May be


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • May be are used as equivalent to possibly perhaps maybe by chance peradventure. See 1st Maybe.
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  • (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    “All things may be bought in Rome with money.”
  • Elbert Hubbard
    “What people need and what they want may be very different.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “Nothing is worth doing unless the consequences may be serious.”
  • Plato
    “Know one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good.”
  • Maya Angelou
    “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Shortchange your education now and you may be short of change the rest of your life.”


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.
I may be daft, but I'm not stupid - I might do or say silly things occasionally, but in this instance I know what I am doing (Usually used when someone questions your application of common-sense).


In literature:

Narration and description may be found in a piece of exposition; and all three may be employed in argument.
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
The master may use him not as a tree or a brute, but only as a rational, accountable, and immortal being may be used.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
They may profitably be drawn up in peace, and may be the basis of training exercises.
"Sound Military Decision" by U.s. Naval War College
The wife may be infected by the husband, and the visual powers of the new-born child may also be endangered.
"The Sexual Life of the Child" by Albert Moll
A girl who saves more than she spends may be niggardly; a girl who spends more than she saves may go in debt.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
But, however fantastic the conceptions may be that we form, we do not cease to be conscious withal of our own personal existence.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
Wines may be entirely omitted if against the principles, and mineral waters may be substituted.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
The vine may grow rapidly or slowly and may be long-lived or short-lived; the trunk may be short and stocky or long and slender.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
The positive terminal may be found to be painted red, or may be stamped "+", "P", or "POS".
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
It is to be hoped that this is the last year we may be so neglectful in this direction.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various

In poetry:

"There is no God," a youngster thinks,
"or really, if there may be,
He surely did not mean a man
Always to be a baby."
"There Is No God, the Wicked Sayeth" by Arthur Hugh Clough
To me all beauty that I see
Is melody made visible:
An earth-translated state, may be,
Of music heard in Heaven or Hell.
"Transmutation" by Madison Julius Cawein
He who doth this, in verse or prose,
May be forgotten in his day,
But surely shall be crowned at last with those
Who live and speak for aye.
"An Incident In A Railroad Car" by James Russell Lowell
So be it! let the garlands die,
The singer's wreath, the painter's meed,
Let our names perish, if thereby
Our country may be saved and freed!
"Bryant On His Birthday" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Perhaps it is not love, said I,
That melts my soul when Flavia's nigh;
Where wit and sense like hers agree,
One may be pleased, and yet be free.
"Song XI. - Perhaps it is not love" by William Shenstone
"Search thine own heart. What paineth thee
In others in thyself may be;
All dust is frail, all flesh is weak;
Be thou the true man thou dost seek!
"The Chapel of the Hermits" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety said Saturday it believed "the children may be in extreme danger," and that warrants for kidnapping had been issued for Mayes.
They may be worth money or they may have only sentimental value.
The meeting may be the first positive signs in days that negotiations may be moving forward.
Among the most startling news stories of the current news cycle, this one may be tops: Lou Gehrig may not have died from Lou Gehrig 's Disease.
More murders may yet be tied to notorious 77-year-old cult killer Charles Manson , as the Los Angeles Police Department revealed that it has an open investigation on a dozen of cold cases that may be connected to his deadly followers.
The movie may be three years away, but the pilot may be ready to start filming sooner than you might think.
Jayma Mays says Emma Pilsbury's OCD leanings may be brushed clean by her dentist boyfriend Carl (John Stamos).
I know that some of you may be familiar with this application and some may not, so here's some information to get you thinking.
She may be wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, green shirt and jeans, and may have black slippers.
While you should, of course, do everything in your power to ensure there are no mistakes in your application, if you do find an error after submission, you may be able to fix the problem—or you may not even need to.
She may have a family background of low wages, welfare, or worse -- a pattern that, without intervention, she may be fated to repeat.
Teens may be nominated by teachers, community leaders, rabbis or anyone except family members who knows the value of their commitment, or they may nominate themselves.
Yearbooks The 2012 GHS yearbooks have arrived and may be picked up from Jason Day, who may be contacted at
There are some big meetings in the oil industry, but the Offshore Technology Conference ( OTC ), set for May 2-5 at the Reliant Center in Houston, may be the Big Daddy of them all.
Pumpkin pie may be a Thanksgiving staple, but at 316 calories per slice, it may be more calories than you care to add to your holiday feast.

In science:

This may be achieved by comparison with percolation models having different values of p, very much as in (the claim for small p may also be shown by the arguments of [49, 51]).
The Random-Cluster Model
M > 0, then the estimate of the Theorem may be violated again, but in this case the reason for it is that the supremum of many small random variables may be large.
An estimate on the maximum of a nice class of stochastic integrals
The syntax of natural languages may be represented with SP patterns and both the parsing and the production of sentences may be achieved by the formation of multiple alignments (Wolff, 2000).
Towards an Intelligent Database System Founded on the SP Theory of Computing and Cognition
The phenomenon of teleportation may also be viewed as arising from the fact that the set of maximally entangled states may be spanned by local unitary operations .
Nonlocality and information flow: The approach of Deutsch and Hayden
Similarly, the parallel transport w.r.t. a may be viewed as a gauge transformation of ev∗ chosen connection A depends on a curve γ in M , some t ∈ I, and two points in P , (p, q), satisfying π(p) = γ (0) and π(q) = γ (t); hence, the parallel transport may be viewed as a 0 P and ev∗ P with values in G.
Holonomy and parallel transport in the differential geometry of the space of loops and the groupoid of generalized gauge transformations