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"Attain the unattainable." - Alfred Lord Tennyson

"Certainty is an unrealistic and unattainable ideal" - William Lane Craig

"Perfect is unattainable. Better is possible." - Barack Obama

"While we pursue the unattainable, we make impossible the realizable." - Robert Ardrey

"Truth may be unattainable, but honesty is not." - Stephen Watson

"Perfection is unattainable, so I like to live in imperfection." - Nikki Sixx

"The good God would not inspire unattainable desires." - Therese Of Lisieux

"The visual life is an enormous undertaking, practically unattainable." - Dorothea Lange

"My dream was never to become this unattainable star." - Tove Lo

"Man approaches the unattainable truth through a succession of errors." - Aldous Huxley

"The knowledge that makes us cherish innocence makes innocence unattainable." - Irving Howe

"Running allows me to set my mind free. Nothing seems impossible, nothing unattainable." - Kara Goucher

"For nothing keeps a poet In his high singing mood Like unappeasable hunger For unattainable food." - Joyce Kilmer

"Philosophers say that perfection is unattainable. Lithographers redefine perfection according to SEMI standards." - Ken Goldberg

"You can't measure dreams when you're a dreamer, because most often the caliber is unattainable." - Adamo Macri

"Despite the knowledge that her affections were unattainable, I couldn't help but be drawn to try." - Kiera Cass

"Unattainable wishes are often pious. This seems to indicate that only profane wishes are fulfilled." - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

"He who is too powerful, is still aiming at that degree of power with is unattainable." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"Unattainable wishes are often "pious." This seems to indicate that only profane wishes are fulfilled." - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

"The young do not demand omniscience. They know it is unattainable. They do demand sincerity." - Gilbert Highet

"A man can do his best only by confidently seeking (and perpetually missing) an unattainable perfection." - Ralph Barton Perry

"Is it that your dream is unattainable or is it that you have the wrong dream?" - Joaquin Phoenix

"Most of our troubles are due to poor implementation....wrong priorities and unattainable targets" - J. R. D. Tata

"True perfection is unattainable, but if you chase perfection you will catch excellence!" - Vince Lombardi

"Nothing is unattainable when America comes together around a common cause." - Alma Powell

"Don't aim for perfect. Aim for complete. Perfection is an unattainable illusion." - Lisa Genova

"The scope for improvement is infinite, precisely because perfection is unattainable." - George Soros

"Mass attention is almost unattainable and it's not clear that you want it." - Seth Godin

"Don't shoot for something unattainable - completely outside of your nature or opportunity." - Michael Johnson

"In seeking absolute truth we aim at the unattainable and must be content with broken portions." - William Osler

"love doesn't follow the rules... nothing is worth having so much as something unattainable." - Jodi Picoult

"I tell my students to try early in life to find an unattainable objective." - George Wald

"I was always reading those beauty magazines and wanting to become this unattainable thing." - Jennifer Aniston

"All your life an unattainable ecstasy has hovered just beyond the grasp of your consciousness." - C S Lewis

"The dog and the rabbit are telling us not to chase unattainable material goals." - Kit Williams

"Perfection is worth striving for, even if it is ultimately unattainable in this life." - Joseph B Wirthlin

"Aim at perfection in everything, though in most things it is unattainable. However, they who aim at it, and persevere, will come much nearer to it than those whose laziness and despondency make them give it up as unattainable." - Lord Chesterfield

"Perfectionism is self destructive simply because there's no such thing as perfect. Perfection is an unattainable goal." - Brene Brown

"In seeking absolute truth we aim at the unattainable, and must be content with finding broken portions." - William Osler

"Love is as necessary to human beings as food and shelter; [but] without intelligence, ... love is impotent and freedom unattainable." - Aldous Huxley

"Absolute certainty is a privilege of uneducated minds and fanatics. - It is, for scientific folk, an unattainable ideal." - Cassius Jackson Keyser

"The well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established." - Baha'u'llah

"The maxims tell you to aim at perfection, which is well; but it's unattainable, all the same." - Bayard Taylor

