Impossibility is the state of something not being possible. In law, such a state of affairs is a defense to a breach of contract — for example, a contract to pay painters to paint a house may be voided as impossible if the house burns to the ground the day before the painters arrive.
- It is not a lucky word, this same impossible; no good comes of those that have it so often in their mouth.
- Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution, A History (1837), Part III, Book III, Chapter X
- Hope not for impossibilities.
- Thomas Fuller, The Holy State and the Prophane State (1642), Of Expecting Preferment, Maxim I
- It is easy to kill someone with a slash of a sword. It is hard to be impossible for others to cut down.
- Yagyū Munenori, as quoted in Behold the Second Horseman (2005), by Joseph Lumpkin, p. 53
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 390
- You cannot make a crab walk straight.
- Aristophanes, Pax, 1083
- And what's impossible, can't be,
And never, never comes to pass.
- George Colman the Younger, Broad Grins, The Maid of the Moor
- Few things are impossible to diligence and skill.
- Samuel Johnson, Rasselas, Chapter XII
- Simul flare sorbereque haud facile
Est: ego hic esse et illic simul, haud potui.
- To blow and to swallow at the same time is not easy; I cannot at the same time be here and also there.
- Plautus, Mostellaria, Act III. 2. 105
- Certainly nothing is unnatural that is not physically impossible.
- Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The Critic, Act II, scene 1
- Certum est quia impossibile est.
- The fact is certain because it is impossible.
- Tertullian, De Carne Christi, Chapter V, Part II. Called "Tertullian's rule of faith." Also given "Credo quia impossibile." I believe because it is impossible. Same idea in St. Augustine—Confessions, VI. 5. (7). Credo quia absurdum est. An anonymous rendering of the same.
- You cannot make, my Lord, I fear, a velvet purse of a sow's ear.
- John Walcot, Lord B. and his Notions