Quotes About Possibility

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Mahatma Gandhi
“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Haruki Murakami
“Is it possible, in the final analysis, for one human being to achieve perfect understanding of another?
We can invest enormous time and energy in serious efforts to know another person, but in the end, how close can we come to that person's essence? We convince ourselves that we know the other person well, but do we really know anything important about anyone?”
Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Mildred D. Taylor
“So many things are possible as long as you don't know they are impossible.”
Mildred D. Taylor, The Land

Emily Dickinson
“I dwell in possibility…”
Emily Dickinson

Thomas Merton
“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.”
Thomas Merton

Gloria Steinem
“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.”
Gloria Steinem

“Turn your obstacles into opportunities and your problems into possibilities.”
Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Friedrich Nietzsche
“A thought, even a possibility, can shatter and transform us.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Nicholas Sparks
“It's the possibility that keeps me going, not the guarantee.”
Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

Thomas A. Edison
“If we all did the things we are really capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”
Thomas A. Edison

Philip Pullman
“I don't profess any religion; I don't think it’s possible that there is a God; I have the greatest difficulty in understanding what is meant by the words ‘spiritual’ or ‘spirituality.'

[Interview, The New Yorker, Dec. 26, 2005]”
Philip Pullman

John Lennon
“The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities and the responsibility that we all had. It wasn't the answer. It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility.”
John Lennon

Nicholas Sparks
“Everyone wanted to believe that endless love was possible. She'd believed in it once too, back when she was eighteen. But she knew that love was messy, just like life. It took turns that people couldn't foresee or even understand, leaving a long trail of regret in its wake. And almost always, those regrets led to the kinds of what if questions that could never be answered.”
Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me

Bree Despain
“That's what makes it so right. Your eyes—your soul is there, but the rest of you is still so undefined. That's the beauty of childhood. The eyes show everything you've seen so far, but the rest of you is still so open to possibility, to whatever you might become.”
Bree Despain, The Dark Divine

John O'Donohue
“All the possibilities of your human destiny are asleep in your soul. You are here to realize and honor these possibilities. When love comes in to your life, unrecognized dimensions of your destiny awaken and blossom and grow. Possibility is the secret heart of time.”
John O'Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

Gennifer Choldenko
“Nobody knows how things will turn out, that's why they go ahead and play the game...You give it your all and sometimes amazing things happen, but it's hardly ever what you expect.”
Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts

Victoria Moran
“In this moment, there is plenty of time. In this moment, you are precisely as you should be. In this moment, there is infinite possibility. (17)”
Victoria Moran, Younger by the Day: 365 Ways to Rejuvenate Your Body and Revitalize Your Spirit

Hayao Miyazaki
“To be born means being compelled to choose an era, a place, a life. To exist here, now, means to lost the possibility of being countless other potential selves.. Yet once being born there is no turning back. And I think that's exactly why the fantasy worlds of cartoon movies so strongly represent our hopes and yearnings. They illustrate a world of lost possibilities for us.”
Hayao Miyazaki, Starting Point: 1979-1996

Idries Shah
“Right time, right place, right people equals success.
Wrong time, wrong place, wrong people equals most of the real human history.”
Idries Shah, Reflections

Emily Dickinson
“The possible's slow fuse is lit by the Imagination.”
Emily Dickinson

Derek Landy
“Just because an apple falls one hundred times out of a hundred does not mean it will fall on the hundred and first.”
Derek Landy, Death Bringer

Pearl S. Buck
“All things are possible until they are proven impossible.”
Pearl S. Buck

Thomas Henry Huxley
“I am too much of a skeptic to deny the possibility of anything.”
Thomas Henry Huxley, Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley - Volume 1

Alasdair Gray
“Work as if you live in the early days of a better nation.”
Alasdair Gray

Ilyas Kassam
“If nature has taught us anything it is that the impossible is probable”
Ilyas Kassam

Stephen R. Lawhead
“Do not think it impossible just because it has never happened.
- Friar Tuck”
Stephen R. Lawhead, Tuck

Mark Twain
“It may have happened, it may not have happened but it could have happened.”
Mark Twain

Charles A. Lindbergh
“On a long flight, after periods of crisis and many hours of fatigue, mind and body may become disunited until at times they seem completely different elements, as though the body were only a home with which the mind has been associated but by no means bound. Consciousness grows independent of the ordinary senses. You see without assistance from the eyes, over distances beyond the visual horizon. There are moments when existence appears independent even of the mind. The importance of physical desire and immediate surroundings is submerged in the apprehension of universal values.

For unmeasurable periods, I seem divorced from my body, as though I were an awareness spreading out through space, over the earth and into the heavens, unhampered by time or substance, free from the gravitation that binds to heavy human problems of the world. My body requires no attention. It's not hungry. It's neither warm or cold. It's resigned to being left undisturbed. Why have I troubled to bring it here? I might better have left it back at Long Island or St. Louis, while the weightless element that has lived within it flashes through the skies and views the planet. This essential consciousness needs no body for its travels. It needs no plane, no engine, no instruments, only the release from flesh which circumstances I've gone through make possible.

Then what am I – the body substance which I can see with my eyes and feel with my hands? Or am I this realization, this greater understanding which dwells within it, yet expands through the universe outside; a part of all existence, powerless but without need for power; immersed in solitude, yet in contact with all creation? There are moments when the two appear inseparable, and others when they could be cut apart by the merest flash of light.

While my hand is on the stick, my feet on the rudder, and my eyes on the compass, this consciousness, like a winged messenger, goes out to visit the waves below, testing the warmth of water, the speed of wind, the thickness of intervening clouds. It goes north to the glacial coasts of Greenland, over the horizon to the edge of dawn, ahead to Ireland, England, and the continent of Europe, away through space to the moon and stars, always returning, unwillingly, to the mortal duty of seeing that the limbs and muscles have attended their routine while it was gone.”
Charles A. Lindbergh, The Spirit of St. Louis

Søren Kierkegaard
“Whoever has learned to be anxious in the right way has learned the ultimate.”
Søren Kierkegaard, The Concept of Anxiety: A Simple Psychologically Orienting Deliberation on the Dogmatic Issue of Hereditary Sin

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