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  • Let's let our grief -- for this is its purpose -- cleanse our sadness, our regret, our if-onlys, our doubts, our fears, our worries.

    Dr. Susan Corso: Cheating (Economic) Grief Through Solitaire

  • Folks, take it easy on Kristin -- we all knew the minute the "Perdu" column was posted, that she and Jean-Marc were torturing themselves further with all the "what-ifs" and "if-onlys" that their minds could create, and wagging your finger and saying you told them so at this point does nothing.

    creve - French Word-A-Day

  • But there is one positive side to this, and that is when you are so depressed and upset about the death of a child, and under those circumstances, and the self blame and the if-onlys, that when you can get angry at someone - it has been an accident.

    CNN Transcript Jan 29, 2009

  • If only she had a joint to relax her or some black beauties to wire her up, but if-onlys were just as empty as her pockets.

    Their Dogs Came With Them

  • As her mind roamed over the possibilities, the what-ifs and if-onlys, she was drawn back, not to the fire, but to the thing that had happened almost two years before.

    Plain Language

  • As the Democrats lament their long litany of if-onlys, Kerry's unwillingness to sprinkle every campaign speech with Bible verses is high on the list.

    USATODAY.com - Presidential election may have hinged on one issue: Issue 1

  • In first 2 years of as president, his Middle Eastern foreign policy was premised on if-onlys.

    NY Daily News

  • President Obama's Middle Eastern foreign policy was premised on a set of if-onlys.

    NY Daily News

  • The way things are going for the Palin-Wurzelbacher ticket, she'll have plenty of time for post-mortems and if-onlys back in Alaska.

    CounterPunch

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  • I think Lackey means "the saddest two words..."

    If only.

    February 21, 2010

  • If only 'if-onlys' weren't.

    February 20, 2010

  • “If only. Those must be the two saddest words in the world.”

    —Mercedes Lackey

    January 6, 2010