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IMPOSSIBILITY
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[ Also see Absurdity Difficulties Facts Failure Opportunity Perfection Possibility Probability Success Trials ]

You cannot make a crab walk straight.
      - Aristophanes, Pax (1083)

Plausible impossibilities should be preferred to unconvincing possibilities.
      - Aristotle

To get a traveling salesman drunk is the height of impossibility.
      - Honore de Balzac

We are an impossibility in an impossible universe.
      - Ray Bradbury

Who loves
  Believes the impossible.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

It is not a lucky word, this same impossible; no good comes of those that have it so often in their mouth.
      - Thomas Carlyle, French Revolution
         (pt. III, bk. III, ch. X)

And what's impossible, can't be,
  And never, never comes to pass.
      - George Colman ("The Younger"),
        Broad Grins--The Maid of the Moor

One great difference between a wise man and a fool is: the former only wishes for what he may possibly obtain; the latter desires impossibilities.
      - Democritus

It's kind of fun to do the impossible.
      - Walt Disney

Start by doing the necessary, then the possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
      - Saint Francis of Assisi

Hope not for impossibilities.
      - Thomas Fuller (1),
        Holy and Profane States--Of Expecting Preferment
         (maxim I)

Impossible desires are the height of unreason.
      - Thomas Chandler Haliburton (used pseudonym Sam Slick)

Few things are impossible to diligence and skill.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Rasselas (ch. XII)

Nothing is impossible; there are ways which lead to everything; and if we had sufficient will we should always have sufficient means.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

We have more strength than will; and it is often merely for an excuse we say things are impossible.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Do not think that what is hard for thee to master is impossible for man; but if a thing is possible and proper to man, deem it attainable by thee.
      - Marcus Aurelius (Marcus Aurelius Antoninus)

Never let me hear that foolish word again.
      - Marquis de Mirabeau, Victor de Riquetti

Impossible is a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)

To blow and to swallow at the same time is not easy; I cannot at the same time be here and also there.
  [Lat., Simul flare sorbereque haud facile
    Est: ego hic esse et illic simul, haud potui.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus),
        Mostellaria (act III, 2, 105)

You cannot make a silk purse of a sow's ear.
      - Proverb

To the timid and hesitating everything is impossible because it seems so.
      - Sir Walter Scott

Walk! Not bloody likely.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion

Certainly nothing is unnatural that is not physically impossible.
      - Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The Critic
         (act II, sc. 1)

The fact is certain because it is impossible.
  [Lat., Certum est quia impossibile est.]
      - Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullian,
        De Carne Christi (ch. V, pt. II),
        called "Tertullian's rule of faith"

My Lord Anson, at the Admiralty, sends word to Chatham, then confined to his chamber by one of his most violent attacks of the gout, that it is impossible for him to fit out a naval expedition within the period to which he is limited. "Impossible!" cried Chatham, glaring at the messenger; "who talks to me of impossibilities?" Then starting to his feet, and forcing out great drops of agony on his brow with the excruciating torment of the effort, he exclaimed, "Tell Lord Anson that he serves under a minister who treads on impossibilities!"
      - Edwin Percy Whipple


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