ifs, but first, be grateful for what is.” – Anonymous

4. “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

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

6. “What if we had a chance to do it again and again until we finally did get it right? Wouldn’t that be wonderful?” – Kate Atkinson

7. “Never hold back when it comes to life. Refuse to sit back and just watch only to end up wondering ‘what if?’” – Anonymous

8. “What if everything I thought was wrong with me was actually right with me? You have to have the courage to show who you are to the world.” – Lauren Tom

9. “Instead of pondering about what if or what could have been, I’m just going to go out there and do.” – Mustafa Ali

10. “When you ask ‘why,’ ‘what if,’ and ‘why not,’ you force yourself to explore what’s possible and not just what is.” – Josh Linkner

Inspirational What if Quotes

11. “You’d think, ‘What if I make a mistake today? I’ll regret it.’ I don’t believe in regret; I feel everything leads us to where we are, and we have to just jump forward, mean well, commit, and just see what happens.” – Angelina Jolie

12. “It’s better to shoot and miss than to let time run out and wonder what if.” – Michael Jordan

13. “Things usually work out in the end. What if they don’t? That just means you haven’t come to an end yet.” – Jeannette Walls

14. “One should never live with regrets or with what if. I’ve loved the good times, and I have learned from the bad. All in all, it’s been a pretty fabulous life for me.” – Ivana Trump

15. “I wasn’t going to be one of those people who died wondering, ‘What if?’ I would keep putting my dreams to the test, even though it meant living with uncertainty and fear of failure. This is the shadowland of hope, and anyone with a dream must learn to live there.” – Alex Haley

16. “Bravery and adventure! That’s the ticket! Don’t sit and gather moss. Get up, get out, do what you dream of doing, and if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work, and you don’t need to make that particular mistake again, but at least you won’t get old wondering ‘what if you had?’” – Garrison Keillor

17. “What if you had the ability to make every day the best day of your life? You do! You see, we have the opportunity to make every day our best through the power of our perspective. The quality of our lives has little to do with what happens to us, but is always determined by the perspective we choose to view our lives from.” – Hal Elrod

18. “What if all this time, all this struggle, has been leading you to a beautiful chapter in your life? What if everything does work out, even if it doesn’t seem like it right now? What if who I become is who I needed all along? What if all of this hard work leads to amazing things? What if you replaced negativity with optimism? Would your thoughts and behavior change too? I believe so.” – Anonymous

19. “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

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What if Quotes That’ll Make You Question Everything in Your Life

20. “What if you’re right and they’re wrong?” – Anonymous

21. “What if you just did it your own way? No rules, no right or wrong, just what you think is beautiful?” – Sandra Magsamen

22. “What if all those things I did were the things that got me here?” – Anonymous

23. “What if you could be anything or anybody you chose to be? Think about it. What would you choose to be?” – Nido Qubein

24. “What if I fail? Ah! Then you’ll have a story to tell.” – Julie Orringer

25. “What if today was the day you have been waiting for?” – Anonymous

26. “What if I told you that 10 years from now, your life would be exactly the same? I doubt you’d be happy. So why are you afraid of change?” – Anonymous

27. “What if everything you are going through is preparing you for what you asked for?” – Anonymous

28. “What if everything that happened here happened for a reason?” – John Locke

29. “What if nothing needs to change other than our perception of what we see?” – Lee L. Jampolsky

30. “You can’t choose where you belong and where you don’t. But what if the place you don’t belong is the only place you have left?” – Stuart Neville

31. “But what if all the tranquility, all the comfort, all the contentment were now to come to a horrifying end?” – Franz Kafka

What if Quotes That Will Blow Your Mind

32. “What if nothing exists and we’re all in somebody’s dream?” – Woody Allen

33. “Delusional pain hurts just as much as the pain from actual trauma. So what if it’s all in your head?” – Octavia E. Butler

34. “What if life is a dream, and when we die, we wake up?” – Anonymous

35. “What if the dog fetches the stick back because it thinks you enjoy the throwing?” – Sanhita Baruah

What if Quotes to Think About What Tomorrow Could Bring

36. “What if we knew what tomorrow would bring? Would we fix it? Could we?” – Cecelia Ahern

37. “Never wait for tomorrow; what if tomorrow never comes?” – Elvis Presley

38. “What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you had thanked God for today?” – Anonymous

39. “What if there was no tomorrow and everyone showed up anyway.” – Nanette L. Avery

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

Emotional What if Quotes for People in Relationships

41. “For the rest of my life, I will always be thinking about her. She would always be my biggest what if.” – Rick Riordan

42. “What if you were really meant to be with someone? But you kept messing about and having the horn and so on, and you lost them.” – Louise Rennison

43. “It is a risk to love. What if it doesn’t work out? Ah, but what if it does.” – Peter McWilliams

44. “What if you and I were meant to part ways, only so that we could find each other again.” – Anonymous

45. “What if every relationship you’ve ever been in is someone slowly figuring out they didn’t like you as much as they hoped they would?” – James Acaster

Powerful What if Quotes to Highlight Its Impact

46. “‘What if?’ Is a question that makes everyone go insane.” – Anonymous

47. “The what-ifs and the should-haves will eat your brain.” – John O’ Callaghan

48. “‘What if?’ A question we ask to hurt ourselves.” – Susan Fletcher

49. “You’d be surprised how often what if works.” – Anonymous

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

Thought-Provoking What if Quotes to Ponder On

51. “What unimaginable luxury, never to wrestle with whether or why never to lie awake nights wondering ‘what if.’” – Hillary Jordan

52. “What if I bade you leave the cavern of the mind? There’s a better exercise in the sunlight and wind.” – William Butler Yeats

53. “What if they are a little coarse, and you may get your coat soiled or torn? What if you do fail and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice? Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

54. “What if the leaves were to fall weeping and say, ‘It will be so painful for us to be pulled from our stalks when autumn comes?’ Foolish fear! Summer goes, and autumn succeeds. The glory of death is upon the leaves; and the gentlest breeze that blows takes them softly and silently from the bough, and they float slowly down, like fiery sparks, upon the moss.” – Henry Ward Beecher

More What if Quotes That’ll Make You Think Outside the Box

55. “What if music is what escapes when a heart breaks?” – Jandy Nelson

56. “Life is too short to be wondering what if.” – Charlyne Yi

57. “What if the secret to success is failure?” – Paul Tough

58. “I’d rather have a life of, ‘Oh wells,’ than a life of, ‘What-ifs.’” – Kay Lee Ray

59. “What if all everybody needed in the world was to be sure of one friend? What if you were the one, and you refused to say those simple words?” – Richard Russo

60. “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

What Kind of World Do You Think We’ll Have if We Live With No What-Ifs?

Our lives are indeed full of what-ifs. However, no matter how hard you think about them and how long you dwell on them, they will not disappear. So, all you have to do is be brave in facing your fears, persevere, and take risks.

When you push yourself forward despite thinking about the what-ifs, you show how much you care about your dreams. It won’t be a walk in the park because of the bumpy road ahead. But, if you don’t try, how would you know how much further you could go? 

Pave the way to your success instead of drowning in your what-ifs. No matter how hard you think the circumstances are, do it. If you live with this mindset, you’ll realize you have fewer regrets.

With that, we hope this list of quotes was able to remove all your what-ifs in life. Remember that the only true regret is not trying at all and leaving things in the unknown.

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Karen Danao

Hi, I’m Karen, a content curator and writer for Quote Ambition; I’m also a marketing and advertising professional. Beyond the keyboard and the screen, I’m someone who’s out to enjoy every bit that life has to offer!

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