In the first instance, therefore, global terrorism created a kind of global community sharing a common fate, something we had previously considered impossible.
It is not impossible to think that the minds of philosophers sometimes act like those of other mortals, and that, having once been determined by diverse circumstances to adopt certain views, they then look for and naturally find reasons to justify these views.
At a school in Massachusetts where I once worked, we managed early on through consensus. Which sounds wonderful, but it was just a very, very difficult way to sort of manage anything, because convincing everybody to do one particular thing, especially if it was hard, was almost impossible.
With care and patience, people may accomplish things which, to an indolent person, would appear impossible.
There is a limit to the application of democratic methods. You can inquire of all the passengers as to what type of car they like to ride in, but it is impossible to question them as to whether to apply the brakes when the train is at full speed and accident threatens.
I love those who yearn for the impossible.
A revolution is impossible without a revolutionary situation; furthermore, not every revolutionary situation leads to revolution.
History is one of those marvelous and necessary illusions we have to deal with. It’s one of the ways of dealing with our world with impossible generalities which we couldn’t live without.
It is impossible not to envy the man who can dismiss reason, although we know how it must turn out at last.
Alas, we have not yet the power to render completely sterile or make impossible the errors and lies which will merely be America being itself rather than its unconvincing promise.