Best Quotes About Impossible

Failure is impossible. -Susan B. Anthony

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

If an elderly but distinguished scientist says that something is possible, he is almost certainly right; but if he says that it is impossible, he is very probably wrong. -Arthur C. Clarke

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. -John F. Kennedy

It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. -Arthur Conan Doyle

It is impossible to imagine the universe run by a wise, just and omnipotent God, but it is quite easy to imagine it run by a board of gods. -H. L. Mencken

It is impossible to overlook the extent to which civilization is built upon a renunciation of instinct. -Sigmund Freud

Some of the world's greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible. -Doug Larson

It is almost impossible to remember how tragic a place the world is when one is playing golf. -Robert Wilson Lynd

Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible. -Saint Augustine

Accomplishing the impossible means only that the boss will add it to your regular duties. -Doug Larson

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. -Victor Hugo

Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible. I think it's in my basement… let me go upstairs and check. -M. C. Escher

It is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood. -Karl Popper

Teachers are expected to reach unattainable goals with inadequate tools. The miracle is that at times they accomplish this impossible task. -Haim Ginott

Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. -Lewis Carroll

It is impossible to love and to be wise. -Francis Bacon

Living in dreams of yesterday, we find ourselves still dreaming of impossible future conquests. -Charles Lindbergh

It is difficult to live in the present, ridiculous to live in the future and impossible to live in the past. Nothing is as far away as one minute ago. -Jim Bishop

It is impossible to read for pleasure from something to which you are both father and mother, born in such travail that the writer despises the thing that enslaved him. -Jim Bishop

It is as impossible for man to demonstrate the existence of God as it would be for even Sherlock Holmes to demonstrate the existence of Arthur Conan Doyle. -Frederick Buechner

The first 20 stories written about a public figure set the tone for the next 2,000 and it is almost impossible to reverse it. -Charles Colson

I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as king as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love. -Edward VIII

We lost the American colonies because we lacked the statesmanship to know the right time and the manner of yielding what is impossible to keep. -Queen Elizabeth II

You and I are stuck with the necessity of taking the worst of two evils or none at all. So-I'm taking the immature Democrat as the best of the two. Nixon is impossible. -Harry S Truman

It is impossible to repent of love. The sin of love does not exist. -Muriel Spark

It is impossible to persuade a man who does not disagree, but smiles. -Muriel Spark

To the stern student of affairs, Beirut is a phenomenon, beguiling perhaps, but quite, quite impossible. -Jan Morris

Total absence of humor renders life impossible. -Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

To believe in God is impossible not to believe in Him is absurd. -Voltaire

Never tell a young person that anything cannot be done. God may have been waiting centuries for someone ignorant enough of the impossible to do that very thing. -G. M. Trevelyan

Accidents, try to change them – it's impossible. The accidental reveals man. -J. B. Priestley

We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible. -Vince Lombardi

If you develop the absolute sense of certainty that powerful beliefs provide, then you can get yourself to accomplish virtually anything, including those things that other people are certain are impossible. -William Lyon Phelps

When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself. -Karen Blixen

All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible. -Orison Swett Marden

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. -Francis of Assisi

Again and again, the impossible problem is solved when we see that the problem is only a tough decision waiting to be made. -Robert H. Schuller

The only place where your dream becomes impossible is in your own thinking. -Robert H. Schuller

A resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible. -Thomas Hardy

Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail. -Charles Kettering

The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible. -Arthur C. Clarke

If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance. -Samuel Johnson

Most people who succeed in the face of seemingly impossible conditions are people who simply don't know how to quit. -Robert H. Schuller

Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done. -Robert A. Heinlein

This has always been a motto of mine: Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work. -Bette Davis

Romantic love is mental illness. But it's a pleasurable one. It's a drug. It distorts reality, and that's the point of it. It would be impossible to fall in love with someone that you really saw. -Fran Lebowitz

Every noble work is at first impossible. -Thomas Carlyle

An ignorance of means may minister to greatness, but an ignorance of aims make it impossible to be great at all. -Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The impossible often has a kind of integrity which the merely improbable lacks. -Douglas Adams

The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible. -Arthur C. Clarke

When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong. -Arthur C. Clarke

The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at and repair. -Douglas Adams

The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. -Ayn Rand

Nothing is impossible; there are ways that lead to everything, and if we had sufficient will we should always have sufficient means. It is often merely for an excuse that we say things are impossible. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work. -Bette Davis

No one ever gets far unless he accomplishes the impossible at least once a day. -Elbert Hubbard

So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable. -Christopher Reeve

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination. -Tommy Lasorda

The image we have would be impossible for Mickey Mouse to maintain. We're just… normal people. -Karen Carpenter

The moment you say, 'Please, give me a reason for this', then you are being impossible and temperamental. -Montserrat Caballe

It is impossible to get anything made or accomplished without stepping on some toes; enemies are inevitable when one is a doer. -Norma Shearer

It is impossible for you to be angry and laugh at the same time. Anger and laughter are mutually exclusive and you have the power to choose either. -Wayne Dyer

I swear to God, I would marry the first person who asked me, just because it seems so completely impossible that anyone would ask. -Minnie Driver

We can sometimes love what we do not understand, but it is impossible completely to understand what we do not love. -Anna Jameson

Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done. -Louis D. Brandeis

Because a thing seems difficult for you, do not think it impossible for anyone to accomplish. -Marcus Aurelius

Nearly every man who develops an idea works it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then he gets discouraged. That's not the place to become discouraged. -Thomas A. Edison

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

I tell people I'm too stupid to know what's impossible. I have ridiculously large dreams, and half the time they come true. -Debi Thomas

It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do. -Jerome K. Jerome

It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much. -Yogi Berra

You cannot do wrong and feel right. It is impossible! -Ezra Taft Benson

In a disordered mind, as in a disordered body, soundness of health is impossible. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

Faith is the first factor in a life devoted to service. Without it, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible. -Mary McLeod Bethune

Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth. -Arthur Conan Doyle

There is one rule for politicians all over the world: Don't say in Power what you say in opposition; if you do, you only have to carry out what the other fellows have found impossible. -John Galsworthy

The challenge is to practice politics as the art of making what appears to be impossible, possible. -Hillary Clinton

He who molds the public sentiment… makes statutes and decisions possible or impossible to make. -Abraham Lincoln

We can lie in the language of dress or try to tell the truth; but unless we are naked and bald, it is impossible to be silent. -Alison Lurie

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

It is impossible to experience one's death objectively and still carry a tune. -Woody Allen

Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius. -Henri Frederic Amiel

It is impossible to imagine Goethe or Beethoven being good at billiards or golf. -H. L. Mencken

I have learned to use the word 'impossible' with the greatest caution. -Wernher von Braun

Nothing is impossible. Some things are just less likely than others. -Jonathan Winters

Man is the only creature that strives to surpass himself, and yearns for the impossible. -Eric Hoffer

It is in moments of illness that we are compelled to recognize that we live not alone but chained to a creature of a different kingdom, whole worlds apart, who has no knowledge of us and by whom it is impossible to make ourselves understood: our body. -Marcel Proust

We've removed the ceiling above our dreams. There are no more impossible dreams. -Jesse Jackson

The pretty fellows you speak of, I own entertain me sometimes, but is it impossible to be diverted with what one despises? I can laugh at a puppet show, at the same time I know there is nothing in it worth my attention or regard. -Mary Wortley Montagu

Correspondences are like small clothes before the invention of suspenders; it is impossible to keep them up. -Sydney Smith

It is impossible for any woman to love her children twenty-four hours a day. -Milton Sapirstein

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. -Arthur Conan Doyle

I do wish I could tell you my age but it's impossible. It keeps changing all the time. -Greer Garson

Who so loves believes the impossible. -Elizabeth Barrett Browning

To do easily what is difficult for others is the mark of talent. To do what is impossible for talent is the mark of genius. -Henri Frederic Amiel

What we need is more people who specialize in the impossible. -Theodore Roethke

As to the evil which results from a censorship, it is impossible to measure it, for it is impossible to tell where it ends. -Jeremy Bentham

In ballet a complicated story is impossible to tell… we can't dance synonyms. -George Balanchine

It is only the impossible that is possible for God. He has given over the possible to the mechanics of matter and the autonomy of his creatures. -Simone Weil

When a contradiction is impossible to resolve except by a lie, then we know that it is really a door. -Simone Weil

Fear nothing but what thy industry may prevent; be confident of nothing but what fortune cannot defeat; it is no less folly to fear what is impossible to be avoided than to be secure when there is a possibility to be deprived. -Francis Quarles

Most nations, as well as people are impossible only in their youth; they become incorrigible as they grow older. -Jean-Jacques Rousseau

When people complain of life, it is almost always because they have asked impossible things of it. -Ernest Renan

Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power. -Al Gore

It is impossible to underrate human intelligence – beginning with one's own. -Henry Adams

There is nothing impossible to him who will try. -Alexander the Great

Still bent to make some port he knows not where, still standing for some false impossible shore. -Matthew Arnold

It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living wisely and well and justly. And it is impossible to live wisely and well and justly without living a pleasant life. -Epicurus

Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself. Being true to anyone else or anything else is not only impossible, but the mark of a fake messiah. -Richard Bach

Virtue knows that it is impossible to get on without compromise, and tunes herself, as it were, a trifle sharp to allow for an inevitable fall in playing. -Samuel Butler

Voyagers discover that the world can never be larger than the person that is in the world; but it is impossible to foresee this, it is impossible to be warned. -James Baldwin

It is very nearly impossible… to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind. -James Baldwin

The lover of life makes the whole world into his family, just as the lover of the fair sex creates his from all the lovely women he has found, from those that could be found, and those who are impossible to find. -Charles Baudelaire

It is impossible to go through life without trust: that is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself. -Graham Greene

Modern man must descend the spiral of his own absurdity to the lowest point; only then can he look beyond it. It is obviously impossible to get around it, jump over it, or simply avoid it. -Vaclav Havel

To deny the freedom of the will is to make morality impossible. -James Anthony Froude

Probably it is impossible for humor to be ever a revolutionary weapon. Candide can do little more than generate irony. -Lionel Trilling

Without knowing what I am and why I am here, life is impossible. -Leo Tolstoy

It is impossible to win the race unless you venture to run, impossible to win the victory unless you dare to battle. -Richard M. DeVos

Few people have ever seriously wished to be exclusively rational. The good life which most desire is a life warmed by passions and touched with that ceremonial grace which is impossible without some affectionate loyalty to traditional form and ceremonies. -Joseph Wood Krutch

There is a limit to the application of democratic methods. You can inquire of all the passengers as to what type of car they like to ride in, but it is impossible to question them as to whether to apply the brakes when the train is at full speed and accident threatens. -Leon Trotsky

Infatuated, half through conceit, half through love of my art, I achieve the impossible working as no one else ever works. -Alexandre Dumas

It is impossible that anything so natural, so necessary, and so universal as death, should ever have been designed by providence as an evil to mankind. -Jonathan Swift

The voice of conscience is so delicate that it is easy to stifle it; but it is also so clear that it is impossible to mistake it. -Madame de Stael

Whether or not God is dead: it is impossible to keep silent about him who was there for so long. -Elias Canetti

We sometimes laugh from ear to ear, but it would be impossible for a smile to be wider than the distance between our eyes. -Malcolm de Chazal

To abandon oneself to principles is really to die – and to die for an impossible love which is the contrary of love. -Albert Camus

Resignation, not mystic, not detached, but resignation open-eyed, conscious, and informed by love, is the only one of our feelings for which it is impossible to become a sham. -Joseph Conrad

Nobody has ever before asked the nuclear family to live all by itself in a box the way we do. With no relatives, no support, we've put it in an impossible situation. -Margaret Mead

Love is an emotion that is based on an opinion of women that is impossible for those who have had any experience with them. -H. L. Mencken

I don't say 'Tis impossible for an impudent man not to rise in the world, but a moderate merit with a large share of impudence is more probable to be advanced than the greatest qualifications without it. -Mary Wortley Montagu

The Impossible Generalized Man today is the critic who believes in loving those unworthy of love as well as those worthy – yet believes this only insofar as no personal risk is entailed. Meaning he loves no one, worthy or no. This is what makes him impossible. -Nelson Algren

These impossible women! How they do get around us! The poet was right: Can't live with them, or without them. -Aristophanes

It is impossible for us to break the law. We can only break ourselves against the law. -Cecil B. DeMille

The first moments of sleep are an image of death; a hazy torpor grips our thoughts and it becomes impossible for us to determine the exact instant when the 'I,' under another form, continues the task of existence. -Gerard De Nerval

It is certain because it is impossible. -Tertullian

Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. -Lewis Carroll

Television has made dictatorship impossible but democracy unbearable. -Shimon Peres

The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible – and achieve it, generation after generation. -Pearl S. Buck

In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd. -Miguel de Cervantes

Anyone who knows anything of history knows that great social changes are impossible without feminine upheaval. Social progress can be measured exactly by the social position of the fair sex, the ugly ones included. -Karl Marx

It really is impossible not to like him. His success was his failure. -Arthur C. Danto

It is impossible to predict the time and progress of revolution. It is governed by its own more or less mysterious laws. -Vladimir Lenin

How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth? -Arthur Conan Doyle

All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this: Act as if it were impossible to fail. That is the talisman, the formula, the command of right about face which turns us from failure to success. -Dorothea Brande

It's impossible to move, to live, to operate at any level without leaving traces, bits, seemingly meaningless fragments of personal information. -William Gibson

Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet. -Mark Twain

What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are. -Tony Robbins

Home of lost causes, and forsaken beliefs, and unpopular names, and impossible loyalties! -Matthew Arnold

To guarantee success, act as if it were impossible to fail. -Dorothea Brande

My esoteric doctrine, is that if you entertain any doubt, it is safest to take the unpopular side in the first instance. Transit from the unpopular, is easy… but from the popular to the unpopular is so steep and rugged that it is impossible to maintain it. -William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne

A revolution is impossible without a revolutionary situation; furthermore, not every revolutionary situation leads to revolution. -Vladimir Lenin

At first, dreams seem impossible, then improbable, and eventually inevitable. -Christopher Reeve

Once the curtain is raised, the actor is ceases to belong to himself. He belongs to his character, to his author, to his public. He must do the impossible to identify himself with the first, not to betray the second, and not to disappoint the third. -Sarah Bernhardt

We live in a time when the words impossible and unsolvable are no longer part of the scientific community's vocabulary. Each day we move closer to trials that will not just minimize the symptoms of disease and injury but eliminate them. -Christopher Reeve

I won't predict anything historic. But nothing is impossible. -Michael Phelps

I wouldn't say anything is impossible. I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and put the work and time into it. -Michael Phelps

Terrorism is the tactic of demanding the impossible, and demanding it at gunpoint. -Christopher Hitchens

It is impossible to practice parliamentary politics without having patience, decency, politeness and courtesy. -Khaleda Zia

Yearning for the seemingly impossible is the path to human progress. -Bryant H. McGill

There are no rules and regulations for perfect composition. If there were we would be able to put all the information into a computer and would come out with a masterpiece. We know that's impossible. You have to compose by the seat of your pants. -Arnold Newman

I think it is impossible to explain faith. It is like trying to explain air, which one cannot do by dividing it into its component parts and labeling them scientifically. It must be breathed to be understood. -Patrick White

He made the impossible possible. -Arsene Wenger

Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels. -Francisco Goya

Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible. -Lord Kelvin

Dream the impossible because dreams do come true. -Elijah Wood

Aviation is proof that given, the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible. -Eddie Rickenbacker

When I first saw a Fellini movie, I came out of the movie theatre and decided to become a lawyer! I thought to myself, it's impossible to make something so beautiful! -Roberto Benigni

I do believe in living out your own time, unless it's absolutely impossible, which it is for some people. -Alan Bates

There's a beauty to wisdom and experience that cannot be faked. It's impossible to be mature without having lived. -Amy Grant

I'm going to become the Pope next year. Nothing is impossible. -Brenda Fassie

We had no idea what we were in for when we started Blue Sky. We just had an idea of what we wanted to do. When we got to a point where it seemed impossible, we just kept doing it. After 18 years, we have a lot of it done. -Chris Wedge

I can see through almost any scam, especially one perpetrated by the federal government. I can see through it… they can't pull the wool over my eyes, it's absolutely freakin' impossible to pull the wool over my eyes about the government. -Gary Coleman

It is impossible to trap modern physics into predicting anything with perfect determinism because it deals with probabilities from the outset. -Arthur Eddington

The married are those who have taken the terrible risk of intimacy and, having taken it, know life without intimacy to be impossible. -Carolyn Gold Heilbrun

It is impossible to communicate to people who have not experienced it the undefinable menace of total rationalism. -Czeslaw Milosz

And what 's impossible can't be, And never, never comes to pass. -George Colman

All parents believe their children can do the impossible. They thought it the minute we were born, and no matter how hard we've tried to prove them wrong, they all think it about us now. And the really annoying thing is, they're probably right. -Cathy Guisewite

