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.
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.