Unattainable Quotes

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Dorothy Parker

"Four be the things I am wiser to know:
Idleness, sorrow, a friend, and a foe.
Four be the things I'd been better without:
Love, curiosity, freckles, and doubt.
Three be the things I shall never attain:
Envy, content, and sufficient champagne.
Three be the things I shall have till I die:
Laughter and hope and a sock in the eye.”
Dorothy Parker, The Complete Poems of Dorothy Parker

Jodi Picoult
“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, My Sister's Keeper

Clint Eastwood
“I don't wanna need you because I can't have you.”
Clint Eastwood

“Perfection’s unattainable but it isn’t unapproachable.”
Peter Watts, Blindsight

Ayn Rand
“You, whom I have always loved and never found, you whom I expected to see at the end of the rails beyond the horizon—”
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Franz Kafka
“In general I lacked principally the ability to provide even in the slightest detail for the real future. I thought only of things in the present and their present condition, not because of thoroughness or any special, strong interest, but rather, to the extent that weakness in thinking was not the cause, because of sorrow and fear – sorrow, because the present was so sad for me that I thought I could not leave it before it resolved itself into happiness; fear, because, like my fear of the slightest action in the present, I also considered myself, in view of my contemptible, childish appearance, unworthy of forming a serious, responsible opinion of the great, manly future which usually seemed so impossible to me that every short step forward appeared to me to be counterfeit and the next step unattainable.”
Franz Kafka, Diaries, 1910-1923

Penny Reid
“My internal temper tantrum tirade continued: But attracting and holding the interest of someone like Quinn Sullivan will have to go into my box of make believe with the eventual remake of Final Fantasy 7 with Playstation 3 graphics or finding an original, pristine version of Detective Comics No. 27- Batman's debut.”
Penny Reid, Neanderthal Seeks Human

James Howe
“They're really into it, laughing and teasing each other, and I am looking at Pam and thinking once again how she is the most beautiful creature I have ever seen and that if we were back in the olden times she might have been made into a goddess because she is so beautiful. Sometimes I cannot stop my mind. It's scary.”
James Howe, The Misfits

Kate Atkinson
“She...wanted no one—apart from men in nineteenth-century novels, which put a whole new spin on the idea of 'unattainable.”
Kate Atkinson, Case Histories

Jeffrey Eugenides
“They had killed themselves over the failure to find a love that none of us could ever be.”
Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides

Richelle E. Goodrich
“In my lifetime I have witnessed far too many miracles to believe in impossibilities, and so I am officially modifying the definition.
im·pos·si·ble [im-pos-uh-buhl]
Old definition: Unable to be done.
New definition: Unable to be ignored until done.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Slaying Dragons: Quotes, Poetry, & a few Short Stories for Every Day of the Year

“We are all seeking the unattainable.”
Robert Black

“Anna loves Ted, but she does not want him in a way that causes her to suffer; she does not want him desperately, despite herself. And it turns out that is how Ted has always wanted to be wanted: the way he has always wanted women. The way Anna wanted Marco, and he wanted Anna, and Rachel (or so it seems, in retrospect) wanted him.

In the absence of this painful wanting, Ted has trouble getting hard.”
Kristen Roupenian, You Know You Want This

“Socialism, communism, and fascism are the political manifestations of unachievable ideals, carried to genocidal extremes.”
Mike Klepper

Catherine Lacey
“Maybe I will always have to love the idea of love or a concept of God more than I can love a person.”
Catherine Lacey, The Answers

Iris Murdoch
“One can't whistle up happiness. It's a gift of nature and I haven't got it.”
Iris Murdoch, Henry and Cato

Iris Murdoch
“Ludens felt again that special curious anguish caused by glimpses of a happiness he would have felt if only things were different — which could be different, perhaps could easily be different — but somehow maddeningly were not.”
Iris Murdoch, The Message to the Planet

“New inadequate gestures of suffering Chimeric thing”
Emily Skaja, Brute: Poems

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“Mais moi je dis que la perfection est vertu des morts.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Citadelle