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Impossibility
 
You cannot make a crab walk straight.
        Aristophanes—Pax. 1083.
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  It is not a lucky word, this same impossible; no good comes of those that have it so often in their mouth.
        Carlyle—French Revolution. Pt. III. Bk. III. Ch. X.
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And what’s impossible, can’t be,
And never, never comes to pass.
        Geo. Colman (The Younger)—Broad Grins. The Maid of the Moor.
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Hope not for impossibilities.
        Fuller—The Holy and Profane States. Of Expecting Preferment. Maxim I.
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  Few things are impossible to diligence and skill.
        Samuel Johnson—Rasselas. Ch. XII.
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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.
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  Certainly nothing is unnatural that is not physically impossible.
        R. B. Sheridan—The Critic. Act II. Sc. 1.
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Certum est quia impossibile est.
  The fact is certain because it is impossible.
        Tertullian—De Carne Christi. Ch. V. Pt. 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.
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  You cannot make, my Lord, I fear, a velvet purse of a sow’s ear.
        John Walcot—Lord B. and his Notions.
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