A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from February 14, 2015
“Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible”

"Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible” (also “The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible") is an inspirational saying of uncertain authorship. In 1984, the saying was credited to John R. Chiles, a longtime Southern Baptist minister in Florida who organized two Baptist churches in Apopka and north Orlando.

The saying has been credited to American author Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) in 2005, to English cleric and writer Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832) in 2006, to American author Helen Keller (1880-1968) in 2014, and to British politician Winston Churchill (1874-1965) in 2015.


29 January 1908, Augusta (GA) Chronicle, “State Treasurer Well Defended,” pg. 2, col. 5:
“Only the man who can see the invisible; who can touch the intangible; who can hear the inaudible and think the unthinkable is capable of doing the impossible.”

Google Books
Ministers Manual (Doran’s)
By James William Cox
San Francisco, CA: Harper & Row
1985, ©1984
Pg. 65:
Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible. — John R. Chiles

Google Books
14,000 Quips & Quotes:
For Speakers, Writers, Editors, Preachers, and Teachers

By E. C. McKenzie
Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House
1990, ©1980
Pg. 242:
Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.

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Defining Moment:
Motivating People to Take Action

By Brent Filson
Williamstown, MA: Williamstown Pub. Co.
1993
Pg. 17:
Dreams as well as facts motivate people to take action. I’m not talking about sleeping dreams, but waking dreams ("Hope," said Aristotle, “is a waking dream."), those dreams in which we see the invisible, feel the intangible, and do what may seem impossible.

Google Books
The Advancement President and the Academy:
Profiles in Institutional Leadership

BY Mary Kay Murphy (Council for Advancement and Support of Education)
Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press
1997
Pg. 102:
“Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible” (McKee, 1992).

10 June 2004, Gettysburg (PA) Times, pg. 1, col. 2 photo caption:
“The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”
-- Valedictorian Caitlin White, quoting the Biglerville Class of 2004 motto

Google News Archive
3 November 2004, Ogden (IA) Reporter, pg. 3, col. 7:
“HOPE sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”
-- Anonymous

Google Books
Make Your Own Miracle:
Surviving Cancer

By Paul Huff; Julie Valeant Yenichek and Kim Huff
Southern Mountains Press
2005
Pg. 32:
“The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible” —Elbert Hubbard

Google Books
Finding Hope:
Cultivating God’s Gift of a Hopeful Spirit

By Marcia Ford
Woodstock, VT: SkyLight Paths Pub.
2006
Pg. 23:
Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible. — Charles Caleb Colton

Google Books
Hope Heals
By Jodi Netting
Bloomington, IN: Inspiring Voices
2014
Pg. 199:
Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible andachieves the impossible.
Helen Keller

Google Books
Naturalopy:
The Complete Reference

By Trung Nguyen
EnCognitive.com
2015
Pg. 408:
The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.
Winston Churchill

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Saturday, February 14, 2015 • Permalink