"It's one of those dreams I thought would be unattainable for someone like me, who came from nowhere..." - Samantha Barks

"It's one of those dreams I thought would be unattainable for someone like me, who came from nowhere..." - Samantha Barks

"There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people for a purpose which is unattainable." - Howard Zinn

"To pursue a goal which is by definition unattainable is to condemn oneself to a state of perpetual unhappiness." - Emile Durkheim

"Taylor Swift is so flawless, and so unattainable, and I don't think it's breeding anything good in young girls." - Lorde

"The worship of God is not a rule of safety - it is an adventure of the spirit, a flight after the unattainable." - Alfred North Whitehead

"What separates me from most so-called atheists is a feeling of utter humility toward the unattainable secrets of the harmony of the cosmos." - Albert Einstein

"There is no death where the inner light shines, irradiating the fields of the within - the beyond - the unattainable attainment. You know where to find me." - Elsa Barker

"The religion of Big Data sets itself the goal of fulfilling man's unattainable desires, but for that very reason ignores her attainable needs." - Ludwig Feuerbach

"The beauty of reality-based art - art underwritten by reality hunger - is that it's perfectly situated between life itself and (unattainable) "life as art"." - David Shields

"And of poetry, the success is not attained when it lulls and satisfies, but when it astonishes and fires us with new endeavours after the unattainable." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The combination of creative energies and the need to perform at the highest level to keep up with peers leads to an otherwise unattainable commitment to excellence." - Ken Robinson

"The future has many names: For the weak, it means the unattainable. For the fearful, it means the unknown. For the courageous, it means opportunity." - Victor Hugo

"Recent presidents have gone off on ad hoc adventures. They have set unattainable goal because they have framed the issue incorrectly, as they believed their own rhetoric." - George Friedman

"but then you realize that this "whole package" everyone's looking for is unattainable. No one can be everything you want them to be." - Susane Colasanti

"The essence of art that is at all noble is the DREAM, and this dream dwells only upon what is distant, absent, vanished, unattainable." - Georges Rodenbach

"When you're obsessive, like me, searching for something unattainable can become unhealthy ... it's like falling through the air and grabbing at the clouds." - Jonny Wilkinson

"Machine intelligence of a human nature could be a century away, and immortality is at least a millennium away, if not unattainable altogether." - Michael Shermer

"but then you realize that this 'whole package' everyone's looking for is unattainable. No one can be everything you want them to be." - Susane Colasanti

"...and her dreams that didn't happen, that couldn't have happened because she'd pinned them on somebody too broken and unattainable to love her back." - Janette Rallison

"Whatever the challenge was, however unattainable the goal may have seemed, I never let anyone talk me out of believing in myself." - Muhammad Ali

"Until my Yoga practice became the great facilitator of all things in my life, the integration of career, purpose and motherhood felt like an unattainable dream." - Brenda Strong

"Sooner or later in life everyone discovers that perfect happiness is unrealizable, but there are few who pause to consider the antithesis: that perfect unhappiness is equally unattainable." - Primo Levi

"Complete honesty has nothing to do with purity or naivety. The full truth is unattainable to naivety, and the completely honest artist is not pure in heart." - Clement Greenberg

"The vision that God gives is not some unattainable castle in the sky, but a vision of what God wants you to be down here." - Oswald Chambers

"If you do not hope, you will not win that which is not hoped for, since it is unattainable and inaccessible." - Heraclitus

"Not everything has a name. Some things lead us into a realm beyond words...By means of art were are sometimes sent - dimly, briefly - revelations unattainable by reason." - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

"I have a tendency to run after people who are completely unattainable and uninterested and make a complete fool of myself." - Martha Wainwright

"I need to start honing in on projects that I want to devote my time to and not put my energies into the unattainable ones." - Dan Deacon

"Teachers are expected to reach unattainable goals with inadequate tools. The miracle is that at times they accomplish this impossible task." - Haim Ginott

"Complete honesty has nothing to do with 'purity' or naivety. The full truth is unattainable to naivety, and the completely honest artist is not pure in heart." - Clement Greenberg