The Holy Bible is an abyss. It is impossible to explain how profound it is, impossible to explain how simple it is. -Ernest Hello

Democracy without morality is impossible. -Jack Kemp

It is impossible to be a mathematician without being a poet in soul. -Sofia Kovalevskaya

I perceived how that it was impossible to establish the lay people in any truth except the Scripture were plainly laid before their eyes in their mother tongue. -William Tyndale

With love and patience, nothing is impossible. -Daisaku Ikeda

The fact is that America's weapons systems have made it impossible for anybody to confront it militarily. So, all you have is your wits and your cunning, and your ability to fight in the way the Iraqis are fighting. -Arundhati Roy

What is the best music is impossible to define. Just because it's played by a virtuoso player, doesn't mean it's great music. It might not reflect the soul of a people, which is really my criteria for great music. -Mickey Hart

We, the generation that faces the next century, can add the solemn injunction 'If we don't do the impossible, we shall be faced with the unthinkable.' -Petra Kelly

Don't be told something is impossible. There's always a way. -Robert Rodriguez

But to put out a greatest hits on one CD was totally impossible, I just couldn't do it. The best compromise was to put out two CDs – Early Days – which is what it is – and Latter Days. -Jimmy Page

It is impossible to tell where the law stops and justice begins. -Arthur Baer

As soon as I began, it seemed impossible to write fast enough – I wrote faster than I would write a letter – two thousand to three thousand words in a morning, and I cannot help it. -Helen Hunt Jackson

Don't undertake a project unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible. -Edwin Land

The problem that I have is with the music business. For some reason it seems almost impossible to get anything, any music, released which includes improvisation or soloing. -Jan Hammer

Intellect distinguishes between the possible and the impossible; reason distinguishes between the sensible and the senseless. Even the possible can be senseless. -Max Born

No strike could ever be won with a Communist at its head since the employers would make victory impossible. -James P. Cannon

The evolutionary explanation for origins, although impossible either to prove or to test scientifically, is nevertheless defended by its proponents on the basis that it is the only explanation which is naturalistic, not involving the 'supernatural' element of a divine Creator. -Henry M. Morris

For most people, we often marvel at the beauty of a sunrise or the magnificence of a full moon, but it is impossible to fathom the magnitude of the universe that surrounds us. -Richard Baker

Unless some misfortune has made it impossible, everyone can have good posture. -Loretta Young

We do 32 episodes a season and will have shot 267 episodes by the end of the ninth season… It's impossible to sell that many episodes in the foreign market. -Aaron Spelling

Satisfying every vision that fans have is probably impossible. -John Harrison

Weave me a rope that will pull me through these impossible times. -Tim Finn

In short, it may be said that on paper the obligations to settle international disputes peacefully are now so comprehensive and far-reaching that it is almost impossible for a state to resort to war without violating one or more solemn treaty obligations. -Arthur Henderson

It has become impossible to give up the enterprise of disarmament without abandoning the whole great adventure of building up a collective peace system. -Arthur Henderson

Farce treats the improbable as probable, the impossible as possible. -George Pierce Baker

Normally as a director, you do look at other films and things that are relevant. But with this film, it became impossible because I became so aware of the camera placement. -Peter Weir

It is practically impossible to teach good programming to students that have had a prior exposure to BASIC: as potential programmers they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration. -Edsger Dijkstra

The last great delusion is soon to open before us. Antichrist is to perform his marvelous works in our sight So closely will the counterfeit resemble the true that it will be impossible to distinguish between them except by the Holy Scriptures. -Ellen G. White

I am so far as I am aware not at all influenced by dramatists, expect for Shakespeare, who I have to say, it is impossible not to be influenced by if you hold language to be the major element of theatre. -Howard Barker

It's impossible to make a picture without values. Values are the basis. If they are not, tell me what is the basis. -William Morris Hunt

It's impossible to compare two bands. It would be like comparing two lovers. -Dave Navarro

I've become impossible, holding on to when everything seemed to matter more. -Trent Reznor

It was impossible to reason with a negro-that the only way to keep him in his place was to keep him under fear. -Henry Carter Stuart

If other people are going to talk, conversation becomes impossible. -James Whistler

Love without conversation is impossible. -Mortimer Adler

What Must I Do to Be Saved? It is impossible to ask a more weighty Question! It is deplorable that we hear it asked with no more Frequency, with nor more Agony. -Cotton Mather

About the use of language: it is impossible to sharpen a pencil with a blunt axe. It is equally vain to try to do it with ten blunt axes instead. -Edsger Dijkstra

It appears to me impossible that I should cease to exist, or that this active, restless spirit, equally alive to joy and sorrow, should be only organized dust. -Mary Wollstonecraft

But it is impossible to divide a cube into two cubes, or a fourth power into fourth powers, or generally any power beyond the square into like powers; of this I have found a remarkable demonstration. This margin is too narrow to contain it. -Pierre de Fermat

It is impossible for any number which is a power greater than the second to be written as a sum of two like powers. I have a truly marvelous demonstration of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain. -Pierre de Fermat

It is not likely that posterity will fall in love with us, but not impossible that it may respect or sympathize; so a man would rather leave behind him the portrait of his spirit than a portrait of his face. -Robert Louis Stevenson

Flight by machines heavier than air is unpractical and insignificant, if not utterly impossible. -Simon Newcomb

It is impossible for capitalists and laborers to have common interests. -Samuel Gompers

Today, for a Jew who writes in the German language, it is totally impossible to make a living. In no group do I see as much misery, disappointment, desperation and hopelessness as in Jewish writers who write in German. -Stefan Zweig

Making your first feature film is actually impossible. -Yahoo Serious

A great many things have been pronounced untrue and absurd, and even impossible, by the highest authorities in the age in which they lived, which have afterwards, and, indeed, within a very short period, been found to be both possible and true. -Catherine Crowe

It is safest to take the unpopular side in the first instance. Transit from the unpopular is easy… but from the popular to the unpopular is so steep and rugged that it is impossible to maintain it. -William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne

If one looks at the different problems of the integral calculus which arise naturally when one wishes to go deep into the different parts of physics, it is impossible not to be struck by the analogies existing. -Henri Poincare

It is impossible to devise a scientific experiment to describe the creation process, or even to ascertain whether such a process can take place. The Creator does not create at the whim of a scientist. -Henry M. Morris

I know the power obedience has of making things easy which seem impossible. -Saint Teresa of Avila

The difficult is what takes a little time; the impossible is what takes a little longer. -Fridtjof Nansen

If I thought that any of this was pre ordained, then it takes away any kind of incentive to struggle, or to put up with things, to reach for those impossible dreams, all those dramatic things. -Gary Numan

I want the people of New Jersey to jump off a cliff like Kurt Vonnegut so I can show them how to fly. This way, nobody needs to grow any wings, which would be impossible anyway because we're humans and not some kind of bird. -Richie Sambora

I write from the same place I parent, and since becoming a single parent, I have found it difficult, if not impossible, to write anything of length. -Dirk Benedict

There's not a hip-hop artist that didn't snatch of piece of Bob Marley. It's totally impossible. -Wyclef Jean

That's the trouble with anything which essentially has a lot of bits that are physically impossible: You're left, stuck, in the studio. And that's a shame. You're making a movie. You don't want it to stay put, you want it to be a movie – to move. -Robbie Coltrane

Some things are impossible. -Alex Van Halen

He wanted me to learn to stand on my own feet, and to make it impossible for me to thank him. -Bob Crosby

It is virtually impossible to compete in today's global economy without a college degree. -Bobby Scott

If I had the hand strength to sign autographs for everybody in Kansas City, I would… but its just impossible to get to everyone. -Dante Hall

I have been a Christian all my life, but it's impossible to be so deeply involved in these stories without it making you think again, and without it making you consciously aware of the people involved. -Della Reese

Workers do not strike every day, they cannot do that the way they function in the capitalist economy. The way they have to live by selling their labor power makes that impossible. -Ernest Mandel

I think we've shot scenes from every angle directors can think of to make it look like different villages. I've directed a couple shows on that set and believe me, it's impossible not to duplicate some camera angles. -Vic Morrow

Then again, they're not scripted and I feel it's virtually impossible to be anything but yourself when you're in front of the cameras and cooking so there is a measure of truth in what you see. -Nigella Lawson

There are so many lovely cities around the U.S., around the world, that it's almost impossible to pick one. -Isaac Hanson

Like stones rolling down hills, fair ideas reach their objectives despite all obstacles and barriers. It may be possible to speed or hinder them, but impossible to stop them. -Jose Marti

The best example of how impossible it will be for Major League Baseball to crack down on steroids is the fact that baseball and the media are still talking about the problem as 'steroids.' -Malcolm Gladwell

It was impossible for me to believe that conditions in Europe could be worse than they were in the Polish section of Chicago, and in many Italian and Irish tenements, or that any workshops could be worse than some of those I had seen in our foreign quarters. -Alice Hamilton

It is impossible for us to understand the Church if we regard her as subject to the limitations of human culture. For she is essentially a supernatural organism which transcends human cultures and transforms them to her own ends. -Christopher Dawson

I could do exploration in this particular career field, and it was a goal that, even if I didn't reach it, it was so high it seemed almost impossible, but even if I didn't reach it, I would still have a good time and a very satisfying career. -Duane G. Carey

Although farming of any sort was almost as impossible in the plains as in the dry regions of winter rains farther west, the abundance of buffaloes made life much easier in many respects. -Ellsworth Huntington

It's absolutely true that it's almost impossible to play a character without having any affection for him. -Michael Shanks

That is why, according to this newer psychology, Christianity has already fulfilled its biological mission, and it is impossible for the modern man to understand its original significance. -Muhammad Iqbal

Now being upon the haunches (as he necessarily must be in this case) is it impossible but he must be light in hand, because no horse can be rightly upon his haunches without being so. -William Cavendish

Repaying the debt of these ultimate sacrifices seems nearly impossible but we must try. -Michael N. Castle

Some authors have a very hard time understanding that in order to be faithful to the spirit of the book, it's almost always impossible to remain faithful to the text. You have to make changes. -Richard Russo

It is impossible to exaggerate the wide, and widening, gulf between the American attitude on the Iraq war and the view from our friends across the Atlantic. -Nick Clooney

The benefit of this kind of outlining is that you discover a story's flaws before you invest a lot of time writing the first draft, and it's almost impossible to get stuck at a difficult chapter, because you've already done the work to push through those kinds of blocks. -Stephen R. George

It is such a complex matter we live within, it is impossible to track logic and decision making really, so therefore each choice can actually only be seen as coincidence. -Alva Noto

We thought we were going to go up against SNL on Saturday Nights – that would have changed things so much that it's almost impossible to speculate what might have happened. -David Wain

History is, in its essentials, the science of change. It knows and it teaches that it is impossible to find two events that are ever exactly alike, because the conditions from which they spring are never identical. -Marc Bloch

It's sometimes impossible to fit in all the music we want to fit in, in an hour and 45 minute show. -Mick Taylor

So then, the relationship of self to other is the complete realization that loving yourself is impossible without loving everything defined as other than yourself. -Alan Watts

In such a diversity it was impossible I should be disposed to melancholy. -Daniel Boone

In the main the Academy helped to frame only laws of an economic or social nature, since owing to the development of the totalitarian regime it became more and more impossible to cooperate in other spheres. -Hans Frank

Once it becomes impossible for members of Congress to make a career of legislative service, the temptation to bend a vote for whatever reason may yield to the better angels of their nature. -James L. Buckley

The aim of the poet, or other artist, is first to make something; and it's impossible to make something out of words and not communicate. -James Schuyler

A well installed microcode bug will be almost impossible to detect. -Ken Thompson

It is giving me a great satisfaction, because I had the notion that we could make great wines equal to the greatest wines in the world, and everybody said it was impossible. -Robert Mondavi

It is impossible to deny that Christians and Muslims have a common agenda here: both faiths have at their heart the living image of a community raised up by God's call to reveal to the world what God's purpose is for humanity. -Rowan Williams

But you can't exercise and be high. It's impossible. -Tommy Chong

My driver Kellie Frost and I would race these fellows home and they were always faster on the highway. We did the same with Daniel and his driver, and thus began a long series of jokes and competitions to alleviate the impossible hours and tensions this film provoked. -Madeleine Stowe

We were all so different, temperamentally from one another, it's impossible to believe that we were together for so long. The cast and crew. How could we be more different from one another? It's difficult to imagine. But something lovely came of it. -Madeleine Stowe

It is simply economically impossible to require controls that even approach zero emissions. -Barry Commoner

This illness made it impossible for me to give my best effort to our audience, but now that it's been identified, I'm looking forward to a complete, quick recovery and to get back out there with John as soon as possible. -Daryl Hall

Then, after the war it was impossible to travel, after so many years of Hitler and Stalin. -Gyorgy Ligeti

Individual effort is almost relatively impossible to cope with the big problem of poverty as we see it. -John Burns

I'm impossible to direct. I couldn't get myself to do anything. -Tony Shalhoub

When you left on Saturday, I felt a horrible void, I saw you everywhere, on the beach, in your room, in the garden: impossible for me to get used to the idea that you had left. -Camille Claudel

Nobel was a genuine friend of peace. He even went so far as to believe that he had invented a tool of destruction, dynamite, which would make war so senseless that it would become impossible. He was wrong. -Alva Myrdal

Many pilots of the time were the opinion that a fighter pilot in a closed cockpit was an impossible thing, because you should smell the enemy. You could smell them because of the oil they were burning. -Adolf Galland

To be able to play as slow as Al Jackson is almost impossible. -Charlie Watts

Not only was it nearly impossible to hear because of these huge rubber ears we had to wear, but we also had these huge furry hands which were absolutely useless, especially if you had to scratch yourself. -Helena Bonham Carter

As a citizen of the great city of Chicago, I find it impossible to root against the White Sox. The White Sox organization has been much more consistent, in my lifetime at least, at putting a winning ballclub on the field. -Billy Corgan

Fortunately, as we all know, it's impossible for anybody but Jimmy Smith to really sound like Jimmy Smith. -Benmont Tench

Once I completed the Cube and demonstrated it to my students, I realized it was nearly impossible to put down. -Erno Rubik

The current understanding was that it was impossible to predict how something would evolve because it was a very turbulent environment full of things interacting with each other. -Kevin Kelly

Well, no. I believe that it's not at all impossible that some of the performances that I've heard so far by some pianists may be superior to my own playing because those are two totally different acts altogether. -Leo Ornstein

The Connection Machines owned by the United States government laboratories were made available to me because they were considered impossible to program and there was no great demand for them at that time. -Philip Emeagwali

Where is the politician who has not promised to fight to the death for lower taxes- and who has not proceeded to vote for the very spending projects that make tax cuts impossible? -Barry Goldwater

Isn't one of your first exercises in learning how to communicate to write a description of how to tie your shoelaces? The point being that it's basically impossible to use text to show that. -Donald Norman

God, to redeem us at the deepest portion of our nature – the urge to love and be loved – must reveal His nature in an incredible and impossible way. He must reveal it at a cross. -E. Stanley Jones

Only she who attempts the absurd can achieve the impossible. -Robin Morgan

But the branches of industry are so multifarious, the divisions of labour so minutes and manifold, that it seems at first almost impossible to reduce them to any system. -Henry Mayhew

If you look closely you can see that they are all interconnected, symbolic of a never-ending circle in which it is simply impossible for the dog to catch the rabbit. -Kit Williams

Science gives us a powerful vocabulary, and it is impossible to produce a vocabulary with which one can only say nice things. -John Polanyi

It may not be impossible, but that our Faculties may be so construed, as always to deceive us in the things we judge most certain and assured. -Joseph Glanvill

Prior to the passage of the Patriot Act, it was very difficult – often impossible – for us to share information with the Central Intelligence Agency, with NSA, with the other intelligence agencies, and likewise, for them to share information with us. -Robert Mueller

The existing documentary makers still believe that it is impossible to produce drama material in this State, otherwise they would be doing it, they say. -Ann Macbeth

But on second thought, after I decreed the state of emergency, I came to the conclusion that that was impossible to achieve without bloodshed because the street protesters were full of anger and nearly out of control. This is why I thought we needed to find another way out. -Eduard Shevardnadze

It is absolutely impossible to settle the debts to pensioners, teachers, and others. The country hasn't got enough money to do so. -Eduard Shevardnadze

If you want to be fully convinced of the abominations of slavery, go on a southern plantation, and call yourself a negro trader. Then there will be no concealment; and you will see and hear things that will seem to you impossible among human beings with immortal souls. -Harriet Ann Jacobs

No one will deny that the excessive use of alcohol and alcoholic beverages would do more than any other single factor to make impossible a total war effort. -William Lyon Mackenzie King

Magic lies in challenging what seems impossible. -Carol Moseley Braun

It's not impossible for a woman – a Black woman – to become President. -Carol Moseley Braun

