Quotes with possibly
The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair.
Mostly Harmless (1992)
At the center of an uncertain and possibly illusionary universe there would always be tea.
And Another Thing... (2009)
I don't think necessity is the mother of invention - invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble.
I firmly believe that the army of persons who urge greater and greater centralization of authority and greater and greater dependence upon the federal treasury are really more dangerous to our form of government than any external threat that can possibly be arrayed against us.
In a letter to Rep. Gwinn declaring opposition to a bill on federal aid for education (June 13, 1949)
Sometimes I think that we as priests and bishops have done everything we possibly could to drive away the laity during the last 20 years.
Catholic Contributions: Sociology and Policy (1987)
To study history means submitting to chaos and nevertheless retaining faith in order and meaning. It is a very serious task, young man, and possibly a tragic one.
The Glass Bead Game
A mind cannot possibly consider anything beyond what it can measure or calculate; without a body it can only consider itself. Without the interruptions of hellos from the eye, ear, tongue, nose, and finger, the evolving mind huddles in the corner picking its navel.
Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems and the Economic World (1995)
I have enthusiasm when I can't possibly justify it.
Interview in Sports Illustrated, March 30, 1981.
It seems that nature has concealed at the bottom of our minds, talents and abilities of which we are not aware. The passions alone have the privilege of bringing them to light, and of giving us sometimes views more certain and more perfect than art could possibly produce.
Don't hit at all if you can help it; don't hit a man if you can possibly avoid it; but if you do hit him, put him to sleep.
New York City, February 17, 1899
Nobody quite knew what was happening. Was there a melt-down? Was there not? What could possibly happen? So for a good while, we were in a state of suspended animation.
Interview aired in the documentary "Meltdown at the Three Mile Island" for The American Experience, PBS.
If I could have entertained the slightest apprehension that the Constitution framed in the Convention, where I had the honor to preside, might possibly endanger the religious rights of any ecclesiastical society, certainly I would never have placed my signature to it; and if I could now conceive that the general government might ever be so administered as to render the liberty of conscience insecure, I beg you will be persuaded that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny, and every species of religious persecution.
Letter to the United Baptist Churches in Virginia, May 10, 1789