"When you're obsessive, like me, searching for something unattainable can become unhealthy... it's like falling through the air and grabbing at the clouds." - Jonny Wilkinson

"Ignorance is the first requisite of the historian - ignorance, which simplifies and clarifies, which selects and omits, with a placid perfection unattainable by the highest art." - Lytton Strachey

"Omnicompetence,' the ability to obtain whatever one wants or needs, is an unattainable but continuously approachable ideal for all mankind - past, present, and future." - Russell L. Ackoff

"Perfectionism is self-destructive simply because there is no such thing as perfect. Perfection is an unattainable goal. Additionally, perfectionism is more about perception - we want to be perceived as perfect. Again, this is unattainable - there is no way to control perception, regardless of how much time and energy we spend trying." - Brene Brown

"If you have kids who are struggling with dyslexia, the greatest gift you can give them is the sense that nothing is unattainable. With dyslexia comes a very great gift, which is the way that your mind can think creatively." - Orlando Bloom

"After a week, it's better. I miss her. I mourn her. But some peace has returned. She had been so unattainable - so young, so much a citizen of a different era - that it is hard to feel fully deprived." - Scott Turow

"I see myself forever and ever as the ridiculous man, the lonely soul, the wanderer, the restless frustrated artist, the man in love with love, always in search of the absolute, always seeking the unattainable" - Henry Miller

"There's mornings when my body aches or my mind is just not with it. But that's part of being an athlete and accomplishing a goal that seems unattainable. You have to find your motivation, what inspires you." - Jonathan Horton

"For years, people have looked at Beamon's record as unattainable. I don't accept that. I believe the Lord has given me a talent. I know the record is inside me and I will attain it." - Carl Lewis

"The indefatigable pursuit of an unattainable perfection, even though it consists in nothing more than the pounding of an old piano, is what alone gives meaning to our life on this unavailing star." - Logan Pearsall Smith

"But I welcome the darkness where the two eyes of that soft panther glow. The darkness is my cultural broth. The enchanted darkness. I go on speaking to you, risking disconnection: I'm subterraneously unattainable because of what I know." - Clarice Lispector

"He smiles at me, and I am suddenly seventeen again - the year I realize that love doesn't follow the rules, the year I understood that nothing is worth having so much as something unattainable" - Jodi Picoult

"Let me start with issuing you a challenge: Be better than you are. Set a goal that seems unattainable, and when you reach that goal, set another one even higher." - Herb Brooks

"Don't strive for somebody else's notion of perfection. It's an unattainable and ultimately ridiculous goal. Strive instead to be uniquely yourself and when in doubt listen to your gut, because it already knows what you want to become." - Meredith Vieira

"Then let us all do what is right, strive with all our might toward the unattainable, develop as fully as we can the gifts God has given us, and never stop learning" - Ludwig Van Beethoven

"We know nothing like the divine holiness. It stands apart, unique, unapproachable, incomprehensibl e and unattainable... Holy is the way God is. To be holy He does not conform to a standard. He is that standard." - Aiden Wilson Tozer

"The indefatigable pursuit of an unattainable perfection -even though nothing more than the pounding of an old piano -is what alone gives a meaning to our life on this unavailing star." - Logan Pearsall Smith

"As a leader, you must be filled with energy and eagerness, joy and love for what you do. If you lack enthusiasm for your job, you cannot perform to the best of your ability. Industriousness is unattainable without Enthusiasm." - John Wooden

"One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you'd be stricken blind. To live a visual life is an enormous undertaking, practically unattainable. I have only touched it, just touched it." - Dorothea Lange

"One aim of physical sciences had been to give an exact picture the material world. One achievement of physics in the twentieth century has been to prove that that aim is unattainable." - Jacob Bronowski

"We do not see faith, hope, and charity as unattainable ideals, but we use them as stout supports of a nation fighting the fight for freedom in a modern civilization." - Franklin D Roosevelt