In reality, we can prove that the incidents of drug, alcohol abuse and violence have dropped dramatically among professional athletes – but the problem is it would be impossible to convince than fans, because of what they read on the AP wire. -Leigh Steinberg

I found it was really impossible for me to write songs when I couldn't sing. -Rosanne Cash

It must have been so impossible to think about it and dare to do that, so they feel compassionate for her. I don't think the movie would work otherwise. -Diane Kruger

For since it is impossible for a created monad to have a physical influence on the inner nature of another, this is the only way in which one can be dependent on another. -Gottfried Leibniz

There are also two kinds of truths: truth of reasoning and truths of fact. Truths of reasoning are necessary and their opposite is impossible; those of fact are contingent and their opposite is possible. -Gottfried Leibniz

But I knew that what had happened was an eye-opener not only to the United States but also to Pakistan, who realized that after what has happened on the 11th of September, it was simply impossible to continue to play those games in Afghanistan. -Lakhdar Brahimi

In 1975 I decided that there was no future in flying (airline jobs were impossible to get, and who wants a job where you are judged only by seniority?) and headed off to grad school. -W. Richard Stevens

It is unlikely Yanukovich won. If he did, his government made it impossible to determine. -Bob Schaffer

We certainly cannot have any further political connection with the Whigs of the South; they have rendered such connection impossible. An impassable gulf separates us, and must here-after separate us. -Benjamin F. Wade

To express to you in mere words, our personal feelings on this occasion you must know to be impossible, and particularly so for one who normally has to describe only things outside himself. -Melvin Calvin

What actually makes poetry poetry is of course impossible to define. We recognize it when we hear it, when we see it, but we can't define it. -Robert Morgan

Any person without invincible prejudice who had the same experience would come to the same broad conclusion, viz., that things hitherto held impossible do actually occur. -Oliver Joseph Lodge

Perfect objectivity is always impossible, no matter who writes a person's biography. -Pamela Stephenson

Unless you have been to boarding-school when you are very young, it is absolutely impossible to appreciate the delights of living at home. -Roald Dahl

A series of rumors about my attitude, as well as derogatory remarks about myself and my family showed me that the personal resentment of the Detroit general manager toward me would make it impossible for me to continue playing hockey in Detroit. -Ted Lindsay

One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible. -Daniel Berrigan

When she became very ill with heart trouble, I saw that it would be impossible for my parents to provide for my studies, and I obtained their permission to go to sea to make a career for myself there. -Fritz Sauckel

Let me first say that I don't think the millennium target of cutting global poverty in half is an impossible or abstract target. I think it is a real and achievable goal. -Gro Harlem Brundtland

More than ever before, there is a global understanding that long-term social, economic, and environmental development would be impossible without healthy families, communities, and countries. -Gro Harlem Brundtland

Despite Japan's desires and efforts, unfortunate differences in the ways that Japan, England, the United States, and China understood circumstances, together with misunderstandings of attitudes, made it impossible for the parties to agree. -Hideki Tojo

We recognise in the finished art, which is the result of these conditions, the best words in the best order – poetry; and to put this essential poetry into different classes is impossible. -John Drinkwater

Pop music allows you to be who you are without having to wear a social uniform or to conform, which some people find impossible to do. -Siobhan Fahey

We live in a world of guns, bombs and terror. To conquer hate seems a nigh-impossible task. -Theodore Bikel

Every nation sincerely desires peace; and all nations pursue courses which if persisted in, must make peace impossible. -Norman Angell

This communication alone, by the comparison of the antagonisms, rivalries, movements which give birth to decisive moments, permits the evolution of the soul, whereby a man realizes himself on earth. It is impossible to be concerned with anything else in art. -Robert Delaunay

Had we really succeeded therefore in altering the period of vibration, which Maxwell, as I have just noted, held to be impossible? Or was there some disturbing circumstances from one or more factors which distorted the result? -Pieter Zeeman

So long as peace is not attained by law (so argue the advocates of armaments) the military protection of a country must not be undermined, and until such is the case disarmament is impossible. -Ludwig Quidde

When Elvis was performing, you just tried to figure out a way to get there. I think he set all the records and anyone that has ever had the good fortune to see him, you know what it's like to try to get in to see Elvis. It was impossible, practically. -Jackie DeShannon

There was a lot of great writing couples, but I try to do it all myself. And it was practically impossible, but I still managed to be ahead of my time. -Jackie DeShannon

I think to just single out a highlight of Elvis's career is pretty much impossible. As far as being a fan of his, a lifetime fan, there were just too many highlights. -Jackie DeShannon

It is impossible, in my mind, to distinguish between the refusal to receive a petition, or its summary rejection by some general order, and the denial of the right of petition. -Caleb Cushing

Serbia did not want to recognize our country in a peaceful way, so that is why they wanted to destroy us. All our efforts to find a peaceful solution were impossible. In order to save the people, NATO had to intervene. -Ibrahim Rugova

Today it's almost impossible to do it unless you are an actress or writer with power… I wouldn't hesitate right this minute to hire a talented woman if the subject matter were right. -Ida Lupino

An activist is someone who makes an effort to see problems that are not being addressed and then makes an effort to make their voice heard. Sometimes there are so many things that it's almost impossible to make your voice heard in every area, but you can sure try. -Joanne Woodward

We just did what we'd done when we were an act in the '60s. But I found it impossible to hold a dialogue with 500,000 people. In a certain sense, it was numbing. -Paul Simon

My manager said it would more effective against left-handed hitters. It seemed to me that was impossible to do without the high leg kick, which I started that day. -Juan Marichal

It is impossible to imagine a more complete fusion with nature than that of the Gypsy. -Franz Liszt

Asking what I considered an impossible salary when I didn't want to work for someone has boosted my pay again and again. -Ethel Waters

I am not sure the others are as committed as Rob Hall and Scott Fischer. I think there is more business now, and I know it will be impossible to stop this Everest business. -Anatoli Boukreev

What is real is not the external form, but the essence of things… it is impossible for anyone to express anything essentially real by imitating its exterior surface. -Constantin Brancusi

With the piano I'm completely in control of the gestural situation-not that I'm going to play the piece myself, but I know what's difficult, what's impossible. -Luc Ferrari

It is impossible to do a thing the way I see it because the closer I get the more differently I see. -Alberto Giacometti

That's the terrible thing: the more one works on a picture, the more impossible it becomes to finish it. -Alberto Giacometti

I only want people around me who can do the impossible. -Elizabeth Arden

I use a wide selection of colours. It is impossible to produce work like mine using only the primary colours as they only mix a certain range of colour. -John Dyer

I'm more likely to lose my temper on a film set than almost anywhere. Often the level of idiocy is so exalted that it's impossible to comprehend. -John Malkovich

The United States is our most important ally. They helped us many times. Without the United States, the unification or German democratisation after the Nazi period would have been much more complicated, or almost impossible. -Joschka Fischer

King Lear alone among these plays has a distinct double action. Besides this, it is impossible, I think, from the point of view of construction, to regard the hero as the leading figure. -Andrew Coyle Bradley

I mean the word proof not in the sense of the lawyers, who set two half proofs equal to a whole one, but in the sense of a mathematician, where half proof = 0, and it is demanded for proof that every doubt becomes impossible. -Carl Friedrich Gauss

If the Church is a living body united to the same head, governed by the same laws, and pervaded by the same Spirit, it is impossible that one part should be independent of all the rest. -Charles Hodge

The cartoon is a metaphor really for the fact that it's almost impossible in our celebrity obsessed culture to move around genres and sort of change you ideas, change your face, you know? -Damon Albarn

It is impossible, in principle, to explain any pattern by invoking a single quantity. -Gregory Bateson

To me, they are equally important, as they represent a certain period in my life and times. With that in mind, it really is impossible to pick favorites. -John Mayall

It's impossible to work under conditions where they confused negativity with objectivity. You can't fool the fans. -Marv Albert

Gary Oldman is impossible to steal a movie from. He's such a great actor, he's off the hook. I love him. -Kevin Bacon

As far as anybody in the rap game ever tryin' to assassinate my character, that's impossible. You talkin' about a man who has always walked the walk and talked the talk. -Suge Knight

When I begin to eliminate from the list all those professions which are impossible from a financial point of view and then those which I feel disinclined to – it leaves nothing. -Wilfred Owen

The future will be determined in part by happenings that it is impossible to foresee; it will also be influenced by trends that are now existent and observable. -Emily Greene Balch

It was hard enough to drive those heavy old cars back then under normal circumstances, but with a crazed monkey clawing you at the same time, it becomes nearly impossible! -Tim Flock

Everyone must correct his own self; this is something more difficult to cope with, but it is not impossible. -Bhumibol Adulyadej

I've never written about my husband, Steve, or any of my children because I know them all too well. I see them in all their complexities which makes them impossible to render on the printed page. -Sue Grafton

When you work really hard for something for a long time it's almost impossible to believe that it's coming true. -Robert Crippen

There are some fundamental values it's impossible to be wrong about. -Antonio Tabucchi

That a great battle must soon be fought no one could doubt; but, in the apparent and perhaps real absence of plan on the part of Lee, it was impossible to foretell the precise scene of the encounter. -Edward Everett

Warfare has been marvelously developed. It will soon be impossible to raise it to further heights. -Fredrik Bajer

By striving to do the impossible, man has always achieved what is possible. Those who have cautiously done no more than they believed possible have never taken a single step forward. -Mikhail Bakunin

And it's impossible for me to read Henry James. -Norman MacCaig

I find it's impossible for me to read Proust. -Norman MacCaig

I find it next to impossible to remain politely silent when people prate to me about the glory of being given another chance to live happily ever after! -Mercedes McCambridge

I don't think a movie today that captured all the things that we did in the seventies could come close, because it's like asking to recreate the seventies and the audience sensibilities and that's impossible. -Paul Michael Glaser

But there is no withdrawal, but with tobacco there is terrible withdrawal, it is almost impossible for a lot of people. I did, I went cold turkey, they never had any patches in those days but grass was not difficult, alcohol not difficult, but tobacco – oh my god. -Larry Hagman

I learned a great deal doing Brooklyn Bridge. I was able to take a giant step into the terrible reality that was then. We saw the cattle cars that took folks away. Just knowing it was real, it would be impossible not to feel. -Marion Ross

My mother begged doctors to end her life. She was beyond the physical ability to swallow enough of the weak morphine pills she had around her. When she knew she was dying I promised to make sure she could go at a time of her choosing, but it was impossible. I couldn't help. -Polly Toynbee

It is impossible to fuse totally with a culture for which you feel a measure of antagonism. -Chaim Potok

What I learned as an actor was the only way you could really do August Wilson's work, you had to leave an ounce of your essence on that stage,… Otherwise it was impossible. -Charles S. Dutton

I contend that it's impossible to read the Sermon on the Mount and not come out against capital punishment. -Tony Campolo

Art is magic… But how is it magic? In its metaphysical development? Or does some final transformation culminate in a magic reality? In truth, the latter is impossible without the former. If creation is not magic, the outcome cannot be magic. -Hans Hofmann

That's the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it's impossible to ever see the end. The fog is like a cage without a key. -Elizabeth Wurtzel

The conditions which now exist in Germany make it impossible for industrial production to reach the levels which the occupying powers agreed were essential for a minimum German peacetime economy. -James F. Byrnes

Priests, she insisted, could not sin. It was a thing impossible. Everything that they did, and wished, was of course right. She hoped I would see the reasonableness and duty of the oaths I was to take, and be faithful to them. -Maria Monk

The theater of the mind is impossible to compete with, and I like the idea that with a few suggestions, each reader forms in his or her own mind what a character or a place looks like. -Jerry B. Jenkins

We must rid this nation of the United Nations, which provides the communist conspiracy with a headquarters here on our own shores, and which actually makes it impossible for the United States to form its own decisions about its conduct and policies in Europe and Asia. -John T. Flynn

The fact that we are I don't know how many millions of people, yet communication, complete communication, is completely impossible between two of those people, is to me one of the biggest tragic themes in the world. -Georges Simenon

It's really hard to make a living as a musician. It's almost impossible. -Billy Joel

Obviously, a writer can't know everything about what she writes. It's impossible. -Anne Rice

I said it's impossible to have an amnesty without ID cards and a clean database, because you firstly don't have any incentives for people to actually come up front and register, and make themselves available, and secondly you have no means of tracking them. -David Blunkett

It proved to be pretty impossible to get funds for a feature film in Finland. It's still small, but the film industry was miniscule at that point in the early '80s. -Renny Harlin

It is almost impossible to imagine that any one could be so insensible to the high morality of Mr. Mill's character as to suggest to him any course of conduct that was not entirely upright and consistent. -Millicent Fawcett

Because the truth is, today's immigrants, as they have for generation after generation, work the longest hours at the hardest jobs for the lowest pay, jobs that are just about impossible to fill. -Luis Gutierrez

Nothing is insignificant in the history of a young community, and – above all – nothing seems impossible. -Catherine Helen Spence

I've been asked a great deal about the influence I've had with my work and it's impossible to say, you know. -Ben Shahn

You have to imagine it possible before you can see something. You can have the evidence right in front of you, but if you can't imagine something that has never existed before, it's impossible. -Rita Dove

I think it would be impossible if you had a name like mine not to get a little flack for it. -Michael Winterbottom

It is almost impossible for anyone, even the most ineffective among us, to continue to choose misery after becoming aware that it is a choice. -William Glasser

In the first instance, therefore, global terrorism created a kind of global community sharing a common fate, something we had previously considered impossible. -Ulrich Beck

One thing I was thinking about the other day was you can't even conceive of the kinds of things you can do in movies today. The idea that you could draw, in a computer, dinosaurs and have them running around was totally impossible. -John Badham

In a city where you walk around, it's impossible to plan your day and your life as accidents will happen, you'll overhear things, bump into people, and take unexpected turns. -Jason Schwartzman

To sleep after sunrise was impossible on account of the number of flies which kept buzzing about the face. -George Grey

You know, I think I did originally have some sort of idea of maybe a Where Eagles Dare kind of mission against impossible odds, but it really sort of died before I had a chance to really go anywhere with it, and then just doing the book was out of the question. -Garth Ennis

It's impossible to play a run with as much feeling as a single note. I've never been so much into runs as making single notes cry. -Robin Trower

My acting coach makes the impossible accessible. -Karolina Kurkova

The difference is that with fame comes a spotlight, one which has recently made it impossible to ignore the fact that more and more of those folks we place on pedestals aren't even pausing to consider an option other than lying. -Michael Musto

The death tax punishes the American dream – making it virtually impossible for the average American family to build wealth across generations. -Kit Bond

At several such places we landed, but always found the ascent to the interior so covered with large loose rocks that it would have been impossible to have disembarked stores or stock on any. -George Grey

During Breaking The Waves, I was on my own in a hotel room. I think I would have been impossible to live with. When you go home, you have to pretend to be the person you are at home. -Emily Watson

I think people could justify labeling me if they saw a pattern in what I do, but right now that's impossible. -Skeet Ulrich

It is virtually impossible to control Northern Kenya, which is populated chiefly by migrant nomads. -Richard Leakey

Presented with a song like Exit Music, It's impossible to know what to add without actually making it worse. How can you play along when It's already there? -Jonny Greenwood

Some Critics on the Hearth are not only good-natured, but have rather too high, or, if that is impossible, let us say too pronounced, an opinion of the abilities of their literary friends. -James Payn

If it is indeed impossible – or at least very difficult – to inhabit the consciousness of an animal, then in writing about animals there is a temptation to project upon them feelings and thoughts that may belong only to our own human mind and heart. -J. M. Coetzee

Remember that in every single case in history the process of adaptation has been one of exceeding slowness. Do not look for the impossible, but do not let your path deviate from the quiet and steadfast insistence on full opportunities for your powers. -Franz Boas

Being here, it is just impossible to imagine what that was like, when the tsunami hit. -Connie Sellecca

The writer needs to react to his or her own internal universe, to his or her own point of view. If he or she doesn't have a personal point of view, it's impossible to be a creator. -Manuel Puig

One of the things that we're all struggling with is how to judge the quality of the value-added experience of an educational course or year. I don't think it's impossible to do that, but it's difficult. -Roy Romer

We ask the great masses of India to be patient a short time longer, while the cause of freedom is being fought out, not because we want to delay, but because the hard facts of war make a complete change impossible at the moment. -Stafford Cripps

I believe that in this world it is impossible to understand God. -Pat Buckley

It is almost possible to predict one or two days in advance, within a rather broad range of probability, what the weather is going to be; it is even thought that it will not be impossible to publish daily forecasts, which would be very useful to soci. -Antoine Lavoisier

It's impossible to be more flat-chested than I am. -Candice Bergen

My father, though, could run very much faster. It was impossible to compete with him on the grass. But it was astonishing how slow old people were. Some of them could not run up a hill and called it trying to climb stairs. -Georg Brandes

The war imbued my tin soldiers with quite a new interest. It was impossible to have boxes enough of them. -Georg Brandes

