Quotes for
the Journey:

Potential



  
When nothing is sure,
everything is possible.

Margaret Drabble

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams.  Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential.  Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.       -Pope John Paul XXIII

   

If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you.  If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.       -Jesus of Nazareth

   
The potential of the average person is like a huge ocean unsailed, a new continent unexplored, a world of possibilities waiting to be released and channeled toward some great good.       -Brian Tracy
   

It is very dangerous to go into eternity with possibilities which one has oneself prevented from becoming realities.  A possibility is a hint from God.  One must follow it.       -Soren Kierkegaard

   
If seeds in the black earth can turn into such beautiful roses, what might not the heart of a human become in its long journey toward the stars?       -G.K. Chesterton
    
Most people live, whether physically, intellectually or morally, in a very restricted circle of their potential being.  They make very small use of their possible consciousness, and of their soul's resources in general, much like a person who, out of his or her whole bodily organism, should get into a habit of using and moving only his or her little finger.       -William James

  
There's no telling what's inside each person that we meet, no telling the potential that each person has for growth and for doing exceptional things.  Just like the apple seed, though, our potential is realized by creating just the right conditions for our growth and development.  Just as the apple cannot thrive in dry, barren climes, so is it difficult for us to thrive in situations that are not fitting.       -Tom Walsh
   
We are, in a certain way, defined as much by our potential as by its expression.  There is a great difference between an acorn and a little bit of wood carved into an acorn shape, a difference not always readily apparent to the naked eye.  The difference is there even if the acorn never have the opportunity to plant itself and become an oak.  Remembering its potential changes the way in which we think of the acorn and react to it.  How we value it.  If an acorn were conscious, knowing its potential would change the way that it might think and feel about itself.        -Rachel Naomi Remen
   
Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news.  The good news is that you don't know how great you can be!  How much you can love!  What you can accomplish!  And what your potential is!       -Anne Frank
    
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.       -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  
You can count the seeds in the apple, but not the apples in the seed.      -Ken Kersey
   
There are admirable potentialities in every human being.  Believe in your strength and your truth.  Learn to repeat endlessly to yourself.  "It  all depends on me."       -Andre Gide
    
To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming is the only end of life.      -Robert Louis Stevenson
   
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. . . what wine is so sparkling, so fragrant, so intoxicating, as possibility!        -Søren Kierkegaard
   
No matter what the level of your ability, you have more potential than you can ever develop in a lifetime.        -James T. Mccay
     
The greatest crime in the world is not developing your potential.  When you do what you do best, you are helping not only yourself, but the world.       -Roger Williams
   
Continuous effort--not strength or intelligence--is the key to unlocking our potential.       -Winston Churchill
    
Nothing is too great or too good to be true.  Do not believe that we can imagine things better than they are.  In the long run, in the ultimate outlook, in the eye of the Creator, the possibilities of existence, the possibilities open to us, are beyond our imagination.       -Joseph Wood Krutch
   
Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit.  We are all the same
in this notion:  The potential for greatness lives within each of us.       -Wilma Rudolph

    

We fear our highest possibilities.  We are generally afraid to become that which we can glimpse in our most perfect moments, under the most perfect conditions, under conditions of great courage.       - Abraham Maslow

   

With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.        -The Dalai Lama

  

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The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems.     -Mohandas Gandhi
  
We have to get children to understand that not only do they have this incredible uniqueness, but they also have something that sometimes we forget about.  They are also potentiality.  They are much more undiscovered than they are discovered.  And there's the wonder of it.  It doesn't matter where they are, they're only just beginning and the big magical trip of life is digging it all out and discovering the wonderful you.     -Leo Buscaglia
  
Ehrlich smiled.  “Precisely.  Most people sit around, doing the same things over and over, waiting for some sort of catalyst to come along and turn them into fulfillment of their potential.  They don’t understand that the catalyst rarely just comes to them—they must go out in search of it, and they must actively try to find it.
   “And many people, as soon as they find that catalyst, they try very hard to put out the flame, because they’re afraid of what’s going to happen when the flame engulfs them completely.  They have the opportunity to reach fulfillment of their potential, yet they shy away from allowing that potential to break free.  They want complete control over the fulfillment of their potential, not realizing that it’s only in the letting go of the control that they can ever find the fulfillment.
   “Still others, sadly, spend their entire lives running from the flame, never letting it touch them, for their fear is so strong that they cannot live fully.  They spend their lives in darkness, fearing the illumination of the flame that would allow them to see through the darkness that they choose for themselves."     -tom walsh,
A Lesson on Potential
  
Our being is subject to all the chances of life.  There are so many things we are capable of, that we could be or do.  The potentialities are so great that we never, any of us, are more than one-fourth fulfilled.     -Katherine Anne Porter
  

  
Most of us can learn to live in perfect comfort on higher levels of power.  Everyone knows that on any given day there are energies slumbering in him or her which the incitements of that day do not call forth.  Compared with what we ought to be, we are only half-awake.  It is evident that our organism has stored-up reserves of energy that are ordinarily not called upon, deeper and deeper strata of explosible material, ready for use by anyone who probes so deep.  The human individual usually lives far within his or her limits.     -William James
  
The future is simply infinite possibility waiting to happen.  What it waits on is human imagination to crystallize its possibility.     -Leland Kaiser
  

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