: a point beyond which it is not possible to go
: a point beyond which someone is now allowed to go
: an amount or number that is the highest or lowest allowed




Limit (n.): c. 1400, “boundary, frontier,” from Old French limitea boundary,” from Latin limitema boundary, border, embankment between fields,” related to limenthreshold.” Originally of territory; general sense from early 15th century. Colloquial sense of “the very extreme, the greatest degree imaginable” is from 1904.



“Every limit is a beginning as well as an ending.”

George Eliot (1819-1880, pseudonym of Mary Ann or Marian Cross, née Evans, English Victorian novelist who developed the method of psychological analysis characteristic of modern fiction; best known for writing “Adam Bede” and “Middlemarch”)

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“There are no limitations to the mind except those that we acknowledge.”

Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, author in the area of the new thought; one of the earliest producers of modern genre of personal-success literature; best known for “Think and Grow Rich,” one of the best-selling books of all time, having sold 20 million copies at the time of his death; he examined the power of personal beliefs, and the role they play in personal success.)

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“But man's capacities have never been measured; nor are we to judge of what he can do by any precedents, so little have been tried.”

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, essayist, poet, journalist, and practical philosopher; Transcendentalist and author of the book, “Walden.”)

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“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945, 32nd U.S. President from 1933-1945, during the depth of the Great Depression, helped the American people regain faith in themselves)

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“Most fear stems from sin; to limit one’s sins, one must assuredly limit one’s fear, thereby bringing more peace to one’s spirit.”

Marvin Gaye (1939-1984, soul singer-songwriter, who produced his own records and often addressed controversial themes)

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“We ought not to limit God where He has not limited Himself.”

Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758, revivalist preacher, philosopher, and Congregationalist Protestant theologian; like most Puritans, he held to the Reformed theology)

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“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum....”

Noam Chomsky (b. Avram Noam Chomsky in 1928, American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, logician, social critic, and political activist)

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“When we come to literature, we find that, though it conforms to the rules of grammar, it is yet a thing of joy; it is freedom itself. The beauty of a poem is bound by strict laws, yet it transcends them. The laws are its wings. They do not keep it weighed down. They carry it to freedom. Its form is in law, but its spirit is in beauty. Law is the first step toward freedom, and beauty is the complete liberation which stands on the pedestal of law. Beauty harmonizes in itself the limit and the beyond – the law and the liberty.”

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941, poet, novelist, playwright, essayist, songwriter, and artist; a native of Calcutta, India, who wrote in Bengali and often translated his own work into English; won The Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913 – the first Asian to receive the honor.)

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“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.”

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

The interesting aspects of our current conscious evolution are our abilities to navigate from our limited self-focus perspective to an unlimited sense of possibility.

To swing on such a spectrum allows us to unearth precious gold nuggets of inner wisdom.  This pendulum can be challenging, though, because we sometimes have to sort through our pain, fears, and doubts in order to realize our divine inheritance and human capabilities.

A dear friend reminded me today that the infinite possibilities are in our precious moments, which have the capacity to springboard us to great adventures.

In these eternal quantum moments, we fall in love with All of Life, and all experiences deepen their meaning.   Then at peace, it becomes clear what we should open our arms to or what limits we should place on our divine access and attention.

Continue to strive to be limitless and free, even in the midst of perceived limitations and doubt.

Faithfully Yours, Tonya


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