And there are so many people in the third world suffering so horribly right now, and we are so focused on ourselves and our culture that a lot of things are showing up in our culture that are making it impossible for us to focus on others. We're so self-focused. -Martin Sheen

I'm always trying to do the impossible to please people. It comes from not being secure in myself and not looking at the things within I have to fix. Sometimes you keep going because you don't want to face the truth. -Naomi Campbell

SF is the literature of the theoretically possible, and F is the literature of the impossible. -Piers Anthony

When you get just a complete sense of blackness or void ahead of you, that somehow the future looks an impossible place to be, and the direction you are going seems to have no purpose, there is this word despair which is a very awful thing to feel. -Stephen Fry

I am accordingly ready; I have pressed as many Cabinet papers into trunks as to fill one carriage; our private property must be sacrificed, as it is impossible to procure wagons for its transportation. -Dolley Madison

I think it's impossible to judge whether another person should come out. You just hope they will on their own time and their own terms. -Billie Jean King

Parenting is an impossible job at any age. -Harrison Ford

History is one of those marvelous and necessary illusions we have to deal with. It's one of the ways of dealing with our world with impossible generalities which we couldn't live without. -Howard Nemerov

I think it's impossible for any of us not to find television, and the political process at its best on television, compelling. -Peter Jennings

Now, it's almost impossible to go out and do a film about a new form of music. -Penelope Spheeris

For me, the first fact of human existence is the human body. But if you embrace the reality of the human body, you embrace mortality, and that is a very difficult thing for anything to do because the self-conscious mind cannot imagine non-existence. It's impossible to do. -David Cronenberg

Today's cinema is a global art form, it is impossible to make movies for a market the size of France, representing no more than 4% of the world's total. -Jean-Jacques Annaud

Years ago I wanted to buy an apartment in New York City. I was a single female – I had gone through my divorce – I had three children, I was in show business and black. It was, like, impossible. -Diana Ross

By the end of the summer of 1973 I thought it was virtually impossible for South Vietnam to survive. How in the heck could they? -William Westmoreland

It is impossible for emotion not to come on us in thinking of that time now flowed away. -Paul Cezanne

I believe that the purpose for which I and my fellow soldiers entered upon this war should have been so clearly stated as to have made it impossible to change them, and that, had this been done, the objects which actuated us would now be attainable by negotiation. -Siegfried Sassoon

What until then seemed impossible to achieve has become a fact of life. We have won the right to association in trade unions independent from the authorities, founded and shaped by the working people themselves. -Lech Walesa

It is impossible to disregard such an important medium as television. We should know how to use it, learn to work in it and express new values in it. -Tahar Ben Jelloun

Future orientation is combined with a notion and expectation of progress, and nothing is impossible. -Alan Dundes

The final phone call that said we're going to be picked up again was just a miracle. We've overcome the impossible and we're still pushing forward. I know John is smiling and so happy that he gets to watch us on TV. -Kaley Cuoco

Poetry is also the physical self of the poet, and it is impossible to separate the poet from his poetry. -Salvatore Quasimodo

I'm often called an old-fashioned modernist. But the modernists had the absurd idea that architecture could heal the world. That's impossible. And today nobody expects architects to have these grand visions any more. -Thom Mayne

Once the return tide starts, it will be impossible to stem it, and it will prove our undoing. -Moshe Sharett

It is impossible for our working people to maintain their full strength if they do not succeed in obtaining a sufficient supply of fat, allotted to them on a proper basis. -Paul von Hindenburg

At first everyone predicted that it would be impossible to hold these divergent people together, but aside from the skilled men, some of whom belonged to craft unions, comparatively few went back to the mills. And as a whole, the strike was conducted with little violence. -Ray Stannard Baker

No matter what the role, you're trying to do the impossible – make a living in show business. -Peter Gallagher

It's really impossible to project ahead even six months in this business. -Julie London

Nothing is impossible to a willing heart. -John Heywood

I love those who yearn for the impossible. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I believe in the impossible because no one else does. -Florence Griffith Joyner

It's absolutely impossible, but it has possibilities. -Samuel Goldwyn

It always seems impossible until it's done. -Nelson Mandela

We turn toward God only to obtain the impossible. -Albert Camus

Forgiveness is indifference. Forgiveness is impossible while love lasts. -Mary Boykin Chesnut

Politics is the art of the possible; creativity is the art of the impossible. -Ben Okri

We must alter our lives in order to alter our hearts, for it is impossible to live one way and pray another. -William Law

It is impossible to please all the world and one's father. -Jean de La Fontaine

Poverty of goods is easily cured; poverty of soul, impossible. -Michel de Montaigne

You must trust and believe in people or life becomes impossible. -Anton Chekhov

Certainly nothing is unnatural that is not physically impossible. -Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Perhaps it is impossible for a person who does no good to do no harm. -Harriet Beecher Stowe

To be content with little is hard; to be content with much, impossible. -Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

In poetry everything which must be said is almost impossible to say well. -Paul Valery

It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows. -Epictetus

Pity the selfishness of lovers: it is brief, a forlorn hope; it is impossible. -Elizabeth Bowen

To achieve the impossible; it is precisely the unthinkable that must be thought. -Tom Robbins

In the face of an obstacle which is impossible to overcome, stubbornness is stupid. -Simone de Beauvoir

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. -George Bernard Shaw

Nobody could have imagined the phenomenon that 'Star Trek' became. It's still almost impossible to imagine. -William Shatner

It's important to say that actors can't act alone, it's impossible. What we have to do is support each other. -Philip Seymour Hoffman

All things are possible until they are proved impossible – and even the impossible may only be so, as of now. -Pearl S. Buck

Journalism without a moral position is impossible. Every journalist is a moralist. It's absolutely unavoidable. -Marguerite Duras

As soon as war is declared it will be impossible to hold the poets back. Rhyme is still the most effective drum. -Jean Giraudoux

In 1937, I began, like Lazarus, the impossible return. -Whittaker Chambers

The man of the future may, and even must, do things impossible in the past and acquire new motor variations not given by heredity. -G. Stanley Hall

Within 10 years it will be impossible to travel to the North Pole by dog team. There will be too much open water. -Will Steger

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations. -Charles R. Swindoll

It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow. -Robert H. Goddard

Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others. -Amelia Earhart

It is impossible to treat a child too well. Children are spoiled by being ignored too much or by harshness, not by kindness. -Sloan Wilson

Religion without morality is a superstition and a curse, and morality without religion is impossible. -Mark Hopkins

The resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible. -Thomas Hardy

It is as impossible to withhold education from the receptive mind, as it is impossible to force it upon the unreasoning. -Agnes Repplier

To a resolute mind, wishing to do is the first step toward doing. But if we do not wish to do a thing it becomes impossible. -Robert Southey

Without faith, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible. -Mary McLeod Bethune

It's practically impossible to look at a penguin and feel angry. -Joe Moore

It is impossible to see the angel unless you first have a notion of it. -James Hillman

The impossible talked of is less impossible from the moment words are laid to it. -Storm Jameson

At painful times, when composition is impossible and reading is not enough, grammars and dictionaries are excellent for distraction. -Elizabeth Barrett Browning

If God is sovereign, then it is impossible for civil government to be neutral on issues of law. All law is based in some religious code. -Randall Terry

It is almost impossible to exaggerate the proneness of the human mind to take miracles as evidence, and to seek for miracles as evidence. -Matthew Arnold

It is not impossible to think that the minds of philosophers sometimes act like those of other mortals, and that, having once been determined by diverse circumstances to adopt certain views, they then look for and naturally find reasons to justify these views. -Morris Raphael Cohen

There are very few things impossible in themselves; and we do not want means to conquer difficulties so much as application and resolution in the use of means. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

You know one of the causes of modern despair is the fact that we have had proposed to us, from various quarters, an impossible perfection. -Morris West

Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. It is the greatest heresy to think so. If there is sin, this is the only sin; to say that you are weak, or others are weak. -Swami Vivekananda

It is impossible, as impossible as to raise the dead, to restore anything that has ever been great or beautiful in architecture. That which I have insisted upon as the life of the whole, that spirit which is given only by the hand and eye of the workman, can never be recalled. -John Ruskin

It is impossible to make people understand their ignorance, for it requires knowledge to perceive it; and, therefore, he that can perceive it hath it not. -Jeremy Taylor

It is impossible for a lover of cats to banish these alert, gentle, and discriminating friends, who give us just enough of their regard and complaisance to make us hunger for more. -Agnes Repplier

It is impossible to forget the sense of dignity which marks the hour when one becomes a wage-earner… I felt that I had suddenly acquired value to myself, to my family, and to the world. -Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

It is impossible to talk or to write without apparently throwing oneself helplessly open. -Herman Melville

It is impossible to suffer without making someone pay for it; every complaint already contains revenge. -Friedrich Nietzsche

Scientists have proven that it's impossible to long-jump 30 feet, but I don't listen to that kind of talk. Thoughts like that have a way of sinking into your feet. -Carl Lewis

Since it is impossible to know what's really happening, we Peruvians lie, invent, dream and take refuge in illusion. Because of these strange circumstances, Peruvian life, a life in which so few actually do read, has become literary. -Mario Vargas Llosa

Clinton's fakery was so deft and deeply ingrained that it was impossible to tell where it ended and the real Bill Clinton began. This constituted a kind of political genius. -Rich Lowry

There was endless controversy as to whether the acts of the New Deal did actually move recovery or retard it, and nothing final could ever come of that bitter debate because it is forever impossible to prove what might have happened in place of what did. -Garet Garrett

I always feel like I'm missing out on something, that someone is having more fun than I am, so I take measures to make sure that is impossible. -Jessica Cutler

Man can believe the impossible, but man can never believe the improbable. -Oscar Wilde

Genteel women suppose that those things do not really exist about which it is impossible to talk in polite company. -Friedrich Nietzsche

Men like me are impossible until the day when they become necessary. -Victor Hugo

In everything one thing is impossible: rationality. -Friedrich Nietzsche

It may be impossible to have a revolution without crimes but that does not make revolution a crime. -Jose Bergamin

To he who avenges a father, nothing is impossible. -Pierre Corneille

It is almost impossible to reconcile self expression with the creative act. -Charles Eames

It is impossible not to envy the man who can dismiss reason, although we know how it must turn out at last. -Charles Sanders Peirce

It is impossible for one class to appreciate the wrongs of another. -Elizabeth Cady Stanton

It is impossible to think of any good meal, no matter how plain or elegant, without soup or bread in it. -M. F. K. Fisher

It is impossible, in our condition of Society, not to be sometimes a Snob. -William Makepeace Thackeray

I had a quick grasp of the secret to sanity, it had become the ability to hold the maximum of impossible combinations in one's mind. -Norman Mailer

It is impossible to strive for the heroic life. The title of hero is bestowed by the survivors upon the fallen, who themselves know nothing of heroism. -Johan Huizinga

Whatever comes from God is impossible for a man to turn back. -Herodotus

However far modern science and techniques have fallen short of their inherent possibilities, they have taught mankind at least one lesson; nothing is impossible. -Lewis Mumford

It is difficult, if not impossible, to argue that laws written in the 1970s are adequate for today's intelligence challenges. -Bob Barr

It is impossible that the whisper of a faction should prevail against the voice of a nation. -Lord John Russell

It's impossible for someone who is human to have all good things together, just as there is no single country able to provide all good things for itself. -Herodotus

It's impossible to speak what it is not noble to do. -Sophocles

Politics in a literary work, is like a gun shot in the middle of a concert, something vulgar, and however, something which is impossible to ignore. -Stendhal

Nothing is unthinkable, nothing impossible to the balanced person, provided it comes out of the needs of life and is dedicated to life's further development. -Lewis Mumford

What is the beautiful, if not the impossible. -Gustave Flaubert

It is absolutely impossible to transcend the laws of nature. What can change in historically different circumstances is only the form in which these laws expose themselves. -Karl Marx

You're damned if you're too thin and you're damned if you're too heavy. According to the press I've been both. Its impossible to satisfy everyone and I suggest we stop trying. -Jennifer Aniston

No obligation to do the impossible is binding. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

Teamwork is so important that it is virtually impossible for you to reach the heights of your capabilities or make the money that you want without becoming very good at it. -Brian Tracy

The Americans combine the notions of religion and liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive of one without the other. -Alexis de Tocqueville

So long as a man imagines that he cannot do this or that, so long as he is determined not to do it; and consequently so long as it is impossible to him that he should do it. -Baruch Spinoza

To know God better is only to realize how impossible it is that we should ever know him at all. I know not which is more childish to deny him, or define him. -Samuel Butler

Analysis does not set out to make pathological reactions impossible, but to give the patient's ego freedom to decide one way or another. -Sigmund Freud

Sincerity is impossible, unless it pervade the whole being, and the pretence of it saps the very foundation of character. -James Russell Lowell

The modes of expression of men of genius differ as much as their souls, and it is impossible to say that in some among them, drawing and color are better or worse than in others. -Auguste Rodin

If China wants to be a constructive, active player in the world economy, it's got to respect intellectual property rights or it makes it pretty impossible to do business with them. -Dan Glickman

It seems to be impossible to hold a credible election without reforming the electoral system. -Sheikh Hasina

We have to do the impossible, but it is possible. -Kevin Garnett

Every revolutionary idea seems to evoke three stages of reaction. They may be summed up by the phrases: 1- It's completely impossible. 2- It's possible, but it's not worth doing. 3- I said it was a good idea all along. -Arthur C. Clarke

Prison Break is so far-fetched, I had to make viewers believe that Michael is capable of making the impossible possible. -Wentworth Miller

I do have a stunt double because there are certain things that they won't let me do. Like they won't set fire to me. They won't like let me jump off a 20 story building. There are certain big stunts that it's just impossible to get insurance to let me do, but for the most part I'd say I do probably 75% of my stuff. -Alex O'Loughlin

I'm so wrapped up in my work that it's often impossible to consider other things in my life. My marriage ended in divorce because of this, my relationship with Holly has suffered by this. -Jim Carrey

Goals seem impossible only when you are not heading toward them. -Mike Hawkins

Political debate with liberals is basically impossible in America today because liberals are calling names while conservatives are trying to make arguments. -Ann Coulter

In a world with no systems, with chaos, everything becomes a guerilla struggle, and this predictability is not there. And it becomes almost impossible to save lives, educate kids, develop economies, whatever. -William J. Clinton

It was darn nigh impossible for women in rock in the '70s. There wasn't a mold if you were a woman and you were in the entertainment in the '70s. You were probably a disco diva or a folk singer, or simply ornamental. Radio would play only one woman per hour. -Ann Wilson

The problem is that in our country, they make it almost impossible for politicians to win anything. In England it's easier to win a libel suit. -Rand Paul

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'! -Audrey Hepburn

The movie business is very difficult but the music business is just impossible. So I'll play in bands and record and play songs with other people, but for me it's a form of expression that all I need is me. I don't need cameras or agents, I can just have a piano and sing and feel totally verified. -Jeremy Renner

But I believe in fair trade, and I will tell you, I have many, many friends heading up corporations, and people that do just business in China, they say it's virtually impossible. It's very, very hard to come into China. And yet, we welcome them with open arms. -Donald Trump

It's impossible to always get across what I'm trying to say, but, if I just stay honest, then I'm not going to look back on any of these interviews and wonder what I was trying to do or be. -Kristen Stewart

Let's get a couple of things straight. It hasn't been years and years since I made a movie. I'm not coming back from the dead – I've just had two kids! I have no intention of retiring, but I do think it's impossible to do movie after movie, because there aren't that many good films made. -Julia Roberts

I just hate the idea of being well known. I know that is almost impossible if you're an actor who has done okay, but I've always fought against it. -Michael Gambon

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default. -J. K. Rowling

Madam President, speaking here in Dublin Castle it is impossible to ignore the weight of history, as it was yesterday when you and I laid wreaths at the Garden of Remembrance. -Queen Elizabeth II

Getting things done in this country, if you want to build something, if you want to start a company, it's getting to be virtually impossible with all of the bureaucracy and all of the approvals. -Donald Trump

The debt limits have to come down. The whole world of debt has to be changed as far as this country is concerned. We have to create jobs and we have to create them rapidly because if we don't things are just going to head in a direction that's going to be almost impossible to recover from. -Donald Trump

So Bush certainly wasn't the greatest, and Obama has not done the job. And he's created a lot of disincentive. He's created a lot of great dissatisfaction. Regulations and regulatory is going through the roof. It's almost impossible to get anything done in the country. -Donald Trump

It's impossible to translate Wall Street greed into one or two demands. -Cornel West

But if nothing but soul, or in soul mind, is qualified to count, it is impossible for there to be time unless there is soul, but only that of which time is an attribute, i.e. if change can exist without soul. -Aristotle

I get paid to do the thing I love most, and maybe that makes blending into the crowd impossible sometimes, but I wouldn't trade it for the world. -Anna Paquin

