What is possible?  What could happen?  What are some alternatives to current reality, or to our current limited imagined futures?  Here are some quotes about possibility to ponder.

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One’s only rival is one’s own potentialities. One’s only failure is failing to live up to one’s own possibilities.

— Abraham Maslow

When a woman tells the truth she is creating the possibility for more truth around her.

— Adrienne Rich

Those who can imagine anything, can create the impossible.

— Alan Turing

Anger is not a sustainable emotion in and of itself. It has to be transformed into a deep love for the possibility of who we can be.

— Alicia Garza

Most of the things about which we make decisions, and into which therefore we inquire, present us with alternative possibilities.

— Aristotle

Nothing is impossible; the word itself says “I’m possible!”

— Audrey Hepburn

When I open my eyes in the morning, I am not confronted by the world, but by a million possible worlds.

— Colin Wilson

This accidental
meeting of possibilities
calls itself I.

I ask: what am I doing here?
And, at once, this I
becomes unreal.

— Dag Hammarskjöld

You rarely achieve finality. If you did, life would be over, but as you strive new visions open before you, new possibilities for the satisfaction of living.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

Always continue the climb. It is possible for you to do whatever you choose, if you first get to know who you are and are willing to work with a power that is greater than ourselves to do it.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I dwell in possibility…

— Emily Dickinson

[T]he test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise. This philosophy fitted on to my early adult life, when I saw the improbable, the implausible, often the “impossible” come true.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald

Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.

— Foster C. Mcclellan

I’m neither an optimist nor a pessimist. I am a dyed-in-the-wool possibilist! By this, I mean with an eco-mind, we see that everything’s connected and change is the only constant.

— Frances Moore Lappé

A thought, even a possibility, can shatter and transform us.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’

— George Bernard Shaw

I have met brave women who are exploring the outer edge of human possibility, with no history to guide them, and with a courage to make themselves vulnerable that I find moving beyond words.

— Gloria Steinem

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

— Gloria Steinem

To understand what a person is, it is necessary always to refer to what he may be in the future, for every state of the person is pointed in the direction of future possibilities.

— Gordon W. Allport, Basic Considerations for a Psychology of Personality

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

There are incalculable resources in the human spirit, once it has been set free.

— Hubert H. Humphrey

Right time, right place, right people equals success.
Wrong time, wrong place, wrong people equals most of the real human history.

— Idries Shah, Reflections

If nature has taught us anything it is that the impossible is probable.

— Ilyas Kassam

Poetry is man’s rebellion against being what he is.

— James Branch Cabell

What after all, has maintained the human race on this old globe despite all the calamities of nature and all the tragic failings of mankind, if not faith in new possibilities, and courage to advocate them?

— Jane Addams

The bounds of human possibility are not as confining as we think they are; they are made to seem to be tight by our weaknesses, our vices, our prejudices that confine them.

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract

If someone says can’t, that shows you what to do.

— John Cage

Politics has always been the art of the possible. Today it’s too often the art of the probable — tinkering around the edges without any greater vision, without a sense of optimism and imagination.

— John Kerry

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

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

The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious.

— John Sculley

Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.

— Jonathan Swift

Possibility is not a luxury; it is as crucial as bread.

— Judith Butler, Undoing Gender

Indiscretions can lead to great lessons.

— Julieanne O’Connor

What is a saint? A saint is someone who has achieved a remote human possibility. It is impossible to say what that possibility is. I think it has something to do with the energy of love.

— Leonard Cohen

Everything is possible, but where can I find everything?!

— Ljupka Cvetanova, The New Land

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.

— Mohandas K. Gandhi

Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it…

— Muhammad Ali

It’s possible to go on, no matter how impossible it seems.

— Nicholas Sparks

Choosing a path meant having to miss out on others. She had a whole life to live, and she was always thinking that, in the future, she might regret the choices she made now. “I’m afraid of committing myself,” she thought to herself. She wanted to follow all possible paths and so ended up following none.

— Paulo Coelho

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

— Pearl S. Buck

To be hopeful means to be uncertain about the future, to be tender toward possibilities, to be dedicated to change all the way down to the bottom of your heart.

— Rebecca Solnit

Hope just means another world might be possible, not promise, not guaranteed. Hope calls for action; action is impossible without hope.

— Rebecca Solnit

So my antagonist said, “Is it impossible that there are flying saucers? Can you prove that it’s impossible?” “No”, I said, “I can’t prove it’s impossible. It’s just very unlikely”. At that he said, “You are very unscientific. If you can’t prove it impossible then how can you say that it’s unlikely?” But that is the way that is scientific. It is scientific only to say what is more likely and what less likely, and not to be proving all the time the possible and impossible.

— Richard P. Feynman

Fantasy is the impossible made probable. Science Fiction is the improbable made possible.

— Rod Serling

Fantasy is the impossible made probable. Science Fiction is the improbable made possible.

— Rod Serling

Turn your obstacles into opportunities and your problems into possibilities.

— Roy T. Bennett

Curiosity creates possibilities and opportunities.

— Roy T. Bennett

There is always a third possibility, as long as you have the ability to find it.

— Selma Lagerlöf

Imagination belongs to hope. It’s the creative dance of possibility.

— Sharon Weil
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