An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle if it is lightly greased.


Kehlog Albran (1933-, Author born in Brest-Litovsk)


There is nothing impossible to him who will try.


Alexander The Great (352-323 BC, Alexander III, Macedonian King)


It shows exactly what you can do if you're a total psychotic.


Woody Allen (1935-, American director, screenwriter, actor, comedian)


In dreams and love there are no impossibilities.


Janos Arany


Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


To the timid soul, nothing is possible.


John Bach (American basketball coach)


Argue for your limitations and sure enough they're yours


Richard Bach (1936-, American author)


There are no such things as incurables. There are only things for which man has not found a cure.


Bernard M. Baruch (1870-1965, American financier)


Go far -- too far you cannot, still the farther. The more experience finds you: and go sparing. One meal a week will serve you, and one suit, Through all your travels; for you'll find it certain. The poorer and the baser you appear, The more you look through still.


Francis Beaumont (1584-1616, British dramatist)


The barriers are not erected which can say to aspiring talents and industry, "Thus far and no farther."


Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827, German composer)


No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings.


William Blake (1757-1827, British poet, painter)


Impossible is a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


It is necessary; therefore, it is possible.


G. A. Borghese


The Wright brothers flew through the smoke screen of impossibility.


Dorothea Brande (American success writer)


Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done.


Louis D. Brandeis (1856-1941, American judge)


Our sun is one of 100 billion stars in our galaxy. Our galaxy is one of billions of galaxies populating the universe. It would be the height of presumption to think that we are the only living beings in that enormous immensity.


Wernher Von Braun (1912-1977, German rocket pioneer)


If you put yourself in a position where you have to stretch outside your comfort zone, then you are forced to expand your consciousness.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


The only limits to the possibilities in your life tomorrow are the buts you use today.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


The things you want are always possible; it is just that the way to get them is not always apparent. The only real obstacle in your path to a fulfilling life is you, and that can be a considerable obstacle because you carry the baggage of insecurities and past experience.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


Our aspirations are our possibilities.


Robert Browning (1812-1889, British poet)


The state of the world today demands that women become less modest and dream/plan/act/risk on a larger scale.


Charlotte Bunch


Few men during their lifetime comes anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never used.


Richard E. Byrd (1888-1957, American aviator, explorer, rear-admiral)


Set your sights high, the higher the better. Expect the most wonderful things to happen, not in the future but right now. Realize that nothing is too good. Allow absolutely nothing to hamper you or hold you up in any way.


Eileen Caddy (American spiritual writer)


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


John Cage (1912-1992, American composer)


The failure wishes he could do things he could never do. He thinks little of what he can do.


Mark Caine


What each must seek in his life never was on land or sea. It is something out of his own unique potentiality for experience, something that never has been and never could have been experienced by anyone else.


Joseph Campbell (1904-1987, American scholar, writer, teacher)


In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the impossible.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


It is not a lucky word, this name "impossible"; no good comes of those who have it so often in their mouths.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


We all have possibilities we don't know about. We can do things we don't even dream we can do.


Dale Carnegie (1888-1955, American trainer, author, "How to Win Friends and Influence People")


Thou hast seen nothing yet.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


It is our duty as men and women to proceed as though the limits of our abilities do not exist.


Pierre Teilhard De Chardin (1881-1955, French Christian mystic, author)


Impossibilities are merely things which we have not yet learned.


Charles W. Chesnutt


No one ever yet was the poorer in the long run for having once in a lifetime, let out all the length of all the reins.


Mary Cholmondeley (1859-1925, British author)


The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.


Arthur C. Clarke (1917-, British science fiction writer)


I might have been born in a hovel but I am determined to travel with the wind and the stars.


Jacqueline Cochran


Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.


Bette Davis (1908-1989, American actress, producer)


The awakening has begun!


William Dempsey


If I had some idea of a finish line, don't you think I would have crossed it years ago?


Richard M. DeVos (1926-, American businessman, co-founder of Amway Corp.)


The riches of life, the love and joy and exhilaration of life can be found only with an upward look. This is an exciting world. Its cram-packed with opportunity. Great moments wait around every corner.


Richard M. DeVos (1926-, American businessman, co-founder of Amway Corp.)


I dwell in possibility.


Emily Dickinson (1830-1886, American poet)


We never know how high we are till we are called to rise; and then, if we are true to plan, our stature's touch the skies.


Emily Dickinson (1830-1886, American poet)


It's kind of fun to do the impossible.


Walt Disney (1901-1966, American artist, film producer)


Somehow I can't believe that there are any heights that can't be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C s. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.


Walt Disney (1901-1966, American artist, film producer)


When the impossibility has been eliminated, whatever remains, no matter how improbable... is possible.


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930, British author, "Sherlock Holmes")


Anything that has been accomplished by any other human being in the physical realm is within the field of possibility.


Wayne Dyer (1940-, American  psychotherapist, author, lecturer)

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If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves.


Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931, American inventor, founder of GE)


The journey is difficult, immense. We will travel as far as we can, but we cannot in one lifetime see all that we would like to see or to learn all that we hunger to know.


Loren Eiseley (1907-1977, British writer)


Every man believes that he has greater possibilities.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Oh man! There is no planet sun or star could hold you, if you but knew what you are.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


The power which resides in man is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


We have more than we use.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can't be done.


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


I cannot discover that anyone knows enough to say definitely what is and what is not possible.


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


There is no such thing as no chance.


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


Your range of available choices -- right now -- is limitless.