Times might be tough, your head and thoughts might be spinning, but I find it's physically impossible to do that spiral thing when your mind is focused on giving and creating opportunity. -Daryn Kagan

My life isn't that dramatic. My dad really loves me, he just can't talk on the phone. He's too crippled and shy, and that's almost harder. He's there and he loves me, and I try and try and try, it's just impossible to have a relationship. -Joey Lauren Adams

A comeback in gymnastics is almost impossible in itself. -Shawn Johnson

Due to the injuries that I will have for the rest of my life, it is physically impossible for me to consider any career in wrestling. -Brian Bosworth

Every abstract picture of the world is as impossible as a blueprint of a storm. Don't be ashamed because you're human: be proud! Inside you, vaults behind vaults open endlessly. You will never be finished, and that's as it should be. -Tomas Transtromer

A journalist is supposed to present an unbiased portrait of an event, a view devoid of intimate emotions. This is impossible, of course. The framing of an image, by its very composition, represents a choice. The photographer chooses what to show and what to exclude. -Alexandra Kerry

It would be impossible to be a woman in Western culture and not have your own issues about your image and what you look like. -America Ferrera

I had to learn to dance for 'The Adjustment Bureau' and it was nearly impossible. I turned up with my knees knocking in my leotard and went home and cried my eyes out. -Emily Blunt

I'm being compared to the impossible. I never saw Mays, Aaron or Clemente play. What about the people I face every day? Tim Raines is the best? Mattingly is the best? Why not compare me to my peers? -Eric Davis

A collection of strong-minded individuals who have learned how to dismiss mistakes, disappointments and problems in their personal life make up a strong team. If the majority of the team have that then, as a unit, you are almost impossible to beat. -Gary Neville

These individuals on steroids, does it enhance their career, does it give them a little more strength, a little more stamina, a little more psychological edge? Absolutely. How do you determine what – what their stats would be without steroids? It's impossible to tell. -Jose Canseco

Celebrity culture has gone crazy, and I think the reason is that real news is just not bearable, and it also seems impossible to change anything. -Chris Martin

Make your enemy afraid, for it is impossible to remain quiet about their moral offences. -Muqtada al Sadr

I don't believe actors who say they don't bleed into their characters. It's absolutely impossible not to. -Zoe Saldana

If anyone tells you it's impossible to be fabulous and smart and make a ton of money using math, well, they can just get in line behind you – and kiss your math. -Danica McKellar

We don't know why we are here and the context of our role in the universe, and the thought of an infinite universe. It's something the human mind can't really grasp. It's statistically impossible that there's not life on other planets. -Joel Kinnaman

A small film from a small country, in Arabic with nonprofessionals: It was practically impossible. Just to make it was like a dream to me. -Nadine Labaki

If my name had not been cleared, it would have been difficult, perhaps impossible, to continue as a journalist. -Asne Seierstad

It's impossible to make a record when you're ill because it affects how you listen to things. You can't make decisions. It all sounds terrible. -Alison Krauss

It was really impossible to break through in Russia. We couldn't buy any balls. We really didn't have any courts, no rackets, nothing. And no people to practice with. -Marat Safin

In my case, I can sincerely say that nothing is impossible… When I was saying I want to be No. 1 of the world, and I was seven or eight years old, most of the people were laughing at me because it seems like I have one percent of chances to do that, and I've done it. -Novak Djokovic

Any actor who is being honest will admit there's always a small or large part of the real you in every character. It's impossible not to have that. -Jerry Ferrara

The hedonistic lifestyle is difficult to achieve when you're still carrying your own gear. Trust me that you don't feel glamorous with a 60-pound amp in your arms; it's a lot less sexy than toting a vodka gimlet and impossible to do in heels. -Carrie Brownstein

I've got a 27-inch waist. Before, I was stupid smaller. Finding clothes in the South was impossible. -Justin Townes Earle

I try and eat good. On the road, that's next to impossible. And we eat a lot of unhealthy things when we're in Texas – that's what you do there. -Justin Townes Earle

It's impossible to walk a block in Miami, in Los Angeles, San Antonio without running into someone who is being deeply impacted by a broken legal immigration system. -Marco Rubio

Although they might not admit it, I think girls are very aware of the impact that they're having. But they never feel it themselves, and it's impossible to explain. It's like trying to tell a blind person what yellow is. -Alex Kapranos

When you fight for the impossible, sometimes you lose everything. -Ehud Olmert

I think pulling off, pulling off a kind of fake documentary of me being a, you know, actual dictator would have been extremely difficult, if not impossible. -Sacha Baron Cohen

My problem is that the audience is more fiction-literate than ever. In Shakespeare's day, you probably expected to see a play once or twice in your life; today you experience four or five different kinds of fiction every day. So staying ahead of the audience is impossible. -Steven Moffat

ESPN has this problem with sports, it's impossible to fill 24 hours with sports programming so they have to resort to things like poker and arm wrestling tournaments. -Drew Curtis

It's impossible. You try to have any kind of relationship with your family, with a man, or with a friend, and you have to be on the phone and the Internet the entire time. -Keira Knightley

I now truly believe it is impossible for me to make a bad movie. -Jean-Claude Van Damme

The way I see it, it's impossible to change things without encountering resistance. -Evo Morales

You know how it is with writing. You just write what you want to write. There's no way to predict what is good or bad. You just do what you think is funny, and either it works or you're finished. It's impossible to predict anything. -Colin Quinn

If you have an impossible dream, a dream that cannot be fulfilled, the friendly thing for me to do is to put a stop to you wasting your life at it. -Danny Bonaduce

I've never done a film before where every single person in the audience knows the ending. I mean suspense, twists are almost impossible these days. People are blogging your endings from their cinema seats. -Danny Boyle

An adversarial family law system raises the stakes unnecessarily high, exacerbates the antagonism of the couples concerned, and is directly responsible for making it impossible for couples who would otherwise have reconciled to do so. -Louis de Bernieres

I feel like a tiger right now. There's nothing impossible if you get up and work for it. -Michael Flatley

All my life I believed I became an athlete through my own determination, but it's impossible to think that being descended from slaves hasn't left an imprint through the generations. -Michael Johnson

It's impossible not to be taken in by the spectacle of oneself, which is the biggest sin of the culture right now. -Michael Tolkin

On one level, nothing's really changed in my life. I still drive my daughter in the car pool on Monday. But it's impossible not to be aware of this rush of attention; it's impossible not to be seduced by it once you've entered into it, seduced by being unhappy when the attention wanes. -Michael Tolkin

I want to hear as much music as I possibly can before I leave this mortal coil but it's impossible to hear it all because there's so much of it. -Paul Weller

I used to work for 12 or 14 hours at a time but the digital age has made such happy immersions almost impossible. -Richard Powers

I was always a singer. But I was always focused on being an actor as my trade. Music I do just for me. The movie business is very difficult but the music business is just impossible. -Jeremy Renner

It's so hard and impossible to shoot in L.A. The costs are astronomical. -Joel Silver

I mean suspense, twists are almost impossible these days. -Danny Boyle

The impossible is not quite impossible if you put your mind to it. -Nik Wallenda

My message, especially to young people is to have courage to think differently, courage to invent, to travel the unexplored path, courage to discover the impossible and to conquer the problems and succeed. These are great qualities that they must work towards. This is my message to the young people. -A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

I think it's almost impossible for any expert to predict for the rapid changes we see in the Middle East. They are rapid and they will continue for quite a while. -Abdullah II of Jordan

Discovering the 'impossible' ending to a new book makes me sick with joy and relief. -Chuck Palahniuk

Science fiction is any idea that occurs in the head and doesn't exist yet, but soon will, and will change everything for everybody, and nothing will ever be the same again. As soon as you have an idea that changes some small part of the world you are writing science fiction. It is always the art of the possible, never the impossible. -Ray Bradbury

They said it was impossible to touch the third rail of politics, to take on public-sector unions and to reform a pension and health benefits system that was headed to bankruptcy. But with bipartisan leadership, we saved taxpayers $132 billion dollars over 30 years and saved retirees their pensions. We did it. -Chris Christie

Mitt – what I speak to Mitt Romney about is jobs. What I speak to Mitt Romney about is China, because he's got a great view on China and how they're trying to destroy our country by taking our jobs and making our product and manipulating their currency, so that it makes it almost impossible for our companies to compete. -Donald Trump

We're special because dreams that are impossible anywhere else, come true here. That's not just my story. That's your story. That's our story. -Marco Rubio

My dad was a bartender. My mom was a cashier, a maid and a stock clerk at K-Mart. They never made it big. They were never rich. And yet they were successful. Because just a few decades removed from hopelessness, they made possible for us all the things that had been impossible for them. -Marco Rubio

I think mistakes are the essence of science and law. It's impossible to conceive of either scientific progress or legal progress without understanding the important role of being wrong and of mistakes. -Alan Dershowitz

I try to recognize that there is no such thing as having it all – and it's impossible to be perfect. You just have to let certain things go. -Emily Giffin

I still find it almost impossible to relax for more than one day at a time. -Gene Kelly

Basically, there are two paths you can walk: faith or fear. It's impossible to simultaneously trust God and not trust God. -Charles Stanley

You can't cancel my stand-up tours. It's impossible. There's too many separate bosses. There is no 'bosses.' -Louis C. K.

I got a job when I was 15 because my allowance was about $20 a week which in New York was impossible. So I used to waitress across the street from where I grew up. -Lady Gaga

If they would have told me when I was just 18 that I was going to have a career that would last so long, I'd have said it was impossible, that it was crazy that that could happen in my life, so I'm happy to be here. To be able to go out on stage every day. -Enrique Iglesias

History is just littered with problems that were solved that were supposed to be impossible. -Paul Wolfowitz

Since I was a baby my goal was to be on TV because film was just impossible – you never got any Asian women in Western cinema. I grew up wanting to be in 'East-Enders' because film wasn't even a dream. The community were very much like, 'How can you want to act? It's such a low-class profession.' -Archie Panjabi

Every revolution seems impossible at the beginning, and after it happens, it was inevitable. -Bill Ayers

Everybody who's played Marilyn Monroe before has gone down in flames. It's impossible to capture Marilyn Monroe. -Harvey Weinstein

I had a tough time 12 years ago getting 'Driving Miss Daisy' off the ground. Today, it would be impossible. -Richard D. Zanuck

It would have been impossible to get 'The Verdict' off the ground without Paul Newman obviously, but today without any star, kind of a dramatic piece would be very tough. -Richard D. Zanuck

We saw there was no consensus in the U.N. Security Council. It was impossible, due to the threatened veto by some. -Jose Maria Aznar

It would have been very impossible to deal with this attention when I was younger. I'm thrilled with the success, but at this point I also think it's hilariously silly. -Julie Brown

What if capitalism is unsustainable, and socialism is impossible? -Ken MacLeod

The real world is far too complex and unpredictable to make something like the idea of humanity controlling its own evolution or engineering itself – well, I wouldn't say impossible but it should be approached with a degree of caution. -Ken MacLeod

As soon as anybody puts anything on film, it automatically has a point of view, and it's somebody else's point of view, and it's impossible for it to be yours. -Crispin Glover

It's just impossible to ignore the activists in your party. These are the people who stuff the envelopes, and walk the precincts, and make the telephone calls, and do all the so-called grunt work that brings about a successful campaign. -Pat Robertson

Nashville is the place where I first realized how impossible it is to look at someone and know what is inside them, what special something they possess. -Callie Khouri

I had this totally impossible dream of being an actress. Trust me, just because I'm lucky enough to be doing this doesn't make any of this less of a pipe dream. And nothing gets my juices flowing like a really great performance. To see someone on stage, I get really excited. -Olivia Thirlby

I think peace should be done not only among governments but among people. It was impossible before the Facebook. -Shimon Peres

The uprising in Egypt was initiated by the young generation. The uprising achieved two things. One is it made the lives of dictators impossible. Today, if you are looking for a safe job, don't become a dictator. -Shimon Peres

Sometimes the magnetism of a song is impossible to ignore, and it demands that it be sung in a certain way. -Tom Waits

The sad truth is that without complex business partnerships between African elites and European traders and commercial agents, the slave trade to the New World would have been impossible, at least on the scale it occurred. -Henry Louis Gates

I've had people call me from bands that are very popular, and they're like, 'What do we do? We want to do what you do.' It's almost impossible to do what I do, because you would have to start in 1980. You can't just do it. -Ian MacKaye

Golf challenges you mentally at any age, and when you become my age, it's a challenge physically to try to make your game work as well as it ever did. That's close to impossible, but that doesn't keep you from trying to hit the ball where you used to hit it and make the putts you used to make all the time. -Arnold Palmer

It's impossible to map out a route to your destination if you don't know where you're starting from. -Suze Orman

The age in which we live, this non-stop distraction, is making it more impossible for the young generation to ever have the curiosity or discipline… because you need to be alone to find out anything. -Vivienne Westwood

It's impossible to redefine yourself and your life overnight. -Christina Aguilera

I wish I could fly. Or speak fluent Chinese. Both I think are equally impossible. -Karlie Kloss

When articulation is impossible, gesticulation comes to the rescue. -William Safire

While not impossible, it is especially challenging for teenage parents to develop bonds with their children. A high percent of them were themselves children of teenage parents and have never experienced appropriate parenting. -Jane Fonda

If you love acting and you've ever experienced theater, then you know that in a movie it's almost impossible to live out that experience, unless you're a Pacino or a De Niro or somebody who gets to pick their parts. -Scott Caan

It's sad when you can't make everyone happy, though. It's impossible but, at the same time, you still hope. You think, 'Maybe I can do it,' but you know you can't. But gosh, if I had to rely on giving people what they wanted, I would have had to write 40 billion different books and even then, I wouldn't get it right. -Stephenie Meyer

I think legally we have to do 'fun' with a period. I think we agreed because apparently there was another band called 'fun.' We Google-searched, which now makes sense because we're so impossible to Google-search. -Nate Ruess

Extreme poverty threatens people's right to life itself and makes impossible the enjoyment of the rights and freedoms essential to a humane way of life. -Daisaku Ikeda

It is impossible for me to estimate how many of my early impressions of the world, correct and the opposite, came to me through newspapers. Homicide, adultery, no-hit pitching, and Balkanism were concepts that, left to my own devices, I would have encountered much later in life. -A. J. Liebling

The primary requisite for writing well about food is a good appetite. Without this, it is impossible to accumulate, within the allotted span, enough experience of eating to have anything worth setting down. -A. J. Liebling

It's impossible to consider living without ideals. However, when ideas lead to ideology, that's a very dangerous thing. Ideology then leads to creating the image of an enemy, and it leads to the murder and massacre that we've seen since the beginning of time. -Michael Haneke

The Chinese art world does not exist. In a society that restricts individual freedoms and violates human rights, anything that calls itself creative or independent is a pretence. It is impossible for a totalitarian society to create anything with passion and imagination. -Ai Weiwei

Everyone wants an iPhone, but it would be impossible to design an iPhone in China because it's not a product; it's an understanding of human nature. -Ai Weiwei

You can play older than yourself. You can play younger than yourself up to a point, and then that just becomes impossible because you carry a weight with you that you can't shift, unless you have very boyish looks. -Gary Oldman

I can tell you that too much money is corrupting American politics. Don't blame the American public. The U.S. Supreme Court has a lot to answer for, because it has made it impossible for Congress to reduce the corrupting influence of money on American political life. -Peter Singer

Describing comic sensibility is near impossible. It's sort of an abstract silliness, that sometimes the joke isn't the star. -Dana Carvey

Although it's difficult, if not impossible, to put a dollar value on the numerous services nature provides, leaving them out of economic calculations means they are often ignored. -David Suzuki

If you depend on God's grace there is no such thing as impossible. -Sri Chinmoy

It's impossible, I think, however much I'd become disillusioned politically or evolve into a post-political person, I don't think I'd ever change my view that socialism is the best political moment humans have ever come up with. -Christopher Hitchens

The ability to work together has to be in the blood of particle physicists. They learn very early on that it is impossible to advance on one's own and that constant exchange is necessary. -Rolf-Dieter Heuer

Events are moving so fast and what in one moment seems impossible, the next is happening. I'm sure historians will, in time, provide theories and analysis, but for now I think most of us simply want the tide stemmed. -Lucy Powell

It is impossible to have a Jewish, democratic state and at the same time to control all of Eretz Israel. If we insist on fulfilling the dream in its entirety, we are liable to lose it all. Everything. That is where the extremist path takes us. -Ariel Sharon

Recently, I went to a disco with friends, and all the young people were saying, 'Dudamel, we want to go to your concert, but it's impossible because it's sold out.' It's really amazing. -Gustavo Dudamel

In golf, it's almost impossible to be perfect on each shot; that's the fun and challenge of golf. -Yani Tseng

I hate my stomach. It's impossible to get it flat, and the area around my belly button drives me crazy. -Carmen Electra

Culture exists and evolves to relegate to habit categories of interactions the constant conscious reference to which would make human interaction impossible. -David Mamet

