Quotations on Possibility

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The mere thought hadn't even begun to speculate about the merest possibility of crossing my mind.
- Douglas Adams
(Keywords: Thought, Possibility, Mind)

And the buying of new machinery meant not only the possibility of production, but even the new technology, 'cos as I mentioned before, we were back of seven, eight years.
- Gianni Agnelli
(Keywords: Technology, Possibility, Buying, Production, Years)

People working in the private sector should try to save money. There remains the possibility that it may someday be valuable again.
- Norman Ralph Augustine
(Keywords: Money, People, Possibility, May)

The president said nothing about the views of government in regard to the possibility of Carolinas seceding. This however was frequently spoken of by other statesmen at the North. I think they were unanimous in this, that no army would be sent here.
- John Bachman
(Keywords: Government, Possibility, Army, Nothing, President)

The question of sexual dominance can exist only in the nightmare of that soul which has armed itself, totally, against the possibility of the changing motion of conquest and surrender, which is love.
- James A. Baldwin
(Keywords: Love, Soul, Possibility, Conquest, Question, Surrender)

Prior to an individual's encounter with the love of God at a particular time in history, however, there has to be another, more fundamental and archetypal encounter, which belongs to the conditions of possibility of the appearance of divine love to man.
- Hans Urs von Balthasar
(Keywords: Love, Time, History, God, Possibility, Appearance, Man)

Religion is the possibility of the removal of every ground of confidence except confidence in God alone.
- Karl Barth
(Keywords: Religion, God, Possibility, Confidence)

I have an almost complete disregard of precedent, and a faith in the possibility of something better. It irritates me to be told how things have always been done. I defy the tyranny of precedent. I go for anything new that might improve the past.
- Clara Barton
(Keywords: Faith, Possibility, Past, Tyranny)

I think it has other roots, has to do, in part, with a general anxiety in contemporary life... nuclear bombs, inequality of possibility and chance, inequality of goods allotted to us, a kind of general racist, unjust attitude that is pervasive.
- Leonard Baskin
(Keywords: Life, Attitude, Possibility, Anxiety, Bombs, Chance, Inequality)

There exists, between people in love, a kind of capital held by each. This is not just a stock of affects or pleasure, but also the possibility of playing double or quits with the share you hold in the other's heart.
- Jean Baudrillard
(Keywords: Love, People, Heart, Possibility, Pleasure)

This experience actually means the very opposite: the largest military power was unable to stop such a sensitive attack and will be unable to rule out such a possibility in the future. Precisely this is the background to the United States' military interventions.
- Ulrich Beck
(Keywords: Experience, Power, Possibility, Future, Military, states, United, Will)

In a market economy, however, the individual has some possibility of escaping from the power of the state.
- Peter L. Berger
(Keywords: Power, Possibility, Economy, State)

All right, every day ain't going to be the best day of your life, don't worry about that. If you stick to it you hold the possibility open that you will have better days.
- Wendell Berry
(Keywords: Life, Possibility, Day, Open, Right, Will, Worry)

I really feel that the talent I have is acting. Freedom and the possibility of play-that is what I like to have.
- Jacqueline Bisset
(Keywords: Talent, Possibility, Acting, Freedom, Play)

Mine is the first generation able to contemplate the possibility that we may live our entire lives without going to war or sending our children to war.
- Tony Blair
(Keywords: War, Possibility, Children, First, May)

Now the idea about taking people abroad is that if they come over to Cyprus, which we have in mind, and bring their families and would have the possibility to defect after they would be ready to speak their mind, well I hope so.
- Hans Blix
(Keywords: People, Idea, Hope, Possibility, Mind, Now)

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
(Keywords: Life, People, Idea, Achievement, Creativity, Hope, Possibility, Fun)

A performance art piece is unprecedented. It is difficult to censor since it has a good possibility of never being done before.
- Jack Bowman
(Keywords: Art, Performance, Possibility, Being)

I thank the Creator of the universe to have discovered the discipline of music was the greatest gift that I could have been given, the possibility to be a student working in the world.
- Anthony Braxton
(Keywords: Music, Discipline, Possibility, Universe, World)

To be misunderstood can be the writer's punishment for having disturbed the reader's peace. The greater the disturbance, the greater the possibility of misunderstanding.
- Anatole Broyard
(Keywords: Peace, Possibility, Punishment, Writer)

Creation implies authority in the sense of originator. The possibility of a 'Fall' is implied in a Covenant insofar as the idea of a Covenant implies the possibility of its being violated.
- Kenneth Burke
(Keywords: Idea, Possibility, Authority, Being, Creation, Sense)

I cannot be much pleased without an appearance of truth; at least of possibility I wish the history to be natural though the sentiments are refined; and the characters to be probable, though their behaviour is excelling.
- Frances Burney
(Keywords: History, Truth, Possibility, Appearance)

Most of us don't have to worry about being shot of we poke our noses outside. So we are comfortable, but the people I'm writing about are definitely not comfortable, and being shot while they're still inside is a good possibility.
- Octavia Butler
(Keywords: People, Possibility, Being, Noses, Worry, Writing)

The German people were not denied, however, the possibility of improving their lot by hard work over the years. Industrial growth and progress were not denied them.
- James F. Byrnes
(Keywords: Work, People, Progress, Growth, Possibility, Hard work, Years)

The first duty of society is to give each of its members the possibility of fulfilling his destiny. When it becomes incapable of performing this duty it must be transformed.
- Alexis Carrel
(Keywords: Society, Possibility, Destiny, Duty, First)

