One-Liner Wednesday – Impossible

Last week, when I rewrote my story about my early days of employment, I was trying to cut about 200 words out of the original story, ‘cuz I care about you guys (he says as he’s meandering around the point of a One-Liner Wednesday post). Anyway, I rewrote a bunch of sections, left out some technical details and I left out a bit of commentary about “impossible.”

There are almost 1,000 quotes available online regarding “impossible” but my favorite one is from Jean Luc Picard, Captain of the Starship Enterprise when he barked to Commander Data:

“Things are only impossible until they’re not!”

The thing I liked about Captain Picard, is that he never really lost his cool. He would get angry, frustrated, and even scared, but he was always in command of the situation, not to mention the best starship in the Federation. Commander Riker would utter ill-placed curse words. Chief O’Brien might shove somebody in a bar. Worf might kill a man with his bat’leth, but the Captain could usually keep things under control. Mary and the other Trekkies can give examples of how I’m wrong in the comments. Bonus points are available.

Captain Picard
Yes, I own a Captain Picard action figure. And it’s pronounced “fig-ur” just so you know.

Since I’m still under 300 words – practically a record for me, I want to also share three of the runner up quotes on the subject of impossible:

It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much.”
– Yogi Berra

Some of the world’s greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible.”
– Doug Larson

Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible. I think it’s in my basement… let me go upstairs and check.”
– M. C. Escher


This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun weekly series One-Liner Wednesday. You can follow this link to see the one-liners from the other participants.

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  1. If your action fig-ur was standing, he’d be doing the Riker Maneuver while drinking his Earl Grey…hot. I might agree with your statements about O’Brien and Worf, but not sure about Riker. I think he was a ladies’ man more than a swearing man. Perhaps if he had pulled his shirt down more often than Picard, he would have also kept his cool. What do you think, Dan?

    Two days to the Star Trek Chicago Convention. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this…

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    1. I may have stuck with the impression formed with the early Riker. I didn’t think he handled himself well in the moment a crisis began.

      I know it isn’t necessary to say, but have a good time this weekend! Happy Birthmonth!

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  2. Humm, well, The word ‘possible’ is just inside ‘impossible’. Oh and Picard goes home to his brother after the Borg incident and has a brawl, gets drunk and basically has a blast. Favourite episode!

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  3. I lost my train of thought after reading Mary’s comment … I had to read it three times before I realized she said Riker should be pulling his shirt down, not up ;)

    … oh yeah, I was going to say the Doug Larson quote has always been a favourite of mine.

    … and what’s with Captain Picard’s blue chair? It looks suspiciously like a toilet seat.

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    1. That’s his “laptop thingie!” If you look close, there’s a Federation insignia on the screen. Of course, it’s going to look like a toilet seat from now on…

      I never understood why, after hundreds of years, we still hadn’t invented better fitting clothes.

      It’s hard to choose between these quotes, not to mention the thousand other ones. I think the fact that there are so many good ones is a sign that we must love a challenge.

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    2. Lol, Joanne. I thought “toilet seat” at first glance, but didn’t want to say anything for fear of Dan taking away bonus points. Then again, he didn’t give me any, soooo…

      Pulling the shirt down is the Picard maneuver, which makes for a great drinking game 😏

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  4. Have we embraced the term “Trekkies”? The last I knew, that was belittling, and we preferred “Trekkers”. But Trekkies is okay with me. I just like the show(s), although The Original Series will always be The Real One to me, since I WAS YOUNG WHEN IT FIRST AIRED. Never thought I’d live to see flip phones be Old Skool.

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    1. I don’t know what term is correct, so don’t use me as an authority. I wear the slurs about my being a Star Trek fan, like a badge of honor. As for ToS vs all others, I still really like the original series, especially when I remember the time period. That said, STNG was a great series, especially after the first season settled down.

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  5. Dan, I have often wondered what ossible is and why imps seem to be so fixated on it. I would pause and ponder where my purified water adult beverage would be so as to properly cogitate this conundrum. However it is moving day in the meadow and that just does not go with cogitation. Relaxed philosophical quaint cogitation to be specific. It might even be un-ossble for imps.

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    1. Thanks Jennie. That quote is pretty accurate. The group I work in has done a lot of things where we’ve been told that we would need to buy software to do it, and that we couldn’t build it ourselves. It always strikes me that “somebody built it” and why can’t I?

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  6. I’m a bigger fan of ToS than STNG, I like Voyage better than STNG too. I don’t know why I can’t get into STNG, but suspect it’s all about Captain Kirk, and my young age when I started watching the original.

    Marian said, “Never thought I’d live to see flip phones be Old Skool.” I know, right!

    Love those quotes Dan. Yogi cracks me up. Did he say that stuff with a straight face? The Larson quote is awesome!

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    1. Part of the split, I think, is that the Star Trek movies reinforced the original series crew. The did look pretty good in those new-fangled special effects.

      I’ve only ever read Yogi’s quotes, but I’ve always liked them. The Larson quote is one I think of a lot.

      Thanks for the comment and the tweet.

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  7. I like the Yogi quote. His quotes often crack me up.
    I’m not a Trekkie, but I’m married to one. I have many teenage memories of him hoggin the Sunday afternoon tv with his Star Trek — oh, or westerns! Give me Star Trek over westerns any day! I think it’s nice we have more tvs now than we did then :)

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    1. Of course, there are Star Trek episodes that are also westerns. I’m guessing you might have seen them. One, where Worf and his son are the sherif/deputy in an old west town, is one of my favorites. You’re probably wishing you’d just pressed like and moved on.

      Thanks.

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  8. Completely agree with your assessment of Captain Picard, Dan. And as far as I’m concerned, he will forever be the greatest Captain in Starfleet!

    My favourite ‘impossible’ quote would have to be from the great Sherlock Holmes: “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” Which, if you think about it, is possibly what Captain Picard’s quote is a derivative of…

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    1. I think Commander Data once shared that quote in an episode where he was playing Holmes. It’s another good quote, though.

      We have quite a divided group on captains. I liked Kirk, but I was more impressed with Picard.

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  9. Um, Dan, I don’t know what is better here today … your post or the comments. Sorry. But it’s true. Since I’m not a Trekkie fan I got a hoot reading the comments especially the one about the toilet seat. The impossible quotes oh yeah gotta love them too!! It’s good to see such merriment over here … thank you for the smile on my face. Nope, the face hasn’t cracked yet. YAY! 😂

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  10. Ah, Yogi Berra is such a font of one-liners, Dan, he could set you up for a year or more, easily. “90 percent of the game is half-mental” … “Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t go to yours” … “If people don’t want to come to the ballpark, how are you going to stop them?” … the list goes on. Good post!

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  11. Your quote applies to so many situations, Dan. I always liked Captain Picard. The second best favorite quote is Escher’s. His art is so fascinating and I cannot believe his joke upon himself. If you ever run into someone who likes film noir, let them know the movie, “The Name of the Rose” has an Escher never-ending staircase, Sean Connery and Christian Slater, in his very first role.

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