Temptation is impossible for me to resist… Come on. This is Hollywood. It's in the job description. -Tom Sizemore

Any reasonable economist will tell you that it's nearly impossible to isolate the impact of right-to-work laws on a state's job growth. A multitude of other factors intervene. However, one thing the numbers can show is that right-to-work laws have a negative effect on the wages of workers in that state. -Eliot Spitzer

It is impossible to work in information technology without also engaging in social engineering. -Jaron Lanier

Supposedly I'm impossible to talk to. But it's honestly not me being difficult. Sometimes you just don't have a lot to say. -Nicholas Hoult

The skill set for hockey is so specific to skating and if you haven't been skating as a kid it's impossible to play – and I wasn't a skater. -Liev Schreiber

The combination of the CGI, 3-D, and sound effects, it's just impossible to separate them. It gives you a more immersive experience, and I prefer that. -M. Night Shyamalan

For women who have children, the economic difficulty of sustaining a life as an artist maybe makes it impossible. There's no maternity leave, there's no pension. -Elizabeth Price

Trying to constantly get yourself into movies is extremely stressful and sometimes just impossible. -Seth Rogen

I'm kind of lucky that we've finished shooting 'Cougar Town,' so I'm able to kind of just enjoy my pregnancy and be a stay-at-home mom and go to prenatal Pilates and do all that fun stuff that, if I were working, would be almost impossible to do. -Busy Philipps

Anybody who really knows about the TV business knows that it would be impossible to just march in one day and say to your colleagues and bosses, 'Oh yes, I'm hosting my own show.' -Andy Cohen

It's impossible to put yourself first when you're a mom. -Jillian Michaels

I think there's a part in each one of us that wants the impossible to happen, and that's what surprises are. -Gina Carano

Though it's impossible for us to legislate one's thoughts and feelings, we still need things like affirmative action in place because without measures like it, people in charge would not have, sadly, enough impetus to do, as cliched as it sounds, the right thing. -Jonathan Coleman

I'm happy that I feel a little less out of place in filmmaking than I once was – but it's almost impossible for a playwright in the U.S. to make a living. You can have a play, like I did with 'Angels,' and it still generates income for me, but it's not enough for me to live on and have health insurance. -Tony Kushner

If you don't know the right people or have the right connections, you may never be discovered. With 'Opening Act,' we are democratizing a notoriously impossible process, pulling back the curtains on a consistently fascinating industry, and affording aspiring artists the chance of a lifetime. -Nigel Lythgoe

But in a 24-hour day, the 25th hour is also the impossible hour, an hour that doesn't exist, that can only be created by the imagination. -David Benioff

Effectively, change is almost impossible without industry-wide collaboration, cooperation and consensus. -Simon Mainwaring

I think I'm fascinated by the power of religion in our culture. Like a lot of secular, liberal people, I ignored it for a long time. Lately, of course, just from a political perspective, it's impossible to ignore. -Tom Perrotta

Everything rational and sensible abandons me when I try to throw out photographs. Time and time again, I hold one over a wastebasket, and then find it impossible to release my fingers and let the picture drop and disappear. -Susan Orlean

Travel is impossible, but daydreaming about travel is easy. -B. J. Novak

I can't get excited by my own music. It's impossible. -Ray LaMontagne

American comedies especially are all about these men being browbeaten by their wives and it's impossible for me to watch. -Joe Manganiello

It is very difficult, it is perhaps impossible, for someone who loves his mother to love the woman whom your father left her for. -Martin Amis

I have never believed in the impossible. -Faye Wattleton

Ninety-five percent of the eggs produced in America come from factory-farmed birds. Even if free-range farms were hugely more humane, the sheer number of animals raised to satisfy people's desire for eggs, meat, and milk makes it impossible for us to raise them all on small, free-range farms. -Ingrid Newkirk

I've always been in the middle of making my own movies, so taking acting jobs that take me away from that has been impossible. -Albert Brooks

I do worry that it's impossible to write something original, that there's nothing that a human hasn't already thought of. But I can put it out of my mind and get on with what I'm doing. -Arthur Phillips

The tax rate of 35 percent is impossible to provide an incentive to the large corporations, that have $1.7 trillion offshore, to put their money back in the United States. -Frederick W. Smith

Being in Hawaii, it's almost impossible not to be fit, I think. -Henry Ian Cusick

I value self-discipline, but creating systems that make it next to impossible to misbehave is more reliable than self-control. -Tim Ferriss

I think every writer of detective fiction writing today has been influenced by Mr. Parker. I'm of a generation that followed Robert Parker, and it was impossible to read the genre and not be influenced by him. -Robert Crais

The greatest way for people to experience a comedy is to go in not knowing anything about it. But because of marketing, it's impossible. Marketing meaning that in order to get people to come you can't just go, 'Hey, there's a great movie – we're not going to show you anything from it but trust us!' -Paul Feig

When people tell me I'm an artist, I say, 'What?' It's impossible for me to take the idea seriously. -Takeshi Kitano

Through all aspects of society be it art, design, the financial markets, government, technology or communications we are witnessing unprecedented global transformation – the result of which is impossible to predict. -Malcolm Mclaren

Once 9/11 happened, people who looked like me and whose children looked like us and whose husbands looked of a community, really were made to feel quite the other, and I thought that was impossible in a city like New York but I myself was witness to that. -Mira Nair

For better or worse, when Sen. Inhofe speaks, the Republican Party follows. And when the Republican Party follows, it is impossible to get real work done in the Congress. -Bernie Sanders

I place an enormous premium on loyalty. If someone betrays me, I can forgive them rationally, but emotionally I have found it impossible to do so. -Richard E. Grant

From my point of view it's impossible to cut debt in a country with new debt from another country. -Iveta Radicova

It is impossible to live without love. You must have the feeling of being loved. -Mireille Mathieu

The definition of insanity in Texas is so insane that it's impossible to be insane in Texas. -Malcolm McDowell

Managers are obsessed with the game. It's very, very difficult, if not impossible, to live a balanced lifestyle. -Howard Wilkinson

To make it hard, to make it difficult almost impossible for people to cast a vote is not in keeping with the democratic process. -John Lewis

I've gone through various periods with superheroes. They work in the right hands, but they don't work in other hands. It's tricky. But any movie is tricky. It's impossible to say, 'This is what you do in any situation.' -John Carpenter

I've tried to make 'Strictly Ballroom' impossible to date. It does feel a bit '80s but I consciously made sure there was no technology in the movie that could date it. -Baz Luhrmann

To go to USC without a scholarship is next to impossible. -Jerry Buss

If you are unable to understand the cause of a problem it is impossible to solve it. -Naoto Kan

It is impossible to divide the interest of a country and a company that works on its soil. -Vagit Alekperov

Every movie goes through that U-shape where you start with 'Oh that's a great idea. I love it.' Everything's possible and then you face 'Oh, we can't do that, and that's impossible, and that's a bad choice.' You go the practicality of it. And then you come up to 'Great.' But that middle part is when you don't have results yet. -Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Write for yourself, not for a perceived audience. If you do, you'll mostly fall flat on your face, because it's impossible to judge what people want. And you have to read. That's how you learn what is good writing and what is bad. Then the main thing is application. It's hard work. -Wilbur Smith

On the videos for '1234' and 'My Moon My Man' I wanted to make the songs visible. And, really, what way can you make sound visible other than good old naive dancing? I was working with a choreographer, but I'm not a dancer. Any notion of elegance is impossible with me. -Feist

'Band on the Run' is a carefully composed, intricately designed personal statement that will make it impossible for anyone to classify Paul McCartney as a mere stylist again. -Jon Landau

For many in the modern world, carving out time for both traditional seated meditation and exercise has become close to impossible. -Andrew Weil

Dreaming is a phenomenon of purely individual consciousness, and consequently impossible to thoroughly deconstruct by a community of researchers. But dreaming matters. -Andrew Weil

As I tell my daughter, when you want something in life – no matter how impossible it seems – you need to fight for it. -Brad Meltzer

If you are going to call a film a 'black film' then you have to make a film that represents everyone that's black, which is almost impossible. That is why white films are not called white films, they are just called 'films.' -Idris Elba

To not have any hope is where things start to get really bleak. Things are possible. The impossible can be possible. -Sarah Paulson

For me, the moment the mic is on and it's rolling, it's impossible to vocally relax for some reason. But one day, I'm going to be able to sing the way I sang when I was a little kid, completely open and free. That's, I think, the one thing that's changed: Growing older, I'm not ashamed to hear my voice. -Cat Power

I've never had a clique. It's impossible when you're always traveling. -Cat Power

I don't enjoy hearing the sound of my voice. The most important things for me are impossible to articulate extemporaneously. -Annie Baker

You have to raise the bar. Give yourself a challenge. Ask yourself, 'How can one make the impossible materialise?' -Tim Walker

If I sign up for Facebook and want my account destroyed, it is impossible. They keep tabs on you; there will always be a trace. -Robert Cailliau

The West has become the world model; developing countries are dreaming of living like us, which is impossible. They should reject our model, because it is not sustainable. Developing countries should even give us the example, but unfortunately that's not what happens. -Yann Arthus-Bertrand

A lot of actors find it impossible not to ask for the audience's sympathy. They have a need to twinkle. -Julian Fellowes

Living without hate for people is almost impossible. -Park Chan-wook

When I moved out here to California, I became obsessed with geology. It's impossible not to be interested in the earth if you live in a place like this. I started to read a lot of geology, much to the horror of my friends. -Jamaica Kincaid

The thing about the 'Melrose' novels is that I have to feel they're impossible when I set out. -Edward St Aubyn

Writing a great script – not just a good one, but a great one – is almost an impossible task. -Michael Arndt

The software program for motherhood is impossible to fully download into the male brain. You give them two tasks and they're like, 'I have to change the baby and get the dry cleaning?' -Allison Pearson

Of course creativity is a mystery. We don't know what drives it or what constitutes it. It's one of those things, like genius, you know it when you see it but it's impossible to define. -Daniel Tammet

It seemed impossible that a scrappy book like 'Goon Squad' could win an award like that. It's such an iconic honor. I think what the Pulitzer means to me is that I'll need to work very, very hard to try to live up to it. -Jennifer Egan

I can lick my elbow. I know that's supposed to be impossible, but I can do it! -Kate Voegele

I like Roy Orbison's video for 'I Drove All Night' because it's so literal. It is just a man driving throughout the night. I like that silliness. To be in a video is a ridiculous thing. It's almost impossible to do it without any humour. -Richard Ayoade

When I started, I wanted to be thought of as tortured and seductive, not funny, but humor tends to be a reflexive part of a person's sensibility. It's an almost impossible thing to teach anyone, which leads me to believe that it's intuitive. -Mark Leyner

I doubt that I could create a character I loathed simply because when a character takes life, it is impossible not to be a little amazed by the phenomenon, and to find that the amazement has something of the quality of delight. -Marilynne Robinson

When men hold the greater majority of all professional positions of power, it is impossible for a woman to advance her career without the support of men. -Carol Roth

It's impossible to explain creativity. It's like asking a bird, 'How do you fly?' You just do. -Eric Jerome Dickey

I've come to the conclusion that a long, personal relationship is next to impossible for me. Ultimately, music is a possessive mistress. -Leonard Slatkin

Every time I start a new novel, it seems like an impossible undertaking. If I tried to do too much too quickly, I would get lost and feel overwhelmed. I have to go slow, and give things a chance to take form and grow. -Louis Sachar

Writing a nonfiction story is like cracking a safe. It seems impossible at the beginning, but once you're in, you're in. -Rich Cohen

Popular as Keynesian fiscal policy may be, many economists are skeptical that it works. They argue that fine-tuning the economy is a virtually impossible task, and that fiscal-stimulus programs are usually too small, and arrive too late, to make a difference. -James Surowiecki

In the future, it's going to become more and more impossible for the economy to support how expensive medical care is and the number of sick people we have. Why don't we just get our population healthier so we don't need medical care? -Joel Fuhrman

In Southeast Asia the world is understood to be a vast, complex network of interdependent relationships. So when global capitalism makes it impossible for small-time rice farmers to feed their families and make a living, it is a natural thing for anyone in the family who can find an alternative source of income to do so. -John Burdett

It's impossible to control the reception of your work – the only thing you can control is the experience of writing itself, and the work you create. -Kim Edwards

Many Lexington natives believe they live in a special place, one impossible to leave. I'm not so sure about that – or it's more accurate to say I think a more general truth exists beneath it: the place you first call home stays with you always, whether you remain or go. -Kim Edwards

It is impossible for someone to lie unless he thinks he knows the truth. A person who lies is thereby responding to the truth, and he is to that extent respectful of it. -Harry Frankfurt

Post traumatic stress disorder starts out with nightmares, flashbacks and actually reliving the event. And this happens over and over and over and over in your mind. If you let it go on, it can become chronic and become hard if not impossible to treat. -Dale Archer

I still find doing portraits a terrific challenge, but even though I've done hundreds of them, I've never stopped questioning the very nature of portraiture because it deals exclusively with appearances. I've never believed people are what they look like and think it's impossible to really know what people are. -Duane Michals

People ask why there are so few female artists who succeed. It's because women are not ready to sacrifice as much as men. Women want a man, they want a family, they want to have children, they want to be loved, and to be an artist. And they can't; it's impossible. -Marina Abramovic

The Galapagos Islands are probably the most famous wildlife-watching destination in the world. And no wonder – it's almost impossible to exaggerate the sheer spectacle of the place that provided inspiration for Charles Darwin's ground-breaking theory of natural selection. -Mark Carwardine

The failure to work out sensible budgets makes it impossible for government agencies to make long-term plans, and instead leaves them scrambling to spend money in the short term. -Matt Taibbi

Once we truly grasp the message of the 'New Testament', it is impossible to read the 'Old Testament' again without seeing Christ on every page, in every story, foreshadowed or anticipated in every event and narrative. -Michael Horton

Farmers and people who make a living from the land are finding it impossible to survive. So the first step is to get out of that place. Come to the city where there are opportunities. -Mohsin Hamid

You can't ever get everything you want. It is impossible. Luckily, there is another option: You can learn to control your mind, to step outside of the endless cycle of desire and aversion. -Henepola Gunaratana

I think that the way to have style is to accept where your body is right now, heavier or skinnier, whether you're going to change in the future and dress it as it is. The fact is you can always find clothes. It may be harder for plus sized people, I completely understand that. But I don't believe that it's impossible to dress with style. -Stacy London

Physically, it's getting impossible for me to travel that much. I want to support my artists by showing up at their openings, but I can't always be in Hong Kong one minute and Geneva the next. -Larry Gagosian

Sincere practice, makes the impossible possible. -Dada Vaswani

'Easter' is a movable event, calculated by the relative positions of sun and moon, an impossible way of fixing year by year the anniversary of a historical event, but a very natural and indeed inevitable way of calculating a solar festival. These changing dates do not point to the history of a man, but to the hero of a solar myth. -Annie Besant

My symphonies would have reached Opus 100 if I had but written them down… Sometimes I am so full of music, and so overflowing with melody, that I find it simply impossible to write down anything. -Robert Schumann

A friend is a beloved mystery; dearest always because he is not ourself, and has something in him which it is impossible for us to fathom. If it were not so, friendship would lose its chief zest. -Lucy Larcom

If you attempt certain things at the right time, they are easy to accomplish – in fact, they almost get done by themselves. If you undertake them before the time is right, not only will they fail, but they will often become impossible to accomplish even when the time would have been right. -Francesco Guicciardini

When you're acting in a movie, you never consider the reception of it. It's impossible to predict how something will be received. Even if you think it's the greatest thing in the world, other people might not like it. Or agree with it. -Jesse Eisenberg

Acting is kind of difficult to intellectualize – it's a far more visceral experience. It's really hard to be able to think about and then employ these kind of esoteric notions of this person's backstory and try to weave it in somehow. It's just kind of impossible. -Jesse Eisenberg

You don't dream about things that are impossible; that are out of your range. -Olga Kurylenko

It's impossible to change the social without changing the personal – you have to put your money where your mouth is. And if you're not making those challenges at home, it's unlikely you'll make them in a larger setting. -Carrie Mae Weems

There is an immediate payoff to intelligent design: it destroys the atheistic legacy of Darwinian evolution. Intelligent design makes it impossible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist. -William A. Dembski

Nothing is impossible in this world. Firm determination, it is said, can move heaven and earth. Things appear far beyond one's power, because one cannot set his heart on any arduous project due to want of strong will. -Yamamoto Tsunetomo

God is not separate from anything, or anyone. So it's impossible to prevent God from being visible in our government. -Yehuda Berg

I tap danced for ten years before I began to understand people don't make musicals anymore. All I wanted to do was be at MGM working for Arthur Freed or Gene Kelly or Vincent Minelli. Historical and geographical constraints made this impossible. Slowly but surely the pen became mightier than the double pick-up time step with shuffle. -Zadie Smith

