Money is a guarantee that we may have what we want in the future. Though we need nothing at the moment it insures the possibility of satisfying a new desire when it arises.
Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.
Everything that is possible to be believed is an image of the truth.
All perception is of the past. The present is always suspended in possibility & never ends.
When you live your life with an appreciation of coincidences and their meanings, you connect with the underlying field of infinite possibilities.
From a drop of water a logician could infer the possibility of an Atlantic or a Niagara without having seen or heard of one or the other.
"A Study in Scarlet," pt. 1, ch. 2, 1887.
True, we build no bridges. We raise no towers. We construct no engines. We paint no pictures - unless as amateurs for our own principal amusement. There is little of all that we do which the eye of man can see. But we smooth out difficulties; we relieve stress; we correct mistakes; we take up other men's burdens and by our efforts we make possible the peaceful life of men in a peaceful state.
Address, special meeting to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, March 16, 1946
The ideal view for daily writing, hour on hour, is the blank brick wall of a cold-storage warehouse. Failing this, a stretch of sky will do, cloudless if possible.
A kind of magic
There is a psychological technique which makes it possible to interpret dreams, and ... if that procedure is employed, every dream reveals itself as a psychical structure which has a meaning and which can be inserted at an assignable point in the mental activities of waking life.
The Interpretation of Dreams
Persistence is what makes the impossible possible, the possible likely, and the likely definite.
When I gave a lecture in Japan, I was asked not to mention the possible re-collapse of the universe, because it might affect the stock market. However, I can re-assure anyone who is nervous about their investments that it is a bit early to sell: even if the universe does come to an end, it won't be for at least twenty billion years.
The Beginning of Time (lecture)
One of the eternal conflicts out of which life is made up is that between the effort of every man to get the most he can for his services, and that of society, disguised under the name of capital, to get his services for the least possible return.
Dissenting opinion in Vegelahn v. Guntner (1896)
Now where there are no parts, there neither extension, nor shape, nor divisibility is possible.
Babies are necessary to grownups. A new baby is like the beginning of all things--wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.
I can honestly say that I was never affected by the question of the success of an undertaking. If I felt it was the right thing to do, I was for it regardless of the possible outcome.
Thought control, like birth control, is best undertaken as long as possible before the fact.
Something which we think is impossible now is not impossible in another decade.
Ability has nothing to do with opportunity.
The Christian notion of the possibility of redemption is incomprehensible to the computer.
In spite of all these disquieting triumphs in the field of natural science, it's astonishing how little man has learned about himself, and how much there is to learn. How little we know about this brain which made social evolution possible, and of the mind. How little we know of the nature and spirit of man and God. We stand now before this inner frontier of ignorance. If we could pass it, we might well discover the meaning of life and understand man's destiny.
Five minutes, just before going to sleep, given to a bit of directed imagination regarding achievement possibilities of the morrow, will steadily and increasingly bear fruit, particularly if all ideas of difficulty, worry or fear are resolutely ruled out and replaced by those of accomplishment and smiling courage.
Our Unconscious Mind and how to Use it (1922)
It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.
When a woman tells the truth she is creating the possibility for more truth around her.
As the essence of courage is to stake one’s life on a possibility, so the essence of faith is to believe that the possibility exists.
Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.
One only gets to the top rung on the ladder by steadily climbing up one at a time, and suddenly all sorts of powers, all sort of abilities which you thought never belonged to you-suddenly become within your own possibility and you think, Well, I’ll have a go, too.
It would not be possible for Noah to do in our day what he was permitted to do in his own...The inspector would come and examine the Ark, and make all sorts of objections.
"About All Kinds of Ships," 1892
We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat; they do not exist.
It would appear that we have reached the limits of what it is possible to achieve with computer technology, although one should be careful with such statements, as they tend to sound pretty silly in 5 years.
Human imagination thrives in the United States; we entice everyone to our shores by its magical lure.
Imagine: What America Could Be in the 21st Century (2000)
I'd like to thank all the little people who helped make this possible, but I can't, because I did it all myself.
Herman Monster, The Addams Family