Frederick (Carl) Frieseke (1874-1939, American-born French painter)


It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.


Robert H. Goddard (1882-1945, Physicist, rocketry pioneer)


The impossible is often the untried.


Jim Goodwin


When anyone tells me I can't do anything. I'm just not listening any more.


Florence Griffith-Joyner (1959-, American track athlete)


We don't know who we are until we see what we can do


Martha Grimes


All parents believe their children can do the impossible. They thought it the minute we were born, and no matter how hard we've tried to prove them wrong, they all think it about us now. And the really annoying thing is, they're probably right.


Cathy Guisewite


Never measure the height of a mountain, until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.


Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961, Swedish statesman, Secretary-General of the UN)


There is nothing you can't do, if you set your mind to it. Anything is possible.


Rick Hansen (1957-, Canadian lecturer, author, founder of Man In Motion World Tour)


A dream is not something that you wake up from, but something that wakes you up.


Charlie Hedges


Nothing is impossible to a willing heart.


John Heywood (1497-1580, British dramatist, proverb collection)


The possibilities of creative effort connected with the subconscious mind are stupendous and imponderable. They inspire one with awe.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


Of course we all have our limits, but how can you possibly find your boundaries unless you explore as far and as wide as you possibly can? I would rather fail in an attempt at something new and uncharted than safely succeed in a repeat of something I have done.


A.E. Hotchner


No matter how far a person can go, the horizon is still way beyond you.


Zora Neale Hurston (1903-1960, American novelist)


With love and patience, nothing is impossible.


Daisaku Ikeda


Compared to what we ought to be, we are only half awake. We are making use of only a small part of our physical and mental resources. Stating the thing broadly, the human individual thus lives far within his limits. He possesses power of various sorts which he habitually fails to use.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


Whenever two people meet there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


As you begin to understand the immense power and love you hold inside, you will find an unending surge of joy, light and love that will nourish and support you all the days of your life.


Susan Jeffers (American author, speaker)


Your body is an amazing creation, capable of performing great wonders, but you can destroy that miraculous machine's potential with an overdose of stress.


Harry J. Johnson (American medical doctor)


Your body is an amazing creation, capable of performing great wonders, but you can destroy that miraculous machine's potential with an overdose of stress.


Harry J. Johnson (American medical doctor)


So long as we think dugout canoes are the only possibility -- all that is real or can be real -- we will never see the ship, we will never feel the free wind blow.


Sonia Johnson


If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never. And what wine is so sparkling, what so fragrant, what so intoxicating, as possibility!


Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855, Danish philosopher, writer)


You have powers you never dreamed of. You can do things you never thought you could do. there are no limitations in what you can do except the limitations of your own mind.


Darwin P. Kingsley


For years, people have looked at Beamon's record as unattainable. I don't accept that. I believe the Lord has given me a talent. I know the record is inside me and I will attain it.


Carl Lewis (1961-, American track athlete)


Scientists have proven that it's impossible to long-jump 30 feet, but I don't listen to that kind of talk. Thoughts like that have a way of sinking into your feet.


Carl Lewis (1961-, American track athlete)


Nothing is impossible; there are ways that lead to everything, and if we had sufficient will we should always have sufficient means. It is often merely for an excuse that we say things are impossible.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


The actual is limited, the possibilities immense.


Alphonse De Lamartine (1790-1869, French poet, statesman, historian)


Today Americans are overcome not by the sense of endless possibility, but by the banality of the social order they have erected against it.


Christopher Lasch (1932-, American historian)


We ain't gonna go bouncing off the walls for the next ten minutes, because when its over we'll still have the same problems. We've gotta find a way to work this out and stay alive.


Apollo 13 Movie


The ultimate creative capacity of the brain may be, for all practical purposes, infinite.


George Leonard


I am neither an optimist nor pessimist, but a possibilist.


Max Lerner (1902-1992, American author, columnist)


A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.


Vince Lombardi (1913-1970, American football coach)


Our visions begin with our desires.


Audre Lorde


The smallest actual good is better than the most magnificent promises of impossibilities.


Thomas B. Macaulay (1800-1859, American essayist and historian)


The creator is both detached and committed, free and yet ensnared, concerned but not too much so. If motivation is too strong the person is blinded; if the objective situation is too tightly structured, the person sees none of its alternative possibilities.


Robert MacLeod


It is not impossibilities which fill us with the deepest despair, but possibilities which we have failed to realize.


Robert Mallett


A lot of young girls have looked to their career paths and have said they'd like to be chief. There's been a change in the limits people see.


Wilma Pearl Mankiller


All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


Deep within man dwell those slumbering powers; powers that would astonish him, that he never dreamed of possessing; forces that would revolutionize his life if aroused and put into action.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


Our thoughts and imagination are the only real limits to our possibilities.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


She didn't know it couldn't be done, so she went ahead and did it.


Mary’s Almanac


No matter what the level of your ability, you have more potential than you can ever develop in a lifetime.


James T. Mccay


Nothing is impossible to the man who will


Gabriel Riqueti Mirabeau (1749-1791, French revolutionary politician, orator)


We travel to learn; and I have never been in any country where they did not do something better than we do it, think some thoughts better than we think, catch some inspiration from heights above our own.


Maria Mitchell (1943-, Canadian singer, songwriter)


The only lack or limitation is in your own mind.


N. H. Moos


Go as far as you can see, when you get there, you'll be able to see farther.


John Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913, American banker, financier, art collector)


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