Possibility (quotes)


Possibility is about potential


Recognise life’s possibilities and the possibilities in you


Life is full of unlimited possibilities

  • Write this down: My life is full of unlimited possibilities. Pablo Valle
  • When I open my eyes in the morning, I am not confronted by the world, but by a million possible worlds. Colin Wilson
  • Life is a field of unlimited possibilities. Deepak Chopra
  • This is perhaps the most beautiful time in human history; it is really pregnant with all kinds of creative possibilities made possible by science and technology which now constitute the slave of man – if man is not enslaved by it. Jonas Salk
  • Our minds are finite, and yet even in these circumstances of finitude we are surrounded by possibilities that are infinite, and the purpose of life is to grasp as much as we can out of that infinitude. Alfred North Whitehead
  • The world is the sum-total of our vital possibilities. Ortega y Gasset

Recognise the infinite possibility within you

  • Be open to the possibility that there is more to you than the fruit you bear. Tamara Christensen
  • We all have possibilities we don’t know about. We can do things we don’t even dream we can do. Dale Carnegie
  • 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
  • Rebellion against your handicaps gets you nowhere. Self-pity gets you nowhere. One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world–making the most of one’s best. Harry Emerson Fosdick
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Recognise the infinite possibility in the future

  • Think about your future possibilities and the fact that your potential is virtually unlimited. You can do what you want to do and go where you want to go. You can be the person you want to be. You can set large and small goals and make plans and move step-by-step, progressively toward their realization. There are no obstacles to what you can accomplish except the obstacles that you create in your mind. Brian Tracy
  • The future is simply infinite possibility waiting to happen. What it waits on is human imagination to crystallize its possibility.  Leland Kaiser
  • Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life. Douglas Pagels
  • No matter how dark things are or seem to be, raise your sights and see possibilities – for they’re always there. Dom Miguel Ruiz
  • The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious. John Sculley
  • The future

Recognise the infinite possibility in today

  • Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you take it all one day at a time. You try to walk in the light. Marie Lu
  • I want every day to be a fresh start on expanding what is possible. Oprah Winfrey
  • Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today. Mark Twain
  • Embrace the gift of today

Recognise the infinite possibility in this very moment

  • We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • 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
  • 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. Victoria Moran
  • Now is a priceless gift

How to liberate possibility


Using your imagination liberates possibility

  • Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless. Jamie Paolinetti
  • Our thoughts and imagination are the only real limits to our possibilities. Orison Swett Marden
  • The possible’s slow fuse is lit by the imagination. Emily Dickinson
  • Let your imagination release your imprisoned possibilities. Robert H. Schuller
  • If we have received a precious gift from God, it is our imagination. When we tap into our powers of imagination, we are bombs of possibilities. Hiroko Sakai
  • You see things; and you say, “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say, “Why not?” George Bernard Shaw
  • I have a habit of letting my imagination run away from me. It always comes back though . . . drenched with possibilities. Valaida Fullwood
  • The most imaginative people are the most credulous, for them everything is possible. Alexander Chase
  • Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning. Gloria Steinem
  • Through imagination, we can visualize the uncredited worlds of potential that lie within us. Stephen Covey
  • The future is simply infinite possibility waiting to happen. What it waits on is human imagination to crystallize its possibility. Leland Kaiser
  • Imagination

Your power of choice liberates possibility

  • Your range of available choices – right now – is limitless. Carl Frederick
  • In the place of stillness, rises potential. From the place of potential, emerges possibility. Where there is possibility, there is choice. And where there is choice, there is freedom. Gabriella Goddard
  • Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility. Oprah Winfrey
  • You and I are essentially infinite choice-makers. In every moment of our existence, we are in that field of all possibilities where we have access to an infinity of choices. Deepak Chopra
  • We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize. Thich Nhat Hanh
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Being truly yourself liberates possibility

  • There are many who are living far below their possibilities because they are continually handing over their individualities to others. Do you want to be a power in the world? Then be yourself. Be true to the highest within your soul and then allow yourself to be governed by no customs or conventionalities or arbitrary man-made rules that are not founded on principle. Ralph Waldo Trine
  • Nature never repeats herself, and the possibilities of one human soul will never be found in another. Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • Be who you are