There's a fascinating school of thought that some women are relationship addicts. You get really strung out on a guy who's not returning your enthusiasm and tell yourself you're going to fix him and make him better, and of course it's impossible. -Phoebe Snow

I'm always trying to get those interviews that are impossible to get, because they are the ones that are most interesting to the audience. -Scott Pelley

In some ways, I think 'Pulp Fiction' hurt cinema in a very, very minor, small way. It did a massive amount of good. But it also made it impossible to make a movie even remotely like it without someone comparing it to 'Pulp Fiction.' -Roger Avary

Knowing someone else is going through the bizarreness of pregnancy with you makes it feel a little less impossible. -Elisabeth Hasselbeck

I think, especially when you're on TV, once you become associated with one genre or the other, it's near impossible to break into the other one, even if you have experience with both. -Natalie Zea

Certainly all historical experience confirms the truth – that man would not have attained the possible unless time and again he had reached out for the impossible. -Max Weber

If your mother did not know how to love herself, or your father did not know how to love himself, then it would be impossible for them to teach you to love yourself. They were doing the best they could with what they had been taught as children. -Louise L. Hay

The single most powerful element of youth is our inability to know what's impossible. -Adam Braun

It's impossible that we're alone in the universe. Every time we think we're more special than others, we're proven wrong. -Nathan Myhrvold

The Olympics show that your dream can come true if you work hard. It's not impossible. -Jencarlos Canela

Throughout my years, I've had the pleasure of assembling and training what I believe to be the best group of people in the world. People with the presence of mind to deal with any flare-up, including my own. People who share the belief that nothing is impossible. -Red Adair

As seemingly impossible as it may seem of having zero regrets, when I look at my life now and all the mistakes I've made, all the bad decisions I've made, all the things I could have done differently or done more in, I don't think I would have changed anything. -Apolo Ohno

I'm from the South, so while I personally find it impossible to live there, I still have a fondness for it as a geographical region. -Alan Ball

I've never cancelled any public appearance, simply because that's what my life is; it's doing my work, and I never want to stop doing my work unless it becomes impossible for me to do it. -Nile Rodgers

Sometimes I'm very impatient. I also feel the need to please everyone, which is unnecessary and impossible. -Steve Nash

I'm always trying to make something that is impossible to film. Why would somebody just read a novel when they can see it on TV or in the cinema? I really have to think of the things fiction can do that film can't and play to the strengths of the novel. With a novel, you can get right inside somebody's head. -Kazuo Ishiguro

Innovation must lead infrastructure for a simple but compelling reason: Innovation produces new types of products and markets, and it is virtually impossible to know how to run those markets efficiently before they are created. -Myron Scholes

Having the urge to write a novel, especially if you've yet to be published, is like having a medical condition impossible to mention in polite company – it's a relief simply to know there are fellow-sufferers out there. -Robert Harris

In the broad sense, as a processing of everything one hears or witnesses, all fiction is autobiographical – imagination ground through the mill of memory. It's impossible to separate the two ingredients. -Rohinton Mistry

All my life I believed I became an athlete through my own determination, but it's impossible to think that being descended from slaves hasn't left an imprint through the generations. Difficult as it was to hear, slavery has benefited descendants like me – I believe there is a superior athletic gene in us. -Michael Johnson

In some way, my fundamental feeling about music is that it's impossible to put a price tag on it. Human beings made music before they made a lot of other things, including tools. -Amanda Palmer

Remember what Susan B. Anthony said? 'Failure is impossible.' Failure is possible if women don't vote. -Madeleine M. Kunin

Parenthood, like death, is an event for which it is nearly impossible to be prepared. It brings you into a new relationship with the fact of your own existence, a relationship in which one may be rendered helpless. -Rachel Cusk

If you haven't understood the world you're living in, it's impossible to think that the solution you're coming up with fits. -Eddie Obeng

I'm living to the edges of my fingernails, using everything I have. It's impossible for me to look at things politically or in any way as a project, to further my career. You're injected directly into the blood of the places in which you're living and what's going on there. -Arundhati Roy

To be a good citizen, it's important to be able to put yourself in other people's shoes and see the big picture. If everything you see is rooted in your own identity, that becomes difficult or impossible. -Eli Pariser

It is impossible to talk about slowing climate change without talking about reducing CO2 emissions. Equally, it is impossible to talk about adapting to climate change without considering how we will feed ourselves. And it is out of the question that we can adapt agriculture without conserving crop diversity. -Cary Fowler

I would say that kids are great in many ways, because I think that we are less hampered when it comes to 'this costs too much' or 'that's impossible'. -Adora Svitak

Environmental scientists in Canada said it was impossible for me to get to the Pole in 2004… I said 'no,' it's still OK, and I can still get there, and I did. -Ben Saunders

The pace of digital innovation is astonishing. It's impossible to imagine life without the web, smartphones, social networks. And yet the consumer products and everyday objects all around us are still essentially dumb. -Andy Hobsbawm

It is impossible to know what fate will bring. If you love to write or paint, you will keep on writing or painting, and things will either work out or not, and you just have to keep being in the process. -Maira Kalman

You'd have to be completely crazy not to be influenced by and take from other artists. It's completely impossible not to. -Maira Kalman

It's almost impossible to reconcile the realities of how one feels during the day, hour by hour. But I approach things not cynically. -Maira Kalman

To me, very much of what is artistic is people's very creative and inventive ways out of impossible situations. -James Taylor

To sing is to bring to life; impossible if the words are mediocre, however good the music. -Edith Piaf

We've never thought too deeply about the roles things like forgetting or partisanship or inefficiency or ambiguity or hypocrisy play in our political or social life. It's been impossible to get rid of them, so we took them for granted, and we kind of thought, naively, that they're always the enemy. -Evgeny Morozov

If WikiLeaks were a for-profit company, determining its real value would be a nearly impossible task. -Evgeny Morozov

In short, Google prefers a world where we consistently go to three restaurants to a world where our choices are impossible to predict. -Evgeny Morozov

The problem with rich lists is… it is impossible to know what someone is worth until they have died and you have sold it. -Felix Dennis

It was simply impossible to support Carter for reelection in 1980 and easy for me to support Reagan. The Reagan campaign was happy to have Democratic support, and the Reagan administration was happy to have Democrats in it; they took the view that, after all, Reagan himself had been a Democrat, so it was not a strike against you. -Elliott Abrams

Architecture adds dimensions to my life that would be impossible to acquire if I retired. The beautiful thing about architecture is that every project is brand new. I am forced to renew myself with every project. Isn't that wonderful? -Cesar Pelli

I do have a place in my heart for animal shelters because the job they have is impossible – so many animals that need to euthanized because don't have homes for them. -Kevin Nealon

For me writing biographies is impossible, unless they are brief and concise, and these are, I feel, the most eloquent. -Alfred Nobel

As I toiled up the Mount of Olives, in the very footsteps of Christ, panting with the heat and the difficult ascent, I found it utterly impossible to conceive that the Deity, in human form, had walked there before me. -Bayard Taylor

The worst thing you can do is try to manipulate or control perceptions. It's impossible, and when you are found out the result is disastrous. Better to be transparent and play well with others so that when bad things happen you have a reservoir of good will to bank on. -John Gerzema

It's almost impossible to be funnier than the people in Washington. -Carol Burnett

In Paris, I really do like to try and do nothing… but that's impossible. -Christian Louboutin

Any time you play a character for a long period of time, regardless of how close it is to you, it infiltrates your life. It's impossible for it not to. -Jesse Eisenberg

Numerically speaking, half the population cannot be a minority. Yet when it comes to women, the numbers plainly show that the mathematically impossible is the socially acceptable. -Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

At a school in Massachusetts where I once worked, we managed early on through consensus. Which sounds wonderful, but it was just a very, very difficult way to sort of manage anything, because convincing everybody to do one particular thing, especially if it was hard, was almost impossible. -Geoffrey Canada

One thing we didn't know in 1996 is that it's very, very difficult, if not impossible, to sustain a culture with online advertising. -Howard Rheingold

I think we so often equate leadership with being experts – the leader is supposed to come in and fix things. But in this interconnected world we live in now, it's almost impossible for just one person to do that. -Jacqueline Novogratz

President Kennedy said that those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable. I would say that the converse is true. -Jacqueline Novogratz

One of the main things that's appealing about games is that you know a game can be won. It's an unusual game that's impossible to win. -Jesse Schell

Heroes aren't supposed to do bad things. That's what villains are for. So either the good supersedes the bad, or the bad makes it impossible to remember the good. We don't like it when such duality exists in one person. We don't want to know our heroes are human. -LZ Granderson

Sustaining an audience with a web series is an impossible task. -Felicia Day

Some brains are easy to hack into, and other brains are nearly impossible to hack into because they are so complex. -Keith Barry

I don't watch a lot of my work. I'm not really interested in seeing it after I do it. Because I came from theater, where, you know, it's impossible to actually review your work, so why would I bother under any other circumstances? -Annie Potts

My wife and I have never been able to have kids of our own. Physically, it's impossible. The doctor checked. So we tend to unofficially adopt lots of twenty-somethings. I have a real soft spot in my heart for youth. -Doug Jones

It is impossible to reason without arriving at a Supreme Being. -George Washington

With TV, you just have to finish the days and get the episodes out. And it's always going to be an impossible schedule. That's the funny thing with TV that not a lot of people realize. -Dylan O'Brien

It's impossible to explain to people who you are in a five-minute interview on TV. -Ludivine Sagnier

Comic-Con is interesting because there's so much going on at once, it's literally impossible to do everything. You need clones and some sort of hoverboard so you can surf over the crowd of packed-in nerds. -Chris Hardwick

It's impossible to live a life totally free of feelings. God created all of us to be emotional creatures, and feelings are a big part of our lives. -Joyce Meyer

It's just impossible to believe I've become good friends with some stars like Justin Bieber. I would call Justin a friend, someone I hang out with. It's really weird. -Niall Horan

Call waiting was, for me, that was like the best invention ever, because there was four kids in my family, and to get on the phone was impossible. -Maggie Carey

If September 11th has taught us anything, it's certainly that the world has never been so interdependent. It is impossible now to be an island of prosperity in a sea of despair. -Bono

It's impossible to write and produce a record when your parents are dying. I really tried, I really, really tried, but it just wouldn't come. -Anita Baker

I once blurted out that I found it impossible to bond with my son Winston because I was too tired. I mean how bloody awful does that sound? What a tosser! -Laurence Fox

Have a vision. It is the ability to see the invisible. If you can see the invisible, you can achieve the impossible. -Shiv Khera

Women try to be the best everywhere, and it's impossible. I want my clothes to give women the freedom to just be – I want them to put on my dresses and shine. -Alber Elbaz

Mine is a job that never ends, a function where it is almost impossible to set aside time to rest or take a breather. -Alber Elbaz

A career in sport is almost impossible to manage without the support, and guidance, and reassurance of family and friends. During tough times, and there always are, this is whom we go to. -Rahul Dravid

My man has to be more intelligent than I am, which is difficult to find. He should definitely be more successful than me, which is not so difficult to find. I'd be a fool to expect a better looking man than me, which is impossible to find. -Kangana Ranaut

To a physicist, we have the 'I' word, the I-word is 'impossible.' That's dangerous. -Michio Kaku

What we usually consider as impossible are simply engineering problems… there's no law of physics preventing them. -Michio Kaku

I am not a perfect friend, and it is impossible not to rebuff or be rebuffed if you move about the world. -Anne Roiphe

I do have a strong sense of God. It's impossible to explain what I mean when I say that, of course. -Marianne Faithfull

Robert Preston in 'The Last Starfighter' had an aura. It was almost a surreal experience meeting him. He exuded charm, warmth and that movie star magnetism that is impossible to describe. -Catherine Mary Stewart

I'm never going to be in something as commercially successful as 'Harry Potter' ever again. It's impossible. So that gives me incredible freedom to go off and make the slightly off-the-wall films that I want to make. -Daniel Radcliffe

I think L.A. is impossible. There's just too much media focus. You can't live a normal life. -Brad Pitt

The things I talk about and explain couldn't happen – yet, they don't seem impossible – you could say I talk about the world in an abstract perspective. But then, the world is basically insane – and it's trying to pass itself off as being a sane place. I show it for what it is. -Steven Wright

So long as there is imperialism in the world, a permanent peace is impossible. -Hassan Nasrallah

I shoot reality-based movies, and in actual locations, shooting them with a star is next to impossible. -Anurag Kashyap

I was always incredibly driven and found it impossible to relax. I felt that if I slacked off for a minute to enjoy myself, then so many things would be missed. -Sandra Bullock

The more we're governed by idiots and have no control over our destinies, the more we need to tell stories to each other about who we are, why we are, where we come from, and what might be possible. Or, what's impossible? What's a fantasy? -Alan Rickman

I didn't build Auntie Anne's alone. That would have been impossible. From the very beginning, we had a team around us that was exceptional. Our company was successful because of the dedicated people who worked for us. -Anne F. Beiler

It's hard to have that debate around secret programs authorized by secret legal opinions issued by a secret court. Actually, it's impossible to have that debate. -Al Franken

Anybody who likes writing a book is an idiot. Because it's impossible; it's like having a homework assignment every stinking day until it's done. And by the time you get it in, it's done and you're sitting there reading it, and you realize the 12,000 things you didn't do. I mean, writing isn't fun. It's never been fun. -Lewis Black

Good science fiction is intelligent. It asks big questions that are on people's minds. It's not impossible. It has some sort of root in the abstract. -Nicolas Cage

The amount of times my wife has rolled her eyes at board games is impossible to count. -Rich Sommer

We look at the African-American community, for a long time those of us who be considered strong – black men – for whatever reason, haven't done a good job of taking care of the weak. And we were doing things that render taking care of our youth and taking care of our women and our families impossible, when our lives are taken. -Ryan Coogler

I never listen to music when I am writing. It would be impossible. I listen to Bach in the mornings, mostly choral music; also some Handel, mostly songs and arias; I like Schubert's and Beethoven's chamber music and Sibelius' symphonies; for opera, I listen to Mozart and in recent years Wagner. -Colm Toibin

Some of us live a Christian life as if we're always under the stern, watchful eye of our Father and he is very impossible to please… No, God delights even in our heartfelt attempts at obedience. -Kevin DeYoung

I was a product of Andy Warhol's Factory. All I did was sit there and observe these incredibly talented and creative people who were continually making art, and it was impossible not to be affected by that. -Lou Reed

You're playing a game, whether it's Little League or Game 7 of the Word Series. It's impossible to do well unless you're having a good time. People talk about pressure. Yeah, there's pressure. But I just look at it as fun. -Derek Jeter

There's lots about politics I don't feel comfortable with. To talk about the politics of future ideas is impossible in soundbite form. -Al Gore

It's become impossible to enjoy most quality television shows because the hurt or endangered women device is so frequently used. -Jessica Valenti

The problem is that I work in more than one genre. It's impossible for me to aim for a single one because, for me, comedy is mixed with tragedy. That's very Spanish, the way in which comedy and tragedy are inextricable from each other. -Pedro Almodovar

I would love to be a guys' girl, but they always end up falling in love with me, so I'm a girls' girl instead. I've tried having friendly relationships with men, but it ends up being impossible, and I've been around the block too many times not to see it coming. -Nadine Velazquez

The word 'iconic' is used too frequently – an icon is a statue carved in wood. It was shocking at first, when I got that reference. It was a responsibility, and it's impossible to live up to – you're supposed to be dead, for one thing. -Debbie Harry

It's impossible for everybody to be in sync, even the most proper family. -Andy Garcia

I became a man in New York. New York made me the musician that I am and the person that I am, so it's impossible for me to say I regret having lived there. -Wynton Marsalis

I have a whole iPod full of exceptionally bad music, truly awful stuff including a disproportionate number of one hit wonders from the early '80s and lots of hair bands. I find it utterly impossible to love a song until I know every single word, so listening to live music or new bands is pretty much out. -Lauren Weisberger

Hamas cannot make peace with the Israelis. That is against what their God tells them. It is impossible to make peace with infidels, only a ceasefire. -Mosab Hassan Yousef

Living together places a huge burden on the other person to be lover, friend, entertainments manager, chef, domestic help, which is almost impossible and can lead to disappointment. If you don't live together, you spend more time with other people and ease the pressure off your lover. -Deborah Moggach

I'd rather not get into what I'm talking about lyrically. I think it's impossible not to demystify a song when saying what it's about. Music and art can be damaged severely by too much information; I say that as somebody that has participated in that. -Trent Reznor

Before Eminem, the idea that there would be a white rapper that anybody would really check for was fantastic or amazing or impossible. -Talib Kweli

Being a unique superpower undermines the military intelligence of strategy. To think strategically, one has to imagine oneself in the enemy's place. If one cannot do this, it is impossible to foresee, to take by surprise, to outflank. Misinterpreting an enemy can lead to defeat. This is how empires fall. -John Berger

