|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
|You cannot make a crab walk straight.|
| It is not a lucky word, this same impossible; no good comes of those that have it so often in their mouth.|
CarlyleFrench Revolution. Pt. III. Bk. III. Ch. X.
|And whats impossible, cant be,|
And never, never comes to pass.
Geo. Colman (The Younger)Broad Grins. The Maid of the Moor.
|Hope not for impossibilities.|
FullerThe Holy and Profane States. Of Expecting Preferment. Maxim I.
| Few things are impossible to diligence and skill.|
Samuel JohnsonRasselas. Ch. 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.
PlautusMostellaria. Act III. 2. 105.
| Certainly nothing is unnatural that is not physically impossible.|
R. B. SheridanThe Critic. Act II. Sc. 1.
|Certum est quia impossibile est.|
The fact is certain because it is impossible.
TertullianDe Carne Christi. Ch. V. Pt. II. Called Tertullians rule of faith. Also given Credo quia impossibile. I believe because it is impossible. Same idea in St. AugustineConfessions. 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 sows ear.|
John WalcotLord B. and his Notions.