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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Impossible as an echo without a voice to start it.
  Impossible as for a blind man to describe color.
  Impossible as for a lawyer to feel compassion gratis.
  Impossible as for one buried alive to lift his gravestone.
  Impossible as for the full-grown bird to live imprisoned in the eggshell.
  Impossible as for the man in the moon to come down.
  Impossible as for the poles to come together till the earth is crushed.
Impossible as for widows to feed on dreams and wishes;
Like hags on visionary dishes.
  Impossible as to count the waves.
  Impossible as to hiss and yawn at the same time.
  Impossible as to hold the wind with a net.
  Impossible as to join in a procession and look out the window.
  Impossible as to jump away from your shadow.
  Impossible as to mend a bell.
  Impossible as to paint a sound.
  Impossible as to recall the days that are past.
  Impossible as to reconcile cats and rats, or hounds and hares.
  Impossible as to replace a hatched chicken in its shell.
  Impossible as to stem the eternal flood of time.
  Impossible as to wash a black man white.
  Impossible as to wet the sea.
  As impossible for him to take flight of fancy as it would be for a watchmaker to put together a chronometer with nothing except a two-pound hammer and a whip-saw in the way of tools.
            —Joseph Conrad
  Impossible as it would be for a full balloon not to go up.
            —Charles Dickens
  A little girl without a doll is almost as unfortunate and quite as impossible as a woman without children.
            —Victor Hugo
  Impossible as for a blind man to copy Raphael.
            —London Telegraph
  Truth is as impossible to be soiled by any outward touch as the sunbeam.
            —John Milton
  As impossible as that a man should walk in procession at his own funeral.
            —Thomas Paine
  Impossible as to cut fire into steaks, or draw water with a fish-net.
            —François Rabelais
  Impossible as a centaur or a griffin.
            —John Skelton
  Impossible as to get the whole music of the spheres into a sonata.
            —Robert Louis Stevenson
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