It's very liberating when you finally realize it's impossible to make everyone like you. -John Mayer

All our environmental problems become easier to solve with fewer people and harder – and ultimately impossible to solve – with ever more people. -David Attenborough

It's impossible to go through life not offending people. All you have to do is basically have an opinion on anything, and you're gonna offend people. -Rush Limbaugh

Obama wants people, as many people as he can get, covered by the government, exchanges, however you want to phrase it, and the more the better, and the sooner, the better, making it impossible to take it away. Meaning, making it impossible to repeal Obamacare. -Rush Limbaugh

It's impossible for a Democrat to be a failure. It's impossible for a Democrat to be a reprobate. It's impossible for a Democrat to be a mess. It just isn't possible, as far as the mind-set of the media is concerned. -Rush Limbaugh

A wonderful but kind of a terrible truth about acting is that you actually get to a point where you become content with an impossible task: it is really impossible to properly prepare. You kind of have to start over every time. -Val Kilmer

It is impossible to preserve my friendship with people who are allegedly leaders when they are attacking their own people, shooting at them, using tanks and other forms of heavy weaponry. -Recep Tayyip Erdogan

We have soon to have everywhere smoke annihilators, dust absorbers, ozonizers, sterilizers of water, air, food and clothing, and accident preventers on streets, elevated roads and in subways. It will become next to impossible to contract disease germs or get hurt in the city, and country folk will got to town to rest and get well. -Nikola Tesla

Every actor wants to win an Oscar, full stop. It doesn't mean you try to design things around how to accomplish that because that's impossible. -Julia Roberts

I think the core criterion is the social awkwardness, but the sensory issues are a serious problem in many, many cases of autism, and they make it impossible to operate in the environment where you're supposed to be social. -Temple Grandin

It's near impossible to make a movie in black and white in the system. -Noah Baumbach

The whole world recognizes Russia's cultural achievements. It is impossible to imagine the world culture without Russian culture, without our music and literature. -Vladimir Putin

Envy blinds men and makes it impossible for them to think clearly. -Malcolm X

I think it would be impossible not to be an Internet kid, coming from New Zealand, because culturally it's a little barren. -Lorde

If I were put into a college lecture hall right now and told to pay attention for 45 minutes, it would be physically impossible for me to do. I'm one of those people who believe that ADD is a gift. It's tough to manage, but if you can harness it you can do great things. -Jeff Kinney

Television is much more complex, brain-challenging and involved than it used to be. It's almost impossible to watch a television show from 15 years ago; it's just too boring. I think modern television shows, with their intricate plots, are stimulating our minds. This is one reason IQs have been going up. -Alex Tabarrok

Many philosophers say it's impossible to explain our conscious experience in scientific, biological terms at all. But that's not exactly true. Scientists have explained why we have certain experiences and not others. It's just that they haven't explained the special features of consciousness that philosophers care about. -Alison Gopnik

The culture of New York is just impossible to replicate. It's such an incredible feeling to be walking on the streets of New York. You can literally find everything you need in a five block radius oftentimes. -Max Schneider

My favorite band of all time is The Clash. The thing I love about The Clash is they started out as guys who could barely play three chords. They dabbled in reggae, punk, rap, jazz. They came to a sound that could only be defined as The Clash. It was impossible to say what it was. I admire them for that. -Michael Franti

It's impossible to be perfect, and you won't do a good job if you're too focused on proving yourself to others. -Jessica Williams

Darkness comes. In the middle of it, the future looks blank. The temptation to quit is huge. Don't. You are in good company… You will argue with yourself that there is no way forward. But with God, nothing is impossible. He has more ropes and ladders and tunnels out of pits than you can conceive. Wait. Pray without ceasing. Hope. -John Piper

Many people struggle to make hummus that lives up to their expectations at home, and recreating a favourite brand or the stuff from your local deli is almost impossible. -Yotam Ottolenghi

Jerry Robinson illustrated some of the defining images of pop culture's greatest icons. As an artist myself, it's impossible not to feel humbled by his body of work. Everyone who loves comics owes Jerry a debt of gratitude for the rich legacy that he leaves behind. -Jim Lee

Superheroes are modern mythological characters, so you're going to make them look impossible. Even my Krypto The Superdog is the idealisation of the canine form. -Jim Lee

I don't listen to people who say my dreams are impossible; I just work to prove them wrong. -Liya Kebede

When you're surrounded by feathers and sequins and ridiculous Lycra outfits, it's impossible not to have a smile on your face. -Catherine Martin

For anyone who devours the web on a daily basis, the biggest problem is too much of a good thing. There's so much extraordinary content – from articles to images, videos and Tweets – that it's almost impossible to keep track of it. -Ryan Holmes

I couldn't define my style; that's impossible. I like comfort and elegance with a bit of glamour thrown in. If I like something, I'll wear it for years. -Jemima Khan

My parents always told me that nothing was impossible. -Richard Rogers

I drape a lot. I cut. I have to touch. For me, it's almost impossible to start without that. -Francisco Costa

I think the main thing about comedy and humor is that it's impossible and always was impossible to define. -Mike Nichols

We will never accomplish what God wants for our lives unless we stop making excuses for ourselves and pampering our flesh. When we get into seemingly impossible situations, we have to remember – it's not about us. -Monica Johnson

People said that 'Fight Club' would be impossible to turn into a movie, but I think David Fincher loved that challenge. -Chuck Palahniuk

For me, personally, life in South Africa had come to an end. I had been lucky in some of the whites I had met. Meeting them had made a straight 'all-blacks-are-good, all-whites-are-bad' attitude impossible. But I had reached a point where the gestures of even my friends among the whites were suspect, so I had to go or be forever lost. -Peter Abrahams

Even if you feel like your debt is just never going to go away, think long and hard before declaring bankruptcy. Declaring bankruptcy means that getting a loan for anything will be next to impossible for the next 10 years. -Alexa Von Tobel

My interest in acting came from seeing Broadway shows on summer trips to New York as a child. It was the original production of 'A Chorus Line' in an easy tie with the first 10 -15 minutes of Dustin Hoffman in 'Tootsie' that hooked me on the romantic idea that the impossible, difficult life of a struggling actor was for me. -John Lloyd Young

I put my comics that are really valuable into regular mylar because I like to look at them. Once they're in those clam shell boxes, they're impossible to open up. -Geoff Johns

Exactly who does use the safe-haven laws is difficult to discern. Most states make no effort to study the cases or compile any data, and the anonymous nature of the process makes outside research nearly impossible. -Wil S. Hylton

I wanted to write when I was young, but people said it was impossible. Then my parents locked me in a mental institution – they said I was crazy and would never make a living from writing. -Paulo Coelho

Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure. -Paulo Coelho

We use paper documents to store knowledge so we can consult and reconsult it, giving us a type of recall impossible with our unaided minds; we use pencils to scratch down material so we can manipulate it in a fashion impossible in our unaided minds. -Clive Thompson

A single economy makes the constant adjustments necessary to facilitate trade impossible. -Vladimir Bukovsky

My goal, as always, is simply to inform the public about an issue that is nearly impossible for them to learn about on their own. That is my only goal as a reporter. -Dana Priest

We tend to believe that things are impossible that are very possible. -Jim McKelvey

Not every child learns the same way. I could not learn through my eyes. Reading was impossible. Math, to compute it in my mind, was impossible. I learned everything through listening. -Henry Winkler

There is simply no way we are going to make progress on the enormous challenges we face without making hard choices. It's impossible. -Michael Bennet

A strong mentor can help a young woman find and advance in the career of her dreams that otherwise may have seemed impossible. -Kirsten Gillibrand

I have always wanted to make paintings that are impossible to walk past, paintings that grab and hold your attention. The more you look at them, the more satisfying they become for the viewer. The more time you give to the painting, the more you get back. -Cecily Brown

There's no statistical evidence that human beings have an ability to move in and out of the markets effectively. It's next to impossible. -John W. Rogers, Jr.

The malaria parasite has been killing children and sapping the strength of whole populations for tens of thousands of years. It is impossible to calculate the harm malaria has done to the world. -Bill Gates

If you set out in a spaceship to find the one planet in the galaxy that has life, the odds against your finding it would be so great that the task would be indistinguishable, in practice, from impossible. -Richard Dawkins

I believe things cannot make themselves impossible. -Stephen Hawking

Even if it turns out that time travel is impossible, it is important that we understand why it is impossible. -Stephen Hawking

I did an early version of my site where it was virtually impossible to get through it, just as a statement about the web. But after a few laughs and some angry e-mails, I realized it wasn't doing me much good. I think the web has become more about the final product, not what it takes to get to it. -David Carson

When facing a difficult task, act as though it is impossible to fail. If you are going after Moby Dick, take along the tartar sauce. -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

The cottages erected by farmers or by landlords are now, one and all, fit and proper habitations for human beings; and I verifly believe it would be impossible throughout the length and breadth of Wiltshire to find a single bad cottage on any large estate, so well and so thoroughly have the landed proprietors done their work. -Richard Jefferies

The man who can centre his thoughts and hopes upon something transcending self can find a certain peace in the ordinary troubles of life, which is impossible to the pure egoist. -Bertrand Russell

Virtually nothing is impossible in this world if you just put your mind to it and maintain a positive attitude. -Lou Holtz

Don't ever in your life do a World Cup and the Olympic Games at the same time. This will make your life almost impossible. -Eduardo Paes

St. Paul was making it impossible to be Jewish and Christian at the same time. What is very striking about those early churches and communities is that you could be both. Under Paul, though, you absolutely couldn't. -Simon Schama

I like sci-fi that is not entirely impossible. -Blair Brown

My readers often tell me that what they admire about my books is my ability to write from so many points of view. My challenge to myself is whether I'll ever be able to write a novel just from one point of view. It seems impossible. -Julia Glass

The most frustrating part of trying to direct everything is not that it alienates you from people who genuinely want to help, but that it's actually impossible. -Simon Van Booy

Even if you are genuinely interested in what is in your products, it is extremely difficult and often impossible to find out. -Christien Meindertsma

Caltech is a very adventurous place. Part of the culture is that we tolerate people doing things that seem impossible, and also synthesizing and borrowing ideas across very kooky and unusual boundaries. -Colin Camerer

If you set goals for yourself, and you're like a lot of other people, you probably realize it's not that your goals are physically impossible that's keeping you from achieving them; it's that you lack the self-discipline to stick to them. It's physically possible to lose weight. It's physically possible to exercise more. -Daniel Goldstein

It is impossible to struggle for civil rights, equal rights for blacks, without including whites. Because equal rights, fair play, justice, are all like the air: we all have it, or none of us has it. That is the truth of it. -Maya Angelou

It is impossible to watch a 'Friends' episode too many times. Phoebe is my favourite character. I used to play her songs on the guitar when I was a teenager. 'Smelly Cat' is very easy. It's only about three chords. -Michelle Dockery

Israel is following policies which maximise its security threats… policies which choose expansion over security… policies which lead to their moral degradation, their isolation, their delegitimation, as they call it now, and very likely ultimate destruction. That's not impossible. -Noam Chomsky

Primarily affecting low-information voters and members of the mainstream media, Obama Worship Syndrome attributes impossible capabilities to Obama's political opponents, finds excuses for every Obama failure in everyone around him and praises the president as the finest politician – nay, human being – of our time. -Ben Shapiro

Don't be put off by people who know what is not possible. Do what needs to be done, and check to see if it was impossible only after you are done. -Paul Hawken

I do write all the time about – you tell me what your dreams are. What are you chasing? It's not impossible. Name it. -Diana Nyad

When you have mass surveillance, it's impossible to meet the intent of the First Amendment because reporters can't talk to sources because sources are afraid to talk. -Pierre Omidyar

I think when you're writing songs, it's impossible to not draw on personal experiences, whether it be traveling or girls or anything. Just emotions. -Harry Styles

You're always going to write and draw inspiration from things that you're feeling, things that you've felt. It's kind of impossible not to unless you're writing a song and there's an exact scenario that you're trying to write a song for. -Harry Styles

This fundraising is consuming us. It's impossible to overstate, I think, what it's doing to members and their ability to just focus on the job that they were elected to do. The collective concentration of the institution is being undermined every day by the need to fund-raise. -John Sarbanes

Oh my goodness; the highlight of my career. I couldn't pick a show or a moment because that would just be impossible. -Darren Boyd

Periods of nostalgia are impossible to predict or explain. -Russell Smith

Part of the problem is that we have become so dependent upon this system that is killing and exploiting us, it has become almost impossible for us to imagine living outside of it, and it's very difficult physically for us to live outside of it. -Derrick Jensen

Do I think anything I ever do will be as big as Motley Crue? It's impossible. -Nikki Sixx

When you break your pelvis, you can't do a whole lot. It took me about six weeks to be able to get out of bed. Anything you do that shakes your body is painful all over, so you can't cough, you can't sneeze, and going to the bathroom is impossible. -Tony Hawk

'The Matrix' is a movie that is all about glamour. I could do a whole talk on 'The Matrix' and glamour. It was criticized for glamorizing violence, because, look – sunglasses and those long coats, and, of course, they could walk up walls and do all these kinds of things that are impossible in the real world. -Virginia Postrel

Mathematicians didn't invent infinity until 1877. So they thought it was impossible that Africans could be using fractal geometry. -Ron Eglash

You can do irrefutably impossible things with the right amount of planning and support from intelligent and hardworking people and pizza. -Scott M. Gimple

Americans are slow to anger, but once they do get angry, they are impossible to stop. -Kathleen Troia McFarland

Our best hope for the future is not to get people to think of all humanity as family – that's impossible. It lies, instead, in an appreciation of the fact that, even if we don't empathize with distant strangers, their lives have the same value as the lives of those we love. -Paul Bloom

We can imagine our bodies being destroyed, our brains ceasing to function, our bones turning to dust, but it is harder – some would say impossible – to imagine the end of our very existence. -Paul Bloom

Don't waste even a minute magnifying your perceived inadequacies. You can't do it all. Why berate yourself for not achieving the impossible? -Karen Finerman

It'd be impossible to capture the feel of 'All Quiet on the Western Front' in a novel starring Mace Windu; 'All Quiet' is a tragic coming-of-age story. -Matthew Stover

I don't think any foreign Internet company can effectively compete against Chinese companies in the Chinese market. The regulatory environment is so difficult that it's almost impossible for foreigners to have an advantage over locals who have better political connections and who can manipulate the regulatory system much more effectively. -Rebecca MacKinnon

I think it's nearly impossible to write something fictional without having it be about yourself in some way or another. -Jami Attenberg

It might sound a small thing, but if you want to get Tom Cruise into your movie, without a track record or without those agents knowing you, it's almost impossible. Now I can get through to pretty much anyone I want. Of course, 90 per cent of the time they still say no. -Eric Fellner

Maybe it's impossible to spend time with Patrick Stewart and not have the conversation move to the extraterrestrial. -Stephen Rodrick

Writing an encyclopedia is hard. To do anywhere near a decent job, you have to know a great deal of information about an incredibly wide variety of subjects. Writing so much text is difficult, but doing all the background research seems impossible. -Aaron Swartz

When you lose a parent, you realize how vital they are to the foundation of your life. It's impossible to understand what it means until that curtain is pulled. You're an orphan. But then I think that life is kind of remarkable, and the thing that causes the biggest pain can also bring amazing energy. -Neneh Cherry

One of the more bizarre games I played as a kid was something called 'kill the man.' It was a cross between football and rugby, which found the person carrying the ball a target of some hungry tacklers. I still don't know why we enjoyed the game because it was impossible to win. -Chuck Todd

The open web is full of spam, shady operators, and blatant falsehoods. Outside of a relatively small percentage of high quality sites, most of the web is chock full of popup ads and other interruptive come-ons. It's nearly impossible to find signal in that noise, and the web is in danger of being overrun by all that crap. -John Battelle

We are fortunate to have collectively built a culture that matters, a brand that matters, a business that matters. It is impossible to state in words how much this team means to me, how much Hulu means to me. -Jason Kilar

There's always room to improve in a restaurant. A restaurant is better or worse every day than it was the day before. It's impossible not to be, because it's human. -Michael Mina

'Night Watch' itself is a very Russian movie. It's impossible to imagine this kind of movie somewhere else: a movie with a depressing ending, a lot of inexplicable storylines, strange characters. It's a Russian reflection of American film culture. -Timur Bekmambetov

Is literature more important than hurting people? You can't argue that. You can't say it. It's impossible. -Karl Ove Knausgard

I always find the first thing that really bothers me when I start a screenplay is, I have to find a different form. You can't follow the form of the novel. It's a different thing completely. It's impossible. You just somehow have to find a structure for the whole thing. You have to crack that. -Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

The problem with wanting the tax code to be 'simpler, fairer,' and 'pro-growth' is that it's impossible to achieve all three at the same time. -Timothy Noah

In the past, secularists sought to challenge dogma by the use of rational argument, claiming, for example, that miracles described in the Bible are scientifically impossible. -Stephen Kinzer

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