Self-belief liberates possibility

  • If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believeth. Bible
  • What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are. Tony Robbins
  • They can because they think they can. Virgil
  • He is able who thinks he is able. Buddha
  • If you think you can, then you can. Stephen Richards
  • If you believe you can do a thing, you can do it. Claude M. Bristol
  • Whether you believe you can do a thing or believe you cannot, you are right. Henry Ford
  • If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won’t, you most assuredly won’t. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad. Denis Waitley
  • Believe you can and you’re halfway there. Theodore Roosevelt
  • Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Napoleon Hill
  • Your belief creates the fact. James Allen
  • Believe it can be done. When you believe something can be done, really believe, your mind will find the ways to do it. Believing a solution paves the way to solution. Dr. David Schwartz
  • The will to do springs from the knowledge that we can do. James Allen
  • Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve. Mary Kay Ash
  • 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. Gandhi
  • Within you now and always is the unborn possibility of a limitless experience of inner stability and outer treasure, and yours is the privilege of giving birth to it, and you will, if you can believe. Eric Butterworth
  • Self-belief

Love liberates possibility

  • Love feels no burden, thinks nothing of trouble, attempts what is above its strength, pleads no excuse of impossibility; for it thinks all things lawful for itself, and all things possible. Thomas a Kempis
  • 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
  • Love

Broadening your vision liberates possibility

  • Most people are not really free. They are confined by the niche in the world that they carve out for themselves. They limit themselves to fewer possibilities by the narrowness of their vision. S. Naipaul
  • Vision

Adopting a beginner’s mind liberates possibility

  • In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few. Shunryu Suzuki
  • Beginner’s mind

Creativity liberates possibility

  • The normal person classifies an object, and then forgets about it. The creative person, by contrast, is always open to new possibilities. Jordan Peterson
  • Creativity is our human capacity to imagine and express new possibilities. Marta Davidovich Ockuly
  • As people with the creative spirit, we’re obsessed with possibility. We live for the rush of turning a thought — an abstract idea — into something real, tangible, touchable, readable, effectual, profitable. We feel empowered, generous even, in the making of our art. We have a practical indignation for mediocrity. We love to get things done. Danielle LaPorte
  • Creativity is a great motivator because it makes people interested in what they are doing. Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea. Creativity gives the possibility of some sort of achievement to everyone. Creativity makes life more fun and more interesting. Edward de Bono
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New thinking liberates possibility

  • A lifetime of repetitive thinking patterns have rusted the child within. When we find new ways of looking at things, we reenergize that inner child with possibility. J.J. Goldwag
  • Whatever you do, you must remain nimble in your thinking. Do not become so attached to any one belief that you cannot see past it to another possibility. Christopher Paolini
  • ThinkingExplore new ideas

Reading and exploring knowledge liberates possibility

  • I’m grateful for anything that reminds me of what’s possible in this life. Books can do that. Films can do that. Music can do that. School can do that. It’s so easy to allow one day to simply follow into the next, but every once in a while we encounter something that shows us that anything is possible, that dramatic change is possible, that something new can be made, that laughter can be shared. Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Books may not change our suffering, books may not protect us from evil, books may not tell us what is good or what is beautiful, and they will certainly not shield us from the common fate of the grave. But books grant us myriad possibilities: the possibility of change, the possibility of illumination. Alberto Manguel
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Fearlessness and courage liberates possibility

  • Fear makes us feel small and uncertain, uncomfortable and separate. Fearlessness expands and creates possibilities. Elena Tiainen
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Passion and enthusiasm liberate possibility

  • Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish. Jean De La Fontaine
  • When a person applies enthusiasm to his job, the job will itself become alive with exciting new possibilities. Norman Vincent Peale
  • Hope is passion for what is possible. Soren Kierkegaard
  • Being motivated comes from taking your dreams out of the realm of fantasy and starting to make them a concrete possibility. This is the first step in making them a reality. Amanda Harvey
  • Desire is the absurdity that holds open the infinity of possibility. Wendy Farley
  • The moment you start The Project, everything shifts. Purpose, focus, passion and peace returns to your life. Eyes sparkle. Energy explodes. Inspiration flows. And your days become supported by coincidence, power and peak possibility. Robin Sharma
  • The reason it matters to care passionately about something is that it whittles the world down to a more manageable size. It makes the world seem not huge and empty, but full of possibility. Susan Orlean
  • Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark. Henri-Frédéric Amiel
  • PassionEnthusiasm

