• Quite Impossible
    Quite Impossible
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n impossibleness incapability of existing or occurring
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Nothing is impossible Nothing is impossible


  • Dr. Howard Murphy
    Dr. Howard Murphy
    “It is impossible to walk rapidly and be unhappy.”
  • Lawrence S. Eagleburger
    Lawrence S. Eagleburger
    “Americans usually believe that nothing is impossible.”
  • Salvador Dali
    “It is either easy or impossible.”
  • Chretien Malesherbes
    Chretien Malesherbes
    “We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.”
  • Lewis Carroll
    “Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “To believe a thing is impossible is to make it so.”


In literature:

We, on our part, as I have already said, found it equally impossible to storm the English positions.
"Three Years' War" by Christiaan Rudolf de Wet
But this would be impossible.
"The House of Martha" by Frank R. Stockton
Why these arms were provided it was impossible for me to say.
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
At first sight this seemed impossible.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
He was painting a bacchanal and it was impossible for him to proceed without a model.
"Woman Triumphant" by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
It is almost impossible without a kind of impiety to frame in words the feelings they inspire.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
Without his promised help the future expedition seemed impossible.
"The North Pole" by Robert E. Peary
Before the first year of the boy's life had passed the task of teaching his good-natured, stubborn father became impossible.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
An indignant "Impossible" was the answer.
"Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris" by Henry Labouchère
But this would be impossible without relating the scene at very great length.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
No, no, it is impossible; clearly, absolutely impossible; this is weak indeed.
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli
It was not impossible that Mr. Clifford might be dead.
"Cobwebs and Cables" by Hesba Stretton
Indeed, I should have said beforehand that it was impossible to shock him.
"The Island Mystery" by George A. Birmingham
It was impossible; for, you see, it would have argued great weakness of mind and a total want of originality.
"Audrey Craven" by May Sinclair
Guss herself must know that such a marriage was impossible.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
He had patiently replaced all the nails in the planks by rivets; which rendered rust in the holes impossible.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
It was impossible for these first callers to restrain a thrill of nervousness as to the nature of the reception before them.
"Lady Cassandra" by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
At other places, even this was impossible, and the heavy boats had to be laboriously carried around the falls and rapids.
"The Greater Republic" by Charles Morris
We may not like these imputations, but it would be hard to deny that in certain national crises we have not been impossibly virtuous.
"American World Policies" by Walter E. Weyl
I shall expect you to say all sorts of impossible things, and not to blush when saying them.
"Faith and Unfaith" by Duchess

In poetry:

Man, and man only
Can do the impossible;
He 'tis distinguisheth,
Chooseth and judgeth;
He to the moment
Endurance can lend.
"The Godlike" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Cold, impossible, ahead
Lifts the mountain's lovely head
Whose white waterfall could bless
Travellers in their last distress.
"Autumn Song" by W H Auden
It would have been impossible,
So wedded were we to the wrong,
Our hearts had grown invulnerable
To all appeals however strong.
"The Triumph Of Liberty" by James Madison Bell
Did some lodge here
And leave for a keepsake
Wisteria trousers? Thoroughworts,
Impossible to forget,
Their fragrance lingers on.
"Did some lodge here" by Ki no Tsurayuki
CYPRIAN. Now impossible dream of mine,
Now thy arms will be the centre
Of my love, thy lips the sun,
Burning, brimming as with nectar.
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
CYPRIAN. Stay, for one more thing I'd know.
Tell me this of your fair mistress,
Is she possible to your hopes,
Or impossible to your wishes?--
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

The impossible has happened, folks.
Last February I wrote about the attempts of various Chicago chefs to use the impossibly bony, leaping Asian carp that have infiltrated waterways in the state.
With ovens that reach only 500 degrees and dough that's impossible to stretch thin, even the savviest home cooks struggle to produce parlor-quality pies.
I went to see Fall Out Boy and all I got was tinnitus and a set list with impossibly long song names.
Watching Jenny Soza play her position at right back, it's impossible to tell that she didn't come to the Long Beach State women's soccer team as a defensive player.
Some days, cramming in a workout can feel impossible.
Quiet talking was impossible, I found, and high notes just turned into uncomfortable squeaks.
It seems impossible that, after a bajilion posts about the sights and sounds of Fashion Week, we'd have anything left to say at all.
Still, while it might be impossible to know the future, that hasn't stopped people from forecasting it—and sometimes in ways that are of real, practical use.
Moderating a debate = impossible.
Stretching the boundaries of stone might seem impossible, but Domenico de Palo does so-at least stylistically-with Natura.
Recent experience with Iraq suggests that preventing the proliferation of biological weapons will be difficult but not impossible.
Aptly named defense for non-support: Attorneys say ' impossibility ' claim is impossible to prove.
Tracking Tainted Food a Near Impossibility in U.S. Lee Hochberg reports on the difficulty in tracking the source of tainted foods and the complicated trail from production to sale.
Girl Mathematician Reveals That Spongebob's House Is A Mathmatical Impossibility .

In science:

If the only observable is Zn , then it is impossible to predict the next values of this sequence using only the knowledge of the past values.
A mechanism for randomness
The magnitude of ∆n decreases at higher values of κ and becomes negative at κ > 15 so that Cherenkov radiation is impossible there.
Cherenkov radiation and pair production by particles traversing laser beams
When this is the case we see, using Eq. (4), that is is impossible to confirm unambiguously and with nonzero probability that both systems have been prepared in the same state.
Comparison of two unknown pure quantum states
By (7), this means that πh(a) > πt(a) for every edge a of C , which is clearly impossible.
Determining the Genus of a Map by Local Observation of a Simple Random Process
This is impossible, since X is non degenerate.
Geometric Syzygies of Mukai Varieties and General Canonical Curves with Genus at most 8
There are many elementary solutions but they have either singularities or it is impossible to ensure that both p and q2 are positive.
Static charged perfect fluid spheres in general relativity
Therefore it is impossible to indicate a meaningful value of the asymptotic line shape parameter λ.
Structural Relaxation and Mode Coupling in a Simple Liquid: Depolarized Light Scattering in Benzene
Note that the image of P M 1 x in this vector space is 1-dimensional, so if r ≤ s′ we have that µs′ is surjective, while if s′ ≤ r < s we have that µr is surjective, both of which are impossible.
On the geometric genus of subvarieties of generic hypersurfaces
We have seen that more than log1/α p|G| successes are impossible.
Towards a practical, theoretically sound algorithm for random generation in finite groups
The situation |X | ≡ |Y | ≡ |Z | ≡ 0 (mod 3) is impossible.
There are no iterated morphisms that define the Arshon sequence and the $\sigma$-sequence
However, this impossible, since then f (1231) = 123132312123 is not a prefix w .
There are no iterated morphisms that define the Arshon sequence and the $\sigma$-sequence
But then, considering Y Z , which is a subword of w , we see, that 33 is a subword of w , which is impossible.
There are no iterated morphisms that define the Arshon sequence and the $\sigma$-sequence
We have |Y | ≥ 2, since otherwise Y = 3 and hence X Y X which is a subword of w , contains 3131, which is impossible.
There are no iterated morphisms that define the Arshon sequence and the $\sigma$-sequence
Now |Z | ≥ 2, since otherwise Z = 2 and X ZX which is a subword of w , contains 1212, which is impossible.
There are no iterated morphisms that define the Arshon sequence and the $\sigma$-sequence
The task of measuring everything is not only impossible, it is also useless.
Complex Systems: a Physicist's Viewpoint