„No, it is impossible; it is impossible to convey the life-sensation of any given epoch of one’s existence--that which makes its truth, its meaning--its subtle and penetrating essence. It is impossible. We live, as we dream--alone.“

—  Joseph Conrad, buch Herz der Finsternis

Quelle: Heart of Darkness

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englischsprachiger Schriftsteller 1857 - 1924

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„There is nothing impossible in the existence of the supernatural: its existence seems to me decidedly probable.“

—  George Santayana 20th-century Spanish-American philosopher associated with Pragmatism 1863 - 1952

The Genteel Tradition at Bay (1931)
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„For any given set of objects it is impossible to say that no interrelationships exist.“

—  Arthur D. Hall American electrical engineer 1925 - 2006

Hall and Fagen, "Definition of System," in Walter F. Buckley (1968) Modern Systems Research, p. 82

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„Living in dreams of yesterday, we find ourselves still dreaming of impossible future conquest…“

—  Charles Lindbergh American aviator, author, inventor, explorer, and social activist 1902 - 1974

As quoted in Lindbergh (1998) by A. Scott Berg, p. 3

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„The concentration camps, by making death itself anonymous (making it impossible to find out whether a prisoner is dead or alive), robbed death of its meaning as the end of a fulfilled life.“

—  Hannah Arendt, buch Elemente und Ursprünge totaler Herrschaft

Part 3, Ch. 12, § 3.
The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951)
Kontext: The concentration camps, by making death itself anonymous (making it impossible to find out whether a prisoner is dead or alive), robbed death of its meaning as the end of a fulfilled life. In a sense they took away the individual’s own death, proving that henceforth nothing belonged to him and he belonged to no one. His death merely set a seal on the fact that he had never existed.

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„Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.“

—  Muhammad Ali African American boxer, philanthropist and activist 1942 - 2016

Written by copywriter Aimee Lehto for a series of Adidas ads in which this was superimposed over stills of various figures, including Muhammad Ali. Documented by Quote Investigator https://quoteinvestigator.com/2017/11/28/impossible-is/.
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„There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.“

—  Paulo Coelho, buch Der Alchimist

The alchemist, p. 141.
Variante: There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.
Quelle: The Alchemist (1988)

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„It’s almost impossible to go through life all alone.“

—  Robert Fulghum, buch All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten (1986)
Kontext: There’s another thing not everyone figures out right away: It’s almost impossible to go through life all alone. We need to find our support group — family, friends, companion, therapy gatherings, team, church or whatever. The kindergarten admonition applies as long as we live: “When you go out into the world, hold hands and stick together.” It’s dangerous out there — lonely, too. Everyone needs someone. Some assembly is always required.

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„Truth is as impossible to be soiled by any outward touch as the sunbeam.“

—  John Milton English epic poet 1608 - 1674

The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce (1643), Introduction. Compare: "The sun, which passeth through pollutions and itself remains as pure as before", Francis Bacon, Advancement of Learning, Book ii (1605)

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„If one wanted to make a work of art devoid of meaning, it would be impossible because we’ve already given meaning to the work by indicating that it’s a work of art.“

—  Joseph Kosuth American conceptual artist 1945

Joseph Kosuth, “Introduction” in Art After Philosophy and After: Collected Writings, 1960–1990 (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1991); cited in: Thierry Mortier. " Semiotics as Art: Kosuth http://www.semionaut.net/semiotics-as-art-joseph-kosuth/," Sunday, 1 July 2012.

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„To present universal Nature as the deep in which each soul with its moral hopes is to be engulfed, is to transform existence into a system of radical and irremediable evil, and thus to make genuine religion impossible;“

—  George Holmes Howison American philosopher 1834 - 1916

Quelle: The Limits of Evolution, and Other Essays, Illustrating the Metaphysical Theory of Personal Ideaalism (1905), Modern Science and Pantheism, p.79-80

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