"Overwhelming and astounding inequality,especially when it has an element of the unattainable, arouses far less envy than minimal inequality, which inevitably causes the envious to think: I might have been in his place." - Helmut Schoeck

"But I welcome the darkness where the two eyes of that soft panther glow. The darkness is my cultural broth. The enchanted darkness. I go on speaking to you, risking disconnection: I'm subterraneously unattainable because of what I know." - Clarice Lispector

"By the time you get into other kinds of music - R&B, country, or whatever - it becomes something that's romantic. It becomes something unattainable. Never-ending undying love. And in hip hop, we're still taking direct inspiration." - Talib Kweli

"For reason's measurements, which attain unto temporal things, do not attain unto things that are free from time-just as hearing does not attain unto whatever is not-audible, even though these things exist and are unattainable by hearing." - Nicholas of Cusa

"Without the sense of fellowship with men of like mind, of preoccupation with the objective, the eternally unattainable in the field of art and scientific research, life would have seemed to me empty." - Albert Einstein

"The indefatigable pursuit of an unattainable perfection, even though it consist in nothing more than the pounding of an old piano, is what alone gives a meaning to our life on this unavailing star." - Logan Pearsall Smith

"The worship of God is not a rule of safety - it is an adventure of the spirit, a flight after the unattainable. The death of religion comes with the repression of the high hope of adventure." - Alfred North Whitehead

"One aim of the physical sciences has been to give an exact picture of the material world. One achievement of physics in the twentieth century has been to prove that that aim is unattainable." - Jacob Bronowski

"We are full of dreams We long for the unattainable. We believe in the nonsense of fables. There is no pure love; there is lust and there is need." - David Gemmell

"The view that man was ever to be drawn by some vision of the unattainable shining ahead, doomed ever to aspire, but not to achieve, my life and my values could not bring me to that." - Ayn Rand

"The foaminess of the Falls, together with the tinge of tawny yellow in the troubled waters, only reminded me of so much unattainable soda and sherry, and made me feel thirstier than ever." - George Augustus Henry Sala

"When you fall in love with favourite movie stars, it's not because they're movie stars and unattainable, but because they show you sides of themselves that are extremely personal." - Sarah Gadon

"We are full of dreams [...] We long for the unattainable. We believe in the nonsense of fables. There is no pure love; there is lust and there is need." - David Gemmell

"It was a good thing that she got herself into this other school. It showed her that there were other worlds beside the world she had been born into and that these other worlds were not unattainable." - Betty Smith

"Equality before the law is probably forever unattainable. It is a noble ideal, but it can never be realized, for what men value in this world is not rights but privileges." - H L Mencken

"I can't comprehend that I'm in the film of 'Les Miserables.' It's one of those dreams I thought would be unattainable for someone like me, who came from nowhere." - Samantha Barks

"Christian Grey - he isn't a real person. He's a superhero. A myth. He's like Bigfoot! He's unbelievable. He's unattainable. There's no actor in the world who could live up to that." - Jamie Dornan

"I'd always wanted to be on Broadway one day, but it seemed like a dream that might be unattainable. This business has a lot of ups and downs and I learned that pretty quickly." - Kara Lindsay

"If we are able to meet these two requirements - regularity in meditation and leading a good life in society, day-to-day a good life - then nothing would be unattainable by us." - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

"I think that I have self esteem issues, really. If you really analyse it... People who really like me I have no interest in. The unattainable is always that I want to attain." - Karan Johar

"These phantoms speak with human voices . . . able to vanish or appear at will, to pass in and out through the walls of the fuselage as though no walls were there . . . familiar voices, conversing and advising on my flight, discussing problems of my navigation, reassuring me, giving me messages of importance unattainable in ordinary life." - Charles Lindbergh

"There is nothing harder to learn than painting and nothing which most people take less trouble about learning. An art school is a place where about three people work with feverish energy and everybody else idles to a degree that I should have conceived unattainable by human nature." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"A photograph is both a pseudo-presence and a token of absence. Like a wood fire in a room, photographs-especially those of people, of distant landscapes and faraway cities, of the vanished past-are incitements to reverie. The sense of the unattainable that can be evoked by photographs feeds directly into the erotic feelings of those for whom desirability is enhanced by distance." - Susan Sontag

