Quotes From the Common Bowl

Word Roots:

Possibility and possible come from the Latin posse to be able. It is closely linked to the Latin potis which carries the idea of the power of possibility, the potency of possibility.


It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.
~Paulo Coelho

So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible.
~Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

We keep looking so hard in life for the “specific message,” and yet we are blinded to the fact that the message we really need is all around us, and within us all the time. We just have to stop demanding that it be on OUR terms or conditions, and instead open ourselves to the possibility that what we need may be in front of us all the time. ~Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander,
from The Art of Possibility

Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small people who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.
~Muhammad Ali

This beginning has been quietly forming
Waiting until you were ready to emerge…
It watched you play with the seduction of safety…
Wondered would you always live like this.
~John O’Donahue

Nothing keeps us from changing more than our tendency – our willingness – to remain locked… into personae and identities barred in by heavy leaden rods of self-righteousness.
~Maria Popova

I am looking for people who have an infinite capacity to not know what can’t be done.
~Henry Ford

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.
~Viktor Frankl

There is no power greater than a community discovering what it cares about.
Ask: “What’s possible?” not “What’s wrong?” Keep asking.
Notice what you care about.
Assume that many others share your dreams…
~Margaret Wheatley

To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places-and there are so many-where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.
~Howard Zinn

(Curated and adapted for KUF from the 2019 Soul Matters materials for the theme ‘POSSIBILITY’ by Rev. Beckett Coppola.)