Potential Quotes

Most popular potential quotes

Potential has a shelf-life.
There's no heavier burden than a great potential!
We know what we are, but know not what we may be.
People mistake their limitations for high standards.
Man is as full of potentiality as he is of impotence.
Every man believes that he has greater possibilities.
Education is helping the child realize his potentialities.


Whoever spurns what is short has not trodden on a scorpion.
— African proverb

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I judge people by what they might be, - not are, nor will be.

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The biggest human temptation is ... to settle for too little.
Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished.


What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.
Life is like a ten-speed bicycle.  Most of us have gears that we never use.


Never try to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time, and it annoys the pig.
It is the creative potential itself in human beings that is the image of God.
We are all such a waste of our potential, like three-way lamps using one-way bulbs.
As far as men go, it is not what they are that interests me, but what they can become.
When we grow old, there can only be one regret - not to have given enough of ourselves.
To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.


The seeds of godlike power are in us still:
Gods we are, bards, saints, heroes, if we will!
For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is.
The greatest value in the world is the difference between what we are and what we could become.


All of us do not have equal talent. But all of us have an equal opportunity to develop our talents.
A sobering thought, Eileen: What if, right at this very moment, I am living up to my full potential?
Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change.
Leadership is communicating people's worth and potential so clearly that they come to see it in themselves.
True happiness for human beings is possible only to those who develop their godlike potentialities to the utmost.


Most novices picture themselves as masters - and are content with the picture. This is why there are so few masters.
There is no meaning to life except the meaning man gives his life by the unfolding of his powers, by living productively.
I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.
Loving a child doesn't mean giving in to all his whims; to love him is to bring out the best in him, to teach him to love what is difficult.

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Men are often capable of greater things than they perform. They are sent into the world with bills of credit, and seldom draw to their full extent.
The educator must believe in the potential power of his pupil, and he must employ all his art in seeking to bring his pupil to experience this power.

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


I am not a perfect servant. I am a public servant doing my best against the odds. As I develop and serve, be patient. God is not finished with me yet.
Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is.  The most important product of his effort is his own personality.
The struggle is to synchronize the potential being with the actual being, to make a fruitful liaison between the man of yesterday and the man of tomorrow.


Don't limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, you can achieve.

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In proportion to the development of his individuality, each person becomes more valuable to himself, and is therefore capable of being more valuable to others.
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.
The word "educate" is closely related to the word "educe."  In the oldest pedagogic sense of the term, this meant a drawing out of a person something potential or latent.


Whatever the cost in personal relationships, we discover that our highest responsibility, finally, unavoidably is the stewardship of our potential—being all that we can be.


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.
If you deliberately plan to be less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you'll be deeply unhappy for the rest of your life.  You will be evading your own capacities, your own possibilities.


Perhaps the most devastating and damaging thing that can happen to someone is to fail to fulfill his potential. A kind of gnawing emptiness, longing, frustration, and displaced anger overwhelms people when this occurs.
The essence of our effort to see that every child has a chance must be to assure each an equal opportunity not to become equal, but to become different to realize whatever unique potential of body, mind and spirit he or she possesses.


If any organism fails to fulfill its potentialities, it becomes sick, just as your legs would wither if you never walked.  But the power of your legs is not all you would lose.  The flowing of your blood, your heart action, your whole organism would be the weaker.
I consider an human soul without education like marble in the quarry, which shows none of its inherent beauties till the skill of the polisher fetches out the colours, makes the surface shine, and discovers every ornamental cloud, spot and vein that runs through the body of it.


Nine tenths of modern science is in this respect the same: it is the produce of men whom their contemporaries thought dreamers - who were laughed at for caring for what did not concern them - who, as the proverb went, 'walked into a well from looking at the stars' - who were believed to be useless, if anyone could be such.


I have no doubt whatever that most people live, whether physically, intellectually or morally, in a very restricted circle of their potential being.  They make use of a very small portion of their possible consciousness, and of their soul's resources in general, much like a man who, out of his whole bodily organism, should get into a habit of using and moving only his little finger.