"It means a lot that fans feel connected to us and care about us, and that means the world, because that's what we want. We don't want them to feel like we're unattainable because we're just like them. We're all normal kids but somehow we got lucky when we picked up a guitar." - Taylor York

"But I want you to know that you're a beautiful girl, far more beautiful than I ever was at your age, and that starving yourself to compete with all of those skinny celebrities who spend half their lives checking in and out of rehab is not only a completely unreasonable and unattainable goal, but will only end up making you sick." - Alyson Noel

"It's easy to like someone from a distance. But when she stopped being this amazing unattainable thing or whatever, and started being, like, just a regular girl with a weird relationship with food and frequent crankiness wh's kind of bossy-then I had to basically start liking a while different person." - John Green

"Long ago man formed an ideal conception of omnipotence and omniscience which he embodied in his gods. Whatever seemed unattainable to his desires - or forbidden to him - he attributed to these gods... Now he has himself approached very near to realizing this ideal, he has nearly become a god himself." - Sigmund Freud

"The deluding passions are inexhaustible. I vow to extinguish them all. The number of beings is endless. I vow to save them all. The Truth cannot be told. I vow to explain it. The Way which cannot be followed is unattainable. I vow to attain it." - Gautama Buddha

"Nagging questions remain: Where is the line between making the most of one's potential and reaching for the unattainable? Where is the line between education as a tool and education as a kind of magic? The line is blurred and that is why when education fails, disillusionment is so bitter." - Henry Anatole Grunwald

"Bright and illustrious illusions! Who can blame, who laugh at the boy, who not admire and commend him, for that desire of a fame outlasting the Pyramids by which he insensibly learns to live in a life beyond the present, and nourish dreams of a good unattainable by the senses?" - Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

"Holiness is not some lofty experience, unattainable except to those who can leap the stars, but it is rather a lowly experience, which lowly people in the lowly walks of life can share with Jesus, by letting His mind be in them." - Samuel Logan Brengle

"What is appealing is the idea of attaining the unattainable and learning from it. Once you obtain a fantasy it becomes a reality, and that reality is not as exciting as your fantasy. Through the fantasies you learn to appreciate your own realities." - Ricardo Montalban

"And a true God is not One with the most servants, but One who serves the most, thereby making Gods of all others. For this is both the goal and the glory of God: that His subjects shall be no more, and that all shall know God not as the unattainable, but as the unavoidable." - Neale Donald Walsch

"There is infinite pathos in unsuccessful authorship. The book that perishes unread is the deaf-mute of literature. The great asylum of Oblivion is full of such, making inaudible signs to each other in leaky garrets and unattainable dusty upper shelves." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Bright and illustrious illusions! Who can blame, who laugh at the boy, who not admire and commend him, for that desire of a fame outlasting the Pyramids by which he insensibly learns to live in a life beyond the present, and nourish dreams of a good unattainable by the senses?" - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

"I want to be first. I know that's selfish, and maybe unattainable, and maybe shallow. But I just want to come first with someone. If that's wrong of me, so be it. I"ll be wrong. But that's the way I feel." (Sookie Stackhouse)" - Charlaine Harris

"Sooner or later in life everyone discovers that perfect happiness is unrealizable, but there are few who pause to consider the antithesis: that perfect unhappiness is equally unattainable. The obstacles preventing the realization of both these extreme states are of the same nature: they derive from our human condition which is opposed to everything infinite." - Primo Levi

"An adventure differs from a mere feat in that it is tied to the externally unattainable. Only one end of the rope is in the hand, the other is not visible, and neither prayers, nor daring, nor reason can shake it free." - William Bolitho

"I want to be first. I know that's selfish, and maybe unattainable, and maybe shallow. But I just want to come first with someone. If that's wrong of me, so be it. I'll be wrong. But that's the way I feel." (Sookie Stackhouse)" - Charlaine Harris