If you don't accept failure as a possibility, you don't set high goals, you don't branch out, you don't try - you don't take the risk.
- Rosalynn Carter
(Keywords: Failure, Goals, Possibility, Risk)

You must accept that you might fail; then, if you do your best and still don't win, at least you can be satisfied that you've tried. If you don't accept failure as a possibility, you don't set high goals, you don't branch out, you don't try - you don't take the risk.
- Rosalynn Carter
(Keywords: Failure, Goals, Possibility, Risk)

God ceases to be God only for those who can admit the possibility of His non-existence, and that conception is in itself the most severe punishment they can suffer.
- Giacomo Casanova
(Keywords: God, Possibility, Punishment)

We would fight not for the political future of a distant city, rather for principles whose destruction would ruin the possibility of peace and security for the peoples of the earth.
- Neville Chamberlain
(Keywords: Peace, Possibility, Destruction, Earth, Fight, Future, Principles, Ruin, Security)

Having loving and supporting parents didn't make me feel any better about the possibility of seeing my personal life splashed across newspapers and tabloids.
- Mary Cheney
(Keywords: Life, Possibility, Newspapers, Parents)

However, when my parents married in 1945, China was in turmoil and the possibility of returning grew increasingly remote, and they decided to begin their family in the United States.
- Steven Chu
(Keywords: Family, Possibility, Parents, states, United)

Most Italians who came to this country are very patriotic. There was this exciting possibility that if you worked real hard, and you loved something, you could become successful.
- Francis Ford Coppola
(Keywords: Successful, Possibility, Country)

The Olympic Movement gives the world an ideal which reckons with the reality of life, and includes a possibility to guide this reality toward the great Olympic Idea.
- Pierre de Coubertin
(Keywords: Life, Idea, Possibility, Reality, World)

Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.
- Salvador Dali
(Keywords: Art, Honesty, Possibility, Cheating)

The problem for Rome, then, is how and when the intervention should be done with a sense of the possibility of going too far in limiting the freedom of theologians. This is not an easy time - neither for Rome nor for the theologians.
- Godfried Danneels
(Keywords: Time, Possibility, Freedom, Rome, Sense)

The enjoyment of life would be instantly gone if you removed the possibility of doing something.
- Chauncey Depew
(Keywords: Life, Possibility, Enjoyment)

The quality of life is so different in France. There is the possibility of living a simple life. I would never contemplate raising my daughter in LA. I would never raise any child there.
- Johnny Depp
(Keywords: Life, Quality, Daughter, Possibility, France, Living)

Abroad, they have covered pretty much all subjects, explored every possibility, every twist. So similarities between ideas you have and those filmed abroad are quite possible.
- Ajay Devgan
(Keywords: Ideas, Possibility, Pretty)

The main thing that gives me hope is the media. We have radio, TV, magazines, and books, so we have the possibility of learning from societies that are remote from us, like Somalia. We turn on the TV and see what blew up in Iraq or we see conditions in Afghanistan.
- Jared Diamond
(Keywords: Hope, Possibility, Afghanistan, Books, Iraq, Learning, Media)

Everything I write comes from my childhood in one way or another. I am forever drawing on the sense of mystery and wonder and possibility that pervaded that time of my life.
- Kate DiCamillo
(Keywords: Life, Time, Possibility, Childhood, Mystery, Sense, Wonder)

The possibility of divorce renders both marriage partners stricter in their observance of the duties they owe to each other. Divorces help to improve morals and to increase the population.
- Denis Diderot
(Keywords: Marriage, Possibility, Divorce, Help, Morals, Population)

Pell Grants are, and have been, critically important tools in making higher education a possibility for lower- and middle-income students.
- Christopher Dodd
(Keywords: Education, Possibility, Students, Tools)

We believe in the dignity of every life, the possibility of every mind, the divinity of every soul. This is our true North.
- Elizabeth Dole
(Keywords: Life, Soul, Possibility, Dignity, Divinity, Mind)

Well, it arose out of two long-term concerns - the first being the possibility of genetic manipulation, nature versus nurture, what constitutes how people get to be how they are.
- Katherine Dunn
(Keywords: Nature, People, Possibility, Being, First, Manipulation)

So this is the space during tutoring hours. It's very busy. Same principles: one-on-one attention, complete devotion to the students' work and a boundless optimism and sort of a possibility of creativity and ideas.
- Dave Eggers
(Keywords: Work, Ideas, Creativity, Optimism, Possibility, Attention, Devotion, Space, Students)

America traditionally represents the greatest possibility of someone's going from nothing to something. Why? In theory, if not practice, the government stays out of the way and lets individuals take risks and reap rewards or accept the consequences of failure. We call this capitalism - or, at least, we used to.
- Larry Elder
(Keywords: Government, Failure, Possibility, America, Capitalism, Consequences, Nothing, Practice, Theory)

The road to success, and by that I mean... the possibility of giving the best one has to the cause that one loves most, is not easy.
- Louis Finkelstein
(Keywords: Success, Possibility, Cause, Giving, Road)

A happy home is one in which each spouse grants the possibility that the other may be right, though neither believes it.
- Don Fraser
(Keywords: Home, Possibility, May, Right)

I became active in politics because I saw the possibility, if we all sat back and did nothing, of a world in which there would no longer be any stages for actors to act on.
- Helen Gahagan
(Keywords: Politics, Possibility, Act, Actors, Nothing, World)

Right now, we have no possibility of politics because we have a one-party state.
- Todd Gitlin
(Keywords: Politics, Possibility, Now, Right, State)



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