Quotes with likely
Most men of business think "Anyhow this system will probably last my time. It has gone on a long time, and is likely to go on still."
Lombard Street: A Description of the Money Market (1873)
If philosophers are really to deal with the problem of human existence -- and no other professional group in society is likely to take over the job for them -- they might very well begin by asking: How does philosophy itself exist at the present time? Or, more concretely: How do philosophers exist in the modern world?
Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy (1958)
Truth of a modest sort I can promise you, and also sincerity. That complete, praise-worthy sincerity which, while it delivers one into the hands of one's enemies, is as likely as not to embroil one with one's friends.
Some Reminiscences (1912)
If you don’t call it art, you’re likely to get a better result.
On March 24, 1995, A Year With Swollen Appendices (1996)
I have known not a few men who, after reaching the summits of business success, found themselves miserable on attaining retirement age. They were so exclusively engrossed in their day-to-day affairs that they had no time for friend-making.... They may flatter themselves that their unrelaxing concentration on business constitutes patriotism of the highest order. They may tell themselves that the existing emergency will pass, and that they can then adopt different, more sociable, more friendly habits. [But] such a day is little likely to come for such individuals.
Once a pork barrel scheme is started, nothing in heaven or on Earth is likely to stop it. Like barnacles on a ship, too many vested interests will glom onto it and fight to protect it.
Persistence is what makes the impossible possible, the possible likely, and the likely definite.
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
Commencement address delivered by Steve Jobs at Stanford University on June 12, 2005
The man who goes into politics because he needs the money isn't likely to do as much harm as the man who goes into it merely because he has money to burn.
Senator's Sorghum's Primer of Politics (1906)
Men are never so likely to settle a question rightly as when they discuss it freely.
Jurors who are opposed to capital punishment are more likely to believe that a defendant's failure to testify is indicative of his guilt, more hostile to the insanity defense, more mistrustful of defense attorneys and less concerned about the danger of erroneous convictions.
I'm realizing what it is to be a normal person... It's most likely that I don't return to active baseball... but honestly I don't know if I'll definitively announce my retirement.
In December 2010.
As a rule, dictatorships guarantee safe streets and terror of the doorbell. In democracy the streets may be unsafe after dark, but the most likely visitor in the early hours will be the milkman.
The best friend is likely to acquire the best wife, because a good marriage is based on the talent for friendship.
The hopes which inspire communism are, in the main, as admirable as those instilled by the Sermon on the Mount, but they are held as fanatically and are as likely to do as much harm.
The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism (1920)
The man who in this world can keep the whiteness of his soul is not likely to lose it in any other.
Dreamthorp: Essays written in the Country (1863).
If the worst-case scenario played itself out—not the potential or likely, but the worst—would that be acceptable?
A question that that clinical scientists should ask themselves. Interview in Scientific American (September 16, 2009)
History can come in handy. If you were born yesterday, with no knowledge of the past, you might easily accept whatever the government tells you. But knowing a bit of history -- while it would not absolutely prove the government was lying in a given instance -- might make you skeptical, lead you to ask questions, make it more likely that you would find out the truth.
You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train