"You think the end justifies the means, however vile. I tell you: the end is the means by which you achieve it. Today's step is tomorrow's life. Great ends cannot be attained by base means. You've proved that in all your social upheavals. The meanness and inhumanity of the means make you mean and inhuman and make the end unattainable." - Wilhelm Reich

"The chances are that you have already come to believe that happiness is unattainable. But men have attained it. And they have attained it by realizing that happiness does not spring from the procuring of physical or mental pleasure, but from the development of reason and the adjustment of conduct to principles." - Arnold Bennett

"If you grow up ... in the suburbs of anywhere, a dream like this seems kind of vaguely ludicrous and completely unattainable, this moment is directly connected to those childhood imaginings. And for anybody who's on the downside of advantage, and relying purely on courage, it's possible." - Russell Crowe

"Music is a means capable of expressing dark dramatism and pure rapture, suffering and ecstasy, fiery and cold fury, melancholy and wild merriment - and the subtlest nuances and interplay of these feelings which words are powerless to express and which are unattainable in painting and sculpture." - Dmitri Shostakovich

"In the desert I had found a freedom unattainable in civilization; a life unhampered by possessions, since everything that was not a necessity was an encumbrance. I had found too, a comradeship inherent in the circumstances, and the belief that tranquility was to be found there." - Wilfred Thesiger

"Distance... is like futurity. A dim vastness is spread before our souls; the perceptions of our mind are as obscure as those of our vision... But alas! when we have attained our object, when the distant 'there' becomes the present 'here,' all is changed; we are as poor and circumscribed as ever, and our souls still languish for unattainable happiness." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Something he knew he had missed: the flower of life. But he thought of it now as a thing so unattainable and improbable that to have repined would have been like despairing because one had not drawn the first prize in a lottery." - Edith Wharton

"It's wrong for women to be constantly shy and embarrassed about their bodies. There are so many images of unattainable beauty that are so destructive. It's important to show how your body really is. As the cliche has it, beauty comes from within." - Alex Kingston

"Perhaps man has a hundred senses, and when he dies the five senses that we know perish with him, and the other ninety-five remain alive... Everything that is unattainable for us now will one day be near and clear... But we must work." - Anton Chekhov

"Stieglitz conceived, though he never carried out, a series of photographs of the heads of stallions and mares, of bulls and cows, in the act of mating, hoping to catch in the brute an essential quality that would symbolize the probably unattainable photograph of a passionate human mating." - Lewis Mumford

"It has cost me years of thought to arrive at certain results, by many believed to be unattainable, for which there are now numerous claimants, and the number of these is rapidly increasing, like that of the colonels in the South after the war." - Nikola Tesla

"Wile E. Coyote is a coyote with nothing but good intentions. But Road Runner comes along and is unattainable, he wants it and can't get it, and thus he becomes a villain that is impossible to be around. Bill O'Reilly is a villain that is so in love with himself and the sound of his voice that he's literally become the personification of evil." - Shawn Hatosy

"When I took sannyas in 1976, Osho was living in Pune, India. During these early years, I came and went from the ashram many times. When I was there I meditated, did groups, attended discourse, and finally at some point jumped into work. Osho seemed like god to me then representing something unreachable, unattainable." - Milarepa

"I sung from an early age and I was always given nice parts in school musicals, but I definitely wasn't the golden girl. I didn't have the guts. You've got to have a real confidence in yourself to be like: "I'm gonna be a singer and write songs." I never thought it would go anywhere because it's so unattainable to be a singer." - Jessie Ware

"The history of the Victorian Age will never be written: we know too much about it. For ignorance is the first requisite of the historian - ignorance, which simplifies and clarifies, which selects and omits, with a placid perfection unattainable by the highest art." - Lytton Strachey

"I am not gonna die because some network executive thought I was fat! It's so wrong! It's so wrong that women are asked to live up to this skinny ideal that is totally unattainable. For me to be ten pounds thinner is a full-time job, and I am handing in my notice and walking out the door!!" - Margaret Cho



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