Aspirations and dreams liberate possibility

  • Our aspirations are our possibilities. Robert Browning
  • Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning. Gloria Steinem
  • In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities. Janos Arany
  • Nothing is impossible to a willing heart. John Keywood
  • An intense anticipation itself transforms possibility into reality; our desires being often but precursors of the things which we are capable of performing. Samuel Smiles
  • Hold on to your dreams for they are, in a sense, the stuff of which reality is made. It is through our dreams that we maintain the possibility of a better, more meaningful life. Leo Buscaglia
  • I dare you to think in great terms. I challenge you to dream a great dream. Nothing is impossible to those who decide upon possibility. Raymond Charles Barker
  • Some men look at things the way they are and ask why? I dream of things that are not and ask why not?  Robert Kennedy
  • Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born. Dale Turner
  • That’s why, if you really want to break out of the mundane, you must learn to think and dream the impossible. Only with repeated thoughts can the impossible be made possible through the intention of the nonlocal mind. Deepak Chopra
  • Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true. Napoleon Hill
  • Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. Walt Disney
  • Dreams

Action liberates possibility

  • The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react. George Bernard Shaw
  • Each human being was given two possibilities: action and contemplation. Both lead to the same place. Paulo Coelho
  • Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. St. Francis of Assisi
  • Action

Embracing uncertainty liberates possibility

  • Uncertainty is the fertile field of all possibility. Deepak Chopra
  • When nothing is sure, everything is possible. Margaret Drabble
  • It’s the possibility that keeps me going, not the guarantee. Nicholas Sparks
  • Doubt is a profound and effective spiritual motivator. Without doubt, no truism is transcended, no new knowledge found, no expansion of the imagination possible. Doubt is unsettling to the ego, and those who are drawn to ideologies that promise the dispelling of doubt by proffering certainties will never grow. In seeking certainty they are courting the death of the soul, whose nature is forever churning possibility, forever seeking the larger, forever riding the melting edge of certainty’s glacier. James Hollis
  • Let go of the need for certainty

Letting go of the past liberates possibility

  • Although you should not erase your responsibility for the past, when you make the past your jailer, you destroy your future. It is such a great moment of liberation when you learn to forgive yourself, let the burden go, and walk out into a new path of promise and possibility. John O’Donohue
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Being present liberates possibility

  • Indeed, the capacity to be present to everything that is happening, without resistance, creates possibility. It creates possibility in the same way that, if you are far-sighted, finding your glasses revives your ability to read or remove a splinter from a child’s finger. At last you can see. You can leave behind the struggle to come to terms with what is in front of you, and move on. Roz & Ben Zander
  • Live in the present


Optimism liberates possibility

  • You’ll surprise yourself. Optimism is by nature expansive—it opens door after door to what’s possible. Pessimism is just the opposite—it is constrictive. It shuts the door on possibility. If you really want to open up your life and motivate yourself to succeed, become an optimistic thinker. Steve Chandler
  • Optimism

Open your life to possibility


Become a possibilitarian

  • Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities – always see them, for they’re always there. Norman Vincent Peale
  • A possibility thinker notices a problem just long enough to get excited about the solution. Alan Cohen
  • I dwell in possibility. Emily Dickinson
  • I am neither an optimist nor pessimist, but a possibilist. Max Lerner
  • We can escape the prison of our own beliefs and enter the Palace of Possibilities when we allow ourselves to be astonished by everything. Gary Craig
  • Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable. Mary Oliver
  • Strive for that greatness of spirit that measures life not by its disappointments but by its possibilities. E. B. Du Bois
  • If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of potential – for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possibilities. Pleasure disappoints; possibility never. Soren Kierkegaard
  • “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’ George Bernard Shaw
  • Stop thinking in terms of limitations and start thinking in terms of possibilities. Terry Josephson
  • Possibilitizing is overcoming while you’re undergoing. Robert H. Schuller

Focus on your possibilities, not your limits or fears

  • Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what is still possible for you to do. pe John XXIII
  • So often we dwell on the things that seem impossible rather than on the things that are possible. So often we are depressed by what remains to be done and forget to be thankful for all that has been done. Marian Wright Edelman
  • Stop thinking in terms of limitations and start thinking in terms of possibilities. Terry Josephson
  • Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement. Foster C. McClellen

Don’s stand in your own way of your possibilities

  • The only real obstacle on your path to possibility will always be yourself. Too often we do not see things as they are; we see things as we are. Stuart Avery Gold
  • The things you want are always possible; it is just that the way to get them is not always apparent. The only real obstacle in your path to a fulfilling life is you, and that can be a considerable obstacle because you carry the baggage of insecurities and past experience. Les Brown
  • Most people are not really free. They are confined by the niche in the world that they carve out for themselves. They limit themselves to fewer possibilities by the narrowness of their vision. S. Naipaul
  • The only limits to the possibilities in your life tomorrow are the buts you use today. Les Brown
  • The big challenge is to become all that you have the possibility of becoming. You cannot believe what it does to the human spirit to maximize your human potential and stretch yourself to the limit. Jim Rohn

