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Possibilities

  • Don't be obsessed with the idea that there is only one possibility. If you think so, there is only one.

  • The cruelest affront is treating the person as exactly the person he is. We all long to be understood, but not for what we are. We long to be understood for what we might have been had all been for the best in the best of all possible worlds and, at the same time, to be forgiven for what we are.

  • To amend mankind, moralists should show them man, not as he is, but as he ought to be.

  • People are too prone to think that the actual is the limit of possibility. They believe that all that has been done is all that can be done.

  • ... the world is full of hopeful analogies and handsome, dubious eggs, called possibilities.

  • ... it is the possibilities which are the most terrible things in life.

  • From every scrap you make a blanket.

  • There are so many things that we are capable of, that we could be or do. The potentialities are so great that we never, any of us, are more than one-fourth fulfilled.

  • ... all things are possible until they are proved impossible — and even the impossible may only be so, as of now.

  • I dwell in Possibility — / A fairer House than Prose — / More numerous of Windows — / Superior — for Doors --.

    • Emily Dickinson,
    • c. 1862, in Thomas H. Johnson, ed., The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson ()
  • So all that is in her will not bloom — but in how many does it?

    • Tillie Olsen,
    • "I Stand Here Ironing," Tell Me A Riddle ()
  • What is important is not what someone is but what he is waiting for. Not the events of life but its possibilities.

  • ... possibility is far more frightening than impossibility ...

  • ... it's been my experience that while impossible things happen frequently, improbable ones never do.

  • The loss of magic is the denial of unlimited possibility.

  • I have read of women who have been strongly, grandly brave. Sometimes I have dreamed that I might be brave. The possibilities of this life are magnificent.

  • Possibilities swung from the ropes of his life like charms on a watch chain, golden.

  • I have always felt that the moment when first you wake up in the morning is the most wonderful of the twenty-four hours. No matter how weary or dreary you may feel, you possess the certainty that, during the day that lies before you, absolutely anything may happen. And the fact that it practically always doesn't, matters not one jot. The possibility is always there.

  • There is a year, or perhaps a season, in almost every person's life, when the buds of possibility burst open, when fateful meetings take place, when paths cross, when courses and levels shift, when life rises from the depths and ascends to the heights.

  • There are a lot of things I might be good at, such as competitive figure skating, window washing from ten stories up, and being an open heart surgeon. I might also make an excellent Kamikaze pilot - except for the fact that I don't want to learn how to fly and have no interest in taking my own life on behalf of Japan.

  • Potential has a shelf-life.