“Don’t Cry Over Spilt…” Quotes

It’s no good crying over spilt milk, because all the forces of the universe were bent on spilling it. ~W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage, 1915

Instead of crying over spilt milk, an opportunist lets the cat out of the bag. ~Evan Esar, c.1968

Never cry over spilt milk — it could’ve been whiskey. ~Maverick, 1950s [Bret Maverick]

Don’t cry over spilt burrito — that’s why they invented forks. ~Chipotle wrapper liner, 2017

I don’t cry over spilt milk, but a fallen scoop of ice cream is enough to ruin my whole day. ~Terri Guillemets, 2004

“Oh, well,” mused the young doctor, “it’s too late to cry over spilt coffee — or an unwise decision.” ~D.J. Corrigan, 1950

We try to keep a stiff upper lip, to remember not to cry over spilt beer. ~Stephen Morris, The Great Beer Trek, 1984

He passed a puzzled hand over his brow and began weeping — but not over spilt wine. He had forgotten such things. He was weeping over the astonishing beauty of the world. ‘Stars,’ he said, looking upwards and blinking. He held out his hand as if expecting the starlight to rain softly into it. ~Jack Lindsay, “Greek Meets Greek,” 1936

And as we recall the past, as we remember our former selves, and compare what we are with what we were, if we see some changes for which we are thankful, we also see much which inspires regret; and as the years pass, and the inevitable changes ensue, we are too apt to waste time in crying over spilt water and trying to gather it up again. “I am not the man I was,” is sooner or later the language of most men… ~Samuel Cox, “Don’t Cry Over Spilt Water,” in Sunday Magazine, 1870

You all had better make up your minds to enjoy what you have instead of standing there crying over spilt coffee. ~Amy E. Blanchard, “Kettle and Cattle,” In Camp With the Muskoday Camp Fire Girls, 1917

It is no use now a-cryin’ over spilt milk;
What can’t be cured, must be endured.
~Thomas Chandler Haliburton, The Clockmaker; or, The Sayings and Doings of Samuel Slick, of Slickville, Third Series, 1840 [poeticized –tg]

It was said by one hon. Gentleman last night that it was of no use crying over spilt milk, and certainly the observation was a just one so far as regarded the milk already spilt. But if by crying one could prevent other milk from being spilt in future, then the crying might be a very useful process. ~Baillie Cochrane, 1873

It is no use to grieve over milk that has been drunk. ~Arthur Milton, “Fatima and the Calf,” 1893

Opie, you haven’t finished your milk. We can’t put it back in the cow, you know. ~The Andy Griffith Show, 1960s [Aunt Bee]

Don’t cry over spilled milkmen! No need to cry over anyone who might be injured on your property or by you or your family, if you have The Fidelity & Casualty Company’s Family Legal Liability policy. ~Advertisement, The Saturday Evening Post, 1946

…that day — when you laughed over spilt milk,
When I cried over spilt wine…
~John Hollander (1929–2013), “Last Summer”

Really, if we are not to cry over spilt milk, what are we to cry over? ~F.W. Boreham, “Spilt Milk,” A Reel of Rainbow, 1920

Very high wind — lightning — clouds hurrying over the sky, like spilt milk blown out of the pail — altogether very poetical. ~Lord Byron, journal, 1821 [a little altered –tg]

No weeping for shed milk. ~English proverb, quoted by James Howell, 1659

Take thou no sorrow of the thing lost which may not be recovered. ~Aesop, translated by William Caxton, 1484 [spelling modernized –tg]