Stretch the limits of possibility

  • The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible. Arthur C. Clarke
  • In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd. Miguel de Cervantes
  • The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible. Arthur C. Clarke
  • Alleged “impossibilities” are opportunities for our capacities to be stretched. Charles R. Swindoll
  • The difficult we do immediately; the impossible takes a little longer. An Air Force motto
  • Man would not have attained the possible unless time and again he had reached out of the impossible. Max Weber
  • It’s kind of fun to do the impossible! Walt Disney

Realise all things are possible


Most of the greatest achievements in life were first declared impossible …

  • Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done. Louis D. Brandeis
  • Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done. One could write a history of science in reverse by assembling the solemn pronouncements of highest authority about what could not be done and could never happen. Robert Heinlein
  • If the 20th century taught us anything, it is to be cautious about the work impossible. Charles Platt
  • Indeed, what is there that does not appear marvelous when it comes to our knowledge for the first time? How many things, too, are looked up on as quite impossible until they have been actually effected? Pliny the Elder
  • When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong. Arthur C. Clarke

… often achieved by those who didn’t know it was impossible

  • Some of the world’s greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible. Doug Larson
  • So many things are possible as long as you don’t know they are impossible. Mildred D. Taylor
  • The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible–and achieve it. Pearl S. Buck
  • The impossible is often the untried. Jim Goodwin
  • One good thing about being young is that you are not experienced enough to know you cannot possibly do the things you are doing. Gene Brown

All things are possible…

  • Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.
  • It is necessary; therefore, it is possible. A. Borghese
  • Impossible situations can become possible miracles. Robert H. Schuller
  • Nothing that is beautiful is easy, but everything is possible. Mercedes de Acosta
  • The Wright brother flew right through the smoke screen of impossibility. Charles F. Kettering
  • Do not think it impossible just because it has never happened. Stephen R. Lawhead
  • All things are possible until they are proved impossible–even the impossible may only be so, as of now. Pearl S. Buck
  • A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility. Aristotle

… with the right amount of will and passion

  • Nothing is impossible; there are ways that lead to everything, and if we had sufficient will we should always have sufficient means. It is often merely for an excuse that we say things are impossible. Francois De La Rochefoucauld
  • Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish. Jean de la Fontaine
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You can never exhaust all possibilities

  • When you’ve exhausted all possibilities remember this – you haven’t. Thomas Alva Edison

There is always more than one possibility open to you

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

Final thoughts

  • In the measurement world, we set a goal and strive to achieve it. In the universe of possibility, we set the context and let life unfold. B. Zander
  • All of our existing ideas have creative possibilities. Ken Robinson
  • We are an impossibility in an impossible universe. Ray Bradbury
  • Until you’re ready to look foolish, you’ll never have the possibility of being great. Cher
  • When the impossibility has been eliminated, whatever remains, no matter how improbable… is possible. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn’t. Mark Twain
  • Begin to free yourself at once by doing all that is possible with the means you have, and as you proceed in this spirit the way will open for you to do more. Robert Collier
  • Believing in fate produces fate. Believing in freedom will create infinite possibilities. Ayn Rand
  • Hope and possibility best describe the art of teaching. Camille Banks Lee
  • The light of day showed you the limits of possibility. But walk through the dark, the absolute, total darkness, and the possibilities were limitless. Michael Grant
  • When everything is lost, anything is possible. Robert Inman
  • May your walls know joy, may every room hold laughter, and every window open to great possibility. Mary Anne Radmacher
  • God is all there is – God includes everything, all possibility and all action, for Spirit is the invisible essence and substance of all form. Ernest Holmes

On a lighter note

  • I’ve explored and rejected every other possibility. Life after all must be for having fun. Ashleigh Brilliant
  • If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands. Douglas Adams
  • Let’s face facts shall we? There is a very real possibility that this could also be the last day of the rest of your life.   Dave Henry
  • In the face of such overwhelming statistical possibilities, hypochondria has always seemed to me to be the only rational position to take on life. John Diamond
  • It isn’t necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice. There are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia. Frank Zappa
  • Men and nations will act rationally towards each other only after all other possibilities have been exhausted. Katz’s Law
  • Reality is one of the possibilities I cannot afford to ignore. Leonard Cohen