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Unattainability

See also Impossibility.
Elixir of Life
fabulous potion conferring immortality. [Medieval Legend: Brewer Dictionary, 371]
Fountain of Youth
legendary fountain of eternal youth. [World Legend: Brewer Dictionary, 432]
perpetual motion machine
machine operating of itself forever. [World Legend: Brewer Dictionary, 823]
Philosopher’s Stone
substance supposed to convert base metal to gold. [Medieval Legend: Brewer Dictionary, 829]
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Summary: Israel's foreign minister on Monday was quoted by the army radio as saying he believes that peace with the Palestinians is unattainable in a year or "during the next generation".
The commitments usually set unattainable goals as a precondition for their termination.
For nearly 20 years, this type of software has helped commercial real estate professionals forecast portfolio cash flows, calculate investment returns, and do much more--enabling them to function at otherwise unattainable levels of efficiency.
With that qualification in mind, this is a humorous saga of the brainy outsider girl, Jennifer James, in love with the unattainable boy.
However, for accounting firms offering client payroll services, going paperless is a concept that may seem impractical or unattainable.
How unattainable life is, it only reveals its features in memory, in nonexistence.
In art, the unattainable ideal for me is Pablo Picasso, because I admire the grace and the exactness of his lines.
Miroslaw Balka's exhibition was titled "Element der Exaktheit" (Element of Exactitude), and the aspiration to an unattainable exactitude is precisely what unified the various works: Their titles referred to their precise measurements in centimeters, and yet some slight deviation always annulled the rule.
On page 62 of the "Report," favorable reference is made to "largely unattainable goals," and the space program is "viewed as the nearest modern equivalent yet devised to the pyramid-building, and similar ritualistic enterprises, of ancient societies.
If we're going to speak about dancers' emotional problems, we need to discuss how the subculture causes these artists to feel bad about themselves, be perfectionists, and strive for unattainable goals.
The proto-Renaissance spaces in which they are portrayed extend the Gothic volumes of the cathedral into a magic world that is completely unattainable -- though it has a modern counterpart in the square outside.
This edgy psychological thriller exposes Hitchcock and Hollywood's enduring obsession with the perfect unattainable woman and goes trolling for the unconscious roots of our darkest fixations.