It may be


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • It may be are used as equivalent to possibly perhaps maybe by chance peradventure. See 1st Maybe.
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  • James Rogers
    James Rogers
    “Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.”
  • Father Andre
    Father Andre
    “What ever beauty may be, it has for its basis order, and for its essence unity.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Character is made by many acts; it may be lost by a single one.”
  • William Mitford
    William Mitford
    “Men fear death, as if unquestionably the greatest evil, and yet no man knows that it may not be the greatest good.”
  • Stephen B. Leacock
    “It may be those who do most, dream most.”
  • B(urrhus) F(rederic) Skinner
    B(urrhus) F(rederic) Skinner
    “A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.”


Be that as it may - Be that as it may is an expression which means that, while you are prepared to accept that there is some truth in what the other person has just said, it's not going to change your opinions in any significant manner.
Grass may be greener on the other side but it's just as hard to mow - 'The grass may be greener on the other side but it's just as hard to mow' is an expression used to mean a person's desire to have that which another person has in the belief it will make their life easieris false as all situations come with their own set of problems.


In literature:

The separated condyle may not be displaced, or it may be pushed upwards or rotated on its transverse axis.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
It may be that there will be no regular stretcher at hand.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
If kept in a cool, dry place, it may be preserved for a long time; but if it be badly corked, and kept in a damp place, it will soon spoil.
"The Cook's Oracle; and Housekeeper's Manual" by William Kitchiner
It may be worth while to insist a little upon this, and to apply it to one or two peculiar problems.
"Social Rights and Duties, Volume I (of 2)" by Sir Leslie Stephen
It may be that four words will be enough, but I cannot use fewer.
"The Road to Frontenac" by Samuel Merwin
We give it for what it may be worth, advising our readers not to pin their faith to it too implicitly.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
When it is done, it may be either served up hot, or left to cool in its own liquor, and eaten cold.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
It may be he will be very great in literature and art.
"The Soul of a People" by H. Fielding
It may be brave to bear it, but it {225} is not wise.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
Surely it may be said to have been written under fire.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

In poetry:

Though sharpest anguish hearts may wring,
Though bosoms torn may be,
Yet suffering is a holy thing;
Without it what were we?
"Suffering" by Richard Chenebix Trench
Year after year doth the old man climb
The mountainous knees of Eternity,
But Eternity telleth nothing to Time--
It may not be.
"Time's Monotone" by Richard Le Gallienne
Nature, what heart may here by thee,
Most truly brave be styled?
The tender mother's it must be,
When struggling for her child!
"The Eagle" by William Hayley
Revenge may stain a righteous sword,
It may be just to slay;
But, traitor, traitor,—from THAT word
All true breasts shrink away!
"Honour's Martyr" by Emily Jane Bronte
"Sae fare ye weel, my bonny men,
And weel may ye thrive and the!
Gien I dinna see ye some time again
It'll be 'at ye're no to see."
"The Deil's Forhooit His Ain" by George MacDonald
Winstanley’s deed, you kindly folk,
With it I fill my lay,
And a nobler man ne’er walked the world,
Let his name be what it may.
"Winstanley" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

While it may be a decent choice for some, you'll probably be happier with either a simpler phone or a smartphone.
Because next year, in 2013, it may be the year for all body contact sports to be closely examined and downgraded for the number of brain concussions.
It may be a state law -- but some parents in Spring are upset and don't think their children should be walking to school.
It may be "in the bleak midwinter" when "A Christmas Carol " takes place, but American Theatre Company's 2012 edition of its annual holiday production is surprisingly bright and sunny.
The next anti-Semitic rant in a vaguely Aussie accent you hear may not be Mel Gibson: it may be a cell phone .
"They were really fuzzy on when it will get into the hands of users," said Snyder, who worried that it may be 2014 before the chips show up in smartphones.
IRVING — A Cowboys team rocked by the death of one teammate and the arrest of another emerged on the other side to discover it may be without its most prolific receiver for the remainder of the season.
While it may be silly to worry about whether we can still get our super-sized sodas, it raises the very important question of who has the right to make choices about what an individual person consumes .
Rensselaer, NY, Dec 11, 2012 — It's been nearly ten years since New York's highest court ruled that the state needed to better fund schools, and an attorney who helped litigate that case says it may be time to head back to court on the issue.
To these people it may be a game, but fire experts say it's extremely dangerous .
And while it may be a matter of taste, when this year ends, you're going to be able to make the case for Griffin as the top rookie quarterback.
To these people it may be a game, but fire experts say it's extremely dangerous.
Nature's Recipe is voluntarily recalling a supply of its Oven Baked Biscuits with Real Chicken because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.
Wegmans is recalling its Organic Spinach and Spring Mix salads because it may be contaminated with E. The Rochester-based grocery chain says the recall covers 5 ounce and 11 ounce packages sold between Oct 14 and Thursday.
(AP) — Wegmans is recalling its Organic Spinach and Spring Mix salads because it may be contaminated with E. The Rochester-based grocery chain says the recall covers 5 ounce and 11 ounce packages sold between Oct 14 and Thursday.

In science:

It may be relevant, however, in the case of multiple fluctuations, as in §4.2, in which the shock propagating out of one condensation may interact with another.
The nonlinear development of the thermal instability in the atomic ISM and its interaction with random fluctuations
For the hydrodynamical case being discussed here, it may be supposed that in the vicinity of the critical point it will be 1/2 < δ < 1.
Viscosity in spherically symmetric accretion
In particular, since it identifies the degrees of freedom that seem both most “excitable” and “observable”, it may be appropriate for revealing the true nature of effective temperatures .
Coarse graining and control theory model reduction
It may be continuous as in a random graph. (In fact, when there are no higher-order edges, it is exactly the emergence of the giant component.) In this case, there is a sequence of possible sizes of “components” (including but not restricted to N 2/3 ).
Critical random hypergraphs: The emergence of a giant set of identifiable vertices
The presence of significant nonlinearity of the data in these insets suggests that normal distribution may not be an adequate fit for representing the distribution of last avalanche size for the RSM model, whereas it may be an adequate fit for the RFM model.
Statistical properties of fracture in a random spring model